As a former model, The New Look For You founder Mimi Lee-Grier knows beauty isn’t as easy as magazines make it look. But she also knows the behind-the-scenes tricks that make it seem so effortless. Permanent cosmetics, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow tinting are three low-maintenance methods she uses to make eyes bigger, lips fuller, and lashes more seductive—effects that won’t smear or fade while swimming, crying, or both. She also reconditions skin with facials, uses her oil-painter’s hand to apply traditional makeup, and swaddles guests in the deep heat of infrared body wraps.
Mauve walls, checkered floors, and cushy black leather chairs mark the trail to Urvashi Beauty Salon & Spa's private treatment rooms. Inside each one, aestheticians pamper clients with 24-karat gold facials, microdermabrasions, and other services customized to individual skin concerns. But the staff knows that radiant skin doesn't end with a single visit, which is why they also give comprehensive advice for at-home skincare, as well as access to their secret Lazarus pit in the basement.
Pauline of Pauline's Nail Spa doesn't rest on her laurels. It's not enough that she owns her own nail salon outfitted with tasteful mahogany-toned walls and plush pedicure thrones, she also designs her own nail services. Pauline's proprietary silk-wrap nail process offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional faux nails with 100% China silk and fiberglass resin that leave clients with long, sturdy, glossy nails. Clients can also opt for traditional, Shellac, spa, and organic mani-pedis, or they can settle into cushioned pedicure chairs that end in warm footbaths. In a separate room, aestheticians deliver results-focused, European-style facials that include deep cleanings, conditioning steams, and light massages to raise the spirits and bring the skin to a radiance that could earn its own office on the color wheel.
Pink Dahlia Spa is a soothing day and beauty spa dedicated to pampering with a diverse selection of services. Hardwood floors and soft lighting inform the homelike environment, and licensed aestheticians make guests feel at as ease as a polar bear in a walk-in freezer. Offering facials and massages, the staff strives to use primarily organic skincare products, such as the line from Vera Botanica. They're happy to work on Brazilian bikini lines with sugaring, the spa's new hair-removal treatments.
The beauty experts at Bellissimo Lashes make faces their business. They can add volume to lashes with extensions that use FDA approved adhesives and lashes. To clear our complexions, they draw up customized facials that eradicate dead skin cells with deep exfoliation and glycolic acid. For a longer-lasting solution, they offer permanent makeup that includes everything from lip liner and eyebrow fillers.
Laser light is a quick, relatively painless, and effective method for removing unwanted hair. A long-pulse, high-energy laser emits a gentle beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin and directly targets follicles, effectively treating unwanted hair. Unlike the lasers utilized by popular film hero and 2010 California gubernatorial hopeful Iron Man, these friendly beams are easy, comfortable, and treat hair follicles faster than other methods. The surrounding tissue is unaffected, and there is little to no irritation of the skin. Most areas usually require three to six treatments performed in six- to ten-week intervals to fully rid the dermis of unwelcome fur. Dr. Robert Niedblaski and the certified professionals at the physician-owned-and-operated Laser Hair & Skin Center will strip your lip of unwanted strands ($396 per package; a package is up to five treatments) or whip your bikini line ($796 per package) into two-piece shape just in time for Unusually Casual Friday at the office.