Archive for the ‘In Our Experience’ Category
I’m such a girly-girl at heart and, as such, I always choose to wear flirty skirts and dresses instead of pants whenever I can. So, when I was recently introduced to the website RunningSkirts.com, it was a dream come true! The site specializes in designing and distributing super-cute ladies running skirts, available in a variety of colors and patterns. I chose the Azure Dot Running Skirt (shown here) as my first purchase, and I was so excited to test it out for the first time on one of my early morning runs in Central Park. The super-light wicking fabric, flattering flat waistband, and attached mesh brief with reverse seams make the skirt not only adorable but also comfortable. It also has two Velcro side pockets for my keys and iPod. Just when I thought I couldn’t enjoy a good run any more, it turns out looking cute while exercising makes it even more fun! Check out the skirts by clicking here.
I am a big proponent of cleanses and have tried many different kinds over the years, but I’m always on the lookout for more. So, when I recently received a box of GliSODin Skin Nutrients’s Advanced Detoxification Formula, I was very excited to get started on the 15-day program. In fact, I even talked our art director into joining me. Formulated to promote detoxification through the liver, kidneys, intestinal tract, and skin to promote optimum health, the cleanse includes sachets of potent antioxidants and botanical extracts in powder form that we have to mix with water and drink twice daily. In addition to releasing harmful toxins, such as heavy metals, chemicals, and microbial compounds, this system is supposed to give us more energy, promote clear skin, and assist in weight loss. It also comes with a list of foods to consume and foods to avoid during the two-week period in order to achieve maximum results. We just started following the program this morning, but I will keep you posted over the next few weeks on our progress. I’m not gullible enough to think we are going to look like Sandra Bullock (who is a fan of the detox), but we do hope to look and feel healthier by the end. Wish us luck!
Yesterday, I spent my afternoon learning about an exciting new launch from Repêchage—the Biolight Collection. This exciting new offering was created to battle hyperpigmentation and age spots to help reveal radiant skin. The collection was created using antioxidants, botanicals, and seaweed and includes:
- Biolight Brightening Cleanser
- Biolight Brightening Toner
- Biolight Brightening Daytime Protection Cream
- Biolight Brightening Skin Correct Serum
- Biolight Brightening Overnight Cream
- Biolight Brightening Miracle Mask
It also includes an in-spa service—the Biolight Miracle Facial with Glyco-Sea Peel, a treatment designed to brighten the skin, diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and enrich the skin. I’m testing it out next week, and I’ll be sure to report back on the results.
And stay tuned for an upcoming issue of American Spa, where we’ll highlight the new collection.
Last week, I headed south to visit Primland resort (Meadows of Dan, VA), set upon 21,000 acres in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While the spa was my primary reason for visiting, the resort’s numerous outdoor activities proved just as enticing. Donning my favorite ExOfficio gear, I was dressed for adventure, which is exactly what I got with an unforgettable ATV trail ride and a walk in the woods along the original Appalachian Trail. I also took aim at some sporting clays, surprising even myself when I proved to be a rather decent shot. When I finally retired to the spa after the day’s exploits, I found a menu of tempting treatments that offered up another adventure all their own.
When the editorial team at American Spa asked me to report on the opening of the new HOMMAGE Atelier By Julien Farel, my answer was a resounding, “Yes, please!” Something about the mention of straight-razor shaves, personalized treatments catered to the male spa guest, and a brand-new luxurious space was more than enough to pique my interest.
Located on the penthouse space of Julien Farel’s beauty empire on Madison Avenue, the Atelier is an intimate, sky-lit enclave designed to welcome and soothe the guest and provide an escape from the busy New York City streets. From my seat in a plush leather armchair in front of dual flat-screen TVs, the experience began with an offering of slippers, a cocktail, and a discussion of the highly customizable list of treatments. Services include sculpting facials; invigorating straight-razor shaves; neck, shoulder, and head acupressure massages; hand and foot grooming; haircuts with scalp massage; and other male-centric offerings.
For those guests interested in the true royal treatment, signature services include The Ultimate Facial with lymphatic drainage and shave and the Black Diamond Exfoliation, which features cultured black diamonds and silver spheres to exfoliate, detoxify, and renew the complexion. The list goes on with specialized and pre-event grooming packages and barbershop essentials provided by Julien Farel and his elite team of spa and beauty professionals.
The option for me this day was the Ultimate Facial and shave, and it was singular experience, as the HOMMAGE product line seemed particularly well-suited for my sometimes dry complexion. It’s also about setting: the main treatment room is straight out of a James Bond movie set with a view through smoked glass window back at the Atelier floor. And to describe the treatments without a mention of the excellent staff would be a true disservice. The entire team moves deftly through the space with the panache that can only be gained from years of experience working with a discerning clientele who are accustomed to getting the very best. (For more details, be sure to check out the Radar section in an upcoming summer issue of American Spa.)
So this is very simply a call to all modern gentlemen. New York City is now home to a uniquely masculine escape to recharge, reinvigorate, and refresh. Plus, it’s now open for reservations and also boasts a three-tiered membership service that offers priority access to all HOMMAGE Atelier locations worldwide. (Outposts across the Middle East and Asia are scheduled to open throughout 2011 and 2012.) Click here for more information.
