A Girl's Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty Free

Something I've learned in my 8+ years of beauty blogging, is that many brands like to say they are something without any proof to back it. Brands say they are natural, but the ingredient label tells a different story. Brands say they are organic because they assume you won't Read more

Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#Eyes4NYC Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

Review: AXE Hair Collection

20090620-axe-hair-collectionGuest men’s grooming review by Terence Buckley at Are You Being.

Glue. Paste. Gook. No, I’m not talking about your summer camp or back-to-school supplies list. I’m referring to the type of hair products many guys have turned to over the years to achieve the over-the-top hairstyles that tend to look crunchy, flaky and gunky; not flattering. In fact, in a survey of more than 2,000 women, they reported that these grooming mishaps can be a major turnoff.

“I’ve been working with guys for more than a decade and I’ve found that many need help with their hair, since not all guys have someone like me to make them look great,” said celebrity hair stylist and grooming expert for AXE Hair, Diana Schmidtke, who styles some of Hollywood’s most notable leading men.

So, maybe us guys don’t know as much as we think we do – when it comes to hair – which is why AXE recently launched their collection of “girl-approved” hair care products to help men fix their hair errors.

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Fall/Winter 2009 Hair Trends from Redken

I know what you are thinking. It’s not even officially summer yet and I’m about to dish to you what the hair trends are going to be this upcoming fall and winter. Well, consider it a head start. At least you can sound like you are ahead of the trends having this information so far in advance. Redken has put out their hair trends report that I am just going to give you verbatim (no point in reinventing the wheel.)

20090619-loewe-aw09b027NEW CLASSICS TRADITIONAL STYLES WITH A MODERN TWIST
Classic ’dos including French twists, chignons and menswear-inspired quiffs are returning to the runway. Far from being retro, these looks are thoroughly modernized with unexpected, softly subversive touches.

TIPS:
• Revolutionize the classic French twist with height and texture worthy of Marie Antoinette, as seen at Louis Vuitton. Apply thickening lotion 06 body builder, rough dry, curl, backcomb and then pin into a messy French twist.

• Defined shapes require maximum hold. At Marc Jacobs, Guido used forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to keep his ’80s-inspired ’dos in place. Layer it on for the extreme, over-lacquered finish seen on the runway.

• The newest chignons feature a strong side part, with one side swept over the eye and the other tucked behind the ear. Mist on vinyl glam 02 mega shine spray and quick dry 18 instant finishing spray for the look seen at Miu Miu.

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Summer UV Safety Net – Shiseido’s Super Sun Set

shiseido-sun-kit1If you are off to a beach or poolside this summer be sure to have a sunscreen strategy in place. If you haven’t stocked up on skin protection essentials, Shiseido has the perfect solution. Everything you’ll need is in their “Super Sun Set”. The kit includes: – 2.5 oz Ultimate Cleansing Oil, 2.0 oz Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++, 0.14 oz Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 36 PA++, – 0.06 oz Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 32 PA+++, – 4 x Refreshing Cleansing Sheets and a mini orange pouch. The collection features Shiseido’s Dual Sun Protection System which protects from UV rays and nourishes your skin at the same time. For apres sun, transition to your evening out with the “Ultimate” cleansing oil. It’s a rinse-off oil-based cleanser made to thoroughly remove water-resistant sunscreen and makeup. The set sells at Sephora for $54.

Guest beauty post from my friends at TheFind.

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Review: Maybelline Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara

20090616-maybelline-pulse-perfection-vibrating-mascaraWhen my fellow beauty blogger Nichelle at 55 Secret Street raved about Maybelline’s launch of their vibrating mascara, Pulse Perfection, I was excited. I know there are other vibrating mascara’s out there, but right now they are out of my price range. So during a recent trip to Walmart this past weekend, I found it in the beauty section a month before I expected to find it on shelves. I was ecstatic and scooped it right up.  So did it work as promised?

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