Friday Favorites: The Perfect Lip Primer & More

An extraordinary lip primer and a cheerful mint nail polish are a few of our Friday Favorites this week! See what else we’re loving, below:

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Clockwise From Left: Express Cleansing and Exfoliating Wipes available at sephora.com, Chesapeake Bay Eucalyptus and Mint Pillar Candle available at kohls.com, Liquid Facial Soap available at clinique.com, Ardency Inn Modster Lip Balm + Primer available at urbanoutfitters.com, Dolce Eau de Parfum available at dolcegabbana.com, 100% Pure Seafoam Creamy Light Green Nail Polish available at lulus.com, Gem Encrusted Earrings in Mint/Gold available at shoplately.com

Leah Gay is the Editorial Intern of Spa Week Daily. 

Link Love Weekend Sendoff, January 30th

TGIF! If you had a busy work week, take a break and catch up on the must-read health, beauty and wellness stories from around the web. 

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Why You Should Eat An Avocado Per Day via prevention.com

The Truth About Oxygen in Skin Care via truthinaging.com

Ridiculously Healthy and Delicious Super Bowl Recipes via shape.com

10 Ways to Look Younger Without Using Products via womenshealthmag.com

Which Top Coats Make Your Mani Last Longest via xovain.com

The Unexpected Way To Look More Tan via cosmopolitan.com

How To Get Your Green Juice in The Mail via wellandgood.com

Workout Wednesday: 6 Stylish Yoga Mats

These yoga mats are fashionable and functional, and you’ll love carrying them to your favorite class!

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With so many yoga mats on the market, gone are the days of sacrificing function for fashionable workout gear. In fact, many of the most well-respected yoga mat manufacturers have introduced some seriously stunning designs that also offer top-notch features like fast absorption, non-slip surfaces and extra cushion.

As we’re sure you know, we’re huge fans of lengthening, strengthening yoga classes, so when we saw these gorgeous patterns gracing our go-to mats, we were immediately sold. You know how a new fitness ensemble can motivate you to hit the gym? Trust us – these brilliant yoga mats will have you channeling your zen every chance you get.

Anthro

Magic Carpet Yoga Mat available at anthropologie.com

Gaiam

Maya Yoga Mat available at gaiam.com

Design Lab

Hot Yoga Towel – Geo available at yogadesignlab.com

Yogitoes

Yogitoes Waterfall Skidless Mat Towel available at withoutwalls.com

Yeti

Yeti Yoga Galatea Yoga Mat available at urbanoutfitters.com

Arete

Arete Night Ombre Yoga Towel available at aretecomplete.com

Which yoga mat is your favorite? Do you have a gorgeous mat that’s already your go-to? Sound off in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

Declare Your Wellness Resolution—Last Chance!

It’s your last chance to declare your #MyWellnessResolution on Instagram for your chance to win an exotic retreat with Dashama!

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As the end of January fast approaches, we wanted to take the time to say how honored and appreciative we are for those of you who have shared so many inspirational and motivational #MyWellnessResolutions with us on Instagram. Your dedication to making 2015 the happiest, healthiest and most wellness-obsessed year ever certainly shows, and we’ve loved joining you on your journey every step of the way.

It’s never to late to declare your commitment to your own personal wellness, and there are still a few days left for your to share your #MyWellnessResolution with Spa Week and Dashama on Instagram. So whether you’re well on your way to achieving your wellness goals, or need a little encouragement to kick-start your healthy resolution, we wanted to share some of our favorite wellness resolutions with you.

Browse the beautiful inspiration below, and don’t forget when you share your #MyWellnessResolution, you could win your choice of an exotic retreat with yoga guru and joyologist, Dashama. Find out more about how to enter here.

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Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

Is Laughing Gas Safer For Labor Than Epidurals?

Laughing gas is becoming a popular option for women in labor, but is it really the safest option?

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Epidurals have long been used to ease the pain from labor contractions, but expectant mothers are now using laughing gas as an alternative way to decrease pain during birth.

According to a report by ABC News, there has been a surge in demand of mothers asking to be treated with laughing gas during labor, namely because it’s much less invasive than an epidural. Traditionally used in dentists’ offices, laughing gas is made of nitrous oxide, which has a remarkable safety record.

“It’s a relatively mild pain reliever that causes immediate feelings of relaxation and helps relieve anxiety,” Camman explained, adding that, “it makes you better able to cope with whatever pain you are having.”

While more research still needs to be conducted to ensure that laughing gas has no negative impact on the fetus, the decision to opt for the less-invasive and less-expensive birth alternative has already become standard in Europe. According to midwife Kerry Dixon, in New Zealand nearly 70 percent of women are already choosing to use laughing gas during labor.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.