We always want to look our best and sometimes it's hard work staying on top of your appointments; manicures every five days, fortnightly facials and monthly hair trims. Well now there's an app called Vaniday that allows you to book and pay for your appointments stress free. Browse hundreds of different beauty services in your area or surrounding suburbs and select your most convenient time, load your credit card details and your done. Forget fumbling around for your wallet with wet nails at the salon to pay, it's already done. Vaniday also sends you a reminder text so now there's an easier way of staying on top of your beauty appointments. Check out Vaniday in the app store or visit their website www.vaniday.com.au
It appears every time we book flights the airline carriers have reduced their baggage limits. Making it more important than ever to pack light or get stung with excess baggage fees. The lighter you pack the more you can shop.
Our tips to packing like a pro traveler:
- Check your destinations climate and pack clothes you can mix and match making it look like different outfits.
- Pack the heavy, bulky items first like coats and jackets.
- Roll your clothes as it saves space and limits creases.
- Leave your hair products at home including hair dryers and irons, you want to have beachy waves and not look like you spent hours in a salon. If you're staying at a Hotel, shampoo and conditioner will be provided and there is always a pharmacy you can buy anything you need.
- Your skincare and sunscreen are a must so make sure these are packed.
- Accessories and a scarf, these can make any outfit and dress it up for a touch of glam.
- Walking shoes and a good pair of heels that can go with every outfit.
- Universal power adapter, you need to charge your phone.
Lastly, if your luggage is a few years old it's guaranteed to weigh you down. There are ultra light cases out there that are durable and provide the stability being thrown around by baggage handlers. We are loving the simplistic all-white Juno cases from Antler. Not only stylish, these surprisingly stay white after multiple trips get yours at www.antler.com.uk
The scent of fresh blooms fill the air, rich mahogany and exuberant staircase immediately provide the wow factor. The property has become the hottest of hot spots for those in the know; anyone considering a trip to Sydney knows it's about The Four Seasons location and its impressive views of Sydney Harbour and The Opera House. It's the perfect base for the avid traveller wanting to make the most of their city break. Stroll down to The Rocks and check out the weekend markets or discover delicious restaurants with locally sourced produce. Sip a cocktail and immerse yourself in the buzzing bar scene wearing a new outfit, bought on an afternoon- long shopping expedition. No trip to the Four Seasons is complete without a visit to the hotel spa, relax in the sauna or take a dip in the pool and indulge in one of the many treatments on offer. The luxury doesn't end there, marble bathrooms with Appelles apothecary toiletries and rooms fit out in sumptuous tones of honey, grey and vibrant pops of turquoise offset against crisp white bedding. This hotel offers a level of lavish sophistication you'd expect from the Four Seasons around the world.
We're giving you and one lucky friend the chance to win a trip to Australia. The prize includes return flights from your nearest capital city and 15 nights accommodation.
Competition open from 7th June until 23rd June 5:00pm AEST.
Entry is only open to non - Australian residents aged 18 years or over and must hold a valid passport.
Entrants must follow @shesthecontessa Instagram page and must have liked the relevant competition pic with caption "want to come and see me in a bathrobe"
The prize is a travel package and non transferrable
Australian domestic flights are included between Sydney, Ballina, Melbourne and Hamilton Island one way for the winner and their friend. Any additional travel is not covered in this competition.
Package includes 3 nights accommodation in Sydney staying at the Four Seasons Hotel or The Old Clare (one or the other) 4 nights accommodation in Byron Bay, 5 nights accommodation at Crown Towers Melbourne and 3 nights accommodation at Qualia Resort Hamilton Island.
Winner must present credit card for pre authorisation at hotel check in. Winner is to confirm with hotel prior to check in the pre authorisation amounts being held as a security.
All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking, this is a single use travel package, any unused portion cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.
Any changes or cancellations made to bookings may incur a cost at the travellers expense.
All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking and all applicable booking terms and conditions of the Accommodation and Flight Supplier.
