Category Archives: Washington D.C.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa now open in College Park

Red Door fans now have a new place to spa in College Park. Elizabeth Arden opened its newest relaxation outpost in The Hotel at The University of Maryland on May 19, 2018. Conveniently located a 7777 Baltimore Ave., visitors and students can get primped and pampered by the award-winning spa experts.

The 5,200 square-foot spa and salon is located on the hotel’s fourth floor and includes 6 treatment rooms, 1 couples’ treatment room, hair salon and comfy pedicure and manicure stations. The treatment menu has a variety of relaxing services including massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, manicures, pedicures and waxes. Get a haircut, color or blowout in the full service salon. In a hurry? Mini 20 minute services start at just $70.

Red Door College Park is open 7 days a week and services can be booked online. Red Door also offers 20% off product and services 7 days a week to all Active Duty, Retiree, Veteran, National Guard, Reservist and U.S. Coast Guard personnel!

 

 

Masque Bar Rose Gold Foil Sheet Mask, a review

It’s the foil that makes it better!

I am a sheet mask junkie, hydrogel and bio cellulose being my favorite. So when I saw the Masque Bar foil mask display at CVS, I had to check it out. The new line has three different types of masks; gold, silver and rose gold. Each element comes in two variations, a foil sheet mask and a peel off mask. The peel off mask is available in a single use pod or a tube.

I decided on the rose gold foil mask made with soybean, witch hazel and mushroom extracts, designed to nourish and hydrate skin. The mask actually has paper on the inside – a foil only mask would probably slide right off!

Which brings me to what is so wonderful about this mask – the foil keeps your face warm! Most sheet masks can freeze your face off, making you want to remove them before they have served their purpose. The foil layer in this mask pulls the heat from your body making your face nice and toasty. Now, I used it in the spring, I’ll have to see what happens when I try one in the summer. It could get too hot. I have already bought another one (silver), but I’m not a fan of the peel offs. You can find them at CVS and I usually pay little to nothing for them with coupons and rewards bucks. Amazon (I may get a commission from this link) is also carrying them.

 

Pantene Foam Conditioner, a review

Pantene Foam Conditioner, $5.99

My hair is in the category of fine and thin, so when I saw this foam conditioner in the store I decided to give it a try.  The Pantene Foam Conditioners come in six variations that match other Pantene product lines. I like the Classic Clean line so I bought the foam version.

To use the foam, shampoo first and then dispense a palm full into your hand. Work it through your hair from root to tip and rinse. I found the foam easy to dispense and apply, but it was hard to tell if it penetrated all the hair.  When I dried my hair it kind of felt like when you go to a hotel and use that tiny bottle of conditioner. My hair was straw-like in certain patches and didn’t feel anything like when I use regular Pantene Conditioner.

Pantene released these foam conditioners about six months ago and they are still trying to get them to catch on. They might work better for someone with shorter hair or people that really don’t like thick conditioners. Right now you can get a buy-one-get-one free coupon that work on the foams and the micellar shampoos and conditioners at PG&E and coupons.com.

Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask, a review

Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask, $6.99

I have wanted to try a peel mask for awhile and now I know why I didn’t. This mask was a disaster for me. Formula 10.0.6 is a relatively new brand that can be found in ULTA, CVS, Target and other retailers. The line includes facial skin care products like moisturizers, toners, cleansers and masks.

I grabbed the Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask because it was on sale and I wanted to try a peel mask. I cleansed my face and went it for the kill. First off, it’s hard to spread the mask on. The consistency is kind of like rubber cement and the translucent color makes it hard to see how thick/thin you are applying it.

Once I thought it was applied thoroughly, I waited for it to dry. The tube says 10-15 minutes, but it was probably a little longer (I also live in a humid climate). It was hard to get off, and definitely did not come off in one big piece. There were little patches that I couldn’t get off and when I tried to use water, it gummed up again! I even tried a cleansing wipe without much success. Suffice to say I couldn’t tell you how the mask treated my skin because I was too focused on taking it off. Later on in the day there were still little pieces of mask peeling off.

I’m not going to blame my misfortunes on this brand. I’m sure I would have similar results with another brand and peeling masks Just aren’t my thing. If I do try one again I will get something dark and deep like those black charcoal (I may get a commission from this link) masks.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir vs. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury is UK based luxury brand that is amazing.  It combines makeup with skincare for foundations with long lasting results. The Light Wonder Foundation hides perfections and while keeping skin hydrated for 18 hours. It provides light, buildable coverage (with a SPF15) that will last all day without feeling heavy. It comes in a pseudo squeeze bottle that prevents contamination and insures you can get every last drop out- which is good because it clocks in at $46. It is also hard to find. Some Nordstrom stores carry it and you can buy direct from the website. It really is a premier product so if you’re looking to splurge on a foundation for a wedding or big event, Charlotte Tilbury is the brand.

Covergirl Vitalast Healthy Elixir Foundation

If you can’t find a Nordstrom with Charlotte Tilbury or you don’t want to spend nearly $50 for foundation, Covergirl has a great option. Vitalast Healthy Elixir Foundation is made with vitamins E, B3, B5, antioxidants and an SPF of 20. It has a similar consistence to the Light Wonder foundation, is buildable and is priced around $10.

*Note: In both of these foundations I had to get 1 to 2 shades lighter than they appeared in the bottle. For some reason (maybe the anti-aging ingredients) it looks darker on your skin, so go somewhere where you can test it.