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

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there's no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types Read more

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KYI Whipped Shea Butter Mask Review in Chamomile Lavender

kyi-whipped-shea-butter-maskTwo things that I always look for when purchasing beauty products are that the product(s) are as natural as possible and they are multi-functional.  I work hard at feeding my body things that will nourish it instead of harming it and I don’t want to undo that hard work by applying things to my skin that are unhealthy and harmful.  I also travel a ton so the less products I can lug from place to place the better, this is why I look for products that can be used in a variety of ways…plus if something is multi-functional it also reduces the amount of products I have to purchase, which is great for my wallet and for the environment since this also means less waste.  This past week I had the absolute joy of trying a product that is both natural and multi-functional.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in anti-aging, bath and body, beauty, skin care 1 Comment

Chiva-Som Signature Kiss Lip Balm Review

Just about everyone I know, both men and women, all have one beauty item in common and that is lip balm.  A lot of men may be hesitant to regard lip balm as a beauty item, but regardless they carry it around in their pockets anyway on a regular basis and most women seem to never ever be without lip balm in their purses, desk drawers, night stands, etc. and I am no exception.  For me, lip balm is a necessity and I love experimenting with different flavors, brands, scents and packaging because in this economy, it is one of the few beauty items that one can experiment with that won’t break the bank.

My latest amazing discovery is from Chiva-Som, as in the luxury health resort located in Thailand.   Read more

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Sensory Fusion from Aromafloria

If you love Aromafloria’s natural bath and body products, then you’ll love their Sensory Fusion line of organic body butters. This collection is a blend of ingredients to create fantastic scented lotions while soothing dry skin. I received Kiwi Coconut, Mango Ginger, Honey Papaya and Pomegranate.

Sticking to my staple summer sent, Kiwi Coconut was my favorite. I don’t know what it is about that coconut smell in warmer weather…it makes me feel like I’m living the island life here on the lake. These body butters are a mix of shea butter and aloe, so they are both hydrating as they are soothing. I used the Honey Papaya last summer and I cannot begin to tell you how lovely it made my skin feel on my sun parched skin. And yes, despite wearing sunscreen, I still managed to get a few sunburns (lesson learned to re-apply every 2 hours.) The whipped body butter felt so good on my skin as it melted it from the heat my skin generated from the sunburn.  Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in bath and body, beauty, skin care 6 Comments

Review: Skin Like Butter Aloe and Shea Butter Lotion

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I absolutely love discovering an indie brand that has an awesome product that I know one day will be a household name. Skin Like Butter is one of those brands. Presently selling online and at a farmer’s market in California, one day this brand will be seen in the magazines, on TV, heck- dare I say Sephora? Just remember that you heard it here first.

Skin Like Butter’s amazing Aloe and Shea Butter Lotion is deeply hydrating while light in texture. I have the scent “Fresh Laundry” which is that fresh off the clothesline fragrance. Crisp and breezy air, Fresh Laundry is such a clean scent.

Among the Aloe & Shea Butter Lotion’s all natural ingredients are shea butter, shea oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil. Despite the milieu of oils, this lotion is not at all greasy. In fact, it is pretty thick in consistency yet smoothes out evenly with a light feel to it. It makes your skin incredibly soft. In fact, my husband even told me, “Wow your skin is so soft.” And I asked, “Like butter?”

Skin Like Butter’s Shea Oil Lotion is a steal at $15 for an 8oz. bottle.  Visit their etsy shop for more info!


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