Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

Cate McNabb Cruelty Free Red Lipstick

Ever since I decided to make the leap into wearing red lipstick, I've become obsessed. While I know that self-confidence comes from within, the perfect red lipstick can get you there a little quicker. Cruelty free cosmetics brand, Cate McNabb, has some incredibly hydrating lipsticks and Be Mine basically begged Read more

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Winter Hair Care Tips

Winter Hair Care Tips from Ruth Roche #haircare

In winter, colder temperatures and indoor heating deplete moisture in the air, which can leave hair parched, so it’s important to replenish moisture to prevent breakage and promote shine. Ruth Roche, Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care offers 5 tips for getting the glow back.

1. Get a good trim to remove frayed ends, they tend to be dryer and more damaged than the rest of the hair strand.

2. Use a clarifying treatment to remove styling product buildup that contributes to lack of moisture and dullness. Pureology Purify Shampoo is a great one – it’s sulfate-free and safe for color-treated hair. Read more

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Which Products Work Best on Thick Hair for Frizz?

Products for Thick Hair. And how to get this look from Sam Villa. #haircare

How to get this look from Sam Villa

Thin hair, fine hair, medium hair, thick hair…we all have one common enemy: frizz.

However, those with thick hair get a double whammy, frizz + an overly full looking coif. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Facebook fans asked,

“What types of hair products work best on thick hair to make it smoother, less frizzy and not looking overly full?”

Expert hairstylist trusted by celebrities, Sam Villa, responds: Read more

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Herbal Essences Naked Hair Care

Herbal Essences #GetNaked

I love a good dry shampoo. I love shiny hair. I also love volume. However, on any given day, those three things sometimes do not happen all at once. At least, not with a little help.

Everyone who knows me, knows that I do not wash my hair everyday. Dry shampoo has been a staple in my beauty routine since some expert hairstylists I met a few years back told me that shampooing every day was a definite no-no to achieve healthy hair and a healthy scalp. Some dry shampoos haven’t worked well for me, while others have achieved must-have status among my hair care products. Herbal Essences new Naked Dry Shampoo is on the must-have list. Read more

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Tips for Over-Processed Hair

How to fix over-processed hair. Tips from Sam Villa. Also, find out how to duplicate this hair style. #haircare #beauty

How to get this look from Sam Villa

Got a beauty question? Be sure to let us know and we can find an expert to help you! This hair care question is from our Facebook fans and we enlisted the help of celebrity hairstylist, Sam Villa, to answer.

“Over-processed hair: What can be done for hair that is now fragile and seems to have a lot of breakage due to bleaching and coloring for so long?” Read more

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GRAMMY’s Inspired Beauty

 


I always love the first few months of the new year. Not because it is fresh with possibilities, at least not when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, but because it is award season! This is the time of year when the red carpet is ablaze with hot trends, inspiring hair and makeup looks and plenty of
oh I’d love to duplicate that moments. While The Golden Globes and Oscar’s are filled with elegant and demur looks, music is my first love and I’ll take GRAMMY-inspired beauty any day.

True, the looks on the red carpet at the GRAMMY’s are usually cutting edge, maybe a little more revealing than you’d like (at my age showing my arms from the elbows down is as revealing as I’ll go), but there are plenty of commonalities that all celebrities follow in order to have a successful camera-ready red carpet look. I’ll break them down, that way you, too, can follow these same steps for your big event and leave the paparazzi (aka your husband, boyfriend, significant other) vying for your attention.

Red Carpet Beauty Tips #RedCarpetGlam

Beauty PrepThese are the things you do leading up to the big event – things you need to plan out in advance. 

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Mark Hill MiracOILicious Hair Products

Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil #review #haircare

Thanks to all of the travelling I did during the holidays, my hair ended up ringing in the new year in quite the state of despair.  Going from LA to Orlando to Minneapolis to Tahoe had caused my hair to become very angry and rebel.  It was dry, frizzy and downright lackluster…not what I wanted for my hair in the new year so I was pretty anxious to try anything that promised healthy, hydrated, shiny, smooth hair.

