Tilia & Finn

We tried out the mini facial at Boutique 1's Tilia & Finn. So, is it worth letting the stylish set loose on your face?

On hearing there was a new ‘luxurious beauty lounge’ just two minutes’ walk from my pad, I hotfooted it over and snapped up a mini-facial before you could say ‘Agh, zit outbreak!’

Tucked away in the eaves of high-end concept store Boutique 1 on The Walk at JBR, Tilia & Finn’s focus is on the healing power of plants. Beauty treatments all use Jurlique products, which are sourced from organic and biodynamic farms – and smell delicious. There’s also a hair salon and nail treatment room.

I must admit that, when I read on the press release that the lounge’s aesthetic was ‘shabby chic’, I was skeptical, but it really works. Fresh, calming greens and whites combine with cottage-style furniture and an unusual lack of panpipe music to create a soothing space, but it’s not a day spa. It’s more like a drop-in centre for those in need of a spot of emergency pampering.

My mini-facial consisted of deep cleansing, exfoliation and a face mask, and while my therapist’s aghast question, ‘Why don’t you do anything about your spots?’ left me feeling a little self-conscious on the makeup-free walk home, overall it was an enjoyable way to spend half an hour.
Tilia & Finn, mini facial, Boutique 1 (04 438 0636). Open daily 10am-10pm. Half-hour mini-facial Dhs220.

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