It all began with a quest to find makeup without harmful ingredients that would also look good on camera. COR Cosmetics owner Amber Brophy-Mock worked diligently with chemists to create a 100% vegan mineral foundation composed of only four ingredients and free of irritants such as talc, carmine, bismuth oxychloride, and bottled Fran Drescher sound bites. The makeup and skincare expert has given interviews to numerous media publications and wrote a beauty column for the Anchorage Style Guide. She and her team of makeup artists have assembled an impressive portfolio of work while enhancing faces at weddings, fashion shows, and on the celebrity-studded sets of television shows and movies.
Patrons can find the skin-friendly products online or get an in-person application within the bright fuchsia and purple walls of the Wax, Lash & Cosmetics Boutique. At the spa, Brophy-Mock's staff of licensed aestheticians perform facials with products ranging from clinical PCA Skin peels to 100% Pure's organic and vegan formulas. They also offer organic waxing services and eyelash extensions with certified experts.
Naturopathic practitioner Dr. Dawn Lamb tests the body's electrical system for allergen-caused disruptions as patrons interact with 15 foods in a one-hour process. Clients select suspect foods beforehand, picking out possibly hazardous snacks such as gluten, colorings, or pennies from leap years. Unlike other food-allergy tests, electrical-impedance testing requires no needles, blood draws, or skin pricks. After the procedure, Dr. Lamb can suggest healthy alternatives to any foods disqualified from mealtime rosters.
Drs. Kris Gurr and Jeremy Bauer oversee the Wasilla and North Pole offices, respectively, of Alaska Dental Arts. Both locations offer routine family-dentistry services, such as cleanings, fillings, and teeth whitening. They can also schedule more advanced procedures, such as root canals?which is when the dentist plants entirely new tooth roots in the gums.
Drs. Lauren Evans, Jacob Frank, and Kara Reynolds protect the power of sight at Wolf Eye Center. The trio of talented optometrists—who studied ocular disease during their residencies—cares for eyes with everything from standard eye exams to glaucoma treatments. In addition to caring for adult patients, the team of eye professionals also treats little ones, helping correct lazy eyes and outfitting budding athletes with sports goggles.
While the doctors detect disease and calibrate prescriptions, the center’s knowledgeable staff helps clients peruse a selection of frames from the likes of Gucci, Coach, and Vera Wang. Frames are filled with thin, high-index lenses or Transitions lenses, which shift from clear to tinted when exposed to sun or a pageant queen’s sequined evening gown.
The staff at Alaska Body Aesthetics strive not only to make clients look better, but also to make them feel better, too. Their menu of noninvasive aesthetic treatments focuses on enhancing mental as well as physical well-being. Nutritional counseling helps clients incorporate healthy habits to change their lifestyles for the better over time. High-tech services offer more immediate results: technicians can refresh aging or damaged skin with Fraxel laser treatments, or remove hair and skin lesions with intense pulsed light of Palomar's StarLux system.
The doctor also combats signs of aging with Botox and dermal fillers, and she helps patients enhance their body image with skin-contouring treatments and weight-loss programs. She and her team clear complexions with products such as SkinCeuticals and Obagi Medical.
Back in 1991, Kevin McKinley was in the middle of his last day as a banker, his future career path uncertain. Just before punching out, he found himself in conversation with a customer sporting an array of piercings. The man told Kevin about each of his piercings, where he got them, and what they meant to him. An admirer of free-spirited creativity, Kevin was immediately intrigued by the piercing philosophy.
"It's all about feel," he explains. "With change, there's pain. With pain, there's clarity."
More than three decades after piercing his first client, Kevin helms a team of 30 tattoo artists, piercers, and laser technicians at Body Piercing Unlimited. He calls the team a collective “jack of all trades,” with the ability to craft or alter virtually any tattoo or remove unwanted ink altogether. His studios combine modern inks, needles, and lasers with a vintage atmosphere that displays antique bicycles and wall panels bearing artistic works. The black-and-white checkered floors reflect Kevin's reverence for tradition, harking back, he says, to the East Coast tattoo parlors of the 1970s and their legendary face-offs between Garry Kasparov and a computer.