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Leeches, worm poop and other bizarre A-list beauty secrets

 

At last week's Screen Actors Guild awards, A-list celebrities looked stunning, of course. Kerry Washington glowed. Jessica Chastain stunned. Jennifer Lawrence dazzled. And while some celebs may just be genetically blessed, many more will do the strangest things in the name of looking great. Here's what's weird in the world of beauty.

 

Don't pooh-pooh this skin-care trick

 

Victoria Beckham has a net worth of approximately $80 million, but her skin care secret may be for the birds. Beckham reportedly counts on so-called "geisha facials" to keep her skin glowing. The geisha facial calls upon nightingale excrement from Kyushu, a Japanese island, which is mixed with rice bran and water to create a cleansing mask. Offered at the Shizuka spa in New York as well as Hari's salon in London, Beckham's not the only celebrity who reportedly swears by this treatment. The Huffington Post reports that Tom Cruise is also a Geisha Facial fan, which may help explain why, while marriages may come and go for Cruise, his reputation as one of Hollywood's best-looking leading men continues to fly high.

 

  

 

  

Clarisonic? You've been rocking that for years. Pore strips? Gross and incredibly gratifying. Crème de la Mer? From head to toe. No matter how many products you've amassed and how religiously you apply them, nothing seems to save skin, clear pores and leave you all a-glow like a fab facial. But, if "investing" in every buzz-worthy new beauty brand has left your budget slightly tapped, you're sure to love our list of some of the best facials in the country... priced oh-so-right at $39 to $59 during our annual Love You campaign. J'adore your skin? Well then, show it some love!  

 

Brookfield, WI:  Anew Skin and Wellness, 19265 West Capitol Dr., Call to book: (262) 373-1810

$59 Skin Analysis and DiamondTone Microdermabrasion: A Microdermabrasion session that will rejuvenate your face and leave skin looking years younger. (Face only, please.) Normally $110 

 

Chicago:  Luminere Esthetics and Wellness, 1219 W. Diversey.  Call to book: (224) 420-2784

$39 Microdermabrasion and Brazilian: Slough off winter skin and leave glowing. Complete with Brazilian wax for your winter vacation. Normally $110

  

Chicagoland (Elmhurst): Simply Pretty Skin, (located inside Bilancio Salon), 124 N. York Rd.  Call to book: (630) 530-1771 

$49 Vitamin C/Enzyme Peel with Redlight Therapy Treatment: Gentle effective treatment for all skin types, firms, tones, brighten, effective for acne, makes your skin look and feel younger.  Normally $100


Chicagoland (Mokena): SouthWest Laser & MedSpa, 19070 Everett Blvd., Suite 202. Call to book: (708) 479-4488

$59 Flowers and Chocolate: Give yourself flowers & chocolate! Flower enzyme treatment followed by a decadent chocolate mask. Normally $105

 

Crown Point, IN: Bodyworks Studio Spa, 10647 Floyd Street.  Call to book: (219) 689-2137

$59 Microdermabrasion facial: Erase years by removing dead skin and debris from your face. Normally $125.

 

Dallas: Green Lotus Spa & Retreat, 4447 N. Central Expressway #115.  Call to book: (214) 520-6560

$49 Microdermabrasion: Experts resurface your skin using a diamond tip Microdermabrasion machine, all organic & effective facial products.  Normally $95

  

NYC: Confidence Beauty Salon and Spa, 297 3rd. Ave., 2nd FL. Call to book: (212) 213-8220 

$59 Winter Berry Diamond Facial: This seasonal facial protects your skin against harsh winter weather. Normally $130

  

San Francisco: Barber Lounge Salon and Spa, 854 Folsom St.  Call to book: (636) 248-0692

$59 Custom 60 minute Aveda Facial: Their skin experts customize your very own special facial, deep cleansing, extractions, exfoliation and hydration. Dry, oily, acne-prone or sensitive -- whatever your skin needs to look its absolute best. Normally $100

  

Tampa: Esteem Medical Aesthetics, 1702 S. Dale Mabry Hwy.  Call to book: (813) 254-7727. 

$49 Lunchtime Revitalizing Fruit Acid Peel: Improve your skin's texture, diminish fine lines, improve skin clarity and enhance its overall appearance. A physician-strength Glycolic Acid and/or Salicylic Acid formula is used making this peel aggressive, yet mild, and with little to no irritation.  Normally $119

 

Browse hundreds of additional offers online at www.prettycity.com/love

  

Own or operate an upscale spa, salon or medical spa and wish to participate in the annual Love You campaign? Contact us via email at support at prettycity dot com.

  

 

 

 

Celebrity Makeup Artists Reveals Skin Care Dos and Make Up Dont's

 

Gina Brooke looks like a woman who takes her own advice. That's what struck me when I met up with Brooke this week for the second time in as many years. Brooke, a sought after make-up artist who has "painted" the faces of Anne Hathaway, Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Madonna, sported deep red lips, long lashes and pin-up worthy waves while she dished about her celebrity clients, their skin care secret and the most common makeup mistakes that women make. 

 

As a highly regarded celebrity makeup artist Brooke's known for having particular skill in eye lash adornment, so much so that some credit her with reviving faux lashes.  In 2006, before the current faux-lash mania, Brooke hand-crafted a pair of bejeweled mink lashes for Madonna's Confessions Tour. Then, Oprah's makeup artist ordered several hundred pairs, at a reported $1,000 per set. Soon after, a long, lush lash trend was in full force and Brooke's custom made lash creations were regularly fluttering about the faces of Madonna, Sade, Lady Gaga and many more.  

 

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