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Ready to spice up your summer? Here’s your guIde to what’s happening in and around Scottsdale in style, beauty, fitness, culture and beyond right now.

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The Fast and the Fit
Brand-new, 15,000-square-foot Fit Republic aims to be fitness fanatics’ luxurious home away from home at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Playing on the theme of being its own nation of wellness, there are five different states (studios) that citizens (members) can enjoy, including hot yoga, yoga, cycling, Crossfit, and group fitness (TRX, boxing, barre and bootcamps). Classes run 60 to 90 minutes, and attendees may purchase monthly memberships at $110 a month for unlimited offerings. Amenities include full-service locker rooms with executive service that includes laundry and towel service; The Recovery Café, an all-natural juice bar serving fresh juice concoctions, tasty smoothies and healthy snacks; Core Concepts nutrition services with a registered dietitian on staff; complimentary Wi-Fi; and a retail shop stocked with premium fitness brands. Get ready to work it out! 7135 E. Camelback Road, 480.324.1200 

Triple the Fun
Barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln’s fit philosophy has already attracted body-conscious celebrities (ahem, Madonna). Now Karie Johnson brings the effective workouts to North Scottsdale. The 60-minute low-impact sweat sessions utilize light weights and a ballet barre to create long, lean muscles. “We have ballet studios, yoga and Pilates here, but nothing that combines all three of those. … Hopefully people can come in wherever they are in their workout careers—it’s a friendly workout environment,” Johnson says. $20 single class, special packages also available, Scottsdale Quarter, 15551 N. Greenway Hayden Loop, Suite 120, Scottsdale

Salon Central
Rolfs Salon & Spa has not only just unveiled a grand redo of its Gainey Village location, but also debuted its incredible Iqonic Skincare line (priced from about $20 to $150, available exclusively at Rolfs locations), developed by Rolf Lohse Global dermatologists and biochemists. The results-driven line was created with pure ingredients and formulated for a variety of skin types. 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 202, Scottsdale 

TOP FIVE: Makeup Artists We Adore
1. Bryanna Casey Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman and Charles Esten from ABC’s Nashville have been clients of Casey, who does makeup for all occasions, plus is a lash extentions pro. Although her availability can sometimes be limited, she does her best to to squeeze in clients for last-minute appointments when needed—just ask! 

2. Jena Irby By day, you’ll find Irby at her own studio, SkinFIT, where she works as an aesthetician specializing in facials and peels. But on weekends, Irby translates her knowledge of flawless skin to makeup artistry, mostly working with brides to beautify their wedding day. 

3. Lizzy Marsh Makeup artist Marsh is all about creating a look that’s wearable yet glam for her clients. The Phoenix native focuses on fashion, commercial and everyday looks for clients, and takes on bridal clients on a limited basis.

4. Pooja Mehta Mehta’s expertise extends to bridal, TV, film, photoshoots, runway shows, body painting and special effects, and she’s worked with clients like QVC, Dancing With the Stars and Michael Costello. Just plan ahead, as this Parisian-trained makeup artist books work 12 to 16 months in advance.

5. Stephanie Neiheisel Beauty, bridal, video and editorial makeup are the specialties of Neiheisel, who has worked as a makeup artist for local magazines as well as at high-profile events like the Sundance Film Festival. If you plan to use her during wedding season, prepare to make your appointment at least three to six months out. 

Makeover Central
Is there any hairdo that TV personality and Scottsdale Beauty Bar salon owner Becca Smith can’t pull off? We think not. Visitors can sip on Champagne while getting a total style makeover at Smith’s Old Town shop, offering colors, cuts, extensions, manicures and pedicures, lashes, makeup applications and tanning. Head here for happy hour blowouts Monday through Saturday from 4 to 7pm, or kick it up a notch by adding some plaits to your mane. The SBB braid bar can do everything from the basics to upside-down looks with ribbons. Go see Smith and you’ll walk out with a whole new you. 4328 N. Wells Fargo Ave., Suite 1, 480.990.1275

Youth, Inspired!
Taking on the very real problem of childhood obesity is Amen Isegoho, owner of Amenzone Fitness, who uses physical activity and a positive attitude to inspire adults and children in Arizona and across the nation to learn better health habits. His 501(c)3 nonprofit, Amenzone Foundation, brings the Amenzone Fitness philosophy straight to underserved Valley youth, helping to reduce childhood obesity rates and keep at-risk children out of trouble. The program teaches children healthy nutrition, positive self-esteem and an overall healthy lifestyle through fitness routines that solely utilize the body. Now that’s a message we can run with.

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