Teami Skinny Tea

// // National day(s) of complete diet obliteration ...also known as "the holidays," is almost upon us. As much as I am looking forward to unlimited pumpkin pie and stuffing, I know that beginning the day after Thanksgiving, all I am going to want to do is detox. This year I am one Read more

The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily Read more

Can Ultrasound Improve the Look of Skin?

I'll be honest, I was not very familiar with the world of cosmetic ultrasound treatments when I decided to try the Mira-Skin Ultrasound device. Upon doing my research, I learned that ultrasound is a non-surgical/non-invasive treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Ultrasound uses the body's Read more

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all Read more

3 Myths About Using Toner

Toner is one of the biggest misunderstood skin care products out there. And to be honest, at one point when I was younger, I also believed some of these myths. What about you? 1. Toner is a cleanser. This one bugs me the most. I've read blogger reviews where the person clearly Read more


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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Two Josie Maran Must Haves for Holiday Travel

I will do anything that I can to lessen the negative effects of traveling during the holidays on my skin and nails.  During this time of the year I go from a hot humid climate, to one that is frigid, icy cold  and dry and everything in between.  It’s no wonder I can often be seen sporting  dry, jagged cuticles and clogged pores during this time of year. Well I’ve found two  from Josie Maran Cosmetics that are sure to lessen…and hopefully eradicate my skin and nail woes.

The Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes contain a blend of aloe vera, chamomile, argan oil, cucumber and Vitamin E and are fragrance free, paraben free and petrochemicals free.  These amazing makeup removing wipes are even gentle enough to use on your eyes.  They did a great job of removing my makeup…even my mascara and I love how refreshing they feel and smell.  Read more

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Review: Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

By now you know that I consider exfoliation a VERY  important step in helping to fight aging. Exfoliation helps to turn over dead skin cells on the surface of the skin revealing younger, fresher skin. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to exfoliate is a facial scrub. but how do you chose one? Look for ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid and fine scrubbing beads.

Tell you what–I’ll save you all that work by recommending Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser ($35),  part of Murad’s Age Reform line.  The Age Reform line is specifically formulated with advanced anti-aging ingredients created to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, restore resilience and firmness and refine texture and improve tone.  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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Sibu Beauty Revitalize & Renew and Cellular Support Review

I am all about beautifying from the inside out.  After all, people are always saying “you are what you eat”, so it would make sense that if you put great things into your body you will look great on the outside. Or at least that’s what I hope for, which is why I choose to eat a mostly clean and healthy diet and take my supplements whenever I can.  I also normally try to avoid the latest beauty/diet fad since they never really seem to live up to the hype.

That said, I could barely resist the urge to try Sibu Sea Buckthorn Revitalize & Renew Juice and Cellular Support Dietary SupplementsSibu Sea Buckthorn products promote healthy and beautiful skin, hair and nails due to Sea Buckthorn being an amazing source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. It is also  a rich source of  essential fatty acid, Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production, cellular support and healthy skin, hair and nails.  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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emerginC Aromatic Cream Tea Cleanser Review

emerginC is a new line for me and I’m happy I discovered it.  The brand prides itself on offering a full line of active, result-oriented products containing a wide variety of pure, potent botanicals and fruit acids, as well as cutting edge medical and cosmeceutical-grade ingredients.

All of emerginC products are paraben-free, free of artificial colors and fragrances, and they do not test on animals or use animal ingredients. In addition, their product boxes are printed on Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified paperboard, printed with non-toxic vegetable-based inks. They are also a proud compact signer at This is brand I can get behind!  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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Freeze 24/7 Skin Glace Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask Review

Age-less skincare. That’s Freeze 24/7’s tagline, which is suitable for a brand that definitely makes me look younger.

Freeze 24/7 Skin Glace Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask is a self-foaming cleanser that will remove impurities from your skin while delivering hydration to leave your skin brighter and healthier looking.  Read more

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