The Retreat Blog

Get to Know Your Therapist: Ellie (Peebles)

Ellie is our newest staff member and currently works as Beauty Therapist at our Salon in Peebles. She's young, bright, lively, and has lots of energy, straight from Australia! We're very curious to read her answers and get to know her a little better, and you? Let's...

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All About Mineral Make Up

From food to cosmetics and skincare, consumers are demanding to know the ingredients in the products they put in and on their bodies. More than ever before there is increased interest in health and wellness, which includes avoiding certain ingredients such as...

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From QVC to catwalks, the story of bareMinerals

Nowadays mineral make up is very popular, but if we go back to 2009 - not really that long ago -, it was mostly unknown and most of people had no idea of how to use it. Since then things have definitely changed, and mineral make up has become one of the most loved...

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Don’t Forget the Mask

We recently wrote a couple of blogs on how to build a better skincare routine. While we focused on cleansing, toning and treating, we didn’t go into much depth about the value of using masks. It can be an overwhelming part of skincare because of the vast variety of...

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What’s Trending in Skincare Masks

You may have noticed an influx of skincare masks in your Instagram feed. Whether it’s a simple detoxifying clay mask or one with a bit more skin nourishing goodness, millennials are quite keen on masking. We’ve highlighted a few of our favourite masks that are trending on social media – and beauty suppliers’ sales!

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Our top 5 products to take on holiday!

Perhaps it's not the hottest summer of all time here in Scotland, but we're sure somewhere else the weather is pretty nice! After days of greyness and rain, we bet you’re craving for some hot weather in beautiful sunny, exotic places such as Spain, Greece, Mauritius...

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The Retreat Price List 2017

Dear Clients, starting from the 1st of August there will be a new price list available online and in all our Salons. We made some small adjustments to our existing prices, although we held them off as long as we could, for almost two years. We believe it is very...

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Get to Know Your Therapist: Clare (Livingston)

This month we interviewed Clare, Beauty Therapist at The Retreat Livingston. She's been working with us for a while now, always being highly professional and has excellent customer care - helping Clients find the right treatment seems to be her favourite part of the...

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NEW! Lycon Waxing at The Retreat

Waxing, shaving, IPL ... we would literally do anything to get rid of the unwanted hairs on our body. Although some women started refusing to shave, the majority of them still like having their legs, underarms and bikini areas perfectly smooth. However, we also know...

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Men: How to Build a Skincare Routine

Anyone who says skincare and spas are for women only is hugely mistaken. The global men's personal care market is expected to reach close to £130 billion by 2022. Men care about their appearance, and that includes investing in the wellbeing of their skin. One of the...

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The Difference Between Hot Wax and Strip Wax

Although it may not feel like it, Scotland’s in the middle of the summer season and head-to-toe waxing services are a hot commodity. The Therapists at The Retreat are busy helping our Clients prep for their holidays to warmer climates. With waxing on our mind, it got...

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Get to Know Your Therapist: Stacy (Livingston)

This June we're very pleased to introduce you Stacy, our lovely Receptionist at The Retreat Livingston.  She's always nice and kind to everyone, and also super organised. She's been with us for quite a while but hasn't answered our questions yet ... but she couldn't...

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4 Reasons You’re Not Sticking to a Skincare Routine

There could be a million reasons you're not sticking to a skincare routine, but a few common excuses are as follows... You're too busy. There are probably a million other things that take precedence over self care. You're not seeing results. It can be easy to get...

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Why is “cruelty-free” not “vegan”?

Recently we have noticed an increasing concern regarding a topic that is becoming more and more popular, especially in the beauty industry: the cruelty-free factor. We actually received quite a few enquiries about the products we use to carry out our treatments, so...

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Brow Trends Taking Over Beauty

Eyebrows have taken the beauty industry by storm over the last few years. It’s hard to make it through a day without someone’s eyebrows making their way into a conversation, whether it’s because of someone’s impeccable street style brows, a celebrity’s trend-setting...

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Get to Know Your Therapist: Nadine (Livingston)

This May enjoy Nadine's interview! Nadine has been working at The Retreat for quite some time, and you can currently find her in our Livingston Salon. She's one of our Senior Therapists, and in 2014 she even won the prize as Massage Therapist of the Year at INAA...

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Get Ready for the Glitter Booty Trend!

Do you ever feel like your butt just doesn’t sparkle enough on the beach? Us either. However, an artist named Mia Kennington, a member of The Gypsy Shrine group, started the “glitter booty” trend. Based in the UK, the group travels to festivals around the world to...

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Skin Cancer Awareness

It’s the month of May, which is very welcome in Scotland, where the winters are long and the sun is often hiding. It’s easy to get caught up in the sunshine, but protecting your skin against the harmful rays of the sun is vital to your health. May also marks Skin...

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