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

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Garnier Olia® Hair Color Review #Spon

I’m sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions and hair color are my own (well… the hair color is Garnier®.)

Garnier® Olia® Hair Color #review via @agirlsgottaspa #MyOliaStory #spon

Looking to lighten, brighten or darken your natural hair color without the eye-burning smell of the chemicals involved?

That’s a common theme among at-home hair coloring kits that we all cringe about – literally. That toxic smell while coloring your hair.

I haven’t colored my hair in about 2 years due to pregnancies and I’ve been tired of looking at the strands of gray and dullness of my hair. (Sometimes I wear the tired mom look like a pro.) With an 8 month old as my sidekick these days, getting out to the salon isn’t easy. Using an DIY hair color is a good option, but my #1 MUST – I did not want that ammonia smell for Ethan and myself to take in.

Enter Garnier Olia®. Olia has 60% oils, no ammonia, and natural flower oils, and there is ZERO eye-stinging smell – I mean there is literally none. Read more

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The ColorBAR at dpHUE Los Angeles

colorBAR dpHUE Los Angeles via @agirlsgottaspa #haircare
We are all well aware of and seriously addicted to salons that cater to long-lasting blow outs. Now let me introduce you to what is sure to be your new addiction, from the custom hair color retailer, dpHUE,  the ColorBAR at dpHUE.  The ColorBAR at dpHUE is the first to offer clients hair coloring services only, similar to the dry bar concept and has just recently opened its doors in Studio City on Ventura Boulevard.

The ColorBAR is a multi-service hair color bar that offers guests color application including highlights, semi-permanent color, deep-condition and replenishing treatments in addition to blow dry styling.  dpHUE  is known for offering do-it-yourself haircolor and the ColorBAR is an extension of those services.  One of Hollywood’s most sought-after color experts, Justin Anderson, is the Creative Director for the brand, combine that with the fact that color is what they do, you know you’re in the best of hands.   In addition to hair color, dpHUE also provides hydrating shampoos, conditioners, masques and oils; basically an entire arsenal of products to maintain your gorgeous dpHUE color and leave you with incredibly beautiful hair, which is exactly what I left the ColorBAR with after my visit this past Saturday. Read more

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Video: How to Prevent Hair Color From Fading


How to Prevent hair color fading #AGEbeautiful

Mike Petrizzi coloring a model’s hair for an editorial shoot at Zotos Professional.

Aside from, “What is the perfect hair color for me?” the second most asked question is, “How do I prevent my hair color from fading?”

While I was at Zotos Professional’s headquarters, I had the opportunity for AGEbeautiful’s Creative Director, Mike Petrizzi, to highlight my hair. I asked him to lend a few tips from how to prevent hair color fading to explaining the difference between permanent and demi permanent hair color. 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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eSalon Offers Salon Quality Hair Color at Home

eSalon Home Hair Coloring Kit

The scenario: Your bank account gives you a firm NO to getting your next hair color done at your favorite salon, so you head down to your local drugstore and browse the home hair color aisle. All of the models on the package look amazing. You SO want hair color like that. You grab a few locks of your hair and try to find the perfect “before” match on the back of the box so that you can accurately predict what color your hair will likely ending up looking like “after.” On occasion you find yourself asking complete strangers, “Do you think this hair color will look good on me?” To which they usually smile, nod and say, “Yes,” only to quickly leave the aisle so that you won’t ask them anymore questions that you’ll expect them to be an expert at. Because clearly, they are not (unless that’s Ted Gibson in the aisle with you, which is highly unlikely.) Read more

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Touchback Plus Instant Color Renewal Review

Touchback Plus Instant Color Renewal #Review Many of us go out of our way to make sure our skin is protected from the sun, but it never dawned on me until now that our hair needs some protection too. Touchback Plus has a system of dual UVA/UVB protective shampoos and conditioners that are just that … sunscreen for your hair! The system helps to maintain your hair’s color and prevent fading, while also hydrating.

In addition to providing sunscreen protection, TouchBack Plus Instant Color Renewal shampoo and conditioner actually improves the condition and health of your hair, delivering smoothing and reparative benefits to dry, damaged strands, so you can enjoy your time in the sun without damaging your hair. Read more

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Aveda Clove Color Conditioner Review

Whenever I can do something, anything, that will lengthen the time in between beauty services, I am all about it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving any and all types of beauty services…the dreaded bikini wax included, but I never enjoy receipt of the bill for said services. I am always in search of a way to make my services last longer so as to go into the spa/salon less frequently.  My latest beauty budget friendly discovery is Aveda Clove Color Conditioner.

