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

Customized Nexxus Hair Care at Sam's Club

Sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. Lately I've been on the hunt for products that aim to treat my skin and hair for the issues I'm having as I age (not just things to make me look younger.) Being in my 40's comes with a plethora of issues Read more

Coloring Your Hair With Garnier Olia #MyOliaStory #Sponsored

I'm sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions and hair color are my own. If you've been following #MyOliaStory for the past few months, then you know I've been dyeing my hair at home with Garnier® Olia every 6 weeks. This is the most consistent Read more

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Customized Nexxus Hair Care at Sam’s Club

Sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

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Lately I’ve been on the hunt for products that aim to treat my skin and hair for the issues I’m having as I age (not just things to make me look younger.)

Being in my 40’s comes with a plethora of issues that are both as a result of my actions when I was younger (or inaction in terms of taking care of my skin and hair) and the normal course of getting older. Yay me.

I’ve used Nexxus hair system products in the past and I’ve been really happen with the results. So when I learned that you can get a 3-product full size set from Sam’s Club for just around $26, I was game to check it out. While Sam’s Club may be associated with large bulk items, it’s also a great place to generally save on items that you love. Read more

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Coloring Your Hair With Garnier Olia #MyOliaStory #Sponsored

I’m sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions and hair color are my own.
Coloring your hair with Garnier Olia via @agirlsgottaspa #MyOliaStory #Sponsored

If you’ve been following #MyOliaStory for the past few months, then you know I’ve been dyeing my hair at home with Garnier® Olia every 6 weeks.

This is the most consistent I have been in years, since I had stopped dyeing my hair all together during my pregnancies. For some reason, my hair had become a very dark brunette during that time – which I can tell you is not my natural color, but I’m not entirely sure how it came to be. (Has this happened to anyone else??) I wanted to go back to a much lighter version of brown while retaining the look of it being natural. Read more

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How To Lighten Your Hair #MyOliaStory

I’m sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier sponsored series for Socialstars™

How to lighten your hair via @agirlsgottaspa #MyOliaStory #sponsored

Taking your hair color from dark to light is a not something that can be done in a day. Well, at least not when you are doing it on your own at home. You want to be really careful with dyeing your hair so as not to over-process it and cause any damage. When done correctly, you can end up with gorgeous hair at a fraction of the cost at the salon.

You just have to follow directions and need a little patience (enjoy the Guns and Roses earworm.)

I have dark brown hair, but I’ve been wanting to go lighter. Not blonde, but a much lighter brown, because I want to stick with something natural looking that won’t contrast with my skin tone in a negative way.

I’ve made that mistake before. I’ve dyed my hair red, I’m dyed my hair so black that it had hues of blue/purple and I’ve “frosted” (OMG so 80s) my hair. Red brought out the ruddiness in my skin. Black made me look goth (not my style, but it may be yours) and frosted looked more like I just randomly threw bleach in my hair (i.e. it looked like straw) and made my skin look sallow. Read more

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5 Surefire Ways Pampering Helps Boost Your Mood (and Confidence)

Disclosure: I’m sharing #MyOliaStory #ad as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™

You’ve probably experienced this scenario yourself – you’re in a rut and feeling meh when you decide to take a moment to yourself to rejuvenate. Sometimes it’s something simple, like a bath or it’s something a little more dramatic (like chopping your long locks.) Regardless of the act, it suddenly gives you that restoration of spirit you needed and that spring in your step is back.

Happiness and confidence go hand in hand. When I am happy, I feel my most confident and like I can achieve anything. When I’m feeling down, it often feels like my goals are not within reach. We’ve all been there.

So what can you do to give yourself a kick in the pants? You want my honest answer? Self care. Pampering yourself is is the most natural mood booster I know. It’s not selfish by any means, it’s transformative.

Here are 5 tips for pampering yourself to boost your mood (and confidence):

Get a haircut. There’s something therapeutic about cutting off what’s weighing you down while venting to your hairstylist. Other things I love about it – the head massage, the hum of the hair dryer, the eventual amazing hairstyle that I can never duplicate at home.

I recently decided to chop my long hair. It felt like magic and all of the compliments I got just made me feel really, really good. Read more

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Getting My Hair Summer-Ready #MyOliaStory #Ad

Disclosure: I’m sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™ The fabulous hair color is all mine.

Shiny, healthy hair with Garnier Olia via @agirlsgottaspa #MyOliaStory #sponsored

Keeping my hair color vibrant, healthy looking… and most of all, covering the grays, is important to me. It feels like post-pregnancy that the gray hair is coming out in full force. I don’t want to look older than I am, so I have no shame in dying my hair.

