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Be Part of LifeSpa + Oscars Live Social Event

Posted on: February 20th, 2015


With the Oscars just a few days away, Life Time will be tweeting live tips and how-tos during the Red Carpet on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The LifeSpa at Life Time will be sharing styling tips, tricks and tutorials; Oscar-inspired hair, skin and nail styles, and talking all things Hollywood.


Life Time’s social channels involved include Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, and the official hash tags include #LifeSpa and #RedCarpet.

We’d love for you to join Life Time in their real-time, LifeSpa + Oscars conversation during the 87th Annual Oscars! Also look out for more tips, tricks and trends following Oscars from expert stylists at LifeSpa, the nation’s largest spa chain.

For the 2015 Grammy Awards, Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen worked with Katharine McPhee

Posted on: February 16th, 2015

Here’s how to get Kat’s look:

1. Lauren started with Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation and brushed Kat’s cheeks with Lorac Tantalizer Bronzer.

2. Lauren then used Avon Eye Dimensions Eye Shadow in Khaki Chic, using the peachy golden shade on the eyes and the taupe shade in the corners and underneath the eyes. She lined the eyes with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Scortch and finished with NEW Avon SuperExtend Winged Out Mascara in Blackest Black.

3. To complete the look, Lauren applied Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Naturally Nude on Kat’s lips and added Avon Ultra Glazewear in Nude on top.

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Candles and Valentine’s Day make a perfect match!

Posted on: February 11th, 2015

Unknown-1Whether you have a significant other in your life or not, share this day with someone special, even if that special someone is yourself. Light a romantic candle, put on some red lipstick, bat your eyelashes or style your hair a new way. There’s no need to feel down on this day of love!


C.O. Bigelow Home Fragrance Collection offers the finest fragrances and now available in specialty crafted candles. A curated collection of scented candles from America’s oldest apothecary, C.O. Bigelow. For generations, C. O. Bigelow has been providing premium customized healing formulas and personal care remedies. Now, the famed apothecary’s dedicated chemists have created nine scented candles inspired by many of the brand’s most popular personal care items. With a proprietary blend of waxes and lead-free wicks, the candles are specially designed to ensure even melting. Made with the highest quality oils, these high quality candles bring a sense of refinement to any home.

C.O. Bigelow Home Fragrance Collection are $42 and available in 9 stunning scents,  Freesia, Lemon, Amber, Musk, Eucalyptus, Fig, Smoke and Neroli and my favorite, Lavendar Peppermint!
You will find the collection at C.O. Bigelow &

Dr. Teals is a bath lovers delight!

Posted on: February 9th, 2015


Soaking in Dr. Teal’s Soothe & Sleep Lavender Foaming Bath, gives you the best of both worlds. While soaking in a hot tub of water and enjoying the aroma of lavender you will also benefit from the soothing and healing properties of epsom salt. Even if you are not achy, I say “soak anyway! Here in New England, while the outside temperatures are freezing, there is nothing like getting into a tub of water where the temperature is hot hot hot!!! Of course, adding a capful or two or three of Dr. Teal’s Soothe & Sleep Lavender Foaming Bath is just what the doctor ordered. Dr. Teals Foaming Bath is delightful not only in the winter months but provides a therapeutic bath year round.

Dr. Teal’s Soothe & Sleep Lavender Foaming Bath is not only calming to the senses, but contains essential oils that relax and sooth your body and relieves your stress, which will help for a better night’s sleep. Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath contains Lavender, a fabulous aroma and one of my favorite scents.

Besides Dr. Teal’s  Sooth and Sleep Foaming Bath,  try Dr. Teals Tention and Fatigue Foaming Vapor Bath or Dr. Teal’s  Foaming Milk Bath. Dr. Teal’s is also available in bags of epsom salt soaking solutions with aromas like Relax and Relief with Eucalyptus Spearment, Comfort and Calm with Chammolile,  and your basic epsom salt soaking solution which has been tested and approved by  everyone I know with aches, pains and minor discomforts.

What are you waiting for, get your Dr. Teal’s and start soaking! Dr. Teals can be found in retail stores and drugstores nationwide

Make Your Own Loofah Soaps…It’s So Much Fun!

Posted on: February 5th, 2015

I’m excited to share with you a new, easy beauty recipe from the DIY queen, Anne-Marie Faiola. Inspired by her love of crafting and her desire to make handmade toiletries easy for everyone, Anne-Marie founded handmadebeautybox, a DIY subscription service that cater to the crafters need by delivering quality beauty and spa projects monthly to your door. In less than 30 minutes, you can make your own Melt-And-Pour Loofah Soaps!

