Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

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

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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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Caress Tempting Whisper Body Wash Review

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Nothing is better than a bouquet of flowers (peonies to be exact!) and the uplifting fragrance they can fill a room with.

Caress’ newest fine fragrance elixir is Tempting Whisper crafted of sophisticated floral notes of white peony, enhanced with fruity notes of red plum. The result is a beautiful medley of exotic blossoms at the peak of their bloom. It’s intoxicating. Tempting Whisper is inspired by the world of fine fragrance with a complex combination of fragrance notes created by top experts at fragrance house, Givaudan.  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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Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash Review

There’s nothing worse than dry skin in the winter. Flakes everywhere, itchiness, skin snagging your sheets…

While I’ve said repeatedly that hot showers in the winter contribute to dry skin (and they do), I’ve been guilty of a few hot showers on occasion. Sometimes there is nothing better when you are sick, need to relax or just plain need to warm up. To combat these skin care don’ts that we tend to do, an effective moisturizing body wash is called for.

As you may know, sometimes the body washes that lather the most also tend to strip the skin of moisture. Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash lathers enough while utilizing gentle cleansers so that skin remains soft and moisturized. They also have their NutriumMoisture and by reading the label I see moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, soybean and sunflower seed oil.  Read more

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Tone Body Wash Reviews

Cooler temperatures and fewer hours of sunlight can only mean one thing: your shower will become your new best friend. When it comes to skin care, of course.

Our skin gets drier in the winter months and being cooped up with less time outdoors usually means the winter blues. But you have a secret weapon–your shower and your body wash! Having a chance to review all 6 of Tone’s body washes reminded me how skin hydrating shower gels along with invigorating fragrances can not only nourish your skin, but your mind as well.  Read more

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Review: Vitabath Heavenly Coconut Creme Body Wash

I know that we are still in the throes of summer…after all how could I possibly forget when I’m reminded every time I step outside thanks to my immediately sweat soaked clothing? But I still can’t help being excited about the arrival of fall and fall beauty products of course.  I love that beauty products seem to have more of a pampering feel to them during fall and winter months.  The scents become more comforting and rich, they feel more moisturizing and just downright luxurious.  That being said, of course I could not wait until Fall to try Vitabath’s Fragrance Collection.

The Vitabath Fragrance Collection is new for fall and features 16 body washes with four aromatic fragrance profiles; Spa Day, In Bloom, Fruit Fanatic and my absolute favorite, Cupcake Couture.  The body washes are all sulfate and paraben free and include a nourishing blend of Vitamins A, B3, C, E, Pro-Vitamin B5 and antioxidant-rich superfruits.  I am currently using the Heavenly Coconut Creme body wash from the Cupcake Couture fragrance profile and i’s absolutely decadent.  The scent reminds me of a cupcake I recently had while on vacation in Santa Rosa Beach, FL…toasty, creamy, delicious…just heavenly…weird because the name of the bakery that I bought the coconut cupcake from is called Heavenly Shortcakes.  Those of you who know me, know that every once in a while (or often), I have a tendency of tasting my beauty products if they smell delicious…well I had to really fight the urge not to taste this one because every time I open the bottle I am very tempted to just give it a quick lick, it just smells so amazing.  The lather is also very rich and luxurious and it leaves my skin feeling really moisturized.

Currently, my trainer has me on a strict diet of absolutely no carbs, sugar, cream…basically I can pretty much forget about having desserts of any kind, so now  whenever I am tempted to cheat on my diet with a cookie or cake pops, I just open the bottle of  Heavenly Coconut Creme body wash and take a whiff.  I kid you not, the scent it actually satisfies my cravings.  I love that this body wash is doing great things for my body in more ways than one.

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