Herbacin Make-up Remover Review

For a long time now, I've been using make-up remover wipes to take off my make-up at night. It's been easy and convenient, but it's not always the best choice for my skin type. I wanted to get back to using a make-up remover that wouldn't cause me to tug Read more

IT Cosmetics Blurred Lines Lipstick Review

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; Is this new lip product from IT Cosmetics a gimmick or does it really work? The product is called Blurred Lines Smooth Fill Gel-Crème Lipstick. This Read more

How To: Cherry Blossom Nail Art

// // I'm loving all the rich Fall colors in the new Butter London x Allure collection!  I'm not yet ready for Fall, but I'm okay with winding down this hot, hot Summer.  So, let's do a mani of a typical Spring flower - the cherry blossom! What you'll need: 4 Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with Lock and Mane

"Lock & Mane was started with two goals: bringing you the best hair and beauty products and giving you a luxurious, easy and fun shopping experience." What drew me to Lock & Mane is that their selection is not overwhelming. You won't find hundreds of brands, 20-30 pages to search through Read more

Back to College with Schick® #Sponsored

As I'm about to have a baby in a week, I can't help but think about how, two years from now, we'll be making another transition with our family - my oldest will be going to college. It's hard to believe that while I'll still be changing diapers with Read more

Review: Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask

mario_badescu_cucumber_tonic_maskI am a big fan of clay masks, as evidenced by previous posts (see inSpa Pore Purifying Masque; Chella Balancing Clay Mask; PCA pHaze9 ) so when I received a sample of Mario Badescu’s Cucumber Tonic Mask, I was pretty excited to try something from this well respected skin care line (I love the Drying Lotion.) Unfortunately, due to my personal experience using this mask, it found it’s way to the trash pretty quickly.  Read more

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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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