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By   |   April 8, 2011   |   Entertainment

A new swanky bar in Times Square; hot facial products from and Padma Lakshmi’s personal cause.

VISIT. There are plenty of lounges with just the right blend of swank and sleekness in Alphabet City. But sometimes, you just don’t want to head down to the Lower East Side for the experience. Obviously, someone uptown was taking note. On April 12, the Paramount Hotel, located in the heart of Times Square on 46th Street, will open the newly renovated Paramount Bar. For our exclusive sneak peek, we were ushered to a plush scarlet-colored banquette, a punch of red complementing the huge vintage black-and-white photographs on the lounges’ walls. Elegant crystal chandeliers hang over the mirror-paneled bar where guest can enjoy a host of cocktails with names like Billy Rose’s Fizz, Gotham Manhattan and the Red Velvet, to honor the hotel’s illustrious history. Paramount Bar will host a rotating roster of DJs, and will be open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. To learn more about Paramount Bar, and the 80-year-plus hotel — named a historical landmark in 2009 — visit nycparamount.com. (Destination Divas)

SCRUB. Luxe Gal knows that beautiful skin is a must for the most divine of us, so this is my DivaGals’ Spa Week discovery! Clarisea is a line of natural sea salt-based facial and body scrubs and masks that we now love. The company is the brainchild of acne survivor/warrior woman Alison Ruth, who wanted to provide frustrated acne sufferers “with an alternative to standard chemical acne treatments that continue to leave a messy trail of red and irritated complexions in their wake.” All of Clarisea’s products have been formulated in a laboratory and have been dermatologically tested and approved. Upon meeting Alison, it’s obvious that she is just “a regular person who suffered from acne for a long time and through hard work, perseverance and a little luck, found a way to control it without using harsh acne products.”┬á She kept getting same negative result over and over again with every treatment she tried, “until I found my sea salt solution,” she candidly shares. Why do we love it? The mud mask has the delicious consistency of brownie batter and smells natural and earthy. We were so excited to have discovered a product that appeals to our love of nature-based remedies. The mask dried quickly and left our skin feeling tingly fresh. It reduced a blemish in minutes. Though we’re not guaranteeing similar results for everyone, we were quite impressed. Put Clarisea on your must-try list by visiting clarisea.com. (Luxe Gal)

SUPPORT. It’s a great notion when a celebrity stands up for a cause. It’s even more touching when that cause is something close to her heart. That’s why Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi and the Endometriosis Foundation of America held the 3rd annual Blossom Ball at New York Pubic Library to help raise funds and awareness about the illness. At the event, Padma told us about own struggles with endometriosis, in which endometrial-like cells permeate areas of the body outside the uterus, and how dealing with her disease helped her achieve the greatest miracle of her life. For more information, watch the video below, and visit endofound.org. (Destination Divas)

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