DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

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 Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

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 Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

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 Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

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 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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NatureBox Healthy Fall Snacks

NatureBox Fall Snack Box Review via @agirlsgottaspa #healthy
I love to snack, I am one of those people who usually has a snack-filled Ziploc bag in my purse at all times.  If I get hungry and there is no snack option around not only do I morph into “hangry,” but I also can get nausea, headaches and just downright spacey.  I also keep snacks around because whenever I’m travelling they come in pretty handy, especially on those delayed flights. For a snacker like me, NatureBox’s snack subscription service is a dream come true.

NatureBox delivers carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door. Each snack contains wholesome ingredients, with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. When you join NatureBox, you receive five different snacks every month. You can choose the snacks you want or have NatureBox choose your snacks for you from their 100+ selection, including gluten-conscious and vegan options. Read more

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Tiny Tea Teatox (14 Day) Review

Tiny Tea Teatox review #tea #weightloss via @agirlsgottaspa

My scenario may sound familiar to some of you: I work out regularly, and eat a healthy, balanced diet for the most part (there is the occasional burger about once every 2-3 months and a few pieces of candy sprinkled in here and there), but can never seem to get my stomach to get flatter and more toned.  When I say I work out regularly, I mean that I work out 5-6 times per week for at least 45 minutes and my workouts consist of cardio in the form of zumba, running or interval training, strength, yoga and various other exercise…so I definitely mix it up.  My diet also consists mostly of fresh or steamed,  veggies, quinoa and fruits, so the fact that my stomach refuses to cooperate with the rest of my body is just aggravating. I decided to try something else, which led me to purchasing my very first box of the 14 day supply of Tiny Tea Teatox.  I follow them on Instagram and am always blow away by some of the before and afters that people have posted after trying their system. Read more

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Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

#DIY Lemon Ginger Lavender #Spa Elixir from The Umstead Hotel and Spa via @agirlsgottaspa

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, vitamin-packed pick-me-up that combines potassium and calcium-rich Lemon, Ginger, which has antioxidant and direct anti-inflammatory effects, relaxing Lavender and Thyme, which helps relieve coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion. Read more

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Healthy Recipes for Glowing Skin

2 delicious recipes from @thebeautybean1 Recipe for Radiance book via @agirlsgottaspa. #beauty #skincare

We all know that nutritious foods are good for our overall health, but did you know that it can also help you achieve glowing skin? Fellow beauty blogger, Alexis Wolfer of The Beauty Bean, has written a book complete with DIY beauty treatments, as well as recipes that will be your true Recipe for Radiance. Alexis was gracious enough to share two, simply delicious recipes, which should serve as the perfect appetizer to wet your palate for more from her book!

Age-Reversing Wine Mask

Good for: All skin types 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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