Organisational DIY’s

Sometimes I tend to do things without realizing. Like organising. Yes, I organise my things without me realising and I actually quite like it when it happens. I noticed the other day I had organised a few bits and bobs and thought I should share the tips with you all.

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I had this little rectangular basket in one of the bathroom cupboards. I didn’t realise that I had stored all my little sample tit bits and travel sized lotions, hand creams and shower gels in it. So here’s a step by step guide as to how I re-organised them just for you all to see. Oh, I’ve got a mini candle in there too, a face exfoliating thing (I think I’ve used it only once or twice), an extra travel toothbrush, hand sanitizer, a soap bar and a tub of Vaseline. I find that they all fit inside quite well and was easily stored without looking too shabby.

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Now, this I know I put together with a lot of thought because I do value all the products I’ve bought and also received by Spa Ceylon. Yes, I have quite a few things and yes, I do use nearly each and every one of them. On the far right I’ve placed all the hair care products in this floral jewellery holder. The middle includes all the foot care products like my favourite foot mist with peppermint! The left holds the two foot soak tubs and the centre front part holds travel sized shower gels, a body scrub and a compress which I am yet to use with one of the bath and body oils.

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Now this is something I’ve made use of instead of just hoarding it somewhere in my closet. I got a gift set from Victoria’s Secret and the products came in this vibrant pink heart-shaped case. Once the products were used up, I didn’t quite know what to do with it so here’s how I’ve organised a few other essentials of mine. I’ve got an extra face scrub in there along with a scented candle (lavender my favourite!), my L’Oreal eyes and lips makeup remover, and my lavender bath salts. See how pretty they look, all organised together 🙂

I hope this somewhat gave you all an idea as to how every day items can be used to organise other bits and bops around your space.

Xoxo

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WHITE by Spa Ceylon – nominated for World Spa Awards 2015!

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Spa Ceylon, Sri Lanka’s premier spa lifestyle brand, has been once again recognized for their exceptional innovation and service in the international Spa Industry by being nominated for the World Luxury Spa Awards, for Service Excellence, with the nomination of WHITE By Spa Ceylon for the World Spa Awards 2015.

Make Sri Lanka proud! Please go to http://www.luxuryhotelawards.com/node/add/vote-spa/220009 and vote for White By Spa Ceylon.

The World Luxury Spa Awards promote official spa participants amongst 141 countries for a period of 1 year in order to create maximum awareness. “We have been nominated to receive an Award in the Luxury Ayurveda Spa Category for Service Excellence and we are indeed gratified that once again Spa Ceylon has put Sri Lanka on the international map”, said Managing Director Spa Ceylon, Shiwantha Dias.

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Backed by substantial marketing and promotional campaigns, The World Luxury Spa Awards promotes its participants on a global scale by means of an online spa profile hosted by the World Luxury Hotel Awards website, featuring in the Ultimate Spa Guide and media coverage, as well as networking opportunities with our established sponsors and partners. The ultimate goal of these awards is to raise service standards within the Luxury Spa industry and to create awareness in the global market. “To provide luxury spas with well-deserved recognition based upon votes from guests, provide the possibility of a fresh stream of spa customers, providing spas with extra credibility as well as giving staff the recognition they deserve thus improving staff morale is the aim of these awards”, said Ms Marinique de Wet, Director of World Luxury Spa Awards.

“Spa Ceylon’s guests could vote for us online. Votes will be based on service. No other areas will be taken into consideration other than excellent service delivery”, said Shalin Balasuriya, Director & Co-Founder.

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WHITE By Spa Ceylon is a grand expression Spa Ceylon’s signature style – fusing old Ceylon elements with contemporary Sri Lankan design – in pure white. A grand white façade of Spa Ceylon’s Royal Kandyan insignia greets guests as they walk onto sparkling marble floors to a warm traditional welcome. The lilting sounds of old Ceylon Melodies play somewhere in the background as the soothing aroma of Ceylonese florals waft through the air.

Every detail of the WHITE By Spa Ceylon spa & spa ritual has been stylishly designed in keeping with the white theme & detailed to perfection – to ensure guests receive a totally fulfilling & relaxing spa experience like no other. From organic cotton & Ayurveda herb filled cushions & pillows; to hand-made stainless steel  foot baths laden with white pebbles & white jasmines; to exotic massage oils  richly blended with Ceylonese floral extracts, Kashmiri almonds, virgin coconut & precious aromatic Jasmine essential oil; to refreshing whitening Ayurveda herbal infusions accompanied by traditional Ayurveda crystals, served in custom designed hand-made Spa Ceylon silverware; to highly precise signature massage movements by the spa therapists, every element has been re-detailed & re-designed to complement each other – making the WHITE By Spa Ceylon experience uniquely different.

