Friday, February 17, 2012

Casmara Cosmetics Philippines Relaxing Spa Party

A relaxing pampering treat - this was what I was looking forward to have when I was invited to a SPA PARTY by Casmara Cosmetics Philippines for several bloggers here in Manila. I'm really glad that I was invited. I mean who doesn't want to have some special "me" time and a way to escape from all the stress during the week? Well, as for me, I was really happy to be invited. Not only as an escape but also because I badly needed the "skin care" part. I'm turning 30 next month and it has only been a recent realization for me that with this big "three-oh" looming ahead, I should be more aware of my skin and take good care of it. So spending a day for a facial treatment and facial mask by Casmara Cosmetics Philippines was something that I was really excited about!

I arrived at the main branch of Diana Stalder (aka Dermaline) boutique in Makati. I was the first one there! Which surprised me as well. Haha. Maybe I was really excited. Anyway, I had a nice chat with Miss Ruth from Casmara who explained to me that Casmara Cosmetics Philippines is being carried by Diana Stalder Boutiques. This was good to know coz that would mean that I can go to any of their boutiques to have another Casmara mask treatment if I choose to do so.

Casmara is a Spanish professional cosmetics company, located in the city of Valencia, Spain. Casmara Cosmetics backs the choice of the professionals with ways that reinvent the passion for skin care, adding glamour to each and act dedicated to the well-being. Casmara has always been a pioneer in incorporating the most efficient ingredients known nowadays in the cosmetics field. As the inventor of the "Original Algae Peel Off Mask", their unique and tested application method on eyes and lips, acts directly where it is mostly needed.

The description of the "Original Algae Peel Off Mask" really caught my interest! I've tried facial masks before but the masks that I've tried were the ones that you can buy at the local bath and beauty shops. The only peel off m,ask that I've tried dried hard and its purpose was to remove the blackheads or whiteheads. So after finding out about this, I decided that I want to try the full "treatment" - cleaning, pricking, and facial mask. The works!  I have tried a facial before (a painful experience) and well I admit it has been years since that time. So I thought if I'm going to have it done again, I might as well have it done here. So check out the price list for the Casmara facial mask or facial treatment.  

Casmara Cosmetic Philippines care of Diana Stalder
Facial Mask price list

Facials Price List for a Casmara session.
Disclaimer: Prices might be different in other branches. 
Casmara has a complete collection of face and body treatments. It is the first to introduce the "monodose system" in the international cosmetic field. The monodose system offers a convenient and practical format that provides the ideal amount of product for each treatment aimed at a certain skin type. (yay for me!) Also, a hygienic system, these are unisex formulas at any age, at any time of the year. (so yes, guys -- you can avail this too!)

Casmara Cosmetics Philippines Premium Quality Professional Facial Treatment
this was used on me for the "Selective Dermopurifying Shinestop Treatment"

Casmara Nature Ampoules - Equilibrium 
used for Mixed, Oily, Acneic Skin to enhance skin hydration and balance
So before I started my treatment, there were certain things that had to be clarified first to get the best treatment possible for my face. First off was determining my skin type. Haha. There's no doubt about it that I'm one "very oily" girl so they gave me the treatment that was recommended for my skin type which was - the Casmara Shinestop (Acne Clear) treatment with the Reaffirming Mask 2020 (Black)

Casmara Shinestop Treatment
The Casmara Shinestop or the "Selective Dermopurifying Shinestop Treatment" is described as the latest technology created to treat, regulate, normalize, and improve the appearance and the texture of mixed and oily skins in a "selective way". It also guarantees a shine-free, mattified skin, free from imperfections.  

Accompanying this facial treatment was the Reaffirming Mask 2020 (Black). It is described as a mask especially indicated for mixed and oily skins, with dilated pores or acne. Unisex formula for all ages, at any time of year provides excellent toning and muscular stimulation due to its spectacular cold effect. Detoxifying, purifying, and hydrating. The Reaffirming Mask 2020 is a mask that absorbs impurities, fat, and catabolic substances from cellular functioning. It is made of active vegetal charcoal. And yes, its a BLACK mask just like the picture above!

Diana Stadler Booth with Casmara Cosmetics Products
As soon as another blogger arrived, Miss Ruth of Casmara Cosmetics invited us to start our treatment. My fellow blogger Gracee and I had a "booth" all to ourselves. Ms. Moondy was the one who gave me the facial treatment. She was super nice and answered all my questions! I was very pleased with how clean and sterilized the place looked. It really gave off a professional feel that I was going to be in good hands.

That's my fellow blogger Gracee and me on our special beds!
The above photos were taken just before the treatment started. Of course since I was by myself, I couldn't get decent photos of me during the whole process. I tried but its either blurry or too shocking enough (haha.. what I mean is I find it too shockingly ick!) to be shown here on my blog so I'm not going to post it. I'll just share to you what happened instead. 

Yes dears, NO MAKEUP! I knew I was going to get a facial so why bother... lol!
STEP 1: Preparation of the skin - wash face thoroughly. 
Which is what Miss Moondy did. She wore a mask and gloves to take proper hygienic measures and started to do wonders on my face. She washed and cleansed my face thoroughly. This is A MUST for a good facial treatment.

haha found a decent pic of myself during the pricking process thanks Casmara!

