Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years. I've driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but Read more

Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

Malia B Luv Perfume Review

Some of the best perfumes are made by indie brands. When I first began blogging in 2005, I came across perfumer, Sharon Bolton, and her amazing fragrances. For a few years she went off the radar, but I was so thrilled when she recently reached out with the relaunch as Read more

Erbaviva Organic Deodorant Review

Mention "organic deodorant" and you may get a few raised eyebrows combined with some skepticism. People often wonder - Does organic deodorant smell weird? Is it strong enough? What exactly is it made of? I'm going to be straight up honest, I've never tried organic deodorant before simply because I Read more

Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care Check out the end of this post for a GIVEAWAY!   We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that's a definite), knowing who you are and what you want... and then all those lovely skin issues. Dark spots, wrinkles, and other Read more

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Lasting Smiles Lip Balm for a Charitable Cause

Lasting Smiles Lip Balm contributes to life changing cleft palate surgeries. Story via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty #charity

I love great brand stories and the cause behind Lasting Smiles lip balm is one of them.

Not only is it amazing to me that the Founder and visionary behind Lasting Smiles is only 21 years old, but that she began her company – whose main goal is to provide the funds for life changing mouth surgeries – by selling door to door. That’s passion for a compassionate cause. That’s something I can get behind.

Lasting Smiles, which recently launched nationwide in Nordstrom and Whole Foods and online at Walgreens and Drugstore.com, is the only US FLO fairtrade certified cosmetic brand. They work to support organic small scale farming communities around the world. Lasting Smiles is also 100% vegetarian and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free. Read more

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Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

@vegancuts @leapingbunny Fresh Start Kit #review via @agirlsgottaspa

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands.

Up front I’ll tell you that I love Leaping Bunny, and as a certified cruelty free brand ourselves, I can 100% get behind this Vegan Cuts Fresh Start Kit.

Here’s what you’ll get: Read more

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Bloggers’ Must Have Beauty Products When Traveling


Bloggers' Must-Have #Beauty Products While Traveling

Believe it or not, a blogger’s makeup bag is not always overflowing with products when we travel. Most of us have a handful of products we are loyal to simply because they get the job done while home or away.

I recently spent some time in Atlantic City and asked fellow bloggers Kelly Augustine from www.KellyAugustine.com and Lyuba from www.WillCookForSmiles.com what their must have beauty products were while traveling. Watch the video to hear about our favorite beauty products and then find the links to all of them below: Read more

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Winter Skin Problems Solved : LypSyl and Lumeme Dry Skin Cocktail to the Rescue!

Winter Skin Care Problem Solvers #beauty #skincare

I think I can speak for most of us when I say … I am so over this winter! It can feel free to exit stage left anytime now.

This winter has been brutal! Snow removal has been a pain, navigating the slippery roads has been a disaster, and the cold has been killer on my skin. Being a compulsive lip balm and moisturizer user, I don’t remember ever feeling as dry as I have this winter. I’ve never had (or needed) a special Winter skin care regimen. My usual daily moisturizer and lip balm were all I needed … until this Polar Vortex-out of control-freezing cold-full of snow-winter we are in the middle of.

My skin hates this winter and to be honest, it started to get a painful. My poor face actually started to hurt and my lips … oh my lips … they were SO dry it was painful.  My usual routine wasn’t cutting it this winter, so I’ve enlisted some new products to join my daily routine and I can report that I am dry no longer.  I’m thankful for that. It was a terrible feeling to smack my lips together and have it hurt. Same goes for my face. The Groundhog saw his shadow, so we’ve got a bit longer to suffer this winter! If you’re experiencing dry skin or dry lips, here’s what did the trick for me. Read more

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Clean George Chill Out Stick Review

clean-george-chill-out-stickI very much appreciate beauty products that are conveniently packaged, meaning that it’s easy for me to carry them around with me in my purse or gym bag and they are TSA approved for my carry-on.  I also love beauty products that contain ingredients, which are both organic and responsible. My love and appreciation of these qualities in beauty products is precisely why as of late it is practically impossible to find me without my Clean George Chill Out Stick. Read more

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Our Favorite Lip Scrubs

You go to apply your favorite lipstick, only to have your dry, peeling lips magnified by like 100. Your sexy pout is no longer so sexy. Been there, done that.

Nothing adds more life and vitality to your lips than giving them the rub down with a good sugar scrub. We have our favorites, do you see yours among them?

