Waxing, plucking, trimming and face peels, they say beauty is pain, right? Wrong. We are here to guide you through some of the best spots in town when it comes to indulging in a little self-care.
Whether that looks like a pre-wedding facial, some mid-week maintenance (hello bikini season!) or even just a simple Saturday pampering session, Auckland’s premium shopping precinct Newmarket has got you covered.
Let’s be real here, there is nothing worse than fifteen plus minutes of discomfort and small talk only to leave and discover that your brows have been left with a sub-par wax job. Or going to a new salon that you’re not quite 100% sure about and leaving with 7 inches less on the long bob you had envisioned.
It is a lot less stressful stepping foot into a new salon or the like holding onto a trusted recommendation and we like to think we are well versed when it comes to passing on some of our top spots to get our own beauty regimes in order.
Scroll down for our tips and tricks to navigating Newmarket’s abundant beauty offering.
Lovely by Skin Institute
Shop s375, Level 3, 277 Westfield Newmarket
Regarded as one of New Zealand’s best skin and appearance medicine clinics, Skin Institute is touted as the go-to clinic for anything from skin cancer prevention and surgery to laser hair removal, cosmetic injectables and the list goes on. Skin Institute has recently opened a new extension of their brand in Newmarket – Lovely. Their registered nurses and highly trained therapists are there to help you through all of your skin care woes at an impeccably high standard. Seriously, these guys really are the pros.
You can read all about our experience trying out Lovely’s ‘Lunchtime facelift’ here – a non-surgical procedure that is designed to tighten, lift and smooth the skin.
11 McColl Street
If you know someone with great hair and are envious of their luxurious locks, there is a high chance that they take regular trips to M11 Studio. Located on McColl Street, the luxurious salon exudes all the charm and elegance of a truly international salon and is home to some the the city’s most talented hair stylists.
Top tip: Hair stylist Kristle Sullivan is your go-to woman for taking care of your blonde locks. Trust us, she’s the best in town.
Shop s270, Westfield Newmarket
As any self-confessed beauty aficionado can attest, Mecca Cosmetica really is heaven on earth. To the untrained eye, Mecca can be a little bit overwhelming but never fear, their super helpful staff will be able to offer their expert advice on anything you need to know whether it is matching the perfect colour for a new foundation, or trying out a new eye cream. It is safe to say that it is definitely one of our go-tos for all things cosmetics, skincare and fragrance.
Our top tips: Join their rewards program; the perks are second to none! And always ask for a sample before you part with your precious pennies on that pricey Korean face mask. You will thank us later…
Off & On Wax
2-8 Osborne Lane
Tried and tested, we can wholeheartedly say that the team at Off & On really do know what’s up in the business of hair removal. Well, it’s their business that’s why. Their founder created the business back in 2008 after having a not-so-smooth waxing experience and wanted to create a specialist wax destination – their reputation can confirm they have done just that. Their talented wax specialists will be able to give you the full lowdown on anything you need to know when it comes to your body maintenance as waxing and laser hair removal is their specialty. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned pro, or even just in need of a little in-between tidy up – Off & On in Osborne Lane have got you sorted.
Our top tip: Weekend appointments are hard to come by so we suggest checking out their late night offerings.
2-8 Osborne Lane
Basically, Aesop has set the bar, in our opinion when it comes to luxurious retail experiences. Tucked away on the charming Osborne Lane, their Newmarket space really is like stepping into a serene oasis. The cult brand has made a name for itself by offering skin, hair and body care products that are created with a meticulous attention to detail and with efficacy and sensory pleasure in mind. Aesop products are sourced using a combination of plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients. If you’re looking to add more natural ingredients or even just want to be more informed on the products you are using, Aesop is a must-visit. Our favourite repeat-buy product is the Fabulous Face Oil, which basically makes you look like a glowing goddess.
Our top tip: The super knowledgeable team in Newmarket is always happy to answer questions and introduce you to the perfect product, plus they do samples so you can try before you buy.
Levels 1 & 2 Westfield Newmarket, 277 Broadway
Fashion and beauty lovers rejoiced when it was announced that David Jones , affectionately known as DJs for most of us was finally coming to Newmarket all those many moons ago and in November last year, the wait was over. We can definitely admit to our fair share of shopping expeditions to the Australian department store since their opening but can you blame us? It’s heaven in a shop form. But we are here to tell you about the beauty offering – which might we add is pretty incredible. David Jones is renowned for its stable of beauty brands, and the Newmarket store is well equipped with all kinds of products and potions for the beauty arsenal. The department stores premium offering really is second to none with a huge selection from brands such as La Mer, Guerlain, Dior, Estée Lauder, Tom Ford, YSL and so much more. David Jones Newmarket was also the first store in New Zealand to host the Gucci Beauty offering, announced in late 2019.
Our top tip: David Jones Newmarket is the only place in New Zealand that you can get your hands on the Gucci beauty offering!
3c Short Street
In the business of beauty, there is a lot of choice. The team at Skin Ritual has made it their mission to guide customers through options best suited for your needs. Taking a more holistic approach to skincare, Skin Ritual offers a free consultation to better understand what your concerns are and develop a combination of products, treatments and general advice on what may be causing the issues on a deeper level.
Our top tip: Book in for a relaxing Saturday morning Medi-Facial to get you glowing for the week ahead.
Words by: Ruby Hamilton
This article was brought to you in partnership with Newmarket.