Improve Your Brow Game with Chella

My brows are sparse and basically non-existent in some spots. They also do this caterpillar ish from years of plucking the wrong way when I was younger. I've considered getting permanent makeup with a brow tattoo, but to be honest, I'm not a fan of needles (which is also the Read more

Diminish the Look of Fine Lines and Wrinkles #sponsored

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® Daily Resurfacing Disks, I'm getting taking care of my skin as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Are you looking for a simple way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin all in one beauty product? Do you have fine lines, wrinkles and sun damaged Read more

Honey Girl Organics Giveaway with Lilly's Bathcarry

A Girl's Gotta Spa! retailer, Lilly's Bathcarry, knows a thing or two about pampering. We're both on a mission of self care. We've partnered together for a giveaway so that you can treat yourself; there's not just one winner for this giveaway, but TWO. Lilly's Bathcarry will send two winners, chosen Read more

Best Body Washes for Acne-Prone Skin

Bacne. Something that is often dreaded when the warmer weather hits and you want to ditch the layers. While I personally haven't experience body acne, I do have keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs, so I know the feeling of having a skin condition I want to clear up Read more

5 Surefire Ways Pampering Helps Boost Your Mood (and Confidence)

Disclosure: I’m sharing #MyOliaStory #ad as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™ You've probably experienced this scenario yourself - you're in a rut and feeling meh when you decide to take a moment to yourself to rejuvenate. Sometimes it's something simple, like a bath or it's something a Read more

Hair Care

Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls

Miss Jessie's Multicultural Curls #review

I consider my naturally curly hair both a gift and a curse.  When my hair decides to behave in its natural state, it is a huge mane of defined, bouncy curls that I positively revel in, but when my hair decides to act up, it become a pouf of frizz or a saddened state of lifeless curls that I cannot wait to get rid of.

Usually whenever my hair does act up, it is mostly due to the styling (products) I chose to use.  Either the product was too heavy and weighed my hair down or not hydrating enough and caused my curls to transform into a ball of frizz.  Rarely do I ever use just one product to style my curly hair. A couple to a few products are usually required to get those bouncy, shiny, hydrated curls that I always desire.  Read more

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Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Vegan Hair Masque

Phyrra's Pretty Little Elixir Vegan Cruelty Free and Paraben Free Hair Masque

If you color treat or heat style your hair, you’ll want to indulge in Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque. This vegan, cruelty free and paraben free hair masque is the brain child of fellow beauty blogger, Phyrra. Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque was designed for heat treated, chemically treated,  or dyed hair that’s dull or dry. It has nourishing ingredients to reduce the signs of external damage and restore hair’s softness, moisture and luster.

You can apply the mask to damp hair and cover with a hot towel for 10 minutes to allow it to absorb overnight if your hair is extra frizzy and dry. Simply work it from root to tip using a wide tooth comb, wrap, leave it on for 10 minutes (or overnight) and rinse with cool water.

Check out this video from Phyrra explaining more about it: Read more

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Find the Perfect Hair Color

How to Choose the Right Hair Color #haircaretips #Haircare

If you’re anything like me, whether you’re searching for the right shade to color your hair at home or to request of your hairstylist at the salon, seeking the perfect hair color is a priority. (There was this one time when my hair wound up a weird shade of red….) But it goes beyond finding the right color by simply saying, “I like this shade of red.”

According to Patrick McIvor, expert hair colorist and Artistic and TechniCultural Director for Goldwell/KMS California, to find the perfect color, three factors must always be considered. Read more

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Winter Hair Care Tips

Winter Hair Care Tips from Ruth Roche #haircare

In winter, colder temperatures and indoor heating deplete moisture in the air, which can leave hair parched, so it’s important to replenish moisture to prevent breakage and promote shine. Ruth Roche, Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care offers 5 tips for getting the glow back.

1. Get a good trim to remove frayed ends, they tend to be dryer and more damaged than the rest of the hair strand.

2. Use a clarifying treatment to remove styling product buildup that contributes to lack of moisture and dullness. Pureology Purify Shampoo is a great one – it’s sulfate-free and safe for color-treated hair. Read more

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Which Products Work Best on Thick Hair for Frizz?

Products for Thick Hair. And how to get this look from Sam Villa. #haircare

How to get this look from Sam Villa

Thin hair, fine hair, medium hair, thick hair…we all have one common enemy: frizz.

