Elizabeth Bilow has more than 19 years of experience as a professional makeup artist. She spent this period working for prestigious companies such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Smashbox. The director of Makeup Chicago, who trained with a celebrity makeup artist, has even had her work featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Fashion Magazine, and on HBO. She and her team specialize in on-location airbrush makeup applications for weddings, fashion shows, and editorial photo shoots. In addition, they’ve recently begun applying single-strand synthetic eyelash extensions, which adhere to individual lashes to create a fuller, thicker lash line that holds up against showers, swimming pools, and squirting clown flowers.
At Head to Toe, a full-service beauty salon and spa, pulchritude professionals cosset weary patrons within a relaxing oasis featuring a range of hair, nail, and waxing treatments that utilize high-end salon products and stress-melting massages and facials. During pampering manicure and pedicure services, the salon’s digit doctors knead tightness out of phalanges and extremities before coating keratin in OPI, Essie, and Duri lacquers to revitalize fingers and prepare feet for trips to the beach or for sandal-model interviews. Stylists reduce head tension with relaxing shampoos and conditioners before basic cut and style sessions and after double-process color treatments.
A good massage lets you soak away worries that have lodged themselves in the nooks of your joints and the crooks of your connective tissues—providing more effective pain relief than you would get from leeches, even the ones that are certified masseuses. Today's Groupon gets you a one-hour Swedish massage at Gordon Salon & Spa for $40 (an $85 value). There are three Gordon Salons in the Chicagoland area, but only the Lakeview location offers massage services. So it's safe to assume your session will involve a trip to 3336 North Clark St.
Whether you're stopping in for an express facial or a full day of unwinding, the staff at Organic Body & Soul Spa’s singular goal is to help you shine inside and out. On the relaxing end of the spectrum, they dole out massages that use organic essential oils to enhance the entire experience. They also have 10 specialized facials with organic European serums featuring caviar extract, peptides, vita-mineral concentrate, and melted-down euro coins. Other treatments, such as jet peels and microdermabrasion facials, blend the relaxing elements you'd expect from a spa with the powerful results of a medical office.
Visage de Beauté refreshes façades with microdermabrasion treatments that utilize diamond chips to excavate the top layer of skin—clearing away dead skin cells and leaving faces smoother, healthier, and younger looking (a $125 value). The Echo 2 Plus oxygen treatment will then seek to reverse signs of aging caused by sun and pollution (a $95 value). After exfoliation, a vitamin-enriched mask deluges subepidermis cells with osmotic hydration. This clears the way for a vapor mist of pure oxygen gas, which will infiltrate the lower dermal layer with vitamins and minerals to refresh tired skin, restoring it to a nubile state of relaxed joyousness unlike any since you got your braces removed.
A marble-topped reception desk and heron-strewn silk screen welcome customers to Skin Renewed By Rhonda, where the aesthetician-in-chief echoes her calm surroundings with European-style spa services such as customized facials, soothing massages, and surface-smoothing microdermabrasion. Performed with cutting-edge products from Bioelements and PCA, Rhonda’s services treat signs of aging with serums free of artificial color, fragrances, or clog-promoting oils.