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

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

As much as I have enjoyed summer and am sad to see it come to an end, I was not enjoying how dehydrated my skin looked and felt thanks to a lot of time spent outdoors celebrating summer in all of her sunny glory.  I want to welcome fall and all the Read more

Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands. Up front I'll tell you that I Read more

Eumora Facial Bar Review

If you are part of the sisterhood that is combination/oily skin, then you'll want to learn more about Eumora, a facial bar made of moor and HmA. For as far back as I can remember, my skin has never been gifted as "normal" and transitions from combination in the Read more

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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Inspired by the Isle of Capri: Sephora’s “Mermaid in the Shade” Collection by Opi

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Inspired by the Mediterranean island of Capri, the limited edition nailcolor collection, “Mermaid in the Shade” is the result of a collaboration between Sephora and Opi. Capri is famous for its stunning natural beauty, sun drenched beaches and gorgeous blue waters. It is a destination for luxury laden globetrotters and makes the perfect palette of inspiration for a set of summertime nail color. You may have noticed that blue is a popular trend this summer with all shades of blue infused into primarily eye color and nail color. Pair these dazzling colors for a pretty beach worthy look. Read more

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Summertime Remedies for Your Sun Damaged Hair

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Days spent swimming and sunning by the pool is part of luxurious lazy summer days. It’s the perfect time to catch up on novel and magazine reading, but the chlorine, sun and salt water can take a dramatic toll on your hair. Be sure to protect your hair with sunscreen before and condition after your dip in the pool or day at the beach.

We’ve found some after sun haircare products to make summertime maintenance all that more enjoyable. Lenore Greyl’s Huile de Palme combats against the damaging effects of sun, seawater and chlorinated pool water. To restore damaged ends simply apply for 10 minutes up to overnight and then re-apply after four trips to the pool… Read more

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Backstage at the Beyonce Concert Sponsored by L’Oreal

20090715-img-1088A few weeks ago I was among several beauty bloggers across the U.S. invited by L’Oreal to attend Beyonce’s I am…Sasha Fierce concert (which they sponsor and she is a spokesperson for.) I almost fell out of my seat when I was called a few hours before leaving for Philadelphia and told that I was given backstage access and could have a meet and greet with her. A friend of mine, the ever fabulous Billy B, has told me in the past how sweet and down to earth Beyonce was, so I was thrilled and not too intimidated to meet her (although completely nervous I must admit!) I left my house with several outfits in hand, because really? How do you dress when you are about to meet someone so gorgeous?! Here’s a chronicle of how it all went down… Read more

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