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Bad Hair Day Cure: Dry Dirt Texture Spray

Bad Hair Day Cure: Dry Dirt Texture Spray

Volumizing spray Dry Dirt from Jonathan Product texturizes tousled tresses and creates sexy slept-in hair with just a few sprays.

Jessica Alba was my hair idol. In the days of Express going-out tops and the overkill smokey eye, I wanted her straight honey-colored locks with shadowy roots that amorously swept across her face. I hampered my natural waves with a scalding hot flat iron and spent…

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April Beauty Blast: $45 All Aglow Facial Deals

April Beauty Blast: $45 All Aglow Facial Deals

Five nicely priced rejuvenating spring facial deals!

Embrace the fresh bloom of spring and say so long to dry winter skin with these exclusive All Aglow Rejuvenating Facials. Available April 1-30, these spring preening treatments are ONLY $45 and available exclusively at these top beauty spots when you mention AZ Spa Girls. Hurry, space is limited!

Eudocia Salon & Spa, Scottsdale, 480.368.0022
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The Art of Hair Tucking: Faux Bob How-to

The Art of Hair Tucking: Faux Bob How-to

Celebrity hairstylist Frank Barbosa has played with the hair of A-listers like Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner and Sarah Jessica Parker. Here, he shares his tips for creating the latest hair trend: Tucking (AKA, the faux bob).

”Tucking” gives the illusion of shorter hair without lopping off your locks. Why are stars stepping out in this style? Worn curly or straight, the faux bob an…

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Do Try This at Home: 3 DIY Treatments from Luxury Spas

Do Try This at Home: 3 DIY Treatments from Luxury Spas

Three celebrated resort spas share their secrets for bringing the spa home.

Spa at L’Auberge, Sedona, Arizona

L’Apothecary Clear Mind Scrub

This Spring, L’Auberge de Sedona will be debuting L’Apothecary at the spa, a place for guests and Arizona visitors to draw upon the destination’s rich bounty of healing botanicals and fragrant herbs and flowers. L’Apothecary will offer the ingredients and…

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Faux Your Glow: 6 Skin and Hair Essentials

Faux Your Glow: 6 Skin and Hair Essentials

After a bitter winter and one too many days stuck inside because of uncooperative weather, the sun beckons us like a beacon to soak in its warming rays. But don’t go burning that pretty skin we’ve worked so hard to protect. Stock up on these essentials, slather on the sunscreen and get your glow on minus the damage.

1. Creating a fast tan is easy when using Palladio Beauty Baked Bronzers ($10) to…

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Local nutrition and fitness advocate, Joyce Emily, offers a tasty and super easy alternative to juicing.

Eight hours of sleep. Nine cups of water. Four to five cups of fruits and vegetables. Thirty minutes of exercise. And a little meditation for good measure. Sound familiar? Daily recommended requirements seem to dictate how we (should) live our lives. For most of us though, getting through the day is just sheer survival, and health maintenance can be a matter of picking your battles. Yet, anyone can win the war of optimal health with mini victories. Start by triumphing over the battle of fruits and vegetables with a simple green drink solution.

For someone without the budget for a Vitamix and bushels of organic produce, as well as the patience to juice and clean up every day, this is very good news. If you like your health routine to be fast, cheap and easy, then you’ll like Basic Greens. The tasty beverage is 15 servings of fruits and vegetables full of certified organic ingredients, super greens, healthy herbs, enzymes and fiber. (Psst, read on for a special discount on your Basic Greens purchase!)

It’s more than just a nutrient-rich superdrink that provides your daily quota of fruits and veggies. Basic Greens is a nourishing product reflective of nutrition and fitness advocate Joyce Emily’s commitment to living the best life possible.

Scottsdale, Arizona resident Joyce Emily is not only the passion behind the green drink, she’s a wife and mother who isn’t afraid to lift heavy weights and turn her devotion for wellness into a business. She and her husband Luke created Basic Greens after deciding to take control of health issues and turn nutrition and fitness into a lifestyle.

Joyce’s journey started during her pregnancy when she was diagnosed with high blood pressure. During the following years, her health spiraled out of control. It took a radical transformation for Joyce to now live a life of radiant health. She celebrates her 44th birthday in two months and proudly says she’s in the best shape of her life.

As an inspiration for others to make life-changing health choices, Joyce opens up about her personal motivation, a life lesson for her younger self, true beauty, and making healthy choices to maximize life’s potential.

True Inspiration

Looking and feeling her best motivates Joyce. Strangers who are curious about her workouts and what she eats fuel her drive to always make healthy lifestyle choices. Joyce’s favorite testimonial? Her 8-year-old son Owen. Seeing him turn down candy makes her heart sing. Owen playing and running fills her heart with joy. Her son is her true inspiration.

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Younger Self

If Joyce could impart wisdom on her younger self, she’d tell her to never give up and that shortcuts don’t exist. Joyce admits, she always looked for the quick fix. It took life experience to learn that the easy road and magic pill are illusions. Whether you want a better body, career or relationship, effort requires time, patience and work.

Joyce and her husband couldn’t start their nutrition company frozen by fear or lacking commitment. To start a business, they’ll have to humbly build it brick by brick from the ground up. Embarking on new, crazy adventures is both exciting and scary. It’s a truth never too late to accept.

Real Beauty

Beauty is confidence. Confidence is beauty. Joyce believes that true beauty shines through when women focus on nurturing, caring and tending to their inner selves. The world is attracted to a woman who smiles and laughs. She rejects society’s dictated definition of beauty. She walks with confidence and radiates pure bliss, even if she doesn’t look like a cover model by media standards.

