“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” – Janis Joplin As I tucked myself between the sheets on the toasty spa bed at Aesop’s beautiful Nakameguro store in Tokyo, I found myself staring at this quote on the ceiling. I’m doing the right thing then, I thought, pampering myself with the new Tranquil Order Facial Treatment for “combination, sensitive and reactive skin”. First launched in Melbourne in 2005, the facial is now available at Aesop’s Nakameguro store, the only one in Japan which currently offers the indulgent session. The therapist decided on the Tranquil Order treatment (from 18,000 yen for 60 minutes, before tax) for me after a consultation, which involved a questionaire on my beauty routine and skincare habits. The treatment begins with a deep cleansing ritual where she mixed the Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant mixed with the Purifying Cream Cleanser, along with some facial cabin-only professional products. This was followed by the Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, all applied with firm and comforting strokes. What happened next was all a blur as …
Homegrown local brand Porcelain is best known for its deep cleansing and skin-clarifying facials. Its owner is also a huge proponent of make-up free skin; and she has great skin as proof of the quality of her own products and services. I gave Porcelain’s three gel formulas over a shot over the festive period, and I liked the results. My favourite is the Pure Botanical Soothing Gel that contains aloe vera gel and herbal extracts to hydrate, heal, and protect. Once the gel was massaged into my skin, it left it tight, firm, and matte. My pores also looked visibly tighter. Over the weeks, this gel also helped to make my skin looked clearer. However, I prefer to apply a more moisturising serum or cream on top of the gel, so that my skin feels less tight. Because the gel’s texture is light and barely-there, it also works well to lock in moisture under a make-up base. Both the Balance Hydraclear Gel (for treating acne-prone skin, contains willow bark extract, cupaucu seed butter, witch hazel extract, …
Nothing beats a deep and thorough massage after a long flight.
China is hands-down, one of the best places to get a good massage. Ok, not the best place to get a spa session per se, but a massage? This is the country.
Tucked in the lush jungles and valleys of Ubud, Spa Alila is a perfect sanctuary.
Of all the spa treatments we tried in Bali in the past week, this was the most affordable.
My favourite spa in Bali, so far.
Martha Tilaar is one of the biggest beauty brands from Indonesia, so of course I had to give its spa in Bali a shot.
I’m in Bali. And in true blue beauty junkie fashion, I will be reviewing a spa almost every other day for the week that I’m here. First up, the popular Bodyworks.
A must-visit when you are looking for a pampering session in Seoul.