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Phone: (857) 264-5046

Fax: (617) 734-5523

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all major credit cards
Neighborhood
Brookline Village
Category
Cosmetologists
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Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

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srgo11111

10/06/2009

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Overall
The BEST facial ever! I had the microdermabrasion facial

The BEST facial ever! I had the microdermabrasion facial. It's cost was $150 and worth every penny! Even though the spa gets the a little noise from the salon side, Iriina made the room so soothing and peaceful that I didn't even hear anything but the music . My skin looks and feels great. The quality of the products and obvious education of the esthetician makes this spa special for me
I did have previuos expriences with spas but this one is oversome rooms is clean and neat ,may be i will add more stuff for decor but i don't reallly care the most important that my skin is glowing

YT14

10/02/2009

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Iriina - makes me feel like I belong at LB spa

I've been here 3 times now and have always been satisfied. I am not a spa person - it makes me self-conscious to sit around in a robe, reading Lucky (a whole magazine about shopping?) having people cater to my needs and look deeply into my pollution-clogged pores. Irina - makes me feel like I belong at LB spa She wellcome me with smille when we start and i do feel that i will be take off
When I leave i would like to come back
aIt's unassuming, clean, and peaceful.

Christie34

06/13/2009

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Friendly and effective!

My friends have been telling me for ages to go here, and I’m so glad I finally did! The location is a welcoming little storefront in the Village, and I noticed there was a nice aroma when I walked in. Everyone was very friendly and seemed happy to be there, including the other clients, and I had a great facial with Natasha. I have been experiencing some acne problems recently, so Natasha took her time during the extractions for me, and suggested a great mask that gave me a deep clean feeling. I was very happy with how she tailored the facial to my needs. This is a place you can trust for a great facial - I highly recommend it.

navado

06/05/2009

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Overall
horrible

I decided to try one of their facials and cannot regret enough that I did, a waste of money to say the least. My esthetician was absent for at least half of my facial, which I later learned that she actually catered to another client while I was under the mask. Are you kidding me? Am I paying all that money for her to work on other client - never again!

Jen117

04/22/2009

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Overall
best facial/skincare

I especially recommend the seaweed facials, and the organic peel, which truly lightened/brightened/changed the quality of my skin, leaving long-lasting improvements in elasticity and tone. (My family and friends were inquiring about whether I was using a new makeup, when in fact I was wearing none.) Recently, Lavinia launched a product line. The eye cream and the 2 face creams (which I've been using alternately--day/night--are absolutely fabulous. When I go elsewhere for skin care, I'm always disappointed. Everyone who's worked on me has been very professional/knowledgeable, with the exception of Erma/Irma; just be sure you don't get her as your esthetician, and I guarantee you'll be pleased with this place. It's a real gem.

blueberryextract

04/01/2009

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Overall
Great experience, knowledgeable staff, and amazing skin care

I went to Lavinia Borcau Skin Care two days ago for the first time, and had no idea what to expect. Upon leaving, not only did I feel relaxed, but I had a higher understanding of my skin and how the skin care products I had been using were actually more harmful than helpful, because of the synthetic products used.
Lavina introduced me to her new skin care line, Lavie Organique, which uses zero synthetic products. Lavinia's skin care line is one hundred percent organic, and after just one facial using Lavie Organique products, I was sold!
Not only is this skin care product amazing, but the staff was very helpful and knowledgeable, informing me of every step of the facial that they were doing, and telling me how it positively affected my skin.
I will definitely be returning to Lavinia Borcau Skin Care in the future!

erica424

03/31/2009

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Overall
Great Experience!

Yesterday I went to Lavinia Borcau Skin Care for the first time and it was a great experience! Lavinia and her staff were incredibly attentive and were so knowledgeable and passionate about their organic products and services. Lavinia let me sample a number of products including the day cream and the face mask from her new LaVie-Organique line. The products smelled incredible and worked amazingly well.

I will definitely be going back to Lavinia Borcau Skin Care for all of my skin care needs!

Monica1950

03/24/2009

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Overall
What a Find!

I’m writing to share my wonderful experience at Lavinia Borcau Skincare. I was not exactly sure what to expect when I received a gift certificate for a “spa manicure.” Well, from the moment I set foot in the place, I was treated like royalty! I was greeted immediately and made very comfortable (I was early but was soon getting my manicure.) The receptionist noticed I was looking at the skin care products in a wistful manner and gave me several samples to try before I made the purchase. And that was just the beginning.

