So if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@TanyaBurr), you may have noticed me talking about shooting for Daily Mix - the new YouTube channel I am a part of. My first video went live on Sunday and if you haven't seen it already, here it is! I will be appearing on the channel once a week doing celebrity style makeovers.
I was shooting for Daily Mix today in London and thought it would be nice to show you some pictures of behind the scenes! It's always really fun on set and it's so lovely to meet some of you guys and give you makeovers. The lovely Rose appears in this post as she was having her make-up done whilst the photos were being taken - lovely to meet you Rose! How much does she look like Mila Kunis?!
Hope you enjoy the videos and check out all the other features on the Daily Mix channel too. If you would like the opportunity to have a makeover by me then simply email firstname.lastname@example.org!
So there is a spa that I use on a regular basis in my hometown, Norwich and I wanted to share it with you guys because I absolutely love it and get all my treatments done there. The people, the atmosphere and of course the treatments themselves are just fantastic. The spa is at the St Giles House hotel and I know quite a few of you guys live close by to here so it might interest you, but if you don't then I hope you enjoy the pictures and perhaps it might make you book that festive appointment at your local spa!
This weekend, My best friend Kate and I went along and had a joint full body massage there. Kate had had massages before but had never been to St Giles hotel for one and she absolutely loved it too. The massages are tailor made to meet your needs and the staff ensure that the massage is just the way you want it to be before you have it done. The only downside is that they are totally addictive!! So they leave you wanting to go back for more and more...
Kate stuck with the regular full body treatment but I asked for mine to be focused on my back as I get a lot of tension there and the massage left me feeling completely revived and relaxed. For one hour Kate and I dissolved into pure relaxation and it is the perfect place to ease your thoughts and have some proper chill time, the beds are super comfy too and are nice and wide for you to spread out on! Afterwards we were given champagne and strawberries which was the perfect end to our massages.
The products they use are the fantastic ILA products, I have only used them in the spa here and I particularly love the refreshing but calming scent of the 'Vital Energy' oil they used on us. Have any of you guys used ILA products?
For those of you in and around the Norwich area, I would highly recommend paying a visit to St Giles House hotel spa, for me they have the whole package of everything you could want from a spa experience. If you don't live near by then I'd love to hear your favourite treatments that you have had done before.
You can check out their website here for prices and treatments:
So bath and body brand Philosophy have some amazing festive treats this year and I thought I would share the ones I have with you. I got some Christmas shopping in early and I just think these make brilliant gifts and are suited to anyone. I have loved Philosophy for such a long time, the products smell absolutely amazing and they work wonders too. I also love their bath, shampoo and body wash combinations because the 3-in-1 aspect to them is so practical!
First up is this lovely 'winter escape' trio. I think the box they come in is so sweet and Christmassy and inside is a vanilla frost scented body moisturiser, lip gloss and shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. The scent of this is just heavenly, it is so warm and sweet and rich that it makes the perfect winter treat to the skin. I love their bubble baths as they really foam up and combined with the moisturiser, they leave the skin feeling really soft and nourished with the lovely musky vanilla scent.
This has to be one of the sweetest beauty products I have ever seen! A miniature 'purity' face cleanser that is presented as a Christmas bauble! I have loved this cleanser for such a long time, it's great because it can be used on the eyes as well and completely gets rid of all make-up. Because of the oily and soft forumla of this product it just melts into the skin making it feel super silky and hydrated at the same time. It is definitely worth checking out and this miniature size is a perfect trial size, plus it would look so lovely hanging on a tree! I also think it is such good value as it is only £9 here in the U.K so it would be perfect finishing touch to someones present!
The last thing I got was this 'sugar plum fairy' gift set. I was mainly attracted to this because of the fantastic purple shimmery colour, I think it is just so fun and unique. In the really cute box is the shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath and a lip gloss to go with it. I think as a duo it works really well because shower products on their own are really lovely, but the lip gloss gives a more luxurious and special twist. I think the names of all the Philosophy products are so fun as well and the packaging just makes them really well presented gifts.
