At The Beauty Lounge Salon and Day Spa, each technician undergoes meticulous training and ongoing education seminars to ensure luxuriously therapeutic facials, skin-smoothing waxes, and effective strategies for fighting hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. The spa occupies the space of a charming luxury townhome, with plump, purple couches and soft-light chandeliers conjuring the atmosphere of a grandmother’s parlor, and wall-to-wall accents of luxurious mahogany-hued hardwood evoking the image of an aristocratic lumberjack’s summer home.
Owner, aesthetician, and skincare devotee Brandi Colton oversees Capricious' staff of beauty pros, whose areas of expertise run the gamut of skin pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, facials, and waxing. Bathed in light from a sparkling chandelier, customers rise from the lobby's zebra-print chairs as staffers lead them to private treatment rooms, where soft lighting and fresh flowers inject an air of tranquility into each facial, chemical peel, and massage. For the uninitiated, the free skin bar lets customers befriend their own skin therapist, who will perform a face analysis and dole out free samples of AcquaCures and Dermalogica products as heaps of steaming towels serve to open pores and perfectly cook clients made of broccoli.
Kitsch Couture, called "a fashionista's hidden gem," by NBC Bay Area, is a boutique committed to bringing the latest fashions to the women of Los Gatos. Like the lines on the face of the wizened elf looking up at you from your cereal bowl, the brands at Kitsch are ever-changing, but currently include Free People, BB Dakota, LA MADE, Kersh, Charlie Jade, Dolce Vita Lush, and more. For those feeling fall's chill, a collection of jackets ($45-$150) and sweaters ($30-$98) keep wearers warm. The shop also carries dresses ($40-$120) for more formal occasions and scarves ($15-$32) for when necks demand anonymity. The staff is knowledgeable of all of the brands and takes pride in helping customers find a perfect fit.
At Just Perfect Threading & Salon, many customers are left wondering how they hadn’t tried out threading earlier. After all, unlike waxing treatments, threading doesn’t cause the delicate skin around the eye to wrinkle. The skin-friendliness of threading is only one of the benefits of this ancient Eastern technique practiced here, where trained aestheticians loop and pull out rows of hair to skillfully shape eyebrows and swiftly remove unwanted hair from the face and body. Much like the world’s most accomplished marlin fishermen, the only tools these aestheticians use are a cotton string and a trained eye. They also accent newly smooth skin with henna tattoos, adding a fun, temporary design to hands, feet, or your skin area of choice.
Amid the advanced stylists of Tangles Salon, aesthetician Nikki Garland keeps clients' complexions beautiful and bright with custom skincare treatments. After a consultation to determine each client’s skin type and favorite Richard Gere film, Garland designs an appropriate regimen of cleansing, steaming, moisturizing, masking, and massaging to alleviate troubles ranging from dry skin to acne.
With a full stock of hypoallergenic rose petals and nut-free dark chocolates, your allergy-free Valentine's Day only lacks wardrobe. The European ambience at Dutchess Intimates Boutique inspires keen-eyed shoppers to cruise through the subtly flowing satins and lace, taking in the lush textures and form-flattering designs. The boutique dresses its hangers and mannequins in the lingerie stylings of Betsey Johnson, Blush, Calvin Klein, Lunaire, Mary Green, and many others, carrying bras sized from a 34A to 40DD (average price around $40) and lingerie from small to 1X (average price around $65). While most ladies know whether they prefer a babydoll or a widowmaker, generous male partners or severely misguided mama's boys can follow these lingerie-hunting tips to make the selection process less discombobulating.