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

Cate McNabb Cruelty Free Red Lipstick

Ever since I decided to make the leap into wearing red lipstick, I've become obsessed. While I know that self-confidence comes from within, the perfect red lipstick can get you there a little quicker. Cruelty free cosmetics brand, Cate McNabb, has some incredibly hydrating lipsticks and Be Mine basically begged Read more

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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Haralee Weintraub: Breast Cancer Survivor

Haralee with FabricName: Haralee Weintraub
Age: 55
CEO of Cool Garments for Hot Women

My name is Haralee and 7 years ago when I was 48, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, stage IIB. I went in for a routine mammogram and yearly physical feeling great and came out being told I was very ill. How could I feel fine and be so sick? After I started chemotherapy I felt ill and it was easier to intellectualize that this disease was mine. When I asked my oncologist what I could do to help me feel better, he recommended I visit a naturopathic clinic that specialized in cancer patients. I started acupuncture 2 times a week. This commitment made me feel I was in control of my treatment routine along with conventional treatments… Read more

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