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

Review: Surgeon’s Skin Secret Bath and Shower Gel

surgeons-skin-secret-shower-gelAn easy way to “shower your way to sensational skin” is with Surgeon’s Skin Secret Bath and Shower Gel. All you need to do is add water and massage over your skin and you will instantly feel refreshed! This gel goes on so smooth and gentle it feels great after a long day in the sun.

All summer I would lay out for two hours in the sun (trying to get my tan on) almost every day and I’d end up feeling so beat and tired. The minute I’d get into the shower, I’d use this shower gel all over and my skin felt so soft and satiny. This product is also gluten-free so for those folks out there who are in search of a great shower gel, this is for you!

With a blend of Mallow Extract, Cucumber, Sambucus, Arnica, and Pellitory it smells absolutely amazing. It leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated and also smells yummy. Your skin will be glowing in no time! You can find it at www.jamarklabs.com.

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Christiane Celle Calypso Mimosa Shower Gel and Body Lotion

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One of my favorite stores for resort beachwear is Calypso St. Barth. The original location of Calypso St. Barth is on the resort island of St. Barthelemy. After expansion into New York and East Hampton in the mid 1990′s, French-born entrepreneur Christiane Celle now has several shops located across the United States as well as in Paris and St. Tropez. The group of stores includes women’s, children’s and home accessories. The luxe breezy beach lifestyle is the essence of the Christiane Celle Calypso.

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Marshalls: Nando Interviews Alison Deyette

Yesterday I had the opportunity to hang out with celebrity stylist Alison Deyette in Secaucus, New Jersey at the brand new Marshalls before it opens to the public. And while Shannon doesn’t usually cover fashion on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! we both agreed that this was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up! Why? Because Marshalls is Shannon’s #1 place to shop for both beauty and fashion!

In this video I interview Alison regarding men’s fashion and style. I had a blast and I love’s Alison’s fashion tips! You can learn more about Alison at www.AliOnTheGo.com.

As always you can find me on Twitter @Nandoism and on my dating blog www.Nandoism.com.

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Who’s the Fairest? You Are!

the-fairestFor the last month or so I have been working behind the scenes with some of the top beauty bloggers.  Famed beauty author, blogger and TV personality (check her out in the BE infomercials!) Nadine Jolie is editor in chief of Who’s the Fairest, a beauty blog to complement private sale site The Fairest. The Fairest hosts limited time sales (24-48 hours) of some of the best brands in beauty such as Korres, butter LONDON, Clark’s Botanicals (I’ve previously interviewed Francesco Clark!) and many more for up to 75% off!

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