The team behind Lux Salon and Spa primp patrons with services amid stately wooden styling stations, tile floors, and orange accents. Hairstylists mold manes with products by Redken, Pureology, Paul Mitchell, and Brazilian Blowout. Beauty techs tint fa?ades with spray tanning and nourish epidermises with skin treatments by Rhonda Allison and Image. They also evict unwanted hair with wax, enhance beloved fuzz with brow tinting and lash extensions, and adorn hands and feet with OPI polish. Massage and bodywork heighten the relaxation. At the front of the shop, a boutique area with jewelry, hats, and scarves equips guests with accessories before they return to the outside world and their robot overlords.
What we grow to love is sometimes in the hands of fate, as makeup artist Aimee Aquitania, proprietor of All Occasions Artistry, has discovered. In 2011, a car accident left Aimee unable to stand for long periods of time, so she knew she had to find a way to support herself that didn’t require her to be on her feet. After choosing aesthetics, her first makeup gig was for a wedding, and Aimee often looks back with surprise that she, a self-proclaimed tomboy, fell in love with such a delicate art.
In her plum-colored headquarters at Studio 55 Salon Suites, bronze double-sconce lighting illuminates countenances as Aimee enhances features with traditional cosmetics or tattoo-like permanent makeup. In addition to offsite trips to beautify wedding parties or paint faces on coconuts for shipwrecked sailors, she travels to homes to give makeup lessons or overhaul clients’ makeup bags by evaluating each cream, powder, and liner. After a sharp rap on the door, she can be found waiting on porches with a Norvell airbush tanning system to burnish bodies before sugaring and waxing away unwanted hair.
The staff greets Dream Day Spa's visitors with a glass of sparkling mineral water and a smile?a mere prelude to the pampering that is to come in this oasis's treatment rooms. Massages send tension drifting up into the ether, and body wraps exfoliate and nourish the skin. The spa's overflowing bath provides a continuous flow of burbling water, keeping the body warm and immersed throughout the session, and the steam room opens the pores with piped-in eucalyptus scents.
Facials fight signs of aging, and chemical peels provide more dramatic results by stripping away the topmost layer of skin. This removes everything from sun damage to wrinkles to the stubborn body glitter left over from your prom.
With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? [Our service is] much better than using a machine at the tanning salons; nothing beats the human eye to make sure your tan is even and not streaky. Never orange or red, just beautifully bronzed, every time.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I'm a licensed esthetician. Beauty and skin health is my passion.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer? I'm thorough and will never leave a client unhappy.
At Scene Cosmetics, owner and founder Stacey Sacco helps clients achieve their dream look while also teaching them about proper makeup application so they can achieve the red-carpet look at home. Stacey uses the Scene PRO makeup line, which she designed to endure the stresses of professional photo shoots, the plot twists of film and TV work, and the hot lights and constant face licking of the stage. She and her crew also lead private makeup lessons, working with their own products and the client’s regular makeup to help master a look.