Celebrating Valmont at Langdon Hall

Celebrating Valmont at Langdon Hall

About a year ago I started to notice some fine wines on my forehead. It didn't cause me too much alarm, I had just turned 36 and figured this is all part of the aging process. Fast forward a few months and those lines went from fine to thick and started to worry me. How could I have aged so quickly in such a sort period of time? Whatever the reasons, this lead me on a crusade to protect my skin from further damage, which is why when Valmont Cosmetics and Langdon Hall invited me to come and celebrate their recent collaboration, I jumped at the chance!


I am #skincareobsessed and for a very good reason. From birth I have suffered with eczema. It's much better these days (although I wouldn't say I'm cured) but in my younger years it left me with open wounds that made me very self conscious and left me with scars. I think this also had a lot to do with me starting to get acne at the young age of 11. I suffered with terrible acne for many years and finally when I turned 30, I went on Accutane to resolve the problem. Which it did. I have spent many years focused on my skin and felt like all that work finally paid off. Well, I had a good run. Six years after my skin finally cleared up, now I have wrinkles to worry about.

Valmont is a brand I am familiar with (remember this skin care post with Julie from Langdon Hall?) and I know that they are a trusted brand, and quite a few of my friends swear by the products. I was at an all women's show and found myself speaking with a Doctor who administers Botox and injectables. I'll admit I was intrigued. The cost was high, but no higher than purchasing quality face creams. I researched and thought long and hard about it. I came to the conclusion that it's just not for me (I would never judge if it's for you, my cousin is a nurse and administers this and I trust her completely!) So long story short, I'm trusting my face to creams. Which is why when the Valmont team reached out it was so perfect. I was a few months into some creams and decided that I needed to step up my game, and to start incorporating facials into my quarterly face care regiment.

I know before I started blogging and getting invited to events, I always wondered how it all worked. Well, today I am going to lift the veil and take you through the event! Hopefully this gives you a clear picture of how it all works, and I'll be giving you a review of the products I received and of the spa treatment.

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The event was kicked off with a celebratory dinner, wonderfully thought out by Chef Jason Bangerter and hosted by the Valmont representative. We mingled with cocktails, took a few photos and ate the most delicious food before parting ways. I live quite close to Langdon Hall (lucky me) so I was home in a jiffy. I've not yet had the pleasure of staying overnight at Langdon (which I am hoping to correct this winter as a quick getaway with the hubby!) but if you're looking for a great review of overnight stays, my friend White Cabana has stayed and has so many great things to say in her blog post!

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The next morning I was back at Langdon (I used a vacation day for my real life gig. So worth it!) with Julie, Langdon Hall's Spa Director, Val from Valmont and a few media writers. The morning was learning all about Valmont's newest product, l'Elixir des Glaciers, Essence of Bees - a tribute to bees, flora, science, crafts and luxury. This made in Switzerland skin care range achieves the technical feat of bringing together the essence of the products of the hive, in an exclusive complex in a unique galenic form. The three products are Cure Majestueuse, Masque Majestueux and Sérum Majestueux Vos Yeux, which is a mask, oil and eye cream.

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We also learned that to celebrate the launch of Essence of Bees, Valmont is partnering with the Pollinator Partnership, P2, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of bees and their ecosystems. During the month of September for every purchase of Essence of Bees, Valmont will donate $10 to P2 to support the health of bees in North America.

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After the morning session, we met up with Mario, the head gardener at Langdon Hall for a tour and to see why bees are so important. Langdon has a beautiful vegetable garden and guess what? It's bees that help keep it going! Mario and his team have been slowly introducing bee hives on the property, strategically placed so the bees will pollinate the flowers, which turn into food for Chef to use. There's one now...

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The tour lead us back to the main house and we broke for lunch before heading to the spa. Yes, the spa. Probably one of my favourite places in all of Cambridge. Valmont works closely with some of the world's most exclusive hotels to offer special treatments and today, I was fortunate enough to test out Langdon Hall Spa's newest facial, Elixir des Glaciers Exceptional Treatment: Majestic Treatment. This 115 minute facial uses l'Elixir des Glaciers, Essence of Bees products during the facial, including a collagen mask (my new fave thing) and special "butterfly" massage movements designed to stimulate your skin.

I was told before starting the facial that it's ok to fall asleep as some people do. They even snore during it. Not me I thought. I can barely fall asleep in my own bed! Ha! Well... guess what happened. Yup, I dozed off for a second and only work because I think I heard myself snore! The treatment was everything I had hoped and more. Because I was a week away from my trip to Scotland I was hoping to get some nice glowing skin. I got that and so much more. Once the facial was complete, I headed for home and followed my esthetician's instructions. Don't wash your face, just let all the oils and everything seep into my skin. I was also excited to see what kind of results I would get, especially that this facial is said to give lasting effects, of up to a few weeks! Wow!

Now, I can't give you any precise measurements but what I can tell you is I got the glowy skin I wanted, my cheeks and forehead seemed plumper and those fine lines on my forehead that started this whole journey? Well, they're still there BUT they are noticeably finer. My skin looks so great. I took this selfie a few days after the treatment because I really wanted to capture how great my skin looks!

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No make up (except for mascara) no filters, no retouching. Those pesky lines on my forehead, pretty sure I'm the only one who notices them now.

One of my favourite things about attending these types of events, besides meeting some amazing ladies, is receiving free product to try out. I love testing out new products and sharing my thoughts with you!

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I received this lovely sample Valmont bag from the Langdon Hall team (along with some delicious honey from their own hive!). I love the smell and feel of the Valmont products, and the fact that a little goes a long way! The price point is a little higher than say Dior skin care products, but it lasts longer so I'm thinking that makes actually makes it a draw. My esthetician recommended a face wash called Waterfalls as it's a gentle everyday product that will be good for my sensitive skin. I'll be picking that up as soon as my current face wash runs out. From testing these products I am really loving the Face Scrub, the Prime Contour and Hydra3 Regenetic.

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Valmont generously gifted me their three Essence of Bees products; Cure Majestueuse, Masque Majestueux and Sérum Majestueux Vos Yeux. I have switched my daily eye cream to the Sérum Majestueux Vos Yeux, and nightly I apply the Cure Majestueuse oil all over my face. Once or twice a week, I use the Masque Majestueux which is like giving yourself a spa treatment at home. Because my skin is so sensitive, which means it usually goes red after using any products, I do all my masks at night. Would you believe it, I hardly notice any colour changes in my skin when I use this mask!

As with all Valmont products, a little goes a long way. I apply a dime sized amount to my face and gently massage the product in using upward circular motions for one minute. I let it sit for five minutes before adding a little water to create a milky texture. Then I rinse and pat dry. It's such a luxurious treatment, in the comfort of my own home! Once a week is really all you need with this mask. My skin is hydrated and I know it's doing its work to keep my fine lines at bay.

I hoped you've enjoyed learning about the Valmont products and spa treatment, as well as a little behind the scenes into the life of a blogger. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below!

Valmont l'Elixir des Glaciers, Essence of Bees products can be purchased at:
  • Langdon Hall, Ontario
  • Sonora Resort, British Columbia
  • Hazelton Hotel, Ontario
  • Saks Fifth Avenue, Queen Street West and Saksfifthavenue.com
  • Holt Renfrew stores and holtrenfrew.com
Many thanks to Valmont and Langdon Hall for hosting such a fabulous event and for the wonderful goodies. 
  1. I certainly have enjoyed your review! The facial sounds absolutely amazing! I've only ever had one facial in my life. I definitely should be treating myself more! Ditto about Valmont going a long way!

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