When it comes to testing out the latest and greatest in skincare rejuvenation equipment, I must admit that most of my experience comes from speedy sampling on the floors of industry trade shows. While I am lucky enough to receive spa services at spas around the globe, my state-of-the-art equipment experience often involves a little high-frequency here or a bit of light therapy there as an add-on to a more traditional facial. This all changed when I recently got to sample the amazing Le Magnifique ($350, 90 minutes) service with Kim Laudati, who recently debuted her eponymous skincare clinic on Manhattan’s Upper East side. The comprehensive treatment is the culmination of years of experience in the business where she tested out myriad products and equipment. I won’t give away her secrets (or the steps to the amazing service), but the 90-minute session involves a peel from Éminence Organic Skin Care, the NuFace microcurrent machine, radiofrequency, Intraceuticals Oxygen Therapy, Revitalight LED, BioTherapeutic Ultrasonic Resurfacing, and more. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by this array of state-of-the-art tools, the facial was relaxing and rejuvenating, Kim’s company was wonderful, and my skin looked absolutely incredible at the end of the service. “Post Le Magnifique, clients can expect an immediate healthy glow,” she says. “They look beautiful; refreshed, nourished, balanced, and energetic. The magic shows itself the following morning. That healthy glow shines from within, which is a distinctly different look than the immediate effect post facial treatment. This is proof positive that all of the wonderful non-invasive therapies that Western medicine has provided us truly does work.”
I couldn’t agree more with her assessment. For more on this “magnifique” service, be sure to check out the July issue of American Spa. And if you are in the city and would like to try it yourself, visit www.kimlaudatiskincare.com. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
I just returned from an amazing trip to Colorado last week, where I spent 6 days on the slopes in Beaver Creek and Vail. It had been a while since I last skied, and I am not exactly what one would call athletic (or coordinated), so I’ll admit it was rough going the first couple of days, and every bone in my body definitely took a beating. Luckily, I had an appointment for a deep-tissue massage at Bloom Spa at The Sebastian, Vail’s newest boutique hotel. Not only was I impressed by the charming five-treatment-room spa but I also liked the fact that, in addition to basic services, the menu also includes a variety of unique offerings designed to help guests acclimate to the high altitude of the Rockies. For example, the 8150 Elevation Attunement includes oxygen inhalation, a high-altitude massage, and an oxygenating elixir, while the Morning Glory treatment combines oxygen inhalation, stretching, and a foot balm and sunscreen application to help spa-goers start the day refreshed and ready to hit the slopes. Although I only had time for a massage, it was just what the doctor ordered. I left the spa feeling so relaxed that I opted to take the day off from skiing and instead hit up The Sebastian’s Frost bar, where I put my feet up and enjoyed a pain-free cup of cocoa to top off my amazing spa experience.
Although I’m as vain as the next person, I must admit I was somewhat surprised by the recent findings of a national survey commissioned by L’Bel USA that gauged women’s attitudes on beauty, products, and lifestyle choices. According to the survey, women are willing to give up coffee, chocolate, and even sex for one week rather than part with their favorite beauty product. It also reported that they would more likely give up their favorite pair of shoes or jeans than their favorite skincare or makeup product. Conducted by TNS, the online survey reached a national sample of 1,321 American women ages 18 and 0lder. Some other interesting findings included the following:
Three-quarters of women (76 percent) report that they carry a makeup/skincare-related product in their purse regularly. Lipstick/lip gloss (63 percent) topped the list of items.
The top-ranked item that women reported as being a must-have when going out at night was their lipstick/lip gloss. Six in 10 women (59 percent) prefer lip gloss to lotion (17 percent), fragrance (12 percent), foundation/concealer (9 percent), and mascara (6 percent).
While I rarely leave the house without mascara, I’d probably do more than just consider it before going cold turkey on chocolate. Then again, I have a ravenous sweet tooth. What would you go without?
A few days ago some friends and I went to the movies. (We saw the remake of “Arthur,” which in no way lived up to the original, but my unexplained obsession with Russell Brand make it worthwhile.) Generally speaking, I don’t usually snack on a lot of junk food, nor do I drink soda. But for some reason, a movie just isn’t the same to me without a bag of popcorn (with butter…yikes!) and a small soda, which is usually the size of my head. As I was standing in line for my goodies, I remembered an article I recently read in the New York Times about how the federal government released a proposed rules requiring chain restaurants and other food-services businesses to post calorie counts on menus, but, after objections from theater chains, they are not required to do the same. The National Association of Theater Owners claim that movies are “escapist entertainment” and that moviegoers do not go there with the intent of eating a meal (not true in my case).
My personal opinion is that, considering all the health problems and the obesity rate in the U.S., the rules should apply across the board, especially at an establishment where a large popcorn and a large soda can contain as many calories as a typical person needs in a day. I’m not condemning people for eating and drinking these snacks, because that would be hypocritical, but I do believe the public should have the right to know exactly what they are ingesting. What are your thoughts on this topic?
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