Beauty is looking in the mirror, loving what you see and being able to say, “I love myself.” Beauty is about loving your life and sharing gratitude every day. That’s the drop-dead gorgeous stuff you can’t buy in a beauty salon, says Joyce.

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Healthy Choices

Joyce works out four to six days a week and always spends 30 minutes on the stairmaster. She trains hard and lifts weights, emphasizing that heavy lifting doesn’t make women big and bulky. Bulkiness comes from fat, not muscle. Her workouts also include ab exercises, stretching, Bikram yoga, and hiking.

Joyce starts the day powered by a bowl of Bob’s Gluten Free Quick Oatmeal microwaved with water. She adds ¼ cup almond milk and Dales Raw Foods Vegan Protein Shake mixed with water. Another quick A.M. meal Joyce occasionally makes is three scrambled egg whites and one whole egg, a slice of gluten-free toast and a glass of Basic Greens.

Basic Greens not only serves as a nourishing breakfast option, it’s an immune system booster and energizer. The gluten-free, 40 calorie drink is flavored with natural stevia, cinnamon and mint. Joyce drinks Basic Greens straight up in her Shaker Bottle to feel fantastic. She even concocts a “Chocolate Chip Mint Protein Shake” to curb her ice cream cravings. (Blend 1 scoop of Basic Greens, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 cup almond milk and ice.)

Here’s another reason to love Joyce: She gave us an exclusive discount! Use Coupon Code “AZSpaGirls10″ for $10 off your Basic Greens purchase at BasicGreens.com.

To learn more about Joyce and nutrition, visit JoyceEmily.com and BasicGreens.com. You can also connect with Basic Greens on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Valley Wellness Enthusiast Launches Basic Greens Superdrink Local nutrition and fitness advocate, Joyce Emily, offers a tasty and super easy alternative to juicing.
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Spring into Joya Spa Days and Special Events

Spring into Joya Spa Days and Special Events

Spring spa and salon specials at Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Arizona’s beautiful spring skies and enviable weather than a little spa and poolside relaxation? Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Paradise Valley, Arizona is offering specially priced treatments, packages and special events aplenty during…

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AZ Spa Girls Exclusive: Create your own luxury spa experience for just $129 at Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa.

It’s spring time in the Valley and Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa is inviting you to “Live it Well” with an exclusive offer just for AZ Spa Girls! Located at the AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Well & Being is not just a spa—it’s an experience. Create your own luxury spa experience for only $129!

Take your pick! Choose from a 60-minute signature journey massage, prenatal massage or a deep cleansing facial with spa lunch ($190 value). And that’s not all.

Your Well & Being visit includes full use of the spa’s indoor and outdoor 44,000-square-foot facility for the day including the rooftop pool, massaging waterfall pool, steam room, sauna, eucalyptus inhalation room, whirlpool, fitness equipment and unlimited fitness classes (Aerial Hammock Yoga, TRX, RipSurfer and CrossFit to name a few of the fun choices).

This offer expires April 15, 2014. Offer is based on availability and not valid with other offers. Must be 18 years of age. An 18 percent gratuity automatically added to spa package price.

For details or to book your spa day, call 480.585.2732. Be sure to mention “AZ Spa Girls” when booking for special pricing!

Not convinced? Here’s what you’ll experience at Well & Being.

Well & Being at Willow Stream is located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona. Visit scottsdaleprincess.com for more details about the spa and their offerings.

Live it Well Exclusive Offer at Fairmont Scottsdale’s Well & Being Spa AZ Spa Girls Exclusive: Create your own luxury spa experience for just $129 at Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa.
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Arizona Biltmore Hosts Yoga for a Cause

Arizona Biltmore Hosts Yoga for a Cause

Get your Downward Dog on for the Arizona Humane Society.

The Arizona Humane Society, serving Phoenix’s pets and community since  1957, and Arizona Biltmore Spa have teamed up to bring yogi’s and animal lovers together for a morning of vinyasa and giving back.

On Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m., an hour-long charitable yoga session will take place on the beautiful Squaw Peak Lawn. Amid lush grass,…

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Celebrate spring this March with soothing cucumber treatments at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort’s Revive Spa.

The weather is glorious and cactus are in bloom, which can only mean spring time in the Valley of the Sun. Embrace the changing of the seasons with a Soothing Cucumber Facial or Cucumber Mint pedicure at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort’s Revive Spa in Phoenix.

As a part of JW Marriott’s commitment to helping guests stay balanced, Revive Spa is offering two special treatments to unwind and relax.

The first features the cooling and healing effects of cucumber, nature’s magical treatment for all skin types, with the Soothing Cucumber Facial. Cucumber and the skin on the face share the same level of hydrogen, allowing it to work naturally to reduce inflammation and promote elasticity. An algae peel off mask is then used to restore moisture balance and leave skin with a smooth and radiant complexion. This treatment is $99, special for March.

The cool, refreshing sensation of the Cucumber Mint pedicure is perfect to preparation for sandal season. To begin, a sugar glow scrub is used to exfoliate and reveal soft skin, followed by a detoxifying and nourishing clay soufflé mask. Finally, a rich whipped body crème soothes and repairs damaged skin. This treatment is $55, special for March.

Revive Spa treatments include the full use of the spa amenities on the day of your visit including the indoor whirlpool, steam, sauna, locker amenities, private spa pool, fitness center and outdoor showers. Complete your day with bite at the spa bistro, which offers a full bar and breakfast and lunch.

Revive Spa at JW Marriott Desert Ridge is located at 5350 E Marriott Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054. Visit jwrevivespa.com for more details about the spa and their offerings.

March Spa Deals at JW Marriott’s Revive Spa Phoenix Celebrate spring this March with soothing cucumber treatments at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort’s Revive Spa.