During her 10-year career, makeup artist Ann Ho has honed her skills working with such well-known companies as NARS and Bobbi Brown. Her work has been featured in such publications as Bon Mua and BN and has prettied up beauty queens across Asia, Vietnam, and California.
At A-List Makeup, she helms a team of skilled makeup artists who beautify guests' faces and hair for weddings and other special occasions. Working either in their studio or on location, they expertly define cheekbones, eyes, and lips so that features will pop during engagement photo shoots or "accidental" run-ins with an attractive ex-mailman. The multitalented mavens can also craft sleek hairstyles that range from blowouts with soft, sexy waves to hair extensions and updos.
Harmony Massage and Acupuncture's staff members avoid all distractions when banishing clients' stress and discomfort. All of their treatments take place in minimalistic rooms painted in soothing green tones free of excessive decor, freeing customers from the worry that the surrounding pottery might contain snakes. The staff's acupuncture treatments target muscle knots and body tension by stimulating pressure points hidden throughout the body with thin, sterilized needles. During Swedish, deep-tissue, and couples massages, staff therapists spend careful consideration to address clients' pained areas, such as stiff backs and overworked shoulders.
Piercing eyes gaze at each client as they walk into Ruby's Beauty Studio. The stares do not belong to the friendly staff at the intimate studio but rather to pictures of women on its walls, each one’s hair and makeup elegantly done. This is just one way owner and beautician Ruby Walia showcases the studio’s extensive menu of aesthetic treatments, which range from threading and waxing to makeup applications. Ruby and her staff apply intricate henna designs to bodies and brighten and exfoliate faces with ginseng powder, 24-karat gold, and oxygen cream during 10 types of customized facials.
For the better part of the decade, Ruby has built her namesake studio from the ground up. Once a lawyer, Ruby decided to make a career change when she felt the need for a more creative outlet. She went to beauty school before beginning her aesthetic journey in 2000, which has led her to provide aesthetic and makeup services for the 2003 Miss India Northern California beauty pageant and famous Bollywood actresses such as Amrita Rao and Neha Dhupia.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Ceragem, founded in Korea, combines traditional Eastern medicine with today's medical technology to soothe stressed muscles with thermal massage beds and equipment. Ceragem Master and Master RL beds accost aches with FDA-approved far-infrared waves and precision pressures, while Ceragem Compact pads can be placed along acupressure points for targeted pain relief. Digital controls on the equipment and free will allow for full customization of heat level, speed, and warmth.
Rose Garden Massage?s cadre of massage therapists targets pain caused by injury, stress, and lymphedema. Massage sessions calibrate each stroke to the client's needs, pulling together modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, lymphatic drainage, and sports massage. Guided meditations attempt to detect emotional sources of pain or retrieve forgotten locker combinations, and workshops provide a space to share knowledge about topics such as couples massage and women?s empowerment. A lounge offers space to linger posttreatment or have a breakup talk with the knots in tight muscles before appointments.