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12 ways to look perfect for the holiday party

You’ve got the perfect dress. The perfect pumps. The perfect date.

You want to look in the mirror and see Katy Perry, but all you see is Tyler Perry.

It’s not too late. There is still time to tuck and pluck, nip and snip so you’ll look more like Madonna and less like Madea for holiday party season.

Think of this as the “12 Ways ‘Til Christmas.” Here are 12 steps you can take to make heads turn when you walk into your holiday party.

Perk up your ears

As we get older, our ears follow suit with the rest of our skin and they begin to lose collagen and elastin. The ears cannot support the weight of earrings like they used to, which causes the jewelry to droop and sag. Dr. Susan Van Dyke of Van Dyke Laser & Skin says Juvederm can instantly and effectively restore ears so that they support ear jewelry like they did when the skin was more youthful. Juvederm is an injectable filler made from a sugar naturally found in skin. It gives firmness to the skin by holding a large amount of water.

Face the facts

If your face isn’t looking as bright and cheery as you want it to look, an antioxidant brightening facial from Red Door Spa might be just what you need. Your skin constantly sloughs off dead cells. These cells can clog pores and give the skin an aged look. A revitalizing and detoxifying facial will repair cellular damage caused by daily stress, strengthen the skin’s ability to protect itself and restore luminosity.

White Christmas

Smile Simplicity is a new, non-invasive smile enhancement, veneer technology that is pain free. Smile Simplicity, which is offered by the Scottsdale Smile Center, works on stained, misaligned and gapped teeth and dramatically improves smiles quickly and painlessly. Plus it provides permanent whitening. For those who are looking for a quick fix to brighten up their smile, there is no better or more affordable way to upgrade your pearly whites than to get them whitened. Dr. Jeffrey Clark of Scottsdale Dental Excellence offers a special type of whitening called Opalescence Boost Bleaching, which takes less than an hour and is guaranteed to leave your teeth sparkling new.

Need a lift?

Body Beautiful Day & Med Spa is the first day spa in the Valley to offer the Fractora Firm by Invasix, which is the newest generation of safe skin tightening technology. The process of Fractora is unlike most other skin tightening treatments. Rather than making incisions, laser technicians gently heat skin to an optimal temperature, which causes the skin to naturally remodel and contract. The treatment only takes 30 minutes and can repair loose skin on the face, jaw, neck, upper arms forearms, upper thighs, knees, and post baby tummy skin. There is no hospitalization or recovery period.

Bye, bye butterfly

Have you avoided the perfect party dress because of tattoo regret? Thanks to PicoSure — which is 100 times faster than any other laser on the market — there may be time to erase the ink before your company Christmas party. PicoSure, which is offered by Phoenix Skin, has a couple of advantages over other tattoo removal procedures: its offers a shorter timeframe between treatments and fewer treatments necessary for removal.

In a different vein

Have ugly veins you want to erase? “Sclerotherapy, laser and endovenous ablation are methods to treat veins depending on the location and size of the veins,” says Dr. W. Patrick Davey of Dermatique. “Laser treatment using ultrasonic guidance is effective in closing larger, deeper veins. Occasionally, lasers are used on the skin’s surface following sclerotherapy to treat tiny blood vessels that are either too small for sclerotherapy or that have failed to respond to previous injections.”

Smooth operator

Want thing to go a little more smoothly this holiday season? Laser hair removal is now “the standard of care to permanently decrease if not eradicate hair in any given area,” says Dr. Bill Halmi of Arizona Advanced Dermatology. “The results are usually very long lasting — several years. It is also not uncommon to have permanent removal.” Dr. Mark A. Blair of Paradise Valley Dermatology says, “best results can be achieved by a person with fair skin and dark hair. That being said, laser hair removal is possible for all skin types with the proper wavelength laser platform.”

