ManukaClear Mask and ManukaClear Intensive BB Gel

I couldn't have received these products at a better time. With the extremely cold weather and the flu making its rounds at my home, it's left my skin dry, flakey and tight. My usual skin savers weren't doing the trick and my face was starting to look a bit dull. Read more

Longer Lashes Instantly with Physicians Formula #EyeBooster

Throughout history, women have always coveted longer, fuller lashes. Heck, it's one of the reasons we're all on the hunt for that holy grail mascara. Over the years, mascaras have gotten better at helping women fake incredible lashes and the fiber mascara trend is one of them. I had the Read more

Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap

When it comes to cleansing my body, I never did like using a bar of soap, I have always preferred body washes, gels or shower oils. I have rarely found a soap that I enjoy using. They tend to leave a filmy residue that leaves my skin dry and Read more

At Home Skin Care with Michael Todd Soniclear

Sometimes getting to the spa for a deep cleansing facial isn't always an option. Thankfully there are plenty of beauty tools out there that can help your skin look its best regardless of your budget. The Michael Todd Soniclear and many of their skin care products are perfect for Read more

Silk Therapeutics Silk Renewing Peel Review #PowerofSilk

Are you in search of a facial exfoliant that can tighten, brighten and smooth skin? More importantly, one with the least amount of ingredients - yet the most effective ones? Since I'm now in the mature skin category (that makes me feel old), my skin is in need of something Read more

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Review: The Spa at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge

Traveling for me is (for the most part) fun, adventurous and exciting…it also unfortunately tends to wreak havoc on my skin. I arrived  in Orlando back from Fashion Week and swore that I could see the congestion of New York City and the weird airplane air on my face…I definitely feel it, a facial was in order…actually it was a necessity at this point. With the aim of decongesting my face, I headed off to The Spa at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando hoping that if they didn’t decongest my skin then at least they would deep clean it enough to get the airplane out.

The facial I scheduled is called the Force Vitale Hydrating & Revitalizing Treatment, it is an hour long facial that promises skin is, “Freed from stress and fatigue (that would) emerge renewed with freshness and a natural, youthful glow.” With those promises and a name like that I knew it would either do wonders for my complexion or my face would look like Samantha’s on that episode of Sex And The City when she gets a chemical peel and had to wear a black veil to cover it up…it was too hot in Orlando for black …or a veil. Upon examining my skin (I know it’s necessary but I always feel so judged under those lights and that insane magnifying mirror), my esthetician Hiromi agreed that my skin was indeed very congested, not to mention dehydrated and it would really benefit from the treatment.

From this point on all I remember is her wrapping a towel around my head, then at some point an amazing foot massage followed by my moisturized feet being placed in warm cocoons…this is all I remember because I fell asleep (she did tell me to try to sleep.)  I don’t know if it was the way she applied the products, the massaging of the face or her very soothing voice, either way I was out like a light. I woke up to “Miss Lewis how does your skin feel?” My skin felt great, my mini nap wasn’t so bad either.  The treatment delivered everything it promised, the tiny bumps on my face were gone, it was glowing, it did in fact look both renewed and refreshed.  Hiromi did caution that it was very important that I apply sunscreen to my face since a part of the facial was a resurfacing treatment (enzyme peel.) Normally, immediately following a facial, the last thing I want to do is to be out in public because I just feel wrong about applying any make up to my skin newly deep cleansed, but with this treatment my skin looked so good I just wanted to show it off .

The next time I’m in Orlando I definitely plan on visiting Hiromi again, hopefully that will be very soon since I noticed for their 50th anniversary they have a Golden Anniversary Package that includes a soothing spa treatment…nap not included.

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DIY Red Carpet Beauty Year Round from Spa Montage Beverly Hills

A red carpet-inspired beauty regimen is much easier to obtain and maintain year-round than many think. Whether you need to refresh for an upcoming event or just want to put your best look forward this spring and summer, Spa Montage at Montage Beverly Hills has you covered.

Julie Raistrick, Director of Spa Montage, shares her DIY countdown and tips for achieving red carpet beauty any time of year before your big event:

30 Days Before: Tone up

Begin expanding your workout regime to include toning exercises for the biceps, triceps and shoulders. Make sure to do daily abdominal exercises or add two Pilates classes to your weekly routine. This mix of toning exercise will ensure a defined, toned look prior to any special event or start of the bathing suit season.

Two Weeks Before: Get glowing

Prepare your body and skin for a healthy glow by trying a detoxification wrap or at-home detoxification diet to flush your system of unwanted toxins that can give your skin a dull, tired look.

One Week Before: Pay attention to your backside

If you’re wearing something backless or heading out in a back- or arms-bearing top, try a facial focused on your backside. It’s important to do this early and a couple of times to ensure your skin has time to react to the benefits. This will help balance, smooth and tone, leaving a nice healthy glow to show off those fabulously toned arm and back muscles.

A Couple of Days Before: Face time

Anti-aging facials can immediately reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smoothing fine lines and helping achieve a youthful glow. Facials are best the day before or morning of a special event. At-home facials with cold cucumbers for your eyes help achieve a remarkably refreshed appearance.

Most Essential Beauty Tip: Rest up!

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason and is essential to ensuring a fresh, relaxed appearance. After all, no one wants to worry about their eyes looking tired and dull due to lack of sleep!

