ManukaClear Mask and ManukaClear Intensive BB Gel

I couldn't have received these products at a better time. With the extremely cold weather and the flu making its rounds at my home, it's left my skin dry, flakey and tight. My usual skin savers weren't doing the trick and my face was starting to look a bit dull. Read more

Longer Lashes Instantly with Physicians Formula #EyeBooster

Throughout history, women have always coveted longer, fuller lashes. Heck, it's one of the reasons we're all on the hunt for that holy grail mascara. Over the years, mascaras have gotten better at helping women fake incredible lashes and the fiber mascara trend is one of them. I had the Read more

Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap

When it comes to cleansing my body, I never did like using a bar of soap, I have always preferred body washes, gels or shower oils. I have rarely found a soap that I enjoy using. They tend to leave a filmy residue that leaves my skin dry and Read more

At Home Skin Care with Michael Todd Soniclear

Sometimes getting to the spa for a deep cleansing facial isn't always an option. Thankfully there are plenty of beauty tools out there that can help your skin look its best regardless of your budget. The Michael Todd Soniclear and many of their skin care products are perfect for Read more

Silk Therapeutics Silk Renewing Peel Review #PowerofSilk

Are you in search of a facial exfoliant that can tighten, brighten and smooth skin? More importantly, one with the least amount of ingredients - yet the most effective ones? Since I'm now in the mature skin category (that makes me feel old), my skin is in need of something Read more

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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NYFW: Maria Menounos, Chris Noth and Real Housewives of New Jersey

This past Sunday, on behalf of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I went to see a runway show sponsored by Oral B at Hatchette’s Style360 that featured Caravan boutique looks from designers such as Rich & Skinny, Tart, Maxey, Bobi and was hosted by Maria Menounos. While there I spotted Chris Noth (he sat directly across from me!), Shanae Grimes from 90210 and Teresa from the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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You can see my complete behind the scenes photos on Flickr!

Photo Credit: (c) Nandoism.com

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NYFW: Robert Verdi, Cristophe and Jake Bailey CVS Reinventing Beauty

New York Fashion Week isn’t only about fashion, of course! I had the chance to stop into CVS’ Reinventing Beauty suite, aka Robert Verdi’s Luxe Laboratory, between events. Cristophe (yes that Cristophe!) styled my hair, Jake Bailey showed me how guy’s can wear concealer to freshen up their look (without looking like they are wearing makeup) and then I snagged an interview with Robert Verdi!

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You can see my behind the scenes photos on Flickr!

Photo Credit: (c) Nandoism.com

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NYFW Chris Benz and Daniel Martin Talk Lancome’s “Chris & Tell”

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going backstage at the Chris Benz fashion show to talk with him and Daniel Martin regarding their collaboration for Lancome‘s 5th lipstick in their POUT-A-PORTER series aptly named “Chris & Tell.” This coral colored lipstick will be available Spring 2010, but Lancome is already accepting names for the waiting list at their upper west side boutique.

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