How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there's no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types Read more

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Surya Brasil Sapien Women Shave Gel and Body Scrub

Surya Brasil Sapien Women #Review #beauty

The recent record-breaking cold weather that has been imposed on us this winter has been pretty stressful on our skin. In prepping my legs to be dress ready for Spring,  a serious exfoliation was in order (and yes, a shave!)

Enter Sapien Women Body Scrub and Shave Gel from Surya Brasil.  Surya Brasil is a line of natural and certified organic beauty products.  Surya Brasil also abstains from using substances that are harmful to you or to the environment in their products so their products will never contain lead, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, parabens, resorcinol or PPD (dye). Read more

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DIY Thai Herbal Poultice

DIY Thai Herbal Poultice #spatreatment

Whomever said that spa treatments are just to relax, never experienced the ones that go beyond relaxation and additionally treat an ailment. An old-time Thai remedy that is still used today, the Six Senses Thai Herbal Poultice, offered in Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives, increases blood flow and circulation, relaxes tense muscles, and alleviates pain and inflammations when applied directly onto the skin.

Making your own herbal poultice is easy and the treatment is a great way to fight off the common cold, the flu, and viruses. The skin, our body’s largest organ and one of the first lines of defense against disease, quickly absorbs the herbs’ medicinal benefits for instant relief of stress, aches and pains.

All ingredients are found on the islands of the Maldives, as well as in many of our supermarkets and pantries!

Six Senses Thai Herbal Poultice Recipe
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Teaching Your Son the Importance of Proper Skin Care

Teaching Your Son the Importance of Proper Skin Care #boys #skincare

Proper skin care is not something that you only teach your daughter or the female in your life, but is something I feel boys need to learn, as well.

Of course, I’m biased having four sons and all.

Yet, we know it’s true. Where are the ads on TV or in magazines marketing exfoliators, moisturizers, serums and sunscreen to men? (With the exception of acne products like Proactiv, of course.) When have you ever seen teen boys incorporated in skin care commercials? You simply don’t. So how does a young man know how to treat blemishes, or how to exfoliate his face or know the right products for his skin type?

Moms: It begins with you. Read more

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3 Lotions You Need This Spring

3 Uplifting & Hydrating Lotions You Need This Spring! #beauty #bodycare #bathandbody #lotion #citrus #floral

Leave the comforting and warm scents of winter behind and trade them in for something lighter. Fruits and florals pair perfectly with strappy sandals. While I love the musky fragrances of the colder months, by March I long for scents that are fresh and uplifting.

The harsh and bitter cold has done a number on most of us, leaving skin dehydrated and flakey. There are three lotions you need this Spring that will not only provide your skin with the continued nourishment it needs, but provides that olfactory invigoration to help uplift your mood. Read more

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Tarte Cosmetics Colored Clay CC Primer Review

Tarte Cosmetics Colored Clay CC Primer #Review #Makeup

If your skin has red discoloration or a dull, sallow look AND you have combination to oily skin, you may want to take a look at Tarte Cometics’ new Colored Clay CC Primer.

Before Tarte had me at color correcting, they had me at clay. Clay has amazing oil absorbing qualities that any woman who battles shine will lust over. The idea of using a primer that would both color correct my skin perfections like a concealer would and prime my skin got me intrigued to try it. Read more

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#TwitterParty AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Hair Color

#TwitterParty #AGEbeautiful March 11th at 1pm EST. Anti-aging hair color. Join us! Follow @agirlsgottaspa @zotosprofesh @mikekpetrizzi

I don’t know about you, but I love coloring my hair at home. I like the idea of carfting my own color and then being able to say I did it myself when someone comments on the amazing color. That’s why I am really excited to have partnered with AGEbeautiful from Zotos Professional. AGEbeautiful is a new anti-aging professional home hair color sold exclusively at Sally Beauty.

Join me on Tuesday, March 11th at 1pm EST for an #AGEbeautiful Twitter Party. We’ll be tweeting about the 5 signs of hair aging, as well as tips for using professional home hair color. A Twitter party wouldn’t be complete without giving away product too!

Here’s what you can look forward to color mavens: Read more

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Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls

Miss Jessie's Multicultural Curls #review

I consider my naturally curly hair both a gift and a curse.  When my hair decides to behave in its natural state, it is a huge mane of defined, bouncy curls that I positively revel in, but when my hair decides to act up, it become a pouf of frizz or a saddened state of lifeless curls that I cannot wait to get rid of.

Usually whenever my hair does act up, it is mostly due to the styling (products) I chose to use.  Either the product was too heavy and weighed my hair down or not hydrating enough and caused my curls to transform into a ball of frizz.  Rarely do I ever use just one product to style my curly hair. A couple to a few products are usually required to get those bouncy, shiny, hydrated curls that I always desire.  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Natural Bath and Body Products

A Girl's Gotta Spa! launches natural bath and body products. #vegan #crueltyfree #natural #bathandbody

The concept of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began simple enough 9 years ago this October.

I was 31 years old at the time. I moved from the suburbs of the Philadelphia area to the rural surroundings of the Pocono mountains just two years prior. I had 3 boys already and soon enough would be having a 4th. The idea of taking time for myself was not a foreign concept, although one that seems to have some duplicity in the notion of it. On the one hand you have people telling you that you need some me time, “Take some time for yourself,” they’d say, “You deserve it.” Then, on the other hand, you have people tsking you and accusing you of being selfish for doing so.

I believe you deserve to be pampered. Read more

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Everyone Bath Soaks Review

Everyone Bath Soak #review #bathtime #relax

The thought of soaking in a bathtub filled with hot water, for me, is the epitome of complete and total relaxation.

Imagining my muscles relaxing, any knots in my body unwinding and my mind being completely at ease, is just sheer bliss.  Add an amazing bath soak containing epsom salts, organic olive oil, and four different essential oil blends and bath time becomes the ultimate at-home spa experience as it was for me when I first tried Everyone Bath Soaks.  Read more

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Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Review

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel #skincare
Combination skin friends rejoice! I’ve discovered an amazing moisturizer that gives your skin the moisture it needs while keeping your skin looking matte.

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel is an oil-free moisturizer that is lightweight. It’s also formulated with a powder that comes to the aid of that oily t-zone and reduces the shine without reducing the hydration needed to keep skin balanced. Since most of us with combination/oily skin tend to be acne prone, this hydrating gel doesn’t clog pores. Read more

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