Monday, November 21, 2016

Clarins Open Spa, 30 Minutes To A Better You | Grand Opening Event Recap

Clarins recently opened its third Open Spa location and thanks to my favourite beauty editor, Dave Lackie, I was able to attend the official grand opening. There was a lovely group of bloggers, influencers and beauty enthusiasts. There was also a large portion of the Clarins family in attendance. From the PR team to the President of Clarins Canada, we were fortunate enough to meet some of the very important members of the Clarins team.

We experienced the red carpet treatment (literally!) with cocktails, gourmet hor d'oeuvres, complimentary express spa treatments and in classic Dave Lackie fashion, an incredible gift bag!

The back spa room where full face and body treatments take place
The newest Clarins Open Spa (and only the third in the world) is located in beautiful downtown Toronto at the Clarins counter in the Hudson's Bay flagship store on Yonge Street. The Open Spa hosts a variety of services for both men and women. From express spa services to full facials and waxing, Clarins Open Spa has something to suit everyone's needs (and budget!)

Upon arrival our jackets were coat checked and we were offered our choice of red wine, white wine or a signature Clarins cocktail. I decided to go with the Clarins cocktail and let me tell you, it was absolutely delicious!

Us guests were served a variety of hor d'oeuvres by very friendly waiters who were more than happy to stop for photos.

Duck topped with cherry
My personal favourite were the macarons. This lady just can't say no to sweet treats!

Pistachio macarons 
Once all the guests arrived, we were formally introduced to the Open Spa. One of our guests of honour, Eric Antoniotti (International Artistic and Training Director) took the stage to speak about the benefits of Clarins makeup. One of the topics he touched on was the lack of matte lipsticks in the Clarins line. He explained how matte lipstick in and of itself is easy to make, but that it tends to be very drying. Eric wants matte lipstick that hydrates and protects the lips because Clarins makeup is much more than just makeup. It's skincare and it's beneficial to your skin. Clarins doesn't jump on the bandwagon, they perfect their products with science and nature to achieve products that not only look good but deliver results all while caring for your skin.

We were then invited to experience an express spa treatment of our choosing, get our makeup touched up or browse the products and mingle.

Clarins Holiday Palette

The lovely @griechux enjoying the Open Spa

The dashing @AdeleAwright after her makeup touchup

My dear friend Jennifer was interested in finding a new foundation so the pair of us decided to ask the one and only Eric Antoniotti (creative and artistic director for Clarins) to colour match us. With his professional expertise, I learned that shade 107 beige was my perfect match!

The lovely Jen and I (Photo Cred @jenni40)
And thanks to the Clarins philosophy of try before you buy, I was given two samples to take home and test out. I love this. It shows that a company truly stands behind their products. Instead of pushing a purchase on you, they invite you to try it out for yourself. If you like it, you'll come back and buy it.

Near the end of the event I was able to experience the Open Spa for myself and it was everything I thought it would be plus more! The chairs are facing away from the hustle and bustle of the store which makes it easy to tune out what's going on behind you. A lot of thought went into the placement of the Open Spa and although it seems like it would be hard to relax, it isn't.

Photo Cred @griechux
With so many options to choose from I decided to go with the SOS Detox treatment. My makeup was removed and I was given essential oils to smell to help me relax. The treatment consisted of cleansing, steaming, masking and so much more! By the end of my treatment I felt so good I didn't want to get up! And my skin? It was absolutely glowing and felt so smooth and clean. My face hasn't felt that good in a long time.

Photo Cred @griechux

Photo Cred @griechux
At the end of your treatment you have the option of having your makeup touched up at no additional cost. If you're not familiar with Clarins makeup this is a great way to try it. The neat thing about Clarins facials is that you can wear foundation after. Since Clarins makeup can be considered skincare, there is no worry that it will clog your freshly cleansed pores. This is perfect for those who aren't comfortable going home (or shopping!) without makeup on.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Open Spa experience and I'm already looking forward to going back. I'm thinking the eye treatment will be next 😉 I'm thankful to have been invited to such a monumental event. Thanks again Dave Lackie, Clarins Canada and Hudson's Bay for having me and for the incredible gift bag. I won't soon forget it!

The Open Spa treatments will cost you $35 per half hour/service (incredible price point) however they offer many more services and treatments. Click here for a full list of prices and services or pop into Hudson's Bay and speak to a Clarins Aesthetician.

Have you experienced Clarins Open Spa? Would you like to? I'd love to hear your thoughts below!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing all your photos. So glad to see you got the spa treatment and everyone looks so nice. Have a Awesome Week Christine xxoo