Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair

Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could've taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it's much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed? I Read more

Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Men’s Product Review: Nivea for Men Active 3

In this men’s grooming review, I discuss Nivea Men Active 3, which is an all in one shampoo, body wash and shave gel. Nivea for Men Active 3 can be found at drugstore.com.

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Review: White Sands Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

white_sands_shampooGuest beauty review from Morgan Cecil:

I found the White Sands Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner to be pretty good, if not great. I liked the scent of it (very girly, but not overpowering) and the color in my hair has seemed to last longer (I dye it a chestnut brown), which is really important to those of us who color our hair.

The shampoo and conditioner says that the “Color Intelligent ensures protection of color treated hair and neutralizes the oxidative radicals generated by daily UV exposure, sealing in a moisture balance to create instantly shiny and healthy hair without residue or build up.” I can’t say I was overly impressed by its moisture-lock technology because my hair lacked the shine I like to see in it, however as I mentioned before, my hair color seemed to stay intact for a longer duration of time.

Have you tried it? Please share your experience in the comments.

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Forever Summer – Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

surfsprayDaylight savings is happening again this weekend. I dread this time of year when the days grow shorter. It is a bit depressing leaving work after it gets dark. Yes, I am in denial that summer is finally over. But to appease the winter blues I turn to my tried and true solution for windswept, beachy, sexy tousled hair, Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray. Surf Spray is a styling lotion that adds volume and texture. The easy breezy days of summer sunshine captured in a bottle!

I have straight thick Asian hair that often takes on a life of its own. My shoulder length layered cut looks best with a bit of movement. This stuff really works and adds just the right amount of texture. My hair does not feel heavy or get tangled. One more reason to love Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, the subtle fragrance doesn’t interfere or overpower my perfume… Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Beauty Blog Celebrates 4 Years

A girl's gotta spa!_2005It was on October 26, 2005 that A Girl’s Gotta Spa! came to life. At the time I was a bath & body rep. for Country Bunny Bath & Body (hence the name on my blog was “LotionBarBunny” so I could be anonymous…which obv. makes me laugh now.) I found a picture of what my blog originally used to look like back in 2005 and it is pretty pathetic. Oh what it was like to be a beauty blogger back in the day.

What I didn’t know back then was that this blog would change my life and in so many ways that I could not have ever imagined. I was found and hired by a PR firm because of it, I was hired by b5media to launch and write Makeup Minute (which I only recently resigned from in January and the super fab Dina Fierro took over for me), I became a social media consultant to many awesome beauty brands because of it, I have traveled and been a guest speaker at beauty industry events due to it, have met celebrities, 100_0428gone to Fashion Week and have met and made some of the most wonderful friends I could ever ask for. The girl who signed up for her Blogspot.com account back in 2005 would have never dreamed that she would be where she is now just from starting a beauty blog.

So this year I decided I would put together a party in New York City to celebrate and what resulted was a rain drenched evening of fabulous friends and some awesome fun to toast 4 years of beauty blogging. And I think you will understand my joy and my love for this blog and all of you, simply by the fact that throughout this video all you see is me smiling and laughing. I don’t think it could’ve been captured any better. That is me, that is my personality and I am so glad that translated beyond the words I could write here… Read more

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