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

Pearson Knight’s Recap of Fashion Week SS10 Hairstyle Trends

argentina_pearson_knight So I landed in NYC for Fashion Week just a few days after returning to the country. I had been in Bali, Indonesia, for 3 months consulting, training, styling and launching a brand new salon for the talented supermodel/actress Navia Nguyen. The lobby has a fresh juice bar, music and internet while the salon is high energy and decorated with hair stations and pedicure chairs with screens playing Fashion TV. The upstairs is a completely different vibe with two wet rooms for spa scrubs, showers, couple massage room, multiple massage tables, facial and waxing rooms and an amazing staff. The salon is called Amo Beauty and Spa and is a must if traveling to Bali.

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I went straight from the plane completely jet lagged to Ports 1961′s studio to do the test looks for the show. It was great to lead their show and see the Ports team again. I have worked with them the last few seasons and get inspired by and with them. This season the look was very constructed, sleek, and profound. The inspiration was Japanese for her collection so we wanted the hair up and expose the beauty of the neck. The collection, hair and makeup were very strong in unison. We took the top section of the hair and secured it out of the way. Then we took the sides and back into a ponytail and then a braid. The braid was placed back and forth flat against the head and pinned to create a square anchor. The top section was the backcombed and smoothed bringing it seamless with the side, brought over the braid, and then tucked under into the braid. We wanted gradual volume starting at the forehead building through the shape. I feel it looked strong and elegant on the runway with Tia’s collection.

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Men’s Grooming: Fredrick Benjamin Daily Hydrator

If you’ve been following me on Twitter you may have seen my tweets about how I recently fried my hair while trying to straighten it. In this men’s grooming review I talk about how Fredrick Benjamin Daily Hydrator actually saved my hair…even though it is not even targeted to hair care!

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Maintain Your Post Summer Glow with Guerlain’s Nourishing Dry Oil SPF 8

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Now that summer has come and gone you may be concerned about keeping your sun-kissed healthy glow. Guerlain is famous for their Meteorites face powder as well as their iconic fragrances. The Terracotta Huile De Voyageur Nourishing Dry Oil Illuminating Tan Intensifier SPF 8 ($59 at Bergdorf Goodman) is a dry oil meant to help extend the life of your summer tan. The tiny mother-of-pearl particles magnify the tan with a subtle iridescent veil. The Guerlain formula has a SPF of 8 and a tan booster technology that prolongs the life of the tan using Roucou, a reddish-brown vegetable pigment. The oil is also scented by the exotic Tiare flower. The scent will instantly transport you to an exotic tropical isle.

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Review: Fusion of Color Cosmetics

mineral_makeupFusion of Color Cosmetics is a mineral makeup line of products aimed at leaving your skin looking flawless without appearing like you are trying too hard. And I think you know what I mean…call it ghosts of pancake makeup past.

They offer a wide variety of mineral makeup from concealers and correctors to finishing powders, eye shadows, blush, etc. I also loved that for some of us still set in our ways of press powder and cream concealers…they offer that too. Their fall palette of colors are gorgeous!  Working Girl and Too Cool are beautiful.

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