Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

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 Read more

hair trends

Try This Before Cutting Your Hair

For the last month I have been giving serious consideration to cutting my hair.  Maybe it’s just me wanting a drastic change for the new year, or perhaps I, like so many others have been tempted by the slew of celebrities that have been sporting shorter and edgier do’s in the past couple of months, whatever the reason, shorter hair is really appealing at the moment.

I’ve mentioned the desire to go shorter a few times to my hairstylist Pearson Knight, but he’s been pretty hesitant, which is understandable especially considering that I have been known to ask for a drastic change without considering my lifestyle and hair texture, then regret my decision a week later.  (Can you relate?!) Instead of giving into my pleas to just chop it all off, Pearson suggested that I try wearing my hair in a faux bob, similar to the shorter length I was considering. He told me to try this for a few days to a week to see if I really liked the way I look with shorter hair or if I just wanted to be a part of the latest hair trend.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in beauty, DIY Beauty, Hair Care 1 Comment

Breathe Salon and Day Spa Review, Lansdale PA

Review from my fabulous sister, Courtney

“Breathe,” that is what I keep trying to tell myself amidst my crazy life as a mama of seven beautiful babes. “Self-care,” I’ve heard myself preach the importance of it to my pre-teen daughter and to my patients who I care for in the hospital a million times. So as the collection of dust mounted on the silver envelopes of my now two unused Breathe Salon and Day Spa gift certificates, and my daily drive past their ever-so inviting window treatments called my name, my summer fizzled chlorine-damaged hair could take no more and I decided that I WAS finally making an appointment for me. The only appointment that a girl can make that will last a couple hours, but will be sure to rejuvenate her for at least six solid weeks, if she chooses wisely. I am no beauty expert, but I know what I like, and I do have a gift for creative flare that’s easy on the eyes.

Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Hair Care, salon, Spa 2 Comments

Rock and Roll Hairstyle at Nicole Miller AW11

Lead hairstylist at Nicole Miller, Kevin Ryan, wanted the hair to have a bit of a rock and roll edge, but not too casual.  The hair was down, straight and wet looking, almost as if the girls had wet their hands in the sink and ran it through their hair. Products used to achieve the look included Rockaholic Dry Shampoo, Pinpoint Hair Straightener to get rid of any curls/waves and at the end an “excessive” amount of Catwalk Weightless Shine Spray (for the slightly wet looking hair).

Posted on by Gail Lewis in Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care Leave a comment

Easy, Glamorous Hair at Carmen Marc Valvo AW11

Lead stylist (and Ted Gibson protege)  Devin Toth created easy, simple, clean but glamorous hair at Carmen Marc Valvo AW11.  The look was inspired by a ballerina, but softer.   Ted Gibson Styling Sheets were used to remove any excess oil in the hair, it was parted half up, half down, the top part was then finger combed to the back, twisted into a bun and secured with pins.  It was very pretty, but not too elegant.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care Leave a comment

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Q & A with Expert Hairstylist Pearson Knight

It’s almost that time of year again! In just a few short weeks Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be upon us once again. As we have in the past, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! will be there to recap beauty trends and try to get you as much behind the scenes info. as possible!

I thought it would be fun to let you in on the inner workings of an expert hairstylist working the shows at fashion week, and who better than my friend Pearson Knight who has recapped trends for us the last few seasons? Pearson works with the Aveda team at some pretty rockin shows. So enjoy some of his backstage photos that he shared with me and hear all of the fun and interesting tidbits of the intense and exciting week that is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

Shannon: When assigned to do hair for runway shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, how much notice are you given regarding which designers you’ll be working with?
Pearson: Fashion Week is such a crazy venue, week and experience that it doesn’t surprise me everything is done on the fly. I usually get my schedule for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week just a few weeks prior to the shows. The schedule, teams and times are constantly changing as we get closer to go time! There are some staple shows every season which gives a chance to get to know the designers style more intimately to help produce better results creatively. Although, having new designers on the schedule is always exciting and challenging.

Shannon: How far in advance does the lead hairstylist prep you on the hairstyle for a particular runway show?
Pearson: I have been fortunate to have been the Lead Stylist, Assistant to Lead and Team Member. The prepping of the team is done on the first model that shows up for the show as it starts. No pre-knowledge goes beyond the Lead, Assist and Designer until go time!  Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, beauty interview, Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care Leave a comment

Celebrity Hairstylist Pearson Knight Recaps Fashion Week SS11 Hairstyle Trends

Maggie GraceMy week at Fashion Week started out with a bang! First was the largest fashion show ever, Fashion’s Night Out, and then the new location for the tents. I think moving the tents from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center threw everyone off a bit, but I thought it was a cool area with total upgraded work space. I was immediately thrown into a 12 hour day with 3 hours sleep on day 1. I had the pleasure of styling Maggie Grace’s hair so that she could attend Christian Siriano’s show. When I saw the Christian Siriano dress she had chosen to wear, I decided on a “lived in-last night’s upstyle” with some pieces falling out to framed her up. What can I say she is as sweet as she is beautiful. I enjoyed my time with her.

