Located a short distance from Temecula wine country, Spa Cabernet uncorks entrenched fuzz from more than 15 areas of the body, and also offers massage, skincare, and spa treatments. A Brazilian wax leaves the bikini area totally bare, preparing bodies for a day at the beach or a few hours of tanning beside a whale tank at the aquarium. Alternatively, clients can apply a credit toward other services, such as an eyebrow wax ($20), a full-leg wax ($65), a male buttocks wax ($30), or a women’s half-arm wax ($30). Each 30-minute cabernet polish instills the skin with antioxidants, using dark-wine ingredients inspired by the spa’s location. Replete with lit votives and dark wood, the spa’s minimalist décor provides a better feast for the eyes than flipping through two cookbooks simultaneously.
Proprietor and medical aesthetician Andrea Juck cut her teeth as a print model before a mounting interest in behind-the-scenes beauty work led her to cosmetology school. After receiving her diploma but prior to establishing My Serenity Day Spa, Andrea painted known faces in New York City, including the guise of Liza Minnelli for her 2001 Madison Square Garden performance opening for Michael Jackson.
The skills that Juck developed in the Big Apple serve her well at her current base—an intimate, sunny Temecula retreat dappled with portraits of Old Hollywood stars. Moving swiftly within yellow walls and between directors' chairs stationed beside a spa bed, she daubs clients' façades with cosmetics from Laura Mercier and Chanel in a method that resists creasing, fading, and incoming pies. With a day's notice, Juck also concocts custom facials fresh from organic ingredients—such as lavender, avocado, and yogurt—to hydrate and exfoliate weary skin, and she uses all-natural beeswax to uproot unwanted hair with minimal irritation.
About two decades ago, Kymberly Blawn began her skincare career as a beauty advisor for Lancôme. She then moved on to work for Shiseido, Prescriptives, and Chanel but soon realized that she couldn't help people with acne, rosacea, and other challenging skin types the way she wanted to. To do this, she had to go back to school, where she got her aesthetician’s license while working alongside a med-spa physician.
Today, she cares for skin with services including body sugaring and custom facials with paraben- and preservative-free Sanítas Skincare and organic Skin Fitness products. Her specialty, though, is chemical peels, which range from gentler alpha and beta peels to more potent modified Jessner's and TCA/salicylic-acid chemical peels. These take off several layers of skin to reveal the smoother skin or robot skeleton underneath.
Jenn Bouma, the aesthetic expert behind The Beauty Loft, cossets clients with the help of her seasoned staff. Their antique velvet couches and chairs give guests a place to faint like French aristocrats before they enjoy airbrush-makeup applications, eyebrow tinting, or facials. Certified by Lavish Lashes, Jenn applies lash extensions one at a time to concoct custom looks ranging from natural to dramatic. She can also subdue vascular blemishes with therapeutic treatments or keep faces camera-ready at all times with permanent makeup.
Eyes take center stage at VeryPrettyGood. There, extensions are applied to the natural eyelashes one-by-one in a meticulous process designed to leave them looking long and lush. To help frame new eye fringe, the specialists also wax brows to keep them stylish and symmetrical. While faces are the main focus of the business, clients can also drop in for a Brazilian wax and then slide back out at record speed.
After a family trip to Hawaii inspired Spa Escape's signature Marine Mud detoxifying mask, the spa's owners worked to build a menu of services that similarly combined relaxation with a results-driven approach. Their trained staff of therapists and aestheticians helped a great deal in this mission, calling upon years of experience to develop a range of treatments to beautify and relax the body. Though the Marine Mud mask still serves as an ever-popular anchor, the spa's menu now encompasses exfoliating facials, waxing treatments, and massage therapy. Should stresses prove insusceptible to the therapists' targeted strokes and whispered rumors that your shoulders are haunted, the spa's packages grant up to a half-day of relaxation with multiple treatments.