5 Secret Beauty Boosters To Try Now!

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Sometimes, your beauty routine can seem just that—routine. Taking care of beauty business should be fun (not a chore!) and we're here to help. If you’re looking to spice up the ol’ pore cleanse/brow tweeze, check out these local beauty treatments, all of which are anything but ordinary.
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1. Strange Beauty Show’s Hair and Makeup
The place is called Strange Beauty Show, let's start there. It doubles as an art gallery, and they offer you a PBR as soon as you walk in—it’s pretty much a hipster’s paradise. Word on the street is that they’ve got the skills to back up the hype. If you want to get serious about spicing up your look, look no further. Whether it’s a head full of dreadlocks, cotton candy-pink bangs or red and yellow eye makeup, Strange Beauty Show will hook you up. Strange Beauty Show, 118 North Ashland Avenue (at Division Street); 773-252-9522.
2. Exsalonce Day Spa’s Couscous Scrub
Spring is around the corner (hopefully!), and as fabulous as that is for Chicagoans, it’s also kind of scary since it means that our long-hibernating limbs will soon be exposed to the light of day (and the eyes of other people). Get an exfoliated leg up on the rest of the city by heading to Exsalonce Day Spa for their couscous and cinnamon full body scrub, $60. Though the idea of being rubbed down with refined carbs may seem odd, your skin will be glowing and revitalized. Embrace the sunshine. Exsalonce, 2150 West Roscoe Road (at Leavitt Street); 773-327-4848.
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3.The Spa at Trump’s Balancing Diamond Massage
Diamonds are synonymous with luxury. So it makes sense that if you want to splurge on a luxurious massage, you’ll want one that includes diamond-infused massage oils. We can't think of a better body indulgence. Leave it to Donald Trump to offer such a treatment at his eponymous hotel and towers. As part of the spa’s Gemstone Spa Treatments, the $300 Balancing Diamond Massage uses diamond-infused massage oil to smooth your skin and “balance your crown chakra.” We like where all of this is going. The Spa At Trump, 401 North Wabash Avenue (at Kinzie Street); 312-588-8000.
4. Channing's Day Spa PMS Package
If the fates allow, there will one day be a cure for PMS. Until then, there is Channing’s Day Spa. A milk-chocolate body wrap will attempt to satisfy your chocolate craving while reducing bloat, and a cherry aromatherapy facial treats “time of the month” breakouts. Cap it off with a soothing eye treatment that reduces puffiness caused by PMS (and drop-of-a-hat crying spells).We're thinking it's the best $160 you'll ever spend. Channing's Day Spa, 54 East Oak Street (just East of Rush Street); 312-280-1994.
5. Allyu Spa Vegan Mani & Pedi
If Stella McCartney is your vegan soul-sister, then check out Allyu Spa. Their mani/pedis use vegan polish, and there are a ton of colors to choose from. We’ve also been assured that the vegan variation has the same staying power as regular polish, so no need to worry about sacrificing quality. Take a vegan mani or pedi for a test drive and let us know what you think in the comments! Allyu Spa, 600 West Chicago Avenue (at North Larabee Street); 312-755-1313.
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