Here are some words I bet you thought you'd never see in a sentence: bargain, and Crème de la Mer. The super luxe skincare brand is famous for lots of things - like its legendary Miracle Broth - but affordability hasn't tended to be one of them. But now, for the price of €60 - about par for the course for a decent facial these days - you can treat yourself to a little slice of the Crème de La Mer experience.
The brand's new Express Facial treatment promises 'superior efficacy in minimal time', restoring radiance and addressing specific skincare concerns in just 30 minutes. Plus, the price of the treatment is redeemable against purchase on the day - meaning that the brand's divine, peppermint flavoured lip balm could soon be in your hands.
The Express Facial is available from the Brown Thomas beauty room on a rotating basis, and can be experienced there this very week. (Outside Ireland? Visit www.cremedelamer.co.uk or check with your local counter, to find your nearest CDLM beauty room.)
But how did it fare against my stressed out, post-flu face?
Delightfully. A combination of Jo Malone candles, soothing sounds, gentle massage techniques and Crème de la Mer products left me feeling more deeply relaxed than I'd have thought possible in a mere half-hour.
The chilled eye-cream applicators were a particularly lovely touch, gently soothing tension from my face in a way I've since tried to replicate at home. I floated back to the office on a cloud of well-being, and my face was positively glowing. Flu? What flu?
This is really such a clever move from Crème de la Mer. As luxurious, premium and covetable as always but, somehow, with the launch of this treatment, more justifiable than ever. Do you plan to avail?
After this week, the Express Facial is next available at Brown Thomas the week of 18th November. Call (01) 605 6666 to book through the Dublin counter or visit www.cremedelamer.co.uk to find your nearest beauty room.