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Cocktails & DIY Spa Treatments = At-Home Retreat

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Photo: Esperanza Resort

Given my obvious obsession with luxurious spa experiences, you’d think that I’ve seen it all when it comes to over-the-top pampering perks. I thought I was pretty savvy too, until I heard about Auberge Resorts’ ridiculously cool seasonal spa pairing packages. The concept: take spa treatments and match them with handcrafted cocktails that use similar ingredients. Genius much?

Sadly, we can’t all run off to swanky spa retreats. Instead, I’ll be doing the next best thing: pairing these four DIY Beauty Treatments with four tasty cocktails. 

1. Cleopatra’s Beauty Mask and a Pineapple Cherry Amaretto Sour: A fruity face mask matches perfectly with this tropical tippler, a blend of amaretto, cherry and pineapple juice, and seltzer water.

2. Grapefruit Coconut Scrub and a Twisted Pink: Citrus is a total eye-opener, which is why this grapefruit, cranberry, and rum option is great when you’re trying to recover from a long week. Pair it with a zesty homemade body scrub for an overall pick-me-up.

3. Avocado Hair Mask and a Banana-Avocado Smoothie: Apply a shine-restoring mask to hair and whip yourself up this tummy-soothing creation. It has the creamy consistency of a milkshake and will keep you full for hours.

4. Berry Skin Scrub and a Strawberry-Infused Mint Julep: What’s not to love about a two-ingredient face scrub? It goes perfectly with this refreshing creation, which combines strawberry-infused bourbon with mint and honey. 

For more insight into the beauty world, be sure to check out the rest of Natalie’s brilliant column.

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