Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about beauty tips, celebrity looks and Neutrogena products available at Target. On August 19 from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #AllDayLook Twitter Party where we’ll be chatting about achieving an all day beauty look with help from Read more

bath and body

Tocca Esfoliante da Corpo in Stella

I love an exfoliating scrub that smells heavenly. Tocca’s Esfoliante da Corpo ($32), or Nourishing Body Scrub, in Stella smells amazing.

Rich in natural oils, the luxurious formula boasts the emollient and healing properties of olive oil, safflower oil and grapeseed oil that leave the skin feelings soft, supple and delicately scented. It’s a sugar scrub, so it gently exfoliates. When you rinse it away, it leaves behind a very light oil on your skin, however it doesn’t feel greasy.  Read more

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Mama Mio O-Mega Body Oil Review

So long lizard legs! It’s not often that I actually gush over a product, but I’m going to gush for O-Mega Body Oil. Before I get into why it’s so great, let me give you the background on the skincare brand Mama Mio, a line for women by women.

Founded in London by 4 beauty experts, Mama Mio is a very personal creation. Their skincare expertise gives them the know-how, but first and foremost they are 4 women who want to feel good in their skin. They create each product to solve the skincare issues that they themselves want to overcome, using the very best ingredients at their highest potency to ensure that every product really works. Their skincare selection includes cellulite & firming skincare, pregnancy skincare, losing weight skincare and more.

Mama Mio O-Mega Body Oil ($35) is 100% moisture with no carriers and no emollients, just the “superfood” your skin craves. It’s a magic mix of Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Safflower Oil and Vitamin E. Each of these oils is carefully chosen for its concentration of Omega 3, 6, and 9 to keep skin smooth, silky and firm.  Read more

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Daisies & Dukes Bubbly Sugar Scrub And Body Butter

So far this year, I’ve been lucky enough to sample some truly amazing beauty products and I’ve been pretty excited about the majority of them. But this week I got the opportunity to try two new products from a new line of bath and body products that I am absolutely beserk about!  The line is called Daisies & Dukes and as their name may suggest, their products are inspired by the fresh air and natural beauty of America’s countryside.

I used the amazing Bubbly Sugar Scrub and Body Butter and did not want to get out of the bathroom.  Honestly, normally I have a tendency to speed shower and speed moisturize, but both of these products made me want to just hang around and dawdle in my bathroom for a spell.  The Hayfield Romance Bubbly Sugar Scrub has a fresh and clean yet feminine and romantic scent.  When I applied it in the shower it felt like I was applying frosting to my body, which I quite enjoyed.  The scrub both cleansed and exfoliated my skin gently, but thoroughly.  I loved that it transformed from a sugary scrub into a bubbly cleanser!  Read more

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Melvita Ultra-Nourishing Body Balm Review

While the Melvita Apicosma Body Ultra-Nourishing Body Balm has honey, cocoa butter and even stevia in the formula, don’t eat it! You’ll be tempted, believe me it looks like vanilla frosting in the jar and smells great.

This line is special because it uses the power of three different honeys (thyme, acacia, and orange blossom), royal jelly for its regenerating capabilities, and cocoa butter in a rich, delicious smelling formula that treats and heals dry skin. In addition, this Ultra Nourishing Body Balm has stevia leaf extract in the mix of its beneficial ingredients. Melvita’s products are certified organic, made with 99% of the ingredients that come from natural origin.  Read more

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Bodycology Sweet Love Nourishing Body Cream Review

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a flowery scented body cream from bodycology.  From their new Sweet Love Fragrance collection, the Nourishing Body Cream contains notes of sweet mandarin, sparkling red pear and vanilla orchid. Fruity top notes dry down and give way to a floral heart of sweet rose and amber.  If you like very feminine fragrances, then this body cream will definitely appeal to you.

