Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about beauty tips, celebrity looks and Neutrogena products available at Target. On August 19 from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #AllDayLook Twitter Party where we’ll be chatting about achieving an all day beauty look with help from Read more

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Sensory Fusion from Aromafloria

If you love Aromafloria’s natural bath and body products, then you’ll love their Sensory Fusion line of organic body butters. This collection is a blend of ingredients to create fantastic scented lotions while soothing dry skin. I received Kiwi Coconut, Mango Ginger, Honey Papaya and Pomegranate.

Sticking to my staple summer sent, Kiwi Coconut was my favorite. I don’t know what it is about that coconut smell in warmer weather…it makes me feel like I’m living the island life here on the lake. These body butters are a mix of shea butter and aloe, so they are both hydrating as they are soothing. I used the Honey Papaya last summer and I cannot begin to tell you how lovely it made my skin feel on my sun parched skin. And yes, despite wearing sunscreen, I still managed to get a few sunburns (lesson learned to re-apply every 2 hours.) The whipped body butter felt so good on my skin as it melted it from the heat my skin generated from the sunburn.  Read more

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Freshen Up and Cool Down With a Minty Exfoliator

Back in our school days, unless you were one of those unlucky kids that always got stuck in summer school, summer was a priceless chance for some serious “me” time. Between summer camps and beach days and trips to the amusement park, however, that three-month break from school as a kid was hardly ever relaxing, and nowadays with my busy work schedule, I wish I could go back in time and kick my childhood self for not sleeping in just a few minutes later each day and really milking it for all it was worth.

But of course, you don’t know how good you have it till it’s gone, but there are still plenty of ways to relax your present self this summer without the need for a time machine! All you need is to infuse a mint-infused scrub into your usual shower routine! Extremely refreshing with an added minty-fresh sensation, mint exfoliators provide the perfect way to slough off a hot day’s sweat and keep summer-dry skin fresh, smooth, and clean. Plus, there’s nothing like the therapeutic scent of mint to put your mind at ease after a long hard day at camp! – I mean, work.   Read more

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Review: gud by Burt’s Bees

gud is better than good. I struck gold when Klout sent me a perk that included products from Burt’s Bees new bath and body line called gud. To be honest, I haven’t really tried too many Burt’s Bees products; just their Replenishing Lip Balm and Herbal Blemish Stick. But as soon as I smelled Vanilla Flame, I was sucked into its awesomeness.   Read more

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Spa Review: Canyon Ranch Spa Miami Beach

Receiving an invitation to visit the largest spa in South Florida (70,000 sq ft to be exact), was definitely one of the highlights of my year in Miami and it just happened to materialize when a visit to the spa was very much needed…at the tail end of the moving process when I was sore, running low on energy,  and anxious about fitting a studio apartment’s worth of stuff into a minivan to go across the U.S.  So the invitation to visit The Spa at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach was a very welcome diversion from the moving process.  As soon as I checked, in the staff was very welcoming and friendly…something that was rare during my year in Miami.  The Canyon Ranch Miami Beach property is impressive and absolutely breathtaking to say the least.  The service I received from the spa is called Yatra.  Yatra, as explained to me by my service provider, is a Sanskrit word that means journey.  The treatment  is a journey through the senses and is intended to unwind every sense, relax every nerve and melt every muscle.  Read more

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Skin Care: Caudalie Vinotherapie

The benefits of grape seed extract aren’t disputed–it is an amazing antioxidant for your skin. More and more beauty brands have incorporated it into their must-have ingredients to deliver amazing results. Caudalie Vinotherapie collection of products are a testimony to that. I received their Crushed Cabernet Scrub, Nourishing Body Lotion, Moisturizing Cream-Mask and Beauty Elixir to review and as the picture I took shows–it was sent from the heavens.

Being a scrub girl, my favorite product among them all was the Crushed Cabernet Scrub. It is a bit more abrasive than I am used to containing course, crushed grape seed granules, but the thick consistency of the brown sugar-honey-grape seed oil, as well as 6 other essential oils, makes this one scrub that will hydrate as it exfoliates. Caudalie states that this product is also great for fighting cellulite with its 6 organic essential oils…but I haven’t noticed any evidence of that. Although your skin will look healthy. The scent of this scrub is heavenly, by the way.   Read more

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Palatium Sea of Myrtle Replenishing Foam

Olive Oil is a beauty multi-tasker. It’s great for your hair and your skin…besides being delicious to eat (that’s the Italian in me talking!) A new Roman-inspired beauty brand called Palatium recently contacted me about trying out their olive oil-based shower gels and I certainly was intrigued. Since we all know that Gail likes to eat any beauty product that smells delicious (and I knew this would smell good), I decided it would be beneficial to Gail’s health if I tried this product for review.  You know, take one for the team.

