We’re a little bit addicted to mobile beauty services in Singapore. Between the endless breastfeeding and nappy changing, planning weeknight dinners for the fussy eaters, or running around between school, work and playgroups, where do mums squeeze in time to take care of themselves?
If your hair’s smelling of apple sauce (on a good day), your nails are chipping or your body could do with a good rub down, an at-home service can come to the rescue. Mobile beauty treatments are on the rise in Singapore, offering everything from massages to mani-pedis, and brow shaping to blow-dries. We say they’re a lifesaver for time-crunched women, so to help you unwind and look your best, here’s our pick of the best at-home services – we like to call them the HoneyKids’ mobile beauty dream team:
BLOW-DRIES & MORE: The Big Blow
Launched in 2013, The Big Blow is Singapore’s first mobile hair styling, make-up and nails service. They do all sorts of hair styling for when you want something special: blow-dries, up-dos, braiding, irons and curls (alas, no cut or colour). Perfect for busy mums who need a quick fix, or new mamas who aren’t quite up for a visit to the hair salon, gone are the days of looking like you put your finger in a socket.
Prices start from $150 for hair styling and $230 for hair and makeup packages. Home visits available seven days a week between 8am and 9pm. Out-of-hours arrangements can also be made. Book an appointment at www.thebigblow.com
THE AT-HOME HAIR STYLIST: Salma Abbas Makeup and Hair
Salma is a freelance hair stylist with nine years of experience across four different countries. She earned her credentials at the Toni & Guy Academy (Singapore & UK) and Vidal Sassoon (UK). Being a mum herself, Salma appreciates demanding schedules and knows how to treat your tresses – she doesn’t skimp on products which is perfect if your hair really needs an added boost. She’s also an absolute genius with a makeup brush if you are looking for a complete hair and makeup overhaul.
Call 8363 4036 or email email@example.com for prices or to book; www.facebook.com/Makeup-and-Hair-by-Salma
BROWS & MAKE-UP: Laura Tait Professional Makeup and Mobile Beauty
A qualified beauty therapist and professional makeup artist from the UK, Laura has been on the Little Red Dot for the past 14 years, and has taken Singapore by storm with her tweezers and brushes. As a brow specialist, she’s your go-to girl if you’re in dire need of definition, shaping or tinting. She steers clear from waxing in the brow area, as she says it may cause sagging and fine lines around the eyes due to stretching (an eyebrow raiser, isn’t it?). A brow shaping will cost you $15 and lash and brow tints are $25 each. If it’s professional make-up or a lesson you need, Laura will come equipped with her kit including brands like Makeup Forever, MAC and YSL, and her invaluable knowledge of keeping make-up on faces in Singapore’s balmy climate – all you have to do is sit back and put your best face forward. She’s also recently added spray tanning to her beauty repertoire as part of the Tan@Home team (see below). Note: if you’re planning on having a individual makeover, you’ll need to spend a minimum of $80.
Prices range from $60-$90; lessons from $70-$85. Her transport fee ranges from $5-25, www.lauratait.wix.com/laurataitmua
FOR THE PERFECT TAN: Tan@Home
If you are in need of a golden glow rather than the tango orange look, then Tan@Home are the spray tan dream team you need. Chief spray technician, Margaret Treanor, will custom spray to your requirements – skin tone, lifestyle and other factors will dictate what shade of tan will be best for you. Marg originates from the UK and is fully trained and accredited in her art, hence total wizardry when it comes to providing an even, natural-looking, streak-free result every time. Pop into her tent looking pasty white and 15 minutes later step out looking every inch the bronzed goddess (or god – they cater for men too!). Tan@Home will create your perfect tan, stress-free and mess-free, either in the comfort of your own home or hotel room, or you can book an appointment at its East Coast Studio. By the way, they also stock a tan-tastic range of tanning products for you to maintain your look for longer.
Prices start at $70 for mobile appointments. Open seven days a week, 8am-9pm; www.tanathome.com
THE MANI-PEDI: Niu Nails
Serene is a nail technician extraordinaire who specialises in Gelish manicures and pedicures. Providing a full salon-quality service from top coat to base polish, plus nail art if you’re after something unique, she’ll get you sorted within the hour. She swears by Angel Pro Gelly Polish, travels island-wide and charges a transport fee according to your location. So, mums, nail that look you’ve been wanting.
Charges are $40 for Gelish mani, $50 for Gelish pedi, and $70 for a combo. There is a $30-$50 transport surcharge, depending on location, as well as a $25 deposit fee. Call Serene at 8113 6741 or visit www.niunails.com
MASSAGE: Sole House
Now this is a massage service to put on speed dial. Sole House operates seven days a week, till 2am (so you can book a slot when the kids are in bed)! It offers the works – full body massage, back, neck and shoulder, plus foot reflexology. A certified therapist arrives at your doorstep with a complete setup: massage bed, foot stools, fresh linen, spa music and products to melt away your knots and aches and put you in a totally relaxed mood. Specially-trained therapists also offer prenatal massage for mums-to-be.
Prices start at $95 per hour for basic foot reflexology and stretch to $210 for a two-hour combo of foot, back and body massage. www.solehouse.com.sg
WAXING: Purplicious The Wax House
For a fuss-free Brazilian or all body wax, get Sona on the phone, stat! She will rock up to you house, at your convenience of course, and give you a quick and (almost) pain-free wax session. An experienced beauty therapist, Sona is friendly, attentive and puts your nerves at ease (especially if it’s your first time) with her casual chatter. You’ll be surprised at how efficiently and thoroughly she gets things neat and tidy ‘down there’ as she adheres to all the hygiene best practices. The best part? She doesn’t bombard you with signing up for packages, booking your next appointment or try to sell you anything. Her one and only priority is to make sure she does a good job and that you’re happy with your experience.
Prices for full body wax house calls at $200, no additional cost for transportation. Call or message Sona at 9690 8775 or visit www.purpliciouswaxhouse.com
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