I generally prefer clean, light fragrances but did not mind the Sweet Love Fragrance.  I would however, only use one product at a time from this collection and would definitely not layer them as they might be too overpowering when used together.    When I first applied the Sweet Love Nourishing Body Cream, the fragrance was pretty strong, but throughout the day it became much softer and lighter.  I would certainly use this body cream when I want to embrace my girly, romantic side.  Read more

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isola Jamaican Coffee & Sugar Scrub Review

I freely admit that I am a coffee addict. Are you one too?

While Gail may be brave enough to DIY it when it comes to her coffee scrubs, I’m more of a do it for me kind of girl. So when isola Body Scrubs contacted me about their Coffee & Sugar Scrubs, I was all in.  Read more

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H20 Plus Purifying Spa Sea Salt Body Wash and Skin Smoother

I could think of no more perfect bath and body products right now at the height of cold and flu season, than H2O Plus’ Sea Salt line. No, it won’t mean you can avoid a flu shot, but it will mean that when you are feeling miserably sick, these are products you want to have on hand to lift your mood and awaken your senses. Something I find goes steeply downhill when I’m laid up in bed sick.

Of course, you can use these products without being a germ-fest. They are perfect any time.

Sea Salt Body Wash is enriched with European sea salts to lather away impurities and exhilarate the senses while the Sea Salt Skin Smoother reveals healthy, glowing skin with exfoliating European sea salts, nourishing botanicals and soothing almond oil.

The scent is refreshing, unique and soothing at the same time with its ocean-like fragrance and notes of green tea. I love that the scent not only encases my entire bathroom with the aroma, but it remains lightly on my skin for hours once I’m done showering.

The Sea Salt Body Wash comes in a bottle that at first glance looks to be glass, but is a thick plastic (perfect for people like me who are clumsy but love luxe-like packaging.) The body wash is thick and luxurious.  Read more

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Must Have Hand Creams for Winter

Hands have it bad in the winter.

Between constantly washing your hands in an attempt to avoid the flu and germs, to the bitter cold of the winter weather, if you are not giving your hands extra TLC right now, then I’m pretty sure you are suffering with dry, flaky and chapped skin. At my house, I also have a wood stove to help keep my home warm, which also tends to really dry out the air. If my skin isn’t moisturized, it feels the effects of dehydration fairly quickly.

These are my favorite must-have hand creams for winterRead more

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BodyHonee All Natural Hair Removal Wax Review



In an effort to be  more well groomed in 2013, I thought I would begin the new year with an all out at home waxing session.  I mean what better way to get rid of the old and welcome the new, soft, smooth and newly hairless, than by ripping it out by its roots?

In an ode to winter I had neglected my usual waxing for quite some time, after all, isn’t a bit of extra hair natural insulation? OK, maybe that’s a bit of stretch seeing as how I live in Florida, but I needed some type of an excuse when my boyfriend gave me the side eye after lovingly rubbing my legs.  Read more

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LaLicious Sugar Reef Body Butter and Scrub Review



LaLicious is a delectable line of body products that includes all-natural body soufflé scrubs, body butters, oils, soaps and lip butters. All of the products are paraben free and come in nine scrumptious scents including: Vanilla, Coconut Cream, Lily Mango, Passionfruit Lime, Island Guava, Tahitian Flower, Peppermint, Sugar Reed and Sugar Kiss.

The story of entrepreneur Jessica Kernochan gives us all hope of achieving our dreams! What began as a fun idea for Christmas gifts has evolved into a thriving business! In the winter of 2002, Jessica began mixing up one-of-a-kind body scrubs and soft skin lotions for her friends and family. It turned out to be destiny as the last dot.com she worked for folded, leaving her jobless. “It forced me to commit to my dream of creating a beauty line,” says Jessica. And so production began. After the process of finding the perfect concoction for her trademark sugar soufflé body scrubs, Jessica began going to beauty stores to sell her goods. The products sold themselves with their unique formulation and tantalizing scents. Soon, Jessica had to leave her kitchen behind and find a warehouse big enough to whip up her products and ship out orders. After just four short years, LaLicious built a bigger facility in order to meet the needs of a successful growing business. Now her line is sold at select retailers and spas across the country!  Read more

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