A Girl's Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty Free

Something I've learned in my 8+ years of beauty blogging, is that many brands like to say they are something without any proof to back it. Brands say they are natural, but the ingredient label tells a different story. Brands say they are organic because they assume you won't Read more

Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#Eyes4NYC Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

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

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Easy Nail Art Tutorial

Super Easy Nail Art How To Using Dental Floss

Honestly, the easy button was made for people like me. There are just some things I have no patience for, and nail art is one of them. I wish I could tell you that as a beauty blogger I am super creative and uber crafty and create endless nail looks to swoon over, but the truth is, my nails go bare most of the time.

It’s a tragedy really. For some reason, ever since I wore shellac back in 2011, my nails have never grown to any substantial length. But that’s not my only excuse. I simply lack the skill required to paint cool scenes on my tiny nails. Then Pinterest to my rescue! I came across an amazingly easy nail art tutorial, and I was pretty excited to be able to recreate it with some modifications.

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Sally Hansen #IHeartMyNailArt Manicure Party

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Sally Hansen beach colors

The beach. Water, sand and sunlight have always been my inspiration. I grew up in Rhode Island and spent most of my time at the beach. Now I live in the Poconos, but instead of the ocean, I have the lake here as my refuge. It seems that surf and sand were never meant to be a long distance relationship for me. It’s the sparkle of the sunlight, the shimmering water, the texture of the sand and the bright, cheery colors that you see at the beach that were the inspiration behind my #IHeartMyNailArt Sally Hansen + Walgreens party for me. Read more

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Hammered Metal Inspired Nails with Manicurist Hillary Fry

Friend and editorial and salon manicurist, Hillary Fry, has amazing nail art being considered for Nails Magazine’s January cover photo. I’m so in love with the look, that I asked Hillary to explain the inspiration behind it and which products she used to achieve it.

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Nail Art Tutorial: Hot Pink Nail Tips with Essie

More times than not, I fail at nail art. Thank goodness for Pinterest and finding plenty of DIY nail art tutorials. Without much time (or patience) to intricate details, I discovered a super easy way to give myself a French manicure of sorts. I love the colored nail tip trend and since I’m loving the new Essie hot pink color, Off the Shoulder, that I received in a Klout Perk, I decided to go with that.  Read more

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Kiss Nail Dress Jeweled Strips Review

After a (major) failed attempt at nail art the other day, I ventured back out to my local CVS to look for more imPRESS Nails to wear. While in the beauty aisle, I came across Kiss’ new Nail Dress jeweled nail strips. Besides being bedazzled with some bling, the package contained enough strips for both a manicure AND pedicure. I was sold! The strips I chose are called Princess, although they look more like a Tigress (in my opinion.)

To apply these nails strips here’s the supplies you’ll need:

Cotton pad and nail polish remover
A heavy duty nail file (the one that comes with it, just won’t do!)
Small nail clippers
Small sewing scissors
1 Advil
Someone to give you a massage

The kit comes with 28 strips and a nail file that is a file on one side and a buffer on the other.  To use strips on your fingers, apply the rounded side close to your cuticle. When applying to toes, use the square side nearest the cuticle. I found that the strips didn’t really vary much in size. Almost every strip was a little too big for my nails and toes. I decided to start with my toes first, and began by only using the file that came with the kit. By toe #2, I realized it wasn’t cutting it (literally.)  Read more

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