This conditioner is a color enhancing conditioner, so it conditions your hair while rejuvenating and refreshing your color at the same time. The Clove Conditioner is supposed to enrich warm tones in medium brown hair, but I have dark brown hair and it worked just fine with my hair color.  My color looked a lot richer and my hair was super shiny and soft.  The scent is pretty great too, the only drawback of this conditioner was that it does get messy in the shower and my fingers were a bit stained after using it. If you have a white shower, don’t be alarmed as it washes away pretty easily with soap and water…and it is after all a color conditioner.  Read more

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How to Make Hair Color Last Longer



Why spend money coloring your hair if you’re only going to use products that fade your color instantly?

In my latest hair care video, I give 4 tips to extend the life of your hair color, along with my favorite sulfate-free shampoos, conditioners, dry shampoos and styling balm. These tips are applicable regardless of season, because I don’t know about you, but I color my hair all year long (gotta hide those greys!Read more

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Hair Care: Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme

The highlights I regretted

It’s my typical hair care ritual every late Spring into Summer to highlight my hair. I’d usually go to the salon, but unfortunately my favorite stylist moved to a salon down in Philadelphia. So I ventured into CVS and grabbed a frosting kit that said it would give me caramel highlights…which really turned out bottle blonde. (And I kind of overdid how many highlights I’d have.) Needless to say, I wasn’t too excited about how I looked–even my kids told me they liked my hair better just plain old brown. How boring.

I waited about a month hoping the color would grow on me, but it never did. So back I went to CVS, this time picking up Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme in Cocoa Bean. I knew I was taking a chance dying my hair brown over the blonde, but was tired of looking kind of ruddy that I didn’t really care. Have you ever felt that way?  Read more

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Hair Color Review: John Frieda Precision Foam Colour



We’re heading into the colder months, which typically means making the switch from highlighted hair to warmer tones. My natural hair color is dark brown, but typically I lighten or highlight it in the summer months. Being that it is only 6 weeks until Christmas, getting my hair colored at the salon was not in my wallet’s vocabulary, so I opted to color my hair at home. I made my way to CVS and decided upon John Frieda’s Precision Foam Colour. I went with 4BG  (Dark Chocolate Brown.)

My highlighted hair before, colored immediately after and results 1 week later.

I have to say, I don’t typically read the warnings on home hair coloring kits because I have been coloring my hair since I was 13 and they typically all say the same thing. However, I noticed John Frieda’s included some things I have never seen before like you need to remove all accessories you are wearing and cannot use metal tools. Since there seems to be an issue with metal, I assumed that the accessories they meant were jewelry.  So I removed my earrings. It also says you shouldn’t use this product if you have a temporary black Henna tattoo, as it is likely to increase an allergy risk. If you wear contacts, you need to remove them also…however I’m not sure how you could put on your glasses since you can’t have metal around. If you’ve colored your hair previously with compound hennas, metallic dyes or color restorers you have to wait until your hair has grown out and then cut.

And don’t try to put the foam on your eyelashes or eyebrows because it may cause blindness.

So, basically, by the time I was done reading that I was freaked out. Then I went on to read how to mix the product. It says you cannot shake the mix (you need to gently tilt it 5 times,) you cannot use the pump but instead have to squeeze the bottle to make the foam come out of the pump…which is psychologically confusing because you are holding a bottle with a pump…that you cannot pump. The bottle needs to remain upright at all times and you can only apply the foam to your hands first (in gloves of course) and not directly onto your hair.

So basically I felt I was going to mess this up big time.

Application was tricky because the instructions state that you cannot get the foam on your face or ears at all. My hair is shoulder length, so good luck with that Shannon! Trying to prevent the foam from touching my skin, while trying to keep the bottle upright and not pump it was like playing a game of Twister.  Additionally your hair needs to be “frothy” with foam in order to be “done.” Ok, guess what? Foam evaporates or absorbs into your hair. Especially if you have long-ish hair and are trying to make sure you get each section equally. Wait time from this point is 30 minutes.

I rinsed my hair, applied the conditioner, rinsed that out after 3 minutes and then blew it dry. I was pleasantly surprised with the color. I loved it. Tweeted about it. My 7 year old snapped my pic for me and I was happy I was still alive with great looking hair.

Fast forward 1 week and while my hair is still brown, as you can see from the picture…the color has significantly faded. Ugh. I do not wash my hair everyday, in fact I usually only wash it every other day. I also used sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, so I know it wouldn’t have been the culprit to strip my hair color. I also hadn’t washed my hair 24 hours before applying the foam as the instructions stated and I did not have any product build-up to prevent the color from adhering.

So was it worth it to save myself the $60-$75 of coloring my hair at the salon? Not really.

Have you used John Frieda’s Precision Foam? I’d like to hear about your experience (good or bad.)


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