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The Living Room Glasgow is probably one of my favourite places to hang out in Glasgow. When The Friday Night Social launched back in February, I was quick to reserve a booth for my friends & I. Why? Simply because I love the food, the staff and the cocktails.

Kicking off at 5pm every Friday (duuuh!) night, The Friday Night Social is one of the best ways to kickstart the weekend. You are met with a complimentary cocktail on arrival, canapés throughout the evening, free cocktail masterclasses and live music. What more could you ask for?

When we arrived, first up was our Cocktail Masterclass with the lovely bartender. Our class? Gin. I hate gin, so I decided to order lots of Mojitos for myself, as you do! If the masterclass was vodka, it’s totally be all over that. Alas, the evil gin won the vote with my friends. I took one for the team. Even though I have a hatred for gin, I did sip some but then I realised why I hated gin in the first place. Evil stuff that it is. Let’s not that ruin your evening though… as I say… I just really hate gin.

Cocktail Masterclass

Moving onto something more my style, I ordered a Signature Winter Berry French Martini Cocktail (£4.50) which is Grey Goose vodka, Chambord and Crème de Mure blackberry liqueur shaken to a froth with pineapple juice. Heaven in a glass. You need this drink in your life. It also helps that it was mixed by a rather cute bartender. Worth every penny. I can’t actually remember how many of these I ordered but my hangover the next day was well worth it. Let’s just ignore the photos of me hugging giant Magnum’s of Grey Goose Vodka that I found on my phone the next day.

Cocktail

After more alcohol, we decided to be “responsible” and eat something. The menu is classed as British Fusion which “brings together the classic tastes of favourite traditional dishes and produce, complementing them with exotic ingredients and enticing flavours from far-flung corners of the world”. I’ve eaten here so many times I’ve lost count and last month, their new menu was released (which I’ll be reviewing in a later post). The new menu is delicious making it so hard to decide what to get so a repeat visit is well recommended. That night, I had TLR Burger which is a big brioche bun of juicy wonders. I’m pretty sure that is the best way to describe it. Especially when under the influence of a vast amount of cocktails. It also tastes great while sober. Just so you know.

Drinks

As you can probably tell, alcohol was heavily involved in this evening. I shared a bottle of Red Wine with my friend Stephen while sipping Cocktails as well. Not the wisest idea, but the Red Wine was really good. I’ve added it onto my list of favourites. I also tried Raspberry Sambuca courtesy of free shots from a waitress. Gulp. Now I understand why I had a 2 day hangover *cries*

Wonderful Red Wine

While eating dinner and drinking, the pianist came out to serenade us. He had a lovely soulful voice and even took our request of playing John Legend’s Ordinary People. I love that song!  I don’t actually think he played a song I didn’t like. After an hour or so (okay I wasn’t exactly timing him!), it was time for the night to move on and the DJ started. I fell in love with the DJ and The Living Room even more when I heard R&B and Hip-Hop being played. Oh yes. Now this is truly my type of night.

More Cocktails

A few more cocktails later, it was time for us to leave, I had to catch the last train home (boooo!) at Midnight while The Living Room partied on until 3am. If you’re looking for something different to do on a Friday Night, you definitely should check it out.

To reserve a table, call Joanna or Natasha on 0141 229 0607 or email glasgowpa@thelivingroom.co.uk.

The Living Room
150 Saint Vincent Street
Glasgow G2 5NE
Tel: 0141 229 0607
Web: www.thelivingroom.co.uk

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Last month, I hopped on a train to Edinburgh for an event at Zen Lifestyle’s Teviot Place salon. I was excited to go as I was going to meet some new bloggers that I’ve been dying to meet for a while AND I was getting a treatment done while I was there; the brand new Clear + Brilliant Laser Facial. Zen have a great reputation, winning UK Salon Of The Year not once but twice. They are the current UK Salon of the Year 2012 and have been featured in Vogue & Harper’s Bazaar to name a few.

