Editor-in-chief's Revelations: 5 Favorite Beauty Spots On The Map Of Moscow

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Editor-in-chief's Revelations: 5 Favorite Beauty Spots On The Map Of Moscow
Editor-in-chief's Revelations: 5 Favorite Beauty Spots On The Map Of Moscow
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Every month (and sometimes more often), beauty editors receive news about the opening of new beauty salons by mail. As a rule, we are invited to test the services and share our professional opinion. I want to say right away that in Moscow, like nowhere else in the world, the beauty service is developed. I travel a lot, have been in various salons abroad and, putting my hand on my heart, I will say: the best manicures and pedicures, make-up and styling were done in Moscow salons. Yes, there are an abundance of cool spas abroad, I will not argue with that.

But as for manicure, pedicure, styling and make-up - it's only for us. It's all about the mentality: foreign women often feel quite comfortable at dinner in an expensive restaurant without a manicure, at an expensive seaside resort - without a pedicure. They just don't bother. While a Russian woman is unlikely to go out without well-groomed hands and feet for an ordinary meeting with a friend for coffee.

And despite the fact that there are a lot of salons in Moscow, for 5 years of work in beauty I have proven ones. I will tell you about my personal top 5 - where do I go for manicure and pedicure, where do I go for epilation, where do I go for makeup and styling, and who do I trust my body and back. Let's start!

Epilation: Wax & Go

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I am firmly convinced that for procedures that are not available in all beauty salons, you need to go to specialized places. For me, it's like going to a restaurant for tom yum - it can be great everywhere, but there is a high probability of a successful hit - in a restaurant with specialized Japanese cuisine. Manicure and pedicure are done almost everywhere, but you will not find epilation (especially several of its types) in all salons. The number of Wax & Go beauty points is annually replenished on the map of Moscow. It so happened that I always had the brand's salons at hand: when I worked for Allure magazine, I went to Wax & Go on Bolshaya Dmitrovka. Now, working at BeautyHack, five minutes from our office is Wax & Go on Malaya Bronnaya. They do both laser hair removal and wax hair removal (and also excellent manicure and pedicure, but that's another story).

Why do I choose Wax & Go?

Firstly, this is the work on the Australian Lycon wax. Better than him, not a single wax takes my hairs: by nature they are dark and hard for me. In addition, the application technique is special here.

The wax is applied to the skin that has been previously oiled. As a result, it is not injured at the moment when wax is ripped off you along with hairs. Pain sensations are minimized as much as possible - this is important for everyone, especially for a person with a low pain threshold.

I can honestly admit that it was in Wax & Go that I overcame my fear of hair removal, so I come back here again and again. Most often I do deep bikini epilation, full legs and upper lip.

An important fact about Lycon waxes: they are used in the best beauty salons in more than 35 countries, and the anti-hair growth serum is a real legend (masters always use it at the end of the procedure before moisturizing). The brand was founded in 1978 by the renowned cosmetologist Lydia Jordan. For many, the brand is associated, first of all, with hair removal: in this direction it has no equal.

Salon chain Wax & Go is the official distributor of Lycon products: they flaunt on the shelves at the entrance, so you can always buy something at the end of your visit.

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Secondly, Wax & Go employs real professionals. This is the case when you don't have to look for your master: everyone is good. After all, epilation is an extremely intimate procedure, so it is especially important that it is performed by a comfortable person. For two years I don’t remember a single case that I got to the wrong person. I will say more - an interesting conversation was always struck up with each master, thanks to which I was distracted, and the procedure was faster and less painful.

The third and extremely important point is the result and the absence of skin irritation after the procedure. I return to epilation no more than once a month, and after it I never had any skin problems. Before starting, you will always be asked if you are allergic to any of the ingredients: this will help avoid irritation. In addition, in the arsenal of the salon there are several types of wax (visually it is insanely beautiful) with different aromas (I especially liked vanilla and apricot) and for different purposes (for epilation of delicate areas, for removing hard hairs, for epilating sensitive skin).

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The fourth reason to love Wax & Go is the opening hours and the atmosphere. The salon is open from 9 am to 10 pm seven days a week, so there are a lot of time options. And a special program will send you a reminder with a link to the details an hour before the visit. Each Wax & Go is a separate interior paradise: it is always beautiful and cozy in its own way. The last time I was in the salon on Malaya Bronnaya. There are boxes with lavender everywhere, and at the entrance there is a large long table - on it coffee, tea, fruits, sweets: while you wait for your turn, you can have a snack. And you are like the hero of an online game - you walk along a narrow corridor, on each side of which doors that hide a special world.

Master Emilia Mamedova deftly and quickly relieved me of unwanted hairs in the deep bikini area, legs (completely) and upper lip in an hour. After the procedure, I was offered tea (I chose green - what I needed at the end of the day).

