Like Jacksons, fingers perform best in groups of five and dressed in matching colors. Pamper your hand-quintets with today’s Groupon: for $37, you get a Stella’s Groove spa mani-pedi at Big Girl Makeup Bar & Spa (an $85 value).
After winning a free car from Oprah, Kiley Russell promptly sold it and used the profits to first start Big Girl Cosmetics, which then expanded to Big Girl Makeup Bar & Spa, a hip, eclectic pampering parlor that specializes in professional spa treatments and female empowerment. The Stella’s Groove mani-pedi lavishes appendages with a relaxing 60-minute buff-and-polish session. Nail artistes unveil each digit’s softer side with a chocolate-fudge scrub, and newly painted nails glimmer like diamond-studded braces.
The boutique spa's décor fuses serene, Asian-inspired pieces such as a statue of Buddha with feminine wall silhouettes and vibrant, glamorous hot-pink accents. As the friendly staff lavishes hands and feet in luxury, do some light reading or scan the inspirational quotes scrawled on the walls, such as "You are confident," "You are beautiful," and "Invest in bonds."
Big Girl Makeup Bar & Spa
After being gifted with a free car on The Oprah Winfrey Show, makeup artist Kiley Russell sold her prize and used the profits to launch Big Girl Cosmetics, a line of mineral-based makeup and body products never tested on animals or underage mannequins. Years later, the company opened Big Girl Makeup Bar & Spa in Hyde Park, where friendly staffers regularly pamper visitors with facials, waxing, and massages infused with Big Girl products. Nail artisans augment manicures and pedicures with a chocolate scrub or honey-almond lotion before slicking talons with DBP- and formaldehyde-free polish. Feminine décor, such as bright pink walls and silhouettes of sassy gals, reflects the energetic, cheerful service that accompanies even the most relaxing of massages and facials. Eager to go the extra mile, the staff tops off every facial with a shoulder massage and a complimentary forged report card with straight As.