Archive for June, 2010
It’s hard not to feel helpless when you see the devastation caused by the recent oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Wanting to do something about it, Bioelements made a donation to The Nature Conservancy, which works to protect coastal wetlands and marshes, re-establish critical habitats for threatened wildlife, and restore the Gulf of Mexico’s resiliency by bringing together scientists familiar with the area’s habitats, plants, animals, and people. “All of us at Bioelements wanted to find a way to help make a difference,” says Barbara Salomone, president and founder. “We found that The Nature Conservancy is working to assess, protect, and restore what has been ruined by the oil spill. Now we want to get the word out to anyone who wants to join us and make a donation if they can, or just help spread the word.” If you’re interested in contributing to the cause, log on here.
Happy hour has always been a time to unwind and score the best deals on drinks and food. Now spa lovers score a low-priced blissful buzz this summer at Hashani Spa at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa (Tuscon, AZ). The spa’s new SpaTastic Happy Hour, available through Aug. 31, includes 25-percent discount on services between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday through Friday. It also includes a choice of massages, facials, and manicures, and pedicures offered at exclusive summer rates. Additionally, guests who enjoy a facial during happy hour receive 20 percent off skincare products. This is one hangover-free happy hour where overindulgence is not only permitted, but also encouraged.
It’s never too early to develop a healthy skincare regimen, which is why Murad is launching a new skincare line next month called Clean Scene. Formulated to help teens and young adults start healthy skincare habits for life, the products in this range contain powerful ingredients that target specific skincare concerns, such as the newest super-fruit, the yumberry. The yumberry helps neutralize skin damaging enemies from stress, sun, and pollution to leave a balanced, smooth complexion. Products in the Clean Scene collection include Craving for Clean, a foaming cleanser that gently washes away dirt and makeup and leaves skin soft, smooth, and hydrated; Gaga for Glow, a gentle facial scrub that deep cleans to minimize the appearance of pores and gets rid of excess oil; Crazy for Clear, a targeted spot treatment that helps heal breakouts while preventing new ones from forming; Down for Defense, a moisturizer with SPF 15 to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays; and Begging for Balance, a nighttime oil-free moisturizer that help smooth and balance the complexion.
I love getting away with my favorite gal pals whenever an opportunity presents itself. And not surprisingly, imbibing and spa-ing both figure prominently, although not necessarily in that order. I couldn’t help but think of several of my friends upon hearing of a new getaway package launching next week at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (FL). For best friends, mothers and daughters, and bachelorettes and their entourage, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Naples is launching the Sip, Spa, Shop Getaway (starting at $449), an ideal way to celebrate almost any occasion. The fun-filled package includes overnight accommodations, a welcome glass of champagne and strawberries for two, a choice of a 50-minutes signature massage or a Strawberry Rhubarb Facial for two, a 25 percent discount at the spa boutique, complimentary valet parking, and the option to spa longer by adding an additional 25 minutes of treatment time for only $50. The package is available Jul. 1 through Oct. 31. Time away with the girls is always sweeter when you add in a bit of bubbly, pampering, and retail therapy.
As a child of the ‘80s, there is still a special place in my heart for the days of Dynasty-style big hair and mildly toxic-smelling aerosol hairspray. Even now, when straight hair is much more in style and my colleagues are enamored with silky-smooth blowouts, I still periodically try to sport 80s-style hair, which involves twisting my tresses into hot rollers, flipping my head over, coating my hair with hairspray, and adding a tease or two. Unfortunately, my big-hair look has about 10 minutes of staying power, because I feel bad about purchasing ozone-zapping aerosol hairspray and have to hope for the best with more eco-friendly spritzes. So when I heard news of Aveda’s Sky High Hair Day, which is taking place today, I looked forward to breaking out my hot rollers. To mark the launch of the new Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray, a high-performance, fast-drying, firm hold finishing spray that provides all-day maximum hold, control, and 24-hour humidity resistance, Aveda has invited stylists from across the country to celebrate by crafting their clients’ hair (and their own) into sky-high fashions. Stylists can draw inspiration from Aveda’s Control Force campaign poster and upload their pictures to the Aveda Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/aveda. And while this big-hair blowout is really fun, there’s also some exciting news about the new product—it offer a net-zero impact on the Earth’s climate through Aveda’s funding of renewable energy, making Aveda the first beauty company that offers aerosols with net-zero climate impact. (The same can’t be said about my high school staple, AquaNet). I’m looking forward to checking out the Sky High styles, and I’m even more excited to test out this eco-friendly aerosol spray. Big hair, here I come!
