Sandra Murphy, Glamour Permanent Cosmetics' owner and certified cosmetics specialist, crafts tattooed facial enhancements that mimic the look of makeup, bestowing eye and lip regions with natural-looking fullness and perpetual allure. A team of four safety-certified staffers assists Murphy, each specializing in a particular form of cosmetic enhancement such as eyelash extensions, teeth whitening, and tattoos. Murphy has honed her craft since 2006 and now instructs a 100-hour course designed to certify new permanent cosmetics artists.
Kathy Wise, A You'Nique Image's owner and a board-certified permanent-cosmetic-makeup technician with more than 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, dedicates herself to helping clients achieve their beauty goals. In between the permanent-makeup applications that she performs, Kathy spends her time overseeing an authoritative staff of hair stylists, nail specialists, and med-spa technicians. The center brims with such skin-refining hardware as FDA-approved microdermabrasion equipment and a Youth Light 2010 photo-rejuvenation system. Opting for a permanent-makeup application, like working toward an associate's degree at clown college, ensures that eye and lip regions remain colorful for up to two years.
Mahendra Patel opened New York Thread to bring the ancient practice of threading to the modern masses. The technicians twist pieces of cotton thread in such a way to quickly, efficiently remove unwanted hair from eyebrows, upper lips, chins, and horns. The staff also flex their artistic skills with temporary henna tattoos in a variety of swirls, flowers, and lattice designs.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
At Tip Top Tattoos, a team of tattoo and body piercing artists draw upon a huge selection of designs and personal creativity to give each guest a highly customized experience. They realize that no two tattoos should be the same and craft a visual representation of each client's imagined look within the privacy of individual booths. Certified body piercer Mallory Cox—whose apprenticeship and training included approved sterilization techniques and anatomy courses—adds bling to ears, noses, and fashion-forward tin men.
The technicians can also discard old, unwanted tattoos with the MedLite C6 Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser system, which they use in conjunction with the Cryo 6 cooling machine to minimize discomfort.