The West Coast has been Chiara’s second home for some time now, so it was only a matter of time before a beauty guide to LA came your way! About time we invited you to our favorite spots in the City of Angels: if you’re planning to visit or you live in the area, we strongly recommend you write them down for reference.
The first address on the list is also the most important, the one you cannot miss at any cost: the Beverly Hills Hotel, which has been around for quite some time and is as cool as ever. Your first “task” will be lying down on a chaise longue by the pool and enjoy a refreshing cocktail surrounded by palm trees. Once you’re in the right mood, head over to the spa, where you’ll find exclusive treatments and customized yoga classes. Namaste!
If you’d rather enjoy a massage in a studio, further away from the noise and the crowds, we recommend The Now Massage. This is a new concept for LA, and its popularity has skyrocketed very quickly, which means their agenda is super busy. If you want an appointment, be persistent – it’ll be worth it. Chiara and Michela can vouch for it!
For an otherworldly experience far from the chaos of downtown, book your spot in Santa Monica: The Raven Spa is a little Thai sanctuary in the heart of California which will help you get away from it all and recharge your batteries (your batteries, not your phone’s, which indeed should be left at home).
The two hottest addresses for your nails are Es Nail and Marie Nails, where in addition to your manicure, you can entertain yourself with some healthy celebrity spotting. Gel manicure is a must-have, if possible with some minimal nail art (thin lines or metallic details) to boast when you stroll idly down the street with your cup of Alfred coffee.
Looking for a facial treatment? Look no further, and head to Face Haus! The cute mint green decor will steal your heart, as will the lengthy menu of available treatments. You’ll feel renewed, and your skin will be selfie-ready!
How about trying out the latest novelty in terms of beauty, which is still unheard of in Europe? Skin Laundry and its facials, which use laser and LED, are awaiting you, for an experience to remember. In America, they’re all the hype!
Two more addresses to note down. File under: places that make your credit card cry. One of them is Violet Grey, a cult venue not far from The Row, Melrose Place, where you might end up bumping into the Jenner-Kardashian clan more often than not. At Violet Grey, you’ll find the best beauty products in the world, carefully selected by the team so that you can choose among the best of the best. You can also shop on their website – but believe us, you don’t want to miss out on the store experience.
Last but not least, head over to Venice Beach for the Hourglass Cosmetics flagship store. Here, you can get your makeup done for a special event (our own Carolina is still raving about her makeup, months later!) or simply shop following the advice of the artists there who are always ready to help.
At this point, we can only wish you safe (and beautiful!) travels 😉 if you know any other great beauty stores in LA, let us know in the comments!