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

DIY Beauty Treatment for Softer Skin

The Spa Director at The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa in Miami Beach has shared with us an at-home beauty treatment that we think you will love! At renew the spa they have a wonderful Oat and Coconut treatment, perfect for restoring your skin’s PH levels, and Spa Director Read more

Lace Your Face LaceTek Facial Mask

For the past two months my skin has been feeling really, irritated and imbalanced and it seems as though a lot of the moisturizing masks that I have used just seem to irritate my skin and exacerbate the issue instead of moisturizing and soothing my skin.  But if at Read more

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Freeze 24/7 ArcticLift Firming Neck Cream Review



I’ve had good experiences with Freeze 24-7 products in the past (Freeze & Go), so when I heard about their new ArcticLift Firming Neck Cream, I knew I had to try it. Not only have I been dealing with my facial skin sagging and new wrinkles emerging every day (at least it seems that way), my neck has begun to resemble that of a rooster.

ArcticLift targets slacking skin and firms, tightens and lifts it. Not only was I told that I would see immediate visible results, but that it has a cumulative effect with results continuing to improve over time. I was slightly skeptical because I have yet to use a firming neck cream that actually works. But pictures don’t lie… Read more

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StriVectin-SD Power Serum for Wrinkles Launches on QVC

The other day my Facebook status said, “The best things in life are…anti-wrinkle creams.” As you get older and those fine lines and creases begin to emerge, you know this to be true. While I realize that all serums, lotions and creams that promote minimizing the appearance of wrinkles are not permanent solutions, plastic surgery is not in my vocabulary…at least not for my face. My stomach, after having four kids, is another story.

On July 30th (Monday), StriVectin is pairing their StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate Face Cream with their new StriVectin-SD Power Serum for Wrinkles for only $99 for the two on QVC. Typically the Serum alone is $99, so if you purchase this set, you’d basically be getting the Face Cream for free. I recently received the Power Serum for Wrinkles and will be posting a review after a few weeks of testing it out.  Read more

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Review: Naturopathica Sicilian Bergamot Products



People throw around words like “natural” and “organic” a lot – how sure are you that your products are truly what they claim to be?

Recently, I started using Naturopathica skin care products. A brand based on holistic health, Naturopathica is a certified natural and organic skin care line, created with only the best natural ingredients.  Just as importantly, the ingredients aren’t just natural – they provide results. At the end of the day, isn’t that what everyone wants? An all-natural lotion is worthless if it doesn’t moisturize.

I tested out two products: the Sicilian Bergamot Body Lotion and Shower Gel. Both the lotion and shower gel are rather lightweight – deceivingly so. The gel worked into a light, refreshing lather and the airy lotion that followed sealed in my skin’s moisture.  The combination certainly did the trick after a few days of usage. I could probably reduce my lotioning  (yes, I just made that a verb) to only once a day now, but the scent keeps me coming back for more.  Read more

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Super Serums: Lancome Genifique and Visionnaire for Younger Looking Skin



Serums are key to any good skin care routine. They help deliver key ingredients deeper into your skin and help your moisturizer to perform better. That age old beauty myth, skin needs to breathe, will only make your skin dehydrated and fine lines and wrinkles will become more apparent.  Lancôme’s Génifique and Visonnaire are the perfect partners for younger-looking skin. These super serums are a powerful anti-aging duo to give you more perfect skin. And as they say, your makeup can only look as good as the skin underneath!

A little about each:

-Génifique Concentrate is Lancome’s award-winning activating serum targeting radiance, vibrancy and softness. Génifique will give you visibly younger skin in just 7 days.  Read more

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

Anything that saves me time and is convenient– I’m down with it–like totally down. That why I like these new AVEENO Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads. Sometimes I’m just too tired to take off my makeup at night. I do really try to be good about it, but there are times I just don’t have the energy to go through my nightly routine. I’ve tried several brands of makeup wipes, but most of them leave my skin feeling dry or sticky especially if I use them for more than a few days in a row.  Plus, I have never found a makeup wipe that gets ALL my makeup off-there is always some residual left–at least these foaming pads get the job done the first time!   Read more

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Review: Andalou Kukui Cocoa Body Butter

Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Body Butter #review #bathandbody #beauty

My beauty regimen isn’t complete if I don’t start off with a well moisturized body regardless if it’s below 10 degrees or a sizzling 90. You can look like a million bucks in that cute dress, but if your skin looks itchy and dry, it ruins the whole outfit and not to mention, a good time.

Living in Minnesota, it can get a bit tricky finding the right body moisturizer with the change of seasons. In winter, you need something a bit more moisturizing, but come the hotter months and humidity you don’t want to use that same heavy moisturizer and feel like you took a bath in cooking oil. Finding a light but effective body moisturizer can sometimes be a bit overwhelming with all the choices out there so you (me) may end up grabbing the one with the pretty packaging only to find out that the smell is way off or it feels tacky on your skin. Pretty packaging doesn’t necessarily means effective… Read more

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Review: Proactiv Oil Blotting Sheets

It’s been a hot, muggy summer here in NYC, and the time spent underground on the subway has taken a serious toll on my skin. I hate having to re-apply my makeup every time I emerge from the depths below (also known as the NQR line), so I’m always in the market for a quick fix.

Oil blotters are a great option for removing excess oil and pore-clogging dirt. Curently, I’m carrying around Proactiv’s Oil Blotting Sheets to take care of any midday shine that comes my way – and it’s been doing a great job so far. I was a loyal Proactiv customer in my youth (hel-lo, awkward teen years), so I already knew that it would work for me.  Read more

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Review: Skinnygirl Face and Body

Smoothing & Firming goodness!

Bethenny Frankel has long been a household name since her Housewives days – but her legacy extends far beyond  NYC luxury living. Her line of Skinnygirl beverages has become the drink of choice for many, and she’s recently launched a body care line in the same vein.

I was super excited to try Skinnygirl Body Products, mainly because of my pre-existing affinity for all that is Bethenny. She has a ton of different products – I decided to try out the Body Solutions Kit which included a Smoothing & Firming Body Wash, Smoothing & Firming Body Lotion, and Body Shimmer for a nice post-shower glow.   Read more

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Miracle Clay Review

I’ve long been a fan of clay masks. Having combination skin, it typically is one of the best ways to absorb the excess oil and balances my skin back out. A newer beauty company, Miracle Clay, recently contacted me about a few products from their line based on clay (obviously.) I tried out their Ancient Clay Soap (for body), Magnetic Clay Mask (a facial cleanser mask) and Healing Clay (for blemishes.)   Read more

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Overnight Lip Treatments For Softer, Fuller Lips While You Sleep

Unless you’re a stickler for protecting your pucker during these hot summer months (good for you!), chances are, your lips aren’t having as much fun as you are while you mingle at friends’ pool parties and bask the day away at the beach. Plus, if you have that dreadful bad habit of constantly chewing on dry lips like I do, and just can’t help making things even worse, your smoocher probably hates you right now. But don’t fret – even if you forget that ever-so-important SPF lip balm before leaving the house, hope is not lost – you can still soothe sun-abused, wind-ravaged lips while you sleep. Seriously!  Read more

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