Silk Therapeutics Nurture ++ Moisturizer Review

Did you know that your skin needs different skin care products not only based on your skin type, but also based on the region you live in? It's true. For example, your needs will be different in the dry-heat of Nevada than say someone who lives a place with high Read more

Smoothie Recipes from the Best Spas

If you are looking for delicious smoothie recipes from some of the best spas, we've compiled a list for you! So get ready to indulge your tastebuds without expanding your waistline with these vitamin and mineral rich smoothies! Potassium Punch: Set on a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Read more

Pedicure How-To: Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready! #Sponsored

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions (and sandal-ready feet) are my own. Florals and citrus, a shorter hairstyle, light breezy dresses, sandals...warmer weather opens the doors to both Read more

Spa-Like Hair with Pai-Shau

This is likely the only time where you hear me rave about tea. I'm your coffee-obsessed kind of girl, but this hair care line by Pai-Shau based on a proprietary blend of concentrated steeped teas, is making my life right now. Pai-Shau is a vegan and cruelty free hair care line Read more

Garnier Olia® Hair Color Review #Spon

I’m sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions and hair color are my own (well... the hair color is Garnier®.) Looking to lighten, brighten or darken your natural hair color without the eye-burning smell of the chemicals involved? That's a common theme among at-home hair Read more

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Silk Therapeutics Nurture ++ Moisturizer Review

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Did you know that your skin needs different skin care products not only based on your skin type, but also based on the region you live in?

It’s true. For example, your needs will be different in the dry-heat of Nevada than say someone who lives a place with high humidity, like Florida. Or in a city full of environmental pollutants like smog versus a rural small town.

I live in a high elevation up in the Pocono Mountains, which contributes to crazy dry skin (body, face, scalp) in the Fall and Winter, and oily skin from constant cleansing due to humidity in the Summer (I think Spring is the only season we catch a break around here.)  Read more

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Silk Therapeutics Purely Smooth daily firming complex Review

Silk Therapeutics Purely Smooth daily firming complex review via @agirlsgottaspa

Smooth as silk… that’s one way to describe how I’d like my weathered skin to feel.

But what if you want to accomplish that without an ingredient heavy product (some of which include chemicals that I can’t even pronounce), is that even a possibility?

I’ve used Silk Therapeutics before, so when they asked if I wanted to try their Purely Smooth daily firming complex, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. And by the way, Purely Smooth only contains 5 ingredients. Unscented is: water, silk, Vitamin C, rosehip oil and sodium anisate (a natural emulsifier), while Lemongrass swaps rosehip oil out for lemongrass essential oil. Read more

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Daily Beauty Routine #ad

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received a complimentary product to facilitate this article, but all opinions are my own.

Daily skin care routine via @agirlsgottaspa #AmopeCrowd #ad

A set daily beauty routine didn’t really become a habit until I was in my 30s.

When I was a teenager, I didn’t really think long term about caring for my skin. I certainly didn’t look at cause and effect either (not washing your face = congested skin.) In my 20s, it was much of the same with a few adjustments (I knew moisturizer was a must.)

Back in the “olden days” (as my kids like to say), skin care was no frills. We didn’t have sonic cleansers or electronic pedicure files. Paper masks weren’t a thing and SPF definitely wasn’t part of your beauty routine. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in bath and body, beauty, Self-Care, skin care 4 Comments

Does Drinking Collagen Really Work?




Docollagen drinks and supplements really work? via @agirlsgottaspa

I’m trying to be OK with this aging thing.

I’m trying not to care about every new wrinkle that emerges (which literally feels like it happens daily.) I’m trying not to notice the loss of elasticity in my face when I see drooping in places that didn’t droop yesterday.

But here’s the thing – with social media basically demanding selfies, it’s hard NOT to notice. Especially over time. We’re all used to looking at ourselves in the mirror daily, but when you suddenly have a papertrail of photos that basically full-on detail how you’re aging, all I can say is UGH.

So when new “revolutionary” products come to market that claim to combat the signs of aging, I’m always intrigued. Skeptical, but intrigued. The latest being collagen drinks and supplements. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in anti-aging, beauty, Health, skin care 9 Comments

Dead Sea Mud Mask for Oily and Combination Skin

I love this mud mask for oily skin! Review via @agirlsgottaspa

I love mud masks for my combination skin.

Seriously, having an oily t-zone makes your skin feel so dirty already, so why not get messy and clean it up with a little mud?

I’ve had the chance to try out ClarityRx Rehab Mediterranean Detoxifying Mud Mask for about a month now and my skin is feeling amazing. Read more

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Venta Airwasher Review

Skin benefits of using a humidifer via @agirlsgottaspa

From October through mid-April there’s one thing that is a constant in my mountain home – the thermostat and wood stove are always going.

There’s a downside to being toasty warm when the winter weather is here: dry skin.

You guys, it gets so bad you could often be confused between the flakes on my legs, the flakes from my scalp and the flakes of the snow variety. Thankfully I have a great body lotion I use to combat the dry skin and my beloved Keune hair products for my scalp. Something I’m more excited about that I’ve recently added into my beauty and health care, is the Venta Airwasher.

I know. Who gets excited about a humidifier and air purifier?

This girl. Read more

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Target the 5 Signs of Aging #ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream, I’m targeting the 5 signs of aging as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC

While the Summer wreaks havoc on my skin by aging it with damaging UV rays, the Winter is equally as brutal with dryness leaving my skin looking dull. And with every year I age, it seems a new wrinkle emerges. Fighting what ages you is a 365 day a year battle.
Roc Multi-correxion 5 in 1 chest, neck and face cream review via @agirlsgottaspa #ad #WomenWhoRoC Read more

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Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

Probiotic skin care - miracle ingredient or marketing hype? via @agirlsgottaspa

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 amazing lashes… until the FTC made them disclose that the lashes you saw were really lash extensions with mascara and a healthy dose of photoshop. And sidebar – prior to this disclosure I always thought something was just plain wrong with me because I couldn’t duplicate those lashes using that miracle mascara.

Every year there is a new fad ingredient for skin care and cosmetics. Some of them, like argan oil, truly deserve the praise and promotion. While others deserve to be looked at with skepticism.

Enter probiotics. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in anti-aging, beauty, Health, skin care 1 Comment

Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin




Love these charcoal skin care products for acne prone skin via @agirlsgottaspa

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 of us with this skin type know that excess oil leads to clogged pores, which leads to blemishes. Bacteria, transferred by way of constantly touching your face or even tampering with those blemishes, only leads to more blemishes. It’s a vicious cycle my friends.

I decided to give a few charcoal products a try (and my teen son’s were also game to clear up their acne.)

These are the current charcoal skin care products in my shower right now: Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in acne, anti-aging, beauty, skin care 3 Comments

Must Have Airplane-Friendly Beauty Products

Must-have airplane friendly beauty products via @agirlsgottaspa

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 is hydrating, refreshing and purifying. The cool aloe mist soothes dry skin and doubles an anti-bacterial, which is important in such an enclosed environment where air is re-circulated. Just spray it around your personal space prior to boarding for a relaxing scent and to ward off those airplane germs. Read more

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