Loofah soaps make a great addition to any winter beauty regimen. Including loofah, a natural exfoliant, in the cleansing bar itself helps removes dead skin cells and soothe flaky and patchy skin, while moisturizing with its essential oil base. Formulated with sunny herb garden fragrance oil, these loofah soaps help the scrubbing particles glide over your skin and provides a nice lock of moisture after you wash.

What You’ll Need

2 lbs Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base 1 Dropper
1 Spray Bottle (for rubbing alcohol)
2 Heat Safe Containers
2 Spoons
Paper Towels
Rubbing Alcohol
8 Soap Molds with Lids
1 oz Sunny Herb Garden Fragrance Oil
Electric Bubble Gum Color Block
1 Tagerine Wow Color Block
1 Loofah

Loofah Prep: Cut the dry loofah sponge into 8 even pieces by cutting once vertically then cutting each half into 4 pieces. Next, add the loofah sponge pieces to water to reconstitute and remove seeds as needed (this is a natural vegetable product so you may have seeds). Towel-dry each loofah piece to remove excess water. Set aside.


Rubbing Alcohol Prep: Add rubbing alcohol to the 2 oz spray bottle. Spritzing the melted soap with rubbing alcohol eliminates air bubbles.


1. Cut the soap base into 1 inch cubes and divide equally into 2 microwave safe glass containers.

2. Melt the first container of soap in the microwave on 30 second bursts, stirring in between bursts with a spoon, until the soap is fully melted.

3. Slice off a sliver of the Tangerine Wow color block and mix a small amount into the first container of melted soap until you achieve a bright orange hue. What you see is what you get with these colorants so feel free to add more if you   want a brighter color.

4. Add 4 droppers full of fragrance oil to the melted orange soap base and stir until the fragrance oil is fully distributed (about 12 ml).

5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 using the Electric Bubble Gum color block and your second container of soap.

6. Place 1 loofah sponge in each rectangle mold. It’s ok if the loofah sponges are still a little damp. Trim the sponges if needed. Ideally, we want both containers of soap around the same temperature when we pour. If you have a thermometer, the magic temperature is about 130° Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a thermometer, no problem. Let the soap cool down until it gets a little bit thicker and starts to form a “skin” on top of the soap. The soap should not be hot. If the soap cooled down too much, just pop it back in the microwave on 30 second bursts. Heat as needed.

7.The color fusion technique is about the “pour.” Pour the pink soap into 4 molds only filling up the molds half way. Next, pour the orange soap on top of the pink soap to fill the mold all the way to the top. Repeat this step for the remaining 4 soap molds pouring the orange soap first and the pink soap second. Spritz all of the soaps with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles.

8.Let the soap harden for 12–24 hours before unmolding.

The soap is ready to use right away or add the raffia and labels  found here download here to the soap mold and give them away as gifts. Your friends and family will love you!

Start the New Year off with Amazing Skin !

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015


Not long ago, I shared that  Josie Maran Argan Pure Complexion 5 Piece Collection is available exclusively at QVC. Now I am experiencing Josie Maran Skincare with my own 5 piece collection.  I have become a huge fan of skincare containing Argan Oil and Josie Maran has designed the perfect collection.

I am generally afraid to try skincare containing oil due to possible oily residue but I haven’t experienced any oiliness on my skin, just velvety softness, especially after using Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil. During the summer months, I like to use oils that absorb quickly.  This winter has been brutal on my skin and Josie Marans 100% Pure Argan Oil Face Serum, which I use as a moisturizer, doesn’t dry instantly but stays on my skin long enough to massage in, leaving a silky smooth feeling as opposed to a dry feeling that I like during the humid months.

The foundation is quit unique in that it is formulated to match your skintone. It really is Amazing! The foundation goes on white when you apply it to your skin. It then adjusts its pigment to match you skintone within a few minutes. I love this feature because I never have to figure out what color foundation to choose again. Choosing a foundation is usually a hit or miss for me  but Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation has taken the guess work out. Did I mention there is a brush included in the set?

There are so many aspects of this collection that I like. The Argan Color Stick “In Love” for example, gives you just the right amount of “rosy” color for a natural look and you can use it on your cheeks, forehead and lips! Quite unique!

The entire collection is infused with Argan oil and the face serum is 100% Pure Argan oil. All the produces in Josie Maran Argan Pure Complexion 5 Piece Collection can also be purchased separately. You can find this collection as well as other Josie Maran Skincare products at

“Butter Her Up” this Valentine’s Day with Gift Sets From Savannah Bee CO.

