DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

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

Hair Extensions in 30 Seconds by Kit Rogers

If you follow me on Twitter, you may remember that back in July while I was a speaker at Cosmoprof I tweeted that I was out to dinner with the grandfather of hair extensions, Kit Rogers. Quite brilliantly, he put together a video to show him at work putting on extensions at Salon Seven in Park City, Utah. The model here’s name is Sarah, who was the costume designer for the Cosby Show. I think he did an amazing job, wouldn’t you agree?

To learn more about Kit, you can visit his website at www.ChristopherRogersInc.com Also, he says “grandfather” but really he is not that old!

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Pre-Emmy Hairstyling Tips from Sarah Potempa

The stars may spend hours in hair and makeup to get picture-perfect ready for the red carpet, but with these simple tips from Aussie celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa, you can achieve the flawless hairstyles of your favorite Emmy nominated actresses instantly! You may remember that Sarah provided A Girl’s Gotta Spa! readers last year some hair styling tips for New Year’s Eve Looks.

holly hunterThe Look: Smooth, Sleek and Serious

There is no messing around with this simple, yet sleek look that can be worn day or night.  The key is to lock in moisture and keep the frizz out.

Holly Hunter, Nominee for Best Actress, Drama Saving Grace

*Spray Aussie’s Sydney Smooth Tip Protector + Leave-In Conditioner to damp hair and blow-dry with a round brush.
*Always hold the nozzle of the blow dryer parallel to the hair, not pointing directly at it, which can cause over-heating and damage.
*After styling with a flat iron, spritz 12hr Anti Humidity Hair Spray all over hair to prevent frizz and lock in your style for up to 12 hours!

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New York Fashion Week Blogger Mixer Interviews

When I attended the New York Fashion Week Blogger Mixer put together by Paul Baranda (Beyond Beauty Basics) and Lianne Farbes (TheMakeupGirl) I snagged some great interviews (including Ted Gibson and Jason Backe!) Have a look!

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Luxurious Skincare: Organic Apoteke Buttermilk Cleanser

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I am a fan of all natural skincare products and I try to use ones with organic based ingredients in my daily cleansing regime. I am always searching for an excellent milky cleanser that goes on quickly and gets the job done without drying my skin. I recently found the Buttermilk Cleanser from Organic Apoteke and I am hooked. The cleanser has the faint scent of roses (Damask rose oil) and the silky smooth texture is pure luxury. I often cleanse my face with the Buttermilk Cleanser in the late afternoon when I need a little pick-me-up. It leaves me feeling refreshed and ready for an evening out. My face feels amazingly clean and smooth afterwards and most traces of makeup are removed. I do need to use a bit of Shu Uemura cleansing oil to remove my mascara though.

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