Satin pillows dyed the colour of rose petals line a black banquette covered in velvet damask, below which bubbling footbaths sparkle in the light of the crystal chandelier above. This is Luxe Beauty Lounge & Mobile Spa, a spa that has been praised equally for the pedicures available at its brick-and-mortar location in Yaletown as for the expert beauty teams it sends to special events. Cleanliness is their top priority when dealing with feet. Nail technicians unwrap new cuticle sticks as well as new nail and foot files to groom each pair of toes, and their jet baths stay pristine with help from a special pipeless system and a miniature Aquaman with a passion for cleaning. Next on the list are luxurious surprises, including a tincture that transforms bathwater into a warm, softening salve, a scrub glittering with gold flakes, and an ice-cream-themed mani-pedi.
Facials evince the same level of care, as they are tailored to suit each skin type with organic tonics—there is even a biodynamic treatment for sensitive skin. Their mobile services centre around packages that range from 3 to 4 hours, and for weddings, they bundle their hair and makeup with their two in-house specialties into on-location pamperings that last up to 6 hours.
Humming air purifiers wring dust particles and the taint of chemical odors from Splashie Nail Spa's oxygen molecules. The fresh airflow cascades over technicians and aestheticians as they make over their clients. During nail treatments, the specialists pamper digits with orange paraffin, peppermint oil, or hot-towel wraps to leave hands softer than a silkworm's bathrobe before shaping nails and applying a vibrant new coat of resilient OPI or CND polish. Hair-removal sessions trot out natural honey waxes to uproot any unwanted follicles, leaving behind skin that can remain hairless for up to eight weeks.
Within grey walls and hardwood floors that echo with the tranquil trickle of water fountains, each member of Gemini Beauty Centre’s team of professional aestheticians employs upward of 10 years of beautifying experience as they rejuvenate weary patrons from tip to toe tip. Dedicated to guest comfort, staff conducts pre-treatment consultations in order to explain impending services and address questions and concerns. Wielding luxurious beauty products imported from Europe via transatlantic games of fetch, staffers restore radiance to epidermises with advanced skincare services ranging from restorative Valmont Triple DNA treatments to Bio lifting eye treatments. Champions of banishing stress from patrons’ frames, the fingers of Gemini’s staff fly as they bombard ailing torsos with a menu of full-body treatments including monopolar firming treatments, revitalizing mud body masks, and French pedicures performed in German.
There’s a lot to like about La Lotus Nails Spa, a beauty emporium whose team of professional technicians doesn’t stop at the hands and feet. Though mani-pedis—especially OPI manicures with a chip-resistant soak-off gel polish—are their specialty, they also treat bodies to multiple types of facials, massages, and waxing treatments. The plant life that abounds in their modernly appointed office can make one forget how clinically sanitary the actual treatments are. Nail technicians, for example, always use disposable liners during pedicures to prevent the spread of bacteria and temporary tattoos.
Boasting more than 20 years experience in the beauty industry, Survana Yuen passes the torch of her expert knowledge in the art of aesthetics to willing students. She places an emphasis on practice and theory, having students practice on models until they’ve proven themselves skilled enough to work on actual clients. In addition to being a cutting-edge education facility, Senniyo Aesthetics International School of Canada is a fully operational beauty center, offering facials, nail services, waxing sessions, eyebrow threading, and massages from supervised students or licensed aestheticians.