Posted on: January 31st, 2015

This Valentine’s Day, treat your special “Someone” with a gift box from Savannah Bee Company. These gifts are exquisite and unique! They are made of natural ingredients, no animal testing and contain absolutely no parabens, petroleum or derived ingredients. Choose one of the gift sets below or visit their website to view more of their products.

Honeycomb Special – $33.50vb


The Sweetest Surprise – $54.50


A Honey of a Pair – $30


Honey Caramel Delight – $46.00


Goodness All Over – $62.50


My Sweet and Sensitive Valentine – $72



Top 5 Valentine’s Day Beauty Tips

Posted on: January 27th, 2015


Whether it’s a hot date planned with your beau or a girls’ night out, this Valentine’s Day make sure to make a statement with these top five beauty tips. Celebrity makeup artist; who has worked with Meghan Trainor, Brooklyn Decker, Angie Harmon, among others and top fashion brands Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Laura Ashley, Perry Ellis, to name a few; provides these tips to create the perfect Valentine’s Day beauty look.

1. Kiss and makeup…

Ditch the traditional “red” lip and go for a more kissable look like a delicious nude color. Try: Philosophy’s lip shine in Coconut Frosting it gives a hint of shimmer with a mild sweet taste.

2. Run your fingers through my hair or maybe not…

Loose the hair spray for the night. Nothing is more un-sexy than hard mane. Touchable, soft hair is always a “do”. Try: Garnier’s Texture Spray for body and bounce without the crunch.

3. Give it a glow…

For a quick J-Lo glow add a few drops of liquid luminizer to your moisturizer. Try: Stila’s All Over Shimmer liquid

4. Got a private beach…

Nothing says red-hot like bronzed skin. Use along the perimeter of your face & jaw bone for a more realistic application. Also pick a brand that doesn’t have too much shimmer. Try: Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer

5. It started with a wink…

Seduction begins with a good mascara! Give your eyes a bambi-like fringe using lash fibers. It coats & builds on the ends of your natural lashes, giving the appearance of falsies. Try: Loreal’s False Fiber Lash Mascara

For more information about Jami, please visit

Think MIYU this Valentine’s Day

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015


This February, give the gift of an at-home spa retreat with a healthier twist on chocolate! This limited edition “made with love” gift set is sure to send hearts fluttering! SRP: $50.00 (retail value $65)

A Valentine’s gift inspired by love… MIYU’s made with love kit includes their award- winning hydrate mi beauty tea + serum- mist essence pairing, a limited edition love sweet love chocolate chai tea, a gorgeous heart- shaped loose leaf tea infuser and an adorable mini wooden spoon.

MIYU’s “made with love” Kit Contains everything needed to make your Valentine’s Day a smashing success!
• 1 – hydrate mi beauty essence, 2.7 fl. oz.

• 1 – hydrate mi beauty tea, 16 sachets

• 1 – love sweet love chocolate chai loose tea, 25 g pouch

• 1 – heartstrings loose leaf tea infuser

• 1 – mini wooden spoon

MIYU made with love can be purchased online at

Geluxury Slippers are like walking on Air

Posted on: January 20th, 2015



I never thought in my wildest dreams that a gift as simple as a pair of slippers would bring me so much comfort and joy. I’m talking about my new pair of Geluxury Slippers that I never want to take off. If you are not familiar with Geluxury Slippers, let me fill you in. Geluxury slippers are moisture infused with 7 natural botanical and essential oils. The gel pad is sewn into the slipper so when you slip them on your feet you immediately feel a soothing cool sensation on your skin along with luxurious cushiony comfort.

Make sure you wear your Geluxury Slippers at least 2 to 3 times a week for 20 to 30 minutes a day to achieve maximum hydration benefits. They are made of Polyester and spandex and will fit snugly to your feet. The slippers work beautifully for feet with cracked heels, damaged cuticles, dry skin or just wear them just for the comfort, you will love them!

Geluxury Slippers are made with SmartGel® Technology. Geluxury patent pending lining isInfused with 7 Therapeutic Botanicals and Ceramide; Solid-textured and non-greasy with no clean up require; Enriched with Aloe Vera, Green tea, and Willow; Built to last for hundreds of treatments and Dermatologist tested.”

Geluxury Slippers ($39.95) are available in to chic fabrics (leopard) shown above and a cuddle cow print. and they are available at

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