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August 8, 2014

Little Black Beauty Book

So far this summer you’ve been looking hot… Really, really hot… Unfortunately, it’s been a red-faced, sun-frazzled, sweaty sort of hot as opposed to the bikini-buff, glossy-haired, supermodel sort.  But while you’ve been loudly cursing the 99.99% humidity and the pavement-meltingly hot temperatures to anyone who’ll listen, we’ve been methodically drawing up the DSTS Hong Kong Little Black Book of warm weather beauty magicians. And because we wholeheartedly support a pretty city, we’re willing to share the 852… So, rolodexes at the ready, here are the only beauty saviours you’ll need programmed into your speed dial this summer…

Discovery by Ybera at Glow with Ceri Silk
All this heat and humidity coupled with those regular saltwater dunkings mean that your summer hair is much more no-no than boho. But, step away from the sunhat! That floppy brim’s fooling no one, it’s time to deal with your ‘mare of a mane head on. Luckily the only thing standing between you and glossy, frizz-free, Aniston-esque hair is just a couple of hours in a plush salon chair at Glow with Ceri Silk. Don your best turban and scuttle down the escalator to this petite but perfectly formed spa and salon where the Glow girls are ready to whip your tresses into shape, care of the Ybera Discovery smoothing and straightening treatment. Discovery is a 100% formaldehyde-free treatment that promises to combat frizz and give mirror-like shine for up to three months as well as delivering much straighter, smoother, healthier hair. Unlike other smoothing treatments, there are no harsh chemicals involved, and the more rounds of treatments you have, the more the swishy superstar hair effects are amplified. Out and out hair heroics.  (9/F, Parker House, 72 Queen’s Road Central, +852 2525 5198)

OzTan at the SkinGym
It’s a well-known beauty truth that we all look sleeker, slimmer and chicer with a little colour. But, as much as you love your limbs to be caramel-hued, you know that cooking yourself on the beach will only mean wrinkles and skin damage once that golden tan fades.  So what’s a sun-savvy girl to do but fake it? For the very best faux glow in town, head to the Skin Gym where the perfect shade of lightly toasted comes courtesy of Oztan – an Aussie spraytan free of alcohol, parabens and synthetic fragrance. Hitting the bottle never left you looking so fab! (21/F, Room 6, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, +852 2810 8088)

Betty at the Mandarin Oriental Spa
Betty is to waxing what those red sailed junks are to Victoria Harbour – nothing short of a Hong Kong institution. Having clocked up over two decades at the Mandarin Oriental Spa, it would probably be quicker for the legendary waxing maven to make a list of the Hong Kongers she hasn’t gotten beach ready over her career. Quick, no-nonsense and genuinely virtually pain-free, just make sure you nab your appointment well in advance, Betty’s understandably more popular than Harry Styles. Wax on, wax off! (24/F, 5 Connaught Road Central, +852 2825 4800)

Lash Extensions at Novalash
Mascara + HK summers = Panda-monium. So it’s just basic beauty maths to put your mascara wand into hibernation for a few months come spring. Fear not though, we’re not suggesting you leave your lashes lacking in lustre as the heat soars. Instead get booked in for a bit of a Bambi-boost via a set of lash extensions from Novalash. If false lashes sound like a Priscilla Queen of the Dessert step too far, think again. Novalash’s extensions are fluttery, flirty and eminently natural looking, basically your own lashes on steroids. Unlike less-salubrious lash extension joints, Novalash kicks off your treatment with a one-to-one consultation to get the skinny on the look you’re after, before tucking you into a cloud-like reclining chair and painstakingly gluing only one falsie per natural lash. The results? Lush lashes that really last.  (10/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower, Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, +852 2536 0998)

Workouts with Bikini Fit
Resigned yourself to spending the remainder of the summer in a burka rather than a bikini because that bulge just won’t budge? Well we’ve got news for you – your fairy godmother’s just arrived and declared that you will go to the beach!  All you have to do? Get yourself signed up to the brand new 4-week all-female Bikini Fit program kicking off in Kowloon Park on 11th August. Six bootcamp style, outdoor work-outs a week, nutrition and lifestyle workshops and 1:1 consultations with the team of trainers may be a little more hard work than a flick of a magic wand, but the results are guaranteed to be much longer lasting than a pair of glass slippers… Abs-racadbra! (

Nails at at The Loft by The Nail Library
Socks be gone, gloves off – it’s sandal season and there’s no room for gnarly trotters or unkempt mitts. Top of the talon tamers? The Loft by The Nail Library – baby sister to the ever-packed Sheung Wan boutique nail hot spot. Perched prettily on the escalators, you’re guaranteed a nice side of people watching with your mani pedi along with all the latest issues of every magazine you can name and a couple of glasses of bubbly. Choose from a veritable rainbow of premium nail colours from Marc Jacobs to Tom Ford and Chanel to Dolce & Gabanna. No excuse not to nail it now. (2/F, 26 Cochrane Street, +852 2618 8623)

Blowouts at Airplay
Got caught in a summer downpour? Dripped on by a leaky aircon unit? Or just need your tresses pinned up off your neck and into something suitably Grecian Goddess (matching your hair to your Ancient Greek sandals is so 2014). Zip out of the sun and into the salon for a quick hair pick-me-up at Airplay Blowdry Bar. Whether you’re after beachy mermaid waves or a sleek chignon, with just a blast of the blowdryer and a flick of their combs, the Airplay crew will answer all your hair prayers and have you summer soiree ready.  (7/f, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, +852 2641 9888)

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