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Chocolate heaven? Treatments at the Hershey's Spa will have you craving for a treat.
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updated 8/20/2012 11:45:49 AM ET 2012-08-20T15:45:49

Who doesn’t want to feel good and look younger? The number of spas and beauty treatments on the market has exploded in recent years, making us spoiled for choice. And in this drive to find ever more interesting remedies, there are definitely a few that stand out. We compiled the craziest, coolest and most delicious treatments on the market today.

Good enough to eat
Food is a favorite ingredient in beauty treatments, but Hershey’s Chocolate Spa may have you walking out hungrier than you came in. At this spa in —where else — Hershey, Pa., the chocolate dipped coconut immersion promises to exfoliate and moisturize your skin, while the chocolate fondue wrap and whipped cocoa bath may have you ordering seconds. To avoid a serious craving, you may want to make sure you’ve had your chocolate fix before coming into this spa.

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Electrodes hooked up to problem areas cause muscle contractions, leaving you feeling like you just completed a workout.

Shock the fat away
Crash diets, "wonder" pills, even surgery: There are very few lengths that women won’t go to look a little thinner. The latest treatment in salons across the U.S. is nothing less than shocking. That’s right, electric shock treatment promises to get rid of cellulite and smooth your skin.

Ionithermie originated in France and promises to increase skin elasticity, reduce cellulite and create better muscle tone. How does it work? The body is wrapped in fabric covered in a layer of conductive algae clay. Electrode pads are then attached on your target areas, stimulating muscle contractions. These help to breakdown fat cells and draw out toxins, according to Essentiels Day Spa in Boulder, Colo. But stubborn cellulite may need a little more convincing — Bliss Spas recommend their clients have at least three $150 treatments to get the desired results.

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Chemicals injected into the cheeks, jaw and even the hands leave skin looking younger and smoother, according to Dr. Dray.

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Prickly path to youth
The quest for eternal youth is filled with thorns — literally, in the case of the 10-minute facelift. Billed as a non-invasive alternative to surgery, patients undergo a series of chemical injections to the chin, cheekbones, jaw line and even the hands to make skin look and feel younger.

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The chemicals help encourage the skin to produce collagen, the protein that gives skin its firmness and strength, according to Dr. Maurice Dray, who has clinics in London and Paris. Results after the initial $600 treatment are said to be immediate and patients will see further improvement in their skin tone for up to eight weeks after the treatment, although the clinic does caution that some patients will need more than one session.

Qua Spas
It's hot in the desert but cool enough for snow in Qua's Arctic ice room in Las Vegas.

Arctic ice room
Is there anything more relaxing than watching the snow fall on a winter’s day? The Arctic ice room at the Qua Spa in Las Vegas may be the only place in this desert city where it snows. On heated benches, guests sit in a 55-degree room, breathing mint-infused air as simulated snow falls around them. An ice fountain dispenses ice chips to help sooth aching muscles. The spa recommends that guests take advantage of the ice room, open to anyone who has treatments in the spa, after using the hot cedar sauna or steam rooms. Treatments at Qua start from around $130.

Pod Regeneration Center
The Pod Regeneration Center in New York, patients snuggle into their pods for LED, oxygen and other rejuvenating treatments.

Pod regeneration
Most spa therapies will promise to help with one troublesome area: pain, aging, weight loss. The Pod Regeneration Center in New York says it can help in all of these and more. While relaxing inside the pod, guests are treated with LED therapy, coconut oil, oxygen, heat and vibration. Poddies will leave with more energy, firmer skin, better immunity, and less pain, according to the center. The treatment isn’t cheap, but deals on sites like Groupon can start around $99.

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Groove to the music
Listening to music can be one of the best forms of relaxation, and now you can de-stress in time to your favorite tunes as therapists at Bliss Spas in New York and Hoboken, N.J. groove to the music while working out your knots. Slip on a pair of noise cancelling headphones pre- programmed with one of four playlists, and try not to dance too much during your massage. The rhythmic rubdown costs $155 for a 60 minute massage.

Water therapy
A water massage with your clothing on? That’s what you get when you lie down in an Aqua Massage machine. Slip into the pod fully dressed, and relax as 36 water jets massage your body from end to end. Customize the treatment by changing the temperature and pressure of the water. Machines are available around the country with prices starting around $20 for 10 minutes.

