Beautiful professionally pierced ears

Beautiful professionally pierced ears

Perhaps you are thinking of treating yourself, or a younger relative (aged 7 years+), to first ‘proper’ earrings this summer? The moment of having your ears pierced is a very special one and we can help you make the right choices.

Margaret Balfour offers a relaxed environment where our fully-qualified therapists use the safest, most technologically-advanced ear piercing system available. We use a quiet, gentle, hand-pressured instrument and sterile, pre-sealed hypoallergenic piercing earrings for your complete peace of mind.

School holidays offer the perfect time for a first piercing, with weeks ahead for young ears to heal before term starts again. Book now to avoid disappointment – or call us for more information

Top tips for getting rid of puffy eyes

Top tips for getting rid of puffy eyes

We’re sharing with you a feature by Coral Rickard from Woman & Home online about the most popular Clarins product to combat puffy eyes. Read her top tips and come in to see us at the salon to ask about Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate


Puffy eyes, ringed with dark circles is the quickest way to add 5 years. So it seems unfair that most of us, through not fault of our own regularly wake up with them. Commonly associated with a late night, puffy eyes symbolise excessive tiredness and fatigue, but they can also be caused by allergies, stress, dehydration and natural ageing. As we age the membrane or ‘septum’ that normally holds fat in place in the upper and lower lid starts to thin and the fatty tissue falls forward, causing a bulge or ‘bags’ as we all know them.
So, how to get rid of puffy eyes? Well for starters you could pop two thin slices of cucumber over your eyes but this can take time and the results rarely last. Or you could invest in one our favourite de-puffing products which will slip effortlessly into your daily routine.

New studies have revealed a surprise ingredient that de-puffs eyes: barley. Celebrity dermatologist Dr Ronald Moy claims that derivatives from the grain are something of a wonder-cure for banishing that tired under-eye look. “They stimulate the stem cells in the thin under-eye skin to grow thicker collagen, which then leads to tighter skin,” he explained. In fact, it’s more sustainable long-term than the similarly tightening effect of Botox.

To get the most out of your de-puffing products consider a quick daily under-eye massage. ‘Massage helps de-puff and get circulation moving,’ says says Sally Penford, education manager at the International Dermal Institute. Hydration is everything, so combine both when you apply eye products. You will notice an instant lift, and over time, a longer lasting difference, says the brains behind the mini massage, Nathalie Eleni – international facialist to natural beauties including Livia Firth and Carey Mulligan.Here are her top three tips for how to get rid of puffy eyes at home:

1. Apply some eye gel or cream, then place your ring finger (has the least amount of pressure) just under the tear duct of each eye. Using medium pressure with a pumping movement, slowly press along the under-eye area in about 10 gradual moves until you reach your temples

2. Now massage the temples, which is a lymph node, using small circular, anti-clockwise movements to help drain toxins and fluids from the face. Continue this technique along you eye sockets, round towards your temples again. Slowly repeat three times

3. Finally, place the index finger at the bridge of your nose just under the brow. Pushup and under the muscle, so that you are lifting it and hold for the count of ten. Work your way along the whole brow with this technique and repeat three times.

by Coral Rickard

(Copyright and picture credit Woman & Home online)

Available at Margaret Balfour Beauty Centre, Sherborne

Consultation with a Clarins Angel

Consultation with a Clarins Angel

Don’t miss your opportunity for a personalised 45min consultation with an expert ‘Clarins Angel’. Taking place on 8th/9th and 10th June at Margaret Balfour Beauty Salon in Sherborne.  See the details below and book now.


Clarins Summer Travel Offer

Clarins Summer Travel Offer

Read our latest newsletter with our Summer Travel Offer, Staff News and Hero Product

Don’t miss our Clarins Summer Travel Offer – visit Margaret Balfour Beauty Centre soon to enjoy your FREE gift worth £56  when you buy two or more Clarins products at the salon (while stocks last).

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

Colour and care, sealed with a kiss.

Your lips will definitely have something to smile about!

An innovative formula.

A unique fusion formula rich in plant-based active ingredients and directly inspired by Clarins’ expert face and body oils.

• Nutrition and comfort

• Leaves a shiny, non-sticky finish on the lips with a subtle sweet taste

• A sponge-tip applicator that makes application simple.

Each shade has its own star ingredient!  Come and try them in the salon now.

Double Clarins Points in April

Double Clarins Points in April


For every £10 you spend on Clarins products during the month of April you will receive one ‘C point’ worth £4, equivalent to 40%, which is double the usual reward!

When you redeem your points you’ll receive FREE Clarins products of your choice to the value saved on your card (T&Cs apply). If you don’t have a CLARINS FOR ME card just ask next time you are in the salon, it’s one of the most generous loyalty schemes there is.