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

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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Josie Maran Natural Wonders Powder Palette

It’s time to start thinking of warming up makeup tones and leaving the cold drama of winter behind. With more bohemian and relaxed styles dominating right now, makeup is ranging from natural looks that enhance, to bright, funky colors that will welcome spring.

I kind of stuck with safe choices over the winter, so to be honest I’m ready to step out and do something bold now. Turquoise seems to be an imporant color for spring right. This Natural Wonders Powder Palette ($35 at Sephora) from Josie Maran has an iridescent turquoise right at the heart of it. Looking at the entire palette, there are definitely different combos here than what I would normally go for, so I’m looking forward to coming out of my shell a little bit. It includes five eye shadows , two blushes and a bronzer. A palette like this can be great if you’re ready to get over the winter blahs and move on to something more daring.

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Crazy Busy Beautiful and Spring Makeup Tips from Carmindy

CrazyBusyBeautiful_CarmindyIn her new book CRAZY BUSY BEAUTIFUL: Beauty Secrets for Getting Gorgeous Fast, Carmindy opens up her beauty treasure chest and sharing the hundreds of beauty tips and secrets she’s learned on the show and during her years as a makeup artist across the globe. From creating perfect smoky eyes to a sneaky lip trick for glossing up your lips on the down-low, it’s chock-full of tips for daytime routines, nighttime glamour, travel, and every other time you want to look and feel beautiful in your crazy, busy life.

I’ve asked Carmindy if she’d be willing to share some makeup tips for Spring and since I always get emails asking me if I know which products she is using during episodes of What Not to Wear, I asked her to suggest from products from her makeup line:

*The hottest universal trend for spring is wearing a moist coral shade of lipstick. (Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Color Comfort Lipcolor in Sunburst.)  Read more

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Spa Crawl Video: Spa Week April 12th-18th

The 12th edition of the Spa Week Event is slated for April 12th – 18th, 2010. In total, the nationwide Spa Week Spring Event will include 30 markets and a list of participating spas has been poted www.spaweek.com as of March 15th. The Spring Spa Week Event will bring $50 spa treatments to consumers at over 800 spas across North America. As always, the goal is to introduce a new generation of consumers to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by opening up the spa industry to the masses.

I LOVE this video that Michelle Joni from Spa Week did for her spa crawl to promote the promotion. (And I really want in on that aloe mask too!) A Girl’s Gotta Spa after all…

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