Some of us can never get off work before 7pm, and between going for our beauty maintenance appointments and meeting up with friends and family for dinner, we often choose the latter – our friends and family are important! This is why lunchtime beauty fixes are gaining popularity. These beauty sessions are quick, have no downtime, and deliver fast results – your colleagues won’t even guess why you’re looking better suddenly.
Monday: Groom your brows
Brow waxing is a quick and clean way of getting rid of stray brows. At the Benefit Brow Bar, for instance, other than enjoying a quick brow waxing service, you can also ask for brow tinting – which fill in the empty spaces between your brows for about a week, so you put away your brow makeup for an entire week. If you ask us, we’ll go for a Monday appointment and use the time saved from filling in brows with makeup to sleep in more for the rest of the work week.
Time needed: 30 to 40 minutes
Price: Waxing is at SGD26, and tinting is at SGD27.
Get it at: Benefit Brow Bar. Several locations, including: Sephora ION Orchard (Tel: 8228-9987), Sephora Marina Bay Sands (Tel: 6634-3589), Sephora VivoCity (Tel: 9655-5036), and its flagship boutique at #02-15, Westgate (Tel: 6369-9496).
Tuesday: Rejuvenate skin with a peel
You can get a face peel done with no downtime in just 15 minutes – it’s quick because you literally wait for the facial to happen while you sit at a bar counter and sip on tea. The Sugar K Organic Peel Bar offers a natural facial peel that uses a blend of buffered glycolic acid that’s derived from sugar cane and organic citrus fruit acids to give your skin a potent exfoliation that it needs. Unlike chemical peels that may be irritating on sensitive skin, this natural alternative is gentle for all skin types. Do this weekly to help your skin renew itself, improve its hydration level, and experience smoother, more refined skin.
Time needed: 15 to 20 minutes
Price: SGD55 per treatment, or package price of SGD425.40 for six peel treatments, inclusive of SGD155.40 worth of Kew Organics skincare products.
Get it at: Sugar K Organic Peel Bar. #03-83 Clarke Quay Central. Call 6904-4161 for appointments.
Wednesday: Pamper your nails
One of the joys of receiving a manicure is seeing our pretty nails dancing on the laptop’s keyboard as we type away at work. Book yourself an express manicure and we’re sure you’ll return to the office with some cheer to go through hump day effortlessly.
Time needed: 20 minutes
Get it at: The Nail M’pir. TANGS at Tangs Plaza, Level 2 (Tel: 6732-9001/9654-2208).
Thursday: Achieve va-va-voom hair
Great hair makes you feel good instantly – you know it. You can have a great hair day by leaving it to the hands of a professional and enjoy a blowout session. This takes just 40 minutes, so you still have sufficient time to flaunt your newly washed-and-blown hair as you take away sandwiches for lunch.
Time needed: 40 minutes for the Daily Blowouts service, a regular blowout with conditioner
Price: From SGD38 for short hair to SGD52 for very long/thick hair
Get it at: Blow + Bar located at 40B Boat Quay (newly opened!) and 7 Rodyk Street, The Watermark Condominium #01-32,
Friday: Knead away those tensions
Fantastic for a Friday indulgence, a back massage over lunch is the best way to get yourself all ready for a great weekend. Who wants to be complaining about backaches and fatigue all through Saturday and Sunday? Spa Esprit may have pampering 60-minute and 90-minute massages you can opt for, but if you’re booking for one over lunch, go for its Fastdraw Back Massage, a 30-minute treatment for a real quick fix.
Time needed: 30 minutes
Get it at: Spa Esprit. #05-10, Paragon (Tel: 6836-0500) and 8 Dempsey Road, #01-03 (6479-0070).