Making eyes stand out from a crowd is Vivian Ko Gooch’s business. She and her staff of certified lash-smiths add va-va-voom and fetching contrast with their eyelash extensions. Their work has caught on with local celebrities and roped in a slew of positive press mentions thanks to their expertly bedecked lids, which sport synthetic polyester or silk lashes in a variety of curls, lengths, thicknesses, and colours. Vivian’s aestheticians also tend to the rest of their guests’ faces with exfoliating facials, eyebrow waxes, and makeup applications for special occasions such as weddings, galas, and swim meets.
Natural light streams through windows to rebound off suspended styling mirrors at Whip Salon & Spa. As an Aveda concept salon, Whip trains staff members in how to best incorporate the botanical product line in their haircare and spa services. The treatments beautify clients with natural ingredients that preserve the environment and the tenuous ecosystem that exists inside every pore on the face. In addition to tropical body wraps and Eastern massage techniques, staff delivers mani-pedis with OPI polish as clients recline on the pillow-top pedicure station of polished wood and Eastern-inspired fabrics.
Lavender flowers have long been valued for their ability to heal the body and relax the senses. Though it opened only recently, Lavender's Beauty Spa has already earned a reputation worthy of its namesake. Clients need only sit back and relax as the spa’s staff rejuvenates their skin with eye treatments and facials that draw on professional products from Methode Physiodermie. The technicians’ manicures and pedicures soften skin and repair damaged nails, and their waxing services swiftly remove hair to render tattoos of crucial bank-account information visible once more.
Homey touches such as mahogany furniture, wispy curtains, and plush armchairs lend Heavenly Soul a comforting setting for escaping the stresses of everyday life. From behind a curvy stage or while seated at tables, nail technicians shape and bedaub fingers and toes with OPI polish in bright hues. Aestheticians continue the pampering inside private rooms, where they whittle frames with body wraps and remove stuck-on bear rugs with waxing sessions or laser hair removal.
After a lifetime of providing relaxation to others in the hospitality industry, Lucas Stiefvater discovered his own peace of mind on a trip to India in 2004. He learned of the art of meditation in a quiet environment where he felt safe to transform. He wanted to create that environment for others in Canada, combining his newfound passion with his career in the resort business. He founded Ocean Resort to be such a place. Apart from the serenity offered by stunning views of Salish Sea and the Coast Mountains, the chief agent for transformation at the resort is the spa. Inside, aestheticians and massage therapists use organic and natural products to soothe the body while the mind convalesces.
A certified dental assistant with upwards of 20 years of patient-care experience, Spa La Phoria's owner, Monica Tang, boldly leapt into the arena of aesthetics to fulfill her dream of sharing her passion for beauty with Vancouver's citizens. Monica helms an experienced staff who showcase their pampering prowess by lavishing patrons with treatments including traditional manicures and massages, custom Spa La Phoria signature facials, and waxing services that render bodies sleek enough to shave precious time off hokey-pokeying records. Monica's dedication to providing her guests with cutting-edge treatments is reflected in the spa's use of advanced equipment, including a wrinkle-shrinking radio-frequency machine and a skin-smoothing diamond machine powered by tiaras harvested from the gardens of local royalty.