Sunday, November 3, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Murad Facial

I pardon for the erratic Wedding Wednesday post. I try to be faithful but life happens but since I am in the mood tonight to share some of the exciting things I am doing for the wedding, we'll do a Wedding Wednesday on a Sunday.

Rustan's has a box full of surprises for brides-to-be. Registration at Rustan's Weddings and Beyond comes with Rustan's department store, hotel stay and meals, and Maiden Form discount cards; honeymoon raffle tickets to Guam and a bevy of make up (Chanel, La Prairie, etc) and facial services. 

I kid you not. Rustan's has excellent tie up with reputable brands!

This is on top of their excellent service and a complete guide book for your registry which only requires you to tick the box in a comprehensive list of kitchen, bedroom, bath and home items that would give peace of mind to would-be homemakers.

As part of my beauty regimen for the big day, I scheduled a classic facial at Murad (for free, c/o Rustan's) and this session had me giddy because it's my first time to have a facial... ever. Save for my wish to properly remove the white heads on my chin, I really don't feel the need to spend on a professional facial cleansing. Though, I plan on a series of face and body pampering for the big day 3 months prior to the wedding. It's a joy to receive free services when you least expect it.

Allow me to share my own Murad Facial experience and quench our curiosity about this most-talked-about facial. Murad Vitamin C facial restores radiance, boosting and brightening with Pure Vitamin C for age spots and sun damage. It reduces the appearance of unwanted pigmentation, restores elasticity and firmness, helps repair damage to skin's surface and prevent future damage. 

I availed the facial at Rustan's Alabang Town Center treatment room. It lasts for ~45 mins, covering face, neck and shoulder and a relaxing massage in between cream applications. Facial is simply your cleanse, tone and moisturize routine with proper dirt extraction, mask and massage. 

It starts with cleansing while citrus-smelling steam blows on your face. I tell you it's very relaxing. 

Then the therapist starts extracting the dirt from the face and this is when it gets a bit painful. Although, I believe the professional method prevents infection. 

Then the face is cleansed and some sort of antiseptic is applied in masterful stroke that's very calming. Gentle scrubbing follows and at this point, I have succumbed to the bliss that comes with the soothing stroke, luxurious feel and sweet smell of the creams.

Once the scrub is rinsed gently, mask follows and I added eye bag treatment wherein another cream is applied in the eye area. While the mask is soaking, the therapist massages the shoulders and upper back for 10 mins!

Then at ~45-60 min mark, toner, moisturizer and lip gloss are applied generously and thoroughly. This is one pampering service I am so sad to end. During the entire treatment, my skin really feels like being restored and my body rejuvenated.

This is me after the treatment with 5 hours of sleep, nothing but Murad creams on and a rejuvenated smile! I was a bit worried that the extracted pores will get infected but a week after the treatment, my skin is still holding up.

I would describe a Murad facial a luxurious experience. With the number of creams applied, the masterful stroke of the beauty technician and it's surprisingly cheap price, I say I am now a fan. As for its effect on my skin, I have yet to find out but I am going back for at least 1 treatment before the big day.

If you are thinking of having a bridal registry, Rustan's  Weddings and Beyond is a good choice taking into consideration their well-curated home items, excellent service and their out-of-this-world tie ups with other brands to give you a well-pampered bride-to-be experience.

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