6 Tips to Avoid These Summer Skin Problems

Oh the summer skin care woes. From sunburn to body acne to sun parched skin, we've gathered expert tips for how to avoid them from the start. Perspiration, body acne Expert Tip:  “To prevent breakouts in the summer, use oil-free moisturizer. During the hotter months skin’s natural oil combined with oil-free Read more

5 Sun-Kissed Summer Prep Tips For Glowing Skin

If you're looking to get your skin Summer-ready, read on for tips from spas that give some skin advice you'll want to start using ASAP. Inflammation, Environmental Irritant Damage Tip: The wound healing herb, Calendula, is traditionally known to reduce inflammation and soothe irritation.  Create an at-home face mist, combine dried Read more

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. 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 Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with Lilly's Bathcarry

Lilly's Bathcarry is an online boutique that has been providing luxurious skincare and scent therapy products to customers since 2002. Lilly's Bathcarry has a wide selection of indie, emerging and established brands all with the same singular focus - seeking out the best pampering products on the market. Throughout Lilly's Read more

Does the Sun Really Age You? #Ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® skin care with SPF I'm getting my skin ready for the Summer as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Does the sun really age you? A question those without a single wrinkle or dark spot ask with skepticism. I'm pretty confident I never asked this Read more

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Hydroxatone Hydrolyze Intensive Under Eye Treatment

You’ve probably seen the Hydroxatone brand on TV Infomercials.  I have and have always been curious about it so when I was given the opportunity to try one of the products I was delighted.  Hydrolyze Intensive Under Eye Treatment is a newer product in the line that is supposed to address “serious dark circles, lines, wrinkles and puffiness.”  This hydrating treatment features a unique blend of ingredients that stimulate micro-circulation and help brighten while plant extracts help maintain capillary strength and micro-circulation to diminish dark circles.  Read more

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Bio-Oil Skincare Review

Let’s face it, winter skin is not the prettiest skin – the harsh temperatures and whipping winds call for some serious damage-control moisturizers.

My naturally dry skin craves intense moisture during the colder months, and I often bounce between beauty products until I find something that temporarily satiates me.  After hearing from my mom and a few friends how happy they were with Bio-Oil products, I decided to give it a try.

Application and usage is pretty cut-and-dry: massage the oil directly to your skin about twice a day for a minimum of three months. I haven’t hit the 3-month mark yet myself, but I have definitely started seeing a change in my skin: my legs are smoother, and the winter itch has all but disappeared. I’m also loving the light cinnamon-y scent…it makes application a totally enjoyable experience.  Read more

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Red Carpet Spa Treatment: Iron Mask Facial

I’m always on the look out for new types of facials, especially ones that not only remove impurities and deeply cleanse, but that also lift and tone (like the NuFace Lifting and Toning Facial that I had at Woodhouse Day Spa.)

As I’m getting older, I’m definitely beginning to see a loss of elasticity in my skin. I recently came across Susan MacPherson, founder of Beaute Therapies Medical Spa in West Palm Beach, Florida who brought back a unique facial that she learned about in Italy: Maschera Al Ferro aka the Iron Mask Facial.

Used by celebrities to get that “red carpet look”, the exclusive facial is offered at Beaute Therapies Medical Spa – the Iron Mask Facial uses advanced magnet technology and magnetic fibers to deep cleanse, lift and firm skin. I asked Ms. MacPherson some questions to get a better understanding about this facial.   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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