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By Gillian Weeks

JustCalm Down Spa is trying to scare the crap out of you. They’re offering a few special Halloween treatments that ought to make you equal parts spooky and sexy. Check it out:

The Mummy Wrap

This full body number leaves you feeling all soft and tingly. You’ll be slathered in Moor mud, wrapped up like Tut, then left to marinate. Who knew mummies had it so good?

The Red Hot Devil

This one takes a darker temperament. A hot stone massage loosens muscles while stimulating your body’s pain control mechanism, leaving you intensely relaxed. Oh baby, it hurts so good.

A Pumpkin For Your Thoughts

When you just gotta get your hands on some goo, try JustCalm for a squash-oriented mani-pedi. They use a pumpkin and cinnamon mixture to soften and sooth your hands until they look nothing like Freddy Krueger’s.

JustCalm Down Spa is located 32 West 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Stop in for a little Halloween pampering – it sure beats trick or treating!

We’re Bringing Sexy Back…From the Grave
Beauty News answers questions from our die-hard readers

By Gillian Weeks

Dear Gillian,

I don’t need to be able to see my reflection to know I’ve got problem skin. My acne has only gotten worse since I rose from the dead. I’m doing all that I can: I get plenty of beauty sleep and drink a lot (and I mean a lot) of liquids. The problem is that my light sensitive skin requires me to slather on thick, greasy sun block whenever I decide to venture out of the abandoned monastery. Can you recommend a skin cream that won’t clog my pores but will keep me from turning into a pillar of ashes?

Freaky And Necro Girl

Dear F.A.N.G.,

Boy, can I relate. I’m a bit pale myself, so it’s important that I keep my skin protected from the sun in order to preserve my youthful complexion. There are a lot of sun products with anti-wrinkle elements as well. It sounds like you’re not too concerned with aging (lucky!), so the best thing for you is to find a cream that gives you maximum protection with minimum greasiness.

Try the Peter Thomas Roth Mini Ultra Lite Oil-Free Sunblock with SPF 30. It has no fragrances and contains antioxidant micellized vitamins A and E. Plus, you can hang it around your neck for those quick sunrise touch ups. Being undead doesn’t mean being unpretty.

Dear Gillian,

I’ve got what you could call an olive complexion. Couple that with some angular features, and I’ve got a mug that’s about as inviting as Gary Busey with a mouth full of tainted spinach. What can I do to show the world my softer side?

Witch Aims for Romance Too

Dear W.A.R.T,

First thing: lose the hat. Seriously. It does nothing for you. Talk about angular – the only time you should be wearing anything pointy on your head is if you’re the Pope. And I think we both know that’s not in your future.

Second, to balance your greenish (ok, just green) tones, you’ve gotta do some color correcting. Use Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in Apricot to warm up your split-pea complexion. Next apply Nars Powder Foundation in Budapest, which should also counteract all that emerald with its pinkish hue.

Now let’s talk wardrobe. As an urban woman, I know how tempting it is to stick with the all-black uniform, especially in the fall. It’s sophisticated, simple, and practically stain-proof. But you’re looking less Breakfast at Tiffany’s and more Dawn of the Dead. Would it kill you to try on a nice Pucci print headband? Or maybe a colorful Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress? Don’t let that hussy Glenda have all the fun. It’s time to find an outfit to match that great pair of red pumps you’ve been trying to get your hands on.

Dear Gillian,

Wow, this is embarrassing. I’ve been trying to keep my problem under wraps, but it’s become painfully obvious that I won’t be able to hide it for much longer.

I thought being a woman was hard enough – all the cramping, bloating and fatigue. But lately my lunar cycle has thrown me a real curve ball. On top of all the other stuff, I now have to deal with a full-body fur suit and one hell of a case of PMS. My friends are avoiding me, my boyfriend’s stopped calling, and every time I walk down Park Avenue old women try to shove me into Louis Vuitton tote bags.

The fur has got to go. Can you recommend a method of hair removal that’s affordable and long lasting?

Fuzzy In Different Orbits

Dear F.I.D.O.,

Girl, you got to love yourself. In the words of Faith Hill, “I think beauty comes from within. If you’re happy and look at life in the best way you can, even when there are problems, it can make you beautiful on the outside.” She’s right. Don’t go changin’ yourself just because you’ve got a little extra texture. Before you go pouring on the hot wax or firing up the electrolysis laser, think about how you can make the most of what you’ve got.

For instance, get that coat nice and shiny with the right mix of shampoo and product. Start out with Philosophy’s 3-in- 1 Shampoo, Body Wash and Bubble Bath in Strawberry Milkshake, which should both clean your skin and condition your hair. To get that flaxen sheen, finish up with a few spritzes of Ojon Shine and Protext Glossing Mist. You’ll look so good you’ll have to watch out for PETA paint attacks.

Oh and for all those other furry areas, why not give them a good old shredding, or rather threading. Try Shobha http://www.shobhathreading.com for the best shaping of eyebrows and a sugar-wax Brazilian that’s a little sweeter (and less painful) than you’d think – even for the most sensitive skin. Best of all, it won’t leave a sting in your pocket.

Keep your head high and your tail in the air. Work it, girl.

Originally published October 2006
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