Does the Sun Really Age You? #Ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® skin care with SPF I'm getting my skin ready for the Summer as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Does the sun really age you? A question those without a single wrinkle or dark spot ask with skepticism. I'm pretty confident I never asked this Read more

Silk Therapeutics Nurture ++ Moisturizer Review

Did you know that your skin needs different skin care products not only based on your skin type, but also based on the region you live in? It's true. For example, your needs will be different in the dry-heat of Nevada than say someone who lives a place with high Read more

Smoothie Recipes from the Best Spas

If you are looking for delicious smoothie recipes from some of the best spas, we've compiled a list for you! So get ready to indulge your tastebuds without expanding your waistline with these vitamin and mineral rich smoothies! Potassium Punch: Set on a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Read more

Pedicure How-To: Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready! #Sponsored

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions (and sandal-ready feet) are my own. Florals and citrus, a shorter hairstyle, light breezy dresses, sandals...warmer weather opens the doors to both Read more

Spa-Like Hair with Pai-Shau

This is likely the only time where you hear me rave about tea. I'm your coffee-obsessed kind of girl, but this hair care line by Pai-Shau based on a proprietary blend of concentrated steeped teas, is making my life right now. Pai-Shau is a vegan and cruelty free hair care line Read more

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Tinsel Town Glamour at Imitation AW11

Malcolm McLarens’ 1984 single Madame Butterfly inspired the look at Imitation. The look exuded both sensuality and sexuality; it was all about the eyes and lips.  In the words of lead makeup artist Nadine Luke for MAC Cosmetics, you “would want to look like that.”

To create the eyes, Feline eye pencil was blended on the lid (and applied to the lower lash line) with Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eye Shadow on top, Black Fix Studio Fix Lash mascara was applied to both upper and lower lashes and a shine gloss (to emulate the look of the girls in the steam room in the video) finished off the look.  On the lips Vino Lip Pencil was blended as a stain on the lips, then Media Lipstick was applied on top of the stain. Prep+Prime  Skin, Studio Sculpt Foundation, Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and a very minimal application of Well Dressed Blush.  Read more

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Grown Up Grunge and Aristocratic Fantasies at Jenni Kayne

At Jenni Kayne AW11, the inspiration for the collection was the idea of an urban woman who would have been in her 20’s  in the 90’s, revisiting her childhood home in the country…simple but luxurious clothing with a lot of  “noble” fabrics like fur, silk and feathers.

Makeup artist Lynn Desnoyers for MAC created a look that was both glamorous and polished but had an easiness to it that reflected both the richness and easiness of the collection.  The look consisted of a very strong magenta lip, peach toned blush for a fresh but contoured cheek, “pantyhose colors” on the eyes, brown mascara on just the top lashes and creamy foundation set with powder.  She wanted every detail to look completely honed…her fantasy of  “New York aristocracy.”

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Jane Birken Met Patti Smith at Doo Ri

At Doo. Ri the makeup was inspired by an imaginary meeting between Jane Birken and Patti Smith.  Lead makeup artist, Tom Pecheux for MAC Cosmetics, went for a look that was feminine and sophisticated, but a bit dark.  Not a lot of foundation was used– a shimmery gray brown shadow all over the lids, a silver gray green shadow under the eyes (smudgy but in a chic way), a very soft/delicate beige bone blush on the cheeks and a soft application of  MAC Viva Glam V on the lip…very natural so the models all looked like they were wearing lip balm…finally a Birken that’s achievable.

The usual backstage chaos.

MAC Face Palette demonstrating the look and products used to achieve it.

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Named Best Beauty Blog by NYLON Korea

Can I even tell you my excitement level today? Someone in Korea reads my beauty blog! Not only someone, but an editor for NYLON Magazine in Korea. As I posted on my personal facebook page, “How cool is it that someone in Korea knows who the heck I am!” I am STOKED, stoked I tell you!

On their blog today, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is listed amoung a handful of beauty blogs as being the best in NY & London. While I’m really not in either city, but the Scranton area of Northeast PA, I am still taking the compliment!

The image may be hard to see, so here is the link to the actual post (just hit google translate so you can read it!): NYLON.co.kr

If you are here because of the NYLON Korea mention, please do say hi in the comments section!

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Review: ArganMagic Restorative Hair Mask.

Soft, shiny, silky hair…another one of those beauty ambitions that we never tire of pursuing relentlessly.  I can attest that I’ve oftentimes went to great lengths in the pursuit of healthy looking and feeling hair.  Along with trying many mainstream deep conditioning treatments, I’ve also experimented with a few homemade remedies suggested by family members, friends and fashion magazines.

