Kimberly Bondurant first embarked on her skin-nurturing career on the sunny outskirts of Jaco, Costa Rica. For five years, she worked alongside her mother?a licensed aesthetician and former salon owner?at her salon, gleaning her beauty knowledge and techniques. Today, Kimberly has become a licensed aesthetician and beautifies clients of her own.
At My Little Place Boutique, she draws on the training she received from Luscious Lashes as she applies waterproof lash extensions to lids one at a time. During her custom spray-tanning sessions, she darkens complexions with organic and cruelty-free solutions sans harmful UV rays. Inside her boutique, white walls and minimalistic decor let the clothing take center stage. The shelves overflow with jewelry and accessories by Sweet September and D. Ferrari Designs, in addition to skincare products by Ayur-Medic. Two wicker chairs with frilly cream-colored pillows nestle near a vase of flowers and beckon guests to rest and brainstorm new job-search options for the sun.
To say Leisa Erickson has an eye for details would be putting it mildly. Each day, she hovers above the peaceful faces of her clients with sleek, silver instruments in her hands. She uses these tools to glue synthetic extensions to each lash, one at a time. That's why she opened The Lash Lounge?to create a haven both for her craft and the women that appreciate the drama that lush, lengthy lashes add to their look.
In addition to being certified as an eyelash extension artist, Leisa is also a licensed cosmetologist. Her cohort, Carly Castelli carries the same credentials as Leisa, along with the title of fastest lash artist in the West. Together this duo primps fringed lids with extensions and applies semi-permanent mascara, which tints lashes for up the three weeks. They also shampoo the delicate strands inside tiny eye-sized showers to kill potentially harmful bacteria.
True to the company name, Always Bronze helps clients maintain a midsummer tan year-round. But rather than harnessing the sun's rays or another UV facsimile, Always Bronze relies on airbrush solutions to imbue the fresh-from-the-beach blush. Applied by the practiced hands of one of their spray-tan technicians either at the salon or the customer's home, their misting solution—which can be customized to fit patrons across the complexion spectrum—swaddles skin in a streak-free tan that lasts up to 10 days.
True to its name, Eyeland Lash outfits beauty seekers with everything for lashes, from voluminous mink extensions to colorful lash highlights. Certified extensions specialists meticulously glue mink, microfiber, and silk lashes along natural eye lines to create a spectrum of looks, such as subtle curls or dramatic length. Colored and two-tone lashes add pops of blue, purple, and green to eyes, and glitter lashes take the place of cumbersome strobe lights to make eyes shine.
The stylists and aestheticians at Salon 105 provide a pressure-free experience, from their friendly demeanors to their zero-pressure shampoo bowls, which feature built-in head rests to keep client necks from aching. They amenably perform facials, waxing, and all manner of hair services. Even the products they choose convey an earthy, worry-free vibe, such as L'Anza's flower-based line of "healing color care" serums, which extend hair color without the aid of a protective museum display case.
The lash artists at Lashes on Broadway beautify clients with highly customizable synthetic mink extensions, varying in size, weight, and color. The staff also pampers guests waxing services and offers lash training for aspiring lash artists.