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

Luxurious Skincare: Organic Apoteke Buttermilk Cleanser

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I am a fan of all natural skincare products and I try to use ones with organic based ingredients in my daily cleansing regime. I am always searching for an excellent milky cleanser that goes on quickly and gets the job done without drying my skin. I recently found the Buttermilk Cleanser from Organic Apoteke and I am hooked. The cleanser has the faint scent of roses (Damask rose oil) and the silky smooth texture is pure luxury. I often cleanse my face with the Buttermilk Cleanser in the late afternoon when I need a little pick-me-up. It leaves me feeling refreshed and ready for an evening out. My face feels amazingly clean and smooth afterwards and most traces of makeup are removed. I do need to use a bit of Shu Uemura cleansing oil to remove my mascara though.

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NYFW: Maria Menounos, Chris Noth and Real Housewives of New Jersey

This past Sunday, on behalf of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I went to see a runway show sponsored by Oral B at Hatchette’s Style360 that featured Caravan boutique looks from designers such as Rich & Skinny, Tart, Maxey, Bobi and was hosted by Maria Menounos. While there I spotted Chris Noth (he sat directly across from me!), Shanae Grimes from 90210 and Teresa from the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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You can see my complete behind the scenes photos on Flickr!

Photo Credit: (c) Nandoism.com

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NYFW: Robert Verdi, Cristophe and Jake Bailey CVS Reinventing Beauty

New York Fashion Week isn’t only about fashion, of course! I had the chance to stop into CVS’ Reinventing Beauty suite, aka Robert Verdi’s Luxe Laboratory, between events. Cristophe (yes that Cristophe!) styled my hair, Jake Bailey showed me how guy’s can wear concealer to freshen up their look (without looking like they are wearing makeup) and then I snagged an interview with Robert Verdi!

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You can see my behind the scenes photos on Flickr!

Photo Credit: (c) Nandoism.com

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NYFW Chris Benz and Daniel Martin Talk Lancome’s “Chris & Tell”

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going backstage at the Chris Benz fashion show to talk with him and Daniel Martin regarding their collaboration for Lancome‘s 5th lipstick in their POUT-A-PORTER series aptly named “Chris & Tell.” This coral colored lipstick will be available Spring 2010, but Lancome is already accepting names for the waiting list at their upper west side boutique.

You can see all of my men’s grooming reviews and New York Fashion Week interviews on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! You Tube Channel (subscribe, hint hint!) You can also follow me on Twitter @Nandoism and my dating blog www.Nandoism.com

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