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Girlfriend Spa Getaways at Cara Mor Spa Retreat in Spruce Creek, PA

While spa vacations have always been popular, spa retreats designated specifically for a girlfriend getaway has picked up speed in the last year. Just about 3 hours from me, in Spruce Creek PA, Cara Mor Spa Retreat is the latest luxury health spa to open…but not only just for women–but private parties of women. That means you and your friends get the entire place to yourself. Talk about personalized service!

Cara Mor is tucked away in a serene setting with 3 different lodges to accommodate the needs and size of your private party. Chef Rock is your personal Chef, who’ll whip up some comfort food–whether it is organic or a midnight snack, for you and your friends. During your stay, 7 hours at the spa is split between you and your guests each day…can you imagine getting a massage or facial on your time line and not based on the spa’s availability to squeeze you in? Read more

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Pedicure at 5th Avenue Hair Color Studio & Spa in Honesdale, PA

Do you have cracked heels? You know the kind…where your skin is so dry that you actually snag the sheets with your feet as you slide into bed? I’m not sure why, but most people focus on foot care only when they’re ready to slip on the sandals. I’d like to start a revolution that a pedicure should be done 1-2 times per month all year round. Super soft feet, pretty polished toes…neglect them no longer!  Read more

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SpaFinder Names Top 10 Global Spa Trends for 2011

Calling all spa girls! Want to know what’s on trend for 2011 when it comes to spas and their treatments? Susie Ellis, SpaFinder President, author of the SpaFinder blog and column and a contributing editor to NewBeauty magazine, has developed a global trend report that I’m going to republish below. Which of these trends do you think will take off the most? I personally like trend #5.

Additionally, check out the SpaFinder blog for “Hot and Getting Hotter Spa Trends 2011.”

2011 SPA TREND REPORTâ„¢ Read more

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Spa Girl on Your Gift List? Give a SpaWeek Gift Card!


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.

*Disclosure

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The Spa at Stone House in Little Compton, RI

I am a native Rhode Islander (go West Warwick Wizards!) and I love all things about the ocean and New England. It’s no wonder I had such amazing skin when I was younger since I spent so many days swimming in the ocean (err looking at boys.) I’m planning at some point to make my way to Stone House in Little Compton RI some time in 2011 (it’s on my I really want to go here list) simply because I have heard so many people rave about their spa. What could be more perfect than staying in a historic building in Newport County to take in all that my quaint home state has to offer?

Since it’s the holidays, here are some Peppermint spa treatments that Stone House has on their menu:

Peppermint Pedicure $45
Cooling Peppermint Pedicure completely natural and intensely nourishing and hydrating. This pedicure utilizes natural peppermint essential oil and organic sugar.

Peppermint Massage $75
Fresh, cool, and lively, Peppermint massage is wonderful for the circulation, this sparkling scent invigorates the mind, increases memory and concentration, and relieves fatigue. You will be massaged with super-absorbable exotic oils and peppermint essential oil.  Read more

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Tips For Planning a Spa Vacation on a Budget from Travel Expert Nicole Hockin

I could seriously take a spa vacation right about now. But having never planned one myself…least alone with my budget in mind, Hotels.com‘s travel expert Nicole Hockin of their Travel Smart Blog, offered up some great money saving tips along with her picks of a few spa resorts nationwide:

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With the increasing popularity of spas, resorts are competing with each other to offer the most luxurious and exotic treatments for both men and women. In fact, even teen spas are popping up in resorts around the country offering hip treatments for the coolest teens. For example, Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys is a 60 acre island resort in that features a Teen Spa, which caters to the teen traveler offering really great treatments and experiences for kids 12-18.

Your first spa visit can still be somewhat overwhelming. The many activity choices can make you feel like a kid on your first day at summer camp. Remember, you can’t do everything. Pick a focus based on what you need such as: pampering and pleasure; health and wellness; spiritual journey, or fitness – and let that guide your choice of activities.

Destination spas can also vary a great deal in price. If you want to take a spa vacation but wonder how to get the best deals or how to make it more affordable, consider these options: Read more

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Four-Handed Massage at The Woodhouse Day Spa in Kingston, PA

vichy showerWhether you are a local in Northeast PA or just visiting on a seasonal basis, there are some great spas in the area worth checking out. While tweeting with fellow NEPA’ers on Twitter a few months ago, I asked which spa was the best in the area. The Woodhouse Day Spa in Kingston was mentioned a few times. Seeing that A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm), I knew I had to make the hour-long trip from where I am in the Poconos over to Kingston to experience what they call the “four-handed massage.”

The Woodhouse Day Spa can be found on the very bustling Wyoming Avenue just off Rt. 309. But don’t be fooled by the busy road as the spa, set in a Tudor-style house, has no sights or sounds of the road once inside. Once you walk through the over-sized doors, you are welcomed with the aroma of lavender in a dimly lit retreat full of soothing sounds. I could honestly feel the difference from the stress of the outside world to a more relaxed state once inside the spa.  Read more

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Review: Spa Pedicure at The French Manor Inn & Spa

Tucked away in the Pocono Mountains is a small slice of heaven at The French Manor Inn & Spa. Following a twisting and turning road up the mountainside reveals gorgeous stone buildings and a glorious view of the valley. My mouth fell open upon seeing it as I mouthed, “Wow.” There are 3 buildings on the property with Le Spa Foret found below the Spa Suites. Upon entering the spa, you are greeted with the relaxing scents of Danielle & Co.   Read more

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