Our Mission

At Vanilla Sugar, we have put an astounding amount of time into the development of our culture and environment. We are a small boutique spa tucked away in the back of a building in Peoria and we have a lot fun here. Our group of skin care therapists put a lot of attention to education and creating top quality services and products to provide a results driven focus. Our main goal is to give the best possible treatments with outstanding customer service and to give life changing results.

One of the things that you'll be sure to experience with is us is always a friendly smile. You will probably even laugh, more than once. We welcome you to experience our top notch and highly educated professionals in our calm and secluded little place in Peoria.

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Esthetics Career Opportunity

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We are not currently hiring but we always welcome resume’s with cover letters.

Get in on the fun with our amazing & award winning team.


What’s it like as an esthetician at Vanilla Sugar?

Before we give you the details of what it is like working at our spa, we wanted to introduce ourselves first. Vanilla Sugar Face & Body was founded by Navy Veteran Liz Steffen back in 2013. She has over 15 years of industry experience and she built this business in a way that sets us apart from other spa’s. Her main focus with building a team is to ensure the success of every team member with advanced education, coaching, encouragement and an amazingly fun environment. We laugh all the time at the spa because we WANT to have fun where we work. If this sounds like the kind of place you want to work then please keep on reading.


If and when we are looking for a full time Esthetician, we consider full time anywhere between 32-40 hours a week. Yeah, full time can be less than 40 hours and we actually encourage that a little because we don’t want to burn you out. Our job can be very physical and we are around A LOT of people every day. When fully booked at our spa, you may see anywhere between 10-15+ clients a day. That’s a lot of hustling.

We have an incredible on-boarding process when you first start with us. We will NEVER throw you into the treatment room and say go. If you haven’t noticed we have a 5-star review over many different social media platforms and we’ve achieved that through our stellar on-boarding systems. We consider this period to be around 90 days long and it will include how we run everything from the back office to some of our most popular services we want you to perform when you first start taking on clients. Our clients expect the best from our Estheticians and we will train and continue to train you to be the best. Even after 15 years of experience, Liz still travels the world learning from the top educators. There is always more to learn. So, in your first 90 days you will most likely not see any clients. You will learn the services and practice, practice, practice! You will also be expected to learn & work our front desk reception position. This is essential to know on so many levels. You will also gain skills outside being an Esthetician because if you ever had an injury, we want to make sure that you can still stay employed with our company and have further career opportunities.

Okay, we know that was a lot of information. It’s not a normal career opportunity posting but we aren’t a normal spa company to work for either. Even though we are not currently hiring, we like to build a database of top candidates for future hiring opportunities.

If you are still interested in working at a friendly and crazy busy spa in Peoria, Illinois then please submit a resume and cover letter to Liz at liz@vanillasugarfaceandbody.com.

We will be in touch shortly after we receive your resume and cover letter. If you do not hear from us, please re-submit.

One more thing, Liz is particularly fussy about spelling, grammar and attention to detail.


Our Team

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Master Esthetician

Liz is the CBO (Chief Beauty Officer) of Vanilla Sugar Face & Body and has a passion to offer her clients something amazing with every visit. She loves to make her clients feel cared for and make them laugh (it is the best medicine after all). Her passion and decades of experience drives results for her clients with reversing damage to the skin with anti-aging treatments, acne clearing & scaring issues in the skin. She is Navy Veteran, published author & mentor to other spa owners across the country. Her goal in running the spa is to provide an amazing & healthy working environment for our guests & our team.

Liz spends her free time volunteering in the community, cooking, gardening, exercising and most of all with her family.

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Licensed Esthetician

Carissa has always loved all things beauty. Right after her senior year of high school, she moved from Texas and returned to her home town in Illinois to be with family and work to get her esthetics license. Carissa graduated from Tricoci University at the top of her class. She takes great pride in her work and loves to make clients feel confident, healthy and looking great. Carissa loves working at Vanilla Sugar because of her passions for waxing and facials. In her free time, Carissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, or watching movies or makeup tutorials with her cats.

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Licensed Esthetician

Kelsey is a graduate of Tricoci University of beauty culture in Peoria and has been practicing esthetics since 2015. Her love for this industry first stemmed from an interest in makeup artistry and quickly grew into a passion for skin care, waxing, and so much more.

She strives to help each client to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin during each visit and is consistently educating herself to give her clients the best results. She loves meeting new people and is always excited to help you with your beauty needs!

Outside of the spa Kelsey enjoys baking, shopping, spending time with family and friends and loves the company of her furry companions.


 Spa Policies & Etiquette


Please understand that when you forget or cancel your appointment without giving enough notice, we miss the opportunity to fill that appointment time, and clients on our waiting list miss the opportunity to receive services. Our appointments are confirmed 48 hours in advance via text and email because we know how easy it is to forget an appointment you booked months ago. Since the services are reserved for you personally, we reserve the right to apply a Cancellation Fee of 50% of the appointment(s) cost if you choose to keep future appointments with us.

The cancellation policy allows us the time to inform our standby guests of any availability, as well as keeping our Vanilla Sugar team members scheduled filled, thus better serving everyone. Vanilla Sugar Face & Body policies are presented and provided in the best quality and tradition of excellent servicing for our established and future clientele. Thank you for viewing and supporting our policies criteria.


If you NO-SHOW your appointment with us, you will need to pay the full cost of the missed appointment if you would like to schedule another appointment with us.

This is what will happen if you no-show: If you NO SHOW your appointment we will give you a call or text to make sure everything is ok. We know life happens. However, if you no-show we reserve the right to request that you pay the full cost of the missed appointment(s) if you want to schedule another appointment with us.


As a courtesy, we will email & text your service appointments 48 hours prior to your appointment date. We request that you confirm your appointment with us. At 24 hours before your appointment, you'll receive another text and email reminder of your appointment. However, please understand that it is your responsibility to remember your appointment dates and times to avoid late arrivals, missed appointments and the cancellation fee.


  • For your first visit to our Spa, we request that you arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to allow for your initial consultation.

  • If receiving a lash service, please arrive with CLEAN lashes that are mascara free. If you are wearing make-up, please arrive an extra 10 minute early so that you can remove it so you can enjoy your full appointment.

  • With return visits to our spa, we ask that you arrive about 5 minutes before your appointment time. We absolutely don't like running late for any of our spa guests.