Katie here with a Spa-It-Yourself My mother trained me well… despite my best efforts, I became a bargain shopper. Though I often yearn and/or lust and/or drool over the most luxurious things, and vow…“When I get my first paycheck out of graduate school, I’m going to buy myself (insert luxury item here: Black Louboutin pumps/Prada calfskin leather bag/Lexus Sports Sedan). But for now, practicality often rings out. (I.e. I COULD buy that gorgeous new Dior 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette, but instead I buy a whole lot of stuff at BeautyTicket.com.) You know, more bang for my buck!
So perhaps that’s why the idea of spa treatments really don’t appeal to me so much. For that SAME $135 for a brightening facial, you can BUY a whole bunch of really nice products, and have the treatment more than once! So I wanted to share this magic advice with all of you and give you some amazing product combos to do that job yourself over and over again (all for the price of a nice little spa treatment or less!)!
Silky Smooth Legs
Caudalie Spa, New York: Full Leg + Bikini Wax: $95
Buy: the Caudalie Cabernet Scrub, Caudalie Fleur de Vigne Soap, and Caudalie Nourshing Body Lotion, and your favorite raxor: $35 + $12 + $36 = $83. This combination is amazing! Start by exfoliating your legs, underarms, bikini area (wherever you like to be bare!) with the scrub. (The Cabernet Scrub is a little bit more rough…for a gentler exfoliator try the Sauvignon scrub). Then lather your legs with the sweet-smelling and non-drying soap bar and shave. Finish with the body lotion while your legs are still wet (but after you turn off the water). The result is the smoothest shave you’ve ever given yourself!
Tight and Light All-Over
Bliss, Dallas: Deep Sea Detox: $165
Buy: Bliss Seaweed Ceullute Soap, L’Occitane Delicious Tummmy Cream, and Ole Henrikson African Red Tea Body Mask: $14 + $38 + $65 = $117.
Clear, Bright Skin
Kinara Spa, Los Angeles: Ultra Cleanse Facial: $190
Buy: Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask + Caudalie Purifying Concentrate + Dr. Brandt Oil-Free Hydrator: $25 + $39 + $35 = $99
Use this Claifying Detox Clay Mask 1-2x per week on a clean face. It cleans out those clogged pores and leaves your skin bright and tight. Mix a drop or two of the concentrate into the hydrator and smooth onto skin for cool tingle. You’ll have great oil-control while treating acne-causing bacteria with the hazel and rosemary essential oils in the concentrate.
Slim and circulate in the shower with the cellulite soap bar with built-in scrubber! Turn off the water and DON’T DRY OFF. Slather on the self-heating Ole Henrikson Mask to plump, hydrate, and bring health to your skin with the body mask. Wrap yourself in a robe and enjoy the warmth. Then, before you get dressed, rub some of the slimming tummy cream on your problem areas and slip on your skinny jeans!
In this economy we can all use some tips to save some moolah! What regimen brings you stellar results! Do tell!