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It’s mid October, and do you know what that means?

It’s almost Christmas! 

(found online, hehehehe)

(found online, hehehehe)

Yes, I’m serious.
My design work for Christmas starts now. I’m sure various marketing departments have had things planned since March or even January. And as for me, I think about gifts all the time – when I see something I think someone would like, I’ll mentally note it down and remember to get it for a special occasion! So why not think about Christmas gifts now, right?

I definitely wouldn’t mind if you’ve been thinking of a gift for me, my dear friends. XD  (joking, lah)

Anyhoos, my first Christmas treat of the year happens to be a facial and makeover treat from Lancôme!

It’s been a long time since I’ve gone back to Lancôme Beauty Institute for a facial. For starters, the one previously at Grand Copthorne Hotel is no more – and a new LBI has been set up at the stunning La Maison Lancôme, which is their first standalone flagship store at Capitol Piazza (which I briefly mentioned in my previous post about the Advanced Genifique range of products)!

Other than La Maison Lancôme at Capitol Piazza, facials are also available at Robinsons Orchard, The Heeren.

Lancôme Beauty Centre
Robinsons Orchard

250 Orchard Road, THE HEEREN
Singapore 238855
Tel: (65) 6736 1529
10.00 am – 9.00 pm daily
Lancôme Beauty Institute
La Maison Lancôme
13 Stamford Road, #01-12 Capitol Piazza
Singapore 178905
Tel: (65) 6384 0571
10.00 am – 9.00 pm daily

{ La Maison Lancôme, Capitol Piazza }

I love La Maison Lancôme – it’s incredibly gorgeous, and it has beautiful art deco style elements all over the place!

The art deco inspired frames specially imported from France (the cost of freighting them over was astounding)

The art deco inspired frames specially imported from France (the cost of freighting them over must have been astounding)

Absolue is Lancome's luxury range of anti-aging skincare for skin regeneration and replenishment, and the products in this range are often finished with a touch of gold - which is why this corner has plenty of gold elements!

Absolu is Lancome’s luxury range of anti-aging skincare for skin regeneration and replenishment, and the products in this range are often finished with a touch of gold – which is why this corner has plenty of gold elements!

HydraZen, UV Expert, Blanc Expert, Rénergie... I love Lancome!

Hydra Zen, UV Expert, Blanc Expert, Rénergie… I love Lancome!

Another corner of the store which is absolutely enchanting - the sparkling fragrance enclave will draw you in at once!

Another corner of the store which is absolutely enchanting – the sparkling fragrance enclave will draw you in at once!

The fragrances are actually encased in caps, which are attached via a string of crytals and are actually part of the chandelier hanging above it! I think it's damn cool cos it looks like there's a whole constellation on the board!

The fragrances are actually encased in caps, which are attached via a string of crystals and are actually part of the chandelier hanging above it! I think it’s damn cool cos it looks like there’s a whole constellation on the board!

{ The Facial }

The facial room is hidden right beside the fragrance chamber, and while it isn’t a super huge area, they made sure to fit in their customized therapy bed, which is spacious and heats up if you’re feeling cold – and it’s exactly the same at all outlets and treatments that I’ve experienced!

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If you find it hard to fall asleep at night, you’ll understand how important the right lighting is – and Lancôme understands that. The lighting in the facial room is ambient, soft and relaxing once you enter – and actually changes color to correspond to the different steps during the facial!

{ Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Treatment }

To visibly reduce wrinkles
A high-tech triple-effect treatment with instant results. Ultrasound provides cutaneous cell metabolism with an intense boost,
gentle stroking movements smooth and lift the skin, and the serum’s concentrated ingredients refine and plump skin instantly.
Wrinkles are softened and skin is visibly younger. | 80min ($280)

My therapist starts by gently removing all traces of prior makeup / skincare with Lancome's gentle cleansing milk which smells really nice! I love that.

My therapist started by gently removing all traces of prior makeup / skincare with Lancome’s gentle cleansing milk which smells really nice! I love that. As you can tell, the lighting is kinda hard to capture correctly, so you’ll get very little pictures of the process, sorry!