My chosen scent was Sea of Myrtle, or Mare Myrteus, which “blends the elemental zest of a refreshing trade wind with the spirited notes of Tyrrhenian myrtle berries.” I can’t say it is a fruity scent, but you can definitely smell that Tuscan olive oil trademark fragrance along with a clean scent. Definitely a nice fragrance to have on your skin, as well.   Read more

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The Perfect Body Scrub: Sabon Patchouli Lavender

I don’t want to jinx it, but it seems like springtime is here to stay…and with warmer temps come leg-baring skirts and shorts! For those of you who might have neglected your skin during the winter, now is the time to focus your energies on getting your stems silky-smooth again!

We all know moisturization is key, but slathering on lotion does nothing if it’s sitting atop dead skin cells –the only way to rid your skin of impurities is to exfoliate. Now, I’ve been around the block when it comes to exfoliants, and I can say without a moment’s hesitation that my all-time favorite scrub is by Sabon, a luxury bath and body fragrance brand.

While doing my Christmas shopping months ago in Bryant Park, a Sabon employee convinced me (with a notable amount of zeal) to try out their body scrubs.  I was pretty hesitant at first, but I was completely blown away by the product. Made with dead sea salt and various nut oils the tiniest amount used two times a week will leave your skin silky smooth and completely moisturized.  Because I was Christmas shopping, I made an oath to myself that I wouldn’t purchase anything for personal use…but since I loved the scrub so much, I bought it for my roommate.  Read more

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Moisturizer Review: Theraplex Ultra

A lot of moisturizers claim that they will provide relief from dry chapped skin. Sometimes they do…right after being applied to the skin, but not for much longer than that.  And on those rare occasions when they do provide dry skin relief for longer than a couple of hours, they tend to make my skin feel like a greasy, oily mess.  But I’ll deal with a greasy mess any day if it means healthier, more hydrated skin. Thanks to a product I started using this week, I can have relief from dry, chapped, cracked skin without being a hot greased up mess.  Read more

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3 BB Creams Worth Trying Now

Asia’s hottest beauty and skin care craze has slowly but surely been making its way to our neck of the woods, and just in the past few months or so, the product has seemed to have completely blown up in popularity! It’s hard to open a magazine, scan any sort of fashion blog, or pass by any store that sells makeup without being reminded that BB Creams are taking the makeup world by storm. And as someone who has overcome serious acne and no longer needs to hide behind her makeup, I love the idea of a lightweight, moisturizing product that can camouflage blemishes and imperfections, enhancing skin while still allowing it to breathe and be seen! But in the midst of all the BB cream hype, how do I choose the right one? I’m sure plenty of trial and error will be involved, but here’s the top 3 contenders on my shopping list that I think are worth trying out first, and why!

Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream – I’m a huge fan of the brand’s Pores No More primer, and considering the BB cream is even cheaper (though still a slightly painful $39), I’m hoping it boasts the same amazing pore refining powers in BB cream form! I’m a little skeptical of its ‘Flexitone’ one-shade-adjusts-to-all technology, but if it works, I’ll be glad to spare myself the headache of trying to find my perfect shade!   Read more

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Putting a Magazine Beauty Tip to the “AGGS” Test

If you’re anything like me, one of the sources you look to for beauty advice, tips and tricks is magazines.  Of course, I also buy them for the fashion, celebrities and “other” types of advice (thanks Cosmopolitan), but I get especially pumped about reading and trying anything beauty related, after all this is advice from THE beauty experts.

In the January/February  issue of Health Magazine there was an article called “Soften Up All Over,” that was all about how to stay hydrated all over during the brutal winter months.  My skin tends to be pretty dry and especially more so during the winter months, so I thought I would try one of the tips on how to keep my body moisturized.  The tip basically suggested that applying lotion to my skin before I get into the shower would prevent the drying effects of soap and hot water.  Looking for a “hydrator with ceramides or hyalronic acid to help skin retain moisture and re-apply post shower” was also recommended.  So I put this beauty tip to the A Girl’s Gotta Spa! test.  Read more

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