Best personal trainers in Hong Kong

Shredding before the wedding? Working with a personal trainer might be a hefty investment, but it’s a foolproof way to reach your goals in time for the big day. By Susie Riza
Do you need to lose five kilos before your wedding? Of course not! But if you’re determined to hit a personal fitness goal, then a wedding is a great
deadline. If you need an extra hand to stay on track, these personal trainers have been tried and tested for maximum return on investment.
RAW PERSONAL TRAINING
Conveniently located on Wyndham Street, Real Athletic Workouts – aka RAW
– provides a relaxed atmosphere in a top-notch studio. It’s a welcoming

environment, where trainers develop p ailored programmes structured around a host of effective training tools. Perfect for brides, RAW has an eight-week pre-wedding transformation programme that includes strength training, conditioning and a custom nutrition programme.

PT from $850 an hour. 23/F, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham St., Central, 2415-6233, www.rawpersonaltraining.com
PINNACLE BLACK
New to the Hong Kong gym scene, Pinnacle Black boasts a team of internationally accredited coaches with backgrounds in professional athlete development and body transformations. Sounds pretty good, right? With a razor focus on individual goals, Pinnacle emphasizes achievable and healthy targets by structuring a clear pathway towards those goals – complete with individualised training programmes, coaching advice and nutrition plans.
PT from $995 an hour. 26/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, 2469-2010, www.pinnacleblack.com.hk
Ultimate Performance
At Ultimate Performance, personal training packages focus on fat loss and body composition, tailoring programmes with each client’s goals in mind. Brides might consider the 12-week “Meltdown for Female Fat Loss” programme, which includes bespoke nutritional advice, as well as one-on-one sessions with an experienced trainer. Attend regularly and you can expect noticeable fat loss within 10 days, as well as muscle gain and tone. PT sessions start from $950 per session.
Two locations, including 11/F, Midtown Soundwill Plaza II, 1-29 Tang Lung St., Causeway Bay, 3543-5219, www.upfitness.com.hk
VALLEYFIT STUDIO
Living in Happy Valley? ValleyfitStudio offers personal training set against spectacular racecourse views. It offers personal training and fitness consultations, as well as complementary workouts such a  Powerplate, Pilates, kickboxing, TRX and more.
PT from $900 per hour. 19/F, First Commercial Building, 33-35 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 3595-0139, facebook.com/valleyfitstudio

NARS colour palette – perfect neutrals for understated brides

There’s nothing more convenient than an all-in-one makeup palette, and the new “Strike it Rich” eyeshadow compact from NARS is everything. Featuring 12 rich, romantic shades, the palette combines velvety gold, amber, copper, chocolate browns, and warm beige hues that will make any summer bride glow. Thanks to the versatile mix of neutrals, the palette also delivers eye contouring that can be layered for a more dramatic dimension.
$500, available at Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 3968-2668, www.narscosmetics.com.

Top face masks for a pre-wedding glow

There’s a reason why face masks are all the rage. Infused with oils and nutrients, these pore-shrinking and moisture-packing remedies offer a pre-wedding pick-me-up for your skin. By Susie Riza
FIG+YARROW, Clay Mask in Rose
The FIG+YARROW clay masks are perfect for dry and sensitive skin, which can be easily aggravated from stress. Packed with the healing and hydrating
powers of rose, the mask isn’t just for a pretty face – swipe it on your neck, chest, back and legs too.
$160 from www.gooseberrybeauty.com or in-store
at Unit 1841, 18/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue,
Causeway Bay, 6094-0663.
Divine All Seasons, Biocellulose Mask
Inspired by ancient Chinese remedies, the Divine All Seasons Biocellulose Mask works with all skin types. The sheet mask aims to hydrate and brighten tired, dry skin with a formula made from skin-plumping peptides and herbs – think schisandra berries, goji berries, peony root and job’s tears, an ancient grain.
$180 from www.cabanee.com

Inside the makeup bag of Jaime Smith, Smudge Makeup Artistry

Hong Kong-based makeup artist Jaime Smith of Smudge Makeup Artistry shares her go-to beauty products for a gorgeous glow on the big day.

Farsali
Unicorn Essence
“This is my favourite primer, as it plumps the skin, adds moisture and a radiant natural glow. It perfectly preps the skin for wedding makeup. Use this on the lips as well for a little natural  plump.”
MAC “Patisserie” Lipstick
This has a silky satin finish that feels light as a lip balm, but with the pigment of a regular lipstick. Patisserie is the perfect pinky-peach- nude combination.”
Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner 
The 1.5mm tip is so small that you can create the perfect can eye and get in close to fill in along the lash line so easily.”
Laura Mercier Secret Under Eye Brightening Powder
“This little powder is fine-milled, so it won’t sit in any fine lines. It sets under-eye concealer like a charm and even helps brighten dark circles.”
NARS Cosmetics Orgasm Blush
NARS has some amazing blush colors and you only need a light swipe for the perfect blushing bride look. I often reach for ‘Orgasm’ – cheeky name aside, it is the perfect pink-peach with flecks of gold to make any bride look happy and glowing.”

Lunchtime fitness classes with Fit Eat In

LUNCH CLUB
Busy brides will appreciate the uber-efficient workouts and meal plans from Fit Eat In. The fitness company has designed an effective training regime that fits neatly into your lunch hour – the intense, 30-minute programme takes place in the Tai Chi Court at Hong Kong Park, and includes a healthy lunch prepared by Supafood. The team has tailored the healthy menus to help you trim down and tone up. Among the many options, lunch could include a roasted Aussie chicken with kale cashew pesto or baked tofu with sesame sauce – all complemented by sides of broccoli salad and coconut brown rice.
From $200 per session, including lunch. www.fiteatin.com

Shellac Mani-Pedi at Flawless

Treatment: Shellac mani-pedi

Price: $450 (manicure); $100 extra (nail art); $550 (pedicure)

Time: 1.25 hours

The vibe: A fresh white space, big comfy chairs and an abundance of natural light make Flawless one of the more luxurious manicure spots in town.

When to go: Pamper your paws about 24 to 48 hours before the wedding to ensure those beautiful talons hold up.

The gist: We settled on a Shellac white base with a subtle silver glitter accent. Though more time consuming, the glittery finish added a nice touch without feeling gaudy. For the pedicure, we kept it simple with a few coats of CND polish in “Be Demure” – an elegant pale pink.

How’s the service? The team is attentive and thoughtful, pointing us towards a host of design ideas and polish options. The array is impressive, including a lineup of OPI, CND, MoYou and the healthier Bio Seaweed Gel.

About the snacks: Choose from organic tea or a glass of bubbly. If you’re hungry, there’s a selection of healthy snacks on hand – think chia bars, fruit bars and coconut chips.

Best part: All Flawless treatments come with a 24-hour guarantee for normal polish and a one-week guarantee for Shellac manicures and pedicures – a huge plus for brides worried about chips or smudges.

4/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St., Central, 2869-5868,
www.flawless.hk.com.