DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

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

Indulge in Holiday Goodies for the Bath

philosophy-holidayTake a break from holiday hustle and bustle and treat yourself to a treat inspired by our favorite sweets of the season. As we countdown to Santa’s arrival pick up some holiday scented bath and shower gels from Philosophy. These bottles of instant merry also make ideal gifts for teachers, co-workers and stocking stuffers.

The deep red bottle of Holiday Spice (and everything nice) is a shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath in one. As with all of Philosophy’s bath gels it won’t leave the scent on your skin after your are finished bathing. The perfect way to indulge in a decadent treat calorie-free and with no lingering fragrance afterward. Holiday Spice evokes memories of apple pies baking in the oven and mugs of hot spiced cider that warm your soul. It is infused with warm holiday spices and a blend of citrus that will give you a warm cozy feeling all over… Read more

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Review: Lisa Hoffman Spa Bath Hand and Foot Butter

lisa_hoffman_hand_and_foot_butterThe lake in front of my house is frozen over, the thermostat in my car said 12 degrees the other day and the cozy fire in my wood stove only tell me one thing…nope, not that Winter is here, but that it is the beginning of dry skin season. Chapped hands, chapped lips, flaky skin and cracked heels…I’m sure you know what I mean. Back in October I held my 4 Year Blogiversary party, for which Lisa Hoffman supplied attendees with her Lisa Hoffman Spa Bath Hand and Foot Butter. I felt now was the perfect time to put it to good use!    Read more

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Christopher Drummond’s 3 New Year’s Eve Makeup Tips

christopher_drummondI first came into contact with Christopher Drummond back in 2007 when he was getting ready to launch his company. And with all of the buzz going on right now about his skin care and cosmetics line, I thought it would be the perfect time to ask him to share 3 tips for looking brilliant this New Year’s Eve.  Read more

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Review: CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast and ShineBlast Lip Gloss

Dazzle-Ablaze-Flare-Glimmer-Ignite-Sparkler-covergirl-shineblastThere are two things I love more than John Mayer and that is shiny lip gloss and double duty products. So when CoverGirl gave me the opportunity to try out their new Smoky ShadowBlast and ShineBlast Lip Gloss, I was totally game. I previously tried their LashBlast Length mascara (be sure to check out my Encyclopedia of Mascara’s on Facebook) and thought it was a pretty good mascara. So did both of these products meet my expectations? Read more

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