Teami Skinny Tea

// // National day(s) of complete diet obliteration ...also known as "the holidays," is almost upon us. As much as I am looking forward to unlimited pumpkin pie and stuffing, I know that beginning the day after Thanksgiving, all I am going to want to do is detox. This year I am one Read more

The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily Read more

Can Ultrasound Improve the Look of Skin?

I'll be honest, I was not very familiar with the world of cosmetic ultrasound treatments when I decided to try the Mira-Skin Ultrasound device. Upon doing my research, I learned that ultrasound is a non-surgical/non-invasive treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Ultrasound uses the body's Read more

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all Read more

3 Myths About Using Toner

Toner is one of the biggest misunderstood skin care products out there. And to be honest, at one point when I was younger, I also believed some of these myths. What about you? 1. Toner is a cleanser. This one bugs me the most. I've read blogger reviews where the person clearly Read more


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 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

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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, 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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