For more than two decades, Beauty in Vegas founder Nikki Segal has beautified high-profile clients, including Leonardo DiCaprio, John Edwards, and the models that grace the covers of Las Vegas Bride magazine. She and her team provide a mobile service for clients, traveling to homes, hotels, and casinos around the country to pamper clients with products from high-end brands such as Arbonne, Fred Segal, and MAC Cosmetics. Nikki prides herself on her vibrant, amiable personality that helps her charm even the most disgruntled eyelash curler to submit to her will.
Pamela Spittell, the licensed cosmetologist behind Pam's Hair Design and Eyelash Extensions, has more than 27 years of experience helping her clients stay beautiful. In addition to custom hair designs for each client, Pam also specializes in NovaLash eyelash extensions. Wielding natural and synthetic extensions and their complementing adhesives, she attaches NovaLash extensions to individual eyelashes to yield full, luscious lashes.
Flawlace Beauty Boutique’s black-and-white paisley wallpaper and electric-pink walls leave clients assured of the salon’s flair for feminine beautification. Sheer white curtains envelop visitors ensconced in hairstyling nooks or seated, like flamingo royalty, on plush pedicure chairs, and cursive marquees mark the spot for private facials and spa treatments. Inside the boutique’s blushing confines, customers also find staff trained in expertly applying eyelash extensions, including brightly colored and crystal-adorned varieties.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Inside Bella Si Salon and Spa, Tracy Suess beautifies clients with chic new hairstyles, revitalizing conditioning treatments, and vibrant highlights. She's joined by a staff of stylists and aestheticians who prettify nails with mani-pedis, rejuvenate skin with facials, and cut men's and women's hair.
Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon?s investigation.
No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.
Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection?even with properly sanitized instruments?may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they?ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it?s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.