Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about beauty tips, celebrity looks and Neutrogena products available at Target. On August 19 from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #AllDayLook Twitter Party where we’ll be chatting about achieving an all day beauty look with help from Read more

Ted Gibson’s Fix It Series

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Ted Gibson is best known for the magic he works backstage at fashion week and on A-list actresses as well as his own salon clients. Yes, this magic is a result of Ted Gibson’s talent, but it takes the proper tools to create stunning healthy looking hair. To make everyday styling a cinch for women everywhere Ted Gibson believes that the right styling products make all the difference. “My clients are always amazed when they discover a great styling product and see the difference it can make,” says Ted Gibson. “However, I’m not exclusively talking about the final result. The right products make styling so much easier, and that’s important to so many women who find it difficult to style their hair.”

Lucky for us time-crunched girls that he has created his own line of easy-to-use signature hair products to help us look just as good as when leaving the salon. Many of Ted Gibson’s styling products are now available at Target. In particular we love the build itâ„¢ blow drying agent, fix itâ„¢ gel and tame itâ„¢ shine lotion. The trio of products is inspired by the antioxidants in red wine known as polyphenols. This ingredient helps to prevent dryness and split ends and restore hair to look healthy, shiny and easier to manage. Ted Gibson’s other signature ingredient is wild orchid extract.

“Build it” is a blow drying agent that helps to build volume for as well as leaving it smooth. Simply mist over damp or dry hair to add body, bold movement and intense shine to your hair. $22.95

“Fix it” gel helps to add texture as well as shine. Pour desired amount into hands and apply to wet hair. $22.95

“Tame it” shine lotion combats the frizzies which can be brutal during summer humidity. This product also blocks humidity and tones and conditions the scalp. Apply pea-sized amount through wet or dry hair. $22.95

All of these products and more from Ted Gibson are available at Target.com

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Transport Yourself to A Tropical Paradise With Kai Fragrances

kaiperfumeFor me nothing says summer like Kai perfume. Kai perfume oil instantly transports me to a tropical island where tropical gardenia and white exotic flowers are scent the warm island breezes. If you’ve visited the Hawaiian islands or Tahiti, you’ll begin to reminisce of lazy days lounging on white sandy beaches and eating papaya and mangoes by the dozen. In addition to the original perfume oil which has attained cult status, there are other products including a body lotion, body scrub, and an Eau de Parfum. For the home you can find scented room and linen sprays as well as scented voltive candles which will turn your space into an tropical paradise.

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Review: Clarisonic Skin Care System (Men’s Grooming Version)

20090622-clarisonic-skin-care-system-for-menWith the continued growth of the men’s grooming market some people place it at billions of dollars, and it continues to grow (as seen in this report), it just made sense to have a guy’s perspective on A Girl’s Gotta SpaAnd, why? Because women want us well-groomed, to smell nice and look nice. And, well, we’re not all that swift (well, I am).

So, as Shannon is a friend and I’m a total product whore, I thought who better to write it than me? But, I also thought wait, I’m not gonna do this in my real name so I’m doing it in a pseudonym: Zeke Samuels. Yes, there is some thought behind the name. No, I won’t share it.

My review today is on the Clarisonic. I had been eyeing the Clarisonic product for the past few months, and finally took the plunge after a friend kept harassing me about it.

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Review: AXE Hair Collection

20090620-axe-hair-collectionGuest men’s grooming review by Terence Buckley at Are You Being.

Glue. Paste. Gook. No, I’m not talking about your summer camp or back-to-school supplies list. I’m referring to the type of hair products many guys have turned to over the years to achieve the over-the-top hairstyles that tend to look crunchy, flaky and gunky; not flattering. In fact, in a survey of more than 2,000 women, they reported that these grooming mishaps can be a major turnoff.

“I’ve been working with guys for more than a decade and I’ve found that many need help with their hair, since not all guys have someone like me to make them look great,” said celebrity hair stylist and grooming expert for AXE Hair, Diana Schmidtke, who styles some of Hollywood’s most notable leading men.

So, maybe us guys don’t know as much as we think we do – when it comes to hair – which is why AXE recently launched their collection of “girl-approved” hair care products to help men fix their hair errors.

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