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.
The Spa's licensed and certified professionals promote pulchritude and pamperization via a variety of spa services. Revitalize your visage with the hour-long signature facial, which combines cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction to clear away facial debris. Like high-end hockey-goalie uniforms, the treatment also includes a mask suited to each client's particular skin type. Choose the 60-minute Swedish massage and immerse your carcass in light to medium pressures that relieve tension between feuding muscles and create a heightened sense of wellbeing. The included $10 gift card can be used toward a service upgrade or an additional service or as a compatible companion for a lonely $10 bill. It is suggested that clients arrive 15 minutes prior to their first appointment, which will give them time to fill out paperwork, relax, and enjoy fruits and beverages provided by The Spa.
“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.
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.
More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.