Introducing: The Second Annual Heart Over Heels Giveaway!

Our most popular giveaway ever is back this February!

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You heard that right…we’re back, and better than ever! Last February, hearts all over America skipped a beat when women everywhere learned that we were giving away a pair of highly-coveted, red-soled Christian Louboutin pumps. Entries were off the charts, which made us especially giddy over here at Spa Week HQ because we got to make a donation to the American Heart Association for each entry. Overall, the Heart Over Heels Giveaway was so successful, that we’ve decided to make it an annual thing!

This year, from February 1st til March 16th, visitors to SpaWeek.com can enter to win the Second Annual Heart Over Heels Giveaway. For each entry, we’ll donate $.25 to the American Heart Association, because February is really all about going red for heart disease awareness. Help us stomp out this number one killer of women (in Loubs, no less) by entering now! The Grand Prize Winner will receive a pair of Christian Louboutin Simple Pumps (swoon).

PLUS–one runner up will walk away with a delightful basket of red beauty goodies:

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Perfect your pout with three of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ best-selling shades of their cult-favorite Lip Tar in NSFW, Stalker and Role Play.

Nailtini

Paint the town red with a lustrous coat of cocktail inspired nail lacquer from Nailtini, in shades Kir Royale, Velvet Fizz, and Bloody Mary.

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Be the envy of the office with standout locks thanks to products from Big Sexy Hair. You’ll be able to utilize Spray & Play Hairspray, Blow Dry Volumizing Gel, and Volumizing Treatment to achieve the perfect blowout.

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Finally, give your skin a real treat with a fabulous package from Red Door Spa Professional. Receive seven must-try products including Revitalizing Foaming Gel Cleanser, Illuminating Vitamin C Activator, Cranberry Enzyme Exfoliator, Age Defense Multi-Peptide Moisturizer, Olive Oil Moisturizing Salt Scrub, Olive Oil Moisturizing Body Cream and Ultra Healing Body Balm.

We imagine you’re ready to enter now, right? Head right here—and good luck!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor at Spa Week Daily.

Protect Your Heart: Know The Warning Signs of Heart Disease

On this day of hearts and love, I can’t help but take a minute to think about those people I love whom I have lost. And I can’t help but recognize that so many of those people were taken by some form of heart disease. Heart attacks, strokes and cardiac arrest are the leading causes of death for women – more than all forms of cancer combined. This year, the American Heart Association’s collaboration with Elizabeth Banks has been very successful in getting the message out about the various warning signs of heart complications.

There are ways to prevent heart disease throughout your life that we blog about all the time: Do yoga, get regular massages, eat well, stay active and keep your stress level down (like with these 18 tangible ways to kick stress in the butt starting NOW). But after all the preventing, even the healthiest of us could fall victim to heart problems. The next best thing to do to protect your health is to verse yourself in the warning signs of heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest. Should you are anyone you know experience any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. The following is taken from the experts at heart.org.

HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS:

A heart attack occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die. It is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States.

CHEST DISCOMFORT: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

SHORTNESS OF BREATH with or without chest discomfort.

OTHER SIGNS may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

STROKE WARNING SIGNS:

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die.

SUDDEN NUMBNESS or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.

SUDDEN CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding.

SUDDEN TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes.

SUDDEN TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

SUDDEN SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause

CARDIAC ARREST WARNING SIGNS

A cardiac arrest is different from (but may be caused by) a heart attack (myocardial infarction), where blood flow to the still-beating heart is interrupted (as in cardiogenic shock). Arrested blood circulation prevents delivery of oxygen to ”all” parts of the body.

NO RESPONSE to tapping on shoulders.

THE VICTIM DOES NOT TAKE A NORMAL BREATH when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds.

Wishing a happy, HEALTHY Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

Like the heart scribble? You can buy it on stuff. We found it here.

Other sources besides heart.org: news-medical.net, www.nhlbi.nih.gov

Like Us, We’ll Donate!

Show our Facebook page some LIKE, and we’ll spread the LOVE. If you haven’t yet joined our fun, spa-filled world on Facebook, now is the time. Spa Week pledges to donate 25¢ to the American Heart Association for every new Like in February, which is American Heart Month.

Tell your friends and let’s help raise money and awareness for a heart-healthy future!

