Celebrity makeup artist, Erica Wilson is the personal makeup artist to Yolanda Adams. She also works with celebrities
such as CeCe Winans, Tamela Mann, and Kim Burrell and as the key makeup artist for BET's Sunday Best. But celebrity status doesn’t faze Erica. She treats all her clients like royalty as she beautifies them with eyelash extensions, brow shaping, and makeup applications using her own line of cosmetics, which includes mini lip glosses, mineral foundations, and powder bronzer.
The crew at Starr Savvy Skincare Studio keeps bodies smooth from eyebrow to toe with a medley of waxing services. They also buff away signs of aging and uneven skintone with microdermabrasion treatments and deliver quick complexion-improving mini facials. Lash artists add glamorous extensions to lids using Evalash falsies and get clients dolled up for special occasions or witness protection with makeup applications.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are unique in our offering of complete customized Chinese Medicine skincare and beauty packages.
Kirsten is a fully Board-certified and accredited Practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with published articles and her own nationally-branded holistic Chinese herb-based skincare line.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Our inspiration is our passion for natural beauty, especially skincare; and the certainty that it is best achieved not just by treating the face but by addressing the whole person. Combined with our huge respect for the 3000 year old science of acupuncture, it was a 'no-brainer' to spread the love!
What do you love most about your job?
We love to see people realize that the transformation they think has come from the acupuncture needles has really come from themselves!
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
A patient from Korea once said that I did acupuncture just like her grandfather!
That's a huge compliment to an acupuncturist.
Jut as good: I find all the time that patients whom I've worked with subsequently cancel their botox, facelift, or filler appointments they are so happy with the results!
The meteoric growth of Massage Envy has led to more than 800 spa locations and a healthy share of limelight from printed media buzz to promotions on
The Ellen DeGeneres Show and
The Doctors . Its experts have kneaded more than 50 million backs using modalities that range from the gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage. Although the spa treats a wealth of clients, each Massage Envy session is personalized to individual needs. While indulging in prenatal, hot-stone, or trigger-point-therapy massages, clients can also request the soothing mint and rosemary essential oils of aromatherapy or the addition of warming and cooling products that help decrease inflammation and ease pain.
In addition to staffing massage therapists, the spas employ skincare experts who wield Murad products for four kinds of facials. Clients can treat sensitive skin to mild exfoliation or opt for anti-aging facials with glycolic acid before attempting to order off the kids’ menu at a diner.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular service: Acne Facial
Brands Used: Rosa Graf by Heitland Cosmetics
Q&A with Claudia Schlegel, Master Aesthetician, Owner
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
Lilli Skin Care Studio is an "Elegant Escape." The finest furnishings and decor are the highlight of the studio's ambiance.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The facials are customized to the client's needs. The Master Aesthetician does not hesitate to spend more than one hour on a client's facial if needed.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
Friendly outgoing personality. I'm not a product pusher, but I will kindly recommend products. Spring water bottles are offered upon arrival. I'm always smiling.
Cloud 9 Therapeutic Skin Care knows your looks and time are important. That's why its facility in Alexandria is brimming with a full-service salon, so you don't need to go anywhere else.
Say goodbye to blackheads and clogged pores with a facial!
Looking for a skin care treatment? Check out one of Cloud 9 Therapeutic Skin Care's services, including facial peels.
Cloud 9 Therapeutic Skin Care is happy to take appointments regarding all of its beauty services, including make up application.
With services like hair cuts, you can take care of all of your hair needs in one place.
From French manicures to colored pedicures, this salon offers something for everyone.
Tired of unwanted hair? Cloud 9 Therapeutic Skin Care offers quick and painless hair removal services.
Be sure to call ahead — this salon is strictly by-appointment.
With moderate service prices for all spa treatments, this spa is easy on the wallet.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Parking spaces are available curbside near the salon.
For all the latest beauty trends, Cloud 9 Therapeutic Skin Care's got you covered (so save yourself a slot ahead of time).