Nine Things I've Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl's Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in Read more

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

Men’s Hair Care: Review of American Crew Products

In this men’s hair care video, I review some of the American Crew products that were sent to me. Some of the products got 4 Nando’s, watch the video to find out which products I really loved from this collection.

For more info: www.AmericanCrew.com

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Celebrity Hairstylist Davide Torchio Transforms Nando’s Hair

A little while back I put straightener in my hair while being distracted by Twitter. I completely ruined my hair. And while the Benjamin Daily Hydrator worked wonders on it, I decided I should have a salon professional help get my hair back to normal. That’s when I made my way to Davide Torchio Salon, where Davide himself deep conditioned my hair to help restore its natural lustre.

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Men’s Hairstyle Trend for Fall: The Updated Pompadour

naz_kupelianWe’re often hearing about what the latest hairstyle for women will be with each season, which for obvious reasons, I pay attention to, but it had me wondering: What about hairstyles for men? To get that answer I went to Naz Kupelian, a 20 year veteran of the hair industry and owner of Naz Kupelian Salon in Lexington, Massachusetts. (Yes I am quite partial to New Englanders having grown up in Rhode Island!)

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Davines No. 5 Mat Pliable Stucco

DavinesThis past week I was lucky enough to get an appointment with Jules Chan of Dekko Salon in San Francisco. After having a baby and juggling a busy work schedule I had put off a much needed haircut. My hair had grown out most of its layers and was getting heavier and completely unruly. I have very straight, coarse Asian hair. Jules specializes in styling Asian hair (check out her blog on Asian hair) like mine and had many opinions on the best style and how add layers, body and movement without making the end result look choppy and uneven. It takes a gifted and knowledgeable stylist to create subtle layers and movement within a becoming style that suits my face. The cut turned out magnificent and my hair no longer pulls my head like a ton of bricks. Read more

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