Spa Week Media Party: An Inside Look at The Luxury Media Gift Bags

What in the world is in that BAG, what you got in that BAG? While Ludacris was referring to something very different, we are dying to tell you what kind of punch our coveted gift bags packed this year at our Spring 2012 Spa Week Media Party. The bags carried the weight (dang, they were heavy!) of an assortment of health, wellness and beauty products, and all products deserve a shout-out. “Free” is our favorite four letter word, but “best” is even better. Here are the products from our best gift bag yet!

Where We Belong, by Emily Giffin

Where We BelongIncluded in the gift bag was the highly anticipated, soon-to-be-released Emily Giffin bookWhere We Belong, Spa Week’s Exclusive Book Sponsor. And not to brag, actually to brag a lot, we already got a chance to read this next gem in Emily’s growing collection of can’t-put-down books. And lets just say, we laughed, we cried, and we can’t wait for the next. The book will hit stores July 24th but guests at our media party got the first look and a very exciting look at the author herself, as Emily signed copies of her book all night. Emily’s also generously giving away her favorite things, enter to win!

Vibrant Rioja Wine Bag

Rioja Wine, Spa Week’s Exclusive Wine Sponsor, gave a TOTE-ally awesome way to carry wine to any occasion. With all their genius selections of wine you can’t leave the store or for a party with just one, now you can bring four. At the media party the guests indulged in wine as Rioja poured all night. Rioja’s even giving away a Rioja dinner for two or an Ipad2! Bottom’s up and sign up for the giveaway here!

American Laser Skincare – Vivité Travel Kits

As Spa Week’s Exclusive Skincare SponsorAmerican Laser Skincare donated Vivité Skincare Travel Kits, complete with Vivite Night Renewal Facial Cream, Vivite Revitalizing Eye Cream, Vivite Exfoliating Facial Cleanser, and Vivite Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum — perfect for maintaining healthy, radiant skin on the go. American Laser Skincare is also pulling out all the stops (or wrinkles, cellulite, and hair) by offering one lucky winner a Spring Beauty Makeover!

Berry Essential Spa Water Drops

drops Berry Essential Spa Water Drops ~ Natural Fountain of Youth from MySpaWater.comWith Berry Essential Spa Water Drops by Spa Water you can naturally and conveniently infuse and enhance your everyday water or tea with the essence of seven berries infused with rich Antioxidants!  The Natural Fountain of Youth, these Berry Essentials Spa Water Drops with Aloe are a very special and unique PH balanced blend of ingredients specially formulated with a combination of natural anti-aging agents, cellular reconstructive properties and essential antioxidants. Along with our Spa Water Bottle, our Berry Essential Spa water Drops were created to help you maintain your Healthy Water Routine at home and on the go for a healthier you.

Belle Banquet Placemats

Belle Banquet Placemats set a beautiful table! Make your table a work of art with our exclusive place settings. These unique placemats will enhance any occasion whether eating alone at your kitchen counter, entertaining friends, or throwing a belle banquet. Crisp clear images that relay the elegance of the past. The perfect gift for a hostess, bridal shower or gourmet group, the possibilities are endless!  Belle Banquet Placemats are sold in sets of 6. They are made in the USA, with recycled paper and vegetable dye ink and packaged in a biodegradable bag.

TAKEYA Modern Glass Water Bottles

Takeya’s portable and stylish Modern Glass Water Bottle features high quality recycled glass with a wide mouth, wrapped in a colorful silicone jacket that provides a soft grip and protection. The sleeve has a see-through window for checking liquid levels. A solid airtight twist cap with sturdy loop makes for easy handling. The Modern Water Bottle is eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and delivers fresh taste without plastic or metal flavors. The healthier way to drink!

Motif Moist Wipes

The next time you need a wipe in a pinch, grab one that’s acutally pretty and smells great too. Motif Moist Wipes are a beautiful and better smelling  alternative to those other wipes. Fragrance profiles: fresh ginger blended with zesty orange and lime with the warmth of clove and nutmeg, olive leaf and coriander notes mingle with mandarin and lemongrass and water lily blended with fresh herbal notes and a touch fresh sea accord.

BUILT Water Bottle Totes in City Grid

There’s a great new way to keep your drink cool and close when you’re on the move. BUILT’s Water Bottle Totes lightweight neoprene design insulates your 20-30 ounce drink for up to four hours, prevents it from sweating in your hand, and protects your bottle from breaking and denting. It also features a convertible clip strap that lets you attach your beverage to backpacks, gym bags, and strollers for quick access. The strap also turns into an easy-grip handle that lets you drink without removing the bottle from the tote. Just slide the clip down to release, then fold over and attach to the side. Your bottle is secured whether you’re pouring or sipping, and the handle stays out of the way while you drink.

Teatulia Organic Single Garden Teas

All Teatulia Teas come directly to you from the first USDA-certified Organic garden in Bangladesh. No middleman, no long-term warehousing and no waiting around to be bulk-blended by a third-party trader. What does this mean to you? Fresh, delicious, single-garden purity. The totally unique packaging communicates Teatulia’s sustainability message: compostable cannisters, labels made from post-consumer paper, water-based inks & dyes and biodegradable silken pyramids conveniently house our exquisite organic whole-leaf teas.

Black Opal Papaya Daily Body Wash


Soothe, brighten and cleanse your skin with this non-drying body wash designed to uncover your radiance. Formulated with Papaya Enzymes, a natural exfoliant that helps gently slough away dead cells and brighten your skin. Vitamin E, Cucumber, Hops and Chamomile extract help your skin retain moisture. For all skin types.

Black Opal Papaya Body Butter

Give your thirsty skin a hydrating treat with Belle Banquet Placemats, a rich creme designed to help combat dry, flaky skin. Infused with Papaya Enzymes, a natural exfoliant that helps gently slough away dead cells and prepares your skin to help get the optimal benefits of nourishing Shea Butter, Sweet Almond and Avocado Oil. For all skin types.

Popchips

Popchips are an all-natural line of popped chips with all the flavor and less than half the fat of fried chips. Popchips, inc. was formed in 2007 to bring new flavor and real innovation to the snack aisle. Thanks to the magic of popping, popchips offers a snack so tasty and crispy that you won’t even notice it’s (we hesitate to say) healthier.

Envirosax Designer Reusable Bags

Envirosax designer reusable bags are spreading the eco-friendly message with style! Chic, inexpensive and compact, Envirosax carry the message of re-use to a world ready for a brighter ecological future. Tested for strength & safety. Super strong, holds 44lbs. Fully washable – won’t fade. Super convenient & water-resistant. Fashionable & fun – a great gift idea! Solution to one-use plastic bags.

Bare Necessities

Finding your perfect panty has never been easier! The Bare Necessities panty shopping guide allows you to quickly search our entire panty assortment based on your favorite fabrics. Shopping by underwear fabric has never been easier. Whether you are in love with lace, covet cotton or stretch cotton, or are smitten with seamless, you will find  simply and in one easy step.

Tiny Prints Stationary

Showcase your unique sense of style with beautiful, personalized Thank You Cards from Tiny Prints. These exclusive designs feature the just the right accents to highlight your refined taste. You can even customize photo thank you cards and custom notes in just a few clicks to give your messages a chic look. Tiny Prints donated these “Lace Frame Thank You Cards in Twilight.”

Eve Echo Hand Sanitizer

This Eve Echo Hand Sanitizer spray designed to conquer 99.99% of all germs while making you feel good by doing good. That’s Eve Echo – empowering women to achieve financial independence. Through sales of the Eve Echo collection, we are able to lend 100% of our net profits to the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), which offers loans at a nominal interest rate to women living in challenged economies. The women use the loans as working capital to expand or start their own businesses.  After one year, the original loan, plus interest, is returned to Eve Echo. Then the cycle repeats, allowing us to lend larger amounts of capital to organizations that focus on bringing social empowerment to women, advancing us closer to our mission: Eliminate gender inequality and free women from oppression. With Eve Echo, clean hands really do make a difference.

Whish Almond Shave Pumps

Can your skin ever be soft enough? Almond Shave Crave Shaving Cream from Whish LINK? answers that question with a deeply moisturizing formula that smooths and brightens dry skin. This thick whip of a cream blends deliciously soothing almond oil with gentle glycerin soap for an especially moisturizing shave that dry or irritated skin can’t help but fall in love with.

The Aurorae Yoga Slip Free Rosin Bag has been developed to aid in the prevention of slipping on your yoga mat.This accessory is similar to what gymnasts, bowlers, tennis players and baseball pitchers use where perspiration creates slipping problems when a firm grip is necessary to maximize their athletic performance. Aurorae Yoga Slip Free Rosin Bag increases your gripping power and absorbs perspiration with the slight touch of the bag. The rosin should be applied to both your hands and feet before your practice and added as needed during your exercises. You can put some on the yoga mat itself where your hands and feet go for your downward dogs.

Le Baby Detangler

Le Baby Detangler is  gently detangles on wet or dry. There are no harsh chemicals, no parabens, no sulfates and is never tested on animals. The spray does not irritate skin with it’s easy on the hair ingredients. Le Baby’s newest edition follows in it’s footsteps of the gel and will prove to not only be hypoallergenic but get the job done! The nozzle is strategically designed so that every spritz reaches the hairs’ roots, coating the entire strand of hair from top to bottom. For best results, Tami recommends spraying the Detangler on wet hair and brushing through the hair in sections until the hair combs easily. No time to re-wash or wet the hair? No problem! The Detangler can be used on dry hair too!

Vita Coco

Vita Coco Coconut Water

Vita Coco is an all-natural, super-hydrating, fat-free, cholesterol-free, nutrient-packed, potassium-stacked, mega-electrolyte coconut water!

John Masters Organics Detangler

citrus and neroli detangler

Whether rinsed out or used as a leave-in conditioner, this Citrus & Neroli Detangler by John Masters Organics lightweight formula detangles and conditions with a highly-effective combination of 17 certified-organic ingredients. Natural soy proteins and borage oil replenish lipid content. Wheat amino acids & soy proteins restore strength and shine, while essential oils of grapefruit, lemon and neroli provide an uplifting aroma. Safe for color-treated hair.

Nailtiques Polish Kit

Nailtiques donated a nail kit complete with their Formula 2, great for helping nails that are soft, peeling, split or just will not grow.  This formula consists of a unique blend of protein and conditioners that immediately acts to help bond nails that are splitting or peeling. The Nailtiques Color Lacquer is infused with this same protein blend to promote healthy grow and long, strong, luxurious nails.

Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Co.

The Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company Tea Duo is a two-sachet sample pack in an attractive pillow-shaped package. The 4 x 3.5 x 1 inch package unfolds to reveal two sleeves – one Organic Assam black tea sachet and one Better Rest Blend herbal tea sachet soothes sippers to sleep with chamomile, valerian, and hops.. We’ve got the morning and evening covered in this smart little package!

Emergen-C Drink Mix

Emergen-C features 24 nutrients, including 1,000 mg of immune supporting vitamin C, 7 B vitamins to enhance energy naturally (no caffeine, no crash), electrolytes to refuel and replenish post-workout, and more!

Banglz Lifestyle Weight Bands

These 1/2 lb Lifestyle Weight Bands by Banglz work muscle tissue and burn more calories during your workouts or daily activities!  Add to yoga, Pilates, Barre, kickboxing, dance, dance/fitness, walking to get rid of arm jiggle! Effective, safe resistance for injury recovery, tremors or physical therapy work, the unique soft, removable covers keep bands comfortable, clean and ready for daily use!  Banglz are sold as a set of two with Velcro closure for a snug, custom fit. Made of iron sand, a soft neoprene casing and with unique covers for fresh, daily motivation!

Arnicare Gel for Pain Relief

Arnicare Gel relieves your muscle aches and pain while assisting the body’s natural healing process. Powerful relief means you can feel better faster and keep doing. Arnicare Gel has a cooling effect for fast pain relief. This non-sticky, non-greasy gel is quickly absorbed by the skin.

Radius Vegan Cranberry Floss

Radius Vegan Cranberry Floss is coated with pure unsweetened cranberry essence sourced from Ocean Spray, which is removed during the action of flossing and deposited on the gums to help break up plaque.  100% VEGAN – the floss is spun in natural plant wax to help slide through tight spaces.

Visine Tired Eye Relief

Visine Tired Eye Relief provides relief of burning, irritated, dry eyes, soothes and revives tired, overworked eyes and is formulated with advanced HYDROBLEND® Moisturizers for up to 10 hours of comfort.  Use for the temporary relief of burning, irritation, and discomfort due to dryness of the eye or exposure to wind or sun.

 

KISS Nail Art

Express yourself and get creative with Kiss Nail Art! Spice up a solid color with these beautiful and easy to used decals.

Spa Week Media Party Flash Back: Inside the Luxury Media Bags

We only briefly mentioned in our Fall 2011 Spa Week Media Party post that our coveted gift bags were back this year, better and heavier than ever! We’ve heard reports that these chic, reusable Spa Week totes weighed in at OVER 15 POUNDS — seriously. Are you dying to know what health, wellness and beauty products were packed, piled and stacked inside? Check out the products below… [Read more…]

Spa Week® Media Party

While a new breed of partycrashers tried to weasel their way into Spa Week’s Media Party, a soon-to-be-very-relaxed crowd let the evening ensue. Up on the 11th floor Rioja Wines displayed its vibrant collection of reds and whites during an ongoing wine tasting, and culinary master Chef Daniel held court in the center of the room making health-conscious appetizers like trumpet royal mushroom sauté with truffle oil and baby back ribs with hot and spicy hoisin sauce.

After being wined and dined, friends and editors beelined for Spa Chicks On The Go massages before getting all dolled up by jane iredale make-up artists. It was no surprise to find this newly-calmed crowd gather around WeddingChannel.com, as they coupled wedding trend advice with samples of delectable cake by New York-based Cake Alchemy.

It’s hard to imagine that anyone could have endured any more pampering (rough life, right?), but guests were given 20 lbs. gift bags upon leaving. Spilling with the industry’s hottest beauty and hair care products, the bags were (as always) a hot ticket item and great way to end the night.