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Spa Review: Vida Emanuel European Day Spa

This past Saturday, I decided to go to the Vida Emanuel Day Spa in Beverly Hills for their Spaweek facial deal.  The trip out to Beverly Hills didn’t start out so great — between LA drivers being afraid at the slightest bit of precipitation and construction on Santa Monica Blvd, I was 15 minutes late to the appointment.  I *hate* being late to appointments, and I tend to leave early so that I can avoid being late.  So, I started the whole experience flustered.  I had called on my mobile to let them know I was running a bit late because of traffic and they were pleasant and understanding.  Perhaps it was because it was in the morning on a gloomy day in LA, but they weren’t rushed and helped me ease out of my frustration.

After very quickly filling out their one page of paperwork, I was led into one of the rooms for my facial.  The first thing that sprang to my mind was how expensive westside property rentals were.  After moving back to Pasadena, I had gotten accustomed to large, spacious spaces at the spas and salons in the area.  The room was possibly slightly bigger than my closet, and it even had one of those accordion like close doors to the room.  It was definitely a much nicer facial table than some of the bare bones I had seen but it took of the majority of the room.  Everything there was professional grade — from the steamer to the products.  My aesthetician was pleasant without being uber chatty.  She asked me some questions (“how long ago was your last facial?” “umm…” “that long?” “over a year…”), and she decided that a microdermabrasion facial would be best for my face.  I had a microdermabrasion session years ago, and I’m not sure if the products have gotten better or she was just gentler, but it was definitely the kind of facial I needed.

The facial in itself followed a very standard format.  Cleansing, exfoliation (through microdermabrasion), steam treatment (to open the pores), extraction, mask treatments, as well as a high frequency current treatment, followed by toning and a glowing moisturizer that just makes you feel divine at the end of it.  I was happy to have two different masks; particularly the final clay mint mask that had a wonderful feel as well as tightening effect.  I never felt rushed throughout the entire treatment, and I was able to take in all of the spa diva goodness of the whole experience.  My aesthetician didn’t communicate that much to me — probably to calm me down — but I got the sense she knew exactly what to do upon examining my skin. I think I would have liked it if she explained each step to me a bit more, but I didn’t ask for it this time and I really just wanted to chill after a frustrating drive.

So, would I go again?  For a special, sure — any day.  I would never pay full price at this place.  If I’m going to pay full price for a facial, it’s either going to be 1) closer to where I live so I wouldn’t have to kill so much time in traffic, or 2) a facial using my preferred product line: ilike organic skin care, which I’m sure I’ll talk about in a post someday in the future.  That said, I think Spaweek deals will probably bring me back to them…

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  1. August 1, 2010 at 2:34 am

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