Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

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#SapphireGoesPink for Breast Cancer Awareness

breast cancerThe Sapphire Salon and Destination Spa in Pittston, PA is holding #SapphireGoesPink on Sunday, September 29th from 5-7pm. Sapphire is working with Look Good, Feel Better and The American Cancer Society to host this breast cancer awareness event.

It may surprise you to see a breast cancer awareness post here on A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, especially since we stopped promoting BCA products back in 2009. However, this local event is 100% charity based, so not only do I support it, I’ll be there as well! (And with Amanda, who is MC’ing it!) Read more

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Beauty Q & A with Monica Madeja from WBRE

Q & A with WBRE's Monica Madeja

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Monica Madeja from my local NBC affiliate station, WBRE. First of all, let me tell you that she has the kind of personality that draws you in, not to mention that she is always smiling. Maybe it’s because we’re small town USA over here in the Scranton area, but she is completely approachable and was happy to answer my Beauty Q & A.

Shannon: At what age did you first start wearing makeup?

Monica: Probably when I was about 12, very minimal of course. I have been in love with chapstick and lip gloss since I can remember though!

Shannon: Do you remember what the very first beauty product that you coveted was?

Monica: Lip smackers lip gloss! That’s still a must-have to this day!

Shannon: If you were to walk into the perfume section of a department store at the Viewmont Mall and immediately thought of high school, which fragrance would bring that to mind?

Monica: Davidoff Cool Water or Ralph Lauren’s Polo.

Shannon: If you looked in your handbag right now, how many beauty products would there be?

Monica: Two lip balms with SPF and three lip glosses , maybe a compact.

Shannon: What are your 3 must-have beauty products that you absolutely can’t live without?

Monica: Mascara, moisturizer and of course, lip gloss!

If you are local in NEPA, you can see Monica on WBRE’s mornings!

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Beauty Q & A with Amanda from 98.5KRZ

98.5KRZ is one of the local radio stations I listen to here in Northeast PA (especially when I need some Adam Levine in my life.) She is the second (and prettier) half of The Jeff Walker Show (sorry Jeff, she is pretty!) and I thought Amanda would be a great candidate for a beauty Q & A, which she happily obliged. (Thanks Amanda!)

Shannon:  At what age did you first start wearing makeup?

Amanda: Oh wow. I’m not proud of this, but when I was 12, I started wearing WHITE EYELINER! (Top lid only!) Soon after, I started swiping pink eyeshadow over it to create pink eyeliner. At the time, I thought I was quite the trendsetter!

Shannon:  Do you remember what the very first beauty product that you coveted was?

Amanda: MASCARA! I’m still obsessed. Every time a new kind comes out, I try it immediately and give a review on my blog at 985krz.com. Why should we ALL waste $10 on new mascara if it’s not going to work better than that trusty hot pink and green tube of $5 Maybelline mascara?!

Shannon: If you were to walk into the perfume section of a department store at the Viewmont Mall and immediately thought of high school, which fragrance would bring that to mind?

Amanda: Tommy Girl! The scent makes me sick now, but in high school it was my signature scent. I also loved Gap’s So Pink. (I graduated HS in 2003.)

Shannon:  If you looked in your handbag right now, how many beauty products would there be?

Amanda: I only apply makeup in the morning, so my bag is full of only lip products and moisturizers. Lip stain and gloss. 2 stains and probably 6 glosses.

Shannon: What are your 3 must-have beauty products that you absolutely can’t live without?

Amanda: Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm (Pink Blossom is my fave!)  Clinique twist-up eyeliner and of course mascara. I’m not brand loyal mascara-wise because I love trying all of the new ones.

You can also see Amanda on PA Live every Wednesday with Jeff. They usually answer dating questions on the show from their listening audience and wear clothes sponsored by Old Navy!

