MGM Grand National Harbor is opening next week and it has a Clarins Spa

MGM National Harbor, cr: MGM Resorts International
MGM National Harbor

MGM Resorts has announced a partnership with skincare brand Clarins for it’s new casino hotel opening next week. The MGM Grand National Harbor will open on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 bringing the first world-class gaming resort to the region. 

In addition to 308 rooms, a 125,000 square-foot casino floor, entertainment venue, dining, nightlife the resort will offer guests the use of a 27,000 square-foot spa. Spa visitors can indulge in Clarins treatments including facials, massages and body treatments along with services like manicures, pedicures, haircuts and waxing. 

The Spa & Salon at National Harbor has 11 treatment rooms, a women’s and men’s salon, couples suites, vichy room, hydrotherapy room and a 45 machine fitness room and a retail shop. Men can also retreat to the barber shop for a classic shave and haircut. Ladies can get a brow clean up at the brow bar and a Essie Gel Manicure.

The new spa will open for bookings on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. For more information about the spa or to book appointments, visit MGM National Harbor on the web. 



Target Beauty Box, November 2016

Target’s November beauty box is out for delivery and you can still pick one up! 

Target Beauty Box, Nov. 2016
Target Beauty Box, Nov. 2016

It costs $10 ($30 value) and includes the following:

  • L’Oréal Advanced HairCare Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo: Makes thin hair thicker, travel size. ($1.49 value)
  • Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream: Has a rosy scent and my two favorite ingredients, hyaluronic acid and rosehip oil. Great as a daytime or nighttime cream. ($5 value)
  • HASK Keratin Protein Soothing Deep Conditioner: Single use hair mask helps repair damaged hair, $1.99.
  • Laneige Water Bank Soothing Mask: Sheet mask version of the brands’ overnight water mask. Non-slip mask comes in two pieces for easier application. ($5 value)
  • W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick: Natural screen brightener.  Very stiff and hard to apply. It probably works better in the summer/warmer temperatures. (???)
  • L’Oréal Voluminous Primer: Works as a blowout for lashes. Maybe I could use it instead of mascara? ($5.99 value)
  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner: A better than average drugstore liner. I got black/brown, perfect for neutral color palettes. Also has a built-in sharpener and smudger. ($5.99)
  • You also get a $3 of $15 coupon for beauty at Target.

How to “Smile Brilliant” for the holidays – giveaway

Teeth Whitening Trays

Halloween is over, bringing us closer to the holy grail of holidays, Christmas! Holiday photo cards, family get-togethers and holiday parties mean your choppers need to be in tip top shape when you say cheese! Coffee, tea and red wine are just a few of the culprits that  can turn teeth yellow and luster-less. But never fear, you can restore teeth back to their pearly whiteness in the comfort of your home.

Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening
Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening

I recently collaborated with a U.S. based company called Smile Brilliant to get my teeth in shape. Smile Brilliant provides a custom tooth whitening product you can get without setting foot in a dentist office. You simply order a kit, you make your own impressions at home, send them out and wait for your custom trays to arrive. I have sensitive teeth so I have been apprehensive about using something stronger than a drugstore whitestrip, and of course Zoom is completely out of the question (and pricey). I decided to give Smile Brilliant a try because they offer a special post whitening sensitivity treatment. Smile Brilliant sends you the molding kit and the gel syringes in the first shipment. First, you create your molds.

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The process was pretty simple and they give you some extra molding in case you mess up. It took less than a week for my molds to appear and the lab kept me updated on the status.

Before - not too bad but stained by coffee!!!
Before – not too bad but stained by coffee!!!


Smile Brilliant Whitening Syringe

The first couple of treatments I only went 45 minutes and when I was comfortable with the level of post treatment sensitivity, I bumped it up to 1 hour. It took about 10 treatments (2 syringes) to get the results I wanted. I saw a better result with the custom fitted trays versus the strips. The trays adhere the gel to your teeth better and offer a better fit. The sensitivity gel was amazing! I have had super sensitive teeth all my life and at one point had to use straws and skip ice. So if it works for me it will work for you. I also liked the fact the whitening looks natural – not overdone and splotchy.

After Smile Brilliant

A couple of things to consider:

  • You will have to keep treating your teeth if you drink coffee, red wine or other vices.  You can buy refill syringes without buying an entire kit.
  • No whitening treatment will work on crowns or other dental work, so keep that in mind if you have any in the front.

And now, the fun stuff! Smile Brilliant is giving one of my readers a free kit (worth $119.95), all you have to do is sign up for the giveaway here (no rafflecopters and hoops to jump through, just and name and email): .  The contest will be open until Nov. 24, 2016.

If you’re already sold and want to get your own kit, go to and enter code bathrobes766 to get 5% off. (I may get a commission if you use the code above).

Super cute holiday nails from imPRESS

imPress Manicure Holiday 2016, $5.97 at Wal-Mart

ImPRESS has released four new designs you’ll want to “press on” for the holidays.  The designs include Santas, gingerbread men, snowflakes and a gingham plaid. The long wear gel nails are priced at just $5.97 and are available in-store at Wal-Mart. Grab them before they’re gone!

Should your lipstick match your sunglasses? Smashbox and Wildfox think so

Smashbox and Wildfox have collaborated on a cute collection of sunglasses with coordinating lipsticks called the “Perfect Pair”. The collection includes ten stylish Wildfox sunnies, each with a matching  lipstick from the new Be Legendary line of lipsticks by Smashbox.

The collection runs from $169 to $199 and is available exclusively at For a limited time use code BFF to get 25% off your online purchase. Visit to see the entire line of “Be Legendary” lipsticks.


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