Mom and Daughter’s Spa Date @ Soulscape Marcos Highway

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Who says that only adults need a break from the busy schedule?  Have you thought that kids deserve a destressing session too?  Yes, like us– they also get exhausted from the activities in school and just like the way we wanted to treat ourselves, they also deserve a pampering session at the spa.   A week prior my “spa day” , my daughter was not feeling well and after the stressful exams she had, I thought it was the perfect time for her to relax and have a Kiddie massage.    In this post, I will share about our mother and daughter bonding last Friday @ Soulscape Spa (Marcos Highway branch).

The moment that we have reached the reception and were greeted by the gorgeous staff (Ella and Rose), I can feel Shane’s excitement.  She used to accompany me in my destressing sessions, but now it was the time for her to destress.  While they were preparing our VIP family room, we were given a glass of lukewarm water and a cup of hot tea.

It’s good to know that it was SHINE, who was assigned to us again.  I felt comfortable with her in my last treatment, and as what I have expected, she made us feel comfortable.  She led us to the footwash area where Shane’s feet were washed.

After the soothing footwash, we were escorted to our VIP Family room.  It has 3 single beds and has its own bathroom.  As usual, I loved the ambiance and the privacy that we had in the room.   Before the treatment, I enjoyed few minutes first by just taking selfies before I wear that black silk Soulscape robe.

Everything that you need is already there in the bathroom imcluding cotton buds, handwash and moutwash so I felt really comfortable and at home 🙂  After prepping up, I had the Minty Peppermint Anti-Dandruff Hair Treatment first followed by the Coffee Body Scrub and Collagen Face Mask.  In my previous post, I have mentioned about the benefits of Collagen Face Mask, that’s why I always include this in my beauty routine.

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Coffee Body Scrub

Because summer is fast approaching, part of my preparation is having a flawless skin, so I have included this in my beauty routine too.  I decided to try the Coffee Body Scrub because aside from the fact that I was curious, I am also a coffee lover.  No wonder that during the treatment I was awake because of its aroma.  It has the same effect as the Kojic Salt Scrub– Aside from being a stimulant and anti-oxidant, it also helps in the blood circulation, exfoliates, smoothen,  and gives a youthful glow to the skin.  After the treatment, I enjoyed the hot shower and when I came out of the bathroom, Shane was already having her Kiddie massage.  (I totally forgot to go to the Sauna room because I didn’t want to miss Shane’s Kiddie massage).  

 

After our treatment, Shane felt better and energized and I felt refreshed and rejuvenated.  It was actually one of the best bonding that we had aside from eating and swimming.  I recommend that you should try this too!

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hot towel and a glass of lukewarm water after the massage

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With Shine, our therapist

For those who would like to treat their kids to a 60-minute Kid’s massage for only P249, you may head to Soulscape Spa (in Marcos Highway or Maria Clara, QC).  Aside from ala carte services, they also have interesting packages in their Facebook Page.  Call them in advance to book as they have many clients especially during weekends.

SOULSCAPE SPA & WELLNESS  LOUNGE

3rd Floor, The Pinnacle Plaza Bldg., # 1 Marcos Highway, San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal

697-1868 or 0906-3285939

717-9783 or 244-4350 (Ma. Clara branch)

 

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The Best Spas I’ve Visited in 2017

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One of the things that I include when I travel is not only to discover about interesting activities to do, places to eat and hang out, but also a spa that you can recommend to my readers.  I know that most of us have a busy schedule and we need to squeeze our precious time to destress.  In 2017, I have discovered four of the best spas in the Philippines.  Please take note that I do not recommend all the spas that I have visited.  I may probably post some photos or videos, but to recommend or feature the spa or  service is something that I am careful of.    I do not want to mislead the public with false information– so when I recommend something, I believe that it would be beneficial to the other customers as well.

(The sequence of the numbers are not according to the ranking, but to the first one that I have visited.

  1.  TIRTA SPA (April 2017)

Sitio Malabunot, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608

https://www.tirtaspa.com/

 

How can I forget about my summer escapade in paradise?  Tirta Spa made me feel like a queen when I visited Boracay.  From the moment I enter their gates til I hear the sound of the gongs announcing my arrival, and the professionalism of the front desk officer, Rose,  when she welcomed me with a glass of calamansi drink prepared personally by the owner’s mother, I was mesmerized and flabbergasted.  Not only the sight of their impressive architectural design, luxurious villas, classy Asian furnitures, relaxing ambiance and awards of excellence are the proofs why Tirta is the best spa in Boracay Island– it is their excellent service to their clients.

