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

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

As much as I have enjoyed summer and am sad to see it come to an end, I was not enjoying how dehydrated my skin looked and felt thanks to a lot of time spent outdoors celebrating summer in all of her sunny glory.  I want to welcome fall and all the Read more

Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands. Up front I'll tell you that I Read more

Eumora Facial Bar Review

If you are part of the sisterhood that is combination/oily skin, then you'll want to learn more about Eumora, a facial bar made of moor and HmA. For as far back as I can remember, my skin has never been gifted as "normal" and transitions from combination in the Read more

Aqua Spa Body Cleanser Review

I strongly believe that one should make time spent in the shower as relaxing and enjoyable as possible...even if it's one of those two minutes showers that seem to be occurring with more frequency as we are all continuously pressed for time. One of the best ways to turn shower time Read more

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Go Back in Time: Beauty Tips for Your Teenage Self

As the saying goes, hind sight is 20/20. I thought I was a beauty wiz when I was a teenager. I even thought I was super trendy…maybe even ahead of the trends. You, too?

Then I look at pictures of myself from back in the day and snicker, and often realize why it was that I couldn’t get a boy to date me until I was 17. Those brows! The see-through bangs! The super curled then teased out hair! And the worst offense? That tail! I used to keep a section of my hair longer than the rest, bleach it blonde; sometimes I would braid it, othertimes I would decorate it with beads (as seen here.) Either way, this look you see below? I thought I had a good handle on beauty (and fashion.)

This picture is from 1989. I was in 9th grade (14 years old) and asked to be in a “fashion” photo shoot for a yearbook layout. I certainly felt my role as fashion and beauty icon was confirmed by this request. See the pic below: Read more

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How Do You Avoid a Unibrow?

How do you tame a unibrow and shape it?

That’s the question I recently asked brow guru, Ramy Gafni, when trying to tackle my teen-aged son’s very obvious caterpillar above his eyes. Gavin was cool with me separating it into two obvious brows, but then came my next question, how do you shape them without looking “girly”? 

Ramy to the rescue to tell me the correct way to trim and shape his brows (and oops! I was using an electric trimmer to buzz in between the brow…a no-no according to Ramy.)

Here’s Ramy’s expert brow adviceRead more

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