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Make Flavored Spa Water Infusions: Water Cocktails!

5 Feb

Plain water is a thing of the past

At Evian’s Spa, their programs offer a different herbal water each day.  The idea is that different herbs have unique restorative properties and complement the spa treatments prescribed for each step of their guests’ health and beauty transformations.

We love this because let’s face it, plain water for many of us is so boring and we have trouble getting our 8 glasses a day.  That’s why we shared the Spa Water Infusion ideas below with our eHow audience.  Enjoy!  Once you try our versions, get creative and make your own water cocktails.

How to Make Spa Water Infusions for Young Glowing Skin and More Energy | eHow.com.


Argan Oil Moroccan Beauty Secret

23 Jan

To conclude our week at La Sultana, I wanted to introduce you to a line of beauty treatments I recently discovered. There is a tree grown only in southwest Morocco called the Argan tree. The oil from this tree is jam packed with vitamin e & omega 3s and is a Moroccan beauty secret.

And you can treat your entire body, including your hair, with argan via Kae Argatherapie. You can purchase it online at Amazon. Super moisturizing for winter skin too!  Some of our favorites:

Exfoliating Hammam Glove

Designed to be used in a Hammam or steam room to exfoliate the skin. It really is invigorating! Works equally well in the bath. Take it to the gym for your next steam and double your bliss!

Natural Clay Rhassoul

Made of Moroccan white clay, simply mix this powder with warm water to make a smooth paste. Apply to skin, body or hair to condition and cleanse. It can also be left on as a mask. Multipurpose and exotic – we like!

Repairing Night Serum

Soothes and heals acne and breakout prone skin. Unclogs pores and reduces redness. I love this during my, ahem, girl time of the month to help reduce breakouts.

Savon Noir (Black Soap)

I don’t know what’s more addicting about this. . . the paste texture or the fragrance of eucalyptus. Sure to help unclog those winter flu and cold stuffy noses. Just slather a bit of this on in the shower and scrub with the Hammam Glove. It makes showers so fun!

Live, Love & Lounge, Candy

Electric Beauty – Spa Appliances

29 Sep

Jane Jetson had great skin – either it was the stressless pushbutton housekeeping OR I’m betting she had instant skincare too. And so do we! Thanks to research and technological advances, many spas are increasingly incorporating machines that do everything from killing cellulite to fading freckles.

But what about the home version? Are they really just toys or jump up for joys? A few of these Makeover Machines:

Clarisonic – Before the Clari as I call it, came along, the only thing ultrasonically cleaned in my home was my jewelry. Now AM/PM use of the ultrasonic skin smoother shakes my pores clean, my creams are absorbed quicker and my skin glows just like my gems.

No!No! Home Hair Removal – Despite the disconcerting smell of burning hair (you get used to it), this little miracle worker hurts less than epilation and keeps me fuzz free for weeks. And what grows back is getting sparser. This tips are pricey, but you can

buy in bulk.

Heated Eyelash Curlers – I’ve seen versions of these from Sephora to drugstores and they scare me. Reviewers have said the heat can break fragile lashes and the curl is meh. I’d steer clear.

Artemis Woman Heel SmootherPedicure pleasure! This sander (with nail filing attachments as well) smoothes my feet better than a pedicure. If Home Depot sold beauty tools – this would be a top item.

Evis MD Platinum Anti-Aging Red Light Therapy – Firmer skin and fainter freckles? Yes I get these benefits as do others with this handy dandy red light. It does add about 10 mins to your beauty routine. But worth it if you can’t afford or get to the spa for light therapy.

Temptu Spray On Foundation. This little tool claims to be the air brush for DIY makeup artists. The jury’s still out on this one as I haven’t tried it yet, but I hear it’s excellent.

Temptu Foundation airbrush

Evis Light Therapy

Have you had any experience with these? Other gear you’ve tried? Give us your impressions below.

Live, love and lounge, Candy

Peeling Back the Years: Spa Skin Strategies Recap #SpaWeekGossip

23 Sep

While our skin care routines are as varied as our names, the chatters this week had one thing in common: We are all happy in the skin we’re in!

