Improve Your Brow Game with Chella

My brows are sparse and basically non-existent in some spots. They also do this caterpillar ish from years of plucking the wrong way when I was younger. I've considered getting permanent makeup with a brow tattoo, but to be honest, I'm not a fan of needles (which is also the Read more

Diminish the Look of Fine Lines and Wrinkles #sponsored

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® Daily Resurfacing Disks, I'm getting taking care of my skin as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Are you looking for a simple way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin all in one beauty product? Do you have fine lines, wrinkles and sun damaged Read more

Honey Girl Organics Giveaway with Lilly's Bathcarry

A Girl's Gotta Spa! retailer, Lilly's Bathcarry, knows a thing or two about pampering. We're both on a mission of self care. We've partnered together for a giveaway so that you can treat yourself; there's not just one winner for this giveaway, but TWO. Lilly's Bathcarry will send two winners, chosen Read more

Best Body Washes for Acne-Prone Skin

Bacne. Something that is often dreaded when the warmer weather hits and you want to ditch the layers. While I personally haven't experience body acne, I do have keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs, so I know the feeling of having a skin condition I want to clear up Read more

5 Surefire Ways Pampering Helps Boost Your Mood (and Confidence)

Disclosure: I’m sharing #MyOliaStory #ad as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™ You've probably experienced this scenario yourself - you're in a rut and feeling meh when you decide to take a moment to yourself to rejuvenate. Sometimes it's something simple, like a bath or it's something a Read more

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Behind the Scenes at Juan Carlos Obando SS11

In this New York Fashion Week video for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I go backstage at MILK Studios with VIP MAC access to the Juan Carlos Obando fashion show to get the concept behind his collection and also speak to head makeup artist Fulvia Fanolfi for the inspiration behind this year’s look.

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Interviews Rachel Antonoff Before Her SS11 Fashion Week Show

I had the opportunity to have a pre-show chat with designer Rachel Antonoff who discusses her runway/ready-to-wear SPRING 2011 collection. It was 6 in the morning and Rachel was a complete sweetheart! Hear what she had to say was the inspiration behind this playful collection.

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! at Gottex Swimwear Collection 2011

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! attended the Gottex Swimwear 2011 runway show this past New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. The emerging theme? Lots of shine. Would you wear any of the swimsuits from this collection?

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Interviews Adam Lippes at WWD’s 100 Years of Fashion

This past New York Fashion Week A Girl’s Gotta Spa! was invited to attend WWD’s celebration of the last 100 years in fashion. WWD teamed up with Gilt Groupe to bring together 11 hot fashion designers to create an exclusive collection. In this video I had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Lippes as he discusses the dress he created for the collection.

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Hair Makeover for Fall at Salon A.K.S.

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Before at Salon A.K.S.After getting my summer hair coloring at Salon L’etoile, those pesky UV rays had their way with me over the weeks that followed bringing out more of my highlights and lightening my hair considerably. When I went to NYC to attend Cocktails & Couture during fashion week 2 weeks ago, I decided it was time for the hair color switch to fall. I was looking to get back to my dark brown hair color and visited Salon A.K.S. on 5th Avenue to help me with my transformation. With the capable hands of hair colorist, Selma Aktas, and co-owner Alain Pinon working the scissors, I walked away a very happy customer.

I explained to Selma that I wanted my hair darker and she flipped my hair over looking right at the roots. She explained that she didn’t want to go darker than my original hair color and I agreed. I have to mention the sink for washing and conditioning because typically this is the most uncomfortable part of getting my hair done. You know when you lay uncomfortably into the sink? Well the lip of the sink somehow conforms to your neck, so there is no awkward arching or pressure on the back of your neck. I could simply do the one thing I like to do most—relax.  Read more

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Haute Social at Underbar at the W Hotel

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Aside from all of the fabulous fashion shows going on during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, there are equally fabulous parties. On Monday night I attended Haute Social at Underbar located in the W Hotel coordinated by Paul Baranda. The atmosphere was great and it was a perfect night for networking. Check out my video for the details!  Read more

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Halle Berry and Gucci Westman at Revlon Fashion’s Night Out

Halle BerryDid you get the chance to attend Fashion’s Night Out in New York City last Friday night? I sure did and it was fantastic! Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week always brings out the strictest fashionistas and during a star-studded event, even the most dedicated shoppers couldn’t be detoured from their mission–to purchase hot fashion despite all the celebrity hoopla. As every breathing person inside Rag & Bone in Soho was fixated on Revlon spokesperson Halle Berry making her grand entrance during Fashion’s Night Out to support the Jenesse Center, one woman was frustrated with the roping off of the left back part of the store because it blocked entrance to a sexy black leather jacket she wanted to try on. And in the midst of the event, she finally flagged down a store employee who cut through the media barricade to retrieve it for her to try on.

In the end, Halle Berry accomplished her mission to raise funds for her charity focused on helping end domestic violence as well as being one dedicated shopper–which was to stimulate and nourish her true inner fashionista and after all, isn’t that what Fashion Week is all about? (Doesn’t she look amazing in this photo?) Watch the video below to see all of the behind the scenes action!  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! The Makeup Girl and Nadine Jolie on the Beauty Blogger’s Panel at the HBA Expo!

I’m excited to announce that if you will be at the HBA Expo on September 28th, so will I! I’ll be on a panel alongside my fellow beauty bloggers Lianne from The Makeup Girl and Nadine Jolie of Nadine Jolie. We’ll be answering questions about the beauty blogosphere and providing tips on how to approach today’s beauty influencers. Sounds like fun, right? You can register at (use code GPSZ at check out for 30% off!) If you are a brand, PR firm or marketer, please leave a comment to let us know you are coming. It’ll be great to put faces to names!

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Poll: How Many Beauty Products Are Too Many?

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I have 4 sons. My oldest is 11 and my youngest is 3. While I may not have any daughters I can dote on when I get a new MAC lip gloss or Zoya Nail Polish, my boys still very much enjoy reaping the benefits of all of my lotions, sugar scrubs, shower gels, soaps, shampoos and conditioners. Right now they are quite fascinated by my LiQWD bottles, however just the other week my son Brody (the 3 year old) used my Renee Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel as shampoo and my LiQWD shampoo as handsoap. He liked the minty smell of Renee’s cleanser and told me it made him feel clean. I agreed, it does do that…on your face, not your hair.

We have a routine every night that before our “family time” (ie. watching movies together on Netflix with a snack), the kids get showers. I was cleaning the kitchen when I realized that they all seemed to be taking much longer than usual. Plus there seemed to be an awful lot of giggling going on. Upon the boys exiting the bathroom, I discovered that they simply were doing what mom sometimes takes for granted…enjoying using a variety of beauty products.

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm) + NeoStrata= Exuviance Age Reverse Giveaway

Shannon_college(This is me when I was 18 and a freshman at Rhode Island College. Oh to look this young again!)

This is my most favorite picture of myself taken exactly 18 years ago this month. I remember taking this picture too, I couldn’t wait to embark on the next chapter in my life. I was full of hope and ambition. That part of me hasn’t changed at all, but what has changed are the wrinkles, brown spots and sagging skin that have shown themselves as I continue that trek towards middle age. (Thanks mom for reminding that I am only 4 years away from that season in my life!)

For a few weeks now I have been using some new anti-aging products from NeoStrata called Exuviance Age Reverse, which I felt was the perfect fit for a giveaway this week. Want to look younger with me? Let’s go!

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