Everything You Need to Know to Get Pampered: The Detox Diaries Part 3

The Joanna Vargas oasis, courtesy of Joanna Vargas

How to truly relax? Schedule so many spa appointments that getting to them becomes incredibly stressful.

Read parts one and two of the DETOX DIARIES here and here.

Here are my picks for post-fashion week (or post-anything) bliss:

Joanna Vargas Triple Crown Facial
When it comes to Joanna Vargas, the question is really which A-lister doesn’t entrust her with the care of their pores? It is known that stress wreaks havoc on our skin and when I got to Vargas’s eponymous spa, I was looking like a model for the fact. When Joanna finished her microcurrent magic on just one side of my face, I felt like a chipmunk forced to spit out some nuts. My cheek was literally sculpted, my cheekbone lifted as though I’d gone under a knife. I’d been to JV before, but never to Joanna’s ‘office’ which is like the Versailles of skin care. Though this isn’t a facial where you’re simultaneously having a foot massage, it is 200% effective and somehow still very relaxing. Of course, none of that even matters when afterward, a look in the mirror reveals a newer, better version of you.

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Bliss Spa Heel-Lelujah Pedicure
I don’t want to discuss what I looked like in sandals prior to my arrival at Bliss 57. The cheerful spa is one of my favorite spots in all NYC (who could resist those mini-brownies and blondies in the lounges?) but I’d never been to the nail salon. The Heel-lelujah, was, essentially my first fancy-grown-up pedicure ever and I’ve got to say, in spite of my ticklish squirming, my feet emerged softer than any $20 neighborhood place has ever accomplished. Of course, I shouldn’t be surprised–but now that I know the truth about fancy-grown-up pedicures, I fear for my wallet in the future.

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After an NYC summers, however, this is a downright necessary indulgence. Can’t make it to Bliss? One of the main products used is Bliss’s 24-Heaven body balm, which, thanks to it’s exfoliating lactic acid and soothing and protective colloidal oatmeal, provides moisture for 24 hours, and helps to treat itchiness, flakiness and generally restore angry skin.

Jin Soon Breath of Milk and Honey Mani
As Joanna Vargas is to facials, Jin Soon Choi is to nails. So it was not even a question that I’d head over to her UES haven to detox my nails. A manicure and green tea is pretty close to perfection for me any day, but Jin Soon’s understated lavender/grey Auspicious was extra-perfect, and thankfully, looked chic even on my short nails.

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Courtesy of Jin Soon

Caudalie (at the Plaza!) Slimming Treatment
Eloise is my fictional girl crush and Caudalie is one of my very favorite skincare brands (and I am serious about skincare) so my excitement was evident as I elevator-shoefied the shit out of those double P’s while riding to the 4th floor Vinotherapie spa at the storied hotel. This treatment is 50% vigorous massage, followed by you, in a sushi wrap of luxe scrub while the technician does a (thankfully) less vigorous massage on your scalp. After you’re unwrapped, you take a shower about a foot away in the treatment room and emerge feeling refreshed, detoxified, and possibly slimmer. The rooms provide a dark, kinda sexy counterpoint to the cheerful feeling at Bliss and left me feeling like I had in fact, visited Provence, if only for an hour.

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The best part though? The upkeep, or, just the start, is available to anyone in the form of a 3-piece kit from Caudalie. I’m not one to embark on regimens but this simple process (2 products + tea) keeps the spa feeling going for twenty-eight days.

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The Slimming Regimen from Caudalie–a spa in two bottles and a cup of tea

I needed this. You need this. We all need this.

 

Bloody Good Nails

The hottest colors of the new season also happen to be the deepest. When nails get a high intensity dose, the bottles don’t stand a chance. These polishes are powerful… and they’re bloody good.

 

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Shop the hottest fall colors:
3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS in ‘Insidious’
Deborah Lippmann in ‘Take the “A” Train’
Jin Soon x Tess Giberson collection in ‘Farrago’
MAC in ‘Midnight Sky’
Estée Lauder Pure Color in ‘Lust’

All jewelry by Eddie Borgo

Photographer: Jacob Brown
Manicurist: Julie Kandalec (Bryan Bantry)
Manicure Assistant: Jini Lim
Special Effects: Allison Huntington Chase
Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro

Where to Get Your Nail Art On in New York, Los Angeles, and London

Nail art is tacky, gaudy, and absolutely fabulous. Even if you’re not one of Gaga’s little monsters, it’s a really fun way to add some sass to your otherwise boring claws. Hate it or love it, the craze is still going strong, with everyone from celebrities to trendsetters running to their nearest salon to get bedazzled or Minx-ed up. But not all salons offer this service, leaving you to buy those half-assed DIY versions from the drugstore which almost always turn out sloppy. Whether you’re a skeptic looking to test the trend or a fan in dire need of some new spirit fingers, here are a few salons from NYC to LDN that get the seal of approval.

New York Valley 198 Elizabeth St New York, NY 10012 Mon-Sat 12pm-7:30pm; Sun 12pm-6pm

Jin Soon 56 E 4th St New York, NY 10003 Mon-Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-7pm

Primp and Polish 189 Grand St Brooklyn, NY 11211 Mon-Thu, Sun 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm

Hello Beautiful Salon 218 Bedford Ave Brooklyn, NY 11211 Mon-Sun 12pm-7pm

Los Angeles Peter Ishkhans at Joseph Martin Salon 275 N Canon Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Mon-Thu, Sun 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm

Extremedys 2010 8001 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90046 Mon 10am-6pm; Tue-Fri 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

London WAH Nails Topshop Basement 214 Oxford St London W1D 1LA Mon-Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 11:30am-6pm