Review: Relaxing Pre-Wedding Massage & Facial At Tips & Toes Dubai
All Brides to Be at some point in the run up to their big day will experience some level of pre-wedding stress…And if you’re a Bride who didn’t experience any stress at all, please get in touch immediately and share your secret!! … It doesn’t matter how big or small your wedding may be, the location, how much or how little help you have, or even your budget, organising the biggest day of your life doesn’t come without it’s challenges and Brides can often be left feeling rather overwhelmed. So that’s why we truly believe when you’re in the throws of changing your seating plan for the 100th time, and loosing sleep about walking down the aisle without tripping over your dress, it’s time to invest in your wellness and take yourself for some pampering!
Earlier this month, BCME Editorial Contributor Peta, was invited to experience some relaxing treatments, perfect for Brides to Be, at award-winning salon Tips & Toes, City Centre Me’aisem branch. Read on for Peta’s personal review…Enjoy!
Having planned my own wedding from scratch here in Dubai back in 2017, I understand first hand how stressed you can feel in the lead up to your big day! It’s so important to take some time out for yourself prior to your wedding to not only just relax, but also prep your skin so it’s super clean and clear, and relax your body ahead of a long day of dancing and being on your feet. For my Tips & Toes review I visited their City Centre Me’aisem branch which is ideal for any Brides t0 Be who live in JVC, Sports City, IMPZ or Motor City. Tips & Toes have convenient locations all across Dubai though and you can find your nearest location here. The City Centre Me’aisem branch is not the biggest Tips & Toes branch and has a very boutique feel, so I would definitely recommend booking ahead. The salon has a lovely peaceful feel and has private rooms for massages, facials and waxing.
Being a freelance writer, I spend a lot of time hunched over a laptop, so I am always in need of a good massage! I arrived slightly early for my appointment and was given some refreshing ice cold water while I waited for my masseuse in the reception area. Once Alona, my lovely massage therapist arrived, she took me to a private room and and gave me a few minutes to prepare for my treatment.
I experienced the Tips & Toes Signature Massage which is a combination of acupressure point stimulation and stroking technique accompanied by a light bending procedure. The trigger stones (hot stones Alona placed over my body throughout the massage) trace the meridians and the hot compress reduces tension and muscle pain to enhance the system of the body. The massage was 90 minutes in total and Alona checked in with me throughout the massage to make sure the pressure was ok for me. The hot trigger stones felt particularly therapeutic and thanks to the soothing spa music in the background, I did find myself dozing off a couple of times…Pure relaxation!
Although Tips & Toes offer a wide variety of different massages, the Signature Massage ticks all the boxes you need in order to feel rejuvenated and calm. It’s also a great option if you’re in-between appointments and on the go as it’s not overly oily so you can get away without immediately having to shower afterwards.
Signature Massage: AED 336
For my GlamGlow Mini Facial I stayed in the same relaxing private room I had my massage in. Designed for professional behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s entertainment industry for an immediate camera-ready glow, the Tips & Toes GlamGlow Mini Facial is designed to leave your complexion noticeably glowing and radiant with smoother, brighter, softer and younger looking skin in just 20 minutes. And I can happily report that this mini facial did just that!
When I was in the process of organising my wedding, I did a lot of research on the infamous ‘beauty timeline’ for a Bride and most experts advise you to start investing in your skin routine 6 months prior to your wedding, as you don’t want to be trying any experimental facials and treatments days before your wedding day in case you have a reaction or bad break out. However, if you know your skin, this mini facial is the perfect pick me up for tired looking skin and I would happily have had this facial a couple days before my big day as I noticed that my makeup sat so much better on my skin the day after this treatment. My skin felt soft, looked glowing and brighter and felt like the perfect canvas for my makeup, which is just want you want as a Bride.
So what can you expect during this facial? Alona started by ensuring all my makeup was removed (I arrived for my treatments makeup free but she just made sure my skin was 100% clean before starting the facial) before using a hydrating cleanser which was wiped off with soft sponges and warm water. Next, she applied the Hollywood GLAMGLOW SuperMud brown Face Mask. Whilst she applied the mud mask, Alona explained that the mask was also an exfoliator so whilst applying she massaged the product gently into my skin which felt really soothing. This particular face mask tingled quite a lot whilst it dried but I really liked the sensation, however it may not be to everyone’s taste…For me if it’s tingling that makes me feel like it’s working it’s skin magic! After roughly 15 minutes the dried face mask was removed with the soft sponges and more warm water.
To finish, Alona applied a silky smooth moisturizer. My skin felt instantly different and the treatment itself was extremely tranquil and felt like a real treat!
GlamGlow Mini Facial: AED 84
I thoroughly enjoyed the two treatments I experienced at Tips & Toes, City Centre Me’aisem. With such reasonable prices, I would suggest Brides to Be have a few massages and facials in the run up to their wedding day. With other services such as Nail Care, Hair Removal, Eyelash Extensions and Hair Services, Tips & Toes is a fabulous one-stop-shop for all things beauty for busy Brides not looking to break the bank. For Brides looking for a package deal, Tips & Toes offer a Bridal package – Bride’s Special Spa Day – which includes a Tropical Oasis Body Scrub with wrap, Almond Mani/Pedi or Mani/Pedi treatment of the month & Luminous C & Sea Lift Off Mask Facial (4 hours) for AED 1,050.
So to all the fabulous Brides to Be out there, remember to make time for yourself and invest in your well being. After all, your wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye and you want to feel your best and be relaxed enough so that you can really enjoy every minute.