As some of you may be aware, I’ve had a bit of a self indulgent weekend this weekend. It was all in aid of my birthday, hubby gave me a “day” for a treatment, shopping and relaxation which was brilliant, but aside from the Clarins treatment, was far from relaxing.
On Saturday my sister hosted a lunch with 2 of my good friends overlooking the Thames in London and we started at 1pm and only left Waterloo at 7pm. Thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Anyway, I thought you might enjoy hearing a bit about the Clarins facial and the Bobbi Brown makeup lesson I had. I know I search out real people reviews and the treatment was paid for in advance by my hubby and my lesson was free so this post is most definitely not sponsored.
I arrived, as requested, 10 minutes before the treatment and filled in a form outlining whether I’d had surgery, was on medication or had neck or back problems. I have had the latter 2 so was asked to sign a disclaimer which I was very happy to do as I knew they’d be careful.
I was asked to get undressed and was given a cupboard with hooks to put all my clothes and handbag in. For the facial I was able to keep my bra on (with straps down) and keep my jeans on, but as the treatment involves a foot massage (oh yes!) I had to take my shoes and socks off. I hoped onto the treatment table which had an electric blanket and lots of thick fluffy towels to climb under.
A discreet knock at the door and a reassuring “yes” from me and my beautician came in to discuss a little more about the tri-active facial. she talked me through the different stages of the facial – removing my makeup, cleansing, exfoliation, deep cleanse and hydration mask and then moisturising. she asked me what my concerns were, so I told her that my skin is much drier now and the skin tone is uneven with a few blemishes on my chin. I mentioned I wanted to look about 20 (oh how we laughed) and in the end she thought the radiance facial would resolve all my problems. She said I had lost some of the springiness of my skin and she would be able to put that back.
The products she used were:
ClarinsPro Radiance Plant Based Mask
ClarinsPro Radiance Supplement
Clarins Double Serum
Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil
The facial was amazingly relaxing and involved face, neck, décolletage, shoulders, arms and hands. At various point when the treatment was working on my face, my feet were treated and massaged which was lovely. Long gone are the days when a beautician would leave you in a mask for 20 min and wander off for a chat at the reception desk. My lady stayed with me the entire time and I got the full 1 hr 20 min of indulgence.
The Double serum is a new product from Clarins and is a product split in two that is combined in your hand for application. I didn’t have it in my budget to buy it on this visit (and I’m currently using the amazing Face Treatment Oil) but I’ve been given some samples to try in the meantime and think it will definitely be on my beauty shopping list in a few months time. Amazing. Here’s what it says on the Clarins’s website : More than just a serum, this is the only intensive anti-ageing treatment rich in 20 plant extracts that boosts the skin’s vital functions. A unique formula that can be used in two ways for a visibly youthful look: – skin looks firmer, wrinkles appear smoother, – the complexion looks more even and regains its glow -pores appear less visible. More here.
I thought overall the treatment was worth the £65 for the experience and the way my skin felt at the end. It is now Tuesday and it still feels soft and plump so I’m one very happy bunny. My only niggle (and its small) is that there was a head massage with a little hair pulling, which probably wouldn’t bother most but wasn’t terribly comfy for me and my sensitive scalp. although it was only about 2 min worth. I was glad I hadn’t washed my hair before though, sometimes they should warn you. The other bug bear (and can’t be rectified) is you obvious leave without makeup on, which I find a little scary and usually organise to go straight home afterwards. I didn’t this time as I had shopping to do and had my Bobbi brown makeup session. Shall blog about that tomorrow.
Is this a treatment you’d be interested in? Are there any other treatments you’d recommend?