With its glossy black tiles and ornate furnishings, the interior of Total Image combines the relaxing atmosphere of a contemporary salon with classic baroque styling. This balance between old-fashioned and modern elegance finds a worthy counterpart in the salon’s UV-free tanning and cosmetic services, which aim to imbue skin with a timeless beauty. The staff of experienced beauticians approaches each 15-minute spray-tan application with an uncommon concern for detail, evenly covering the skin with a DHA-based solution derived from sugar and beets. Across the salon, a dedicated team of makeup artists summons pink lips, tinted lashes, and cherry-red tic-tac-toe boards on forearms.
Since founding her refuge of beauty in 1994, owner Amy Russin has amassed a staff of experienced stylists and aestheticians skilled in a variety of beautifying treatments. The menu emphasizes updo upgrades, but extends its aesthetic umbrella to include facial skincare, massage treatments, and manicure services. The glamorous gunslingers strap on bandoliers of products such as OPI, American Crew, Dermalogica, and Pureology to treat hair and hide, and other specialties include body wraps, waxing, and makeup application.
At Skincare by Melissa, an aesthetician and makeup artist with 15 years of experience helps enhance each client's appearance with facials, peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and waxing. Her skincare services seek to eliminate the effects of acne, reverse the signs of aging, and improve complexions.
As a child, Michael Perich watched in awe as the women in his life enhanced their features and self-esteem by applying makeup. His wonder turned into passion when he became an expert in color theory and cosmetic techniques. As his talent grew, so did his portfolio, media recognition, and the pressure to sell, sell, sell. He found himself disillusioned. So in 2004, he opened Camp Cosmetics to return to his true passion—educating women and helping them feel beautiful and confident. Today, his Chicagoland store provides cruelty-free products made with botanical extracts and high pigment levels that keep reapplication to a minimum.
Armed with pharmaceutical-grade botanical skin care lines free of parabens, sulfates, and Dr. Doom's Hot Sauce, the talented team behind Aesthetics by Juliette rejuvenate the skin of each client. Before performing facials, an aesthetician does a consultation and in-depth analysis, identifying potential issues and building a treatment that will best suit the skin. Teen acne facials help clear up red spots and the anxiety they can bring, while the lymphatic/sinus and allergy facial can help bolster the immune system. The Organic Foot Parlor, a division of the spa, pampers feet with one of several tea and herb baths, poured into a wooden tub filled with stones, while hands undergo a revitalizing thai and reflexology massage. All clients who book with Aesthetics by Juliette can experience what it's like to live in at least one room of a glass house?the custom-made, glass enclosed Himalayan Crystal Salt Room is available to all patrons.
At Forever Young Cosmetic Spa, licensed cosmetic professional Gina Gheldof sweeps away worries about running mascara and hastily applied lipstick by enhancing features with permanent cosmetics. Gheldof blends the precise color a client desires before outlining eyes with dark tints, shading brows to soft browns, or filling in lips with the color of a flamingo's heart. In addition to applying indelible makeup to faces, Gheldof can repigment scars so they blend in with nearby skin. She also supplying temporary cosmetic services, applying faux mink eyelashes until eye fringe is thick and long enough for wearers to finally sport eyelid pigtails.