Clarins Skin Spa in Selfridges Birmingham is hidden away but worth seeking out. I headed there for a Tri-Active Facial Plus as I am in need of some pampering and self care. The appointment began with a consultation discussing my skin care regime, preferences and what (if anything) from the Clarins range I had tried before. I am a huge Clarins fan and do use a number of their skin and body products (less so of their makeup). My favourite…

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The spring menu at Malmaison Birmingham is a tasty two or three course affair depending on your choice. I went along to try how the spring menu measures up as a dairy-free diner and I had a really good experience. If you require a dairy-free option then it is best to let Malmaison know when you book the table. This gives them a chance to work out some alternatives for each course if needed. The spring menu has a number of…

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Hands are terribly vulnerable when it comes to ageing. They are exposed to the weather, to water and to the sun in often unprotected circumstances. Due to this, the skin on my hands tends to show signs of damage and ageing that seem much worse than the skin on my arms or elsewhere on my body. This leads me to turn to a number of products in an attempt to rescue the situation. I like to think of them as…

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I have finally visited Gusto Birmingham after months of mixed reviews. Those that enjoy this restaurant seem to love it with ahem gusto and others seem to be unenthusiastic and almost disinterested. From my visit, I’ve fallen into the latter category. On arrival, we were seated in the bar area of Gusto Birmingham, which has lots of natural light from the large windows. It is a nice space for drinks but I found it a little noisy even for a…

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  Since hurting my back in February, I have been struggling to work at my old desk so we got a sit-stand desk from Ikea. It is brilliant as it means that I can move it to suit me when I feel well enough to work. My neck and arm pain prevent me from working great lengths of time and I have to maintain a disciplined approach of working little and often whilst I am rehabilitated after my back injury. To…

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