Saturday, September 8, 2012
My Chantecaille Facial at Bloomingdale's
I have received countless makeovers at beauty counters and by national artists at beauty events, but today was my first experience having a facial. A few weeks ago a Chantecaille sales associate asked me if I wanted to receive a complimentary facial as their esthetician was in town. I asked if there was a minimum purchase and he told me that the suggested purchase was $150. I have been using the Chantecaille skin care for over a year now and I needed to replenish most of my products so I thought, why not!?
I was a bit skeptical at first and assumed this would be more of a face wash and apply lotion "experience." I was wrong! The facial lasted a complete hour! First the lovely esthetician cleansed my skin with the Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser, which I already use and love. She then analyzed my skin and put on the steam. I have combination skin which can get a bit oily in the T zone but otherwise dry on the cheeks. She then exfoliated my skin with the Fruit and Flower Acids Mask by massaging the product on to my skin for several minutes and wiping away with a warm cloth. Next was the real, unexpected treat! She massaged my face, neck and shoulders for 15 or 20 minutes while the steam was softening my skin. It felt like heaven! I was so relaxed and her touch was incredibly soothing! She then applied the Detox Clay Mask and let that sit for 5 to 10 minutes. This clay mask is incredible in that it contains Rosemary and Honey, and is the only clay mask that I have ever used that does not dry out the skin or leave that "tight" feeling. She wiped that away with a warm cloth, and then began the hydration! My skin was spritzed with the Pure Rosewater, and patted into the skin. She then applied the Nano Gold Eye Serum to my eyes followed by the Nano Gold Eye Cream. She used the Biodynamic Serum on my face, followed by the Biodynamic Lifting Cream for the face and the Biodynamic Neck Cream for the neck. By the end, my skin was glowing!
I purchased the Flower Infused Cleansing Milk for morning cleansing, and the Pure Rosewater for use as a toner. I follow this with the Vital Essence Serum, and the Flower Harmonizing Cream. In the evening I use the Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser with my Clarisonic, followed by the Pure Rosewater, Retin-A and moisturizer. I also purchased the Fruit and Flower Acids Mask for an exfoliating mask 1-2 times per week. All the items I am using and purchased are repurchases. I currently have samples of the Biodynamic Serum and the Biodynamic Lifting Cream which I have been using at night. I also have the Stress Repair Concentrate for eyes. I find the Biodynamic Lifting Cream to be a little too heavy for daily use, but incredibly hydrating. The Stress Repair Concentrate is nice, but not one of my favorite eye creams.
I do plan to repurchase the Flower Harmonizing Cream once I use up some of these samples. I do love the Biodynamic and Nano Gold Lines but they are just too expensive for me to justify at this point and I am not sure how much I really believe in "anti-aging" products. Overall, however, I am a huge lover of the Chantecaille skin care and really believe in these products! I have been using the line for over a year and really feel the condition of my skin has improved as a result! I find the products to be gentle, soothing and to decrease the inflammation in my skin. This was definitely a wonderful experience and completely worth it since I needed to replenish my products anyway!
Have you ever had a facial at a beauty counter? What was your experience?
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