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Nervous about holiday party season? You’re not alone. Nearly 3 percent of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). According to Van Dyke, once a year Botox injections can dramatically reduce sweating in most people. The savings in dry cleaning alone make it worthwhile. Men and women are increasingly turning to Botox to solve this problem.

Fat gets cold shoulder

“CoolSculpting is as a revolutionary new technology based on decades old knowledge that uses cold temperatures to ‘freeze’ fat cells,” says Dr. Michael Carlton of Phoenix CoolBody, which has two Valley locations. “After a single treatment you can see a remarkable 20-25 percent reduction in fat in the treated area. Results are long lasting and no surgery is required.”

Extend yourself

Stacy Ghazi of Vanity Blow Out Bar says that if you want a lion’s mane of hair to frame your face for the holidays, clip-in hair extensions may be the way to go. Clip-ins do the least damage because the hair is attached with clips. Vanity Blow Out Bar uses a special type of clip-in (the halo) that is placed around the head, which adds length and only takes minutes to apply. Ghazi calls the halo method an “up-and-coming trend.”
If you’re a do-in-yourselfer and want perfect party hair, you can achieve the perfect blowout with Drybar’s Blowout In A Box, which includes Drybar’s trio of tools — the Buttercup (official blow dryer of Drybar), full pint medium round brush (for achieving curl and volume on all hair types), and Hold Me! clips (featuring a self-locking system that allows for large sectioning).

Want pouty party lips?

“Injectables can be used not only to plump lips and fill wrinkles, but they can also add youthful volume back to cheeks, enlarge small chins or breasts, lift brows, volumize aging hands, and fill under eye hollows,” says Dr. Lee Laris of Phoenix Skin. “We also use fillers to improve acne scars.”

The eyes have it

“The most popular procedure I have done this year is to brighten the upper face by focusing on the eyes,” Van Dyke says. “I use fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm to reduce the hollows under the eyes (the tired look) and tear trough (the sad look). I employ relaxers such as Botox and Dysport to raise the brow and soften the crow’s feet. The overall effect is soft and subtle, but nevertheless, remarkable.”

Drybar Phoenix

Drybar Opens Second Location In Phoenix, With 50-60 Positions Open

Who doesn’t love Zooey Deschanel’s signature hair? Or, Jennifer Garner’s always-luscious, flowing locks? And women in Scottsdale have been following their lead, trusting one blowout salon in particular with their hair — Drybar. Due to the shop’s success at the Scottsdale Quarter, Drybar is opening a second location in Phoenix on the Camelback Corridor.

“We are thrilled to be opening our second Drybar in Arizona,” says Alli Webb, Drybar founder and longtime stylist. “Our existing Scottsdale shop in the Scottsdale Quarter has been warmly embraced by the lovely ladies in Arizona, and we are ecstatic to open Drybar in Phoenix.”

With the opening of the Phoenix location scheduled for the end of October, the blow dry bar is also looking to hire 50 to 60 people. Positions include stylists and front desk personnel.

Drybar has locations open in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta, and the concept — offering no cuts, no color, just blowouts — has a following of more than 200,000 loyal clients nationwide.

DrybarAnd it isn’t the shop’s customer service that’s over-the-top (in a positive way, of course); its design is, too with custom Italian chairs, tufted fabric walls, marble bar with built-in iPhone docking stations, and flat screens featuring your favorite chick flicks.

Drybar has also recently added some high-profile names to its Board, including Paul Pressler, former CEO of Gap, Inc. and a president at The Walt Disney Company; and Janet Gurwitch, founder and former CEO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics and executive vice president at Neiman Marcus.

“Drybar has created an incredibly cool and innovative experience for the consumer,” says Gurwitch. “I am excited to be joining this impressive team to further expand the Drybar brand.”

For more information about Drybar, its services and/or to apply for one of the open positions, visit thedrybar.com.

Drybar Phoenix
Where: 3172 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Contact: (480) 607-5064
Online: thedrybar.com
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20 Lounge, Scottsdale, Ariz.

