CIRCA Beauty

I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It's even better when I get something I haven't tried before. Like makeup from CIRCA Beauty, a cruelty free makeup line that's affordable, long wearing, trendy, Read more

Sunscreen Pills - Do They Really Work?

With increasing frequency, I'm finding that I'm getting pitched more often to review sunscreen pills and drinks. I am a true skeptic when it comes to replacing what I know already works (topical sunscreen), and has worked for YEARS, with something so new that claims the same benefits. So Read more

St. Ives Spray Lotion Review #LiveRadiantly

St. Ives recently sent me their continous spray lotion in Naturaly Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract and the new Smooth & Glow Apricot Hydration Lotion. This is the first time I've ever tried a spray lotion and wasn't sure what to expect. Will it be similar to spray Read more

Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner Giveaway

Tanned legs help to give the appearance of slim, flawless legs. There's nothing I love more, than to bare my legs in my favorite dress once they have a little bit of color to them. To kick off Summer, we've partnered with Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner to give away Read more

1907 Alkaline Water Review

By now, we all know...or should know the health and beauty benefits of drinking water. Approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water so it is important to replenish our bodies with the water that we lose on a daily basis. Water is essential to our health because Read more

Fashion Week Beauty

Alice + Olivia Punk Makeup & Hair for AW11

The make up look at Alice & Olivia was all about the punky eye.  According to lead makeup artist , Polly Osmond for M.A.C, there was no specific reference for the look, it was just the “street version of the punky eye.” To achieve the look; Fluidline in Blacktrack was used on the lids to create a thicker/rounder line around the eyes, the brows were penciled in, Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara on the top lashes, a bit of highlighter on the cheeks and Runway Lipstick on the lips.  A lot of edginess on the eyes and a very glamorous lip.  Read more

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Easy, Glamorous Hair at Carmen Marc Valvo AW11

Lead stylist (and Ted Gibson protege)  Devin Toth created easy, simple, clean but glamorous hair at Carmen Marc Valvo AW11.  The look was inspired by a ballerina, but softer.   Ted Gibson Styling Sheets were used to remove any excess oil in the hair, it was parted half up, half down, the top part was then finger combed to the back, twisted into a bun and secured with pins.  It was very pretty, but not too elegant.  Read more

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Authentic 70s Hair & Makeup at Bill Blass AW11

Lead makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, Lisa Butler, went for an authentic 70s look for the Bill Blass AW11 runway show.  To get the look she applied very light foundation and concealer to the skin…so the skin would look perfect, but not made up.    On the eyes she applied a thin line of black cream liner and extended it out a bit, Black Opulash Mascara was applied to the lashes and fake lashes with the length chopped off were applied to the upper lashes (all on the inner lashes, none on the outer lashes) to create a black, sharp area on the eyes.  To complete the look Seaside was applied to both the lips and cheeks.  Read more

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Ethereal and Romantic Makeup & Hair at Erin Fetherston AW11

Ethereal, magical and other worldly were the words used by lead make up artist Lucia Pieroni for MAC to describe the look at Erin Fetherston. The girls all had shiny, glowing, fresh looking skin.  To achieve the look, highlighter was applied to the cheekbones, chin and nose; the eyes were sculpted with a dark brown cream color on the top and bottom for a bit of definition but not too much, 3D gold glitter was applied around and under the eye (for a sprinkle of sparkle), the brows were lightened with concealer and a pop of magenta/deep purple lips completed the look.

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Z Spoke Zac Posen Fall/Winter 2011 Preview.

What better way for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! to kick off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week than with an exclusive interview with Zac Posen and got2b celebrity stylist Larry Sims. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! was invited to take a sneak peek at the Z Spoke Fall/Winter 2011 collection (Zac Posen’s diffusion line), discuss the inspiration for the hair and get step-by-step instructions from  Larry Sims himself on how to go about  achieving the look without a celeb stylist at your beckon call.

Looks from the Z Spoke Fall/Winter 2011 Collection.

Because of the architectural feel of the collection, the designer wanted hair that would soften the look…give it a more feminine and sensual feel, as well as balance the looks.  He wanted what he termed “Rich Girl Hair”…shiny, healthy and full of luster, which is exactly what celeb stylist Larry Sims created.  It was hair that could definitely keep going from morning to night but still be touchable…”more approachable hair.”  Read more

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Review: ArganMagic Restorative Hair Mask.