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Tirta’s professional therapists

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I had their Anti-time Facial and body massage for 2.5 hours.  My therapist, Ms. Lady started with the foot wash ritual.  She explained to me about the products that she will use prior the treatment.  I left the spa with an incredible feeling and even my family members noticed the different glow in my skin.

2.  Z SPA (November 2017)

2/F Ace Hotel, Brixton cor. United St., Pasig City

I was really impressed with the cleanliness and elegant furnishings that Z Spa has.  The place is very spacious- 400 plus square meters with VIP and common rooms.   I had the Swedish massage and Coco Body Scrub in their VIP room. The room had clean beds, TV, with own bathroom (with private Sauna room, bath tub and shower.

 

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What can you ask for? I have totally enjoyed everything that I almost forgot about the time.

INTERESTING THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

1. The owner, Ms. Chat, personally prepares the apple cucumber welcome drinks.

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2.  Ms. Chat personally makes sure that the therapists are really good.  They have the simulation test wherein she acts as the client.  If you can’t please her, you won’t be a good therapist– so in order to be one of the Z Spa attendants, you should pass her standards.

3.  Ms. Chat is very particular with the cleanliness of the spa.  She personally checks if the rooms are clean.

4.  They use all-natural products and NO MINERAL OILS.

When I visited, they just opened the spa so I think they have added more services now.  The underarm whitening is something that it quite interesting.  You should try that.

3.  SOULSCAPE SPA Marcos Highway (December 2017)

2/F The Pinnacle Plaza, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal

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Finally, I’ve discovered a classy spa near our location.  It’s very convenient to me because in just few minutes, I am already there.  Here are the different areas in their spa:

 

Soulscape is a part of my Christmas glow achievement and of my beauty routine to achieve my summer-ready skin and stress-free look this coming April.  These are the treatments I had in my visit last month.

  1.  The Minty Peppermint Anti-Dandruff Treatment

This is the one that I really need as of the moment because my hair is exposed to dirt.  After the spa treatment, at home, I noticed some white flakes fell on my clothes.  I found out that peppermint has this ability or should I say magic to drive away all the flakes in your hair and to maintain its shine.  Until Christmas, I got rid of the flakes, but when I travelled to Baguio City on the 27th, I noticed that it went back.  I think I have to include this hair treatment in my spa package everytime I visit Soulscape.

2.  Kojic Salt Body Scrub

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Kojic Salt Body Scrub

This is also a must in my list as I am obsessed to anti-aging treatments.  Aside from that effect, it also reduces stress and improves blood circulation.  They also have the coffee and gluta body scrub.

3.  Collagen Face Mask

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Of course, as part of the beauty routine my face needs to be smooth and younger looking as well– that is already included in my list.

4.  60-minute Anti-Stress Massage 

This should be included in your Create-A-Spa package once you have decided to book an appointment with them.  I will guarantee that you will be relaxed and destressed.

4.  BELFREI SPA BAGUIO 

2/F Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay, Baguio City

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I have included this in my recent press trip to Baguio and I am very impressed with their service.  I travelled for almost 5 hours and we were hella stressed but it was all worth it.  The customers have to book ahead of time because have a large volume of customers waiting– no wonder why they have 2 branches.  The one I visited in Camp John Hay is the 2nd branch.  The one in SM Baguio is there for a decade already.

I had their Indulge Package (facial, foot spa and massage) because I was in a hurry.  Next time I go back to Baguio, there’s no way that I won’t be able to have that Belfrei Pamper package that includes the body scrub.

 

MY SPA HORROR STORY: (I opted not to give the name of the spa as it would be a mean thing to do.  This will serve as a warning the next time that you choose a spa for your destressing session).  

Not in all times, you will be relaxed when you are in a spa.  Be careful in attractive flyers and ads, when you actually reach the place, it’s like a haunted house and the service is even terrible.  The furnishings seemed filled with dirt and instead of soothing music, you will hear the laughter of the people.

I didn’t use the toiletries because those are yucky and the weird thing is that I didn’t feel relaxed after the massage.  Usually, after a massage i won’t be feeling any pain as what I have experienced in the spas i’ve mentioned above but this one, I felt I was beaten after.

I think they should have genuine concern for their clients because if they were satisfied, they would come back and recommend the service.  I actually have a dark spot here in my right cheek.  I think I got this after the pricking which I do not need at all because i do not have pimples at all.  Worst of all, the prices are quite expensive!  Make a thorough research before you visit a spa.  If you have seen one or two negative reviews, that’s the hint.  Don’t bother to waste your time.

