Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

Q&A with Lana Horochowski, Makeup Artist on Mad Men

mad-men-joanI very rarely, if ever post a press release in its entirety on my blog. However, I know many of you are Mad Men enthusiasts (all I have to do is watch my Twitter-stream on a Sunday night!) and I felt this interview with Mad Men Makeup Department Head, Lana Horochowski, who uses MAC Cosmetics on the set, was a really fantastic read.

Q: You’re the new department head at Mad Men for Season 3, will you be making any changes to any characters makeup?

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Review: CHANEL Exfoliating Cleansing Foam Purity + Anti-Pollution

chanel-precisionGuest review from beauty blogger Gloss Menagerie.

CHANEL. The name just oozes luxury doesn’t it? So when I got the chance to review CHANEL’s Exfoliating Cleansing Foam Purity + Anti-Pollution, I was excited. But that doesn’t compare to how I felt when the beautifully packaged bag arrived, complete with a luxuriously soft CHANEL washcloth—how decadent!

The packaging is a squeeze tube that opens on the bottom (also referred to as a malibu tube, I’ve heard), but the cap just twists on and off with a quick twist, not one of those ones you have to stand there spinning around and around. I invariably manage to drop those in the shower, so I like that this one twists right on. Hey, I gotta enjoy the simple things, right?   Read more

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Review: Biotropics Ramuan Spa Relaxing Face Mask

spa-relaxing-face-maskBeauty post from beauty blogger Indian Girl:

Growing up, face masks were an everyday thing in my house. My mom is all about using fruits, vegetables, herbs and several other natural / organic ingredients on the face. Having grown up believing natural is the best way; I am always excited about products that incorporate some culture and whole lot of natural ingredients.

The Biotropics Ramuan Spa Relaxing Face Mask is just that. The key ingredient in this mask is Tongkat Ali, a plant indigenous to Malaysian rainforests. It is legendary for its revitalizing and nourishing properties. The mask is essentially a mask with areas cut out for eyes and lips. It comes soaked in a gel . We then pull it out of the individual packet and lay it on our face.   Read more

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Get Makeup-Ready for Fall With Prescriptives

As I sit here on this August afternoon shivering my behind off because it is only 59 degrees (!) I am reminded that in the next few weeks it’ll be time to start wearing fall colors. I was looking at Prescriptives website today and found some great products to give you a jump start on fall makeup. So enjoy and sip some hot chocolate along with me!

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