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DIY Vigilius Spa Apple & Polenta Body Scrub

24 Feb

We all know an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but it can also keep the wrinkles away!  With it’s acidic properties and thick, fibrous texture, apples make an exfoliating scrub to retexturize the body.  Honey is added to give flexibility to the scrub & polenta as an extra exfoliant.  Here’s our DIY version:

Combine in a bowl

1 Cup Applesauce

1/2 Cup Dry Polenta

3 Tablespoons honey

In the shower: rub onto body (this is a body only scrub) in circular motions, focusing on knees and elbows.  (Place a piece of cheesecloth over drain to stop clogging)  Rinse!  Finish w/your fave lotion.

You can also soak your fingers in it as a pre-manicure softener.

Live, Love and Lounge, Candy

It’s the Great Pumpkin “Mask” Charlie Brown

27 Oct

Because it’s nearly Halloween and it’s also time for #SpaWeekGossip s first Spa Masquerade Ball. . . . I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite pumpkin masks with you.  Pumpkin is a popular beauty ingredient as it’s enzymes are effective exfoliators, it contains luster giving anti-oxidants and it smells divine (if not made too sickly sweet!).

Pumpkin Pie Pretty Face Mask

1/2 cup canned or mashed fresh (preferable) pumpkin

1 tsp. cinnamon (only if you’re skin is NOT sensitive)

1/2 tsp honey

1/4 tsp  soy milk

Blend and apply to face – relax for 15 mins.  Using a washcloth run under warm water and wrung til damp, gently pat away mask.

Pumpkin Italiano Hair Heaven

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/4 cup full fat yogurt

1 tsp Olive Oil

Blend all ingredients.  Apply from root to tip of hair.  Wrap head in a warm towel.   (Throw towel in dryer immediately before wrapping hair). Relax 30 mins.  Wash thoroughly.

No time to concoct a mask?  Luckily there’s loads of ready made pumpkin pampering pleasures to enjoy.  A few of our favorites:

Philosophy Pumpkin lip shine
$10 – amazon.com


fall pumpkins
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Live, Love & Lounge! Candy

Five Flirty Fall #Spatinis

22 Oct

First thanks everyone for all the love for our summer martinis!  But guess what?  We get thirsty in the fall too!  Sip these babies while passing out candy to the kiddos or at your next tailgate!

Or at this week’s #SpaWeekGossip Spa Halloween Masquerade Party!


1. Spiced Caramel Apple Martini from  JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Phoenix via Phoenix.About.com

1/2 ounce Crown Royal
1/2 ounce Skyy vodka
1/2 ounce Concentrated apple juice
Pinch Ground cinnamon
Splash Apple Pucker schnapps
Splash Cranberry juice
1 slice Caramel-coated apples

Shake all ingredients and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sugared rim and the caramel-coated apple. Servings: 1 martini.

2. Pecan Pie Martini from Rachel Ray

½ cup dark corn syrup, plus more for garnishing rim
2 teaspoons brown sugar
¼ cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
Ice cubes
4 ounces (½ cup) vodka
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. On a small plate, stir together 1 teaspoon corn syrup and the brown sugar. Dip the rims of 4 martini glasses in the mixture, then in the chopped nuts.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1/4 cup vodka, 1/4 cup corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Strain into 2 prepared glasses. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

3. Pumpkin Pie Martini from Haunted Bay

• 4 oz of Smirnoff vodka
• 1 oz Stolichnaya Vanil vodka
• Cocktail Candy Vanilla Shake cocktail sugar
• Pumpkin spice

Pour liquid ingredients into a shaker 1/4 full of cracked ice and shake. Allow shaker to rest while rimming two iced martini glasses with Vanilla Cocktail Candy Rim Sugar. Strain martini into glasses. Garnish with a shake of pumpkin pie spice.

4. Spiced Pumpkin Vodka from The Four Seasons New York (via Epicurious)

Drink on it’s own as an after dinner drink or create your own autumn libations. Fills a one-liter bottle (a scant quart).

1 1/2 cups (750 ml) Stolichnaya cinnamon vodka
3/4 cup (175 ml) Stolichnaya vanilla vodka
3/4 cup (175 ml) Stolichnaya vodka
2 whole vanilla beans
2 cups raw pumpkin meat, cut into 1/4-inch slices

Combine vodkas in bottle or other glass container. Add pumpkin meat and vanilla beans and let sit for 1 week. If necessary, when mixing cocktails strain the vodka as you pour it into the shaker. Consider using toasted pumpkin seeds or some of the vodka-soaked pumpkin as garnish.

5. Candy Corn Martini from the Martini Diva

Live, love and lounge, Candy

SpaFlick Friday: Biography HJ Heinz The Ketchup Kings

15 Oct

“To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success”  HJ Heinz

Screen

 

Henry J. Heinz pic courtesy http://www.evancarmichael.com

 

Tomorrow is Boss’ Day so our Spa Flick features a boss extraordinaire.  If there was ever such a thing as a SpaBoss, HJ Heinz who concocted America’s favorite condiment, ketchup, was it.  Channel surfing I fell into The Ketchup Kings documentary of him on The Biography Channel.  As an entrepreneur myself, I was immediately captivated.

Imagine my amazement, when in describing how Heinz coddled his employees in an almost familial way, I learned that he had onsite fitness and spa facilities for all of his staff!  Wow!  If they had Boss’ Day back then, he would have been crowned king!  Go HJ!

You can watch the movie free in it’s entirety on Biography’s website.

