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Beauty Services

Beauty Review: Eyelash Extensions @ The Prestige

Would not recommend purchasing this groupon unless you want to do cluster lashes.

Paid $40 on site to upgrade to the single strand korean mink lashes. By the time I added the onsite top up to the Groupon priceup, it was pretty much similar to the onsite trial price, so I wouldn’t bother going with the groupon again and be bogged down by all the restrictions.

I purchased the version with a touch up, however please note the fine print which states that touch up has to be done within 2 weeks of the first appointment. Honestly this time frame is quite ridiculously as lashes are not supposed to drop within the span of 2 weeks so the touch up is quite pointless. Had i been more aware of atypical eyelash extension procedures I definitely wouldnt have purchased it. The management was also extremely stringent on the duration, strictly (and rather rudely) warning me me that if I didn’t utilise the touchup within 2 weeks it would have been forfeited.

Anyway, on to the actual service. I would say it was decent. Place was relatively clean enough. Initial lashes turned out decent. However when I suggested that one side was slightly inbalanced, instead of taking a look at my concerns the therapist just ignored it and told me i was wrong. Didn’t really like the attitude shown. I’ll wait and see how the lashes fare over the next few weeks before making any conclusions.

Another thing what I was really unhappy about – when I called to make my appointment, I specially informed them that I had to remove lashes from another salon and requested the charges. I was informed that it ranged between $5-$30, depending on how many lahses were left. As i had barely any lashes left I presumed mine would be $5-$10 at the most. However, when I turned up at the salon, I was informed that $18 was their lowest removal fee. No choice, i just agreed to the $18 removal.

However, what bugged me was that halfway through my treatment, I overheard them telling another customer that removal started from $10. When i questioned my therapist why i was informed the lowest was $18, she replied that my lashes that were left were more than the $10 range. Uhhh… this is different from what they previously shared with me? I understand that the “number” of lashes left is subjective, but honestly, the multiple answers from different parties is something I really dislike. Reminds me of those seedy massage salons just out to make a quick buck and willing to bend the price as necessary depending on who they think will pay a certain amount. Where is the transparency ???

Urghh. Not very pleased with this and its extremely unlikely that I’ll be back as a paying customer, considering the attitude, lack of flexibility and prices.

Oh wells, on to the next eyelash salon. Still looking for a good place to purchase a long term package. Thinking of trying KJ studio / lushlashh / flutters next!


Hair Review: Le Parlor Hair Boutique in Tiong Bahru

Bottom Line: NOT RETURNING. 0/10.

Bought a groupon for korean wave perm + loreal hair spa + cut. I saw a few reviews online and it seemed decent so I decided to give it a shot. Urgh, worst mistake ever.

Called them up to ask if I could schedule an appointment in the afternoon and was told the only free slot today was at 1.30pm. So I decided to take it. (WHY did i do that?!!) When I arrived, the salon was completely empty, and also remained completely empty throughout the 2-3 hours that I was there. It’s pretty much a “home” salon run by the hairdresser (man) and his assistant/receptionist (woman) ->who couldnt seem to speak any language? She basically just grunted to me throughout the couple of hours. Although she did offer me water when i arrived and handed me some magazines.

My haircut took about 5 mins with the man snipping of my ends while barely looking. I think it was the most nervous I’d ever been, while having a haircut. I was so worried that it would turn out a disaster. I guess the actual hair cut turned out “okay”, it was shorter than I would like and there was absolutely nothing done to the shape but at least it didn’t turn out horrendous?

The woman went to wash my hair after that. Urgh, water was cold, no massage whatsoever, shampoo smelt nice but not sure if they even used conditioner. As the woman wrapped my hair in a tiny dirty towel after that, it dropped almost immediately after I stood up and water started trailing down the top of my dress.

At this point, the man then asked if I wanted to top up to do a proper digital perm as he said this would end up having a result that was nicer and softer. Apparently what was included in the groupon was just a “lotion curl”. I’ve never done any perm whatsoever before so had no clue what the difference was. But as I was feeling so nervous at this stage I opted just for the regular version that was included in the groupon. Honestly I was so tempted to just forgo everything else and leave at that juncture (And now I really wish I had, sigh). The man asked if I wanted to top up for a treatment as my ends were dry and I declined that.

The woman then proceeded to wrap my hair in some sort of wax paper looking thing and a curl holder. She did about 8 of those I think. Then used a really strong smelling liquid to spray my hair/wrapped curls. Ended just sitting like this for about an hour. After an hour they came to check on the curls and unwrapped one but I suppose there was no result so the man told her to leave it on for longer. After about another 20 mins or so she finally took it off and took me to wash my hair. After that she sprayed another liquid on my hair left it on for about 20 mins and then went to wash off again followed by the supposed spa treatment which essentially amounted to leaving some sort of cram/serum in my hair for 15 mins while I lay on the washing chair.

