The shower is my escape after a long, busy week. There’s nothing better than coming home on a Friday night, running a hot shower, and washing away the day with a handful of my favorite scrub. The steam and the fragrance create my own little spa-like experience. Here are a few of my new faves:
This scrub hits all the right notes: magnolia, sandalwood and mandarin. It has an oriental fragrance, and it caught the attention of my friends and even scored me a few compliments.
So this one’s a bit of a splurge but this scrub’s results make it worth it. The bamboo powders slough away dry, rough skin while the hydrating shea butter moisturizes my arms and legs so they look glowy and polished. Plus a little goes a long way so it lasts a long time.
One whiff of this mouth-watering fragrance and you’ll do a double-take at the price tag. The spicy vanilla rum scent feels sultry (like some pricier options) and the sugar crystals mixed with sweet apricot and almond oils make it a real treat for your skin.
—Jessica Carter, beauty intern
Today is, well, National Bubble Bath Day. And though you don’t have to celebrate, we encourage you to use it as an excuse to pamper yourself. If your New Year’s resolution was gym-oriented or if it was simply to indulge in a bit of relaxation, a bubble bath is a foolproof way of relieving both muscle aches and stress. For most of us, the issue with this luxurious act: a bath takes much longer than a 10-minute shower. If you don’t have time during the week (we understand), set aside one hour this weekend for some “you” time and run yourself a bubble bath—maybe even slather on a face mask while you’re at it. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.
Here, a few of our favorite bubbles depending on your mood:
An instant tension soother:
L’Occitane Lavander Foaming Bath ($34, Loccitane.com)
A fake spa escape:
Fresh Rice Sake Bath ($80, Sephora.com)
An uplifting energy boost:
Neutrogena Rainbath Revitalizing Grapefruit Shower and Bath Gel ($9, drugstores)
—Jillian Ruffo, beauty intern
It’s one of my favorite times of the year—no, not Halloween—it’s Spa Week! And you don’t have to live in New York City to experience it. Spas across the country are offering full-service treatments for discounted rates (think $50!) from October 15th through the 21st. Indulge in a massage, facial and even a yoga class. Here are some of the highlights:
Where: Fresh, New York City
1367 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10021
What: 60 Minute Correct & Protect Facial Experience
Where: Exhale, Miami
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131
What: 5 Pack of Mind Body Classes: Transform your body with your choice of 5 of Exhale’s Award-Winning Core Fusion and Yoga Classes.
Where: Jurlique, Santa Monica
1230 Montana Avenue, Suite 105,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
What: 50 Minute Signature Revitalizing Facial
Where: Stript Wax Bar, Los Angeles
8218 West 3rd Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
What: 60 Minute Plant Stem Cell Glycolic Facial
Where: Eshe Day Spa and Salon, Chicago
633 South Plymouth Court, Unit 1,
Chicago, IL 60605
What: 55 Minute Aveda Signature Organic Facial
Where: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel, Houston
1300 Lamar Street,
Houston, TX 77010
What: 60 Minute Specialty Pedicure with Foot Massage
Where:Nurture Spa & Salon at Luxor, Las Vegas
3900 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119
What: 50 Minute Nurture Swedish Massage
Where: Red Door Spa, Seattle
700 110th Avenue Northeast, Suite 290
Bellevue, WA 98004
What: 50 Minute Spa Week Stress Melter Body Treatment, includes Exfoliation, Aroma Therapeutic Body Wrap and Scalp Massage
—By Daniella Araujo, beauty intern
Last weekend, I jetted across the country to California (tough job, I know!) to check out the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and its Pacific Waters Spa, taking part in the resort’s Wellness Retreat. The daylong hybrid healthy-lifestyle and pampering program includes:
- A 60-minute wellness consultation, where they tailor the day to your needs and give you a private fitness assessment
- A 30-minute fitness activity
- Spa cuisine lunch (The fruit and vegetable-heavy, locally-sourced menu offerings are both good-for-you and delicious— we swear.)
- Two (!) 60-minute spa services (We recommend the super-indulgent Pacific Waters Rhythmic Massage and leaving time to soak in the jacuzzi, lounge in the cozy relaxation room, and sweat it out in the spacious sauna.)
The spa offers treatments using products from locally-sourced, handmade and USDA organic-certified Kimberly Parry Organics. Our favorites were the Body Oil in Ocean blended exclusively for the spa (a unique mix of lime, lavender, basil and fir essential oils) used during the massage, and the intoxicating lemongrass and ylang ylang-scented Soft Hand and Foot Balm infused with a healing combination of shea butter, olive, coconut and jojoba oils that we took home and can’t stop applying.
Tell us: Have you gone on a spa wellness retreat or are you planning one? If so, where to and what did you think of it?
Categories: Beauty On the Go | Tags: CA, Facial, Fitness, Huntington Beach, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Kmberly Parry Organics, manicure, massage, Pacific Waters Spa, pedicure, spa, treatment, wellness retreat, working out
We’re suckers for a big bottle of drugstore body wash, but every once in a while we treat ourselves to a post-workout rinse with Jurlique Jasmine Shower Gel. The honey-like formula and warm, rich floral scent make a humdrum shower feel like a luxurious spa experience. Plus, the softening suds contain a laundry list of skin-coddling natural extracts, like chamomile, grapefruit and rosemary. What’s your favorite beauty indulgence?
Take a peak at this behind-the-scenes footage of our March “Bliss Out” feature photo shoot that took place at a gorgeous, antique-filled brownstone in New York City. And be sure to read the story on page 50 of our March issue, out this week!