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: Sundari Gotu Kola and Indian Asparagus Mask

sundari_gotu_kola_indian_asparagus_maskGreat looking skin is something that happens to be one part hereditary in my family and one part a faithful skin care routine. Growing up I always noticed how young my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother’s skin looked. My great-grandmother lived to be 99 and when she passed, she looked no older than about 80. My grandmother is in her late 70′s, but I promise, you would never know it. From a very early age, they all faithfully took care of their skin and it paid off. I learned from them that taking care of your skin is important and really the key to looking youthful. I.e. see a picture of me here, do I really look like I will be 35 this year? Sundari’s Gotu Kola and Indian Asparagus Mask is one great skin care product for those of us with aging skin and as I mentioned in my Beauty Ingredients Forecast for 2009, Ayurveda and products associated with it, are really taking off here in the states.

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Review: Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze

 


If there is one thing you should not wait until Spring for–it’s making sure your feet are in tip top shape for those sandals when this snow melts away (and it will eventually melt away, right?!) Besides, who likes snagging their flannel sheets with their dry, cracked heels?  So I found a completely delish heel treatment from Farmhouse Fresh that’s going to create perfectly soft, hydrated feet exist everywhere thanks to their Honey Heel Glaze ($24).

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Self Tanning Tips from Dera Enochson, Creator of Xen-Tan

headshotIf you are looking in the mirror lately and see dull, drab skin staring back at you, then some self tanning may be in order. We all know there is a right way and wrong way to self tan, as evidenced by those Sunkist-orange type ladies we often giggle to ourselves about. So why not get some tips from someone who created a self tanning brand herself? Dera Enochson, tanning Expert and creator of the Xen-Tan self-tanning collection, is sharing her tips on creating the perfect, natural looking self-tan with product recommendations to boot.

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Review: Chanin Richel Shea Body Butter

Natural BeautyWho else is ready for winter to be over? Raise your hand. I mean seriously. I’m pretty sure that the Punxsutawney tourism board and the groundhog are in cahoots together. But at least while we still have 6 weeks of winter left, there are some great moisturizers out there to keep our skin hydrated and looking fabulous despite the harsh winter weather. The latest moisturizer in my bathroom is Chanin Richel’s Shea Body Butter in Oatmeal Milk and Honey.

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