One of the many great shows was Jason Wu. I always enjoy working his shows with everyone. He seems to usually book some of my favorite friends like Pearson-Knight-Joan-SmallsJoan Smalls and Aline Weber. I think he is extremely talented and I really like his collections. We threw in a side part and brought everything to the back where pieces of fabric from his collection were twisted and braided into four sections. We then loosely brought them under themselves and pinned, creating a soft, clean look with unique elegance. It was a great show.

Milk Studios is so fresh and that’s where Suno was held. The hair was fun with a mixture of sleek and dry texture. We set the hair with Aveda Control Force and irons. We then built the back shape by twisting and looping sections back and forth pinning them on top of each other. The sides we brought back tight then secured in the back with Aveda’s Retexturing Gel Jason-Wu-hairstyles-SS11giving a wet sleek appearance with shine. Finally we loosely placed the top up and back in an “S” pattern with a rockabilly feel giving the look a lot of playfulness, like the collection, which I was into. This show was a lot of fun! Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, beauty interview, Celebrity Beauty, Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care Leave a comment

Redken’s Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Haircolor Trends

redken_haircolor-trends-2010When temperatures drop this Fall/Winter, haircolor will stay warm with dark chocolate brunettes, deep mahogany redheads and golden blondes. Tracey Cunningham, Redken Creative Consultant for Color has the latest in Fall haircolor trends and professional haircolor products to achieve these trends and get the hottest looks of the season.

“It’s easy to update your look from summer to fall,” explains Cunningham. “I warm my clients’ shades up in the Fall/Winter season with brilliant copper-red shades which is why I love Redken’s new Color Fusion Rubilane Collection. It creates the perfect sophisticated and modern copper-red shades.

Fall/Winter 2010 Trend #1: Brunettes Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Beauty Trends, Hair Care, salon 1 Comment

Fall/Winter 2010 Hair Trends Recap with Pearson Knight

Ports+1961+Backstage+Fall+2010

As I’ve been doing for the last few seasons, I’ve asked celebrity hairstylist Pearson Knight to recap the hair trends he saw while working backstage at New York Fashion Week. For Fall/Winter 2010 Pearson recaps Ports 1961, Rodarte and Elisa Palomino. You can also find many more behind the scenes pictures on Pearson’s Facebook fan page.

Ports+1961+Backstage+Fall+2010 Pearson Knight Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Beauty Trends, Celebrity Beauty, Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care Leave a comment

Pearson Knight’s Recap of Fashion Week SS10 Hairstyle Trends

argentina_pearson_knight So I landed in NYC for Fashion Week just a few days after returning to the country. I had been in Bali, Indonesia, for 3 months consulting, training, styling and launching a brand new salon for the talented supermodel/actress Navia Nguyen. The lobby has a fresh juice bar, music and internet while the salon is high energy and decorated with hair stations and pedicure chairs with screens playing Fashion TV. The upstairs is a completely different vibe with two wet rooms for spa scrubs, showers, couple massage room, multiple massage tables, facial and waxing rooms and an amazing staff. The salon is called Amo Beauty and Spa and is a must if traveling to Bali.

Ports 1961ports1961_pearson_knight
I went straight from the plane completely jet lagged to Ports 1961′s studio to do the test looks for the show. It was great to lead their show and see the Ports team again. I have worked with them the last few seasons and get inspired by and with them. This season the look was very constructed, sleek, and profound. The inspiration was Japanese for her collection so we wanted the hair up and expose the beauty of the neck. The collection, hair and makeup were very strong in unison. We took the top section of the hair and secured it out of the way. Then we took the sides and back into a ponytail and then a braid. The braid was placed back and forth flat against the head and pinned to create a square anchor. The top section was the backcombed and smoothed bringing it seamless with the side, brought over the braid, and then tucked under into the braid. We wanted gradual volume starting at the forehead building through the shape. I feel it looked strong and elegant on the runway with Tia’s collection.

Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Beauty Trends, Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care 1 Comment

Spring Hair Styles from Costello Tagliapietra SS10

costello_Tagliapietra_thomas_dunkinLead Hair Stylist for Sebastian Professional, Thomas Dunkin, was backstage at Costello Tagliapietra for their Spring Summer 2010 show yesterday at Milk Studios in Chelsea. I love the look he created with soft curls and I think across the board at many SS10 runway shows we’ll be seeing more “feminine & romantic” hair style looks for the upcoming season.

Costello Tagliapietra’s Spring ’10 beauty look is a seamless combination of elegance, youthfulness, natural beauty and romance. The hair, both feminine and fresh, is loosely inspired by the traditional roll style from the 40s with soft curls that sit just above the shoulder. To put a modern twist on a ‘40s staple, Thomas recommends a method of building texture and shape with techniques that keep the hair looking soft, romantic and not too “done.” Finish with an elastic touchable texturizer or flexible shine spray to create a look that’s elegant yet playful. Here’s how to create your own 40s inspired faux bob:

Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Fashion Week Beauty, Hair Care 2 Comments