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

Nail Polish

Review: Nail Fraud Nail Decals

I haven’t yet found a nail salon here in Northeast PA that does Minx and I have been dying to try out the new pattern nail designs that all of my girlfriends are sporting. Nail Fraud to the rescue! Not really “fraud” but the brand new nail color solution company that creates nail decals that can add some personality to your beauty routine, and if you are Italian like me, let your hands do the talking.

I received “Wild Thing” leopard nail decals which come in a pack of 20, although mine are white with brown spots (the image on the website shows tan with brown spots). I was excited to try something new, and only had Avon’s Instant Manicure and Incoco’s Applique’s to compare them to.

So are they easy to use and do they last? Read more

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Protect While You Polish With Dr.’s Remedy Nail Polish

As a girl with weak, brittle, sad nails, my nail polish fetish is a bit, well… under utilized. That’s why I can totally appreciate polish that boasts nail-boosting qualities to help strengthen and protect them from breakage, not only helping me grow my nails to their long, healthy potential, but also giving me more of an excuse to paint my stumpy excuses for nails! Dr.’s Remedy brand, founded by podiatrist Dr. Cirlincione, didn’t necessarily have the most novel idea by deciding to create a polish using natural ingredients that’s free of harsh chemicals, but the fact that the brand boasts the benefits of a non-toxic, nutrient-enriched polish along with the staying power, color saturation, and variety of shades of our favorite salon brands is a pretty impressive feat!  Read more
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Review: Zoya Nail Polish Wonderful Collection Fall 2010

101_0462I have a love affair with Zoya and there is no hiding it. If you are a fan of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm) on Facebook, you know I often post pictures of nail polish and swoon over Zoya colors and products (Don’t believe me? See my review of their Color Lock System!) And they have wowed me again with their cream collection for fall 2010 called Wonderful (they also have metallics in their Wicked Collection.) By far, my favorite color in Wonderful is “Kelly.” (pictured)

Kelly is described as a paynes gray cream, but as you can see from the picture, it is more of a swirl of gray mixed with black and small hints of purple. I love it because depending on how the light hits it, it appears to change color. Which reminds me, do you remember those t-shirts in the late 80′s, early 90′s that changed color depending on your body heat? I forgot what they were called (if you remember post it in the comments!) but I loved them. This nail polish reminded me of them and maybe that’s why I enjoyed wearing it even more.  Read more

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Sephora by OPI Chic Prints for Nails Bring Minx To The Forefront!

Minx, a breakthrough system for creating long-lasting nail patterns, has been a huge celebrity favorite for awhile. However, despite its growing popularity, it’s still been hard to find a salon that actually offers Minx… and once you do find one, chances are they charge a pretty penny for the service. Not to say that isn’t worth it, but still — for people who have been waiting for Minx to become more available for us beauty-loving non-celebrities, it can be a long, frustrating wait full of boring normal manicures and smudged Nail Art Pen disasters.   Read more
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Butter London JELLY Nailcolor Collection

Butter London touts gorgeous shades of nail lacquers, all with an added bonus. Every one of Butter London’s nail colors are ” 3 Free”. This means that they contain NO Formaldehyde, NO toluene, and NO DBP (Phthales). And in this case less is more of a good thing! The company was founded by British entrepreneur Sasha Muir with a vision of combining high fashion and health into the premier British fashion brand, Butter London. You’ll find lots of lovely fashion forward shades with cheeky British-inspired names like “British Racing Green”, “Artful Dodger”, and “Old Blighty” to name a few.  Read more
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Which Nail Polish is Good for Vacation?

Robyn_ZoyaThe warmer weather is here, which means no more hiding our hands in gloves and instead finding some great nail polishes to show off our jazz hands. And just in case you haven’t noticed, nail polish has now trumped lipstick as the recession staple. So when I received a question about nail polish recently, I thought it was a good break from some of the hair care questions the blog has been receiving lately.

“What are your suggestions for a good vacation nail polish? (My swimsuits are aqua and navy.) Kathryn, Rhode Island”

This is a great question because honestly how many of you have applied your most favorite polish only to have it chip a few days into your time away? I guess if you are going for the Chris Isaac/Helena Christensen “Wicked Game” video look then you are all good, otherwise it is very frustrating.

First, before recommending a color, I strongly suggest Zoya Nail Polish’s Color Lock system. I cannot sing the praises of it enough and I use it with other brands because it is THAT good. Do I dare say I could potentially guarantee that your nail polish will last longer if you use it? I think I just did.  Read more

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Orly Nail Lacquer in Rage

Orly_Foil_FXI like shiny things. A nice clean, shiny car. Healthy, shiny hair. Big, shiny diamond jewelry (definitely like.) And I love shiny nail polish. So I was pretty excited when I heard about Orly’s Foil FX Color Collection for Spring/Summer. Foil FX lacquers are meant to give a texturized foil effect to your nails, best of all, they claim high shine. I was sent Rage, a metallic pink toned polish. Right up my alley.  Read more
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Think Pink with Essie’s “Mademoiselle” Sheer Polish

During January I like to decompress and detox from the holidays and convert to my ‘no makeup’ makeup look – think NARS’ “Orgasm” collection. I also detox with fresh juices, let my skin breathe and wear a pretty ‘neutral’ shade of pink on my nails. A neutral shade of pink wears longer because it doesn’t show chips as dramatically as a dark nail color and you can do touch-ups yourself with a bit of room for mistakes since the color is sheer.  Read more
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Review: Zoya Nail Polish Color Lock System



Zoya_ColorLock_Bag_webAs a mom I can tell you that I chip nail polish like nobody’s business. Not to mention working at my computer all day typing away at the keyboard. Not only was my nail polish chipping within a day of applying it, but my nails were always splitting and cracking. I ended up throwing in the towel. I gave up. No more nail polish for me. Until I met Leo and Michael Reyzis of Art of Beauty at Cosmoprof North America. (Art of Beauty is the parent company to Zoya Nail Polish and Qtica.)

I had long heard my friend Michelle of All Lacquered Up talk about Zoya, but sometimes I have a tendency to read beauty reviews then get so busy that I forget all about a product. It’s a bad habit I need to break. So when Leo had the team at Zoya send me some polishes along with their Color Lock System, I was intrigued, but quite honestly expected my experience to be the same as with every other nail polish brand I had tried before.

Boy was I wrongRead more

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Review: Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Nail Color Collection

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Having lived my teen years in the 90′s, I can absolutely get into the colors of Sally Hansen’s new HD Hi-Definition Nail Color collection. Bright pops of color and neon bring me back to that girl I used to be…the one who was all about boys (still am), New Kids on the Block and jelly bracelets (and if you saw me today, you would see a neon green jelly bracelet on my wrist always!)

I first decided to try out Pixel, which is a teal color. And thanks to Suzy who is a fan on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! on Facebook, I went into this review thinking about the questions she posed to me there– Read more

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