Friday, June 25, 2010

128 Faubourg: Rhubarb-Berry Velvety Treatment July Promotions


Purchase Rhubarb-Berry Velvety Treatment at Rm198 (n.p Rm220)

COMPLIMENTARY
1 x Raspberry Smoothie Emulsion total worth RM85
1 x 14 days supply Soothing Milk worth RM49
1 x 14 days Supply Soothing lotion worth RM49
1 x faubourg Cash worth RM20 (unconditional cash voucher)

Purchase Rhubarb-Berry Velvety Treatment at RM198(n.p RM220)

COMPLIMENTARY
1 x Raspberry Smoothie Emulsion total worth RM85
1 x Deep Cleansing Treatment worth Rm185
1 x Faubourg Cash worth RM20 (unconditional cash voucher)

Other terms & conditions apply. Please click poster for more information.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Deodorants @ LUSH

Today is Thursday, the only night well known for the late night shopping (till about 9pm!) in Australia..

On my way home today, I stopped by the LUSH shop near QVB, Sydney and checked out their June Lush Times.

Among the items retailed that caught my eye was the

Aromaco Solid Deodorant retailing for $10.70 per 100g,
Aromaco is our cooling, patchouli scented deodorant block based on an infusion of astringent witch hazel and chamomile vinegar. This has pong-bashing bicarb in it too. Use it on your feet, your armpits and anywhere else you want to keep smelling fresh and lovely. We add plenty of patchouli oil, which is cooling on the skin, is rumoured to sharpen the wits and acts as an insect repellent; not bad for a deodorant

Ingredients:
Witchazel Infusion (Hamamelis virginiana), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Chamomile Vinegar (Anthemis nobilis), Sodium Bicarbonate, Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Perfume.
100g


T`Eo bar $10.50.
The powerful tea tree one for active armpits. T`Eo bar is a tea tree deodorant, hence the name. If you`re a sporty type who gets sweaty on a regular basis then go for this one. Stick it in a baggie and carry it around with you for regular top ups if need be. Tea tree, lemon and juniper are excellent against invading armies of bacteria.

As with all the Kryztals, the powdered sodium bicarbonate and magnesium carbonate absorb odours and excess perspiration; if you`ve been exercising dab the bar under your arms for reinforcements.


Ingredients:
Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid) , Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca) , Blue Wax (Specerit Blue C) , Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) , Magnesium Carbonate , Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) , Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus communis) , Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon schoenanthus) , Fresh Grape Juice (Vitis vinifera) , Blue Cornflower Petals (Centaurea cyanus) , *Citral , *Eugenol , *Geraniol , *Citronellol , *Limonene , *Linalool , Perfume *Occurs Naturally in essential oils

I might just go and check it out the next time I am out at QVB.... ^^

Monday, June 21, 2010

Closure: 128 Faubourg @ Pavillion

It is a sad day, but even all good things must come to an end.

I just received by email the circular from the Faubourg One Management.

The 128 Faubourg salon at Pavilion has announced its closure, and will be integrated with the rest of the other 128 Faubourg salons at the other three locations at Bangsar Village II, 1 Utama, and Empire Shopping Gallery.

Good bye to lovely good Sothys memories...... thanks for the beautiful service.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Delicacy Beauty & Spa: My First Visit.

Right, it's been days so this review is due.

It was with much trepidation when I entered the Delicacy salon on Monday. But I was much  pleasantly surprised.

AMBIENCE
The room was not the style ala 128 Faubourg of Malaysia, but rather a more plain brown vanilla version. Although I do wish... but it's just not happening with Sothys in Australia any time soon. :P

I was surprised the centre does not put out advertisements for the "seasonal" facials on the entrance, but apparently they do within the rooms. Perhaps it has to do with marketing & licensing, but I would not know.

FACIALS
I chose the $60 Intense Facial - which includes cleansing, exfoliation, steam, extraction, face, neck, shoulders, hand, head massage, mask, and day cream. It also includes eye waxing(not plucking/tweezing), but no shoulder massage.

I know its the norm in Malaysia to include shoulder massage for most facials, with inclusion of eye brow shaping, but in Australia, that is reserved for the more expensive ones.

THERAPISTS
The salon is staffed majority with therapists of chinese background, some speaking Mandarin, and some Cantonese. The therapist who worked on me was formerly working with another Sothys partner salon in the city, which was a pleasant bit of reassurance.

