Get prepped and feel fab for your holiday soirées. Looking forward to a Christmas or New Year’s party? Here are five spots to visit for top-to-toe pampering and beauty treatments – read on for the fast track to looking and feeling your best this festive season!
Lovene Nail & Lashes
Located in a conserved shophouse in buzzy Chinatown, Lovene Nail & Lashes is a cosy boutique salon that offers a respite from busy city life. You won’t go wrong with a classic manicure ($30), or, if you’re in a hurry, choose express ($15) instead. But since it’s the holidays, we’re definitely opting for fancy nail art (from $5 per nail) to look extra festive!
Suffering from brittle or discoloured nails? Top up your mani with a nail mask ($20) to nourish and rejuvenate them. This quick pick me-up takes only 15 minutes, leaving your nails healthier and brighter-looking.
Psst… Apart from nail services, this lovely salon does eyelash extensions, too!
The Aesthetics Centre Laser and Medical Aesthetics Clinic
Looking for a painless fix to niggling signs of ageing? Try BTL Exilis Elite, an advanced, non-surgical treatment for skin laxity on your face and body. It uses a focused radiofrequency (RF) dynamic monopolar device, which combines focused RF delivery with a list of built-in safety features. The applicator precisely increases the surface temperature on the target region, creating a slightly warm sensation. With continuous motions, the areas with the most laxity will be targeted. The treatment also comes with a cooling system that can be adjusted accordingly so the heat can reach into the subcutaneous tissue, or the deeper layers of the skin without any pain. The results over time? Fine lines are smoothened, wrinkles are reduced and the skin is lifted.
Looking for a quick fix for hair loss? A godsend for women suffering from thinning hair or slow hair regrowth, the Hairdreams service offers a fabulous way to achieve thicker and more voluminous locks within a short session. It kicks off with a consultation (free for first-timers), where the Hairdreams experts analyse your hair loss condition. Hairdreams salons use high grade, hand-selected human hair extensions to add volume to your current head of hair. The extensions are matched in terms of colour, length and texture for a completely natural-looking result.
This new hair is attached using Hairdreams’ NANO technology (for hair lengthening), which ensures the bonds lie against your scalp, look natural and are virtually undetectable. What’s more, the whole integration process will not damage your own hair. If cared for properly, they can be worn for up to six months: you brush your hair with a special Hairdreams brush, and use the company’s own brand of shampoo and conditioner. All the products are sulphate-free, and are gentle both on the extensions and on your natural hair.
The Lash Company
Eyeing fluttery lashes but don’t want the hassle of putting on falsies? Try eyelash extensions, the perfect way to wake up with long, pretty lashes. Whether you want an everyday look, or prefer to try something more dramatic, each set of eyelash extensions at The Lash Company is specially tailored to complement your natural lashes.
Look and feel party-ready with its newly launched Natural Volume ($128) and Full Volume ($168) services. An upgrade from the company’s regular extension services, these treatments use thinner lashes (0.05 to 0.07mm) that will never weigh down your natural flutters or look clumpy.
Your visit starts with a thorough consultation, followed by a deep-cleansing lash spa to remove dead skin, oil, dirt and bacteria for a clean lash-line. This prevents infection and irritation, and helps your extensions last longer. During the treatment, you’ll also be given a collagen eye mask and a hydrating lip mask. At the end of the session, you’ll receive an aftercare kit to take home.
Don’t miss: For the month of December, enjoy $20 off the Natural Volume and Full Volume services!
Trimmings Salon & Spa
Treat yourself to a selection of hair, nail and spa services at Trimmings’ two outlets (Tudor Court and Loewen Road); you’ll be spoilt for choice here! Our top pick this festive season is the slimming massage ($125 for 90 minutes) with Aveda products. The treatment features a full-body massage using a combination of deep tissue and lymphatic techniques, with fast and rhythmic movements to help break down fatty deposits, stimulate circulation and increase blood flow to the muscles. You’ll be asked for your preferences before the session begins, so do specify the problem areas you’d like your therapist to focus on. The results? Post-massage bliss, along with a tighter-looking tummy and waist.
Amp up your party look with this new mobile spray tanning service! Airbrush Elite uses Infinity Sun products, a Beverly Hills brand popular with many Hollywood stars. Formulated with antioxidants, pure botanicals and glycerine, this anti-ageing tanner hydrates and nourishes dry skin, too.
We’re dying to try the Party Season Radiance treatment ($85), which includes a full-body Infinity Sun spray tan, followed by a full-body signature Shimmer Elixir.
Customise your tan with three options: Classic Bronze for fair to medium tone skin, Bronze Organics – a richer brown for all skin tones, and Ultra Dark to suit darker, olive tone skin. Then, your glow will be glammed up with the gorgeous Shimmer Hydration Elixir, which is sprayed over your tan. Infused with emollients and humectants, the formula softens the skin while delivering a stunning, shimmery effect.
Don’t miss: For the month of December, enjoy the treatment (only at the Orchard or River Valley studios) at a special price of $75! Simply quote “Expat Living – Party Season Radiance” when booking online, by email or by phone.
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