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

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.)

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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!

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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!

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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!

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