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

Orly Nail Lacquer in Rage

Orly_Foil_FXI like shiny things. A nice clean, shiny car. Healthy, shiny hair. Big, shiny diamond jewelry (definitely like.) And I love shiny nail polish. So I was pretty excited when I heard about Orly’s Foil FX Color Collection for Spring/Summer. Foil FX lacquers are meant to give a texturized foil effect to your nails, best of all, they claim high shine. I was sent Rage, a metallic pink toned polish. Right up my alley.  Read more

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Happy Birthday Karen Robinovitz!

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You may know Karen Robinovitz as the Creatrix of the uber hot cosmetics brand, Purple Lab. However, to many people, myself included, we know Karen as that eternal ray of sunshine you always seek out to put a little bounce back in your step. Today is Karen’s birthday and rather than do the typical birthday gift, I decided that a blog post letting her know, and the world, how much people love her, would be the best gift ever.  So I rounded up some of our friends who wanted to share some birthday wishes… Read more

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A Lighter Moisturizer for Spring – Caroline Chu SPF 15 Moisturizing Lotion

Now that we are heading into spring the temperature is rising and it’s time for a lighter moisturizer. Along with springtime weather there is no longer a need for that heavier moisturizer you used all winter long. After exfoliating the dry skin away you can use a product that adds moisture but still allows your skin to breathe. Within the last week I’ve been using a lighter daily moisturizer with an SPF 15. I use it after applying my SPF 30, now that the sun’s rays are shining bright. I’m also wearing my sunglasses and a sunhat because I am extra cautious of the sun’s harmful rays. Call me paranoid, but when I’m 40 I’m hoping all of the extra effort will pay off with fewer lines!  Read more

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I Have Baby Fine Hair, Which Hair Products Should I Use?



Best products to use for baby fine hair. #haircare #beautytips
I love getting your questions and we have yet another reader hair care question to tackle. For this particular question, I enlisted the help of Michele Dietz, hair care and color specialist at Pure Hair and Shave Studio in Calabasas, California.

“I have baby fine hair which has to be washed every single day or it looks flat, lifeless and greasy. I bought WEN cucumber aloe conditioning cleanser to specifically address the dry hair but oily scalp issues, since I do color my hair (myself) and the ends can be a little dry. I want volume and healthier hair, and the problem seems to be that healthy hair products are too heavy. I do blow dry my hair, but I rarely use any kind of hot iron on it. The WEN cleansing conditioner works okay for a short period of time, but then it leaves me flat and super greasy within a few hours. I wanted to love WEN and the no foam philosophy behind it, but I just don’t. Any suggestions?  Thanks–Laurie C., Rhode Island”

Michele’s answer:   Read more

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