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h3>Fake-it, Don’t Bake-it! July 27, 2017

Looking for an easy way to get that summer glow without the tedious hours of lying in the sun? Spray tanning is your new friend.

Spray tanning is a way of tanning using a fine mist sprayed onto your skin by a machine or technician. The spray contains an ingredient known as Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which colours your skin brown through chemical reactions and a little bit of pixie dust.

Perfect for any upcoming events where you want to look a little bit sun kissed, or simply as a way to make you feel like you’ve just come back from holiday, spray tans are becoming more popular around Hong Kong salons. They are more convenient and more precise than at-home tanning kits as your spectacular technician knows just how to spray you (some will even spray on abs and contouring, finally you can throw away your gym pass!)

In order to maximise your glow and avoid looking streaky orange follow these simple do’s and don’ts:

DO: ask your therapist questions about the procedure. It won’t make you look dumb and you can learn a lot from them. Ask them about what products are being used, allergies, and whether you want your face sprayed too.

DON’T: assume the colour you need. Just because you want to be a dark chocolate colour doesn’t mean you can go that dark. Consult first.

DO: exfoliate as much as possible the day before your appointment. Pay particular attention to your elbows, knees, and heels as these areas tend to be a little dryer than others. By exfoliating the skin, you will avoid ending up with a streaky tan or a tan than rubs off too soon.

DON’T:  apply moisturisers, deodorants, cologne, body oils, or makeup before getting your tan. It stops the absorption of the bronzing agents.

DO: shave the night before. The hair won’t grow back quickly enough to disrupt your tan but shaving will ruin the spread.

DON’T: wear nice underwear or your fancy bathers when tanning. Wear a dark coloured thong or use the disposable underwear on offer at the salon. If you’re worried about your undergarments getting tanned, just go nakey. The therapist has seen it all before anyway.

DO: make sure to cover your hair with the shower-cap provided. Tie it in a high bun for best results and try to tuck all those stray hairs into the cap.

DON’T: wear jewellery. Nothing. Not even earrings. It will ruin the jewellery and will make the tan uneven.

DO: wear loose clothing as a fresh tan will rub off onto your clothes and can be super tricky to get out.Make sure you don’t wear a bra for 4 hours after as well to avoid rubbing. If you choose to go braless, wear loose clothing so you don’t look like a hippie at Woodstock.

DON’T: come into contact with any water after getting the tan. No swimming, no exercise, and no rain dancing for at least 8 hours.

DO: Try to sleep in your tan so that the chemicals can be completely absorbed in overnight. It is better to get your spray tan in the evening rather than the morning so that you can climb into bed sooner and wake up browner.

DON’T: Sleep on your fancy sheets the night after a tan. Fresh out of the salon tan will transfer to your sheets and some awkward questions may come your way. Aim to sleep in older sheets or plan for laundry day.

DO: Shower after 8 hours of tanning. Make sure to avoid using any exfoliants or harsh shower cleansers. Wash yourself gently using a circular motion and pat dry rather than rub.

DON’T: freak out at the amount of tan coming off in the shower. It is the bronzer in the tan, not the actual tan itself coming off.

DO: moisturise, moisturise, and moisturise some more. Stay as hydrated as possible. Your tan will last eons longer.

DON’T: avoid moisturiser. Seriously, make sure you do this as much as possible. Do it.


So there you have it BloomMe Girls, you can top up your tan and be sun kissed in seconds! Hopefully you’ve done everything correctly and you now resemble a Brazilian bikini model during surf season. 

Where can I book spray tanning?

Go to your BloomMe app and tap on the “body” category where you can use our super handy filters to select spray tanning and see all of our amazing spas & salons offering this bronzy treatment!

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Medi-Spas For Beginners

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h3>Medi-Spas For Beginners July 27, 2017

Whether you’re a BloomMe veteran or a newbie to our fabulous app, you’ve probably noticed a plethora of amazing medi spas available which you can easily book through our medical or clinics categories. But what exactly is a medi-spa and what type of treatments do they do? Take a look below as we give you the beginners guide to medi-spas in Hong Kong!

What is a Medical Spa?

