About Face touts a wide selection of blushing basics and eye essentials in a boutique teeming with skincare and cosmetic creations crafted by more than 25 brands. Mineral makeup by Bare Escentuals harnesses natural ingredients in the form of a blemish-cloaking foundation that feigns a powdery guise but feels like a cream and tastes like tiramisu ($25). A healthy dusting of Nars blush ($27.50) plumps timid cheekbones and transforms lackluster visages into bashful beauties. Smashbox eye shadow ($23) imposes bright colors across ocular shades to ensure that peepers remain the center of attention amidst a flock of prize-winning peacocks. In addition to makeup products, About Face also carries a bouquet of skincare necessities and olfactory-rousing fragrances from the likes of Juicy Couture.
Sunset Spa's deforestation experts wield a liquid-based Nufree solution to clear away unwanted hair from various hirstute regions of the body. During the Brazilian wax, visitors relax in a private room as a steady-handed aesthetician uproots every last nether-feather with the botanical, wax-free serum and a gentle touch. The roughly 30- to 60-minute follicle banishing process keeps stubble at bay longer than shaving, and boosts confidence in ladyfolk as they strut around in polka-dot bikinis, underwear, or extra short wooden barrels.
Cindy Larson, the massage therapist behind Total Relaxation, has relieved aching bodies with a variety of hands-on techniques since 1997, including at the Special Olympics in 2006 and at Iowa State University's dance marathon in 2009. At her practice, she discusses the ins and outs of different massage modalities with clients before sessions, helping them choose the most beneficial one for them. Relaxing Swedish massages alleviate tension with light pressure, whereas trigger-point and muscle-release techniques work to unclench tense muscles and constricted fascia. Cindy specializes in relieving hip, back, and shoulder pain, as well as headaches and pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
At Brittany Rose Therapeutics, a licensed massage therapist slackens stressed muscles during one-hour massages. During the Swedish massage, flowing strokes help to exile pain, lessen achy joints, and soothe bodies more thoroughly than of a stampede of kittens. Those who elect a therapeutic massage will strut out of the soothery with looser muscles, increased flexibility, and no memory of injuries sustained during full-contact chess matches.
Ames Racquet & Fitness Center helps shrink beer bellies and wine waists with a convoy of cardio machines, strength-training equipment, expert trainers, and group classes. Bright, open reception areas welcome doomed calories, which cower in fear of the lineup of treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes, and noodle-like biceps morph into bulging bastions of brawn on free-weight systems. The one-month membership also gives fitnessmongers access to a full-length pool at the North location, which accommodates fat-banishing underwater three-legged races, as well as tennis courts at the South location. Additionally, patrons get access to more than 90 weekly group classes. Brightly lit, mirrored studios play host during the core-sculpting Butts & Guts and the calming yoga-Pilates fusion Group Centergy, while Power Aqua breaks sweats without aggravating joints in the pool.