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Review: Summer event at Spa Xana(don’t)

Over a week ago, I went to Spa Xanadu‘s first summer event.  They touted raffles and introduction in services like eyelash extensions, nail care, Youngblood, and complimentary mini-facials all for free or at a discount.  How could I not bite?  I’ve gone there about two times before with mixed feelings and it seemed like a good opportunity to set food in the building.  Well, I did, and Youngblood was the only thing that made me happy that I took time out of my day to travel and stay there.  But for the most part, not a lot of good R&R. Read more…

Review: ilike organic skin care

I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my skin as of late.  Since my last birthday, I’ve been super vigilant about taking care of my facial skin (the rest of my body, not so much).  What happened?  My mother gave me a full regimen from the skin care line I had been cooing over for more than a year.  It’s a Hungarian skin care line called ilike organic skin care. Read more…

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I love Anush!

Isn’t the start of a new relationship…so exciting!?

I am not super attractive (despite the hottiescientist name, but compared to most scientists, I probably fare ok), but when I was younger, I had my hair.  Beautiful, strong, healthy black flowing hair.  And so much of it!  And then, my genetics hit me and my hair started to thin out in the most obvious place imaginable — front and center.  It’s been a steady decline since I turned 20 and the source of a lot of grief.  I try not to think about.  In the end, it’s just my hair and looks and appearance don’t mean that much, right?  Yeah, but your self-esteem does and let’s face it, it’s tied to the way you look sometimes.  And frankly, I don’t think it would bother me that much if freaking stylists knew what what to do with it!

Seriously, I live in LA where even a Supercuts haircut is more expensive than the ones I used to get in the middle of nowhere when I lived back east.  Why should I dump $50-80 per haircut when they can’t do the one thing I want it to do: make my hair look good!  And I mean, good without spending 50 minutes a day styling it.  I hate using product (it speeds up hair loss too), I hate applying heat (it speeds up hair loss too), and I hate stressing about time lost (it speeds up hair loss too!).  I want the nice, versatile haircut: one that makes me look decent, and not balding, when I’m just letting it air dry, and one that makes me super sexy when I have time to be super sexy.  Is that too much to ask?

Apparently, it is.  The last couple haircuts have either been nightmares or nothing to get excited over, promptly followed with, “I can’t believe I just paid and TIPPED that.”  And then I found Anush.

I found Anush online and she quickly responded to my voicemail and freed up her schedule so I could see her.  After accidentally going to her former salon (where I met her incredibly bitchy former boss), I arrived at her new salon, the Louis Michael Salon.  First off, her energy was exactly what I needed.  I had a stretch of bad days on what should have been a nice weekend, and I frankly, I wanted to salvage that weekend.  If you could mix Hollywood FABULOUS with a huge heaping of SUGAR & SPICE (gotta love the spice!) in a totally down to earth woman, that would be a clone of Anush.  We went to a station where we talked about my alopecia, my horrid haircuts, and I almost broke down and just said, I just want to like what I see in the mirror.   We talked options and  about what I could afford and what I couldn’t, but she did not pressure me into anything at all.  It was a relief that she had sympathy to both my vanity and wallet.

And then she went to work.  And she did work.  She conditioned my hair and my gosh she started doing all these things with those scissors!  Some of it I recognized, some of it I didn’t, but whatever it was, it made me feel sexy.  She layered my hair so beautifully that you could hardly tell I suffered hair loss.  This haircut is what I’ve been wanting for years.  I know for a lot of people, they probably didn’t notice that much (like certain a-holes at lab), but for someone who has to stare at my alopecia every time I look in the mirror, it was freedom.  Beautiful, layered freedom.

Anush then did a quick look at my husband and suggested some great ideas for his mop of a head as well.  Beverly Hills is a big trek for me from Pasadena, but I really feel like she’s worth it.  She’s a completely high end stylist — actually, dare I say it?  ARTIST!  There I said it — and she’s worth every penny.  And you know, I’m going to save up every penny so I can continue to go to her.

UPDATE (5/22/10): I dropped by Anush’s station this weekend after convincing my husband he should get his hair cut by her.  What were we in for?  I was in for a Kerastase treatment and he was getting a Brazilian straightening treatment on top of his haircut.  Gosh, just seeing her lights me up.  The Kerastase treatment is do die for — if you can afford to do it, go for it.  The treatment has softened my hair and hopefully will restore my mop from whatever previous damage it has received.  She then blow dried my hair and, man, I love my hairstyle because she’s managed to make it look awesome in a different way again.  My husband got one of the best haircuts he’s ever gotten.  She spent so much time on him, I’m afraid he’ll get used to all the attention.  He thoroughly enjoyed her pleasant attitude and is definitely set on the two of us exclusively going to her for our hair needs.  So, THAT’s how good she is — now my husband wants to only see her!

To try Anush out yourself, check her website out at www.anushhairdesign.com.  Tell her the hottiescientist recommended her!

Spa Review: Vida Emanuel European Day Spa

March 11, 2010 1 comment

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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Upcoming Spa Reviews!

Ok, I know I said I’d have some green posts going this week, but then my husband and dog got really sick and I got stuck taking care of them.  But I am treating myself to a facial tomorrow at the Vida Emanuel European Day Spa in Beverly Hills.  Spaweek sent out the March promotions and I’m very excited get a much needed facial and a huge discount.  I will hopefully be back tomorrow to report on the experience.  AND a green post by the end of the weekend.  Ciao!

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Learning to recharge

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m not the kind of person who takes vacations.  Even when I have the opportunity, I usually feel bad for not accomplishing enough at lab.  During the winter break, I bring it down a couple notches, but this year, I was plagued with a stomach virus and a nasty, nasty cold.  I tried to work whenever I could physically move, but that ended up being a critical error, as I made mistakes, lost science, and just got generally pushed to the brink in my work.

I was told by many people that I needed to take a break, and this weekend, I thought I would listen to them.  It hasn’t worked out the way I planned, though.  I’m still suffering from insomnia terribly — when Ambien isn’t working, there’s a problem — and I’ve managed to go to bed angry the last two nights.  So today, after being unsuccessful in my usual “Carpe Diem” Sunday mentality, I’m trying to “chillax” my way to sleep.  So far, I have been playing beautiful music by Chopin, drinking herbal tea, and enjoying my evening skin regimen.  (I must say, the regimen is a lot nicer ever since I switched to the organic brand “ilike”.)  I also popped in two pills — melatonin and diphenhydramine.  I hope to not rely on either even by tomorrow, but we’ll see.

As I try to envision a happier day tomorrow, I’m focusing on a kick ass circuit workout (either Imax Extreme or the Viper or Body Max 2) and a trip to the spa.  These goals are the two things I have in mind, and they’re things I enjoy to do, so I’m hoping I’ll come through on them.  I do have a myriad of other little things I need to get done, but they are to be done AFTER I get my workout and spa trip in.  I’ll report in tomorrow with my progress/accomplishments.  🙂