I had the absolute pleasure of stopping into Relax Beauty Bar, a cute, playful esthetic lounge, tucked in the heart of Hamilton’s adorable Westdale Village a few weeks ago. This beauty bar offers everything from custom makeup applications to nails, waxes, facials, and even their own in-house made organic beauty products!
When I arrived at the spa, I was greeted by the owner Darlene she was really lovely and welcoming. Her enthusiasm for all things beauty hasn’t wavered in over 30 years of working in the industry. She was very enthusiastic on this very early morning, and we got right into the pedicure after a quick tour of the space.
As I’m sure you all know by now, I love a good pedicure so I was very excited to review this staple spa service for you all. Now, a few things about the Relax Beauty pedicure; it is intensive, it takes well over an hour to complete, and Darlene is extremely thorough! She soaks the feet, cleans cuticles, and takes off all that dead skin through manual exfoliation. I really like my feet to have a good scrub! This component of the pedicure is the main focal point for myself. I really want my skin to look bright, healthy, and clean after the pedicure, the nails are just the secondary aspect! Darlene takes her time and is thorough, and I am not mad about it, however, it does take a bit of time, this is likely the longest pedicure I have ever had but it is WELL worth it! If you have a trip or a series of events back to back this pedicure will last you a few weeks! It is well worth the $50.00, believe me.
I also ended up trying out their waxing services as well, I got an eyebrow clean up and a bikini wax. Their eyebrow waxes is also a very thorough and unique service, Darlene lets you take the wheel and describe what you want from your brows and how she can help you get them there, she uses a very high quality, shimmery Italian wax. She allows you to hold a mirror and watch as she goes and she communicates as she goes to ensure that you get exactly what you want. I really like this process, it’s like waxing your own eyebrows, but with the precision of a professional esthetician! Perfect!
As for the bikini wax, she uses another version of the Italian wax, that is virtually painless. I found this wax to be really quite gentle. She also did another unique thing, she placed baby powder on my skin before waxing. I have never had anyone do this before, the baby powder prevents the wax from pulling the skin. I think it was actually pretty effective in doing this as I really found it less painful then it usually is. All in all, my skin was a bit red but settled the next day and overall, I think she did an excellent job! She also discussed aftercare with me, which surprisingly, a lot of other estheticians have not always discussed with me after waxes. She suggested, exfoliation of the bikini area with a scrubbing cloth or luffa and moisturization to prevent ingrown hairs!
In addition to all of this, I also tried out some of their makeup products and services, they have a huge collection of custom makeup options in-house! You can create your own custom pallets for powders, eyeshadow, blush etc and they have a variety of foundation shades and coverage types! The did a mini session with me and they were pretty successful in colour matching my very complicated skin tone! So if you have a wedding or event I would definitely check it out their makeup services as well.
Now, if that wasn’t enough owner and operator Darlene also has her own organic skincare line! Including her “Shield” a face and body cream, serums, cleansers and much more. I will have an in-depth review of this product in another blog post for you all soon! These products are made in-house by hand and include some of the best locally sourced ingredients like beeswax, various butter’s, and oils.
All in all, I was very impressed with the level of service and knowledge I received during my visit to relax beauty. All of the staff are really lovely and welcoming and the space is so cute and cozy. I would highly recommend checking out Relax beauty, they have so much to offer and I am excited to try out more of their services and products in the future!
And just in time for Valentines Day Relax Beauty Bar is offering my followers 20% off all makeup products all February long! 🙂
As mentioned be sure to look out for my review of Relax skin care products!
Until next time,
Peace & Love
The Hamilton Hippie