A medical spa, or a medi spa, is a fusion of a regular day spa and a medical clinic that offers you the beauty treatments and luxurious pampering of your favourite salon. With dozens across Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the New Territories, it’s not difficult to see why medi spa treatments have become the latest craze.

But what exactly are the treatments on offer? Here at Bloom Me, we are all about convenience so we have broken down the top 3 treatments for you to try this summer:

Botox

Made famous by Nicole Kidman and her mysteriously unmoving face, botox has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. A neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, botox is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralysing the underlying muscles.Aside from reducing wrinkles, botox can also be used to treat migraines, excessive sweating, muscles spasms, and even eye twitches.

Before your first appointment, make sure to discuss your medical history with your doctor to make sure you are a suitable candidate for botox. Although it is a very common treatment, malpractice or unlicensed therapists can result in serious consequences.

Botox is administered by needle directly into the muscle. Depending on the area being treated, you may need to wait 3-4 months in between sessions. The effects are temporary and without continuous treatment your muscles will slowly regain the ability to move. Make sure you don’t go overboard with treatments, mannequins or having a ‘frozen expression’ are never fun at parties.

Hair Removal Treatments

Ever fantasised about never shaving, waxing, and/or plucking again? Now, thanks to technology and medi spas, this fantasy can become a reality. IPL and Laser Hair removal involve highly concentrated light beams being zapped into your skin which discourages hair growth. By introducing light to the hair follicle, IPL and laser aim to destroy the hair at it’s root and discourage your body from reforming more hairs.

In order to prepare for a treatment, the rule of thumb is no plucking or waxing, and that you should arrive at the salon with your hair already shaved. Make sure you are not sunburnt, not wearing any creams or deodorant, and that you arrive early to your appointment to allow time for paperwork and enjoying the air-conditioning.

Your wonderful technician will perform a patch test and assess your skin and hair’s suitability for the treatment. After slathering the area in cooling gel, the technician will use the machine to zap the area being treated. It’s a relatively painless treatment, although you may find that the skin is a little warm and irritated afterwards. Depending on your skin tone and hair colour, you will need to book between 6-8 sessions, as the treatment works in cycles. Hairless summer you say? Come at me short shorts!

Find out more about IPL and Laser with our guide!

HIFU

Although it sounds similar to a karate move, HIFU actually stands for ‘high intensity focused ultrasound’. Medically, HIFU is used to treat certain forms of cancer and other ailments using an acoustic lens to concentrate intersecting beams resulting in thermal agitation. In cosmetic use, it can be used to clear and treat fat from the body and improve your skin.

A relatively newer treatment on the market and often described as a ‘non surgical facelift’, HIFU can treat all sorts of areas, from your jowls to your eyes to your neck. Your technician will apply gel over the area being treated and then gently use the ultrasound machine to focus energy and stimulate the skin. The procedure is painless and takes around 60-90 minutes for the face and neck.

In this treatment, the energy is used to stimulate and rejuvenate the deepest layers of your skin leaving your skin looking younger and more lifted. By stimulating the skin, your body will begin to produce more collagen and enhance tautness across the skin. HIFU is perfect for those over 30 years who have noticed their skin losing it’s elasticity and firmness.

You may notice some results straight away, however the real magic of HIFU comes through over a period of a few months with collagen in the skin becoming renewed and replaced. Can you say hello new face?

Sounds great, how do I book?

In your spectacular BloomMe app, select ‘Medical Aesthetics’ and use the filters to find a particular treatment you like. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for discounts and deals to make the appointment even better. 

Download BloomMe and use code Talk75 to get $75 off your 1st booking, FREE!

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h3>Your Ultimate Guide To Being Healthy in Hong Kong July 21, 2017

Hong Kong is a non- stop city, and for many of us who live on a constant busy schedule it can be difficult to stay healthy by eating properly and finding time to go to the gym when there is mcdonalds on every corner. Luckily, we’re not completely out of hope, and there are definitely ways of staying healthy without giving up your social calendar! Here is a guide to stay healthy from the inside out on a busy schedule in the 852 with Hong Kong’s easiest and most convenient services.

