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Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on April 1, 2010 at 6:47 pm
Filed under: Bellevue, featuredarticle, spa, Spa Week

Affordable Luxury During Spa Week

One of the annual rites of spring, Spa Week, is coming up April 12-18th, 2010, and spa around the US and Canada have geared up to offer patrons a number of specially priced ($50) treatments.  Whether you’re looking for a spa option close to home, or want to treat yourself on the road, there’s nothing like a bargain to make a luxury affordable.

All Star Lake Spa Bellevue Each spa will specify two or three treatments that they’ll be offering at the special price, and you’ll find treatments ranging from massages to facials to waxing to pedicures.  It’s the perfect time for a little maintenance or a special pampering treat.

To find a spa and treatment near you, register at Spa Week to get access to the listings of spas and available treatments.  Click on the location that you’re interested in, and you’ll pull up a list of participating spas and their respective treatments.  Select by location, treatment, or throw caution to the wind and try something new!

Of course, the spas are hoping that you get hooked on their treatments and will want to incorporate it as part of your regular routine.  It’s certainly tempting to go for something traditional or that you already love, but don’t pass up a change to try out something new and different.

That’s what I did on my visit to All Star Lake Spa in Bellevue.  I was planning on choosing a relaxing, but routine, leg and foot treatment.  Instead, I was convinced to throw caution to the wind and try something new – partial eyelash extensions.

I would never have thought to give this treatment a try.  My eyelashes are dark and long, and I’ve always been pretty happy with them.  Still, in the spirit of trying something new, I settled in on the treatment table, and tried to lay still for awhile as individual lashes were attached to my existing ones in an attempt to give me long, lush, dare I say sexy, lashes.

The process:  Partial extensions take about an hour, with a full set of extensions taking two hours.  You’ll need to lie flat on a treatment table, and your bottom eyelashes will be taped down.  The hardest part of the process is lying still, but if you need to squirm or move just let your therapist know and she will accommodate.  Each lash is applied individually, a rather painstaking process for therapist, but with no discomfort on my side of things.

Cautions:  Once applied, it is recommend that you allow 24 hours for the lashes to set up.  Also, only water-based products, including cleansers, around your eyes.  This wasn’t an issue for me, but if you use oil-based eye makeup remover, you’ll need to change to a water-based one.  Mascara is strongly discouraged, but if you must use it avoid waterproof.

The results:  The lashes felt natural and looked natural.  There were a few longer ones framing my eye, but I really couldn’t tell a lot of difference.  I gave it 24 hours to set up, then dolled myself up for a night out to see how they looked.  With other makeup applied, the lashes screamed out for mascara.  They were dark and full, but without mascara my face looked washed out.  A little mascara applied to the tips made all the difference in the world.  (Note that mascara is not advised,)  I had several compliments over the course of the evening, ranging from the vague to something about looking well rested.

Who is the treatment for:  I wondered who opted for lash extensions and was advised that it was primarily working women.  Most everyone is a candidate for the treatment, with the exception of those with alopecia or undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

The verdict:  It was fun and different and I’m glad I gave it a try.  If you have pale or sparse lashes, this is an excellent beauty treatment for you.  Honestly, though, my lashes are a pretty good feature and it’s probably not a treatment I’d continue with.  Still, for a special occasion, it is a way to make your eyes a knock out!  Take a look at photos below (totally unretouched!) and decide for yourself.

eyes closed eyes open

The All Star Lake Spa is located at 9 Lake Bellevue Drive, Suite 112, in  Bellevue (map).  It’s located in one of several office complexes along the lake, and once inside offers a peaceful and relaxing view.  They are offering the following $50 Spa Treatments for Spa Week:

  • 60 Minutes Luscious Lower Leg, Foot and Hand Treatment with Scented Foot Soak and Paraffin Dip
  • Mini Escape Spa Package, Including 30 Min Signature Massage and 30 Minute Signature Facial
  • 60 Minutes Beautiful Set of Eyelash Extensions (Partial)

Spa week is a great time try several different spas and treatments from a long list of spa offering these $50 specials.  I’ve got my eye on a couple more treatments — after all, a week that’s filled with a facial, massage, and manicure/pedicure is a pretty heavenly week!  If you take advantage of Spa Week specials, please remember to tip (15-20% is the norm) on the full value of the service, not on the reduced price.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary treatment as part of Spa Week’s press outreach and for purposes of writing a review.  The editorial content of this article remains my own opinion.

Photo credit:  personal collection

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