EYEBROWS ON ‘EEK!

A year ago today, I blogged about the guest post I wrote for the Macmillan Cancer Support online community. It included a thing of rarity – a selfie; not just any selfie but a so-called #NoMakeUpSelfie that was taken in 2015, to document the ravages of my chemotherapy. I have never been particularly comfortable in front of a lens and actually, the whole concept of selfies terrifies me. Therefore, to take one of myself (and publish it) when I felt that I probably looked the very worst I ever have done (expect perhaps when I ‘experimented’ with gaudy make-up in my teens) was excruciating for me but, entirely necessary.

More recently, I posted another selfie to my personal Facebook account and what an unexpected response I received to this fun observation about my eyebrows (or lack of).

Often it’s the little things that please me. Like the unmistakable evidence here that my eyebrows finally appear to be growing back! Losing my hair was definitely the worst part of chemotherapy for me but the human body is a strange and complex miracle. Sometimes it can fix itself. Even eyebrows.

The struggle with my eyebrows is real and well-documented; I am strongly considering cosmetic tattooing to fill in the gaps, once I can afford it, but I was overwhelmed by how many people responded positively to my latest (actually, second ever) #NoMakeUpSelfie.

Maybe I should post more selfies – who knew?

Something I keep getting asked about my ‘sudden’ eyebrow regrowth is:

Have you been doing something different?

Alrighty then – I don’t want to make any wild claims here but, to be clear – my eyebrows may or may not have grown back, in their own time and any point between chemotherapy and an undetermined future date. They have started to grow back though and yes, the thing I am doing differently is taking better care of me and my skin. Improved diet, more fresh air, longer periods of exercise – all these things do a body and mind good. I am happier for it, I look healthier for it and any/all of those things could be the reason. Nevertheless, the major life-changer for me has been my skincare routine and before you think this is going to be some kind of snake oil promise – I assure you, it is not.

Yes, I have used a lot of luxury Temple Spa products on my skin since February; yes, I am a Temple Spa Lifestyle Consultant and therefore of course I earn a commission on everything I sell. Obviously I do.

But I would never tell a lie…

So, do I think that my Temple Spa products made my eyebrows grow back? No, I do not.

I do think that they have helped me enormously with my self-confidence and encouraged me to take better care of myself. I joined Temple Spa because I was genuinely impressed with the quality of their range and the way I that feel after using the gorgeous products; I earnestly wanted to share that experience with others. I also needed to get back to work and with so many unpredictable health issues it was difficult but, Temple Spa absolutely welcomed me and my quirky ways.

However, in my heart, I do think that part of this recent eyebrow success could be the results from the eyebrow massage that my wonderful manager, Jenna taught me at one of my first classes. It’s my favourite facial exercise – honestly, until you’ve finger-pinched your own eyebrows you haven’t lived! So, so, so relaxing – believe it or not. Maybe it was the stimulation from doing those little movements regularly; I don’t know for sure but I would not be surprised at all if that sped up the process and, it didn’t cost me a penny.

I have a long way to go. I’m still only in remission but for now, thank you Temple Spa. One way or another, it is your products, ethics and philosophies that have been instrumental in giving me the confidence to post a selfie and I don’t think anyone was expecting that – least of all, me!


Photograph: Female yoga pose.

📷 TEMPLE SPA

YOUR BODY IS A LIVING TEMPLE. HONOUR IT, ENJOY YOUR LIFE AND LIVE IT TO THE FULL


Temple Spa is a total lifestyle brand that fuses together product, philosophy and spa. Their anti-ageing skincare, de-stressing and luxury body care products are sold in premium retail store Harrods (Apothecary) and much loved by top beauty editors.

 

The best way to experience Temple Spa is at one of their spa retreats, but they understand that not everyone has the opportunity, time or finances to go to a spa every week. So they have set up the opportunity to sample the spa experience at home through their classes. You get to try out the products, learn tips on having a spa lifestyle, and get special discounts on which are not available in store.

  • Not tested on animals
  • Most products are vegan-friendly
  • Consultant opportunities available

I am always happy to answer questions:

 

 

 

 

I WILL NEVER SELL YOU MUSHROOMS

When I first began using Temple Spa, as a customer, I was at a class when the question of skincare for psoriasis cropped up and I distinctly remembered the consultant who was taking the class advising that any product from Temple Spa’s ‘BE’ range (particularly PEACE BE STILL) as well as GLORIOUS MUD worked well with psoriasis-ravaged skin.

