This is a story about a true Princess experience – no joke! A few weeks ago, I went out to check out Simply Ravishing – The Salon, a new modern day spa in Gilbert to experience what all the buzz was about.
Located in a quiet shopping center in Phoenix’s East Valley, Simply Ravishing feels welcoming from the minute you walk in the door. I was greeted by Terry who took me through my schedule of treatments for the day – I was going to start with a facial followed by a massage a blowout and style, a spa pedicure and a manicure! See what I mean about a serious Princess experience?
Check out my day of beauty and bliss…
Facial using Skin Script by Melanie – 1:15 pm (Deluxe Customized Facial – $65+)
Melanie is one of two aestheticians currently practicing at Simply Ravishing – and she officially wins the award (in my book) for least painful extractions, ever! Simply Ravishing uses Skin Script products, all local products made in Tempe (yay for local!). Melanie created a custom facial based on my needs, using Skin Scripts Glycolic Cleaners and Green Tea Citrus Cleanser to start, followed by Glycolic and Retinol Pads and Coconut Papaya Enzyme to exfoliate then Cucumber Hydration Toner. Then, she used a calming Strawberry/Spearmint Mask (which smelled so good that I was tempted to take a little taste!) before applying the Vitamin C/Green Team Serum and the Hydrating Serum to treat my skin Then, we ended with some sunblock (a must for every-day wear, especially in Arizona). Melanie used a variety of facial, arm, hand and scalp massage techniques to calm my body throughout the treatment – it was by far one of the most relaxing facials I’ve experienced and my skin was seriously glowing when finished.
Deep Tissue Massage with Becky – 2:45 pm (60 Minutes – $55)
Becky means serious business, which in my book, is important to a killer massage. I don’t want to chat, I don’t want light, feathery pressure – so thank goodness for professionals like Becky! My massage was completely customized to my body. Becky went through a list of concerns or problems I was having before starting. I was able to pick my massage oil scent (citrus, of course). She focused heavily on my shoulders and upper back to relieve tension built up for sitting at a desk and staring at a computer day after day. It was definitely one of those massages where I drifted in a semi-conscious state, completely in the zone.
Hair with Tiffany – 4 pm (Shampoo & Style – $25)
Tiffany is my new hair-style goddess. I sat down with her and we talked about how I normally wear my hair and when I told her that she could just blow it out the same way I normally do, she said “let’s try big curls!” After washing and conditioning my hair, she dried my hair and then used a flat iron to create perfectly placed, large curls. It looked amazing and she worked very fast. With all of the upcoming Summer Spaaah Series events, I’m designating Tiffany as my pre-event go-to hair girl!
Pedicure with Tara & Manicure with Melissa – 5 pm (Spa Pedicure – $45, Spa Manicure – $25)
I was really impressed that the owner of Simply Ravishing, Tara, was right there servicing clients alongside her team members. The modern, bench-like pedicure chairs are seriously cool because the soaking basins are portable and they use disposable liners for all basins to make sure they are completely clean and sterilized for every single client. Tara makes her own sugar scrubs from scratch and changes up the scents based on the season and she makes an effort to use as many local Arizona products as possible.
Melissa handled my mani – she is relatively new to the nail business. She decided last year to pick up a new hobby and learn how to do nails and she’s become quite the pro! Melissa offers almost every nail service imaginable and especially enjoys creating nail art when customers are feeling daring.
One-Stop Shop for Beauty + Chill Time
Whether it’s a day of prep for a wedding or special event, or a relaxing girl’s day out … the therapists and professionals at Simply Ravishing are outstanding and friendly, and the services are priced so that you can afford to pick a couple and enjoy a full day at the spa. Looking for something fun this summer? Check out the Simply Ravishing Girls Night Out events, the first Friday of every month, featuring discounted mini-treatments, beverages, snacks and much more – free to attend!
Call 480.558.5143 to book your Princess (or Prince!) day and be sure to tell ’em spa girls sent you!