What Makes The Best Facial in the Nation?

Beauty Talent

By Marcy Clark

Exciting news!!! Our favorite makeup artist, esthetician and hilariously truth-telling New Jersey author and spa owner Lora Condon has won for the 4th time in a row in the National SPA WEEK awards! This is her 3rd year winning best facial, and her 4th year winning Best Treatment. I wanted to know, what makes the best facial in the nation?!?

What Constitutes “The Best” Facial?

Two times a year Spa Week runs a national program where spas around the country offer customers spa treatments for only $50.  Customers then vote for their favorite spa in different categories and Lora Condon’s, Magic Hands Skin & Body Spa recently won for the 4th time and 3rd time in the category for Best Facial. Lora, The Beauty Buster, now shares her secrets on how to give the best facial and what customers should look for and expect while visiting the spa.  Lora will also reveal the number one mistake estheticians make during a facial.

  1. Choose An Esthetician with Advanced Knowledge – The more knowledge the esthetician has at her fingertips, the better result you’ll get from your facial.  Just like a college graduate won’t have the experience and knowledge of a CEO, the same goes for your facialist.  A quality esthetician will take a few classes every year to learn new techniques and stay on trend.
  2. Use Your Senses – A quality esthetician will use all five senses to send you to heaven and back in an hour. She should have a firm but gentle touch with massage as well as extractions. The products should smell good with essential oils as the natural fragrance not artificial perfume. One of the most important senses is actually hearing and listening to what the client asks for and give it to them if possible. If they have acne and want deep cleaning, focus on cleaning not massage. Talking during a facial is a “touchy” subject.  The client should determine how much talking goes on during a facial.  Conversation should be about the client’s skin, beauty needs and beauty goals.
  3. Educate the client – An educated client is the best client and many times it is the esthetician’s job to dispel beauty magazine or internet myths.  A great esthetician helps with homecare in a non-pushy way and show them the benefits of using professional products.
  4. Passion For The Job – You’re in luck if your esthetician actually owns the spa or has an incredible reputation aside from the spa.  Big name spas tend to hire people right out of school with no experience; basically because they’re cheap labor and they make their money on volume not returning clients.  If the esthetician is the owner or highly regarded, you’re more likely to be in good hands.

The biggest mistake
that estheticians make is over-steaming the skin.  Some estheticians say the reason for steaming the skin is to open the pores. This is false.  Pores do not open or close like gills on our face.  This is a lie that salespeople made up to sell products like toners.  Steam or warm, moist heat is used to soften the dead skin cells and should not be used for more than three minutes far away from the skin in order to make the skin pliable enough for extractions.  After three minutes, the skin starts to become irritated, red, more sensitive, flushed and dehydrated.  This is the reason that people are often red and blotchy after a facial.  Warm, moist towels are the perfect way to achieve the same result without irritating the skin.  Clients might miss the steam, but they sure won’t miss the blotchy, red patches.

For more on Lora Condon, her beauty and esthetic services and her spa Magic Hands Skin & Body call visit www.makeupwithme.com

Tel. 973-467-0992 Salon Hours

Tel. 973-715-3826 After Hours

Also, check out her amazing SPA WEEK specials starting October 10th:

Spa Week Specials Starting October 10, 2011

Check out these incredible $50 spa treatments for only $50 each

1) Semi-permantent mascara called Lash Dip with FREE gift – 55 min.

2) Partial eyelash extensions with FREE gift

3) Organic medical ultrasound facial with FREE gift – 55 min.

EVENT RECAP: Fashionable Friday Beauty & Style Gifting Event

Beauty Books Events Fashion Featured Shopping & Acquisitions

By Carlos Aparicio for Women’s Mafia

Marcy Clark and the Women’s Mafia were thrilled to host the first (of many to come) press-only Fashionable Friday Gifting Events. Celebrity Stylist Nick Arrojo (you will remember his excellent cuts and sexy accent from TLC’s What Not To Wear) hosted us at Arrojo Studio in lower Manhattan last Friday July 22nd.

A group of selected bloggers and journalists, many from the fab NYC Fashion Bloggers Meet-up group, were treated with makeovers including hair & make up treatments by the professionals at Arrojo Studio, as well as gifts from latest jewelry collection by rising-star designer J. Rudy Lewis.

The bloggers were excited to meet J. Rudy Lewis and pick a piece to wear at the event and be photographed rocking his designs. He is rapidly becoming one of the darlings of celebrity stylists, publications such as Vogue, royalty (such as Her Highness Princess Ameerah of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family) and various fashion editors.

