Hot Stuff: Eminence Eight Greens Phyto Masque

Oh sure, roll your eyes. I know, I know. I shell out new favorite beauty finds on a daily basis but this one just tickled me pink. Literally. I picked up the Eminence Eight Greens Phyto Masque on the advice of a day spa in Scottsdale. The owner took one look at my telltale mug […]

Call to Duty: The Proactiv Anti-Acne Arsenal

Proactive Acne Arsenal

Breakouts aren’t just for teenagers. As someone who’ll be celebrating another 39th birthday soon, I’m no stranger to the untimely appearance of hormonal or stress-induced pimples. And while my bathroom vanity is cluttered with a variety of anti-aging skincare products, I do have a few key anti-acne potions in my arsenal ready for those special […]

Eminence Organic Skin Care: Buy a Product, Plant a Tree

Eminence Organic Skin Care

If you need an excuse to treat yourself to an Eminence Organic Skin Care product or two, we have a good one. A really good one. Among the spa industry’s elite organic skincare brands, Eminence is taking their commitment to the environment to a whole new level by planting one tree for every product sold! […]

ClearWave Phototherapy System for Acne: Woah, It Really Works!


To say that I was skeptical about the Verilux ClearWave Phototherapy System for Acne would be an understatement. An at-home blue light therapy acne system that actually works? Right. Doubt it. Well, keep this in mind, ladies – it takes a big Spa Girl to admit when she’s wrong. And I was totally wrong about […]

Acne Spot Treatments: 5 Products that Zap Zits

By the time I graduated high school, I thought I’d successfully dodged the whole acne thing. Sadly, I came to find that 50 percent of women (me!) develop adult acne. This can be brought on by such wonderful things as hormones, stress and pore-clogging cosmetics. As such, I’ve tried a lot of acne spot treatments. […]

My Skincare Secret Weapons

People often ask me how I manage to try out all the wonderful skincare products that I’m privy to as a beauty writer without my skin freaking out. Trust me, my skin has its tantrums and it’s a rare day when I don’t have a blemish or two (or four). But like most gals, I […]

Bar Essentials: Wonderbar Facial Soap

Remember those carefree days when you used to just wash your face with soap? Maybe slapped on a moisturizer and called it a day? The new Wonderbar facial soap takes you back to those days but with a higher purpose — clean, healthy, balanced skin. The not-so-secret secret to the healing prowess of this simple […]

Behind the Mask: Home Facial Masks that Work

Nothing like covering your face in a thick layer of green goo to make you feel like you’ve drifted away to spa. But what is that green gunk anyway? And is it the best choice for your skin and your schedule? Here are our picks for facial masks that target various skin issues and some […]

Murad Acne & Aging Regimen: Road Tested and Spa Girl Approved

Skin experts say the worst thing you can do for your complexion is to change up your skincare regimen when you go on vacation. Which is why, of course, I took a whole new set of products on my recent whirlwind road trip through California and Nevada. I like to live on the edge (and […]

Murad’s Most Wanted: Five Skincare Breakthroughs from the Healthy Skin Doc

Does anyone really ever listen to their doctor’s advice? I mean honestly, an apple a day? That’s just boring. But when skincare innovator Dr. Howard Murad speaks, people listen. In fact, funny story. I recently had the honor of interviewing Dr. Murad for an article in LiveSpa Magazine. I told myself before I dialed his […]