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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Revlon Glam Holiday Nails

For someone who wore nothing but French tips for years, I’m really embracing the festive sparkly finishes in nail polish this season. The two polishes pictured above are both new from Revlon. The red polish on the left is Ruby Ribbon and has not only glitter but tiny bits of gold tinsel. It works beautifully on it’s own or layered over other solid colored polishes. I tried to capture the complexity 0f this polish but my camera skills are lacking. Suffice to say the bar glitter, sparkle and density of Ruby Ribbon is stunning and it definitely looks like a much more expensive polish.  Read more

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Maybelline Color Show Silver Gleam Review

The holiday season is all about sparkle! From your clothing to your makeup to your nails, this is the one time shine is in!

Maybelline’s new Color Show limited edition colors for the holidays includes Silver Gleam.

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The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Holiday Hair

As indicated by the title of this post, I tend to lack any sort of motivation when it comes to styling my own hair.  Don’t get me wrong, I will definitely spend time on improving the health of my hair with deep conditioners, but as far as styled hair I tend to stick to three insanely easy styles that require the minimum amount of effort.

These include either a ponytail, loose bun/top knot, every once in a while a braid or I just simply leave it down…like I said, not a lot of effort.  This suits me just fine all year with the exception of the holiday season.  I, like most others, tend to get sucked into the sparkly glamour that seems to define the holiday season and I feel the need to do something a more with my hair, but I just do not have the skill, knowledge, patience or motivation to go all out. So I decided  to stick with what I already know but just add a bit of sparkle.  I figured that this would be a great time to make use of some of the barrettes I ordered from France Luxe and have never used.  Read more

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Holiday Giveaway: Pattern Body Wash Sage Lotion and Body Wash

Who’s ready for day 3 of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays giveaway? Remember, each giveaway only lasts for 24 hours! Today we’re giving away Pattern Body Wash Sage Lotion and Sage Body wash. We LOVE this scent! You may remember that we’ve reviewed it before (as we have their Black Pepper body wash.)

Pattern Body Wash makes great stocking stuffers for the beauty addict on your list!

Enter to win via the entrybox below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, one entry per person. Following @agirlsgottaspa on Twitter is mandatory to enter to win, tweeting is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry. Read more

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Holiday Giveaway: Gift Cards to Supercuts

Today kicks off our week-long Get Glamorous for the Holidays giveaways! Each giveaway is only open for 24 hours, so you’ll want to come back each day to see what’s new for each day!  Read more

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Get Glamorous for the Holidays Week of Giveaways

Starting Sunday, November 11th at midnight, we’re hosting Get Glamorous for the Holidays. This will be seven, 24-hour only giveaways! You can enter to win once each day. We’re so excited to be able to bring you some amazing products!

Many thanks to Supercuts, Bliss Spa, Pattern Body Wash, Serge Normant, June Jacobs Spa, Freeze 24/7 and Laura Mercier for providing products for our holiday giveaway!

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Candle Review: The SOI Company Pumpkin Spice Soy Candle and Moisturizer



The holidays are officially upon us, which for a lot of us means fun, festive holiday get-togethers, one of my absolute favorite things about the holidays.  I definitely look forward to gathering with family, friends and of course co-workers and getting into the holiday spirit. One of the first thoughts that crosses my mind after receiving those much anticipated holiday evites…besides what will I wear of course…is what would be a great hostess gift? I tend to be quite unoriginal in choosing hostess gifts and will frequently rely on the fail safe bottle of wine, chocolates or set of soaps. These have always seemed to go over well but I wouldn’t mind gifting something a bit more unique, something like a beautifully scented candle that is not only eco- friendly, but can also be used as a body moisturizer.

Well thanks to The SOI Company, an amazingly scented, all natural candle, that is also a moisturizer, is exactly what I will be presenting to my party hostesses this holiday season.  I think these candles are the greatest things ever. Because the SOI candles are made of 100% all natural soy oil, you will enjoy clean, soot-free burning that is not harmful to you or the environment. The SOI candles soy oil only heats to 106 degrees making them last longer. The melted soy oil from SOI candles can also be used as skin moisturizer and help remedy  sunburns, eczema, psoriasis and poison oak.

