DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. "The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too," says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of Read more

Christiane Celle Calypso Mimosa Shower Gel and Body Lotion

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One of my favorite stores for resort beachwear is Calypso St. Barth. The original location of Calypso St. Barth is on the resort island of St. Barthelemy. After expansion into New York and East Hampton in the mid 1990’s, French-born entrepreneur Christiane Celle now has several shops located across the United States as well as in Paris and St. Tropez. The group of stores includes women’s, children’s and home accessories. The luxe breezy beach lifestyle is the essence of the Christiane Celle Calypso.

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Marshalls: Nando Interviews Alison Deyette

Yesterday I had the opportunity to hang out with celebrity stylist Alison Deyette in Secaucus, New Jersey at the brand new Marshalls before it opens to the public. And while Shannon doesn’t usually cover fashion on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! we both agreed that this was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up! Why? Because Marshalls is Shannon’s #1 place to shop for both beauty and fashion!

In this video I interview Alison regarding men’s fashion and style. I had a blast and I love’s Alison’s fashion tips! You can learn more about Alison at www.AliOnTheGo.com.

As always you can find me on Twitter @Nandoism and on my dating blog www.Nandoism.com.

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Who’s the Fairest? You Are!

the-fairestFor the last month or so I have been working behind the scenes with some of the top beauty bloggers.  Famed beauty author, blogger and TV personality (check her out in the BE infomercials!) Nadine Jolie is editor in chief of Who’s the Fairest, a beauty blog to complement private sale site The Fairest. The Fairest hosts limited time sales (24-48 hours) of some of the best brands in beauty such as Korres, butter LONDON, Clark’s Botanicals (I’ve previously interviewed Francesco Clark!) and many more for up to 75% off!

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Review: Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

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Pineapple, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate…it all sounds like some mighty fine ingredients to concoct a delicious smoothie with. Yet I’m simply naming off some of what you will find in Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel. You have not encountered a beauty product yet that smells so utterly scrumptious while providing an at-home facial that will leave your skin glowing.

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Posted on by Shannon Smyth in anti-aging, beauty, skin care 3 Comments