Joan V. Recommends: Beauty for Less

Tired of spending big bucks on hair, nails, waxing and massages?


You really don’t have to.

I’ve found five fabulous beauty experts who will make you look and feel your best without charging an arm and a leg.

Keratin Treatment
Normally $350-$600

Provider: Sue at Ulta in Old Orchard Place Mall, Skokie
Phone: 847-675-7320
Cost: $195 (first time customers) then $250.
Comments: Don’t let the “no frills” atmosphere fool you because Sue does as good of a job as any of the higher priced salons on the North Shore.

Normally $40-$75

Mindy at Vanity Nail at 523 4th St., Wilmette
Phone: 847-256-2523
Cost: $38 (first time customers mention “Make It Better” and get $5 off).
Comments: Quick, friendly and professional. The manicure lasts longer than any other salon I’ve tried.

Massage Therapist
Normally $75-150

Provider: Therese Holland LMC
Phone: 312-282-0847
Cost: $75 (first time customers mention “Make It Better” and get $5 off).
Comments: Licensed massage therapist, knowledgeable, experienced, patient.

Waxing—Brazilian Bikini Wax
Normally $50-$100

Provider: Tanya Solovyov at Face Nouveau
Phone: 847-644-2117
Cost: $45 (first time customers mention “Make It Better” and get 20% off).
Comments: Tanya has been in business fifteen years she uses only the best organic wax products. Try her organic facials as well.

Haircut and Style
Normally $50-$100

Provider: Amy Dale—visit her at her home studio in Evanston or have her come to you.
Phone: 847-997-7748
Cost: $40 for adults and $20 for kids (First-time customers mention “Make It Better,” and get $10 off. Offer cannot be combined with coupons.)
Comments: Amy trained in London with Vidal Sassoon and then worked in the salon there for four years!

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