Tocaloma Spa & Salon at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

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Recently, I had the privilege of experiencing the intimate offerings of the Tocaloma Spa & Salon at the Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs. As you might know, the Pointe Hilton resorts are equipped with water slides and lazy river pools and are known for being great destinations for families with children, but don’t let that […]

Sundrops Nail Spot

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A girly girl’s retreat for manis and pedis in the heart of the Arcadia neighborhood. Our super spa sleuth Carolyn is at it again and this time, her tootsies are in serious need of soothing. Before we would let her step foot back in the office, we sent her off to get her tattered toes […]

Par Exsalonce Salon & Day Spa

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Spa Girl Olga made her way to Par Exsalonce for a head to toe nail transformation. Here's her glowing report! I have a bad case of dry skin which I generally like to refer to as alligatoritis (it’s scaly, it’s itchy, it’s no fun at all!), so when Donna Parr, owner of the super luxurious […]

Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort

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Peace. That’s the word that resonates with me on the several occasions I’ve had to visit Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass. Once you make the turn off the I-10 freeway and cross into the expansive Gila River Indian Reservation, your pace naturally begins to slow. A gently curving two-lane road leads you […]

Scottsdale Hand and Foot Spa

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You never know what to expect when you walk into a nail salon the first time. Scottsdale Hand and Foot Spa at the Shops at 94th and Shea was a pleasant surprise. It was a Thursday afternoon and the joint was hopping. Blanketed in warm colors and a tropical décor, the salon was exceptionally spacious […]

Bliss Scottsdale at the W Hotel

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I’ve been waiting for this little nugget of Bliss since I first heard it was swinging our way more than two years ago. In fact, I wrote a little ditty about it. Wanna hear it? Here it goes. An Ode to Bliss: Oh sassy little BlissGirl. You with your beguiling smile and your cutesy treatment […]

Zethina Cosmetics & Skin Care

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I first met Zethina in the lady’s restroom on the set of a local morning TV show. She took one look at me, pulled out her magical makeup brush and went to town on fixing my botched makeup job. I have adored her ever since and now that she has her own spa, I couldn’t […]

Bravo Salon & Day Spa

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We sent SpaGirl in the field Carolyn to Bravo for the much-touted Brazilian hair straightening process. We think her hair turned out super fab. But would she do it again? Here’s her behind-the-chair report. Upon my arrival at Bravo Salon, my hair was nothing short of a major disaster. As a natural brunette whose motto […]

Los Caballeros Spa at Rancho de los Caballeros Resort

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If there’s one phenomenon that’s unique to Arizona, it’s gotta be the "cowboy zen" style of decor and attitude. On the design side, it’s a blend of the rough and tough — think rawhide, leather and distressed pine — with the soft and mellow — sage green hues, feathery soft chamois throws and a purposeful […]

The Spa at DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa

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First, let’s be clear. I’m no gym rat. I have a series of unsubstantiated fears that range from dropping a weight on my forehead to flying off the treadmill and ending up in a heap in front of some super jock. And in this particular joint, I also have a fear of looking fat. So […]