Does the Sun Really Age You? #Ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® skin care with SPF I'm getting my skin ready for the Summer as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Does the sun really age you? A question those without a single wrinkle or dark spot ask with skepticism. I'm pretty confident I never asked this Read more

Silk Therapeutics Nurture ++ Moisturizer Review

Did you know that your skin needs different skin care products not only based on your skin type, but also based on the region you live in? It's true. For example, your needs will be different in the dry-heat of Nevada than say someone who lives a place with high Read more

Smoothie Recipes from the Best Spas

If you are looking for delicious smoothie recipes from some of the best spas, we've compiled a list for you! So get ready to indulge your tastebuds without expanding your waistline with these vitamin and mineral rich smoothies! Potassium Punch: Set on a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Read more

Pedicure How-To: Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready! #Sponsored

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions (and sandal-ready feet) are my own. Florals and citrus, a shorter hairstyle, light breezy dresses, sandals...warmer weather opens the doors to both Read more

Spa-Like Hair with Pai-Shau

This is likely the only time where you hear me rave about tea. I'm your coffee-obsessed kind of girl, but this hair care line by Pai-Shau based on a proprietary blend of concentrated steeped teas, is making my life right now. Pai-Shau is a vegan and cruelty free hair care line Read more

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Men’s Skin Care Review: Joe Grooming ONE

Men’s Skin Care review by Nando. You can find Joe Grooming products at www.JoeGrooming.com

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Review: AXE Hair Collection

20090620-axe-hair-collectionGuest men’s grooming review by Terence Buckley at Are You Being.

Glue. Paste. Gook. No, I’m not talking about your summer camp or back-to-school supplies list. I’m referring to the type of hair products many guys have turned to over the years to achieve the over-the-top hairstyles that tend to look crunchy, flaky and gunky; not flattering. In fact, in a survey of more than 2,000 women, they reported that these grooming mishaps can be a major turnoff.

“I’ve been working with guys for more than a decade and I’ve found that many need help with their hair, since not all guys have someone like me to make them look great,” said celebrity hair stylist and grooming expert for AXE Hair, Diana Schmidtke, who styles some of Hollywood’s most notable leading men.

So, maybe us guys don’t know as much as we think we do – when it comes to hair – which is why AXE recently launched their collection of “girl-approved” hair care products to help men fix their hair errors.

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Fall/Winter 2009 Hair Trends from Redken

I know what you are thinking. It’s not even officially summer yet and I’m about to dish to you what the hair trends are going to be this upcoming fall and winter. Well, consider it a head start. At least you can sound like you are ahead of the trends having this information so far in advance. Redken has put out their hair trends report that I am just going to give you verbatim (no point in reinventing the wheel.)

20090619-loewe-aw09b027NEW CLASSICS TRADITIONAL STYLES WITH A MODERN TWIST
Classic ’dos including French twists, chignons and menswear-inspired quiffs are returning to the runway. Far from being retro, these looks are thoroughly modernized with unexpected, softly subversive touches.

TIPS:
• Revolutionize the classic French twist with height and texture worthy of Marie Antoinette, as seen at Louis Vuitton. Apply thickening lotion 06 body builder, rough dry, curl, backcomb and then pin into a messy French twist.

• Defined shapes require maximum hold. At Marc Jacobs, Guido used forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to keep his ’80s-inspired ’dos in place. Layer it on for the extreme, over-lacquered finish seen on the runway.

• The newest chignons feature a strong side part, with one side swept over the eye and the other tucked behind the ear. Mist on vinyl glam 02 mega shine spray and quick dry 18 instant finishing spray for the look seen at Miu Miu.

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He’s Just Not That Into You or is He?

beautiful-hairThe do’s and don’ts of dating…waiting for the phone to ring, the blackberry to buzz or the e-mail to come in. And what about the 3-day rule or as my friends and I like to term it, “standard boy time” (which is usually followed by standard boy answer)?  The movie “He’s Just Not That Into You” brings the trials and tribulations of relationships and finding a soul mate to the big screen…or if you are me, this is real life.

