Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap

When it comes to cleansing my body, I never did like using a bar of soap, I have always preferred body washes, gels or shower oils. I have rarely found a soap that I enjoy using. They tend to leave a filmy residue that leaves my skin dry and Read more

At Home Skin Care with Michael Todd Soniclear

Sometimes getting to the spa for a deep cleansing facial isn't always an option. Thankfully there are plenty of beauty tools out there that can help your skin look its best regardless of your budget. The Michael Todd Soniclear and many of their skin care products are perfect for Read more

Silk Therapeutics Silk Renewing Peel Review #PowerofSilk

Are you in search of a facial exfoliant that can tighten, brighten and smooth skin? More importantly, one with the least amount of ingredients - yet the most effective ones? Since I'm now in the mature skin category (that makes me feel old), my skin is in need of something Read more

Fade Burn Scars with InviCible Scars

Burns are the worst. Depending on how you got burned and how deep it goes, also determines the healing time involved (and the pain. Oh my, the pain.) A month ago I was doing something I rarely like to do - cook. It's like seeing a Yeti in your backyard, Read more

Detox Smoothie Recipes from Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills

March marks National Nutrition Month, and a great time to ramp-up healthy eating (and drinking!) habits. Stephen Coe, executive chef at Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills (Plymouth, Mass.) has whipped up five delicious detox smoothie recipes to help sneak in superfoods, even when strapped for time. Brain Fuel 2 Read more

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Winter Skin Care Needs: Moisturizing Body Wash

Banish Winter Skin-- Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Winter means frigid weather, snowball fights and warm, cozy sweaters. It also means thermostats turned up, wood burning stoves (at least in our house), and remaining indoors where the air lacks moisture. While winter may be the best time of year fashion-wise, it’s not so great for your skin, especially when you resort to soaking in a hot bath or turning up the heat in your shower. Read more

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Five Beauty Secrets for On-The-Go Globetrotters

Travel Beauty Tips

Traveling has so many benefits: it’s educational, it allows you to experience things you wouldn’t in your home country and it gives you the opportunity to meet people from around the globe. Perhaps best of all, it offers you a different perspective on life and how it’s lived.

However, being on the road, or in the air for that matter, can also take its toll on your mind and body. Waking up at the crack of dawn to catch a flight, driving a few hundred miles, or being forced to spend a night in an airport can leave you feeling tired and in desperate search of some under-eye concealer. Luckily, there are a number of little tricks and tips to keep yourself looking young while you travel.

Here are some suggestions for your next trip: Read more

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DIY Spice Masks from Rianna Loving

3 DIY Spice Face Masks

What was once used solely for herbal remedies and medicinal purposes is now taking on a new twist in the beauty and skincare world. Spices are what Cirque Boutique/Beauty Cirque founder, Rianna Loving is indulging in this winter to help keep skin pristine and hydrated. Rianna advises to head to the kitchen cupboard (or local spice market) for additional flavor to include in your next beauty mask! Read more

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Aveeno Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Souffle Review

Aveeno Cocoa + Shea Butter Review

I love the colder months, but they don’t always love my skin.  From around November to February (April if I happen to be in Minnesota), my skin gets dry, irritated, itchy and flaky.  The moisturizers that I use in Spring, Summer and even for a good portion of Fall, just won’t cut it.  I absolutely need a moisturizer that’s heavier and more luxurious during this time of the year.  I also love using scents that are more holiday inspired during this time, so anything that has a chocolaty, vanilla type scent is much desired. You can imagine why something called Positively Nourishing Comforting Whipped Soufflé by Aveeno would spark my interest. Read more

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Naturelle Biotera Long & Healthy System Giveaway

NEW Naturelle Biotera Long & Healthy System

The holidays are here! But don’t let the less-than-stellar condition of your hair prevent you from looking your best! Whether your hair is long and unmanageable or hard-to-grow, The NEW Naturelle Biotera Long & Healthy System will get your hair back into shape — ready to sport the most trendy holiday ‘do.

1 lucky person will WIN the entire Long & Healthy System ($36.00 value)! Read more

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Benefits of Quinoa for Skin

Benefits of Quinoa for Skin

When a food item gets its own year, that has to mean that it’s pretty amazing.  In the case of quinoa, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as, “The International Year of the Quinoa.”

By now you might have heard that quinoa is another one of these “super foods” that you should be incorporating into your diet (which is super easy to do given how versatile it is.)  I use it as a substitute for other grains such as rice and pasta, in my salads and as a breakfast porridge.  There are dozens of other ways quinoa can also be used, I personally am looking forward to using it for baking , for making a vegan quinoa burger and since the holiday season is upon us I am thinking of ways to incorporate it into stuffing etc. Read more

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How to Achieve a Sun-Kissed Glow if You Have Fair Skin

How to: Achieve a Sunkissed Glow if You Have Fair Skin

We all know the dangers of the sun, and those with fair skin (like myself), tend to avoid it at all costs to reduce the risk of sunburn. Sometimes, no matter how much SPF you apply and how often, fair skin becomes burned skin.

Thanks to the improvements with sunless tanning, a healthy glow can be achieved all year round without ever stepping foot on the beach… Read more

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Movember with method

Movember with method. Prostate cancer awareness

 Top Row: Connor and Duncan; Bottom Row: Brody and Gavin

All of us have a man in our lives that could fall victim to prostate cancer. Our dads, our sons, our husbands, boyfriends, brothers, friends, co-workers… During the summer my cousin was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he is in his mid-twenties, proving that cancer doesn’t discern by age.

method sent us their Designed for Good gel hand wash (which we always need plenty of in this house) complete with a mustache design and stickers. While the stickers were meant to be placed on the bottle, I felt it would be a good way to showcase my son’s personalities if they wore them and posed. They had fun and it gave me the opportunity to talk to them about the importance of seeing the doctor and preventative care (something I feel that most men ignore–so why not raise boys that understand the value from an early age?) Read more

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5 Best Foods to Eat this Holiday Season for Glowing Skin

As, Holiday season is fast approaching, and menu ideas are being finalized, you don’t want to have to sacrifice great skin for great food. Dr. David E. Bank, director and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, reveals the five best foods you can eat this holiday season that not only are delicious, but are great for your skin. From diminishing wrinkles to helping dry skin, Dr. Bank sheds light on surprising foods that will keep your skin glowing and healthy through the holiday season.

5 Best Holiday Foods for Glowing Skin

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What Beauty Buzzwords Really Mean

Beauty buzzwords...what they really mean!

We’ve all seen them. Products that make claims with spirited buzzwords to grab your attention. Whether it’s touting the latest trendy ingredient or making boastful claims, and subsequently providing you with a photoshopped image to drive the point home, at some time or another we’ve fallen victim to them, but most of all, we’re beginning to get tired of them.

I decided to poll my fellow beauty bloggers to find out what a specific beauty buzzword means to them, here’s their responses, and I would love to hear yours in the comments! Read more

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