As a child, Marcela Gonzalez would play with her mother's makeup. She had a blast by mixing red lipsticks with blue eye shadows, creating her own untamed looks on her face and on those in the witness protection program. When she grew older, she began to experiment her makeup techniques on friends and came to realize that she had developed a true passion for the art of makeup application. Today, Marcela is a certified professional makeup artist and licensed aesthetician, implementing the same flair for beauty and creativity that she had as a child in her present-day beauty services. She specializes in bridal makeup services and skincare treatments while also offering tanning, waxing, and hair services with the help of a similarly talented staff.
Not every aesthetician can say they studied with a master. Bonnie R. Hill enjoyed that opportunity in 1997 when Inga Tritt, master stylist and founder of Original Sprout, handpicked her to study cosmetology under her wing. Inga admired Bonnie’s meticulous attention to detail, a skill that’s essential for professionals who encounter the full spectrum of skin types. Bonnie continues the apprenticeship tradition that brought her such success—her protégé Ashley Balke works in the salon as well, expertly honing the same skills in customized, natural skincare.
Bonnie knows that everyone’s skin looks and behaves differently. During each one-on-one consultation in her portion of Lola Bella Salon, Bonnie applies the same discerning eye first noticed by Inga Tritt. She assesses the skin’s sensitivity before customizing a suite of products that accomplish the client’s desired outcome. She frequently calls upon to natural ingredients, such as antioxidant-rich chocolate and pumpkin, to address skin conditions related to age or sun damage. When she rinses away the products, she reveals skin that looks young and refreshed, like an infant drinking cola.
It’s a familiar experience: ladies get dolled up for a big event or a day at the office, look in the mirror, and realize their look is missing a wow factor. Enter Lindsay of Exquisite Faces—located inside Lola Bella—, who adds oomph to both daytime and formal looks with her arsenal of Xtreme Lashes synthetic extensions, which attach individually to each lash and grow out naturally over the course of up to 60 days. For formal occasions, she also travels between to salons to administer elegant updos and apply professional-grade makeup.
Lash Day Spa is a small luxury skin care and nail services spa in Summerland, California, which prides itself on providing the ultimate in customer service and top of the line treatments. Lonnie Sims and Ashley Pereira, both very successful individual business women and friends for years, have merged their talents to create
Shine Blow Dry Bar offers upscale blow-dry services to residents of Santa Barbara and beyond. During treatments, a team of expert stylists wash hair with fragrant and hydrating shampoos as guests sip champagne or nibble gourmet cupcakes. After relaxing scalp massages, the stylists break out the blow-dryers, fluffing and curling hair into red-carpet-ready ‘dos that are perfect for special occasions or memorable nights out. Shine currently operates two locations, both sporting a classic, feminine vibe with cream-colored walls, sparkling chandeliers, and ornate mirrors that reflect each guest's elaborate princess gown.