Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

Cate McNabb Cruelty Free Red Lipstick

Ever since I decided to make the leap into wearing red lipstick, I've become obsessed. While I know that self-confidence comes from within, the perfect red lipstick can get you there a little quicker. Cruelty free cosmetics brand, Cate McNabb, has some incredibly hydrating lipsticks and Be Mine basically begged Read more

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

Men’s Grooming: Jaime Earl Shaving Gel and Balancing Facial Oil

In this men’s grooming video, I review Jaime Earl’s Shaving Gel and Balancing Facial Oil. Products can be purchased at www.JaimeEarl.com

Don’t forget about my giveaway of Cremo Cream Shave Gel that ends August 26th!

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Posted on by Nando in anti-aging, beauty, men's grooming 1 Comment

Review: Sephora’s Guava Passion Body Scrub

Guest beauty review from beauty blogger I Heart Heels.

This summer, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been “showering” myself with all kinds of beachy scents that smell absolutely amazing. The beach is quite possibly my favorite spot in the world to just sit, relax and think about life. Lately, I’ve been finding myself retreating to the Bahamas or some far away island in the tropics only to snap back to Earth quickly and realize I’ve almost used all of my precious new body wash, ha!

The latest on my summer must-have list is Sephora’s (my go-to beauty store) Guava Passion Body Scrub ($8). The scrub is new to the collection and over the past few weeks has left my skin soft as can be (after all, it does have Aloe Vera and JoJoba!) So what makes it smell so delicious? It mixes guava, mango, pineapple, lily of the valley, monoi de Tahiti, vanilla, and musk for the perfect shower concoction (sounds very similar to that nice, cool drink I like to order each summer, no?)  Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in bath and body, beauty, holiday, salon, skin care 4 Comments

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway

birthday-presentBirthday’s are so fun, aren’t they? It’s the one “holiday” you can call your very own. August 21st is my 35th birthday (yes I know I don’t look THAT old!) and to celebrate, I want to hold a little contest so I can giveaway a great beauty prize pack as my gift to you! So who’s up for some beauty loot?

The prize:
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Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, giveaway 72 Comments