My therapist communicates really well, and took the initiative to explain every single step to me without asking. But when she noticed that I was nodding off, she let me rest! From what I was told, you have to be properly trained and obtain a certificate before performing treatments at Lancôme!

“Our therapists undergo stringent training procedures developed by the International Lancôme Beauty Institute in France to ensure that each massage technique moves to the rhythm of music therapy.

For every new Institute treatment, Lancôme commissions the Centre International de Musicothérapie to compose an exclusive soundtrack suited to the treatment. With the combination of targeted efficacy of products and use of machines, skin is able to absorb better as the essential ingredients penetrate deeply.”

The next step of the treatment was to exfoliate my skin gently, with a scrapper tool. It works by actually vibrating, so the therapist didn't have to press it against my skin too hard - It didn't feel abrasive at all and in fact my skin was very much moisturized with the Tonique Douceur, which was generously applied area by area before the scrapper went by.

The next step of the treatment was to exfoliate my skin gently, with a scrapper tool. It works by actually vibrating, so the therapist didn’t have to press it against my skin too hard – It didn’t feel abrasive at all! In fact, my skin was very much moisturized with the Tonique Douceur, which was generously applied area by area before the scrapper went by.

The next step was followed by the application of 4 different types of serums - Hydra Zen, Rénergie, Absolue & Génefique! Not all at once, of course! Each serum is first applied generously over the face, before an ultrasound handheld device is used to massage over the serum, enabling it to penetrate better into your skin! The lights changes color every treatment - it was pretty interesting!

The next step was followed by the application of 4 different types of serums – Hydra Zen, Rénergie, Absolu & Génefique!
Not all at once, of course!
A serum was first applied generously over the face, before an ultrasound handheld device was used to massage over the serum, enabling it to penetrate better into your skin – then wiped off, and this repeats with the next serum in line. 
The lights changes color every treatment – it was pretty interesting!

My skin felt really moisturized and supple post facial – and it wasn’t irritated at all! This treatment doesn’t include extraction – Lancôme caters to ladies of all ages, and usually the younger ones would come in for Anti-acne treatments, which has extraction as one of the steps. Before you start, Lancôme will actually run diagnostic tests with their machine to recommend a treatment most suitable for your current skin type!

Facial Promotion!

To put you (or your loved ones) in a good holiday mood, Lancôme’s offering the Youth Activating Treatment for you at just $120
and get this – IT’S FULLY REDEEMABLE FOR PRODUCTS! Which means your facial is free!
Reserve your facial appointment early, before 20th Oct and receive early bird gifts worth up to $103!  

{ Lancome Makeover Service }

Before I left the house, I actually started packing my make up into a bag – it’s what I usually do because you’ll have to touch up if you’re going out, right?  I had to stop myself instead! Since we’re headed to Lancôme, it isn’t really necessary to do so as they already have all the cosmetics you’ll need in-store!

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If you wish to, you can actually book a makeover for yourself (whether you have booked a facial or not!). I’m familiar with Lancôme’s make up so I wanted to do it myself – I found the boutique assistant extremely helpful though – she automatically figured out which product I’ll need next, and suggested accordingly!

For foolproof coordination, simply go along with the suggested items on the tables which are placed according to theme!

French mood, oui?

French mood, oui?

I was looking for a lipstick, and she recommended the latest L'Absolu Rouge Definition range to me!

I was looking for a lipstick, and she recommended the latest L’Absolu Rouge Definition range to me!

This series of lipsticks are matte, and really moisturizing for the texture! I picked 280, a rose-pink shade which I really liked.

This series of lipsticks are matte, and really moisturizing for the texture! I picked 280, a rose-pink shade which I really liked.

I love the led lights on the mirrors! This allows for better application of make up and prevents you from overdoing it.

I love the LED lights on the mirrors! This allows for better application of makeup and prevents you from overdoing it.

Selfie!

Selfie! On my face: Lancome Teint Visionnaire in O-02, Eyebrow pencil, Liner Plume, Hypnose Palette for eyes, Blush Subtil, and L’Absolu Rouge Definition in 280!

La Maison Lancome is pretty well lit by the sun though - it has full length windows which allows light in and I really like it! It makes the whole place feel super cozy and inviting.

