Health + Beauty

Curly Bob Hairstyles: How To Rock One Right

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If you’re at that awkward, mid-length grow out stage, it’s time to throw in the towel!  Curly bob hairstyles are framing faces with a sexy, tousled effect.  Our favorite hair cuts are above the shoulders with layers that skim the jawline.  Time to let those natural waves loose or maybe time for the perm to be back in action?  What […]

Alternative Nut Butter: A Healthy Departure From The Standard Peanut

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Looking for a healthy alternative to peanut butter, or just a change of pace? Then alternative nut butter is perfect for you! Use one to make any peanut butter recipe a little healthier. Or, simply spice up your next PB&J. Either way, your choice of flavor variations are endless and variety is the spice of life! A Handful of Almonds […]

Sugar Scrubs Sweeten Up Your Skin Care Routine

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After the holiday season more often than not we have the unwanted gift of dry skin. Sugar scrubs are the perfect remedy for this winter season blight. These scrubs get rid of the unwanted dead skin while boosting the regeneration of healthy skin. They have a list of benefits that some may not think of. We’ll show you the way […]

Afternoon Tea: Take 5 Every Day

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It’s tough to find time for yourself. The best way to achieve this, while getting some relief from your relentless tasks, is to relax with an afternoon tea ritual. Forget coffee, all that caffeine just adds to the stress and creates dependency. Take some time to yourself around 3 o’clock to have a warm herbal drink (instead of reaching for […]

Hair Ribbons Pretty Up Your Look in 10 Seconds Flat

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Weather down; hair up! Messy updos are fun and hair ribbons take them to a whole new level. The type of ribbon you use and the way you use it can make or break a hairstyle. Check out these easy ways to add effortless beauty to a cloudy or rainy day. This is a tiny detail that makes a big […]

Coconut: The Swiss Army Knife of Fruits

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In a sea of “superfoods”, one stands out among the rest. Coconut is everywhere these days but this is not without good reason. Every day, people are finding more and more uses for this tropical gem. It is used for health, cooking, or even beauty products/skin care. It really does seem to be the swiss army knife of fruits. Cute as […]

Sage Burning Clears The Air With Intention + Purpose

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A new year has begun and that means 365 days of possibilities. Clear the air with sage burning and invite positive energy into your life. Keeping an open mind is essential for welcoming opportunity when it arrives. The wonderful fragrance of this medicinal herb will help you feel positive and energized. Sage Burning Techniques Ready to start clearing the air? […]

Honey Hair Mask DIYs Moisturize Dry Winter Locks

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Staying in this weekend?  Treat yourself to a mini spa night with an easy honey hair mask that will hydrate your locks.  Honey is a natural humectant, which means it retains and preserves moisture.  Plus, homemade beauty treatments are a fun way to take care of yourself naturally.  The drying combination of Winter weather and styling tools can really take […]

Roses N Rosé: Chanté Gernertt is Our Skin Care BFF

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Summertime is the quintessential “skin-is-in” season!  A few years back, a girlfriend and I had a simple rule-of-thumb for getting dressed to go out: “when in doubt, wear less clothes”.  Keeping that mantra in mind, we caught up with boss babe Chanté Gernertt, founder of skin care line Roses N Rosé.  Learn how she is finding success by creating natural, […]

Braids Make You Prettier in the Summer

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Now that life is getting a little hotter (and more humid), it’s time to start considering alternative hair styles.  Put the blow dryer and flat iron away and trade them in for summer braids. We found some favorite versions that range from princess to punk rock. Add a side braid to a messy bun, or let the strands fall loosely down […]

Pilates Reformer Exercise For Abs + Buns of Steel

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Diet and cardio not quite cutting it? You can lose a little weight, but you won’t be truly happy with your figure until you add some muscle-building into the mix.  Used by women of all ages, Pilates reformer classes will strengthen your core and give you that muscle tone you’ve been yearning for.  It all started with the exercise philosophy […]

Rose Water Naturally Hydrates + Evens Skin Tone

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Here’s our latest beauty crush! We recently discovered rose water and after a few spritzes, are totally sold on the stuff. Delve into the world of facial toners and find out all you can about this amazing-smelling hydrator. Mist, mist, mist! You will seriously become addicted. Read on to find out how to keep your skin super fresh and your […]

Herbal Tea: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine worked to enhance health and address core issues in the body.   Chinese practitioners used cooling teas to help the body overcome fevers.  Hot teas addressed problems such as high fat levels in the bloodstream.  Herbal tea continues to be an effective way to heal the body or even lose a little weight.  Teas can be made from fresh or […]