Having just returned from an amazing trip to County Clare, Ireland, last Thursday, I needed this past weekend to recover not only from jetlag but also from a week’s worth of non-stop fun. We spent our days touring the countryside, hiking, horseback riding, and golfing. We also had an opportunity to meet with some of the locals, who were more than happy to invite us into their homes for a pint of Guinness and a home-cooked meal. After all that exercise, I was thrilled to experience a treatment at White Horses Spa at Doonbeg Golf Resort, the incredible placed we stayed. After enjoying five days of Irish hospitality, I am very much looking forward to the next time I can return to my roots.
Keep your eyes out for more on White Horses Spa in an upcoming issue.
The Sonoran Spa at Westward Look Resort (Tucson, AZ) recently launched its Summer Tapas Menu, which allows spa-goers to pair up mini spa treatments to help them feel relaxed and rejuvenated. The Tapas menu features three categories: “appetizers,” “main courses” and “sides.” The nine appetizer treatments are small refreshers that revive the mind, body, and soul. Appetizers include essential oils, heated desert stones, facial enzyme peel, scalp massage, brow design, lip or eye treatment and more, with prices ranging from $10 to $59. All appetizers must be purchased with a main course or side. Main courses include a 45-minute balancing massage or a balancing facial for $79, and sides include a 25-minute relaxing massage or a cleansing facial for $59. Sides must also be purchased with a main course or an appetizer. The Tapas menu also gives spa-goers complimentary access to the meditation labyrinth, fitness center, pool, and hot tub. “Bodies that are stressed and tired will strongly respond to any of our special spa treatments,” says Debra Henrickson, spa director of the Sonoran Spa. “The Sonoran Spa therapies highlighted on the Spa Tapas Menu are popular treatments that relax, revive, and refresh.”
Fans of Bliss, take note: you have something sweet to look forward to. (No worries, the signature brownies are staying put.) The beloved brand is actually set to launch its first fragrance in September. The delectable scent is a blend of bergamot, dewy greens, cucumber, lily, and ylang ylang, with a base note of violet. The eau de toilette, priced at $54, was developed in an attempt to bottle up the uplifiting, refreshed, and revitalizing feeling one gets after visiting Bliss. I was lucky enough to sample a spritz last night and they seem to have succeeded–the light scent is truly blissful!
I’ve admitted before that I don’t get my hair cut nearly as often as I should. Fortunately, as an editor covering numerous salon-oriented events, I can often get away with waiting months between haircuts because I usually cross paths with someone who wants to start snipping away in the interim. As a result, I can’t really attribute my hair to one particular stylist. That fact was a blessing on a recent visit to the Riccardo Maggiore Salon (New York City). Scheduled for a blowout with Maggiore himself, I arrived looking a little worse for wear. It took mere minutes for Maggiore to look at my cut and declare it a disaster. Of course, I couldn’t blame him, as I had been thinking just that morning that I was long overdue for a cut. I’m sure the fact that I let anyone who comes near me with a pair of scissors free reign to chop away didn’t help. Come to think of it though, it was that same easy-going attitude that made me grant Maggiore license to work his magic. My straightforward blowout soon turned into a styling session, as he set about correcting my troublesome tresses. When he was finished, I was thrilled with the transformation, and even more so after the response I got from my American Spa colleagues.
Repêchage CEO and founder Lydia Sarfati is now sharing her expertise and knowledge through her personal blog, www.LydiaSarfati.com. She is giving readers a personal look into her life through an interactive site that will address viewers’ concerns through blog and video responses. Additional features include an up-to-date calendar of Sarfati’s appearances, tips, spa success stories, and articles featuring skincare science and business ideas. Sarfati, author of Success at Your Fingertips, says she seeks to serve as daily motivation for her readers, and she looks forward to sharing her secrets to success.