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21 Jan 2020


Comments Off on WELLNESS IN ST LUCIA health & beauty, hotel, lifestyle, my words, review, spa, travel
You don’t have to go halfway around the world to release your happiness endorphins….

but if wellbeing and finding elusive inner peace is on your agenda, Saint Lucia offers a natural tonic and provides the perfect option for those who want to mentally re-charge and zen out.

Read my review on the idyllic Marigot Bay Resort for Citizen Femme here

02 Jun 2019


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Step inside some rather attractive Riad doors, on Edgware Road, and you will enter the steamy, exotic boudoir of Casa Spa.

If you’ve not tried a Hammam before, this traditional spa is a great place to get acquainted. Both relaxing and rejuvenating, prepare to be pummelled, but the experience with also re-set your soul.

Read my review for SoEdited here

23 Oct 2018


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So when I went for a five senses treatment at the Peak Health Club at the Jumeirah Hotel in Knightsbridge, my mood was definitely elevated! 

Exfoliation, massage, a facial and luxurious body creme was the perfect start to the cold weather. Read my review for Luxury Lifestyle Magazine here

Autumn body treats for all your senses at the Peak Health Club in Knightsbridge, London


01 Jan 2018


Comments Off on HAPPPPPPPY NEW YEAR! 55Factory, health & beauty, my words, review, sara darling, spa

New year, new you right? 

That’s probably the thought in many a mind this morning, and what better way to start a shiny new year with getting rid of all your old baggage?? Well, you can start with the skin variety. I fell in love with the Custom Rituals at the Beauty and Melody Spa at the M by Montcalm in Shoreditch, and I am sure you will too. I definitely have Polynesia on my hit list this year, so I can try it in person!

Read my review for 55 here


31 Jul 2017


Comments Off on GROUNDBREAKING SKINCARE NEWS FOR IMPROVING CELLULITE beauty, blogger, my words, review, sara darling, spa

Cellulite be gone


So you might be at a perfect weight for your height but there is still some stubborn lumpy skin.

Sound familiar? 

Everyone gets cellulite, and that’s a fact. Even Kate Moss, so it’s no wonder that finding something to get rid of the bumps is an ongoing quest for most.  

Having tried rubbing and brushing and massaging, I was resigned that my skin was destined to be dimpled.. But as a las resort, I decided to try Celluence?, which is a two step process to be used twice a day for at least 1-3 months. Obviously this works best with cutting out sugar, alcohol, and upping the exercise routine, so I thought the summer time was the most likely time anyone would get to see my thighs, so why not give it a go? 

Feeling slightly dubious that lotions would be the answer to my prayers, I started looking in to the ingredients to see what they were actually meant to do. With horse chestnut, gotu kola, butcher’s broom, cocoa polyphenols, red pine bark, green tea, turmeric, coleus, green coffee, citrus fruit and mint, the combination sounded like something from Harry Potter! But I’ve seen the movies, and  I know that magic can happen…


Using the two Celluence? creams (Phase One + Phase Two) in conjunction with each other, meant that my thighs and bottom got a thorough dosage of the active products, and was almost like taking the best of the best and doubling the results. 

Once I got used to the slight tingling- brought about by the mint and lemon peel, the tincture soaked in like moisturiser, so if anything, I could be sure that my skin would be softer than it had been, even if it didn’t look any better! However I continued in my quest for Cindy Crawford limbs, (albeit in my dreams)…And I did wonder whether I would be able to look at my kitchen tumeric in the same way…


To be honest, I had a busy month, and trying to squeeze in gym sessions, birthdays, and a hectic workload, meant that I my rhythm went a little off kilter, and using the lotions twice a day went slightly array, nevertheless, after a month of increasing my gym classes, and drastically cutting down my alcohol, and remembering to apply to apply Celluence? for 80% of the time, I can say I can see a tighter bottom which is definitely not as pocky! 


Would I continue with the product? Why not, if I can see a slight result in just over a month, this is bonus for me. There is more to achieve, but like I said, I have softer skin, and I quite like the refreshing tingle, so count me in for the long run.

Prices start from £45 for 100ml to £155 for 500ml.
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11 Nov 2016


Comments Off on THE VINEYARD- A HOTEL FOR WINE LOVERS hotel, lblogger, my words, spa, style nest

Check out what I got up to at the very aptly named ‘The Vineyard’ Hotel in Berkshire. Cue there was wine involved… And a spa!