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Price for upper lip epilation: 500 rubles.

Price for epilation of legs (completely): 2 800 rubles.

Price for deep bikini epilation: 3 400 rubles.

Address: st. Malaya Bronnaya, 14

Manicure and Pedicure: Nail Spot

Another salon with a self-explanatory name and, believe me, these are not just words: the manicure and pedicure are wonderful here, I never remember a manicure lasting less than three weeks, and a pedicure is always with me for more than a month. I put these two procedures together, because in order to save time, I almost always choose a salon where I can get services in four hands.

Any procedure at the Nail Spot is always a great opportunity to relax, watch a movie of your choice (and it is great!) And leave in a couple of hours with perfect manicure and pedicure and in a great mood. Very friendly staff here.

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My last visit was on March 8th: from the doorway I was offered tea, coffee, water with lemon or champagne. I sat in front of the TV, where my favorite movie Once Upon a Time in Vegas with Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz was playing, and the craftsmen started to work. Dexterously and quickly prepared my nails on hands and feet for vacation. They did my favorite nail file (the cuticle was removed without soaking with a file - quickly, conveniently + personally, my cuticle grows slower after this treatment), and for the legs - a KART pedicure (a mixture of ADN brand products with fruit acids is applied to the feet, and then wrapped in foil and kept in it for 20 minutes). Thanks to the active formula, a pedicure with such a composition helps with mycosis of nails and feet until the complete restoration of the nail plates. Provides effective assistance in case of ingrown nails, dry corns.Softens, accelerates and normalizes the process of cell regeneration during the restoration of a diabetic foot. I didn't have ingrown nails or corns, but my skin was pretty dry.

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There are also very comfortable pedicure chairs (by the way, you can lie on them, they move apart). For the legs we chose Luxio gel polish in Fanfare shade, and for the hands - black Luxio in Noir shade with a Silver top (that is why the nails turned out to be "spacey").

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Price for a manicure with gel polish: 2 600 rubles.

Price for a pedicure with gel polish: 4 200 rubles.

Address: st. Malaya Bronnaya, 13

Makeup and styling: Muscovite Brow Beauty Bar

I have several favorite places where I go for makeup and styling (you can read about successful experiences here and here), but again and again I return to my beloved Moskvichka (yes, yes, since the days when I worked at Allure, and the chain was simply called Brow Beauty Bar). After the rebranding, the quality of services has not changed - like four years ago, today I continue to go to the salon with pleasure.

It was here that almost a year ago I first decided to cut my long hair, to make a more explicit cascade: then I did not regret it a bit. From here you always come out as a princess - with perfect styling and long-lasting makeup.

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Last summer, I went to a make-up salon on Timur Frunze Street. Summer is the time for festivals and outdoor parties. Together with make-up artist Alena Panfilova, we picked up a summer version of evening makeup that lasted all day. Brown eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Smoky palette (shaded in the outer corner of the eye and mixed with lighter ones), Clarins Silk Illusion moisturizer that lasted all day, did not emphasize skin peeling and withstand the party, Inglot Intense Sparkler highlighter on the cheekbones, a little bit of concealer and contouring agent - and the perfect (and yet fast!) makeup for the summer was ready. The result can be seen in the photo! To be honest, I often returned to the salon for makeup at important events.

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By the way, I was in many salons of the chain and none of them came out upset and dissatisfied. Last time I visited the beauty space on Lesnaya: it opened last year. I set the master the task "mission impossible": to make a super-resistant and beautiful styling that will not only withstand 16 hours, but also survive 12 of them in flight. Yes, I went on vacation, and actually on leaving the plane - "from the ship to the ball", that is, to an important event. And if I could do the makeup myself (I can practice it on the plane), then the story with hair is more complicated.

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Master Olga Sitko washed her hair with Davines Volu shampoo and conditioner for volume, applied Tecni.Art Volume Lift spray mousse to wet hair by L'Oreal Professionnel, dried her head, and then wrapped beautiful curls on the curling iron and fixed them with Infinium varnish from L'Oreal Professionnel. To make the volume more noticeable and lasting, the master used a corrugation at the hair roots. An hour, and my mane is no worse than Simba's! Just kidding. It turned out very beautiful curls, which (spoiler!) Withstood not only the flight, but also in the form of neat waves kept the next day after arrival.

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Price for evening make-up from a top master: 4 500 rubles.

Price for evening styling for long hair from a top master: 5,000 rubles.

