The Ten Spot
The Ten Spot's look is a little bit NYC and de铿乶itely urban. All surfaces are sleek, re铿俥ctive, immaculate, loft-like and/or industrial. The Ten Spot is brightly lit, and the lighting is all 铿俛ttering. Every detail has been thought through in this space.
Women who come to The Ten Spot come to The Ten Spot a lot. This isn始t the 驶once a year birthday pampering始 place (though they do that too), it始s the wing of your house/apartment that you don始t have, for "regular maintenance". The grooming wing. Sleek and stocked with meticulously tidy and prettily packaged products.
MY TREATMENT: FACIAL
The Ten Spot boasts the city始s only "facial bar". The concept being that facials are a bit frumpy and fussy, and why couldn始t they be more like just-pop-in-and-get-it-done pedicures. The facial bar is on The Ten Spot's 2nd 铿俹or, which is painted all black, and is decorated like your cool big sister始s attic apartment.
Kate Nash sings about "The Nicest Thing" while the the aesthetician slash diagnostician discusses your skin with you -- making the experience a bit more clinical than average (though not in a bad way).
My aesthetician, quite rightly, let me know that I have sensitive skin -- and, as she has the same, commiserated that means we can始t use any of the more satisfyingly aggressive scrubs and peels. It始s all about "gentle" and "calming" and "soothing". (Skin doesn始t seem to care if it 驶goes with始 your personality).
The Ten Spot始s facial bar is exclusively stocked by Dermalogica. On The Ten Spot始s website they say they "proudly use Dermalogica". And it始s true -- they really, really are proud of this. As each product is used during the treatment, its full Dermalogica name is provided.
Now, spa products have to come from somewhere, fair enough. But the presence of the Dermalogica brand in the facial feels a little too close to the foreground. Sealed by the Dermalogica facial analysis sheet provided at the facial始s end (complete with tick boxes beside recommended Dermalogica products). This will be kept on 铿乴e for your future reference (if you lose your copy).
The facial is well executed (no creams up the nose) and ef铿乧ient (45mins), and always includes a massage. We leave feeling relaxed, and our faces feeling extremely soft and hydrated.
There is the usual walkthrough of the 驶products we used today始 on your way out, though the pressure to buy is not too bad. The experience closes with a stamp on our Buy 10 Get 1 free cards, and a complimentary The Ten Spot lip butter balm.
Tip: the "Pomegranate Punch" 铿俛vour is just like cherry chapstick. Mmmmm tastes like Grade 5....
Kristen Gale (check out her blog "Dating Myself")
PRICE POINT/ PRICING SUMMARY
- Waxing (Brazilian): $55
- Waxing (Bikini Brief): $25
- Waxing (Full Leg): $55
- Manicure: $30 | 35min
- Pedicure: $50 | 50min
- Facial: $65 | 45min
"Our 3 person Facial Bar is the 铿乺st and only one in the city. You can come with a friend or saddle up next to a stranger and get the best, no nonsense, expert care full facial -- for just $65 bucks."
FEATURED SKIN CARE/ MAKEUP/ NAIL POLISH LINES
Dermalogica and Exuberance, a vegan line of face care products.
"The Ten Spot, Ten Club Card': Get 9 of the same service, and receive the 10th one totally free. Card is valid for: manicures, pedicures, Brazilians and facials.
Free WiFi, and pleasantly distracting television in all spa service rooms and the mani+pedi area.