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    New Year, Better You!

    Coming into the New Year almost everyone’s focus
    is weight loss, it’s the number 1 New Years Resolution every year without fail.
    However, here at Koko we believe taking care of yourself goes deeper than
    hitting the gym and shedding a few pounds. Wellbeing is a word that has been
    thrown around a lot recently, but it really is very important. As the days are
    shorter and a bit gloomier, maybe its time to consider taking some time out to
    pamper yourself, and here at Koko we’re on hand to help!

    Not only does taking time out for ourselves help
    us be able to manage more stress and be more productive in the long run, it
    also helps us get through more difficult times because we know there is
    something to look forward to. Below we’ve rounded up some of our favourite Koko
    treatments that allow you to really take some well deserved time out.

    NEOM De-Stress Treatment

    After making it through what feels like the
    longest month of the year, you’re bound to be a little stressed. Make sure to
    set the right intentions for the month ahead and truly unwind with the NEOM
    De-Stress Treatment. This treatment comes as either a 60 or 90 minute massage
    and includes guided meditation, reflexology and either a back massage (60
    minute) or full body massage (90 minute). This full body treatment is sure to
    melt your worries away and set you up for a more mindful 2019.

    ELEMIS Superfood Pro Radiance Facial

    All this harsh Yorkshire weather can leave our
    skin looking & feeling a little lacklustre at this time of year, so why not
    get visible results whilst also taking some well deserved me-time? The Elemis
    Superfood Pro Radiance Facial is clinically proven to leave your skin looking
    plumper and radiant by using superfoods and essential minerals such as avocado
    and pumpkin seed oil to revitalise and ‘feed’ the skin. This treatment is
    available as both a 30 or 75 minute facial, so even if you’re pressed on time
    you can still put yourself first.

    Shrinking Violet Body Wrap Treatment

    If your main focus for this year is to lose a
    few inches, but you want to take some time out too, then our Shrinking Violet
    Body Wrap Treatment is perfect for you. In this 90 minute treatment you will be
    measured (start and finish to see your immediate results) before having
    head-to-toe body brushing to boost your lymphatic drainage system. This is then
    followed by massaging in the Shrinking Violet oil and being wrapped up and
    tucked into our heated bed. Once you are laid down you can really relax in our
    lovely warm room, while our expert therapist will help you unwind with either a
    mini facial or scalp massage, before leaving you to relax whilst the solution
    works. Our clients can see anything up to 2 inches difference in their first
    treatment, so it really is the perfect treatment to help you relax and see
    results at the same time!

    If you’re ready for some time out make sure to
    call us on 01484 604288 or email us at [email protected] to book an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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    Get Christmas Ready with Koko Beauty Spa

    As Christmas approaches it's time to start thinking about getting party ready. Putting aside a little time for yourself at this busy time of year can be difficult, but worth it to have the party glow! We've put together a list of our top 3 treatments for the season to make sure you're ready to stand out at any party.

    Lashes
    Here at Koko Beauty Spa lashes are second nature to us, so when party season comes around we are well prepared to get everyone looking glam! We offer 3 types of lashes, Weekend Lashes, Express Lashes and LVL. All of our lashes are done based around the individual, but which is best for you?
    Weekend Lashes - 5-7 days
    Also known as cluster lashes, weekend lashes are several lashes clustered together with one bulb. These are perfect for a fuller look and due to them only lasting up to a week they are perfect if you want glam lashes for just one event.
    Express lashes - 14-21 days
    With these lashes staying on for a longer period of time they are perfect if you have several events during the month. These individual lashes have a natural look and can easily be worn both day and night to add a little something extra to your final look.
    LVL 6-8 weeks
    LVL is a perfect alternative if you cannot wear eyelash extensions. This treatment works on your natural lashes and uses a solution to curl and add volume, perfect if you are just wanting to enhance what you already have! This treatment lasts up to 8 weeks and requires no upkeep, simply apply your everyday mascara and see the difference!
    View our full lashes menu here.

    Dermaplaning
    Any facial treatment is amazing at this time of year, but to really prep your skin ready for flawless makeup application Dermaplaning is the one to go for. In this treatment a small blade is run over the skin to remove any impurities, giving the pores a deep clean. Not only does this really clean the pores out, but due to the nature of this treatment all the vellus hair is removed from the face, leaving the skin looking radiant. This treatment is perfect for pre party prep as due to the lack of hair on the face makeup sits perfectly on the skin and your skin glows!
    View our full facial menu here.