Exercise

For last minute work outs:

It may not come as a shock, but we at BloomMe are suckers for a deal, and for convenience. But it also may not surprise you that we love being given choice for high quality services. That’s why we swear by Guavapass for fitness. Guavapass is a one-pass fits all app that gives you unlimited access to fitness and yoga studios. You pay one price per month (either $588 or $988 depending on the package you buy) and can access & book any of the hundreds of studios across Hong Kong in one swift click on your schedule.

We personally love the community aspect of Guavapass, with exclusive events with wellness experts, or specialty yoga classes it really makes you feel like you’re a part of an empowering community all with a similar outlook on life.

BloomMe Perk: use code “100OFF” for $100 off Guavalite packages.

 

For the namaSTAY at home yogi:

No time to walk to a studio, or have children that need you to be at home that makes you feel like you have no time to work out? If this sounds like you, then you definitely want to check out Inspire Yoga. Inspire Yoga not only give private and intimate yoga classes that tailor make your experience, but they give these amazing classes right from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re looking to improve your strength, perfecting your alignment or deepening your stretches, Inspire Yoga brings the personable approach to give you a class tailored to your needs, something that you’ll never find in many of the over crowded classes in gyms.

To experience the personalized yoga classes from Inspire Yoga quote InspireMe to enjoy 10% from any package of classes.

 

Nutrition 

No time to pop to Wellcome?

Jousun is an amazing website that delivers healthy and organic groceries right to your door with just a few clicks of a button. Organic fruit and veg aren’t always easy to come by in Hong Kong, and especially without a huge price tag. Jousun cuts the price tag and increases the convenience tenfold. It’s an absolute lifesaver for busy people on the go and perfect for those that love a healthy morning smoothie.

No time to cook?

If you’re the type of person that loves the idea of meal planning, but doesn’t necessarily have the time or kitchen space, then Nosh are perfect for you! Head Chef Kevin James from the W Hotel and his team prepare different delicious healthy meals delivered to your home or office every day and the best part is that it doesn’t make you feel like you’re dieting- we particularly loved the chicken and chorizo jambalaya with mixed peppers and brown rice. Each day is totally different so you’re never bored with the same meal twice!

BloomMe perk: Get $100 off your first order with code Bloomme100 from now till 30th September 2017

The more you know the easier it becomes to stay healthy in Hong Kong. No need for panicked dashes to McD’s or panicked runs up the escalators for a bit of exercise! Don’t forget that being healthy isn’t just about working out and eating right! Regular massages are proven to help insomnia, stress, anxiety as well as sooth your muscles after exercise. Download BloomMe to browse and book over 1,300 spas & salons in Hong Kong, and whether you need to nourish your skin with a rejuvenating facial, or if you’ve been on feet too much and are in need of a much deserved foot massage, BloomMe has you covered.

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h3>How To Get Free Treatments & Products from Kérastase! July 18, 2017

We’d all love to have the thick and shiny flowing locks like Kate Middleton, but sadly not all of us are born to be a princess, and not all of us were born with perfect hair. Although we don’t have a line of princes lined up for choosing, we do however have a killer deal that’s almost too good to be true. Here is how you can get free, yes FREE, treatments and products from Kérastase.

From a limited time only, BloomMe and Kérastase are joining forces to bring our fabulous BloomMe users an offer that’s too good to miss. Book the hair and scalp diagnosis treatment on BloomMe anytime from Thursday 20th July to Saturday 22nd July for free and upon arrival all users will receive free shampoo and mask travel set.

Since this is such an amazing deal all time slots booked are on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure you check the app at 11am every morning when they open up available time slots! Slots for the 20th (Thur) will be opened at 11am on the 19th (Weds). 

If you’ve never had a scalp & hair diagnosis, book this amazing treatment whilst it’s on offer for free, or forever regret your decision and buy the wrong hair care products for the rest of your life. A hair and scalp diagnosis carefully examines the health and condition of your hair and scalp. Knowing about your hair type when buying hair products is just as important as knowing your skin type when buying skin care, and a diagnostic is just as essential if you have a sensitive scalp or dandruff as it is when you are buying hand cream with eczema. Kérastase carefully tailor all their skin care products to every hair and skin type under the sun so there is literally something for everyone, and we can all live in a world of shiny, beautiful hair.

Want to hear some more good news?

