As the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is glamor central. In other words, Hollywood types are aware of how they look. Not only do Tinseltown locals realize appearance can mean a lot, but these savvy and well-manicured citizens like to keep up appearances via plenty of do-it-yourself spa tactics. Sure, it’s nice to go out and get primped and pounded by professionals, but sometimes taking a self-made approach is on order for one reason or another. With that being a constant, consider the following must-haves for a spa day at home.
The Face Shop
3500 W. 6th St., Suite 233
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Saving face, in the literal sense of the phrase, is simple at this Koreatown establishment. Not only is there plenty of variety on hand, but Face Shop customers looking for a solid at-home facial also have the chance to try out specific selections before making his or her choice. Options seem endless, so don’t hesitate to ask a salesperson to evaluate your skin type before picking the perfect product to rejuvenate your face while giving your mug a deep clean at the same time.
Starlight Nails and Beauty Supply
1028 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
An at-home manicure and/or pedicure means picking a product that is easy enough to apply by yourself while making your paws look professional after you are done. Starlight Nails, open since 1987, offers a plethora of high-end gel brands, like China Glaze and Shellac, all at discounted prices. Also found at this distinctive beauty supply are an awesome array of nail art supplies, including everything from 3D-shaped nails to splashy art pens to all kinds of other materials for wild and crazy talon decorations. While you’re at Starlight, be sure to pick up some flashy rhinestones for a perky mani-pedi creation that will definitely impress at any fancy event attended in snazzy Tinseltown.
Bliss Spa Los Angeles Store
930 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Nothing completes a home spa like a satisfying skin treatment usually only available at professional salons. With that in mind, Bliss Spa offers both Bliss and Remède products that are used in-house at this swanky hotel. One way to see what is right for you is to sample the wares by enlisting a treatment at this high-end spa and then by buying the right products right then and there to reproduce your experience at home in your own abode. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.
Larchmont Beauty Center
208 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
If a brand new you is in order, head over to Larchmont Beauty to get hooked up. This is a must-go place for celebrities and other locals. Seeking out this insider’s emporium means being able to buy everything you could ever need to make a complete transformation, from small skin care appliances to all kinds of hair, nail and body cosmetics.
LA Mobile Manicures
Now that your home spa is complete, perhaps you want to pamper yourself with a special visit from an expert before you get started on administering your own treatments. Jill Thomas will be happy to schedule a trip to your home, bringing along not only her amazing expertise in the field of nail services — she’s been at this since 1989 — but the ability to teach you some tricks you can try after she leaves. She will also be able to point you in the right direction of the right products she says are the best for your look as well as your health since Jill is educated in dermatology and can identify any signs of nail disease and/or nail disorder. To luxuriously launch your new spa, hold a spa party with all your friends with Jill on hand to offer everything from a skilled silk wrap applied to your fingernails to a sophisticated file treatment on your feet. Oh, and Jill is well versed in foot reflexology too, so ask for that treatment when this expert comes to call. Can you say bliss?
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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.