’s Guide to Express Beauty and Pampering Services

In a hurry? We show you 10 places to help you look your best or pamper yourself in 30 minutes or less.


( For the on-the-go yuppie, frazzled homemaker, stressed-out student, or anyone who’s just plain frantic about rushing to that high-profile event or Friday-night date, we rounded up services that will help you look your best in 30 minutes or less. In need of a mani, pedi, or blow dry, right now? Check out this list for the best express services around the metro!



Having your nails done is the easiest and probably quickest way to feel pretty. For a speedy pampering when you have time to kill in between meetings,  check out Dashing Diva and Luxe Nail Lounge for a quick fix to add color to your tips!

30 minutes usually includes cleaning and may not include the drying time of nail or gel polish.




SPLURGE: Dashing Diva

Branches around Manila


Express Service: Basic Manicure at P350; Basic Pedicure at P450



SAVE: Luxe Nail Lounge

Lower Level (East Lane), Robinsons Galleria, EDSA corner Ortigas, Pasig City

Tel. No. 634-5395


Express Service: Express Manicure at P150; Express Pedicure at P220



For those of us who don’t have the pretty va-va-voom locks of Anne Curtis or Georgina Wilson, we are forced to get by with inexpensive serums and oils to tame our mane; we fork out thousands of pesos and a few hours just for a simple hair treatment that lasts less than a week. But when you wake up with scary Mary hair on the day of your big date or meeting, what do you do?


Check out these hair salons that can give you Hollywood-worthy locks in half an hour!



SPLURGE: Blo Dry Bar

P1 Level, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell

2/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Cel. No. 0917-6-blodry (256379)


Express Service: Blow-dry at P500



SAVE: Runway by Aura Salon

2/H Capitol Greenstreet, Capitol Golf Club, Capitol Hills Drive, Quezon City.

Tel. No. 952-2539


Express Service: Blow-dry from P200 to P300


Blo Dry Bar photo courtesy of Blo



It’s true what they say: eyebrows can make or break your look. Instead of making an eyebrow booboo and regretting it for the rest of the day, have a professional do it! Trust us when we say good eyebrows can frame the face and make you  more gorgeous than you already are instantly.


SPLURGE: Browhaus

2/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; Tel. No. 901 0597

4/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Avenue, Makati; Tel. No. 501 3998


Express Service: Classic Threading at P598 (approx. 20 minutes); Classic Tweezing at P598





SAVE: The Brow Lounge

2/F Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City; Tel. No. 403-5803

3/F Robinsons Magnolia Town Center,  Quezon City; Tel. No. 625-4301

Lower ground floor,  The Annex, SM City North Edsa, Quezon City; Tel No. 352-0343


Express Service: Brow Tidy at P180; Brow Shaping at P340


WAX (Underarm/ Legs)

If you can’t  afford the laser hair removal yet, get a wax instead and sport photo-worthy underarms and gams without spending a fortune. For a quick fix during lunch time, head over to Wink or Lay Bare.


SPLURGE: Wink Laser and Wax Studio

3/F C2 Bldg, 7th Avenue corner 28th Street, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City

Tel. No. 808 7258


Express Service: Underarm at P330; Half-leg at P450



SAVE: Lay Bare

Branches around Metro Manila


Express Service Underarm at P170; Half Leg at P330


It’s safe to say that a full body massage that only lasts 30 minutes is nowhere near enough, but a foot massage for the same amount of time (or even less) is enough to help you unwind after a long day at work. Or, you know, after shopping. It’s not enough to lull you to sleep but refreshing enough to give you a boost for the rest of your activities.



SPLURGE: Neo Day Spa

G/F, Net One Center, 26th Street corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City

Tel. No. 815-8233


Express Service: Tension Relief Massage at P420 (approx. 20 minutes); Neo Plus Treatment Mini Foot Reflex at P450


SAVE: Nuat Thai

Branches around Metro Manila


Express Service: Express Foot Massage at P150


Neo Day Spa photo courtesy of Neo Spa

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