Does the Sun Really Age You? #Ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® skin care with SPF I'm getting my skin ready for the Summer as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Does the sun really age you? A question those without a single wrinkle or dark spot ask with skepticism. I'm pretty confident I never asked this Read more

Silk Therapeutics Nurture ++ Moisturizer Review

Did you know that your skin needs different skin care products not only based on your skin type, but also based on the region you live in? It's true. For example, your needs will be different in the dry-heat of Nevada than say someone who lives a place with high Read more

Smoothie Recipes from the Best Spas

If you are looking for delicious smoothie recipes from some of the best spas, we've compiled a list for you! So get ready to indulge your tastebuds without expanding your waistline with these vitamin and mineral rich smoothies! Potassium Punch: Set on a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Read more

Pedicure How-To: Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready! #Sponsored

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions (and sandal-ready feet) are my own. Florals and citrus, a shorter hairstyle, light breezy dresses, sandals...warmer weather opens the doors to both Read more

Spa-Like Hair with Pai-Shau

This is likely the only time where you hear me rave about tea. I'm your coffee-obsessed kind of girl, but this hair care line by Pai-Shau based on a proprietary blend of concentrated steeped teas, is making my life right now. Pai-Shau is a vegan and cruelty free hair care line Read more

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LAVANILA Vanilla Coconut Body Butter Review

The best things usually come in small packages. And the same holds true for all 2.75 ounces of LAVANILA’s new Vanilla Coconut Healthy Body Butter. Have you tried it yet? If you haven’t, you are missing out on simple, luxurious skin care at an affordable $10!

The mousse-like texture of Vanilla Coconut Healthy Body Butter makes it appear rich without feeling thick and greasy on your skin. And just like mousse, it melts right in…to hydrate and nourish. The fragrance is intoxicating (I was ready to book a vacation) while shea and cocoa butter moisturize your skin. This body butter also contains Goji Berry and Kakadu Plum – super anti-oxidants for your skin!  Read more

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Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine Review

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Spring is finally here! (For a while it didn’t feel like it was coming at all!) With the beautiful weather and blooming gardens comes light floral scents both in the air and on our skin! New for Spring 2013, the Temple Tree Jasmine collection from Thymes has been inspired by those beautiful feminine florals that seem to complement the season perfectly. Available in a complete collection for bath, body, and home fragrance, Temple Tree Jasmine is a memorable light fragrance you’ll want to cover your body with.

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Suave Naturals Rainforest Fresh Body Wash

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Winner: Lisa Garner

Invigorate your senses with Suave Naturals NEW Rainforest Fresh Body Wash scent! At an incredibly affordable price, Suave Naturals New Rainforest Fresh is infused with moisturizing ingredients such as aloe, bamboo extracts and skin-conditioning vitamin E.

The Rainforest Fresh scent has a refreshing aroma that makes you feel like you’ve just showered in a lush, tropical waterfall! Once this thick, hypoallergenic body wash gel hits your loofah, the steam from the shower fills your bathroom with its clean, fresh scent that will linger all over your body.

The New Rainforest Fresh Body Wash scent smells just as good as any expensive body wash on the market today… at a fraction of the price! Don’t believe it? Here’s your chance to try it for yourself!

I’m giving away one Suave Naturals prize pack to one lucky winner, which will include three Suave Naturals Body Washes and one $50 Walgreens gift card!

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Dial Skin Therapy 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion Review

dial-skin-therapy-7-day-moisturizerThis never ending winter has kept my wood burning stove going constantly. Thus, any moisture in the air is completely zapped. My feet are the driest they have ever been (despite a few pedicures this winter), and my skin just can’t seem to absorb enough lotion to be completely quenched. Have you noticed the same?

Sometimes it is partially my fault too. There are times when I’m in a rush and I forget (or don’t have time) to put on lotion, which of course only makes my skin even more dehydrated. When I was sent Dial’s new Skin Therapy 7-Day Moisturizing Lotion with Himalayan Pink Salt, I swooned at the thought of a lotion working for me even on the days when I forget to apply it.

What is Himalayan Pink Salt? If you are wondering, so was I, as I had never really heard of it before. Himalayan Pink Salt has a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. This salt is recognized for its beautiful pink color, high mineral content, and its therapeutic properties. (source) While the lotion is not pink, I can understand why Dial is drawing our attention to this beauty ingredient, which is sourced from Pakistan.

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Pure Fiji Home Spa Collection Review

Pure Fiji Rub If you’re ready to charge full speed ahead into Spring with warmer weather and leave the cold Winter months behind … set aside a hour and lock yourself in the bathroom (aka your home spa) and indulge in Pure Fiji’s line of luxurious and deliciously scented spa products.

