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From smudges and clumps to raccoon eyes, mascara can be a formidable foe. But Sarai Thomas-Brown has found a way to throw out the mascara wand for good. Using a process called lash dipping, she darkens lashes with semipermanent paint that keep them dark and vibrant for up to six weeks.

The licensed aesthetician and certified massage practitioner provides other unique treatments including a beer, wine, or chocolate facial or a grape-seed sugar scrub that leaves skin glowing. She draws from her studies in renewable resources and green living to create an eco-friendly atmosphere for her clients and the earth.

1221 Soquel San Jose Rd
Soquel,
CA
US

Established: 2014

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 1 person

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular service: Billion Dollar Brows

Brands Used: Alexandria Professional

Pro Tip: If you use Retin-A, Accutane, or other exfoliants, you must wait six months in order to get sugared.

10301 S. De Anza Blvd. #2
Cupertino,
CA
US

Since opening its doors, LaserAway has accumulated 18 California locations and the patronage of celebrities such as the Kardashian clan. At different settings, the clinic's state-of-the-art lasers can treat signs of sun damage, tattoos, body hair, and glued-on glam-rock wigs with comfort and efficiency. The clinic's medical professionals are all fully licensed to administer laser pulses, and fully glad to educate clients on the intricacies of skincare.

377 Santana Row
San Jose,
CA
US

Minh Ha learned about relaxing the body from the inside out?literally. She started her career as a massage therapist before expanding her skill set to incorporate an array of facials, body treatments, and waxing. Today, she combines the two disciplines to ameliorate sore muscles, smooth wrinkles, and clear blemishes, which she achieves with Dermalogica, Yonka, and Jan Marini professional products.

1107 Branham Ln
San Jose,
CA
US

Attention to detail separates Le JJ Belle Pedicure from its fellow salons and spas. The staff understand the power of peace of mind, so they use glass sinks without any of the standard spa fixtures in which bacteria might establish footholds, such as jets, filters, tubes, and petri dishes. With that same sense of cleanliness, they carry out an array of manicures, pedicures, and waxing services. For instance, during deluxe chocolate mani-pedis, technicians soak feet in a warm milk-and-honey blend. They then apply hawaiian chocolate body sand to eliminate dry skin before finishing with a dark-chocolate moisturizing cream.

2291 The Alameda
Santa Clara,
CA
US

From its perch within Beauty Avenue, A.R. Beauty Boutique's roster of beauticians directs passersby to new aesthetic heights with a menu of services for the skin and body. Waxing for a wide range of areas prevents loitering fuzz from encroaching on prime epidermal real estate, and eyebrow tinting adds extra oomph to peepers. Three types of facials and exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments remedy acne and worn-out complexions, and the soothing modalities of an Indian head massage bring comfort to scalps stressed from wearing maltese puppies as hair extensions.

1653 Hollenbeck Ave
Sunnyvale,
CA
US