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

Review: Rimmel Glam’Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara

rimmel-mascara-glam-eyesWith Rimmel’s Glam’Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara, I felt like I had the longest lashes! I probably only swiped each set of eyelashes two or three times and I could already feel a difference. I went away on vacation for about a week and this mascara was great for touch-ups and it was nice to have it with me on the airplane, too. I could just whip it right out, apply a few swipes of this mascara and it felt good as new.

You know, my lashes felt so flirty, you could almost feel the wind they were making every time I blinked. They’re like fans! Read more

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Sweet Smell of Figs for the Last Days of Summer

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This time of year, late summer, reminds me of the sweet smell of figs. The luscious fruit is now in season and I’m gobbling them up by the dozen. I spent many summers at my grandparent’s home in Pasadena where they had abundant fig and avocado trees. Any beauty product that brings back those sweet memories is one that I love to use during the summer months… Read more

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Review: Freeman Bare Foot Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub

iconiconGuest review from beauty blogger Blaq Vixen Beauty:

Sometimes, when I want to use a different scrub on my feet besides award-winning Olay Thermal Pedicure Foot Treatment, I turn to Freeman Bare Foot Peppermint and Plum Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub, $3.99. I’ve actually been using this before Olay came out with their foot treatment.

It was only last year that I started to get regular pedicures. While my feet are in good shape, I’ve been hooked on buying scrubs for the feet and body. I’ll admit that Freeman Bare Foot Peppermint and Plum Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub isn’t as hardcore as Olay Thermal Pedicure Foot Treatment by itself. However, squeeze a lavish amount on a foot pumice and scrub away! It also works well with exfoliating gloves or a loofah… Read more

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Review: Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain

stila-mango-crushGuest review from beauty blogger Beauty Girl Musings.

Stila Mango Crush Lip & Cheek Stain has become my latest Summer beauty crush, and I think you’ll discover the same when you decide to try it for yourself– trust me, this is a must-have!

A little confession: I’m a full-face makeup girl (primer, foundation, powder, blush, multiple eye shadows, liner, mascara– you get the idea). Yes, everyday I go through my routine, and it’s just a habit to apply everything. In my defense, during the Summer months I choose more season-friendly colors that will withstand the heat, and never, ever do I look like I just stepped out of a Vegas stage show.

Ok, confession time is over– moving on… Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, lip gloss, lip stain, Makeup 3 Comments