Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there's no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types Read more

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

As much as I have enjoyed summer and am sad to see it come to an end, I was not enjoying how dehydrated my skin looked and felt thanks to a lot of time spent outdoors celebrating summer in all of her sunny glory.  I want to welcome fall and all the Read more

Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands. Up front I'll tell you that I Read more

Eumora Facial Bar Review

If you are part of the sisterhood that is combination/oily skin, then you'll want to learn more about Eumora, a facial bar made of moor and HmA. For as far back as I can remember, my skin has never been gifted as "normal" and transitions from combination in the Read more

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

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Movember with method

Movember with method. Prostate cancer awareness

 Top Row: Connor and Duncan; Bottom Row: Brody and Gavin

All of us have a man in our lives that could fall victim to prostate cancer. Our dads, our sons, our husbands, boyfriends, brothers, friends, co-workers… During the summer my cousin was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he is in his mid-twenties, proving that cancer doesn’t discern by age.

method sent us their Designed for Good gel hand wash (which we always need plenty of in this house) complete with a mustache design and stickers. While the stickers were meant to be placed on the bottle, I felt it would be a good way to showcase my son’s personalities if they wore them and posed. They had fun and it gave me the opportunity to talk to them about the importance of seeing the doctor and preventative care (something I feel that most men ignore–so why not raise boys that understand the value from an early age?) Read more

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POWDERWorks Facial Exfoliant Review


From chemical exfoliants to physical exfoliants, I’m always looking for something new when it comes to effective, results-driven skin care.

Trying so many different types of skin care exfoliants comes with a price though, some are scrubs or chemicals that irritate my skin, even though I definitely do not consider my skin sensitive. Now that my oldest son is a teenager and often perusing my products for something to use on his own skin, I wanted to find something that would work for both of us. A newer skin care company called POWDERWorks reached out to me with a unique powder exfoliant that looked like the perfect fit.  Read more

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Miracle Clay Review

I’ve long been a fan of clay masks. Having combination skin, it typically is one of the best ways to absorb the excess oil and balances my skin back out. A newer beauty company, Miracle Clay, recently contacted me about a few products from their line based on clay (obviously.) I tried out their Ancient Clay Soap (for body), Magnetic Clay Mask (a facial cleanser mask) and Healing Clay (for blemishes.)   Read more

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Nivea for Men. For Manly, Manly Men Who Want to Smell Sports Clean

So, I pull up to the mansion to hob-nob with the Hollywood elite. I’m supposed to be dressed in “Hollywood Chic” but no real clue what that means, so I snub the powers-that-be and wear flip-flips with a suit. And I still look better than most people. Plus it was supposed to be a “look like you give a damn” event … and I don’t need to, because I’m just that hot and cute.

Nivea For Men launches in Los Angeles with this Golden Globes pre-party. It’s an interesting concept, but from all my reading I figured out the product launch (we can thank Old Spice and all their press and messaging): men don’t buy products, but their wives and girlfriends DO buy products at the drugstore and grocery store.

That’s Nivea For Men: products for women to buy their men. Nivea is a well-known name in the female grocery experience, so this is their brand extension to capture males (through females.)

Now, I don’t think I’m their market. I’m metro, my shower is filled with Lush body gels (about 7 bottles), Lush shampoos plus other shampoos (10 – it’s about shampoo rotations), and I’m using my Clarisonic with Skinceuticals. Yep, I smell like cinnamon or grass or honey on a daily basis.

I took my baggie of goodies from the event, though, and tried a couple out: Post-Shave Balm for Sensitive Skin, as well as the biggie … Active3, an all-in-one shower, shampoo and shaving gel.  Read more

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Rejuvenating Moisturizer Review by Nando

Here’s another review from Neal’s Yard Remedies line of skincare products for men! You can find it at www.nealsyardremedies.com. And check out my prior review on Neal’s Yard Remedies Invigorating Body Wash.

~ Nando

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Men’s Skin Care Review: Neal’s Yard Remedies Invigorating Body Wash

Guy’s, do you love natural and organic skin care products? Well check out my review of Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Invigorating Body Wash.

You can find it at www.nealsyardremedies.com.

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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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Questions About Aging Hands and Black Heads? Dr. Jeffrey Benabio and Renee Rouleau Answer

blackheadsThis reader question comes from the A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Facebook fan page. And better yet, from a guy and one who is local here in Northeast PA! I love that he wasn’t shy to publicly ask his questions.

“Kind of embarrassing, but I’m a man and my hands look like they’re aging about 10-15 years faster than I am. How do I correct this or at least slow it down? And what is the secret to getting rid of blackheads on the nose? Embarrassing, yes. In real life, yes. Please help! Long time reader, first time poster.. you’re the bestestest! –Chris, Scranton, PA”

I know just the experts to answer these questions Chris! Board certified dermatologist and founding member of LiveStrong.com, Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, and celebrity esthetician and skin care expert, Renee Rouleau.  Read more

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Men’s Grooming: Grant for Men by Elizabeth Grant

In this segment of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! the men’s grooming edition, I review products from Grant for Men from Elizabeth Grant. Not only did I give them a try, but my new little hottie did as well. Hear what we both thought of these men’s skin care products:

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Osea Ocean Cleanser from Gents LLC

Here is my men’s grooming review of Osea Ocean Cleanser which can be found at Gents LLC.

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