It’s that time of year again when spas lower their prices on some of their spa treatments, otherwise known as Spa Week! From April 21–27th, spas, fitness facilities and wellness centers across the country will be offering $50 spa treatments, including a few spas that we’ve reviewed like The French Manor, Spa Ssakwa’q’n and Dorit Baxter Day Spa. To find other spas local to you participating in Spa Week, be sure to check out SpaWeek.com. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway mentioned at the bottom of this post! Read more
Sometimes gift with purchase items are blah and lack any excitement, but the latest Beauty.com gift with purchase will have you salivating.
The exclusive Camille Bag from Sea NY is free for shoppers who spend over $100 and ends TODAY! Filled with 15 prestige beauty goodies in both deluxe sample and full sizes, the bag and its contents have an approximate combined retail value of $140. Read more
Have you ever browsed the beauty aisle and wondered how you can fit the latest trends into your personal lifestyle? Or which one product will combat acne prone skin AND wrinkles without having to buy two products to address each? It would be great if our most trusted friends could come along with us every time to lend advice and guide us in the right direction (because that latest must-have trend you’re about to buy into is sometimes a must-not.) Read more
Do you love sampling a beauty product before you commit to buying it? What about if once you committed to buy it, you were given a discount coupon for it?
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like something that not only my wallet would tell me is practical, but that makes my inner beauty addict rejoice at saving money and trying an abundance of new products! Read more
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For most of us, owning a Louis Vuitton handbag is just a pipe dream. Owning a piece of jewelry from Tiffany & Co.? *sigh* just for window shopping. But a new penny auction website has launched that can make those dreams closer than you think.
ScoreLuxe, a luxury penny auction, has gift cards to places like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom…even for SpaFinder and Sephora all up for bidding. The best part is that because this is a penny auction, if you win, you have the chance to get up to 95% off retail!
So here’s how it works: Sign up for a free ScoreLuxe account, purchase a bid package (they start at about $29), each bid costs .99 cents. (You can buy bid packs up to 500 bids.) After you buy a bid pack, bids are then credited to your account, so if you buy a 30 bid pack for $29 you then have 30 bids in your account, or the ability to click the bid button 30 times. When you click the bid button, up to 30 seconds is added to the auction timer and the price increases by $.01. After the auction, you then have to pay the final auction price, in addition to any bids you used.
I am a visual person, so here is a look at a past SpaFinder auction where the winner only had to pay $3.19 for a $100 gift card! SpaFinder at ScoreLuxe.
And just in case you are wondering, ScoreLuxe has an authenticity guarantee and they also offer free shipping. You also have to be 18 years or older to sign up and there is a limit to 4 auctions won per month to ensure fairness and give everyone a chance to win. There areÂ to 5 auctions daily, all of which are promoted in advance so that you know the great items coming up for bid.
Have you tried ScoreLuxe?
Okay, okay. So maybe I don’t need 15 new eyeliner pencils (especially after I just bought Sephora’s Hello Kitty eyeliner kit, which I didn’t technically need either). But since I’m such a big fan of funky-yet-sometimes-practical Urban Decay, how can I resist a beauty splurge in honor of their 15-year anniversary?
Yup, Urban Decay is 15 this year, and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set is just the first of four anniversary-themed products that will be released in celebration over the course of 2011! My inner kindergardener (and my childhood love for shiny new art supplies like colored pencils in every shadow of the rainbow) was already obsessed when Make Up For Ever released a similar set with their Aqua Eyes pencils a couple years back, but since that one was a bit pricier — and let’s face it, even I wouldn’t use 3 different shades of bright orange eyeliner — I didn’t make the purchase.Â Â Read more
Normally I wouldn’t go recommend something quite so cliche as wearing uber-festive pastel makeup shades just to get into the pre-spring mood, but how can I resist rounding up a selection of appropriately-hued beauty buys when San Francisco keeps getting blessed with prematurely springy weather? Let’s face it — lavender is just waiting to be embraced, so you might as well jump on the beauty trend now before it grows overdone and stale!
Think of the shade as considerably easier to wear than full-on purple, yet a bit trickier than your average plum; the idea is to go for soft and pretty, not Grandma-”chic” or garish, which can be tough with such an Easter egg color. But just because the color is traditionally mild doesn’t mean it can’t edge things up — try Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer in Wicked Game, a smoky gray-lavender, or opt for a lavender version of the smoky eye, courtesy of Maybelline Smokes quads, for a cool take on the pretty shade!
Pictured above: Topshop Lip Polish in Lavender, Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Wicked Game, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Lavender, Lancome Color Design Eye Shadow in Camisole, and Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Lavender Smokes.
- Alex Gambardella
*Guest beauty post for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! from my friends at TheFind.com.
Despite being the ultimate beauty addict, something about widely extensive all-inclusive palettes tends to overwhelm me, surprisingly enough. I mean, I rarely ever actually use every shade in a palette that boasts nearly every color in the rainbow and beyond However, the customizable, downsize-able, grab-it-and-go ability of Sephora’s new Color Play II 5-in-1 Palette is too conveniently awesome to pass up.
Created by a partnership of two shopping meccas of the beauty and fashion worlds, Sephora and Shopbop, the “Fashion Edition” Color Play Palette takes inspiration from the year’s hottest looks from Shopbop to create 5 interchangeable palettes that can be mixed and matched, or removed from the main palette and slipped into your purse for mid-day touchups! From Boho Bombshell (amped-up neutrals) to Black is the New Black (dramatic smokey eye looks), each of the 5 sub-palettes has its own unique color story, but can be worn and coordinated with shades of another palette to create your own signature look, depending on your mood or outfit of course.
Sure, I may not wear all 65 shades included, but for a mere $30, I’m certainly willing to experiment!
- Alex Gambardella
Do you have someone on your holiday gift list that loves going to the spa? Maybe you need a last minute gift and don’t want to trek out to the mall (I know I do not envy anyone who braves the malls today or tomorrow!)? Well SpaWeek now has gift cards that can be used anytime of year! Best of all, they are 20% off AND can be emailed and printed right off your computer!
Timesaver+Moneysaver=best gift EVER!
You can find them on www.spaweek.com/giftcards. Happy spa-lidays!
*This offer ended December 31, 2010. You can still purchase SpaWeek gift cards, however not at the discounted rate.