Daily must dos:

Vitamin serum
Eye Cream

The not so sures:
Firming Lotion
Make up
Firming Cream

The nevers:
Skipping sunscreen

Brand Bliss? Dior, Skinceuticals, Apriori, L’Oreal, Osmotics, Prevage, Olay, Dennis Grossman, Repechage, Kiehls, Decleor, Aveeno, Lush @Habibody, Chanel, Bliss, Philosophy, Kenzo were all touted

Skin Savior Shopping List:
Arcona Triad Pads
Repechage Hydra 4 Day Cream
Shiseido Cut Out Retinol Mask
Estee Lauder Intensive Night Repair
Dermalogica Rice Exfoliant

The biggest skin sin? Sleeping in our makeup – the eye area especially. @ArtoftheSpa recommended Decleor cleansing water which requires no water for super quick scrubdown.

Tips for Super Skin!

-Sleep with a silk pillowcase @artofthespa
-Salt rooms are awesome for detoxing skin @spaweek
-Do your skin routine when you bathe your kids @fashionoffice
-Avoid caffeine for brighter eyes @JVSkincare
-Home scrub 1/4 c sugar + 2 cups olive oil in shower @Reddoorspas
-Keep stress in check (by attending #spaweekgossip every week!)

Delicacies We’re Dying to Try!
-MicroCurrent facials – @EpicSkin
-Botox @xtremelashes
-ReVive Serum @arierich
-Clarisonic Opal @SpaLook
-$500 Facial @ladolcevitainfo
-LaMer @lsas1

AND the WINNER of an Apriori Peel from @candydye of I’m Looking Fabulous is : @treetrout1 – please email candace@artofthespa.com your mailing address so we can mail your prize!

Be sure to join us next week when the topic is Spa Electronica! Hi Tech Treats & Spa Treats for Your Tech. If you’d like to be added to our reminder email list, email Candy: candace@artofthespa.com

Michelle (@SpaWeek) and Candy (@artofthespa)

PS:  If you’ve had to miss any of our #spaweekgossip chats – get the skinny by clicking the recaps on our #SpaWeekGossip calendar page.

Peeling Away the Years: Face the Day with Spa Skin Strategies #SpaWeekGossip 9/22

19 Sep

Did you know September is National Skin Care Awareness Month?   Beauty  expert and entrepreneur Renee Rouleau founded this month long dedication to caring for our skin. (I think it’s also cool the last three letters of her name mean water in French!)

I can’t think of a better time, my sun ravaged skin makes me want to do an about face! Are you disguising discolorations? Pores so big you could hide your lunch in them? Need to banish acne breakouts?

For skin so supple that babies will be jealous, tune into this week’s #SpaWeekGossip as we share:

Skincare routines that keep you sane (& sexy!)
– Pampering your puss with the most sought after lotions and potions
– Make & break skin rules
– Spa treats to va va voom your visage
– DIY advice from estheticians and spa pros

What: SpaWeek & Art of the Spa’s #SpaWeekGossip

When: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2 pm EST / 11 am PAC

Where: On Twitter with hashtag #SpaWeekGossip or for easier chatting (hashtag entered automatically for you) tweet on:


Topic: Peeling Away the Years: Face the Day with Spa Skin Strategies

Who: @spaweek @artofthespa & YOU!

Experts: @candydye

Plus with Spa Week coming to the East Coast, what better way to pick your time turning skin treatments (not your zits!)?
See you there!

Michelle (Spa Week Daily) & Candy (Art of the Spa)

Yolanda Aguilar Beauty Institute & Spa LA

16 Sep

Spa Week sent me on a mission to Yolanda Aguilar Beauty Institute & Spa in Los Angeles for our weekly #SpaWeekGossip parties and I gladly accepted.

YA Beauty Institute and Spa is in the financial district and I can’t think of a better spot for a gem of a spa. YA specializes in skin rejuvenation – sort of a medical spa with a luxury feel. While relaxing and pampering are part of the experience, clients expect to leave with their skin visibly improved. Acne, lines, inflammation and discolorations watch out!

