ManukaClear Mask and ManukaClear Intensive BB Gel

I couldn't have received these products at a better time. With the extremely cold weather and the flu making its rounds at my home, it's left my skin dry, flakey and tight. My usual skin savers weren't doing the trick and my face was starting to look a bit dull. Read more

Longer Lashes Instantly with Physicians Formula #EyeBooster

Throughout history, women have always coveted longer, fuller lashes. Heck, it's one of the reasons we're all on the hunt for that holy grail mascara. Over the years, mascaras have gotten better at helping women fake incredible lashes and the fiber mascara trend is one of them. I had the Read more

Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap

When it comes to cleansing my body, I never did like using a bar of soap, I have always preferred body washes, gels or shower oils. I have rarely found a soap that I enjoy using. They tend to leave a filmy residue that leaves my skin dry and Read more

At Home Skin Care with Michael Todd Soniclear

Sometimes getting to the spa for a deep cleansing facial isn't always an option. Thankfully there are plenty of beauty tools out there that can help your skin look its best regardless of your budget. The Michael Todd Soniclear and many of their skin care products are perfect for Read more

Silk Therapeutics Silk Renewing Peel Review #PowerofSilk

Are you in search of a facial exfoliant that can tighten, brighten and smooth skin? More importantly, one with the least amount of ingredients - yet the most effective ones? Since I'm now in the mature skin category (that makes me feel old), my skin is in need of something Read more

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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Indulge in Holiday Goodies for the Bath

philosophy-holidayTake a break from holiday hustle and bustle and treat yourself to a treat inspired by our favorite sweets of the season. As we countdown to Santa’s arrival pick up some holiday scented bath and shower gels from Philosophy. These bottles of instant merry also make ideal gifts for teachers, co-workers and stocking stuffers.

The deep red bottle of Holiday Spice (and everything nice) is a shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath in one. As with all of Philosophy’s bath gels it won’t leave the scent on your skin after your are finished bathing. The perfect way to indulge in a decadent treat calorie-free and with no lingering fragrance afterward. Holiday Spice evokes memories of apple pies baking in the oven and mugs of hot spiced cider that warm your soul. It is infused with warm holiday spices and a blend of citrus that will give you a warm cozy feeling all over… Read more

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Review: Lisa Hoffman Spa Bath Hand and Foot Butter

lisa_hoffman_hand_and_foot_butterThe lake in front of my house is frozen over, the thermostat in my car said 12 degrees the other day and the cozy fire in my wood stove only tell me one thing…nope, not that Winter is here, but that it is the beginning of dry skin season. Chapped hands, chapped lips, flaky skin and cracked heels…I’m sure you know what I mean. Back in October I held my 4 Year Blogiversary party, for which Lisa Hoffman supplied attendees with her Lisa Hoffman Spa Bath Hand and Foot Butter. I felt now was the perfect time to put it to good use!    Read more

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Christopher Drummond’s 3 New Year’s Eve Makeup Tips

christopher_drummondI first came into contact with Christopher Drummond back in 2007 when he was getting ready to launch his company. And with all of the buzz going on right now about his skin care and cosmetics line, I thought it would be the perfect time to ask him to share 3 tips for looking brilliant this New Year’s Eve.  Read more

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