bliss bites: lemon+sage popcorn!

Have you ever been slathering on your lemon+sage body butter, and found the scent so totally delish, you seriously contemplated taking a taste? (Don’t deny it, we’ve all been there.) Well, I’ve got something that’ll totally a-‘peel’ to you: a recipe for lemon-sage popcorn!

I have a friend who’s quite the cook, always whipping up amazing recipes she comes up with on the fly. She posted the recipe for this savory snack on her blog recently, and I couldn’t resist sharing it with all of you.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? In fact, I could totally picture it becoming a ‘pop’-ular munchie at our spa buffet, right next to the legendary brownies. I’ll tell you this much—it sure beats making another bag of greasy microwave popcorn. (I can never figure out the perfect time to cook those, and the popcorn always tastes burnt. Ick.) So if any of you beauty-loving foodies make a batch, tell me how you like it!

Actually, as I’m writing this, I’m realizing how many of our products would be really yummy translated into something edible.

Hope you worked up an appetite—or are at least hungry for another tube of body butter.

‘Skin’-cerely,

Miss Bliss

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a star is born: the story behind our new triple oxygen cream

Product geeks like myself always find it so interesting to find out the stories behind my favorite formulas. For example, I always thought it was so cool how the outdoorsy rosemary and eucalyptus scent of our hot salt scrub was inspired by the herb garden of our product development guru’s mom.

The inspiration behind our brand new triple oxygen+c energizing cream actually comes from that same product development diva, Damiana. She told me that she was influenced by the way skin looks after you step out of the shower. “I wanted to translate that perfectly rosy and hydrated complexion into the product,” says Dam. “After using this cream, your skin looks and feels clean and fresh, and glows with vitality.”

Seriously, do the shower test yourself—next time you step out, take a gander in the mirror while you’re still dripping. You’ll see how your face looks decidedly dewy, with an envy-inducing sheen. THAT, my friends, is what Damiana decided to put in a jar when she came up with the new triple oxygen cream. (She also decided to throw in a special form of brightening vitamin C that’s more easily absorbed into skin for good measure. That’s why we love her.)

Of course, if you’re already a fan of our in-spa triple oxygen treatment and our now-famous triple oxygen instant energizing mask and eye mask, you probably won’t need much convincing that this latest entry in the skin-reviving Triple O2 collection is a ‘cream’ come true. But whether you’re a convert or a newbie, it’ll deliver a glow that will have you at hello.

‘Skin’-cerely yours,

Miss Bliss

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lend haiti a helping ‘hand’

We talk about de-stressing a lot around here. But let’s be honest: what are we really stressed about? That last-minute project at work? Trying to find time to give the kids dinner and do laundry? The fact that the car needs some pricey repairs? I mean, I’m ashamed to say it, but I’ve been stressed about running out of my night cream before I’ve had a chance to buy a refill.

But that stress is nothing compared to what the people in Haiti are going through right now. Stress isn’t even the word—more like devastation. It really puts our problems in perspective to think about the fact that they’ve lost their homes, their families, their lives.

So at Bliss, we wanted to do what we could to help them care for the survivors and rebuild. That’s why we’re giving you the chance to lend a helping ‘hand’ by donating 75% of the purchase price of glamour gloves and softening socks to an international children’s organization supporting relief efforts in Haiti. (We’ll reveal the charity’s name upon completion of paperwork, but we didn’t want to hold up the process in the meantime).

You’ll feel good after indulging in a relaxing, skin-softening spa-at-home treatment—but you’ll feel even better knowing that you helped people in desperate need get on the road to recovery. It’s something you don’t even have to think twice about. Buy a pair—or several—now.

Miss Bliss

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did you ‘bliss’ me?

Alright, readers (if you’re still out there): I want to say that I’m sorry. I know I’ve been ‘blissing’ in action for the past couple of months. I’m not even going to make excuses for why I was away so long, but suffice it to say it involved a hush-hush new beauty ingredient and a VERY dashing man in a lab coat. (I would have written even sooner, but this week was the premiere of American Idol, and watching four hours worth of auditions can really eat into a girl’s time.)

