Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we're all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything? For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most Read more

Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true. When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be Read more

Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen. Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it's for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin. Those Read more

Voluminous Beach Wave Hair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult. While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, Read more

Must Have Airplane-Friendly Beauty Products

The holiday travel season is officially upon us so I've decided to share some of my favorite travel friendly beauty products in hopes that it will make this holiday travel season a bit less stressful...and germ free. 1. Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist This spritz is ideal for air travel because it Read more

Choose a Tinted Moisturizer For Lightweight Summer Coverage

In the hot summer months, when you’d like your beauty regime to be as simple and lightweight as possible, sometimes it ends up being the complete opposite. The harsh sun requires some hardcore SPF, while the constant heat calls for some serious moisturizer. Then of course you need your usual concealer, foundation, powder, bronzer and what-have-you, depending on how high-maintenance your normal beauty routine, but let’s face it — summer beauty should be easy, lightweight yet pretty, and if possible, a single-step process! Enter tinted moisturizer — the perfect 3-in-one product for keeping skin soft, protected, yet also presentable!  Read more

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Summer Beauty for Less: Crest and Oral-B 3D White to Brighten Your Smile

crest-3d-white-proWe are in the thick of summer which, for most of us, means vacation, relaxation and sun-kissed complexions (but hopefully by using an SPF!) As you alter your summer beauty routine, don’t forget to pay attention to your pearly whites. If you don’t have the money (or time) for a professional whitening, why not make a trip to your local drugstore to pick up the brands dentists trust most? Crest and Oral-B 3D White have a line of products that will ensure you have the brightest smile on the beach (and everyday), with a product for every budget and desired level of whitening.

Just before my Operation Chic makeover this past Fashion Week, I was sent several products from Crest and Oral-B: Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste, Crest 3D White MultiCare Whitening Rinse, Crest 3D White Pro Effects Whitestrips and the Oral-B Advantage 3D White Vivid Toothbrush. For me, as a beauty blogger, the biggest compliment for a beauty brand in my house is not when I write a review praising it…it’s when I actually repeat purchase the products long after the initial product sent has run out. And that has been the case with the Crest and Oral-B products mentioned.  Read more

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NARS “So Famous” Set For Subtle Summer Shimmer

I have to admit, though while I’m always intrigued by NARS products for all their hype and blog-worthy praise (namely the ever-popular Orgasm blush), I don’t have many of the brand’s products. After all, I am a bit of a recessionista (not so much when it comes to makeup, but I try!), and NARS is definitely on the higher end of the beauty spectrum. However, the normally high price tag is only more reason to indulge in a value set when the opportunity arises, because they not only provide a selection of fan-favorite products for a well-worth-it bargain, but they also highlight shades and products you may not have normally tried out on their own. While the “So Famous” set, which features flattering shimmery shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks, is marketed as a “gift set,” I think it’s perfectly suitable for some self-gifting! The soft pinks are totally wearable for any season, so you can’t go wrong in caving in and splurging on this set!  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm) Partners with iCityCerts for Spa and Salon Discounts

spa-salon-discountsIf you are anything like me, then you enjoy going to the spa and salon. And if you are anything like me, you like to save money. Now you can do both at participating spas and salons via using an exclusive code for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm) readers. (This is me doing the happy dance!)

You will now find the badge in my blog’s sidebar and on my Facebook fan page. Using discount code: AGGS40 you can now get 40% off certificates for participating spas and salons listed on the iCityCerts website.

And who are some of these spas and salons you ask? Read more

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