DIY Your Own Weekend Spa Getaway

Springtime in New York: there really isn’t anything else like it. The sun is shining, the Ray-Bans are everywhere and you can almost hear the birds chirping over the sound of blaring cab horns. Almost. Last week’s warm weather front had me in a particularly stellar mood, so I decided to take my lunch break in Bryant Park to soak up some much-needed Vitamin D. Mid-salad, I was approached with a pitch for what seemed like a ridiculously awesome salon spa package. European facial, mani/pedi, wax and a full-body massage for the mere cost of $40?! Sounds too good to be true!

Well as it turns out, it was—the first signs of spring had made me uncharacteristically optimistic. Okay, they turned me into a total sucker. After some research, I discovered that the “deal” I'd just purchased was no more than a classic rip-off. As I chewed over my new membership at the not-so-exclusive “Did You Really Just Fall For That?” club, I started thinking about all of the stuff that I (and all of the other duped New Yorkers out there) could have picked up for the price of that stupid coupon. This weekend, I'm planning to give myself a few luxe at-home treatments using the beauty products below—each available for under $40! Click through to shop them all.

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Approximately 75 disintegrated paper towels and half a bottle of remover later, I’m usually still struggling to remove my polish.  Here’s to avoiding that aggravation.
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With color-coded instructions, this buffing block is a user-friendly polish prep.

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The cooling sensation from this peppermint soak is exactly what your feet need after a long work week.  
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And the peppermint foot party continues…


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Calluses don’t stand a chance.
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Sharp objects and klutzy tendencies don’t make for the best combination—hence my fear (and absolute avoidance) of any sort of cuticle removal.  However, it’s time to step up my mani game, and this two-in-one pen seems innocuous enough.
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The ultimate nail indulgence.


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Waxing might not fit the whole “relaxation” theme, but it’s part of the deal.  Besides, it’s espresso…très chic, no?
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Because do-it-yourself facial waxing still seems pretty scary.