Guests were also treated to an exclusive reading by author Lora Condon with excerpts from her recently published book SPA WARS: The Ugly Truth About The Beauty Industry and afterwards they got a signed copy of SPA WARS. Lora Condon is a well-known Esthetician, Make-up artist and Beauty Industry Consultant who has been working in the beauty and spa industry for over 15 years and put together hilarious anecdotes and experiences in her book, which was recently featured in the New York Times. She is also known as the Lash Doctor for her excellence in applying fabulous lash extensions, working with clients such as the cast of Good

Morning America, among other TV and fashion shows. For the first hour of the event the Lash Doctor applied Xtreme lashes on the lucky bloggers who made it early!

It was an exciting time for all of those involved and all the girls looked beautiful with their new ‘dos and J. Rudy Lewis jewelry.Bloggers and editors at the event also got to meet Women’s Mafia Media Partner ASTONISH Magazine and sign up for their new ASTONISHBloggerati program. Women’s Mafia and Yellow Sky Agency will launch the stunning new Fashion & Art publication at this Fall’s Fashion Week.

Pop-Up Studio, a great new enterprise by photographer David Christiansen, captured the event and entertained all the guests with an authentic Photo-Studio experience. It will be the first of many collaborations with Pop-Up Studio!!!

Stay tuned for future possible Fashionable Friday’s for Women’s Mafia members!

To see more pictures from this event at PopUpStudio.com, click here

Patricia Field & Women’s Mafia Present: SPA WARS Benefit for GLAAD

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Celebrity Hairstylist Eric Alt, Music Impressario Lori Michaels, SPA WARS author Lora Condon, Television Personality Cognac Wellerlane

By Carlos Aparicio

After months of anticipation we could barely hold our excitement on the day of this colorful, rambunctious evening. In the company of colleagues from the beauty and fashion industries, TV personalities as well as friends and family, author Lora Condon officially launched her book SPA WARS: The Ugly Truth About The Beauty Industry on a night filled with glamour, joy and delicious treats from Empanada Mama, Butternuts Beer and the royal Château de Chambord (actually, throw some glitter in that equation to get a better mental image).

Hosted by Sex and the City’s Patricia Field and the Women’s Mafia at the House of Field (known for its fashion extravaganzas) to benefit GLAAD, people walking by wondered what the fuss what all about “Are they filming a movie?”, “Is it a rave?” were some remarkable guesses. In actuality, guests were enjoying something much better: Shopping at special rates, Music by DJ Sharri Model, makeup by Alicia Oliveri, Salon Services by the renowned Salon at Patricia Field and a Fierce Photo Contest with photographer Montana.

VIP Guests at the Event included: Project Runway Lead Hair Stylist George Ortiz, Celebrity hairstylist Eric Alt, Gossip Queen Flo Anthony, Music Impresario Lori Michaels, Award Winning Beauty Queen Miss Tiffany, Television Personality Cognac Wellerlane, “The Salon Guy” Stephen Marinaro, top tier Beauty and Fashion Editors and many more guests.

Enjoy some pictures from this magical evening after the jump.

SPA WARS author Lora Condon with Gossip Queen, Radio Host and Columnist Flo Anthony
Project Runway Hair Stylist George Ortiz, Women’s Mafia Founder Marcy Clark and Blair from Glamour Nerd
Our Media Partner Stephen Marinaro “The Salon Guy” and Project Runway stylist George Ortiz
Author Lora Condon with Designer Lace Rose Allenius
“SPA WARS” special guest judge Miss Tiffany Richards

Women’s Mafia Founder Marcy Clark
Women’s Mafia Writer Carlos Aparicio and Stylist Patricia Parenti
Writer Hillary Devers and Astonish Magazine Editor-At-Large Jenny Baker
The Salon Guy, Lora Condon, Makeup Artist Alicia Oliveri, Our “Fierce Photo Contest” photographer Montana and Marcy Clark
The amazing styling and management team at Patricia Field

Our wildly popular DJ Sharri Model, Marcy Clark and Photographer Montana
Astonish Magazine VP Brandon Leong with editor Jenny Baker, publicist Marcy Clark, author Lora Condon and Stephen “The Salon Guy”


BOOK REVIEW – Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth About The Beauty Industry by Lora Condon

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By Carolina Sanchez for Women’s Mafia

“Spa Wars” by Lora Condon is filled with hilarious true stories about the highs and lows of the Spa and Beauty Industry, with names sometimes-but-not-always-changed to protect the not so innocent. It is followed by tips by this illustrious professional makeup artist and three-time National Spa Week Award Winning Esthetician on the best products. You will also find the best insights for applying and combining beauty products like a pro, spa etiquette and recommendations to get the most out of your hard-earned spa dollars.

Lora’s account of how she came to write this Memoir-meets-Buyer-Beware are almost as hilarious as her true Spa horror stories. Lora made the attempt to write a book about her life back in 2002, following a Haitian Voodoo priest’s advice, but this did not become a reality when she considered the thought of re-living her life was just “too depressing.” Later, in 2006 she started writing a book called “Just Your Average Angry American.” The book revolved around things that bother people, including politics and stupidity. In it she also added her own stories from when she worked in the Spa industry. As she told people, such as her celebrity and news industry clients, what she was writing about, she became aware that what people really want to read is what happens in the spa and and behind the makeup counter when the doors are closed.