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Situated in Colombo 7’s fashionable Ward Place, White by Spa Ceylon accommodates up to 24 guests at a given time, with luxuriously appointed body treatment rooms including 3 couples’ suites, 4 single rooms, 2 all-white traditional Shirodhara therapy rooms, a 4 seat mani-pedi lounge and a rejuvenating 8 seat foot spa.

This inimitably Sri Lankan brand has become extremely popular beyond Sri Lanka as well, with Spa Ceylon signature boutiques & spas now operating in more than 25 locations across 10 countries in Europe, South Asia & across South East Asia. In 2015, Spa Ceylon plans to further expand with more than 30 new openings in Asia & Africa, along with expansion to Seychelles, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia & South Africa.

**Press release**

Cardamom Rose Hand Butter review

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Yet another review, yes, sorry about that but I feel like it’s about time I talk about this hand butter because I love it so much!

I’m not a hand or body butter type of person to be honest. I do not and have not ever owned any hand and body butters before getting this one as a gift. I wasn’t too thrilled about it until I opened the tub and gave it a whiff. This is the Cardamom Rose Hand Butter by Spa Ceylon Ayurveda and it was originally released during the Christmas season of 2013. They came out with it again end of last year so I believe it’s still up for grab online and in stores if you’re interested.

So as the name suggests, this hand butter smells of rose and cardamom. Not a usual combination of scents but I tell you, it works and it works just great. It’s a great balance between to the floral and the spicy and the texture is just right too. It might feel a bit too heavy at first and when you begin to apply it all over your hands but as you work it in, it really sinks in well. I have been working it extra on my nails and fingers because I feel like that is something most tend to ignore and instead work on the palms.

Product description –  A rich naturally revitalizing hand care treatment with pure mango butter to restore moisture to fatigued skin. Vitamin-rich sweet almond and virgin coconut help nourish , soften and smooth very dry and rough hands, kokum butter helps preserve youthfulness, protecting day and night.

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Do I feel a difference after using this overnight? Yeah I actually do. My hands feel softer and there is a slight scent of rose and cardamom that lingers too which took my completely by surprise the very first time I used it. I also like to apply and reapply this during the day whenever I feel like it. Just because I want to!

Would I repurchase it? I probably would… yes, I think I actually would.

Xoxo

White Sandal Facial Cleansing Oil review

New skin care product!
New skin care product!

 

 

Yes, the tropical heat can be very drying on your skin. Even when it rains heavily in Sri Lanka, the humidity level rises causing a lot of drying so us Lankans have to be extra careful with our face and body.

I’ve been using a sample of the White Sandal Facial Cleansing Oil by Spa Ceylon for a couple of months. I received it along with four other products as a gift after attending an event. Now a cleansing oil was something new to me and for the most part I used it at night to take off my eyeliner and lip colour. It really helped clean my skin and not leave it dry so I thought of investing in a larger sized bottle of the same.

Description – This is an extra-hydrating and deep cleansing formula with 100% pure precious sandalwood oil to help gently lighten, brighten and illuminate skin. Green olive and soya help dissolve impurities and effectively remove make-up, while naturally anti-oxidant virgin coconut and sweet almond nourish and hydrate skin. Sandalwood, rice bran and natural vitamins help improve overall skin health, while avocado help soothe and refresh skin. The invigorating aroma of sandalwood helps warm and brighten the senses.

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Even though I had been using it mostly as a makeup removal product, I noticed how it also hydrated my skin and kept it fresh looking all the time. To use, you need to apply all over face, neck and eye area. Gently massage and wipe off with cotton or warm wet towel. I use cotton pads to do this because I do not like to completely take it off. I like leaving it on my face very lightly for a good half an hour before I finally rinse it off with warm water.

I love the formula because even though it is an oil, it doesn’t look too layered and plastered on my skin. It helps to pat a cotton pad all over and leave it on to do its magic. The fragrance is something I love about it too. The sandalwood isn’t as apparent as you’d think it would be. I’d have to say that the almond fragrance is a much stronger note in this product, which is not a bad thing at all.

This is very easy to use and you don’t need a lot of product either. It’s got a tube like top that works like a mini suction so all you have to do it squeeze the little tube pump. It doesn’t collect a lot of product on to the glass tube but this is a good thing because you do not need a lot of it. I use two light squeezes of product on my face.

Since I’ve got myself a bigger bottle, I use it twice a day when I feel like my skin is too dry and on other days just before going to bed at night.

Would I purchase this again? Oh yeah!

Detox Spa Indulgence range

New spa goodies!
New spa goodies!

I’m so excited! My weekend just got a whole lot better when I realized the packaged delivered to me this afternoon was from my favourite spa in town – Spa Ceylon Ayurveda!

