CIRCA Beauty

I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It's even better when I get something I haven't tried before. Like makeup from CIRCA Beauty, a cruelty free makeup line that's affordable, long wearing, trendy, Read more

Sunscreen Pills - Do They Really Work?

With increasing frequency, I'm finding that I'm getting pitched more often to review sunscreen pills and drinks. I am a true skeptic when it comes to replacing what I know already works (topical sunscreen), and has worked for YEARS, with something so new that claims the same benefits. So Read more

St. Ives Spray Lotion Review #LiveRadiantly

St. Ives recently sent me their continous spray lotion in Naturaly Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract and the new Smooth & Glow Apricot Hydration Lotion. This is the first time I've ever tried a spray lotion and wasn't sure what to expect. Will it be similar to spray Read more

Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner Giveaway

Tanned legs help to give the appearance of slim, flawless legs. There's nothing I love more, than to bare my legs in my favorite dress once they have a little bit of color to them. To kick off Summer, we've partnered with Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner to give away Read more

1907 Alkaline Water Review

By now, we all know...or should know the health and beauty benefits of drinking water. Approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water so it is important to replenish our bodies with the water that we lose on a daily basis. Water is essential to our health because Read more

Hair Care

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

Photo Credit: Great Contradictions

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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Bain de Terre #TwitterParty 8/7/14 at 1pm EST

@baindeterre #TwitterParty 8/7/14 at 1pm EST RSVP!

 

Join me on Thursday, August 7th at 1pm EST for a #BaindeTerre Twitter Party. We’ll be tweeting about preserving your hair color, and giving more details about this naturally indulgent, paraben-free, color-safe hair care line that is infused with argan and monoi oil.

Here’s the prizes you can look forward to: Read more

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Best Products For Frizzy Hair

Bain de Terre smoothing #haircare products. If you have frizzy hair, you need these!

Humidity can wreak havoc on any hairstyle. That’s why smoothing and anti-frizz hair care products are always on my vanity. Unruly hair has no place in my beauty regimen!

Bain de Terre are a professional line of hair care that previously could only be found in salons. Since the launch of Loxabeauty.com, an authorized retailer for salon brands, there’s easier access to them without the hassle of driving to the salon to restock. And yes, product diversion is a real thing, so if you’ve ever seen them anywhere other than the salon (like at a drugstore), they’re not an authorized re-seller.

The Bain de Terre products I’ve been using are their Sleek & Smooth shampoo and conditioner, Rise n’ Shine Volumizing FoamRecovery Complex Anti-Frizz Shine Serum and Jasmine Blow Dry Smoothing Creme. As you can see, I take frizzy hair seriously. Read more

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Balinese Creambath At Amo Spa, Bali

Amo #Spa in #Bali

The first time my fiancé described a Balinese Creambath to me, I swear I heard harps playing and birds gayly chirping in the background as he waxed poetic about what sounded positively heavenly.  Now four years later we are in Bali and the first order of business for me was to experience a Creambath first hand.  There are a ton of spas and salons that offer this service, but I wanted to experience the specific treatment he had described to me exactly the way he described it, which led us to Amo Spa in Seminyak, Bali. Read more

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