At SensAbility in the Atlanta School of Massage, supervised student aestheticians bolster fading façades with natural and organic products by Lotus Moon, which contain botanicals and marine extracts. During the gentle massagings of the signature facial, apprentice aestheticians overhaul complexions with a deep pore cleansing to remove dirt, oil, and stray gummy bears. After analyzing individual skin characteristics, pelt practitioners smooth layers of organic cleansers across cranial turf, toning and exfoliating faces to achieve a radiant complexion. Extractions, a treatment mask, and a soothing hand and arm massage complete the pore-refining pamperfest, leaving faces as smooth as a buttered-up ice sculpture. Fresh faces can also request a complimentary makeup application at the time of booking.
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.
As a dancer, Julian Reynolds has performed on Broadway, and as a makeup artist, he's dusted pigment on Halle Berry, Bette Midler, and Christina Aguilera. But after moving to Atlanta from the Big Apple, Julian decided it was time to work for himself. After honing his craft at an upscale spa, and applying makeup photographed by Simply Buckhead and Jezebel, he enlisted the help of business partner Craig Allemeier and founded Julian's Cosmetics + Skincare.
Today, he's still lining lids, contouring complexions, and flexing his intimate knowledge of skincare and cosmetics products?but on his own terms. Julian has not only stocked his spa with talented aestheticians and makeup artists, but he's also furnished it to be a contemporary, slickly appointed facility. Glossy and white, with high ceilings and a yogurt moat, the spa is as soothing to the eye and mind as it is to pores. From peels to gentle massages, complexions bask in a sprawling choice of services, with Dermalogica brand serums often doing the heavy lifting. Makeup recipients, meanwhile, open their eyes to see dramatic transformations. And because it's also a boutique, clients can take home favorite products from a long list of lines.
Jay Z, Jennifer Hudson, and Cyndi Lauper are but a few of the celebrities who have had their makeup treatments done by the staff at Blushbaby. This boutique studio was founded by celebrity makeup artists Khadija DeShong and Michelle Beckles, who in their forty-plus years have beautified recognizable faces in screen, magazines, and fashion, and for photo shoots. Michelle is a certified MAC Cosmetics Makeup Artist for over 15 years and served as resident artist for Clinique Cosmetics. Celebrity makeup artist Khadija attracts more stars than a bowling alley that uses Oscars as pins, and is a makeup artist for brands such as Laura Mercier, YSL Cosmetics, and Nars Cosmetics.
Their artistic eyes and steady hands have attracted celebrities and national press such as ABC News to their lavish studio, where clients are beautified in a regal setting accompanied by crystal chandeliers and posh makeup stations. Michelle and Khadija offer makeup applications in their studio and onsite, using their versatility to provide a proper look for a wedding, girls night out, or photo shoot. They also offer makeup lessons and eyelash-extension treatments.
While studying for a degree in pre-legal studies, Reese Williams realized she wasn't living the life she wanted, so she shifted her studies to fashion design as a way to express her creativity. But after a stint doing makeup for a school fashion show, she fell in love with the art and decided to take an airbrush makeup course at the London Film Academy. Since then, her skills have led her to work with the likes of Usher and dress bands that include Maroon 5 and the Goo Goo dolls.
As the owner of EyeMakeItHappen and a certified permanent makeup artist, Reese now runs her owns business. Using micropigmentation, she outlines eyes and lips and fills in sparse brows with a hair-stroke technique that mimics natural hair and keeps each follicle from getting lonely. Her other aesthetic services range from lash extensions to hair extensions with real human hair.