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Face By SM – Paddington


On the heels of re-opening the Face by SM clinic on Oxford Street, Paddington, aesthetician and registered nurse Sanja Maria has perfected her Signature Face by SM Facial.

The facial consists of four non-surgical treatments, each of which is designed to treat a specific skin care concern. In fact, It’s the clinic’s most in-demand facial, and for good reason: every skin type can benefit.

“This treatment was designed to stimulate new collagen and regenerate cellular turnover,” Maria said.

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“The result? Fresh, dewy skin that’s beautifully soft to the touch.”

Prior to the treatment, you have a consultation and discuss any skin concerns you have with the beauty therapist – already a great start! Everyone’s skin is different, so they really take good care of you here having your personal interests at heart. I have a combination of oily AND dry skin, so I wasn’t exactly a unique visitor I’d say – as many others have this type of skin –but it meant the therapist knew exactly what to do for my treatment.

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The luxe, 60 minute facial starts with a double cleanse to help take off any residual makeup, excess oils and dirt on the skin, followed by a Medical Grade Microdermabrasion to exfoliate the top layer of skin, smooth away any dullness, and prep the skin for a Customised Peel. During this mini-treatment, the beauty therapist applies an all-natural but active peel that’s tailored to your skin, which evens out skin tone and leaves you with a brighter complexion.

Although the microdermabrasion and peel is obviously not the most comfortable of spa treatments, it is definitely the most rewarding afterwards with long-lasting effects and high results.

After the peel is Laser Genesis, an anti-ageing tool that’s used to boost collagen production and reduce redness as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The heat from the laser also kills bacteria on the skin, drastically helping to diminish active acne while preventing further breakouts. 

This is the perfect segue to the Customised Peel, as the thermal effect of the genesis increases blood, oxygen and nutrients to the skin, stimulating cellular turnover and collagen from deep within the dermal layers meeting the mild resurfacing of the peel together forming that incredible glow, hydrated, plumper, firmer and radiant skin.


While all this is happening, you’re able to listen to the therapist chat about exactly what it is they’re doing so you feel comfortable, relaxed, and informed – something many of us would appreciate when undergoing a range of different things! This definitely made me happier with my results, because I was able to know what it was I had done! 

To finish, I popped under the Led Healite II for 15 minutes of LED light therapy. The light helps to heal the skin, stimulate natural cellular recovery and banish the bacteria that causes breakouts. This is the most exciting part because it feels incredibly relaxing – as if you’re suntanning at the beach, and without the worry of getting sunburnt!

For Maria, the best thing about the Signature Facial is that there’s little to no downtime, and most clients can go back to their regular activities straight away.


“There is nothing painful about the treatment, which is impressive for a medical-grade laser facial that includes resurfacing, healing and stimulating,” Maria said.

She recommends that clients get the facial every 4-6 weeks.

For a full list of services and client photos, check out Face by SM website or Instagram.

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Brow and Lash Co – Paddington


Situated in Sydney’s Paddington (as well as studios available in Melbourne and Byron Bay) is Brow and Lash co, co-founded and directed by the incredible Stephanie Romano.

The studio offers services including lash extensions/lifts/perms/tints, brow shaping/lifts/tints, tanning and teeth whitening. 


Personally, my brows are thin and my lashes are strangely uneven, so I was quietly thrilled to try out their extensions and brow tinting/shaping at my recent first-time visit.

Stephanie took great care of me with banter, good tunes, and a fantastic job! I felt like a movie star when we finished.


The studio specialises in eyelash extensions – individual strands of lashes expertly attached to each of your natural eyelashes with a special adhesive. “We offer “natural” and “glamour” looks with various lash extension set application options available. We only use the highest quality lashes available on the market today.”

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The studio also does a pro job at creating beautifully shaped eyebrows. “After all, next to lashes, brows are your most important facial feature. Our expert technicians can shape your brows with wax and tweeze, can add color with our lash and brow tints, or can add thickness, volume, and color with a brow lift treatment – completely up to you.


"We look to achieve a natural and sophisticated look. Having your brows done is the perfect complement to your gorgeous new lashes! Makeup is no longer required.”

The entire experience was surprisingly comfortable and relaxing. You have your eyes closed the whole time and just take a moment to finally breathe after a big day of work. I had the eyelash extension treatment a month ago, and I still have some of the lashes on(!) which appears to be quite rare, because it usually lasts around two weeks.


It was a breath of fresh air as well to not have to apply mascara constantly for dinner and drinks with friends or even when heading to the shops (let’s be real), and then have to deal with the aftermath of removing the mascara – my least favourite part of the day.


The eyebrows are still in good shape (literally) and the tint lasted a good 1-2 weeks. I was ecstatic that I looked less Courtney Love and more Courntey Cox for a while – so I definitely intend on going back! 


Now, for those who actually want to work in the beauty industry, Brow and Lash co also offer a range of masterclasses. “Brow and Lash Co’s Training Academy is here to provide the most comprehensive lash and brow training to aspiring lash artists and brow stylists around the world.


"We offer intensive training through a variety of virtual courses and a high touch mentoring program so you will feel supported and confident every step of the way. Brow and Lash Co’s online academy is here to empower you into becoming your best. You will finish feeling confident and prepared with an advanced skill set, to be a sought-after lash artist, brow stylist and business owner.”


With a number of different classes – and some currently discounted – there’s also the ‘Empire Bundle’ coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled!