Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. "The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too," says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of Read more

DIY Beauty Treatment for Softer Skin

The Spa Director at The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa in Miami Beach has shared with us an at-home beauty treatment that we think you will love! At renew the spa they have a wonderful Oat and Coconut treatment, perfect for restoring your skin’s PH levels, and Spa Director Read more

Lace Your Face LaceTek Facial Mask

For the past two months my skin has been feeling really, irritated and imbalanced and it seems as though a lot of the moisturizing masks that I have used just seem to irritate my skin and exacerbate the issue instead of moisturizing and soothing my skin.  But if at Read more

Men’s Grooming: Review of AXE Leather Collection

In this men’s grooming review I talk about the AXE Leather Collection. This was kind of a mixed bag for me because I liked some of the products and others, well, not so much.

If you’ve used any of this skin care line, I’d love to hear what your experience was like.

Other AXE reviews worth looking at on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm):

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Back to Basics with Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

burtsbees_replenishinglipbaAs we say hello to fall and cooler weather wind and dry air can take a toll on your lips. I have tried many lip balms, from $25 a stick at the department store to 99-cent versions from the drugstore. I had also used the Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm, but I found the peppermint oil a bit strong. So I thought I’d give their Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil a try. And boy I’m glad I did! I love this lip balm and I haven’t had chapped lips since using it. I love the light fruity taste and the notion of the pomegranate oil working its antioxidant magic to keep my lips smooth is a plus. There has been alot of buzz around pomegranate and its health benefits. The juice, extract and oil from the seed of the fruit, are rich in anti-oxidants that fight free radicals. Pomegranate oil contains punicic acid that is an Omega 5 conjugated fatty acid used to replenish moisture.

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Why I Won’t Be Spotlighting BCA Beauty Products

breast_cancerFor months now I have been receiving pitches from beauty brands and PR firms far and wide about which beauty products will be donating some or all of their proceeds to breast cancer charities. Most beauty magazines and beauty blogs have already started posting about them. And sure last year I went to Estee Lauder’s office in Manhattan for the BCRF kickoff (and it was a great experience.) And I was a part of Total Beauty’s “Total Beauty Total Cure” last year as well. Here locally, I’ve even organized vendor fairs to raise money for the American Cancer Society (and proud to have raised $3K for them. Although I have since learned they are rated F in Charity Watch.)

But this year I thought to myself…if I want to support a breast cancer charity and research, why do I have to buy lipstick to do so?

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Review: MAC Cosmetics Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask

mac_cosmetics_volcanic_ash_exfoliator_maskAbout a year ago MAC Cosmetics debuted its Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. It was love at first sight. I milked that puppy for so long because I just never wanted to run out. The downside was the packaging, which MAC has now remedied by revamping it in their Style Black collection in a tube (it was previously in a jar.) In addition, they’ve debuted their limited edition Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask. It’s been getting quite the buzz among my beauty friends and for good reason.

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