I’ve coated my head in mayonnaise and ended up smelling like a sandwich for days after, I’ve tried the “egg white” treatment and swore there was a hard boiled egg  following me around, I’ve soaked my head with coconut oil, olive oil and mashed avocadoes (try explaining oil coated doorknobs to your roomates.)  While some of these recipes/treatments actually gave me soft, silky and shiny hair at times, the side effects were just not worth it.  I wanted attention for the condition of my hair…not because I was in a roomful of hungry people and my hair smelled like their next meal. So when I opened the jar of  ArganMagic Restorative Hair Mask, I thought that even if it did not work at least I would have great smelling hair.  Read more

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Minkyti Facial at Woodhouse Day Spa, Kingston PA

Monthly facials are a necessity, not a luxury. As I’m inching my way to 40 (I hate thinking about it), I know this now more than ever. Not only do you get a really in-depth cleaning of your pores, but it sure is a great way to relax and let go of the stressors that have been plaguing you.

The last time I was at Woodhouse Day Spa in Kingston, PA for my Four-Handed Massage, I came across Amala skincare in their gift shop. I’ve heard amazing things about Amala and even began working with them. So I had been dying to find the time to get an Amala facial. Woodhouse Day Spa uses Amala skincare exclusively for their facials, and when I asked Woodhouse’s manager Rebecca which facial would be best for me, she recommended their signature spa treatment, the Minkyti Facial ($95). It’s 80 minutes of pure bliss.   Read more

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Review: ArganMagic Bath and Body Products


There’s nothing that inspires exultation during bath time more than the thought of trying out new bath and body products for the first time.  There’s always so much hope that this will be the product/line of products that will give you your “dream skin.”  At least this was my mind-state right before trying some of ArganMagic‘s bath and body products.  I was even more excited because the name has the word “magic” in it, needless to say I went in with very high expectations and I was not disappointed.

I started off my in shower spa session with the Zesty Orange Body Scrub.  The scrub ad a mild orange scent that was not at all overpowering and it exfoliated my skin as promised…gently. After I rinsed off the scrub, my skin felt instantly smoother and softer; not like it had been buffed over with an electric sander.

Next up, the Bloomin Body Wash.  This product is described as a “gentle soap-free cleanser” and it most definitely is! Once applied to my skin it transformed into a very subtle, but creamy lather, so creamy in fact that I didn’t feel like I need to moisturize after I stepped out of the shower…but I was on a roll. I was enjoying the experience so much I decided to put some music on while I moisturized with the Multi-Purpose Treatment Oil, it had “magically…ArganMagically” become a shower/spa party (ok maybe the ArganMagically was a bit much, but I was having fun with the products.) The Multi-Purpose Treatment Oil was rapidly absorbed by my skin without leaving an oily residue, my skin felt so smooth and soft I chased my boyfriend around the house demanding that he feel my skin…someone had to witness the magnificence and he was the only one around. I’m sure interrupting whatever he was working on was worth feeling pure silk (yes a bold statement but it really did feel that good.)   Read more

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Review: eco-armour Shaving Foam

If  you’re anything like me, shaving is one of those beauty rituals (chores) that most of the time (every time) you wish you could skip…it’s just not that enjoyable (and doesn’t make much sense) to drag a sharp object across your skin in pursuit of smoother, softer skin.   It is, however, kind of a necessity if you plan on wearing anything shorter than ankle length…or if you’re not in THAT stage of the relationship, when if your someone special runs their hands across your legs and encounters a bit of stubble you’re not embarrassed and they don’t immediately remember that the have an early deadline tomorrow and have to head home to get some sleep (I thought you worked for the government, they have Sunday deadlines…go figure).  Nothing ruins a perfect, romantic Sunday morning faster than stretching seductively in bed and in the process revealing a not so sexy patch of underarm fuzz…and you even woke up with glowing skin, not so bad morning breath and sexy bed head…in which country is it again that women don’t tend to shave their armpits?  Read more

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5 Winter Skin Tips by Skin Care Expert & Celebrity Esthetician Renee Rouleau

There is no question that the cold air wreaks havoc on our skin and for many of us, dryness is a huge concern. In anticipation of the cold temperature outside and the dry heat indoors, skin care expert, Renee Rouleau, offers A Girl’s Gotta Spa! readers some precautionary steps to take to prepare your skin for the cold front!

Reanalyze your current routine:

How do we know when it’s time to change up our daily skin routine? The key is to really listen to your skin. If your skin doesn’t feel comfortable then a product is not working how it’s meant to. It’s time for a change! Ask yourself if your skin feels too tight or maybe you’re discovering excess oil. What product in your routine might be causing these symptoms? Is one of your moisturizers leaving a greasy residue? Or if your skin is flaking then perhaps it’s time to go easy on exfoliating. If you have questions that can’t be answered on your own, take a look at our 9 Skin Types or e-mail Renee Rouleau for suggestions!

Bottom line: If the products aren’t working, your skin will let you know!   Read more

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SpaFinder Names Top 10 Global Spa Trends for 2011

Calling all spa girls! Want to know what’s on trend for 2011 when it comes to spas and their treatments? Susie Ellis, SpaFinder President, author of the SpaFinder blog and column and a contributing editor to NewBeauty magazine, has developed a global trend report that I’m going to republish below. Which of these trends do you think will take off the most? I personally like trend #5.

Additionally, check out the SpaFinder blog for “Hot and Getting Hotter Spa Trends 2011.”

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