Monday, 17 November 2014

The Magical Facial

I normally hate facials, treatments, massages and just about anything that involves a stranger touching me (I know, I'm strange!) but six weeks ago I met a lady called Marie Reynolds. It was the night of the Zoella beauty launch, I'd had a couple of glasses of wine and got chatting to Marie about her treatments. Marie is very well known in the world of skincare. Renowned for her unique approach to skincare treatment. She doesn't just look and the condition of the skin, but also the effect that our state of mind and thought patterns can have on the skin.
As I said before, I don't normally like facials, and I don't normally believe in alternative therapy techniques either, but something about Marie was overtly calming and instantly drew me in. She kindly invited me along to have one of her famous 'Fifth Concept' facials in Fortnum & Mason. I jumped at the chance (obviously), but on the day I still felt a little apprehensive, having never really enjoyed a facial before...


The experience that followed really was exceptional. Marie seemed to instantly understand my apprehension for treatments. Looking at my feet and facial features, she told me so many things about my personal outlook on life and gave me some advice for both conquering and dealing with my day-to-day worries. Without sharing more personal details with you, I can just say that both the treatment itself worked wonders for my skin (It looked clear, smooth, plumped and bright both immediately and for about two weeks afterwards - no awful breakouts like I normally get a few days post-facial) and for my state of mind.

I think this is one of the only times I've properly relaxed, ever. Yes, Marie's time is very expensive, but in my mind it's undoubtedly worth it. If you're looking for an out-of-this-world beauty treatment. I would thoroughly recommend paying her a visit.

You can find out more information about Marie, and how to book an appointment, on her website.
I also got the chance to try out one of her new body butter candles during the treatment (there's a lot of arm and foot massaging on top of the facial work!) Although the concept of using a candle as body butter seems a little *ahem* kinky... it was actually gorgeous. The scent was divine and left my skin beautifully soft. The glass packaging is stunning and 100% re-usable after you've finished burning the candle, so perfect for your dressing table! (They would make lovely Christmas presents too!) They are £22 each, but you can get 20% off with the code TE3V9M4X at checkout on the MarsteSpa website.
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50 comments

  1. Sounds like the perfect Christmas present!

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  2. Obviously she knows how to do their job!
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
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  3. I've been waiting for this post since you mentioned it in your vlog - sounds amazing!
    RosieLM - A Beauty(ish) Blog

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  4. Just like you, it's never appealed to me to have a facial but this sounds amazing!

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  5. This sounds like the perfect gift for your mum or relatives! xx

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  6. I think that beauty treatments like this completely depend on the person who is conducting it. I've only had a couple of massages and facials in my whole life but I've had really good ones that were relaxing and felt luxurious and others that I felt on edge the entire time and couldn't wait to get out of. I'm sure that having met Marie and feeling a connection with her prior to going to have the treatment was a huge part of your experience. It's good you were able to relax. We all need a break once in a while.
    :) Alice
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  7. That's such a nifty idea--body butter candle. For some reason, it really reminds me of a boudoir setting which is quite sexy and romantic =P hehe.

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  8. Even though I don't like anyone touching my face, probably due to acne and reacting badly to it, I love facials. After a stressful time at work it is a great way to relax.

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  9. Sounds lovely! The candle though would make such a cute Christmas present & sounds like it smells gorgeous! :D
    Ellie,xx
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  10. You aren't strange at all - the only treatments I don't mind too much are McTimoney chiropractics when my back is driving me insane! This does sound lovely though. :-) x

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  11. wow this sounds amazing, its not something i'd usually go for but i definitely need to try it!

    Rachel // Style Soup

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  12. I've never had a facial and to be honest am quite reluctant to as I hate having my face being touched by someone else! But this experience you had all sounds fantastic!

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    xx

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  13. Thanks for sharing your review of this, it's something I'm keen to try in the new year.

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  14. This sounds lovely! Definitely need to try it ^^

    Z ♥
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  15. Hahaha dying about the kinky candle! I've never had a facial and I rarely get my hair cut because I hate people touching me so much! I need to get over it but seriously, the struggle is real
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  16. I'd have loved a little more detail into the actual facial itself, but it sounds quite unique x
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  17. Always love a good facial!
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  18. The facial sounds very relaxing :)

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  19. wow sounds amazing:) id love to try one one day!

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  20. i've never had a facial, but this has inspired me to give it a try!

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  21. I am the same i don't enjoy the thought of a stranger massaging my face but your experience sounds great.
    How do you use a candle as a body butter? Is the consistency not too hot after the candle has burned?

    Emma Louise xx

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  22. What a lovely experience! I recently had a Darphin facial and it completely changed my view on facials too!

    Josie XOXO
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  23. Love the sound of this, such a great experience! Definitely encouraged me to give one a try!

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  24. That sounds amazing!!

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  25. I remember you mentioning this in your vlog! Sounds like it was lovely! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyH_Rhm1T-kOJd7D4p5UXyw

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  26. Sounds amazing!

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  27. I would really like to have a facial, never had one before hahaha x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

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  28. Love this post

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    Tyana
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  29. amazing blog post fluer


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  30. Glad you enjoyed your facial! I personally love massages but I am not a fan of facials.

    Alexandra
    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Blog

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  31. This is such a interesting post! I've never heard of anything like that before :)
    <3 Katie
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  32. I love spa treatments! Sounds lovely!

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  33. i LOVE the idea of the candle, normally i'm more of a body treatment girl but this sounds lovely!

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  34. I love a good facial ;)

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  35. What an awesome blog on skin care!! We should wash our face twice a day with the deep clean cream cleanser. We should use great quality product for facial. For dry skin use mix honey and vegetable oil on skin. Really informative blog.

    Jessica

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  36. I've never had a facial but would be interested to look into it! Great post, thanks :) x

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  37. This sounds incredible! I must admit I have never had a professional facial either! We used to do them in college when studying beauty therapy but definitely need to try this xx

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  38. I love going for facials and having super soft skin afterwards. This treatment sounds amazing!! I'm keen to try the body butter candle too. Would be a great Christmas present xx

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  39. Marie is great. I get a bit weird about people touching my face too- if it is a choice of a back massage or facial, then I go for the back massage every time! I'm so glad you enjoyed it x

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  40. This sounds amazing :)!!

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  41. This sounds like such a treat :) I'd be interested to see how she is. I had a massage at NYR once and she was quite alternative - although she told me something good would happen to me before my birthday and it didn't!

    Dannie x
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  42. I'm not a massive fan of facials either but this one sounds great! x

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  43. Wow – I love the pictures! Want all this stuff, too. You’re making me jealous!
    Also the design of your whole blog is really pretty, girl! ♥
    I’m following you via gfc & look forward for your next post. You’re great – keep going!
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  44. Such a gorgeous gift idea :)

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