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.
Veteran stylist Evelyn Levin approaches each clients’ haircare desires with formal training from the L'Oréal Academy, more than 25 years of experience, and keenly honed aesthetic intuition. Armed with an arsenal of products from brands including Enjoy, Evelyn can trim 'dos into appealing head-top topiary, rejuvenate strands with custom-formulated conditioning treatments, and imbue locks with a fresh, enlivening hue. Evelyn ensures her services deliver the most up-to-date pampering by continuing her styling education and thoughtfully incorporating the most current trends and products in her everyday practice.
Armed with Wella products, the stylists at 86 Hair Studio add a touch of European flair to clients' coifs. Whether shortening strands with haircuts or creating luxurious climbing ropes with GKhair treatments, the hair experts formulate custom looks that enhance clients' best features and work with their personalities.
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.
Many people spend years of training to specialize in one specific trade. Licensed aesthetician Gala has specialized training in 10 areas of aesthetics, including certification in myriad laser treatments. Relying on top products from Janssen Organics and glo minerals, she applies her knowledge to a range of services that beautify bodies inside and out. Her ultrasonic-cavitation treatments help melt stubborn fat cells while contouring the body and reducing the appearance of cellulite. These treatments also use radiofrequency to tighten sagging skin, increase collagen production, and tune in to a reading of War of the Worlds. Gala can massage newly slimmed forms with deep-tissue and trigger-point techniques to reduce pain and improve range of motion. Skin gets a second chance with Gala?s green peel, a safe peeling method that can renew aging and sun-damaged faces.
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.