Like any woman aged over 25, I am always on the look out for the next great skin product to promise me a quick route to perfect and peachy skin.
|Too much choice|
Having tried many over the years ranging from Boots No 7 to Creme De La Mer I still don’t know what makes a good cream, the name? The price?
t’s a constant battle to find the one that is just slightly better in reducing those lines than the previous one. So I am always open to new suggestions.
The other day I found myself walking out of Browns on South Molton Street (no doubt perving over shoes and beautiful clothing) when I heard someone calling me across the street, turned out it was a ginger man standing by a seemingly new boutique by the name of Oro Gold. He was holding out a small sample of something that looked like cream, and like a duck to water I was drawn across the pebbled street to the shop.
The sample turned out to be a satchel of the Oro Gold Deep Day Moisturiser.
As I was early to meet a friend for a afternoon coffee, I accepted the invitation to come inside to learn more.
|Sth Molton Street|
I was asked to take a seat in the beautiful surroundings of gold products and zebra arm chairs whilst asked about my skin routine. The sales representative explained that he was not there for commission and to make money but that he was a medical student specialising on the skin and working part time with a product he believed in.
Now, before I continue I just think we should be aware of the fact that i have worked in the luxury retail industry for about 10 years and know everything there is to know about customer service tricks and traits to persuade the customer to spend.
Yet I am probably the most gullible and perfect target any sales person could hope to get.
I WANT them to sell it to me, I want them to persuade me. And a good sales person can spot this a mile off; my shopaholic aura.
So back to the boutique, sitting comfortably he had now started removing the make up on my skin with a cotton bud and a 24k gold cleansing milk, all along telling me the brands history. Based in LA and started in 2002, this is the first store in the UK and has only been open for 4 months, and to put it simply- all products contain 24k gold.
Gold in itself has long been known it’s anti ageing qualities and is thought to have numerous healing benefits that oriental cultures have long been aware of. Some gold salts do have anti-inflammatory properties and are used as pharmaceuticals in treatment of various deceases. But enough about boring facts and back to the cleansing.
The cleanser felt cool and relaxing on my skin, it contains Vitamin C & E for antioxidant properties and jojoba & musk oils to ensure a thorough and effective yet gentle cleaning.
It was quickly followed up with the Oro Gold Purifying Facial Toner. This toner is designed to swipe out the last traces of dirt & hydrate the skin. It’s enriched with hazel and chamomile which is known for it’s soothing, calming and hydrating properties as well as to balance out the PH levels of the skin and at the same time make it ready for the next step.
The sales rep (or medical student if you like...) continued to give one side of my face a deep peel with the 24k Deep Peeling mask,a thick layer was added to my skin and followed up by a solution made up of water which “activated” the mask, it became pleasantly warm (39 degrees apparently) and was left for a few minutes to cool down. and then wiped off.
At this stage I reached up and touched my skin and was surprised to already feel my skin softer and more supple.
After the deep peel was removed a 24k Vitamin C Booster facial gel followed, it promises to illuminate and brighten your skin immediately whilst diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It was instantly refreshing and at this point I couldn’t wait to see the final result (also, half hour later, the chair was now staring to get uncomfortable).
Once the facial gel had set in to my skin he applied the 24k Deep Day Moisturiser, the same one used to lure me in to the store. This is a very delicate moisturiser designed to help reduce the appearance of expression lines, relax wrinkles and restore softness, smoothness and radiance. All a girl needs!
It all sounds a bit too good to be true really.
However, as I looked in to the mirror not only did my right side of my face (where the deep peal and facial booster had been applied) look noticeably brighter but it also looked tighter and felt smooth as a baby’s bottom. I was sold. But I knew this would not come cheap. And it didn’t.
As he got up to fetch the price list (his grand finale) I sat and went over my current credit card bill in my head as well as my pending Christmas expenses and forthcoming New York trip, I knew this was not something I should spend money on right now.
In my head I decided that if the Vitamin C Booster serum was £150 or below, I would get it.
Try adding another £100. He could see the doubt in my eyes and quickly told me that if I got the serum, he would add a 24k Anti Ageing eye serum, priced at another £200, for free (at this stage I was beginning to wonder how concerned he really was about my sun & make up damaged skin), as I was still hesitating he walked out on the street where his colleague was now trying to get people in and mumbled a few words to her. She nodded and he came back in and added the 24k Cleansing pack as well containing the milk cleanser and toner. Probably because I had told him earlier that all my cleansing procedure really required was a wet wipe; he had stared at me in shock horror.
I was told this was also worth about £150.
I quickly calculated in my head that I was to get products worth about £550 for £250 and decided it worth it, besides I had already seen remarkable results.
I did not even put any make up on to go and meet my friend, that's how fresh and radiant I felt.
|Vitamin Booster serum, you even get a 24k gold certificate with it|
I have now been using the products for 4 weeks and I love the results.
I now want to get the 24k Deep Peel as well as the 24k Deep Day Moisturiser but how on earth can I justify spending up to £1000 on skincare, that a good pair of Louboutins for gods sake!
So I decided to research a bit. And look what I found...(thank heavens for google);
The same Oro Gold 24k Vitamin Booster Facial Serum, that I paid £250 for, is £70 on Amazon (wince...), the Deep Day Moisturiser, priced in the shop £160, is £60 and so forth.
So although I paid £250 I still feel I got my moneys worth with all the products and I will continue to use the whole series as it’s working great with my skin.
However, from now on I will pay only a fraction of the price. A win win situation for me and apologies to the very enthusiastic sales rep/medical student.