All new BloomMe users from 18th July- 17th August can claim a FREE Hair Care Discovery Pack  from Kérastase as well as $75 OFF your first booking on BloomMe. Show the staff at Kérastase in Harbour City your registered email in the app and enjoy an amazing discovery pack filled with hair care goodies for you to enjoy! Summers in Hong Kong can be brutal on your hair so this is a great gift to tame your mane and conquer the humidity. To find out more, click the image identical to the one in this post in your welcome email to find out more!

So there you have it BloomMe girls, a weekend to look forward to!

 

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h3>Summer Makeup Mastered July 13, 2017

Humidity, air-conditioning, sun, pollution- it’s not easy trying to keep your makeup on and in place in Hong Kong. Seeing as the “just got out of the shower after a big night in Lan Kwai and I forgot to take my makeup off” look isn’t the “it” style , it’s time to learn how to keep that fresh look going all day long.

As the mercury rises outside and the air-con temperatures plummet inside, your best defence against summer starts with your beauty routine.

All about that base

The best way to keep your makeup strong is to start with a good base layer. Using an oil-free moisturizer in the morning will keep your skin fresh and stops your complexion reflecting light. If your complexion is having a little freak out with the weather, check out our suggestions on giving your skin a little life here.

 

Optimus Primer

Think of your primer as the leader of the Transformers Optimus Prime; all the other Transformers can do their best to fight the Decepticons but at the end of the day they need their leader to succeed and stay together. All your skincare and makeup plans can be pristine and full proof but without their leader, they will fail.

Putting on primer after your moisturizer only takes a few seconds but can make all the difference. It helps to hold your foundation on longer and leave you feeling refreshed.

Invest in a good primer and make sure that it works with your skin type.

 

Fake it, don’t cake it, til you make it,

Bronzer is a great way to look sun-kissed without encountering those merciless UV rays. Although cake-face was a trendy look during the height of the Paris Hilton fad, it’s important to remember that bronzer is supposed to compliment your complexion not change it. No one is convinced that you magically adopted a magical tan that glitters slightly and seems to have rubbed off onto your collar, instead they should admire your contouring highlights.

Apply bronzer to the points of your face that normally hit the sun: forehead, cheekbones, nose, and chin. You can also sweep some over your neck and earlobes if you are planning on wearing your hair up. Opt for a matte bronzer to help fight any oil buildup during the day.

Don’t give them the “ole razzle dazzle”

Heavy shimmer, sparkles, glitter, and even dewey makeup is great in winter when everything is a little dull. During the day in summer, it can make you look sweaty and shiny. Try to avoid chasing that “dewey” look, try and stick to matte colours on your eyelids.

 

Waterproof mascara is not only for bad breakups and junk trips

Smokey eye makeup is a trendy night-time look, and definitely not trendy when it’s during the day and the black smudge is below your eye and halfway down your cheek. Although it can be a little tricky to remove at night (invest in a good oil-based product for that), using correct mascara can be the difference between butterfly lashes and having panda eyes.

If you’d prefer to avoid waterproof mascara, a fantastic alternative is a Diva Lashes Keratin Lift from Sense of Touch. There are no lash extensions, just your beautiful lashes being curled and tinted which lasts up to 12 weeks. Bambi lashes, here you come!

Blot, blot, blot

You know what’s cute? Small fluffy kittens in mugs, and effortless makeup. You know what’s not? Oily T-zones.

Carrying a small packet of blotting paper in your bag will become your life saver in Hong Kong. Gently dab away oil buildup during the day to ensure that you never look sweaty.

Found yourself on a date without your blot? Head to the bathrooms and see if they have those disposable toilet seat covers in the cubicle. They are made of blotting paper, and tearing a small segment off a fresh cover can be used as an emergency blotting sheet. Life hack sorted!

 

Become a fan of the fan

Motorized or not, fans are a great way of keeping cool in the heat. If you’re feeling dramatic, get a large decorative fan to keep in your bag for emergency situations such as a long taxi queue or awkward situations (they’re great to hide behind!)

Above all this summer in HK, make sure to stay hydrated in the heat and stay in air conditioning whenever possible. If you can’t find a reason to loiter in an air conditioned shop and protect your makeup, book and express mani with BloomMe and prepare to cool down while being pampered.

