Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

Cate McNabb Cruelty Free Red Lipstick

Ever since I decided to make the leap into wearing red lipstick, I've become obsessed. While I know that self-confidence comes from within, the perfect red lipstick can get you there a little quicker. Cruelty free cosmetics brand, Cate McNabb, has some incredibly hydrating lipsticks and Be Mine basically begged Read more

stress relief

#NationalRelaxationDay How Do You Relax?

#NationalRelaxationDayA Girl’s Gotta Spa!® was founded on the principal that we all need a little pampering.

As I mentioned in this 2011 interview in SHAPE Magazine, “I created A Girl’s Gotta Spa! as an outlet for myself and as a way to say it’s OK to take time for yourself no matter how busy you are—in fact, it’s imperative.” Relaxing, decompressing from stressors, taking time to feel good about yourself…they are all equally important for your mental health, not to mention your overall health.

So on this National Relaxation Day, how do you unwind? Do you take mini breaks throughout the day to take in the beauty around you? Is it a bubble bath at the end of a long day? Or is it an indulgent spa treatment at the end of a long, tiring work week?

Here are a few suggestions to check out that may spark the way you relax: Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, DIY Beauty, Health, Wellness Leave a comment

Farmaesthetics Dreaming Oil, Aetheric Inhalation Oil

Instant Stress Relief…who wouldn’t love something that offers that on a daily basis, or like me, a few times throughout the day?

There are a ton of studies out there about the havoc that stress wreaks on our bodies and also a lot of remedies for instant stress relief, but depending on where you are at the very moment when stress consumes you, it’s not always easy, or convenient, to laugh or sing out loud,or go for a brisk walk.  And this is exactly why I am a believer in aromatherapy.  It works for me, but it is also an instant and convenient form of stress relief, which is why I have chosen to start toting around a vial of Farmaesthetics Dreaming Oil with me all the time.

With ingredients such as lavender and clary sage organic essential oils and organic soybean oil, the Dreaming Oil promotes calm and relaxation.  There are a few different ways in which the oil can be applied but my favorite is rubbing a few drops in my palms, then rubbing them together to warm and release the vapors and taking in a few deep breaths while cupping my palms over my nose.  After doing this for about a minute, I become noticeably more calm and focused and a lot less anxious.  I also love putting a few drops of the Dreaming Oil in my bath water, I definitely go to bed in a more relaxed state.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in bath and body, beauty Leave a comment