22 March 2015

Why I love Charcoal Essential Therapy and their honest approach to beauty

I've been going to beauty salons since I was 10 years old. This was the age my mother first took me to get my brows looked after and for a file and paint. I know 10 years old is CRAZY young but hey, it was back in the day. In the 13 years since, I'd estimate that I've been to at least 50 different salons. That's a lot of people having different opinions on what the best products are. For me (and I'm sure many of you reading this), it comes to the point where beauty treatments are more of a necessity than a luxury. Making sure my eyebrows don't meet in the middle is definitely in the best interest of the general public.

I was recently invited to Charcoal Essential Therapy on the Blacks Road to discover what they were all about. I instantly fell in love. Firstly, the salon is just off the motorway, has a private entrance behind the garage (excellent for when you have just had your waxing done and don't want to run into your ex-boyfriend/cousin's best friend etc) and it's easy and free to park. All bonuses before I even get into the salon. The salon is up one flight of stairs and is all based on one level. The salon is airy but not intimidating. The simple decor and private rooms make it easy to feel relaxed in the environment. On my first visit to Charcoal, I had my nails done. They use Cuccio products in the salon which are all very high quality. I opted for a grey gel polish by the brand but prior to putting this on my nails, they also put two layers of base gel down. This means the colour lasts even longer (the picture above is of my nails 2 weeks after getting it done and they are still perfect!). On my first trip to the salon, Monica looked after me. She was lovely and we had a great laugh whilst she was doing my nails. I also met the owner Roberta on my visit. She was so kind and gave me some of their best loved products to try out. 

My favourites of these products are pictured above. Firstly, their own brand of lip-balms are fab. The simple packaging makes it easy to throw in your handbag and the gorgeous white chocolate scent definitely encourages me to use it! There were also little samples of the Cuccio Butter in my goodie bag. I had used this years ago and honestly had forgotten how much I love it. I am very strange about scents of body creams but I love all of the Cuccio scents. The cream is so nourishing and I've been using this little tube as a hand cream. Roberta also put in an HD Brows pencil for me to try. The salon do HD Brows and also sell all of their retail products. I was a fan of their brow powder and the pencil is almost a powder in stick format. Therefore I love it and it's  my new favourite. It also has a sharpener on the end making it perfect for girls on the go. I use the shade Vamp and it's a strong brown. The only way it could be improved was if it had a spoolie on the end. Then it would be PERFECT! Lastly, Waxperts Ingrown Hair Pads. They do what they say on the label. Great for dark girls like me who are prone to them but also make a great exfoliator because they contain lots of salicylic acid. 

I loved Charcoal so much that the following week, I went back for a pedicure. When I was there having my nails done I saw the pedicure seat. It's a high back massage chair with the foot spa built it. I knew I needed to have a go! My pedicure by Roberta was so fantastic, again using all Cuccio products. I particularly liked the scrub which made my feet feel super soft. It would be a great one to buy for any avid fake tan users. Roberta also sorted out my brows when I was there (wax and tint) and so many people have commented on them since. They are a natural shape and very dark meaning I have little to do to them!

Charcoal Essential Therapy is honestly one of the best salons I've ever been to. They are well known for their waxing treatments and I can't wait to go back and try these out. Thank you to Roberta and Monica for looking after me.

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