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

It’s Time to Exfoliate and Get Polished for Spring

Yes, the days are longer and I am hoping that the sun is shining in your part of the country. It’s time to pack away heavy winter pants and tights and bare legs with swingy skirts for spring! I don’t know about you, but my legs are in need of some tender loving care. Now is the time to get in the habit (if you aren’t already) for a weekly exfoliation on your arms and legs. Wash away dead dry skin and reveal a smoother softer texture. I’ve already started wearing skirts here in California, and am sooo excited. With all of the pretty spring floral dresses and strappy sandals I’ll definitely need my legs to look their best. I’ve already unpacked and can’t wait to wear my new Christian Louboutin esapdrilles I bought on sale last fall.  Read more

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Fall/Winter 2010 Hair Trends Recap with Pearson Knight

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As I’ve been doing for the last few seasons, I’ve asked celebrity hairstylist Pearson Knight to recap the hair trends he saw while working backstage at New York Fashion Week. For Fall/Winter 2010 Pearson recaps Ports 1961, Rodarte and Elisa Palomino. You can also find many more behind the scenes pictures on Pearson’s Facebook fan page.

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Review: RAW-Finish Rigorous Face Scrub

raw-finishIf there could be one very important fact that I have learned from working with celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau, it’s that you should stay far far away from scrubs that have anything but rounded beads or grains among their ingredients.  I get offers all of the time to try products with apricot kernels or walnut shells and quickly turned them down. But Carol Alt’s RAW Essentials RAW-finish Rigorous Face Scrub not only uses 40% aloe to soothe the skin, but Jojoba round micro-beads to exfoliate as well.  Read more

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Review: lifetherapy

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“Fragrance is more than what we wear, it’s how we feel when we wear it,” says Lynette Lovelace, the Founder of lifetherapy. And I think this is so true. Think about how many times just the simply act of putting on a scented lotion or spritzing your favorite perfume has helped transform your mood. It can make you go from feeling ordinary to extraordinary, plain Jane to sexy, somber to uplifted…and so is the basis for lifetherapy’s line of creams and pulse point fragrances. Simply choose a scent that you desire to be reflective of your mood.

lifetherapy sent me their Escape everyday hand creme, Play ultra rich body creme and Chill pulse point; which, quite honestly, I need to do all 3 lately.  Read more

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