Fast forward to my first month as a Temple Spa Lifestyle Consultant and I approached a friend who I knew was plagued by psoriasis. I was so impressed with the Temple Spa range that I genuinely wanted to offer her the chance to try some of our products and see if her skin enjoyed the positive results.

I was met with a solid, brick wall. It was as if she was so weary of trying so many different lotions and potions that she just threw up her stock “I can’t put anything on my skin that might set it off” defence response and I was dismissed.

We all like to offer up our pearls of wisdom, don’t we? Some new thing we are enraptured with, the nugget of advice we are sure will change someone’s whole life. I know this from the many cancer-related ‘cures’ suggested to me – from mushrooms to yoga (yes…mushrooms) – so I absolutely understand the inner eye-rolling reflex kicking in when a miraculous new treatment surfaces. I get it. It’s even tougher when you sell a product, of course I’m biased and so, maybe it is perceived that one’s intentions are less than altruistic – I get that, too.

Alisha BridgesThen today, I watched this video from Alisha Bridges on coping with psoriasis. It made me remember how I got myself into this, all over again.  This lady is a warrior.

I joined Temple Spa because I found a range of products that absolutely defied all of my stubborn attempts to acknowledge that anything was going to make me feel better about myself and I wanted to be able to share that revelation with others; to help them as much as I am helping myself. I know what it is like to have a condition that makes every day a challenge; anything that might make any day more comfortable is welcomed.

To that end, here I go again – specifically reaching out to those of you who battle psoriasis (or any other skin disorders such as acne, rosacea or eczema) and you haven’t tried our products then at least consider it. Talk to me – I have weapons; ask me for a sample, find out what other customers have used and try some Temple Spa.

I promise, with my hand on my heart, never to attempt to sell you mushrooms. Oh! Wait…

I honestly just want to be great and live for more than just myself. I want to serve for a greater purpose. I want to change people’s hearts and create compassion among people the least understood.

Alisha Bridges: Me, Myself, and Psoriasis | Being Me In My Own Skin


Photograph: Female yoga pose.

📷 TEMPLE SPA

YOUR BODY IS A LIVING TEMPLE. HONOUR IT, ENJOY YOUR LIFE AND LIVE IT TO THE FULL


Temple Spa is a total lifestyle brand that fuses together product, philosophy and spa. Their anti-ageing skincare, de-stressing and luxury body care products are sold in premium retail store Harrods (Apothecary) and much loved by top beauty editors.

The best way to experience Temple Spa is at one of their spa retreats, but they understand that not everyone has the opportunity, time or finances to go to a spa every week. So they have set up the opportunity to sample the spa experience at home through their classes. You get to try out the products, learn tips on having a spa lifestyle, and get special discounts on which are not available in store.

  • Not tested on animals
  • Most products are vegan-friendly
  • Consultant opportunities available

I am always happy to answer questions:

LET’S TALK ABOUT STRETCH MARKS

Recently, ASOS have pretty much broken the Internet with their ongoing decisions to keep the airbrush away from their swimwear and lingerie models and have continued to release images with completely unedited and un-photoshopped stretchmarks.

I have stretch marks.

Doctors often refer to stretch marks as stria, striae or – during pregnancy – striae gravidarum. NHS

The majority of my stretch marks are from pregnancy and I proudly wear my thin, silver badges of honour; I am not in the least bit ashamed of them.

However, we are all different and for some of us, men and women alike, stretch marks are unwelcome. They can sometimes be avoidable, especially during pregnancy, with the right skincare routine but it all depends on your skin type and the fact remains that you are either prone to them or you are not and if you are, then no amount of oils or potions will deter them. It’s not your fault, it’s nature; as unavoidable as they are for some of us though, stretch marks can be distressing and learning to accept them and live with them can be a challenge.

Temple Spa do not have any ‘magic potions’ to eliminate your stretch marks; there is no such elixir and beware of anyone telling you any different. Stretch marks are scars and as such, although they can fade on their own or be treated to become less noticable, they will not disappear forever.

