Unless you go back in time and track yourself down, there's only one of you in the world. That's why professional makeup technician Ele Bien always tailors her makeup applications to the individual's unique complexion, features, and personality.
Clients may solicit her services for an upcoming date, or for more auspicious long-awaited events such as a wedding, graduation, or divorce hearing.
In most cases, being caked in mud leaves you wanting a shower. Not so at SueliMatos Skincare Therapy, where warm mud, peat, and clay boosts circulation and helps open follicles. Mud is among many soothing ingredients used by the licensed aesthetician, Sueli Matos, who enriches epidermises with exfoliating algae masks and skin-tightening collagen masks. She also combats the effects of acne with minerals plucked from the Dead Sea.
Though she mostly works wonders for faces, Sueli's services also extend to the rest of the body. For example, she breaks down cellulite by administering massages with mechanical suction during a treatment called vacuum therapy, which doesn't involve confiding your deepest secrets to your vacuum. To encourage clients to keep skin healthy before and after treatment, Sueli also stocks organic products from Shira Esthetics, each full of rejuvenating botanical antioxidants.
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as seven minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain?s salons?each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies?can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan?s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. Voted "Favorite Tanning Salon in North Jersey" by an independent readers' poll in Suburban Trends magazine, Hollywood Tans of Union can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: Indoor Tanning and Custom UV-free Spray Tanning
Brands Used: Norvell, Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Dr. Muller
Q&A with Christopher Nickel, Owner
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I developed a passion for tanning in 2001. I finally had the desire and the means to jump into the industry by opening a salon in 2008.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
Stylish and modern. Eclectic crown molding, chairs, and decorative modeling throughout the salon give clients a warm, homey feeling from the second they walk in.
The team at Bella Organici LLC takes organic culture seriously. That's why every one of their products is 100% organic, no small feat at a tanning salon. In fact, none of their products have even been animal tested, either. Their work helps clients circumvent the inconvenience of tanning beds and outdoor sunbathing to achieve a nice bronze. The salon's tanning sprays react with the skin’s chemistry to create natural-looking color that lasts for up to two weeks. To boot, their at-home tanning events transform solitary beauty work into a party, prepping a group of friends for a day at the beach and helping the homeowner become invisible in front of their bronze walls. Bella Organici's other services also work to beautify skin, with facials, exfoliating scrubs, and waxing.
Joli Visage Permanent Cosmetics' master permanent cosmetic and medical-tattoo specialist Andrea takes an artistic approach to naturally enhancing features with permanent makeup. More than eight years of experience guide her hand as she deftly darkens brows, outlines eyes, or turns lips the color of a newborn fire engine. In addition to highlighting facial features, Lopez re-pigments skin after breast reconstruction and shades scar tissue to match the color of surrounding flesh.
After entering the lipstick-red door of the salon, clients consult with Andrea in the salon's design area amid pictures of scarlet lips, lined eyes, full eyebrows, and the 1987 Nato Summit. They then head to the procedure area and recline on a plush black-and-white massage bed, waiting for Andrea to apply the permanent pigment as a giant mural of a glamorous face reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe looks on.