DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. "The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too," says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of Read more

Review: Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask

mario_badescu_cucumber_tonic_maskI am a big fan of clay masks, as evidenced by previous posts (see inSpa Pore Purifying Masque; Chella Balancing Clay Mask; PCA pHaze9 ) so when I received a sample of Mario Badescu’s Cucumber Tonic Mask, I was pretty excited to try something from this well respected skin care line (I love the Drying Lotion.) Unfortunately, due to my personal experience using this mask, it found it’s way to the trash pretty quickly.  Read more

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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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Philip B. Russian Amber Shampoo

I am hoping Santa will treat me to some luxurious beauty products this year. In my stocking I’m hoping to find a jar of Philip B. Russian Amber Shampoo (12 oz., $140.00 at Beauty Habit). This jar may be small, but it packs a powerful punch of hydrating power for winter weary hair. The harsh cold winter weather can wreak havoc on your hair due to the lack of moisture in the air. Not to mention the wind and indoor air. This Russian inspired formula includes a blend of of Chamomile, Grape Seed, Rosemary, Nettle, Burdock and Sage to condition damaged hair with emollients with a renewed and healthy glow. To improve elasticity protectants including silk, wheat and soy proteins help to build strength to the hair shaft. To add sheen and bounce shea butter tops off the mixture for a feeling of weightless, silky and beautiful hair. The most extraordinary thing about this product is the luxurious and rich scent of amber oil.  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Recent Press

Shannon_Nelson_A_Girl's_gotta_spaThis really has been a great year when it comes to getting mentioned in magazines and on blogs. Here’s a quick round up of some recent press A Girl’s Gotta Spa (aka, me) has gotten in November and December.

Times Tribune (local to Scranton, PA): “New Federal Blogging Regulations Mandate Disclosure

American Spa: “To Tweet or Not to Tweet

Nickelodeon’s Parent Connect: “Top Spa at Home Tips“   Read more

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