My feet are so vile – no matter the amount of TLC I smother on them, they have an innate tendency to look rank. I subsequently tend to leave it to a professional to make them look (somewhat) presentable.
Earlier today I experienced a pedicure like no other – at Espa in the Powerscourt Hotel, Co. Wicklow. ‘Tis a fancy shpot, trading as the Ritz Carlton and surrounded by only fabliss scenery. I absolutely adore it there, and jump at any opportunity to hang – Today’s ticket was afternoon tea with Bae and his parents. Delish!
With my belly full of wine and carbz, I excused myself for my treatment (obv prebooked) and made way to the zen spa. I was ecstatic to see the place relatively quiet – after being there last for my most recent birthday (which happens to fall on August Bank Holiday Weekend)… Bae whisked me away for a weekend in Powerscourt which was amazing, but the spa area was pretty jammers. Que too many headwrecking kids jumping in and out of the pool etc. Today’s experience was totes the opposite, thanksbetogod.
After first chilling out in the jacuzzi for a bit, my therapist called me for my treatment – a “Luxury Pedicure” (€60 fyi). Any pedicure I’ve had previously has been performed with me sitting down whilst the therapist beautifies (re: hacks away) my tootsies, but today the whole treatment was done with me lying down on a bed, cocooned with soft hot towels and pillows. Instant points to Espa!
My therapist began by covering my eyes with an eyemask, and turning up some tranquil music vibes. For the following hour there was zero awks chit-chat, no “Are you going anywhere nice on your hols?”, just relaxing vibes and zen aromas.
The full treatment lasts just under an hour, and include a foot massage, scrub, cuticle treatments, and reflexology. To treat hardened skin, my feet were placed in hot paraffin ‘booties’, full of warm wax to moisturise the skin. I LOVED this step, I literally could have lay there forever in the warmth! Whilst I waited for the wax to work its hydrating magic, the therapist gave me a hot oil scalp treatment – a reflexology massage which felt so rejuvenating.
On my nails I went with CND’s Lobster Roll, a vibrant pinkish red for the summer. Post pedi I was given a delish bowl of sorbet and left to chill out with the current issues of Vogue and Cosmo in the relaxation room. The dream!