Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sleeping Beauty Overnight Gel Masques

 Miss Spa Launches 5 “Sleeping Beauty” Overnight Gel Masques
Enjoy professional results while you sleep for a refreshed and renewed complexion 

Sleeping Beauty Overnight Gel Masques - The Daily Fashion and Beauty News

As someone who loves trying new skincare products - especially facial masks - finding that one product that will work on my skin with minimal effort on my part is essential.  Which is the main reason why I am all over the overnight gel masques / facial treatment masks beauty trend. 

Knowing that whichever overnight gel masque I apply is working its magic by sinking into the skin on a deeper level makes the added step to my nightly routine completely worth it. 

If you haven't tried sleeping with an overnight gel masque, I recommend you give it a try.  And, if you're thinking that an overnight skincare product like this will cost you a fortune, I'm happy to say that will not be the case. 

Miss Spa is proud to launch their new collection of 5 Overnight Gel Masques ($7.99 each) that deliver extraordinary benefits to the skin while sleeping. Before going to bed, spend only 1 minute to gently massage the liquid mask of your choice to cleaned skin until completely absorbed. As you wake in the morning, your skin will be repaired with no need to rinse.
The 5 masques include: Anti-Aging (smooths and refines fine lines and wrinkles), Soothing (calms sensitive and irritated skin), Radiance (brightens and evens out skin tone), Moisturizing (hydrates dry and dehydrated skin) and Purifying (exfoliated and deep cleanses skin). They are water-based and free of parabens, artificial dyes, talc, fragrance and NEVER tested on animals. The masques are packaged in an easy to open, re-sealable pouch that provides 3 applications each.

  • Anti-Aging - Counteract pesky signs of aging with Miss Spa Anti-Aging Overnight Gel Masque. Infused with Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, it reduces mimic wrinkles by inhibiting muscle contractions and slow down cellular skin aging.
  • Soothing - Help relieve stressed, aggravated skin with Miss Spa Soothing Overnight Gel Masque. Infused with fruit and plant extracts of Blackcurrant and Cardiospermu, it effectively reduces inflammatory processes and replenishes the damaged skin barrier.
  • Radiance - Breathe new life into lackluster skin with Miss Spa Radiance Overnight Gel Masque. Infused with Oligopeptide-68, it decreases tyrosine oxidation and melanin synthesis to reduce overall skin pigmentation.
  • Moisturizing – Bathe skin in moisture with Miss Spa Moisturizing Overnight Gel Masque. Infused with Adenosine and Papaya, it optimizes the water balance and reduces the trans-epidermal water loss of the epidermis.
  • Purifying - Brighten and soften dull, rough skin with Miss Spa Exfoliating Purifying Overnight Gel Masque. Infused with Pineapple, it removes superficial dead skin cells and restores the skin’s natural radiance and complexion.
Cost: $7.99 each with approximately 3 applications each
Where to Buy: www.ulta.com 

Tip: Anytime I need to buy more of these Miss Spa gel masques (or any beauty related product in general), I only shop online through Ebates so I can get a percentage of my money back. I checked after writing this article and if you shop at Ulta through the Ebates site, you'll get 3% cash back. 

I honestly think you'll find these overnight gel masques from Miss Spa to be not only easy to use, but more importantly effective at locking in all their "good for your skin" ingredients allowing you to wake up to smooth and hydrated skin in the morning. 

Have you ever used an overnight gel masque / facial mask treatment? 
If so, which one is your favorite? 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Quick Post Gym Hairstyles for Work + Fun

Quick Post Gym Hairstyles for Work and Fun - The Daily Fashion and Beauty News

Quick Post-Gym Hairstyles for Work & Fun
Date night, work or last minute plans? Go from the gym to glam with these fast hair ideas

In last week's article I shared a few simple ways you can create a successful personal fitness program, if you missed it - click here to read the full article. 

Of the many challenges that come from working out, one of the most popular is how to style our hair post-gym. Regardless of what time of day (or night) you choose to work out, the following hair ideas shared by Fernando Salas, creator of White Sands Haircare, will certainly give you fast hair ideas to go from the gym to a number of after workout plans like work, a date or even just a lazy weekend at home. 

1. Going from the Gym to Last Minute Plans - Do a 3 Minute Blowout
Spray a hairspray like White Sands Infinity ($22) to soak up extra oils and create lift at the roots. Quickly use your dryer and direct the heat only at your hairline to dry up the most visible, sweaty areas. Flip your head over and dry hair upside down. When you come back up, you will have volume while also refreshening tresses. Spray your brush with perfume and run through your hair to finish.

