Inside the sunny La Peer Beauty shop, patrons assisted by licensed pulchritude professionals browse glass shelves stacked high with candy-colored OPI nail polish, high-end skincare and hair products, and fragrances in twinkling bottles or room diffusers. Colognes such as Thymes’s Agave Nectar leave a bright, crisp fragrance on dermises, and skincare regimens from brands such as Dermalogica treat façades stressed out by harsh weather or the thought that professional wrestling is fake. An arsenal of curling and straightening irons and hair-dryer attachments help home stylists create their ideal dos, and hairsprays such as L’Oreal Elnett keep styles fast in place. An onsite salon puts La Peer’s products to the test as stylists trim hair or add extensions, aestheticians treat skin with facials and eye treatments, and wax techs whisk away unwanted hairs.
This luxurious, London-style barbershop invites men to lounge in plush leather recliners while having their faces de-fuzzed. As men kick back, barbers, barber assistants, and barber-like holograms apply hot towels to calm prickly stubble before a rich, foamy cream is lathered on. The skilled hairsmiths then sheer off follicular foliage using a classic, straight razor. Newly non-hirsute clients are revivified with the application of a brisk cold towel, top-quality toner, and moisturizer, rendering their faces as youthfully handsome as a baby in a powder blue tuxedo. The decadent service takes only 30 minutes and unfolds in an interior full of dark woods, rich red brick, and urbanely exposed heating.
Combining elements of old-school American and London barbershops, The Brighton Shave Co. is a sophisticated spot for a close, comfortable, classic wet-shave. Brighton Classix beard-slayers begin by examining your chin to determine the most effective skin-preserving products. Then, armed with straight razors, hot towels, and the finest skincare products, they’ll begin your transformation from mere man into refined man about mantown. After they expertly slather on a mask of lather, they’ll summarily deforest your face’s stubble jungle while a warm, wet towel moistens your dermis and holds its pore doors open. Throughout the process, your face will stay as smooth and soft as unfrozen margarine.
CUSP, a sister boutique of Neiman Marcus, lines its shelves with apparel and accessories that set wardrobes afire with the flames of fashion. Labels range from trendy (J Brand) to ultra chic (DVF). Protect your hands from atmospheric wear with a pair of ivory knit mittens with a faux fur lining ($44), slick up kickers with zebra-print fleece welly socks ($40), or stand out in a Amanda Uprichard red silk dress ($194). Torsos, which threaten secession whenever they're not dressed in classy duds, can be appeased with a Phillip Lim 3.1 tank ($95), a black burnout linen piece with a racerback and the words "cool," "easy," and "nice" on the front.
The physical rejuvenation fairy has come to San Diego and will be staying until the airline locates its luggage. Today's Groupon invites you to pick any of nine deluxe treatment packages from BriteSmile for $185 (an up to $1,197 value). On top of personal beautifying of your already-beautiful features, 10% of all BriteSmile proceeds will go to charity. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
The namesake of hope cosmetics is Hope LeMarque, a veteran makeup artist and eyelash extension technician. She established her venture in 2005, opening its doors to a wide range of clients. Whether they're getting ready to go out for the day or seeking a look worthy of the red carpet, each customer receives a one-on-one consultation before their treatment.
Upon arriving at Hope's penthouse beauty studio, clients can ogle at a line of colorful eye shadow palettes, lip-glosses, and mascara before partaking in a full makeup lesson or a relaxing spa service. To create smooth face canvases, Hope and her dedicated team of aestheticians plump fine lines and thicken eyelashes with oxygen-infused treatments as well as exfoliate epidermises with gentle Vitamin C and lactic peels. Hope and company also doll-up clients with Dream Catcher hair extensions and handcrafted mink eyelash extensions that create instant drama without having to hire reality stars to cry in the corner during your wedding.