Lighten Dark Spots with Dermalogica PowerBright Trx Trio

I'm paying for the skin sins of my youth in hyperpigmentation and an abundance of dark spots from both acne and lack of sunscreen usage. Over the years I've learned how to best conceal them with makeup in order to fake a great complexion. However, when the makeup comes Read more

DIY Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Bombs

Candy canes may be great for stuffing stockings, adorning trees, or a sweet snack, but the minty holiday staple can also be incorporated into your beauty routine. Peppermint oil contains minerals and nutrients including iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and C, and is soothing to the Read more

Subtle Green Customizable Skin Care

Subtle Green, a Montreal-based luxury skin care company, recently caught my attention. Much of what they stand for is something I have been saying for years - "The best moisturizers do not have to contain 'miracle ingredients' developed using 'breakthrough technologies' in a remote secret laboratory." There are tried Read more

#HeartMyHair Twitter Party November 25 1-2pm EST #ad

Photo Credit: Great Contradictions Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about hairstyles! On November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, please join us for the #HeartMyHair Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the new Conair Curl Secret and the Read more

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub

With the busiest season of the year upon us, sometimes caring for ourselves (and our skin) sadly ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. (Please don't let it.) Fortunately, facialist Cecilia Wong has designed a seasonal at-home, DIY facial scrub that requires little time and effort, which can Read more

Gretta Monahan’s Tips to Fight Hair Damage

hair damage Pictures, Images and PhotosMost women believe they have little or no hair damage, yet the reality is all women have hair damage and don’t realize it! Dove spokestylist and co-host of “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style,” Gretta Monahan says that women don’t have to change their habits to fight hair damage– there are simple solutions. In these trying economic times that have hit us all (I know I can’t be the only one feeling it!), I asked Greta to share some of these solutions that are affordable to everyone. Because really? How many of us have avoided going out simply because of a bad hair day?

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Men’s Grooming Review: Shaving Creams for a Close, Kissable Shave

male-groomingIn my last men’s grooming review, I noted that I love my Clarisonic for shaving and noted how I travel with it everywhere, even though it is not really travel size (and I leave the charger at home, because it’s heavy and I could kill somebody with its heft.)

There’s something about the traditional shaving brush and cream that takes you back to childhood. It’s learning how to shave when you’re five years old with your Dad, who had his brush and used some generic shaving cream. It worked and worked well. And that’s how I learned: with my fake little kit of a plastic razor blade, using my dad’s brush and shaving cream.

And, it gets a better shave. Using a brush – or, well, now a Clarisonic – gets the hair to stand up, be softer, and avoids ingrown hairs. It’s just a better system. Plus, I hate shaving and have a terrible beard, so what’s a better way to test this all out than getting samples and finding the best solution for me?

To make this a fair test, I used each shaving cream for a day, under similar test environments: new blade, hot water, charged Clarisonic, local water source (hey, that matters for hard versus soft water). The below list is in order of preference, with one recommendation for those that don’t use a brush or Clarisonic – although, in reality, the top five are almost interchangeable.  Read more

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Review: CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara

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I’ve tried out the original LashBlast when it first came out, and while I wasn’t too impressed at first, I eventually warmed up to it. If you are anything like me, then you are endlessly searching for “the one,” that holy grail of mascara. Is CoverGirl LashBlast Length the one? Read more

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Review: Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Nail Color Collection

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Having lived my teen years in the 90’s, I can absolutely get into the colors of Sally Hansen’s new HD Hi-Definition Nail Color collection. Bright pops of color and neon bring me back to that girl I used to be…the one who was all about boys (still am), New Kids on the Block and jelly bracelets (and if you saw me today, you would see a neon green jelly bracelet on my wrist always!)

I first decided to try out Pixel, which is a teal color. And thanks to Suzy who is a fan on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! on Facebook, I went into this review thinking about the questions she posed to me there– Read more

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