• You know that feeling when you just fancy a bit of pampering? Then I spotted a Wowcher deal for a Clarins Pampering Package at House of Frazer in Manchester for the bargenous price of £8. Well, rude not to at that price, right? :)

    Sorry a wee bit of a stern-faced selfie! Got a bit self-conscious on the streets on Manchester x

    The £8 session* included a mini facial, summer makeover and a goodie bag (I can't lie, it was the goodie back which swung it). The experience itself was so relaxed and I loved discussing some new ideas for makeup. 

    My assistant was called Emily and she was so friendly and knowledgeable. I liked how she talked me through every step and told me everything she was using.

    I have oily/combined skin. So, I really hate products that add to the oil, but I like to feel like I'm looking after and replenishing the moisture in my skin. Especially, as it is summertime and I have spent a bit of time in the sun lately (obviously, only with factor 30 on, or I would look like a lobster!).

    I asked Emily to pick the makeup look, as I feel I need a bit of inspiration at the moment. She used a brown/nude eye shadow and I would never go for brown! It is such a nice natural look. Most of all, I am really so impressed by the mascara. I feel like I'm cheating on my beloved Maybelline (The Falsies), but I think I might be loving Clarins more!

    I have been trying to grow out my eyebrows (sorry they look so tatty - is anyone else at that stage?), So I liked her tips about applying brow liner and using the brow brush. Total novice territory here!

    So a quick round up of what was used on my face...

    Facial products used: 

    Water Purify One-Step Cleanser
    Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner
    Pore Minimizin Serum
    HydraQuench Cream-Mask


    HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser in the shade 01
    Bronzer - applied to the forehead, cheeks and nose
    Instant Definition Mascara
    Instant Light Brush On Perfector on the undereye area. 
    Eye Quartet Mineral Palette – in the shade 02 Nudes 
    Eyebrow Pencil – in the shade 02 Light Brown
    Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector – in shade Rose Shimmer
    Finished with a spritz of Fix' Make-Up

    In the goodie bag (tailored to skin type): 

    Double Serum Age Control Concentrate - tiny sample
    Pure and Radiant Mask - 5ml
    Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream - 5ml
    Hydra-Matte Lotion - 5ml
    Instant Definition Mascara - mini sample
    Makeup bag
    Basil seeds. Now, the geek in me loves this! I can't wait to grow the seeds and desperately try not to kill them!

    The experience itself was great fun. Overall, though I think this was maybe a bit overpriced for £8 as many department stores/chains will do makeovers for free and you can ask Clarins for sample products for free.

    *I paid for the experience out of my own money and I was not paid to review the deal.

    Anyone else tried one of these packages?
    Or any recommendations for similar packages? 

    Helen xoxo