- by Cat Baker

In these slow economic times, we need to schedule moments out of our hectic days to award ourselves…After all, an affordable luxury here and there helps us keep going, right?!? Whether it’s as simple as a luscious lotion or heavenly brown sugar mani/pedi or as elaborate as a rugged deep tissue massage and an odd vagacial (i.e., Peach Smoothie), you can ALWAYS find something.

Well, here are a few that may suffice in your search for luxury on a budget: ENJOY!!!

LUSH – The Créme Anglaise body lotion is made with some of the finest ingredients. Infused with sweet orange oil, moisturizing natural butters blended with almonds and saffron, the world’s most expensive spice, gives it the authentically golden colour of real Creme Anglaise. ($45)

THE POLISH BAR – Brown Sugar Mani / Pedi – Sweet lemon soak follow your filing and shaping, cuticle treatment, sweet brown sugar exfoliation and lemon massage. YUM!!! (15% off on ALL services on Tuesdays & Wednesdays)

BODY MASSAGE – Don’t look for frills!!! This is for direct body massage. If you expect candles and cookies…DON’T. But, for an hour massage this is the perfect luxury. ($48)

HAVEN SPA NYC –  Finally, clear your bikini area of in-growns. The Peach Smoothie treatment, we will gently cleanse the area with a special exfoliating AHA scrub, followed by an expert application of an acid peel to help free those trapped hairs and blocked pores. ($50)