Swisspers Twitter Party September 18th 8:30pm EST

Disclosure: Swisspers provided me with compensation for participating in this Twitter Party.  This Thursday, September 18th from 8:30-10:30pm I'll be participating in a #SleepNaked Twitter chat with Swisspers. If you are not familiar with the cotton products from Swisspers and all the benefits of sleeping naked (for your skin!), go Read more

Best Charities for Breast Cancer Research

As a beauty blogger, I'm inundated in the months leading up to and during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pitches for all sorts of beauty products. Each brand aligns itself with the goal of raising funds by donating a certain percentage to the cause. I'm often discouraged when I Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with EveryCasa

It's an exciting time at A Girl's Gotta Spa! as we continue to expand our reach with new retail partners! We've just added EveryCasa.com to our list of retail partners - a company that covers all of your household needs for any person and any room, from the kitchen to Read more

Prevent Your Hair Color From Fading #ColorAssure

This is sponsored post for Nexxus through Condé Nast. All opinions and amazingly vibrant hair are my own. For those of us who color our hair, there is one thing we can all agree on - watching the perfect hair color fade away is a sad, sad experience. I've tried Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

You deserve to be pampered. Do you believe that? You should! In this video I talk about A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion, including the ingredients, how it works and what I was looking to achieve in order to meet your needs when creating this beauty brand. This isn't Read more

New York Fashion Week Blogger Mixer Teaser Video

I had the wonderful opportunity last night to go hang out at Wet Bar last night and meet some fabulous bloggers and catch up with some amazing people in the beauty industry (can you say Ted Gibson!?)

Here’s a teaser of the interviews to come!

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @nandoism as I tweet about some great events I’ll be going to this New York Fashion Week!

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Spring Hair Styles from Costello Tagliapietra SS10

costello_Tagliapietra_thomas_dunkinLead Hair Stylist for Sebastian Professional, Thomas Dunkin, was backstage at Costello Tagliapietra for their Spring Summer 2010 show yesterday at Milk Studios in Chelsea. I love the look he created with soft curls and I think across the board at many SS10 runway shows we’ll be seeing more “feminine & romantic” hair style looks for the upcoming season.

Costello Tagliapietra’s Spring ’10 beauty look is a seamless combination of elegance, youthfulness, natural beauty and romance. The hair, both feminine and fresh, is loosely inspired by the traditional roll style from the 40s with soft curls that sit just above the shoulder. To put a modern twist on a ‘40s staple, Thomas recommends a method of building texture and shape with techniques that keep the hair looking soft, romantic and not too “done.” Finish with an elastic touchable texturizer or flexible shine spray to create a look that’s elegant yet playful. Here’s how to create your own 40s inspired faux bob:

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Aveda/John Patrick Organic SS10 Trend Report

john_patrick_organic-avedaIt is Fashion Week my beauties! And Aveda has passed on their first report from backstage at John Patrick Organic. One of my hair stylist friends (remember Pearson Knight?) is on the Aveda team and was backstage masterfully doing hair at this show. Although Lead Hair was Odile Gilbert and the Aveda Lead was Dennis Clendennen for this show. But I can still give kudos to my friend right? (Of course I can!)

The hair look for John Patrick Organic was a modern, playful take on Bohemian-chic. Hair was smooth and shiny on top with soft, free-flowing curls below the cheekbone and volume at the front—pulled back into a barrette, adding a girly touch.

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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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