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

Lady Gaga Vibe.com Interview

lady_gaga_bad_romanceOh my friends. It is so official that I have a girl crush on Lady Gaga. The funny part is that I totally didn’t get Perez Hilton’s love of her in the beginning. But after watching her play classical piano, cast a magic spell with her sinfully awesome voice, dance like it’s nobody’s business, make music videos an art form, not too mention she was pretty funny on SNL…I am hooked! Better yet, I discovered this interview she did with Vibe.com and I was blown away by how well spoken she is.

She is an incredible talent. Not to mention beautiful. And do you know who does her hair and makeup? Two of my friends! (That makes me even more excited!) So when you see Gaga looking glorious, you should know it is at the skillful hands of Billy B and Syd Curry. (Yes including her Bad Romance video!!!)

Watch the Vibe.com interview and see what I mean: Read more

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Interview: Alison Sweeney from Days of our Lives and The Biggest Loser

I learned all of my wicked ways from Sami Brady, so I was truly excited to be given the opportunity to interview Alison Sweeney at the Crest Glide Tight Spaces Challenge.

Crest Glide and Alison have joined Feeding America to host the Crest Glide Tight Spaces Challenge events this month in Los Angeles and New York. Alison will encourage the crowd to show their prowess at sliding and gliding through a specially designed Tight Spaces obstacle course. For every person who participates in the Tight Spaces Challenge events, Glide will donate $1 to Feeding America. Additionally, Crest Glide is encouraging others to tweet about tight spaces on Twitter. You are asked to tell Glide about the “Tight Spaces” in your lives using the hashtag #GlideTightSpaces. For every person who tweets with the hashtag #GlideTightSpaces through December 31, 2009, Crest Glide will donate $1 to Feeding America. Crest Glide will make a guaranteed donation of $20,000 to help ensure families across America will have food on the table this holiday season.

The next Tight Spaces Challenges will be held in Los Angeles on Saturday November 21, 2009 from noon to 4:00 PM. in the center court of Hollywood & Highland.

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Find Your Inner Celebutante

celbutante_beautyFind your inner Celebutante this holiday season. This season’s style is all about sparkle, shine and glittery glam! I know that Thanksgiving hasn’t yet arrived, but it’s not too early to prepare for holiday merry making, mischief and mirth! I’ve rounded up a few fab beauty products to get you in the mood and inspired for fabulous fetes ahead… Read more

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Beauty Advice: Beauty Tips for the First Date

Beauty Blogger's First Date #Beauty Tips

A first date can happen at any time in your life. Whether you are 16 or 34, we all are nervous;mainly about meeting him, but also about the right makeup to wear and beauty products to use. So I rallied up some of my favorite beauty bloggers to give you their first date beauty tips.

Shannon from A Girl’s Gotta Spa! says: If you’re going on a first date, then your makeup depends on what kind of date you want it to be.  If you want it to turn into a second date, then go for the flawless non-makeup look. Accentuate your best features, but do not use too much. Look naturally beautiful.

Julie from I Heart Heels says: The trick is to keep it simple and don’t forget to apply some type of lip shine. It’s amazing how great your lips look with a little sheen. Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Cream is my fav (it has a built-in plumper!)

Erika from Makeup Bag says: Go easy on the foundation and lipstick. Anything that might rub off on the napkin (or leave marks on your wine glass) might scare him! Also, a teeny bit of shimmer (think glow not sparkle) looks great in low lighting or candlelight.

Carla from Product Girl says: I like to go with a “you only better” look for these types of occasions, nothing too dramatic or done up. One of my favorite things to do is use Laura Mercier’s tightline eyeliner technique. By using eyeliner from underneath the lashes, it gives a great defined look without being obvious.

Joi from Beauty Blvd says: Clean relatively short nails with a pretty but sheer color always looks nice and neat. Make sure you have on some hand cream and he won’t be able to resist holding your hand!

Christine from Temptalia says: Wear exactly what represents you! If you normally wear bold and dramatic makeup, go for a nice smoky eye for your dinner date. But if you’re normally wearing no makeup? Try light foundation, define eyes with a natural mascara, and wear your favorite non-sticky gloss!

Alison from Advice Sisters: I have always downplayed too much makeup on a first date. Most men really don’t care or focus on the color of type of makeup you apply as long as it isn’t too much.

Eileen from MissWhoever You Are says: While red is the color of the holidays and bold and sexy for a first date it can be a bit overwhelming for some guys. A nice nude or something with a bit of shimmer. You want to seem approachable and beautiful; save the red for the second date!

Carleen from Beauty and Fashion Tech says: Less is more. Instead of regular foundation, try a more sheer mineral makeup. Aim for neutral shades on the eyes and lips, and wear very little blush. That way he will see the pretty you as opposed to creative bright makeup. Save that bright look for clubbing with your friends!

Latoicha from Luxe Tips says: Wow him with a beautiful scent. Men love when women smell good. I love Lancome’s Magnifique.

Other beauty tips:

If I were on a first date, I would keep my face simple,soft and luminous by using just a little foundation mixed with a small amount of a luminizer. Kohl on my eyes, coral / peach blush and gloss. The other important thing would be a wonderful perfume! This works!

Rule of thumb: it’s lips or eyes, not both! If you want your eyes to really pop, do a nude or toned down lip. If you want the attention to be on your lips, then keep your eye makeup soft and simple.

Keep your hair soft and touchable. No crazy complicated hairdos tonight ladies. He wants to be able to think he can run his fingers through your hair; not get stuck in the process.

Wear a scent that works for your body chemistry, but make sure it’s not overpowering. And remember, ylang ylang and heroli are two of the oldest aphrodisiacs in the world. You might want to stay away from them on a first date!

Have a beauty tip for the first date? Leave it in the comments!

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