A Girl's Gotta Spa! - My Aha Moment

I'm very grateful for the opportunity Mutual of Omaha gave me to put #myahamoment on video. I'm also very grateful for all of you that have continued to support the concept of You Deserve to Be Pampered by purchasing A Girl's Gotta Spa! natural bath and body products. I hope the Read more

Best Products For Frizzy Hair

Humidity can wreak havoc on any hairstyle. That's why smoothing and anti-frizz hair care products are always on my vanity. Unruly hair has no place in my beauty regimen! Bain de Terre are a professional line of hair care that previously could only be found in salons. Since the launch Read more

Long Lasting Manicure with JulieG Nail Color

Mission: Find a long lasting manicure, as well as a nail polish that dries quickly.  Whether you get your nails done professionally at the salon or you simply do them at home, I'm pretty confident that every woman is in search of a polish that lasts longer than a day Read more

Stars and Stripes Nail Art How To

It doesn't necessarily need to be the 4th of July to show your patriotic side. Show off your stars and stripes with these easy nail art how to's from editorial manicurist, Jin Soon Choi. Look 1 Stars and Stripes  How-To: Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat Apply Michael Kors Gossip on the entire nail Read more

Butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil Twigged Review

Don’t you just LOVE when you try something new and then that’s the very thing you get complimented on all day long? That’s always the #1 way I know I’m onto something good. The very first day I took Butter LONDON’s new Wink Eye Pencil in Twigged ($18) for a Read more

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Infrared Sauna Benefits

Infrared Sauna Benefits #detox

Trying to convince my fiancé to go to the spa with me is usually a pretty hopeless undertaking, so imagine my absolute surprise and excitement when he actually suggested that we go to the spa together for a treatment.  That excitement might have decreased a little when he made it clear the “treatment” he wanted us to experience together was sitting in an infrared sauna…at least we would be sitting together in a spa…it was a start.

Perhaps sitting in an infrared sauna, sweating for 40 minutes does not sound very appealing, especially given the fact that its been about 90 degrees everyday in Bali for the last two months and I feel like I sweat plenty on a daily basis.  Little did I know that the infrared sauna benefits are amazing and an very effective way to detox. Read more

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Botox Does More Than You Think

Botox does more than you think (not just for wrinkles anymore!) #beauty #health

Since 2000, yearly neuromodulator procedures, such as Botox, Xeomin and Dysport, in the U.S. have increased by 800%, with over 6 million procedures performed in 2013. So what exactly does this popular procedure do?

These neurotoxin procedures are typically viewed as a cosmetic minimally-invasive procedure that removes lines and wrinkles from the skin. They work by injecting a small dosage of neurotoxin into the skin of the targeted area. Once introduced, the neuromodulator temporarily paralyzes local muscles by preventing nerve cells from receiving signals. Ultimately, this is what causes the overlying skin to become freshened and wrinkle-free. Amazingly, these subtances not only keep skin looking young and fresh, but can actually provide many other health benefits. Read more

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#HerHealth Twitter Party May 29th at 1pm EST

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#Herhealth #TwitterParty May 29th at 1pm EST! RSVP! Lots of great prizes!

Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we’re so excited to co-host a party that is talking about Women’s Health Month! On Thursday May 29 at 1 pm ET, please join us for the  #HerHealth Twitter Party  where we’ll be discussing  available health resources at Walgreens and giving you a chance to win prizes!

As I’m getting older, my health is becoming more of a priority. Gone are the days where I didn’t think twice about what I was eating or the vitamins and minerals needed to keep myself healthy for the long term. Think vitamins and other supplements are just targeted to heart or bone health? Think again! As we age internally, our skin and hair show signs of aging as well! There are a vast array of products and solutions for women’s health at Walgreens - all aspects of it! If you get overwhelmed as to the right product for you, certain Walgreens stores even have Health Guides that help shoppers navigate the aisles and different products. Please join us for a great Twitter Party on 5/29 where we will be discussing how Walgreens simplifies the health and wellness space for women, and highlighting solutions available at Walgreens that contribute to women’s health and wellness journey, both short and long term.

Join me and RSVP for the #HerHealth Twitter Party on SoFabChats! Read more

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Snack Your Way to Beautiful Skin

Snack Your Way to Beautiful Skin #Skincare

When it comes to achieving beautiful skin, I believe that it’s always best to start from the inside out.

