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The latest news from spa-ireland.com

It's hard to keep up with all the latest spa info - new openings, quirky treatments, best deals - so we'll do our best to keep you informed. We welcome your feedback and inputs - info@spa-ireland.com

 

Space NK Dublin - 12 Dec 2014

Space NK Dublin

Spa Santa's Grotto

I confess, I am hopelessly addicted to the Space NK store in Dublin's Grafton Street (located where the Body Shop used to be). It has just about everything you could ever want to rescue your skin, liven up your nails, redeem a bad hair day and much, much more. Plus it's the ideal place to pick up Christmas gifts for those you love, and find something special within your budget - the choice is vast.

Top brands include Eve Lom, Aromatherapy Associates, Laura Mercier, Nars and for every €1 euro that you spend you earn points so for once, it's a loyalty card that really does give back to the giver. Drop in as the season to be generous approaches, you will enjoy it.


 

Brehon Hotel, Killarney - 01 Dec 2014

Brehon Hotel, Killarney

Christmas Retail Therapy

If you are looking for a little Retail Therapy, the Brehon is offering a Shopping Package guaranteed to help you shop 'til you drop! Enjoy a one night special in a Double or Twin room for only €44.50 per person sharing. Offer includes:

Deluxe Bedroom Accommodation based on 2 people sharing.
Full Irish Breakfast
Check in early and leave your bags at the hotel & pick up your shopping discount vouchers.
Option of shuttle bus to and from Killarney Outlet Centre (€2per person)
Discount Shopping Vouchers to some of Killarney's finest shops.
Complimentary access to the Vitality Suite of Angsana Spa

For bookings, call +353 64 6630700


 

Powerscourt Resort and Spa - 15 Nov 2014

Powerscourt Resort and Spa

One Year Old

Happy Birthday to Powerscourt Resort & Spa near Enniskerry in Co Wicklow. Formerly The Ritz Carlton, this is a great property with one of the best spas in the country. There has never been a better time to visit and curl up in the warmth of the luxurious ESPA surroundings, call +353 1 274 8888 for reservations.


 

Global Spa & Wellness Summit - 01 Nov 2014

Global Spa & Wellness Summit

Key Takeaways From Morocco

The Global Spa Summit is a great event, attended by serious and influential people who make a difference globally in the world of spa. Spa Ireland was sorry to miss this years conference not least because it took place in one of our favourite cities, Marrakech. We thought we would share key takeaways with our readers (as described on the official website) by way of the top ten major shifts in the wellness industry.

Architecture and Design Reboot
For decades, the spa industry has relied on Asian-influences to guide not only spa menus but also the look and feel of its facilities. Danish architecture maverick Bjarke Ingels told delegates: “You not only have the ability, you have the responsibility to change the spaces we live in.” His envelope-pushing designs promise to inspire a complete re-think in how to approach spa architecture and, importantly, create sustainable designs that increase, rather than decrease enjoyment. Ingels’ waste-processing-plant-cum-ski-slope is a case in point.

Authenticity in Overdrive
Authenticity, the seeking of local, indigenous experiences, has long been a rallying cry in spa and wellness treatments but mass urbanization and the rise of the Millennials have ratcheted up an insistence for “can’t get anywhere else” experiences.

Outsmarting Your Genes: Personalized Preventative Medicine
“Predictive, personalized, preventative healthcare will transform the landscape of healthcare over the next decade,” said Dr. Nasim Ashraf of DNA Health Corp. “Epigenetic testing is essentially the science of outsmarting your genes.”

Generational and Gender Shift to Youth and Women Spa and wellness marketers need to cast a wider net by focusing more on emerging generations – Millennials and generation Z (for want of a better term)–that are different than the aging, time-rich Baby Boomers most wellness marketers have focused on to date. (For example, generation Z is the first to have never lived without the influences of social media and technology.) A massive demographic shift from male to female is also occurring.

