Place Reviewed: ONLYaesthetics
Price: S$25 for 60 min facial (I bought a special deal voucher from StreetDeal.sg back in late Dec)
Available at: Holland Village, The Cathay
Services available: Facial, massage, body scrubs & wraps, hair removal treatments, slimming treatments, nail treatments
Before the treatment: I jumped at the chance to try the acclaimed Mario Badescu signature facial when I saw that StreetDeal was having a deal for only $25! More Christmas presents for myself eh? I also bought an extra voucher for my sister who wanted to try their hair removal. So I promptly made an appointment for 2 in January (I’m paranoid of forgetting that I had such vouchers and let them expire before I remember). The lady who took my call had a friendly disposition and it was easy to get an appointment as well (perhaps because I made the appt one month in advance)
I was a little less than pleased when I received a call from OA the day before and the lady insisted that my appt is at 2pm, when I clearly remembered that I made the appt for 1pm. Anyway, that aside, the entire treatment was enjoyable.
Atmosphere: When I arrived at the place, I had to change into their ‘slippers’ (white crocs!) and make my way upstairs to where the outfit was located. I was met at the reception area and asked to fill up a form with my particulars and any areas of concern. After which, I was brought to a room and changed into their robe. The room was clean and white, but it felt a little claustrophic – there was barely enough space for anything else, except the treatment bed, a small chair to put your belongings and 2 trays of products. It was narrow and had a high ceiling. There was piped in music but I think the rooms were soundproof for I couldn’t hear anything when the door was closed. But when the therapist had to go out of the room to change the water or prepare my treatment, I thought that the music was very loud when she opened the door. And worst off, they had Chinese New Year songs (sans lyrics) playing… for an upmarket place like OA, CNY songs felt very out of place.
Products used: The therapist was a lady of few words throughout the treatment, which I appreciated. Thus some of the products used for the treatment are my own guesswork (clearly stated in my review). I know some of the products used for the treatment because I’m a fan of MB products and can recognise the scent or that the therapist told me what was she applying on my skin.
Treatment review:My treatment started with a cleanser to remove my tinted sunscreen, followed by Silver Powder. I’m not sure what cleanser was used but it might be either Cream Soap or Makeup Remover Soap - whichever it was, it stinks pretty badly. So the Silver Powder was left on my face for some time (not exactly sure how long was it cos I dozed off, VERY QUICKLY! ), then the therapist came in to remove the silver powder and started to extract blackheads off my nose.
After extraction, she used Alpha-Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion-soaked cotton pads to give my face a rinse and to tighten the pores. A facial and shoulder massage followed. Oh, the facial massage was GOOD. I love it when the therapist focused on my eyes because I feel that a good eye massage always makes my eyes look brighter and less tired! I found myself drifting to lala land again.
After the massage, she used facial tissue to wipe off the massage oil from my face and the Seaweed Cleansing Soap for double cleansing. It was now time for the facial mask, which sadly I had no inkling what was used. All I know was that she applied a layer of serum or gel of some sorts, then some tissue paper around my hairline and chin, and a gauze mask around my nose and mouth. She then applied a cold mask on top of the gauze. The mask didn’t smell familar so it wasn’t the strawberry mask (smells like strawberries), or healing mask or whitening mask (smells of grapes) or azulene calming mask.
When the mask was removed, she applied presumably some moisturizer and sunscreen on my skin and my skin was bouncy smooth! “Doink doink!” The clogged pore that I had on my left cheek was noticeably flatter and my sister commented that my skin looks very clean and had a glow. I didn’t have the opportunity to look at myself in the mirror until I got home later (funnily enough, there were no mirrors to be seen in OA). I was surprised when I saw that my skin really had a glow to it (in a good way) – now I know what people mean by radiant!
As usual, I was brought to a room after the treatment and had a ‘special talk’ where I was offered special deals. The usual price of $58 per facial treatment is affordable and I would gladly pay for a maintanence facial. I was pleased with the treatment, but the location was a little inconvenient since there was no direct train nor bus that I can take from my home to go to Holland Village.
Rating: 4/5 (They need to work on their locations… it’s too far from the north-west! And please include free eyebrow trimming!!)
Would I go back again: Yes!
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