Have you scheduled an important diary date that just seems to be creeping closer and closer and you need to look your best for?
Well, this weekend I had a wedding in Spain and am attending the Scottish Fashion Awards in Glasgow tonight, so before I got into a tizzy about what to wear, I booked in for some beauty treatments at Rainforest Day Spa, Co. Wicklow.
First up, a Shellac manicure and pedicure, which, would you believe is the first time I´ve tried Shellac. Famed for their long lasting look (no chipping for 2 weeks I am told) after application, your hands or feet go under a UV light, which sets the polish in place.
Unlike gel nails, your nails can grow naturally while you have the polish on, and I was advised to have the manicure removed by a salon when the time comes – most salons offer this service for free).
Then I had an all over Rockstar spray tan, an organic tan which adapts to one´s skin tone and developed by former Fair City actress Rachel Kavanagh. Nowaways, I´ll only go organic with my spray tan and am a fan of the Van-ity brand but the Rockstar result was really impressive next day, I looked like Id just come back from a sun holiday with no hint of oompaloompa orangeness in sight.
Rainforest also offers Bum Lift treatments and Madonna’s little secret – the CACI Non-Surgical Facelift – and anyone who spends 50 euros there can use their outdoor hot tub free of charge (If only I´d had time to try this but it would´ve wiped my tan right off!).
The spa is set in Enniskerry, in the picturesque Wicklow countryside just 30 minutes from Dublin city, and with the stunning views from their veranda, Rainforest is not just for day trippers. Their overnight spa break is the best value I´ve seen (99 euro pps for two treatments, a 3 course evening meal and B&B in summerhillhousehotel.com) so I´m just waiting for the day to return when I can round up my girlfriends to make a night and day of it on a budget.
Rainforest Day Spa, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow | (01) 274 8080 | www.rainforest.ie
Shellac Two-Week Nails (30min) €30 manicure or pedicure
The Glow (Rockstar tan) €25Tweet