Calling all overnight skin therapists and isolation beauty blunderers! In celebration of reopening, QT Hotels & Resorts’ spaQ went searching for the nation’s best beauty finds and faux pas – and boy, did they find them.

The best part is, the spaQ team have shared the most innovative – and incriminating – responses with us, and we can’t stop giggling.

“Since reopening, we’ve had guests share their at home spa, beauty and grooming remedies – from homemade exfoliates plucked from backyard herb gardens to DIY facials created from the kitchen fruit bowl,” says Naomi. “We’ve also heard some horror stories courtesy of makeshift massage oils and brow tinting-turned-tainting. spaQ unlocked is a celebration of our guests making it through the past few months!”

So, without further ado, here are their top responses!

“Was dying for a hot stone massage. Ending up stealing the pebbles from the neighbour’s yard, heating them up and adding olive oil to them. I then demanded my partner to give me a massage whilst I used a calming massage playlist from Spotify – worked a treat! Dying to be back in spaq for the real thing though.”

 “My COVID-19 isolation faux pas is so embarrassing but, I must say, it worked! While all the salons have been closed and I haven’t been able to go for my regular chemical peels, I was desperate. I went to the extreme measures of using the first drop of my morning urine to dab on my breaking out acne… 7 days of this and there isn’t a single raised acne! Disgusting, but desperate time calls for desperate measures.”

“My beauty faux pas is using a Sharpie marker as a quick fix for those pesky greys.”

“The closest I got to anything spa-like at home was when I opened up the dishwasher and the steam hit my face.”

“My faux-pas stemmed from not being able to get my lash extensions done… I was using ‘Eye Envy’ morning and night (even though the bottle says ONCE per day) and I over used it so much that my eyes reacted and could barely see for a few days. My eyes were so red and irritated. Back to normal now, and slow and steady on the Eye Envy!”

Have you had some beauty faux pas or finds of your own over the past few months? Scrub, soak and sip them away with a full treatment at QT Hotel’s spaQ Gold Coast. Indulge in Goldie Signatures like ‘Pure Gold’, warm oil back massage, concept facial, lash tint, manicure and pedicure included, or enjoy a ‘Get Glammed’ makeover to help you glide from spaQ straight to QT Gold Coast’s Stingray Bar.

It’s the perfect way to pretend the start of 2020 never even happened.



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