August 21 2014

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The 411: Joanna Vargas


Joanna Vargas’ countless acolytes have a cult-like devotion to the skincare guru, and you need only experience her facial treatment prowess once to understand why. Vargas’ appealingly soothing presence, gentle technique and roster of exclusively natural-minded products are all fantastic, but what really inspires her followers to constantly rebook is the way their complexions look right after an appointment—not a few hours later, or the following morning; immediately upon leaving Vargas’ airy midtown enclave, your visage boasts a childlike dewy radiance with none of the residual irritation or inflammation of other, lesser facials. It is skincare wizardry at its finest. When she’s not attending to local pores, Vargas is a busy mother of two but she managed to find time to share some of her own favorite beauty insiders and tips here, much to our delight.

The Signature Scent: Skincare, Not Fragrance
“During the day the only thing I wear on my skin is my own Rejuvenating Serum. Not only is the serum a great anti-aging face oil, but the smell is pretty intoxicating: [it's] Southwestern cactus flower. The scent lingers on the skin the whole day and it’s become my favorite.”

The Nutrition Guru: Dr. Frank Lipman
“I met him this past fall right after I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I was inspired by a client of mine who transformed before my eyes under his care. Now I swear by his book, Revive, and love his recipes. I have never felt better and he really does keep all of his patients in the best shape of their lives.”
Dr. Frank Lipman, Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, 32 W. 22nd St., (212) 255-1800;

The Daily Dose: Green Juices
“I swear by having a green juice every day. I think nothing makes the skin glow like an oxygenating, cleansing green juice! I recommend an all-green juice to my clients instead of having that afternoon coffee—nothing gives you more energy plus you really see a difference in your skin. My girls and I like to order our juices from Liquiteria in the East Village.”
Liquiteria, 170 Second Ave., NYC, (212) 358-0300;

The Kid-Friendly Best Buy: Yoya
“Working moms like myself love one stop shopping. Yoya is the most stylish shop for kid stuff in Manhattan. Cristina, the owner, has impeccable taste and I find everything from furniture to decor to clothes for both of my kids. Plus I can call them and ask them to send me an outfit for a special occasion or a gift for a friend and have it messengered the same day.”
Yoya, 636 Hudson St., NYC, (646) 336-6844;

The Wonderful Wellness Tool: LED Light Bed
“Anyone who knows me understands that I only offer treatments at my salon that I truly believe in. My LED Light Bed is my most popular treatment and my biggest beauty secret. My own creation, it’s a bed of 5,000 red and near infrared light that literally heals and turns back the hands of time as you lie there taking a nap. I go in it once a week and it keeps my skin young and glowing. [It's] a very handy tool for the mother of a newborn who never sleeps.”
Joanna Vargas Skincare, 501 5th Avenue, #2011, (212) 949-2350;

The Colorist Who Cares: Aneesa Dial at Butterfly Studio
“I have been seeing Aneesa at Butterfly for years for my color and I think my hair always looks great. From beautiful highlights in summer, to deep tonal color for winter, [she] has a knack for giving you the hair color you should have been born with.”
Butterfly Studio Salon, 149 Fifth Ave., #2, NYC, (212) 253-2100;

The Manicurist With The Mostest: Jin Soon
“For someone who washes their hands non-stop all day long, a good manicure is nearly impossible to come by. Jin Soon is literally the only place in Manhattan that makes my nails look perfect and stay that way for a while. I am so spoiled by their work I absolutely cannot go anywhere else.”
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The Perfect Pair: Fendi
“I stand by the fact that Fendi Logo Platform Pumps are really the most comfortable shoes for the working girl, particularly if you spend a lot of time on your feet. I have numerous pairs of them and I wear them every day.”
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The Must-Have Makeup Item: Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
“I don’t wear much makeup because I like people to be able to see my skin, but I can’t live without Chanel Lipgloss in #04 Spark. It makes you look ‘done’ without ever overpowering your face.”

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The Great Escape: Mandarin Oriental Spa
“To decompress, I always chill at the Mandarin Oriental Spa. I love the body services there, especially the detox body treatment developed and performed by the incredible Wafa Cunningham. She is a massage master and the only person I ever go to. She does lymphatic drainage massage and is so intuitive to what each individual needs. I love her.”
Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, NYC, (212) 805-8880;

Photo: Nicky Famous

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