The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
Owner and celebrity hairstylist Al Michaels employs more than 33 years of experience and a team of salon professionals that has expertise in cutting, styling, and caring for all types of hair. Along with a full menu of salon and spa services—including nailcare, tanning, facials, and massages—the studio boasts the services of a chiropractor. Doctor of Chiropractor Richard Styler has performed chiropractic adjustments and shown clients the proper way to nap underneath their work desks for more than 20 years now. Permanent cosmetics are also available for the eyebrows, eyelids, lips, and as camouflage for scars.
RestoredHealth draws its inspiration from Dr. Weston Price, an early 1900s-era dentist who traversed the globe in search of natural ways to promote health. He found that people who adhere to primitive diets high in proteins, vegetables, and soaked grains live healthier and remain stronger than those who consume lots of manmade products, such as white sugar and refined vegetable oils. It is with this knowledge that RestoredHealth approaches its product line, infusing it with minerals, vitamins, and natural enzymes to help restore the health of its clients.
The first thing to notice at Soaptopia in Mar Vista is, predictably, the racks and racks of homemade soaps. But the second thing will definitely be the medley of scents; rich lavenders, crisp mint and citrus zests fill the air, as bars with off-beat names like Bub Marley and Petalmint Patty each give off their own fragrance. Each of these soaps are made on sight, from a small kitchen adjacent to the boutique soap company’s main retail floor. That’s where you’ll find more than just those scented soap bars; Soaptopia also carries lotions, creams and massage candles, with various products lining the walls to entice customers. The various combinations of scents and soaps available also make Soaptopia a strong option for indecisive shoppers looking to put together gift baskets for loved ones – or maybe for themselves.
Inside Beauty Loop, the shelves are lined with colorful bottles of high-end fragrances, conditioners, and skincare products. To help clients locate products that suit their individual needs, a professional aesthetician stands by to offer insights and suggestions. This brand-savvy professional may point out that SkinCeuticals cleansers fight acne with exfoliating salicylic acid. Or, they may note that St. Tropez products supply a way to simulate a suntan or a gingerbread cookie. For infants, they'll likely mention skincare products by California Baby, which contain pure ingredients that will not aggravate sensitive skin.
As for hair products, the store features shampoos and styling aides by Moroccanoil and Mixed Chicks. Finishing touches include makeup by Smashbox, volume-boosting mascara by RevitaLash, and imported fragrances from L'Artisan Parfumeur.