Urbanization to Supersede Suburbanization
The future will have a marked move away from suburbanization to urbanization, and in 2030, 80 percent of all people will live in urban settings.

The Loneliness Epidemic
“We used to die of old age, soon we’ll be dying of loneliness,” said Nordstrom. Urbanization, technology and demographic shifts are driving an overarching sense of “aloneness” that spa and wellness centers will help abate. Thirty years from now, 60 percent of households will be single.

Wellness Tourism Momentum Continues
Less than a year ago, the GSWS and long-term research partner SRI International launched the concept of wellness tourism to the world. Today, governments and companies are embracing this key market segment with an estimated value of US$494 billion and growth of 12.5 percent year-on-year.

Authentic African Renaissance
Indigenous and authentic experiences will lead many travelers to countries they’ve never experienced before, and Africa, a continent most of the world has little understanding of and is often associated with disease and chaos by the mainstream media, will be at the heart of this wellness tourism explosion.

Technology on Fast Forward
According to Paul Price, keynote speaker and retail and marketing expert, for good or bad, technology will not only remain at the forefront of our world but it will embed itself even deeper, altering the way we do everything–from how we shop to how companies market to us. Price told delegates: “Don’t be seduced by bright and shiny objects and don’t let the technology drive your decisions. Instead, consider moving your tech department into your marketing department so the IT team is driven by the marketers and not the other way around.”

Wellness Communities Make Comeback
Before the economic downturn there was a lot of talk of “spa real estate” but many of these projects crashed and burned right along with the economy. Now whole communities – and even whole cities – are being designed and branded with wellness at their very core. (Research released at the 2014 Summit showed that this market is now valued at US$100 billion.) Serenbe, a community outside Atlanta, GA, has been designed from the ground up with well-being informing every decision–creating a new kind of community with sustainability, green building, organic farming, culture, arts and fitness at its core.


 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream - 01 Oct 2014

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

One Sold Every Minute Around The World

Women (and indeed men!) buying moisturisers inevitably vote with their wallets when it comes to choosing creams they think will work as well as the promises that come attached to the marketing blurb.

Elemis has many loyal followers and the Pro-Collagen range has been popular for several years, so much so that one is sold every minute. The product has evolved and this October, Elemis launches Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich. Great results from the early users mean this is definitely one of the new batch of autumnal moisturizers worth considering. Check out our Spa Search to find your nearest Elemis Spa in Ireland.


 

Professional Beauty Show - 15 Sep 2014

Professional Beauty Show

Diary Note - 5-6th October 2014

It's just a few short weeks away to the Professional Beauty Show (so much beauty, so many shows!) so get thee to the RDS on 5th and 6th October and mingle with the top beauty brands around.

Business advice, product innovations, cutting edge trends - all will be explored during a series of seminars. Last year nearly 8,000 visitors attended the show, it's such a great way to network and to try out new product. There is also the annual Warpoint Make-Up Competition- a chance for the holders of the make-up brush to really flaunt their creativity.

Save yourself €10.00 and pre-register online to get a free ticket, www.professionalbeauty.ie/register.


 

Castlemartyr Resort - 01 Sep 2014

Castlemartyr Resort

September Specials

Some nice special value offers available during the month of September at the gorgeous Spa at Castlemartyr Resort include:

Spa Bliss - 60 Minute ESPA Treatment & Mrs. Quinn’s Picnic Lunch - From €89.00
Head, Shoulders, Tips and Toes - ESPA Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage, Wash & Blow Dry, Fingertips & Toes, Shellac Colour File & Polish - From €95.00 Wed - Sat

Enjoy use of the water lounge prior to your treatments and take your time to relax in the relaxation room overlooking the gardens while enjoying a sweet treat after your pampering. As ever, terms and conditions apply with the above offers. Call the Spa on + 353 21 421 9060 or if you are already in Ireland, simply call 021-4219060


 

