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This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

#BeautyInspiration Twitter Party April 16th #shop

 Image credit: Hairspray & High Heels We have major love here at A Girl's Gotta Spa! for makeup. From makeup trends to makeup tips, when to spend and when to splurge, as well as the latest products for each season, you can count on us to bring that info to you. Read more

Spa Week 2014 A Girl's Gotta Spa! and Giveaway

It's that time of year again when spas lower their prices on some of their spa treatments, otherwise known as Spa Week! From April 21–27th, spas, fitness facilities and wellness centers across the country will be offering $50 spa treatments, including a few spas that we've reviewed like The French Read more

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Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Crave Giveaway

Fan TheFind on Facebook for a chance to win this Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Crave Set valued at $78 from our friends at Carol’s Daughter. AND leave a comment on the contest page at TheFind Blog telling us why you want to win the Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Crave Set.

Some cravings are impossible to resist. But when it comes to this trio of delicious Almond Cookie treats, this may not be a bad thing. Start by turning your bath into a relaxing mini spa with our sumptuous, long-lasting Almond Cookie Candle with its intensely aromatic blend of almonds and marzipan. Next, gently buff away dry, winter-worn skin with the Almond Cookie Sea Salt Scrub that’s made with a delightful blend of softening Avocado and Jojoba Oils. For the finishing touch, spray on a light veil of fragrance from our purse-size Almond Cookie Eau de Toilette Mini. It’s the perfect little indulgence for someone special, or for yourself!   Read more

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Bath and Body: Bodycology Rich&Creamy Body Wash

If you like low key scents in a skin softening body wash (that can also double as your shave gel) then check out my video review on Bodycology Rich&Creamy Body Wash!

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Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension in Purple Impression

In my quest for the ultimate mascara, I’ve had my eye on Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension. It has a unique brush that differentiates it from many of the other department store brands. Givenchy’s hi-tech brush extends individual lashes for eye widening effects with a precision designed spherical brush—adding volume with a no-time-to-waste quick dry formula for full blown fluttering drama. It is a bit pricey at $29.  Read more
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Perfume Review: Harajuku Lovers G

harajuku_lovers_PerfumeWith Gwen Stefani’s line of perfume, you’ll have all the guys following you around! Harajuku Lovers has a selection of great scents and each perfume is displayed in the cutest, most adorable glass figure with a little Harajuku doll on the top. Harajuku Lovers Perfume will satisfy all of your senses and leave you smelling fresh and spunky. Out of five unique fragrances in this line, the one that really stands out to me is Harajuku Lovers G. This fragrance will keep you feeling tropical and summery all year round! Harajuku Lovers G is a mix between sandalwood, pineapple and the most recognizable and strongest scent in this fragrance, coconut. Yummy!  Read more
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Hair Care Question: My Hair is Frizzy, What Can I Do?

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I recently received a hair care question from A Girl’s Gotta Spa! reader, Jessica. For this particular question I decided to reach out to my friend, hair care expert and celebrity hairstylist, Jon Reyman (yes, that Jon Reyman pictured with me and Pearson Knight from my makeover challenge). Jon is also President and one of the pros behind Beautyvt.com.

“Hi, I have a question. I have straight, long hair and it’s kinda frizzy, its not extremely frizzy, but enough where it gets on your nerves. I was wondering if you can give me a great shampoo and conditioner brand that will give my hair shine, no frizz, and be healthy. I also don’t want to use any hairspray or gels, I just want to use shampoo and conditioner to keep it simple. I would really appreciate your help. –Jessica”

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Boots Botantics Luxurious Bath Elixir

This has been a particularly grey and rainy winter in San Francisco, so I’ve been enjoying more than average soaks in the tub. One of the most luxurious features of our cozy Victorian home is the pedestal soaking tub. It is the perfect length and depth for renewing, relaxing and melting the chills of winter away. To supplement these bath soaks I am always on the look out for a lovely smelling ultra bubbly bath foam. I recently picked up a bottle of Boots Botantics Luxurious Bath Elixir ($9.99 at Drugstore.com). I am a fan of Boots Chemist from my days in London, and was thrilled to find their products stateside as well at Target and Drugstore.com. Boots is known for their reasonably priced beauty and grooming products and is the #1 beauty and skincare brand in the UK.  Read more
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Purple Lab Challenge: Operation Chic & Sexy

karen_robinovitzToday Karen Robinovitz, Creatrix of Purple Lab, is launching on HSN at 9am EST (and again at night 8pm EST.) Purple Lab epitomizes all things sexy and chic. My favorite being Huge Lips Skinny Hips, but I’m pretty sure Lashionista Modelista will quickly become my second favorite (I saw what amazing feats this lash growth-enhancing liquid liner/tubing mascara can do back in October when it was still all hush hush!)

Karen and I are in contact on a daily basis and about 2 weeks ago she issued me a challenge that I like to call: Operation Chic & Sexy (or she might call it Dramatic Makeup – Purple Lab NYC.) Regardless, she was sending along her only lab sample of Cheek Implants in 6 Inch Heels and I was already armed with my Huge Lips Skinny Hips in Worship Kate to help aid in this challenge. Now I just needed to find someone to do my hair, someone to do my makeup, find an event to go to and find an amazing date to show up with. I had my work cut out for me.Davide_Torchi-ShannonNelson-1

I tackled hair first. Davide Torchio has invited me into his salon many times, but the timing had never been right. In fact, I had sent Nando in my place once when he had his hair emergency. Without hesitation, Davide gave me an appointment time and I was excited to see what he had in store for me. After seeing what he and Roberto Morelli did for the Lance Bass photo shoot, I took a chance to see if Roberto would be willing to do makeup for a non-celebrity like myself. When Davide tweeted that Roberto agreed, I was over the moon.  Read more

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Makeover with Davide Torchio and Roberto Morelli

This is me before. Karen Robinovitz of Purple Lab had issued me a challenge: make yourself over into the sexy woman that you are. The full details of that challenge will be in my next post, but since my 5 hours spent with hair stylist Davide Torchio and makeup artist Roberto Morelli were so awe inspiring, I felt it deserved a post of its own.

So you remember my post about the transformation of Lance Bass, right? Well that is what I wanted for myself. I told Davide and Roberto that I grew up on makeover shows and hoping that one day someone could transform me into the swan I knew I was inside (which, sidebar: do you remember that reality TV show, The Swan? That show was crazy.) Read more

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Extra Kissing Power for Valentine’s Day – Smashbox Lip Treatment

During the coldest winter months I am in a constant battle with dry flaking lips. I’ve tried several lip balms and lip treatments and many of them only protect the surface and don’t get to the heart of the problem, which is dry peeling skin.

Smashbox’s Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($16 at Sephora) is one lip treatment that has been effective in my battle against dry chapped lips. This lip therapy has a subtle sweet honey flavor. It is colorless, but does add a pretty transparent sheen. The honey helps to soften and moisturize while the Vitamin E and shea butter help to nourish the skin. It is also packed full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C & E as well as shea butter, jojoba and avocado oils. Chamomile and aloe aid in soothing.  Read more

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Review: CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Foundation

It’s my second video review here on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! and for this review I decided to share with you my love for CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Foundation. Sure, I’m only 19–but you are never too young to start taking care of your skin! So I’m loving the inclusion of Olay Regenerist Serum in this foundation. You can find it at www.CoverGirl.com

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