Skincare is J&S Beauty Inc.'s specialty. Owner and trilingual beauty guru Susie Yu helms a staff of eight, including licensed aestheticians and massage therapists who relax and rejuvenate by blending an all-natural philosophy with the latest in safe cosmetic technologies. Classic facials keep pores clean and healthy, whereas other treatments—such as microdermabrasion, derma-therapeutic sessions, or LHE laser whitening—focus specifically on reducing wrinkles, acne, or pigmentation. Body treatments, on the other hand, such as Thermo Cool help slim waistlines by toning muscle, burning fat, and smoothing cellulite.
Soft, neutral colors permeate a decor that marries tranquil tones with clinical sensibilities. Private treatment rooms remain clean and orderly while enticing patrons with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and some even boast showers to rinse away sweat built up in the steam room and the remnants of pre-appointment food fights.
A meditation room, fresh fruit, and warm teas help clients find peace at Organic Zen Spa while they enjoy therapeutic services from massage therapists and aestheticians. During lavish spa facials, aestheticians determine skin's exact needs with an analysis and then ease spirits with an upper-body massage. Using Eminence Organic skincare products, facials incorporate natural ingredients such as yam and pumpkin enzymes to replenish vitamins and essential nutrients. Clients can elongate eyelashes with silk or mink extensions in more than 600 combinations of curl, length, color, and language proficiencies. Waxing and threading services shape and remove body hair.
After treatments, customers can glide to enlightenment in the on-site meditation room, snack on tea and fresh fruit, or peruse luxury skin and body products made for spa-goers intent on smuggling serenity home.
Before Bessy Lim had her first facial, her life was a succession of stressful, 12-hour shifts. Her first spa experience awakened a latent desire: she wanted to help others find the relaxation she had forgone for so long. With that, she left her stressful career, earned a number of spa certifications, traveled abroad to learn the various therapeutic techniques and ways to pronounce "microdermabrasion" of spas overseas, and finally opened Agua De Vida. There, a corps of certified and licensed massage therapists team up with the spa specialist to mend tense muscles with massage, swaddle bodies in wraps, purify pores with facials, and primp hands and feet with nail services.
Working out of Lets Go Hair Salon, O' Mai Lash owner and Lôngmi Lash-certified artist Vicky Tran-Le deftly outfits eyes with extensions that vary by shade and volume. Her lash options range from the everyday set, which adds some extra oomph to natural lashes that are already long and luscious, to the extreme set, which lends a thick, sultry look akin to wearing three coats of mascara or two well-trained tarantulas. Vicky also performs touchups and free lash removal for lashes applied at her facility and provides helpful aftercare instructions to help lashes stay put as long as possible.
The nail technicians at Nailz N' More clean and prettify fingers and toes with high-quality salon products. Talons and their cuticles embark on a 105-minute organic mani-pedi session with a thorough trimming and shaping. A soothing10-minute hand massage follows, along with an exfoliating scrub, an organic Tasha body-butter rubdown, and a snuggle session with toasty-warm towels or baguettes fresh from the oven. OPI or Essie polishes adorn the body's 20 tiny canvases, and hooves enjoy a 15-minute massage. Once at the salon, Groupon holders can upgrade at a discount to french polish for $8, paraffin treatment for $12, or CND no-chip gel fingernail polish for $28 or toenail polish for $33.
At Beauty in Motion Studio, professionally trained cosmetic trainers and sisters Crystal and Angela provide makeup training to women and also makeup artists in the field looking to advance their special techniques on custom blending and color theory. With years of combined experience and time as guest speakers, the duo showcases their versatility with an expertise in everyday makeup, fashion runway, and bridal looks. The beauty experts share skincare and makeup tips during small group workshops, in which participants can sip champagne and learn about an array of topics. In addition to workshops, they also offer private one-on-one training. For weddings, the studio’s aestheticians embellish skin with facials and expertly applied makeup, and hairstylists weave tresses into veil-ready updos. The service menu also extends to bridesmaids and flower girls, whose growth depends on their hair being regularly watered and pruned. Beauty in Motion Studio’s mobile bridal packages send staffers on-location to administer makeup touchups, facials, and hair changes at the reception itself.