They’ve just launched a new range of bath and body spa products and I’ve been given a spa indulgence set to try out – yay me! As the tagline goes, these products are a natural detox for absolute wellness. This is a range of natural detox formulae infused with powerful Ayurveda herbs, purifying Indian Ocean minerals and Ceylonese essential oils. This range of products helps draw out harmful toxins, deep seated impurities and negative energies from the skin, and promote purity and natural balance. Sounds oh so relaxing!

The entire range includes the Sarvavishadi Body Treatment Oil, Citrus Brown Sugar Crystal Gel Hair Remover, Red Sandalwood Protective Body Essence, Eucalyptus Bath and Shower Gel, Hot Sugar Warming Body Scrub, Ceylon Coffee Body Polish Gel and the Bamboo Charcoal Body Pac.

My little indulgence gift set includes the Hot Sugar Body Scrub, Ceylon Coffee Body Polish Gel, Eucalyptus Bath and Shower Gel, Red Sandalwood Protective Body Essence and the Bamboo Charcoal Body Pac.

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The cute gift bag

As always, their indulgence gift sets come in the most adorable gift bags and this one’s no different. This makes for the ideal carry-on bag for all these cute little items and I love taking them with me especially when I travel.

So let’s move on to each of the products shall we?

Hot Sugar Body Scrub

20141107_155423Description – This is a unique exfoliating treatment enriched with minerals to assist in drawing out harmful toxins and deep seated impurities from the skin. Natural cane sugar crystals, deep-acting Indian ginseng and purifying flowers of zinc are combined with mineral clays to warm and purify the body, clearing clogged pores, removing dead skin cells and smoothing the skin. Sandalwood and ginger promote overall skin cell renewal and helps balance the skin.

Sounds quite lovely doesn’t it? Now, I’d love to use this after a long day of work or even after hours working at my laptop at home. I’m a huge fan of body scrubs because the grainy texture does wonders on my skin – removing the dead skin cells and smoothing everything else out so I have no doubt that this would do the same. It is best used twice weekly, all over the body, legs and also hands. Apply lumps of the scrub into skin and massage in circular motion until a warming heat is felt. Extra rough areas like elbows and knees could use a little extra of this scrub. Rinse off only when the scrub cools down.

 

Ceylon Coffee Body Polish Gel

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Description – This includes a natural formula blended with detoxing Ayurveda herbs, minerals and essentials oils. The powerful blend of pure Ceylon coffee, turmeric, kokum bark and Indian gooseberry helps purify and draw out toxins from the skin. The unique crystal complex of pure sugar beads, ocean salts and kokum butter exfoliates, smoothens and polishes the body. Virgin coconut oil, rice bran and almond help nourish, hydrate and revitalize, instantly revealing softer, more radiant looking skin. This product helps clarify and balance the senses.

Now if you’ve used the Body Shop Blueberry Gel Scrub, you’ll totally understand what this product would be and feel like. It’s got all the benefits of a scrub but the texture (apart from being grainy) has a very jelly like gel texture to it. This actually makes it a bit sloppy to apply but I am yet to find out about this particular product so let’s not get waaaay ahead of ourselves.This doesn’t say how often it should be used but I’m guessing twice or thrice weekly should be fine. Use it especially on the rough areas of the body as well as discoloured spots. Simply rinse off and pat dry.

 

Bamboo Charcoal Body Pac

20141107_155347Description – This body pac gives a complete and natural purifying treatment and helps in drawing out harmful toxins and deep seated impurities from the skin. The blend of carbon-rich natural bamboo charcoal, deep acting mineral clays and red sandalwood helps clear clogged pores, remove excess oil and deep cleanse the skin. Calumba wood, margosa and kokum bark help purify the skin and draw our toxins even further and promote natural balance. Sweet almond, virgin coconut and pure bees honey hydrate, nourish and protect, while antiseptic eucalyptus helps soothe, clear and refresh.

To me, this sounds the most perfect product of all, thanks to the eucalyptus. That is the fragrance that hits the senses first and then the red sandalwood begins to sink in. This too can be used twice weekly. Apply a thick layer all over the body and then leave it on for about 15 minutes. Afterwards, massage lightly and rinse off with milk and water. I’d skip the milk routine because that could make things get a bit messy but it does give a very clean and fresh after effect. I can definitely see myself using this purely because I love the texture of body pacs. I used to use a Margosa Body Pac by Spa Ceylon some years ago but sadly they discontinued it. Hopefully, this should make up for the loss.

 

Eucalyptus Bath and Shower Gel

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Description – This is a powerful and purifying formula that assist in drawing out harmful toxins and deep seated impurities from the skin. Purifying turmeric, camphor, margosa, indigo and calumba wood help remove excess oil, deep cleanse, protect and improve overall balance. organic aloe vera cools the entire body system, while coconut, sweet almond and olive gently nourish the skin. Antiseptic eucalytus helps soothe, clear and refresh the mind and body.

