As the year winds down and we inch closer to 2015, I thought it would be fun to have 12 days of Sparkle and share with you some of my most favorite places to shop, eat, relax, and unwind in and around the Capital Region.

First up, I've decided to highlight my happy place…well, one of them, at least. After a busy weekend of multiple events, it's not uncommon for me to schedule an appointment or two at Complexions Day Spa in Albany. How do I love Complexions? Let me count the ways…haha, no, but really, I love it there!

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As you've heard me say, I'm a busy lady, but the minute I walk through the doors of Complexions I feel as if any stress or worries just start to melt away. The atmosphere is so calming and soothing…and everyone is really nice and welcoming. In addition, Complexions is dedicated to sustainability and the environment–the spa / salon was designed to maximize efficiency and was one of the first green spas in the country!

Spending so much time on my feet I almost ALWAYS book a massage when I'm at Complexions.  But I also love many of their other services…they offer amazing seasonal facials, pedicures and even massages that invoke the scents of the seasons like pumpkin spice or peppermint. Oh, and if you arrive early enough for your spa treatment, you can use the steam room and sauna. The sauna is the best in the bitter cold of winter!

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Complexions also has a men's barber shop in the spa / salon so the guys in your life can even get in on the relaxation and pampering–I hear their hot shaves are awesome.

Regardless if you're getting a haircut, massage, or even a makeup application, odds are you're going to leave Complexions feeling refreshed.  Gift certificates are one of the best gifts you can share with someone you know needs a break, time to refresh and relax.  Trust me- anyone would love to see this in their stocking!

Complexions now has TWO Capital Region locations–Albany and Saratoga Springs. Be sure to check out their website for more info about spa and salon services!

Keep sparkling–