Beau Bain Mint Mojito Lip Scrub

Beau Bain’s lip scrubs rank high for me. My favorite is their Mint Mojito. I love it so much that I literally licked it off my lips post-scrub. While sugar, of course, does the scrubbing, shea butter, avocado oil and Vitamin E do the softening. Their scrub comes paired with a lip balm, which is great to apply before bed, or to wear when you simply want to keep your lips moisturized. Read more

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5 Products That Will Help You Transform and Revive



As a caregiver, both on the floor as a nurse who works 12-hour night shifts and a parent of children with special needs, I often don’t get the recommended hours of sleep. Yes, I’ve seen all the studies of just how bad lack of sleep is for you…and no I would not recommend skipping out on the Z’s if there is a choice on the matter, but the truth remains that it is part of my (and many other caregivers) unavoidable realty.

Since this is the case, instead of stressing about it, I implement little things throughout my day to help revive my energy and keep my look lively. First, it’s part of my self-care routine. Secondly, I truly believe that it helps those I care for to know that they are in good hands. I mean do any of you really want a tired-looking stressed out nurse to walk into you or your loved one’s hospital room and say she is the one who’s going to take care of you for the next 12 hours? Not if we had the choice, right? I am not sure of many who would contend the ideal notion of wanting a nurse with a positive attitude, know-how, and a put together look that sends an unspoken message of trust.


The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, since I have recently been struggling with anemia and recovering from a painful injury, I thought it would be a neat opportunity to allow a personal picture story post for you as I got ready for work. Here is a peak at my paler then usual face (from lack of sun, sleep, and anemia), undone hair, and the five product lines I used to transform and revive. The last pic is a must see for the transformation!

Tired #mom? Try these #makeuptips to transform and revive!

Marc Anthony Hair Care

Step 1: Take a refreshing shower with Marc Anthony (pause, lol) sulfate-free Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner for some super workable soft hair. When you get out of your makeshift oasis, toss in a bit of his Argan oil treatment and then some volumizing mousse. I am very picky when it comes to my hair products, as I have plunged the pocket in the past and came up with less than satisfying results. However, I am happy to report that Marc’s line is healthy for your hair, fantastic feeling, and super-easy on the wallet. It’s hard to find this type of a triple threat! Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in anti-aging, beauty, blush, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, Hair Care, Health, lip balm, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, mineral makeup, Primer, Self-Care, skin care 6 Comments

W3LL PEOPLE Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick Review


W3LL People #review #swatch

W3LL PEOPLE is a majorly buzzed about makeup brand right now and it’s no wonder why. They’ve managed to create a line of makeup that is not only 100% natural, but it’s also fabulous. Other brands tend to lose the fabulosity (is that even a word?) when trying to please the tree hugging goal of au natural, but not W3LL People. Like they say, Hippie Tested. Diva Approved. This diva can’t get enough of W3LL PEOPLE ‘s Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick.

w3ll diva approved

Here’s the low down on the goodness that is W3LL PEOPLE.  W3LL People (well people) is a beauty conscious brand. As they like to say, there are “no nasties” in their products. Their makeup is free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, and artificial ingredients. There’s no harsh chemicals or toxins in their products. Everything they make is 100% natural and eco friendly. So not only are the ingredients premium natural and organic, but they also respect the environment and take pride in sustainability. To top it all off, W3LL PEOPLE is Made in the USA with love.

The minds behind the concept of W3LL PEOPLE (well people) are pretty much the perfect trio of: Makeup Guru, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Treehugger. The brand is the perfect blend of artistry, technology and social responsibility.  So now that we know all of the goodness behind the products, let’s talk about performance . . . because let’s be real, how our makeup performs is important! Read more

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Sun Bum SPF Lip Balm Review



Sun Bum Flavored #Sunscreen #LipBalm #Review

One of the most under-protected parts of your body when it comes to sun exposure, is your lips. I’m definitely guilty of applying lip gloss regularly, most without SPF, which is like a big UV magnet. Anyone willing to admit the same? Read more

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Hydrated Summer Lips with Nivea Lip Butter

Nivea Lip Butter Review

Once summer arrives, I need everything to feel and be light, simple and effortless.  From my clothing, to food to my beauty products, everything needs to have that summery carefree essence to it.  Do you agree?

Which is why a few of my beauty products from winter, fall and even spring just do not make the cut for summer.  During the cooler months I don’t mind feeling like there is a layer of protection between my skin and the dry, damaging chill of fall and winter. However, in the summer while I still need the protection, I really do not want to feel the products on my skin. I’ve had to retire a few of my lip products for the time being, especially my heavier lip balms and opt for lighter feeling, but still hydrating lip products. Read more

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