Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there's no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types Read more

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

As much as I have enjoyed summer and am sad to see it come to an end, I was not enjoying how dehydrated my skin looked and felt thanks to a lot of time spent outdoors celebrating summer in all of her sunny glory.  I want to welcome fall and all the Read more

Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands. Up front I'll tell you that I Read more

Eumora Facial Bar Review

If you are part of the sisterhood that is combination/oily skin, then you'll want to learn more about Eumora, a facial bar made of moor and HmA. For as far back as I can remember, my skin has never been gifted as "normal" and transitions from combination in the Read more

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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Skin Care Review: Chella Balancing Clay Mask

Chella Balancing Mask Clay & Seaweed Treatment #review #skincare

Oh boy do I love me some clay facial masks. Having oily, blemish-prone skin can be a real PIA. And it seems that since including bangs into my hairstyle back in March, my forehead seems to be worse than ever. So I was completely enthused to have the chance to try out Chella’s Balancing Mask Clay and Seaweed Treatment, with Kaolin and seaweed, both said to do wonders for your skin.  Read more

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Pictures from Cosmoprof North America 2009

As you know, at the end of July I had the privilege of speaking at Cosmoprof North America. It was my very first time going to Las Vegas and I was excited as a kid on Christmas! I arrived a few days before my scheduled speaking date, which by the way, I think went quite awesome; I spoke about social media for Private Label (many thanks to Private Label Magazine for that!) I met so many amazing people that it makes my head spin. The only person that I met that I didn’t get a picture with was Robyn Bloom, founder of Purely Cosmetics. I enjoyed our relentless quest in search of steak at 12am Robyn!

Here are some pictures from my time in Vegas–enjoy! Read more

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