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April 17 2014

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The 411: Sunday Riley

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Sunday Riley has been making and testing skincare products since she was a 12-year-old girl in Texas. That’s when her grandmother first introduced her to the Native American botanicals her own family has prized for decades. Her eponymous skincare line incorporates a medley of those same botanicals in the very high-tech-sounding NV-5 ageless complex that appears in all her products. Riley has a clear-cut skincare regimen—her nighttime ritual includes Stimulant III, then Juno serum, Bionic antiaging cream, and a few dabs of Stimulant I around the eyes (all from her own range, naturally)—but she relies on a number of local beauty experts in her hometown of Houston just as faithfully. Here, her neighborhood favorites.

The Pro: Sunday Riley

The Massage Therapist: Dick Juby at Houston Massage Clinic

“No spa massage here, only intense, medical-grade bodywork—and he’s an incredible healer. You’ll hurt the next day, but from then on out everything is miraculously better. I work 60-plus hour-weeks and have two kids; luckily he does house calls or I would be sunk!”

701 W. Gray St., (713) 253-0651; www.houstonmassageclinic.com

The Acupuncturist: Jie Bo Acupuncture & Alternative Medicine

“Dr. Bo was an MD in China and a practicing plastic surgeon in Seattle, and now specializes in facial-rejuvenation acupuncture. She does a seven-step micro-current treatment with about 25 needles. After an hour, she finishes up with acupressure. I do this every six weeks as a preventative treatment measure for muscle sagging and to help relax facial tension.”

3000 Wesleyan St., Ste. 225, (713) 960-1994; www.jieboacupuncture.com

The Pedicure: Kai Spa

“It’s clean, intimate, and close to my house. I bring my own nail polish—usually Chinoise by Rescue Beauty Lounge.”

3601 Westheimer Rd., (713) 877-1074; www.kaispa.com

The Perfume: Cologne Pour Le Matin by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

“Houston is so unbearably hot in the summer, it’s hard to find a fragrance that isn’t sickening in the heat. Pour Le Matin is refreshing, light, and bewitching; I’m in love with it.”

$195, available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman

The haircut and color: Cerón Salon in Uptown Park

“It was recommended to me by a friend with impeccable taste, and they never disappoint.”

1180 Uptown Park Blvd., (713) 892-8330; www.ceronsalon.com

The healthy lunch: Ruggles Green

“I order the same thing every time I go: a salad with blueberries, avocado, heritage tomatoes, and seared tofu. I also LOVE the Moroccan salad at Central Market.”

2311 West Alabama St., (713) 533-0777; www.rugglesgreen.com

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