Regular readers will know all about my favourite little beauty retreat by now. But for those who don't I'll get you up to speed: The Shed is home to a physio clinc, a cafe, gift shop and beauty salon all under one roof, and is tucked away in a secret corner of Hove.
But a lot has changed at The Beauty Shed since my last visit. Gel manicures, St Tropez Luxe Oil Spray Tans (for just a tenner!!) and an all-in-one facial/back/neck/shoulder/foot massage have all been added to the treatment menu, and there have been some major renovations going on - so let me show you around. Come on in....
The outside of The Shed has been transformed, and a welcoming shop front with French doors, potted plants and table & chairs has replaced the industrial garage door that used to disguise what lay behind it.
There's a new, larger reception/cafe area that feels much more welcoming. Here's where you can pop in for a spot of lunch, or local workers can grab a mid-afternoon coffee and cake. I wish I worked nearby because I'd be having one of those Acai Smoothies for breakfast every day!
The Shed's interior is just dreamy, and luckily, all the items and artwork on display are available to buy. There's gorgeous kitchen & homeware from Garden Trading, nature-inspired art from Jarvis Weaver, Cakes in a Can and Scottish Fine Soaps. I bought my Mum the 'Au Lait' bath milk powder for Christmas last year and she loved it and the cute little milk churn tin it comes in!
Also downstairs is the main gym, where Nikki Penny (the owner of The Shed) runs her physiotherapy sessions and rehabilitation clinic, and a small treatment room. When not in use for a sports massage, Georgie the beautician uses this room for spray tans. She offers a range of St Tropez tans, all for just £10 which is unbelievable value! I had the new St Tropez Luxe Oil which gives a really natural golden glow and has a nice citrusy scent.
But it's upstairs that I love the most. There's a little chill-out area on the landing where the shopping temptation continues. There's cute Catseye cosmetics bags, Davines haircare, Bee Good and Green & Spring skincare.
And then there's the Beauty Shed...
The Beauty Shed treatment rooms are homely and intimate, and you'll only ever be in there on your own (or with your friends) - so no annoying other people. There's just one beautician, Georgie, who is the loveliest, friendliest girl and so easy to talk to. No awkward 'hairdresser' conversations with her - she's very down to earth. All the treatments she offers are incredibly affordable, and if you choose from the 'A la Francais' menu, everything is just £10!
I love The Beauty Shed's Essie manicures, but I'm so pleased that Georgie is now offering Gel nails too, for when you need something a bit more resistant! I chose a beautiful rose gold shimmer which looks amazing with my new golden tan! I also had a luxury pedicure, with a foot scrub, mask and finished off with Essie Barbados Blue (a metallic baby blue which I need to add to my collection! This happens every time...)
I also tried out the new all-in-one massage; a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage using Green & Spring aromatherapy oils, followed by a 30 minute Green & Spring facial, and while the face mask is on I had a lovely foot massage. I love Green & Spring's skincare line, not only does it smell incredible but my skin always looks so radiant and fresh after using it. I want to buy the cleanser to take home, next time I'm in.
I recommend The Beauty Shed to literally everyone I know - it's a real hidden gem! If you're local, and you haven't been - seriously, what are you waiting for?! They're having an Open Day on June 22nd, so pop in for some skincare tips with Georgie and a bite to eat! (Find out more here)
Even if you're not local, but visit Brighton for day trips, I'd recommend you set a couple of hours aside for a little pamper sesh! You're not gonna get a gorgeous golden tan on Brighton beach...