My life. Your resource.

I moved to Manhattan in August 2001, shortly after graduating from Saint Peter’s College to pursue a Master’s Degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Shortly thereafter, I started to notice that my pores started to get clogged from the daily city grime.  Having a history of bad acne as a teenager, I decided to confront my skin problems head-on by going to the spa for monthly facials.     As a thirtysomething, I have not been as diligent.  Because of this, I have started to get problem pores again which now require the attention of a facialist. 

Luckily, my breakouts have not been out-of-control.  But now, I have decided that enough is enough.   Today, I would like to share my experiences at the newest Bliss location in the northeast.  The Hoboken branch at the newly opened W Hotel. 

Prior to this experience, my last facial was at Bliss 57 three months ago.  A very nice, yet firm Russian woman gave me the biggest guilt trip because it had been a year since my last facial and the negligience was clearly obvious.  That day, I told myself that I would make an effort to take care of my face, but, my crazy work schedule kept me from maintaining this routine. 

On a positive note, at least it would not be for another year before I see someone at Bliss.  So, I entered the very cosmopolitan lobby of the W, and proceeded to the entrance of the spa.  The receptionist at the front led me to the locker room where I received my robe and blue Havaiana flip flops both of which I wore as I waited for my aesthetician.  I filled out a form on my skin and health history, and I had light snacks–the usual, brownies, cheese, and refreshing orange infused water.

At about 1:15, Shayla, my aesthetician greeted me and escorted me to my treatment room on the second floor.  Shayla, a twenty-something lady asked me questions about my skin history, and my daily regime. 

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This newest addition is quintessentially Bliss.  With its robin egg blue colors, bright lights, and Diana Krall playing in the background, the interior resembles a cosmopolitan girl’s ideal living room in the city.  Unlike other spas which recreate the ambiance of nature with the use of bamboo, dark browns, and waterfall sounds, Bliss’ decor speaks to the cosmopolitan woman.

Shayla started my session, the “Best of Skintentions” facial, with a shoulder massage to relax me before the tortuous extractions that waited for me.  She then massaged my skin with what smelled like an spa-strength version of  Bliss’ Pore Dissolving Cleansing Milk followed by a hot towel steam infused with eucalyptus oil to open up my pores and a mask to draw out the impurities.

Then came the horrible part–the extractions.  Although, I’ve had my experiences with overly heavy-handed aestheticians, Shayla was surprisingly gentle.  For about 15 minutes, she purged out some of my most troubled areas.  She finished my experience with a leg and arm massage, a facial cleanser and moisturizer.  I completed my experience with an aroma steam shower and went on my merry way.

The service was exceptional, as always.  Like a physician, Shayla prescribed some products to upgrade my skincare regime.  They were:


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Can be purchased at and Sephora

Can be purchased at and Sephora

These products assist in managing blackhead buildup for a clearer complexion.

My experience at Bliss has exceeded my expecations, and even though the prices are slightly steep, you will find the service to be exceptional.  One word of caution though–during the facial sessions, you will be asked to upgrade your services by adding either a peel, or mask.  If you are comfortable with spending additional money, then go right ahead, but please be advised, you are not obligated to add services. 

That’s all for now!  If you would like me to recommend or check out other spas, please let me know : )

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