At a click of its easy-to-use website, Food Temptation ships the raw elements of South Asian cuisine directly to the homes and offices of fine-food fanciers in northern New Jersey and Manhattan. These include more than a dozen varieties of flour, as well as chutneys, ghee, and spices in every color of the visible spectrum, except for the hideous color known only as polka-plaid. Gorgeous produce abounds, from curry leaves ($.79 per piece) to fresh, juicy guava ($3.99/lb.) to extra-life-granting 1-Up mushrooms (market price). Food Temptation also sells nearly 100 varieties of microwaveable Indian meals, such as the spicy, protein-packed chana masala ($2.49).
Though European Day Spa & Salon isn't actually in Europe, the spa's indulgent ambiance leaves many clients feeling like they've stepped into the Old World. Ornate chandeliers and a sun-soaked interior wash the space in romantic light, revealing specialists treating nails and tresses with top-of-the-line products from L'Oreal Paris, Pureology, and OPI. These knowledgeable, accommodating experts also pamper patrons with treatments including anti-aging facials, hot stone massages, highlights, and makeup applications. This breadth and depth of service helps earn the establishment its fame, with accolades pouring in from New Jersey Monthly and four out of five magic mirrors.
Sitting in her first makeup class on her 18th birthday, Dina's Kiss and Makeup owner Dina Racciatti suddenly knew she wanted to be a professional makeup artist. Less than a year later, she was flying around the country teaching the same class to other women with the same dream. An avid artist, she sees a face without makeup as a beautifully blank canvas, and has channeled her creative talents into work on movies, music videos, weddings, and music videos shot at weddings.
Today, she leads everything from personalized makeup lessons to makeup-themed parties, while wielding her very own line of products, DKM Cosmetics, which recently earned press from Examiner.com. Inside her contemporary makeup boutique, mirrored vanities flanked by exposed brick walls reveal row upon row of DKM’s more than 100 eye shadows, dozens of blushes, and custom-blended foundations. Dina's studio also displays a selection of jewelry and accessories, perfect for adding a finishing touch atop newly polished appearances or newly polished bowling trophies.
Ultra Shave Lounge merges tradition and modernity. Old-fashioned straight razors slide across faces and provide tight shaves before a backdrop of road signs and wild-style graffiti distinctly from the present day. Short haircuts become canvases for Ultra Shave's meticulously buzzed designs in shapes such as shooting stars, flames, and arrows. In addition to standout fades, the shop’s barbers also trim hair into clean-cut, single-length dos before job interviews or after getting your head stuck between stair bannisters for 15 years.
Beauty Couture's facials are designed not just to treat the skin, but also the mind; the treatments integrate results-oriented skincare with deep relaxation techniques. Each session begins with a skin consultation, which allows the aesthetician to customize each service with acne remedies, collagen infusions, or whatever a particular guest might need. Specialty services include an organic renewal facial and a deep-cleansing treatment, as well as facials for men and teens. Add-ons allow for further customization, such as microdermabrasion or eye, lip, and hand treatments. The team uses Shiseido products, which, with more than 130 years in business, is one of the beauty industry's oldest and most trusted brands.
The menu also includes a succinct selection of body treatments, such as seaweed body wraps, body-slimming radio-frequency, and Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Furthermore, waxing and back treatments help keep bodies smoother than The Fonz after his usual bath of grease and pomade.