Lighten Dark Spots with Dermalogica PowerBright Trx Trio

I'm paying for the skin sins of my youth in hyperpigmentation and an abundance of dark spots from both acne and lack of sunscreen usage. Over the years I've learned how to best conceal them with makeup in order to fake a great complexion. However, when the makeup comes Read more

DIY Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Bombs

Candy canes may be great for stuffing stockings, adorning trees, or a sweet snack, but the minty holiday staple can also be incorporated into your beauty routine. Peppermint oil contains minerals and nutrients including iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and C, and is soothing to the Read more

Subtle Green Customizable Skin Care

Subtle Green, a Montreal-based luxury skin care company, recently caught my attention. Much of what they stand for is something I have been saying for years - "The best moisturizers do not have to contain 'miracle ingredients' developed using 'breakthrough technologies' in a remote secret laboratory." There are tried Read more

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

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 Read more

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub

With the busiest season of the year upon us, sometimes caring for ourselves (and our skin) sadly ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. (Please don't let it.) Fortunately, facialist Cecilia Wong has designed a seasonal at-home, DIY facial scrub that requires little time and effort, which can Read more

Nail Polish

Pretty Woman Kingfisher Feather Polish Review

Pretty Woman Feather #NailPolish in Kingfisher via @agirlsgottaspa

I love the look of textured nail polish. However, many textured polishes tend to scrape off easily making the effort of applying them practically useless. The Feather polishes from Pretty Woman are another story entirely. You can achieve a textured look that is still smooth to the touch minimizing the chance of it scratching off.

Right now I’m calling Pretty Woman’s Feather nail polish in Kingfisher my fun polish. It’s like tiny pieces of red, yellow and blue confetti having a party on your nails.  Read more

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Long Lasting Manicure with JulieG Nail Color

@juliegbeauty #nailpolish review (a seriously long-lasting manicure!) #beauty

Mission: Find a long lasting manicure, as well as a nail polish that dries quickly. 

Whether you get your nails done professionally at the salon or you simply do them at home, I’m pretty confident that every woman is in search of a polish that lasts longer than a day (and isn’t Shellac) and that doesn’t take 30-45 minutes to dry completely.

By a chance meeting at iRetreat2014, I got to meet beauty vlogger Julie G in the Rite Aid Wellness Lounge, who has her own line of polishes as well as being the Spokesperson for Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics. She had some samples from both lines, the JetSet Quick Drying Top Coat and JulieG Nail Color among them. Let me say, it was kismet, because I think I’ve now found the polish brand I will be loyal to for many years. Read more

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Stars and Stripes Nail Art How To



It doesn’t necessarily need to be the 4th of July to show your patriotic side. Show off your stars and stripes with these easy nail art how to’s from editorial manicurist, Jin Soon Choi.

JINsoon Patriotic Nails - Get the look! #nailart

Look 1 Stars and Stripes 

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#WalgreensBeauty Twitter Party May 14 at 1pm EST #shop

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Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know I do! I’m excited to co-host one about Spring nail trends! On May 14th at 1:00pm ET, please join me for the #WalgreensBeauty Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing Essie and Revlon nail polishes available at Walgreens, and giving you a chance to win prizes! (Yes!)

Even if you are a mani newbie or looking to get info on the hottest colors this season, this Essie and Revlon #WalgreensBeauty Twitter Party will have everything you need to look great – from your fingers to your toes! Walgreens has the best colors from Essie and Revlon to keep your look up-to-date. While it still looks like winter here in the Pocono Mountains (and feels like it too), I simply cannot wait to strap on some sandals and don brighter colors.  Come chat with us during the Twitter Party for hot nail tips, trends, and exciting new product info! Read more

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Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please


Name your own nail polish #beauty #nailpolish

Here’s a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique.

Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting – from a baby shower to the bridal party, this is a personalized gift sure to be remembered. Read more

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Jem and the Holograms The Movie #JemtheMovie

This, friends, is truly outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous. Word on the street is that a Jem and the Holograms movie is becoming a reality.

When I heard the news, I could barely contain myself. I mean, it’s showtime Synergy. Read more

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Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer Review

butter LONDON Cheeky Chops and Primrose Hill Picnic #review

This may be a form of OCD, but I feel disheveled and incomplete when my nails aren’t painted. They don’t even need to be done well, they just need to be painted… and the brighter the better. As far as manicures go, I almost always bring my own polish to the salon. That way, I can bring the color home and touch up/change my own polish to freshen things up after a week or so! I’m all about extending the life of beauty treatments because let’s be real, who has time to sit in the chair every week?

Since I bring my own polish to the salon, I’m constantly buying new polish. There are a few things that make me gravitate toward a polish … the shape of the bottle, the handle (when they are too small I drop it!), and the color! From there, the applicator becomes the final test. No one likes a nail polish brush that’s too small! Somehow, after years of trying almost every polish under the sun, I am somehow JUST trying butter LONDONnail lacquer ($15) for the first time. I’ve been seeing the butter LONDON display at Ulta for years and I’ve noticed the bottle in magazines, but this was admittedly my first time trying the brand. Read more

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10 Nail Polishes for Fall 2013

 

Can’t decide which Fall nail color to try out first? We’ve compiled 10 of our favorites (hello, Marc Jacobs!) See any on the list you love? Images are clickable too…should you fall in love like we did!

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FingerPaints A Pair Affair by All Lacquered Up

Fingerpaints A Pair Affair All Lacquered Up

I am so excited for my friend and fellow beauty blogger, Michelle Mismas, of All Lacquered Up. This month her limited edition FingerPaints collection can be found at Sally Beauty!

The A Pair Affair by All Lacquered Up collection features 6 beautiful shades ranging from a twinkling teal to sparkling sand. Michelle’s panache and expertise are fully displayed in this bold collection. The colors are simply gorgeous! Read more

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Wantable Beauty Box Subscription Review

For the last several years a new beauty subscription service has popped up every few months. Most of these are monthly subscription where you receive deluxe, sample or travel size products, all of which were not of your choosing, you simply got what everyone else got.

But Wantable is doing beauty subscription differently.

Wantable is a new monthly subscription ($36) with the option to just do a one time purchase ($40). They offer two kinds of subscriptions- makeup or accessories. All items are ALWAYS full sized, are valued between $80-$100 and have been customized to your likes based on answering their questionnaire when you sign up.

Wantable allowed me a gifted makeup box so that I could try the service myself. The questionnaire was lengthy, but very detailed to ensure that I was being sent exactly what I liked. Within a week of placing the order the box was delivered. Upon opening it, I was stoked to see full sized items that I immediately began to play with.

My box came with Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in Fire Spring:

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