A Girl's Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty Free

Something I've learned in my 8+ years of beauty blogging, is that many brands like to say they are something without any proof to back it. Brands say they are natural, but the ingredient label tells a different story. Brands say they are organic because they assume you won't Read more

Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#Eyes4NYC Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

Review: Rimmel London Sexy Curves Mascara

rimmel_london_sexy_curves_mascaraCurves seem to be the in thing lately thanks to celebrities like Beyonce. Oh and I am grateful, especially since being a mother means I have curves whether I want them or not.  When it comes to my lashes, I definitely want lashes that curve but hate putting an eyelash curler to my eyes (thanks to pinching myself far too often. ouch.)  So while at CVS a few weeks ago I decided to pick up Rimmel London’s newest mascara, Sexy Curves, with the hopes that it would be a quick fix to provide my lashes with some awesome curving action.

The mascara brush is a little funky with 3 prominent “bumps.” While Rimmel says that these put curves in all the right places, I honestly think it’s just tricky marketing. The dips in the mascara wand meant that the formula didn’t hit sections of lashes, while the bumps did. So I found myself simply using the tip of the mascara wand to apply the mascara to all of my lashes equally. A bigger and fancy wand is really unnecessary. But did the mascara itself work?

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Review: Beau Bain Bath Bombs

spa_time_pamperBeauty review by Morgan Day Cecil:

Somebody please inform my next fiance that he better be independently wealthy, because I’ve had it with working for a living!

Just kidding. I am already happily engaged to a man who need me to keep my 9-5, but this evening, making the long commute home, I burst into tears. I missed my son, I missed my freedom. I despised the best hours of the day being spent in an office. And, it is only the second day of my second week at my new job.  This is not a good sign. I need to find a way to cope…

What is a girl to do to survive the work-week?

The only thing she can do: Reach for a bath bomb and draw herself a nice hot bath. In times like these, there may not be problem solving, but there can be problem soothing.

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Spa Week’s You Tube Challenge

Do you have moves like Janet, pipes like Celine or jokes like Ellen? If so, then Spa Week wants you to enter their first ever YouTube challenge. The idea is simple: in your own creative way tell them why they should take you and a few of your fabulous friends to a free day of relaxation at the spa. This includes: a facial or massage, mani-pedi and lunch at a spa in your town. The most entertaining videos will make it onto Spa Week’s YouTube page and from there, the most viewed will win! Read on for more details.

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Borghese and Lord & Taylor Makeup and Spa Event

Spa ResortOn March 14th, 2009, Lord & Taylor customers will receive a facial and skincare consultation, make up application and receive a free gift for a $50.00 fee redeemable in Borghese products!

Facials choices include:
*Brightening Facial
*Vitamin C Facial
*Hydrating Facial

Or a choice of a Reflexology Massage. (All facial treatments are done in a private room.)

Other event incentives include:
*a hand and arm treatment
*A full color consultation and application
*Refreshments
*Complimentary Tarot Card Reading (if you’re into that kind of thing)

*FREE GIFT AS WELL AS A STEP UP GIFT – with a an additional purchase of $75.00
Appointments are pre-booked for all events:

Ridgewood, NJ 201-447-0400 ext. 251
Huntington, NY 631-424-1600 ext. 251
Westchester, NY: 914-723–700 ext. 255
Manhasset, NY 516-627-3000 ext. 244

(*Additional incentives or gifts are provided by Lord & Taylor, every store is different)

Also Borghese is now on Facebook, definitely go be a fan!

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