Enter Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment and Moroccan Argan Oil. Read more

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8 Global Beauty Secrets You Need to Know



Celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist, Amanda Shackleton, travels the world for her craft. Along the way, she’s picked up beauty tips and tricks from each country she’s visited. I’ve long desired to know what women in other countries and cultures use as their product staples and we asked Amanda to tell us all about her discoveries!

Below Amanda has pulled together her Top 8 beauty products, all of which we can use to beautify ourselves in 2014.

Global Beauty Secrets: Arabia

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Photographer: Gen Nishino

1. Arabia Peninsula/India
Does Best: Brightening the Eyes with Kohl.

Product: Al Sharifan Kohl Kajal Eyeliner.  I was first introduced to kohl eye powder over twenty years ago in Morocco where women would make their own from oil and herbs. This one is one of the oldest around. You apply it to the waterline of your eyes both top and bottom to brighten  and define your eyes. It’s a super dark black, powdery kohl that is also believed to protect eyes from the sun (especially in the desert where it gets its origins) and helps smooth and cool them. Read more

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Naturelle Biotera Long & Healthy System Giveaway

NEW Naturelle Biotera Long & Healthy System

The holidays are here! But don’t let the less-than-stellar condition of your hair prevent you from looking your best! Whether your hair is long and unmanageable or hard-to-grow, The NEW Naturelle Biotera Long & Healthy System will get your hair back into shape — ready to sport the most trendy holiday ‘do.

1 lucky person will WIN the entire Long & Healthy System ($36.00 value)! Read more

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eSalon Offers Salon Quality Hair Color at Home

eSalon Home Hair Coloring Kit

The scenario: Your bank account gives you a firm NO to getting your next hair color done at your favorite salon, so you head down to your local drugstore and browse the home hair color aisle. All of the models on the package look amazing. You SO want hair color like that. You grab a few locks of your hair and try to find the perfect “before” match on the back of the box so that you can accurately predict what color your hair will likely ending up looking like “after.” On occasion you find yourself asking complete strangers, “Do you think this hair color will look good on me?” To which they usually smile, nod and say, “Yes,” only to quickly leave the aisle so that you won’t ask them anymore questions that you’ll expect them to be an expert at. Because clearly, they are not (unless that’s Ted Gibson in the aisle with you, which is highly unlikely.) Read more

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Salon Series By Ouidad Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment

salon-series-by-ouidad-exfoliating-hair-and-scalp-maskI am now absolutely addicted to products aimed at improving the health of my hair.  Although my experience with these types of products is somewhat limited (I’ve tried two thus far), I know that I love the way they make my scalp feel and if they are promoting healthy hair growth at the same time then it’s a “win win” for me.  The scalp care products I’ve tried so far are a scalp toner and a scalp mask and I loved them both.  I can now add an Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment to that list.

I’ve used the Salon Series By Ouidad Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment three times so far and I am seriously hooked.  The Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair & Scalp Treatment contains a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid complex of sugar cane, lemon and apple extracts to gently exfoliate the scalp, as well as naturally derived bamboo for manual exfoliation.  The Scalp Treatment has a very natural, pleasant scent that is soothing and relaxing when on my scalp, it definitely smells like a high end spa treatment of some sort.  The bamboo exfoliating granules in the treatment are very gentle, but they feel like they do a pretty thorough job of exfoliating my scalp.  The directions recommend massaging over your scalp for 1-3 minutes after shampooing, but I like to let it sit there for about ten minutes on my scalp, it just feels so good! Even though I’ve only used it three times, I’ve certainly noticed less product build up in my hair and on my scalp, which is one of the issues that this treatment helps to eradicate along with scalp dryness and overactive sebum which can all lead to blocked follicles, dull hair and diminished hair growth. Read more

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