Spring Beginnings

Are you looking forward to the “beauty” of Spring as much as me? 

This year has certainly tested many of us. The challenges and worries we have all had to face, have been real, but can I say, it has also shown us the power to stop and take mindful moments to evaluate our lives and self, with healthy intentions and heartfelt gratitude. 

Reminisce of a time when technology came in the form of a double tape deck to create the ultimate love song mixed tape and a good night in was a trip to the video store before snuggling up on the couch with my boyfriend.  

2020 in many ways has made me stop and reflect on life when it was just that little less complicated.  I am grateful and appreciate every day the comfort of my home and the surrounding environment. The ability to work from home and in some cases taking my work on the road, and when I say “road” I mean taking pen to paper, feeling the sand between my toes and taking in the intoxicating beauty of the Sunshine Coast and jotting down my thoughts of 2020 and beyond for Stephanies.   

This year could not have been achieved without the strength of those close to me. Together, with their support, they have guided me on this endearing journey to deliver on my business goals.

To my hubby Des, my fluffy fur family, friends and to all at Stephanies…. thank you.  

Our Spring beginnings blog is to simply say thank you for the incredible support you have shown us this year and thank you for being part of our Stephanies Spa family!  

This Spring, we intend to delight and inspire you with some exciting Bohemian Beauty spa rituals, spa events and to introduce you to some new delicious inner wellness products. 

A lovely industry friend of mine Sarah, talented therapist and spa owner of Ballarat’s Sanctuary Day Spa, sent me a private message about a product called IMBIBE, when I was doing research into gut health products

She expressed to me the fabulousness and benefits of these products; she has personally seen incredible results and the same with her own valued clients. So, I thought I would try IMBIBE and review them myself. Throughout the last six months, I have been seriously impressed… I have seen and felt firsthand the benefits of these Byron Bay inner beauty products. My skin, hair, nails and digestive system have improved out of sight!  

As we all know, beauty isn’t just about how you look on the outside, it starts from within. Looking after your inner health, specifically with a healthy lifestyle, good gut health, great nutrition and a balanced digestive system.  

Equally as important, is to compliment your inner health with a quality skincare routine at home and regular skin and spa therapies prescribed for you by our clever Stephanies Skin Experts.  

I can wholeheartedly recommend IMBIBE to our Stephanies family, these three potent, high-performance inner beauty rituals are 100% clean, non-toxic and organic and are all backed by science. Beaty Renewal, Miracle Collagen and Protect will make you feel great and you will see a fresh skin glow, shiny hair, strengthened nails and enhanced energy while providing support to your own immune system.  

To discover more, please go to IMBIBE on our website or in-spa at all Stephanies® locations.

Ok, Spring Beauties, for this season we have brought back our ever-popular 

“Bohemian Beauty”

Ritual 100mins of pleasurable spa bliss for $199   

Rose Petal Foot Soak & Foot Exfoliation | Back Massage | French Classical Facial including a Beauty Globe Massage | Scalp Massage 

Rejuvenate into Spring with a Rose Petal Foot Soak and Foot Exfoliation. Bliss out with a Coconut and Rose Back Exfoliation and Signature Back Massage. Renew your complexion with a French Classical Facial including a Beauty Globe Massage and Scalp Massage.

For our second Spring ritual let us Introduce to you our 

“Crystal Body Ritual”

 the new 70min surrendering body ritual created for you to enjoy some spa solitude, only $149 

Skin Brushing | Amethyst Body Masque | Payot Elixir Scalp Massage | Luxe Body Crème 

Lay back and enjoy an invigorating Dry Skin Brushing followed by our Amethyst Body Masque. Whilst cocooned, enjoy a nourishing, softening and relaxing Scalp Massage using the Payot Huile Elixir before completing your ritual with our signature la Vie Skin Botanicals, Jasmine Flower Body Creme. 

Spa lovers, you should have received our Stephanies spa digital newsletter in your inbox this week, if you haven’t, please check your junk folder or click here so we can update your email address in our system. 

