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.
The certified stylists at Lashful frame eyes with mink lashes to achieve looks ranging from elegant to seductive. Their uncanny attention to detail comes in handy during extension applications, when they meticulously attach each artificial lash to a real one to achieve the most natural look possible. Sensitive eyes need not wince in fear, as the adhesive material with which they apply lashes is specially formulated to not perturb the eye with harsh irritants or teasing optical illusions. The stylists also dip natural lashes in a semipermanent tint that—much like the extensions—gives eyes the glamorous look of freshly applied mascara.
The namesake of Botox and Juvederm Doctor is its founder and practicing physician, Dr. Muhammad Mirza, who brings more than a decade of medical experience to his work at both locations. Dr. Mirza's task is to combat wrinkles and other signs of aging, rendering faces smooth and youthful and sending wrinkles back to the only place they belong: corduroys. Along with Botox and Juvederm injections, treatments may also feature the Photo Biotech laser hair-removal system, which helps make the skin look and feel as smooth as possible.
At Lilly's Nail Spa, the actual mani-pedi experience is just as important as the end product. Nail technicians lavish attention onto hands and feet, filing and buffing fingernails and toenails into perfect crescents. They also dunk feet into a bubbling whirlpool bath to soothe soften skin, and further calm overworked heels with a reflexology massage. And when they finally get to polishing nails, the technicians turn on the creativity, outfitting tips with polka dots and chevron stripes or applying extra-glamorous touches such as faux crystals or strands of celebrity DNA.
Speranzi Facial Spa's licensed skincare specialist Yolanda T. Russo strives to fade signs of aging with preservative-free products and rejuvenating services. Yolanda saps tension from beleaguered brows, using products packed with botanical ingredients and antioxidants. She’s equipped with more than 15 years of experience, and she’s an advocate of maintaining skin without expensive products or fussy technology. To further her stance, she happily shares recipes for at-home facials.
Despite its name, Michelle Nails offers more than just manicures and pedicures. The beauty shop presents a range of services that can make eyes as expressive as brightly colored nails. Technicians achieve this by applying full sets of mink or silk eyelash extensions, or by giving clients mink extension refills for up to 40 lashes.