20 Lounge, Beauty Bars Make Fashionable More Financially Friendly

20 Lounge, Beauty Bars Make Fashionable More Financially Friendly

When forced to make tough financial decisions in this tough economy, some women may be sacrificing routine beauty regimens to save money.

But staying fashionable and getting pampered doesn’t have to be something that gets cut from the budget.

Beauty bars are making it possible for women to save money and still get the beauty treatment they crave.

The concept of beauty bars is one that has recently spread from California to Arizona. Beauty bars specialize, excel, and focus on just a few services, rather than having a full spa and salon.

Valerie Griggs, CEO of 20 Lounge, went to typical corner nail salons because they were affordable. There was no upscale option for her to go to without paying a fortune.

Griggs realized that there was a huge market for high-quality, affordable nail services, and founded 20 Lounge, a stylish nail salon named for 10 toes and 10 fingers.

Griggs wanted her nail salons to be chic and hip, while providing great services at a reasonable price.

“We decided that in order to have our experience be a better experience, it had to be a lounge environment,” Griggs said. “People can get a great service at a value.”

20 Lounge focuses on giving people an unforgettable experience that can’t be found at a typical nail salon, Griggs said.

Walk through the doors of 20 Lounge, and you’re greeted by a space that is bright, sleek and trendy.

You’re either taken to the white, high-top bar to get a manicure or to a luxurious white-leather lounger for a pedicure. You’re offered a goblet of iced cucumber water, which will be champagne or wine when 20 Lounge is approved to serve alcohol.

The walls are decorated by inspirational quotes and several flat-screen televisions that play music videos that will undoubtedly get your polished fingers and toes tapping.

With creatively named manicures and pedicures such as “The Standard,” named after The Standard Hotel & Bar; “The Ritz,” named after the bar at the Ritz-Carlton; and “The Roxy,” a dry manicure named after the Whiskey a Go-Go in Hollywood, women will truly feel like they are getting celebrity treatment.

For women looking to take their daughters out for a girls’ day, the “Little Lounger” is the perfect manicure or pedicure for petite hands or toes.

20 Lounge also offers facials and waxing, and a special menu of manly choices including a Man-i-cure or Man-i-ped.

Griggs opened the first 20 Lounge in November 2009 in Scottsdale and quickly followed with two others, a second one in Scottsdale and one in San Diego, where she lives.

She plans to open four more by the end of 2011, and is in the process of raising $3 million to infuse capital into the brand so she can start the 20 Lounge franchise program.

“We want to have a 20 Lounge on every corner, like Starbucks,” Griggs said. “We’re trying to be a really great nail bar.”

20 Lounge isn’t the only beauty bar that has sprouted up in Arizona.

Drybar, located at the Scottsdale Quarter, is a beauty bar that offers blowouts instead of pedicures.

Drybar’s menu is simple, offering traditional blowouts for $35 and several upgrades including hair shots and scalp massages for small added fees.

According to Griggs, 20 Lounge and Drybar have talked about opening locations next to each other in order to provide women with the convenience to get their hair and nails done all in one day at affordable prices.

Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar in Phoenix offers several services for $3,5 including the traditional blowout, a spray tan, makeup application or mini facial.

Each Valley beauty bar also offers special memberships where people pay a monthly membership fee and receive a set amount of services per month, along with discounts and incentives for continuing membership.

Whether you’re looking for something to do for a girls’ night out or just wanting a change from your traditional nail or hair salon, beauty bars provide an experience that will leave you feeling stylish, refreshed, and with a little more money in your purse than you’d have if you’d gone to a spa.

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20 Lounge

7001 N. Scottsdale Road
(480) 699-8900
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Drybar

15147 N. Scottsdale Road, #115
(480) 607-5064
www.thedrybar.com

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Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar

4801 E. Indian School Rd.
(480) 321-7780
www.parkavenueblowdry.com

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