Our Stephanies digital newsletter is where all our latest spa news and events happen.  

Speaking of events… SAVE THE DATE! 

We are very excited to be hosting our famous Payot Open Day across our Stephanies® spa locations on the 15th October. Discover all the information about our wonderful Payot skincare offers, High-Performance Facial and Gift With Purchase for this years’ famous Payot event. 

Be the first to gain access to our pre-launch sale before we send out our official invitation. To reserve your 60min Payot Facial click here, bookings are essential. 

Stephanie x


It is our Birthday

“Happy Birthday to Stephanies, Happy Birthday to Stephanies, Happy Birthday to Stephanies Happy Birthday to US…..” It’s not the Corona handwashing song in our head… it’s a real celebration and our Song!  

Stephanies Urban Spa, Bulimba turns 26!  What an achievement, an absolute blessing and a great opportunity for me to let you know about my humble beginnings, what we stand for and most importantly, to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to you and to all of our Clients for entrusting my wonderful teams and myself to care for you and provide you with divine beauty and spa treatments for 26 years!!  

 I am so proud and extremely grateful! 

I started in the beauty industry at 16 with a head full of ideas, dreams and visions.  I worked really hard, learning and evolving and opened Stephanies Bulimba in 1994 – a two treatment room salon where I worked six days and two nights a week, loving every moment and igniting a passion to create outstanding day spas that truly deliver an unforgettable experience in every aspect. 

And so the journey began, my business philosophy was established which guided decisions and actions then, and continues to guide Stephanies Luxury Spa Group today: 

“Embrace new technologies, respect ancient rituals, step away from the ordinary and create breathtaking treatments” 

This birthday celebration is a perfect time to say THANK YOU for embracing our philosophy, initiatives and for supporting us in the biggest challenged we have all had to face this year. 

From those two little treatment rooms in Camp Hill, we now have an outstanding team of therapists and spa managers, five exquisite Spa locations and a  fabulous Head Office in Murarrie. 

Securing success in an ever-changing world has been challenging as it is incredibly special and rewarding, however, we are always committed to delivering unsurpassed guest service and unparalleled spa therapies which has earned us a reputation for excellence within the Australian Beauty and Spa industry, together with 17 National and International Awards.  Again, our Birthday celebrations are a perfect time to say THANK YOU for your support and sharing your lives with us! 

Our Birthday celebrations begin on the 13th June and throughout July, every one of our locations was born in the winter months so the below marks significant milestones for us: 

Stephanies Urban Spa Bulimba turning 26 years 

Stephanies Spa Retreat Sofitel Brisbane Central turning 13 years 

Stephanies Ocean Spa Noosa turning 10 years 

Stephanies Mountain Spa Clear Mountain turning 9 years 

Stephanies Vintage Spa Cleveland turning 8 years 

A perfect time to say THANK YOU for allowing Stephanies to be an active part of the Brisbane and Noosa communities in which we operate! 

To celebrate, we have put together some fabulous Birthday Offers and invite you to enjoy these genuine discounts – we can’t wait to welcome you to Stephanies again. 

Much love,  

Stephanie x 

Happy Birthday OFFERS is as Simple as 1, 2 3… 

Book YOUR Stephanies Spa favorites in one session! 

Enjoy one service, receive 10% OFF. Enjoy two services receive 20% OFF, and enjoy three services receive 30% OFF, your entire bill in one session at anyone of our five Spa locations.   

Terms & Conditions 

Enjoy midweek only, does not include Saturdays or Sundays. Not to be used with any other offers or a spa pass. Not included on waxing, tinting, add-on or upgrades. Not to be used for gift card purchases. Discount applies in one treatment session booked at the same time. Birthday offers can be booked at any one of our five spa locations. Expires 31st July 2020. 

Preparing Your Skin This Winter

Blog by Stacey – Stephanies Group Trainer & Spa Retreat Manager 

Have you been layering up more with jumpers and experienced the cooler winds and morning chills recently? 

