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

Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there's no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types Read more

Gretta Monahan’s Tips to Fight Hair Damage

hair damage Pictures, Images and PhotosMost women believe they have little or no hair damage, yet the reality is all women have hair damage and don’t realize it! Dove spokestylist and co-host of “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style,” Gretta Monahan says that women don’t have to change their habits to fight hair damage– there are simple solutions. In these trying economic times that have hit us all (I know I can’t be the only one feeling it!), I asked Greta to share some of these solutions that are affordable to everyone. Because really? How many of us have avoided going out simply because of a bad hair day?

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Men’s Grooming Review: Shaving Creams for a Close, Kissable Shave

male-groomingIn my last men’s grooming review, I noted that I love my Clarisonic for shaving and noted how I travel with it everywhere, even though it is not really travel size (and I leave the charger at home, because it’s heavy and I could kill somebody with its heft.)

There’s something about the traditional shaving brush and cream that takes you back to childhood. It’s learning how to shave when you’re five years old with your Dad, who had his brush and used some generic shaving cream. It worked and worked well. And that’s how I learned: with my fake little kit of a plastic razor blade, using my dad’s brush and shaving cream.

And, it gets a better shave. Using a brush – or, well, now a Clarisonic – gets the hair to stand up, be softer, and avoids ingrown hairs. It’s just a better system. Plus, I hate shaving and have a terrible beard, so what’s a better way to test this all out than getting samples and finding the best solution for me?

To make this a fair test, I used each shaving cream for a day, under similar test environments: new blade, hot water, charged Clarisonic, local water source (hey, that matters for hard versus soft water). The below list is in order of preference, with one recommendation for those that don’t use a brush or Clarisonic – although, in reality, the top five are almost interchangeable.  Read more

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Review: CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara

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I’ve tried out the original LashBlast when it first came out, and while I wasn’t too impressed at first, I eventually warmed up to it. If you are anything like me, then you are endlessly searching for “the one,” that holy grail of mascara. Is CoverGirl LashBlast Length the one? Read more

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Review: Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Nail Color Collection

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Having lived my teen years in the 90′s, I can absolutely get into the colors of Sally Hansen’s new HD Hi-Definition Nail Color collection. Bright pops of color and neon bring me back to that girl I used to be…the one who was all about boys (still am), New Kids on the Block and jelly bracelets (and if you saw me today, you would see a neon green jelly bracelet on my wrist always!)

I first decided to try out Pixel, which is a teal color. And thanks to Suzy who is a fan on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! on Facebook, I went into this review thinking about the questions she posed to me there– Read more

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