La Maison Lancome is pretty well lit by the sun though – it has full length windows which allows ample light to stream in and I really like it! It makes the whole place feel super cozy and inviting.

Makeover Service Promotion!

Get more tips and tricks on how to achieve trendy holiday looks – book yourself a session at just $120 per pax!
Come with a friend, and enjoy it at $180 per pax ; ) All fully redeemable for products – so essentially, your makeover is free too!
Reserve your makeover appointment early, before 20th Oct and receive early bird gifts worth up to $103!  

{ La Palette 29, Faubourg Saint Honore }

I was passed the special Christmas Palette which has yet to be launched – and my heart jumped when I saw how beautiful the colors in the palette were!

Love at first sight! 29 Faubourg Saint Honore is where Lancome Labs are, in Paris. ; )

Love at first sight! It comes with an eye brush at one end, and a lip brush at the other. 
29 Faubourg Saint Honore is where Lancome Labs are, in Paris. ; )

A closer look

A closer look

Shining, shimmery and splendid XD

Shining, shimmery and splendid XD

The lip colors in the palette were actually separated by a flap cover, which was really thoughtful as it prevents product cross contamination!

The lip colors in the palette were actually separated by a flap cover, which was really thoughtful as it prevents product cross contamination!

The first color with a bigger well is actually a lip balm/primer which goes on your lips before the colors do!

The first color with a bigger well is actually a lip balm/primer which goes on your lips before the colors do!

EOTD with the palette!

EOTD with the palette!

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Gold and brown shades are always easy to use - and they help to define your eyes to help them stand out better!

Gold and brown shades are always easy to use – and they help to define your eyes to help them stand out better!

{ Christmas Atrium at Paragon, 29 Oct – 4 Nov }

Like I said, it’s never too early for Christmas, so prep yourself if you’re looking to gift some facials or makeup this Christmas, because Lancôme will be having their Christmas Atrium at Paragon from 29th Oct – 4th Nov 2015!

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What to look out for at Lancôme’s Christmas Atrium 

Facial & Make Over deals! 

Register online @ http://www.lancomesg.com/happy-holidays to do the Youth Activating Facial Treatment at $120 per pax (fully redeemable for Lancôme products) or Holiday Makeover at the Paragon Atrium for $120 per pax or $180 for 2 people (fully redeemable for Lancôme products). Yes you read that right – they are fully redeemable for makeup products, so essentially your makeup session / facial treatment is a super good deal!

Lancome’s Christmas Sets 

Some of the worthy Christmas Sets you should really look out for:

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For the Génifique Loversset1

ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE YOUTH ACTIVATING DUO PRESTIGE SET
S$216 (worth $328)

Our No. 1 Youth Activating Duo for youthful- looking skin & eye contours. Instant radiance & reduced eye puffiness.

Set Contains:

  • ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE SERUM 30ML
  • ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE YEUX LIGHT-PEARL 20ML
  • Advanced Génifique Serum 7ml
  • Advanced Génifique Eye Cream 5ml
  • Génifique Mask
For the Consciousset2
RÉNERGIE MULTI-LIFT ANTI- WRINKLE CREAM PRESTIGE SET
S$155 (worth $276)

 

Tightens the most difficult zones of the face. Re-plumps and lifts with anti-wrinkle benefits.

Set Contains:

  • RÉNERGIE MULTI-LIFT DAY CREAM 50ML
  • Rénergie Multi-Lift Cosmetic Water 50ml
  • Rénergie Multi-Lift Reviva-PlasmaTM Serum 10ml
  • Rénergie Multi-Lift Night Cream 15ml
For the Fragrance Loversset4
LA VIE EST BELLE EDP 50ML PRESTIGE SET
S$145 (worth $178)

Life is Beautiful with La Vie Est Belle. Set Contains:

  • LA VIE EST BELLE EDP 50ML
  • La Vie Est Belle Purse Spray 10ml
For the Mascara Loversset3

HYPNÔSE MASCARA BASIC SET
S$50 (worth $82)
Set Contains:

  • HYPNÔSE MACARA
  • Mini Khol Eye Pencil
  • Bi Facil Eye Makeup Remover 30ml

 

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