I arrived before everyone else due to the time of my treatment and was met by friendly staff offering me a glass of Prosecco. As the salon was empty, I had the chance to have a sneak peek before it was overflown with the invitees. The two storey salon is very modern with their signature colours purple and white throughout along with fresh flowers & candles giving the salon a wonderful fragrance. Treatment rooms have dimmed purple lighting, mini-tablets which the therapists use to take photos before and after treatments as well as allowing the customer to choose a musical playlist during their treatment. Somehow I don’t think my love of Gangsta Rap would fit in well.

It was then time for my Clear + Brilliant Laser Facial, a new treatment that is only available in Scotland exclusively at Zen Lifestyle. “Clear + Brilliant is a non-surgical, non-invasive skin treatment which uses fractional lasers to fight the natural effect of ageing with no down time. It helps even out skin tone leaving you with radiant and youthful glowing skin, improving the smoothness, texture and reducing pore sizes. A one off treatment (£195) will give the skin a rejuvenated look, but for more dramatic and durable results we recommend a course of 6 treatments (£975)”.

My therapist Maxine explained the treatment in detail to me, showed me all the equipment to ease my nerves and told me that it would just feel like pins & needles along with some heat. So, maybe having laser beams on my face wouldn’t be so bad after all? What could possibly go wrong? Other than burning my entire face off, of course. Not that I’m a pessimist, at all. Nope. Not me.

To start, my face was cleansed wiping off any makeup I had on and a local anaesthetic cream applied which was left on for 30 minutes to numb my face ready for the lasers. It was rather soothing having cream massaged onto my face and while Maxine was doing this, members of the press and bloggers were asking me questions about how I was feeling. So far so good.

After my face was all numb, the laser was applied in stages. Each area of my face had the laser applied 4 or 5 times. It honestly didn’t hurt, in fact to begin with I didn’t feel a thing. However, after the 3rd application on an area, I did start to get rather warm. It wasn’t painful, I’m the biggest wuss out there so at least I can vouch for the fact I was pain free much to the delight of the press and bloggers who were popping in and out. It actually felt more a hair dryer was blown on my face for a few seconds (yes, I’ve done that before!).

In total, the treatment took approximately 1.5 hours and there was little to no discomfort. My face, as you can imagine was very red afterwards (that’s what you get for having your face lasered!). Maxine put some Priori CoffeeBerry Mineral Foundation on my face to help hide the redness so I didn’t scare people on the train home. That’s one of the plus sides with this treatment; you can put mineral based makeup on afterwards. Great for those who hate leaving the house without makeup on. At the end of the treatment, I was advised on the aftercare; wearing SPF 50 daily, cleansing my skin and maintaining a good skincare regime. I was also instructed that the redness will die down after 48-72hours and that was that.

I then rejoined everyone in the salon, answering more questions from the press, networking and trying not the scare everyone with my face. I was able to watch others get treatments such as HD Brows & Shellac Manicures then excitingly show off their new look to everyone around them. It was a wonderful event and I met some great people who I have seen since such as Dawn, Lori and Charlene.

So what happened to my face in the days and weeks since?

The redness reduced after 48 hours, I followed all the steps that I was told; cleansed my skin, lots of sunscreen and moisturiser. My skin was very red and blotchy before the treatment so I was happy to see that the red blotches were reduced, my skin was smoother and looked healthier. In fact, I had a few comments at work and from friends that I looked more radiant. Maybe they just wanted something but I’m putting all the praise on the treatment. Having the treatment for me, was great. I’m not just saying that because it was a complimentary treatment, I’m saying that because I was so disheartened with my skin beforehand and even after just 1 course, it has signifcantly improved. I can only imagine how my skin would look after the recommended 6. Alas, it is rather pricey but I would recommend it if you have the money or are disheartened by your skin like I was. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank you for Rebecca at AJCconsultants for the invitation and Zen Lifestyle for the complimentary treatment for review. I’ve added photographs I took of my face before, during and after the treatment. Yes I look scary and I’m not wearing makeup, but it’s all good.

I heard this song this morning and must have listened to it a good few times already. With Miguel’s signature sound in the track & crazy big vocals from Mariah, it reminds me of old school R&B from the early 90’s. An era which is BY FAR the best.

Co-produced by Miguel, “#Beautiful” is the lead single from Carey’s forthcoming eleventh studio album.

Yes, I’m a MASSIVE Mariah fan. Always have been, always will.