Address: st. Timur Frunze, 20; st. Forest, 1/2

Caring for the body: Still Beauty Space

Still Beauty Space is located in a three-storey building with a rooftop terrace, in the very center of the “museum quarter” of Moscow (next door is the Museum of Contemporary Art on Gogolevsky Boulevard, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the Red October Gallery). This is a space that works both as a beauty salon (they will do any service for you - from manicure and pedicure to aesthetic medicine procedures and spa), and as a gallery (a unique collection of photographs of Guy Bourdin, Herb Ritz, Richard Avedon), and as a boutique restaurant (works in cooperation with the Semifreddo Group, in the summer a rooftop terrace with a view of Moscow is open).

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You can also come with your child - they will look after him, the space is also equipped with a playroom, and here they also do children's manicure (read important facts about him here) and a haircut. Special cosmetics are used for children and even special negligees have been developed!

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I came here for a body care procedure, and which one exactly - we had to choose together with the specialist Ekaterina Bubnova. I wanted to make the skin more elastic and taut and solve the problem of puffiness. I also suffered from lower back pain, which appeared in the last week. Ekaterina gave me two procedures. First "Endosphere", and then - Indiba. Now about each in order.

"Endosphere" works due to the compressive effect on the skin with the help of microvibrations and a special nozzle weighing two kilograms creates a drainage effect. It is a cylindrical handpiece with 50 honeycomb-shaped silicone spheres that rotate around their axis at different speeds. For better glide, a special oil is applied to the skin.

During the procedure, I did not experience any painful sensations, which was already an undoubted plus. I came in with lower back pain, and my torment ended after the Endosphere. The procedure is also aimed at fighting cellulite and excess weight.

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Indiba is a non-invasive radiofrequency therapy that helps fight wrinkles and cellulite. Together with the doctor, you select the problem area, a special gel is applied to it and a special warm nozzle is guided over the skin.

Indiba activates the work of cells from the inside and improves blood circulation (I did it in the breeches zone - 50 minutes after the procedure, the skin became smooth and tightened after the first session). And the pain in the lower back seemed to be relieved by hand.

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Ekaterina explained that the human body has a tendency to get used to everything, therefore, often, during long courses of a particular procedure, a person at some point stops seeing the result: the body has simply adapted. That is why she recommends alternating between different treatments. Will be back from vacation and continue doing Endosphere and Indiba.

Price for one procedure "Endosphere": 7,500 rubles.

Price for one Indiba procedure: 10,000 rubles.

Address: Barykovsky lane, 4, building 3

Spa: Fresh Spa By Natura Siberica

To begin with, I want to express my love for the Russian cosmetics brand Natura Siberica: from the moment it was launched in 2008 to this day, I am proud and dearly love all the brand's products, especially the Fresh Spa By Natura Siberica line (scrubs, hand and body creams, shower gels, etc. others). By the way, this is the best beauty souvenir that can be brought from Russia - my friends abroad have appreciated the brand a long time ago and are constantly asking to replenish their stocks of cosmetics.

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I was in the spa for the first time and seemed to be transported to Siberia (but not because it is cold!).

A real Russian steam room with steam baths, cedar steam, a salt room and a salt pool with brine salt, Kamchatka and Buryat treatment rooms, a laboratory of natural fresh spa products, natural cedar fonts, a warm volcanic stone steam, wild northern berries and herbs, healing Siberian stones - there is everything that reminds of the diversity of Russian nature.

All the ingredients for the procedures are absolutely natural: brine salt and blue clay - straight from the Altai Lake Yarovoe, omul caviar - from Baikal, yak milk - from Tula, honey and herbs - from Altai and Khakassia. You can come here for a whole spa program, various massages, peelings, wraps, body, hair and face treatments, body shaping procedures are performed here. I went for an hour massage. Before starting the procedure, the specialist asked what kind of massage I like, if I have problems with the thyroid gland (if available, massages are prohibited), and also told me about cedar oil, on the basis of which the entire massage was done. It is squeezed on the day of the procedure from fresh pine nuts. I love massages of medium hardness, and on the day of arrival I was very worried about pain in the neck and collar zone. Only an hour in the skilled hands of a specialist, and I "fluttered" again:the pain disappeared somewhere, and strength and lightness returned to the back.

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By the way, SPA specialists were trained in massage technologies, Siberian ceremonies and steam bathing techniques from Altai and Khakass masters. In my 23 years (and with my back pain), I have tried many types of massage in various salons and clinics, but the one that was given to me at the Fresh Spa was not like any of them. At the end of the visit, I drank herbal green tea, after which, refreshed, charged with strength, energy and health, I went about my business. As a gift, by the way, I received a jar of cedar oil: the administrator explained that it can be used both for face, body and hair care, and added to food. Let's try!

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Price per hour massage: 4 500 rubles.

Address: Lomonosovsky prospect, 25k2

Text: Karina Andreeva

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