Essentials to pack for a Spa Day

Beauty never stops for Team Manna! Anywhere we go we always keep in mind the best ways to achieve a look for any occasion. Now when you think about a spa day, you would most likely dismiss all the beauty rules and simply enjoy yourself.

After our recent visit at the Glen Ivy Hot Springs we mastered the spa day beauty look while staying fully relaxed and rejuvenated.


Here are some key essentials we used throughout the day!


Since the facility is mainly outdoors, we wanted to ensure our skin is highly protected. We used this adorable travel size sunscreen from Neutrogena to get us through the day without getting a sunburn!

Glo Illuminator

As we wouldn’t encourage a full face of makeup for this occasion, we found that the Manna Kadar Cosmetics Glo Illuminator ($29, shop here) gave us that extra boost of beauty and confidence. Apply the Glo Illuminator on your face and body to give that luminous glow that will shine inside and out!

Jo Malone Travel Sized Cologne

The perfect mini spray to keep you feeling fresh! We love the Wood Sage & Sea Salt Scent for a fresh and beach like experience.


What are your favorite items to use while on a spa getaway?


More than Fitness at Stark! Manna Kadar talks about her ART Treatment with Dr. Justin

In all my 37 years, I had never been to the chiropractor.  I thought this was only for people who had back issues or neck problems.  Well, let me tell you how wrong I was about this.  At the recommendation from my team at Stark Fitness, I reluctantly went to visit with Dr. Justin.  I didn’t think there was much to do since I did not have any previous injuries and overall, I was a healthy person.

Little did I know what I had been missing out on all of these years.  I’m about to let you in on a little secret called ART. ART is a unique muscle therapy technique that can relieve any chronic or acute injury by working specifically on the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and capsules that are involved. By feeling what is tight and weak, they can pinpoint the areas that need to be addressed to eliminate any pain quickly and efficiently. 

Dr. Justin worked on decompression in my lumbar spine, which most women need post-pregnancy after carrying a baby for so long and also works on ART Treatments for my glutes and cores, which sped up the “tightening and toning” process during weight loss.  This essentially aids on the postpartum fat loss process. 

One of the best parts is that Dr. Justin is housed within the Spark Fitness building for treatments before or after your workout and takes 10 minutes or less.

I can’t speak highly enough about Dr. Justin and how it has helped me in my weight loss journey.  This will certainly be incorporated as a part of my new health & wellness routine.

At Home Valentine’s Day Ideas

Making time for romance when you have children can be close to impossible! Especially with a toddler and new born on your hands. What do you do when you can’t leave the house for this romantic holiday? We came up with a list of perfect ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with your partner in crime.

Get cooking

Spend some time in the kitchen together and get your hands dirty with homemade pizza. Pizza may not be the ideal romantic meal, but you can pair it with a fresh salad and a bottle of wine, or two. To kick up the Valentine’s Day feel, make your pizza dough in the shape of a heart!

Set the mood

Dim the lights and surround yourselves with candles. Everything is more romantic by candlelight. You can even add soft music in the background.


At home spa night

Take it easy and distress from a crazy workweek and busy nights with the kids by treating yourselves to an at home spa night. Start the evening with a face mask, we recommend the Rose Face Mask by Fresh ($25, shop hereshop here). In efforts to keep the Valentine’s Day theme in motion, we selected this mask as it is infused with real rose petals! Before you call it a night take turns giving each other massages!


Wine & Paint night

Get crafty and open up a bottle of wine while you show your artistic side. This fun experience will also leave you with beautiful pieces of art to hang up. Even if it does not look like a work of art worthy to be framed you can save it as a memory and fun experience you shared with your loved one.

Watch a movie

Snuggle up and watch a movie. When was the last time you were able to sit down, relax and enjoy a movie from start to finish with no interruptions?

Rear view of couple watching television in living room hug

Create your Valentine’s Day look with MKC!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means you’re already planning out your perfect date night ensemble. Complete your look with makeup trends that will be sure to get noticed! We’ve narrowed down key products and created this tutorial to help you achieve the most beautiful you this Valentine’s Day!


When it comes to makeup for a special occasion or night out, you want to ensure long lasting wear! That is where our Step 1- Prime products come in handy! To get the perfect look you want to create the optimal base.

Use Manna Kadar Cosmetic’s Runway Ready Face Primer ($42, shop here) all over your face to fill in any creases and ridges on your skin to shape a smooth appearance and minimize fine lines and pores.

Apply the Lash Extending Primer ($21, shop here) to fully hydrate and nourish your lashes, this will also add more definition when you apply makeup in the later steps!


Ready to start creating your flawless face? It is time to polish with Manna Kadar’s Flawless Finish Dual Powder in 3 different ways ($34, shop here). Start with the shade C2 or a lighter shade that matches your complexion- apply under your eyes, this will brighten up your look. Next, apply your exact shade (C3 or C4) to your entire face. For more full coverage you can apply with a damp sponge. Lastly, bronze and contour with the shade C6!