After that was over, I watched in trepidation as the curl holders came off and they started blow drying my hair. No brushes or anything used, just their hands with no technique whatsoever, akin to the way I blow dry my hair at home. Lol.

Well, the end result was that honestly there was barely any curl. I even left the salon with slightly damp hair (I suspect because if they had blown it dry there wouldn’t be any curl at all). By the time I reached home my curls had pretty much gone and left frizzy ugly hair in its place. I frantically jumped in the shower to in the hopes of removing whatever chemical was used and dumped a handful of anti-frizzing serum to my hair before using my straighter to straighten it. Seemed slightly better after that so fingers crossed that there’s no permanent damage.

I’ll update with some pictures when i have time to load them.

Anyway, apart from all that. What instigated me to jump on my computer and hurriedly dash out this post is because I realized that money MAY have been taken from my wallet at the salon. Please note that I wrote, MAY. I am not sure of this, because I do not remember exactly how much i brought into the place, but I thought I had about $450-$500 in my wallet. And when I checked when i got home I only had about $300 left. URGHH. I suppose it was my own carelessness as well. Left my bag on the chair next to mine while I went to get my hair washed. My bag is the small tote kind where there is no zip unfortunately and my wallet can be easily seen. Urgh, I kept having a sick feeling about this while I was lying on the chair but didnt know how to ask without being rude. Stupid stupid me. Hopefully this is not true and I really just had less money in my wallet to begin with.

Tried to call them when I got home and realized this, but nobody picked up the phone. Oh wells, what would I have said anyway – “Did anyone take money from my wallet?” Uhh, i dont think someone who would have taken money would say that they did so its a fruitless question.

I feel so drained that I dont even know what to do about this. Whats the point of calling them to confront / argue with them when firstly I have no proof whatsoever nor am I even sure that anything was taken as I could have been mistaken about the money. (I really really hope so, its a sick feeling thinking that someone has stolen from you). Anyway, just going to take this as a lesson learnt to be more careful next time. 😦 But I really hope this helps anyone looking for reviews on Le Parlor (bought via Singapore groupon).





Beauty Review: Facial/Massage/IPL/Laser Snippets

I’ve been so busy (and lazy) over the past few months that I haven’t had time to do a proper review for all the facials/massages/treatments I’ve been going to.

So just penning some quick thoughts down before I completely forget everything.