On February 6th, the day the movie hits theaters, Fabio Scalia Salons – in Brooklyn and in Manhattan’s Jeunesse ‘Spas For Life’ – will run a “He’ll Be Into You Now” special, offering complimentary blow-dries between 2pm – 5pm. White-hot stylist Fabio Scalia is eager to have women walking around with confidence, saying, “All women should feel beautiful, no matter who is or isn’t calling, emailing or texting!”

Fabio Scalia Salons are located at:

Jeunesse ‘Spas For Life’ – 1885 Broadway @ Lincoln Center and 155 Montague Street (Clinton and Henry Streets)

Go look beautiful ladies and make him realize what he’s missing!

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Aussie Hair Stylist Sarah Potempa’s Favorite New Year’s Eve Looks

sarah-potempa-photoTo get super easy party hair in only a few steps, it is helpful to style your hair the day after shampooing. Freshly washed hair can often be too soft to create an updo that lasts. The day after your scalp has time to produce natural oils that will assist in the styling of these great looks by eliminating fly-aways and helping to secure the hair in place! Aussie Hair Stylist, Sarah Potempa, took the time to lend A Girl’s Gotta Spa! readers some tips to achieve the best hair styles for New Year’s Eve.

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Review: Sexy Hair Pumpkin Potion Leave In Conditioner

I absolutely adore great smelling hair. It is that underlying secret to feeling confident and sexy; when my hair looks great and smells great I tend to walk a little bit taller. During the fall/winter months hair tends to get a bit dry, so it is the perfect time to really hydrate with a leave in conditioner, but one that smells incredible like pumpkin? Is doubly nice for the Holidays.

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Elie Elie Salon’s Stylist Secrets To Maintaining Your Hair In Between Trips to the Salon

We all love the way our hair looks and feels after a fabulous cut, color and blowout by our favorite stylist. And now we can keep it that way in between salon visits with these tips from Elie Elie Salon, the prestigious, ultra-hip hair salon with locations in Tysons Corner Centerand Winchester, VA:

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Review: Eufora Urgent Repair Shampoo & Replenishing Treatment



Eufora is the first hair product I have come across that uses Aloe Vera gel as its base (vs. water.) From the beginning that told me that the shampoo and Replenishing Treatment were going to work wonders on my hair. As you all know, I color my hair regularly, so from time to time it gets a bit dried out and frizzed.

As mentioned on Eufora’s website–Aloe contains elements that are essential to cellular healing, renewal and growth. Aloe also delivers amazing antibacterial, anti-viral and antiseptic properties. It is a naturally effective solution to help alleviate the symptoms caused by skin and scalp conditions such as acne and dandruff.

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Giveaway: Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion

Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion was used during New York Fashion Week Runway shows such as Alexander Wang, Preen and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Aveda has been gracious to host a giveaway on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bequeathing 5 lucky winner’s with this innovative hair product, taking their magical hair product straight from the runway and right to your front door.

Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion is a unique powder to lotion formula that is aimed to give you texture, volume and that “second day hair” look.

Giveaway runs from September 21 at 9:30pm EST until September 23 at 8pm EST. Retail value is $23, no cash or product substitute is offered. Must be a legal US resident age 18+ to enter. Only one entry per household (per email/IP). Winners are chosen at random and a comment is not necessary in order to win. Enter via the entry box below:

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Spring Hair Trends at Behnaz Sarafpour with Ashley Javier

One of the most exciting shows I went backstage for was Behnaz Sarafpour. The best part of getting backstage early is avoiding the chaos and getting more one to one time with the talents involved in making the models look spectacular. Not only did I get to really talk with Charlotte Tilbury from MAC, and even chat up Behnaz Sarafpour herself (I know! I was excited too!), but I got to spend a good chunk of time watching Ashley Javier go to work doing what he does best–hair. Read more

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