Soft, shiny, silky hair…another one of those beauty ambitions that we never tire of pursuing relentlessly.  I can attest that I’ve oftentimes went to great lengths in the pursuit of healthy looking and feeling hair.  Along with trying many mainstream deep conditioning treatments, I’ve also experimented with a few homemade remedies suggested by family members, friends and fashion magazines.

I’ve coated my head in mayonnaise and ended up smelling like a sandwich for days after, I’ve tried the “egg white” treatment and swore there was a hard boiled egg  following me around, I’ve soaked my head with coconut oil, olive oil and mashed avocadoes (try explaining oil coated doorknobs to your roomates.)  While some of these recipes/treatments actually gave me soft, silky and shiny hair at times, the side effects were just not worth it.  I wanted attention for the condition of my hair…not because I was in a roomful of hungry people and my hair smelled like their next meal. So when I opened the jar of  ArganMagic Restorative Hair Mask, I thought that even if it did not work at least I would have great smelling hair.  Read more

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Video Review: Nature’s Rescue from Redken

A few weeks ago while getting my pedicure at 5th Avenue Hair Color Studio & Spa, I came across Redken‘s newest hair collection, Nature’s Rescue. The Time-Release Sea Spray was on the counter and it smelled AMA-zing! Not to mention that I loved the idea that it was a hair fragrance that continually released its scent each time you touched your hair (which, for me, is often because I am Italian and use my hands a lot when I talk as you’ll see in the video.) Take a peek! Read more

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Q & A with Expert Hairstylist Pearson Knight

It’s almost that time of year again! In just a few short weeks Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be upon us once again. As we have in the past, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! will be there to recap beauty trends and try to get you as much behind the scenes info. as possible!

I thought it would be fun to let you in on the inner workings of an expert hairstylist working the shows at fashion week, and who better than my friend Pearson Knight who has recapped trends for us the last few seasons? Pearson works with the Aveda team at some pretty rockin shows. So enjoy some of his backstage photos that he shared with me and hear all of the fun and interesting tidbits of the intense and exciting week that is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

Shannon: When assigned to do hair for runway shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, how much notice are you given regarding which designers you’ll be working with?
Pearson: Fashion Week is such a crazy venue, week and experience that it doesn’t surprise me everything is done on the fly. I usually get my schedule for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week just a few weeks prior to the shows. The schedule, teams and times are constantly changing as we get closer to go time! There are some staple shows every season which gives a chance to get to know the designers style more intimately to help produce better results creatively. Although, having new designers on the schedule is always exciting and challenging.

Shannon: How far in advance does the lead hairstylist prep you on the hairstyle for a particular runway show?
Pearson: I have been fortunate to have been the Lead Stylist, Assistant to Lead and Team Member. The prepping of the team is done on the first model that shows up for the show as it starts. No pre-knowledge goes beyond the Lead, Assist and Designer until go time!  Read more

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Beauty Expert Q & A: Celebrity Hairstylist Nick Arrojo

Nick ARROJOI think we can all clearly say that celebrity hairstylist, Nick Arrojo, had us at hello back when he was on TLC’s What Not to Wear. I was always mesmerized by the way Nick could turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. Then one day in March of 2009, me and my 22 inches of hair decided to visit him in his New York City salon. It was quite an experience of a lifetime.

Shannon: Your passion for the hair industry is so apparent in all that you do from your newsletter to your salon to your academy; what drives you to educate and create innovation among salon professionals?

Nick Arrojo: I love the business that I’m in; my work is a labor of love. And I’m very fortunate to have such a varied, rewarding and successful career. This gives me a sense of duty to use my knowledge, experience and skill to raise standards in the whole hairdressing craft. It’s also something that has been instilled in me from my early days in the industry. I’ve worked for top-notch companies like Vidal Sassoon, Wella, and Bumble and Bumble. At all these places the commitment to education and excellence is strong, and this helped me see that the best chance of success for you and those around you is to continue to grow, innovate, inspire and improve. I take ownership of what I do for the benefit myself, my business, and those around me. And if I do that, it means I’m contributing to a stronger, more dynamic hairdressing industry, which is exactly what I want to do.

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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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