2. Going from the Gym to Date Night - Do a Post Workout Chignon
Start by tousling hair with a texture spray like White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray ($21). Loosely pull hair back into a low pony tail. Using bobby pins, pin a section of hair from the middle of the ponytail an inch or two above the hair tie. Then, use hair pins to pin the remaining lengths in place to complete the look. "Remember, it doesn't have to look perfect. The more creative and the more texture the better," explains Salas.

3. Going from the Gym to Work - Do a Classic Ponytail
"I've noticed that a beautiful classic ponytail is underutilized," says Salas. Using a light weight paste like White Sands Smudge Texture Crème ($16), smooth hair back into a shiny sleek, pony and secure in the middle of the head below the crown and above the nape. Wrap a small piece of hair around the band to dress it up and secure the ends with a bobby pin.

4. Going from the Gym to Cocktails with the Girls - Do a High Bun
There are so many different bun makers out there with various foam shapes to choose from. It has never been easier to make one in seconds. You can even cut the toe area off of a sock and roll the remaining part into a circular piece to use. In seconds you will have a clean polished style, that is still fun and flirty. Seal it with a shine spray like White Sands Porosity ($19.40) to disguise oily hair.

5. Going from the Gym to a Relaxed Weekend - Do a Braid
No matter where life takes you, opting for a braided hairstyle can be the easiest way to get pretty hair without a lot of prep. Wear your braid of choice while working out and let this style act as a curling iron. Once you are done at the gym, undo to reveal heatless waves perfect for a casual weekend. 

Which post gym hairstyle are you most likely to try? 

Monday, January 4, 2016

How To Create a Successful Personal Fitness Program

How to Create a Successful Personal Fitness Program - The Daily Fashion and Beauty News

Hello, 2016! 

Like many of you, today is my first official day back at the LFD offices. And I have to say: I'm super excited and motivated to get this new year started on a positive note. 

In order to do that, I decided to make it a priority to work on my overall health this year by creating (and maintaining) a personal fitness program.

If one of your new years goals is to workout on a regular basis, then please continue reading below some tips and tricks that will help you create a successful personal fitness program.  


Stop making excuses for not working out. Schedule a block of time to workout tomorrow, even if it's only for 15 minutes. Tomorrow, schedule another block of time for the next day. Do this daily and eventually you won't need to make that appointment with yourself and your workout time will increase. Soon, exercise will just be part of a normal day.

TIP: To give you an idea, here's what I do: When driving back to the house in the mornings after taking my daughter to her bus stop,I have no other choice but to drive by the gym. So, instead of speeding by the building once I turn the corner onto the street where it's located, I convince myself that all I need to do is go inside and workout for a few minutes. Once I walk through the front doors, I connect my cell phone to their wifi, load a YouTube video that's about 15-20 min long and begin my workout. By the time the video ends, I've worked out for the day without even knowing it. 


A great way to stay fit is to pick a fitness related activity that you absolutely love. This could be something like bike riding, roller blading, or even hiking. This way you will be exercising fairly strenuously and because it is something you really enjoy you won't even notice it.

TIP: As someone who likes to go for walks, I tend to gravitate to the nearest treadmill. If there is none available, then I'll choose the elliptical. And, when I'm feeling ballsy, I'll do some light weight lifting. 


One way to get fit is to replace all your normal sedentary habits with active habits. For example if you watch TV for about three hours a day this can be replaced with a one hour walk and two hours of TV. By doing this you get some exercise into your regimen and don't sacrifice something you enjoy.


If you're having a difficult time fitting exercise into your day, try doing it early in the morning. If you wake up and tackle your exercise plan first thing, you won't have to worry about it for the rest of the day. You can also often complete a thirty minute work out before the rest of your family is awake, making it less of an interference in your every day chores and duties.

TIP: Like I mentioned before, I go to the gym first thing in the morning, which is typically around 6:30 AM. If the morning time does not work for you, try going in the mid-afternoon or even at night. 


While fitness should push our bodies, it is important though that you not push yourself too hard. By trying to exceed your body's capabilities, you are not doing yourself any favors; in fact, you may be causing yourself injury. My suggestion is to take is slow. When you schedule your fitness routine, start off with easy to do stretches or jump rope. The point is: Don't over do it! 

With the previous tips floating through your thoughts, you ought to be ready to create your own personal fitness routine! It does take some time and effort, but if you keep at it, it is indeed achievable. So, go out there, enjoy yourself, and achieve all of your fitness goals!

Now it's your turn: Do you have any additional tips to creating a successful personal fitness program?