Firstly I must say I am a complete novice at being pampered! I do not even own a hairdryer let alone a styler (tongs to me). I have never had my nails done professionally either. This was a new experience for me and I loved it!
Ken Picton Salon Cardiff is in the lovely Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay. Surrounded by restaurants and bars it is the ideal location to have some luxury pampering. I went with a group of South Wales bloggers, we regularly meet up for a bit of me time or to support great charities like Macmillan Cancer Support. I do not think I would have gone by myself and then I would have missed out on an amazing evening. If you haven't been before then do it! The staff are friendly, it's not daunting at all it's just relaxing and be warned, it is addictive.
Firstly I found the refreshment bar, this is open when the salon is open and serves a variety of complimentary drinks, including wine! We were being pampered so we had some cocktails made just for us, a delicious Cosmopolitan and a unique King of Italy; Disarronno and Prosecco poured over a sugar cube sprinkled with Angostura bitters. Oh yes, as good as it sounds. Armed with my King of Italy I made my way to the essie nail bar and Bianca shaped and polished my nails to perfection. I now know I must use a base coat and a top coat. The next day Bear said "Wet! Wet!". They were so glossy and flawless he thought my nails were wet.
|King Of Italy and Cosmopolitan cocktails|
|Bianca at the essie nail bar|
|Bianca with another guest|
Then it was time for my hair. Amy chatted to me and found out what I wanted. Curls and bounce. I loved it and felt wonderful. All aound the salon I could hear people saying they wanted their own stylist at home to do their hair every morning. I had to agree, mine looked amazing and Amy took time to teach me how to replicate it at home. Her first piece of advice was to buy a hairdryer.
She was so kind but I am sure I am the first person she has styled that doesn't own a hairdryer! It's now on my must buy list.
|Views across the bay from the upstairs salon|
|Delicious canapés and celeriac veloute from Spiros Caterers|
After a fantastic evening Ken Picton handed out some amazing prizes, our Ceri won first prize! None of us left empty handed though we were all given a goody bag full of products to try. This is perfect for me as I now have something in my new beauty bag.
|Ken Picton and guests|
|Fantastic goody bags|
|The very generous contents of my goody bag|
GHD paddle brush; L'Oreal Handbag Brush; L'Oreal Mythic Oil; essie Lilacism Nail Polish; Redken Curvaceous Conditioner; she uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil and Conditioner; GHD Final Fix Hairspray; L'Oreal Crystal Gloss; Kerastase Fluidissime; essie Nail Board.
There were so many gorgeous products in my goody bag. They will be the basis of my new "pamper me" bag. I will have to try them all!
|Lovely South Wales Bloggers|
Top left to right Georgina from Pixie Does; Ceri from Content Mum; Alina from We Made This Life; Me; Alana from Baby Holiday; Laura from Sidestreet Style;
Bottom left to right Sarah from The Herniman House; Jess from Mrs Helicopter Writes; Kerry from All About A Mini Norris
|What we really look like when we are not posing.|
We had the most amazing time and I would certainly go back. I just love my hair and nails being done professionally. We all need a little me time and Ken Picton Salon in Cardiff Bay is a great place to go.
*Disclaimer - I was invited to the event for the purpose of a review. All opinions are honest and my own.