ESPA - 14 Aug 2014

ESPA

Beauty Bible Award Winners

Just in case you can't get away to one of the ESPA spas we feature at Spa Ireland, you might want to visit the ESPA website. In keeping with the beauty brand's reputation for quality and excellence, six of our favourite products have been awarded a winners’ accolade in the 2014 Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible awards. They are the Replenishing Face Treatment Oil, Lift & Firm Mask, Lift & Firm Intensive Eye Serum, Restorative Bath Oil, Soothing Body Oil and Bio-Active Eye Cleanser. Voted for by 2,400 members of the public, these awards show how effective and natural ESPA products are.You can find lots of special product related offers on the ESPA website - visit espaskincare.com/offers/beauty-bible-award-winners.


 

Industry Award - 01 Aug 2014

Industry Award

Jane Iredale honoured by ISPA

If you visit any spas at all in Ireland you will often come across Jane Iredale cosmetics, loved by many beauticians for the flawless finish they give to any spa visit make-over.

So it is nice to see that the Founder and CEO of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Jane Iredale herself, is to be honoured by the International SPA Association (ISPA) with their Visionary Award which will be presented to her at the 24th Annual ISPA Conference in October this year. The award is presented annually to industry representatives who have made a significant contribution to health and wellness over the years. We congratulate Jane Iredale.


 

Elemis BIOTEC Facials - 14 Jul 2014

Elemis BIOTEC Facials

New to Ciúin Spa, Slieve Russell Hotel

Let's face it, most of us are less than kind to our skin, especially at this time of year when the temptation to turn our faces to the sun can sometimes be too hard to resist.

If you're in need of some long lasting visible results from an expert facial, then look no further than the Elemis BIOTEC facials now on offer at Ciúin Spa in the Slieve Russell Hotel. Ciúin is the first spa in Southern Ireland to have the technology to offer these facials, which include steps such as an Ultrasonic Peel (draws out impurities), Microcurrent lift (firms and tones the skin), Galvanic Rejuvenation (stimulates rejuvenation), Oxygen Infusion (stimulates tissue repair) and Light Therapy Rebalance (soothes and calms the skin).

Unique to the BIOTEC facials are 7 high-potency activators. Each intensive complex of powerful plant actives, peptides, anti-oxidants and essential oils are expertly formulated to provide the catalytic power behind the facials and penetrate deep into the skin.

The 60 minute Biotec Facials start from €75.00 to €85.00 at the Ciúin Spa, offering you great value for money with long lasting visible results. Call Ciúin Spa - +353 (0)49 9525044


 

The Kimye Effect - 01 Jul 2014

The Kimye Effect

Where to Honeymoon-Spa in Ireland?

It's been just over a month since newlywed superstars Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – nicknamed ‘Kimye’ – flew into Cork Airport on honeymoon, with rumours abound of where they had traveled to and what they were doing. Mundane cinema visits in the midlands vied with stories of entire castle book outs and that set us thinking where we might like to suggest for a little honeymoon spa break, particularly along the WAW - or Wild Atlantic Way - which runs from the far north in Donegal, right the way down our Atlantic Coast to the most southern tip of the country.

What about The Europe Resort and Spa (a brillliant Spa by the way) in Killarney with those gorgeous views over the lakes of Killarney and huge, comfy beds. Or Parknasilla Resort, near Sneem, where any happy couple could go for miles of cycles through the surrounding woodland, and return to the Spa for a deep muscle massage. Or what about coming inland a little to Cork and the Maryborough Hotel, with it's super chic ESPA spa and the fun and food of Cork on your doorstep. For more ideas, narrow your search on the Spa Ireland website down by selecting the counties you like in the search menu and you'll find lots to choose from. Happy Honeymooning.


 

Brehon Hotel - 15 Jun 2014

Brehon Hotel

June Special Offers

We like the Brehon. It's close to Killarney National Park, it has the fabulous Angsana Spa, the team is one of the friendliest that we know, and for the month of June, there are several special offers including 10% off room rates on certain dates. The usual terms and conditions apply but if you are free to up and travel to Kerry to avail of the special rates, it's a great opportunity. Call Reservations at The Brehon, +353 64 6630700 or email info@thebrehon.com.


