5 posts tagged "Spa Week"
As far as beauty editors go, I consider myself an anomaly. Blow-outs are not my jam, and I rarely have patience to sit for a spa treatment. The notion of being confined to a bed with steam blasted onto my face is just not my idea of a good time. Call me crazy, but I prefer something speedy that produces visible results. Enter Joanna Vargas. It’s no secret that this aesthetician has worked some serious skin magic on everyone from the fashion set to celebrities. But for $50 and with 45 minutes, what would the woman who recently prepped Emma Stone for Spider-Man actually do for me? (As part of Spa Week—beginning today and ending October 20—Vargas is offering her Power Peel or Tone Up body treatment, a favorite among Victoria’s Secret models, at this affordable rate.)
After opting for the Power Peel with high hopes that it would cure my fashion month-ravaged complexion, I expected an abbreviated version of the $175 experience. But the reason that Vargas has the reputation she does is that she doesn’t skimp on service—ever. I received the works, starting with diamond peel microdermabrasion. “It gets all the airplane off,” said Vargas. (Much needed after nearly a month of traveling.) Next, my skin was cleansed of impurities with her Vitamin C Face Wash and treated to a detoxifying blueberry and paprika mask. I was left under collagen-boosting LED lights—eyes covered—for twenty minutes, then topped off with a steady stream of repairing oxygen and slathered with her Daily Serum. It was swift yet effective—leaving my face so soft and glowy I was afraid to touch it. “Your skin looks like Michelle Williams’,” she said. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but the finished product was enough to convince me that wonders can be done in under an hour. I could very well get used to this.
Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary 501 Fifth Avenue, #2011, New York, NY (212) 949-2350; www.joannavargas.com
We’ve been so busy stressing over our taxes—and the inevitable extension we had to file—we almost forgot about Spa Week. Almost. The annual event that gives beauty lovers all over the country a chance to experience choice treatments at a selection of local spas—for a mere $50 each—is back, from now through April 18. Below are our top five picks for getting pampered on the cheap in New York; hopefully, a little budget massage therapy will ease away the memory of that sizable “estimate” check we just wrote to the IRS.
What: A Vinothérapie Facial for 45 minutes of grapeseed polyphenol-infused, face-cleansing bliss.
Where: 1 W. 58th St., at Fifth Ave., NYC.
How: To book an appointment, call (212) 265-3182.
What: Ciminelli’s signature Seaweed Body Wrap, which minimizes cellulite, reduces stress, conditions the skin, and reduces toxins and water retention. Check, check, check, and check.
Where: 120 E. 56th St., 2nd fl., NYC.
How: To book an appointment, call (212) 750-4441.
What: A 60-minute Fusion Massage, which uses specific rhythmic massage movements and potent herbal and aromatherapy oils to enhance the overall therapeutic effect. Because you deserve it.
Where: 150 Central Park South, NYC.
How: To book an appointment, call (212) 249-3000.
What: A 45-minute Signature Facial using professional-grade versions of Clarins’ best-selling plant-based products. Exceptionally radiant skin; never a bad thing.
Where: 247 Columbus Ave., NYC.
How: To book an appointment, call (212) 362-0190.
What: 90 minutes of Carol’s Daughter’s Rose Petal mani/pedi ritual, which features kitchen-fresh ingredients like milk, coconut, peppermint, and tapioca mixed with rose petals. Your nails and toes will look flawless. And then there’s that 10-minute foot massage.
Where: 24 W. 125th St., NYC.
How: To book an appointment, call (212) 828-6717.
It’s that time of year again, ladies (and our well-kempt gentlemen readers). Spa Week will be upon us beginning next Monday, and with $50 treatments available at spas nationwide—including more than 80 Manhattan locations, plus select venues in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Westchester—you’re going to want to book your appointments stat. From April 13 through 19, participating spas will be offering massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, body wraps, waxes, and other modes of beautification on the cheap so that you can party like it’s 1999 (oh, how we long for the Clinton years of economic prosperity). For those of you new to this annual pass to guilt-free pampering, it goes way beyond quick-stop massage and nail parlors. Even Great Jones Spa, one of our favorite New York-based havens for relaxation, gets in on the action this year with a Spa Manicure and Pedicure deal—which includes access to its Water Lounge, where thermal hot tubs, cold plunge pools, a chakra-light steam room, a sauna, and a three-story indoor waterfall abound. Click here to get all the details in a city near you.
Turns out the deals and discounts associated with Spa Week’s nationwide directory of salons and spas extend way beyond the mere seven days suggested by the organization’s name. Its Steals & Deals section delivers the skinny on a new crop of affordable massages, facials, and manicures every month, so that in these trying times—both financial and seasonal (nothing puts you in the mood for a rub-down like concentrated family time)—you can still pamper yourself accordingly.
For anyone who is longing for a little pampering—and to hear the soothing whispers of, “turn over,” uttered in a Scandinavian (or Eastern European) accent—today is your lucky day: Spa Week has officially arrived on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Through October 19, full-service treatments that normally cost between $100 and $200 have been discounted to a mere $50 at participating spas, bringing the luxury of relaxation and a better complexion to the masses. Click here to learn about offers near you and seize your God-given right to spa, no matter your income bracket.
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