Beets Are in Season! Boost Your Energy + Stamina

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Valentine’s Day is over, but we’re still riding the “red” train!  The best part of the day for us (we all agreed) was giving and receiving treats.  However, it may be time to trade in your sugar goodies for nature’s sweet veggie instead. Beets are officially in season and the delicious, hearty, root vegetable is surprisingly easy to bake with. It is […]

Collagen is All About Making Connections

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Fighting the effects of aging one pill at a time! Since I eat a high-protein diet, I became intrigued with the health (and beauty) benefits of collagen. I started taking a supplement 2 months ago and have been impressed with results! Learn more about the key building block to the health of your hair, skin, joints, and nails. Collagen: KIT […]

Vanquish: Measuring the Cost of Fat Reduction

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Got a stubborn pooch? Cringing at the term “saddle bags”? Cosmetic surgeons are promoting non-invasive alternatives to liposuction, like Vanquish and CoolSculpting. We have a saying that men in their 40s get sports cars, women get plastic surgery. If you’ve got a little fat you are struggling to get rid of via exercise, you might be considering one of these […]

Vitamin C Gives Your Skin It’s Youth Back

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Turn the years back with vitamins!  Easily absorbed through the skin, Vitamin C acts as an anti-aging miracle.   First of all, let me tell you this whole sunscreen + moisturizer is a new aspect of my beauty routine.  I was one of those beach bums growing up who spent countless hours in the sun rubbing Hawaiian Tropic oil into […]

Botox + Dysport: Does Beauty Come With a Cost?

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Most people have different opinions on what it means to “age gracefully”. Are treatments like Botox or Dysport worth the cost of turning the clock back a few years? Take a look at the pros and cons of erasing wrinkles and going au naturel. Being in the medical profession, I understand the importance of researching any cosmetic procedure. Being a […]

Kombucha Tea is Your Detox and Digestion Friend

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Time to start thinking about what’s going on in the tummy region! If you’re looking to detox your diet or lose a couple of pounds, add Kombucha to the mix. This naturally carbonated tea boasts a myriad of health benefits and helps you look and feel better. Just in time for swimsuit season! We are loving the energy boost of […]

Yerba Mate Boasts the Euphoria of Chocolate

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Don’t you love it when you come across a new favorite at Trader Joe’s?  If you’re bored with the herbal teas you have at home, consider giving Yerba mate a try. It comes in a cute little paper bag and the health benefits are mind blowing. Who knew you could get all those antioxidants from a tasty little cup of […]

Caffeine Belongs on the Outside of Your Body

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It’s remarkable what coffee and tea can do for you. Caffeine has been coming to the rescue for me lately, but this time on the outside! Because it contains antioxidants, caffeine is used in many beauty products. It can perk up your skin care regimen and may help prevent skin cancer in the future. Marvelous! How it Works You know […]

Castile Soap Cleans Head-to-Toe, Top-to-Bottom

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I’m going to throw my sister under the bus and tell you she has never heard of Castile soap. It’s moments like these that gives what we do here at Girlfriend is Better a healthy dose of validation. Maybe it’s my Italian side, but I love this natural soap made with olive oil and sodium hydroxide. It’s delicate enough to […]

Aloe Juice Works to Improve Skin and Detox the Body

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Living in this modern day, we are constantly bombarded by toxins of every kind. We subject our bodies to dangerous chemicals through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. One of my new little miracle workers is aloe juice, a tangy beverage that helps detox the body and combat skin problems. Aloe Vera is […]

Meditation 101: Try Not to Hallucinate

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I started to do some light research on meditation and came across a freaky warning! “You might get visions and some of them might be horrible. Stop when it happens.” WTF? I of course took a screen shot of the warning and group-texted it to my mom and sisters. One sister replied, “I was just watching Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon […]

Retinol Makes the No-Makeup Look Possible

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Winter is the best time to focus on your skin. All that dryness from indoor heaters takes a toll! Exfoliating and skin care products are more important during this season and Retinol is my new favorite. Basically, Retinol is the technical name for vitamin A, so it sounds scarier than it is. Skin absorbs vitamins extremely well and uses them […]

Honey Home Remedies: Health, Naturally

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Did you know that honey is a versatile ingredient in health and beauty home remedies? Honey combined with another household staple transforms into an elixir guaranteed to satisfy. Ward off a flu bug or do an easy detox without spending all those dollars. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for your consideration. Weight Loss Home Remedy Starting with […]

Epsom Salt for What Ails You

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Last winter, I discovered the magical relief of soaking in Epsom salt. My legs were getting increasingly sensitive to shaving which was turning into a nightmare. I was switching razors and trying a variety of different shaving creams and methods to no avail. I really wanted natural ingredients (such as coconut oil) to be the solution but really, nothing was […]