 

Chocolate Indulgence or Serenity Massage? - 01 Jun 2014

Chocolate Indulgence or Serenity Massage?

Such Choice - Fota Island Spa - SPECIAL OFFER

Fota Island Spa is one of the best in the country and now that the Spa has two brand new massage treatments on the already substantial menu, it's a very good time to think about visiting and treating yourself to one - or even both of them.

First up is the Chocolate Indulgence - 120 minutes for €180 - however, for the month of June this is as the incredible price of €150! A signature treatment at Fota Island Spa, the Chocolate Indulgence is a deluxe head to toe treatment. Relax & combat mental fatigue with a Cocoa Bean Foot Ritual, while savouring some peppermint tea and luxurious chocolates. You will then be treated to a Rich Chocolate Full Body Massage, which will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Your experience is completed with a customised Taster Facial including a luxury scalp massage. Beyond yummy.

If you prefer something a little less decadent, then go for the Serenity Massage - 80 minutes for €130. Unique to Fota Island Spa, the Serenity Massage allows you to unwind in total relaxation. Begin your treatment with a refreshing foot soak followed by a full body massage including a hot stones back massage. A foot mask and a face & scalp massage will then complete your relaxing, pampering experience. Call the Spa on T +353 (0)21 488 3700


 

The Shelbourne - 16 May 2014

The Shelbourne

Celebrating 190 years in business

The Shelbourne Hotel on Dublin's St Stephen's Green is one of those landmark hotels that grow to become an intrinsic part of the city in which they are located. It's a place to see and be seen, and at Christmas time it's hard to get in the door with so many of the Irish diaspora returning 'home'.

This year sees the Shelbourne celebrate 190 years in business and we laud it's longevity. A special package is on offer with rates starting from €190 per person sharing (though this increases during peak season so do be sure to check rates when you are booking).

The rate includes • One night’s accommodation in a deluxe guestroom • Full Irish Breakfast in sumptuous The Saddle Room • Use of the spa facilities to include pool, state of the art gymnasium, steam room and sauna. Call + 353 1 663 4500 or Click Here


 

Airbrush Make-up - 07 May 2014

Airbrush Make-up

Now Available at the Spa at Castlemartyr Resort

Delighted to share the latest blog from the Spa team at Castlemartyr Resort.

"Airbrush Make-Up, one of the most advanced products in the beauty world today has now been launched at The Spa at Castlemartyr Resort. Airbase is the air brush brand used by The Spa at Castlemartyr Resort. Airbase are the company which offer high end, silicone based make up to be applied by an airbrush. It was created by Judy Naake, the modest beauty guru that brought the now leading tanning product St. Tropez to the UK. Airbase has since had product development by Oscar nominated make-up artist Anni Buchanan.

We are living in a HD era and due to the latest technology advances on the screen traditional film and TV make-up is no longer flawless enough. However, airbase make-up is perfect for the unforgiving world of high definition. Because airbase make-up is airbrushed onto the skin, it atomises the product creating tiny particles that are not visible to the naked eye. Airbase is used by the contestants of X-Factor, the models of London Fashion Week and performers such as Rihanna. Air brush make-up is no longer a secret of the small screen and can be enjoyed by all for that special occassion. It is a fine mist of foundation and when it rests onto the skin it is a fine veil of make-up so strong it covers skin complaints and tattoos. Not only does it feel good on your skin but it has longevity and lasts up to 15 hours with no shine so it is perfect for brides or if you have an event coming up.

