Lunchtime fixes

Beauty breaks un­der one hour for your midday main­te­nance. And there’s still time to grab a sand­wich. By Kong Wai Yeng

Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Contents -

Beauty quick­ies un­der 60 min­utes

LUXE by The Nail Par­lour

Sit­ting in an air-con­di­tioned room for pro­longed pe­ri­ods of time is only go­ing to make your hands itch and dry – which im­me­di­ately jus­ti­fies the need of a pit stop at LUXE by The Nail Par­lour for a hand spa. The 40-minute L’inim­itable Soin Crème Chaude Man­i­cure (RM85) con­sists of a white tea and gin­ger scrub as well as masque – it’s like slip­ping your chapped hands into a vel­vety glove. You’ll be sip­ping on TWG Em­peror Sen­cha while your man­i­cure is ad­min­is­tered with the ut­most care, but that’s still not the best part – the nail rit­ual ends with a glossy coat of OPI or Jes­sica pol­ish. If you don’t want to dig deep into your pock­ets, Colour Cul­ture’s hour-long ‘Ex­press’ mani-pedi (just fil­ing and colour­ing) only comes at an af­ford­able RM70.

LUXE by The Nail Par­lour Suria KLCC (03 2166 4908/thenail­par­lour.com); Colour Cul­ture Bangsar Vil­lage II (03 2287 5129), 1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre (03 7710 2290), Pavil­ion KL (03 2143 3300/colour­cul­ture.com.my).

Cau­dalie Bou­tique Spa

If you didn’t al­ready know, all of Bordeauxbased Cau­dalie’s skin and body care prod­ucts are made from the grapes grown in their vine­yard. But what makes this first Cau­dalie spa in Malaysia spe­cial is that you can tai­lor­make your own scrub from 100 per­cent nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents at the Fresh Crushed Car­ber­net Lab, as well as en­joy their sig­na­ture fa­cial treat­ments in just 30 min­utes or an hour.

Their 60-minute Vi­nosource An­tiox­i­dant Hy­drat­ing Fa­cial (RM279) comes highly rec­om­mended: You be­gin with an ex­fo­li­a­tion, fol­lowed by a fa­cial mas­sage us­ing grapes (Trivia: Grape seed polyphe­nols are pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dants, while the fruit’s sap is rich in vinifer­ine to fight dark spots), an oil mas­sage to sooth dry­ness, and a nour­ish­ing mask to re­store mois­ture to your skin. If half an hour is all you can spare, the Ex­press D-Vine Fa­cial (RM198) will pro­vide an in­stant glow to your face.

Level 2, Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre (03 2095 0001/fb.com/ Cau­dalieMalaysia).

L’Oc­c­i­tane Petit Spa

Un­like other spa cen­tres that rush through your treat­ment so they can ac­com­mo­date more clients, L’Oc­c­i­tane Petit Spa is all about set­ting the at­mos­phere. Equipped with three fa­cial cab­ins, the 700 sq ft out­let is splashed with warm tones of beige, im­me­di­ately putting you in the mood for a quick pam­per­ing.

Most of their fa­cials take be­tween 75 and 90 min­utes, but you can al­ways squeeze in beauty fixes like their Im­mortelle Di­vine Eyes (RM228; 40 min­utes) or the Im­mortelle Youth Eyes (RM168; 25 min­utes) if you’re pressed for time. Both treat­ments fo­cus on the eye area, be it to lessen fine lines, re­duce dark cir­cles or give it a ra­di­ance boost af­ter a long day. Your boss doesn’t have to know you’ve been par­ty­ing un­til late the night be­fore.

Ground floor, 1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre, PJ (03 7710 2192/loc­c­i­tane. com.my).

Sul­wha­soo

It’s all in the name – Sul­wha­soo’s Con­cen­trated Gin­seng Nour­ish­ing Fa­cial (RM288; one hour) uses con­cen­trated in­gre­di­ents in their treat­ments so you don’t have to set aside long hours to reap the re­wards of a spa ses­sion. Cus­tomers can idle away in an en­closed cabin where the fa­cial takes place, be­gin­ning with the ‘Jaum­dan’ treat­ment (a combo of herbs and nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents to re­plen­ish mois­ture to the skin) and later, the gin­seng cream to re­store vi­tal­ity. There’s also the Sno­wise EX Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Fa­cial, which ap­plies a gin­seng-ori­ented bright­en­ing for­mula to give glow to your skin – all the bet­ter if you need to at­tend an im­por­tant event af­ter work. Good news for peo­ple work­ing near Sun­way Pyra­mid – Sul­wha­soo’s stand­alone bou­tique just opened on the mall’s ground floor so you don’t have to brave the KL jam just to en­joy their fa­cials. Park­son Pavil­ion KL (03 2110 6218), Suria KLCC (03 2181 5939) and 1 Utama Shop­ping Cen­tre (03 7731 9646). More info on sul­wha­soo. com/my/en.

Sim­pli Dry

Look­ing good doesn’t have to cost a for­tune – Sim­pli Dry en­sures you walk out their door beau­ti­fied and sat­is­fied in just un­der 40 min­utes. Ideal for fraz­zled workers on-the-go, the speedy blowdry ser­vice takes you from di­sheveled to groomed with a few sim­ple steps: A 15-minute wash to work out the knots and kinks, fol­lowed by con­di­tion­ing, styling and a much-needed shoul­der mas­sage for an ex­tra RM15. Good news for peo­ple who usu­ally leave for work with their locks still damp: Sim­pli Dry opens as early as 7.30am so you can pop by, and ar­rive at work not look­ing like you for­got to rinse out the con­di­tioner.

6-3A, first floor, Jalan Batai, Plaza Batai, KL (03 2011 6161/sim­plidry.com). Wash and blow, RM38; blow dry, RM28; add an­other RM15 for updo styling.

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