The Royal Horseguards Hotel

Royal Horseguards Hotel Review - London Lifestyle Blog The LDN Diaries

I was recently invited to stay at The Royal Horseguards hotel and even though I live in London, it’s sometimes nice to get away for the night and enjoy all that a five-star hotel in London has to offer.

The Royal Horseguards hotel is located by the River Thames and is easy to reach by tube, with Embankment station just a short walk away. The hotel faces the river and if you book a river view room you will have a great view of the London Eye. Close by is Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament and Covent Garden, so you are really in the heart of London and it is great for tourist spots if you are visiting for the first time or like me who still got excited by seeing the changing of the guards which is a few minutes walk from the hotel. Even though it’s close to all these tourist hot spots, the hotel is tucked away, I say tucked – it’s huge, on Whitehall Court and it’s pretty lovely and quiet around there. Read More »

Hotels & Spas, Lifestyle, London

Best Facials In London

ESPA Life at Corinthia - Best Facial In London

It’s crazy to think only a few years ago I’d never had a facial in my life. Now fast forward the years and I’ve been lucky enough to try out my fair share of facials in London with some of the best skincare brands and spas.

I’m always getting asked where the best place for a facial is and ultimately it really depends what you are looking for. It might be you are new to facials or maybe you are looking for more of a relaxing pamper treatment.

I’ve put together my favourites and broken them down into categories so you can choose the best one for you. Read More »

Beauty, Hotels & Spas, Lifestyle, London, London Facials, Skincare, Treatments

Falling For Guerlain


This year Guerlain has become one of my favourite make-up brands and with their new fall collection it has made me love it even more.

The collection is very lip focused and has some beautiful lip additions, with velvet liquid lipsticks and also new matte KISS KISS lipsticks. The fall range also focuses on the perfect skin and therefore introduces new base products including foundation, an eye primer and a blurring face primer. Here are my thoughts on the new range. Read More »

Beauty, Make-Up

Image Signature Lift Facial Review

Image Skincare Vital C

I recently tried out the Signature Lift facial by Image Skincare at Privet Body in Notting Hill. One of the best facials I’ve ever had before was at Privet Body a few years ago now and was what introduced me to one of my favourite skincare brands Murad. So I was very excited to try out this facial and also discover a new skincare brand.

I had never actually heard of Image Skincare until now. They are an American based brand and are very results driven, using the highest quality pure and environmentally sound ingredients and medical formulas. They have many different ranges for skin types, so whether you have dry skin or an acne prone skin or just want to brighten your skin, there is a range to suit.

Privet Body is one of the loveliest salons I have been to. Inside it has a garden theme with different treatments rooms such as ‘The Potting Shed’ and ‘The Orangery’. My facial was with Michelle, who is absolutely lovely, one of the nicest ladies and we first started out talking through my skin concerns and what my current skincare routine is. It’s always quite hard to talk about my routine as I do chop and change products a lot due to the nature of my job, but I really am going to try to stick to a routine as it really helps my skin stay in good condition. If you don’t know already my skin is a little dehydrated so Michelle decided to use a lot of the Image Vital C range throughout the facial which is good for dry/dehydrated skin. The Signature Lift facial is tailored to your skin needs, so if you don’t have dehydrated skin like me, no problem, it will be matched to your skin concerns. They do also do an oxygen based facial, which sounds pretty amazing. Read More »

Beauty, London Facials, Skincare, Treatments

10 Things To Do This Autumn In London

Sugarcoated Exhibition

Sugercoated Exhibition

Sugercoated is a one week art gallery exhibition in Hoxton by The Ilaka Project. Ten artists interpret the concept of candy with plenty of visual sweet treats. There will be interactive art installations as well as miniature works and 3D sculptures. Expect pink sandpits, giant lollipops, parachutes for love notes and floating teapots. The pop-up runs from Sept 7th- Sept 13th at Hoxton’s Basement, 12-8pm.

Tickets are £12, with student tickets available and children under 5 go free. To buy tickets visit Read More »

London, What's On

Beauty Advent Calendar Guide 2017

Beauty Advent Calendar 2017 Guide The LDN Diaries

I can’t quite believe I’m writing about beauty advent calendars again, where has this year gone!?

Nevertheless I am so excited for the selection this year and again we have an amazing choice of calendars. Trusty favourites such as the Marks & Spencer beauty advent calendar, which this year sees it come in a cute house set-up, as well as Liberty London and of course The Body Shop return. New for this year we have some really exciting additions from Harrods, a luxury beauty calendar filled with some absolutely amazing brands and ESPA have also joined the line-up this year with a beautiful calendar filled with ESPA treats. Not coming back this year however are Rodial, Paul & Joe and sadly The Sanctuary.

As before I will be updating this guide regularly with when they go on sale, as well as more additions when I have them so do bookmark this page and keep checking back. Catch up on last years unboxing videos here. Read More »