In times of drought, Lake Lanier spa goes waterless

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When the drought affects beauty regimens, you know things are serious.

In a response to Georgia's state of drought, Tranquility, the spa at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, is offering waterless manicures and pedicures.

Rather than soaking customers' hands and feet in a water pretreatment, the spa will replace the step with new, waterless products that do the job of water, but without the water. By using hot towels and alternative products that soften the nails, the spa is saving drastic amounts of H2O.

Not only does less water help the drought situation, it will also help the paint to stay on your nails longer and ease dehydration of the cuticles, said Aline Long, spa director at Tranquility.

"It was great timing, actually, to launch the waterless manicure and pedicure. It's a new technique and it's much better for the nail," Long said.

On average, the spa goes through seven to nine gallons of water per pedicure. And with one pedicure per chair per hour during an eight-hour day, well, "that's a lot of water," Long said.

"It's the exact same procedure, just done in a new way," Long said. "It helps the environment, and it's better for you. What more could you ask for?"

For more information on the spa, call 678-318-7887 or visit www.lakelanierislands.com.

Justice (and Bitten and Chico's) for all

This holiday season, it'll be Chico's and Justice for all. Or at least, for the ladies.

Both stores are set to open at the Mall of Georgia in Buford late this fall.

"We are excited to welcome these latest additions to Mall of Georgia just in time for the busy holiday season," said Melissa Cahill, director of mall marketing, in a press release. "Chico's and Justice will further round out the shopping experience and especially gratify our adult and tween female shoppers."

Specializing in comfortable, fashionable women's clothing, Chico's offer a full line of private label apparel, accessories and jewelry.

For the younger gals, Justice offers apparel for teens and tweens. Justice also recently opened up a store at Gwinnett Place Mall.

Down the road at Discover Mills in Lawrenceville, sporting and clothing retailer Steve and Barry's is slated to open its doors by the start of the holiday shopping season. That means Sarah Jessica Parker's discount women's line, Bitten, which is carried exclusively at Steve and Barry's, will now be available in the Gwinnett market. With shelves stocked with quality, affordable attire, Steve and Barry's promises to be one-stop shopping for the whole family.

Soft as a baby's, well, you know

Add "baby skincare products" to your grocery list. California Baby, an all-natural, high-quality skincare line for little ones, recently launched a line of its products at Publix supermarkets.

The organic, alternative cosmetics line will offer nine products at Publix, including Calming Blend shampoo and body wash, massage oils, diaper rash cream and moisturizing lotion.

Originally founded in 1995, California Baby was the first line of natural personal care products created specifically for babies and children. The entire line of products is created to be non-irritating, biodegradable and free of sulfates, gluten, soy, dyes and synthetic fragrances. Visit www.californiababy.com.

E-mail staff writer Anna Ferguson at anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com.