I may never wear another foundation again…
Calling all busy mums! Was the last time you actually had time to yourself when you took a five-minute toilet break? You gotta get yourself pampered in time for Mother’s Day, girlfriend.
I was recently fortunate enough to be able to drop off my two toddlers to their nanna’s and hotfoot it to one of my nearest true luxury day spas: the award-winning Harbour Day Spa at picturesque Raby Bay, Cleveland, located on the western shores of Moreton Bay, about 25km, or a 40 minute drive east-south-east of the Brisbane CBD.
If you’re planning a trip to the “sunshine state”, lock this one in, Eddie! For Harbour Day Spa, which is famed for its excellence in these parts, provides amazing, head-to-toe beauty services for your hair, face and body.
What’s more, it was a prime time to visit it, given Mother’s Day is fast approaching on Sunday, May 10 and the salon is celebrating its 11th birthday. If you’re stressed out, never underestimate the power of touch and the amazing healing and rejuvenation that comes from a great day spa treatment or two.
Harbour Day Spa is an opulent, Thai-inspired retreat aimed at providing the ultimate relaxation experience. It offers multiple indulgent treatment rooms, spacious relaxation areas, and a hair salon and make-up artistry. It also prides itself on its “cosmedical” approach to diagnose, treat and solve serious skin concerns and conditions without compromising on relaxation and indulgence.
My divine treatment of choice? The Ultimate Mums Time Out Mother’s Day Package, valued at $250. This saw me enjoy a heavenly tea on arrival (pictured) then 2.5 hours of ultimate bliss, pampering and luxury. In fact, I was so relaxed during the divine treatment, I dozed off several times.
My treatment included:
- A lemon and juniper berry detox foot soak.
- A back cleanse with a green tea and Turkish rose cleanser.
- A back neck and shoulder massage incorporating hot stones (40 minutes).
- A rejuvenating facial (40 minutes).
- A relaxing, warm fig and guava oil scalp massage.
I had a wondrous time – so much so, I didn’t want it to end! And my beauty therapist, who had 15 years experience, was one of the best I’ve ever had. Both knowledgeable and personable, she was also a damn good masseuse.
Luckily for me, there was still some added extras to enjoy: a luxury signature shampoo and blow dry, Curtis Collection make-up touch up and Devonshire tea or glass of bubbles with nibbles. Naturally, I opted for the bubbles and took the opportunity to take in the amazing balcony view at Harbour Day Spa (pictured). Ah, the serenity.
For more information on Mother’s Day packages visit harbourdayspa.com.au.
Images via Trip Advisor and True Local
Walking into Esstudio Galleria is like entering an oasis of calm, luxury and, most importantly, comfort. Upon my visit, I was greeted instantly and taken my ‘seat at the table’ which is where I would have my hair coloured and blow-dried as well as my mini manicure.
The beautiful hardwood table in the centre of the space already had a number of women sitting around it, with some lollies and a pot of herbal tea in the centre, as well as some magazines and a few small mirrors for the ladies to check on their progress. The table is positioned directly under a beautiful chandelier that, I am told, came all the way from Argentina. It is certainly a sight to behold, trust me!
I wandered around the site as I waited and snapped these amazing pics and definitely do NOT do the place justice. You need to see it for yourself!
Established in 2011, by hairstylist Aleks Abadia and beauty therapist Jacqui (Jax) Arnold, Esstudio Galleria has quickly become an institution for all things beauty.
Located in Sydney’s inner-city artistic hub of Chippendale, the duo specialise in the entertainment industry. On-screen and press credits to date range from Sunday Night, MTV, Today Tonight and from OK! magazine right through to Australian Country Style. Aleks has also had the opportunity to work with the likes of Kate Bosworth and Miranda Kerr.
Aleks and Jax are also two of the warmest souls I’ve encountered and I walked out with my hair reinvigorated (with a touch of colour and a beautiful blow-dry, which lasted for the wedding I attended the next day) and my nails were popping and gorgeous!
“The Esstudio difference lies in the fact that we offer our clients and talent the full spectrum of beauty services in the one place. We provide a luxe experience and superior service in an attitude free environment. Our team are artists and our goal is to ensure each and every client who walks through the door leaves feeling restored, relaxed and recreated.”
The Esstudio Galleria menu includes:
Hair: The Esstudio hair department is run by Aleks. From blow drys to cuts, colour, treatments and styles, each begins with a luxurious hair wash and massage. Hair packages and mens hair dos are also on offer.
Beauty: Jax, who has over 20 years experience in the beauty industry and over 10 years specialising in IPL hair removal and photo-rejuvenation treatments runs the beauty department. Treatments include La Clinica face rubs and body treatments, waxing, IPL, photo rejuvenation, spray tanning and an array of mens grooming treatments.
Nails: Nail treatments include deluxe or quick claws (manis) and deluxe or quick paws (pedis). Esstudio specialise in all types of NAIL-ART with a vast range of polish choices, including Chanel or Australia’s own Hello Darling, CND vinylux and Shellac polish.
Makeup: Using Mac and Ben NYE, Esstudio’s makeup services range from basic and date-night makeup to headshots, special events and of course weddings.
Eyelashes: Premium silk eyelash extensions are available at Esstudio in full sets, half sets, 30- minute refills, 45-minute refills and one-hour refills.
Cosmetic tattooing: Special guest Gordana Willesse will be joining the team and offering a full range of permanent cosmetic tattooing options, from brows to eye line and lip line.
Alternative Therapies: Esstudio caters for the soul too, offering Reiki and massage healings, ear candling and even psychic readings.
Esstudio Galleria is located at 5 Queen St, Chippendale and they can be contacted by phone on 02 9698 1135, by email email@example.com or via the website http://esstudio.com.au