Hi guys, how was your week? I wanted to tell you a little bit about DLF Promenade and their special initiative Fit and Fabulous with Fitness First and a lot of other wellness brands. Bloggers, including me, were invited for a day of services and interactions at DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj.
Here are a few snippets of my Instagram stories.
I met Debabani, L’Occitane’s trainer who I’ve met at various other events. I’m very familiar with some of the iconic products from the brand like Almond Milk Concentrate, Hand Cream, Aromachologie range and more. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures.
Clean Up At Kaya Skin Clinic
We started at Kaya Skin Clinic: a reputed brand whose skincare products I’ve tried, reviewed and recommended to others. After the staff was not being clear on what they wanted to do for the bloggers’ meet (I was the first one to go there), they decided to do a clean up.
A usual clean up consists of exfoliation, cleansing, massaging and replenishing your skin. These steps were there but the methods were different.
Scrubbing was out; they used Microdermabrasion, something that didn’t sit very well with my skin. Microdermabrasion is a method of intensive exfoliation without being invasive. I had no idea that a machine (that looks worse than an X ray machine) will be used ‘coz I have never tried MDA before. When I asked the therapist, she said there’ll be a vacuum used to suck out all the dead skin and blackheads. This is only half truth. Apparently it has micro crystals which are evenly distributed at a frequency (that can be changed up or down). These crystals are then brushed off. For first timers, the frequency of this procedure can be kept to a minimum: I was never asked or told about this. There is definitely trauma for your skin since you’re literally taking off the uppermost/epidermal layer of your skin–which wasn’t communicated. A lot of videos and dermatologists ensure they warn their patrons of redness and sensitivity, and, therefore, are advised to not step out in the sun and use lots of hydrating serums/sunscreen that day: no such information was given.
After MDA, she used a blackhead remover tool and what started were most painful 5 minutes of my day. The plucking hurt me so much my eyes kept watering. After what seemed like an eternity, I told her to stop. I knew if she’d gone longer, my skin wouldn’t recover for days: plus there could be scars where there weren’t any–and that would be the opposite of getting a clean up done.
She then, proceeded to a facial massage with aloe vera: her strokes were gentle and thorough and I’m hoping aloe vera helped me calm my skin down. PS: This was only for me, apparently, there is no massage for regular Kaya Skin Clinic patrons.
The final step of the clean up was a face mask: when I asked for the ingredients, the therapist confessed she didn’t know but assured me it’s for a glow. The mask literally dries up (like a mummy mask) and solidifies just like the movies.
The clean-up was over: and as you can see from my videos, my skin was very red. This service costs about Rs 3,000 at the salon (plus taxes). I know a lot of patrons at Kaya Skin Clinic who have been very happy but it didn’t do very well for my skin.
An Ayurvedic Consultation at Forest Essentials
Next stop, was ever so delicious smelling store of Forest Essentials which had a full house: consultants, trainers, PR executives and Dr Ipshita. We then proceeded to a basic personality quiz which helped her figure out which dosha I was more inclined to: Vatta, Pitta and Kapha.
Dr Ipshita could immediately figure out that I was more inclined towards Pitta (fire) and told me a few tips to help me cool, calm and centered. We also discussed how various products from Forest Essentials can be of use to me. I got back a lot of natural aloe vera, a hydrating lip balm, a sandalwood face pack and Sanjivani Beauty Elixir samples.
A quick stop at Kama Ayurveda, we went through both their ranges: I’ve brought back home samples of some of their most popular products including the Bringadi Oil treatment since I’m currently going through a bout of hairfall.
Da Milano’s new collection
An impromptu stop, it seems that Da Milano who had just moved into a new, bigger store on the first floor and were celebrating the launch of their new collection. They had a lot of stripes, including some geometrical striped tote and hand bags I absolutely adored. The bag above (in the picture) is the one I got from the team of Da Milano. They were absolutely wonderful!
Since I was late and had a food tasting session at Dirty Apron, I decided to make most of the Sephora Makeover Stall. A reputed makeup artist took 15 minutes to get my face red-free and makeup ready. She used a Sephora Primer and Foundation to ace the base. I used a bit of concealer under my eyes and on my nose after which a swipe of loose powder helped seal my makeup. A swipe of pop pink blush later, I asked her to line my eyes as I used a swipe of lip gloss and was ready to go. She was excellent at makeup so if you head to the mall, you should try this out!
So this was the good and not-so-good part of my experience at DLF Promenade: a big thank you to their team for inviting me. As for you, if you head to the mall, do check the festival out: they’ve got tons of offers.