With more than 1,000 branches around USA, I bet you have heard, read, or visited Massage Envy Spa at one point. There are three in Oahu, Hawaii; I visited the newly-opened franchise in Kapolei, courtesy of Murad PR folks who graciously sent me a promotional card inclusive of one-hour facial session.
Located at Kapolei Commons (beside Pier 1 Imports and few doors away from Down to Earth), the ambience inside instantly made me feel comfortable and relaxed. With tropical setting, soothing music and cozy sitting area, I did get positive vibes the moment I entered and sat. I was then greeted by Sarah who gave me some forms to fill out (brief health information, skincare treatments done in the past, skincare goal, etc.). After that, we did a quick tour of the place (14 rooms in total). While waiting for the esthetician assigned to me, I had the pleasure of meeting Nathan McFarland, the owner of three franchises in Oahu (the other two are located in Pearl City and Kaneohe).
|reception/ waiting area|
|Murad products in the shelves|
|One of the massage rooms|
|where I had my facial|
Finally, Danyka (esthetician) came and escorted me to the room. After a quick surveillance of my face, I hopped on the perfectly-warmed bed and allowed her magic to commence. Clear skin and rejuvenated visage, not a tall order eh? She used several Murad products starting with my favorite Vitamin C essential cleanser, followed with hydrating toner, salicylic acid, glycolic, avocado mask, among others. See I wasn’t really up to memorizing the sequence, I just want to enjoy the experience so I may have missed something, plus my eyes are closed all throughout, oki? With a facial steamer near me to open congested pores and Danyka’s ever so gentle strokes, my acne-prone and aging skin was cleansed, exfoliated, extracted (few breakouts) and hydrated. She also massaged my neck, arms and hands, just what I needed after a tiring week at work!
My expectations were met above and beyond. I told Nathan that the interiors impressed me (nothing like the generic video I watched from Massage Envy Spa website). It’s spacious and inviting (‘kinda like a mini Laniwai Spa in Aulani sans the frills/jacuzzi/sauna). The staff is accommodating (especially Sarah) and Danyka was simply amazing! Long story short, I signed up for membership so I am definitely going back month after month, alternating with body massage and facial. Or probably both, because why not.
|After the facial: ‘lil blushed from the treatment but nothing on the face. I mean except for red lippy (you know I have to retouch the lips or I’m caught dead, haha)|
Now on to the giveaway! Win my favorite line from Murad! This kit features Environmental Shield Healthy Skin Regimen: Essential- C Cleanser, Essential- C Day Moisture, Rapid Age Spot and Lightening Serum (all reviewed here), Intensive-C Radiance Peel and Instant Radiance Eye Cream. Just comment below with something worthwhile to read (anything goes, except enter me). I will contact the winner and Murad will ship the prize. Open to USA and Canada TheFabZilla blog followers. Starts 7/20/15 and ends 7/27/15. Good luck!