The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind of blogger events which is amazing because hello, I live in Plymouth! It's also been pretty exhausting too, especially as I have to rush straight from work and make my way into town, but last Friday provided me with the type of relaxation I was in desperate need of and my evening at Satori Salon definitely didn't disappoint. Satori is situated in Drake Circus and is renown for being Plymouth's premier beauty salon for men and women. Despite being a regular visitor to my local shopping mall, I'd never paid a visit to the salon before, probably because I'm usually on a rampant shopping haul in Primark, so this evening was a first for me, and surrounded by a handful of some of the other lovely Plymouth bloggers, we were ready for an evening of discovery of all things threading, microblading and having our face analysed at the Elemis skin lab...
When you step inside the Salon, you wouldn't think you were in one of the busiest shopping malls in the South West. It's like a little haven from the hustle and bustle of life, and it's so lovely.
The major attraction for the evening was watching a live demo of microblading, most people have heard of this treatment at some point and most definitely googled it, because I know I have. In Asia it's known as eyebrow embroidery, but it's actually known as semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos in the UK. I don't think it's a treatment for me, but I was intrigued to see how it was done, and whether it really was as painful as people make it out.
A microblading treatment requires two application sessions in order to achieve the best results, and one session can take around 90 -120 minutes to complete, with the treatment lasting on your eyebrows on average 12-18 months. This is a pretty long time that you can have some relief from drawing your eyebrows in so I can definitely see why it's a great solution for some. But it's not just for people that have fair eyebrows or those who want more definition. I hadn't really thought of it before, but Stuart, the co-owner of Satori said that a lot of people who are going through chemotherapy and have lost their hair opt for this treatment. Brows really do shape your face, and to be given something like this back when you've lost your hair is something that will go a long way with your self confidence.
Gemma was the guinea pig for the microblading and had previosuly had microblading on her brows, for her this has meant she has an extra 20 or 30 minutes or so in bed every morning because she no longer has to spend any time making her brows look perfect! That has to be good, right? The most popular question for this treatment was, does it hurt? Whilst some people can feel uncomfortable, most feel no pain at all and to put you at ease, 2 anaesthetics are used in this procedure, which is topped up regularly during the treatment.
The treatment is done in such a lovely environment that you would immediately be put at ease. During the first application, they will make sure that you are 100% happy with the shape before you leave which is nice to know, as I've had a proper mare with an 'eyebrow specialist' before!
This is what Gemma's brows looked like immediately after the treatment, it looks just like she's had them tinted, there isn't much redness, and the shape looks amazing! The colour will initially look darker and your eyebrows may be slightly swollen, but as the skin heals this will subside and your eyebrows will get slightly lighter. The best thing was that you really couldnt tell that Gemma had had this treatment done, but her eyebows looked visibly more defined and darker.
A microblading session at Satori costs £250 which is actually reasonable when you think how much your brow products cost over time. It's definitely a fantastic option for girls who have had enough of drawing their brows in day in, day out!
If this isn't the perfect setup I don't know what is! Food, prosecco and foot spas were just a taster of what the rest of the evening had in store for us!
Like a traditional salon, you can also get a full manicure and pedicure at Satori which is a much more suitable treatment for the faint hearted like me! Their gel nail treatments all use OPI nail polishes and CND shellac. They've just had a swoon worthy collection of Autumn polishes come instore which are to die for!
We were also shown around their beautiful range of Deliah cosmetics by Daisy, I mean if it has rose gold packaging I'm already sold! They have lots of beautiful blushes, lipsticks and a very similar retractable eyebrow pencil with brush that looks identical to the Anastasia Beverly Hills version!
Satori charge a really reasonable £20 for a make over which is redeemable against a product purchased when your makeup is completed. The best thing is that they still offer this service even during the busy Christmas period which is perfect for those Christmas parties! I know where I'll be heading before my Christmas work meal this year...
Some serious swooning was done over the OPI nail polishes!
We then had a chance to have our eyebrows threaded which I was particularly excited for. To be honest I have spent the last 4 months growing my brows out and I'm now really happy with my shape, I'd given up with waxes as I felt it gave a really sharp edge, they always end up taking off too much and I've had a really bad experience with waxing before... But anyway, I wasn't in the need for threading my brows as I had spent so long growing them out, but I'd always been intrigued as to how they do it and how it feels. Natasha suggested just getting the middle of my brows tidied up, and for such a small area I was literally astounded at the difference it made!
Obviously, I had a smaller area done than you would with brows, but it 100% did not hurt like waxing does. It felt more like a light scratching and was almost a little bit ticklish. Threading is mostly painless and is a great option for people with sensitive skin like me because you're not adding any products to the skin which can irritate it. I am definitely a threading convert and I never really realised I even had hair in my 'monobrow' area before, but my makeup has gone on so much smoother and has made such a difference. You can also get your lip area, chin and cheeks area threaded which I'm really tempted to do if I have a special occasion coming up as I have a lot of fine, white baby hair on my cheeks, and the thought of how flawless my makeup would go on afterwards is like a dream!
The Elemis Skin Lab was by far the most popular area of the evening, I think every blogger tried this out and loved it. The skin lab provides your skin with an individual analyis by taking a picture of your skin. All the bloggers were gathering around everyone's readings and comparing in admiration or commiseration. The analysis prints out a full skin analysis score of spots, wrinkles, texture, pores, brown spots and red areas. Also can we just have a look at how long my hair is in this picture?! I forget how long it looks as I never really see the back of it!
I was mostly worried about brown spots as I have had a lot of exposure to the sun and have damaged it a lot in the past, but it was surpisingly one of the better areas which I was so relieved about. Based on your scores for each area, it then recommends a full list of lovely Elemis products to help you streamline your skin care, and of course improve your readings. It was really helpful as sometimes you can spot things on your skin, but not know what your skin is really in need of. My major problem was skin dehydration from not using a hydrating facial cream, I also need to work on those damn pores, I think I'll book in for a facial so the hard wortk can be done for me!
The Elemis Skin Lab was only in Satori for a flying visit, but it will be back again on Friday 25th November from 9am to 2pm so they can provide an additional analysis and recommendations. The perfect time to check your skin to see how it's faring before all the Christmas parties commence!
L-R Stuart, Natasha, Edd
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Satori have also recently announced an exciting parternship with Hartley Clinic in Mannamead who can provide facial fillers, anti-wrinkle treatments and bespoke teeth whiteneing. This means that Satori can now offer an enhanced beauty offering to their existing and new clients. I for one am definitely considering teeth whitening in the next year or so, I blame my love for Nakd bars and braces for this!
A big thank you to Stuart, Natasha and Edd Jones (from Hartley Clinic) for putting the evening together. I had such a fantastic time taking a peek inside the workings of Satori and learning more about their amazing treatments. I'm now a threading convert, in desperate need of a good facial and have a penchant for OPI nail polishes. I'll be back in to see you guys soon for some much needed relaxation at this busy time of the year!
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Have you visited Satori before? Have you tried threading before? Are you tempted by microblading treatments?