This year, I will be featuring more posts about beauty secrets and I hope this blog post helped you in a way.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Rejuvenated @ Belfrei Spa (My Baguio 2017 Diary)

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When we arrived in Baguio City last week (December 27, 2017), I thought that everything will go according to plan; however, due to unavoidable circumstances, a scheduled trip has to be rescheduled.  And so, we had to be creative in making on-the-spot plans– we ended up at Botanical Garden, which we did not regret at all because we enjoyed the colorful flowers.  In the afternoon, after checking in and unpacking, we decided to go early so we can go to a cafe that we are going to feature, but then our stress began.  We couldn’t find any cab to take us there.  We just cancelled the appointment and luckily, we found a cab that took us to Camp John Hay.  Because we were also starving at that time, we asked the driver to drop us at the Filling Station ( which was filled to the rafters at that time) and ordered for pizza.  We waited for 40 minutes that seemed like eternity.  When the food arrived, I didn’t know exactly what the taste of pizza was.  I mean, everything that I tasted at that time (cardboard or wood) will be pleasant to my taste buds, hehe!

Belfrei Spa has two branches:  the other one is located in SM City Baguio (They are operating for a decade already) and the one I visited is in the 2nd floor of the Ayala Technohub at CJH.

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Belfrei Spa is at the 2nd Floor of the Ayala Technohub (atop Pizza Volante)

The place is quite small but very presentable and relaxing.  It is not a concomitant type that we usually admire (especially if you love spa like I do), but I actually loved the homey and native style of the spa.  The windows are made of the old style capiz shells with 6 small rooms and 4 chairs (for the facial and foot spa).  They have one common CR which is well-sanitized.  On the wall, the photos of some celebrities who availed their spa service were displayed.

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Ms. Joe (the supervisor) at the reception area

I was astounded by the number of clients who would like to avail the service.  I would understand that if I were in their SM Baguio branch were people are elbow-to-elbow.  I was expecting fewer people in CJH, but you have to book ahead of time because they have clients waiting on queue.   If you will analyze, it’s on the positive note– people are willing to wait because of the excellent service.

 

 

I was supposed to have the Belfrei Pamper Package (facial, foot spa, body scrub and body massage) but since it will consume more or less 3 hours, I just availed the Indulge Package (same inclusions minus the body scrub).  I had an appointment after the spa treatment that’s why we shortened the time, but at the end of the day, I regretted that decision.  I should have tried the body scrub as well 😦  The treatment lasted for 2 hours and it was perfect!

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The Indulge Package started with the facial and foot spa

 

Their therapists made each client feel relaxed.  It can be compared to Tirta Spa Boracay as far as service and the massage  is concerned.  I fell asleep because I was totally relaxed and recharged that night.   It was also the best foot spa I’ve ever had– after the stressful experience we had earlier, it was really worth it.  I finally understood why clients were willing to wait.

Well, it didn’t only end with my satisfied feet.  I felt totally rejuvenated after the massage.  The pressure was just right and I didn’t have body pain after.  So, when you are in Baguio City, there is only one spa that I recommend and that is Belfrei Spa.

BELFREI SPA

CJH:  2nd Floor Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay, Baguio City

SM Baguio:  Upper Ground Floor, SM City Baguio

Mobile numbers:  0922-3980220/ 0917-6105538

https://www.facebook.com/bellfreispa/

 

 

Younger Look with Collagen Facial Mask

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Collagen is known as an anti-aging agent.  The good news is that it is available in beauty shops, department store and grocery stores.  You can have it your beauty cream or moisturizer or even include it in your drinks.  Yes, we couln’t avoid age spots and wrinkles, but we can do something to look younger.

One way of doing that is also by destressing, and I have my twice per month session in Soulscape Spa Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal.   Part of my beauty routine is not only the body scrub– I also included the Collagen facial mask.  Here are the benefits that you will get from this treatment:

1.  It reduces age lines and wrinkles.

2.  It reduces stretch marks and even out your skin tone.

3.  It reduces joint pains.

4.  It strengthens your nails and teeth.

5.  It improves not only your skin, but also your hair.

6.  It helps detox your body.

 

After the Collagen Facial Mask, I had a different glow.  It won’t be evident yet because I only had my first session last week, but I intend to have it twice per month to achieve the youthful glow this coming summer.  You will see whatever improvement I have with my skin as I regularly publish my photos in my social media accounts.

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Thank you to Shine, my therapist in this treatment

For those who would like to make an appointment for Collagen Facial Mask (P299)  in Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge, you may call (0906) 328 5939.  They are open daily from 2pm to 2am.

