Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair

Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could've taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it's much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed? I Read more

Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Bagtrends Arm Candy Party @ Phyto Universe

My friend Pamela Pekerman passed on an invite to an event she is holding for Bagtrends…and while I don’t talk fashion here, I’m sure you will agree the event being held at Phyto is worthy of a blog post (because A Girl’s Gotta Spa!)

Sidenote: You should go just for the sake of meeting Pam, because yes I have had the opportunity to hang out with her and she is quite awesome.)

bagtrends_armcandy_phyto

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Spa 1 Comment

Hair Extensions in 30 Seconds by Kit Rogers

If you follow me on Twitter, you may remember that back in July while I was a speaker at Cosmoprof I tweeted that I was out to dinner with the grandfather of hair extensions, Kit Rogers. Quite brilliantly, he put together a video to show him at work putting on extensions at Salon Seven in Park City, Utah. The model here’s name is Sarah, who was the costume designer for the Cosby Show. I think he did an amazing job, wouldn’t you agree?

To learn more about Kit, you can visit his website at www.ChristopherRogersInc.com Also, he says “grandfather” but really he is not that old!

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Hair Care 3 Comments

Pre-Emmy Hairstyling Tips from Sarah Potempa

The stars may spend hours in hair and makeup to get picture-perfect ready for the red carpet, but with these simple tips from Aussie celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa, you can achieve the flawless hairstyles of your favorite Emmy nominated actresses instantly! You may remember that Sarah provided A Girl’s Gotta Spa! readers last year some hair styling tips for New Year’s Eve Looks.

holly hunterThe Look: Smooth, Sleek and Serious

There is no messing around with this simple, yet sleek look that can be worn day or night.  The key is to lock in moisture and keep the frizz out.

Holly Hunter, Nominee for Best Actress, Drama Saving Grace

*Spray Aussie’s Sydney Smooth Tip Protector + Leave-In Conditioner to damp hair and blow-dry with a round brush.
*Always hold the nozzle of the blow dryer parallel to the hair, not pointing directly at it, which can cause over-heating and damage.
*After styling with a flat iron, spritz 12hr Anti Humidity Hair Spray all over hair to prevent frizz and lock in your style for up to 12 hours!

Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Hair Care 1 Comment

New York Fashion Week Blogger Mixer Interviews

When I attended the New York Fashion Week Blogger Mixer put together by Paul Baranda (Beyond Beauty Basics) and Lianne Farbes (TheMakeupGirl) I snagged some great interviews (including Ted Gibson and Jason Backe!) Have a look!

Posted on by Nando in beauty, beauty interview 2 Comments