Time to add the finishing touches! Get Glowing, channel your inner Jennifer Lopez and get your glow on with the Glo Illuminator ($29, shop here). Use this liquid highlighter on your face and on your collarbones or shoulders for a subtly sexy look.

Here is where your creative side kicks in, smokey eye! Using the Day Dream Palette ($39, shop here) you have the ability to create a soft or bold look. Each shadow shade is highly pigmented and blendable.

Complete your eye look with Flutter Mascara ($29, shop here). This jet-black mascara works exceptionally with the Lash Extending Primer previously mentioned. Together they are a match made in heaven for full, lengthened and long wearing lashes!

This year, ditch the red lips! Yes, red is a classic Valentine’s Day color, but why not try something else? Try a neutral color, you want your lips to look soft and kissable. Manna Kadar’s Priming Lip Wands ($24, shop here) come in a variety of colors that will match your outfit. We suggest the shade Amour, not only does it mean love in French but the color won’t compete with your smokey eye look. Be sure to bring it on the go for any post-kissing lip touch ups!

What Does Your Lip Color Say About You?

Every wonder what your lipstick color chose may say about your personality? Here is a list of top colors and what they say about you!

Hot Pink- You are bubble and energetic. This fun shade of pink shows your sense of playfulness. Try LipLocked Priming Gloss Stain in Coral Crush ($24, shop here).


Classic Red- If you sport a classic bright red lip you are passionate! You don’t mind being the center of attention. This bold shade shows your high confidence level and exudes self-assurance. Who wouldn’t love a woman that is confident and not afraid to show it? Try Priming Lip Wand in Rouge ($24, shop here).ROUGE

Nude & Neutral- You opt for the neutral shades that demonstrate your warm and caring character. You may be a bit timid, however when people get to know you they learn how loving and caring you are. Try Priming Lipstick in Lust ($24, shop here).


Mauve- As this shade contains both purple and gray tones this shows your mysterious and quiet side. Wearing a mauve lip shows you’re sophisticated, intelligent and have a plan of action. Try Priming Lipstick in Affair ($24, shop here).


How to face the day with a GLOW! #GloGetterTips

With Manna Kadar Cosmetics recent feature in New Beauty Magazine, focusing on the Glow Illuminator, Founder & CEO Manna Kadar shares her Top 5 #GloGetterTips to face the day with a glow that shines inside and out.

Tip 1- Start your day refreshed

Kick start your day with 10 minutes of “me time”. Before the craziness of the day starts! Enjoy some quiet time while sipping on a hot cup of lemon water. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C help promote glowing skin- decreasing wrinkles, blemishes and promotes skin elasticity! Make this a part of your daily morning routine for real results!

Tip 2- Get Organized

Make yourself a plan of action for the day by creating your goals and to do list. We like to order the tasks by priority to ensure the important stuff get done! Once the day gets going you can cross off your completed tasks for that ultimately satisfying feeling of accomplishment.

Tip 3- Stay upbeat and positive

Create an upbeat playlist for your commute to set the mood. Play fun, positive and energetic music- our playlist includes Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, and of course.. Happy by Pharrell Williams!

Tip 4- Add Glo on-the-go

Keep you glow all day long with the Glo Illuminator by Manna Kadar Cosmetics. Give your skin a pearlescent glow while providing hydration. You can apply it to any targeted areas or mix a few drops into your moisturizer or foundation for an overall radiance ($29, shop here).

Tip 5- Time to Wind down  

Slow down your mind before getting to bed. Spend some time away from your phone and other distracting forms of technology. We recommend reading a book, or chatting with your kids and loved one. Not only will you feel relaxed, this will also help promote a good nights rest!

Manna Kadar’s go to Gym friendly Hairstyles

When you’re off to the gym the last thing on your mind may be your hair style. Yes, you have your fitness goals to focus on, but why not look good while achieving them? Wouldn’t you feel more motivated to work out with a boost of confidence while looking good? Get rid of flyaways and pieces that keep falling in your face with these fitness friendly hairstyles!

The Low Trendy Bun- Simply tie your hair in a pony and flip your hair through to create this trendy bun! Add gel to roots/crown to avoid flyaways. Love this hairstyle for #ArmDay!



The Classic High Ponytail- Brush your hair back into an elastic with our fingertips to create that textured look. You can also add a texturizing spray like the Un.Done Texture Spray from Amika ($24; Shop here)



The Dutch Sister Braid- Keeping your hair in its natural state, sans-hot tools? This workout friendly braid is perfect for all hair styles and keeps your style intact throughout your workout. Start by making two Dutch style braids on each side of your head, then connect them and tie with an elastic.



The Classic Bun- The perfect hairstyle to get sweaty! Keep hair off your face and neck with this ballerina bun.



Share your fitness friendly hair looks by tagging us and using #MKFitnessHair!