Holiday Skin Prep with RoC®

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 I’m getting my skin ready for the holidays as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC The holidays are finally here, which seems a bit unreal, especially here in the Poconos where it hasn't Read more

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

Review: Renee Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel

Renee Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel #review #skincare

I adore celebrity esthetician, Renee Rouleau, and her skin care collection, but I really LOVE her Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel. If I could use a few adjectives to describe it they would be: invigorating, refreshing, energizing and stimulating. If you are as big a fan of mint as I am, then you will absolutely fall in love with this cleanser.

Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel is a clear, rich textured gel. It feels very smooth and creamy as you apply it over your face. I had a cold while testing out this product and I immediately noticed that the mint fragrance opened up my stuffy nose. As you rub the gel over your face with your finger tips you will feel a tingling sensation, as if getting the blood circulating properly giving you what is known as the Renee Rouleau glow.

Once you wash away the gel your face will feel clean without being “squeaky clean.” This is because Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel is sulfate-free and soap-free, therefore won’t leave your face stripped of oils and drying it out.   Read more

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DIY Hawaiian Rain Shower Polish From Spa Moana at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

DIY Spa Treatment #spa

I have always wanted to go to Hawaii. My dad used to live there and would often email me pictures of this amazing place. So when Spa Moana at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa reached out to me about their Hawaiian Rain Shower Polish that guests receive there, I asked about how those of use who can’t afford the flight to this oasis, can bring the experience in-home. Because naturally, a girl’s gotta spa!

At Spa Moana, guests booking the Hawaiian Rain Shower Polish receive a 45 min body scrub and wrap. The service uses Raw Maui Sugar and fresh Hawaiian botanicals which are applied to the skin producing a naturally exfoliating and softening effect. Coconut oil is massaged into the scalp and hair, and a warm towel is then wrapped around the head. This allows for a deeper penetration for the oil to hydrate the hair follicles and repair damaged ends. To finish, a six shower head Vichy shower glides above the body to rinse and revitalized. To complete this journey the therapist applies a warm coconut milk and macadamia nut oil to the body, leaving skin moist and nurtured from the ain’a (land) of Hawaii.

Here’s how to recreate the Hawaiian Rain Shower Polish at home: Read more

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Which Redken Permanent Color Should I Use? Redken Creative Consultant, David Stanko Answers

redken_hair_coloringThe latest reader beauty question is about hair coloring, specifically with Redken products:

“Hi, I have a choice between Redken color fusion and color gels. I have very few, but very resistant grays. Which one do you think I should go with?–Irina”

Well Irina, I decided to go straight to Redken’s Creative Consultant, David Stanko who also is the Color Director at Angelo David Salon in NYC, to get the answer for you:   Read more

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Mascara That Doesn’t Smudge or Flake? Makeup Artist Roberto Morelli Answers

lancome_eyelashI received the same makeup question from two readers recently:

“Can you recommend a mascara that doesn’t smudge or flake?” Audrey in NJ and Jessica in PA.

I knew the perfect person to ask, none other than celebrity makeup artist, Roberto Morelli. You may remember Roberto worked with celebrity hairstylist Davide Torchio to give me my makeover this past February (summary: it was awesome.)

Roberto’s answer?  Read more

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