Airbase make-up is not water based so it does not sink into the skin. This is perfect for acne sufferers as it will not clog your pores and create spots. It is also waterproof so you will not need to touch it up for your special occassion if you are moved to tears. I decided to try it out for myself as I suffer from pretty bad acne rosecea and I wanted to see not only the coverage but how my skin would react. Sarah,my make-up artist, first used an airbase primer which is particularly effective because it was specifically designed and built with silicone in mind. Sarah applied the eye make-up first which seemed very unusual but correct for airbase make-up. The make-up was applied using a small spray gun and was very gentle on the skin. Once the make-up is applied blusher and bronzer are also applied using the air brush to contour the face. When Sarah was happy with the application she then touched up the eyes and lips to complete the look. I was amazed by the finished product as not only did it have an excellent coverage but it was flawless. I left the make-up on all day to try out its longevity and even went for a brisk walk that evening to test it out and yes it does what it says on the tin. My make-up was still in perfect condition when I removed it effortlessly that night. Airbase combines a unique mix of ingredients with silicone at the heart of its formulation. Feeling beautiful and luxurious on the skin, the silicone chosen does not clog your pores, allowing your skin to breathe. It is this that helps give airbase make-up unrivalled durabilty. Silicone is heat resistant, non-stick and plyable. That means that your airbase make-up application lasts all day and can be 'moved' for a few minutes unlike water based foundations. Any errors are therefore easy to correct after application. Airbase contains vitamin A, an ingredient that is proven to improve elasticity of the skin and therefore reduce fine lines. It also contains vitamin E. This is an anti-oxidant that moisturise and repairs helping to deactivate the free radicals that age the skin. Try out the new airbrush make-up with the introductory offer of €55.00 until 30th June 2014. Advanced bookings are required."

You can call the Spa at Castlemartyr Resort on +353 (0) 21 421 9000 for more information.


 

ESPA Optimal Skin Proserum - 01 May 2014

ESPA Optimal Skin Proserum

Give your Skin a Good Feed

We are liking the sound of ESPA's new Optimal Skin Proserum. Designed to nourish the skin, it combines the exceptional nourishment of a Treatment Oil with the active benefits of multiple plant extracts to deliver naturally beautiful skin. Enriched with nourishing Omega (3,6 & 9), Vitamins (A & E) and proactive natural extracts Turmeric, White Lupin and Sunflower this advanced formulation helps "brighten and even skin tone, enhance elasticity, firm and protect against premature ageing". Amen to ESPA. It's also good to hear supporting press opinion:

"Get a good feed indeed with this jam-packed nourishing serum containing Omegas, plus vitamins A and E. You only need a few drops to feel human again."- Company
"Combines the pampering, nourishing feel of an oil with efficacy of an intensive serum. My skin looks brilliantly brighter, plumper and younger." - Get the Gloss Beauty Editor, Rosie Green
"Sue Harmsworth, founder of ESPA, has packed 13 essential oils into her new ProSerum Oil, including antioxidant frangipani and health-boosting echium."- Marie Claire.

Available from all ESPA Spas including ESPA at The Europe in Killarney, Powerscourt, ESPA at the G, Castlemartyr, Maryborough House, The Culloden and Slieve Donard Hotel.


 

Spafinder Top Trends 2014 - 12 Apr 2014

Spafinder Top Trends 2014

Wired Wellness, Ferociousness Fitness and much, much more

Once again Susie Ellis and the Spafinder team have done a stellar job of anticipating the trends in spa for 2014. This time around the trend-speculating is backed up by an incredibly comprehensive 75 page report which can be downloaded from the Spafinder website and Susie's blog and is well worth a read for anyone interested in spa and wellness. So what can we expect to see this year?

