When Angel Tips opened the doors to its single Long Island store in 1996, it had a simple premise: to offer professional nail, waxing, and beauty services at an affordable price. Although the company has expanded to more than 60 locations across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut since then, their focus on professionalism remains the same. They even require all of their licensed professionals to hone their skills at a specialized training center in Connecticut.
Though Angel Tips expertly performs waxing services and installs eyelash extensions, their specialty lies in nail care. Their technicians perform traditional, gel, and acrylic manicures, as well as specialty pedicures with paraffin and hot stone massages. Cleanliness, like professionalism and affordability, is a top priority; all locations use sanitized tools, disposable files and buffer pads, and pedicure chairs that have fully outgrown their teenage grunge phases.
Alora Ambiance Spa owner Patricia Rivas has worked as a licensed aesthetician and skincare specialist for nearly a decade. Along the way, she's picked up advanced certifications in treatments such as cellulite-smoothing ionithermie and IPL hair removal, teamed up with Dr. Thomaso Skorupski, and assembled a staff of talented hairstylists, nail artists, and waxing specialists spread throughout two studios. There, staffers dole out specialty services, including eyelash perms and extensions, exfoliating salt-glow treatments, and facials that infuse faces with more oxygen and nutrients than a granola-filled balloon. Beyond stocking the shelves with aesthetic aids from such brands as Paul Mitchell, Matrix, and Pravana, Rivas is also the creator of the Ayurveda by Alora skincare line, which includes soap- and- sulfate-free cleansers, as well as body creams infused with white tea and vitamins C and E.
Jessica Eberhardt, the owner of Pure Skin Salon and Spa, wants to make her clients feel like family. And with all the treatments she and her team offer, it doesn't take long to start thinking of the spa as a second home. One week, you might stop by for an exfoliating microdermabrasion treatment and a touch-up on your lash extensions; the next might call for a hot-stone massage or a reflexology pedicure. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Pure Skin actually looks pretty homey, too. Beautiful hardwood floors run throughout the interior, and the private spa rooms are outfitted with everything from candles to blanket forts.
Though Merry Forte always knew she wanted to find a career that helped people, she didn't always feel called to the makeup palette. When she graduated from college, she entered the business world—but it left her dissatisfied and searching. So when she returned to school, she studied at Robert Fiance Makeup Academy. Makeup had long been her passion, and now she had the opportunity to open Blushes N Brushes Makeup Artistry and turn beauty into her career. Today she not only creates makeup looks for various occasions and teaches others how to do so, but also applies Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions.
Founded by registered nurse Corina Ianculovici, Mirelle Medispa refreshes countenances with cosmetic dermatology under the medical direction of board-certified Drs. Mona Awad and William Keating. Medical-aesthetic professionals fight aging with injectable treatments, microdermabrasion, or the Vampire FaceLift, a unique procedure that blends hyaluronic-acid fillers, platelet-rich plasma, and peer pressure to convince cells to grow new, younger-looking skin.
Mint-blue and muted-gold drench the walls of Salon Marc Joseph, standing out against chocolate-colored chairs and cabinetry and adding an element of cool and fun to the chic, elegant salon. A shelf full of colorful nail polish hangs from the walls only to be yanked away by nail technicians as they pamper mitts and paws with indulgent manicures and pedicures. Across from the nail area, owner Maria Reyes joins a crew of hairstylists slinging products by Pureology, Joico, and j.f. lazartigue across freshly snipped ‘dos and imbuing lifeless locks with vibrant L’Oréal color. In the private spa room, aestheticians pamper both males and females with Shira natural skincare products, and submit the body's unnecessarily hairy parts to the anti-fur campaign of wax.