Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about beauty tips, celebrity looks and Neutrogena products available at Target. On August 19 from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #AllDayLook Twitter Party where we’ll be chatting about achieving an all day beauty look with help from Read more

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Social Media Profiles

barielle-putt-e-on-meJust a quick little update to make you aware of some other places you can find A Girl’s Gotta Spa! online.

Beauty Blog: Of course, the blog is where you can find reviews from myself and as you may have noticed, from some new beauty contributors as well. The very fabulous Nando heads up the men’s grooming video reviews, but will also be bringing you some great videos from New York Fashion Week (so stay tuned!) Zeke is our anonymous mystery blogger who also covers men’s grooming from time to time as well. Brittany, who happens to be my very adorable younger cousin, will be covering beauty reviews from a teen’s perspective.  Then of course there is Morgan, a good friend with awesome photography skills who will also be doing beauty reviews on occasion. As always, my ultimate goal with the blog is to bring you relevant beauty reviews that you can relate to.

Twitter: If you haven’t already noticed, I am quite the chatter box! You can find me on Twitter tweeting about beauty products I am trying, talking with fellow beauty bloggers, beauty brands as well as celebrity makeup artists and hair stylists. It’s a great place for you to get to know me better, ask questions or hear about what I am working on.

You Tube: This is home to our video reviews and interviews. For right now, the videos hosted here are from Nando, but soon enough (ie. when I get up the guts) there will be videos from me, as well.

Facebook Fan Page: Hopefully if you are reading this beauty blog, you are a fan! So why not make it official by becoming a fan on Facebook too? Here I’ll post beauty discount codes, pictures of products that I may not necessarily review here on the blog, ask beauty questions, talk about seasonal makeup looks and show you some behind the scenes things going on here for the blog (such as the picture above of nail polish from Barielle.)  It also gives you the opportunity to talk with other fans, too! (And I certainly love when you click that “Suggest to friends” link and share the page with your friends! *wink wink*)

I love connecting with you and hope to see you around the interwebs!

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Shower with Philosophy’s Oatmeal Raisin for a Good Cause

philosophy-oatmeal-raisin-s Philosophy’s Oatmeal Raisin shower gel not only smells great – just like fresh baked cookies from the oven, but it helps to clean your skin and keep it feeling extra soft. The three in one product serves as a shower gel, shampoo and bubble bath. If you are a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies then you will love this product. Besides, you can indulge in oatmeal raisin cookies, which are completely calorie free.

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Men’s Grooming: Lather Peppermint Cooling After Shave Balm

In this men’s grooming review, I talk about Lather’s Peppermint Cooling After Shave Balm.

If you’ve used this product please be sure to comment here or directly on You Tube. All of my reviews are done via video, so please subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! You Tube channel to be alerted of new video reviews before they post here on the blog.

Other places I can be found: Twitter @Nandoism and my dating blog www.Nandoism.com

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Hair Care: New York Streets

new-york-streetsBesides speaking at Cosmoprof this past July, the best part about attending it was coming across beauty brands I had never heard of before. New York Streets was one such hair care collection I had never encountered, but was captivated by as soon as I saw the packaging. Getting someone’s attention in a sea of salon sameness is always a big obstacle for a brand to overcome, yet New York Streets got mine. And actually they don’t consider themselves a “hair care collection” but more of a “hair culture collection.”

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