Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair

Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could've taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it's much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed? I Read more

Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

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Review: Soap & Glory Bath and Body Products

Soap & Glory’s iconic retro images and whimsical product titles have captured the hearts of beauty lovers across the globe. Though the funky packaging has caught my eye quite a few times while browsing my local Sephora, I hadn’t had a chance to actually try the products until now.

I was very pleased with the products, and I loved how seamlessly they worked together:

1. Exfoliate. First, I sloughed off any dead or flaky skin with Flake Away. As a woman with chronically dry skin, I’m a big critic of  exfoliators. This particular scrub ranks among my top 5 all-time favorites, with only Sabon’s exfoliator ahead of it.  Read more

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Spa Review: Canyon Ranch Spa Miami Beach

Receiving an invitation to visit the largest spa in South Florida (70,000 sq ft to be exact), was definitely one of the highlights of my year in Miami and it just happened to materialize when a visit to the spa was very much needed…at the tail end of the moving process when I was sore, running low on energy,  and anxious about fitting a studio apartment’s worth of stuff into a minivan to go across the U.S.  So the invitation to visit The Spa at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach was a very welcome diversion from the moving process.  As soon as I checked, in the staff was very welcoming and friendly…something that was rare during my year in Miami.  The Canyon Ranch Miami Beach property is impressive and absolutely breathtaking to say the least.  The service I received from the spa is called Yatra.  Yatra, as explained to me by my service provider, is a Sanskrit word that means journey.  The treatment  is a journey through the senses and is intended to unwind every sense, relax every nerve and melt every muscle.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in beauty, skin care, Spa Leave a comment

Review: Kanshi Salted Coconut Body Scrub

I love exfoliating.  Something about scrubbing away all of those dead skin cells that makes me feel pretty productive. As a lot of you  already know, I am also in love with the aroma of coconuts, it just makes me feel good about life.  So it probably won’t come as a surprise that passing up a scrub with any hint of coconut in it is virtually impossible for me.  This uncontrollable tendency to consume any and all coconut scented scrubs has at times left me with dry, flaky, irritated skin…due  to scrubs that were so harsh and aggressive that the only thing pleasant about them was the aroma of coconut.  But I still find it difficult to not at least give a new coconut scented scrub a try, especially when that scrub not only smells like coconuts but is also natural, paraben free and contains sea salts and coconut shell.  I am of course referring to the new Kanshi Salted Coconut Body Scrub.

The Salted Coconut Scrub of course smells like coconuts but not overwhelmingly so.  The scent is more naturally coconut, not at all manufactured.  The scrub does a great job of exfoliating without feeling scratchy or irritating my skin.  The first time I used it, I applied it in the shower after my skin was already wet and to me it felt a bit slimy.  However, the second time I used it I rubbed it onto my skin before getting my skin wet and it worked a lot better for me, my skin was soft, smooth, moisturized and smelled great.  The slimy feeling that I experienced the first time was the natural oils in the scrub…which actually left my skin feeling a bit moisturized even after I rinsed it with warm water.  Now I can’t promise that I won’t try other coconut scented scrubs out there but I can promise that I am definitely keeping this one as a constant in my beauty drawer. Have you tried it?

Posted on by Gail Lewis in bath and body, beauty 3 Comments