Since I asked for a complete treatment, I also had a facial "cleaning" or "pricking" process. Something that I was sort of dreading. Like I've mentioned before, I already experienced a facial treatment several years back. I remember specifically the PAIN and the PIMPLE breakout after. With my low tolerance to pain, I did end up crying and tearing up about it coz it was really painful for me. I felt sore, raw, and sensitive after that facial. So I was kind of hoping that this won't be the case with Casmara. So with much apprehension, I let myself to some facial pricking. Yes I will be honest and say that it hurt and yes I did shed a few tears. But hey, I wanted a pimple clean face and I had to suck it in and bear it just like in the saying.. "No Pain, No Gain" and I really wanted to gain a pimple free and less oily face!

STEP 2: Application of Casmara Nature Ampoules for the ShineStop Treatment.

After the cleaning, a whole new story unfolded! Miss Moondy started  applying the Casmara Equilibrium Nature Ampoules for the Shine Stop Treatment. Apparently is a six step process (including the mask). In each step, one had to use the Nature Ampoules designed especially to target my oily skin andenhance it and balance out the oiliness. It can be applied through manual stimulating massage which is what Miss Moondy did to my face. I found it very relaxing and soothing the redness and rawness that I was feeling from the facial pricking. The smell of the ampoules on my face  was not overpowering. That's a good thing coz as an asthmatic, sometimes I get an allergic reaction and start coughing when it comes to strong smells. Anyway, I really loved the massage and the whole six step application process. I felt very pampered and was enjoying every minute of it. 

STEP 3: Facial Algae Peel-Off Mask - in my case, using the REAFFIRMING MASK 2020

After finishing those steps, the Reaffirming mask was then briskly and thoroughly applied on my face. I was kind of shocked when the mask was applied to my eyes and lips! This was a first for me to have my eyes and even my lips covered by a mask. It felt weird coz I could feel a weight on my eyes and lips (don't worry, your nostrils will be intact! No product was applied in that area). But it was bothering me coz while the mask was being applied to my face, I could already feel the "minty" flavor of the Reaffirming mask. It was cool and very much soothing to my freshly "pricked" face. Miss Moondy left the mask to "harden" and do its wonders on my face for 20 minutes. The super coolness on my face was so relaxing that I think I fell asleep during that time! hehe. Yes the mask was black and I probably looked scary having it on my face but wow, the effect on me was instant! I felt super refreshed! It was as if the Reaffirming Mask 2020 Black was absorbing all the stress and tiredness I felt during the week. It was my most favorite part of the whole procedure. Then after 20 minutes, Miss Moondy removed the mask in a single downward motion.

With Miss Moondy.. Yes this was immediately after the facial treatment which is why my hair is like that! haha!
The minty cool feeling stayed even after the last application of the Nature Ampoules was applied. I swear I will come back and do this again. Yes, its that good, relaxing, and effective! Even after the procedure, I noticed my skin was LESS OILY and yes LESS PIMPLES as well. Plus, I noticed that my face felt super soft and "pampered" even though I had a facial pricking! If it were like before, I would be too bothered and in pain to go out and do activities afterwards. But here, it was as if I had NO facial pricking!

All in all, the entire treatment lasted almost 1 1/2 hour. And I can very much attest that I really had a relaxing treat that is worth repeating. Since I will be celebrating my 30th birthday this March, I am definitely planning on having a Casmara Treatment or just experience the Reaffirming Facial Mask again. According to Miss Moondy, to have my face truly oil free and clear, it is advised to come back and have the whole procedure done again up to 3 times. Also, a person can have a treatment again after two weeks! Hmmm this could be addicting.. haha! Especially for stressed people.

Daryll, Me, Gracee, fellow blogger, and Ms. Ia.
Since me and Gracee were the first to arrive, we were also the first to eat some of the food at this special Casmara Cosmetics Philippines Spa Party.  I was able to talk with some other bloggers and met Miss Daryll, Miss Ruth, and Miss Ia. I really enjoyed the whole experience and even the small chit-chat I had with Miss Ia and Miss Ruth. Indeed its a relaxing event to remember thanks to Casmara Cosmetics Philippines!

Many thanks to Miss Ruth for giving us bloggers a "take home" kit of the Casmara Facial Treatment experience to be able to maintain our "brand new" skin. And thank you to Miss Daryll for the invite!

So dear Coffeeholics, if you are already envious by now.. don't feel bad! Coz Casmara has an ongoing facebook promo giving you a chance to try out the Casmara Cosmetics Philippines Experience. Or better yet, get a chance to win a Spa Party for yourself and some friends! Three lucky winners will be chosen WEEKLY with the MOST Number of Likes, MOST number of shared Post, and the Most Number of Comment's Post. So hurry, check out Casmara Cosmetics Philippines Facebook fanpage for more details. Or better yet, go to the nearest Diana Stadler/Dermaline boutique near you and experience the fantastic coolness of the Casmara facial masks. Have an awesome week dears!

Mwah mwah,  

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