Salons, truly are my absolute guilty pleasure and one of favourite places to visit. I was recently treated to the most divine pedicure on my recent trip to the “City of Gold” at the gorgeous Gloss Nail and Beauty Salon in the Birdhaven area in Johannesburg area. Upon arriving at the tranquil Gloss Nail and Beauty Salon, one cannot help but be mesmerised by the beauty of the boutique salon, as it simplistic but oh so fantastic. White and grey colours adorn the salon walls and floor which echoes the epitome of tranquillity.
The staff are welcoming and make sure you feel at home, not to mention really knowing their way around an amazing pedicure! The pedicure I was spoiled to made use of the most premium products, including the heavenly Liquid Yoga as part of the amazing concoction for my foot soak as well as numerous OPI products and the polish I had for my toes was an OPI polish from their Brazilian range. Further to their nail treatments, Gloss also offers a number of body and facial treatments – including the state of the art St Tropez spray booth. This tan is revolutionary as it eliminates the smell and fumes of fake tan so you leave with a sun kissed glow and no smell of a bottled tan in sight. The facial treatments make use of Dermalogica which one can never go wrong with.
You cannot help leave with a smile on your face at the end of your treatment and walk away with feeling pampered and so relaxed.
Thank you for the spoils Gloss, I will be sure to be back when I’m in the area.
If you’re in the area, be sure to book an appointment. Gloss Nail and Beauty is situated at Shop 3, Birdhaven Centre, 66 St. Andrews Road, Birdhaven or call them on (011) 447-9273 for more information.
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Disclaimer: This treatment was given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the treatment in any way.
I was spoilt recently at the ever so sophisticated and chic Langaro Wellness Centre in Camps Bay with a Mio high intensity body treatment, a cellulite smoothing treatment to be precise….
What was promised for the Shrink to Fit what I experienced:
“Deep tissue and lymphatic Mio massage to lift, tighten and tone your hips and thighs, reducing saddlebags and dimpling. Powerful actives stimulate circulation, removing toxins, tightening up spongy skin, leaving smooth, firm, fitter looking legs and a perter tigher butt.”
Yes, maybe like you reading this, I rolled my eyes a bit when I read that too, but having had such a great experience with the Mio Liquid Yoga Bath Soak, I thought to myself for a well established brand, Mio to make such claims there has to be something to it, right? Also, could they live up to simply how amazing their divine Liquid Yoga was? Well, plainly, the answer is yes. Its not everyday you have such sharp focus on your thighs at a salon or spa environment, or ever really…. but they certainly make your thighs and butt work hard. This treatment is just like squatting but, for lazy people!
To being with you start off by getting undressed and donning a sexy disposable G-string and lying face down onto a gorgeous spa bed. Once you are comfortable and cocooned in towels and blankets to keep you warm, one thigh and bum cheek exposed the therapist starts by buffing your thighs and bum with an extremely active scrub which contains glycolic acid (this is for professional use only) in order to stimulate the cellulite cells and promote circulation in the thigh/buttocks region, this product is so active you can feel it tingle on your skin and the active ingredients last on the skin for up to 12 hours after the treatment. This buff is followed by an application of Mio Skin Tight Serum which is easily absorbed by the skin being that it is a serum, then some Shrink To Fit cream is buffed into the skin – both of which are at home treatment products which are recommended for on-going maintenance. The buff is probably the most unpleasant ‘rough’ part as it is rather rough and intensive, at times it could feel as though your bum was getting smacked but this is the simple process of waking your cellulite cells up or possibly even beating them awake as they are lazy little buggars! Both of these products, the Mio Skin Tight Serum and Mio Shrink to Fit are quickly absorbed into the freshly buffed and exfoliated skin due to all the excess dead skin having been removed by extensive buffing and the circulation going. Then a salon use only masque which is filled with green algae is applied to the thighs and bum and left to work its magic, covered by a small plastic sheet and it works by drawing out toxins and even making the area sweat out all the baddies that are stored in the thigh/bum area. The mask felt like a clay consistency when applied and had an incredibly cool feeling, I did not feel the sweating even happen but my therapist assured me I had certainly been sweating. When the mask is removed, it comes off in one piece and leaves a very cooling sensation on the skin. Then for good measure another layer of Mio Skin Smoothing Serum is applied followed by another application of Mio Shrink to Fit. Then you lie on your back and the process is the repeated on the front of the thighs. Continue reading