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    By Rina Raphael

    Putting on one’s daily makeup is hard enough. Now imagine coming up with a new look every day.

    But that’s just what Annamarie Tendler, 26, did on her popular blog. The creative makeup artist, who noticed a lack of simple and approachable beauty blogs, challenged herself to post a few new makeup tutorials a week in March 2011."

    “I wanted to make something that didn't inundate the viewer with information, but rather offered up a simple concept in a simple way,” Tendler told TODAY.com. “As in, here is a look, this is how you do it, this is what you use.”

    The tutorials range from practical (“how to curl your eyelashes) to wild (a Lichtenstein-inspired look for Halloween), and the work can often be exhausting. “I need to be generating so much material and I'm only one person, who also works on other shoots and projects,” said Tendler. “I find that every couple of months I need to take a two week break."

    Surprisingly, Tendler isn’t even a makeup junkie. Her personal regimen is “extremely simple,” consisting of not much more than Josie Maran Argan Oil moisturizer. But after posting dozens of makeup applications, she does have one beauty she recommends to all women: “Wear mascara.”

    Click through some of Annamarie’s favorite looks: (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Apr. 13, 2011

    "I was inspired to do today’s look when looking at Brassai photos of the 20s," Tendler wrote. "Everyone looks so cool and glamorous."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325
    Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack gel liner

    Eye shadow: NARS in Galapagos, Make Up For Ever in Aqua Cream 15, MAC in Satin Taupe

    Eyebrows: The Body Shop black eye pencil

    Eyelashes: False lashes by Mattesse on top (#1565) and bottom (#49)

    Cheeks: MAC in Harmony

    Lips: NARS Shanghai Express

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. July 14, 2011

    "The best way to wear bright lipstick is with almost no other makeup. I used no liner for this look, only a wash of bamboo-colored shadow (a light brown) over my lids (diffused above the crease) and a ton of mascara."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeshadow: MAC in Bamboo

    Eyebrows: MAC in Fling

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: MAC in Harmony

    Lips: NARS in Schiap

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Aug. 12, 2011

    "Red seems like a weird choice for eyeliner, since most people don’t want to look like sleep-deprived junkies, but it works as a bold liquid liner. Also, by coupling it with bold brows, you will achieve a defined look, instead of it looking like you might have allergies."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: Blacktrack, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye liner in shade 10 (red)

    Eyebrows: The Body Shop eye pencil in black

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: MAC in Harmony, MAC Highlighter in Pearl

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Aug. 23, 2011

    "This is definitely something I’ll have to experiment with at a dark, nighttime party."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: NARS liquid liner pencil

    Eyeshadow: MAC in Copperplate, NARS pencil in HollywoodLand

    Eyebrows: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in shade 21 (teal)

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: NARS in Penny Lane

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Oct. 18, 2011

    "I will warn anyone who tries this [Roy Lichtenstein-inspired look] out that pulling this one off if a lot like cleaning your bedroom: it looks worse before it looks good."

    Face: Ben Nye Creme Color in White

    Dots: Ben Nye Creme Color in Red

    Tears: Ben Nye Creme Color in Blue, Cosmic Blue, and White

    Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Lips: NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Nov. 21, 2011

    "This is a great party look because it’s dark, goes with anything, and you feel festive without being over the top. Yeah, you don’t need to wear green eyeshadow and red lipstick to get the point across that you love Christmas."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

    Eye shadow: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Strut, Make Up For Ever Flash Color in Silver

    Eyebrows: MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling

    Eyelashes: Dior Blackout

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Nov. 28, 2011

    "I probably wouldn’t wear my makeup like this out on the street, but it’s definitely a look that can be modified for everyday wear."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Shade 10 (red)

    Eye shadow: NARS Duo in Scorching Sun, MAC Goldenrod, MAC Goldmine

    Eyebrows: MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling

    Eyelashes: Dior Blackout

    Lips: NARS Lipstick in Heatwave

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Dec. 19, 2011

    "This is more of a dark look. I started by lining the eyes with Blacktrack, including both the upper and lower inner rims and winging the liner."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil in shade 10L (gold)

    Eye shadow: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 15, MAC Shadow in Satin Taupe, NARS Duo in Cordura, MAC Highlighter in Pearl

    Eyebrows: MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: MAC Blush in Harmony

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
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