1. Healthy Hotels 2.0 - healthier food, better gyms, mindfulness programmes, or what about an in room trainer and a custom workout?
2. Wired Wellness - online classes, walking or running apps that track your route and time, in short, any digital connectivity that helps improve well-being
3. Hot Springs Heat Up - geo thermally warmed water, arthritis healing bubbles of bliss
4. Suspending Gravity - disconnect from the earth, anti-gravity treadmills and yoga
5. Ferocious Fitness - serious fitness as a key part of your social life, without losing sight of the fun element (though natural competitiveness can stretch us a little far sometimes)
6. “Natural” Beauty Meets Social Media - back to basics, make-up-less instagrams, organic everything
7. Aromatherapy: Scent with Intent - fragrant oils designed with more purpose, sleep therapy, pain treatment or simply to boost moods
8. Wellness Retreats Rise… & Urbanize - post recession investment in 'real' destination spas that can also be easily reached - best of both worlds.....
9. Death & Spas: Thriving During Life’s Transitions - spas that help people cope with pain and stress; for the carers, and those that need care
10. Top 10 Surprising Spa & Wellness Destinations - Colombia, Nicaragua, Morocco... the world is everyone's spa oyster and some interesting new options emerge.

Spafinder Trends 2014


 

Mount Falcon - 01 Apr 2014

Mount Falcon

New to Spa Ireland

Spa Ireland is thrilled to welcome Mount Falcon to our handpicked selection of the best of Irish Spas.

This luxury 4 star Mayo hotel is located on the west bank of the River Moy and set in 100 acres of magical woodlands, between Foxford and Ballina, a most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. Mount Falcon's new owners fell in love with the estate and transformed it into one of the area's top hotels whilst maintaining the charm and integrity of the estate.

The Elemis Spa at Mount Falcon is the centre piece for relaxation and rejuvenation. A quiet, warm and relaxing environment is just what you need to enjoy a great range of treatments including The Elemis Absolute Ritual, the Elemis Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap, or why not try the Elemis Oxygen SkinCalm Facial?

The Heavenly Times includes accommodation with breakfast for two nights, dine on one evening and recharge with one fifty minute massage each, all for €250 per person sharing (as ever, rates subject to availability and always remember to book your spa treatments when you book your accommodation!). Call Mount Falcon directly on +353 96 74472 or Click Here


 

Ballygarry Break - 15 Mar 2014

Ballygarry Break

Deep Relax Spa Retreat

The team at Ballygarry House and Spa has been in place for some time, and this family run property is testament to the genuine hospitality practiced - you are guaranteed a warm welcome - and the upcoming Spa Retreat Package promises to be a great way to get rid of any final wintry cobwebs.

This 2 Night Deep Relax Spa Retreat runs from May 9th – 11th 2014 and costs from €225 per person sharing. Enjoy a 2 night stay with breakfast each morning and the following classes during your stay:
Breath work meditation class- an effective method of stress management contributing to help raise energy levels, equally this method induces deep relaxation through a variety of controlled breathing exercises.
Pilates class- your instructor will conduct a beginners pilates class offering you a performance of posture and breathing exercises, each of which have very specific physical benefits.

This lifestyle break also includes a 4 course meal in Brooks restaurant on an evening of your choice and - my favourite bit of all - a 60 minutes Aromatherapy Associates Full Body Massage in Nádúr. As an optional choice on Saturday evening enjoy some fresh Kerry air with a guided walk through Ballyseedy Wood. This unique break also includes Unlimited Access to Nádúr Spa Thermal Suite including Crystal Steamroom, Glass Sauna, Vitality Showers and Outdoor Hot Tub. Call Ballygarry directly to book your place on +353 66 712 3322 or go to www.ballygarryhouse.com


 

Pañpuri Inner Peace Relaxing Massage and Femme Fatale Candle - 06 Mar 2014

Pañpuri Inner Peace Relaxing Massage and Femme Fatale Candle

Shelbourne Special Offer

2014 continues to be the year of great treatments (is it just me, or have Irish therapists really started to make their mark as some of the best in the world?). I've been to the Spa at The Shelbourne before and praised this oasis in the heart of Dublin city but yesterday I was lucky enough to enough a Pañpuri Inner Peace Relaxing Massage, and it was 90 minutes of pure escape (thank you Ruth!).