    Nails
    We love all the different nails we do throughout the year at Koko, but theres something about the deep reds and addition of glitter that makes Christmas nails stand out to us! We offer several different treatments for your nails ranging from a file and polish to nail enhancements.
    Manicures & Pedicures
    If you're looking for something sort-term on your nails one of our standard manicures & pedicures could be perfect for you. We offer 3 different tiers, depending on how much you want to pamper yourself(!), and all include using a CND polish. This polish lasts up to a week and with the range of colours we have you will be spoilt for choice!
    Shellac Manicure & Pedicure
    If you are wanting something a little more hard wearing, a shellac manicure is perfect. With this type of polish lasting up to 2 weeks, and setting immediately, it is perfect to ensure you have gorgeous nails throughout any parties and gatherings. We stock the entire CND Shellac range, as well as a wide range of glitters, so you can have the Christmas nails you've always dreamed of!
    Acrylic Nail Enhancements
    If you're looking for something a little different our acrylic nails could be for you. Using a hard setting acrylic we add your preferred length to your natural nails and then file them into your desired shape. This treatment is then finished with a CND Shellac colour of your choice, with glitter addition also an option so you can have lovely festive nails!
    View our full manicure & pedicure menu here.

     

    To book an appointment give us a call on 01484 605288 or email us at [email protected]

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    Pamper Party in Leeds apartments

    A pamper party is a fabulous idea for any kind of occasion. Not everyone can afford to visit a spa for the day, but why should that stop you from having fabulous treatments to make you look and feel amazing?
    Having a Pamper party allows you and your friends to have an amazing girly time while been in the comfort of your own home or apartment! And what better idea than to fit in a pamper party while staying in luxury apartments in Leeds?
    A pamper party is becoming an extremely popular choice for Hen parties. A lot of spas in Leeds don’t actually like to book in a group for a hen party , and to be honest who wants to have to keep hush while been on your hen night in Leeds?! So this is the obvious choice, being pampered to high heaven while having a few drinks and having a noisy time with the girls!!!
    So now you know what the perfect idea for your hen do, now here is a list of the top 5 apartments to stay in and have your pamper parties in Leeds!

    In 3rd place we have Manor Mills Apartments
    If your looking for hen party ideas or a pampering weekend you won’t go far wrong with these apartments. With a comfortable, spacious and stylish pamper party location its a welcome retreat for your stay in Leeds.
    In 2nd we have Park Place Apartments
    Situated in a restored building in the heart of Leeds, the Park Place Apartments offer a prime location to host your pamper party. Only minutes away from some fantastic bars, restaurants and shops Leeds has to offer you have the perfect location in Leeds to be pampered.
    In Pole position at 1st place we have Residence 6
    The perfect place to pamper in Leeds. Pampering with your friends in this luxurious setting in the centre of Leeds. Rooms combine style and sophistication with space and comfort, these chic Leeds apartments are truly the best location for a pamper party in Leeds.
    So now you have all the vital information, get your top class pamper session and weekend away in Leeds!!

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    Our Top ten beauty salon treatments

    In this crazy fast world we live in it is essential we all take time out and have beauty treatments at our local beauty salon. Whether its massage to chill you out, Facials to sort your skin out or waxing for those not so relaxing essentials, they all make you feel a million times better and keep you sane and looking good from month to month, long live the beauty salon!!!

    Obviously we all love different treatments but here are my top ten beauty salon treatments.

    10. Eyebrow and eyelash tinting
    Ok it’s not the most relaxing but it’s a must essential for me and so much easier to pop to your local beauty salon to get this done than doing it yourself.

    9. Manicure
    You use them a lot so take care of those digits! Manicures are the perfect way to keep your fingers looking fabulous. Finding a good nail bar and treating your nails to some TLC sure makes you feel so much better!

    8. Full body exfoliation
    You cannot beat getting someone to do you a full body exfoliation at your local beauty salon, so much nicer than trying to do it in the shower at home, getting it all over, and you can walk out of the salon feeling soft and luxurious, million dollars!

    7. Acrylic toenails
    We’ve mentioned being fabulous to our finger nails let’s not forget our toes! I love having my toes done with either acrylic or gel, it means I can go away on holiday and not have to think about painting my toes at all and can enjoy some quality relaxation time!

    6. Paraffin wax to the feet
    Now I absolutely love this treatment, quite simple but just heaven. So warm and nourishing on the feet, so relaxing and we all forget about our feet, poor things!!

    5. Pedicures
    Now I adore my pedicures simply and this is one of the biggest treats to have at a beauty salon. If you’re always on your feet like me that divine foot soak and massage, just bliss!

    4. Hollywood Eyelash Extensions!
    These are the best, absolutely love them. Eyelash extensions are a beauty salon favourite and these can last up to 2-3 months! Waking up with fabulous eyelashes, love it!