However, those with thick hair get a double whammy, frizz + an overly full looking coif. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Facebook fans asked,

“What types of hair products work best on thick hair to make it smoother, less frizzy and not looking overly full?”

Expert hairstylist trusted by celebrities, Sam Villa, responds: Read more

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Herbal Essences Naked Hair Care

Herbal Essences #GetNaked

I love a good dry shampoo. I love shiny hair. I also love volume. However, on any given day, those three things sometimes do not happen all at once. At least, not with a little help.

Everyone who knows me, knows that I do not wash my hair everyday. Dry shampoo has been a staple in my beauty routine since some expert hairstylists I met a few years back told me that shampooing every day was a definite no-no to achieve healthy hair and a healthy scalp. Some dry shampoos haven’t worked well for me, while others have achieved must-have status among my hair care products. Herbal Essences new Naked Dry Shampoo is on the must-have list. Read more

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Tips for Over-Processed Hair

How to fix over-processed hair. Tips from Sam Villa. Also, find out how to duplicate this hair style. #haircare #beauty

How to get this look from Sam Villa

Got a beauty question? Be sure to let us know and we can find an expert to help you! This hair care question is from our Facebook fans and we enlisted the help of celebrity hairstylist, Sam Villa, to answer.

“Over-processed hair: What can be done for hair that is now fragile and seems to have a lot of breakage due to bleaching and coloring for so long?” Read more

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GRAMMY’s Inspired Beauty

 


I always love the first few months of the new year. Not because it is fresh with possibilities, at least not when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, but because it is award season! This is the time of year when the red carpet is ablaze with hot trends, inspiring hair and makeup looks and plenty of
oh I’d love to duplicate that moments. While The Golden Globes and Oscar’s are filled with elegant and demur looks, music is my first love and I’ll take GRAMMY-inspired beauty any day.

True, the looks on the red carpet at the GRAMMY’s are usually cutting edge, maybe a little more revealing than you’d like (at my age showing my arms from the elbows down is as revealing as I’ll go), but there are plenty of commonalities that all celebrities follow in order to have a successful camera-ready red carpet look. I’ll break them down, that way you, too, can follow these same steps for your big event and leave the paparazzi (aka your husband, boyfriend, significant other) vying for your attention.

Red Carpet Beauty Tips #RedCarpetGlam

Beauty PrepThese are the things you do leading up to the big event – things you need to plan out in advance. 

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Mark Hill MiracOILicious Hair Products

Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil #review #haircare

Thanks to all of the travelling I did during the holidays, my hair ended up ringing in the new year in quite the state of despair.  Going from LA to Orlando to Minneapolis to Tahoe had caused my hair to become very angry and rebel.  It was dry, frizzy and downright lackluster…not what I wanted for my hair in the new year so I was pretty anxious to try anything that promised healthy, hydrated, shiny, smooth hair.

Enter Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment and Moroccan Argan Oil. Read more

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Salon Series By Ouidad Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment

salon-series-by-ouidad-exfoliating-hair-and-scalp-maskI am now absolutely addicted to products aimed at improving the health of my hair.  Although my experience with these types of products is somewhat limited (I’ve tried two thus far), I know that I love the way they make my scalp feel and if they are promoting healthy hair growth at the same time then it’s a “win win” for me.  The scalp care products I’ve tried so far are a scalp toner and a scalp mask and I loved them both.  I can now add an Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment to that list.

I’ve used the Salon Series By Ouidad Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment three times so far and I am seriously hooked.  The Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair & Scalp Treatment contains a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid complex of sugar cane, lemon and apple extracts to gently exfoliate the scalp, as well as naturally derived bamboo for manual exfoliation.  The Scalp Treatment has a very natural, pleasant scent that is soothing and relaxing when on my scalp, it definitely smells like a high end spa treatment of some sort.  The bamboo exfoliating granules in the treatment are very gentle, but they feel like they do a pretty thorough job of exfoliating my scalp.  The directions recommend massaging over your scalp for 1-3 minutes after shampooing, but I like to let it sit there for about ten minutes on my scalp, it just feels so good! Even though I’ve only used it three times, I’ve certainly noticed less product build up in my hair and on my scalp, which is one of the issues that this treatment helps to eradicate along with scalp dryness and overactive sebum which can all lead to blocked follicles, dull hair and diminished hair growth. Read more

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