|Whether you have big ideas this month for Valentine’s Day, a black-tie ball or special plans to paint the town red, this countdown will turn you from conventional to captivating in less than one week’s time. So hop to it, there’s no time to waste – here’s our guide to the best haircut, bikini wax, laser treatment, eyelashes and eyebrow overhaul, facial, mani-pedi and spray tan……|
Six Days Before: Haircut and Colour
Nothing beats walking out of the salon with the swish of a shiny, new haircut to make you feel like a million dollars. Turn heads – and get your date’s heart pulsating – with lustrous locks that burst with natural-looking colour.
The Procedure: A high-end, one-on-one total hair makeover starts with an initial consultation to assess your hair texture, colour and condition as well as your face shape, skin tone, and lifestyle and maintenance commitments.
The Price: Cuts from$180 and colouring from $160 (includes consultation).
The Place: We like Alison Kerlin, a Vidal Sassoon-trained hair designer and master precision cutter and colourist. Alison specialises in complete hair makeovers and has over 28 years’ experience as a top international hairdresser and trainer.
Five Days Before: Bikini Wax
So it’s not one to brag about, necessarily, but it’s a vital piece of preparation before any romantic evening. Even if you’re pretty sure it’s not going to be seen, a bikini wax is still worth it – you can’t help but feel sexier when the “gardening” is in order.
The Procedure: First, decide how you want to look below. You can opt for a littlebit of tidying, go for a full, hair-free Brazilian or even pretty it up withgemstones. Have a quick wash before the therapist get started, and then lieback and think about anything else.
The Price: It varies – a full Brazilian costs $55.
The Place: Grace at Face Esthetique has a great and relatively painless technique. Sheuses small patches of wax, which are less painful and produce better results than larger strips.
Face Esthetique is at 190 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore Shopping Centre #05-09.
Call +65 6883 2376
Four Days Before: Laser Treatment
With four days until show time, have a quick pick-me-up to help you put your best face forward. For a quick and easy treatment with all-round benefits, go for a laser treatment.
The Procedure: The Laser Glow tightens wrinkles, shrinks pores and diminishes the appearance of acne scars, pigmentation and vascular lesions. It zaps unwanted hair and removes multicoloured tattoos – though we hope you aren’t sporting any of these on your face! How can it possibly do all of this, you ask? The Laser Glow stimulates the skin’s production of collagen, a protein that we produce less of as we age. It’s safe, quick and suitable for all ages and skin types.
The Price: It starts at $280.
The Place: We trust the hands and advice of Dr Karen Soh at Privé Clinic.
One Raffles Place #05-04A
Call +65 6535 8684 or visit www.priveclinic.com
Three Days Before: Eyelashes and Eyebrows
From our days as cartoon-watching toddlers, we’ve been taught that the key to unlocking a man’s heart lies in a few flirtatious flutters of long, lustrous lashes. (It helped Daisy Duck land her man, didn’t it?) Add extra allure to your eyes with the help of eyelash extensions.
The Procedure: Single strands of synthetic lash are attached one-by-one with tweezers to your individual lashes. Between 60 and 100 lashes are applied to each eye to create a natural look, a drama queen look or a cat’s eye look. The session takes around one hour, and the lashes last from two to three weeks. Allow them to fall off naturally, or have them removed at the spa with special solution.
The Price: $90 ($10 for removal).
The Place: We like Grace Wang at Spa @ Loewen Gardens. Grace is a certified eyelash extension therapist with the steadiest hands this side of the Singapore Strait.
With big, beautiful lashes on display, encroaching eyebrows are strictly not allowed. Schedule an eyebrow wax ($20) on the same day to keep stray hairs at bay. Remember – no over-tweezing! Fuller brows are back in. Also, consider eyebrow tinting ($15) if your brows are too light or too dark for your hair and complexion.
Spa @ Loewen Gardens is at 75e Loewen Road, Tanglin Village. Call +65 6471 1922 or visit www.loewenspa.com.sg
Two Days Before: Facial
Those of us who are prone to overindulgence during the festive season can practically hear our skin screaming for some TLC. Face Bistro is a sanctuary for holiday revellers and sun fanatics who are desperate to regain a flawless finish.
The Procedure: A consultation highlights trouble areas and allows the ideal treatment to be chosen – in this instance, Face Bistro’s 90-minute Dual Powered Facial. Steaming cleanses the skin, and extraction removes dirt and oil. A 100-percent collagen extract and Fierte (French for ‘pride’) firming massage cream targets dull and dry skin, and radio frequency (RF) technology emits radio waves directly to the inner layer of skin to apply heat energy to the tissues and build up collagen levels.
The Price: $480 (includes eye treatment, neck treatment and detoxifying drainage treatment)
The Place: Hidden away in charming Holland Village, Face Bistro is a soothing haven.
What We Think:
“I came away not only with cleansed, firm and refreshed skin, but a better understanding of my skin type and insightful corrective and preventive advice. My face felt hydrated, and I received several compliments about my ‘vibrant’ and ‘fresh- looking’ skin. A definite winner!” – Leanda Rathmell
|Mention “Expat Living” when you book an appointment during February and March and receive this treatment for only $180.|
Face Bistro is at 27A Lorong Liput, Holland Village.
Call +65 6462 4988 or visit www.facebistro.com.
One Day Before: Mani-Pedi and Instant Spray Tan
What better way to flaunt your jewels and heighten your high-heeled strut than with perfectly groomed nails and a beautiful glow? Go for a long-lasting, chip-proof gelish veneer polish and a professional spray tan.
The Procedure: Like a classic mani-pedi, the session starts with shaping and cleaning before a special base coat is applied. After two coats of gelish polish (choose from 48 different shades) and a quick dry under UV light after each layer, a topcoat is applied. Once the tacky layer is removed, your nails are ready for action. The colour lasts about 21 days.
The Price: $60 for a gelish manicure, $80 for a gelish pedicure
The Place: Sylvia’s Secrets has perfected the art of gelish polish. We tested the King’s Arcade branch.
And on the big day?
You’ve primped, you’ve prepped, you have thoroughly prepared for your big night. What’s left to do? Relax, of course. You look stunning, so enjoy it!
Sylvia’s Secrets is at 559 Bukit Timah Road #03-01A. Call +65 6469 0833.
The Procedure: After picking your desired shade of sun-kissed glow, remove all your clothes and don disposable knickers. A skilled therapist applies the colour, ensuring an even spray.
The Price: $65 for an express spray tan (15 minutes’ spray time, two hours drying time)
The Place: Again, Sylvia’s Secrets was our pick for a one-stop beauty shop.