Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair

Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could've taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it's much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed? I Read more

Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Social Media Profiles

barielle-putt-e-on-meJust a quick little update to make you aware of some other places you can find A Girl’s Gotta Spa! online.

Beauty Blog: Of course, the blog is where you can find reviews from myself and as you may have noticed, from some new beauty contributors as well. The very fabulous Nando heads up the men’s grooming video reviews, but will also be bringing you some great videos from New York Fashion Week (so stay tuned!) Zeke is our anonymous mystery blogger who also covers men’s grooming from time to time as well. Brittany, who happens to be my very adorable younger cousin, will be covering beauty reviews from a teen’s perspective.  Then of course there is Morgan, a good friend with awesome photography skills who will also be doing beauty reviews on occasion. As always, my ultimate goal with the blog is to bring you relevant beauty reviews that you can relate to.

Twitter: If you haven’t already noticed, I am quite the chatter box! You can find me on Twitter tweeting about beauty products I am trying, talking with fellow beauty bloggers, beauty brands as well as celebrity makeup artists and hair stylists. It’s a great place for you to get to know me better, ask questions or hear about what I am working on.

You Tube: This is home to our video reviews and interviews. For right now, the videos hosted here are from Nando, but soon enough (ie. when I get up the guts) there will be videos from me, as well.

Facebook Fan Page: Hopefully if you are reading this beauty blog, you are a fan! So why not make it official by becoming a fan on Facebook too? Here I’ll post beauty discount codes, pictures of products that I may not necessarily review here on the blog, ask beauty questions, talk about seasonal makeup looks and show you some behind the scenes things going on here for the blog (such as the picture above of nail polish from Barielle.)  It also gives you the opportunity to talk with other fans, too! (And I certainly love when you click that “Suggest to friends” link and share the page with your friends! *wink wink*)

I love connecting with you and hope to see you around the interwebs!

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Shower with Philosophy’s Oatmeal Raisin for a Good Cause

philosophy-oatmeal-raisin-s Philosophy’s Oatmeal Raisin shower gel not only smells great – just like fresh baked cookies from the oven, but it helps to clean your skin and keep it feeling extra soft. The three in one product serves as a shower gel, shampoo and bubble bath. If you are a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies then you will love this product. Besides, you can indulge in oatmeal raisin cookies, which are completely calorie free.

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Men’s Grooming: Lather Peppermint Cooling After Shave Balm

In this men’s grooming review, I talk about Lather’s Peppermint Cooling After Shave Balm.

If you’ve used this product please be sure to comment here or directly on You Tube. All of my reviews are done via video, so please subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! You Tube channel to be alerted of new video reviews before they post here on the blog.

Other places I can be found: Twitter @Nandoism and my dating blog www.Nandoism.com

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Hair Care: New York Streets

new-york-streetsBesides speaking at Cosmoprof this past July, the best part about attending it was coming across beauty brands I had never heard of before. New York Streets was one such hair care collection I had never encountered, but was captivated by as soon as I saw the packaging. Getting someone’s attention in a sea of salon sameness is always a big obstacle for a brand to overcome, yet New York Streets got mine. And actually they don’t consider themselves a “hair care collection” but more of a “hair culture collection.”

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