Target the 5 Signs of Aging #ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream, I’m targeting the 5 signs of aging as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC While the Summer wreaks havoc on my skin by aging it with damaging UV rays, the Winter is equally as Read more

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

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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Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer Is Worth The Splurge!

Although I love makeup, I hate feeling like I’m hiding under layers of product (especially in the summer), and I rarely have the time to get into multi-step application processes (concealer, base, powder, etc). I usually just like to stick to the basics — foundation, a sweep of shadow, a swipe of gloss — to get my desired look and hit the road! However, ever since I received my first sample of Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Refiner, I’ve been totally addicted and just had to add face primer to my limited list of beauty routine essentials!  Read more

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3rd Annual Mom: Get Glamorous Contest

mom_get_glamorousIt’s that time again! A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is seeking nominations for moms across the U.S. who have overcome adversity, boldly negotiated impossible odds, triumphed over tragedy, went above and beyond or is a pillar of her community. Simply put: a woman of fortitude and strength, someone deserving of the recognition and undeniably in need of some pampering. Is this you? Do you know someone who fits the description? Then you have until May 28th to submit a nomination and put her on my radar for an out-of-this-world prize package!

What does said prize package contain you ask? Oh, only about $3170 worth of beauty and fashion products. Not too shabby, eh?

One very lucky mom will win:  Read more

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