We’re on the cusp of Christmas party season, which means that now is the optimum time to treat ourselves to some pre-party love. Lash extensions, weight loss, manicures, man-scaping, and more – follow our 10 step guide and you’ll be more ready than ever to tackle December’s mulled wine-fuelled social schedule.
1. Eyelash Extensions
Who has time for clumping mascara during the most hectic month of the year? Save yourself up to eight weeks of lash-related stress with a trip to award-winning, boutique eyelash extension salon, Xtreme Lashes. Following a short consultation, during which the lash expert will take into consideration any allergies and help you to decide on your preferred style, it’s time to recline in your chair and close your eyes while the nimble-fingered team work their magic.
Have a nap, work out the logistics of cooking the Christmas diner, consider sneaking in a pre-cooked spread through the back door – it’s up to you how to while away the 120 minute session, as the stylist attaches individual extensions to your homegrown lashes. We speak from experience when we say that the minute you open your eyes and see the results, you’ll wonder why on earth you’ve been faffing around with mascara for so long.
How much: $1,488 per 120 minute session
Xtreme Lashes, 3/F, V Plus, 68 – 70 Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 3708 8961
2. Teeth Whitening
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well dream no more. Rescuing your pearly whites from the effects of coffee, soy sauce, tobacco, red wine, and other vices, Smile Center’s teeth whitening service is your ticket to a winning smile this Christmas.
Kick back in the trendy egg chair with a magazine in hand, and let the painless 20 minute treatment commence. When your time is up, you can measure the results on a colour scale – customers can expect a difference of between 2 and 10 shades, which will last for 3 months. Looking for that extra festive sparkle? Add a Swarovski tooth-jewel!
How much: Flash Package, $750
Classic Package, $950
Premium Package, $1,250
Smile Center, 17/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, (+852) 2110 9757
Looking good in novelty Christmas headwear is a rare talent, but your best bet for pulling it off with at least a little grace is a trip to the salon. Of course, luscious locks shouldn’t have to come at the expense of the environment, which is why eco-friendly salon Love Hair is our number one choice this Christmas.
Wave farewell to split ends, sort out your roots, or pump up the volume with a blow-dry at this cleverly designed parlour, which boasts water-saving shower heads (which save up to 70% water), organic hair products, and even wine sourced from sustainable farms – now that’s bound to get you feeling fancy. Click here to check out our full review.
How much: Blow Dry, $250 – $600
Women’s Cut & Finish, $600 – $1,300
Men’s Cut, $400 – $700
Click here to see the full price list
Love Hair, 1/F, 99F Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 2458 0190
4. Manicure & Pedicure
Rated as one of Hong Kong’s best manicure and pedicure salons, Iyara Day Spa is a winning choice in our books every time. There’s no better way to wind down than by escaping to this tranquil manicure and pedicure lounge, sipping on a delicious Lemongrass tea (or a glass of red or white wine if your appointment is after 5pm), and enjoying a spot of well-earned natural pampering on your fingers and toes.
Himalayan pink rock salt and organic coconut oil will be used to soak, hydrate, and moisturise your paws, before you pick your favourite shade of nail polish from the extensive chemical-free selection. Plus, you can get your facial, massage, hair styling, threading, tints, scrubs, and waxing fix at this Hollywood Road salon too – click here to check out the Treatment Menu.
How much: Manicure, $200 – $260
Pedicure, $350 – 480
Iyara Natural and Organic Spa, 2/F, 27 Hollywood Road, Central, (+852) 2523 8700
Read more! Check out the 12 Best Nail Salons in Hong Kong
5. Weight Loss
Despite our best intentions, our plans for dramatic weight loss and miraculous muscle toning in preparation for the festive season didn’t take off. Don’t worry Hong Kong, all is not lost – you can still drop a few pounds before party time.
Forget suffering, starving, and sweating – it is the merriest time of the year after all. We’re all about Hypoxi, the pain-free weight-loss treatment which uses advanced body sculpting technology to activate your body’s natural fat-burning systems. Simply slip on the pressurising suit and complete a light workout – totally sweat-free according to our Localiiz guinea pig – to get the body-sculpting wheels in motion. Click here to read our full review of Hypoxi.
How much: Quote upon enquiry
Hypoxi, 8/F, EuBank Plaza, 9 Chiu Lung Street, Central, (+852) 2537 6637
Room 705, 7/F, Carnarvon Plaza, 20 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2722 1612
6. Home Pampering
When you’re simultaneously wrapping presents, preparing the turkey, and decking the halls with boughs of holly, squeezing in a trip to the salon can seem impossible. Thankfully, there is an easy solution in the form of home-delivery, beauty and wellness services app, Fab Pros.
