The cold August wind has whipped its way back into Brisbane carrying with it those dreaded Ekka germs, guaranteed to leave you crippled with the annual show flu (why does this keep happening to me!?).
We know the dry skin, chapped lips, and, er, hairy appendages of winter can get you down, so really there is no better time than now to treat yo’self to a full winter pamper package at some of Brisbane’s best salons.
1. Hair: Embrace the Light
Winter’s on the way out, which means the urge to go blonde is going to be kicking in any day now. The stylists at beautiful Teneriffe corner shop, White Gold Boutique know the rejuvenating power of a new season colour, and have the hairdressing skills to take your locks next-level-luscious. White Gold stylist, Linka, is a colour expert and can take your winter tresses from dull and drab to silky and fab after one session in the chair. Match your new shade to your new brows (the gang at White Gold also happen to be amazing brow architects) and you’re away, you shiny-haired spring beauty, you!
2. Face: Don't Wait, Rejuvenate
Foundation becomes redundant if you’re wiping your nose with a tissue every three minutes, so perfect your skin with an advanced oxygenating facial from Body Beautiful Retreat in Ascot. There are a number of facial rejuvenating treatments at the luxury day spa, and a mere visit will put you in relaxation mode after a stressful day of crowd wrestling at the Ekka.
3. Wax: Fuzz Down
Rid yourself of your au naturel winter fur leggings with a full leg wax from The Brazilian Hut. If you see a beach trip in the near future, why not throw in a brazilian and let these guys do what they do best and make you feel smooth and silky all over.
4. Hands: Cool Cuticles, Hot Hands
Decorate your nails in summer tones to ease your mind on the most bitterly cold days. Paola’s Beauty Room in Ascot specialises in beautiful nail art, and uses gel polish and overlay ensuring a wonderful result with the highest of hygiene standards. Give your feet a new lease on life at The Little Beauty Spot in Norman Park, where you can have a paraffin pedicure. The results will render you with the most lavishly moisturised feet in town.
5. Body: Shake It, Stretch It, Move It
Reboot your body into active mode with a reformer pilates class at Revive in Ashgrove or a Vinyasa yoga class at Inna Bliss in Bulimba. If you’re keen to bask in the winter sunshine but are needing a class with group motivation, check out The Fitness Philosophy for their $19 introductory offer. Outdoor classes with like-minded people and a personable trainer will have you hooked and on your way to a beach bod in no time.
6. Tan: Glow Well
Bid farewell to your pale winter glow and treat yourself to a spray tan from Brooklyn Beauty Bar, because life is better with a tan. While you’re spoiling your skin, pop by The Loft for a body wrap and a vichy shower to get rid of any lingering dry, wind burned skin.
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