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The Ultimate Mother’s Day Pamper Package

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For more information on Mother’s Day packages visit harbourdayspa.com.au.

Images via Trip Advisor and True Local

April 20, 2015

Tried And Tested: Jurlique A Touch Of Luxe Facial

A facial should be a part of every woman’s beauty regime. Whether it be once a week, month or year, it is a little slice of luxury that we all need – and deserve. So, of course, I jumped at the chance to trial Jurlique’s latest facial treatment at their flagship store in Westfield Sydney.

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Little did I know that, not only was I in for a real treat, but the entire experience was more like a dream than a Monday morning. The age-reclaiming facial using Jurlique’s breakthrough Nutri-Define range is aptly named A Touch of Luxe Contouring and Defining Facial.

And what a way to start the week it was! Lucky for me, the treatment went for 90 minutes and not only did it incorporate unique and indulgent contouring and defining massage techniques to leave the skin replenished and revitalised, but it also included a back, neck and hand massage. I was in heaven.

The treatment also used some unique tools that, as a big fan of facials, were new to me. The tools being a Jade roller and Rose Quartz stones.

As explained to me in detail by my therapist: “The Jade roller – the stone of youth and longevity – is used to massage the face, stimulating the skin’s surface and increasing blood flow. Various roller movements are applied to pressure points on the face and neck to relieve muscle tension, while the cooling properties of the jade stones help to tone and firm the skin.”

Next, the Rose Quartz massage stones: “When the crystals are heated circulation is improved, helping to revitalise the skin and leave it looking energised, firm and smooth, while lines and wrinkles are minimised.

The Touch of Luxe Contouring and Defining Facial Treatment incorporates:

  • A neck and shoulder massage
  • Facial cleanse
  • Compress
  • Skin exfoliating treatment
  • Customised facial mask
  • Moisturising application
  • An arm and hand massage
  • Jurlique Nutri-Define Touch of Luxe Contouring and Defining

It really is the definition of a luxury indulgence and, needless to say, I enjoyed every one of the 90 minutes of it!

Available at selected Jurlique and department stores, $170rrp.

November 5, 2014

“I was a facial virgin!”

OK. I admit it. I was a facial virgin! There, I?ve said it…

To some of you this might seem like a trivial admission but to me it?s been a long time coming. Let me explain. I am one of those beachy-types, never played with dolls, doesn?t wear much make up (OK, if at all), prefers sand shoes to stilettos and is NOT a beauty therapist devotee.But for my 35th birthday a couple of girlfriends decided it was high time I was indoctrinated into the secret world of beauty treatments. I was dragged along to the salon and proudly announced in the very quiet palatial reception area ? ?No I have never had a facial treatment before.? After the gasps and the attempted cover up of ?Oh you poor girl?, I was led by a young thing (with flawless skin) called Jasmine to a room and told to take everything off but my underpants! Thank goodness I wasn?t wearing my scungy old cottontails that day!

My first thought was ?if I?m just having a facial why do I have to undress??

Jasmine then proceeded to explain to me very carefully what secret women?s rituals she was about to perform on me and why. It all sounded pretty straightforward to me. Little did I know the pleasure was that about to begin. For the next hour and a half Jasmine slowly became my new best friend. She rubbed, scrubbed and massaged my face, neck, shoulders and scalp till I was so relaxed she could have made me agree to anything. Just when I was sinking into that really deep relaxed state, she leaned over and whispered to me ?Brigette will join us know to do your feet?. By now I thought, ?OK, do whatever you want to me!? But nothing prepared me for this orgasmic added treat. As Jasmine massaged down the whole length of my back with exotic smelling oils, Brigette massaged the soles of my poor, hardly ever touched feet! I felt like I was in a threesome! (OK, what I imagine it would be like to be in a threesome!) My brain didn?t know which pleasure receptors to listen to ? my feet or my head. Oh joy! Oh bliss! Can I stay in this warm, yummy smelling, relaxing, safe environment forever? Do you think that must be what babies feel in the womb?

By this time, my brain really kicked in with the shocking realisation that I had been missing out all this time on the joys of beauty treatments. Once I got past remonstrating with myself for being so foolish to deny myself for the last decade, I really began to enjoy myself as my fellow sisters have been for years and years.

So now I am addicted, I have left my tomboy past behind and joined in the devoted beauty therapist following and I am a true believer! Yes of course I immediately booked in again for another session in three weeks time and look forward to handing over my $100 for the best hour and half of each month!

One thing I didn?t understand though – why didn?t one of you chicks tell me how great facials are?

By Ruby Harris

September 17, 2002