With the holidays around the corner, fall is in full swing – is it just me, or are the days getting shorter? (Insert Daylight Savings joke here).
But really, if you’re in the Toronto area, it’s worth taking a couple of hours out of your hectic schedule to indulge in Beautylicious offerings. The city’s top spas, medi-spas and salons are offering luxe services at a discount until November 6. Ever wondered where celebrities get their feet scrubbed? Now’s the time to find out.
Some top deals:
$30 – Shampoo, blow-dry, style and eyebrow shaping at Blyss Salon.
$30 – Gift certificate worth $100 at Skin Vitality.
$50 – Sea Buff Body Treatment at Holts Salon & Spa.
$50 – Microdermabrasion treatment and spa facial at Glow Medi Spa.
$75 – Oxygen facial at Metrosexual.
$125 – Tooth whitening home kit plus two appointments at Dr. Valerie Stavro and Associates.
Last year, I tried a pumpkin body wrap at the Spa @ Windsor Arms Hotel and facial “retreat” at AXISpa – both of which were fabulous. This year, I tried the spa pedicure – my first – at Novo Spa & Salon.
I didn’t really believe someone could pamper my feet for an entire hour without quitting at minute 45 – much less that I would enjoy it – but the time actually flew by, and no one gave their two weeks notice.
While my feet were scrubbed, rubbed, and polished I enjoyed playing with a massage chair from the future, sipping on tea, and flipping through magazines. It was just like pedicures I had seen in the movies.
Since my complexion has been suffering a less-than-stellar season, I also tried the Oxy Acne Facial at OxyBeauty and let me tell you, it is definitely not for facial first timers. The exfoliation portion was nothing short of painful, and upon the insistence of Dr. Yuriy M. Dolzhykov, president and medical director of the clinic, I agreed to a mild microdermabrasion – which felt like a prickly vacuum sucking on my face. My face was also treated with various serums and enzyme gels and covered in a collagen mask that felt like wax paper at first, but turned into a silicone-like gel after Dolzhykov dabbed it with water (which was super cool and creepy).
If Yorkville were Toronto’s swankiest little village, Dolzhykov would be its mad scientist.
True to it’s name, my OxyBeauty service ended with 20 minutes under a mask gushing peppermint-scented oxygen, which was also awesome and unexpected.
My face was splotchy and ached for hours afterward but it felt more soft and smooth than ever before and after a few days, it slowly started to clear up. If you’re a first-timer, it might be best to stick with a pedicure, but if you’re looking for a facial that will renew your skin, this might be the one.
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