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h3>6 Watersports You Have To Try This Summer In HK! July 11, 2017

Lying on the beach reading a book getting monotonous?  Are you dying to get more out of your summer than just beaches, junk boats and brunches?

If that’s the case then you should definitely try these thrilling water-sports we bet you didn’t even know existed in Hong Kong. At BloomMe, we have documented the must-try water activities offered across Hong Kong which can put the ‘fun’ back into your fun-tastic summer!

Canoeing and Kayaking

Have you ever wanted to pretend that you are winning the Dragon Boat Festival race with all your friends, family, and co-workers cheering you on? Then this water-sport is for you.

Both kayaks and canoes involve small, lightweight boats in which one or two people paddle themselves around enthusiastically. Canoe paddles tend to only have one blade and are used to row on one side of the boat, whereas kayaks have two blades and are used on either side of the boat.

Canoes are great for laid-back sessions and pretending to be Pocahontas, however be aware that the bottom of the boat gets wet so you will need to wrap your things in a waterproof bag!

The best place for canoeing and kayaking is out in Sai Kung, and luckily you can usually find small beach huts along the shoreline renting equipment at reasonable costs.

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

Although Hong Kong is not known for it’s crystal clear waters, the diving spots we do have are pretty fun to explore.

Snorkelling involves wearing a large pair of goggles with a small spout leading from your mouth allowing you to breathe. You float on the water like a small starfish and observe the ocean floor below. Snorkelling is perfect for those not looking to dive too deep, although be sure to sunscreen your back thoroughly as it will be exposed to the sun all day. 

If you’re scuba diving, you’ll have to undergo training on using the large oxygen tanks and other equipment. Be sure to get your PADI diving license before taking to the water. Remember you must wait at least 48 hours after diving before getting on an airplane to avoid decompression issues.

A popular place to start diving in Hong Kong is Clearwater Bay. Head over to  Splash HK to book in your dive. Prices vary according to sessions and training.

Standup Paddle Boarding

The favourite summer sport of most Victoria’s Secret models and athletic European’s, this sport will give you an upper body workout without you even realising. Similar to standing up in a stable canoe, stand up paddle boarding will give you a great view of the ocean and shoreline.

Head out to Sai Kung, the hotspot for paddle sports, and book in a session with Blue Sky Sports Club. If you’d like to book in a course,  costs start around$500pp.  Make sure to stretch after each session so you’re not in  .

Surfing

Looking for something a little more challenging this summer? Why not give surfing a go? A little tricky to master but highly addictive when you get the knack for it, surfing is the perfect sport to do this summer.

The best place to hire a board and catch some gnarly waves is Big Wave Bay. There are a few shops on the beach renting out boards. Fair warning, weekends tend to be a little crowded and surfing with large crowds can be a little dangerous.

Cowabunga!

Windsurfing

Looking to kick your surfing up a notch? Windsurfing takes your humble surfboard and adds a sail which allows you to zoom across the ocean like the majestic Aqualuna. You’ll be standing on a large surfboard using the power of the wind and your own bodyweight to control where you go.

Head down to Cheung Chau to visit the Windsurfing Centre. Opened by Hong Kong Gold medalist Lee Lai Shan, you know you’re in good hands when learning to operate this mighty vessel. Prices starts around $1,100pp for a full-day of classes. If windsurfing isn’t your style, you can also rent out kayaks and paddleboards.

Wakeboarding

A favourite for Hong Kong adrenaline junkies and of course Barack Obama, wake-boarding is action packed and surprisingly easy to learn. You’ll be pulled along in the water by a speedboat and use the waves created by the boat (the wake) to surf along. More advanced boarders can perform flips, jumps, and even human pyramids atop the board.

A favourite location for wake-boarding in Hong Kong is out in Tai Tam. Swing by Tai Tam village to HK Wakeboard to book in a class or session. Weekdays are around $850/hour, whereas weekends are $950/hour. They also offer other extreme sports such as hover-boarding and wake-skating.


So now we’ve got your juices flowing for a fun-packed summer of sport, sun and vitamin sea, you can ride that crest of a wave to have the best summer yet!

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