Designer bags, shoes and beauty treatments – why a professional beautician is also a worthy “wardrobe” investment.
With the addition of Valentina to our family plus a VERY busy work year ahead, my skin care regime has drastically changed in the last nine months. I no longer have the time to prep/ scrub/ apply countless serums like I once did, and don’t even get me started on my make up regime – I have a 15 minute window where my kids will occupy themselves and that’s the extent of “me” time.
2019 has therefore been the year of investing in professional treatments, which allow me to maximise my time to ensure I am looking and feeling my best every day. A few hours a month spent getting a facial or treatment (lash lifts and brow tints for the win – no need for mascara or brow touch ups every day!) mean I cut my morning beauty routine and manage to leave the house on time.
Finding the right salon and beautician was very important to me – I wanted someone close, trusted and luxurious (hey, if I’m paying for a professional service, I want to feel pampered and relaxed!). I needed my beauty team to be across all latest technologies and treatments, yet know the difference between a fad and genuine offerings. I wanted someone who was at the top of their game and producing incredible results. Most importantly, I wanted someone who was just as passionate about good skin care starting from the inside, where treatments served to enhance natural features, not completely change them.
Artisan Clinic ticked all of those boxes for me.
With a salon along Racecourse Road, Ascot (and three more located in Fortitude Valley, Newstead and Paddington), Artisan Clinic is a one-stop-beauty-shop offering everything from facials and cosmetic injectables through to body sculpting (they have a procedure called the “Double Chin Treatment”, WHO KNEW!?), skin tightening and laser treatments.
If you’re feeling self conscious about it, there’s a good chance Artisan Clinic can do something about it!
Despite their extensive treatment list, I was firm on what I wanted and needed from them: I wanted a treatment with zero downtime but instant results. I wanted to look fresh, dewy and glowing and I didn’t want to spend an obscene amount of time or money.
With all of this in mind, I was told the DMK Enzyme Therapy Facial was for me.
Time: 105 minutes (a little longer than I wanted but I was assured the results were worth it. Plus I figured I could fit a nap in #multitasking).
The DMK facial is designed to restore skin to its’ peak condition, which all sounded well and good… but when I was ALSO told that the latest viral image of Kim and Kourtney Kardashian getting weird looking facials was a similar (if not the exact same) treatment, I was sold. If it’s good enough for Kimmy K, it’s good enough for me!
If you’re looking for instant and INCREDIBLE results, this treatment is for you. If you’re looking to relax (I most definitely didn’t nap), this probably isn’t for you…
Starting with a skin analysis where my lovely beautician inspected and diagnosed my skin, I was treated to a delicious facial where my skin was cleansed and prepped for a quick peel.
For those who haven’t had a peel before (this was my first time), your skin will feel VERY hot but only for a minute or so until the sensation begins to die down. I’m told the “healthier” the skin, the less heat you feel. Don’t stress, the heat is a pseudo heat – not the skin actually burning! This process is integral to your “glow” as it removes dead skin cells and build up, leaving the skin instantly radiant and luminous.
Once the peel is complete the enzyme facial can begin.
The enzyme substance is pasted onto the face and feels like any other mask you might otherwise use. The beauty (and crazy) part of the enzyme facial is the reaction that occurs over the next 40 minutes, where the mixture hardens to a cement consistency. Your skin will feel very tight and taut – to the point where you will think something has gone wrong! Don’t stress, this is ALL part of the treatment. A quick wipe of a wet cloth and the facial is done and dusted and your skin is back to normal… but 1000x BETTER!
I couldn’t believe the instant results. I’ve had facials before and there is always a slight glow but this was something I’ve never experienced before. My skin was bright, even and incredibly smooth. This lasted for a good 3-4 weeks. The DMK Facial was exactly what this busy Mumma needed: an instant glow that would make me look like I am eating right, exercising regularly and sleeping 8 hours a night. WINNING!
Not only was the treatment a dream, the salon is #interiorgoals with marble tables, linen curtains, pale pink stone accents, gold furnishings and deep wood walls. I am literally bringing my husband along to my next treatment so he can see how I want our next house designed! The salon is the ultimate “luxury escape” from the minute you walk in to the minute you leave.
Despite the state-of-the-art treatments, beautiful furnishings and tailored beauty programs, the absolute best part about Artisan Clinic is the staff who go above and beyond to ensure your stay is perfect. Not only are they the best within the beauty field, they also offer REAL advice where the goal is to find the right treatment for you and not just put money through the till.
With two small children and approximately 45 freelance jobs on the go, investing into Artisan Clinic was a necessary move to get me out the door and looking “put together” when I feel anything but. Just like a Chanel bag or pair of Gucci sneakers, sometimes a luxe facial is all it takes to dress up an old outfit…. Or tired eyes!