Archive for July 1st, 2009

Essie is a Girl’s New Best Friend

Essie's new Queen of Hearts shade

Essie's Queen of Hearts

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, women will want to get their hands on Essie Cosmetics’s new collection called Essie Loves Diamonds by Judith Ripka. Essie joined together with award-winning jewelry designer Judith Ripka to create this limited-edition collection of three nail colors infused with genuine diamond dust. Available in August for $15 per bottle, the colors in the collection are not only extremely wearable, they also have cute names, such as Put a Ripka Ring on It, a sparkling soft pink shade; Heart My JR Jewels, a deep burgundy; and Queen of Hearts, a twinkling red. What’s more, to celebrate the launch of this collection, Essie and Judith Ripka are offering three lucky winners the chance to find and own a genuine precious gemstone—a sapphire, emerald, and diamond will each be hidden separately inside three different polish bottles. “Judith Ripka is a visionary brand with stunning jewelry pieces and they are the perfect partner for this collection,” says Essie Weingarten, founder and president of Essie. “With Judith, I created this collection for every woman who loves diamonds.”

Guests Get a Decadent Taste of Desert Living at
The Spa at Encantado

Although I travel a fair amount for both work and pleasure, I haven’t really had the opportunity to spend much time in the Southwest. So when I was offered a trip to visit Encantado, an Auberge Resort, in Santa Fe a few weeks ago, I was excited to explore a new part of the country. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The resort is located on 57 acres among the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, offering visitors breathtaking views from every area, including the 10,000-square-foot Spa at Encantado, which incorporates outdoor elements with a modern design.

For spa-goers, such as myself, who want to take in the desert air and the natural beauty surrounding the resort, the spa offers outdoor relaxation areas, showers, and baths, as well as treatment rooms with retractable doors, all of which I fully enjoyed. Being this connected to nature, I couldn’t help but feel the spirit of Santa Fe, which is steeped in Native American, Mexican, and Spanish traditions. Many of the treatments are regionally inspired, as well. Among them, I chose the Mountain Spirit Purification ($300, 2 hours), which includes a smudging ceremony to purify the body, an adobe clay body mask, a wrap, an outdoor rain shower, and a juniper sage hot stone massage. Needless to say, it was the perfect way to spend a day in the desert. To find out more about the spa, check out my story in the July issue of American Spa.

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