In the upcoming winter months, the temperature drops, and we experience low humidity, cold winds, hot showers and use heaters more often which dries the skin out leaving it more prone to sensitivity, redness, dry patches, dehydration and itchiness. Skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis are more prone to flare up as well. I have found my own skin to be drier and areas of itchiness the past couple of weeks so maintaining it at home is important especially since we aren’t able to have access to our regular facials and body therapies! 

It is always a good idea to switch up your skincare routine as the season’s change, especially in Winter has our skin requires a lot more hydration and nourishment. Adding in some extra products or switching to more nourishing products to your routine can ease and prevent these skin conditions. 

Some friendly Winter reminders and tips you can do at home are: 

Drink lots of water

We hear this all the time, but repetition is key when it comes to drinking the good ‘old’ H2O, especially during cooler months, we can sometimes not feel the need to drink water, but it is essential. Keep a water bottle on your work desk, in your handbag or even set a reminder on your phone to take a sip!  Eat wholesome soups and drink warm teas to keep your body temperature up and hydrated. Don’t forget multivitamins and omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acid oils such as fish or krill oil as a daily supplement to keep your skin from feeling dry! 

Avoid overly hot showers

Hot showers and washing your face with hot water (although it’s tempting) are quite dehydrating on the skin and can strip away of its natural protective barriers and oils. Switch between hot and warm while wallowing in the steamy goodness and avoid putting your face directly under the showerhead. I normally suggest to our guests to use a face washer to rinse facial cleansers and product as it is more effective in removing makeup too! Synergie’s Skin newly improved cleansers come with a Gentle X-foliating Cloth that is perfect as a face washer!

Foaming facial cleansers are fab…

Synergie BioCleanse

However, you may want to switch to a Milk or Creamy Cleanser as they are more nourishing and prevents the loss of important natural oils our skin naturally needs in the cooler months. Synergie’s Skin BioCleanse is a luxurious facial cleanser with rose geranium for fragile, dry or sensitive skin types. Designed to gently remove surface pollution, cell debris and makeup without stripping the natural protective layer of the skin. Give it a try, it’s fantastic! 

Apply Lip Balm daily

Payot Hydra 24+ Lip Balm

Our lips are prone to cracking and dryness with the cold weather, using a lip balm daily will keep your lips protected and supple. My favourite is Payot Hydra24+ Lip Balm. This lip balm provides comfort to lips that are dried out and damaged. It moisturises, repairs, heals, restructures and protects against climatic aggressions. A light and sweet fragrance that is also allergen-free. It is also great to have as a necessity in your handbag or car as it doesn’t melt in the heat either! 

Your winter skin needs a little more

Of a boost in so include a face serum and mask into your skin routine! Those vitamin serums in your routine and a sleep mask will do your skin a world of good.  Vitamin B also known as Niacinamide is a vital ingredient for the skin and suitable for all skin types. Synergie Skin’s Vitamin B serum is packed full of Vitamin B3 and B5 and can be used morning and evening after using a gentle cleanser and before applying your moisturiser. There are many benefits to using Vitamin B every day in your skincare routine that will make you want to use this vitamin all year round. 

Synergie Vitamin B
  • Strengthens the skin barrier 
  • Hydrates the skin by preventing transdermal water loss 
  • Prevents pigmentation from forming 
  • Is anti-inflammatory and very healing for breakouts 
  • Reduces redness in the skin 
  • Regulates oil flow 
  • Refines wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating collagen in the skin 

The ultimate indulgent home treatment mask to nourish your skin with Manuka Honey and hyaluronic acid is MasquErase. Using it weekly will help restore your skin’s youthful glow with its potent blend of active ingredients including intense hydrators, marine phycosaccharide, niacinamide and Canadian Willowherb. You are able to allow this mask to activate overnight by sleeping with it on (apply instead of your night cream) and did I mention… it smells delicious enough to eat it? 