What we at Temple Spa do have is an oil called IT’S ALL GOOD and it is an incredibly powerful, restorative cocktail of science and natural ingredients (like peach kernel and sunflower oils) that can be used to significantly diminish the appearance of stretch marks.

PHOTO: A collection of nurturing treats that will keep your skin hydrated all summer long!

IT’S ALL GOOD retails at £38.00 for 50 ml and lasts for ages (as is the case with all of our products – their longevity is legendary).

IT’S ALL GOOD is currently, albeit briefly, available in the cutest, 5ml sample size dropper bottle, as part of our SUMMER SAVIOURS exclusive offer (but hurry because that particular deal ends at midnight tonight – SUNDAY 2 JULY, 2017).

Should you have missed out on SUMMER SAVIOURS and stretch marks are a concern, IT’S ALL GOOD is definitely the product for you and most certainly available to purchase in the regular size.


Photograph: Female yoga pose.

📷 TEMPLE SPA

YOUR BODY IS A LIVING TEMPLE. HONOUR IT, ENJOY YOUR LIFE AND LIVE IT TO THE FULL


Temple Spa is a total lifestyle brand that fuses together product, philosophy and spa. Their anti-ageing skincare, de-stressing and luxury body care products are sold in premium retail store Harrods (Apothecary) and much loved by top beauty editors.

 

The best way to experience Temple Spa is at one of their spa retreats, but they understand that not everyone has the opportunity, time or finances to go to a spa every week. So they have set up the opportunity to sample the spa experience at home through their classes. You get to try out the products, learn tips on having a spa lifestyle, and get special discounts on which are not available in store.

  • Not tested on animals
  • Most products are vegan-friendly
  • Consultant opportunities available

I am always happy to answer questions:

 

 

MUSIC BOX

As well as my role as a Temple Spa Lifestyle Consultant, I am foremost a musician and the lead vocalist for my band, Braver than Fiction. The music scene is not as glamorous as most people might imagine; late nights, lack of sleep, rushed journeys, jet lag, stage nerves, anxiety, stress, muscular strain, minor ailments (like colds and headaches), inadequate washing facilities…oh, the list is long.

When I first discovered Temple Spa, I realised immediately that many of the products were just what I had been looking for and my ‘on the road’ kit (of a box of Vocalzone and a packet of baby wipes) is now joyfully supplemented with a gorgeous collection of luxury ‘spa wherever you are’ saviours. I call it my ‘MUSIC BOX’ and it contains all of my Temple Spa absolute essentials, which you can now discover for yourself:

REPOESE Aromatherapy Resting CreamREPOSE *
Aromatherapy Resting Cream
A good night’s sleep in a jar!

  • Use as a moisturiser or dab on your pulse points to relieve anxiety (stage nerves) and provide a sense of calm
  • Use as an inflight treatment for flight hydration
  • Combats the effects of insomnia, jet lag and stress
  • Got a snorer in the band or crew? REPOSE is an antidote to snoring and insomnia so use it on them and yourself – either way, it’s a win-win!

Soothing Balm for Aching Feet and LimbsAAAHHH! *
Soothing Balm for Aching Feet and Limbs
A cooling respite!

  • AAAHHH!-mazing for tour and gig-weary, overworked muscles and limbs, offering relief from aches in the feet, legs and shoulders
  • Soothes and banishes puffy legs, ankles or feet
  • Calms itching from insect bites

TAKE A GRIP Dry Shower in a BottleTAKE A GRIP
Dry Shower in a Bottle
When you don’t have time for a shower

ONLY available in TRAVEL SIZE

  • Clears the head in a stuffy atmosphere
  • A perfect ‘arrive revived’ product after a long journey

QUIETUDE Calming Mist For Me & My SpaceQUIETUDE *
Calming Mist For Me & My Space
The ambience of spa… in a bottle!

  • Refreshes the air around you
  • Anti-toxic and antibacterial
  • Antidote to insomnia or jet-lag
  • Soothes the nerves, deepens breathing

BREATH OF LIFE Inhalation EssenceBREATH OF LIFE
Inhalation Essence

  • Aromatherapy energising mood booster!
  • Another great snoring solution
  • May help ward off nasty bugs associated with colds and flu’

ALL MOUTH Breath Freshening EssenceALL MOUTH
Breath Essence

Did you forget to brush?There’s no substitute for a healthy dental regime but if you’re in a tight spot and don’t want to overpower an interviewer after that pizza and garlic bread rider, ALL MOUTH has you covered!

