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Make like Maria Menounos and pamper yourself at home

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

How to pamper yourself

Even the busiest women can fit “me time” into their lifestyle. Maria Menounos, the beautiful host of Extra and our Girl Crush for February, is a big fan of spa getaways to pamper herself and help her recover from the rigors of her jam-packed schedule. Though many of us can’t afford the luxury vacay to a resort, we can take Menounos’ lead and be inspired to have a spa getaway at home. This roundup of our favorite home spa essentials will discuss everything you need for your well-deserved “me time.”
Maria Menounos
Girl Crush: Maria Menounos

How to pamper yourself

Even the busiest women can fit “me time” into their lifestyle. Maria Menounos, the beautiful host of Extra and our Girl Crush for February, is a big fan of spa getaways to pamper herself and help her recover from the rigors of her jam-packed schedule.

Though many of us can’t afford the luxury vacay to a resort, we can take Menounos’ lead and be inspired to have a spa getaway at home. This roundup of our favorite home spa essentials will give you everything you need for your well-deserved “me time.”

Better Homes & Gardens Wax Warmer

Better Homes & Gardens Wax Warmer

The key to a spa experience is ambiance. You can turn the lights down and relax to the glow of this red embossed flameless wax warmer. Melt wax with enchanting scents that transport you from the stress of your day. (Walmart.com, $12)

Better Homes & Gardens Relaxin’ Wax Cubes

Better Homes & Gardens Relaxin’ Wax Cubes

To go along with your wax warmer, this Relaxin’ 10-pack of wax cubes has five different scents to help you deep-breathe your cares away. Choose from enchanted evening walk, tranquil garden spa, French lilac, soft cashmere amber and line-dried linen. These cubes begin to exude their aroma immediately upon melting, giving you instant gratification. (Walmart.com, $20)

Homedics Body Bubbles Bath Spa

Homedics Body Bubbles Bath Spa

No need to pine for a Jacuzzi tub when you can slip this muscle-soothing bubble-making mat into your home tub. An innovative bath accessory, the deluxe thermal mat heats water and pumps bubbles to envelope your body in an endless massage of bubbles. The mat includes an easy-grip remote control so you can customize your spa-caliber bath. (ActiveForever.com, $79)

Ahava Softening Butter Salt Scrub

Ahava Softening Butter Salt Scrub

Instead of assaulting your skin with harsh, abrasive body exfoliators, put this softening butter salt scrub made with Dead Sea minerals on your spa essentials list. Not only does it gently exfoliate skin, it also slathers it with jojoba, coconut and sesame seed oils, and promotes relaxation with aromatic extracts of mandarin and cedarwood. It will leave your body, mind and especially your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. (AhavaUSA.com, $25)

Davines Nourishing Hair Building Pak

Davines Nourishing Hair Building Pak

While you’re letting aromatherapy and bubbles tame the tension in your mind and body, let this deep-conditioning hair treatment nourish your hair, leaving it soft, shiny and full-bodied. Made with antioxidant-rich grape phytoceuticals and keratin, this hair care item is a must for your spa days but can be used as often as you need it. (SleekHair.com, $29)

Lancome Genifique Second Skin Mask

Lancome Genifique Second Skin Mask

Pamper your face with Lancome’s newest beauty product. This anti-aging mask comes with Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate that will hydrate your skin and leave your face looking luminous. The 20-minute treatment will give you plenty of time to relax in the bath, condition your hair and even paint your nails. This mask treats your skin to a new kind of indulgence. The texture adheres to the contours of your face, almost like a second skin, with a harmonious and intense infusion of ingredients. (Macys.com, $80)

The Body Shop Macadamia Body Butter Duo

The Body Shop Macadamia Body Butter Duo

Renowned for their body butters, the Body Shop offers hydration for your entire body with their Macadamia Body Butter Duo. Moisturize your skin with this twin pot that delivers a light cream for all-over moisturizing and a rich cream for drier areas, like your elbows, knees and feet. You’ll get 24-hour moisturizing and smell subtly nutty from the macadamia oil. (TheBodyShop.com, $20)

Plush Necessities Signature Robe

Plush Necessities Signature Robe

Extend your spa experience beyond the bubble bath by wrapping yourself in this soft, irresistible robe. Made of delicate, superfine microfiber, this cover-up comes in seven supple colors and is softer than robes you’ll find at many fine spas and resorts. You’ll instantly say “ahhhhh” when you slip this robe around your body (and you may find it difficult to come back to reality). (PlushNecessities.com, $85)

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