In other <3 news: Be sure to enter to win a 1-year supply of POM Wonderful + a $300 Spa & Wellness Gift Card, and strengthen your loving relationship in 15 minutes a day by joining Andrea Syrtash’s LOVE Challenge.

Love Your Heart Giveaway: Win a Year of POM + Spa!

From our heart to yours! February is American Heart Month, a month to remind you to stay physical, eat what’s good for you, kick bad habits, get regular checkups, reduce stress, learn the subtle signs of a heart attack, and remind loved ones to do the same.

Whether you’re in your late 70s, mid 40s or early 20s, there is something YOU can and should be doing to take care of your heart. Stay tuned throughout the month; we’ll be blogging tips and information to help you lead a heart-healthy life. We recommend bookmarking American Heart Association, the ultimate resource to being proactive about your heart health.

To kick off the month Spa Week-style, we’ve got a giveaway for you! We want to inspire healthy habits year-round, not just during February, so we’ve partnered with POM Wonderful to give one winner a prize package for a year filled with POM + SPA.

THE PRIZE:

  • A one-year supply of POM Wonderful delivered to your door – monthly shipments of six 48oz bottles of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice + a basket of POM goodies, such as a drink shaker and apron, with your first shipment!
  • A year filled with spa treatments with a $300 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week.
  • Total Prize Value: $1,091.28

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF POM? POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice contains the juice from crushed POM Wonderful pomegranates with no added sugar, artificial ingredients or cheap filler juices. And with uniquely concentrated powerful antioxidants, POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice has the highest polyphenol content and has demonstrated a superior ability to fight harmful free radicals compared to several other healthy beverages including acai and blueberry juices. POM Wonderful – it’s authentic, delicious and 100% pure.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SPA? Where to start! Firstly, the simple act of escaping to the spa benefits your heart by lowering your stress level, which in turn helps maintain healthy blood pressure. In particular, the #1 most popular spa treatment in America is massage, a  powerful way to improve your circulation and the overall health of your heart.

TO ENTER:

1. TWEET THIS: Celebrate <3 health month! bit.ly/POMSPA Win a 1-year supply of @POMWonderful + a $300 @SpaWeekGiftCard from @SPAWEEK. #SPAwonderful

2. ENTER ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: CLICK HERE

DETAILS:

The contest runs through the entire month of February. One winner will be selected at random and contacted via email on or around March 1st, and will have 3 business days to accept the prize before another winner is chosen. Good luck and be healthy!

Updated 3/15: WINNER!

Congratulations to Danielle Oyen @danijebo from Washington. Enjoy your year of POM and spa in the best of good health!

BONUS GOODNESS!

Official Rules

#1 health and wellness goals… All you need is <3

Drink more water, less coffee, eat more veggies, less sweets, quit smoking, get more sleep, lose 12 pounds, wear SPF, exercise frequently, find inner balance, go to the spa as much as possible… YOU CAN DO THIS! These are YOUR goals, and this is YOUR year to be the healthiest you ever.

As the finale of our Like Us And We’ll <3 You Back month-long February giveaway series, you entered to win a wellness adventure: Two VIP Tickets to the Dr. Oz Show including a backstage meet and greet with Dr. Oz, along with a $500 spa day for two at the luxurious Spa Merge in midtown Manhattan. To enter, you had to fill in the blank:

“My #1 health and wellness goal for this year is _________.”

Click HERE to see all your answers of health and wellness goals; they are quite inspiring.  One particular goal stood out among them, and it ties back to the whole theme of the month—heart health. Congratulations to Michelle Giorgi, who has put herself through schooling in the name of lower blood pressure and cholesterol for herself, her daughter and her husband. Check out her answer:

“Here’s to living a long, healthful and prosperous life everyone!” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

You may also remember that part of “loving you back” this February meant that for every new Like we got on Facebook since the promotion started, Spa Week is donating 25 cents to the American Heart Association. We started out with 25,066, and as I write this post we have 30,466, bringing the total number of new likes to exactly 5400.

Final amount: Spa Week is donating $1,350 to the American Heart Association, thanks to YOU!

Now go treat yourself to a massage, that’s one of the most effective (and enjoyable!) ways to stave off high blood pressure and the dangerous risks associated with it.