A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Celebrates 6 Years of Blogging (and a Giveaway)


Monday, October 24th, was a pretty busy day. Then about 9pm it hit me…something amazing happened on this date 6 years ago. I opened a Blogger account and launched A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (<–This link takes you to the old site.) I sat back in my chair and welled up with tears. Do most people cry when celebrating longevity in their career? Maybe not, but when it is one that has changed your life and the path you were on, I think it’s reasonable to say it’s OK to cry. Happy tears of course. :)

Six years ago (if you are mathematically disabled like me–that is back in 2005) I just wanted to connect with other like-minded women from my home in rural PA (otherwise known as the Poconos.) I was still new to the area I was living in and didn’t know many people. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! gave me the ability to talk about my passion (beauty) while doing something I always wanted to do (write) and then hear from complete strangers from all around the world. I’ll never forget the day 2 years after launching when an editor for the Finnish magazine Trendi emailed me to tell me my blog was popular in Finland and they wanted to feature me in a story. I was like: holy smokes, someone in Finland knows who I am? That was mind blowing.

This blog, and my readers, have seen me through good times and bad–babies being born (Duncan and Brody), a divorce, a new happy and healthy relationship with an awesome guy, downsizing in a job, creating my own career for myself, being on the verge of broke to recovering and being financially stable…it has been one heck of a ride.

So I thought it would be appropriate to hold a giveaway. I know that is rare for this blog, I never want to be known for just constantly giving away stuff because I want your eyes for learning and connecting, not freebies. But amongst my pile of beauty overload, I have a bunch of products from MAC Cosmetics Wonder Woman collection. Fitting, no? Many of my friends and colleagues have referred to me as Wonder Woman (and Superwoman) so I thought it would make for an exciting giveaway.

(Image is not representative of all of the products listed, just some of them.)

Here’s what you’ll get (retail value of $600):
Wonder Woman Invincible Mirror
Utility Belt Face Brush Set
Bulletproof Blue Makeup Bag
2 Powder Blushes– Mighty Aphrodite and Amazon Princess
3 Lipglass–Athena’s Kiss, Secret Identity and Wonder Woman
2 Eye shadow quads–Valiant and Lady Justice4 lipsticks–Marquise d’, Russian Red, Heroine and Spitfire
2 Nail Lacquers–Obey Me and Spirit of Truth
4 Opulash Mascara–Victorious, Army of Amazons, Themyscira and Bad, Bad Black
2 Pigments–Marine Ultra and Bright Fuchsia
2 Reflects–Reflects Pearl and Reflects Bronze
2 Mineralize Skin Finish–Golden Lariat and Pink Powder

What you have to do:
Follow me on Twitter
Like me on Facebook
Subscribe to my blog

The rules (I’m a mom and all moms have rules.)
Must 18 years of age or older, you can only enter 1 time (I track IP addresses so don’t cheat or you will be disqualified), products are as is (although they are brand new and unused), products cannot be exchanged for cash, no product substitutes and I have the right to cancel this giveaway at any time with or without cause. And yes, this giveaway is open to everyone–even if you don’t live in the US.

Contest begins today, October 25, 2011 and ends November 2nd at 12:01am EST. I’ll announce the winner on November 3rd.

Good luck my pretties and thank you for 6 great years!

xo Shannon

Contest is over. Winner is Jennifer B. and she was notified–congrats Jen!



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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

18 Responses to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Celebrates 6 Years of Blogging (and a Giveaway)

  1. Harold

    Congratulations on six years! And good luck with the contest!

  2. Shannon Nelson

    Thank you Harold!

  3. Mary Casper

    liked you on facebook as cathy marsh casper

  4. Kayte CookWatts

    Hi for some reason, it is not allowing me to complete the mandatory entry. But I do follow @kayte71

  5. Patricia

    Congrats!! 6 years that’s amazing!

  6. amy m.

    congratulations! I hope to win this contest!

  7. edwina lango

    would be so nice to win

  8. Que Banh

    I’m interested in tips & recommendations for people who work in the vid/film industry. I do some sideline work in those industries & always seeking time saving tips to pass on to new MUAs & stylists I work with

  9. Susan Ladd

    Voted for Shape. Thanks for the great sweep and hope to win :)

  10. brandy g.

    I like on facebook

  11. Maribel F.

    Hi, for some reason, it is not allowing me to complete the mandatory entry, I follow you on twitter as @makeupmb
    Thank you!

  12. Shannon Nelson

    Hi Maribel, maybe you were already following me and that’s why it wouldn’t let you? It shows on my end that you followed, so you’re all good!

  13. Happi Shopr

    like on facebook – happi shopr

  14. rachel

    omg i want thissss!

  15. B. whitescarver

    Congrats on 6 years!

  16. savannah hicks

    for some reason, the feedburner link isnt working and im not able to follow your blog.

  17. Shannon Nelson

    Hi Savannah, the subscribe button isn’t linked to Feedburner, but to a separate page on my site where you can enter your email address to subscribe via email. It should take you to this link: http://www.agirlsgottaspa.com/subscribe. RSS is there, but email is also an option.

  18. savannah hicks

    thanks! I subscribed!

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