The expert aestheticians at Exquisite Skincare and Waxing mollycoddle guests from the neck up with facials custom-fit to their skin types and strengthened with Dermalogica tonics and salves. The Dermalogica facial commences with a mapping that analyzes the face’s topography and plots the most direct bus route from the chin to the forehead. A skinsmith then double cleanses and exfoliates the visage, ridding it of stubborn makeup, dirt, and past-their-prime skin cells. Warm steam opens up pores before a gentle extraction, if necessary, whisks away blemish-causing bacteria from the face. The façade refurbishing continues with a customized mask and application of serums, toner, eye cream, and a hydrating moisturizer. A light facial massage concludes the pampering, transporting minds to places of relaxation—like a sandy beach or the inside of Paul Bunyan’s pillow. Exquisite Skincare ensconces visitors in a serene setting decked with lavender paint, glowing chandeliers, and fresh flowers.
Viola's European Esthetics Studio chases a single, simple mission?to make clients feel better. With a 20-year industry veteran and staff beautician Violetta Dudek at its helm, the studio performs an extensive list of rejuvenating services, including deep-cleansing facials, Japanese manicures, eyelash extensions, and electrolysis. Each begins with a consultation in order to tailor treatment to the client's needs, and the studio can even use a high-resolution computer skin analyzer to pinpoint collagen quality and check skin for spyware. Electrolysis sessions vary in duration based on the client's needs, with a single session lasting a minimum of 10 minutes.
As the aestheticians and nail technicians at Green DragonFly Aesthetics beautify clients with custom facials, waxing, and mani-pedis using all-natural products, they consider sanitation, hygiene, and safety are of utmost importance. As a division of the Kingston Foot and Ankle Clinic, they follow the same medical-grade sterilization protocols and methods to ensure their guests enjoy safe pampering. Each of their all-natural products—including Colorevolution Mineral Makeup and Pink Himalayan Salt soaps—is free of harmful chemicals. When the staff members aren't rejuvenating complexions with microdermabrasion or decorating fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures, they also accentuate guests' natural beauty with permanent makeup.
The Millers envisioned a beauty resource for western New York – a place where creativity would flourish and clients would be treated like royalty; style would be up-to-the-minute and education ongoing. Until now, brands like Jo Malone, Oribe, Aqcua di Parma, and Kai were only to be found in major cities, hours away.
A curled sidewalk delivers patrons to the temple-like entrance of Shear Effects. After crossing the threshold, patrons enter a Colonial Revival–style red-brick residence, where owner and stylist Amy Bast and her team of beauty professionals foster beauty and wellness. Double-hung windows shed natural light on stylists as they cut, color, or texturize strands in the salon. Voyeuristic squirrels cast their unremitting gaze on nail technicians who groom fingers and toes in a mani-pedi room. Beneath the vaulted ceiling of an upstairs massage area, a licensed massage therapist doles out soothing strokes and certified myoskeletal-alignment therapy, which combines muscle-balancing techniques with joint mobilization to alleviate neck and back pain.
As a certified permanent makeup technician, Alynn Dasta has mastered micropigmentation?a large word for cosmetic tattooing. Her organic, hypoallergenic pigments can enhance lips, eyes, and brows, removing the need for daily primping. During all of her treatments, she uses the Softap method, which allows for precise application of the pigment by hand. She also precedes each appointment with a consultation, and helps her clients to determine what colors will best complement their skin tone and favorite feather boa. Alynn doesn't just deal in eyeliner and lipliner, however?she can also reconstruct areolas or disguise scars on clients who have undergone surgery.