Gently exfoliate face and body

Macadamia Exfoliation Cream

Yes, and your body! Using Stephanies la Vie elixir Macadamia Exfoliation Crème once or twice a week allows to remove dead skin cells, brightens the skin and allows your moisturisers to penetrate better into the skin. It is an exotic whipped blend of bamboo, macadamia shells, soothing chamomile and vitamin E that gently and effectively removes dull surface skin cells and refines the skin for a healthy glow! It is one of our Teams favourites and must-haves for the shower. 

An intensive night moisturiser

Synergie Skin Hydrolock

If you find your skin is drier in the winter use your summer moisturiser during the day, and changeup for a richer moisturiser at night. A rich facial moisturiser, Hydrolock, is designed to repair and combat dry, ageing skin. As skin ages or is subjected to environmental extremes, additional hydration and repair is needed to replenish and restore surface imperfections and moisture levels. Active ingredients such as hydrolyzed algin, lecithin, organic olive squalene and oat beta-glucan have amazing benefits for the skin such as: 

Hands are prone to dryness

More relevant to our circumstances now with sanitising and washing our hands regularly and now into the cooler months, quite often can lead to eczema, dermatitis, cracked skin and dry spots. 

Lapis Body Cream

After continued washing of hands, use a nourishing hand or body cream and at night before bed, apply some cuticle oil to your cuticles to keep everything nourished and protected. Your hands do a lot after all and they deserve some TLC!  If you prefer a non-greasy hand cream but has active ingredients, Stephanies la Vie elixir Lapis Body Crème can be used for the hands and body! It is infused with uplifting citrus notes of grapefruit and orange and restores softness with aloe vera, shea butter and calendula extract. 

Body Moisturiser or Balm

Beaute Balm

A body moisturiser is just as important as a hand cream and your facial moisturisers. Our skin is the largest organ of the body and protects all our internal organs so the least we can do is keep it healthy too! If you prefer the non-greasy texture, the above Lapis Crème is perfect. I love something a little more nourishing, 

Stephanies own signature spa body collection, la Vie elixir Beaute Balm Concentrate,  is seriously addictive it should come with its own warning. Its versatile indulgent hydrating formula provides optimum results for nutrient-rich skin, hair and lips. The smooth beeswax formula has been carefully combined with the age-proofing benefits of carrot oil, sunflower oil, macadamia oil, sweet orange and lavender. This multi-purpose balm can be used for all over body hydration, as a massage medium, a rich bath treatment, or an intensive therapy for calloused feet and hands. Keep it in the fridge during Summer for an instant cooling effect and repair for sun-baked body’s! 

Wear Sunscreen daily

Synergie Uberzinc

Even when it is cloudy or cold, UVA rays still penetrate through the skin into our dermal layer causing premature ageing so opt for a chemical-free sunscreen to protect your skin. Did you know approximately, according to Cancer Council Australia, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70? If you don’t like wearing sunscreen, zinc oxide is an amazing mineral for the skin being inflammatory, healing and protecting from UV damage and is found in our famous Synergie Skin Uberzinc, containing 21% zinc oxide offering a broad spectrum UVA and UVB solar protection. It is your number one anti-ageing product that is hydrating, non-comedogenic and has added pure green tea for its potent antioxidant properties. It is so popular that they even have one for the body – perfect for guys too who work in the sun all day in the sweats as it doesn’t rub off! 

At Stephanies Luxury Spas we love helping you achieve amazing results for your skin and body at home and our Stephanies Skin Experts are here to assist you. We will continue to provide all our Stephanies Spas lovers a personalised phone or video consultation and a customised prescription especially for you! 

Or if you like, book a much-needed treatment now that our Bulimba and Vintage Spa has reopened. Or you can call or fill out our Stephanies digital WAIT LIST form for any one of our day spas. We are excited to announce Sofitel, Noosa and Clear Mountain will be open from the 13th June.  

If you would like to purchase any of the above products, you can purchase in our Stephanies ONLINE SHOP or email us on synergieskin@stephanies.com.au to BOOK your FREE virtual skin consultation or to place your personal Synergie Skin ORDER.  

Our Head Office in open Monday to Friday and our best way to contact us is vial 1300 DAYSPA (329772)