I’m all about spa’ing at home, especially because this is our wedding year and I want to look my absolute best on the big day. I like to spa and I like to spa often, so A Girl’s Gotta Spa! at home once in a while! The moment I opened Pure Fiji’s Facial Solutions products, I was instantly reminded of summer. I kind of felt like I was in a commercial because I literally closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and pictured myself in the South Pacific. I set aside an hour on Sunday to lock myself in the bathroom and pamper myself with Pure Fiji’s home facial samples, sugar scrub, and pedicure sampler. On a cold March day, it was an instant mood booster. Read more

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Smith Farms Honeysuckle Hair and Body Oil Review

Smith Farms Honeysuckle Hair and Body OilFor soft, smooth, velvety skin, I’ve been turning to body oils. The lovely sisters at Smith Farms send me their Honeysuckle Hair and Body Oil ($16) to try. No wonder it’s one of their best sellers–it’s made with one third each jojoba, sweet almond and sunflower oil. This light and fast absorbing oil is as good for your hair as it is for your skin. Enriched with vitamin E and honeysuckle essential oil, this multipurpose oil is as decadent as it is hardworking.

The story of Smith Farms is interesting and compelling. The Smith Farm story begins with Julia.

“To be honest, it began the day during a walk in the woods at the farm. I had been thinking about my career and wondering if I could be doing something more fulfilling. What kept coming to mind, was an interest in creating skincare products, specifically natural ones, that would be safe and gentle and not irritate sensitive skin. Being a bit of a skincare enthusiast, I had recently been concerned with the long list of unrecognizable ingredients on the products I used every day. Inspired by my walk, I decided now was a good time to give it a try.”  Read more

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J.R. Watkins Coconut Milk & Honey Body Butter and Body Scrub Review

jrwatkins-body-scrub-and-butterNothing says summer and vacation to me more than the scent of coconut.  And nothing says swimsuit ready more than soft, smooth, hydrated skin.  Now combine the scent of coconut with products  that exfoliate and moisturize my skin leaving it insanely smooth, glowing and hydrated. Who needs 80 degree temps? It’s practically summer in my shower right now…or at least it felt like it about ten minutes ago.  After I used the Coconut Milk & Honey  Body Scrub and Body Butter from J.R Watkins.

The natural scrub is a combination of sugar, shea butter and natural oils and smells absolutely delicious.  It effectively exfoliated my skin without feeling harsh and scratchy.  I loved that the scrub is also moisturizing so I did not feel like I was stripping my skin of moisturize while I exfoliated.  The body butter, like the scrub is also natural and has an amazing scent that is not overpowering.  The scent is light, fresh and clean…perfect for summer.  It felt decadent and luxurious on my skin and left it looking and feeling soft and radiant.  Read more

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NEST Fragrances Review

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There is nothing I love more than a candle that can fill the entire room with its scent without overwhelming your senses and the perfectly portioned body wash and body cream whose fragrance lingers long after your shower. If you have yet to own anything from the NEST Fragrances line, then you are simply missing out on the aforementioned.  Read more

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Limited Edition Softsoap Scentsations Body Wash

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we LOVE our coffee. Seattle may be where Starbucks originated, but there are a plethora of independent drive-in coffee stands–like one in every gas station parking lot and corner. With warmer temperatures though, I prefer something more refreshing. My summer drink is strawberry lemonade.

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Lemonade Berry Splash is one of two limited-edition Softsoap Scentsations Moisturizing Body Washes you can find at Walmart this month, and only for a limited time. This is so refreshing and energizing in the shower! The zesty citrus scent bursts though and combines with the berry aroma for a remarkably authentic scent. The fragrance actually mixes orange, grapefruit and spring freesia for an uplifting and thirst quenching smell. The formula is infused with moisture beads that break apart leaving behind light moisturizers on the skin for added softness.  Read more

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Bare Foot Repair! Review

We all know the dry winter weather dries out our skin, but let’s not forget those little 10 little piggies! I hate to admit it but my feet are a dry callused mess in the winter time.  There are two must-have products for those crime scene paws–Bare Foot Repair! for Callus Softening and Bare Foot Repair! for Cracked Heels. After using these two products, your footsies will be sexy sandal worthy.

Freeman Beauty Foot Repair! for Callus Softening ($6.99) – this callus softening cream exfoliates rough, dry skin without harsh abrasives while paraffin helps to soften skin leaving it feeling smooth.  I used to use a PediEgg but honestly, too often I would get carried away and end up with sore, slightly bloody feet. The texture of this is thick and paste-like, just spread on a thin layer to clean, dry feet and wait about 10 minutes for it to dry. Then gently rub and all the dry dead skin comes sloughing off–even the super dry skin! The peppermint has a cooling effect and smells good too. I was amazed at how well this did at exfoliating and it left my feet very soft and smooth.  Read more

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