4 exotic beauty indulgences to try this week

Nightingale droppings in your facial, snail mucus face mask and animal placenta cream, anyone?

1. Geisha Organic Facial
1. Geisha Organic Facial
11 Nov 2015

1. Geisha Organic Facial

We eat bird saliva, so what’s a little bird poo on our faces? Yes, the secret ingredient in the Geisha Organic Facial is bird poo, and we love it. The Geisha Organic Facial ($240 for 90 minutes) from Ikeda Spa serves up a luxe treat for the skin, and includes ingredients such as organic rice bran, camellia oil, azuki red beans, a herbal extract called peach moon water, and golden sprinklings of precious birdie poop, harvested from a special breed of nightingale in Kyoto (In fact, the bird is endangered, and collection of its fecal matter is now banned, so once the current batch of poo is used up, that’s it). Don’t worry, it’s hygienic and safe, and celebs like Victoria Beckham and Tom Cruise apparently swear by its skin-brightening properties.

The Geisha facial is so called because the products used in it are from Japanese skincare brand Chidoriya, which has roots in artisanal bags and make-up for geishas and maikos. Chidoriya, which is exclusive to Ikeda Spa here, uses only organic Japanese traditional ingredients, so only the good stuff goes on your mug. Like nightingale poo. We’re happy to report that the nightingale poop mask isn’t at all like the goopy mess that pigeons leave on your car windscreen — it glides on like any other mask and smells completely normal. Along with the rest of the rejuvenating facial, its effect on our skin is a brightening glow that lasted days. So don’t poo-poo this treatment, okay?

Available at Ikeda Spa, 787 Bukit Timah Road and Ikeda Spa Prestige, #05-22 Clarke Quay Central, Tel: 6388-8080; www.ikedaspa.com.
 

2. Snail Mucus Face Mask
2. Snail Mucus Face Mask
11 Nov 2015

2. Snail Mucus Face Mask

GUARDIAN’s Snail Mucus Face Mask ($3.50 per sheet) has Korean snail mucus extract to moisturise, brighten and enhance skin elasticity.

From Guardian stores.
 

3. Animal placenta moisturising gel
3. Animal placenta moisturising gel
11 Nov 2015

3. Animal placenta moisturising gel

DHC’s Placenta2 Hyaluronic4 Watergel ($39.90) is a moisturising gel that includes two kinds of animal placenta (that’s the stuff that comes out after a birth) extracts to bring out clarity in skin.

From selected Watsons stores.

4. No paint, no gain
4. No paint, no gain
11 Nov 2015

4. No paint, no gain

Good news: You don’t have to schlep all the way to Seoul to get nails like Girls’ Generation.

It’s no secret that it takes hard work to look like a K-pop girlbander. So excuse our excitement when we hear that the most effortless way to look like a Girls’ Generation member was finally at our fingertips. Literally. Give your nails some K-pop treatment at nail salon The Glamourous Factory, courtesy of head nail artisan Foo Yee Sin, touted as the only local nail artist trained by Shigeyama Ai, who’s a nail celeb in Korea. Shigeyama is such a hit among K-pop stars like Girls’ Generation, T-ARA and BoA that her salon in Gangnam has turned into a star-spotting haunt.

The K-pop inspired manicures are updated regularly — Yee Sin sends new designs to Shigeyama for her approval. Fave manicure designs among K-pop royalty include gems, watercolour-inspired designs, and marble print designs (a current hot fave that we tried). Your nails are coated with Shigeyama’s wide range of colours from her own nail range, Bub Ai nail system. That said, The Glamourous Factory has its fair share of local stars to spot as well — Priscelia Chan, Dawn Yeoh, and Chen Liping are among those who get mani-ed here.

The Glamorous Factory is at Plaza Singapura (#04-38 68 Orchard Road), The Clift (#01-10 28 McCallum Street), and Roxy Square II (#02-112 50 East Coast Road). For more info, go to www.facebook.com/theglamourousfactory.
 

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