A beauty oasis is housed inside Pure Beauty Spa where two businesses designed to pamper share one space.
Elena previously owned European Touch Day Spa, which was located in Garden City Mall for 13 years. When she decided to sell she opted to downsize and found the smaller space on Chatham Street. She says, “I am thrilled with both the location and the energy of Steveston village.”
Pure Beauty’s treatment room is painted a tranquil shade of light blue; seaside artwork and décor adds to the relaxing environment.
Originally from Ukraine, Elena moved to Canada over 20 years ago to join some of her relatives who had immigrated. She says, “I don’t miss Ukraine because all of my family is here now and that’s the most important thing.”
Elena practices the European method of aesthetic skin care. She is known for her facial services. During a treatment she does a skin analysis to determine what products and treatments will best meet a client’s needs.
After a 90 minute deluxe European facial your face will feel refreshed, hydrated and invigorated – the treatment includes cleansing, exfoliating, steaming, extraction, a face massage and a firming mask. Elena works exclusively with Dermalogica products, which are highly respected by skin care professionals.
For a decadent Midas touch, try the 24K gold facial. Elena says, “This golden lifting and firming mask is rich in minerals and its amazing properties will make your skin luminous and smooth.”
If you have plans to head to the tropics and need to be swimsuit ready Pure Beauty Spa offers a full range of waxing options. December is the busiest month so book early.
Other Pure Beauty Spa services include microdermabrasion, bio current face lifts, brow and lash care, permanent makeup and microblading.
Many of Elena’s clients have followed the charming aesthetician from her past business due to her excellent reputation.
She has seen people’s energy transform after appointments and she finds it satisfying knowing she plays a role in lifting someone’s mood. Elena says, “I enjoy working with people and it’s rewarding to see them leave feeling happy, pampered and relaxed. Taking care of oneself is so important.”
Nailz by Nancy is celebrating its one-year anniversary at Pure Beauty Spa.
Nancy is a dynamo who likes to try new things. Four years ago she started a part-time home-based business as a nail technician while operating her successful company Richmond Dog Walking. Eventually she decided to branch out of her home and operated a nail salon in Vancouver.
She moved to Pure Beauty Spa in November 2017 and ran both businesses until February 2017 when the Chatham Street salon became so busy that she sold the dog walking company.
The idea to become a certified nail technician came to Nancy when her daughter was training to become a hair stylist. She enjoyed getting manicures but couldn’t find one that met her high standards. Realizing there was a market for high calibre nail art she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Nancy has always had an artistic streak; she attributes this partially to growing up in an artistic household (her father Christian Bergeron is a well respected painter).
She mentions social media has been very helpful in building her client base. A clever marketer, once she made the move out of her home and connected with Elena, Nancy offered an opening special and was soon fully booked.
“I love the results and seeing how happy people are afterwards.” Nancy Bergeron
Nancy works with gel polish. She points out, “Gel polish doesn’t damage nails – it’s the way some salons remove it that does.” Her removal method is gentle and not damaging.
Customers can feel assured knowing that Nancy takes great pride in cleanliness and sanitization, as this was something she expected when she was a customer getting her nails done.
Some of the lasted trends include chrome, holo, glow in the dark, stamping and Swarovksi crystals. Nancy enjoys painting fingernails, which are like miniature canvases. Her Instagram site has many examples of the creative work she has done throughout the year. She particularly enjoys the artistic leeway clients give her around holidays such as Halloween and Christmas.
Proudly displayed on the salon’s wall are numerous certificates and awards Nancy has won in nail competitions. Next up, Nancy is becoming an educator and will begin teaching in the New Year in addition to running her business. She also sells nail art supplies to certified nail technicians.
If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift this season consider purchasing gift certificates to these two local businesses. The gift of pampering is always appreciated and something not all of us do often enough.
Pure Beauty Spa
125-3800 Chatham Street
Richmond BC V7E 2Z3
Nailz by Nancy