Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years. I've driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but Read more

Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

Malia B Luv Perfume Review

Some of the best perfumes are made by indie brands. When I first began blogging in 2005, I came across perfumer, Sharon Bolton, and her amazing fragrances. For a few years she went off the radar, but I was so thrilled when she recently reached out with the relaunch as Read more

Erbaviva Organic Deodorant Review

Mention "organic deodorant" and you may get a few raised eyebrows combined with some skepticism. People often wonder - Does organic deodorant smell weird? Is it strong enough? What exactly is it made of? I'm going to be straight up honest, I've never tried organic deodorant before simply because I Read more

Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care   We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that's a definite), knowing who you are and what you want... and then all those lovely skin issues. Dark spots, wrinkles, and other fun skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis, and Keratosis Pilaris Read more

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Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin




Love these charcoal skin care products for acne prone skin via @agirlsgottaspa

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen.

Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it’s for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin.

Those of us with this skin type know that excess oil leads to clogged pores, which leads to blemishes. Bacteria, transferred by way of constantly touching your face or even tampering with those blemishes, only leads to more blemishes. It’s a vicious cycle my friends.

I decided to give a few charcoal products a try (and my teen son’s were also game to clear up their acne.)

These are the current charcoal skin care products in my shower right now: Read more

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Customize Your Skin Care Routine with Paula’s Choice

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Paula’s Choice via Pretty In My Pocket (PRIMP.) All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Customize your skin care routine with @PaulasChoice - full review on @agirlsgottaspa #PrimpLovesPaula #PaulasChoiceSkinCare @Prettyinmypoc #PowerPrimper

Who can resist Paula’s Choice?

Sorry, I couldn’t help but make that joke, although I have to say that now that I’ve tried this skin care line, I’m pretty much hooked.

Prior to this review, I hadn’t tried any of Paula’s Choice skin care, although I am very much aware of Paula Begoun, the founder, as the Cosmetics Cop who is all about truth in beauty, skin care, ingredients and proven research. In fact, I had the chance to interview her when Beautypedia launched several years ago. Her website has a full encyclopedia of advice for every type of skin care concern. She is a wealth of information!

I am a true skin care junkie. I absolutely believe that it doesn’t matter how much contouring and concealing you do or how much makeup you wear – if your skin is a mess, there is no hiding that! Besides, the better you treat your skin, the less makeup you’ll have to invest in to fix your flaws. Read more

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Eumora Facial Bar Review

Eumora Moor Facial Bar #review via @agirlsgottaspa #facial #soap #skincare

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 Fall/Winter to oily in the Spring/Summer. This means I am forever trying out skin care products that will help keep my skin in check. Read more

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Garnier’s Clean + Balancing Daily Exfoliator Review



Garnier Balancing Exfoliator #review #skincare

I’m all over the place when it comes to skin care. I’ve been brand loyal with my daily moisturizer since I was 12, (my mom’s favorite is still my favorite,) but when it comes to face wash, I can safely say I’ve tried every product on the shelf at least once. After years of experimenting with pretty much every face cleanser under the sun, I can safely say Garnier’s new  Clean + Balancing Daily Exfoliator was the most pleasant morning pick me up (besides coffee) I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

There’s lots of exciting stuff coming from Garnier for Spring 2014. I think they are trying to target a young buyer with their new collection and I’m all about it. The new Garnier Clean + Skincare Collection is available with newly launched cleansers, a new moisturizer and a facial primer. Read more

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Teaching Your Son the Importance of Proper Skin Care

Teaching Your Son the Importance of Proper Skin Care #boys #skincare

Proper skin care is not something that you only teach your daughter or the female in your life, but is something I feel boys need to learn, as well.

Of course, I’m biased having four sons and all.

Yet, we know it’s true. Where are the ads on TV or in magazines marketing exfoliators, moisturizers, serums and sunscreen to men? (With the exception of acne products like Proactiv, of course.) When have you ever seen teen boys incorporated in skin care commercials? You simply don’t. So how does a young man know how to treat blemishes, or how to exfoliate his face or know the right products for his skin type?

Moms: It begins with you. Read more

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Acne Treatments with MYA UK

#Acne Treatments

Although some individuals experience acne and manage to successfully treat it with various lotions and potions, for the majority of the general public, the everyday off-the-shelf, and sometimes even prescribed treatments, simply won’t do the job. Many of those who struggle with acne also struggle to feel confident to show off their natural skin due to acne scarring.

Acne isn’t just delegated to the face, but can also appear on your chest and back. Furthermore, the effects of the acne can vary from whiteheads to blackheads, pustules to milia and cysts, each with their own unique skin treatment. Keeping a regular and thorough skin care routine can help those who suffer from acne-prone skin. Daily cleansing of the skin both day and night, as well as, removing makeup before bed are vitally important. Exfoliation is another key element to your skin and body care routine that should not be forgotten. Exfoliating 1-2 times per week will help keep pore-clogging debris at bay. Read more

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Stay Beautiful Naturally

Stay Beautiful - Naturally! (Includes a DIY lip balm recipe!)

