Target the 5 Signs of Aging #ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream, I’m targeting the 5 signs of aging as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC While the Summer wreaks havoc on my skin by aging it with damaging UV rays, the Winter is equally as Read more

Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we're all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything? For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most Read more

Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true. When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be Read more

Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen. Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it's for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin. Those Read more

Voluminous Beach Wave Hair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult. While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, Read more

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Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

Tips for gray hair (ways to slow it down or cover it up!) via @agirlsgottaspa @grayawayeverpro

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true.

When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be able to avoid it, you can slow it down or simply cover it up.

Slow Gray Hair Growth with Vitamins and Minerals:
Eating healthy benefits you in more ways than one, and that includes gray hair! When you have a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals, it can not only affect the strength and sheen of your hair, but your hair color, as well. Read more

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Voluminous Beach Wave Hair

How to get beach wavy hair and volume with @mitchstonehair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult.

While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, it’s not really the kind that magazine hair is made of. Pinterest is full of how to get beach wavy hair tutorials that include curling wands, flat irons and braiding your hair before bed… but let me be honest with you, I prefer to do some things the easy way. Who has time for all of that? Read more

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Makeup Wars: KEUNE So Pure (and so awesome)




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Keune So Pure hair care review via @agirlsgottaspa

KEUNE’s So Pure products should simply be called “bottle of awesome.” I had never tried this line prior to being sent them a few months ago, and I was skeptical that anything could combat my scalp issue at the time. All I can say is, scalp dryness and flaking? GONE.

I’ve been on the hunt for a while for a good scalp exfoliator, especially one that is cruelty free. And let’s get real, I don’t really have the time or energy these days to whip up a good DIY. When I learned about KEUNE’s So Pure Exfoliating Shampoo, I was intrigued. Its main ingredients are tea tree oil, lavender, coconut and argan oil. It aims to remove build up, relieve itching and prevent future flaking. Read more

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HASK Beauty

Hask Beauty Macadamia Oil hair care review via @agirlsgottaspa

Anyone who is of mixed ethnicities knows how hard it is to find shampoos and conditioners for our hair types. I’m always on the look out for products that will keep my hair healthy, smooth, moisturized and soft. My mixed ethnicity (Afro-Guyanese, Indonesian, Amerindian and Portuguese), sometimes makes it difficult to find a product that works well for my hair type. Although my hair is thick and coarse, most products that are extra moisturizing tend to leave my hair oily and flat or sometimes even adds more frizz and leaves it feeling dry. Not so with HASK products! Read more

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Best Products for Curly Hair

These products will get you the BEST curls! via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty
Looking to embrace your natural curls? I’ve been on the hunt to find the best products for curly hair since forever. Below are some amazing curly hair products that I recently had the chance to test out:

One of my favorite curly hair product lines is called The Gold System, which was developed by Oprah Winfrey’s longtime hair stylist, Andre Walker. The Gold System contains a series of products specially designed for naturally curly hair. These products work together to create gorgeous curls without having to go to a salon.  The Gold System products include; the Ultimate Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo, TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner, Beautiful Kinks Styling Crème Gelee and Get It Straight Styling Crème.  Combined together, the Ultimate Moisture Sulfate Free Shampoo, TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner, Beautiful Kinks Styling Crème Gelee left my curls moisturized, shiny, defined, bouncy and frizz free.  I will say that a little of the Beautiful Kinks Styling Crème Gelee goes a long way. I used the Get It Straight Styling Crème to blow dry my hair and this product was also a wonder! It took my curly hair to straight with shine, body and frizz free yet still looking and feeling healthy and moisturized. Read more

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#HeartMyHair Twitter Party November 25 1-2pm EST #ad

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#HeartMyHair Twitter Party

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Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about hairstyles! On November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, please join us for the #HeartMyHair Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the new Conair Curl Secret and the Infiniti Pro 3Q hair dryer, and giving you a chance to win prizes!

Whether you have long or mid-length hair, switching up the way you style your hair can take a drab hairstyle to fab. From decreasing frizz with the type of hair dryer you use to giving your hair volume (and life!) with a curling iron, having great hairstyling tools at your disposal are key to a good hair day. I cannot wait for this Twitter party because I think most of us always welcome hair advice! Come chat with us if that’s your passion too! Read more

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#MoreisBeautiful Twitter Party November 12 1-2pmEST #ad

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#MoreisBeautiful Twitter Party Nov. 12 1-2pm EST. RSVP! Prizes! #ad #cbias

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about hair and beauty! On November 12, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, please join us for the #MoreIsBeautiful Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing all things beautiful hair, learning about Womens’ Rogaine and giving you a chance to win prizes! Joining us is a celebrity hair stylist, Jill Crosby, who is certain to have lots of tips and tricks to share!

Regardless of age, we all want to make every day a good hair day and thinning hair is not part of the equation. If thinning hair is an issue for you, please join us and learn some hair tips! Read more

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Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair




Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could’ve taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it’s much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed?

I decided to start the process of devoting more time to healthy hair by reevaluating the products I use to clean it.  A lot of shampoos actually have a drying effect on my hair (textured, curly) so finding an alternative to drying shampoos was my first order of business.

From the Lab Hair Cleanser via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty #hair

This first hair cleanser I tried in my quest to undo the havoc I’ve wreaked on my hair was a non-sudsing, oil-based shampoo called From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724Read more

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Prevent Your Hair Color From Fading #ColorAssure

This is sponsored post for Nexxus through Condé Nast. All opinions and amazingly vibrant hair are my own.

Nexxus #ColorAssure @nexxushair @CNSway via @agirlsgottaspa

For those of us who color our hair, there is one thing we can all agree on – watching the perfect hair color fade away is a sad, sad experience. I’ve tried a variety of hair care tricks to make my hair color last longer; from washing with cool water to washing my hair less in general to using sulfate-free products. Now Nexxus has developed a color-safe hair care system to take the guess work out of the fading hair color mystery and retain hair’s vibrancy.

The Nexxus Color Assure system includes a Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo, Conditioner and Glossing Tonic. There are a few things about this system that make it different from the typical sulfate-free and color-safe hair care lines. Read more

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#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

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#AllDayLook #TwitterParty August 19th at 1pm EST #shop #cbias RSVP!! Great prizes! via @agirlsgottaspa

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about beauty tips, celebrity looks and Neutrogena products available at Target. On August 19 from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #AllDayLook Twitter Party where we’ll be chatting about achieving an all day beauty look with help from the Beauty Concierge. We’ll also give you the low down on locations offering exclusive samples (while supplies last) and giving you a chance to win prizes! Read more

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