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

Review: Spa Pedicure at The French Manor Inn & Spa

Tucked away in the Pocono Mountains is a small slice of heaven at The French Manor Inn & Spa. Following a twisting and turning road up the mountainside reveals gorgeous stone buildings and a glorious view of the valley. My mouth fell open upon seeing it as I mouthed, “Wow.” There are 3 buildings on the property with Le Spa Foret found below the Spa Suites. Upon entering the spa, you are greeted with the relaxing scents of Danielle & Co.   Read more

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Keep Sunburnt Skin Soothed and Nourished With After-Sun Products!

Let’s face it — no matter how militant you are about taking care of your skin or how much sunscreen you slather on before stepping foot outside, sometimes sunburns happen. After all, you’re not a vampire, and when the sun is blazing you can’t very well just hole up indoors and wait for a perfectly pretty day to pass for the sake of your skin. So whether you’re purposely basking in the sun (I won’t judge), or just suffering from some accidentally scorching, you can still help out your thirsty skin after the fact with after-sun lotions!  Read more

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Hair Color Makeover at Salon L’Etoile

Sadie and Shannon NelsonDo you remember back in February when Davide Torchio gave me that amazing makeover? Unfortunately, unable to get back to NYC left me with asking a local salon to touch up my highlights. Even more unfortunately, the 5 highlights they gave me weren’t in line with the originals (not even the same color) which made my all over hair color look like I was trying to fake blonde it.

So while I was at the Wella Color Discovery Tour in Philadelphia last weekend, Salon L’Etoile offered me the opportunity to go back to the brunette I enjoy being. Did you know that Wella recently did a survey that found that a whopping 72% of women felt more attractive after they dyed their hair; 69% felt more confident; 49% felt more sexy; and 42% felt more youthful? With that kind of satisfaction, it’s no wonder 92% of women have colored their hair at some point in their lives. (My mom will attest to the fact that I have been coloring mine since I was 13, I will show you that bouf of a hairdo some other time.)

While at the Color Discovery Tour, Cait Kinslow gave me my consultation (see Hair Color Tips from Wella Professionals) then set me up to see Sadie Pino at the salon. Salon L’Etoile has two locations, one in Jenkintown and one in Manayunk (I went to the one in Jenkintown.) I was greeted immediately by the salon Manager and brought over to Sadie’s station (this salon has 52 stations–it’s pretty darn big!) It was like meeting my long lost sister, as Sadie and I hit it off right away. She is just the way you hope your hair stylist will be, personable, warm and friendly. Also, she has worked there for 12 years (and her mom works there too.)   Read more

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Hair Color Tips from Wella Professionals

This past Saturday I was given the opportunity to go to the Wella Color Discovery Tour in Philadelphia. Despite the crazy humidity and 92 degree weather, there was a great turn out. But better yet I was able to get hair color tips direct from the Wella Professional stylists who were there to bring them straight to you.


But first, pictured here is Rose from Philadelphia. She came out to the Wella Color Discovery Tour because she’s never been to a salon for professional hair color before. She’s only used home coloring kits that were vegetable-based. Cait from Salon L’Etoile gave her some great recommendations.  Read more

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