Making eyes stand out from a crowd is Vivian Ko Gooch’s business. She and her staff of certified lash-smiths add va-va-voom and fetching contrast with their eyelash extensions. Their work has caught on with local celebrities and roped in a slew of positive press mentions thanks to their expertly bedecked lids, which sport synthetic polyester or silk lashes in a variety of curls, lengths, thicknesses, and colours. Vivian’s aestheticians also tend to the rest of their guests’ faces with exfoliating facials, eyebrow waxes, and makeup applications for special occasions such as weddings, galas, and swim meets.
Wading barefoot through a muddy swamp has no noteworthy health benefits, but Footopia's mud footbaths are a different story. Infused with natural herbs and crystals, they rejuvenate toes and draw toxins from the body. The holistic health facility’s team specializes in these treatments as well as other foot-centric services. During foot reflexology, they apply pressure to specific points on the feet that may correspond with other parts of the body to improve one’s overall well-being. Footopia'a highly trained massage therapists can also ply the whole body with deep tissue kneads that are more effective than rubbing your back against your barn.
From its own sleek, minimalistic decor to the deep bronze hues that clients leave with, Cocoa Tanning Studio is all about looking good. At each location, customers step into UV tanning beds, and standup booths and emerge with even tans. Each ergonomically designed capsule is outfitted with eco-friendly bulbs and an MP3 plug-in, so tanners can relax while listening to Top 40 hits or an LP of auto-tuned cicada chirps. Guests can also lounge in the salon's infrared carbon sauna, which soothes aches and rejuvenates the body with infrared light. Tanning lotions from Australian Gold, California Tan, and Swedish Beauty are on hand to enhance any UV-based tanning session. Cocoa Tanning Studio also offers other services such as teeth-whitening.
Art is in Jojo Geronimo’s blood. Her father was an illustrator, and her maternal uncles and two brothers work as comic artists and animators. Though she shares their artistic proclivity, she followed her passion for design in a somewhat different direction, working as a portrait and mural painter, a director in international advertising, and eventually, a tattoo artist. Armed with her artistic talent and Red Cross blood-borne pathogens safety training, she tattoos clients to their specifications with predesigned and customized body art.
As a certified intradermal cosmetics specialist, she also applies permanent eyebrow makeup, eyeliner, and lip liner. Though she gives clients her input during each session, she leaves them in complete control of the process and the final results. And Jojo still applies her talent to canvas, creating commissioned oil portraits and landscape paintings.
Owner and makeup artist Van is very selective. At Ignite Hair & Beauty Lounge, she helms a staff made up solely of senior stylists, whose work has been displayed on the pages of Cinder and mentioned in Fresh Vancouver magazine. Using products from Davines and Kérastase, these accomplished hair experts revitalize clients' locks with deep-conditioning treatments, add drama with on-trend ombre and hand-painted balayage colour, and protect hair with Thermo-Cuts that use heat to seal the ends of strands after snips. Close to Van's heart, professional makeup services include airbrush foundation and Youngblood mineral cosmetics, which brighten bridal faces or gussy up skin to amaze on Halloween or scare kids into doing their homework.
Aveda Institute Toronto is a beauty school that will smooth and soothe whatever section of your locks aches for tending, from split ends to steel-wool frizz. During your session, the Institute’s future superstar stylists will tend to you with incredible detail while using Aveda's products, which are derived from pure plant and flower essences. A botanical hair and scalp therapy ($40+, or $25 when added to another service) infuses follicles with a deep smoothing or strengthening hair and scalp treatment, including a scalp and neck massage, shampoo, and blow-dry. Put your best bobs and bouffants forward with a haircut ($18+) and gravity defying upstyle ($25+). Or, eradicate grays to extinction with a hair colour/glossing service ($30+) or highlights ($40+), exemplifying your skull's versatile ability to reflect sunlight.