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ULTA and Teen Vogue Prom Preview Party March 1 in Wilkes Barre, PA

Want to achieve a Hollywood glam, runway, show-stopping look for prom? Teen Vogue and ULTA have teamed up to help you get the ULTAmate look for the big night. On March 1st, gather your girls and head to your local ULTA store for a Prom Preview Party from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. (For those of us here in Northeast PA, ULTA is located at 493 Arena Hub Plaza in Wilkes Barre.)

Don’t be late! The first 50 guests to come to the party will receive a FREE ULTA gift and each party guest can enter to win a bag with over 20 beauty treats from Urban Decay, Benefit, TIGI, Stila, L’Oreal and more!

Throughout the night, ULTA’s experts will conduct live demos and share the latest in easy up-dos, amazing skincare tips and hot makeup looks that will have even the prom queen green with envy.

Fall in love with a look? Come back between March 6th and June 25th to receive discounted prom styling from ULTA’s team of master designers:

o Prom pin-ups starting at $40

o Prom pin-up and makeover packages starting at $60

To learn more about the Prom Preview Parties, visit ULTA on Facebook and check out www.ulta.com to find an ULTA near you.

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Hair Cut at Janey O’s Salon in Blakely, PA

One of the pitfalls of having bangs is that when they begin to grow out, and you put off a hair appointment, it totally messes with your overall hairstyle. When your hair is longer and you have no bangs, you can hide that overdue hair cut more easily by curling it, flat ironing it , wearing it in an updo…nobody is the wiser. But Nick Arrojo snapped me out of that almost 2 years ago when he cut 8 inches off and gave me bangs. I can no longer go 2-4 months without getting my hair cut.

The last hair cut I had was at Salon A.K.S. in September during the last few days of Fashion Week. So at the beginning of December I grew tired of looking…tired. Do you know the feeling? A friend of mine had made mention that she was the hairstylist at Janey O’s Salon in Blakely (pretty close to the Viewmont Mall.) Since it’s become my quest to take in as much of Northeast PA‘s beauty industry as possible I bequeathed Misty with the task of fixing my hair. And no, she wasn’t at all intimidated by all of the amazing hairstylists before her who had worked on my hair like the aforementioned Nick Arrojo, Davide Torchio or Alain Pinon. I immediately loved that she was confidant that she could do just as an amazing a cut as any celebrity hairstylist.

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Review: Specialist Haircutters, Hamlin PA

Want to know the last time I got my hair cut? Sadly and embarrassingly enough, it was in January right before I jetted off to New York Fashion Week. Mainly due to time constraints and a busy schedule, but also because I complain that my area has no true professionals. Everyone seems to be a jack of all trades. Then I remembered Calvin Basil, a hair stylist that I went to see several years ago that did a really great job on my hair. So I made an appointment and finally found some time to sneak away from my 4 rugrats.

Calvin’s salon, Specialist Haircutters, is located in the plaza of a gas station and pizza shop–but looks can be deceiving and will teach you to not judge the salon simply due to its location. And in that respect, Calvin’s salon doesn’t look like your typical primping palace either. It is very artsy and has a modern feel to it.

Calvin has an impressive background–he was trained in Europe, New York and California. He’s worked for Vidal Sassoon and Clairol; he’s cut Truman Capote’s hair and helped style Jackie O’s hair, he’s also the creator of Physiognomy haircutting. And somehow he has settled here in my rural neck of the woods.

Watching him work through my extremely long hair was amazing. I remained very quiet while I watched him tediously measure and re-measure strand against strand, snipping and shearing my hair. He wondered out loud if my kids pulled on my hair and said, “They could swing from your hair it’s so long.” But I love my long hair and I don’t want to give it up in lieu of my monkey’s.

The best part? “That’ll be $25.” Did you just gasp? Because I sure did! Where on earth can you get an amazing hair cut for only $25?! Oh I know, Specialist Haircutters in Hamlin, PA. Should you be from the area and want to check it out, they are located in Kwik Joe’s Plaza on Route 590. So go get yourself an awesome haircut and tell Calvin you heard about it here!

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