Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we're all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything? For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most Read more

Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true. When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be Read more

Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen. Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it's for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin. Those Read more

Voluminous Beach Wave Hair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult. While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, Read more

Must Have Airplane-Friendly Beauty Products

The holiday travel season is officially upon us so I've decided to share some of my favorite travel friendly beauty products in hopes that it will make this holiday travel season a bit less stressful...and germ free. 1. Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist This spritz is ideal for air travel because it Read more

Photos: Lady Gaga 944 Magazine January 2010

ladygagaHave we not established that I love me some Lady Gaga yet? If not, please find photos from the January 2010 issue of 944 below. I’m proud to say that my genius makeup artist friend, Billy B, did her makeup. Hello! Nothing short of amazing Mr. B! (Photos by Max Abidian.)  Read more

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Makeup I Would Wear if I Were Adam Lambert

adam_lambertI admit, I only jumped on the Adam Lambert bandwagon a few episodes shy of the end of American Idol last season.  I remember it was the episode where he looked like a young Chris Isaac. For some reason Adam made guyliner hot.  And after finally caving in and getting his CD this weekend, it’s obvious that Glambert has some serious love for makeup as inspired by his 80’s glam predecessors (Poison, Warrant, Dokken–oh yeah I know them all because I was quite the pseudo-metal head.)

So if I were given the magical ability to be Adam Lambert for one day, here’s the beauty products I’d be sporting:  Read more

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Review: Mario Badescu Cucumber Tonic Mask

mario_badescu_cucumber_tonic_maskI am a big fan of clay masks, as evidenced by previous posts (see inSpa Pore Purifying Masque; Chella Balancing Clay Mask; PCA pHaze9 ) so when I received a sample of Mario Badescu’s Cucumber Tonic Mask, I was pretty excited to try something from this well respected skin care line (I love the Drying Lotion.) Unfortunately, due to my personal experience using this mask, it found it’s way to the trash pretty quickly.  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Beauty Blog Best of 2009

Shannon Nelson & Nando

Wow, what a year in beauty. This is honestly my most favorite post each year, yet I procrastinate like crazy to write it. This year A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Beauty Blog saw the addition of the very handsome and funny Nando, who handles the men’s grooming reviews and vlogs. So this Best of 2009 recap includes both men’s and women’s beauty products and a mix of text and video. Did you have a favorite product you saw reviewed here this year? Be sure to let us know at the end of this post.

Shannon’s Favorites of 2009:  Read more

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