Lisa Contreras loves sparkle. The founder of Smudges Body Boutique specializes in making you shimmer, using glitter, and rhinestones. In other services, the Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics graduate turns her focus to producing an inner twinkle through peels, all over body waxing, collagen induction dermaneedle facials, and all-natural facials.
Sunlight isn't exactly a scarce commodity in Phoenix, but the certified spray-tan technicians at Phoenix Glow get their color from a different source. Their vegan and organic formula is free of parabens, harsh fragrances, and, of course, UV rays. It's also fully customizable, so you can get a tan that exactly matches your skin type and preferences. But that's only the beginning in terms of customization; add shimmering golden drops to your solution, or spike it with a yummy scent such as "pineapple" or "success."
After inviting guests into Vlashed, licensed lash technician Valencia asks them to close their eyes and enjoy a pampering experience. Although this often helps visitors relax (some even fall asleep), it's also necessary for Valencia to apply sets of individual silk, synthetic mink, and mink lash extensions using glue that is formaldehyde-, paraben-, sulfur-, and sulfate-free. Because of her detailed application process, these long, full eyelash extensions last between six and eight weeks, at which time patrons can return for a fill. Inside her cozy studio, Valencia also waxes off unwanted hair and tints brows and lashes, making them stand out more than a person whose business card is made from fur.
Renowned scalp architects Paul Faulconer and Raul Gallegos reshape tresses, cutting at precise angles and granting flattering hues through sulfate-free products and Matrix colorants. Wisps of hair flutter down to the marble floors, leaving only sleek modern styles on the heads above, which rest against minimalist leather thrones like the rulers of post-apocalyptic motorcycle kingdoms. Smoky walls provide a muted backdrop for lock-shearing and styling as rich Matrix highlights enhance manes.