How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there's no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types Read more

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Makes Scents Spiked Lemonade Sugar Scrub and Body Butter

Makes Scents Spiked Lemonade Sugar Scrub #review #bathandbody

Finely crushed ice, lucious bits of lemon and the tart yet sweet taste of lemonade.

If you are a Rhode Islander, you know exactly what I am describing: Del’s Lemonade. It is the refreshing treat I grew up with while living back in my home state, and no, it is NOT Italian ice.

So when Makes Scents Natural Spa Line sent their Organic Spiked Lemonade my way, my immediate thoughts upon opening the products were summer and happiness. Isn’t it funny how a fragrance can make you immediately nostalgic? Read more

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Korres Japanese Rose Body Butter

Korres Japanese Rose Body Butter #review #bathandbody

Pretty much the entire US is currently experiencing awful winter weather.  Even here in Marina del Rey, CA, I’ve had the heat on for at least the past week.  Along with that dreadful extreme winter weather comes dry, flaky skin which is never a welcome sight…or feel.  To get my skin moisturized I’ve been relying on Korres Japanese Rose Body Butter.

The Japanese Rose Body Butter has a very feminine, floral scent that is light and pretty, yet fresh…the perfect romantic scent for any day of the year.  The Body Butter is also chock full of antioxidants enzymes as well as wheat protein, which promotes healthy skin and possesses regenerative properties. Read more

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The Body Shop’s Special Edition Blueberry Body Butter

The Body Shop Limited Edition Blueberry Body Butter #review

I’ve been a fan of The Body Shop’s Mango Body Butter ever since I saw Brooke Burke using it on E! during a swimsuit shoot behind the scenes video…I do believe this was in the late 90′s early 2000′s…and I have been hooked ever since.

It’s actually overwhelming to think about how many jars of Mango Body Butter I’ve gone through in the last decade. In the past I’ve tried a few of the other varieties of body butters and while they never disappointed, the Mango Body Butter still has my undying love.  But this undying love did not stop me from getting really excited when I heard about The Body Shop’s Special Edition Blueberry Body Butter. Read more

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TATCHA’s Indigo Collection

TATCHA Indigo Collection - Body Butter #review #beauty

Know how it feels when you try a product for the first time and fall so madly in love with it, that your immediate first thought is, “I hope they never discontinue this or change anything about it EVER”?

This was the exact experience I had upon trying the Soothing Silk Body Butter and Soothing Silk Hand Cream from TATCHA’s Indigo Collection.  The founder of TATCHA, Victoria Tsai, discovered the deeply soothing and calming powers of Indigo from a 200 year old book containing the beauty rituals of the geisha.  According to this book,  samurais were known for wearing a layer of Indigo-dyed cotton beneath their armor to help heal injuries.  Both the Soothing Silk Body Butter and Soothing Silk Hand Cream combines the anti-inflammatory properties of natural Japanese Indigo extract with liquid silk. Read more

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Obiqo Refreshing Body Wash and Silky Body Butter

Marine-inspired #skincare

I am always drawn to beauty products inspired by the sea.  More often than not I find these types of products to be refreshing, soothing and relaxing, in addition to being very nourishing to my skin.  Rarely have marine-inspired beauty products ever failed me and the two products I recently tried from Obiqo Skincare were no exception.

Prior to trying their Refreshing Body Wash and Silky Body Butter, I had never heard of Obiqo Skincare and I am absolutely ecstatic to now be in the know.  Their skincare combines nutrient rich sea kelp from New Zealand’s waters with antioxidant properties of French organic sea lavender.  All of the marine extracts used in their products are derived from sustainable sources and the methods of harvesting them are natural, gentle and solvent-free. Read more

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Makes Scents Citrus Grove Body Glow Body Scrub and Whipped Body Butter


Makes Scents Citrus Grove Body Glow Body Scrub and Body Butter #Review

I came across local Pennsylvania brand, Makes Scents, when I visited The Spa at The Hotel Hershey earlier this year. An all natural spa line, Makes Scents bath and body line smells and feels rich and decadent.

Their seasonal Citrus Grove Body Glow Body Scrub contains pure Israeli and Mediterranean Sea salts perfectly mixed with pure citrus essential oils and green tea extract. The scrub literally looks like a juicy, ripe fruit and the fragrance is out of this world. While your roughest dry skin spots are tamed into something softer and smoother, the scent will awaken your senses. It’s definitely a mood altering scent! 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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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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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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Quince Body Butter Review

I love a good body butter, but so many are too greasy or just don’t get the job done. Then I was sent Quince Body Butter, and the excitement over a hydrating moisturizer began. I tried both the Repairing Body Butter, with coffee and pumpkin; and the Antioxidant Body Butter with blueberry, pomegranate and almond.

Repairing Body Butter: What a way to intro Fall! The pumpkin fragrance is delicious! Makes me want to break out the Cool Whip and pumpkin pie! This body butter is enriched with the oils of roasted coffee beans and pumpkin seeds.  The texture is thick and creamy, but leaves no greasy residue behind.  Read more

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