The Best Beauty Quickies In Chicago

by Sierra Tishgart
We know you’ve got a lot going on. You jumped up and down so aggressively watching the Bulls game that you pulled a hamstring. You thought it would be a good idea to dive into the river when they dyed it green and now your hair has some major issues. Or perhaps you have some real problems that stress you out, like a tough boss, backstabbing best friend, or a husband who thinks romance is a bucket of chicken and Netflix. You know what you need? Some time to indulge. But if you're like us, that's exactly what you don't have a lot of: time. So, we’ve compiled the best salon and spa treatments that are under 30 minutes or less. And these quick beauty treatments will leave you feeling rejuvenated, more polished, and refreshed. You can’t say that about most quickies.
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Bronze
The temperature’s heating up, and the Snow White pasty look is so last blizzard. Benefit offers a safe, spray-on tan that lasts seven to ten days. It only takes ten minutes and just a bit of nudity to make you look like you just stepped off of a yacht. Body Tan: $40 for full body, $20 for half body, approximately 10 minutes. Benefit Cosmetics, 1616 North Damen Avenue; 773-342-8860.
Nails
Getting tipsy with friends while getting your nails done: Now that's multi-tasking. Nail Bar is BYOB and offers a Quickie Hand Job (yes, you read that right), which includes nail shaping, cuticle care, and a high shine buff. This is a boozie quickie you won’t regret. Quickie Hand Job, $15, approx. 30 minutes. Nail Bar, 3444 North Southport Avenue; 773-348-7878.
Back
We can see you hunched over your computer right now. Tsk tsk. Get your sexy back at the Time Saver Massage at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. This 25-minute massage will hit all your pressure points and release tension in your back, neck, and shoulders. Psst: the spa also offers a Time Saver Facial, Pedicure, Olive Oil Body Glow, and Reflexology... all under 30 minutes! Time Saver Massage, $75, 25 minutes. Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, 919 North Michigan Avenue, 312-988-9191.
Face
Dry skin? Chapped lips? You can only blame the cold for so long. The Spa Equinox Conditioning Facial will hydrate your face in 25 minutes and leave you with supermodel-like dewy skin. The Equinox Conditioning Facial, $55, 25 minutes. Spa Equinox; 1750 North Clark Street; 312-254-4000.
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Hair
You move so fast throughout the day you get whiplash, but you can’t really whip your hair with split ends. The Salon @ ULTA has just added the Brocato Express Treatment, a shorter version of the Brocato Curl Interrupted Smoothing System. The customizable treatment lasts two to three weeks and will give your hair a silky smooth texture, shine, and remove frivolous frizz in 60 minutes or less (okay, okay, we know that’s a bit longer than 30 minutes, but it lasts for weeks!). Brocato Express Treatment, $50, less than 60 minutes. The Salon @ ULTA, 114 South State Street; 312-279-5081
Makeup
You know how celebrities are completely unrecognizable when they’re not wearing makeup? Behold the power of professional makeup artists. Lucky you, the Kryolan Professional Makeup store just opened in Chicago in January. In 30 minutes, their makeup artists will have you looking red-carpet ready and flawless even in high-def. Professional Makeup Application, $45, 30 minutes. Kryolan Professional Makeup, 2034 North Halsted Street, 773-248-1419.
Crash-Course
A soothing massage, hydrating hot-towel and enzyme pack, quick fruit acid wash, and customized oxygen spray in 30 minutes? We’re still not quite sure what the “Oxygen Blast” is at the Bliss Spa at W Chicago-Lakeshore, but we tried it and it's definitely a blast of renewal like no other. Oxygen Blast, $80, 30 minutes. Bliss Spa at The W Chicago-Lakeshore, 644 North Lake Shore Drive; 877-862-5477.
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