Silk Therapeutics Nurture ++ Moisturizer Review

Did you know that your skin needs different skin care products not only based on your skin type, but also based on the region you live in? It's true. For example, your needs will be different in the dry-heat of Nevada than say someone who lives a place with high Read more

Smoothie Recipes from the Best Spas

If you are looking for delicious smoothie recipes from some of the best spas, we've compiled a list for you! So get ready to indulge your tastebuds without expanding your waistline with these vitamin and mineral rich smoothies! Potassium Punch: Set on a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Read more

Pedicure How-To: Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready! #Sponsored

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions (and sandal-ready feet) are my own. Florals and citrus, a shorter hairstyle, light breezy dresses, sandals...warmer weather opens the doors to both Read more

Spa-Like Hair with Pai-Shau

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 Read more

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®.) 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 Read more

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LUSH Breath of Fresh Air Toner for Dry Skin

When LUSH says “Breath of Fresh Air” they really mean it!

All LUSH toners are slightly different than what you may be used to and as Martha Stewart would say “that’s a good thing.”  They are alcohol-free and work by providing a moisture boost to the skin.  They are packed with skin-soothing essential oils that help combat tiredness, dryness and blemishes. Breath of Fresh Air is made specifically for dry, sun damaged skin and refreshes with nutrients directly from the sea to your skin. Fresh seawater gently cleanses, while carrageen (seaweed) extract softens and provides essential vitamins and minerals. And all the while, rose absolute and aloe vera are soothing dry areas.  Read more

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DIY Face Spritzer/Makeup Refreshing Spray



This past summer I had the opportunity of traveling to the city of Cebu in the Philippines to shoot a show for Fashion One Television. While there I was fortunate enough to work with an amazing makeup artist by the name of Beatriz Lopez.  Beatriz is a  London based freelancer, who provides makeup and hair styling for a broad range of clients from fashion and advertising to private commissions. Fully certified in all aspects of makeup, including special effects and body painting, she is also experienced in styling natural and synthetic hair.  Bea is just downright super talented and I absolutely loved my hair and makeup whenever she worked on me on set, so I was readily accepting of any beauty suggestions/tips she was kind enough to offer.  Read more

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DIY Acne Treatments



If you are someone who suffers from acne, clear skin can feel a bit like a myth. There are several factors that control acne, however, and by learning a little more about them, you can help prevent acne and help the acne that you have clear up more quickly. Check out some of these tips for staying on top of your skin care.

Skip the Soap
It seems counter-intuitive, but the truth of the matter is that soap dries out your skin. Acne worsens when skin is dry, as it leaves the skin more prone to cracks and thus to bacterial infections. In the morning, simply splash water on your face and go from there. Though your face might feel a bit oily for a few days, it will normalize in a surprisingly short amount of time. Leave the soap for the rest of your body and wash your face with water instead.  Read more

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skinactives TCA Spot Peel Kit Review

I used to thoroughly enjoy getting facials. More than any other spa treatment, my love of facials bordered on addiction.  Not only were they relaxing, but I loved knowing that my skin had been deep cleaned. This was until the last facial that I got, which left me with a pea sized scab on my face which later turned into a prominent scar thanks to some very aggressive extraction.

For someone who does not like to wear any kind of cover-up from foundation, powder to concealer, having a very visible scar on my face was more than mildly irritating.  I was contemplating getting a series of microdermabrasion or peels to see if they would help to fade the scar, but was not too excited about the cost of either service.  Thankfully I was given the opportunity to try the TCA Spot Peel Kit from skinactives.  I say thankfully because the kit is only $60 and it was something I was able to do myself.  Read more

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LUSH Halloween Treats Are Spooktacular!

LUSH has a very scary lineup of items for Halloween 2012. Fall is my favorite time of year–the trees changing color, the crisp morning air, hot apple cider, a warm fireplace and LUSH Halloween goodies! Aren’t they the cutest?  And of course the smell is divine!! The entire collection consists of:   Read more

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Microdermx Review

If you want an even skin tone and a better overall brightening to your skin, you’ll need to exfoliate on a regular basis.

