Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we're all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything? For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most Read more

Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true. When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be Read more

Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen. Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it's for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin. Those Read more

Voluminous Beach Wave Hair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult. While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, Read more

Must Have Airplane-Friendly Beauty Products

The holiday travel season is officially upon us so I've decided to share some of my favorite travel friendly beauty products in hopes that it will make this holiday travel season a bit less stressful...and germ free. 1. Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist This spritz is ideal for air travel because it Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary Raw Spirit Fragrances Giveaway




10 year blogiversary giveaway from @agirlsgottaspa Raw Spirit Wild Fire Eau de Parfum

Next up for our 10 year blogiversary giveaways – we’re giving away one Wild Fire Eau de Parfum from Raw Spirit. Wild Fire features a soft and warm mix of woodsy and floral notes that’s not overpowering. It is a sensual, intoxicating scent, that wears close to your skin. Top note is Jasmine Petals, middle note is Ylang Ylang, and dry notes are Wildly-Harvested Australian Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Musk.

Dates of entry are October 21, 2015 at 12am EST until October 28, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. ARV is $90. Please read the fine print at the bottom because that’s important too.

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Raw Spirit Fragrances Desert Blush Review

Raw Spirit Desert Blush fragrance review via @agirlsgottaspa

A heady scent featuring wild-harvested Australian sandalwood and a hint of the intoxicating floral note of Australian Boronia.

Prior to getting Raw Spirit’s Desert Blush fragrance into my hands and (immediately, because OMG) onto my skin, I had never experienced the scent of Australian Boronia. As someone who is not really a fan of the earthy and woody fragrance of sandalwood, the sweet and floral aroma of the boronia literally MAKES this perfume. The floral scent is the perfect complement to the sandalwood, creating something so utterly inviting. Read more

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What I’m Loving Right Now

10 Products I'm Loving Right Now! #SpringBeauty

Color. Something that the winter has left us devoid of and something I long for.

Scent. I simply cannot wait until the blossoms of Spring lend their fragrance.

What I’m loving right now has everything to do with color and floral scents. Honestly, I’m spending a lot of time on Pinterest simply staring at flowers, warm climates and pinning colorful cosmetics. There’s something about the power of color and fragrance that can uplift your mood. How many days until Spring again?

Tom Ford Spring 2014 Lip Color Sheer in Summer Fling: Feminine and perfectly subtle for Spring.

Tory Burch “Divine” Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter: Love products that offer multi-tasking benefits.

Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Magenta Violet: Eye catching and bold.

Chantecaille Save the Bees Eyeshadow Palette: The perfect romantic looking eye.

Nest White Narcisse Body Wash: Who needs to frolic through a field of flowers when you can find it in your shower? Read more

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Roses de Chloe Review

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I could not be more in love with my new fragrance, Roses de Chloe and the feedback from friends and co-workers on the scent is something to talk about. It’s a new girly rosy version of the original Chloe and an instant hit. It seems as if everyone I walk by wants to know what my fragrance is, including my male boss! (It makes me happy to know I smell nice!) 

I first fell in love with rose scents when I was searching for a fragrance to wear on my wedding day. I read an article that suggested choosing a new fragrance to wear on your wedding day, something you don’t already wear, so that when you smell that scent in the future, you associate the scent with that special day. I ended up choosing a rose fragrance and now anything that smells remotely like it reminds me of our big day! Roses de Chloe is one of those rare scents that instantly lifts your mood to a happy place. It’s a MUST sniff! Read more

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philosophy loveswept #fragrance review

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” – Robert Frost

Well-being beauty brand philosophy is the trusted beauty confidante that offers skin care products, bath, body and fragrances to help women look, live and feel their best. philosophy takes an approachable attitude toward beauty by wrapping scientifically proven ingredients with insight and inspiration.  I love that, don’t you? Because they believe that beauty lives inside of every woman, philosophy seeks to inspire beautiful days as well as beautiful skin.

Their newest fragrance is loveswept ($16-$46), a vibrant, feminine, romantic and youthful fragrance. By definition, loveswept is about energy and emotion, following your heart and seeing where that can take you and that is the sentiment that philosophy seeks to achieve. Read more

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Caress Tempting Whisper Body Wash Review

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Nothing is better than a bouquet of flowers (peonies to be exact!) and the uplifting fragrance they can fill a room with.

Caress’ newest fine fragrance elixir is Tempting Whisper crafted of sophisticated floral notes of white peony, enhanced with fruity notes of red plum. The result is a beautiful medley of exotic blossoms at the peak of their bloom. It’s intoxicating. Tempting Whisper is inspired by the world of fine fragrance with a complex combination of fragrance notes created by top experts at fragrance house, Givaudan.  Read more

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NEST Fragrances Review

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There is nothing I love more than a candle that can fill the entire room with its scent without overwhelming your senses and the perfectly portioned body wash and body cream whose fragrance lingers long after your shower. If you have yet to own anything from the NEST Fragrances line, then you are simply missing out on the aforementioned.  Read more

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Avon Viva by Fergie Perfume Review


Avon launched it’s the third fragrance by the famous pop star Fergie, named Viva by Fergie last spring.  The new fragrance is advertised as fearless and daring with the slogan “Live by Your Own Rules.”

 “Viva is a fresh and unexpected fragrance that brings out the duality of a woman. Powerful, yet seductive, and living life by her own rules,” described Fergie.

The composition is fresh and floral, blended out of cooling herbs, fierce lavender and intriguing vetiver. The green opening is fresh and crisp without any fruity or citrus accords. Most fragrances use citrus to get that briskness but Viva relies on green herbals to bring it.  Read more

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LAVANILA Vanilla Passion Fruit Fragrance Review

Unlike traditional fragrances on the market,  LAVANILA The Healthy Fragrance contains 100 percent natural ingredients. LAVANILA uses timeless blends of pure essential oils, active botanicals, and vita-rich technology for long-lasting, antioxidant-rich fragrances bursting with beauty benefits.

This irresistible, long wearing blend of passion fruit, guava, and peach nectar is steeped in a warm base of sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla. Created by master natural perfumers, this limited edition scent is uniquely infused with a romantic blend of powerful aphrodisiacs (blue lotus, clary sage, and juniper berry) prized for their seductive properties. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!  Read more

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Atmysphere Fragrance for Men Review

I love when my boyfriend wears cologne and thankfully he always wears scents that are pleasing to the senses. (Unlike memories of high school and the boys who would literally bathe themselves in cologne. Sometimes I wondered if they would douse themselves in it in lieu of a shower. But I digress…)

I don’t typically review men’s fragrance or grooming products here anymore, however I couldn’t pass up Atmysphere, which promises that it would create an intimate romantic atmosphere via the fragrance. It sounded much like those perfumes that claimed to have pheromones in them that would create attraction, however their website is very clear that there are no pheromones in this men’s fragrance. Curious, I informed my boyfriend that he was going to be a test subject. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind an intimate romantic atmosphere anyway…I mean what guy passes that up?  Read more

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