SwizzleSticks is an award-winning, locally owned world-class Salon Spa located in the heart of Kensington Village, Calgary. Having this singular location in Calgary for over 25 years has kept us focused on the highest quality guest experience. Our team of professionals is confident and well trained and maintains a fun and friendly approach. SwizzleSticks works in an environmentally responsible manner with a simple mission: to bring our Guests the very best in natural beauty, health and wellness.
by Nikki Reimer
You see it in the mirror every day. You add a soft filter and post photos of it to Instagram and Facebook. It’s warmed and tanned by the sun in the summer, and pelted by rain, wind and snow in the fall and winter. It breaks out when you’re stressed or hormonal. Over time, it may crease where you smile or frown. You might use primer and foundation to create the perfect, balanced skin tone. Or you might just slap on some sunblock and head out to brave the elements. And in the dry Calgary climate, it’s likely you’re applying lots and lots of moisturizer to it.
It’s your face! And though it will naturally change over time (thanks gravity!), it’s still always, unmistakeably you.
But maybe you feel like your skin is looking a bit dull and lifeless. Perhaps you’re battling breakouts, trying to soothe redness and inflammation, or hoping to ease fine lines and regain a youthful glow. If so, it might be time to get your face some tender facial care!
The options for facial enhancements and treatments are endless, ranging from simple products you can buy at the drugstore to expensive surgical procedures and everything in between: botox, injectables, fillers, plumpers. Dermabrasion. Microdermabrasion.
But here’s the thing: we still don’t know the effects of many of these treatments over time. For example, some doctors warn that Botox could be a long-term health risk. It also has potentially serious side effects. Most of us are exposed to toxins in our environment every day – sometimes even in our beauty products! You almost need a degree in chemistry to understand the ingredients list in your beauty and cosmetics products these days. What’s safe? What’s not?
What if, instead of harsh or irreversible treatments, you revealed and enhanced your own natural beauty using non-invasive, skin-renewing treatments: gentle exfoliation, soothing masks, and calming techniques proven to reduce fine lines, detoxify and brighten the skin, and reveal a more vibrant, more natural, more beautiful you?
At SwizzleSticks Salon Spa, the facial treatments are all about a soothing, sensory experience that offers real results, and they offer a treatment for every concern. You’ll be treated to gentle music and soothing, organic aromatics that transport you to faraway places. Your facial will be customized for you based on your needs by a highly trained service provider. You’ll leave your treatment feeling and looking relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed with a radiant, healthy glow.
At your Wellness Spa Facial, your highly trained provider will discuss the condition of your skin in order to customize your treatment specifically to your face. The Green Science Anti-Aging Facial fights aging inflammation using Aveda's Green Science line to moisturize, firm, lift and soothe the skin. Or try the Botanical Skin Resurfacing Facial to help your skin adapt – not react – to daily compromising factors.
The Dual Exfoliation Skin Resurfacing Facial is Aveda’s latest advancement in non-invasive skin-renewing treatments. Using innovative techniques, this treatment combines Aveda’s naturally derived mechanical and biochemical exfoliation methods into one powerful service that transforms and rejuvenates the skin through the process of dual exfoliation. In a clinical study, the Dual Exfoliation Treatment achieved better results than a combined microdermabrasion/30% glycolic peel treatment in both immediate smoothness and radiance, plus significantly better results in smoothness, radiance and skin tone one week later. Experience the rejuvenating power of plants and minerals to help skin to look and feel its best.
SwizzleSticks uses only the best in natural and organic products:
§ New to SwizzleSticks, nurture your skin with Jane Iredale makeup! Made with only the highest quality ingredients available ensuring incomparable application, coverage, texture and performance. The secret is the Power of 3 ... perfect match foundation, application and a miraculous hydrating spray. This makeup has quickly become a SwizzleSticks staff favourite! “The most beautiful cosmetic you can wear is healthy skin” – Jane Iredale.
§ Aveda is the trusted brand that connects beauty, the environment and well-being, with a commitment to sustainable, naturally-sourced ingredients. SwizzleSticks offers a number of custom Aveda treatments, including the Aveda Radiance Facial to clear and refine stressed skin and the Outer Peace facial to treat and prevent acne.
§ Sacred Nature by Italy’s Comfort Zone is a research-based, face and body organic and natural spa skin care line that provides advanced anti-oxidant skin cellular DNA protection. You’ll enjoy Sacred Nature’s nourishing protection and pleasure for the senses in your exclusive SwizzleSticks facial treatment.
Book your SwizzleSticks facial today, and find out how you can truly put your best face forward!
Written by Jamie Maxwell
Have you ever heard a song on the radio that you haven't heard in a long time? Instantly, you're transported to the place you were when you first heard it. You can remember what year it was, who your friends were, where you were living, what haircut you wore, and even what outfit you were wearing. Suddenly, you're just floating adrift on a wave of nostalgia. Things like this are important to us. They're the seemingly unimportant details that frame an entire period of time for us. This is one reason why we strive to bring you our recommendations with Swizz ♥s; to bring you the things that one day will be the minutiae that make you look back at this time in your life and smile. With that in mind, here are the things that are making us smile these days.
Wreck City: An Epilogue for 809
In 2013, a row of houses along 5th ave in Kensington were slated for demolition to make way for a new condo development. Before demolition, a group of artists were given permission to essentially do whatever they wanted to the houses while they sat vacant awaiting the wrecking ball. What resulted was the collaboration of over 100 artists and musicians, turning the former houses into surreal installations and performance spaces, dubbed Wreck City. The project used largely reclaimed materials and nearly a month of man-hours to create a citywide collaborative piece that was repeated two more times over the last few years. As part of the Calgary Underground Film Fest, the documentary "Wreck City: An Epilogue for 809", directed by filmmaker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi will be premiering on April the 15th at the Globe Cinema. The documentary will focus on the tremendous efforts of the artists involved, including such trials and tribulations as negotiating with the city and bylaw officials, vandalism, and other challenges that they faced while putting together the biggest project of its kind in the history of our city. Be sure to check out this documentation of this event and get a little taste of something that will go down in the record books a historic moment in Calgary's art and culture evolution.
Sometimes there are musical artists who put out an amazing album but then don't make a follow-up for quite some time. Santigold, stage name for Santi White, has been pretty quiet these days since the debut of her sophomore album, Master of My Make-Believe was released in 2012. All that changed recently with Santigold contributing a track to a soundtrack to the film Paper Town in 2015, dropping two singles in quick succession soon after, and following that up with the release of her full album, dubbed 99¢, in February. Continuing her famous cross-genre sound, mixing elements including new wave, reggae, and indie rock, Santigold pushes forward in her exploration with an effort described by Mojo Magazine as "pleasure, sunshine, and subversion". Touring to support her newest release, Santigold will be making an exciting stop in Calgary giving our locals a wonderful opportunity to see this legend in the making do what she does best. Click below to see the video "Can't Get Enough of Myself from the new album.
Floral Print Pants
Every April we celebrate Mother Earth. We have three different ways that our guests can particpate. This year we are focusing on honeybees, clean water for villages in Madagascar and the sponsorship of a documentary with an environmental focus. Our three partners in these projects are Apiaries & Bees for Communities, WaterAid and the Calgary International Film Festival.