The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
A vast beauty boutique, Merle Norman stocks top-quality cosmetics and its eponymous line of skincare solutions for rouging lips and lengthening lashes. Reverse the physical effects of cruel mortality with an array of anti-aging products ($46–$63), or feign bashfulness with a cheek color from the spring collection ($16–$21). A line of refreshing moisturizers quenches dehydrated pores ($17–$58), and assorted foundations offer complexion-perfecting support to facial structures ($17–$37).
The photographers at Attraction Studio doll up subjects before subjects make their debut in front of the flashing lights. Both the West Covina and Arcadia locations employ professional makeup and hair artists for family, boudoir, or maternity shoots that shuffle backdrops and allow two to three wardrobe changes. Personal items, such as a basketball, guitar, or piece of lint—brought along as props—add a touch of personality to the 25–50 photos snapped at the shoot. After the session, a computerized slideshow parades the fresh snapshots so that customers can nominate their favorites for prints and retouching. Pictures gain an aesthetic lift from Magic Touch, which enables photographers to remove wrinkles, blemishes, and third eyes.
Hair Connection believes that great hair isn't something that should be reserved for special occasions. That's why the stylists at this Aveda salon strive to create cuts that mirror the latest runway trends, but are still simple enough for clients to re-create at home. Each service includes a consultation, which allows the stylist to get an idea of your tastes, hair traits, and how often you use your hat to store gum you aren’t finished with. Using this info, they then create a look that can easily transition from day to night, and may prescribe a strengthening Aveda conditioner to nourish tresses with extra protein or moisture. For those battling a hair texture that's less than ideal, they can also use relaxers, Keratin Complex treatments, or the Brazilian Blowout formula to calm frizz and streamline morning styling routines. Naturally straight strands can take a break from the curling iron with permanent waves or spiral treatments.