Emily Johnston aka Fashion Foie Gras is one of the original style bloggers and has been sharing her love of fashion, food and travel with her readership since 2009. This all-American girl hails from South Carolina but lives in London and as anyone who follows her blog or Instagram @fashionfoiegras will know, she spends a LOT of time on planes, trains and boats, documenting it all in colourful images with snappy captions that reveal a positivity and passion for life that never fails to inspire her followers. With her non-stop schedule, we thought she'd make the perfect candidate to put our new bespoke facial to the test, so we sent her for a spot of R & R at our Selfridges spa. Here's what she thought...
'Twenty four hours after touching down in London and 48 hours before stepping onto my fourth long haul flight in three weeks, I caught a glimpse of my reflection as I entered my flat. My skin was tired, lacklustre and looked like it was preparing to go on strike. Planes are not kind to anyone’s skin. When you practically spend your life on one, it’s a completely different story. Frankly speaking, “getting the glow” becomes a battle.
For years, I’ve heard the name Nichola Joss thrown as around as the woman with the magic touch when it comes to facials in London. Apparently her client list is as long as Portobello Road and the only thing longer is her waiting list. I’ve sat in many a brunch as her name is whispered, shared as an elite secret. And I’ve finally had a chance to see, first hand, why she lives up to her name. Nichola Joss has recently passed down her golden techniques in teaching the facialists at Cowshed spas all of her trademark massage techniques.'
'With 48 hours in London, I booked into Cowshed Selfridges to try the 60 minute Bespoke Signature Facial. The facial, featuring Joss’s massage techniques, Cowshed products and SkinCeuticals skincare, is tailor made for each client. As every face comes with its own set of dilemmas, this is the ideal situation for anyone looking for a pampering solution to skincare problems. After a thorough cleanse, my skin is examined and the problems read like the usual laundry list from too much time flying high in the sky. My sky is dry, congested and tired. I require extraction (which is surprisingly somehow less painful… thank you talented facialist), massage and a moisturising mask.
It’s the massage that left me feeling as if I was walking out the door with the skin of a ten year old. The swift movements of the fingers across my cheekbones, jawline and forehead awaken muscles in my face that seem to have long ago given up on youth. As the moisturising mask is applied, I’m offered a foot massage while it works its magic. In less than 60 seconds, I’m in a deep sleep and embarrassingly only awakened by my own snore. I’m not sure who was more surprised – me or the therapist. I blame the Cowshed oils. There is nothing like them in the world. The scent is heaven on earth, for each and every one… but I’m partial to Horny Cow.'
'While I made a mental note to make this a regular event in my calendar, I also promised myself to book the 90 minute facial for the next course. 60 minutes is fabulous, but this pampering experience is meant to last as long as possible. Could Cowshed perhaps introduce a two hour version? I’d be all too happy to lay there all day and come out looking this fresh all over again!'