We all want to stay looking our best, but sometimes you have to wonder exactly what is in the products that you buy at the beauty counter. We always advise to read the label and know your ingredients. With more and more people looking towards more natural ingredients, it’s good to know which one’s work best for your skin according to the season.

One of the many winter skin ailments we all deal with is dry, cracked lips. This is because the humidity is very low in the winter and when you turn your thermostat up, you’re depleting moisture which further dries out your skin. What you really need is a good lip scrub and lip balm to nourish and protect your lips!

Here’s a DIY Lip Balm recipe: Read more

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Review: Proactiv Oil Blotting Sheets

It’s been a hot, muggy summer here in NYC, and the time spent underground on the subway has taken a serious toll on my skin. I hate having to re-apply my makeup every time I emerge from the depths below (also known as the NQR line), so I’m always in the market for a quick fix.

Oil blotters are a great option for removing excess oil and pore-clogging dirt. Curently, I’m carrying around Proactiv’s Oil Blotting Sheets to take care of any midday shine that comes my way – and it’s been doing a great job so far. I was a loyal Proactiv customer in my youth (hel-lo, awkward teen years), so I already knew that it would work for me.  Read more

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Acne Treatment Review: Rx for Brown Skin Hydrating Acne Lotion and Acne Spot Treatment

My skin, for the most part, is pretty problem free but every once in a while…or more like once every month without fail…I tend to develop a serious case of acne that always seems to appear right before a big event or a photoshoot.  As soon as I notice that tiny red bump or feel that all too familiar tender spot on my skin, I start to attack it with lotions and potions intended to treat and prevent those bumps from transforming into pimples.  This plan of attack has resulted in one of two scenarios thus far; either it does not work and I just deal with a ginormous pimple for a few days…or a full week, or it works but also turns my skin into a dry flaky mess.

During this month’s battle of the breakouts, I used Rx For Brown Skins’ Clear Luminosity Acne Lotion and Precise Clarity Acne Spot Treatment as my weapons of choice and am ecstatic to say that I emerged victorious from this battle…finally.  The Clear Luminosity Acne Lotion did not leave my skin feeling dry and flaky like every other acne treatment lotion I’ve used in the past.  It was actually very hydrating and left my skin feeling softer and smoother, it also seemed to soothe my skin instead of irritating it.  The Precise Clarity Acne Spot Treatment helped to clear up my pimples, and while it was noticeably more drying than the lotion it still did not leave my skin a flaky, irritated mess.  With both of these products, the suggested application frequency is one to three times daily but I only needed to use it once a day and I generally used it at night, which worked out really well for me.   Read more

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Salma Hayek Nuance Spot Correcting Treatment

I recently got to know Salma Hayek’s new Nuance range by starting with the Facial Serum.  After three weeks, I gave up on it, concluding that it nothing for me. Nothing bad, but nothing good. Just nada. I wasn’t surprised that the touted skin lightening didn’t happen, but it didn’t even moisturize. Still I feel that I should give Salma Hayek the benefit of the doubt and so I’ve been looking at a more targeted product in the range, the Salma Hayek Nuance Correcting Spot Treatment 10% Sulfur ($16.99).

Although I haven’t tried it, Nuance Correcting Spot Treatment looks as if it may be an effective and well-priced treatment for zapping zits. The key active is sulfur at a 10% concentration, plus a couple of clays that will help control oily breakout-prone skin.

Sulfur has a mild antifungal and antibacterial activity, yet its precise mechanism of action on acne is unknown. Some researchers, according SkinCarePhysicians.com, believe sulfur can actually make acne worse by promoting blackhead and whiteheads through increased cell adhesion and can be a little drying to the skin. However, a double-blind study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, done over six weeks on acne-free volunteers, found that after applying a 5% it didn’t clog the skin (the study did not say whether it helped with acne). Overall, though most studies show sulfur to be successful in the treatment of acne and rosacea as well as safe (dryness and irritation can be experienced though).

There are a few of Salma Hayek’s signature botanicals, including mimosa (albizzia julibrissin), which seems to have exciting possibilities as a free radical scavenger that is more potent than L-ascorbic acid, and cactus pear (opuntia).  However, since they were also in the Facial Serum that I tested to no avail, I suspect that they are in quantities too small to be effective.

One really off-putting ingredient is the magnesium-aluminum-silicate, especially as this comes high up the ingredient list. Generally concentrations must be limited since there is a known risk of any ingredient containing aluminum compounds, which are neurotoxins. At the end, thankfully, is o-cymen-5-ol, a neurotoxin that is restricted in Japan and Europe.

Ingredients: Sulfur 10%, water, glycerin, bentonite, kaolin, magnesium aluminum silicate, octyldodecyl neopentanoate, sorbitan stearate, butylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, xanthan gum, isopropyl myristate, shea butter, aloe extract, green tea extract, albizia julibrissin bark extract, opuntia ficus indica stem extract, physalis angulata extract, agave, tequilana extract, zinc glyconate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, o-cymen-5-ol

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