At the weekend I was invited to an indulgence hour at the Intu Trafford Centre around various concessions and stores.
The whole idea of my indulgence our was to think about the things you can do whilst you are shopping, sometimes when you do plan a shopping trip you don't actually think of anything else, I know I don't at times.
I have shopped at the Intu Trafford Centre since it opened, even worked there for a few years, my indulgence hour really made me think of this shopping center a little differently.
My first stop was the Estee Lauder stand in Selfridges, I'm always a little apprehensive approaching these stands as I'm never always sure what they offer or what to ask.
I was given a "Get The Glow" consultation by a lovely lady (I am so terrible with names.)
First of all she asked me about my skin and what I'd like to achieve using Estee Lauder products.
She picked out 3 key products that I could use in my night time/morning routine.
She used them on my face and explained what each one did, I even learnt that putting serum on after moisturizing was actually the wrong way to apply serum.
After applying these products to my face, a cleanser, serum and moisturizer, she used this cleaver machine which took photos of my face to match my skin tone up with the perfect foundation which she also applied to my face.
The consultation was about 20 minutes and their was no pressure to buy anything and I felt like I learned a lot and now I actually want to purchase these products.
I was given a few samples of the products that she had used on my face to take away with me.
My next stop was over to the eyebrow threading station situated at the back of Superdrug.
I have never had my eyebrows touched by a professional before, I like to tweeze mine myself but after getting my eyebrows threaded I would be quite tempted to get them done here again.
It wasn't too painful, it made my eyes water a tiny bit but I was quite surprised how fast the lady did it and she did a really good job.
I was really impressed afterwards, the only thing I did regret was not having any cooling gel afterwards on them, my eyebrows were pretty red afterwards - not a good look to walk around with - ooops.
My next stop was the Andrew Collinge Salon in Selfridges, I have never known about this salon the whole time it has been here, NEVER.
It is hidden away between a shoe concession but it's actually really big inside.
I was treated to a lovely blow dry which left me feeling very glamorous afterwards.
My hair was washed and massaged before it was blow dried into curls.
The lady did an amazing job and I even left with some of the goodies she had used on my hair.
If I was going on a night out I would definitely come back here again for a blow dry again.
I had so many compliments about my hair afterwards, I could of done with some remy hair extensions which are available to buy from Hair Ext - LINK that way I could of had even bouncier curls.
This would even by the perfect treat to fit in post shop.
My final stop was to The Body Shop for a mini makeover, I was greeted by one of the lovely assistants who told me all about the Drops of Youth range and the new additions to it, I love Drops Of Youth so I was excited to hear about the moisturizer they have released.
A girl called Gemma did my make up and she was such a lovely girl, we ended up having a nice little chat as she told me all about the products she was using and how she was applying them.
I'm normally a little cautious when other people do my make up but I put all my trust in her and I was not disappointed.
These mini make overs are a fab way to try The Body Shop's products and they are really good products, I'm a particular fan of their eye shadows and have a few in my collection.
This indulgence hour taught me a thing or too and I think next time I approach a concession or store I don't think I'll be too scared to ask about their products and if I can have a little demo.
Also if I fancy getting my hair done while I'm out shopping I'll be paying a visit to Andrew Collinge again as they also do drop in appointments.
and....if I need a quick eyebrow thread, I know I won't be waiting too long.
I was also treated to a complimentary meal at Bill's with my friends, Bill's has just opened in the restaurant area in the Intu Trafford Centre and it was my first time trying Bill's too.
We went for the pink lemonade - which was lovely by the way, I'd recommend it.
We shared a "Mezze Board" between three of us which included all different bits and pieces to dip into the array of dips we had.
We all ordered the Bills Burger with fries too, which unfortunately we had to send back after a little mix up as we asked for it well cooked and it came out medium well but they apologized and soon brought our burgers back out freshly cooked and well done - we had no complaints after that, they went down extremely well.
We finally finished our meal off with dessert because why not,.....
We had the chocolate brownie and the Eton Mess - both which I highly recommend.
I loved my meal at Bills and I will be back, they have a fab 3 course offer available during the week.
We even left with sweeties which are available as a take out option.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my indulgence hour and hopefully I opened up a new world for you.