"Shutters on the beach is a honeymoon spot!" she declared when I told her where I had us booked instead. "Shutters is where couples go to save their marriages!"
On our last morning, I broke into Cat's room and shot a video tour. Check it out:
Here's a recap of what I found:
Bobbi Brown Face Brush, $42: Cat swears by this big fluffy brush to put on everything from bronzer to highlighter to a pop of blush on her cheeks.
L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gel, $11: I've told you about this stuff before, It's my favorite at-home alternative to Bake Spray Tanning, and even Cat -- an open UV-sunbed user -- loves it too.
Bedroom Kandi Make Me Over, $89: The ultimate sex toy for beauty editors, this compact shaped "body massager" is so discreet you could keep it in your makeup bag. Unless of course you don't bother to take it out of the box, like Cat.
We're both back in New York City now and I'm missing Santa Monica a lot. In fact, I could totally live there. Let's talk about it. What do you love (or loathe) most about the West Coast? Go!
Even if you're not staying at Shutters, we here in the beauty department of xojane.com LOVE and highly recommend ONE THE SPA. Check out their brand new treatment menu featuring Red Flower products. You can book a reservation at 310-458-0030 or through their website ShuttersOntheBeach.com.
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