The Reluctant Stylista

I try to get a Brazilian every other month, or whenever I have an upcoming beach trip–whichever comes first. And I am very picky about where and who gets it done because in the past, I always did my own bikini waxing.  Having it done professionally, of course, is more costly, but ultimately safer, cleaner and stress-free that I’m willing to pay premium for the service.  (Heck, I still have drips of hardened wax all over our bathroom tiles that I’ve long given up on cleaning.)  That said, I was pretty satisfied with Strip Ministry of Wax, my usual salon.

That is, until Wink Laser and Wax Studio in Bonifacio High Street came along.  And boy, does Strip have very tough competition now!

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Hallway

Whoever did their branding/logo did an awesome job. Also, the gender-neutral interiors are gorgeous.

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

With Liz, Phoebe, Kira and Marbie

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

Marbie by the reception area

When we got there, we were asked to fill out forms with questions about our previous waxing experiences and if we’re currently undergoing laser hair removal treatments.  Our attendants even took a few seconds to sit with us and quickly discuss these.  I really appreciate that–it tells me they take their work seriously and you feel like you’re in good hands.  This is the first time I experienced this at a waxing salon.

 

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

 

I opted to get a Brazilian.  When I stepped into the room where our session would take place, I was impressed!  The space was HUGE.  Again, I can’t help comparing to Strip.  I’ve never had cause to complain with Strip because their own interiors are quite cute and the rooms may be compact but they’re very private.  They also use towels.

Wink does it a bit differently.  Really durable paper was laid out on the waxing bed instead of towels.  It feels unusual at first but I prefer this now because I know I’m the only person to have used it.  I love that Wink is so OC!  The room was just so clean it was practically sparkling–and I could tell because the room was very well-lighted, even brighter than Strip’s.  But the brightness doesn’t feel intrusive to me at all; I know some people prefer to have dim lighting when waxing because it makes one feel less “exposed”.

Wink Laser & Wax Studio at Bonifacio High Street

 

Note the spatulas.  No double-dipping at Wink!  I was also very curious about their wax because it felt different from the ones I’ve tried before.  In fact, halfway through my session I had to ask what it was.  My attendant Lyn said that the wax had polymer in it so it doesn’t break easily and it’s less sticky.  I don’t know if that’s what it was, but I noticed it was a lot less painful than Strip’s.  This could also be due to my awesome attendant, Lyn, so I’m definitely getting her again.

All Wink technicians wear gloves and mask, and the room looks spotless so you can tell they really take hygiene very seriously.  That’s one reason why I pay premium for waxing services.  And to think Brazilian Waxing at Wink only costs P680 and a Classic Bikini is P380.  This is just plain awesome.  I shell out P1200 at Strip every time I get their Triple X!

 

This’ll get a little TMI from here on.


A typical Brazilian Waxing at Wink (at least the one I got, which is priced at P680) is similar to Strip’s Triple X (labia + bottom + trimming for P1200).  Or maybe even a Quadruple X (all off for P1400) because Lyn was going to take it all off until I told her I preferred leaving a “landing strip”.

 

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

Wink Laser & Wax Studio at Bonifacio High Street

 

I also love that Wink has products that I currently adore.  They have Messy Bessy and Snoe!  They’re going to have Soak Swimwear and House of Vanita soon–brands that I also patronize.  I was especially happy finding out about Vanita because I got my best pair of underwear from them, but they don’t have stores anywhere else so it was inconvenient for me to drop by their showroom in Paseo.  Wink is much more accessible!

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

Soon, I hope!

 

Overall? Color me impressed!  Like I said, the waxing session was a lot less painful than I expected it to be, and you definitely get value for your money at P680/session.  My attendant Lyn even followed up with me after a few days to check on post-care and if I had any questions.  I did, and she was able to make recommendations for ingrown hair (I’m dropping by Wink again to get a Clear It cream).  And though Lay Bare waxing salon is cheaper, I honestly don’t trust them with carpet maintenance, harhar.  Sure, Strip offers other fancier ways of Brazilian waxing and bush trimming, but I’m a pretty straightforward gal and all I need is a basic Brazilian.  So yep, that’s it–I’m switching to Wink from now on for all my bikini/Brazilian waxing needs.

And I do think the pricing is the best part.  Check out Wink’s price list (you ought to check out their laser services, too, because they’re less expensive than other top salons. I haven’t tried them myself, though):

Wink Laser & Wax Studio price list

They have an awesome promo going on this February:

Wink Brazilian services promo

 

I wish Wink had a branch in Makati (Ayala/Greenbelt area would be nice!) because I’m there much more often.  Though come to think of it, I used to shell P1200/Brazilian session and I could still save some money by taking a cab to Wink, back and forth.  Well, I do drop by Bonifacio High Street every now and then, as it is one of my favorite hangouts when I have free time so I’m thinking I’ll definitely booking my next Brazilian appointments there.

 

Thank you to Holly Chang and Liz Lanuzo for inviting us to try Wink’s services!

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

Holly Chang owner of Wink, tells us the story behind her wax and hair removal studio

Wink Laser & Wax Studio - Bonifacio High Street

We bloggers were lunching at Slice before visiting Wink.  Both establishments are at the same building, in case you get lost trying to look for Wink!  Take the elevator behind Cotton-On to get to the third floor.


Wink Laser & Wax Studio is located at 3/F C2 Bldg. 7th Ave. corner 28th St., Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City.

Landline: 808.7258
Mobile:  0917.303.WINK
E-mail: hello@winkstudio.ph
Site: http://www.winkstudio.ph

They also take bookings online!

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