Aqua Spa Body Cleanser Review

I strongly believe that one should make time spent in the shower as relaxing and enjoyable as possible...even if it's one of those two minutes showers that seem to be occurring with more frequency as we are all continuously pressed for time. One of the best ways to turn shower time Read more

Pretty Woman Kingfisher Feather Polish Review

I love the look of textured nail polish. However, many textured polishes tend to scrape off easily making the effort of applying them practically useless. The Feather polishes from Pretty Woman are another story entirely. You can achieve a textured look that is still smooth to the touch minimizing Read more

Swisspers Twitter Party September 18th 8:30pm EST

Disclosure: Swisspers provided me with compensation for participating in this Twitter Party.  This Thursday, September 18th from 8:30-10:30pm I'll be participating in a #SleepNaked Twitter chat with Swisspers. If you are not familiar with the cotton products from Swisspers and all the benefits of sleeping naked (for your skin!), go Read more

Best Charities for Breast Cancer Research

As a beauty blogger, I'm inundated in the months leading up to and during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pitches for all sorts of beauty products. Each brand aligns itself with the goal of raising funds by donating a certain percentage to the cause. I'm often discouraged when I Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with EveryCasa

It's an exciting time at A Girl's Gotta Spa! as we continue to expand our reach with new retail partners! We've just added EveryCasa.com to our list of retail partners - a company that covers all of your household needs for any person and any room, from the kitchen to Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa!’s Best Beauty Products of 2010

Happy 2011! Hopefully you are ringing in the new year with a positive attitude that this year will be even better than 2010! Have you made any skin care resolutions? I know I have…especially as I realize that I am not getting any younger.

Just in case you missed any of these posts, I’ve put together my list of the best beauty products reviewed in 2010 by A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Was your favorite listed?

1. Skin Care:

Renée Rouleau Vitamin C & E Complex

2. Bath & Body:

Silky Cosmetics Body Creme & Whipped Sugar Body Polish

3. Hair Care:  Read more

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New Year’s Eve Hair Advice from Nick Arrojo

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and as soon as the dust has settled from unwrapping presents, it will be back to party mode and time to start planning your NYE look.  While the perfect party dress is ever so important, so is the perfect party hair.  Here are three tips from award winning hairdresser and television personality, Nick Arrojo for nailing dazzling NYE style.

How to get Sparkly Party Hair:

Spray Thermal Protector all over damp hair before you style to save your hair from the damage of blow dryer, flat iron and curler abuse.  Once hair is dry and it its desired style, mist some Shine Spray in your hands and run through your hair, focusing on mid to ends, making hair smooth and sleek.  Finally, finish the look with Holding Spray, nice fluid strokes will do the trick here.  Applied too much in a hurry? Just run a brush through and start over.  Thank goodness for buildup-free hair products.  Don’t forget: pack some extra bobby pins, hair elastics, a travel comb and your mini ARROJO holding spray in your purse for touch ups as you run from fête to fête!  Read more

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Hair Cut at Janey O’s Salon in Blakely, PA

One of the pitfalls of having bangs is that when they begin to grow out, and you put off a hair appointment, it totally messes with your overall hairstyle. When your hair is longer and you have no bangs, you can hide that overdue hair cut more easily by curling it, flat ironing it , wearing it in an updo…nobody is the wiser. But Nick Arrojo snapped me out of that almost 2 years ago when he cut 8 inches off and gave me bangs. I can no longer go 2-4 months without getting my hair cut.

The last hair cut I had was at Salon A.K.S. in September during the last few days of Fashion Week. So at the beginning of December I grew tired of looking…tired. Do you know the feeling? A friend of mine had made mention that she was the hairstylist at Janey O’s Salon in Blakely (pretty close to the Viewmont Mall.) Since it’s become my quest to take in as much of Northeast PA‘s beauty industry as possible I bequeathed Misty with the task of fixing my hair. And no, she wasn’t at all intimidated by all of the amazing hairstylists before her who had worked on my hair like the aforementioned Nick Arrojo, Davide Torchio or Alain Pinon. I immediately loved that she was confidant that she could do just as an amazing a cut as any celebrity hairstylist.

Oh, and she sure did.  Read more

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Revive The Glamour of Studio 54 with 70s-Inspired Voluminous Hair!

In honor of the glamazons of the 70s club scene, I’m diggin’ the idea of lush, voluminous hair that embraces body and moves gracefully while you work the room and the dancefloor! But having larger than life hair doesn’t mean it has to be unruly. Amp up your locks while still maintaining glossy bounciness and gentle waves with the help of these handy volume-boosting tools and products, which help use your hair’s natural body in a way that’s a bit more refined and enhanced for a more romantic, glamorous, night-out look!  Read more

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Men’s Hair Care: Review of AXE Heat Igniting Citrus 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner

Check out my latest men’s hair care review of AXE’s newest product AXE Heat Igniting Citrus 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner. The citrus scent is invigorating and I love how it made my hair feel.

You can find AXE hair and body products at your local drugstore and super market.

You can find more of my AXE reviews on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! YouTube channel.