I have been enjoying the Pumpkin Spice candle in my home for the last week and I am absolutely crazy about it.  The fragrance is heavenly, very warm and inviting and really puts you in a holiday state of mind.  I still get the aroma of pumpkin spice even when the candle is not burning.  I also loved it as a body moisturizer.  At first I was very hesitant about dipping my fingers in hot soy oil and applying it to my body, but the oil was actually more warm than hot.  It felt very soothing and I really enjoyed the fragrance on my skin.

The SOI candles are available in some great holiday scents such as; Pumpkin Spice, Mandarin Cranberry, Holiday Spirit, Spiced Cider and Mistletoe and would make great hostess/holiday gifts.  And if you happen to be the hostess, having these burning when your guests walk will definitely create a festive atmosphere…and if your hands happen to get a bit dry from all of the entertaining, just dip them in your jar with the burning candle and enjoy the surprised looks on your guests faces!


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Review: Origins Tree-Mendously Ginger Holiday Gift Set

I had the fabulous pleasure of going to a Holiday event at Origins’ Soho store while in New York a few weeks ago. Where I live, you cannot find an Origins store, so it was an amazing experience to be in such a relaxing and incredible smelling place. I walked out with their Tree-Mendously Ginger Holiday gift set, which is an amazing bargain by the way (only $60!) For this post, I will review two of the products in it, the Incredible Spreadable Scrub and Savory Body Wash.

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@ease Spa’s Holiday-Inspired Spa Treatments

If you are looking to start getting into the holiday spirit, why not do it with a spa treatment? @ease Spa in New Jersey has some sinfully delicious holiday themed spa treatments that are relaxing and magnificently aromatic.

The Eggnog Body Wrap is a relaxing way to enjoy the sent and comfort of the holiday season. The aroma of eggnog is mixed into a mud wrap that hydrates the skin leaving it brighter and tighter. Its high amount of amino acids and proteins are essential for skin nourishment and will relieve the appearance of cellulite and improve circulation.

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The Ultimate in Luxury Beauty: Bond No. 9 for the Holidays

Have a little extra cash to burn this Holiday season? No? Me either. Surely that shouldn’t stop us from window shopping and oohing and ahhing over something so luxurious as Bond No. 9’s Holiday collection.

Bleecker Street Bejeweled
The choice this holiday for the annual “Swarovski treatment” is Bleecker Street (a gourmand oriental mingling of patchouli, cassis, caramel, woods, and musk.) The limited-edition 100ml lime green-chartreuse-amethyst-gold starburst watercolor flacon is studded, back and front, with a checkerboard pattern of matching crystals—and for good measure, an extra-large crystal front and center. $395.

The Swarovski All-Stars
Why stop at one new Swarovski-enhanced flacon? They’ve gone overboard and embellished three more of their most coveted scents with the tiniest and most reflective of all the Swarovski stones—five thousand of them per 50ml bottle. The pearlized milk glass Eau de New York bottle (citruses-cyclamen-jasmine-vetiver) is studded with diamond-colored aurora borealis stones. Chelsea Flowers (peonies-magnolia-rose) is decked with emerald-colored stones. Chinatown (peach-gardenia-tuberose-sandalwood) features ruby-colored stones. $650.

The Crystallized Amphora
I’ve saved the show-stopper for last: The outsized 42 oz amphora vitrine, breathtakingly covered with 16,500 hand-applied platinum Swarovski stones. Not to forget the bottle top—an elliptical mirror with honeycomb base, the Bond No. 9 signature and a handy golden spigot. Contents? Your choice among Bond’s 32 scents. This bedazzlement comes in a white patent leather gift case, also adorned with crystals. $3,500.

Window shop some more at www.bondno9.com

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