Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we're all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything? For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most Read more

Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true. When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be Read more

Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen. Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it's for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin. Those Read more

Voluminous Beach Wave Hair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult. While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, Read more

Must Have Airplane-Friendly Beauty Products

The holiday travel season is officially upon us so I've decided to share some of my favorite travel friendly beauty products in hopes that it will make this holiday travel season a bit less stressful...and germ free. 1. Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist This spritz is ideal for air travel because it Read more

Lance Bass Like You Have Never Seen Him Before

lance_bass_beforeExhibit A: Lance Bass, former ‘NSync band member, all around nice guy. Lance was always good looking. I never imagined he could actually take it to the next level and look smokin hot. And I mean super uber smokin hot. But with the help of makeup artist Roberto Morelli, talented hairstylist (and my friend, full disclosure there!) Davide Torchio along with skillful photographer Mike Ruiz and stylist Eric Berg…Lance was transformed into a man I can honestly say drips sensuality. Holy smokes my friends. Holy freakin smokes.  Read more

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Beyonce Heat Sneak Preview

beyonce_heatOh my. I think I need to take a few pointers from Beyonce on how to be totally sexy. Below is a sneak peak of Beyonce’s commercial for Beyonce Heat, a new fragrance with a “floral bouquet of magnolia, neroli and red vanilla orchid balanced with a kiss of luscious blush peach. At its heart, almond macaroon, sweet honeysuckle nectar and crème de musk combine to create an exquisitely sensual experience. Finally, warm and sexy notes of giant sequoia milkwood, tonka bean and amber linger to seduce the senses.”

Watch the video below (and wonder like I did how she kept everything from falling out of that dress!)  Read more

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Think Pink with Essie’s “Mademoiselle” Sheer Polish

During January I like to decompress and detox from the holidays and convert to my ‘no makeup’ makeup look – think NARS’ “Orgasm” collection. I also detox with fresh juices, let my skin breathe and wear a pretty ‘neutral’ shade of pink on my nails. A neutral shade of pink wears longer because it doesn’t show chips as dramatically as a dark nail color and you can do touch-ups yourself with a bit of room for mistakes since the color is sheer.  Read more

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Review: Four Truffles Body Butter and Body Smoother

four_truffles_body_smootherHey everyone, Brittany here. Shannon asked me to begin doing some of my beauty product reviews by video, so here is my inaugural video for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I kind of got carried away saying “it smells awesome” a lot in this video, but you’ll forgive me, right?

This bath & body review is for Four Truffles. They sent over their Tangerine Lavender Body Butter in their signature keepsake handmade truffle jar and Earth Apple Body Smoother sugar scrub. The Tangerine Lavender scent was pure heaven! Interestingly, the Earth Apple scent smelled like a fruity coconut fragrance to me–but I still loved it!

Check out my video and leave a comment to let me know what you think!  Read more

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