4 weeks ago I gave Garnier Olia® a try in 6.0 Light Brown, as my goal is to start stepping down to a lighter color by Summer. A few years ago I frosted my hair blonde. Yes, you heard that right – frosted. So 80’s. And my hair totally looked the part. It was unnatural looking and I couldn’t wait for it to grow out.

This time I’m doing it right and taking it slowly instead of just diving in. My 14 year old had to learn the hard way recently when he wanted to dye his hair blue. He has dark brown hair like me and thought he’d be blonde in a matter of 30 minutes. That was a whole lot of nope. His hair turned an orangey yellow and once he added the blue… he was green.

Love my hair color with Garnier Olia via @agirlsgottaspa #MyOliaStory #sponsored

My hair color has held up well, as has the shine. It’s still a nice shade for the Spring and something I can step myself up to for Fall once I’ve gotten as close to a light golden brown as I can get without being too brassy for Summer. With 100% gray coverage, my grays are still nicely concealed. My hair doesn’t feel dry and is still soft to the touch.100% gray coverage with Garnier Olia via @agirlsgottaspa #MyOliaStory #sponsored

In a few weeks it will be time to color my hair again with Garnier® Olia® and I’ll be trying to take it a shade lighter. I’m thinking I might also chop my locks for some added effect. Maybe an angled bob or lob. I’ve had both, and to be honest I prefer to have long hair. But I just keep can’t seem to make it work and my hair tends to always be in a ponytail. One thing I can say, is that since coloring my hair, I’ve been curling my hair more often to show off how great my hair looks.

Best hair color to cover gray via @agirlsgottaspa #MyOliaStory #sponsored

Please check out my Garnier® Olia® review – I’d love to hear if you’ve used Olia® and/or if you’ll be changing up your hair color now that Summer is almost here!

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Spa-Like Hair with Pai-Shau

Spa-like hair care from Pai-Shau - love it! via @agirlsgottaspa

This is likely the only time where you hear me rave about tea. I’m your coffee-obsessed kind of girl, but this hair care line by Pai-Shau based on a proprietary blend of concentrated steeped teas, is making my life right now.

Pai-Shau is a vegan and cruelty free hair care line that marries an ancient bathing ritual from Vietnam with modern day science. I received Pai-Shau’s Replenishing Hair Cleanser and Supreme Revitalizing Mask (from their Hydrating Ritual) and Biphasic Infusion (from their Enhance Ritual) to review.

Having never heard of this brand, I held no expectations – which honestly, is the best thing to have, because I was totally WOWED. Read more

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Garnier Olia® Hair Color Review #Spon

I’m sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions and hair color are my own (well… the hair color is Garnier®.)

Garnier® Olia® Hair Color #review via @agirlsgottaspa #MyOliaStory #spon

Looking to lighten, brighten or darken your natural hair color without the eye-burning smell of the chemicals involved?

That’s a common theme among at-home hair coloring kits that we all cringe about – literally. That toxic smell while coloring your hair.

I haven’t colored my hair in about 2 years due to pregnancies and I’ve been tired of looking at the strands of gray and dullness of my hair. (Sometimes I wear the tired mom look like a pro.) With an 8 month old as my sidekick these days, getting out to the salon isn’t easy. Using an DIY hair color is a good option, but my #1 MUST – I did not want that ammonia smell for Ethan and myself to take in.

Enter Garnier Olia®. Olia has 60% oils, no ammonia, and natural flower oils, and there is ZERO eye-stinging smell – I mean there is literally none. Read more

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Mitch Stone Essentials Giveaway

@mitchstonehair #giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa

Remember how much I raved about Mitch Stone Essentials Texturizing Spray for beachy waves and volume? Well now you have the opportunity to try to win it, along with Mitch Stone Essentials Lustre Drops and Session Spray! (2 other products I really love!)

Dates of entry are February 23, 2016 at 12am EST until  March 1, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. ARV is $56. Please read the fine print at the bottom because that’s important too.

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Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

Tips for gray hair (ways to slow it down or cover it up!) via @agirlsgottaspa @grayawayeverpro

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true.

When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be able to avoid it, you can slow it down or simply cover it up.

Slow Gray Hair Growth with Vitamins and Minerals:
Eating healthy benefits you in more ways than one, and that includes gray hair! When you have a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals, it can not only affect the strength and sheen of your hair, but your hair color, as well. Read more

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Voluminous Beach Wave Hair




How to get beach wavy hair and volume with @mitchstonehair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult.

While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, it’s not really the kind that magazine hair is made of. Pinterest is full of how to get beach wavy hair tutorials that include curling wands, flat irons and braiding your hair before bed… but let me be honest with you, I prefer to do some things the easy way. Who has time for all of that? Read more

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