This prize will be deemed fully used once a qualifying booking has been made and confirmed to be available. This prize will not be reinstated, refunded or replaced, even in the event that the reservation is cancelled or changed.
Changes or Cancellation may incur charges from Airlines, Hotels or other Suppliers. The customer is responsible to pay any such charges and this package cannot be applied to any additional costs associated with changes or cancellations to the original booking requested by the customer.
The customer may add services or stay additional nights, however the customer is responsible for any additional costs.
The Travel Package is not transferable, exchangeable, replaceable or refundable for cash or credit and can only be used as specified.
All taxes, fees, charges and surcharges applicable to the booking, including, without limitation, extra person, phone, parking and other charges are applicable to your reservation, and this prize cannot be applied to them. These charges must be paid at the time the reservation is confirmed or to the hotel property directly and are the responsibility solely of the customer. The Travel Package cannot be applied to any costs or miscellaneous fees charged by the Hotel or Airline and incurred by the customer.
Terms and conditions of this offer are as written and cannot be changed by any representation of any unauthorized person, including employees of the Accommodation and Flight Supplier.
Travel Package is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
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The winner announcement is at the discretion of shesthecontessa and proof of age plus residency may be required to claim the prize.
Nestled down Rue Montorgueil, a bustling cobblestone laneway you'll find The Nuxe Spa. A tranquil escape that offers the perfect haven to indulge in some pampering. The spa boats its own line of impressive products including the Nuxe dry oil packed with natural plant based oils and the Nuxe anti fatigue crème for complete hydration. Facilities include a relaxation retreat, pool, steam room and candle lit treatment rooms. Melt away the days stress with the ultimate in massage and our favourite, the signature Nuxe treatment facial which includes tailored skincare and a head, shoulder, foot and hand massage. You could easily spend all day here being immersed in luxury. Whether your from Paris or just visiting the city, this spa experience is definitely a must http://www.nuxe.com/fr/
Beautiful skin starts from the inside so besides the obvious of drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins and eating a well balanced diet, how you treat your skin can help you achieve that dewy, yet youthful complexion.
Take your make up off before bed, not only are you saving your bed sheets and pillow case from smudged eye makeup you are also saving you skin from pores clogging which can lead to break outs. For sensitive skin or anyone for that matter use a product without alcohol as this can irritate your eyes and is quite drying on your skin. I use Vaseline to remove my makeup and Bioderma Micelle solution which doesn't require water so it's perfect for those late nights and when you're time poor.
Cleansing washes away all the impurities and the days make up and there's nothing better than a clean, fresh face feeling. I use Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil as it's an oil it doesn't leave your face dry or tight it transforms into a milky lather and feels nourishing on my skin. Once a week I exfoliate with Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant it's a crushed powder of walnut shell, aloe vera and tea tree leaves this powder mixed with your cleanser polishes away tired surface cells and grime for that ultimate deep clean feel.
Hydration is key to achieving that healthy, radiant glow we're all after I usually mix this up and use a skin booster during the day as it's name suggests this boosts your skins natural defences and it's ability to renew skin and retain moisture. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Arden Super Start Skin Renewal Booster as it's light and soaks into the skin feeling refreshed and invigorated. At night I'll use a dry face oil like Nuxe, gently massage onto your face and neck and it feels enriching and isn't an oily feel, it's also suitable for the ends of your hair to give a subtle shine and for use all over your body for soft, supple skin.
Sun Protection is often forgotten and assumed an SPF 10 which is in most foundations is enough, but even on cloudy days the sun's harmful UV rays are ageing your skin. I use an SPF 30 sunscreen everyday (even when it's raining, it's a habit) my favourite is Le Tan Coconut Lotion as it smells like you're on vacation even though you are only heading to work.