 

 

 

Kojic Salt Body Scrub (Your Skin’s New BFF)

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It’s holiday season and we wanted to look young and fresh–it’s the perfect time to destress and give yourself a break.  In my Christmas Glow feature, part of the treatment I had in Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge is the 90 minute Kojic Salt Body Scrub. I personally chose this because of its anti-aging and lightening effect on the skin.

Here are the reasons why I included BODY SCRUB  in my beauty routine:

  1.  It hydrates your skin, making your skin silky and smooth.
  2. It gives you a youthful glow
  3. It helps reduce stress
  4. It helps you get rid of old skin cells
  5. It releases toxins
  6. It improves blood circulation

There are three types of body scrub offered to me (coffee, cream and salt), but I settled for the Kojic Salt Body Scrub because my purpose that time is to have the Christmas glow.  Kojic Acid is known as an agent used to lighten and tighten skin, remove age spots and decrease the appearance of scars.  It exfoliates and regenerate new skin cells that help achieve that youthful glow (that is why it’s sometimes called the Anti-Aging Body Scrub).

 

For busy persons like me, I highly recommend that you should have at least twice per month destressing session like this or once a week if you can afford it.  Pampering yourself is one of the best gifts that you can give to your family— once you are stress-free, you can even work better and bond with them.

Note:  This post is brought to you by Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge.

 

A Tour To Soulscape Spa Marcos Highway

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It was just recently when I noticed Soulscape Spa atop Anytime Fitness in the Pinnacle Plaza in Marcos Highway when I was on my way to Robinsons Metro East.  Finally, there is a spa near me that actually suits my taste.  Well, yes, there are lots of small and low-priced spa around, but make sure that you will be contented with the ambiance and of course, quality service is very important.

After the students’ Christmas Party held last December 20, 2017, I had the opportumity to destress at Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge.  Upon reaching the building, you will see the elevator that will lead you to the 3rd floor where they occupy the entire space.   I was greeted by their courteous receptionists Ella and Rose and as their routine, they asked me to fill out a form to determine if I have an allergy or other condition that might be harmful.  In other spas, they do not do this- so, it’s already a plus point.  They offered us tea while waiting and explained about their spa menu.

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The pretty receptionists Ella & Rose

While waiting, I couldn’t help but to admire the place (very neat and elegant interior design and furnishings).   I was actually thinking that only few people can afford Soulscape Spa, but this is good news because you can also afford their prices.  (You can check their prices in their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SoulscapeMarcosHighway/ )

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The waiting area

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Ms. Rose offered me a cup of tea while waiting

Now, let us have the tour.

Before you enter the rooms, you will see the Footwash area and the Express area where they have the foot reflexology.

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The footwash area

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The Express area

They have two kinds of rooms- the common room and the VIP rooms.

The common room has partitions (black curtains) for single and couple clients.  The ambiance is perfect though you are in the common room– same bed and furnishings.  The only difference is that you only have curtains and you don’t have your own bathroom.

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The Sauna room

In the VIP room (there are rooms for couple and for 3 people), you have your own bathroom and of course, you will enjoy the privacy.

I had my destressing session (it will be featured in a separate post) in the VIP room.  I suggest that you choose this if you would like to relax and move at ease.

If you would like to visit them and try their services, here are their contact details below.  If you will be coming from Masinag, take a ride going to Robinsons Metro East.  Pinnacle Plaza is in the left side before you reach Burger King.   I also have included their branch in QC just in case you more accessible to that area.

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3/F The Pinnacle Plaza, #1 Marcos Highway, Brgy. San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal

Phone Number:  697-1868

Mobile Number:  0906- 3285939

Business Hours:  1:00pm to 2:00 am

Ma. Clara, QC BRANCH:   717-9783 or 244-4350

DISCLAIMER:  This post is made possible by Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge; however, the content written in my post is based from my honest opinions and judgement.

Eyebrow Threading @ Nailaholics

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So, you are thinking that Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa is only limited to nail, hand and foot related services?  Well, you are absolutely WRONG!  In fact, there are packages and additional services that you won’t even think that they are offering.  I tried their eyebrow threading while having foot spa last week and I was very pleased with the result.

 

 

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Before and After the Eyebrow Threading

Special thanks to Mian 🙂  She was very careful and patient with me.  She made sure that the pain was tolerable.  She consults first before making a decision and gives her suggestion also.  Threading of the brows costs P190 and it can be done in about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Aside from their traditional hand and foot spa packages, here are other services that you might be interested with:

  1.  Waxing (underarm, half or full arm, chest or back, leg, bikini and Brazilian).  All of these services come with a choice of hand or foot spa.
     2. Scalp, Neck and Head Massage and Back Massage
    3.  Eyelash Enhancement
You may check the other services and branches here:
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How to Deal With Stress

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Everybody deals with STRESS  and nobody can escape it no matter what status do you have in life.  Whether that is family, health, work, financial or heart-related stress, you need to find a way to get over it.  So, how do we do that?  I have here some tips that actually worked for me .  It may not work for the others but it’s worth a try anyway 🙂

  1.  Have a COFFEE BREAK (alone or with a buddy)

If you cannot afford to go to a coffee shop, a cup of coffee with a special someone or your best buddy at home will be perfect to have a nice chitchat or share your troubles.

