Spa Guide: Quick, Easy & Efficient


Ashleigh Scott founder and director of The Facialist, takes a hands-on approach to facials and her Yoga Facial is no exception. Scott designed the quick-yet-effective therapy as a bootcamp to rev up the facial muscles that can start to sag when they’re not regularly stimulated. The intensive toning facial lifts and firms, reducing the appearance of under-eye bags, congestion and dullness, while improved muscle tone around the neck and eyebrows gives the impression that your face is “lifted”. As with yoga “exercise” for the body, the Yoga Facial gets better the more frequently it is performed. For the best results, Scott recommends a course of six treatments done once or twice weekly.

Yoga Facial ($110 for 30 minutes or $590 for a course of six) at The Facialist, Shed 16 – City Works Depot, Auckland,


It is often hard for the delicate area around our eyes to hide the wear and tear of a hectic schedule; that’s why Spring Spa (bottom) developed a quick pick-meup for the peepers. The vitamin C-packed Eyes and Shine treatment includes a dark-circle diminishing massage and de-puffing, oxygenating masks, making it the ideal way to rejuvenate your eyes quickly during a tough working week. After this quick-fix mini-treatment – which takes just 15 minutes – the eye area is left smooth, hydrated and wide awake.

Eyes and Shine ($25 for 15 minutes) at Spring Spa Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown,


The Vita-Brasion treatment from Ultraceuticals has been created to target a number of skincare concerns including pigmentation, dullness and large pores, proving that achieving real skincare results doesn’t have to take hours. A gentle diamondencrusted dermabrasion wand is used to slough away dead skin cells and unblock pores, before sonophoresis is used to deliver active vitamin A and C into the deeper layers of the skin. In 60 minutes or less, your complexion is more plump, radiant and hydrated – the ultimate lunchtime treatment.

Ultraceuticals Vita-Brasion treatment (from $85 for 45 to 60 minutes), visit to find your nearest therapist.

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Beauty How To:
Get Adele’s Look

What is the secret to creating perfect winged eyeliner?

Product cocktailing is key to achieving the intensity and opaqueness of the eyeliner. Start by outlining the shape of the liner, working from the inner to outer corner of the eye with a black gel liner. Then work the product right into the root of the lashes and then build thickness gradually. Once finished creating the desired shape, use a waterproof liquid liner with a precision tip to intensify and refine the line, finishing by winging the end of the liner last.

I’ve got five minutes to do my hair and make-up in the morning. What should I do?

Prepare skin by cleansing with a micellar water and apply nourishing moisturiser with SPF protection, brush brows into place using a clear brow gel and curl lashes root to tip before applying mascara. Create a flawless base using a lightweight foundation and spot conceal where needed on any blemishes and under the eye area. Using a cream blush and your fingers, apply a fresh flush to the apple of the cheeks before a quick slick of lip balm. Brush hair before working through a serum mid-lengths to ends to smooth and protect, then depending on hair length either use a blowdryer and round brush to quickly style or work a hot tong through random pieces framing your face to add an effortless texture.

Brow powder or brow pencil? Can you share a quick tip on how to create the perfect brows?

A combination of both! I recommend brushing clear brow gel through first before filling in the shape using very fine strokes with an eyebrow pencil and then setting with an eyeshadow and flat brush to give a groomed finish to the brows without them looking too overdone.

What’s the trick to applying false lashes?

The key element to applying lashes is the type of glue that you use. I’m a huge fan of the “Duo Adhesive” in black, which dries matte and gives a completely seamless finish. Apply glue to the lash using a small cotton tip or the end of an eyeshadow brush and leave it for a moment so it becomes slightly tacky to the touch. Place the false lash right into the base of your natural lashes starting in the middle first, then the outer part of the lash and finally the inner corner. If the false lash isn’t quite as close as you would like, take a cotton tip and gently press the top of the lash base until you are happy with its placement.

We don’t always have time for false lashes. Can you name a couple of mascaras that are great for a false-lash effect?

Diorshow Mascara, Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara and Tom Ford Extreme Mascara.

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