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.
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.
Before opening The Beauty Studio, owners Todd and Patricia Eggers recruited master hairstylists and aestheticians who possessed an ardent desire to always stay current. To this end, the beauty specialists jet across the nation, frequenting New York and Canada for professional development. Back home, they observe environmentally responsible practices as they dye hair or rejuvenate skin. As a supplement to standard spa and salon treatments, they whiten teeth, bronze physiques, and doll up bridal parties.
Fluorescent lights linger overhead like pats of butter, casting a glow on sunflower-yellow cabinetry and charcoal-black wood floors. Amid these modern accents, highly trained stylists engineer face-flattering layers and wrangle curls with Japanese and Brazilian straightening treatments. Clients may also solicit the salon for an aromatherapy mani-pedi, bold color highlights, or swift hair removal with a signature waxing or threading session.
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.
In the 28 years since Kymberly Whitaker first started doing makeup, her professional life has been a cosmetic whirlwind. She's attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, co-owned a medical spa, worked in medical aesthetics for renowned plastic surgeons, and served as Aveda's Southern California education director of skincare. Now in the comfort of her own aesthetic haven, PURskin Spa, she exercises her beautification chops by performing restorative facials, peels, and specialty waxing services. Her adoration of beautiful creatures also carries over to her second passion, horses, which she rides and enters into competitions.