Luckily, my social media sisters have kept up the tweets and Facebook updates while I’ve been gone. (If you’re not doing so already, be sure to follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news, and become a fan of Bliss on Facebook.)

Anyway, there’s a lot going on in the Bliss beauty universe right now, so I’ll just get right into the roundup:

• Feeling guilty about an embarrassingly overgrown bikini line? Get 20% off our Brazilian Bikini Wax and our waxing products!
• Did that New Year’s resolution about not gossiping already end at the water cooler? Well, at least you can keep your beauty resolutions with our New Year’s blowout sale.
• If your complexion is showing signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder, cheer it up with our new skin-reviving superstar, triple oxygen+c energizing cream.
• Attention ‘spa’-pparazzi! Bliss Hollywood opens January 28th!
• Want to get massaged in Mi-’aah’-mi? Bliss South Beach opens February 4th!
• If you’re ‘Hungary’ (yeah, I said it) for the next big luxe legend in skincare, check out Budapest-based brand Omorovicza.
• Any girl who thinks size DOES matter should check out our pro-sized body and skincare products. They’re an amazing value, and it’s the closest you’re going to come to that dream where you dive headfirst into a giant tub of vanilla+bergamot body buff.

That’s it for the moment, my lovelies—stay tuned for more. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a man in a lab coat to see.

‘Skin’-cerely,

Miss Bliss

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big ‘primpin’

Ah, Fall. The crisp weather. The cozy fashion. The new Bliss catalog (which you can sign up for here). Don’t you just love the amped-up energy that makes everything feel so exciting and new? (Or wait. Was that The Love Boat?) No matter. All I’m saying is that people have been abuzz about so many things lately. And, of course, the people that Miss Bliss rolls with have all been buzzing about–what else?–our favorite tension-taming, skin-smoothing, better-bodifying treatments! Here’s a primer in some of our most sought after:

The Youth As We Know It Facial
Miss Bliss has a beauty editor friend at a schmancy magazine who swears by this fine-line-fixing, age-attacking, glow-getting facial. So effective (yet gentle enough for this pretty pal’s delicate flower of a face) is this regenerating treatment , that she got asked to a fraternity mixer buy a cute coed at her college homecoming game. (Reader, said friend has been an alumnus since ’93!) That is truly a victory for the ‘ages’. My favorite thing about this facial is that you can leave looking fountain-of-youth fabulous immediately. (No red, blotchy downtime to consider because extractions are totally optional.) And, you get your mug massaged with a mushroom enzyme peel that gives you a lit-from-within radiance.

Triple oxygen treatment
Since this is our most popular peau-prettifying pick, you know it must be a true crowd pleaser! A celeb-fave, this complexion perfecter includes a power cleansing, serious skin-sloughing, expert-esthetician extractions, an oxygen and milk mask that will seriously transport you to another relaxation realm (not to mention leave your skin looking luminous), and a major moisturizing pack plus bright-boosting oxygen spray. This has become Miss Bliss’ requisite go-to gift for all her bride-to-be buddies; it’s super for all skin types and guarantees a wedding-day glow.

Brazilian bikini wax
While I could sum this up by telling you that you’ll be saying “WOW” instead of “OWW!”, I think this Bliss customer says it best: “My only option when it comes to getting waxed. By far the best and pain-less…worth every dime.”
(– Tiffany, Bronx, NY). We agree, sister, we agree! Thanks to our special skin-saving wax, our experts’ gentle touch, and other Bliss-particular practices this wax will truly make you a believer in fearless fuzz busting.

Blissage 75
If ever there were a one-size-fits-all treatment, this would be it. The level of complete and utter calm you feel will melt your muscles and boggle your mind. We dare you not to fall asleep! Zoning in on your most overworked muscles, this 75-minute warming rubdown will make you feel like your reset button has been pressed. Head-clearing, skin-silkifying, and stress-soothing, this is the ultimate escape.

Hot milk & almond pedicure
This 60-minute ‘sole’-saving pedi is such a ‘feat’ that it will earn a regular spot in your appointment calendar. After your tootsies are tenderized in a steamed whole milk and almond oil bath, they’re scrubbed within an inch of their lives, and then painted in the hue of your hankering. In fact, Miss Bliss and two of her friends ran the Chicago Marathon this year (in the freezing cold), and our most powerful motivation was not a medal, not seeing our loved ones at the finish, not even the bragging rights. Nope, it was the knowledge that we had the next morning’s first appointment for the Hot Milk and Almond Pedicure.
True story.

