Go for the Gold: The Best Beauty Finds

The Academy Awards just took place, and hundreds of guests, nominees, presenters, and seat fillers got plucked, buffed, shaped, and polished for their big moment at the show.  Congrats to all the winners and nominees!  We found some of the best places (and products) to get that Oscar-worthy glow on the red carpet and beyond.

Bokaos Aveda SalonBokaos Aveda Salon
52 HugusAlley Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 304-0007


Tucked away in an “alley” in Old Town Pasadena, this triple tier salon is a one-stop shop for beauty enthusiasts. Guests can literally be prepped from head to toe with hair services, massage, facial and makeup application on site. Owner Hasblady Guzman is hands on with every guest and goes out of her way to make sure you have a fabulous experience.

The Sweat Shop LAThe Sweat Shop LA
1503 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(310) 956-2307

If you need to do away with pre-show jitters, The Sweat Shop LA is one of the most effective (and unpretentious) ways to help you melt away the stress. You’re tucked into a private “suite” with sauna and shower for your sweat, or you can opt for a massage or acupuncture. Afterwards, pop next door to Life Food Organic for a detoxifying drink to set you right before the big day.

The SPA at Loews HotelThe SPA at Loews Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, California, 90028
(323) 491-1376

If you’re game for a more indulgent experience, the SPA at Loews Hollywood Hotel is a perfect choice. It will get you as close to the Academy Awards action as possible (it’s literally located above the red carpet), and the staff is more than happy to get you ready for your close-up. From massages to manicures, they’ve got you covered.

Radical Skincare Hydrating CleanserRadical Skincare Hydrating Cleanser
Price: $45

This cleanser is the perfect “quick fix” for tired, stressed skin. Professional makeup artists swear by this cleanser, to give the appearance of “plumped” youthful skin on clients who need to look their very best under hot lights and bright camera flashes. The key is not to wash it off . . . but wipe it away with a warm, wet cloth. We found that this cleanser is so rich it will help moisturize the skin as it cleans. It’s the best way to get “camera-ready” in a flash.

Givenchy Black for Light MaskGivenchy Black for Light Mask
Price: $83

Here’s another quick fix that is worth its weight in “black” gold. In 10 minutes, we found that this mask plumped our tired skin and gave it a “glow.” It’s also cool to the touch. We love it for major red carpet prepping, or anytime we need a luxurious pick-me-up.

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