Nine Things I've Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl's Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in Read more

Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

bath and body

Review: eco-armour Shaving Foam

If  you’re anything like me, shaving is one of those beauty rituals (chores) that most of the time (every time) you wish you could skip…it’s just not that enjoyable (and doesn’t make much sense) to drag a sharp object across your skin in pursuit of smoother, softer skin.   It is, however, kind of a necessity if you plan on wearing anything shorter than ankle length…or if you’re not in THAT stage of the relationship, when if your someone special runs their hands across your legs and encounters a bit of stubble you’re not embarrassed and they don’t immediately remember that the have an early deadline tomorrow and have to head home to get some sleep (I thought you worked for the government, they have Sunday deadlines…go figure).  Nothing ruins a perfect, romantic Sunday morning faster than stretching seductively in bed and in the process revealing a not so sexy patch of underarm fuzz…and you even woke up with glowing skin, not so bad morning breath and sexy bed head…in which country is it again that women don’t tend to shave their armpits?  Read more

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Calling all NYC Dads: MAN UP! Contest at Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers

male_groomingFather’s Day is fast approaching and Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers in NYC is conducting their first annual Father’s Day MAN UP! Competition where NYer’s are invited to nominate a dad – most deserving of a grooming overhaul – for a chance to win a Truman’s membership (value: $600).  So if you know a dad in need of a makeover, you might want to nominate him on his behalf!

Here’s what you have to do no later than June 15th:  Read more

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Men’s Grooming: Earth Science Shave Cream

I absolutely love this foamless shaving cream from Earth Science! So much so, that I am going to give away 1 tube of it because you need to see how great this product works for yourself!

So today (1/20/10) and tomorrow (1/21/10) post a comment either here on the blog or over at You Tube about why you want to win. I’d love for you to also tweet: “Follow and RT @GentsSkinCare to win Earth Science Shave Cream http://bit.ly/8LPi3O

Earth Science Shave Cream is available at www.GentsLLC.com. Be sure to check out Gents’ facebook fan page for grooming and men’s skin care tips as Gents LLC’s owner, Nicole Sommers, is an esthetician.

*Giveaway rules: Only 1 person will win. Must be a legal US resident age 18+. No cash substitute, no product substitute. Retail value is $6. Giveaway is held 1/20/10-1/21/10.

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Beauty Blog Best of 2009

Shannon Nelson & Nando

Wow, what a year in beauty. This is honestly my most favorite post each year, yet I procrastinate like crazy to write it. This year A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Beauty Blog saw the addition of the very handsome and funny Nando, who handles the men’s grooming reviews and vlogs. So this Best of 2009 recap includes both men’s and women’s beauty products and a mix of text and video. Did you have a favorite product you saw reviewed here this year? Be sure to let us know at the end of this post.

Shannon’s Favorites of 2009:  Read more

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Men’s Product Review: Joe Grooming Scrub, Shave and Moisturizer

In this men’s product review, I revisit my favorite brand again: Joe Grooming! This time they sent me their their Scrub, Shave and Moisturizer to review. To see all products mentioned in the video, please visit www.JoeGrooming.com

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