Try one, try all. You won’t be disappointed. And, if you already have a fave, won’t you please divulge? We’d love to know what makes you say, “spaaaahhh”.

Bliss on!

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staffer rave: laboratoire remède translucent uv coat (plus, get one free!)

We all have that one beauty product we’d buy vats of if we could (now, where some of us would store those vats in our tiny apartments is another story, but we don’t worry about details like that in fantasy world). In the case of our Spa Brand Manager Gillian, that product is laboratoire remède’s translucent uv coat.

Since she worships the featherweight SPF formula (I hear she has some sort of shrine to it in her bathroom, but that could just be a rumor), I asked her to elaborate on her love for it—and did she ever. Here’s what she had to say:

check out that spiffy new packaging!

check out that spiffy new packaging!

“I’ve been using translucent uv coat for seven years. I love it because I’m not a foundation wearer, but it gives me a little coverage and just really evens out the tone of my skin. I don’t end up too shiny or matte, and it doesn’t clash with bronzer or powder if I add those to the mix. What makes it so special is that it’s not a heavy moisturizer—you can get light coverage/color and UV protection and still use your favorite moisturizer underneath. I love that it has SPF 30 so I can use it over a non-SPF moisturizer without feeling guilty.

I turned my friend onto it who has amazing, smooth, fair skin, and I can tell when she has it on—her skin just looks like porcelain perfection. Maybe it’s the soft-focusing powders. Now, of course she’s addicted too.”

Gillian could go on about it all day (believe me when I tell you that was just a snippet of the praise she lavished on this product). And after reading that, I bet you’re just a little bit curious to try it yourself if you haven’t already. Well, lucky you—there’s a way for you to try it free with this special spa offer:

Get a free translucent UV coat with any Laboratoire Remède purchase and/or Alchemy Facial through October 15.* (Shade availability may vary by location.)**

Now go get yours and make Gillian proud!

‘Skin’-cerely,

Miss Bliss

*Sorry, but this offer isn’t available at Bliss Ft. Lauderdale, Washington D.C. or Atlanta – Downtown.
**You’ll receive the original UV Coat packaging and formula with this offer, but keep in mind for future purchases that Laboratoire Remède has recently made some changes: the UV Coat bottle has a fresh new look, and the shades are now slightly darker, so longtime wearers should test before buying if possible.

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spa like a star

From the MTV VMAs to the Emmys, we’re on total awards show overload. (And we might lose it if we see one more headline about the Kanye debacle.)

The one thing these star-studded events always remind us of is how fabulous the A-list looks, even in HD. Of course, they’ve got glam squads fussing over every stray hair or wayward bra strap, and mere mortals such as ourselves cannot be held to the same standards. Still, there are ways you can spoil yourself like a celeb—like a visit to one of our spas. (After all, just because you’re not prepping for a red carpet stroll doesn’t mean you don’t have an excuse to look full-on fabulous.) Check out some of the treatments awards show attendees have been known to indulge in before the big event:

the youth as we know it facial
Stars always manage to look at least five years less than their real age, and you can pull off the same time-shaving trick with this youth-inducing treatment. Its wrinkle-reversing effects extend all the way down to your décolleté, so it’s perfect before donning a plunging neckline.

the triple oxygen treatment
Hours of partying. Red-eye flights. Cocktails galore. And yet celebs still manage to look more fresh-faced than fatigued. One of their secrets? This complexion-reviving facial, which energizes and brightens sapped skin to leave it positively glowing.

the hangover herbie
You don’t attend a martini-laden after-party until 3am and wake up feeling or looking ready for a cover shoot. But we can help you make the most of the morning after with this face- and body-pampering combo, which livens up a post-soiree skin and soothes bash-battered muscles without any overly intense poking, prodding or pummeling.

Ready to give yourself the star treatment with one of these celeb-approved services? Call 877 TO BLISS or set up a spa stop online. (Just promise you’ll remember to thank us when you get to the podium.)

Miss Bliss

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