    3. Spray tan
    Now come on girls and boys, there is nothing better than having a gorgeous natural looking tan that takes two minutes of spraying and makes you feel amazing for at least 7 days!! Now I must I used to be a bit of a sunbed lover but now it’s safe spray tanning all the way. With spray tans now looking naturally gorgeous it’s the best way to be bronzed!

    2. Facials
    I absolutely love facials and this was a very close 2nd, I can sometimes find a good facial more relaxing than a massage. There is nothing better than going to your favourite beauty salon and having an hours facial, the massage is the best bit, I carry so much tension in my head so for me it’s just amazing and my skin always feels and looks amazing

    1. Massage!!
    Any kind of massage for me is amazing. Without a doubt, this is the best beauty salon treatment for me. When you find the perfect massage therapist they can take away all your stress and tension away in less than an hour! An absolute must for me at the minute as I’m planning a wedding!

    So there we have it, my top ten beauty salon treatments, enjoy and book yourself into your local beauty salon today!!

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    Find the perfect wedding makeup artist | wedding makeup tips

    As a bride-to-be myself, (just 3 months to go!), I know exactly how stressful this wedding lark is, so I thought I would write a quick wedding make up tips article to help you understand how to get the best wedding makeup for your big day! I will be doing my own wedding makeup on my big day. As a wedding makeup artist in Leeds my diary is full up with wedding bookings so hopefully you feel I have the experience and expertise to help you with this!
    So who to choose? To start with recommendations are always good, if you have someone you know who can recommend a wedding makeup artist always give them a try, they wouldn’t recommend anyone who was rubbish for their own embarrassment and even better if you have seen the finished result yourself.
    If you’re looking at a website, study the website, if the website looks good and attracts you, this is a good sign that they have an eye for design and what looks good, so this should come through in their wedding makeup. If you click on to a website and its difficult to navigate around and looks a little out of date or just simply messy then click straight off, if they cant be bothered to ensure their site works properly and looks good then i would have much faith in them doing a very good job on your wedding makeup or even turning up in the first place.
    If they have pictures of their bridal wedding makeup clients that’s always a help as you can see their work, but do not penalize the ones that don’t, if they do have an amazing website and reviews where you can read what other clients have said, give them a chance, they may be able to email you images anyway and may just be that they prefer to have it that way.
    Check out what makeup they use, you need to be looking for make up such as MAC, Bare escentuals, Urban decay, Lancome etc they should be able to tell you straight away which brand they use, this is very important as your wedding make up needs to last all day so it needs to be good quality.
    One big tip from me is if you meet up with the makeup artist, how does her make up look?! I see so many make up artists and they have make up plastered on, you could actually scrape it off!! Big orange cheeks and far to dark eyes, all these are signs of a bad makeup artist, if they cannot put make up on themselves, I wouldn’t like to see the job they would do on someone else! If they don’t have a lot of make up on that’s not so bad, it may just be they prefer not to wear a lot of make up.
    One thing to bear in mind is a lot of makeup artists do your make up how they do their own, not how you like it. I like my eyes quite smokey and and I like nude lips, I like this and it suits me, this doesn’t mean though everyone else wants to look like this and can indeed pull this look off so I always do EXACTLY what the client wants and needs.
    Its also quite important what the makeup artists personality is like, remember if you book them they will be a small part of the biggest day of your life, they will be there on the morning of your wedding so its extremely important to have a wedding makeup artist who you feel comfortable with and is easy to get along with, its no good having someone who is really loud and in your face when you will be feeling nervous and excited, it can be a little too much. You also don’t want some snooty girl there looking down at you and your family, bridesmaid etc making everyone feel uncomfortable, likewise you don’t want a girl who is very shy as this will also make people feel uncomfortable around her on the morning. A good down to earth kind of girl and on the ball is what you are looking for….!!
    Wedding makeup trials are very important, I know the wedding business is ridiculously expensive but a wedding trial is a must, even if it’s just yourself, just so you can see the work of the makeup artist. Never ever book someone without having a trial; you don’t need the stress of having someone come on the day and doing an awful job. Also as equally important is to say whether you dislike or like something, if your not sure then tell the makeup artist, you wont hurt their feelings, trust me, just say what you really feel this way we can then change the look and find the perfect look for you, what is worse is to not say anything and then feel uncomfortable about your look.
    Good thing to do to prepare for your wedding makeup trials are have some pictures of what you like the look of, that way you can re- create the look on yourself, or do something similar that will suit you and your look. Discuss colour themes you have and a style your going for as all this can help when looking for the perfect wedding make up look.
    So hopefully you have some good wedding makeup tips there, good luck with the wedding plans and all the best for your future.

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