The In-Spa Self-Facial!

On Sunday I went on a bit of a day-trip with three friends to have a girly pampering spa-day. The only problem with this spa-day was that it was so incredibly busy (it was actually at a Center Parcs spa, more on that another time perhaps) that it was impossible to book in for treatments in a way that would actually allow us to see each other, gossip and catch up on news. So I (under strict instructions from The Boss) brought a load of beautifying treatments along with me! The four of us sat on waterbeds reading OK magazine and watching people get bitten by fish (definitely more on that later!) getting amazing self-facials for practically no charge!

I have often thought that you’re better off spending your money on an excellent facial product rather than a mediocre facial (different story with proper, professional facials) and I was very pleased to be able to test out my little theory. I think the girls were rather pleased too – we all looked very glowing and fresh when we emerged that evening! Here’s what we used in our self-facials, if that’s even a proper term:

1) We cleansed with Vaishaly’s Cleansing Balm. I shall be reviewing this separately as I think it is beyond excellent for dry and sensitive skin, but also kind to oily and congested skin. All four of us had different skin types and no complaints – just small squeaks of joy. It does cost £59, but – altogether now! – a little goes a long way.

2) After cleansing (you can remove the balm with a muslin cloth or a warm flannel) we made extra sure that our skin was fresh and perky by spritzing with Sisley’s Floral Spray Mist (£54 from Harrods). It’s beautifully refreshing and smells divine.

icon3) What next? Oh yes – the amazingly effective eyepatches from Institut Esthederm, approximately £5 per pair. Click HERE for my full review. Everyone was very impressed with these patches; they are instantly cooling and tightening, and we all did my little double-use trick, swapping them to the upper lid area after ten minutes.

4) Whilst the patches were working their magic, we each applied a face mask. I had a selection, but two of us went for the Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask (£57 from Bliss) whilst the other two opted for the Elemis Lavender repair mask (£26.50 from Time To Spa). Both are clay-based masks, but the Omorovicza is really the torpedo of all cleansing masks and not ideal for girls who have a) sensitive, hormonal skin or b) are doing a fashion shoot the following day.

iconThe Omorovicza is guaranteed to remove even the most deep-seated dirt, whereas the Lavender mask is slightly less bolshy; it helps to balance and regulate the skin without causing too much of a disruption! Both masks are highly recommended.

5) After the masks were removed, we tottered off to get some free Prosecco in the cafe (you knew wine would pop up somewhere during our day out, surely?) but not before massaging in some beautiful oil. I had never tried this particular one before, but it’s really very lovely – doesn’t leave a greasy coating on the skin but packs a good moisturising punch. Boof!

The This Works Active Oil is 100% natural, lightweight and potent. (£35 from Boots) My skin still felt soft the next day! I shall be testing this out further and bringing you results – I really wanted for it to be rubbish because it says “This Works” and I love a bit of a disagreement! But no – sadly, I get the feeling that it will live up to its name.


There we go; facial finished. Thanks very much madam, that’ll be eighty pounds. Oh – hold on, no it won’t, it’s…let’s work this out, shall we? The total cost of all the products put together is around £230, plus 4 eyepatches at £5 per pair. Let’s say we used on average about an eighth of each product (and that is wildly overestimating!) the total cost would come in at £31.25 IN TOTAL! Divide that by four people (£7.81) and you can see that this whole self-spa thing was great value for money! Amazing, luxury products in a spa setting, but without the spa price!

We shall definitely be doing this again – I’m off to email the girls and see if their faces are still glowing!

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  1. aimee
    March 22, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    Would you say the Omorovicza mask is the best you’ve used? I want to invest in the best mask I can find.

    • March 22, 2011 / 7:39 pm

      For deep cleansing? I think so yes. It depends what you want it for – the Liz Earle cleansing is pretty darn good too! xx

  2. lucie
    March 22, 2011 / 8:39 pm

    Oh I love that spa! I went to the elvedon forest one last Tuesday and it was empty + they offered 50% off treatments! Always used the elemis lavender repair mask but was wondering what u thought of lush face masks, or are they just for show?

  3. Emma dale
    March 22, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    Love this idea, don’t have time for a spa trip as I have new baby girl but do have time for a soak in the bath with a load of lovely products and a glass of bubbles…….might be a bit inappropriate to get the girls round though!
    Love the blog and the videos!

  4. Vera
    March 22, 2011 / 11:29 pm

    aimee, if you have oily skin and some imperfections you would also love Thalgo.
    Actually they sell it as drenant seaweed (powder) to mix with water in the bath. But if you mix it with just a little bit of warm water you can do a facial mask. I notice the difference since the very first time I used. All the marks seem to be fadding away and it is not expensive at all.

    You can buy a package of 10 of individual bags, it’s a few Euros each bag and lasts for several facial masks.

    But if you have dry skin, forget…

  5. koalacat
    March 23, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    You’ve done it again – given me a perfectly compelling reason to invest in good skincare. It’s all very logical and even practical, I’d say. Why hadn’t I thought of applying the cost per use justification to skincare?! And then, taking into account how that price would compare against a spa treatment? Pure genius. =P

    I also loved the picture of you wearing the IE patches…didn’t think I could adore your personality any more than I already did! =)


  6. Itzell
    March 23, 2011 / 11:55 pm

    Id really like to buy all those products but how can i buy those with dollars nd not £ whatever that means

    • March 24, 2011 / 12:42 am

      £ is pounds sterling. That’s the currency they use in the UK which is where I live! No dollars here, I’m afraid!

  7. aimee
    March 24, 2011 / 6:32 pm

    ah yes i’m looking for a cleansing mask, my skin is on the oily side of normal with very occasional imperfections but i feel “clogged up” (in the pores…) and my usual rhassoul/green clay isn’t working.
    what is drenant seaweed? i can’t find anything on google, thanks.

    • March 24, 2011 / 9:28 pm

      I have absolutely no idea! Did I write that? x

  8. Jessica
    March 24, 2011 / 7:05 pm

    Nice reviews! I can’t wait to hear about what you recommend for ‘proper facials’ at the spa. I have never done one, although I want to. I just have no idea what treatments are best!

  9. Isabella
    May 29, 2011 / 4:02 pm

    So, the omorovicza mask would be a no-no for acne prone skin?

    • May 29, 2011 / 7:37 pm

      @Isabella no, you can use it on acne prone skin, I shouldn’t think there would be a problem, more if you had very sensitive skin. I’d try and procure a little sample if you’re at all worried though, as it’s not cheap! x

  10. Isabella
    May 30, 2011 / 8:37 pm

    How would it be best to go about procuring a little sample do you think?

    • May 30, 2011 / 11:40 pm

      @Isabella they have them on counter sometimes, but if you tweet @Omorovicza then Margaret would be able to tell you for sure. I’ll check for you too when I get the chance! x

  11. Isabella
    May 31, 2011 / 5:19 pm

    Thanks! :) Don’t have twitter but may have to make one just for this…

  12. LilyM
    August 7, 2012 / 9:51 pm

    Ruth. You are a fantastic enabler! I am 21 with THE MOST temperamental skin and can’t afford regular facials, but scrimped and saved to buy everything on this list- and my skin thanks you for it. Obviously, I don’t use the products every day, but when I do everything looks so polished and glowy- even the acne plays down! You can really tell the difference <3

    • Ruth
      August 8, 2012 / 8:57 am

      Oh that’s great news!!!! xx

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