#ShopCrueltyFree Leaping Bunny Twitter Party Dec 18 at 1pm EST

Please allow this sweet sleeping baby bunny to convince you to join the #ShopCrueltyFree Twitter Party we're hosting on December 18, 2014 at 1pm EST with Leaping Bunny. We want to promote cruelty free shopping this holiday season and we have some great Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free beauty Read more

Hard Candy and Eylure Giveaway

Want to look pretty darn awesome for those Holiday photos? For that party where you want everyone in the room to notice you? You're in luck because we're giving away a Hard Candy Smokey Eye Collection and Eylure Party Lashes in Twinkle. (You are going to look SO amazing!) Let's get Read more

Best Products for Curly Hair

Looking to embrace your natural curls? I've been on the hunt to find the best products for curly hair since forever. Below are some amazing curly hair products that I recently had the chance to test out: One of my favorite curly hair product lines is called The Gold System, which was developed by Oprah Read more

TULA Probiotic Skin Care

I love products; I love opening that new package, inhaling that "new product smell", putting it on my face or body and waiting impatiently to see the results offered! So I was very excited to receive a package of TULA products. It included the Purifying Face Cleanser, Hydrating Day Read more

#PamperedPiggies Twitter Party December 2nd 3-4pmEST #ad

Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about colorful Piggy Paints, safe nail polish you and your child will love to get pampered with!  On Tuesday, December 2 at 3:00 pm ET , please join me for the #PamperedPiggies Twitter Party where we’ll Read more

skin care tips

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 guarantee that your skin glows before the turkey hits the table. Pumpkin is an amazing exfoliate as well as nourishing to the skin.

DIY #Pumpkin Spice Face Scrub via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty #skincare Read more

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How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair via @agirlsgottaspa #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. Read more

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Wrinkle Reducing Products

Favorite wrinkle reducing products. #antiaging #beauty #skincare via @agirlsgottaspa

When we’re young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we’re older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. (I know as I write this I’m not just speaking for myself.) As much as we backpeddle once we finally realize our skin sins, it’s too late and we need wrinkle reducing skin care to become part of our daily routine.

Here’s a few I’ve been using that you might want to check out: Read more

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Tips to Revitalize Your Skin after a Night Out

Tips to Revitalize Your Skin After a Night Out #skincare #skintips

The warm weather can tempt us to stay out longer and have a few more drinks than usual. Unfortunately, late nights combined with alcohol can take a toll on your skin and leave some obvious indicators. Josie Feria, Director of Operations at Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, is all-too familiar with customers who are drawn to Miami for its fabulous nightlife with parties that don’t end until the sun rises.

See below for some tips that Josie practices at Lapis Spa and recommends you do at home to revitalize your skin after a night out. Read more

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DermOrganic Pure Argan Oil Review



DermOrganic Pure Argan Oil #Review #skincare

Skin Care Myth: Oily skin should avoid oils in skin care products.

Skin Care Fact: Not all oils are “bad” or pore-clogging.

My skin has always been oily since as far back as I can remember. It’s only in the last several months that it is now both oily and dry. How can that be? It seems my maturing skin wants to be oily in my T-zone, but have dry patches on my cheeks and along my brows (brows are another story all together!) Do you have the same skin care issue? I’m not one to constantly change up my skin care routine, but obviously what I have been doing is no longer working for my changing skin. Read more

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Healthy Skin for the Summer

Healthy Skin Care Tips for Summer #skincare

It’s almost summer and that means more skin exposure than anytime of the year! Obviously you will want to look your best while getting in your swimsuit or light summer clothes. One of the greatest factors that influences how we look is the health of our skin. Most skin damage is directly related to the sun’s harmful UV rays. For this reason it important to take precautions when exposed to sunlight and to also ensure that your skin remains looking its best during the warm summer months. Thankfully there are many options available to help skin look brighter, fresher, moisturized, and rejuvenated. So next time you go on a summer outing consider the following treatments to ensure that your skin looks fresh and healthy! Read more

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Spring Beauty Essentials Under $150

Spring Essentials Kit - 7 beauty products to bring you back to life! #beauty #rmnspringessentials

Keeping up with the season’s best beauty trends can be fun…but costly! (I much prefer the fun part over the expense of it all.) There’s also that Winter to Spring transition that requires a vast array of different products based on your individual needs – for example, my hair tends to lack shine this time of year and my skin looks lackluster (much like the landscape before the first flowers bloom.)

So how can you stay up to par with the Spring beauty essentials while keeping your bank account in check? Know when to spend and know when to splurge – and also know when to use coupon codes!

90% of my shopping is done online and beauty products are no exception. I first search my inbox to see if any of my favorite beauty retailers are having a sale or offering a discount. Next I head to RetailMeNot.com and type in the retailer I’m looking to purchase from. RetailMeNot will list discounts and sales for your favorite retailers – many times codes you can use in addition to the ones the retailers sent you! This is also a great way to weigh whether you should shop Sephora, Ulta, Beauty.com or your favorite department store retailer by doing a quick scan of any discount offerings. If you’re not one to shop online for cosmetics, no worries, RetailMeNot also has printable coupon codes.

