Best Items for Baby, Pampering for New Moms

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. Opinions are my own and the adorable baby is all mine. Dear new and soon-to-be moms, It can be difficult to navigate this crazy new season in life called motherhood and finding the perfect items for your baby all while taking Read more

A Meditation Teacher’s 8 Tips for Better Sleep

Since having Ethan last year, and a few months prior to his birth, sleep has eluded me. Before getting pregnant, I would take melatonin or unisom before bed because my insomnia was so bad. Although Ethan is 1, he still doesn't sleep through the night, which means I can't be Read more

Vole Hair System Review

Don't miss the 20% off promo code below!! My hair has not been at its best this summer.  Sun, salt water, humidity and heat, plus constant styling to battle the heat and humidity all tends to strip my hair leaving it looking and feeling dry and dull. This may sound a bit dramatic, Read more

Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years. I've driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but Read more

Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

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Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap

Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap review via @agirlsgottaspa

When it comes to cleansing my body, I never did like using a bar of soap, I have always preferred body washes, gels or shower oils. I have rarely found a soap that I enjoy using. They tend to leave a filmy residue that leaves my skin dry and itchy, especially during winter. So of course I was skeptical when I received a bar of Milky Rose soap from Osmia Organics.

Their soaps are made with organic oils, organic and natural plant butters, organic and wildcrafted herbs, organic milks, and organic or wildcrafted essential oils. They avoid things like synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, parabens and phthalates and there is no animal cruelty involved. Also their soaps are wrapped in 100% post-consumer, recycled paper and hemp twine which is biodegradable and compostable. Read more

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W3LL PEOPLE Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick Review


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W3LL PEOPLE is a majorly buzzed about makeup brand right now and it’s no wonder why. They’ve managed to create a line of makeup that is not only 100% natural, but it’s also fabulous. Other brands tend to lose the fabulosity (is that even a word?) when trying to please the tree hugging goal of au natural, but not W3LL People. Like they say, Hippie Tested. Diva Approved. This diva can’t get enough of W3LL PEOPLE ‘s Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick.

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Here’s the low down on the goodness that is W3LL PEOPLE.  W3LL People (well people) is a beauty conscious brand. As they like to say, there are “no nasties” in their products. Their makeup is free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, and artificial ingredients. There’s no harsh chemicals or toxins in their products. Everything they make is 100% natural and eco friendly. So not only are the ingredients premium natural and organic, but they also respect the environment and take pride in sustainability. To top it all off, W3LL PEOPLE is Made in the USA with love.

The minds behind the concept of W3LL PEOPLE (well people) are pretty much the perfect trio of: Makeup Guru, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Treehugger. The brand is the perfect blend of artistry, technology and social responsibility.  So now that we know all of the goodness behind the products, let’s talk about performance . . . because let’s be real, how our makeup performs is important! Read more

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Summer Skin with Pangea Organics Body Polish

Gail Lewis Summer Skin Care

pangea-organics-body-polishMy frenzied efforts to get myself ready for summer continues…this time with me trying to polish away any remnants of my “winter skin” to hopefully reveal smooth, glowing and soft skin that was hiding under that awful layer of dry, dull winter coating.  To try to achieve my ideal “summer skin”, I used Pangea Organics Body Polish.  I love this line  because their products are organic and beneficial to the skin and also do not contain petroleum, sulfates, detergents, synthetic preservatives, artificial colors, fragrances or GMO’s. Read more

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Summer Ready Legs With Kiss My Face Moisturize Shave

kiss-my-face-moisture-shaveIn the summer, when it comes to keeping my legs fuzz free, I tend to opt for shaving instead of my usual waxing.  This is  mainly because waxing requires that your hair be a certain length before you can rip them out by their roots and summer just does not permit hair growth of any kind on anyplace but one’s head…unless you plan on sticking to maxi everything while you grow them out.

I just feel like my legs hide under enough thick layers during the colder months so the last thing I want to do is hide in the summer.  Since I opt for shaving my legs during summer I tend to look for shaving products that are really moisturizing without being messy and that are also soothing to my skin since my skin tends to get quite irritated after shaving if I use the wrong product. Read more

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Lip Balm Review: Infinity Sun Avance Balme

Lip balms are a must in my daily beauty routine. Regardless if I’m relaxing at home or heading out, I always make sure my lips are moisturized and protected. A lip balm for me must moisturize without feeling heavy and oily on my lips. Even better if it has SPF.

Infinity Sun Avance Balme lip care is a blend of the finest certified organic ingredients, including Organic Beeswax, Organic Vitamin E, Organic Essential Oils, Organic Rosemary Extract and Organic Calendula  to soothe and heal chapped lips, keeping the lips moist, soft, and supple. And to top it off, all four flavors – Citrus, Coconut, Spearmint & Vanilla Bean, have SPF15.  Read more

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Lavanila Healthy Deodorant

Finding the right deodorant isn’t always easy.  Powders, gels, regular strength, clinical strength…there’s a ton of options on the market, but many women still struggle with finding a product that meets their exact needs.  Why is it so hard to find a product that smells good, gets the job done, and nourishes our skin?