Perfect for me, who since moving to LA, has noticed more freckles and a drier visage. Yolanda, who has been in the beauty business for 45 years, pays extra special attention to her clients so each treatment is customized. After changing into a robe & slippers, I sipped a cup of green tea and relaxed in YA’s earthy green and fountain filled waiting area.

*Superspagoer secret: You know how they say to look at stylist’s hair at a salon? Check out the skin on the staff at a spa. Every person at YA had lineless, gorgeous skin.

Yolanda retrieved me and welcomed into her office for a consultation which all new guests receive. As I suspected, my skin was dry on the cheeks but oily in the t-zone with some acne (Ick – how embarrassing!) and freckles. Rx?   Her Hydra Facial.

The Hydra Facial uses a high tech machine with several attachments that allow the aesthetician to exfoliate, peel, oxygenate and inject vitamins deep into the skin.

Claudia, my aesthetician, cleansed and exfoliated me. (SpaHome note: she recommends if you wear make up washing twice – once with a milky cleanser, then with a sudsy one). Bumps (read zits) were extracted (the unfun part of a facial), but the foot massage I got during the extractions numbed any discomfort.

Next a gauze mask was applied over a disinfecting gel and a light passed over. Tingled! Then the diamond peel. I was a bit nervous it may hurt, but it felt like sandpaper on my face. Next suctioning cups dispersed a vitamin gel into my pores, then sucked up excess – I felt like I was making my face do sit ups! The finale, a blue light to calm residual redness.

To finish, sunscreen was applied. Wow, babies would be jealous! My face felt tighter, tingled and was a bit pink. But it looked like velvet.

Watch segments of the treatment: Here

BONUS: Yolanda Aguilar is celebrating Spa Week & you can treat your summer ravaged skin for only $50! Less than half of the regular price. Call now Spa Week ends Sunday.

PS: A week after my Hydra Facial, my skin is smoother, brighter and softer. As one of my friends put it last night, you always look good but now you’re glowing from the inside out! Wow! What a huge compliment. Thank you Yolanda, Claudia and the entire staff.

Yolanda developed her own treatment line which I have to try. Will report on that in a month.

Live, love and lounge, Candy

Top 10 Shun the Sun Picks

7 Jun

Keep those rays at bay!  This week the Sun Safety Alliance has designated as Sun Safety Week and the Canadian Cancer Society has proclaimed Nat’l Sun Awareness Week. And as a red headed freckle gal with a mom who has skin cancer, I’ve been called a sun hater who is obsessive about finding stylish superlative ways to repel the rays. (though really I don’t hate the sun! just what it does to your skin)   My top 10 cannot be without weapons:

Heliocare – These vitamins protect every inch of you & help fade sun gained freckles.

LaRoche Posay Face Sunscreen Ultralight  – Milk for you face keeps rays off and your face from looking greasy and/or ghostly.

Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush at SpaLook – I carry this with me everywhere and layer over my LaRoche sunscreen.  Helps even out skin tone too.

Colorescience Eye Screen Orb – Most eye sunscreens burn my eyes to tears.  This is the only one that doesn’t plus it comes with an adorable brush!

Beach Umbrella w/SPF Tote this with you in its own carry bag – use it at sports events, picnics and more.

Roxy UV Tech long sleeved shirt These shirts are cool enough to run in on even the hottest days and can be worn in the pool.  They also look fun with skirts or shorts.

Ahava SPF 50 Sunscreen Moisturizer from SpaLook This mineral based sunscreen provides immediate protection and gives a soft sheen to the skin. Use for my body only.

Physician Endorsed Sunglasses from Dermadoctor.com Big sunglasses are always in – My requirement they must have big side arms to protect the sides of my eyes – no crow’s feet!

Oscar Blandi Capri Sun Shield for Hair from beauty.com  This will help colored hair hold it’s hue in the sun & protect any hair and make it look super shiny.

Coolibar Sun Umbrella Bring back the parasol!  Portable enough to tote, you can take this on walks or anywhere you’ll be outside.

Juicy Couture Sun Hat from Zappos  This pretty in pink hat protects your face and looks smashing!

Spa & Sun Safe Wishes, Candy