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

#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about beauty tips, celebrity looks and Neutrogena products available at Target. On August 19 from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #AllDayLook Twitter Party where we’ll be chatting about achieving an all day beauty look with help from Read more

Bliss Vanilla + Bergamot Shower Gel

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As you know, summer can wreak havoc on your skin. In and out of the pool and lots of showering can cause dryness, not to mention the harsh rays of the sun. I’ve been using Bliss vanilla and bergamot bath + shower gel all summer long. I was first attracted to the heavenly sweet smell of the shower gel. Frequent dips in the pool allow me to indulge in sometimes two or more showers a day and I love how my skin smells and feels very soft after wards. The scent is sweet and a bit smokey and not too overpowering. A scented mix of amber, lemon, bergamot, myrrh, musk, and vanilla. My daily routine involves the bath + shower gel, exfoliating in the shower with the buffing scrub followed by the body butter. Read more

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Men’s Skin Care Review: Joe Grooming ONE

Men’s Skin Care review by Nando. You can find Joe Grooming products at www.JoeGrooming.com

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Men’s Grooming Tips from Remington’s Jay Anthony Valadez

mens-grooming-tipsHere on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! we’re going to be featuring more and more men’s grooming reviews and tips because we all know that guy’s often go to their wives and girlfriends for skin care advice (whether they admit it or not!) Since I am a big fan of manscaping, yeah TMI but whatev (!), let’s start off with some grooming tips from Jay Anthony Valadez, barber and stylist for Remington.

When shaving either your arms, legs, chest or, um, groin, it’s often better to just shave where hair shouldn’t be growing or trim overgrown areas rather than go for total hair removal. It’s ridiculous if you look like a gorilla, but if you take it down to nothing, you get itchy stubble, it gets irritated. Just clean it up for a nice, clean, fresh look. That’s why they call it manscaping.  Read more

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Review: Cover FX Skin Tint and Radiant FX


Just this past week the story broke that skin cancer is the number one form of cancer in the U.S. As someone who has had family members who have battled skin cancer (and survived) and one that did not (she passed 3 months after learning she had melanoma), I take this so very seriously. While I do love to hang out at the beach with my 4 sons donning SPF 30 sunscreen, I definitely know my limit on sun exposure. Which, of course, results in me looking unusually pale compared to my sun kissed friends and family. To fake that summer glow, I turn to sunless tanners and Cover FX’s Skin Tint and Radiant FX Bronzer.

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