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    Budget Beauty Treat: Garra Rufa Fish Pedicure

    Used by: A new fixation in the celebrity world, with stars including Jessica Simpson swearing by it.

    Where: Salons all over London are introducing this new treatment, with the Aqua Sheko Fish Spa in Kensington a firm favourite. This is what it looks like inside Aqua Sheko – so stylish!

    What happens: The idea of dipping your feet in a tank of fish for them to remove your dead skin is certainly not everyone’s idea of a luxuryspa treatment, myself included, so it is safe to say I was a little reluctant to try. However, after hearing the rave reviews and claims of baby soft feet as a result, I felt I owed my toes a break from the high heels and a trip to the tank.

    After your feet are cleaned and any excess nail varnish removed (apparently this can kill the fish, so it is good idea to ensure your toes are varnish free), you are placed on a stool and instructed to place your feet slowly into the adjacent tank. You are told to keep your toes curled to avoid grabbing the fish in between them if you jump.

    Instantly, the tiny black garra ruffa fish flock. Your dry skin to them is the chocolate to us – each to their own! The sensation is completely pain-free, more like a light tickling. It is best to think of it as just a pedicure, rather than nibbling, as this allows you to relax. Once I relaxed, I began to really enjoy the feeling.

    Treatments are available for different time periods. I had a 20-minute session, and once the time was up my feet were rinsed and massaged with moisturiser. As bizzare as the whole experience is, the difference in my newly exfoliated feet was clear to see, from everything to soft heels and smooth cuticles around my toenails. The more sessions you have, the softer your feet become!

    Cost: At Aqua Sheko a fish pedicure costs £45 or £30 for a 25 minute express fish pedicure and feet wash. However, keep an eye out for special offers.

    Visit the Aqua Sheko website

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    Celebrity Beauty Look: Minx Nails

    Minx Nails


    Used by: Celebrities everywhere are getting Minxed. From Rhianna to Agyness Dean. Lady Gaga wore them for her Just Dance video and the Poker Face Album Cover.

    Where: There are many Minx Certified salons around London. Visit www.minxnails.com/findastylist for your nearest salon. There is also a mobile stylist, Holly Belm, who works in London and surrounding areas.

    What happens:The first step is to choose your favourite design from the vast, ever-expanding range. These range from solid metallics, various animal prints, floral patterns and many more.

    Once you have made the difficult selection of your chosen design, they are sized to your nails to ensure the best possible fit for a perfect finish. Minx nails are a solid film with heat activated adhesive backing, which allows the film to mould to the curve of the nail and seal it onto the nail bed. There are absolutely no chemicals involved in the application of Minx, only heat and pressure. Any excess is removed using a specifically designed Minx glass nail file.

    The extensive list of different patterns and designs means you may want to frequently change your nails. This is easy enough; just as it takes heat to apply, it takes only heat to remove. This can be as simple as a hairdryer in your own bedroom. Once the seal is broken, the film easily peels away, leaving your nails bare and free to experiment with more designs, with absolutely no damage or chipping to your nails.

    They last up to six weeks on toenails, and around 10 days on fingernails, as the nail grows out leaving a gap between the pattern and the cuticle.

    Cost: The average cost is between £25 and £35 for a full manicure set, and a little extra for the pedicure set in London salons.

    Visit www.minxnails.com/findastylist

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    Beauty Indulgence: Montcalm Hotel’s Li’tya Mala Mayi Massage

    Li’tya Mala Mayi Massage At The Montcalm Hotel Nikko

    The Montcalm Hotel Nikko is visited by: TV stars Zoe Salmon and Brendan Cole and Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh

    Where: The Montcalm Hotel Nikko, 34-40 Great Cumberland Place, London W1. Nearest Tube: Marble Arch

    What Happens: The massage price includes full use of the hotel’s spa facilities which are gorgeous. There is a decent sized pool, a sauna that you could spend all day in and then comfortable chairs to relax and let your stresses melt away.

    But then there’s the treatment itself, which is exactly how it is described on the Montcalm’s spa menu:

    ‚ÄúUnwind, invigorate and celebrate with this complete body rejuvenation experience. After an invigorating exfoliation your body will be cocooned in a layer of your chosen silky warm mineral rich Mapi Body Mud. A Li’tya Paudi scalp massage allows you to drift away to another realm and calms the soul. You will then surrender to the healing, grounding and spiritually uplifting rhythmic Li’tya Kodo full body massage to complete this truly holistic experience‚Äù

    After this, your body feels soft and mostly importantly majorly relaxed. I met friends in the bar afterwards for a drink and they told me I was glowing (and in a good way). That night I slept better than I have done all year.

    This is the massage to get if you’re in urgent need of winding down, and in London that is most of us, right?!

    Cost: £130 for 90 Minutes (inc. 35 Minutes Kodo massage and full use of facilities)

    Visit the Montcalm Hotel Website

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    Beauty Treatment: Dr Uchenna Okoye’s High Wattage Jet Hygiene

    Dental Hygiene by Dr Okoye.

    Used by: Every celebrity worth their million dollar smile gets their perfect derrieré to Dr Okoye’s to get their mouth MOT. Myleene Klass and Daisy Lowe are both fans of the UK’s best known cosmetic dental expert and celebrity teeth prodder.

    Where: Dr Okoye travels to some of London Smiling’s surgeries, but the best one to catch her (and a celeb) at is the Gloucester Road clinic.

    What happens: After an initial consultation, Dr Okoye or Dr Smile Fantastic, will give you a dental MOT to ensure your toothy pegs are all healthy. This will then be followed by a jet wash to blast off stains and take teeth two shades lighter (not like Ross from Friends) and then finish off with a polish. Voila! You have healthy, clean and brighter teeth without looking like a TOWIE extra.

    Cost: £145

    Visit londonsmiling.com

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