POST-FACIAL
Like any salon one goes to, there comes the product recommendation at the end of every facial.

As I had combination, yet sensitive to the touch skin, the range I was recommended for use in Winter was:
- Hydra Protective Softening Emulsion
- Immuniscience Fluid (light texture)
- Carte & Confort Light Cream (yes, its spelled Confort!)
- Clarte & Confort Concetnrated Serum
- Clarte & Confort Mask

The ongoing Promotion the store has :
Deluxe Facial (70 mins):
- includes cleanse, exfoliation, steam, extraction, face, neck, shoulders massage, hand, head massage, free eyebrow,
- 2 x mask + Ampoule (Serum for Special Treatment).
Price: 10 times treatment - AUD690. RRP per treatment not in a package ($72)
Validity: 6 months for 6 Facials, 12  months for 10 Facials. 

SUMMARY
I've tried a number of skincare brands whilst I was still in Malaysia, and out of all the brands, it was my experience at 128 Fauboug which was the most pleasant, and effective.

The fact that this salon utilizes *ONLY* Sothys skincare products is also another contributing happy  factor. I've had experiences with partner salons which weren't too happy, so this is definitely great. So regardless of which facial I chose (even the cheapest one!), they are all the *genuine article*!

The prices for the facials are also fairly affordable. Say, for the same $60 facial treatment I have in the surburb, it would cost at least $100 in the Sydney city area! (which is only 15 minutes by train!). For Malaysians, try not to convert the price. If you're working here, the prices here are not too bad.

There was not much hard-sale, thankfully. And also none of the "this promotion only lasts whilst you are at the shop, and expires once you leave the shop" business. Thankfully. I really think I might have just found my affordable Sothys salon here after all!

Operation Hours:
Open 7 Days
Monday- Saturday 9:00- 17:30
Thursday 9:00- 21:00
Sunday 9:30-17:00

Shop 53, Level 4 Ashfield Mall
260A Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Tel: (02) 9798 3828

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Delicacy Beauty & Spa (Sothys Partner Salon)

Right, so I have been in Sydney for about 4 weeks now. Seems like a long time does it not? It seems like a century since I arrived here in early May.

WINTER COMING...
The weather has not been too kind of my skin recently. My skin has gone pretty dry due to the cold weather, and has breaking out for the past two weeks or so. Perhaps this is due to the frequent rain that normally occurs during this period of time, that signals the change of one season to the next.

PRICING STRATEGIES...
So, I've been to a number of malls, and checked out their different pricing strategies. Some charge by way of a free facial for two product purchases (normally around AUD150), and for others, the normal facial purchase. Mind you, the price range of facials at departmental stores like David Jones start from AUD90 to about AUD135!

ASHFIELD MALL...
Located near where I currently live, is the local mall. There is a salon which I have found to showcase only Sothys, and OPI products, so I am pretty pleased as pie. I get really wary if salons subscribe to too many skincare range.

Anyways, the salon, Delicacy Beauty & Spa has a rather nondescript appearance from the outside. As I was at the mall this afternoon with my housemate, JC, I decided to just take the plunge and make an appointment!

It was fortunate that I brought her along, as JC is a person who is particular about customer service, and she was not too keen on the service she observed (just like how I was with the Three service).

However, I'll take her observation into my consideration when I go in for the facial. Will write more after the appointment!

Services at Delicacy Beauty & Spa include:

- Facials from AUD 40 - AUD 160
- Body Treatments from AUD 35- AUD125
- Ladies Waxing from AUD 5 - AUD160
- Men's Waxing from AUD12 - AUD45
- Eye Treatment from AUD38- AUD40
- Tinting & Piercing from AUD12
- Permanent Make up from AUD80- AUD260
- Make Up from AUD40
- Nail Care Services from AUD25.
- Hand & Feet Care from AUD20
- Acrylic Nail from AUD8 - AUD70

For every $1 spent, you will get 1 Bonus Point. Accumulate 2000 bonus points,
get $50 for Free. T&C applies.

Facial Course of 6 times- less 10% discount. Payment for treatment courses are not refundable.

Operation Hours:
Open 7 Days
Monday- Saturday 9:00- 17:30
Thursday 9:00- 21:00
Sunday 9:30-17:00

Shop 53, Level 4 Ashfield Mall
260A Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Tel: (02) 9798 3828

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