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LiQWD Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner

LiQWD-Volumizing_Shampoo-ConditionerI am all about my hair. Maybe even more so than I am about any other aspect of beauty. I’ve permed my hair (and my hair has forgiven me), highlighted it, dyed it, bleached it, had a tail (no forgiveness there though), teased it so high that they could see it from the satellites in space,  put in so much Aqua Net that it would retain its shape for days…well you get the picture. I love trying out new hairstyles, especially new hair care products.

LiQWD is fairly new in hair care, but it sure is getting a lot of buzz. Pictured here is their Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner; I’ve been using it for quite some time now. Here’s how LiQWD positions itself differently from other hair care brands:

“The Nano-Hydrasphere,” which LiQWD deems as beauty’s silver bullet, is said to deliver their ingredients of essential oils, fatty acids, proteins, etc. deep into the cortex layer of the hair. They also use ColorLife Technology, which utilizes UV filters to prevent your color from fading as well as guard against environmental damage (something I wish more hair products would contain for those of us constantly hiding our greys.)

So how did it work for me? Read more

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Celebrity Hairstylist Pearson Knight Recaps Fashion Week SS11 Hairstyle Trends

Maggie GraceMy week at Fashion Week started out with a bang! First was the largest fashion show ever, Fashion’s Night Out, and then the new location for the tents. I think moving the tents from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center threw everyone off a bit, but I thought it was a cool area with total upgraded work space. I was immediately thrown into a 12 hour day with 3 hours sleep on day 1. I had the pleasure of styling Maggie Grace’s hair so that she could attend Christian Siriano’s show. When I saw the Christian Siriano dress she had chosen to wear, I decided on a “lived in-last night’s upstyle” with some pieces falling out to framed her up. What can I say she is as sweet as she is beautiful. I enjoyed my time with her.

One of the many great shows was Jason Wu. I always enjoy working his shows with everyone. He seems to usually book some of my favorite friends like Pearson-Knight-Joan-SmallsJoan Smalls and Aline Weber. I think he is extremely talented and I really like his collections. We threw in a side part and brought everything to the back where pieces of fabric from his collection were twisted and braided into four sections. We then loosely brought them under themselves and pinned, creating a soft, clean look with unique elegance. It was a great show.

Milk Studios is so fresh and that’s where Suno was held. The hair was fun with a mixture of sleek and dry texture. We set the hair with Aveda Control Force and irons. We then built the back shape by twisting and looping sections back and forth pinning them on top of each other. The sides we brought back tight then secured in the back with Aveda’s Retexturing Gel Jason-Wu-hairstyles-SS11giving a wet sleek appearance with shine. Finally we loosely placed the top up and back in an “S” pattern with a rockabilly feel giving the look a lot of playfulness, like the collection, which I was into. This show was a lot of fun! Read more

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Get a Slick & Sleek Updo With These Smoothing Hair Products

In the spring and summer months, texturized ponytails, messy side braids, and loose wispy buns certainly had their moment. For fall, however, our favorite tied-back styles are getting smoothed out and slicked back and moving forward to polished updos. But just because hair is going sleek and smooth rather than casual and undone doesn’t mean the look has to give off the uptight, headmistress vibe. With the right smoothing products, you can go shiny and sleek while still maintaining your hair’s natural body and movement.

For a streamlined updo that won’t be sabotaged by pesky fly-aways, try Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Slick Works Gel, which gives your look a glossy texture with just enough control to keep the style in place. Frederic Fekkai Coiff Styling Gel will keep your locks on lock without drying out and flaking or feeling sticky and heavy. A lightweight pomade like Carol’s Daughter Kizzi maintains moisture without the waxy texture and provides definition that stays put! And for the perfect bouncy ponytail without the crunchy texture of your garden variety hair gel, HerCut Ponytail Styling Lotion smooths and controls all textures of hair for a polished look that lasts all day!  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Hair Makeover for Fall at Salon A.K.S.

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Before at Salon A.K.S.After getting my summer hair coloring at Salon L’etoile, those pesky UV rays had their way with me over the weeks that followed bringing out more of my highlights and lightening my hair considerably. When I went to NYC to attend Cocktails & Couture during fashion week 2 weeks ago, I decided it was time for the hair color switch to fall. I was looking to get back to my dark brown hair color and visited Salon A.K.S. on 5th Avenue to help me with my transformation. With the capable hands of hair colorist, Selma Aktas, and co-owner Alain Pinon working the scissors, I walked away a very happy customer.

I explained to Selma that I wanted my hair darker and she flipped my hair over looking right at the roots. She explained that she didn’t want to go darker than my original hair color and I agreed. I have to mention the sink for washing and conditioning because typically this is the most uncomfortable part of getting my hair done. You know when you lay uncomfortably into the sink? Well the lip of the sink somehow conforms to your neck, so there is no awkward arching or pressure on the back of your neck. I could simply do the one thing I like to do most—relax.  Read more

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Behind the Scenes: Mayra Segovia f Studio Beauty Boot Camp

A few weeks ago I went behind the scenes at the Mayra Segovia f Studio’s unique launch of a beauty boot camp series called, “Are You A Hot Mess?” It is guaranteed to take you from hot mess to hottie! Watch the video to learn all about it!

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