Beauty…Hollywood Style: A day in Santa Monica

October 26, 2009 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

santa-monica-beach-santa-monica-ca400If you’ve been reading my last few stories, you know that since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve not only been learning to relax but I’ve also mastered Lauren Conrad beach waves!  My next quest?  A day of beauty in Santa Monica.  Of course, I love my Hollywood neighborhood–but the one thing that it lacks is the beach, which has always been a peaceful place for me from my childhood summers in Montauk.  It’s no real surprise that I’ve been finding recluse in Santa Monica now that I’m a West coaster. 

I decided to try a Customized Fruit Enzyme Peel Treatment at ARCONA Los Angeles and I’m a total convert.  I’m very particular about what I put on my face due to my previous bout with adult acne but this stuff is the real deal.  My facialist applied an Enzyme complex mask that gently removed dead skin cells and cleansed my pores.  My skin has the tendency to be dry and this mask was super moisturizing and smelled amazing, like a summer fruit salad.  What I loved most about this particular facial is that after the mask, the facialist applies customized serums chosen specifically for your skin type.  The serums are rich in anti-oxidants and promote circulation, helping to dissolve dry, dead skin and restore softness and smoothness.  I left ARCONA feeling like I had a brand new face!  My skin was hydrated, felt amazingly soft and looked more even in tone and texture. 

Even though I felt a bit naked without makeup on, I realized that I didn’t need any after seeing how refreshed my skin looked.  My next stop was Preece & Toff Salon & Spa at Fred Segal.  As I mentioned in my first story, I was concerned about finding a hairstylist who could keep my blonde locks as light and icy as I like.  So, when I was offered the opportunity to get my highlights touched up by Kristoff  Ball, who was the first to turn Gwen Stefani blonde, I (literally!) jumped at the chance. 

The space itself is modern and chic and the staff is super friendly and accommodating.  Even with their Fred Segal address, there’s not the slightest hint of pretentiousness in the air, which, for me, is a requirement when I go to a hair salon.  Kristoff is a cool, trendy rocker who loves what he does and has a long list of celebrity clients who agree that he is a master.  As if turning Gwen Stefani platinum isn’t a big enough claim to fame, Kristoff has also worked with Pink, Nicky Hilton and even toured across the country with Paris Hilton while she was filming “The Simple Life.”  (Needless to say, he is good with blondes.)  While Kristoff applied my highlights, he gave me his background story, talking about his business partner and their vision for the salon, his own personal history and how he became the renowned stylist that he is today–and all the while, he made me feel totally at ease, oozing that SoCal, relaxed personality I covet and adore. 

The end results?  I love how my color came out.  And believe me, I’m a picky customer!   He made the tone just a tad darker than before to bring back a more natural look and eventually, he says, we will go back to the icy blonde shade when my hair gets healthier.  For me, Preece & Toff Salon & Spa is the ultimate salon to visit because it combines high quality service with a SoCal lifestyle…plus, you can stop by Fred Segal Studio Beauty Mix when you’re done!

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