Best Celebrity ALS Bucket Challenge Videos

Your favorite celebrities have joined in the ALS Bucket Challenge, and the videos are a must-see!

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The ALS Bucket Challenge is sweeping Facebook, Instagram and the Internet in general, and now Hollywood’s hottest stars are jumping on the trend! In case you haven’t heard of the philanthropic phenomen, the ALS Bucket Challenge requires you to dump an ice cold bucket of water over your head, or donate to benefit the cause.

Now the celebrities are getting involved in the ALS Bucket Challenge, the ALS Association has received “unprecented” donations, totaling to nearly $13.3 million in the last several weeks! That’s pretty impressive, plus we love getting a sneak peek into the lives of our favorite stars and learning they’re just like us!

Watch the all-time best celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenges below and tell us which on is your favorite in the comments!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Jeremy Piven and Nina Agdal Team Up For Charity

Find out why Jeremy Piven and Nina Agdal were spotted together at Khiel’s in NYC! 

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Are Entourage star, Jeremy Piven and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, Nina Agdal the latest celebrity power couple? Maybe not, but the two joined forces to support the Food Bank for New York City at Kiehl’s flagship store in Manhattan –  and their efforts were nothing short of heroic.

The beauty product mecca featuring natural ingredients was behind Ride for Charity, a public event that attracted some big names. Also in attendance was Sex and the City star, Mario Cantone. Kiehl’s is donating $150 for every 15 minutes of cycling to Food Bank of New York City, one of the country’s largest hunger-relief organizations.

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While you may have missed Piven and Agdal’s epic race on the Flywheel bikes, (the supermodel won!) you can still head down to the Khiel’s store at 109 Third Avenue until 8 PM to lend your legs for those in need. Bonus – NYC favorite, Juice Press is on hand with refreshments after you break a sweat!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Manicube In-Office Manicure Service

Why didn’t we hear about this sooner?!

We’re excited to introduce Manicube, a hot new company painting the town red (or should we say “painting fingertips all over town”).

Manicube is currently only available in NYC, but not to worry — they’re in the midst of planning expansion to other major cities.

So what is it? Well, it’s only the most brilliant idea we’ve heard of since Spa Week! Manicube is an in-office manicure service – they come to you AT WORK, bringing the cutting, filing, polishing and even cuticle clipping glory all to your personal desk or office conference room.

And employers, not to worry – this little pick-me-up won’t ever have to interfere with work. Manicures are just 15 minutes each (20 minute appointments include drying time), and you can cancel your appointment if you get pulled into a meeting or your conference call runs late. In fact, we bet this service increases productivity by creating happier employees!

Manicube will arrive stocked with Essie, OPI, Deborah Lippmann and Chanel (for an extra $3 charge) giving you a solid color selection.  A full-service (albeit a quickie one) manicure is just $15, executed in three precise steps: Prep, polish, dry.

This amazing idea makes it so much easier for the working girl to fit in some important personal grooming. Companies like Birchbox, Gilt Groupe, Meredith, Ralph Lauren and Unilever have already signed up, allowing employees the luxury of perfect primped nails on their lunch break. No more sneaking in a quick file or touch-up at your desk when no one’s looking!

Want to feel even better about trying Manicube? For every manicure given, they donate $1 to help fund microloans for women entrepreneurs in the developing world, through a company called Kiva. Working women helping less fortunate women achieve their goals? That’s awesome!

On behalf of Spa Week, we say… sign us up!

I Adopted a Child from the Philippines. During a Manicure.

Okay – so I didn’t exactly adopt her. However, I am now the proud new sponsor of a little girl in the Philippines, whose name I do not yet know. She’ll be getting three meals a day, water, clothing, medicine and an education. Because of me. Forever. I am just as surprised as you. Here’s how it happened.

It started out like any Friday night… I was on my way to a manicure after work. A man with a giant afro and a clipboard made piercing eye contact with me in Union Square – UGH. It’s happened a million times before. He was en route to make me feel guilty for not supporting some very worthy charity organization. I have no time. I’m a busy New Yorker. Blinders on, keep walking. Leave me alone!! But for some reason, this guy was able to pierce through my New Yorkerness and he had my attention. I decided to be nice and entertain him, entertain myself, and just chat – but it’s not like I was actually going to DO anything.

 

Justin, the aforementioned afro-and-clipboard-sporting man on a mission, represents Children International, a nonprofit organization that operates a one-on-one sponsorship program to help impoverished children worldwide become healthy, educated, self-sustaining and contributing members of society. CI has been around since 1936, checks out perfectly with the Better Business Bureau, and at 7pm, Justin hadn’t gotten one person to sign up all day. He saw my deep, inner compassion for this nameless, faceless, foreign child, and he stuck with it.

“Let me ask you this. If you had ONE less dollar in your pocket each day, would that make a difference in your quality of life?” Justin asked. Hmm. That’s less than half a subway ride. I slowly shook my head.

“Okay, if you had SIX less dollars a week, would that change your life?” My lunch alone is usually $10 a day. I shook my head again.

The program is $25 a month, and now it seemed like nothing. Justin showed me the list of countries they sponsor: India, Honduras, Zambia, the Philippines… “Pick someplace you want to travel!” he suggested.  Hmmm… I do want to travel everywhere in the world, and it would be pretty special to have a child like this to visit. But no. I couldn’t just randomly pick a country and hand off my credit card on the street.

“You’ll be that child’s favorite person in the world!” Justin continued. “Just think: when they get Facebook one day, your photo is going to be right there under ‘family.’” Social media geek that I am, this kind of hit me. He said they’d draw me pictures and send them to me in the mail. I’d get letters from my child’s family thanking me for changing their lives, and one day, I could even go visit! Or perhaps fly them to New York for an NYU college education? It’s been done before.

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But let’s not get carried away… I’m not rich (yet), and for him to think I was going to make a permanent decision like this on the fly was crazy! “I can’t do this right now! Please stop it!” I pleaded. “I really love the concept but I don’t have the money right now and it’s cold and I’m on my way to a manicure and it’s just too much pressure to make a decision like this!!!”

He interrupted softly: “Michelle. BREATHE. It’s okay. Are you ready? Deep breath in…”

I stopped in my tracks. We looked each other in the eye, and together we took a nice, long, sweet inhale.

“Now, deep breath out.”

And we slowly let the air out.

We repeated this exercise three times. There, right there in the middle of Union Square, two strangers breathed deeply and in sync. I was calm. My head was cleared. I was smiling.

 

And so, naturally, Justin came along with me to my manicure appointment.

“Ten minute massage for you?” my manicurist asked Justin, whom I introduced as my new friend. It was then I learned that Justin had never gotten a massage before. I insisted he get one! Oh, the health benefits and relaxation! Just like Justin’s job is getting people to sponsor children, my job is to make sure people are getting massages. And so he did, while I started my manicure and let all of this information sink in. He’d been working for Children International for over six months, and on that day it lead him to experience his very first massage. It was destiny.

I thought… and thought. Here I was, spending $10 on my weekly manicure. That could mean shoes, medicine and dinner for a week for someone. I’ve been going through some personal renaissances lately, discovering more about myself and a deeper meaning to life, and then it hit me. Yes. YES! YESYESYES YES! I feel eternally lucky to have grown up as fortunate as I did, and millions and millions of children are suffering every single day. I wanted to help one of them. I had never wanted anything more.

After Justin’s chair massage, he sat down next to me with that post-massage happy glow. “Wow. I definitely want more of those.” I had changed him. And you know what? He had changed me.

“I am going to sponsor a little girl from the Philippines,” I stated, and I had never been more sure of anything in my life.

Best spa day EVER!

I can’t wait to find out who she is! I should find out within the next few weeks and will be sure to update you. Check out the CI community, liftone.org, for blogs and photos from sponsors and children around the world. And when I do go to visit my little girl in the Philippines, I’m definitely bringing her some fun nail polish.

TELL ME! Do any of you sponsor children through an organization? How do you like it? Or, have you been considering it?

UPDATE: I’m a Sponsor Mommy!!! Meet Abegail.

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