Holiday Plans and Prep

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Have you planned your summer break? Are you heading off anywhere soon? I’ve been in holiday planing mode for the last few months. And this gorgeous new Floris scent is not helping!

The new Floris London Neroli Voyage EDP (£120, 100ml,, from May 2019) is a beautiful, vibrant, citrus marine fragrance, that was inspired by an expedition Edward Bodenham, Perfumery Director and Floris family member took, tracing the footsteps of his ancestor, Robert Floris. It reflects a journey of discovery across the Ligurian Sea – how fab does that sound?

Neroli Voyage  draws inspiration from the beautifully scented orange blossom trees of the south of France.  Departing from Antibes on the sunny French Riviera, across the Ligurian Sea to the fragrant isle of Corsica and onwards to the Italian coastal town of Positano. Sounds like a wonderful trip!

The fragrance opens with a citrus burst of neroli and lemon, complemented by marine notes for an added sea breeze freshness. The dominant neroli accord continues into the heart, wrapped in jasmine flower and enlivened by spicy notes of ginger and aromatic fennel seed.

The base offers depth and complexity with oak wood, indigenous to the fragrant maquis shrubland of Corsica, and warm, sensual notes of musk and amber.

What treatments do you get when you are heading off on holiday? I went on a weekend break last week and had a Shellac manicure beforehand. We had a family event to attend, and I wanted my nails to look good, and didn’t want to have to redo or touch them up.

I did a straw poll with some friends in a What’s App group, and wow – some of you do serious holiday pre, inclusing full body peels, and microneedling! But it would appear waxing, eyebrows and nails are top of the list before you fly off.

Here are five deals on pre-holiday treatments from 5pm Spa and Beauty that you might consider before heading off.

Let’s start with the top of my straw poll, WAXING. Pre-holiday prep means getting rid of unwanted  body hair, from all areas.

At Tooran Nail + Beauty in Glasgow’s Dowanhill, you can get every part of you waxed, and prices start at just £6 for Underam. They offer Full Arm, Half Leg and Bikini for £12 each, but you can book in for a Full Leg and Bikini for £29. And if you want it all (or nearly all) off, then a Brazilian or a Hollywood is £20.

It seems being bothered by your LASHES and your EYEBROWS on holiday is a no-no. So make sure you get them done before you go.

At 200 SVS Spa, there’s an offer for a Holiday Package for just £70. The package includes Eileeband Lash Lift and Tint, Eyebrow Wax and Tint, and Shellac fingers and toes. This is a really good deal in a lovely spa, and this takes care of four of your holiday prep must-dos, in one fell swoop! The deal is available from Monday to Saturday.

NAILS is next on the list. If you just want your fingers and toes given a gel polish, then the Park West Spa in Hamilton has an offer of Gel Polish Hands and Toes for £29. If you’re getting your fingernails done, you may as well get the toes done too, agreed?


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The James Duns House Spa in Glasgow also has a hands and feet deal with a Shellac Two-week Mani and Pedi for £37. It’s a 90 minute treatment, so sit back and relax, and have perfectly prepped hands and feet before you fly out.

A few folk I polled liked to apply a gradual tan themselves, before the holiday,  but some of you prefer to have a SPRAY TAN in preparation.

At Emma Lou Beauty (In the Papillon Hair Boutique in Glagow), you can indulge in a St Tropez Full Body Spray tan for £17, and have that sunkissed look even before you step off the plane at your destination. Take the deal on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday.