Priciest Spa Treatments Worth The Splurge

The most expensive spa treatments take luxurious relaxation to the next level, and they definitely pay off! 

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Although we totally support at-home DIY treatments, there’s just something about unwinding at a luxurious spa that feels so relaxing and rejuvenating. After all, it’s not every day that we get to sit back and let someone else do the pampering, which is all the more reason to fully enjoy the moment when you get the chance!

That philosophy inspired us to uncover the priciest spa treatments that are absolutely worth the splurge. Whether it’s a more serious service like tattoo removal or an over-the-top package that includes all the works, treat these truly restorative treatments as an investment, because they’ll definitely off.

$250 for Coppola Keratin Smoothing Treatment at Imperial Salon and Spa in Melbourne, FL

$275 for The Body Boot Camp Includes One Area of Ultrasound, One Area of Velashape and One Endermologie Session at White Tea Med Spa in New York, NY

$299 for Summer Sesantions Includes 50 Minute Traveler’s Relief Massage, 25 Minute Seasonal Watermelon-tini, 25 Minute Seaside Solution Facial and Seasonal Spa Pedicure with Champagne at Sea Spa at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, CA

$300 for Aromatherapy Massage, Purifying European Facial, Shimmer Salt Glo Body Treatment, Manicure and Pedicure at Rehoboth Spa Lounge in New York, NY

$499 for Thermage Skin Tightening: Choice of Eyelids, Brow Lift, Crows Feet or Under Eyes at Skin Solutions Spa in Staten Island, NY

$1,350 Series of Five Laser Tattoo Removal Sessions at City Aesthetics in New York, NY

$2,395 for Spring Jumpstart Includes One Week Stay, $50 Spa Credit, Private Training Session and Life Coach or Nutrition Session at Spa Alexis at The Biggest Loser Resort in Java Center, NY

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Recipe of the Week: Shrimp Louie with Sriracha Aioli from The Lemonade Cookbook

Shrimp Louie with Sriracha Aioli is a spicy, creamy and crunchy recipe that you will love noshing on all summer long!

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If there’s one thing The Lemonade Cookbook does right, its Southern California comfort food – as evidenced by the tangy, creamy and incredibly satisfying Shrimp Louie recipe that we whipped up this week.

While this summer recipe may not be quite as healthy as you’re usually used to seeing, ingredients like avocado and shrimp boast some impressive health benefits, and make you feel full longer. Lemonade Cookbook authors Alan Jackson and Joann Cianciuli recommend topping a toasted bun with the semi-spicy shrimp mixture for a spin on the New England lobster roll.

This recipe can be time-consuming if prepared all at once, but if you pickle the cucumbers in advance, you can throw it together in less than 30 minutes. Another bonus is that you can refrigerator the leftover shrimp mixture to use for tomorrow’s lunch!

Find out how to make Shrimp Louie with Sriracha Aioli and let us know if you love this recipe in the comments below!

Ingredients for Pickled Cucumbers

  • 1 hothouse cucumber, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise, and seeds scooped out with a spoon
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Ingredients for Sriracha Aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

Ingredients for Shrimp Boat

  • 1/2 pound cooked small shrimp, such as Rock or Bay
  • 4 firm-ripe Hass avocados, halved
  • 1 small seedless grapefruit, segmented (note: we skipped this and topped with thinly sliced avocado instead)

Directions

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Dice the cucumber into small pieces or shred with the large holes of a box grater. Mix the cucumber pieces in a strainer with the salt, and let stand in the sink or over a bowl for about 30 minutes, shaking and turning them a few times to drain their water. In the meantime, prepare the pickling liquid by combining the vinegar, water, and sugar in a small pot over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a boil, stirring to be sure the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside in the refrigerator to chill.

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After the cucumbers drain, squeeze the pieces in a dish towel to get out most of the liquid, and transfer them to a large bowl. Pour the chilled pickling liquid over the cucumbers, mixing well so all the pieces are coated. Set aside in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Drain the cucumbers from the liquid before adding to the salad.

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To prepare the sriracha aioli, combine the mayonnaise, Sriracha, sesame oil, lime and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Blend well with a small whisk to fully incorporate the ingredients into the mayo.

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Add the shrimp and drained cucumbers to the Sriracha aioli; mix really well to coat in the mayo.

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To serve, mound the shrimp salad inside the avocado halves. Shingle a couple grapefruit segments on top to garnish.

 If you liked this recipe you will love The Lemonade Cookbook by Alan Jackson and Joann Cianciulli, available at amazon.com

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

6 Sweat-Proof Makeup Products for Summer

Don’t let the summer sun melt your makeup – try these sweat-proof products that really work!

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As summer starts heating up, makeup is the first thing to smudge thanks to high humidity and climbing temps. Fortunately, there are plenty of new beauty products on the market that promise to keep your face looking flawless even on the stickiest of days.

Check out the sweat-proof makeup products that we’ll be using to stay fresh and fabulous through summer:

Dermelect Mattifier

Dermelect Pore Revolution & T-Zone Mattifier

One of the biggest culprits of a shiny face is sweat, but this product provides a quick fix in the form of a fresh, pure, matte finish with a velvety-soft feel. Made with Salicylic Acid and Huberderm, it promises to instantly control shine, hide breakouts and reduce clogged pores.

Available for $28 at dermelect.com

Glo Cheek Stain

Glo Minerals Powder Cheek Stain

This cheek stain delivers vibrant long-lasting color for a fresh flush that lasts all day. It’s easier to apply than liquid cheek stain, and since it’s both swim and sweat resistant you won’t have to worry about reapplying. Bonus – Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract are found in this formula.

Available for $26 at gloprofessional.com

Palladio Lip Stain

Palladio Herbal Lip Stain

It’s hard enough to keep lipstick from showing up on your pearly whites – factor in a sweaty, humid day, and you’re lipstick basically starts melting. This waterproof lip stain provides all-day hydration, and the range of shades offers something for everyone.

Available for $6 at palladiobeauty.com

Sonia Kashuk Liner

Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Long Wear Gel Liner

Eye liner is perhaps the most smudge-able of all makeup products, so if you break a sweat it’s almost certain to be the first thing to go. Beat the summer heat with this long-lasting eye liner. The gel formula means it glides on evenly and holds up throughout the day.

Available for $8.99 at target.com

Top Shop Liner

Top Shop Waterproof Liner in Ebony

If you aren’t quite comfortable applying gel liner, this waterproof pencil is a great waterproof alternative. The ultra-adorable pencil delivers intense color, and the unique formula is resistant to water and sweat.

Available for $10 at topshop.com

Mally Evercolor

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender

This product has received rave reviews for its unparalleled ability to keep your foundation looking flawless for a really long time. The sheer featherweight formula reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines, and creates a smear-proof surface from morning to night.

Available for $40 at mallybeauty.com

Do you use any of these sweat-proof makeup products? Which one will you try this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Try This Thursday: 5 Sunless Tanners

Just because you’re staying away from the sun doesn’t mean your skin can’t still have a summery sheen!

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After all of the research regarding the dangers of indoor tanning and the damage that too much direct, unprotected sunlight does to the skin, there are no excuses for indulging in a UV-induced tan session this summer (or ever). As a former sun-worshipper myself, I have to admit that at first, I was resistant to making the switch to a sunless tan. However after trying out a couple of different products and treating myself to some spa spray tans, I started to warm up to the idea. Once I realized how natural a faux-glow can look, and how much safer this alternative is, I have to say—the decision is a no-brainer!

These are five of the best self-tanning products on the market, that will leave you looking sun-kissed and feeling confident all year long! We say give them a go this week for your best fake bake yet.

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1. Karora Cosmetics Express Bronzing Mousse

This tan develops in just one hour—but you can see a difference instantly! It dries quickly and evenly. Karora products blend with your individual skin tone, so you will never end up looking unnatural. You can control how dark your tan gets—shower after one hour for a glow, two for a richer tan and three for a dark bronze!

2. Yonka Hydrating, Nourishing Self-Tanning Milk

This self-tanning milk is more fluid than a typical lotion, making it easy to smooth on your entire body. It develops over time to leave you with a subtle, radiant glow. This self-tanner contains Shea butter and fruit extracts making it super hydrating as well.

3. Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion

This gentle formula, which includes the soothing Avene Thermal Spring Water as a main ingredient, is perfect for sensitive skin. The color will darken in one hour, but we recommend applying daily for a longer-lasting tan. This product works best when applied after a shower, and then left to dry for 20 minutes.

4. Pür Get A Little More Sunless Self-Tanning Lotion

This brand new (out next week!) self-tanner provides an instant shimmer. The lightweight formula nourishes skin with aloe and Vitamin E while leaving a natural-looking glow behind. It even comes with a tanning mitt for even, streak-free application.

5. Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes

For the sunless tanner beginngers, a towelette is an easier method to ensure even application. Make sure to apply the towelette in circular motions. To get a darker tan, use every day for up to three days, and then every three-four days for maintenance.

Don’t trust your own technique to evenly apply self-tanner? Leave it to the pros by treating yourself to one of these luxe, totally affordable spa deals on spray tans, available all month long:

$25 Spray Tanning Session at Spa Kingston in San Diego, CA

$99.99 Body Scrub and Spray Tanning Package at Spa Xanadu in Arcadia, CA

$99 Package of Three Custom Airbrush Tanning Sessions at Dream Spa Medical in Canton, MI

$99 Package of Three Summer Spray Tan Sessions at Acomoclitic Studio in Lakewood, CO

$80 50 Minute Sunkissed Body Polish and Sunless Tan at Angela Michael Skincare & Spa in Dunwoody, GA

$80 50 Minute Express Body Scrub and Organic Spray Tan at Frasada Salon & Day Spa in Oceanside, NY

$40 Organic Airbrush Tan at Incentives Organic Spa & Salon in Babylon, NY

$30 Spray Tan at the Salon & Spa at Macy’s in Cincinnati, OH

Find more tanning and other spa deals near your hometown, online at SpaWeek.com!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

10 Products to Heal Chapped Lips for Good + Tips

Chapped lips are one beauty problem that plagues us no matter the weather. Find out how to banish them for good! 

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Chapped lips are one of the most commonly complained about beauty ailments. Unfortunately, this annoying problem persists year-round, rain or shine, wind or snow. We’re determined not let anything bring down our bright lipstick game this summer, so we reached out to the experts for tips on how to banish this beauty woe forever.

According to Austin’s Spa Réveil Spa Manager and Esthetician, Babette Crowder, “Lips notably lose 10 times more moisture than any other part of the body. Chapped lips can be caused from dryness and sun exposure especially in the summer and chapping can then be aggravated by licking or biting the lips.”

Ildi Pekar (facialist for Miranda Kerr), gave offered tips for managing that lack of hydration that comes in the summer months. Drinking lots of water is one natural way to combat the problem! Other good options are coconut water, water infused with electrolytes and omega 3 vitamins. She also recommends exfoliating a couple of times per week.

Gina Mari, Beverly Hills-based aesthetician, reminds us to consider diet as an important factor. “For many reasons, it’s important to maintain a balanced pH. Too much acidity can sometimes cause dryness or irritation. Make sure to stay hydrated, as our skin visibly (and unforgivingly) reflects our water intake. Also, nutritional and/or vitamin deficiencies have a significant effect on the health of your lips so be sure to double up on your veggies!”

In addition, we found 10 amazing products to help you on your quest. Try these miracle-workers for kissable lips all summer long!

Beessential Lip Balm

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This all natural lip balm is formulated from beeswax, coconut butter, Shea butter, Vitamin E and other natural moisturizers. It comes in five flavors, but our favorite is the Lemon and Lavender—so spa-esque!

E.L.F. Studio Lip Exfoliator

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This pre-lipstick essential is quickly rising to cult-status among makeup artists and newbies alike. With sugar to exfoliate and natural oils to hydrate, be sure to treat your lips with the E.L.F. exfoliator to ensure smooth, long-lasting lipstick wear.

Amala Soothing Lip Salve

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This all-natural lip salve hydrates with desert fig seed, Moroccan Chamomile and Shea butter. You’ll fall in love with the way it feels on your lips and leaves them with a sheer shine.

Beyond Coastal Lip & Face Screen SPF 31

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This creamy balm comes in the perfect portable tub, so you can carry it around and make sure that your face and lips are always protected from the sun. The sun often causes chapped lips, so this time, stop the problem before it starts!

Paula’s Choice Lip Perfecting Gentle Scrub with Micro-Beads

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If you are nervous about using a lip scrub, this super-gentle option is your best bet. This product delicately removes dead skin from lips with micro-beads infused into a soft, creamy exfoliator.

Eraclea Ever-Moist Lip Balm

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This soothing lip balm is rich with hydrating emollients and antioxidants, and will make your lips feel softer than ever.

Merlot Lip Moisturizer

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Keep this product in your bag all summer long, with SPF 15 to protect lips from the sun, this lippie conditions with grape seed oil and natural antioxidants.

Olivu Lip Scrub

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This scrub gently exfoliates with organic sugar, but leaves lips feeling smooth thanks to the infusion of almond oil and cocoa butter. Apply in circular motion and use up to twice a week for the best results!

Loxa Beauty Hempz Lip Balm

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Formulated from 100% pure, natural hemp seed oil, this lip conditioner moisturizes AND protects with SPF 15.

Grandma Minnie’s The Big, Brave, Boo-Boo Balm by VMV Hypoallergenics

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For seriously chapped lips, you’ve got to pull something serious out of your arsenal—which is where VMV comes in. This product, gentle enough for babies, will repair even the driest of lips and soothe painful irritation.

Do you have any advice for at-home remedies for healing chapped lips? Tell us in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.