Drunk Elephant, Sunday Riley And 8 Other Houston Beauty And Wellness Musts

Jillian Goltzman | April 29, 2019 | Lifestyle

From nontoxic mani-pedis to peptide therapy, here are 10 treatments in Houston to help you look—and feel—summer-ready.


Fresh Paint Job
Houston’s latest nontoxic beauty haunt comes by way of Brush Box nail salon in Garden Oaks. The new spot more closely resembles a chic Brooklyn coffee shop than a salon, with brick walls, wood floors and Serge Mouille-‌esque fixtures. The space features 22 pedicure stations with charging docks for all of your devices, 12 manicure stations, three luxe private rooms and additional services such as facials, lash treatments, microblading and waxing. The nontoxic, all-natural beauty products make this spa a go-to for clean beauty fans. Founder Tony Le takes pride in his signature treatments, which feature handmade products infused with refreshing cucumber and mint. Attention, mommies: Keep kiddos entertained at Brush Box’s playroom during your much-needed R&R. 1717 W. 34th St., Ste. 700


Homegrown skincare darling Sunday Riley has worked overtime to help you get your face ready for the steamy summer season with its latest launch, C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Oil. Instead of using the synthetic ingredients found in other vitamin C-based products, the THD brightening oil blends soluble vitamin C with a cocktail of superfood oils (turmeric is the new kale, after all) that are absorbed into the deepest layer of your skin, making your face brighter, more hydrated and effortlessly glowy. $40, at Sephora, in the Galleria


Fresh & Clean
Sunscreen and waterproof makeup are in every savvy Houstonian’s summertime arsenal, but what do you do when the remnants of a torrid day need to be wiped clean? Enter Drunk Elephant’s new Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser. Formulated from antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and a cocktail of African oils, it’s meant to be used on a dry face to obliterate impurities and grime with little effort. When mixed with water, however, Slaai shapeshifts from a balm into a milk that rinses cleanly, leaving you with the quintessential dewy summer look. The cleanser comes with the brand’s new Bamboo Booster for a weekly exfoliation to rid your face of dead skin cells and get you closer to goddess-level radiance. $34


On the Menu
Lacking the motivation to meal prep? It’s about time you visited The Blonde Pantry pop-up. Located at The Shops at Arrive, the retail boutique carries fully prepped, locally sourced artisanal meals that take less than 10 minutes to make. “The biggest thing The Blonde Pantry brings to summertime is staying on a schedule and keeping a routine,” says founder and registered dietitian Marla Murphy. “Our meals bring the family back to the table and don’t require a lot of prep work. It fits that easy-breezy summer lifestyle.” Aside from take-and-bake meals and ready-to-eat dishes, the outpost will also carry nonperishable items from other local creators. Healthy eating with a side of retail therapy? Count us in. 2800 Kirby Drive, Ste. 232


Cardio with Class
Celebrated architect Lauren Rottet brought her sophisticated touch to RYDE’s newest indoor cycling studio in Downtown Houston. A contemporary sanctuary for discerning—and hardcore—spin enthusiasts, the studio coalesces luxury with athleticism. As you pass RYDE’s neon logo in the check-in area, you transition from a mindful calm to an electrifying ethos. The minimalist, all-white locker rooms emulate a spa and social club in one, acting as an area to socialize and unwind. The mood immediately shifts when you enter through the tall sliding door to the expansive studio featuring 57 Schwinn Carbon bikes—nearly double the size of its River Oaks counterpart. And after, roomy showers with Grown Alchemist products and Dyson hair dryers await. $28 per class, 802 Rusk St., Ste. 136


Locks Up
Take a daytrip to River Oaks District and let the elevator whisk you up to swanky Bella Rinova Salon. Yes, the chic outpost’s team of stylists can chop you a trendy lob or give your locks a sun-kissed tint, but we suggest opting for a custom Kérastase Fusio-Dose Hair Lab conditioning treatment. Depending on your hair type, the concentrated active ingredients can repair, nourish, densify, boost or smooth out your locks and give you that sheen for beach days ahead. Resident Kérastase educator Alex Huitz recommends coming in for at least one treatment and doing the remaining four treatments yourself at home—once a week for best results. From $105, 4444 Westheimer Road, Ste. H200


We’re With the Band
Get tight and toned for tank top weather with Equinox River Oaks’ newest group fitness class, Band Burn. Using the CLX TheraBand and gliding discs, the 50-minute workout has a Pilates Reformer vibe without the clunky equipment. Dynamic sequences and a timing model target your lower and upper body for a full-body burn that will leave you sore and sculpted—and make shimmying off that cover-up easier. Monthly membership from $172, 4444
Westheimer Road


Be Your(Slim)self
Packing your bags for the beach? We suggest pumping iodine instead of iron, with the Slimming Body Mask at Trellis, The Houstonian’s famed spa. “Guests love the treatment because of its ability to stimulate microcirculation through the contouring massage, leaving them feeling instantly lighter,” says Christine Whitnel, the spa’s training manager. Your 100-minute journey starts with an exfoliating mixture of glycolic acid, papain, black sand and pumice stone, and continues with a seaweed body mask with iodine-rich ingredients meant to stimulate your body’s metabolism. The pièce de résistance is a sculpting massage done with a concoction of adipo-3 oil, caffeine and Palmaria palmata. $310, 111 N. Post Oak Lane


Need a Boost
Can a shot turn back time? Cue Aura MD Body Boost Bar, Dr. Ashley Toutounchi’s newest roster of injections, which blend vitamins, amino acid and antioxidants to boost energy, immunity and, yes, beauty. Restorative anti-aging peptide therapy is the wellness center’s most sought-after service and is at “the cutting edge of anti-aging,” says Toutounchi. By naturally increasing your growth hormones, the peptides boost collagen production for supple skin. Twelve weeks of a weekly or biweekly treatment elevates energy, increases libido and decreases body fat composition. Injections from $35, 952 Echo Lane, Ste. 210


Stick Up
Intravenous hydration is a hot commodity amid a sea of new wellness treatments in big cities like L.A., and it’s now making its way to Houston. Book an online appointment with The I.V. Doc and a licensed medical professional will arrive with the fluid treatment or infusion of your desire at the private destination of your choice. Whether you need to knock out hangovers, quench dehydration, relieve food poisoning or migraines, or detox—before you retox—there’s a service to suit your needs. Founded in 2013 by New York-based surgeon Dr. Adam Nadelson, The I.V. Doc has an impressive roster of past clients including Kate Upton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Neil Patrick Harris. From $199


Photography by: Brush Box photo by Kimberly Park | RYDE photo by Obi Grant | band burn photos Courtesy of Equinox | The I.v. doc photo courtesy of The I.V. Doc®