Those under-the-radar in-home Botox and Restylane parties have led to something much more fun and a lot less harmful. This latest trend in beauty care is fast becoming the hottest way to get pampered: the In-Home Spa Party. This invitation-only, salon-style soiree’ issues your dearest friends a backstage pass to after-hours massages, mani’s, pedis and overall pampering, plus a little imbibing, all in the comfort of your own home. Even more interesting, these parties are being booked on a bi-monthly basis, just as someone would have a standing appointment at a spa or salon. I consider this new concept smart on so many levels. It addresses the issue of space, which is at a premium in some salons.

It addresses the issue of spa owners rushing a group through while juggling their regular customers, leaving everyone feeling stressed. It also makes the services much more affordable for the attendees. In some cases, hosts get their services for free if enough guests are invited. I recently spoke to a group of beauty industry professionals who put on these in-home spa parties, offering facials, massages, pedicures, and manicures.

Here is a checklist of the logistics of planning your In-Home Spa Party:

  • The hostess sets the party date, time, place and services to be offered.
  • The hostess emails or snail mails invitations to the guest list. Included in this invitation is a liability release, standard for these kinds of events.
  • The In-Home Spa Party company supplies the hostess with a contract, guaranteeing the date and cost.
  • The hostess provides a non-refundable security deposit, committing to the date and time.
  • The host is responsible for food and drinks, or for a minimal fee, the company hosting your party can add catering to the event.
  • The In-Home Spa Party company sometimes creates “swag bags” for your guests, offering free sample products from their vendors.
  • Hostesses, here are a few things to consider if you are planning a party in your own home:
  • Make sure the company performing the services is insured.
  • Make sure the company provides their own equipment.
  • Ask these specialists what you can do to make the layout of your homework best for the event.
  • Find out if any of your attendees are diabetic. The manicurists and pedicurists will need to know this, as extra precautions aretaken in these special cases.

Make sure all of your attendees have signed off on the liability release forms before you allow them to partake in the spafestivities. It may seem harsh, but people have gotten staph infections in their fingers from manicures at well-sanitized salons, and you don’t want to be legally responsible for their medical bills. I have since attended one of these parties, and I must tell you I would recommend this to everyone who likes to be pampered and doesn’t want to leave the house.


Of course, I am from the Midwest, where leaving the house can be less than pleasant for several months of the year. The In-Home Spa Party I attended was a wonderfully relaxing evening being pampered, having a smooth glass of merlot and reconnecting with friends.

The holidays are all about spending time with the folks we love, and if that means getting a little mistletoe action in with your favorite Christmas squeeze, then all the better! Make sure that your lips are ready to take the heat with these tips that will help you to keep your lipstick where it belongs. With a little plan-ahead strategy, your lipstick will stay on your lips no matter how many trips you take under the mistletoe.

Get Ready

Keeping your lipstick in place requires steps prior to ever opening that tube of fire engine red. First, keep your lips in mint condition during the dry winter months with plenty of lip balm. Make sure that your balm of choice contains an SPF of at least 15 to protect from the sun’s rays, which can damage even on cold days. Next, drink plenty of water, to keep your lips hydrated from the inside out. This way, your lipstick has a nice, smooth palette to glide onto, leading to a longer lasting application and prettier lips.

Get Set

Before applying your lipstick, many makeup experts swear by rubbing a bit of foundation over the lips. You could also use a gel blush or a nude lip liner for this purpose. This step will effectively give you a base that will help to keep your lipstick in place. Once the foundation is applied, you can carefully line your pucker using a nice sharp lip pencil in the shade of your choice. Lining your lips will ensure that your lip color doesn’t smudge or bleed, and it will give you a nice lip definition as well.

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Now you are ready for your lip color. First, fill in with a thin coat of lipstick, using a lip brush instead of applying the color right from the tube. Blot your lips lightly with a tissue, and then apply a second coat, using the brush once again. If you like, you can finish with a light dusting of powder that will hold that pucker in place.


To add some extra glitz for the holiday season, finish your lipstick application with a coating of high shine gloss or a bit of sparkle. For a perfect pout, apply the gloss to the center of your lower lip only. It is also important to consider the shade of lipstick that you choose, since different colors may say different things about you. For example, pink usually radiates an air of sweetness, while red definitely says daring. For a classic look, go for the brown lipstick tones. Nearly everyone can wear a shade of brown.Once your lips are in place, get ready for that perfect pucker. Look out mistletoe, here she comes!

Five Tips for Softer Skin

The cold weather months are in full swing, and that means hot chocolate and fuzzy sweaters are the fashion for the season. What`s not in style is dry, chapped winter skin but there is help for this condition. To keep your skin soft and supple, follow these five tips to keep skin moisturized