A good friend of mine who is also in the beauty industry recently recommended me for a free facial at ‘Smooth You,’ skin care and anti ageing Spa London. Woohoo!! Happy days if theres one thing I love its a beauty treatment, especially if it has free in the title! So I wasted no time in getting myself booked in. The phone the service was great they even let me cancel and reschedule with no problem
The Smooth you spa is centrally located in in Great Portland Street, The decor was fairly standard stylishly white and spotlessly clean with lots of ‘before and after’ ads for the various treatments on offer, the staff were friendly and of course all looked absolutely stunning, you know that kind of lighting effect you get in the beauty sections of department stores where the staff all look fabulous and you look like withery old prune? yeah that. So of course you are completely taken in when they do a pre treatment diagnostic and tell you that oh dear god your skin is horribly dehydrated and in terrible condition. They asked if could describe my skin care routine and beauty routine. I explained what I do for a living and how as a result skin care is very important to me and when I told them this and mentioned some of the brands I use I’m pretty sure I saw little dollar signs flash before their eyes! Oh well then clearly I would be interested in their VIP non surgical anti aging treatment, an amazing, unique, organic, all natural, vitamin enriched, nano technology as used by Nasa (Now I know your probably reading that sentence thinking ‘alright love calm down’ however I shit you not that is pretty much exactly how they described it)
But lets be real for a moment, if you are being offered a free facial in an expensive beauty clinic it is clearly going to be a sales pitch, and when it comes to beauty treatments I’m quite amenable to being sold to. So I had the treatment, and I have to say it was very good, the facial itself was relaxing rather like a massage and my therapist Kate was professional and friendly talking me through each part of the process, my skin felt great afterwards and the next day as I write this I can definitely notice a positive difference.
So taking all this in consideration when the treatment was over I listened as Kate described the various products and packages the spa was selling fully aware that she was most likely on commission and fully prepared to spend slightly over odds on a face cream or booking another facial maybe as a gift for my Aunt or Mother. However the quoted prices were EYE-WATERING, all the packages on offer were into the thousands. Sorry love but that ain't gonna happen, even with a monthly payment plan of 12 easy instalments of £187 and free beauty case to go with it.. So at this point I’m afraid I suddenly noticed I was running late for a very important thing that I had to do and ran for the door!
Overall great treatment from Smooth You, you can find their website HERE, if you can get the free facial I would recommend taking advantage of this, just be aware that they do come on a little strong with the sales tactics, I hope the staff are on a decent basic wage!
Recently I was having lunch with a friend and of course the topic turned to make up. ‘Whats your favourite liquid eyeliner? she asked ‘Oh Chanel’ I said ‘I have been through pretty much every brand out there and their eyeliner pen is definitely the best one I’ve found’ ‘ Nah‘ she replied ‘ I think Lancome is better’.
‘Mmmm yeah the Lancome art liner is good I’ll give you that but it ain’t no signature du Chanel’
‘No she said they have a new one now its called Grandiose its wayyy better, it even has a handle you can bend so you can get a better angle when your applying it’
‘ok’ I said 'well i’ll test it out next time I get the chance;
Chanel V's Lancome
Anyway as it so happened my treasured Signature du Chanel eye pen was reaching the end of its life span and I was looking forward to a forth coming trip to Switzerland as an opportunity to take advantage of the duty free make up counters and restock. However it turned out the Chanel counter was extremely limited with not a liquid eyeliner in sight, however the neighbouring Lancôme counter seemed to be doing roaring trade, so I thought, ‘what better time to give it a go?’ The lady on the counter gave me a wonderful demonstration and what can I say I was converted. The adjustable handle is a genius idea and I love the long thin pen, ideal for outlining the curve of an eye lid, plus they have clearly changed to formula as the product applies much better than previous generations of Lancome eyeliners. Not only that but but it lasts all day!
Verdict: Lancome you have a new customer, Chanel you snooze you loose
Above: how it should be done. Below: portrait of the artist attempting multitask, eyeliner application + selfie = urrgh!
Putting make-up on people since 2010