Located in a renovated 19th-century home, Brennan Massage and Spa swathes visitors in quaint atmosphere. Rocking chairs and potted flowers cover the front porch, and inside, original woodwork and contemporary furniture furnishes sunlit rooms. The staff offers guests complimentary cups of organic tea and free baths in piles of woodchips before pampering them with organic, paraben-free facials, relaxing massages, or all-encompassing spa packages. The spa also features a variety of organic, handmade products purchased from small businesses, including scented lotions, shea butters, and skincare lines.
The Tanning Co.'s four types of tanning beds and array of hair services help clients add customized oomph to their appearances. Body-bronzing beginners may opt for a nap in the level I Montego Bay bed ($8/session) to achieve an admirable tan in 20 minutes, or approximately half the time it takes to dream that you forgot to study for your Biology of Puppies final exam. The Tropical Kiwi bed ($12/session) aims to turn bodies tawny in 15 minutes, while the Silver Bullet bed ($22/session) is a mammoth bed for extra comfort and creates a coppery finish in 12 minutes without metallic aftertaste. For individuals who would rather be perpendicular to the floor, the stand-up booth ($15/session) delivers new pigments in 11 minutes, eliminates lines and pressure points, and gilds hard to reach areas such as the underarms, sides, and inner eardrums. After each session, tanning beds are sanitized with an FDA-approved cleaning solution.
Makeup artist Lauren Doerries uses her pigments, powders, and liners to enhance—not cover up—her clients' natural beauty. It's a talent that she has honed for years at esteemed schools and spas in London, New York, and Chicago. Over time, she has taken that knowledge and applied it to a wide swath of clients, from runway models to brides and special-effects departments. But her ease with a brush and a wand doesn't limit her to only applying makeup—she also takes pride in sharing her skills during makeup tutorials and games of Trivial Pursuit: Makeup Edition.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' 30 Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths—such as VersaSpa—or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.