Beyond skin deep- Cosmetique Spa and Boutique offers beauty with a conscience | TheUnion.com

Beyond skin deep- Cosmetique Spa and Boutique offers beauty with a conscience

Here in western Nevada County we are a health conscious bunch. We buy organic, GMO-free, cruelty free produce and meats, bring our own shopping bags to the store, and try to vote with our dollars by supporting local businesses that offer these types of items. But finding those cruelty-free and organic products for our skincare and make up has been a challenge…until now.

Cosmetique Spa and Boutique offers a wide variety of skin care and make up lines that are organic and socially responsible so that you can feel beautiful on the inside and out. Owner Bridgett Higginbotham selects only the best products so that you can feel good about your purchase every single time. For example, ISUN and Éminence Organic Skincare & Makeup use organic, vegan products that are gluten-free and cruelty-free. For every Éminence product that you purchase, the company plants one tree, making this a perfect gift for the environmentalist in your life this holiday season. The store currently also carries Image Skincare, a line of professional products that help the world to Age Later.™ Their Vital C Line of vitamin C enriched products are not to be missed. They also currently carry Dermalogica Skincare products, and are being offered at 40% off.

More than just products, Cosmetique has two professional estheticians on staff who offer a variety of exclusive organic facial packages for everyone, from teens to octogenarians, both men and women. Imagine an hour where you can relax and be pampered with a European-style facial featuring wildcrafted organic custom-blended essential oils designed for your specific skin type with active enzymes, a face and hand massage, a steam treatment, and a custom facial mask. For a small fee, you can add on a hot stone treatment to enhance the relaxation. The estheticians also offer free skin analysis as well as specialty facials for those with compromised immune systems that are chemical- and fragrance-free, as well as facials for problematic skin, regeneration, just for men, and more. They also have a full wax bar, and do "everything from eyebrows to Brazilians," Higginbotham said.

While you're at Cosmetique, you can consult with two professionally trained makeup artists on staff for a free color analysis, which Higginbotham says everyone should get twice per year, since our skin changes with the season. "In the summer we get more color and our skin tends to become a little oilier; in the winter we turn a paler shade and might be battling dryness. It's a good idea to figure out what your skin needs at different times of the year," she said.

Once you have gotten your color analysis, you can get makeup just right for your skin tone right there in the store. Cosmetique offers a great selection of bareMinerals, a San Francisco-based company that uses all natural ingredients that are great for your skin, as well as Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, the premier luxury mineral cosmetics line made of natural, finely ground minerals from the earth. You can also pick up GrandeLash MD, and eyelash enhancer that promotes growth as well as eyeliner and mascara. This is a great alternative to needing lash extensions and this line also has products for thinning eyebrows.

When you shop at Cosmetique, you get the expertise of the staff along with exceptional customer service, so that you can rest assured that the products purchased are the exact right ones for you. "We are all professionally trained specifically for the products we carry, so the customer is getting individual attention by trained professionals, not just a clerk selling a product. We have all taken special education courses from each of the companies that we carry products from," Higginbotham explained.

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But Cosmetique is so much more than just beauty products; it is also a fun boutique full of easy grab and go gift items for everyone on your shopping list. From high quality (and fun) soaps and candles to artistic aromatherapy diffusers and pendants along with the essential oils to fill them, Cosmetique is a one stop holiday shopping destination. Currently decked out for Christmas, the shop has a wide variety of kits full of skin care and beauty goodies at great discounted prices, as well as comfortable and fun pajama sets, colorful hand bags, leggings in a wide range of colors for only $15 each, and so much more. The boutique inventory is always changing, with new arrivals all the time to keep the selection fresh. In fact, they have new clothing items coming in this week just in time for Christmas. "I have so much fun shopping for the things to put in the boutique, and it's always changing. I have to love it myself to offer it here, and I want every customer to walk out happy," Higginbotham said.

When checking those you love off of your holiday shopping list, you might also consider getting a facial service for that hard-to-buy-for person, and maybe do a group package at a discounted rate to share the experience together.

On Friday, December 16, Cosmetique is having a holiday party all day from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and if you show up in an ugly Christmas sweater you get to take advantage of huge sales. They will offer 20% off storewide, 30% off EO products, and 40% off clothing and Dermalogica products. In addition, they will take a picture of each customer who arrives wearing their ugly sweaters and post them on Facebook. The customer whose sweater gets the most likes will win a $50 gift certificate to the store. Higginbotham plans to offer regular promotions and special events throughout the next year, and will have industry reps from Bare Minerals, Youngblood, Image and Eminence on site regularly to give workshops and answer questions about products. Also, if you buy $100 worth of gift cards you get a $20 gift card as a bonus; another great reason to do your holiday shopping there (and then pick up a little something for yourself).

Cosmetique is in a great central location and there is plenty of parking, but more than that, it's just plain fun to be there. "So many people who come in say that there is just a new, vibrant energy when you walk through the door, and they enjoy stopping in to browse," Higginbotham said. "That's what we want, for our customers to enjoy the experience."

Cosmetique Spa and Boutique is located at 996 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley right off of Sutton Drive and is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spa services are also available after hours and on Sundays by appointment. To learn more, visit their website at cosmetiquespaboutique.com and make sure to sign up for their mailing list to find out about sales, promotions, and events, and like them on Facebook for special deals and updates. They can also be reached by phone at 530-273-6688.

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