The Christmas season brings with it extensive shopping trips, fiddly wrapping sessions, turkey preparation and outfit conundrums, as well as budgeting problems when you’ve spent a little too much on tinsel. However, it’s the worst time of year to scrimp on that manicure or forget an essential pedicure – manky feet just don’t complement a sparkly dress and statement shoes. Furthermore, with the stresses and strains of the season in full swing, a relaxing massage or indulgent facial can make the world of difference to your smile on Christmas day… But how can you justify it when you’ve just spent a fortune on those fancy crackers for the table? With the launch of the 118 118 Beauty Pass, all those problems can melt away. The 118 118 Beauty Pass offers huge discounts on every pampering treatment imaginable, across hundreds of salons and spas in the capital city. If you love having a regular trim, or simply like testing out new treatments and having some ‘me time’, then the Beauty Pass could save you some serious dosh. With savings of over 50% on brow tinting, lash extensions, massage, acupuncture, hair styling, facials, chemical peels, non-surgical facelifts, manicures, pedicures, teeth whitening, waxing and much more, the 118 118 Beauty Pass opens doors to unimaginable savings.
The card is available NOW to buy for £79.99 for a year’s subscription. Even if you only book two or three treatments throughout the year, you’ve instantly made your money back with the huge savings on offer. What’s even better is that I’ve got a unique code for LBQ readers that enables you to grab the card for ONLY £29.99 for a limited time – that’s a saving of £50.00! To claim this huge discount simply enter code LBQ118118 at the checkout and get booking those pampering sessions. I for one think this is a brilliant idea for beauty lovers, especially if you already regularly visit spas, salons and hairdressers across London. In celebration of the 118 118 Beauty Pass, here are my top must-have treatments for the festive season (and some amazing offers so you can experience them at half the price!)
1. Gel Mani/Pedi Combo
(Available at Rica’s Hair & Beauty with discounts of up to 72%!)
With time in short supply, nobody has the hours in the day to replace chipped polish or remember to re-paint their toe nails. A gel manicure not only looks flawless and provides a super shiny finish, but it’s chip resistant and will last 2-4 weeks on the hands (as well as 6-8 weeks on the feet.) Getting a coat of Christmassy red polish to last you throughout the festive season and well past New Years Eve will be the best thing you do this year. You won’t have to worry that the endless washing up will ruin your polish either!
2. Bee Venom Facial
(Available at Harmony Health & Beauty with discounts up to 50%!)
A rather new treatment to hit salons, the honey bee venom used in this facial is used to fool the skin into thinking it has been lightly stung with the toxin melittin. This causes the body to direct blood towards the area and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which ensures our skin is healthy looking and plump. Treating yourself to a facial treatment of bee venom will not only remove the dead and dry skin from the surface that causes dullness, but it will help to relax the senses and ensure you’re prepared for the party season.
3. Hot Stone Massage
(Available at Nicky’s Salon with discounts up to 60%!)
Having a massage can literally help your stresses melt away. Nothing beats the Oxford Street shopping blues more than a sleepy session on a table, covered in warm stones. Hot stone massage is a specialty treatment where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones to massage and relax. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles, so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly. If you’re short of time but are suffering from tight shoulders or a troublesome back, a massage could have you skipping down to the supermarket ready to fight over the last turkey.
4. Leg Wax
(Available at Holistic Beauty London with discounts up to 50%!)
Nobody has the time or inclination to faff about with a razor in the morning, especially if you’re off on your travels or staying with relatives. Getting it all waxed off will leave your limbs super smooth and ready for that daring mini dress, as well as ensuring you don’t have to worry about fuzz until at least 2014. Because everything is about chocolate this time of year, why not opt for a chocolate wax too?
5. Lash and Brow Tint
(Available at Jade Angel Hair & Beauty with discounts up to 50%!)
With the smokey eye not going anywhere this Christmas, it’s essential to ensure your lashes and eyebrows complement the dark hues by being perfectly filled in. Getting lashes and brows tinted can help to frame the face and ensure your look is complete, as well as reducing the time needed to fill them in when you’re in a hurry. What’s even better is that your lashes and brows will still look perfect even when you can’t be bothered to put on makeup come Boxing Day.
Want to nab yourself a 118 118 Beauty Pass before anyone else? I have TEN cards up for grabs for ten lucky ladies (or gents!) All you have to do is enter via the widget below. Good luck and happy pampering.
The 118 118 Beauty Pass is now available to buy for £79.99 on www.118118Beauty.com. However, use the code LBQ118118 at the checkout to grab yours for only £29.99!
This is a collaborative post with 118 118 Beauty, but I still think it’s a blooming fab idea.