The Shelbourne has an exclusive on this Thai product, and is the only spa in the country offering either treatments or the most gorgeous selection of lotions and potions. With my usual busy head, I went for the Pañpuri Inner Peace Relaxing Massage (which for a limited time comes with a complimentary Femme Fatale Candle at an all in price of €150 per person). This 90 minute massage uses Ylang Ylang extracts which, blended with Pañpuri’s natural base oils, create a sweetly exotic floral scent, to "perfectly align and open energy channels to receive the therapeutic benefits of Swedish, Aromatherapy and Shiatsu combination of massage strokes". Does it work - yes, it does, and the final stage, a cranial massage, is just magic.

The Femme Fatale Candles are inspired by historical women of intrigue - Eve, Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe, Marie Antoinette; I went for the Eye of The Day, which has Mata Hari to thank for it's evocative scent - fresh lemon and pomelo cuttings, earthy hearts of freshly harvested galbanum, rhubarb and celery seeds with spicy airs of oak moss and musk. Exotic, sultry, a real treat.

Included in this special offer price - €150 per person - is your massage, your choice of Femme Fatale Candle and the Spa at the Shelbourne Refreshment plate,which is served after your treatment in the tranquility and luxurious surroundings of the relaxation room. If you are feeling lively you can also enjoy the spa facilities, pool, steam and sauna. For bookings call the Spa directly on +353 1 663 4500 or email spa.dubbr@theshelbournespa.com


 

Eve Lom Facial - 01 Mar 2014

Eve Lom Facial

Quite possibly the best facial in the world.

I have a confession to make; I am utterly committed to Eve Lom's Facial Cleanser and have been ever since my first Eve Lom facial at The Killarney Park Hotel Spa several years ago. Recently I returned to the hotel for another great stay, as ever enhanced by the superlative service that the team deliver on every visit. It was time to test the treatment and see if it still lived up to my memory as being the most thorough and effective facial on the market.

Eve Lom's philosophy is based on the belief that every living organism pulsates with energy, sending out information about the physical, biological and emotional state of the body. Through regular cleansing, decongestion and exfoliation, this energy can be regulated to help maintain healthy skin. So how does the facial work? First up, opt for the 90 minute session; you can do an hour long facial but frankly, that defeats the whole purpose. Spend the extra euros and enjoy 90 minutes of deep deep cleansing. After the therapist has evaluated your skin, it will be cleansed, and cleansed again, before the therapist applies a warm parraffin wax which will open the pores and make extractions easier. I love the parraffin, layer after layer is brushed onto the skin (smells sweet, don't worry, nothing like you would expect) until, once that final layer has cooled and hardened slightly, the whole 'mask' is removed, making you feel as if your skin is reborn. The therapist will then start the unique Eve Lom lymphatic massage which involves very light pressure and soft pumping movements to eliminate toxins, reduce puffiness and water retention and to stimulate cellular activity.

After this, the Eve Lom Rescue Mask is applied (this is clay based) and then removed with a hot chamomile soaked muslin cloth. Finally an ice-cold compress is used to close pores leaving skin looking radiant. Now my skin is a little tired these wintry days, and well aged as the years fly by, but the effects of this facial really are instant. You will glow. €145 euro very well spent. For bookings call the spa at The Killarney Park Hotel, +353 64 6635555 or Click Here


 

Irish Beauty Show - 14 Feb 2014

Irish Beauty Show

RDS Dublin, 9-10 March 2014

Join the leading names in our industry as the Irish Beauty Show returns to the RDS, Dublin on Sunday 9th & Monday 10th March 2014. The show features 300 leading brands, new product & treatment innovations, savings with exclusive offers, relevant education programmes and of course professional networking opportunities.