I have an awesome feeling that this is going to be another huge favourite of mine, just because of the amazing fragrance. The eucalyptus does come across as a bit too strong but I can obviously tone that down by using less protect during a bath. I love margosa and calumba wood too so I know this is going to be a great job in what they say it does do. I can’t wait to go on and use this and then purchase the large size bottle of shower gel.

 

Red Sandalwood Protective Body Essence

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Description – This is an extra light day treatment to protect the skin from harmful toxins and harsh environmental factors. The blend of red sandalwood, turmeric, licorice and margosa helps protect the skin, diminish dark spots and improve skin discolouration. naturally caring aloe vera, rice bran, carrot and mango hydrate and nourish the skin while soothing witch hazel helps keep the skin radiantly fresh all day long. Aromatic lemon refreshes the senses.

The body essence has a more lotion like texture to it and so it’s best used after a shower. It’s not a thick and heavy type of one and like it says it’s a light day treatment for the skin. Again, I just love the fragrance of red sandalwood so I think this is going to be yet another favourite of mine. This too can be used twice daily, and needs to be nicely massaged onto the skin after a bath or shower and then reapplied at night. I do tend to like lotions and creams with a little bit of a heavier texture but thanks to the awesome fragrance I do think I’ll love this just the same.

 

So there you have it, my little review of the detox spa indulgence gift set. The entire range does have a few more items as mentioned in this post so do check them out.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Xoxo

Comfort Pain Reliever Balm review

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While I was away I packed my Comfort Pain Reliever Balm by Spa Ceylon Ayurveda with me. I didn’t think I’d use it all that very much but carried it in my little pouch of medicines just in case.

It definitely came in handy when I had sneezing fits in the wee hours of the morning and aching feet after long hours of walking in the haram. Inclusive of spices such as cinnamon, peppermint, black pepper, lemongrass and cloves what it claims to do is provide fast action and comforting relief from muscular body pain, joint aches and sprains, soothes sores and muscle strain while it also soothes and comforts the senses.

I’d have to say that it does the trick in soothing and comforting the senses as well as provide relief for muscular aches. As for sprains it doesn’t quite work for me. I had a terrible foot sprain one time and even I generously applied it and massaged well and proper, I didn’t have the relief and comfort I was needing.  However I must add that inhaling the spicy fragrance cures a mild headache and blocked nose.

Overall I’d give it a thumbs up! Xoxo

Colombo Fashion Week Resort Show 2014

The third edition of the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week Resort Show will be held from 1 to 4 October in Negombo. CFW has proved to be the backbone of the Sri Lankan fashion design industry, celebrating its 11th year with the launch of its third annual show focusing on a collection of resort wear outfits. This much anticipated seasonal fashion showcase that has been well received by the fashion public in both Sri Lanka and the region; is to take place at Jetwing Blue and Jetwing Beach. The unique annual Resort Show will also focus on a variety of new features this year.

Commenting of CFW’s vision behind the show, Ajai V Singh, President Colombo Fashion Week stated, “Resort is a growing category around the world, and it’s new. I personally feel Sri Lanka is very well positioned to take a lead to create a regional resort wear pivot. This year, CFW Resort Show is a four day showcase of the brightest Sri Lankan fashion talent, we are very proud of that and excited about the new opportunities we have been able to create for Sri Lankan designers. At CFW we are determined to take the Sri Lankan fashion industry from strength to strength.”

The HSBC CFW Resot Show 2014 head table
The HSBC CFW Resot Show 2014 head table

The HSBC CFW Resort Show will celebrate the historic town of Negombo, where the first HSBC CFW Resort Wear Show was held. Negombo, a vibrant town that is home to the oldest fishing industry in Sri Lanka, lies amidst a colourful cultural and historical setting.

“We are pleased to once again be the resort partner for this extremely special and unique event, which continuously adds value and enhances Sri Lankan fashion. This time around, the CFW Resort Show quite rightly heads to the beach – and the beaches of Negombo provide the perfect venue to showcase the diverse creativity, talent, and commitment of our upcoming young designers. We look forward to the best HSBC CFW Resort Show yet!” stated Ishanth Gunawardene, Head of Sales and Marketing, Jetwing Hotels.

New items featured at the show will include a series of ‘Bright Sparks’ shows which were launched earlier this year with talented young undergraduates from a variety of Sri Lanka’s leading fashion institutes. A series of pop up shops will be featured prominently at the show for the first time this year. Pop up shops will be designed to create a sale point for items which will be showcased at the event. The shops will be designed by young architects who will compete for the opportunity to create the ultimate shop design.  This year, Jetwing will add excitement to the show by featuring two internationally renowned chefs (Daniel Hebet and Kenneth Loke) who will create a series of culinary masterpieces at the event. The show is to end with all the glitz and glamour of its legendary after parties this year.

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