Golden Touch Facial at Neville Salon, Belgravia.

This weekend I was a VERY lucky beauty blogger, as I was invited to visit the Neville Salon, a lovely upmarket salon in swanky Belgravia. So, since I’m not a complete mug I jumped at the chance – and so found myself wandering down Sloane Street on a gorgeous sunny Saturday, past Chanel, YSL et al… on my way to an hour and a half of pure pampering bliss.

Arriving at Neville, I was directed up to the second floor. Past two very busy hair salon floors to a lovely peaceful landing. On arrival I was greeted by my beauty therapist and ushered into the treatment room.

The room was spacious and quiet, with a plush treatment bed for me to lay down on. I have never experienced such comfort as part of a beauty treatment. The bed was practically more comfortable than the bed I have at home – complete with duvet rather than the usual thin sheet.

I was already feeling pretty pampered and the treatment hadn’t even begun yet. The treatment I was about to enjoy was the ‘Golden Touch Facial’, described as:

“a luxurious and indulgent treatment which is as rare and as precious as the pearls and gold it uses. Using crushed freshwater pearls and real gold which makes your skin shimmer instantly, this treatment is the ultimate in opulence. The facial revitalises the skin through the calcium in the pearls and gives you an immediate glow.” 
My extremely talented therapist, Hasti Parangi talked me through the treatment before beginning – asking about my specific skin care issues – I described how I suffer from dry flaky skin around my nose area, despite it being also oily and the fact that I regularly exfoliate. Hasti advised that this could be a side effect of the number of products I try through writing this blog, so I do need to be a little more gentle on my skin rather than subjecting it to so many changes all the time.

To help tackle the dry skin, Hasti added a session of microdermabrasion to remove dead skin and congestion. I have to say, that this was probably my favorite part of the whole facial. The mictrodermabrasion included various stages of suction – including lymphatic drainage using a smooth tipped suction implement followed by the microdermabrasion using a diamond tipped version of the same tool as before. By diamond tipped, this doesn’t mean a giant rock being rubbed over the skin – it’s very finely milled, to make it feel slightly rough but not quite abrasive. 

The suction feeling is very bizarre, but quite pleasant – you can feel it literally ‘suctioning’ the skin. Rather un-nerving, but at the end of this part of the treatment I was shown the dead skin and debris that was removed from my skin – it was shocking. 

My skin was then cleansed and toned – followed by an enzyme treatment. Then the main event – my skin was coated in a cool, thick liquid that was somewhat rough (as it contained crushed pearls). A muslin mask was then placed over the mixture and followed by another coat of liquid (slightly warmer this time). The mask was then left to set.

At this point I was treated to the most amazing shoulder massage ever – Hasti managed to work out knots in my shoulders that I never knew were there. It was one of those experiences that was bordering on painful, but ultimately very pleasant. I felt practically like a new person after – my shoulders felt so loose!

At this point I was beyond relaxed – I think I actually dosed off (I only know this as I may have made some small snore-like noises that managed to wake me back up again….very embarrassing, but I was so relaxed I didn’t care.

After being left to relax/set for a while, the mask was peeled off (all in one go – like a plaster cast model). My skin was again, cleansed and toned and now moisturised – marking the end of the most luxurious treatment I have ever experienced.

When I got to look in the mirror, I was absolutely amazed at how soft, smooth and clear my skin looked. Yes, I was totally make-up free – so the dark circles were on full display. But blackheads that I felt I had for so long they were practically old friends had vanished. Amazing.

On Sunday, my skin still felt amazing – soft, smooth and generally wonderful. I was happy to go out practically make-up free (with just a slick of mascara and dab of under-eye concealer) both because it would be good for my skin and because it just felt so darn lovely it would have been a waste to cover it up with slap!

So, overall – this treatment was absolute luxury and I felt like an absolute princess the whole way through

But, priced at £150, the Golden Touch facial really is a luxury treatment. I would think this would be perfect if you were looking for a special occasion, or preparing to get married or something where you really want to look your best.

But having said that, I am totally convinced that microdermabrasion is an amazing treatment. I’m planning to book myself in for an all-over body treatment before I go away on holiday in a few weeks. I’m hoping this will work wonders on my upper arms in particular, where I suffer from keratosis pilaris.

You can find out more about the services available at Neville Salon HERE.

**The Small Print**

I was invited to experience this treatment free of charge for review purposes. I have not been paid for this review an have no affiliation with Neville salon. All opinions are honest and impartial…



  1. VexintheCity
    April 12, 2010 / 9:30 am

    Sounds lovely.

  2. Get Lippie
    April 12, 2010 / 9:35 am


  3. Primp and Preen
    April 12, 2010 / 9:42 am

    I always doze off when I have a facial and wake myself up snoring, the therapists are prob quite used to it but I still get embarrassed. This sounds amazing!

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