Under pressure? Not feeling quite “festive fit”? It’s okay, we’ve got your back with a hit list of satisfaction-guaranteed beauty treatments to get you set to sparkle by the time the clock strikes the cocktail hour. Melanie Morris opens her little black book of experts and tricks of the trade to get you sorted, should you feel you need it.
The rush hour anti-wrinkle treatment
WHAT Dr Barry O’Driscoll’s Botox treatments are speedy and, thanks to his super-skinny needles and skilled injecting technique, almost painless (honestly, I’ve tried a lot, and this is a game-changer). His style is understated; the face maintains plenty of movement and character, but with a less fatigued appearance – the perfect festive freshen-up. Dr O’Driscoll is a swift worker, and his service offers a free additional consultation with optional top-up after two weeks.
RESULTS Lines and wrinkles gradually soften over seven to ten days. Botox can also be used to shape and raise eyebrows, reduce large pores and eliminate frowns.
TIME OF TREATMENT 15 minutes – you’ll also fit in dress shopping into your lunch hour.
COST One area, €140; two or three areas, €250.
DETAILS Dr Barry O’Driscoll at Kerry Hanaphy, 27 South William Street, Dublin 2.
RESULTS Your own best, wide-eyed lash look, 24/7. And unlike lash extensions, you can wear mascara to your heart’s content.
TIME OF TREATMENT 60 minutes (add 15 minutes if also getting brows done).
COST €90 for Yumi lashes, €39 for brows.
DETAILS From Claudine King, 22 South William Street, Dublin 2, 01 633 6737.
The boob and booty lifter
WHAT Pure magic in minutes, this is the best use of CACI electro current we know. The CACI machine is well known in beauty salons for face- and body-firming treatments, but this goes the next step. Flat round metal attachments are used to conduct current, and basically move the large pectoral and/or gluteal muscles back to where they once came from. The treatment is low on pain, but involves a certain amount of force from the therapist (if it’s being done right!), so prepare for some teamwork. As the current goes to work, the bum will quite literally lift, as will boobs of C-cup or less.
RESULTS A hum-dinger of a noticeably new silhouette in which to showcase that new LBD or similar (who needs the gym?). Sadly, the effect is only temporary, as gravity takes its toll. You’ll definitely get one night out of it, perhaps two if lucky. But there’s no limit as to the amount of times you can return to the salon for another blast.
TIME OF TREATMENT 20 minutes per area.
COST €30 per area.
DETAILS From Elysian Therapy, 1st Floor, The Mart, Leopardstown Road, Dublin 18, 01 289 4422, and CACI salons nationwide.
This article originally appeared in the December issue of IMAGE Magazine, on sale nationwide now.