High Five: Auckland beauty spas
With New Zealand Fashion Week kicking off today, there is no better time to call in the professionals to help you get all dolled up and feeling like a million bucks.
So here are five places to be pampered in Auckland:
1. LUCY AND THE POWDER ROOM
The Department Store, 10 Northcroft St, Takapuna and 16 Morrow St, Newmarket
Surrounded by exotic flowers, comfortable couches, porcelain cats, vintage vases and more fashion mags than you could ever get through, Lucy and the Powder Room is the home of serious skincare in a not so serious setting.
Try it if you like: combining a shopping trip with pampering
2. SPA AT THE PULLMAN
Pullman Hotel, Cnr Waterloo Quadrant and Princes Street
A sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Spa at the Pullman offers a huge range of treatments from massage therapy, full body scrubs, heated stones, and exotic wraps, oils, facials and beauty treatments. It might be hard to go back to the real world after a visit.
Try it if you like: A full body service of the most relaxing sorts
3. PHOENIX COSMETICS
511 New North Road, Kingsland
From custom-blended foundation and make-up tutorials, to award-winning eyelash extensions, Phoenix Cosmetics is a beautiful place with an old-school feel. Let their "Pink Ladies" make you feel like a million bucks.
Try it if you like: Old-school glamour with new-school techniques
4. NAILS OF PARNELL
6 / 327 Parnell Road, Parnell
There is nothing worse than chipped nail polish a day after you've painted your talons. Luckily Nails of Parnell offer a full refund if you're not happy with the result - not that you would be. With the offer of deep exfoliation, shaping and buffing and hot towel wraps you are sure to end up with the most beautiful hands in the world.
Try it if you like: hot looking hands and fabulous feeling feet
5. BLISS REFLEXOLOGY
Atrium on Elliott, Elliott St, CBD
Based on the ancient Chinese art, Bliss Reflexology might only touch on the feet, but it offers benefits for almost every other part of the body. Head in and de-stress, re-energize and re-balance the body.
Try it if you like: tried and tested traditional techniques