A few years ago, Aria, the experienced esthetician behind Divinely Beautiful Skincare and Meditation, began complimenting her understanding of the external body with an exploration of the inner-self. Since beginning the practice of mindful meditation, she found the technique helps to increase self-awareness, diminish stress, and strengthen the mind-body connection. Rather than keeping this newfound wisdom to herself, she decided to share it with others, adding meditation to her lineup of services in in 2012.
Today, she continues to help instill confidence from the inside out with skincare services, including facials and waxing sessions, and contemplative meditation practices. She offers drop-in meditation classes and one-on-one sessions, both designed to clear minds, boost energy levels, strengthen focus, and foster a whole new appreciation for Enya.
The aestheticians at SkinCareDiva's pamper clients with exfoliating facials and moisturizing body treatments. Body wraps soaked in herbal solutions detoxify skin, minimize the appearance of cellulite, and increase the chance of being mistaken for a famous sushi. The spa's signature facial is designed to treat individual skin concerns with a custom mask and an in-home treatment program that addresses issues such as acne and fine lines.
While working at other peoples' salons, Shelly Spann yearned for something of her own. "I wanted to get my name out there," she says. One day, while watching reality TV, Shelly was struck by an idea. All of the shows were "centered around women and hanging out together, so I thought, 'Oh my God, how awesome would it be if we did that?'" Shelly masterminded a business that beautifies brows on location at get-togethers as partygoers sip champagne and wine. "It takes a little bit of the edge off of waxing," she says with a laugh.
Now Shelly divides her hours between mobile services and time at her full-body-waxing headquarters. She uses Nufree Nudesse, a sugar-free wax alternative that removes hair with less pain, irritation, and grumbling from cranky candles. Clients can also request numbing creams to keep procedures even less uncomfortable.
Waxing and brow sculpting aren?t Shelly?s only specialties, though. The fully licensed aesthetician also beautifies her clients? complexions with a selection of exfoliating and hydrating facials. Her treatments range from mini and teen versions of her signature facial to custom European facials that take their cues from individual skin types.
As a therapist, Kelly was never content to settle on one craft. After graduating from the Baltimore School of Massage in 2000, she began practicing as a certified massage therapist. Soon, she also delved into detoxification and weight loss, became a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist, and trained in holistic techniques such as reflexology, chakra balancing, and energy work.
Today, Kelly follows her passion for making others feel beautiful inside the private rooms of her quiet Pikesville spa. To cultivate a serene atmosphere, she surrounds her clients with candlelight, aromatherapy, and soft music. Her range of skin treatments can cleanse pores, repair sun damage and acne scars, and infuse faces with nourishing herbs or vitamin C. She also coaxes out skin's natural glow and strangers' spontaneous compliments with back facials, body polishes, and spray tans.
Armed with an array of skincare products from brands such as France Laure and Control Corrective, aesthetician Judy Anslow combats skincare issues with personalized facials. She categorizes the treatments based on clients' skin types so she can quickly and effectively treat conditions ranging from hyperpigmentation to acne and rosacea. Judy also uses Epillyss lukewarm wax to remove unwanted patches of hair without burning skin. Because of Face 2 Face Skin Care's location inside Tete e Tete Salon, clients can conveniently pair their rejuvenated complexion with a new haircut or manicure.
Beneath damask-patterned walls and soft curtains, red poufs give guests a cushy surface on which to try on the shoes they’ve plucked from the swank store’s glossy, white shelves. In addition to housing a wide selection of shoes, which ranges from heel-free flats to pumps designed to lend wearers a competitive edge in slam-dunk contests, staffers fill the often-rotating inventory with trendy accoutrements such as jewels, cheetah prints, and handbags accented with grommets and charms. They also sling unique pieces of jewelry, including demure pearl earrings and spiked bracelets.
They host a ladies' night every month, inviting clients to peruse new styles while sampling crudités and other treats.