Spa Wars tells true stories about the Spa and Beauty Industry, each narrated by the author in a witty manner. Lora, also known as “The Beauty Buster” for her consumer advocating tendencies, has a clear mission with her debut book: increased quality, integrity and authenticity in the beauty industry and truth in advertising to protect clients and the companies trying to keep them.

Some highlights: learn about “Gay Trance” and much more about Makeup Counter Psychology, an entire chapter of “Beauty Bullshit” that will have you cleaning out your makeup bag, guides on the best products and “fixes” to make all kinds of cosmetic products work better for you.

Available immediately for you at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders and more!

For more on Lora Condon visit www.makeupwithme.com

Full Disclosure: Lora is a longtime member of the Women’s Mafia and works with the Women’s Mafia on events, branding and PR projects. The Women’s Mafia will be co-hosting her official book launch party in April – so stay tuned and watch this space!

February 8th: Women’s Mafia Pre-Fashion Week Beauty & Pampering Event

Beauty Events Exploits Fashion Week Featured Health Shopping & Acquisitions Talent

I am thrilled to announce: The Women’s Mafia Pre-Fashion Week Beauty & Pampering Event.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 from 4-8pm

The event is hosted by Lora Condon, celebrity Makeup Artist, Certified Esthetician, Consumer Advocate and Author of “Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Industry.” “Spa Wars” brings together the funniest true stories and the professional insight gleamed from over 15 years in the Spa and Beauty industry. Irreverent, insightful, hilarious and actionable, “Spa Wars” is an invaluable tome for beauty junkies and wellness purists alike. Known as the “Lash Dr.” for her custom Xtreme Lash Extensions, Lora is a three time winner of National “Spa Week” Awards and will be offering complimentary Glam Lash Extensions for accredited press.

Co-Hosted by Downtime Massage & Skincare and Level Naturals
698 Tenth Avenue, at 49th Street. New York, NY 10019
For Appointments Call (212) 586-2968
Email Marcy@womensmafia.com to RSVP

Submit Press Accreditation to receive 2 complimentary treatments while space permits.

Glam Lash Extensions by “The Lash Dr.”
Lora Condon, Esthetician, Makeup Artist & Author of “Spa Wars”

As a professional makeup artist, esthetician for film, television and celebrities,
Lora’s work has appeared in publications such as, Ladies Home Journal and
The New York Times and on television in spots for Good Morning America,
The View, Larry King, CNN, Fox News and ESPN.
$35…….….                                                      30 min
Glam Lash Extensions will last for approximately 3 weeks and provide a
glamorous eyelash look without mascara or eye makeup.

Body Sugaring/Hair Removal Treatments
Katie Marks, Senior Massage Therapist

Body sugaring is a hair removal technique that dates back to Egypt circa 1900 BC.  It will help you achieve the ultimate in smooth, soft, beautiful skin, and it’s 100% natural, to boot!  Katie is Downtime’s female authority on body sugaring.  She’ll make you smooth all over!

$25…………                                                    15 min

For more information on body sugaring and home care, click here.  For body sugaring myths and facts, as well as a side-by-side comparison of sugar versus wax, click here.

Laser Facial Treatments
Gary Dickman, Laser Director, Licensed Esthetician

Laser Vantage is a staple of skincare. It is a multi-purpose, all season, all skin type solution for overall skin health. The laser’s advanced science both plumps and rejuvenates the skin for a more youthful, firmer appearance.

Genesis Treatment

$25…………                                                    10 min

Our Laser Genesis treatment is a preventative and corrective treatment which kick starts collagen and elastin production, resulting in diminished fine lines and wrinkles.  It’s the red carpet of laser facials!

Capillary Treatment

$25…………                                                    15 min

Safely erase capillaries with this treatment. Return to your day looking radiant and glowing!

Massage Treatments
Gregory Cartwright, Proprietor, LE, LMT

It’s about time you pampered yourself with a relaxing massage! Downtime’s founder
and wellness guru extraordinaire, Gregory Cartwright, will help melt away your stress using 100% vegan Level Naturals products.

Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massage

$15…………                                                    15min

Warm and energize your sore back, neck, and shoulder muscles with Level Naturals Eucalyptus Lime Massage Cream.

Foot Treatment

$15…………                                                    15min

First, stimulate and awaken your feet with Level Naturals Peppermint Body Polish.  Next, benefit from the antiseptic qualities of Level Naturals Lime Massage Cream, as we loosen, warm, and energize your muscles.  To finish, soften and soothe your feet with Level Naturals Lavender Chamomile Body Lotion.