It's the Grand Slam event gracing Melbourne's summer and there is no better way to enjoy the tennis than at the Emirates marquee. Boasting a prime location with outdoor decking that overlooks the Yarra River and city skyline, guests can relax and soak up the sunshine and impressive view with a refreshing cocktail. Delicious canapés are served and you are close enough to hear the roar of excitement from the crowd which reminds you you're at the tennis. The marquee is everything you'd expect from Emirates with it's white furnishings in lavish fabrics and marble table tops with fresh blooms. The Emirates hosts are on hand to provide cool towels prior to the buffet being served. Options included succulent seafood, fresh salads and char grilled meats. Mouth watering desserts soon followed and French brie came out being served in perfect room temperature. Emirates really impressed, putting on a spectacular day at the Tennis.
With a throng of 6,000 spectators shielded from the sweltering sun by straw hats and fedoras it's one of the most anticipated events on Melbourne's Summer calendar. The Portsea Polo. The opulence was brought by Peroni with a nautical inspired two - storey invitation - only marquee. With an endless flow of its Italian beer and beer crafted cocktails it set the scene for cheerful laughter and brilliant chatter among friends. If that wasn't enough, Peroni had a scrumptious Italian menu on offer throughout the day which took you away from the polo match at play.
With a sea of white and lace ensembles it was evident the women followed tradition and the men were dapper with rolled up chinos and soft cotton blazers that had the touch of a pocket square.
One things for sure, Peroni boasts prestige and this was one exclusive marquee that lived up to Italian style.
The unveiling of the Emirates marquee proved it's the hottest ticket over the Spring Racing Carnival. Giving us a glimpse into the glamorous space and sampling what the celebrity, VIP and A list guests will be eating, drinking and celebrating during Melbourne's most extravagant four-day party. Emirates sponsorship of both the Melbourne Cup and Stakes Day cement it's prime trackside location with the best views of the racetrack from it's balcony. It's English themed marquee will offer the hand picked guest list premium sit down dining complete with fine linen and quality silverware. All dishes will be accompanied by matching wines and an exceptional cocktail list. The enclosure will channel England's finest, lending homage from Babington House and Soho House with it's Georgian themed façade. The marquee will be equipped with plumbed toilets and make up and styling suite for touch ups. The London guards will come out to entertain and the luxurious hospitality Emirates are renowned for will be a highly memorable experience.
The city streets in Melbourne are abuzz. Well- dressed ladies and dapper looking gents huddle for cover as the clouds roll in and the drizzle picks up. Before I get a chance to fumble for the wipers they automatically come on and are timed to perfection. I’m getting around this Fashion Week in Mitsubishi’s ASX and surprised at the ease of driving an SUV. City traffic has me running late for a fitting, knowing exactly where I need to go I decide to test out the sat nav while stopped at the lights. It’s touch screen and doesn’t take long to enter the address. Before I know I’m redirected a shorter route which ends up being quicker and gets me in on time. I’m meeting Arthur Gallan’s mother who is making alterations to a Zimmermann catsuit I plan on wearing to a runway show later in the week. I can see her showroom from the glass skyroof in the car, I just need to park and it’s a tight squeeze. Click into reverse and the camera guides me into the tough spot with sensors alerting when close to the car that encroached my space. As quick as that, I’m parked, locked and mirrors are folded in. The heavens have opened up and a storm has struck whilst I was in my fitting, jogging back to the car dodging the rain the keyless entry is perfect as I throw my shopping into the roomy backseat and start up the car. Seat warmers and climate control kick in and Bluetooth automatically picks up my phone and starts a playlist. Mitsubishi, good luck getting this car back from me! Driving the ASX has evoked a desire for the car, the features, the style and the fuel efficiency. This car has the small car feel packed into an SUV perfect for city driving. Mitsubishi is renowned for reliability and quality giving you a whole lot of car for your money and the ASX definitely exceeds expectations. Check out the Mitsubishi ASX for yourself here. Love that car.
Lidia Misev is a Melbourne based freelance fashion and lifestyle writer. She has a keen eye for fashion and styling.