Offering professional hair, makeup, nail, facial, massage, and waxing services at the touch of a button, this really is a life saver for the time-stretched amongst us. Simply download the free app, select your beauty services, purchase securely online, and voila! On the day and time of your choosing, your beauty expert will arrive on your doorstep, ready to transform you into a vision of festive sophistication.
How much: Facial, $800 – $1,200
Hair, $300 – $3,000
Makeup, $450 – $800
Massage, $400 – $980
Nails, $250 – $850
Waxing, $180 – $450
Fab Pros, free to download on Apple and Android
A makeover with award winning celebrity makeup artist Nigar Qureshi is the perfect way to make yourself feel extra glamorous this festive season. Forget wonky eyeliner flicks and contour-fails, at swanky Central salon BPZ Spa, Qureshi can transform you into a smokey-eyed goddess, a shimmering vision, a contoured queen – whatever you fancy!
Using a combination of French, American, and British products – in addition to her own natural foundations and concealers – Qureshi will work to create a natural and radiant look, ensuring to highlight your best features, and use colours that compliment your colouring. The sensitive-skinned among us can rest easy too, as Qureshi is also a skin-care specialist and cosmetologist. While you’re in the area, check out the facial, electrolysis, threading, nail, hair, tattoo, “ouchless” waxing, and piercing services offered by this calming salon.
How much: Prices start at $490
BPZ Spa, 12/F, Sea Bird House, 22 – 28 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2524 1272
Read more! Spend Five Minutes With: Makeup Artist Nigar Qureshi
8. Skin Care
A month-full of parties means a lot more treats, toxins, and makeup. Fun for us, yes, but not for our skin. Enter natural skin care company Gooseberry Beauty. Coming to the rescue this December with a carefully selected range of organic products for your face, body, and hair, this physical and online store will ensure that a fading complexion isn’t part of your festive experience.
For a post-party pick me up, stock up on Odylique Superfruit Concentrate. Instantly boosting moisture and radiance, this two-second turnaround will help brighten even the tiredest of faces. Sore feet? MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion will sooth any aches and pains which strike after a night of festive boogying.
How much: Odylique Superfruit Concentrate, $430 per 30ml
MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion, $350 per 100ml
Gooseberry Beauty, Unit 1841, 18/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, (+852) 6094 0663
9. External Aesthetics Treatments
Looking for something a little more powerful than makeup? Life Clinic could be your perfect match. Botox, Fillers, Mole Removal Laser, and Chemical Peels appear on the treatment list of this Central clinic, in addition a variety of other external treatments which work to reduce the effects of ageing.
In the short term you’ll feel more confident posing for those festive photos, yes, however it’s the long term benefits which are most impressive. Thanks to External Aesthetics Treatments, your middle and later years of life can be happier and healthier. Merry Christmas indeed!
How much: Quote upon enquiry
Life Clinic, 1702, New World Tower 1, 16 – 18 Queen’s Road Central, (+852) 2881 8131
10. Laser Hair Removal
Steer clear of any hairy situations this Christmas party season with a trip to Laser Kool !!, the dedicated men’s laser hair removal salon. Whether you’re after an upstairs or a downstairs job, the all-male team at this Tsim Sha Tsui venue will ensure your body hair is removed, controlled, and shaped just to your liking.
Firstly, you’ll be invited for a free consultation to decide exactly what you want. Then, the hair removal specialist will remove your undesired folicles permanently, using an FDA-approved laser. After that, it’s smooth sailing.
How much: Prices start at $2,800 per body section
Chest and Abdomen Package, $8,400
Kool Paradise Laser Manzilian Service, $8,000
Laser Kool !!, 5/F, Cameron Plaza, 23 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2369 5990
… Nothing To Wear?
It’s all well and good pampering and preening, but what on earth are you going to wear? Adding a couple of new pieces to your wardrobe at Christmas time is less a choice than a necessity – and we’ll be heading straight to Hong Kong-based designer brand Viniga for our festive fashion fix. Understated, beautifully crafted, monochrome outfits oozing urban glamour, and made from the highest quality fabrics, are a guaranteed way to steal the Christmas limelight. Green with envy guys? Don’t worry, the menswear collection is on its way.
How much: Prices start at $1,900
Viniga, 21 Quartet Street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2530 3728
Read more! Check out 12 Festive Things To Do in Hong Kong This Christmas or browse the Localiiz Online Holiday Bazaar.