Backstage hero and Topshop make up artist, Hannah Murray has always been a favourite amongst the Grazia Team Beauty gals. Not only has she created some of the hottest looks on our beauty shoots, but she always delivers wise words at Fashion Week, which we, of course, report straight back to you. And now, on a much deserved break to Thailand, Hannah has been blogging especially for Grazia Daily (and making us ultra-envious while she's at it). So over to you, Hannah…
Iʼm quite relishing my 7am alarm. I know, Iʼm meant to be on holiday but for me to be able to have a daily routine is a breath of fresh air. Normally my schedule is confirmed the week before and with erratic hours, flights, different things going on everyday, just knowing I can do yoga every morning at the same time, in the same place, is a treat. And to do it overlooking the jungle and the sea below is wonderful. My body is starting to feel the benefits. Iʼm aching all over but feel taller, stronger and calmer.
Today was quieter on the treatment front, fancied a bit of sunlounger/book/fresh juice action. Heaven. And the sun came out! Lathered myself in the new St Tropez SPF30 with Tan Enhancer which Iʼm banking on giving me a gorgeous glow in speedy time (beach time is minimal with all the other things to do). I always cover my face in an SPF60 though - La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 is my favourite. I canʼt put my face in the sun due to hyper-pigmentation so itʼs that and a big hat for me. Slightly annoying but necessary. Also, with no oils being poured on my Third Eye (Shirodhara) today, I went all out and put on some beach make up... Topshop Waterproof Mascara in Raven and Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Espresso smudged into the lashes and a touch of Topshop Cheeks in Luminescence.
I was totally chanelling Bo Derek - minus the cornrows! I know itʼs nice to go without when youʼre on holiday but after 3 days of that, it was good to have a bit of a sexy eye. Not sure who for exactly, other than me!
My only session in the Wellness Centre today was with the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Practitioner, Andre, who Iʼve been looking forward to seeing. He was brilliant. I have acupuncture regularly to keep my energy levels balanced but this went much deeper, reading my pulses, medical history, symptoms and giving me a full diagnosis and plan of action. Turns out my Adrenals are depleted (not surprising) and that I have very weak energy, Qi, flowing through my blood and organs. Treating it with acupuncture, cupping (always wanted to have a go after Gwyneth made it cool!) and herbal medicine is the way forward. Iʼm also going to have some Rolfing to help. And I need to increase my protein quota (apparently the 2 steaks I have a week arenʼt enough!), warming foods and spices as raw food is not good for my body type. Interesting. I love the Eastern approach. The Western way of masking pain and problems with prescription drugs just makes no sense to me at all. And thatʼs the thing about Kamalaya. The quality and choice of passionate practitioners and treatments allows you to try a variety of approaches in a loving, nourishing environment.
Off on a boat trip now for snorkelling and kayaking around Koh Tao and the National Park. Imagining a scene straight out of The Beach. Complete with Guillaume Canet. Hmmmm.