Primped and Polished

Lifestyle

Every now and again we crave the finer things in life. For most, forking out a few grand for leisurely activities is out of the question, but if lavish spa days and luxurious frills are your prerogative, then take a stab at this list of high-end treatments and add to the sumptuous lifestyle. We considered everything from unique massage experiences, caviar facials, mineral water baths, premium nail polish, and diamond encrusted lipstick. So, grab that 14-karat gold fountain pen and take notes.

20 Hands Duo Massage

Spa Grande – Wailea, Hawaii

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 2.14.22 PMThere is luxurious and then there is Spa Grande’s ultimate 20-hands Duo Massage, a couple’s massage for the price of $4,000 ($2,000 per person). Located at Grand Wailea, a Waldfor-Astoria Resort on Maui, the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Spa Grande’s philosophy is rooted in the intersection of western comfort and eastern grace. A perfect example of this intersection, the 20-hand Duo Massage, which boasts cultural origins from the Hawaiian Islands, is relaxation delivered by ten trained massage therapists. The 90 minute experience starts with a Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit, a series of sea salt bath therapies designed to rejuvenate tense bodies and minds. Enjoy a deep detox in the dry sauna and eucalyptus steam room before entering the cascading waterfall for neck and shoulder massages. Patrons are meticulously prepped for a 30-minute foot exfoliation and pressure-point massage before being escorted to Spa Grande’s suites, where lavender-scented neck pillows await. There, a team of therapists harmonize energy in the room by bonding hands, circling the guests, and massaging the their bodies in synchronization.

Alternatively, if faced with the indecision of whether one should forage a few grand for a couples massage, New Jersey offers a comparable experience. The Urban Muse in Denville, NJ offers their own 90 minute duo massage for just $290. For a fraction of the price, clients can rest assured that they won’t be burning a hole in their wallets for a day of luxurious pampering.

Spa Grande at Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort
3850 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea, HI 96753
800.888.6100
The Urban Muse
82 Broadway
Denville, NJ 07834
973.627.3455

 

 

 

Skin Caviar

La Prairie Spa – New York, New York

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 2.21.39 PMFor every full-body massage, there is an exfoliating facial. Priced at $1,250, La Prairie Spa at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City offers a ninety-minute caviar facial treatment. Derived from La Prairie, a luxury brand rooted in the Alps, the Skin Caviar Collection is a prime source for timeless beauty and revolutionary skincare formulas. Despite its name, this treatment does not actually involve real caviar. However, its caviar-like pearls work to uncover brighter skin, reducing the appearance of dark spots, and adding to the individual’s caviar-like delicacy. The treatment is offered seasonally and features their cellular three-minute peel along with caviar intensive eyelift treatments. Every appointment closes with a trained esthetician where clients receive three white caviar products to take home, generously free of charge.

If one would like to opt out of the full facial experience, Skin Caviar collection offers a line of instant mini facial lifts. Priced at just $430 a jar (1.7oz.), the cream is an affordable substitute. The serum helps moisturize, brighten, and smooth skin texture without the price of the spa experience.

La Prairie Spa at The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton New York
Central Park
50 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
212.308.9100

Evian Spring Water Bath

Spa V & Hamam – Miami Beach, Florida

After a series of extravagant spa arrangements, rinse off at Miami’s Hotel Victor. This bigger than life hotel is home to a 1000-liter Evian spring water bath that will knock anyone’s socks off. A night at the posh penthouse suite comes with modern fixtures, a private terrace, and a bill of $6,000 or more. When the world is moving uncomfortably fast, retreating into a cloud of essential minerals and washing away the day’s stress is a must. Did we mention the Evian immersion comes with colorful Gerber daisies and a $5,000 price tag? Evian is famous for its pure mineral water, naturally filtered straight from the Northern Alps, making it the world’s most luxurious bottled water. Its unique texture is described as smooth and buttery, Evian is enriched with magnesium, sulfate, and iron to help relax muscles, lower blood pressure, and detoxify the body. So why wouldn’t one bathe in this fountain of youth?

If dumping several bottles of high-priced water into the bathtub sounds frivolous, then draw a bath at home with Agraria’s Bitter Orange Bath Salts, available at Bergdorf Goodman. For only $50, those eager for a mineral water soak will be pleased with Agraria’s essential oils and salts from the Dead Sea.

Hotel Victor South Beach
1144 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
305.908.1462 | 1.844.319.3854
Bergdorf Goodman
754 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
212.753.7300

 

 

 

Azature’s Black Diamond Polish

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 2.42.31 PMWhen long spa days and expensive baths just won’t cut it, pamper those beloved hands with Azature’s Black Diamond Polish. This substantial $250,000 nail lacquer is a definitive piece of timeless jewelry. Complete with 267 carats of black diamonds, it will become the most interesting item on the dresser. Azature Pogosian, the self-avowed Black Diamond King, is originally known to be the premier black diamond dealer with conflict free gems. His popularity is not lost among celebrities like Rihanna and Beyonce. Unfortunately, most fashion obsessed patrons will have to keep pining over this limited edition bottle, as the company will only be releasing one bottle of the coveted glaze.

However, Azature is offering a less expensive version of the varnish for just $25 a bottle. Each jar includes a real, hand-placed 1.2mm black diamond. The signature black is applied onto each nail with a brilliant sheen that resembles Azature’s black diamonds.

Azature Nail Lacquer

Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Gold and Diamonds Lipstick

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 2.39.47 PMFinally, swanky days must have voluptuous endings. Concluding with a $65,000 lipstick is just the icing on the very lavish cake. Guerlain’s KissKiss Gold and Diamonds Lipstick is custom designed in France and displays a case covered in 110g of solid gold (18-Karat) and 199 diamonds (2.2 carats each). Additionally, the coveted lipstick comes in fifteen exclusive refillable shades including Rose Fleur (pink), Maxishine Cherry Shine (red), and Envie de Beige (neutral). The colors are enhanced with reflective pigments, reproducing the appearance of precious stones. Supple lips all over will thank Guerlain for the long lasting moisture from the infused vitamin A, alphabioabolol, and wax. The item is hand selected and is only available through a scheduled consultation with Guerlain’s Artistic Director, Oliver Echaudemaison.

Fortunately, there is an affordable version on the market. The KissKiss Liplift is only $37 and is an alternative to the luxurious version without the hefty price tag. Complete with a new formula of micro beads, the smooth lipstick expands when in contact with moisture to add volume and definition to every lip. KissKiss comes in a gilded case designed by jeweler Herve Van Der Straeten and is available at retailers such as Nordstrom.

Guerlain Website

However exorbitant treatments can be, we all know we love to indulge. If our lifestyles can evoke envy in our peers, then the toll for sublime skin and serene surroundings is worth it. Certainly, living in high society can afford extravagant matters such as these.

By VUE NJ