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Voya Seaweed Soak



It’s National Bubble Bath Day. Can I get an Amen! So, I decided that I needed more bath products in my life. I take a lot of baths, but I tend to keep using the same products over and over. I decided to use the weekends for the true luxury products. The ones that I will not be using during the week because they deserve time. Time to enjoy, engage, and to take me away. I’ve come along way from Calgon and thanks to these interwebs I am able to get my needs delivered right to my door.

I give you the Voya Lazy Days Seaweed Bath. Don’t you need more lazy days? I sure do and this product is all that and a bag of chips. First it’s seaweed so it’s going to be messy. Deal with it because it’s worth it. Voya is an Irish coming and uses the seaweed to create beauty products. This bath is a detoxifying product. It draws out any impurities and perfect at the end of a long week. It’s going to feel weird when you first get into the water. Since the seaweed is in a pouch I get two uses out of it. Seriously, it’s slimy. Just grab a book and a cup of tea, keep it moving, and make sure you have a good bath cleaner.

I’m Glossy Thanks to Oribe Curl Gloss



My hair stylist Q turned me on this curling creme. Every time I get my haircut I bring my trusty Paul Mitchell Foaming Pomade. Don’t get me wrong. I love my Paul Mitchell, but one day she said let’s mix them together. I decided to trust her even though I really didn’t want to. Whoa! My curls were shiny, hydrating and smelled so good. Oribe Curl Gloss Hydration & Hold should be on any curly girl’s hair list. My hair is short and I plan to always have this one in the arsenal.

Thanks Q.

Travel Diary: Sofitel Biarritz le Miramar Thalassa Sea & Spa

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I wanted to start your new year with one of my favorite travel diaries from the Sofitel Biarritz. After the Paris Beauty 2014, we headed to Biarritz via Rail Europe, in the South of France to experience true thalassotherapy. Thalassotherapy is the use of sea water as therapy. Since the Sofitel Biarritz le Miramar Thalassa Sea & Spa is located on the sea it was a great place to start the journey.

In France spas are considered a part of wellness. It’s not just for a birthday or mother’s day present. It is as essential as going to the doctor for a regular checkup. It helps lower blood pressure, rejuvenate and reinvigorate. The hotel is located on the cusp of Basque country. It’s only a 30 minute drive to Spain. The hotel is one of the luxury hotels in the area with sea views from every room. It boasts a spa obviously, salon, fitness center, bar and restaurants. The property is small and intimate and it is a getaway. This hotel is luxury personified.

The luxury hotel by the sea was a great introduction in the world of thalassotherapy. Stay tuned for posts on my fabulous spa treatments.

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Sofitel Biarritz
13 rue Louison Bobet
64200 Biarritz

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency and Sofitel Biarritz. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for All About the Pretty and Luxe Beauty Journeys.


Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting Mask

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It’s that time again. Time to get back to the business of beauty. I’m so excited because I have tested out some amazing products over the past few months and I can’t wait to share them. First up is Omorovicza Gold Hydralifting Mask. I’ve noticed I need more hydration on my skin. I need to do masks a lot more frequently than I did when I was younger. I’m pulling out the big guns and this is one of them. It puts into my skin the TLC that this winter is taking out of it. It smells divine and I pretend I’m on a beach when in the sun when it’s on my face. I have taken to applying all my masks with a fan brush like they do in the spas. It adds a little something, something.

2015 Paris Beauty Tour Registration Opens Monday, January 12

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Ladies, it’s that time. I’ve received countless emails, Facebook messages, private Tweets, and texts about the Paris Beauty Tour. From the website and the support of Atout France, 2014 tour was amazing. Well, I’m doing it again and the registration opens up on Monday, January 12 at 11:00am EST here.

If you are curious, here’s the website with photos to show all the beauty-full fun time we had. I can’t wait for #ParisBeauty15.


Happy 2015!



Happy New Year! I hope your holidays went well. Although the new year started last week it officially kicked off today with most people returning to work. I normally spend the first 5 days detoxing from all the food, sweets, and alcohol I consumed over the holidays. My life is saying lady we need a BREAK. This photo sums up all the goodies I have been using and reading over the weekend. As a yogi I’m always interested in studying under great teachers and Tiffany is next on my list. I took a workshop with her in 2013, but this I want to go deeper with my yoga studies. Also, if you haven’t seen Jada Pinkett Smith on the cover of Shape, please grab a copy. Lord have mercy that girl looks amazing and fit.

I also decided to get back to journaling. I have diaries from the time I was a child, but now I decided to go back to the trusty Moleskin soft cover and get out all the thoughts in my head and on to the page. As much as I like talking, I like writing everything down. Plus, I need to work on my handwriting which is pretty atrocious because I haven’t been writing as much and typing on a keyboard.

I hope that this year brings you lots of fun, belly laughs, beauty, fitness, books, and great wine. Yes, there will be difficult days, but hopefully we can all get through them with a little help from the beauty gods.

What are some things you are looking forward to this year?

‘Twas the “Pretty” Night Before Christmas

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I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Pretty New Year. I wish lots of laughter, joy, laughs, good food, and a holiday full of beauty. I will see you back here on the blog Monday, January 5, 2015.

‘Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house
the only creature stirring
was the click of a Glamglow mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
With hope that bronzer  would soon be there
Mom and daughter were nestled in their beds
With visions of Paris and shopping dancing in their heads.

When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprung from my bed to see what was the matter,
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutter to Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Splashes!

With a little old drier, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick,
More rapid than eagles, the products all came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

Now Bobbi, now Jo Malone, now Hermes, now Rodial and Estee
On Leonor Greyl, on CHANEL, on Carol’s Daughter and Laura Mercier
Becca foundation in the color called Mink
Products all over the shower and next to the sink.

To the top of the porch
To the top of the wall
Now dash away! Dash away!
Products stashed in the hall

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk
And laying his finger aside of his nose
What a lovely scent, Malle Carnal Flower?

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of products he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a beauty counter opening his pack.

Santa came on his sleigh with beauty products galore
Carrying bags from Neiman Marcus, Follain, Sephora and more
I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight
May the lip gloss be with you all, and to all a good night.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Pretty New Year!

Based on the poem by Clement Clarke Moore

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Instant Facial Smoother

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How are your holidays going? Mine are going well. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest. I am trying to slow down and enjoy the slower work days, the fewer emails that seem to be coming and bask in celebrating my birthday in the next few days. Yay! I’m also taking inventory of products and clothes I haven’t worn and expired beauty products. This means I can add new products to the arsenal to help my skin.

I’m currently loving on RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Instant Facial Smoother. It primes the skin so my tinted moisturizer applies and looks better. It’s pretty light compared to other primers and I don’t feel I want to peel my face off. Plus, it’s great for travel.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with RoC® Skincare. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for All About the Pretty. 

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