Easy Abstract Floral Nail Art Tutorial

I love nail art that looks really intricate, yet is effortlessly simply in application. I asked fellow beauty blogger and fellow Pennsylvanian, A Little Polish to create a tutorial just for A Girl's Gotta Spa! readers. If you're looking for some simple abstract floral nail art, here’s a tutorial to Read more

Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

Gretta Monahan’s Tips to Fight Hair Damage

hair damage Pictures, Images and PhotosMost women believe they have little or no hair damage, yet the reality is all women have hair damage and don’t realize it! Dove spokestylist and co-host of “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style,” Gretta Monahan says that women don’t have to change their habits to fight hair damage– there are simple solutions. In these trying economic times that have hit us all (I know I can’t be the only one feeling it!), I asked Greta to share some of these solutions that are affordable to everyone. Because really? How many of us have avoided going out simply because of a bad hair day?

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Men’s Grooming Review: Shaving Creams for a Close, Kissable Shave

male-groomingIn my last men’s grooming review, I noted that I love my Clarisonic for shaving and noted how I travel with it everywhere, even though it is not really travel size (and I leave the charger at home, because it’s heavy and I could kill somebody with its heft.)

There’s something about the traditional shaving brush and cream that takes you back to childhood. It’s learning how to shave when you’re five years old with your Dad, who had his brush and used some generic shaving cream. It worked and worked well. And that’s how I learned: with my fake little kit of a plastic razor blade, using my dad’s brush and shaving cream.

And, it gets a better shave. Using a brush – or, well, now a Clarisonic – gets the hair to stand up, be softer, and avoids ingrown hairs. It’s just a better system. Plus, I hate shaving and have a terrible beard, so what’s a better way to test this all out than getting samples and finding the best solution for me?

To make this a fair test, I used each shaving cream for a day, under similar test environments: new blade, hot water, charged Clarisonic, local water source (hey, that matters for hard versus soft water). The below list is in order of preference, with one recommendation for those that don’t use a brush or Clarisonic – although, in reality, the top five are almost interchangeable.  Read more

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Review: CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara

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I’ve tried out the original LashBlast when it first came out, and while I wasn’t too impressed at first, I eventually warmed up to it. If you are anything like me, then you are endlessly searching for “the one,” that holy grail of mascara. Is CoverGirl LashBlast Length the one? Read more

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Review: Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Nail Color Collection

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Having lived my teen years in the 90′s, I can absolutely get into the colors of Sally Hansen’s new HD Hi-Definition Nail Color collection. Bright pops of color and neon bring me back to that girl I used to be…the one who was all about boys (still am), New Kids on the Block and jelly bracelets (and if you saw me today, you would see a neon green jelly bracelet on my wrist always!)

I first decided to try out Pixel, which is a teal color. And thanks to Suzy who is a fan on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! on Facebook, I went into this review thinking about the questions she posed to me there– Read more

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