ALL TALK TRAVEL Moisturising Lip BalmALL TALK **
Moisturising Lip Balm

ONLY available in TRAVEL SIZE

Kiss goodbye to dryness!

  • Naturally softens and conditions lips
  • Soothing, anti-inflammatory and reduces irritation

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* AVAILABLE IN REGULAR AND TRAVEL SIZE
** CONTAINS LANOLIN

 


Photograph: Female yoga pose.

📷 TEMPLE SPA

YOUR BODY IS A LIVING TEMPLE. HONOUR IT, ENJOY YOUR LIFE AND LIVE IT TO THE FULL


Temple Spa is a total lifestyle brand that fuses together product, philosophy and spa. Their anti-ageing skincare, de-stressing and luxury body care products are sold in premium retail store Harrods (Apothecary) and much loved by top beauty editors.

 

The best way to experience Temple Spa is at one of their spa retreats, but they understand that not everyone has the opportunity, time or finances to go to a spa every week. So they have set up the opportunity to sample the spa experience at home through their classes. You get to try out the products, learn tips on having a spa lifestyle, and get special discounts on which are not available in store.

  • Not tested on animals
  • Most products are vegan-friendly
  • Consultant opportunities available

I am always happy to answer questions:

 

 

THIS WILL NOT BE FUN

Temple Spa Class

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Once upon a time, I went to a Temple Spa class. At the start of the the evening I was probably the biggest cynic in the room; two hours later I was intrigued, after a week I was convinced and within a month I realised that I valued the products so highly, I became a Temple Spa Lifestyle Consultant.

Temple Spa is a total lifestyle brand, fusing together a ‘spa-wherever-you-are’ philosophy and the absolute best of spa treatments and professional anti-ageing and aromatherapy skincare products. All with the sole purpose of treating you well, whether you need replenishing, reviving, renewing, relaxing or just some time away from the stress of day to day life.

When I first discovered Temple Spa, I was definitely not a poster child for health, radiance and well-being. I am a cancer survivor and although I am now in remission, the lingering effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a heart-stopping cocktail of drugs are far-reaching. My mobility is impaired and I am often too exhausted to even climb the stairs to get into bed. What remains of my body is ravaged by the constant, gnawing pain of Fibromyalgia, contorted with the discomfort of IBS and dogged by a lifetime of anxiety and depression. You could say that I was not in my ‘happy place’ at that time and I was resolute that the last thing I needed was to be socializing with a bunch of healthy people who were all going to be having fun!

I was NOT going to have fun. OK?

I had fun. Interaction was precisely what I needed and, despite my initial reluctance (and after being practically bribed into attending that first Skin Therapy class) I found that my original reservations were very much afield. Legitimately astonished by the effectiveness of the Temple Spa line my opinion would be forever tilted in their favour.

So, I began making small changes to my daily routine, practicing regular Temple Spa rituals and just taking some time to focus on me. I had been so busy trying to get well that ironically, I had forgotten how to take care of myself! Within a very short interlude, other people began commenting on how well I looked (instead of informing me that I looked tired); in turn, I started telling them that it was because of Temple Spa and eventually, I took courage in my new-found conviction and asked if I could join the Temple Spa family.

They said “YES” and thus, my Temple Spa adventures began…

 


Photograph: Female yoga pose.

📷 TEMPLE SPA

YOUR BODY IS A LIVING TEMPLE. HONOUR IT, ENJOY YOUR LIFE AND LIVE IT TO THE FULL


Temple Spa is a total lifestyle brand that fuses together product, philosophy and spa. Their anti-ageing skincare, de-stressing and luxury body care products are sold in premium retail store Harrods (Apothecary) and much loved by top beauty editors.

 

The best way to experience Temple Spa is at one of their spa retreats, but they understand that not everyone has the opportunity, time or finances to go to a spa every week. So they have set up the opportunity to sample the spa experience at home through their classes. You get to try out the products, learn tips on having a spa lifestyle, and get special discounts on which are not available in store.

  • Not tested on animals
  • Most products are vegan-friendly
  • Consultant opportunities available

I am always happy to answer questions: