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The Best Ways to Pamper Your Feet in
Spas Today

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Everyone deserves to be pampered from time to time and this does not only include ladies anymore. It is less likely that a man will be will be going in for French pedicures and more feminine treatments, but why not treat yourself to a massage or a foot detox? So, what exactly can you get for your feet in spas today?

Massages That Will Make Your Body Melt
There are few things in this world that are as relaxing and as pleasant as professional massages that you can get in spas. This also includes foot massages that can vary in techniques, duration and parts of the foot that are massaged, but which all share one very important thing – they feel so great.

The most common type of foot massage is the Chinese foot massage also known as reflexology massage, which is supposed to remove the energy blockages in the body by applying pressure to certain points on the foot. It is a treat, whether you believe in the energy stuff or not.

Thai foot massage is quite similar, although it involves the use of sticks that are used to apply pressure to certain points on the foot. Of course, there are some differences in the oils that are used, the movements and so on.

You can also go for a sports foot and leg massage which is geared more to helping you with certain foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis, arthritic pain, as well as common ankle and toe pain as well as daily wear and tear.

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Pedicures That Will Make Your Feet Beautiful
A nice, comprehensive and rich pedicure is the most pampering that you can provide for your feet and if you ask us, the best place to get these is at spas where you will find the best masseurs. When it comes to pedicures, the choice is even greater than with massages, although the pedicures will mostly differ in the products that are used.

For example, the French pedicure is characterized by the nail polish finish which involves clear or light pink coat for the largest part of the nail with the white crown on the tips. Paraffin pedicure involves dipping the feet in paraffin wax before the nail polish. Margarita pedicure involves various lime products, while a champagne pedicure will involve actual wine and grape products.

More Experimental Procedures
A fish pedicure is a relatively new and still somewhat controversial treatment that you can get in many spas today. It involves dunking the feet in a container with water and a certain type of fish which eat the dead skin off the feet. The opinions are still quite divided on this treatment though.

Detox wraps and baths are also a somewhat new type of foot pampering and once again, the opinions are divided. Some say these detox treatments are a waste of time and money while others swear by them.

What are you still doing reading this? Go to your nearest spa and spoil your feet the way they deserve to be spoiled, carrying you around all day.

James Burbank is a blogger who loves learning new stuff about the world and sharing it with others. He writes on health and beauty tips, vintage clothes and NBA (yes, all very random). This article is product of his collaboration with a podiatry clinic from Sydney.

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Favorites Friday! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Sallly-MiracleThis week’s Favorites Friday feature is Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel nail polish. We’ve been wanting to try this for a while to see if it lives up to it’s “miracle” claims.

The product promises 14 days of color and shine with no light needed. Since the other gel kits with the LED light are a bit more of a procedure, the Miracle Gel is an enticing option. You can purchase the nail color and the top coat for around $10 each, or the duo pack for about $16 at your local drugstore.

After applying the color and top coat, we did notice more of a gel-like finish than most of our other “regular” nail polishes. The finish is a bit smoother as well. The two application steps were super easy, and the result flawless. Now, as the product promises up to 14 days of color and shine, let us admit that the glossy manicure did start to chip before the 14 days were up. It definitely lasts longer than the average polish, but there is an advantage to the longer lasting gel that requires the light.

Overall, a great product for the low price point compared to an gel kit with an LED, and much less of a hassle. Check out our Facebook page to leave your own review!

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Even & Bright Pink Lemon and
Mandarin Orange Scrub From St. Ives

Monday, September 8th, 2014

604-731214-EvenBright-scrub-300x300The best-selling Apricot Scrub from St. Ives may always be a #1 favorite, but a new contender is right up there with the best.

WHAT IT IS:
A gentle scrub with a Vitamin C to even skin tone and an unbeatable fragrance.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 100% natural exfoliants
    (hydrated silica)
  • Pink lemon and mandarin orange, both known to be sources of vitamin C (known to help even out skin tone)
  • WHY YOU WANT IT:
    The scrub contains pink lemon and mandarin orange, which are both sources of Vitamin C and are known to help even skin tone. The exfoliants are more gentle than the Apricot Scrub, but still leave skin just as even and soft. Since the scrub is more mild, you can use it often since it is not as harsh on skin as the original Apricot Scrub. It is also sulfate-free so doesn’t dry skin, oil-free as to not clog pores, as well as hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested. Not to mention the pink lemon and mandarin orange fragrance fills your shower with an amazing aroma!

    HOW TO USE:
    Moisten face with water. Dispense product onto fingertips and massage over face. Rinse off with water. Instructions on the product indicate 3-4 times per week, but the exfoliants are mild and the scrub is in our experience, gentle enough for daily use.

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    Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup™

    Monday, August 18th, 2014

    erase2It’s a common complaint that women have as they get older that they actually look younger without makeup. It’s a strange problem to have, since foundation is supposed to make you look better not older! Foundation and especially powder can build up in fine line and creases, accentuating the very thing that you were trying to hide. This is why it makes sense to have an anti-aging foundation. We tried Revlon’s Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup, which has hyaluronic acid for hydration, moisturizers, and ingredients to lift the skin. The best thing about this foundation is that it stays on top of the skin instead of gradually sinking into lines. The result is more of an air brushed effect. So does it make you look younger? It gives you a glow and smoothness to your skin and covers instead of highlights wrinkles. Win Revlon Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler when you enter our contest of the quarter!

    Tip: Do you have fine lines? Don’t knock the traditional remedy of olive oil! It’s rich in antioxidants, which protect your skin from free radicals that age skin cells.

     

     

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    Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

    eraseYou may know Unilever’s brand Simple for its philosophy on skincare – no perfume, no color, or harsh chemicals. But did you know that Simple was launched in 1960? The brand has been around for quite awhile and is geared toward sensitive skin. We tried their Cleansing Facial Wipes, which is supposed to be strong enough to remove even waterproof mascara, yet doesn’t contain alcohol, oil, or perfume. These wipes are also naturally anti-bacterial, but we’re not sure what particular ingredient gives that benefit. These wipes are actually surprisingly adept at removing makeup. Usually, if a product is gentle it’s unfortunately also gentle on makeup removal. Our tester with sensitive skin approved. If you want to address acne or aging, Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes may be lacking. However, not making big changes is what those with sensitive skin are looking for.

    Tip: If your skin is irritated, try Almond Oil which calms skin and addresses redness. It’s perfect for ultra-sensitive skin.

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