Feel Good Factor:  If you’re feeling blue or worried that you can’t overcome some obstacle, watch The Ketchup Kings.  You will be inspired to give the hurdles the heave ho!

Spa

Ketchup is not only our french fry friend, it’s also a hair helper.  If your hair has taken on a green tinge due to swimming in chlorinated water, or a color mishap, ketchup will fix it!  All you do is put ketchup on dry hair, leave 30 mins. then shampoo, condition and style!  Tip:  Use the squeeze bottles for easier application.

Snack

Wanna take a stab at HJ Heinz occupation?  Here’s a yummy Charred Tomato & Red Pepper Ketchup recipe from Rachel Ray:

Charred Tomato-and-Red Pepper Ketchup

6 plum tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
1 small onion
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat a grill to high. Halve and seed 6 plum tomatoes and 1 red bell pepper; halve 1 small onion. Grill, turning once, until softened, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and puree. Transfer to a saucepan, add 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; lower the heat and simmer, stirring, until thickened, about 45 minutes. Let cool.

Live, Love & Lounge, Candy

SpaHome Entertaining: Grilled Cheese and Wine Bar

7 Oct

The Food Network show Man v. Food inspired this idea to elevate your next wine and cheese party. The spa twist is, of course, ours ; )

Instead of cheese cubes and crackers at your next wine party, have a grilled cheese bar to accompany your wine selections. Lay out the fixin’s below, let guests concoct their sandwich and grill. (Just think of all the cubing you’ll avoid!)

If it’s not grill weather, a grill pan allows you to cook multiple ‘wiches for fast prep. Or let your guests grill their own.

Bread –
Rye
Wheat
Sourdough
Rosemary Focaccia

Cheese –
Sharp Cheddar
Mozzarella
Gruyere
Gouda
Feta
Blue Cheese
Manchego

Optional – Go Gourmet! Add a few bowls of fresh herbs & spices to the bar. Try basil, horseradish, garlic, cilantro and/or paprika.

WineBath Favors

Here’s a fun spa way to recycle all those empty Wine Bottles and create inventive guest takeaways:

Buy your favorite bubble bath or bath salts in bulk at Costco or other retailer. WITHOUT RINSING the wine bottle (wine is good for the skin) funnel liquid bubble bath into the bottle and recork.

Print labels from your computer like:

Cooking with Caitlin
Wine Bath
Vintage: (date of party)

& stick over the back label. See guests grin.

Live, love and lounge, Candy

PS:  Don’t forget to hang out with us on Monday 1PM PST for Foodies Night In #fni on twitter.  This week’s topic wine and cheese!

Get the #SpaWeekGossip: Mom”Me” Spa Time: Urban Legend or Must Do? Recap

17 Sep

It’s unanimous! Spa time for Moms is NOT an Urban Legend it’s a must do and reality for our Hot Spa Moms!  And for SpaWeek Daily’s Hot Spa Mom Squad (and you) you still have until Sunday on the West Coast & Chicago to get some $50 treatments in!

Just listen to some of the Spa Mom talk overheard:

Pregnancy Pampering:

@BeehiveBlog A1 I have a good friend that is a LMT and she helped me work out what was safe – primarily stuck to massage & aromatherapy

@SpaLook It’s important to get monthy massages to help ease mental and muscle tension!

@M641 I had prenatal massage recommended and was told to stay away from steam rooms/saunas of course.

@rockandrollmama My midwives let me teach Pilates and Yoga till my 38th week.:) Worked out fine, long as I could get up!

@SpaWeek Breastfeeding Moms: Avoid facials w a pH of under 5.5 (peels, acids) or above 10.5 (high alkaline soaps) – thx @lydia_sarfati

@SpaHeiress want to hydrate and nourish the skin barrier, prevent stretch marks and promote elsticity. Do: Rich nourishing creams

How to Get Spa Time

@rockinmama I work it out with my husband and tell him that I NEED to do this for myself…to take care of myself

@CarissaRogers I request gift certificates from hubby and inlaws for holidays, that way after crazy holidays I get a REAL break!

@AvonLady02 You have to make time for yourself so you can be a good mom

@BodhiBear I can schedule time if I want, but it wud be making it a priority. Hubby gave me a pedicure the other day 🙂

@Convo_info It’s easier 4 moms 2 get away 4 breaks if they plan their days, adding this time to their regular routines.

Dream Mom Spa TIme

@FashionOffice Heavenly Seaweed Wrap at @WHotelFtLauderdale. Did NOT want to leave. Big splurge but my sanity is worth it.

@Beehiveblog Ayurveda Consult! Massage and herbal wraps, lunch, and a waterfall! – My BEST exp was at the Doral in Miami *HEAVEN*

@rockandrollmama It would teach the perfect relaxing massage & aromatherapy for kids at bedtime

@bemommylicious I love a relaxation massage especially with emphasis on my neck and shoulders. Mama’s tense.

Home Mom/Baby Mellowers

@artofthespa #SpaHome Bliss out babe in pt 1 of Nursery Nirvana & make mom comfy in pt 2 http://ow.ly/2ENoD

@SpaHeiress Once the kids are asleep soak in a seaweed bath to recreate relaxing and healing effects of thalassotherapy at home 🙂

@spalook “Pampering potluck” invite friends over,have them bring a few spa products each.You can mix, match & enjoy!

@xtremelashes pay 4 the services u hate 2 do (mowing, pool cleaning). The time u save is worth it to enjoy life more.

@magnifiquebras Gotta have music! Something to dance too and make you feel great
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