There are many at-home microdermabrasion products out there, all with varying results and strength. I had the opportunity to try a newer microdermabrasion product called Microdermx, which has a simple two-step process.  Read more

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RoC Multi Correxion Stress Repair Night Cream Review

To say that being self employed and a mom to 4 boys is stressful at times is an understatement. And many times, OK most times, that stress shows on my face.

Do you use a night cream?  This is something I have gotten myself into the habit of, especially since learning that your skin loses the most moisture at night.

I’ve been using RoC Multi Correxion Stress Repair Night Cream faithfully for a few months now. The first thing I noticed about it was the soothing lavender scent. I wouldn’t typically wear a facial moisturizer that is scented, but this one is nice and light, yet delivers the relaxing fragrance right when I need it most–just before bed.  Read more

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Bye Bye Blackheads by Joey New York Review

Bye Bye Blackheads #Review #skincare

Bye Bye Blackheads works.

I’ll be honest, I have tried every blackhead removal product I can imagine, all promising to rid me of that oil buildup, but none really delivering. I have had combination skin my whole life and due to past skin care mistakes in my teens (i.e. not washing my face before bed), the pores on my nose have become so large with blackheads. Can you relate?

When I have a chance to get a facial, that deep cleansing will usually do the trick. But I can’t afford a monthly facial and have to rely on beauty products to maintain those results in between facials. I’ve tried pore strips…and I am kind of addicted to them…but the strip doesn’t get every blackhead. I also have blackheads on my chin too, so those are often neglected.  Read more

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How to Look Expensive Q & A with Andrea Pomerantz Lustig

I’ve known Andrea Pomerantz Lustig for a few years now. I forget how we got in contact, but once I met her, that was it. There was an instant connection — maybe it was the common ground of being both career-oriented moms who love beauty, or maybe because Andrea is just so down to earth that I enjoyed her company. Chances are, it was both.

Andrea’s been pretty busy lately; when she’s not being a beauty editor, she’s promoting her new book, How to Look Expensive.  I love this book for so many reasons, not just because there is an intelligent woman behind it, but because so many of us don’t have bottomless wallets to buy $300 lotions or make trips to high end salons. Yet, Andrea tells you how to look expensive without cashing in your 401K.

Q: What inspired you to write How to Look Expensive?  Read more

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Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review – Give Your Skin a Moisture Boost!

Now that fall is upon us, the moisture has already begun to drain from my skin. I had a facial last week and the facialist told me my skin was “dehydrated!”

Good thing I knew exactly where to turn to give my skin the drink of water it desperately needs! Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a must-have for anyone with dry skin–from the most sensitive dry skin to the dry-as-the-Sahara-desert skin.

Reviva Labs is a no-frills skincare company with products that have scientifically proven formulas and are extremely effective. It’s a personal favorite of mine. They have now compounded a higher level of premium Hyaluronic Acid into a precious fluid that can help raise skin’s moisture level to fill-in furrows, plump up tissues and tone-down lines. Apply under creams in the evening or alone to hydrate skin. If also seeking firmness, alternate with our DMAE Firming Fluid. Benefits: Unlike products that depend on moisture in the air, HA can help hydrate skin even in dry climates or heated rooms that rob skin of moisture. 

*Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in body. Its function in the body is, amongst other things, to bind water and to lubricate movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Its consistency and tissue-friendliness allows it to be beneficial in skin-care products as an excellent moisturizer. Because HA is one of the most hydrophilic (water-loving) molecules in nature with numerous benefits for the human body it can be described as “nature’s moisturizer”. Although Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can be found naturally in most every cell in the body, it is found in the greatest concentrations in the skin tissue. Almost 50% of the bodies HA is found here. It is found in both the deep underlying dermal areas as well as the visible epidermal top layers.  Read more

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