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: 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.

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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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