10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am so proud of her for launching her 5-free nail lacquer brand. The Diana Nail Lacquer Set pictured above is part of her Icons Collection. We're Read more

10 Years Blogging 10 Giveaways

Dear 2005 self, launching A Girl's Gotta Spa! ® was your best idea yet. I still cannot believe that 10 years later, I'm still here. All thanks to you, our readers, both old and new. Instead of re-hashing all that I have learned in 10 years (because you can just read Read more

Why Oral Health is Important

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine Is your mouth on your side? Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may Read more

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Loose Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush

I know that this may sound somewhat contradictory, but I love wearing makeup that I can't really feel. I like knowing that it's there on my skin, but do not want to be reminded that it's actually sitting on my skin throughout the day. This is why I love wearing Susan Read more

Ambi Even and Clear CC+ Cream for Women of Color

Finding makeup that contains sunscreen, but does not leave my skin looking gray and ashy, has always been a challenge for me. I'm sure it has been a challenge for a lot of women of color, too. I love and want to take care of my skin by making sure Read more

Video: City Club Hotel

Shannon_Nelson_Karen_RobinovitzThis past weekend I made my way to New York City for the social media consulting work that I do. For this particular weekend it was for Purple Lab. If you don’t already know, Karen Robinovitz is the Creatrix behind Purple Lab and everyone who knows me knows that her book “How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less” is my favorite, so this was a real treat for me (besides the fact that you already know that I love Huge Lips Skinny Hips in Worship Kate.)

I don’t typically write about a hotel that doesn’t have a spa in it, but I couldn’t help myself with City Club Hotel because it was a luxury suite I stayed in that was 2 levels! I’m pretty sure you can hear my excitement in my voice in the video and I mention which beauty products I took along with me for the weekend:  Read more

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Caroline Chu Anti-Aging Skincare Regime

Caroline Chu Anti-Aging #Skincare
I had lunch recently with Caroline Chu, the founder of the Caroline Chu skincare and makeup line. Caroline’s namesake beauty brand was launched in 2007 and on QVC earlier this month. Caroline is a classic beauty and she is living proof and a testament to her products. In addition to her gracious personality, Caroline is an innovator in the beauty world, combining technology with the finest ingredients used by generations of women in Asia to defy aging. Caroline Chu is high tech business woman turned beauty entrepreneur who gave up her career as a successful creative director in Silicon Valley before launching her own skincare and cosmetics line now available at Zappos and QVC. While jet-setting around the globe to faraway destinations, Caroline was inspired to pursue her true passion, the art affordable and effective skincare. Caroline then spent two years researching and developing her products drawing on her background in fine art and high tech… Read more

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Lady Gaga Vibe.com Interview

lady_gaga_bad_romanceOh my friends. It is so official that I have a girl crush on Lady Gaga. The funny part is that I totally didn’t get Perez Hilton’s love of her in the beginning. But after watching her play classical piano, cast a magic spell with her sinfully awesome voice, dance like it’s nobody’s business, make music videos an art form, not too mention she was pretty funny on SNL…I am hooked! Better yet, I discovered this interview she did with Vibe.com and I was blown away by how well spoken she is.

She is an incredible talent. Not to mention beautiful. And do you know who does her hair and makeup? Two of my friends! (That makes me even more excited!) So when you see Gaga looking glorious, you should know it is at the skillful hands of Billy B and Syd Curry. (Yes including her Bad Romance video!!!)

Watch the Vibe.com interview and see what I mean: Read more

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Interview: Alison Sweeney from Days of our Lives and The Biggest Loser

I learned all of my wicked ways from Sami Brady, so I was truly excited to be given the opportunity to interview Alison Sweeney at the Crest Glide Tight Spaces Challenge.

Crest Glide and Alison have joined Feeding America to host the Crest Glide Tight Spaces Challenge events this month in Los Angeles and New York. Alison will encourage the crowd to show their prowess at sliding and gliding through a specially designed Tight Spaces obstacle course. For every person who participates in the Tight Spaces Challenge events, Glide will donate $1 to Feeding America. Additionally, Crest Glide is encouraging others to tweet about tight spaces on Twitter. You are asked to tell Glide about the “Tight Spaces” in your lives using the hashtag #GlideTightSpaces. For every person who tweets with the hashtag #GlideTightSpaces through December 31, 2009, Crest Glide will donate $1 to Feeding America. Crest Glide will make a guaranteed donation of $20,000 to help ensure families across America will have food on the table this holiday season.

The next Tight Spaces Challenges will be held in Los Angeles on Saturday November 21, 2009 from noon to 4:00 PM. in the center court of Hollywood & Highland.

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