8 Products that Will Turn Your Bathroom into a Luxury Hotel Spa

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Staying at a luxury hotel and spending a day at their world-class spa sounds like the ultimate vacation. Sadly, not many of us will get to experience this more than a few times, if at all. Not to fear! With just a few products, it’s easy to transform your own bathroom into a mini spa, perfect for that one day when you just need to relax and forget the outside world.

The lovely ladies at Bellacara in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia helped us find just what we needed. Bellacara’s walls are lined with high-end products, from Kiehl’s to Clarins to Kevyn Aucoin, so we figured they’d know a thing or two about having a luxurious at-home spa day. Definitely check it out if you’re ever in the area.

Now on to the products!

M. Steves RHSO Power-Packed Reviving Exfoliator and Ultra-Nourishing Boost
When I asked the girls at Bellacara what they would suggest for an at-home spa treatment, this was the first thing they directed me to. Using these two products together pretty much gives you the same results as a pricy luxury facial—the exfoliator is even called a “facial in a jar.”

Fresh Black Tea or Rose Face Mask
I’m going to cheat and count two products as one since both are beautiful. Both hydrate the skin, only the black tea mask claims to have instant results while the rose mask emphasizes toning. But really, it all boils down to whether or not you like the smell of roses and are willing to shell out the extra money for the black tea mask (it’s $30 more!).

MaskerAide Sheet Masks
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly but equally effective option, the Bellacara staff were quick to sing these sheet masks’ praises. They’re only $5.99 a piece and come in a variety of options like “Weather Warrior” and “All Nighter.”

Fresh Sugar Lemon SugarBath Cubes
They’re sugar cubes. For your bath. These cubes aren’t just adorably whimsical, though. The brown sugar inside helps to hydrate the skin while a bicarbonate of soda creates gently exfoliating bubbles.
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A Backyard Bistro: Celebrating Summer with a Homemade Rooftop Meal

Reading Elaine Sciolino’s piece on Paris bistros made me long to hop a flight across the Atlantic. Sciolino’s description of her favorite gems got me lost in the reverie, longing for fresh scenery and yearning for new experiences. Little did I know that our usual “Saturday date night” would surpass my earlier daydreams.

The setting: The official start to summer was spent on our friends’ beautiful rooftop of a historical Old Town townhouse. It was so relaxing that both my husband and I felt we were miles away from our daily lives.

The food: Blown away. If I only knew the chef was this good, I would have tried to score an invitation much, much sooner. We had traditional Cassis cocktail and smoked fish canapés to start. First course was a salmon carpaccio with unpasteurized salmon roe and a watercress soup. Our host revealed that he had befriended the owner of a local Russian gourmet shop, who shared her behind the counter goods with him.

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Main course: snapper with roasted tomatoes and baby potatoes—so simple but the ingredients were flavorful and fresh.

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