Lipstic Salon & Spa's customizes beautifying treatments to each client, using imported products including Académie de Beauté from France and Davines from Italy. Warm lighting spills over clients as they cross Lipstic's floors, flanked by organic tones and wooden accents, and sink into treatment chairs where five coloring options render locks more luminous and healthy than a supernova on a diet of oatmeal. Before clients abscond to beach vacations, waxing specialists groom manly backs and shoulders as well as womanly bikini areas and underarms. Clients then revivify their visages with a choice from more than a dozen facials and peels that bolster collagen production and imbue epidermises with skin-tightening, age-defying nutrients. To cap off a day of relaxation or soothe away the stresses of chauffeuring children from soccer practice to their stockbroker's office, the multitalented staff also doles out mani-pedis and calming massages.
Makeup artist Vincent Ford has always found himself drawn to shapes, textures, and colors, from the pale green of a budding spring bloom to the intricate pink argyle of a skyscraper's façade. Ford funnels his aesthetic inspirations into makeup applications customized for weddings and headshots as well as TV and film appearances. A careful application of faux-mink or ethically collected Siberian-mink eyelash extensions dramatically defines peepers; makeup lessons cover a range of topics that includes getting acquainted with the basic tools of the trade, and learning to use airbrush equipment to enhance brides' complexions or pinstripe their foreheads on the big day.
Ford says he has the most fun on the job when applying makeup for print images, which present the challenge of making a 2-D image pop with color and emotion. His beauty blog is a wellspring of everyday tips and celebrity makeup tricks.:m]]
UV light from five levels of tanning booths and beds sets all-white interiors aglow at Total Tan's two locations in West Hollywood and Marina Del Rey. Designed by upscale brands such as Ergoline and Matrix, each bronzing chamber cossets clients with amenities including voice-guided operated controls, music, and cooling fans that pump air directly from Total Tan's sister salon in the Antarctic. Patrons can enhance sessions with lotions from brands such as California Tan and Australian Gold.
Alternatively, custom airbrush spray tans evenly coat skin with Infinity Sun solution, whose cocktail of DHA and pure botanicals leaves bodies bronzed for up to 10 days. Inside Total Tan's cellulite bike chamber, infrared lights work to smooth cellulite problem areas as the client pedals a stationary bike at 75% maximum heart rate in an attempt to escape the nearby stationary rottweiler.
An off-shoot of BE Beverly Hills—a company dedicated to eco-friendly beauty products—Blowlux shapes clients' hairstyles, nails, and faces under BE's guiding principle: making clients feel beautiful with all-natural, luxurious cosmetic services. Garnering the approval of such high-profile outlets as O magazine and Glamour, BE Beverly Hills and Blowlux focus on professional-level blowouts that achieve a variety of looks, from rolling waves to straight, smooth locks. Within the salon's purple-accented walls and dazzling white interior, aestheticians also indulge hands and feet with mani-pedis and highlight faces with makeup, creating visages more artfully composed than the Mona Lisa with the distracting dragon tattoo over her left eye.
Intent on enriching the mental and physical well-being of their clients, The Wellness Spa's aestheticians and therapists offer services that combine skincare treatments with indulgent care. Facials revitalize countenances by cleansing and moisturizing the skin. The staff also performs more specialized treatments that can use microdermabrasion technology and organically derived products to smooth away wrinkles, reduce inflammation, or increase circulation to treatment areas. Additionally, The Wellness Spa offers waxing treatments, which lift away unwanted stubble and leave limbs, torsos, and faces as smooth as a freshly shaved ball bearing. Looking a bit further beneath the surface, the massage therapists employ various modalities that either alleviate tension or treat the tightly knotted muscles that cause chronic aches and pains.
Though VERABELLA's skincare products have since found their way onto the faces of celebrities including Kristen Bell, Vanessa Hudgens, and Kerry Washington, they started as simple family recipes. Vera inherited her skill for inventing remedies from her mother and grandmother in Russia. She recorded what natural ingredients they sourced, and how they mixed them into masks that would combat everything from blemishes to dry skin.
Today, she shares those time-honored concoctions at VERABELLA Skin Therapy Spa. She and her daughter Victoria, the spa director, continue to reject parabens, artificial scents, and dyes in favor of organic aloe vera, tea tree oil, grapefruit, cucumber, and other natural components. Formulated for all skin types, these treatments help to minimize break-outs and diffuse visible signs of biological and environmental aging. Its treatments also incorporate high-tech advancements, including lifting microcurrent facials that the menu calls "Pilates for the Face." Likewise, VERABELLA cosmetic products have been built to impress. The Lip-Lights line, for example, is flush with illuminating colors that include Stop-Light (real red), Afternoon Delight (sheer sparkly berry), Sunlight (warm coral), and Twilight (blood red).