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

Aqua Spa Body Cleanser Review

Aqua Spa Body Cleanser #review #beauty via @agirlsgottaspa

I strongly believe that one should make time spent in the shower as relaxing and enjoyable as possible…even if it’s one of those two minutes showers that seem to be occurring with more frequency as we are all continuously pressed for time.

One of the best ways to turn shower time into a mini-spa experience is by incorporating a body cleanser that smells and feels so amazing that it transports you…even for a  few seconds to that  A Girl’s Gotta Spa! state of mind.  I manage to transport myself to that state of mind most mornings and evenings with Aqua Spa’s Lavender + Chamomile or Citrus + Ginger Body Cleansers.  I love using the Citrus + Ginger Body Cleanser in the morning and the Lavender + Chamomile Body Cleanser in the evening. Read more

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Pretty Woman Kingfisher Feather Polish Review

Pretty Woman Feather #NailPolish in Kingfisher via @agirlsgottaspa

I love the look of textured nail polish. However, many textured polishes tend to scrape off easily making the effort of applying them practically useless. The Feather polishes from Pretty Woman are another story entirely. You can achieve a textured look that is still smooth to the touch minimizing the chance of it scratching off.

Right now I’m calling Pretty Woman’s Feather nail polish in Kingfisher my fun polish. It’s like tiny pieces of red, yellow and blue confetti having a party on your nails.  Read more

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Swisspers Twitter Party September 18th 8:30pm EST

Disclosure: Swisspers provided me with compensation for participating in this Twitter Party. 

National Sleep Naked Night #TwitterParty with @Swisspers 9/18 at 8:30pm EST #SleepNaked RSVP!

This Thursday, September 18th from 8:30-10:30pm I’ll be participating in a #SleepNaked Twitter chat with Swisspers. If you are not familiar with the cotton products from Swisspers and all the benefits of sleeping naked (for your skin!), go check out this blog post: Why Should You Remove Your Makeup At Night?

Here’s the details: Read more

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Best Charities for Breast Cancer Research

Which breast cancer charities are the best? Please read this post via @agirlsgottaspa and help spread the word! #BCA #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness

As a beauty blogger, I’m inundated in the months leading up to and during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pitches for all sorts of beauty products. Each brand aligns itself with the goal of raising funds by donating a certain percentage to the cause. I’m often discouraged when I see 10% assigned, or a vague statement and you’re not really sure which charity the money is going to, or better still, that the money is going to a charity that spends more money on administrative costs than it does research and supporting the local community. I get further disgusted when brands don themselves in pink ribbons with no identifiable percentage going to charity. It’s all for the fanfare and targets uneducated consumers who will toss money at something in the name of a cause.

I recently watched a broadcast on my local TV station which was promoting the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure. The spokesperson said, quite proudly, “100% of 25% of your donation goes to research.” You got that, right? In other words, 75% of your donation does not support research for breast cancer nor does it go to support local women battling the disease. As someone who knows plenty of women who have had breast cancer, as I’m sure you do too, it is disheartening.

While I understand that administrative costs need to be paid, and 100% of your donation never goes directly to research, how can you find those charities that get very little promotion yet do the most for women with breast cancer? Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Philanthropy 9 Comments