  1. New York Skin Solutions @ Novena Square [Facial]
    • Got this free when I signed up for something online. I walked past this chain many times before but never thought much of it because I was always under the impression it was for those with really dire skin conditions that need special treatments. Wasn’t expecting much but a basic facial when I went. But this was actually one of the better facial experiences I’ve had so far. I would give it an 9/10.
    • Facial was basic, no fancy treatments (although thats actually what a facial is for, dermatologist treatments such as lasers etc arent technically part of facials). Although they did use some vibrating thing for deeper penetration (something like that, sorry its been a few months I forgot what it was exactly)
    • However, the whole process was really calming and professional and my skin felt super good -extremely well cleansed and hydrated after! Went out feeling like I was “glowing”.
    • Hard-selling was minimal as well, for a free treatment no less!
    • Shop was clean, not luxurious but had a premium-ish clinical feel which I like.
    • Would DEFINITELY come back here again, if they have some affordable a-la-carte options.
    • Recommend!
  2. Le Spa @ Mohammad Sultan Road [Body Massage]
    • Chanced upon this new outlet/branch while I was out bridal gown shopping. Was really exhausted so just decided to give it a try. I paid $60sgd nett for a full body oil massage .
    • OMG! One of the best massages I had in a long while, and i’m pretty picky about good massages. My therapist hit all the right spots, massage was extremely satisfying and i came out recharged and refreshed (without being achy, which alot of massages often end up being)
    • My therapist was Sammi. (My friend had Cindy who was pretty good too)
    • Shop might look abit dodge from the outside as its pretty dark but its fine on the inside. Floor a little oily, but overall feel was rather relaxing.
    • 9.5/10. Will DEFINITELY return. Definitely going to be one of my go-to massage places for relatively affordable massages at any time of the day (they’re pretty much open 24/7), when I’m willing to pay above groupon prices, or need a massage b.a.d. haha.
  3. Skin Labo @ Goldhill Plaza [Groupon full leg IPL]
    • Bought a groupon for 12 sessions of full leg ipl + 12 masks + 3 facials. Can’t remember how much I paid exactly but it was definitely pretty cheap. Chose this cuz its very near to my house.
    • As this was a chain, I had hopes that standards would be decently, unfortunately my first visit left me sorely wanting. Went through the mandatory hard sell of upgrade packages which i refused. IPL treatments for legs were pretty pathetic –  I think they used like 30 shots for my entire leg (yes, I was counting). Something ridiculous like that. When questioned, the therapist mumbled something about their laser being strong and effectiveness nothing to do with number of shots, yada yada. Needless to say i was not impressed.
    • Shop itself was decent. Nothing plush, but clean and bright. Not like those “house-type”.
    • Will update as the treatments progress but for now, 5/10.
  4. Supreme Q.X. Beauty Spa @ Bishan [Groupon facial/massage]
    • Bought a groupon for the 3hr spa indulgence (consisting of a 1 hr facial, 1 hr full body massage, 30 min eye treatment, 30min back detox mask) for $48 (i think)(how could i not try this out at this price!).
    • Experience was decent I would say, treatments was ok but nothing to scream about? Also, it was more like 2 hours, because the back mask was pretty much combined with the massage, and likewise the eye treatment with the facial. But hey, for $48 bucks, I would say its pretty worth it.
    • Shop was clean, had a cute-sey korean/jap feel for those who like that sorta thing.
    • Will I return? If its free, why not? Would I buy another groupon? Probably not, since there’s so many others to try. Would definitely recommend this for those looking for a value for money decent facial/massage package though! 6.5/10
  5. Amarin Spa @ Marina Mandarin [Body Massage]
    • Bought a groupon for a 60 min swedish massage for about $39 each for the fiance and I.
    • Atmosphere/setting was nice as per a hotel spa, and they upgraded us to a couple room for free, which was a nice touch.
    • Massage was pretty decent, mine was rather good, while B said his was alright.
    • Would go return at this price but not for anything more, since there are SO many massage options out there, and massage is pretty subjective based on the masseuse you get and your personal preference anyway. 7/10.
  6. Simply Aesthetics @ Capitol Piazza [Facial]
    • Bought a groupon for the oxy jet peel facial & aqua peel for $18.
    • Easily one of the better facial experiences I had, especially at this price.
    • Shop was extremely new, modern, clean, plush and premium. Everything I like.
    • They served tea while waiting for your treatments along their bar counter.
    • Was made to wait for quite a while before my treatment started but i had arrived about 5 mins late anyway and I wasn’t really in a rush so it didn’t bother me.
    • Facial was very simple, just cleanse and moisturise although they used various machines to aid this (ie. the oxygen jet + aqua peel), which I’m always a sucker for. Products smelt nice. therapist was knowledgeable and friendly.
    • Left feeling like a million bucks with my skin clean, hydrated and glowing.
    • Will definitely return, 9.5/10. My only regret? Not purchasing the 3 sessions option for $48 as this can only be purchased by first time customers.
    • Will definitely be buying the groupon for my brother and fiance.

Review: 1.5 hr Full Body Massage @ Spa Rael, Goodwood Park Hotel

Overview: Average-Decent massage in a pretty nice premium-ish environment.

My Experience:
Went for this on Monday evening with my boyfriend. We had to fill up a form upon arrival for medical reasons and also to state our massage preferences. We chose to do the massage for the full 1.5hrs instead of splitting an hour massage and 30 min body scrub. I opted for a medium pressure massage focusing on the lower back, and my boyfriend a strong pressure massage focusing on the legs.

The Good: Continue reading “Review: 1.5 hr Full Body Massage @ Spa Rael, Goodwood Park Hotel”

Review: Premium Gold Face Therapy @ FIL Chinese Swimming Club

Overview: One of the better facials I’ve had. Very nice environment. Knowledgeable therapists. Little hard-selling. Saw an improvement in my skin. Will recommend.

My Experience: I went for this facial about a month and a half ago and just started writing my thoughts down so I can’t remember exactly what went on but will write what i do remember. First thing that i was made to do was fill in a pretty detailed form with my skin concerns and a therapist set down to talk through my concerns and issues. I was led to the room and began cleansing to remove my makeup. Therapist subsequently began extractions to remove my whiteheads/blackheads/clogged pores. Some vibration / ultra sonic thing was used to help and also something about putting in the serum. Masks applied.

The Good: Continue reading “Review: Premium Gold Face Therapy @ FIL Chinese Swimming Club”

Review: Fractional Laser & Cryo Hydro Freeze Facial @ Bio Aesthetic

Overview: Not ever returning.

My Experience: Facial started off with a cleanser to remove my makeup. This was followed by the fractional laser and cryo hydro freeze treatment. After that a hydrating mask was applied on my face, and left for about 10-15 mins before being wiped off.

The Good: Continue reading “Review: Fractional Laser & Cryo Hydro Freeze Facial @ Bio Aesthetic”

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