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.
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.
The aestheticians of Slim Beauty Center believe in the power of feeling good in your own skin. To that end, they offer a variety of treatments to beautify the face and body, fusing both Western innovations and ancient Chinese medical philosophies. The facial treatments, for example, range from diamond microdermabrasion to luxurious caviar facials. Body treatments focus on creating slimming sillouettes with treatments such as ultrasonic liposuction and relaxing the entire body with volcanic-hot-stone therapy.
Chateau Aroma Esthetics, Inc. pairs rejuvenating spa services with the subtle calming effects of aromatherapy. Purifying facials cleanse the skin, Swedish massages sooth back muscles, and waxing services removes excess hair. The spa also features an onsite organic apothecary with rich scents and skin products.
Master stylist Fredy Arboleda trained in London and Paris before opening his first salon, Ravissant, which served its clientele for more than 20 years. During that time, Fredy was inspired to create a salon in Pasadena that would provide his customers with a truly luxurious experience. To that end he was very purposeful when choosing the interior design of The Beauty Lounge, looking to capture a peaceful and modern vibe that would conjure up an oasis-like atmosphere.
The services the Lounge provides, which range from cuts and colors to manicures and full-body waxing, are all supervised by Fredy. Guests can also get pampered with multivitamin skin treatments, acne facials, and glycolic treatments that can be enhanced with seaweed masks, paraffin hand dips, or ginseng treatments. All these treatments are designed to help clients completely unwind, like a ball of yarn in the hands of a particularly industrious kitten.
The Factory Studio is the end result of the high-flung aspirations shared by two eccentric salon veterans. Every day, stylist and musician Alfonso Afanador teams up with makeup artist and singer Nina Lares Fetter to lead a team of industry experts in the quest for aesthetic excellence. Team members combine their skill sets to perform hair services, makeup services, facials and peels, and waxing sessions. They also supercharge the salon by hosting occasional art exhibitions and allowing the resident DJ to soundtrack haircutting sessions with songs that encourage toe tapping, rather than head bobbing.