My manicure was heavenly. As Natasha said, this was no ordinary manicure. She did a wonderful job on my dry, cuticle-laden hands and did a lot a little extras such as hot towels and wonderful aromas to name but a couple.

I have been back to Lavinia Borcau Skincare as often as my schedule allows (after all, I come all the way from Gloucester for these treatments). I have recommended this salon to all of my friends. I can’t say enough good things about Lavinia and her wonderful services.

elle2828

03/24/2009

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Overall
a beautiful experience!

I started going to this salon years ago after seeing Lavinia's name on a Best of Boston list as the #1 brow waxer in town--and have been getting compliments on my eyebrows ever since. Over the years I've also had a variety of facial treatments, including microdermabrasion and organic peels. I have very sensitive skin, so I was little worried about irritation from these treatments, but there was no redness afterwards--only fresh, glowing skin. The atmosphere there is elegant and sophisticated but the staff is so friendly and unpretentious that you immediately feel at home. I've had services from Lavinia herself as well as Natasha and Irina--they are all experts at what they do. If you're looking for beauty treatments that not only makes you look great, but also feel special--this is the place!

ARBI14

01/16/2009

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irina done great job to make my skin before wedding glow ,very informative

i don't review spas ever, but I absolutely love this place and felt compelled! irina is great
Have been there twice and received two different signature treatments and both were fantastic. The facilities were clean with a modern Asian feel. Very relaxing. It may not look like much from the front, but once you're inside you forget that you are sitting right next to a busy freeway.
If you live in the area this is a great place to have a little relaxing get away for a few hours. It's a bit priceyfor me but I would much rather go here then say, a Burke Williams. Much more personality.
My only regret is that I can not afford to come here more often.Try Organic Peel you would lie it
enjoy

molly2281

01/10/2009

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Overall
Best Brow/Bikini wax in Boston

Until I became a walker I would always go to Elizabeth Grady to get waxed. Thankfully, I had to find a spot in Brookline to go to and took a friend's advice to request Erma at Lavinia's. Two years later I would not trust anyone else but Erma to sculpt my brows or remove hair from the painful bikini region. Surprisingly she makes both experiences easy, enjoyable and effortless. The end result is consistently fantastic and I truly enjoy our conversations. If you are looking for a new esthetician walk into Lavinia and ask when Erma is available.

thecrank

09/30/2008

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Overall
massage

Had an amazing massage here last week. A friend had recommended lavinia's as a reputable salon so I called for a for a massage appointment. Jessica the massage therapist is terrific, the massage room was really comfortable with a heated table and a shower in the room. Half way through the massage Jessica applied some extra heat to my back and it was so relaxing. Everything about the experience was pleasurable. I left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

alwaysthere

09/19/2008

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Overall
My experience with Erma was awesome

When you come to a salon after a whole stressful day at work, seeing a face that's genuinely smiling at you is a great start to a wonderful feeling of relaxation ahead. I don?t know what it is, but it seems Erma is always smiling! I came in all stressed out, partially, because I was late, but there was no sign of any negative emotion on her face. She quickly brought me into the room and explained the process. I wanted facial, and she recommended in addition an organic peel. Yes, it was an extra cost, but I agreed to it, as I am not ashamed to ask how much additionally I would need to pay, and she was not hiding that either. She also explained the difference between chemical peel and organic. Let me tell you, the peel was worth the money. She did facial and all the rest, and I loved how gentle her hands were touching my skin during the massage. Being 40+, I pay attention to what happens to my skin, and I resent any harsh treatment. So, I recommend Erma for her very cheerful spirit and very professional care. Loved it!

ZHINA

09/06/2008

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THANKS FOR YOUR REVIEWS HELP TO FIND RIGHT PERSON FOR ME THNANKS AGAIN

IRINA IS FABULOUSE
have a bit of acne and lots of red marks from previous breakouts and want to remedy this. However I don't want to use harsh chemicals or abrasion, and most prescriptions (except for Plexion) have had not effect.

IRINA is awesome. Not only does my skin look more luminous after ONE visit, she did not give me the hard sell on her products. She offered to give me advice on products I could get from CVS if I wanted, and she discussed the different services and their costs.
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suziq321

07/25/2008

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Overall
Best Brazillian Bikini Wax in Town

My experience at this salon is the best that I have experienced in a long long time. Not only was Erma the best that I have dealt with but she was very attentive to my needs. She does the best bikini wax. Not only that but she shape my eyebrows the best that I have ever had done in any other salon. I would definitely recommend that you stop by for all your spa needs and ask for Erma.

