Though V MedSpa’s clients will feel soothed by a trickling fountain, natural fragrant oils, and a peaceful soundtrack, they may never see the spa’s most comforting facet. A doctor is always onsite, overseeing licensed and well-trained therapists and spa technicians as they perform an expansive list of cosmetic services. Manning lasers, high-tech hand pieces, and pulsed light, medical staff flatten unwanted curves, smooth cellulite, and erase skin imperfections. Because they want each and every client to feel confident and in control of their treatment, the team members also take the time to present patients with a list or a choreographed song-and-dance number that illustrates their options and to answer any questions they may have about their expected results.
During her time as a fashion model, Donna Michelle D'Aurio knew the importance of staying in shape. But, when she became a trained fitness instructor, she quickly learned the importance of being both fit and healthy. With this philosophy in mind, Donna established Bella Fitness as a mobile fitness company in 2006. Since then, the company has grown into a fitness business where a staff of personal trainers, dance instructors, sport coaches, and nutritionists designs customized fitness plans for everyone from kids to senior citizens.
Within the studio, clients can work up a sweat in semi-private Pilates, Barre, Zumba, TRX, and dance cardio classes that reflect Donna’s own group fitness certifications from the Arthritis Foundation, SilverSneakers, PiYo, and YMCA. For younger clients, kids' yoga and Zumba classes are also available. At the other end of the spectrum, personal training sessions provide one-on-one attention as exercisers focus on mastering specific fitness routines or strengthening their levitation abilities. Bella's facility is also equipped with a Korr Reevue breathing test, which determines resting metabolic rates, as well as plenty of space to host training courses on CPR and fitness instruction.
“Quarter of a Cent-Cherry;” “Don’t Talk Bach to Me;” “A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find.” These quips may look like they came from a book of puns, but they're actually imprinted on the bottom of three OPI nail polish bottles—and the other 280 or so colors are christened just as creatively. Unusual names—along with lustrous, long-lasting finish—are the signature of the OPI brand, and OPI happens to be the signature of Paolo Ponce Nails, where clients can choose from countless color options—available in both standard and chip-resistant gel varieties—before settling in for a relaxing manicure or pedicure.
Dr. Hooshang Tabibian helms a staff of trained and registered nurses and doctors who beautify clients with an extensive list of med-spa services, many of which call upon FDA–approved lasers. They rejuvenate faces with laser treatments geared toward reducing wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scarring, and acne, and target bodies to remove tattoos, spider veins, and unwanted hair. They also use the power of the beam to whiten teeth without causing extra sensitivity.
Though, lasers aren’t the only tools the staff uses to achieve desirable results. They inject facial muscles with Botox to reduce the activity that causes wrinkles, and work to reduce fine lines with medical-grade chemical peels. They also find their hands helpful, as they relieve tension with full-body massages that are relaxing enough to make you fall asleep and dream of a pack of puppies romping on your back.
To earn the title “makeup guru,” one needs to log multiple hours practicing the art of aesthetics. Alice Atakhanian has been doing that since 1997. After training under TV and film makeup artists David Allen Dittmer and Dina Ousley, Alice went on to gain experience working on production sets and with local and international celebrities including the singer Bahar. Currently, the multitasking makeup artist oversees an online wedding services directory, spearheads bridal shows, and hosts the Persian satellite TV show “Top Tack”. She can also be seen at Beyond Beauty Parlor, the makeup and salon studio that she founded with her AML beauty academy.
At the Glendale beauty shop, wrapped in modern art decor and light colors, Alice and her team tend to clients with the latest in hair and makeup treatments. Brides can enjoy private accommodations as they're gussied up with intricate updos, bejeweled tiaras, and airbrush makeup that creates flawless skin and discreetly covers vow tattoos. Beyond Beauty's team also offers classic spa services in the form of antiaging facials and aromatherapy massages to relax the mind and body.
The licensed massage therapists at Finishing Touch Therapeutic Massage offer an expansive menu of massage modalities for therapeutic and medical purposes. In private treatment rooms, they perform massages that may integrate eastern techniques, such as Thai acupressure and shiatsu, western methods such as deep-tissue and Swedish bodywork, or northern methods such as reindeer hoof and candy cane therapy. Finishing Touch also offers facials to rejuvenate the complexion and soothing aromatherapy to ease tension.
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 our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 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 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 a UK-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 Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.