Posted on July 7, 2015

Get ready for the Galway races with Debenhams and The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa


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Hi everyone,

As you well know, Ireland’s most popular racing festival is held in Galway every summer. So to prepare for this special occasion, a small group of bloggers were invited to get pampered and spoiled at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway.

Organised by the PR Guru of Debenhams herself, the exclusive Get Ready for the Galway Races event saw a day of spa treatments, a makeup demo by Urban Decay, a talk with personal shopper, Margaret Dolan, and of course, some afternoon tea!

Upon arrival, myself and the beautiful Mei Ling of Darling Buds of Mei grabbed a bite at the Atrium Bar & Lounge. After a two hour journey, some serious carbs were in order – calories don’t count when preparing for the biggest highlight of the Irish racing calendar (well, that’s what I like to tell myself anyways!)

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We then made our way to Spirit One Spa, where we were ushered to the changing rooms and got ready for the 25 minute neck and body massage which awaited us – it was absolute heaven!

Following the deep tissue massage, was a quick tour of the Spa. We met with the other fabulous bloggers and got to explore the different steam rooms and cooling areas before we headed up to the pool area and got into the hot tub.

              massage 3             massage 1

To further spoil us, we were welcomed back with some bubbly and brought over to the space which was sectioned off for afternoon tea and the guest speakers.

                bubbly      nibbles      nibbles3

A makeup artist from Urban Decay did a makeup tutorial on a model for us, where she used some drool-worthy Urban Decay products. I don’t think there was a single product I didn’t want to take home with me – okay, maybe I wouldn’t get any use from the shade of foundation she used, but all the other products were to die for!

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Personal shopper, Mags shared some invaluable tips on dressing for your body shape and size – some of which were very new to me. So if you’re ever in Galway and you need an honest opinion on your wardrobe choices, I would definitely recommend popping into her for some advice.

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Last, but not least, we got to try out the Turf Tester, which is a handy little tool to let you know whether your heels will sink or swim on turf! Looks to me like Mary O Donnell here is an exceptional swimmer!

turf tester

All in all, the day was an absolute success, and I want to thank Debenhams for organising it, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa for their amazing customer service and the guest speakers for teaching me a thing or two about style and makeup. I really appreciate it! But before I leave you to it, how generous were Debenhams with our goodie bags? Cannot wait to try these products! Enjoy your day 🙂

goodie debs

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