The Vineyard Hotel in Newbury

24 Apr 2016

Organic beauty products which are bound to put you in a SUPERMOOD

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Cosmetics from Finland which are made with love

It was as though the beauty fairies have been watching me sleep, as the arrival of the beautiful SUPERMOOD gift box landed on my doorstep at a particularly rocky week. Overtired and overworked, my skin was crying out for a bit of attention, so the beautiful packaging of the SUPERMOOD products including Ego Boost?One Minute Facelift Serum, Youth Glo Babyface Mask and?Beauty Sleep Absolute Bliss Serum, sounded like they were just what the doctor ordered.

To be honest, I wouldn’t necessarily order beauty products from the internet, especially not a different country, as I like to touch and smell the products before I slop them on my skin… but the rave reviews about SUPERMOOD and it’s origins persuaded me to give them a try. Founded by ex-model Anne Kukkohovi, (who also hosted Finland’s Next Top Model and is a complete babe!) the small but perfectly formed range is completely holistic, and is made in Finland from natural ingredients.

I began my treats with the Beauty Sleep Absolute Bliss Serum as bad sleep is the root of all my problems (and I have left my previously blogged miracle Therapearl eye patches at the boyfs).. The subtle scent of sea fennel was not only calming, but contains such a high percentage of antioxidants that the collagen that gives you stretchy skin is protected, and I woke up feeling fresh, plumed and even a little bit rejuvenated, which is always a good sign for a hectic Monday!


With my new revived skin, I was keen to see how I fared with the Ego Boost One Minute Facelift Serum..I had lots to do, so liked the idea of having an ego boost. Easy to apply and non sticky I undertook my daily beauty routine religiously, and after only a couple of days, I could feel my skin tightening- and I can safely say this the closest thing I have come across to a facelift without visiting a clinic! Talk about an ego boost, I was ready to take on the world!


Finally I got round to try the Youth Glo Babyface Mask- I almost didn’t want to as I was so happy with my sparkly visage, and didn’t want to mess it up! But I’m glad I did. The facemask was a delicious combination of pampering and smelling like a baby’s (clean) bum. Taking time out to relax for a good 20 minutes (fear not, you don’t have to do any longer as the mask doesn’t actually set)..and bingo! I was as squeaky clean, refreshed and firm. It’s only a shame I tried it on a night in- next time, I will definitley use it as a base for radiant skin before a night out.



For an almost unbelievable luxury experience for a very pocket friendly price, I would definitely recommend checking out the whole range from SUPERMOOD. I think adopting this philosophy is the way forward, and who doesn’t need a bit of help in the fabulous mood department?

10 Apr 2016

Are these the BEST products ever for sparkly eyes??

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I love trying new beauty products. Especially when they involve something that could potentially improve the quality of my life!!!

So when I discovered the TheraPearl range for tired eyes, I knew I had to investigate a little further….

I am someone who admittedly burns the candle at both of it’s proverbial ends. I socialize and I get up to go to pump class. However much my body can take it, my poor eyeballs have been sending out SOS signals for a few months now. Coupled with my job as a freelance writer and stylist, which involves hours on the laptop/ipad and smart phone, I have been feeling the burn in the visage department.

So I was somewhat keen to get my paws on the TheraPearl eye essential mask. Providing a hot or cold treatment, this mask is designed for relief of red puffy eyes, and my bug bear, the dry eye.

Therapearl eye mask_Diary of a fashion darling

I was however a little apprehensive about putting something hot on my delicate eyeballs, but with the easy to follow instructions, I erred on the side of caution, and undercooked the mask in the microwave at the first attempt. (Meaning I checked it after five seconds instead of the recommended 10-15). Once I was sure it wasn’t going to burn my face off, I was happy to attach lie back and relax. A mere 20 minutes will not only reduce redness in your throbbing eyeballs, but decrease any excessive blood flow around the delicate eye area, thus potentially minimizing the unavoidable dark circles that come with late nights! I might need a few more tries before I see this result, but I am well on my way to an addiction! I wore it to bed on day number two, and it’s just as soothing cold. And for fact fans, you can even freeze it and apply in the same way so the teeny tiny balls of goodness address any migrane pains. Magic!


