Teami Skinny Tea

// // National day(s) of complete diet obliteration ...also known as "the holidays," is almost upon us. As much as I am looking forward to unlimited pumpkin pie and stuffing, I know that beginning the day after Thanksgiving, all I am going to want to do is detox. This year I am one Read more

The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily Read more

Can Ultrasound Improve the Look of Skin?

I'll be honest, I was not very familiar with the world of cosmetic ultrasound treatments when I decided to try the Mira-Skin Ultrasound device. Upon doing my research, I learned that ultrasound is a non-surgical/non-invasive treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Ultrasound uses the body's Read more

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all Read more

3 Myths About Using Toner

Toner is one of the biggest misunderstood skin care products out there. And to be honest, at one point when I was younger, I also believed some of these myths. What about you? 1. Toner is a cleanser. This one bugs me the most. I've read blogger reviews where the person clearly Read more

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Review: Honeycat Cosmetics Sweet Potato Pie Bubble Bath

I’m hoping to review as many holiday-inspired products as I can over these next two months. The economy has got me down in the dumps and the only thing that can turn it around are the Holidays. I am a huge fan of fall, not to mention Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. And no matter which holidays you celebrate, you can’t deny that this time of the year is always the most joyous. So I kick off the first holiday-inspired review with Honeycat Cosmetics Sweet Potato Pie Bubble Bath.

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Review: Dream Bar Soap

I wholly admit that I am a junk food fanatic…or to put a more polished spin on it, a “dessert connoisseur.” This, of course, is much to the demise of my hopes of going back to my pre-pregnancy weight (ala 4 kids ago). So when I came across Dream Bar Soap, I gleefully looked at each product in amazement. Cupcake soaps? Donut soaps? Chocolate chip cookie soaps? I am in dessert heaven. I mean, bath and body heaven.

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Elie Elie Salon’s Stylist Secrets To Maintaining Your Hair In Between Trips to the Salon

We all love the way our hair looks and feels after a fabulous cut, color and blowout by our favorite stylist. And now we can keep it that way in between salon visits with these tips from Elie Elie Salon, the prestigious, ultra-hip hair salon with locations in Tysons Corner Centerand Winchester, VA:

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Chemical Exfoliants and Physical Exfoliants Compared

Back in September I was blessed with the opportunity to speak to a crowd of about 120 people at the HBAExpo on social media and the beauty industry. Imagine my surprise when the very lovely Renee Rouleau was sitting in the crowd (and came up to introduce herself afterwards!) Renee has an amazing skin care line based on 9 different skin types. Below is the comparison of chemical exfoliants and physical exfoliants, which used in combination, is an effective way to reveal more youthful, radiant skin.

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The Ultimate in Luxury Beauty: Bond No. 9 for the Holidays

Have a little extra cash to burn this Holiday season? No? Me either. Surely that shouldn’t stop us from window shopping and oohing and ahhing over something so luxurious as Bond No. 9’s Holiday collection.

Bleecker Street Bejeweled
The choice this holiday for the annual “Swarovski treatment” is Bleecker Street (a gourmand oriental mingling of patchouli, cassis, caramel, woods, and musk.) The limited-edition 100ml lime green-chartreuse-amethyst-gold starburst watercolor flacon is studded, back and front, with a checkerboard pattern of matching crystals—and for good measure, an extra-large crystal front and center. $395.

The Swarovski All-Stars
Why stop at one new Swarovski-enhanced flacon? They’ve gone overboard and embellished three more of their most coveted scents with the tiniest and most reflective of all the Swarovski stones—five thousand of them per 50ml bottle. The pearlized milk glass Eau de New York bottle (citruses-cyclamen-jasmine-vetiver) is studded with diamond-colored aurora borealis stones. Chelsea Flowers (peonies-magnolia-rose) is decked with emerald-colored stones. Chinatown (peach-gardenia-tuberose-sandalwood) features ruby-colored stones. $650.

The Crystallized Amphora
I’ve saved the show-stopper for last: The outsized 42 oz amphora vitrine, breathtakingly covered with 16,500 hand-applied platinum Swarovski stones. Not to forget the bottle top—an elliptical mirror with honeycomb base, the Bond No. 9 signature and a handy golden spigot. Contents? Your choice among Bond’s 32 scents. This bedazzlement comes in a white patent leather gift case, also adorned with crystals. $3,500.

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Review: PREVAGE Total Body Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer

Elizabeth Arden recently launched a new product in the PREVAGE collection of anti-aging skin care, their Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer. To say this is unlike any other moisturizer I have used before would be an understatement. I received it in sample size about 8 weeks ago and I openly admit that nearing the end of the tube has me in a panic–I absolutely love what it has done for my skin!

Just like it’s facial moisturizer, this PREVAGE Body Total Transforming moisturizer has Idebenone, which works wonders on your skin (I also have the PREVAGE Anti-Aging Night Cream and I love it!) So here’s what I noticed in week one of using it:

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Redken’s Haircolor Trend Forecast Winter 2008/2009

Update: See the Redken Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Haircolor Trend Forecast

The winter season is quickly approaching and Redken’s annual haircolor collection brings consumers the season’s must-have haircolor. Taking inspiration directly from Fashion Week runways, Redken debuts a new collection the NEW Spotlight Collection  infusing blondes, brunettes and redheads with multi-dimensional sophistication, seductive shine and soft reddish-brown tones with subtle hints of violet. Featuring six calibrated Mahogany Violet shades from Redken’s Color Fusion and Shades EQ haircolor brands, the NEW Spotlight Collection offers readers versatile, new fashion-focused shades for the winter season.

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Need a 401K facial: 5 Alabama Spas Launching Economic Inspired Spa Treatments

Known for great golf at a real value, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama has added world-class resorts and spas. With the recent opening of the Spa at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile, the RTJ Golf Trail’s Resort Collection now has five spas and eight hotels. With these locations, Alabama currently ranks fourth in the country for the number of spas recommended by BestSpas USA. These spas are adding new treatments that may be just what your financial analyst ordered.

In response to the current economic conditions and increasing stresses, the Spas in the RTJ Golf Trail Resort Collection have come up with a series of new special treatments. This week, the five spas will begin offering: 401(k) Facials, an Economic Freefall Refresher and the Banker and Broker Escape.

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The Lodge at Woodloch Unveils Pre and Post Natal Spa Treatments

I feel so lucky to have The Lodge at Woodloch located only about 30 minutes from where I live. I was there last December for an amazing massage and facial and spent some time in their whirlpool, sauna and indoor pool (with amazing waterfalls!) Having had 4 kids, I know how badly I wanted to just relax and be pampered during each of my pregnancies and now The Lodge at Woodloch has unveiled two new Pre and Post Natal spa treatments that will do just that for expecting moms and those moms who just have children clinging to your legs every second. Not speaking from experience of course.

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Review: Bethesda Sunscreen Soap

Bethesda #Sunscreen Soap

We often hear about people who go on to be a doctor because someone in their family battle a life threatening disease or someone who was inspired to create a product because nothing on the market could meet their needs. Well Jamie Collins Doss, owner of Bethesda Skincare, is one of those people. Her father had multiple skin cancers removed from his face after years of working in the field of his farm without sun protection and after becoming ill herself, Jamie’s skin could no longer tolerate traditional soaps. Thus the Bethesda Sunscreen Soap was born.

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