When the weather begins to warm up one of the things that require a shake up is my skin care. I live in the mountains where the air is drier, as is my home from my wood stove. So Autumn through Winter my skin is like a nomad lost in the desert in search of something to quench its thirst. This is when I’m using heavier creams and serums targeted to dry skin. Oftentimes, no matter how much moisturizing I do, my skin remains parched and flakey. My hair seems to have the same issues as well. To brighten up for Spring, new skin care, hair care and cosmetics are in order!

As I move into Spring, here are my essentials – totaling under $150! Read more

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Lemons for Better Skin

Amazing Skin Benefits of Lemon #skincare

That sour little fruit has a lot of amazing skin care benefits. Bright and colorful, lemons will do wonders if you are prone to blemishes, is great to detox and is refreshing and brightening to your skin.

The thing is, I hadn’t really known all of the benefits (with the exception of lightening my hair in the summer) until I made the switch from pre-flavored water to spring water with fresh lemon in it back when I was on a diet program. While doing NutriSystem, it was suggested to me that my favorite Pure Life flavored water may be preventing my weight loss (preservatives, etc.) It was recommended that I opt for regular spring water and add fresh, sliced lemons to it. I’ve always drank a lot of water, with my only downfall being 2 cups of ice coffee in the morning, but never added fresh fruit simply due to the wait time for it to diffuse. (I am a want-it-now kind of girl.) Read more

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5 Ways To Minimize Pores



5 Ways to Minimize Pores
5 Ways to Minimize Pores

5 Ways to Minimize Pores

The number one question that I get asked is how to minimize pores. As someone who did not take care of her skin when she was younger, I'm now paying the price with large pores (thanks younger me!) There's no way to get rid of large pores altogether (sorry), however there are some ways you can minimize them.

Products For Your Skin Type
Products For Your Skin Type

Products For Your Skin Type

My go-to skin care expert is Renée Rouleau. Not only because her skin care line is based on 9 skin types, but because she practices what she preaches! Minimizing pores begins with using the right skin care products that match your skin type. The wrong products could result in excessive dryness or an overproduction of sebum. Stop allowing your skin to go from one extreme to another and find it, its perfect match!

Products For Your Skin Type
Monthly Facials
Monthly Facials

Monthly Facials

Sorry ladies, monthly facials are not a luxury, but a necessity! You need to trust your face to a professional for a deep cleaning that at-home skin care products simply can't achieve. I mean, you change your car's oil every 3000 miles, why are you skipping maintenance on your skin? Groupon and LivingSocial are always great places to look for local spa and salon deals, not to mention checking the websites of your favorite spa.

Ice and Cold Water
Ice and Cold Water

Ice and Cold Water

In a pinch, cold water and ice can be used to minimize pores. Skin reacts by tightening and giving the appearance that your pores are smaller. Call it an optical illusion! Who's the magician now?!

Careful Extraction
Careful Extraction

Careful Extraction

Obviously blackheads are a major contributor to more noticeable pores. (This is where the monthly facial part comes in.) If you insist on extracting them yourself, only do it post-shower (or post-steam) since that will help loosen the dirt and hardened oil. Always use tissues when gently pressing down on skin to extract the blackheads to avoid further damaging the skin.

Exfoliate
Exfoliate

Exfoliate

Last but not least, exfoliate your skin 1-2x a week. From physical exfoliants to chemical exfoliants, there is something out there suitable for your skin type that will help remove the dead skin that clogs your pores making them a bullseye on your face.

Exfoliate

While we can’t shrink pores, we can definitely minimize their appearance and prevent them from getting worse. Follow these 5 tips and you’ll be on your way. (Take it from the girl with large pores.)

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5 Tips to Improved Skin Care

5 Tips for Improved Skin Care via @agirlsgottaspa
Your skin is the first thing that people notice about you and that is why a proper skin care routine for both face and body are so important. There are many products that claim to help improve skin tone and promote a flawless complexion, but the truth is that there is no such thing as instant results. An effective skin care regimen is one that is done consistently over a time before results will begin to develop.

Skin Care Tip 1: Always use some type of exfoliation product like a salt scrub or sugar scrub, which will help to remove dead skin cells and other debris and particles from your skin. This will expose the healthy cells and rid your body from the old ones. It also helps moisturizer absorb better into the skin. For your face, a chemical exfoliant (think fruit acids) or physical exfoliant (scrub) that is gentle should be used 1-2x a week.

Skin Care Tip 2: If possible, avoid constant sun exposure and tanning beds. In addition to being dangerous where health is concerned, these may also lead to early signs of aging. Everyone loves a suntan, but there is no reason to sacrifice your skin or your health in order to achieve it. Therefore, many individuals opt for a self-tanning lotion instead. Back in the day, these products had a tendency to turn the skin orange, but that is no longer the case. Improvements have helped to give self-tanning products a more natural, streak-free look. Before applying the lotion to your entire body, apply it to a small test area just to make sure there is no irritation. And sunscreen is always a must 365 days a year on your face. (Read more on UVA and UVB protection.)   Read more

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