Lighten Dark Spots with Dermalogica PowerBright Trx Trio

I'm paying for the skin sins of my youth in hyperpigmentation and an abundance of dark spots from both acne and lack of sunscreen usage. Over the years I've learned how to best conceal them with makeup in order to fake a great complexion. However, when the makeup comes Read more

DIY Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Bombs

Candy canes may be great for stuffing stockings, adorning trees, or a sweet snack, but the minty holiday staple can also be incorporated into your beauty routine. Peppermint oil contains minerals and nutrients including iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and C, and is soothing to the Read more

Subtle Green Customizable Skin Care

Subtle Green, a Montreal-based luxury skin care company, recently caught my attention. Much of what they stand for is something I have been saying for years - "The best moisturizers do not have to contain 'miracle ingredients' developed using 'breakthrough technologies' in a remote secret laboratory." There are tried Read more

#HeartMyHair Twitter Party November 25 1-2pm EST #ad

Photo Credit: Great Contradictions Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about hairstyles! On November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, please join us for the #HeartMyHair Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the new Conair Curl Secret and the Read more

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub

With the busiest season of the year upon us, sometimes caring for ourselves (and our skin) sadly ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. (Please don't let it.) Fortunately, facialist Cecilia Wong has designed a seasonal at-home, DIY facial scrub that requires little time and effort, which can Read more

Review: Fusion of Color Cosmetics

mineral_makeupFusion of Color Cosmetics is a mineral makeup line of products aimed at leaving your skin looking flawless without appearing like you are trying too hard. And I think you know what I mean…call it ghosts of pancake makeup past.

They offer a wide variety of mineral makeup from concealers and correctors to finishing powders, eye shadows, blush, etc. I also loved that for some of us still set in our ways of press powder and cream concealers…they offer that too. Their fall palette of colors are gorgeous!  Working Girl and Too Cool are beautiful.

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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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