A Face without Make up

Vanity vs Me time

Hands up if like me being in public without makeup fills you with dread. Vain I know but I guess wearing makeup is a kind of comfort blanket. In the past when I’ve walked through a Department store and seen people having beauty treatment I’ve always thought nah not for me! No way am I sitting in a brightly lit store with no makeup on.

A couple of weeks ago I needed to buy myself some new moisturiser. I decided that I would try out a particular moisturiser from Elemis. Now normally when making these sorts of purchases I tend to buy online. Mainly because shopping with a toddler is near impossible. But I needed to buy a last minute present for yet another birthday party and so off we went shopping.

All four of us went as my OH fancied a run out in the car. I ushered him off to Costa with the kids while I had a little browse. Of course there had to be an offer on and I was talked into buying a second product to get a freebie. And being the sucker I am I did. Now it turned out that the free product was in fact a free facial. This facial would take place under the delightful lighting of the department store. Hmmm, do I want this I thought? Stood at the till making a decision and my OH was walked back into the store. With the prospect of him seeing the bill for my purchases I just said yes, ok then.


The day arrived and I had deliberately booked a late evening. Hopefully not so many people around! I think I expected a short facial being a freebie, perhaps a quick slap on of some oil in an attempt to make me buy an expensive bottle of some miracle concoction. But I was very wrong. I was greeted me with a warm smile, she asked me the usual health questions you would get in a salon. She then scanned my face to show all my imperfections (lovely!) and help to choose which products would suit me best.

I sat on a very comfortable chair and she proceeded with the facial. This was a fab facial, one  that you would receive in a salon. It lasted about 35mins and included a hand massage whilst the mask did it’s magic. I loved it. A little bit a of me time. Who cares about the no makeup issue and other people being around. It was free and blissful.

Best of all I have another one in a few weeks as I bought a couple more products (yes I’m a sucker).


Would you have facial in a department store? Can you go out in public with no makeup on or is it just me?

Rhyming with Wine
Cuddle Fairy


  1. I LOVE make up, but equally i’m quite lazy! It depends for me on the day – where I’m going mostly, when I’ve worked with horses I never bothered, it was already too much of an early start and the horses didn’t care what you looked like! If I’ve worked in somewhere more social (offices, pubs etc) I never would’ve dreamed of going in without make up!!
    I think there’s a definite boost you get with wearing it though 🙂


  2. I’ve never actually had a facial, but I’d love one! I do tend to wear make up everyday, unless I’m just quickly popping to the shop or something – then I just put sunglasses on! Haha

  3. i go out most days in public without make up. The only time i put it on is when i’m dressed up for a trip out, sometimes day time, mostly evenings

  4. I used to wear makeup before my second child, now I need to see peoples proof that they can wear make up if they have two children?? I just cant see it been physically possible or maybe its just my children that are the problem!! lol I wouldn’t go into a store and have anything but I am really not a confident person I don’t even go into places like bodyshop etc incase they come up and want to ask questions!


    • aww bless you, i really don’t spend much time doing my make up, about 5 mins. It’s the barely there look 😉 The MAC reps would be disappointed at my lack of skill! For me its just that bit of cover for my dark circles and blemishes! I was surprised I did the facial in the store tbh! x

  5. There was a time in my life where I wouldn’t leave the house without makeup on, but these days it’s the total opposite – I don’t wear makeup daily, and when I do put some on I can’t stand the feel of it on my face anymore! As for a facial in a department store… Ooo, I don’t know about that! #DreamTeam

  6. I confess to always wearing make-up, however, I keep it to a minimum and even on a night out go for at natural ‘is she actually wearing make-up) look. The facial sounds absolutely wonderful, glad you went for it, even more pleased you have another booked #TriumphantTales x

  7. 😂😂😂 brilliant, I don’t wear makeup unless I’m going out and I’m shit at eyes so it’s basic stuff for me, my neighbour won’t leave the house without it but we totally agree with ME-TIME 😂😂😂 ITS A MUST

  8. I haven’t had a facial but I did have wedding make up trial at my local Lancome counter a few years ago, so the face wipes had to come out and rid my face of any make up I already had on. I didn’t like the idea but I came out looking better than I went in so it wasn’t toooo bad. Thanks for linking up to #TriumphantTales, hope you’ll come back on Tuesday 🙂

  9. It’s funny you should mention this as I saw someone having a facial the other day in a department store which I haven’t really seen before. It looked like she was having a lovely time too so I can’t fault you! Personally I’m not sure that I would dare as I tend to fall asleep (and snore) within around 45 seconds of sitting still nowadays haha. Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x

  10. Pre-baby I wouldnt have dared going out without makeup on! Now its a norm as long as im not going to work! Id totally take up an offer of a free facial as my skin is awful and im all for helpful tips! It sounds like you truly had a lovely spot of “me” time which is better than a bottle of wine… of perhaps compliment each other haha!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales, hope to see you back on Tuesday


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