I’ve been a big fan of Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm for a while now. I always knew it had cult status amongst bloggers and skincare junkies, but it wasn’t until I bought my first jar a few years ago that I realised quite how special it is. I have it on rotation with my other favourite cleansers all year round but I definitely reach for it more and more in winter, my skin just cries out for its stupidly glorious lusciousness.
I’ve never found a balm quite like it to be honest. It’s rich. It’s decadent. It’s luxurious. But most of all, it WORKS. It cuts through every trace of make-up during an evening cleanse and even if you just use it bleary eyed at 6am, it will somehow feel like a spa ritual. I love it.
So when I was invited to try the Emma Hardie Lift & Glow Facial at Harvey Nichols last week, I was understandably excited. Not only was it going to be a rather nice way to spend an hour, I knew it would give me a chance to try some of the other products in the range.
I don’t get regular facials – I probably go once a year – but when I do treat myself to one it’s usually at Harvey Nichols. I wait til there’s a special offer with a brand I love (you can often find special events that have great goodie bags or – even better – where the facial fee can be redeemed against product bought on the day) and I’ll try to book my appointment in the morning so that I’m less likely to be stressed about work.
The new Harvey Nichols Beauty Lounge only opened in the summer, so this was my first time having a facial in the new treatment rooms. Set back from the store (and with longer opening hours than the store, too) the new Beauty Lounge is a properly gorgeous space with marble details and copper accents. If you had to imagine the most Pinterest-worthy type retail space for this era, it would look exactly like this.
As well as over 200 beauty brands to shop from and an impartial concierge service to help you navigate what’s on offer, you can book everything from manicures to blow dries to vitamin injections (!) in this heavenly little area. It’s very cool.
I met Katie Gray, Emma Hardie’s Head Global Facialist, in reception and we made our way to the treatment rooms for my facial to begin. If you’ve been to the old treatment rooms at Harvey Nichols then you’ll no doubt agree that these new rooms are a HUGE improvement – very private and you’d never know you were in a department store once the door is closed behind you.
The Emma Hardie Lift & Glow Facial is described as a “unique non-invasive relaxing facial treatment that helps to stimulate and repair the facial tissues, releasing tension in the face and boosting circulation for a lifting and sculpting effect”. I’d best describe it as half facial, half massage – like some sort of brilliant yoga session for the face.
Quoting again from the official description: “The muscle softening technique helps to instantly release any restrictions and tension held in the face, enabling an unrestricted flow of energy, nutrients and oxygen to all areas of the skin and muscles. This facial will give you instant glow and noticeable results after just one session”.
And I have to say, this was unlike any facial I’ve ever had. Granted, I’m not massively well versed in all things facial but I’ve tried various “signature treatments” from high end brands over the years and I’ve never had a facial which focused so much on massage.
Of course you’re getting all the goodness from the products as well (I *loved* the Vitamin C Intense Daily Serum and Rosehip Exfoliating Seeds) but the well thought out massage element – which went all the way from the scalp down to shoulders – left me feeling completely recharged and refreshed.
I know in my own skincare routine what a difference proper massage makes to the appearance of my skin. It’s actually one of the reasons I like the Moringa Cleansing Balm so much: it’s a consistency which begs to be massaged in. As it transforms from balm to oil it’s almost impossible to resist indulging in a few extra minutes of muscle loosening massage.
Since the facial last week I’ve been trying to keep up the good results at home by allowing myself more time for facial massage and my skin definitely feels plumper and more radiant. I’m also hoping to try some more bits from the range (hello, Christmas list!) so I can see how they slot into my routine long-term.
All in all, a very nice way to spend a Friday morning and a reminder that facials don’t always have to involve steam and pain! Yes, there’s a place for that kind of facial (I, admittedly, LOVE that kind of facial) but focusing on the muscles is important too, especially if you carry a lot of tension in your head, neck and shoulders – which I think most of us do if we work at desks, right?!
Emma Hardie facials will be available on selected dates at Harvey Nichols throughout 2017 and the best way to know when the events are happening is to sign up for the newsletter on the website or follow Emma Hardie on Facebook/Twitter. Event prices may change of course, but last weekend the hour long facials were £95 and included a free gift set worth £50. It’s definitely worth following Harvey Nichols on Twitter too btw, that’s how I usually find out about beauty events like brand facials.
A big thank you to Emma Hardie for such a relaxing morning – and for the lovely glowy complexion 🙂
Katie, your hands are magic!