I’ve seen firsthand the difference in my skin when I eat a healthy, clean, well-balanced diet as opposed to when I eat processed foods.  Not only do I feel more alive and energetic when I eat healthy, but my skin looks so clear, glowing and healthy that I can actually skip makeup.  Since I am a bit…a big bit…OK, a huge fan of snacking, I try to make sure that I snack on foods that are also healthy, nutritious and great for my skin.  I’ve gathered a list of snack foods that are tasty, filling, healthy and have amazing skin benefits.  Read more

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Tomato Herb Stuffed Pork Recipe and Black Bean Fusion

Tomato and Herb Stuffed Pork and Black Bean Fusion
(This dish is naturally gluten/casein free)

Tomato Herb Stuffed Pork & Black Bean Fusion #recipe #foodie #cooking #howto

Ingredients

Stuffed Pork
Pork Loin Halved
2 Tomatoes Sliced
4 Garlic Cloves Sliced
1 Bunch of Cilantro Chopped
2 Tbsp of Lemon Juice
¼ cup White Wine (if following a gluten-free diet, be sure the brand is such) Read more

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Green Tea Benefits for Health and Skin

Read about the benefits of green tea for #health and #skincare

You’ve all heard that green tea is good for your overall health…perhaps you never bothered to ask why, but it seems to be common knowledge that we should all be drinking it to some extent.  So with a brand new year upon us what could be better than incorporating green tea in your diet for a healthier, more beautiful and less stressed you!

Green tea contains the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea.  The tea polyphenol catechins provides anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects, it helps to eliminate free radicals in the body and also reduces inflammation.  Green tea is also helpful in maintaining a healthy weight as studies have show that it can help to boost the metabolism, it has also been show to promote cardio health, reduce stress, prevent cavities (thanks to the anti-bacterial effects of the catechins, minerals and fluoride) and treat skin conditions such as Psoriasis. Read more

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Benefits of Hot Yoga

Benefits of Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga) #health #wellness #selfcare #yoga

I first became acquainted with hot yoga 2-3 years ago, but did not begin a regular practice until last Spring. I have been absolutely hooked ever since.

I’ve noticed that practicing hot yoga regularly has made me less stressed, increased my strength and flexibility, more toned, more energized and quite a few of my family members swear that I look taller. Did I also mention that my skin is usually supple and glowing after practicing? (Must be from sweating out those toxins!)

I know that hot yoga might not be to everyone’s liking, but I absolutely love it and am grateful for the positive impact it has had on me.

If you have been considering giving hot yoga a try this year, here are a few benefits that may propel you into your nearest hot yoga studio ASAP! Read more

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Healthy Recipes: Chicken Soup and Corn and Butternut Squash Chowder

Want to warm up this winter with some healthy comfort food? Check out these delicious recipes from certified nutritionist and fitness trainer, Franci Cohen. I can’t wait to make them myself! Yum!

Delicious Chicken Soup Recipe

Healthy Chicken Soup #Recipe #comfortfood

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Lemons for Better Skin

Amazing Skin Benefits of Lemon #skincare

That sour little fruit has a lot of amazing skin care benefits. Bright and colorful, lemons will do wonders if you are prone to blemishes, is great to detox and is refreshing and brightening to your skin.

The thing is, I hadn’t really known all of the benefits (with the exception of lightening my hair in the summer) until I made the switch from pre-flavored water to spring water with fresh lemon in it back when I was on a diet program. While doing NutriSystem, it was suggested to me that my favorite Pure Life flavored water may be preventing my weight loss (preservatives, etc.) It was recommended that I opt for regular spring water and add fresh, sliced lemons to it. I’ve always drank a lot of water, with my only downfall being 2 cups of ice coffee in the morning, but never added fresh fruit simply due to the wait time for it to diffuse. (I am a want-it-now kind of girl.) Read more

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Healthy Stuffed Eggplant Recipe with Cracked Freekeh

Next up on the Faccia Bella Recipe Series for beautiful skin and a healthy heart is my HEALTHY stuffed eggplant recipe. Growing up, my mom would bake up her mouth watering stuffed eggplant that my taste buds would give a standing ovation, but suffice it to say that my waistline did not. I decided to take this tasty lunch or dinner recipe and revise it to meet healthy standards, while maintaining the taste! When you’re messing with a favorite family recipe it makes one a little nervous, well it made me a little nervous anyway, but I am super excited to report that it did NOT disappoint and I will likely pass this version down to my kiddos (BTW, my seven and ten year old indulged with me and gave it a thumbs up!)

Healthy Stuffed Eggplant #recipe with Cracked Freekeh

Healthy Stuffed Eggplant with Cracked Freekeh
(Gluten Free, Casein Free options included)

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Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in beauty, Health, skin care 1 Comment