There is no shortage of beautification services in San Francisco. But unless you have a tried and true or reliable referral network, it's tricky to find exactly what you're looking for. And sometimes you're looking for something beyond pampering and relaxation.
Everyone talks about how inspiring San Francisco is, but not everyone walks the walk. Kelly Crispen, Proprietress of Elizabeth Street Cosmetics, took that inspiration and turned it into a beauty business where lip balm, lip gloss and lipsticks are named after the streets of San Francisco; they're also paraben-free and loaded with natural antioxidants.
Admit it: You love a morsel of beauty. You know the excitement when you're making a purchase at Sephora and you get to pick your rewards freebie? SF-based beauty entrepreneur and makeup artist Lindsey Guest knows this feeling well and recreates it with Beauty Army, a luxury beauty sample box service for $12 a month.
Winter has arrived. And though San Francisco winters are moderate, and usually warmer than SF summers, skin could benefit from some special attention after a brisk commute home. Upping moisturizer and lathering lip balm are quick solutions, but several Bay Area companies boast divine dry skin products.
Tom Ford world domination. That's the way I see it. Fashion rejoiced when the designer remerged with a women's ready-to-wear collection, while his menswear and sunglasses had already been brewing success. Then, there was a bold line of scents. And now, Mr.Ford continues to seed his provocative brand with an extension into the most feminine segment of all: Beauty.
“Today’s man is more discerning than ever, his lifestyle is his own and his style should always make its mark.” Motivational man speak by David Alfonso, the creator of hair product line Hanz de Fuko. At a time when male grooming is booming in SF and beards are aplenty, Hanz de Fuko was ahead of the game with the launch of sexy, 100% organic styling solutions five years ago.
A mainstay on the chichi stretch of Fillmore in Lower Pac Heights for the past 9 years, International Orange still has the same allure as it did when it first opened. It's an urban oasis in the middle of a bustling neighborhood and offers two types of yoga, massage, acupuncture, facials, peels, and waxing. If you haven't been already, it's about time you go check it out.
"Oh my god, I have babe hair!" Was what my freshly coiffed neighbor exclaimed when she experienced her Drybar reveal. Prepare yourself for fast ultra-girlie times at Fillmore's newest bar: Drybar, a blow dry bar. Combining the a la carte style of a bar bar, with a luxurious salon-style blowout, you'll be tickled yellow after your reveal, too.
There is an abundance of services in San Francisco: restaurants, music venues, bike shops, bars, boutiques, dry cleaners, Starbucks. Such is big city life. But there are also tons of hair salons and exercise studios. When seeking a new look, or workout, I turn to referrals. That is, my social network of the fabulously coiffed and fit. Enter StyleSeat.
Sometimes you just need a weekend away with the girls. So, tell the boyfriend to go climb something while you make your way to the Hyatt Regency at Incline Village—it's the only north shore resort right on the water (hello, unbeatable views).
Back by popular demand (last year's attendees are still raving), the all-inclusive getaway combines the best of health, wellness, and beauty in the form of fitness classes (think pilates and belly dancing), skincare presentations by experts in the field (think consultant to the A-list Marilyn Jaeger), and plenty of spa treatments to go around (everyone gets $100 spa credits).