BrooklineCSB

07/12/2008

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Beware of Dishonest Business Practices

On the basis of Yelp/Citysearch reviews, I scheduled a bikini wax with Erma - the wax itself was fine (not too painful, pretty thorough) but BEWARE OF DISHONEST BUSINESS PRACTICES. I scheduled a regular bikini wax and when I got into the room, Erma asked me if I wanted a Brazilian. I said no, just a regular wax and she said ""oh, a high bikini wax?"" and I said well, I want it somewhat high but not anything crazy (assuming, she was asking me how much I wanted taken off). When I went to pay, I was charged $45 vs. the $28 regular price because although not listed anywhere on the services sheet, a ""high bikini wax"" is a more expensive wax (although it wasn't any different than regular bikini waxes I've gotten elsewhere). I'm pretty positive Erma knew that I had no idea that she offering me a more expensive service...when I discussed with the person at the front desk, she was sympathetic but I still had to pay the $45. I won't be going back, but if you go, make sure they don't trick you into more expensive services.

arbuz1414

04/05/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
best facial at brookline

went to see IRINA on the basis of review on city search
have a bit of acne and lots of red marks from previous breakouts and want to remedy this. However I don't want to use harsh chemicals or abrasion, and most prescriptions (except for Plexion) have had not effect.

IRINA is awesome. Not only does my skin look more luminous after ONE visit, she did not give me the hard sell on her products. She offered to give me advice on products I could get from CVS if I wanted, and she discussed the different services and their costs.

The red marks are still pretty vivid, however my skin tone looks miles better. I know that it will take time for them to fade, but I am hoping for the same results that Pepper H. had.

Irina is really nice and upfront. I felt very comfortable asking her lots of questions, all of which she answered and explained - which is good
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have been going to IRINA more 2 years. It is a place where you can really rest and enjoy your time. I tried to go there once a month and get a FTI met IRINA who did my facial for the first time. IRINA had a very calm personality. Before the facial treatment, IRINA and I talked about my facial problems and she gave me great advice. When she started the facial massage, I noticed immediately that she had a very unique way of massaging. I have never met a person who has such an amazing and the perfect technique!! Not only will you feel the difference but you also can feel her devotion through
I her every tip of her fingers. After just one treatment with IRINA, I introduced my sister to IRINA.Immediately, my sister was also stunned by her techniques.Now we fight over arranging the the time with IRINA It is the only place and the only person who can wash away my stress with her amazing facial massage. It is hard to express in words unless oneself gets an experience with IRINA. She is truly outstandingly different from any other person that I have had in my past exerience. IRINA is absolutely is the BEST!!!

rachelrichards2002

04/02/2008

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Overall
Best skin care and waxing

I am a regular to Lavinia Borcau Skin Care for brow shaping and bikini waxing. I see Erma, who is truly talented in hair removal!
Today I had an organic seaweed facial with Erma, and it was amazing. The facial was approx. 90 min, and was truly relaxing. The room was warm and quiet, and I was given a soft robe to put on . Everything smelled great, and felt great on my skin. Erma put different masks and creams on my face, and I spend time under a steam treatment. Erma gave my face and neck a nice long massage, and then applied a cool, hydrating mask, and I was so relaxed I fell asleep! Now, my skin is refreshed and hydrated, and feels so smooth!
This facial was definitely the best and most relaxing I have had! I felt truly pampered by Erma!

bhambi

03/28/2008

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Overall
been going here for years!

I have been going to Lavinia's for YEARS!!! I reccomend it to everyone, i can't remember walking out dissatisfied when i have gone for an appointment. Although I am a BIG fan of facials with Lavinia, I am a regular with the bazilians... I am comfortable with the process, the people and know that the facility and equipment is clean!! Although the spa is very busy and is constantly growing I have never been forgotten and always feel appreciated and welcomed as a client.

rebecca_abrams

03/28/2008

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Overall
a first class day spa, especially for very particular women

Erma gives the best brazilian bikini wax, almost painless, very thorough and over so quickly - it cannot get any better for a less than desirable procedure! She also gives a great facial and eyebrow wax, I can actually leave the spa looking renewed not red and inflamed. I have gone to Irina also for eyebrows and was thrilled with the results. Zhanna's manicure and pedicure were great too (and I am terribly particular!) Overall, a fantastic spa to go to, the staff is super friendly,knowledgeable and professional and the salon is immaculately clean!

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