I will definitely be stocking up on some more of these perfect gifts and stocking fillers for Christmas. I'm starting to feel so Christmassy now guys! Have any of you got well ahead with your Christmas shopping and what other brands do you think make great Christmas gifts?
So Chanel's Christmas collection entitled 'Eclats du Soir' recently arrived on Chanel counters so I thought I would share my favourite pieces from the collection with you as I think they make the most beautiful and festive gifts. As usual with Chanel, I love the collection and everything about the product from the packaging to the quality makes them the perfect festive treats!
My first favourite piece is this beautiful lip gloss in the colour 357 Mystery. It is the perfect warm everyday pink colour and I have been wearing it all the time either in the day for a natural look or to compliment a smokey eye for night time. I love Chanel glosses so much, the wear so nicely on the lips without feeling sticky and they last for a long time too. Not only this but there is something about the packaging of the Chanel glosses in particular that is so appealing to me so I love having one in my handbag.
Next is this beautiful 'Illusion d'Ombre' whipped shadow in the shade 817 Apparance. I'm such a big fan of these cream shadow pots as I think they are so effective and easy to work with. This one in particular goes the extra step for me because I love how gorgeous and golden the colour is and these little pots of Chanel goodness are so soft and creamy that they glide on to the skin really beautifully and take minimal effort to create a super gorgeous look. This shade in particular is so festive to me and will be a great one for a Christmas party or just for that extra bit of glitter! It has quite a sheer finish but I like its subtly and it is a colour you can build up if you want a more intense finish.
Last of all is this simply beautiful eyeshadow quad named 'Harmonie Du Soir'. I love this colour range, for it is simultaneously unique yet practical for creating lots of different looks. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the colour pay off of this palette as often I find Chanel shadows not to be the most pigmented, but as you can see from the swatches it is a pretty good colour. I love the C's embossed on to the shadow, although it doesn't last there for too long I think it is the most sophisticated and special touch which would make it a lovely present!
I have been in London so much recently, and one day last week my friend Kate and I went shopping for a special dress.... You may have heard me say in my recent vlog that I am attending the Twilight premiere this week! I am so so excited, I have never been to anything like that before and the Twilight series is one of my all time favourites!
So in between dress hunting, we stopped off for food at two of my favourite places and I thought I would share them with you as not only is the food just great, but they are really fun places to grab a bite to eat. Eventually, we did find such a lovely dress and I will be sure to show you guys as I will be taking you along to the premiere with me!
The first restaurant is Wahaca. Wahaca is a Mexican street food restaurant with a really cool and relaxed vibe, we went to their Soho branch with many other restaurants popping up all over London and further afield. What I love about this place is how it can cater for any occasion - whether it's for a pit stop lunch of a long dinner with some of their lovely cocktails. It is one of those restaurants where you chose from lots of different plates to share (or to have yourself!), so you can order as much or as little as you want. If you are on a budget then you can still go there and have a Mexican feast without breaking the bank which is great. The vibe is really fun, and everything in there is so colourful and the staff are really lovely. Kate and I shared a few dishes between us so here is some of what we had... (If you are an guacamole fan like us, then you have to try their guacamole - it's so good!)
Later, we went for afternoon tea at one of the funnest and most interesting restaurants London has got to offer, Sketch. I absolutely love this place because it is just so unique and exciting to visit. Unlike Wahaca, Sketch is a bit more pricey and more of an 'occasion' type place o visit, but it is worth every penny. It has an Aladin's cave feel to it with so much going on and so much to look at - even the toilets are the most exciting I have been to if you can say such a thing! We sat and had the most delicious cakes and sipped tea from some of the prettiest china I have ever seen. Everyone that works there is so lovely and everything is so delicious. Afternoon tea is served from 1-6pm with the most magnificent array of colourful and creative cakes, all with decadent, fun and moorish flavours. We got there a bit later this time so get there early if you want to guarantee a choice of all the cakes - they sell fast!
Have you guys been to either of these? I would love to hear your restaurant recommendations for London as I'm always on the hunt for new places! Duck and Waffle and Burger & Lobster are next on my list!