A Girl's Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty Free

Something I've learned in my 8+ years of beauty blogging, is that many brands like to say they are something without any proof to back it. Brands say they are natural, but the ingredient label tells a different story. Brands say they are organic because they assume you won't Read more

Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#Eyes4NYC Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

$10 Off Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

triple-berry-smoothing-peelExfoliation is a key part of a proper skin care routine to keep skin soft, smooth and clear. Renée Rouleau has formulated an invigorating peel with a blend of powerful antioxidant-rich berries and five skin smoothing AHA and BHA acids that help to stimulate renewal and improve texture while refining the appearance of large pores. Layer by layer, her new Triple Berry Smoothing Peel will peel away dullness to reveal younger-looking skin that has literally been resurfaced.

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Summer Nail Trend: Nude Nails

china_glaze_nude_polishWith summer just around the corner, more and more Hollywood starlets are being spotted with the hottest trend in footwear: Nude heels! It’s no secret that if you’re able to choose a shade that’s close to your own skin tone, the heels will elongate your legs, creating a sexy and lengthened silhouette! Interestingly, this trend isn’t just limited to feet, but is great for complementing the hands as well! What complements a set of nude heels better than a set of nude hands? To match these nude heels, nude nail polishes are creating a perfect complement and illusion of long, sexy, and elegant hands!

China Glaze offers up a great selection of nude polishes that can complement any skin tone. Some favorites include:

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Interview with Daniela Ciocan of Cosmoprof

cpna09-daniela-ciocan_headshot_hrBeauty lovers, I hope you’ve heard the news, this July I will be guest speaking at Cosmoprof North America! I am really excited about this opportunity (but maybe even more excited to be among the movers and shakers of the beauty industry!) I recently had the chance to speak with Daniela Ciocan, Marketing Director for Sogecos Americas, whom I’ve met previously last year at the ICMAD awards dinner (and she is quite personable and fabulous.)

Shannon Nelson: Cosmoprof North America is only about 2 months away, what are some exciting things being put into place for this event?

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Lather Up with k. hall Designs

bath_and_bodyLet’s not downplay the incredible therapeutic powers of a great shower or bath. k. hall designs has created a line of shower, bath and body products that are the recipe to the best cleansing and relaxation experience ever!

Soak: Relax and exfoliate with Bath Salts ($25) – mineral salts that come in a beautiful glass bottle.

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