Links We Love Weekend Sendoff, June 27th

Happy Friday! Before we send you off for the weekend, here are the must-read stories from around the web this week.

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Truth in Aging sought out other, healthier alternatives to try before succumbing to Botox. (Four Things to Try Before Botox)

Ready to upgrade your digs? The Luxury Spot has some tips to help you improve your space, right now. (7 Things You Need to Chic Up Your Casa)

Is a friend or colleague’s constant negativity becoming too much? Fitness & Feta reveals the way to deal with the downers in your life. (Tips For Dealing With Negative People)

Is Juicy really forever or are the early ’00s actually over? Refinery 29 breaks the news. (A Fond Farewell to Juicy Couture)

Because we love to love books…this Buzzfeed article is spot-on. (19 Dilemmas Every Book Lover Has Faced At Least Once)

It’s here! “Hunger Games” fans, you can officially start getting excited for “Mockingjay: Part 1.” Check out the trailer on E! Online. (Josh Hutcherson is Eerily Silent in the Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer)

Is it time to ditch those non-supportive sandals for good? The Luxury Spot has some new insight. (The Health Benefits of Walking Barefoot)

Well, of course you want to see video footage from Bey and J’s wedding. Duh…thank you US! Weekly. (Beyonce, Jay-Z Share Never Before Seen Wedding Footage)

Truth in Aging investigates the lengths your fave A-listers go through to stay young. (Skin Care Concerns of the Summer’s Biggest Celebrities)

 

 

 

Trick or Treat(ment)!

Put the candy down and indulge with one of these scary good spa deals!

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Halloween can be stressful. From preparing the perfect costume, to seeking out the best parties or hosting your own monster bash, this holiday that was once all fun and games as a kid can have you reaching for the candy bowl quicker than you can say “trick or treat” (literally, it’s not even Halloween yet, put the Twix down).

We say, celebrate the season of ghosts and ghouls the healthier way. Here are some scary spa specials to help you relax and indulge without all of that sugar guilt. After all, you DO want to look your best in that Miley Cyrus costume, right?

Fear frown lines no more at Trifecta MedSpa in Downtown NYC with these awesome “Boo-tox” specials! Receive one area (up to 20 units) for just $179, normally $240, or receive up to three areas for just $477, normally $720. Also take advantage of the Dracula Platelet-Rich Plasma Facelift for $449, normally $600. Sounds like a “fangtastic” way to shed some dead skin and get your healthy glow back! Deals are available for purchase now thru October 31st.

Spa 810 Laser & Skin in Scottsdale, AZ is going all out with their “Spooktacular” Spa Package. For $295, you can get a BOO-tiful, two hour Halloween package that’s sure to treat, not trick you into a deep state of pampering and relaxation. A Pumpkin Latte Enzyme Mask, 50 Minute Crystal-Free Microderm Facial and 50-Minute Total Indulgence Head to Toe Whole Body Massage are just some of the treatments featured. But don’t delay, there are only a few appointments left!

Are you a member of any four of the Dolce Salon & Spa locations in Arizona? Well, you’re about to want to be. Their “Thrilling” October Menu for Members Only is serving up some bone-chilling discounts on just about everything: massages, makeup, eyelash extensions, spray tanning, facials, waxing, and hair and nail services. It sure pays to be VIP!

Need a last-minute fix before the big Village Halloween Parade in NYC? La Vie Zen is offering 25% off on all nail and waxing services thru November 2nd. Let that freak flag really fly!

Kelly Verdi is the Public Relations Manager at Spa Week Media Group. She loves dogs, 80 minute facials and a good blowout worth bragging about.

Spa Spotlight: LaserAway

LaserAway blows away the competition in laser hair removal and laser tattoo removal.

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LaserAway has been the premier medical spa for laser hair removal and laser tattoo removal since 2006. Since then they’ve opened twelve more locations across California and one in Scottsdale, AZ. They have a wonderful reputation and are a celeb favorite. Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, The Real Housewives of OC’s Alexis Bellino and The Real Hosusewives of Miami’s Joanna Krupa rave about the laser hair removal, while Jesse Metcalfe is thrilled with the results of his laser tattoo removal. They offer a full list of medical spa services in a comfortable and casual environment at an affordable price. If you’re not interested in any type of laser removal, you can head in for a photofacial, Botox, Thermage, Velashape or dermal fillers like Restylane.

Read Spa Spotlight: Spa Belle Meade

Stop in their Costa Mesa, Irvine, Marina Del Ray or San Diego locations to experience one of these fabulous treatments this Fall Spa Week.

$50 Two Laser Hair Removal Sessions for a Small Area

$50 IPL Photofacial for Face or Décolleté

$50 Laser Skin Rejuvenation Session for Face or Décolleté

Laura Knipping is the Special Projects Editor at Spa Week Daily.

Spa Spotlight: Spa Belle Meade

At Spa Belle Meade  you can have the day spa experience with the benefits of  physicians and medical estheticians all in the same place.

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Spa Belle Meade combines the best of both spa worlds. You can get a luxurious facial, massage, microdermabrasion, wrap or scrub as you would in traditional day spa. Or you can get a chemical peel, permanent makeup, ReFirme, Botox, CosmoPlas, eMatrix, Ulthera and Restylane, Cools Sculpting or VelaShape backed by a staff of plastic surgeons, nurses, medical estheticians. Located within the Suffolk Plastic Surgeon’s office, this medical spa uses a mixture of medical and cosmetic techniques for optimal results. “Our philosophy is to be able to provide many different options to our patients, whether it is a surgical or a non-invasive procedure to obtain the desired result from our patient,” Spa Manager Sharon Menno tells Spa Week Daily. They also sell skin care products that are exclusive to medical spas with medical estheticians.

Read Spa Spotlight: Revive Skin Services

Stop in Spa Bella Meade anytime for a free consultation to go over any products or treatments you may be interested in.

Here are Spa Belle Meade’s amazing Fall Spa Week specials. Book now for October 14-20!

$50 45 Min Revitalizing Swedish Massage

$50 45 Min Revitalizing Facial Customized to Skin Type

$50 45 Min Revitalizing and Hydrating Body Exfoliation with Vichy Shower Room

Laura Knipping is the Special Projects Editor for Spa Week Daily.

3 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures

By Shoshana Davis, AboutPlasticSurgery.com

There’s an undeniable allure to being able to fix an unwanted bump on your nose, or to remove a little bit of cellulite. In fact, Americans spent 10.4 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures in the past year alone.

Now, what about those of us who don’t have 10.4 billion dollars to spare? Luckily, you can still purchase a nip here or a tuck there on a budget. Here are some of the most popular cosmetics procedures for every budget:

Low: Microdermabrasion – $
Have you ever wanted to get rid of that old acne scar from high school, some lingering wrinkles, or even the often dreaded “crow’s feet”? A rapidly growing trend among the masses is Microdermabrasion. It has been proven effective in reducing the appearance of these and many other unpleasant skin problems. The procedure is non-invasive, quick, and almost always requires no recuperation time. It’s also an extremely cost effective cosmetic procedure, costing around $80 – $200 per session.

Medium: Botox – $
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the most common minimally invasive procedure in 2011 was Botox. 363,000 women had Botox procedures last year. The chemical, officially called Botulinum toxin, is used to eliminate and lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Interestingly enough, it is also used medically to relieve patients of spasms and headaches. At $150 to $400 per area treated, Botox lasts around 60 days for most patients — an investment many women can afford. With many medical and cosmetic offices offering this procedure, including most dermatologists, it’s an easy in office visit that can make a big change!

High: Rhinoplasty - $$$
While not exactly cheap, rhinoplasty is one the most popular cosmetic procedures of all time. In fact, it’s thought that this type of surgery first began in ancient India around 800 B.C. The “nose job” as we now call it has been a staple for both celebrities and everyday people for years — but it can cost you a total of $4,000 to $9,000. Before signing on for a procedure, make sure to check with your insurance company. Most do not cover any cosmetic procedures, so you’ll want to know in advance just how much of an investment you’re making.