GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

Cate McNabb Cruelty Free Red Lipstick

Ever since I decided to make the leap into wearing red lipstick, I've become obsessed. While I know that self-confidence comes from within, the perfect red lipstick can get you there a little quicker. Cruelty free cosmetics brand, Cate McNabb, has some incredibly hydrating lipsticks and Be Mine basically begged Read more

Exfoliating Body Scrub

A year ago when A Girl's Gotta Spa! began the quest of producing the best bath and body products, this exfoliating salt scrub was the one I was looking forward to most. It's no secret that body scrubs are by far my most favorite skin care item due to Read more

Hair Care

Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair

Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could’ve taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it’s much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed?

I decided to start the process of devoting more time to healthy hair by reevaluating the products I use to clean it.  A lot of shampoos actually have a drying effect on my hair (textured, curly) so finding an alternative to drying shampoos was my first order of business.

From the Lab Hair Cleanser via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty #hair

This first hair cleanser I tried in my quest to undo the havoc I’ve wreaked on my hair was a non-sudsing, oil-based shampoo called From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724Read more

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Prevent Your Hair Color From Fading #ColorAssure

This is sponsored post for Nexxus through Condé Nast. All opinions and amazingly vibrant hair are my own.

Nexxus #ColorAssure @nexxushair @CNSway via @agirlsgottaspa

For those of us who color our hair, there is one thing we can all agree on – watching the perfect hair color fade away is a sad, sad experience. I’ve tried a variety of hair care tricks to make my hair color last longer; from washing with cool water to washing my hair less in general to using sulfate-free products. Now Nexxus has developed a color-safe hair care system to take the guess work out of the fading hair color mystery and retain hair’s vibrancy.

The Nexxus Color Assure system includes a Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo, Conditioner and Glossing Tonic. There are a few things about this system that make it different from the typical sulfate-free and color-safe hair care lines. Read more

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#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

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#AllDayLook #TwitterParty August 19th at 1pm EST #shop #cbias RSVP!! Great prizes! via @agirlsgottaspa

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about beauty tips, celebrity looks and Neutrogena products available at Target. On August 19 from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #AllDayLook Twitter Party where we’ll be chatting about achieving an all day beauty look with help from the Beauty Concierge. We’ll also give you the low down on locations offering exclusive samples (while supplies last) and giving you a chance to win prizes! Read more

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Bain de Terre #TwitterParty 8/7/14 at 1pm EST

@baindeterre #TwitterParty 8/7/14 at 1pm EST RSVP!

 

Join me on Thursday, August 7th at 1pm EST for a #BaindeTerre Twitter Party. We’ll be tweeting about preserving your hair color, and giving more details about this naturally indulgent, paraben-free, color-safe hair care line that is infused with argan and monoi oil.

Here’s the prizes you can look forward to: Read more

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Best Products For Frizzy Hair

Bain de Terre smoothing #haircare products. If you have frizzy hair, you need these!

Humidity can wreak havoc on any hairstyle. That’s why smoothing and anti-frizz hair care products are always on my vanity. Unruly hair has no place in my beauty regimen!

Bain de Terre are a professional line of hair care that previously could only be found in salons. Since the launch of Loxabeauty.com, an authorized retailer for salon brands, there’s easier access to them without the hassle of driving to the salon to restock. And yes, product diversion is a real thing, so if you’ve ever seen them anywhere other than the salon (like at a drugstore), they’re not an authorized re-seller.

The Bain de Terre products I’ve been using are their Sleek & Smooth shampoo and conditioner, Rise n’ Shine Volumizing FoamRecovery Complex Anti-Frizz Shine Serum and Jasmine Blow Dry Smoothing Creme. As you can see, I take frizzy hair seriously. Read more

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Balinese Creambath At Amo Spa, Bali

Amo #Spa in #Bali

The first time my fiancé described a Balinese Creambath to me, I swear I heard harps playing and birds gayly chirping in the background as he waxed poetic about what sounded positively heavenly.  Now four years later we are in Bali and the first order of business for me was to experience a Creambath first hand.  There are a ton of spas and salons that offer this service, but I wanted to experience the specific treatment he had described to me exactly the way he described it, which led us to Amo Spa in Seminyak, Bali. Read more

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Aging Hair: Q & A with Marina Azizova of Zotos Professional

Q & A with Marina Azizova, Director of Research and Development of Zotos Professional regarding some of the ways our hair ages. Something you'll want to read! #haircareMarina Azizova, Director of Research and Development at Zotos Professional

If there is anything that I learned while in Darien, Connecticut recently visiting Zotos Professionals’ headquarters, it’s that the signs of aging are not just visible via your skin.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Marina Azizova, Director of Research and Development at Zotos Professional to talk about what happens to hair as we age and how their new AGEbeautiful home hair color and hair care collection helps to combat these signs of aging. Marina has been with Zotos for 15 years working with aerosol, hair color and as part of the hair care lead development of technology.

I asked Marina what the most exciting part of being a chemist at Zotos has been and she told me it was the technology of anti-aging hair care because it covers such a wide range of people. The biggest misconception, and it is often perpetuated by the beauty industry, is that anti-aging when it comes to hair, simply means combating gray hair. This isn’t true. Read more

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Aging Hair Myth and Signs of Aging Hair


One aging hair myth and the 5 signs of aging hair. #haircare #AGEbeautiful

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time at Zotos Professional’s headquarters to talk with their colorists and hairstylists. My focus during the visit was to learn more about the AGEbeautiful hair care line, which is the first salon quality, professional hair color intended for use at home. It’s also the first hair color that targets the 5 signs of aging hair.

Check out the video below of my interview with Christine from Zotos, as we talk about one hair myth and some of the signs of aging hair: Read more

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Coolway True Smooth Review

Coolway True Smooth #haircare #review

I don’t know about you, but Winter dried out my hair in the worst way. For the last few months I’ve had to deal with super staticy hair, not to mention frizz like I’ve never experienced before. Honestly, it was worse than getting hit with humidity in the summer. You, too? Then read on.

I recently discovered °Coolway True Smooth while browsing through beautystat.com‘s search and discovery platform while seeking help with my hair. (Beautystat.com is a great way to search your favorite brands to compare prices, find out-of-stock products and learn about the best steals, deals and giveaways.) Two things caught my attention right away – True Smooth promises shorter drying time and frizz-free hair. Read more

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Jem and the Holograms The Movie #JemtheMovie

This, friends, is truly outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous. Word on the street is that a Jem and the Holograms movie is becoming a reality.

When I heard the news, I could barely contain myself. I mean, it’s showtime Synergy. Read more

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