Hi! My name is Mimi, and it's been a year since my last pampering. I like to be pampered, and I'd do it a lot more if I could, but it's not always on my schedule. Get this, almost 2 yrs ago, my mom got me a spa package for my birthday. I was able to get a manicure, pedicure, and facial. Not a bad deal, right? I mean, I was so crazy excited. The only problem? It was at a salon by her. Two hours away from me. It took me nearly a year to use the manicure and pedicure. Still haven't used the facial. We just haven't spent time over there long enough for me to do it. I'll probably never get it done at this rate. Such is life.
That being said, I just got a facial done at Massage Envy, and it was fantastic. Another blogging friend, Keonte, gave them my name to see if they would work with me for a review, and sure enough, they reached out and I whole heartedly agreed! I mean, honestly, who wouldn't? I was given the option of a massage or a facial. You have Massage Envy, don't you? Eh, eh, see how that works?
No brainer for me. I went with the facial. Now, you might think I'm out of my mind for doing something like that, but wellllll let me tell you a thing or two if you haven't had a facial, you're TOTALLY missing out. here's the secret about facials...they also massage your neck, shoulders, and occasionally your hands. So, you don't miss out on a massage at all. You get a facial and the bonus of a mini massage.
So, I headed to the Annapolis Massage Envy looking forward to an hour of being pampered! They were super warm and friendly when I walked in. Kendall who called me to set up my appointment was absolutely delightful.
They get you started in the waiting room, which is dark and tranquil. It gets you into a relaxed state of mind. I was completely prepared to be relaxed. Ericka walked me back to the room she was working in, and asked me some questions about what I was hoping to achieve while I was there. I told her I just wanted to have my face feel soft & hydrated, and to walk away feeling relaxed. I didn't actually have any skin care goals.
Ericka gave me the option of 4 facials: Anti-aging, Clarifying (acne related), sensitive skin, and environmental. It took me a nanosecond to choose anti-aging, although at this point, it's probably a moot subject. lol There's not turning this train around.
Once we got that figured out, Ericka left the room while I slipped under the covers. I have to preface this experience by saying, this probably wasn't the most relaxing facial I've ever had. Not because of anything at Massage Envy, but because I talk to so few people during the day, that I talked the poor girl's ear off! hahahaha
I kept telling myself to relax, and she kept pressing my shoulders down gently, but she let me talk away. At one point I thought, it was like going to my hair dresser because I was talking so much while someone was working on me. When we both stopped talking, it was so amazingly quiet in the room, and tranquil.
The facial was wonderful! My face was so relaxed. All of the massaging, and products made it feel like it was like butter. As Ericka went through the entire process, she told me at each step what product she was using, and what its purpose was. Now, all of the product is Murad, and all of the franchises are Murad franchises. After you get done with your facial, you're shown which products were used so that you have the option of buying any or all of them.
After the facial, Kendall told me a bit about the membership option! Yep, you heard me right, they have a membership option! An example of the membership saving is a 1 hour massage for members (as of today) is $69.99 and for non-members it's $119.00! Totally worth the savings. You can even do little add-ons like a foot scrub, aroma therapy, and deep muscle therapy for a nominal charge.
Once you finish your facial, be sure to follow these 4 tips:
1. Keep your makeup and skincare to a minimum for the next 24 hours.
2. Be sure to use sunscreen.
3. Consider not using products that are perfumed.
4. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.