Coupled with Bausch + Lomb Bio True Rewetting Eye Drops, I feel like a new woman! Another product that is a must have for any laptop lover who suffers from dry, tired or irritated eyes. It provides instant natural hydration, in a simple easy to use pump. Kind of like diesel for your hardworking eyeballs, even if you wear contact lenses, and you can indulge as often as you like.


Shame it won’t protect me from some of the emails I get sent, but it will make reading them a lot easier to swallow!

For more information check out


17 Feb 2016

Getting to Grips with Grinberg at Gazelli House

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AKA having my first experience having my tootsies read!

I’m up for trying pretty much anything- and have absoulutely no brand loyalty- sorry products, but hey there advertisers! However, I keep coming back to Gazelli House in South Kensington. A haven for chilling out, I thought this would be the ideal place to test my toe in the water of the Grinberg way…

As soon as I set myself down on the bed I knew it would be an intense experience. My therapist Rachel Glendinning told me to relax and answer the questionnaire whilst she prodded, poked and smoothed by hard walking hoofs in order to get to the crux of my physical and emotional wellbeing. This makes sense to me as if you are on your feet all day your feet can’t lie!

I don’t know if my discomfort was registering, or my flinches meant anything, but there are certain parts of my feet which seemed to be very tensed up- and as if by magic, Rachel uncovered some emotional baggage from assessing my foot balls!

Known for busting stress, and treating all kinds of 21st lifestyle obstacles, the Grinberg Method is along the lines of hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, but in massage form. Acting as a physical therapy for psychological problems, massage is used to address blocks, which you might not realise you had. Miraculously it is also like therapy, with Rachel directing some leading questions in relation to what she had read from my feet.

Not having come in for a particular issue, it was interesting for Rachel to work me through some potential concerns and trapped patterns she had picked up on in my history, this lead to the first session concentrating on my shoulders to ease out my automatic relflex to fidget.

An unusual practise, as it was more gruelling than relaxing, but after just one session I was able to understand that it was my choice, whether to use a certain area or keep it knotted up.

Leaving Gazelli House, feeling slightly battered, yet strangely light, this is a therapy that I could see working wonders for me.

For more information, ask for a booking with Rachel Glendinning at Gazelli House.

174 Walton Street, London, SW3 2JL



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16 Feb 2016

A hot stone massage works wonders on a cold body!

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With London Fashion Week looming, I thought I would pre-empt the madness and go for a much needed massage before the shows began. And with the weather doing it’s usual Febuary freeze, I opted for a Hot Stone Massage at Sorbet in Muswell Hill.

Not exactly eager to strip down to my birthday suit, I was made completely at ease by my lovely Spanish masseuse. Apparenlty the hot stones are the perfect for saying “toodles to toxins” and the heat of the really rather hot stones does wonders for opening your muscles so the therapist can get in for a deep but very relaxing massage.

I have a vague recollection of comparing it to the cheats version to hot yoga, before I dropped off! It is not in anyway unpleasant, just a little odd at first. I wasn’t expecting hot stones between my toes for example, but apparently I have tense feet! Which makes sense with the amount of trotting about I do!! Once you have gotten over the actual heated stones, which are super smooth and flat- like pebbles for skimming, it is easy to relax. Although you don’t have any idea where your therapist will place them next!

By putting them on the palms of your hand, on your belly and shoulders, it improves the flow of energy in your body, and anything to make those tense parts of me relax is not a bad thing.

Each client will have an individiual experience, but it is defintiely one I would recommend if you haven’t tried it before. Next time I am in need of a deep root around my muscles, I will be back! After fashion week then!

With a menu like this, I think there is something to tickle everyone’s fancy!

Knead for Swede

Back and Neck Swedish Massage (30 min)
£ 30
Full Body Swedish Massage (60 min)
£ 50

Relax Max Massage

With Stress Relief Aromatherapy Oils (60 min)
£ 55

Go Getter Massage

With Energising Aromatherapy Oils (60 min)
£ 55

Knock your Tox Off

With Detoxifying Oils (60 min)
£ 55

Achy Breaky Hot Stone Massage

Back and Neck (30 min)
£ 35
Full Body (60 min)
£ 60

Relaxing Foot or Hand Massage

Includes Soak and Exfoliation (30 min)
£ 15

Back Up Plan

Back Cleanse, like a facial for your back (45 min)
£ 35
For more info and booking contact