Show tickets worth €20 each are available for trade visitors who register in advance. Click Here


 

Mink Manicure - 01 Feb 2014

Mink Manicure

Fab New Website

Our friends at Mink Hand and Foot Spas launched a gorgeous new website late in 2013 and it's well worth a five minute detour in your web surfing day. It includes the usual treatment, price listings and booking options, along with inspirational gift ideas, but also features a My Mink area which allows you to share your preferences, and, if you have found that all important mani, you can just show your Mink Therapist to recreate the look. Genius! Liking the option to indulge our nail creativity genes.

Mink


 

The Europe - New Treatment - 15 Jan 2014

The Europe - New Treatment

ESPA Ultimate LIFESTAGE Facial

If you have not yet visited the Spa at The Europe Hotel in Killarney, you should, it is spectacular and guaranteed to exceed all your expectations. Now is a good time to start planning, as ESPA is pleased to announce the launch of the ESPA Ultimate LIFESTAGE Facial, a highly effective age defying facial treatment which delivers immediate visible results, helping to reduce the first signs of ageing. The treatments uses ESPA’s new LIFESTAGE range – Serum, Moisturiser and Eye Moisturiser – which harness the latest skincare technology, Natural Encapsulation Technology. And you can enjoy this at The Europe.

This most effective and targeted age defying facial lasts 90 minutes and costs €160, using the technologically advanced Lifestage product range to address all the most visible signs of ageing. It will 'minimise wrinkles, immediately improve hydration levels whilst helping to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, large pores and redness'. Incorporating a deep brush cleanse, Skin Radiance Mask, specialised age defying and lifting massage techniques and the application of the professional Lifting and Smoothing Mask, containing concentrated Seaweed Extracts, Argan Oil and Menthol, skin will be left visibly more plumped with a firmer appearance.

Do be aware that the lovely people at the Europe take a short break after Christmas to re-charge their batteries so this treatment, along with other great offers, starts on 7th February 2014. The Europe Hotel


 

ESPA at Powerscourt - 06 Jan 2014

ESPA at Powerscourt

Day Spa Experiences to Remember

The recently re-christened Powerscourt Hotel, formerly the Ritz-Carlton, continues to offer a strong selection of Day Spa Packages for this New Year, the cheapest is just under the €100 mark and all offering exceptional value for money.

* Escape: Monday - Friday €99; Saturday & Sunday €120. Includes Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage, Introductory Facial and Delicious Lunch in the Spa Café

* Relax and Unwind: Monday - Friday €140; Saturday & Sunday €160. Includes Full Body Hot Stone Massage, Mini Facial with Firming Eye Treatment and Delicious Lunch in the Spa Cafe

* Absolute Indulgence: Monday - Friday €175; Saturday & Sunday €195. Includes Full Body Exfoliation, Full Body Hot Stone Massage, Oriental Head Massage, Mini Facial and Delicious Lunch in the Spa Cafe.

All Day Spa Experiences include full use of the luxurious spa facilities including Thermal Suite and Vitality Pool, Serenity Room, Hammam Suite, Fitness Suite and 20 metre Swarovski crystal-lit Swimming Pool. All valid to 31st March 2014 and as ever, subject to availability. Call the Spa on +353 1 274 9710 or e: spa@powerscourthotel.com


 

Fresh Skincare Regimes - 01 Jan 2014

Fresh Skincare Regimes

NEW from Elemis

If you're like me, 1st January sees you plan a complete health and beauty overhaul designed to freshen up your look, and undo some of the damage done during the December party season. Good timing so for Elemis with the NEW Radiance Collections, available exclusively from January which contain cleansers and toners that have been specifically paired together in order to precisely tackle skin issues and will "reveal your natural radiance".

Choose from Illuminating, Balancing, Rehydrating and Resurfacing duos to address the skin complaint that is personal to you. For that extra radiance boost, every collection also includes a handbag sized new Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, which adds luminosity in an instant to perfect the appearance of gorgeous, glowing skin. Each collection, nicely packaged in a luxury mesh wash bag, retails from £30 sterling with over 40% saving on individual item purchases. Available from most Elemis Spas and from Harvey Nichols in Dundrum. For online purchases Click Here