Holiday Skin Prep with RoC®

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 I’m getting my skin ready for the holidays as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC The holidays are finally here, which seems a bit unreal, especially here in the Poconos where it hasn't Read more

Teami Skinny Tea

// // National day(s) of complete diet obliteration ...also known as "the holidays," is almost upon us. As much as I am looking forward to unlimited pumpkin pie and stuffing, I know that beginning the day after Thanksgiving, all I am going to want to do is detox. This year I am one Read more

The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily Read more

Can Ultrasound Improve the Look of Skin?

I'll be honest, I was not very familiar with the world of cosmetic ultrasound treatments when I decided to try the Mira-Skin Ultrasound device. Upon doing my research, I learned that ultrasound is a non-surgical/non-invasive treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Ultrasound uses the body's Read more

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all Read more


IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

@itscosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Cushion Compact review via @agirlsgottaspa

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea…I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before heading back to the states.  Well sun, sand and sea took priority over everything else and on my last day there I was preoccupied with trying to figure out how to fit the gazillionth sarong into my suitcase and forgot all about getting my hands on a cushion compact.  I had yet another opportunity on the plane to purchase one duty free, but the color swatch wasn’t much help so decided to pass.

Well since then I have been obsessed with finding them, I’ve noticed them slowly making an appearance here in the US in the last few months.  I was FINALLY able to get my hands on a cushion compact from IT Cosmetics and I am so utterly in love and obsessed! Read more

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Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

Foods that stain and whiten your teeth. Great to know foods to avoid and foods that help whiten teeth. via @agirlsgottaspa

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. “The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too,” says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

Some surprising foods such as steak, cheese and dark chocolate whiten teeth, while sauces, juice and curry can stain teeth, Dr. Harvey advises.

While you certainly don’t have to give up your morning cup of coffee or your evening glass of red wine, if your teeth are discoloring, you might want to consider consuming less and thoroughly rinsing your mouth with water after you’re done eating or drinking, according to Dr. Harvey.

Dr. Harvey’s foods that stain your teeth include: Read more

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The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

The perfect pink lipsticks and glosses for dark skin via @agirlsgottaspa

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines.

I’m pretty sure a lot of you are familiar with the cult favorite NARS, but for those of you who has never heard of Mehron or Uslu Airlines, here’s a teeny bit about these brands. Uslu Airlines is a Berlin based brand that was created by a Turkish makeup artist and German entrepreneur. The most advanced components are used and their products and colors have fun airport names using the global aviation 3-letter-code system. Their high quality products are largely used by international professional fashion makeup artists.  Mehron “represents an artisanal approach to creating quality cosmetics that are high impact and versatile.” With long lasting coverage and a built in hydrating cream I can see why Mehron is widely used by professional artists working in fashion shows, productions, movies and performers. All three of this beauty brands are cruelty free. Read more

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DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

DIY body scrub via @agirlsgottaspa
This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of a body scrub.  Since there was no way I was leaving the house in the midst of my at-home spa experience to go out and buy a scrub, I decided I would try to whip something up with whatever I had in my kitchen….which was not a lot since I was overdue for a grocery run. What I did have was coffee grounds, baking soda and lemons.  I have used baking soda and lemons before as a face scrub/mask and teeth whitener and have also used coffee grounds with other ingredients as a body scrub, but I have never used all three together. Read more

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DIY Beauty Treatment for Softer Skin

DIY beauty treatment for dry skin via @agirlsgottaspa

The Spa Director at The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa in Miami Beach has shared with us an at-home beauty treatment that we think you will love! At renew the spa they have a wonderful Oat and Coconut treatment, perfect for restoring your skin’s PH levels, and Spa Director Vivian Villamizar has shared how to make this at-home:

1.)    To begin, mix Epsom salt with pure virgin coconut oil to exfoliate any dry itchy areas on the body. The combination of the Epsom salt with the coconut oil replenishes the skin with trace minerals while hydrating it at the same time. This exfoliation can be done gently or vigorously. Read more

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Lace Your Face LaceTek Facial Mask

Lace Your Face Calming Chamomile Mask review via @agirlsgottaspa #skincare
For the past two months my skin has been feeling really, irritated and imbalanced and it seems as though a lot of the moisturizing masks that I have used just seem to irritate my skin and exacerbate the issue instead of moisturizing and soothing my skin.  But if at first, or second or third you don’t succeed… Read more

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5 Beauty Mistakes You May Be Making

Are you committing these 5 #beauty mistakes? via @agirlsgottaspa

There are some beauty mistakes that are often overlooked. I’m not talking about excessive contouring (although I may or may not wish someone could contour me to look 20 lbs thinner), or that you shouldn’t wear white eye liner on your lower lid (flesh colored is better.) I’m talking about the really simple ones that we forget are important and can lead to acne, infections, damage, etc.

Are you making any of these beauty mistakes?

Not Adhering to Expiration Dates on Your Beauty Products
For the most part, beauty products now have expiration dates listed on them. Additionally, if your beauty product has a batch code listed on it, you can always reach out to the brand’s customer service to ask the expiration date. (For our natural bath and body products, we have both the expiration date and batch code tagged to the bottom of each product.) An expiration date is not a “suggested” date for maybe tossing a product, it’s a pretty firm ingredients will be less effective or go sour (if they are natural/organic) by this date. Of course, some products can go bad sooner, such as natural ingredients being subject to sunlight/heat/cold or if you get pink eye, that eyeliner and mascara should be tossed immediately. Read more

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Prevent Dry Cracked Hands – Try This

At-home pampering hand treatment for dry, cracked hands via @agirlsgottaspa #DIY #beauty

One of the worst offenders of dry or dehydrated skin is when it comes to cracked skin on your hands. So painful and it feels like a neverending cycle of trying to keep germs at bay with repeated handwashing, which totally dries you out, and then moisturizing to try to combat the dry skin. A few years ago I learned this simple trick you can do at home that really helps to get rid of the dry skin and hydrate it leaving those cracked, painful hands behind.

What You’ll Need: Read more

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Pride and Glory Collegiate Beauty Products

Pride & Glory collegiate #beauty brand

When I was in college, I remember RIC branded items being geared more to men than women. I remember settling on a keychain, not too exciting, but at least I showed school spirit. When I saw that my friend Jennifer Walsh was launching a first to market collegiate beauty brand, I was stoked and wondered where she was between 1992-96.

Pride & Glory is a bath and body brand with a purpose. 2% of profits from the sale of each item goes back to the charity of the school through Pride & Glory’s trust, Inspiration Nations. Since those attending college have pride in their school, they also tend to have pride in the city where their college is located. Knowing that they are helping build a stronger community when they purchase a Pride & Glory product will help to teach them a way of giving back that they can take ownership of. 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, 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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