Lighten Dark Spots with Dermalogica PowerBright Trx Trio

I'm paying for the skin sins of my youth in hyperpigmentation and an abundance of dark spots from both acne and lack of sunscreen usage. Over the years I've learned how to best conceal them with makeup in order to fake a great complexion. However, when the makeup comes Read more

DIY Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Bombs

Candy canes may be great for stuffing stockings, adorning trees, or a sweet snack, but the minty holiday staple can also be incorporated into your beauty routine. Peppermint oil contains minerals and nutrients including iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and C, and is soothing to the Read more

Subtle Green Customizable Skin Care

Subtle Green, a Montreal-based luxury skin care company, recently caught my attention. Much of what they stand for is something I have been saying for years - "The best moisturizers do not have to contain 'miracle ingredients' developed using 'breakthrough technologies' in a remote secret laboratory." There are tried Read more

#HeartMyHair Twitter Party November 25 1-2pm EST #ad

Photo Credit: Great Contradictions Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about hairstyles! On November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, please join us for the #HeartMyHair Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the new Conair Curl Secret and the Read more

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub

With the busiest season of the year upon us, sometimes caring for ourselves (and our skin) sadly ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. (Please don't let it.) Fortunately, facialist Cecilia Wong has designed a seasonal at-home, DIY facial scrub that requires little time and effort, which can Read more

Review: David Yurman Luxurious Body Cream

david-yurman-luxurious-body-creamLuxury beauty. In today’s economy that is a bad, bad word. Because really? How many of us actually have the money to spend on anything luxurious? Yet, when we do, it is like coveting a prized possession. My friends (Channeling John McCain when I say that), David Yurman’s newest addition to his fragrance collection, Luxurious Body Cream, is one of those possessions you will covet.  Read more

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Bliss Vanilla + Bergamot Shower Gel

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As you know, summer can wreak havoc on your skin. In and out of the pool and lots of showering can cause dryness, not to mention the harsh rays of the sun. I’ve been using Bliss vanilla and bergamot bath + shower gel all summer long. I was first attracted to the heavenly sweet smell of the shower gel. Frequent dips in the pool allow me to indulge in sometimes two or more showers a day and I love how my skin smells and feels very soft after wards. The scent is sweet and a bit smokey and not too overpowering. A scented mix of amber, lemon, bergamot, myrrh, musk, and vanilla. My daily routine involves the bath + shower gel, exfoliating in the shower with the buffing scrub followed by the body butter. Read more

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Men’s Skin Care Review: Joe Grooming ONE

Men’s Skin Care review by Nando. You can find Joe Grooming products at www.JoeGrooming.com

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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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