CIRCA Beauty

I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It's even better when I get something I haven't tried before. Like makeup from CIRCA Beauty, a cruelty free makeup line that's affordable, long wearing, trendy, Read more

Sunscreen Pills - Do They Really Work?

With increasing frequency, I'm finding that I'm getting pitched more often to review sunscreen pills and drinks. I am a true skeptic when it comes to replacing what I know already works (topical sunscreen), and has worked for YEARS, with something so new that claims the same benefits. So Read more

St. Ives Spray Lotion Review #LiveRadiantly

St. Ives recently sent me their continous spray lotion in Naturaly Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract and the new Smooth & Glow Apricot Hydration Lotion. This is the first time I've ever tried a spray lotion and wasn't sure what to expect. Will it be similar to spray Read more

Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner Giveaway

Tanned legs help to give the appearance of slim, flawless legs. There's nothing I love more, than to bare my legs in my favorite dress once they have a little bit of color to them. To kick off Summer, we've partnered with Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner to give away Read more

1907 Alkaline Water Review

By now, we all know...or should know the health and beauty benefits of drinking water. Approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water so it is important to replenish our bodies with the water that we lose on a daily basis. Water is essential to our health because Read more

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Beauty Blog Best of 2009

Shannon Nelson & Nando

Wow, what a year in beauty. This is honestly my most favorite post each year, yet I procrastinate like crazy to write it. This year A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Beauty Blog saw the addition of the very handsome and funny Nando, who handles the men’s grooming reviews and vlogs. So this Best of 2009 recap includes both men’s and women’s beauty products and a mix of text and video. Did you have a favorite product you saw reviewed here this year? Be sure to let us know at the end of this post.

Shannon’s Favorites of 2009:  Read more

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Philip B. Russian Amber Shampoo

I am hoping Santa will treat me to some luxurious beauty products this year. In my stocking I’m hoping to find a jar of Philip B. Russian Amber Shampoo (12 oz., $140.00 at Beauty Habit). This jar may be small, but it packs a powerful punch of hydrating power for winter weary hair. The harsh cold winter weather can wreak havoc on your hair due to the lack of moisture in the air. Not to mention the wind and indoor air. This Russian inspired formula includes a blend of of Chamomile, Grape Seed, Rosemary, Nettle, Burdock and Sage to condition damaged hair with emollients with a renewed and healthy glow. To improve elasticity protectants including silk, wheat and soy proteins help to build strength to the hair shaft. To add sheen and bounce shea butter tops off the mixture for a feeling of weightless, silky and beautiful hair. The most extraordinary thing about this product is the luxurious and rich scent of amber oil.  Read more

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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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