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

Review: MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft

20090727-mac-cosmetics-natural-flare-eyeshadowMAC Cosmetics newest makeup collection, Colour Craft, is an amazing palette of fall color goodness. Actually, so many of the colors in their eye shadow palettes made me think of clothes with those same colors that I’d like to wear this autumn. By far, my favorite eye shadow palette is Natural Flare (pictured. ) I tend to stick with “safe” colors…ie. neutral colors.  But I do know that the copper and gold in this palette can do amazing things for your eyes, especially those of us with hazel eyes.

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Zoya Nail Polish Truth or Dare Collection

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When I recently spoke at Cosmoprof North America, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Michael Reyzis aka “the mad scientist” behind The Art of Beauty, the brand known for Qtica and Zoya Nail Polish. I also got to meet their VP, Leo Reyzis, who is quite awesome by the way.  While there, I got to see their new nail polish collection for fall–Truth or Dare. Read more

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Purple Lab’s Kiss and Tell Contest

20090723-huge-lips-skinny-hips-contestPurple Lab is having a pretty cool contest going on, but the prize is even better. As you may remember, I am in love with Huge Lips Skinny Hips (in Worship Kate) so I am all about this contest. Have you heard about it yet?

Go to www.purplelab.com/kissandtell and choose which lip gloss color you identify with. Upload a photo of yourself and say why. You review, vote and share and as you share, you get a viral map that shows where your content has gone all over the internet (as others share) and where around the world (on a google map!) So if you want to see how far your word of mouth goes, this is a great way to do it and see it visually! Read more

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Travel Beauty: Las Vegas

20090723-lasvegassignIt was my first trip to sin city where the temperature is hot and sometimes (Ok most times) the guys are even hotter.  I was in the city to speak at Cosmoprof North America on social media for Private Label, staying at the very luxurious Mandalay Bay. It quite honestly was the best time I have had in a very, very long time (and was much needed!) But this post isn’t about my time there, but instead to focus on my Travel Beauty series I like to do when I travel.

As always, I like to pack the necessities I can’t leave home without. This time it was a mix of some new products I am trying, as well as products I adore. Starting from left to right… Read more

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