Professional makeup artist Patricia Guerrera has accrued 15 years of beauty experience in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Boston, where she mastered an aesthetic art that accentuates clients’ natural comeliness for special occasions. The Montecito Messenger sings Tru Beauty’s praises, crowing that the organic facial products work “instantly” and that clients feel “spoiled.” Guerrera tackles finer details with lash and brow-tint services or eyelash applications, all of which help eyes garner more attention than Sophia Loren in a clown costume. Facials cleanse the countenance with organic and high-end products, and facial or Brazilian waxes lift away unwanted fuzz. Guerrera wields upscale makeup products such as M.A.C and Benefit Cosmetics when she prepares faces for weddings, special occasions, or long stints of hiding from the mob. The thorough makeovers begin with primer and foundation, and then intensify personal pulchritude with mascara, cheek color, lipstick, and eye shadow.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Shellac polish and mani-pedis
Brands Used: OPI, CND, Zoya, Pure Fiji
Pro Tip: Please be on time for your appointment, and if you need to cancel, let me know 24 hours in advance.
What is one of your signature services?
Shellac manicures and pedicures, and nail art designs.
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?
We create a very relaxing atmosphere by keeping it clean, organized, and decorated with candles. We also play spa music.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Yes, I have a nail certificate license.
For the past seven years, The B Boutique's owner, Jamie, has been traveling to Brazil in search of bikinis. Lately, she's been kicking through the sands and surf of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana and Ipanema beaches or hanging around in São Paulo's Santos district. In these hot spots of South American beach fashion, she scopes out the latest trends, taking the best with her to hang from knotted driftwood racks at her boutique in Isla Vista. These colorful, skimpy bikinis bridge the gap between The B Boutique's retail and spa dimensions—in order to strut the bikinis with confidence, one must have a smooth, stubble-free body. In private rooms, Jamie removes hair with a "no-scream cream" that minimizes discomfort for very sensitive skin that always cries at the end of Bambi. To give clients a midsummer glow, she mists them with Bronze Biologic's tanning solution—an organic formula derived from beet and sugar-cane extract and aloe vera. To round out her spa menu, Jamie spruces up fingers and toes with luxurious mani-pedis, submerging feet in aromatic basins and massaging hands before lacquering nails with professional polishes.
Chaz Hoffman uses his trusted pair of scissors and a keen eye to remove split ends and create new modern and classic hairdos. He also dyes select strands to create eye-catching highlights or coats hair with new all-over color. A number of products help Chaz transform manes, including Redken, Bumble and bumble, and Pureology.
With a certificate from the Creative Nail Academy in hand, Sara Ann could have left her expertise at that––but she didn’t. Beauty is an ever-evolving field. That’s why she went on to receive an electric-filing certification, and she is now pursuing cosmetology licensure at the Milan Institute. Drawing on the skills gleaned from her continuing education on top of more than six years of experience, Sara crafts gel nails, long-lasting Shellac manicures, and more than 300 custom-mixed RockStar acrylics for her clients. Sara also has a deft hand for 3D nail art in intricate designs such as cupcakes, roses, or surrealist paintings of Salvador Dalí painting his nails.
At Chop Shop Salon, Tammy Abbott's clients often leave her manicure table with digits featuring custom drawn designs, such as jack-o'-lanterns, baseballs, and sparkles. Other clients opt for simple solid colors, and that's OK, because Tammy stocks a wide assortment of hues. Either way, after Tammy is finished, she primps and protects clients' nails with durable, glossy Gelish polish or eye-catching acrylic nails.