I recently came across Lavanila Labs, an all-natural, healthy beauty company promising high-quality organic goods. Among a slew of other beauty products, Lavanila Labs boasts a set of Healthy Deodorants. The collection of freshly-scented powder sticks promises long-lasting odor protection and powerful skin nourishment to boot.

I was immediately intrigued by the deodorant collection, mainly because they had some delicious names like Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Lavender, and Vanilla Passion (and I mean, who wouldn’t want their armpits to smell vanilla-y fresh?). Aside from the names though, I wasn’t immediately sold.  I was pretty skeptical at first because I’ve tried a small handful of other organic antiperspirants and deodorants, and no product has ever lived up to my expectations.

I decided to put the Lavender-Vanilla scented Lavanila deodorant to the ultimate test: a cardio workout. After a 3 mile run and about twenty minutes of free weights,  I made my roommate smell me. Yes. I just said that. I made my roommate smell me after a good 50 minutes of working out.

I’m happy – and not to mention relieved – to say that Lavanila totally works! I wasn’t once nervous about the product not performing, and after a few days of use, I’ve even started noticing my skin feels slightly more moisturized.   An added bonus? Lavanila deodorants seem to be slightly easier to get out of clothing if your hand happens to run awry while applying. Not that I would know anything about that, of course!

Have you tried any Lavanila products? Share your experience with us in the comments?

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EDIT: 4/23/2012

Not too long after this was posted, we received the following tweet:

Sara was kind enough to engage with us and said that it stopped working for her after about a month or so. At the time, Lavanilla was still working wonderfully for me….until this weekend, that is. One day I noticed that it completely stopped working, which is a total shame because I had high hopes for it. If you’ve had a similar experience, please feel free to let us know in the comments!

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Review: DollyMoo Coconut Citrus Body Scrub & Body Oil

When New Jersey-based bath and body company, DollyMoo, contacted me about trying their organic scrubs and body oils, I was nervous. I love when indie beauty brands contact me, especially when they are quasi-local to me, but always feel the pressure that they are crossing their fingers I’ll love their product enough to write about it to help them garner awareness. That pressure is always there for me because I understand what it means to be a start-up beauty business…and I know what it means when your budget is ridiculously small when it comes to sending product out for review. Why do I feel the pressure? Because there have been many times that the product is just not something I can endorse for one reason or another and it makes me feel sooooo bad.

Thankfully, this was not one of those times.

DollyMoo is created by two sisters, Amy and Nicci. They sent me Coconut Citrus in both their Body Scrub and Body Oil to try. And let me tell you, the smell alone makes you long for the warm summer sun, sipping something cold and refreshing while taking in the scents of the beach…wearing your SPF of course! The scrub combats dry skin without much of a fight, although if you have any scratches or cuts at all avoid using the scrub in those areas as this is a salt scrub (i.e. cuts will sting). While the scrub sloughs off dry, flaky skin, the oils seal in moisture. (Tip: It’s great to use prior to shaving!)

Application of the Body Oil only requires 1 pump (per leg, arm, etc.) It’s best to apply it as soon as you get out of the shower without skin being completely dry. This helps the oil seal in that moisture that is so very necessary in the winter when fireplaces, wood stoves and thermostats set high dehydrate the skin. It will feel a bit greasy at first (it is an oil after all), but I found that it absorbed into my skin by the time I was putting on my clothes.

Definitely a product line that delivers on its promises. Your skin will be hydrated and healthy and it will smell so good! Check out their products at www.dollymoo.com.  Have you tried their collection?

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Skin Care Review: Arperio Natural Green Tea

From L to R: Green Tea Lotion, Green Tea Shower Cream, Green Tea Sugar Body Scrub Sometimes I like to trade in my iced coffee for green tea. Besides the sheer comfort that curling up with a hot cup of green tea brings, the drink has some incredible health benefits that range from weight management to powerful antioxidants.

Now, organic beauty brand Aperio has harnessed the powers of the drink to create beauty products that are as soothing as a hot cup of tea.

I had never heard of Aperio before, so I was excited to test out their goods. The brand’s goal is to promote skin health through natural ingredients — and all products are formulated without heavy chemicals, so you’ll feel good about what you’re putting on your skin. Especially during the dryer months, there’s nothing I love more than a good exfoliator to slough off dry skin and get that glow back. I tested out Aperio’s green tea sugar body scrub and was pretty pleased and aside from smelling delicious, the scrub lasted awhile before it disintegrated so I was able to max out my scrub session.

After you’re done exfoliating, the in-shower softening cream is a great replacement for your run-of-the-mill shower gel. It’s both cleansing and moisturizing, and it doesn’t just sit on your skin as many shower gels tend to do. Finish up the indulgence with a dollop of Green Tea lotion for a shea butter-y finish.

All three products together are a decadent little shower treat, not to mention you’ll be smelling of sweet green tea after using them together. Who doesn’t love a little scent layering?

Aperio has a slew of other all-natural and deliciously fragranced products that won’t irritate your skin. Find them at www.aperionatural.com. Have you tried any of their products?

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