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2.  Have a GOOD SLEEP or power nap especially if you have a headache.

Most of the time, the cause of stress is lack of sleep so you really need the time to take a nap or have a long sleep.  I won’t recommend taking sleeping pills;  instead, you may drink a glass of milk.  Reading or playing games in your mobile phone may help you sleep.

3   Have a STAYCATION with friends or your family even for a day to help you unwind.  Traveling to a far place can cause you even more stress, so choose a nearby hotel.

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4.  DESTRESSING SESSION in a Spa or Wellness Center near you

A soothing massage, facial, body scrub and foot spa can be helpful to achieve relaxation.  One of the spas I recommend is Z Spa, a 420 square meter spa located in 2/F Ace Hotel, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.  All the furnishings and equipments are NEW and of high standard and the beauty products used are all naturals and were ordered abroad.  I have found another spa near our area but I will tell more about the details in my separate post.

 

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5.  CUT DOWN ON YOUR EXPENSES especially if you are dealing with financial problem.  (I am only going to choose 2 credit cards and will deactivate them once I have settled all my bills).

6.  HAVE A HEALTHY DIET and do not starve yourself.

If you need to destress, you need to have a healthy and strong body and sharp mind.  Refrain from eating too much or too less because your body needs food to have enough strength and energy for your daily activity.

Whether you like it or not, we can encounter STRESS, so it’s already an advantage if you know how to deal with it 🙂

 

This post is brought to you by:  NAILAHOLICS Nail Salon & Spa

 

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Achieving My Beauty Routine @Nailaholics

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I have a BIG revelation this coming summer and I am carefully planning about it.   Part of my preparation for this is to have a fitness and beauty routine.  I am already working on my achieving my beach-ready body by being a member of Fitness First.   I get to visit the club at Robinson’s Metroeast thrice per week, but I do my workout at home daily so I also burn some calories.  I am already working on creating my own meal plan that will help me achieve my fitness goals.  I know that I am already in the right track but it isn’t enough yet.

Because of the nature of my job, I am superstressed all the time so I need to devote a little of my precious time to destress.  Aside from having facials, body scrubs to achieve the perfect glow of my skin on April, I also need to have hair, foot and nail pampering.

In this post, I will share about the Vitamin Sea Package that I had in Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa after my workout.  It is so convenient for me because it is also located in the 3rd Floor of Robinson’s MetroEast, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal–so, right after my workout, I can also have my destressing session there.

 

 

Upon entering Nailaholics, I was relaxed by the clean and quiet ambiance.   They have a summer backdrop that will set your mood to relax.  I had their Vitamin Sea Package (manicure, pedicure and foot spa)  I loved the feeling while my feet were soaked in the warm water.   

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I met these gorgeous and friendly staff (Jho- who did the foot spa and pedicure & Rubie who did the manicure).  I have chosen the color of my nail polish– guess what?  Yes, you’re correct, hihi!  I have chosen pink 🙂  I would have tried nail art, but then they do not have the tools.  They have it in the other branches– it just happened that they do not have it when I came.  In the Vitamin Sea Package, they use the regular but branded nail polish.  They recommend the gel polish as it stays longer than the regular ones.  Hmmm, probably next time I will have the gel manicure and pedicure.  I was informed that they have an ongoing 15% discount to their gel manicure and pedicure.

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Compared to the other salons, Nailaholics makes sure what the customers want.  Rubie asked first about the desired length and shape of my fingernails.  She gently massaged the fingers  and asked me if I felt any pain at all.  You will totally feel comfortable and would like to stay for the rest of the day, hehehe 🙂

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I’ve been to other nail salons and I was used to the experience that the attendant was always in a hurry so in about less than 15 or 20 minutes, I’m already done with the foot spa and pedicure and of course, I ended up dissastisfied with the service.   I was surprised  that it took them more or less one hour for the whole service.

 

 

If you would like to try the Vitamin Sea Package and their other packages as well, you can visit Nailaholics.  Please click their website for their services and branches.

Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa

3rd Level, Robinsons Place Metro East, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal

www. nailaholics.com