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Friday 10 February 2012

Perfect Girls' Night in to Kickstart the Weekend...

It's a new year our Miu Miu purses are empty (bar all the supposedly 'dry January' secret bar receipts), it's cold and snowy outside and a heavy MasterCard envelope is winging it's way to our letterbox.  Trips to Cowshed for a massage, dinner at Bistrotheque and lychee martinis at Lounge Lover are very much off the cards for now.  The 3BM solution (and how I will be spending tonight) is....a girls' night in!

My perfect ingredients…

1. Massages - Henrietta Malet the mobile masseuse - she's lovely and does amazing swedish massages. No need to cram yourself onto the hot, grubby tube afterwards as she comes to your home and charges from only £33 for a 30 min back massage (other options are also available, just check out her website). She does discounted deals for groups too.

Cocktails - Make sure you have the following to make the most fabulous cocktails - 1 shot of gin, 1 shot of elderflower liqueur (M&S sell a great one but if not, any other will do, just top up on the gin...), fresh mint and a little tonic water, mix all together in a martini glass and enjoy!!

Magazines - Stacks of the latest issues of your favourite magazines are a must-have to catch up on the celeb gossip and update your wish lists, my favs….Vogue, Grazia, Elle, Glamour, Heat and Look.

Yummy Food - very important! If you're feeling lazy and want an easy option give Rosa's a call and order in some DELISH Thai! Otherwise for a homemade option this one never fails….Jamie Oliver Meatballs - we always add mozzarella to the top before putting in the oven, naughty but amazing!

DVDs - A box set is always a winner to while away the hours with the girls whilst drinking and eating your way through a feast. My current favourites - Entourage, Greys Anatomy (hot men galore…. I'd rate Alex, Steamy and Dreamy all up there!) and if all else fails Sex and the City or Dirty Dancing.  Or if you're after a girlie film put on Crazy Stupid Love - Ryan Gosling will NOT disappoint!

DIY Beauty Treatments - Some serious pampering is also in order….face, feet and hands!

Face….Origins Out of Trouble face mask is one of my favourites (£19) - my skin looks great the next day and it feels like it is literally pulling out all the toxins (even better whilst sipping a gin & elderflower cocktail as it then becomes guilt free!)

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Followed by Botanics Organic Super Balm (£5.10) - really hydrating and perfect for this winter weather!

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Feet - after visiting a salon on Kings Road for a much deserved stiletto pedicure, Melissa and I have have become obsessed with Callus Peel Foot Treatment. You can order online and carry out the treatment yourself at home for a fraction of the price! (Top Tip - wear gloves otherwise your hands need serious work afterwards!) Soak feet, apply callus peel packs (in gloves) and cover feet in clingfilm, leave for 15 mins, remove with the foot tool provided with the starter kit. You'll be amazed all hard skin disappears and you are left with SERIOUSLY baby soft feet in minutes and minimal effort is required.

Hands - First things first Eve Lom Cuticle Cream (£16) is top of my list...

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Follow this with Sanctuary nail oil and then a base coat (a serious must so that nails don't get stained by bright colours). The nail varnish itself - although cheap and cheerful I don't think you can beat Barry M - brilliant, on-trend range of colours that are pretty long lasting and chip free for days at only £2.99.  My fav shades are Fuchsia and Red Wine. Lastly my biggest beauty nail tip is Seche Vite topcoat (£5.50) - it's amazing, super shiny and thick but dries nails really quickly…giving the look of a professional manicure - invest now, you'll LOVE!

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Cava and Gossip - Finally….. stock up on serious amounts of cava and let the girly gossip flowwwww!

ENJOY….I know I will!

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