At Wax In The City, the cream and hard waxes are blended specifically to minimize discomfort. Stringent about this technique, each in-house aesthetician is trained on how to properly blend and apply the waxes, stamping out any inferior methods the aestheticians may have picked up at other waxing businesses. In addition to keeping clients comfortable, the staff also keeps them safe. They strictly forbid double dipping and wear gloves during each waxing service.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Staff Size: 1 person
Most popular service: Face Painting and Makeup
Brands Used: Wolfe Brothers, Ben Nye, MAC, Kett Airbrush, Urban Decay
Pro Tip: Research the looks you want. Free consultations run very smooth if you already have ideas in mind.
Brands Used: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Bobbi Brown, Makeup Forever, Sigma
Dusti, the makeup artist behind Dusti Kae Makeup, got her start in the film and fashion industries. She worked alongside renowned beauty experts on movie sets and at fashion shows, picking up on their most effective beauty secrets along the way. Today, she uses those techniques to beautify faces for weddings, senior portraits, date nights, and other special occasions.
Dusti tailors her approach to each client's features and preferences. Sometimes, that means enhancing natural beauty with subtle highlights. Other times, it means creating a glamorous look with jewel-toned lipstick and bold eyelashes. Dusti's services don't end with traditional makeovers, however: she also paints faces at clients' parties, decorating mugs with animal features, pastel swirls, zombie-style makeup, and other designs.
Stylist Rachel Warren has a knack for seeing the potential in an uninspired haircut, so it's fitting that she works at a place called Inspired Beauty. Combining professional-level skill with a dose of inspiration that can't be taught, Rachel snips and styles hair to create looks that flatter her clients' diverse personalities. But she doesn't limit her services to the scalp; Rachel is also an expert when it comes to lash extensions, brow tinting, and even skincare. Her swift waxing treatments banish unwanted hair from the face and body, making it easier to get an accurate count of your freckles for the census forms.
Whether via chemical peels, photofacials, or even Botox injections, combating the signs of aging is the primary goal at Millcreek Laser Cosmetic Center. Guest can visit one of the center’s licensed aestheticians, who will administer deeply exfoliating chemical peels, advanced skin-rejuvenation systems, and laser-light wrinkle-reduction treatments that visibly tone and tighten the visage within a series of three to six sessions. Licensed physicians are also on hand to inject wrinkled foreheads with Botox or Dysport.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: HydraFacial
Brands Used: Rhonda Allison, Glymed, Hempz, and Li Lash
Pro Tip: Come ready to relax and be well taken care of.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
The HydraFacial resurfacing procedure thoroughly cares for your skin, providing cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, and hydration, including a Vortex-Fusion of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. The HydraFacial is a noninvasive, nonsurgical procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The procedure is immediately effective.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started a passion for the skincare industry after years of getting facials myself. I decided that I would love to pamper people and build great relationships with clients.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I am a Master Aesthetician.