Pretty in the City - Puttin’ On the Ritz

Strawberry champagne cocktails and fresh made sushi was the order of the evening on Friday at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. The occasion was the private premiere of two new beauty treatments by S-Solutions, a fancy schmancy line of products that claims to reverse aging and slow down the aging process. Many of Miami’s media movers and shakers sat by the glowing pool, lingering near the steps that led up to the refurbished spa – the only AAA five diamond spa on the beach, as Ritz-Carlton employees were quick to remind. It deserves the title. Stepping foot into the Ritz-Carlton spa definitely makes you feel… well… ritzy. Corny cliché, but true!

At the counter they were handing out frothy ginger liqueur shots to the local fashionistas and tastemakers who awaited complimentary mini-facials. Scheduling snafus and last-minute cancellations didn’t floor Ritz-Carlton’s PR agent, Jennifer Greenspan, who quickly reshuffled the list of anxious beauty mavens. I was ushered into a plush private room, decorated with sea shells, two comfortable spa tables, and a generously over-sized bath tub. The S-Solutions facial was certainly soothing. Besides the incredible quality of the products, there’s just something about having a professional facialist massage your cheeks with $110 serum that just makes a girl feel special. And best of all, after the cleanser, the exfoliator, and the fancy moisturizers and serums, there was a team of professional makeup artists to make sure every attendee walked out looking even more beautiful than they did when they arrived. Steve and Filberto turned it out! To learn more about these amazing Miami makeup artists, check out www.myspace.com/filbertomakeup. S-Solutions facials and body treatments will be offered at the Ritz in March. To book yours, call 786-276-4090. -- Patrice Yursik

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