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

Review: Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

@ReneeRouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel #skincare #review

Pineapple, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate…it all sounds like some mighty fine ingredients to concoct a delicious smoothie with. Yet I’m simply naming off some of what you will find in Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel. You have not encountered a beauty product yet that smells so utterly scrumptious while providing an at-home facial that will leave your skin glowing.

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Men’s Grooming: Nando Reviews Manly Man Soap

In this men’s grooming video, I review the Joy of Soap’s Manly Man Soap. You can find it at www.JoyofSoap.com

All of my men’s grooming reviews will be done by video, so be sure to subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! You Tube channel to keep up to date. You can also follow me on Twitter @Nandoism and read my dating blog at www.Nandoism.com.

Posted on by Nando in bath and body, beauty, holiday, men's grooming 1 Comment

Q&A with Lana Horochowski, Makeup Artist on Mad Men

mad-men-joanI very rarely, if ever post a press release in its entirety on my blog. However, I know many of you are Mad Men enthusiasts (all I have to do is watch my Twitter-stream on a Sunday night!) and I felt this interview with Mad Men Makeup Department Head, Lana Horochowski, who uses MAC Cosmetics on the set, was a really fantastic read.

Q: You’re the new department head at Mad Men for Season 3, will you be making any changes to any characters makeup?

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Review: CHANEL Exfoliating Cleansing Foam Purity + Anti-Pollution

chanel-precisionGuest review from beauty blogger Gloss Menagerie.

CHANEL. The name just oozes luxury doesn’t it? So when I got the chance to review CHANEL’s Exfoliating Cleansing Foam Purity + Anti-Pollution, I was excited. But that doesn’t compare to how I felt when the beautifully packaged bag arrived, complete with a luxuriously soft CHANEL washcloth—how decadent!

The packaging is a squeeze tube that opens on the bottom (also referred to as a malibu tube, I’ve heard), but the cap just twists on and off with a quick twist, not one of those ones you have to stand there spinning around and around. I invariably manage to drop those in the shower, so I like that this one twists right on. Hey, I gotta enjoy the simple things, right?   Read more

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