Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years. I've driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but Read more

Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

Malia B Luv Perfume Review

Some of the best perfumes are made by indie brands. When I first began blogging in 2005, I came across perfumer, Sharon Bolton, and her amazing fragrances. For a few years she went off the radar, but I was so thrilled when she recently reached out with the relaunch as Read more

Erbaviva Organic Deodorant Review

Mention "organic deodorant" and you may get a few raised eyebrows combined with some skepticism. People often wonder - Does organic deodorant smell weird? Is it strong enough? What exactly is it made of? I'm going to be straight up honest, I've never tried organic deodorant before simply because I Read more

Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care Check out the end of this post for a GIVEAWAY!   We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that's a definite), knowing who you are and what you want... and then all those lovely skin issues. Dark spots, wrinkles, and other Read more

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Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

Review of Utopia Spa & Salon in Hawley, PA's spa pedicure via @agirlsgottaspa

The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years.

I’ve driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but let me be honest, I never really gave it a second thought based on the outside. I guess you could say, I judged a book by its cover.

Utopia Salon & Day Spa is located on the busy highway of Route 6 in Hawley, it’s also right by an intersection for Wallenpaupack school district and Turkey Hill (where all of those tourists going on Lake Wallenpaupack are gassing up their boats.)

When one of my favorite spas was totally booked, I decided to do a quick search of others in the area. Utopia was the first to pop up. I looked at their menu and saw that they were completely affordable and when they said they could get me in next day, I was stoked.

It was when I pulled into the parking lot that I realized there was a lot more to the building than you could see from the road. When I entered the back of the building, I was taken back by how beautiful it was inside with its local flare of wood floors, stone fireplace and wood beam ceilings. Read more

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Erbaviva Organic Deodorant Review

Discovered @erbaviva organic deodorants through @lillysbathcarry - check out the review on @agirlsgottaspa

Mention “organic deodorant” and you may get a few raised eyebrows combined with some skepticism. People often wonder – Does organic deodorant smell weird? Is it strong enough? What exactly is it made of?

I’m going to be straight up honest, I’ve never tried organic deodorant before simply because I didn’t think it would have staying power.

After talking with the owner of Lilly’s Bathcarry one day, which in full transparency is an A Girl’s Gotta Spa! retailer, she convinced me that I should give it a shot. She recommended erbaviva, saying it was the best she’s ever used. Now that I’ve tried it myself, I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner. Read more

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Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care

Check out the end of this post for a GIVEAWAY!

Sponsored by AmLactin: Review of AmLactin Skin Care products for those with dry skin via @agirlsgottaspa

 

We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that’s a definite), knowing who you are and what you want… and then all those lovely skin issues.

Dark spots, wrinkles, and other fun skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis, and Keratosis Pilaris are exacerbated by dry skin. So what are those of us with aging skin to do? Read more

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Try These 3 Sulfate Free Body Washes That Still Lather

Looking for a sulfate free body wash but still want the bubbles? Take a look at these body washes from @agirlsgottaspa @nurturemybody and Lancer.

It’s a common beauty myth – switch to a sulfate free body wash and you have to give up that luxurious lather that makes pampering so much fun.

But it’s not true. Sure, you won’t be able to bury yourself under a mountain of bubbles, but you don’t have to sacrifice the suds if you go sulfate free.

Here are our favorite sulfate-free body washes that will still make you want to hasthag with #treatyoself Read more

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Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe from @willcook4smiles using ingredients inspired by @agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus scent

What a way to treat yourself! Delicious, soft cookie bars topped with citrus marmalade, made with orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit essences, and of course, topped with sweet, crispy crumble.

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe from @willcook4smiles using ingredients inspired by @agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus scent

Hello everyone! It’s so nice to meet all of you, friends of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I’m Lyuba and I am from Will Cook For Smiles. I am taking over today to show you another sweet way to treat yourself. You already know about spa days, wonderful skin and hair products, but you can’t forget to treat your taste buds and your tummy once in a while too.

I’m sure you already know about Shannon’s bath and body line intended to pamper you. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products are made with all-natural ingredients, they are purely honest, simple, effective, and made in small batches to ensure the best results. In addition to being perfect for your skin, they are also engaging to your senses. Making your skin beautiful and luscious to the touch, it also engages you with an aromatic citrus scent. Read more

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Best Body Washes for Acne-Prone Skin

Best body washes for acne prone skin via @agirlsgottaspa

Bacne. Something that is often dreaded when the warmer weather hits and you want to ditch the layers.

While I personally haven’t experience body acne, I do have keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs, so I know the feeling of having a skin condition I want to clear up and am often embarrassed by.

There’s a lot of great body washes out there that can help diminish body acne without a prescription and without the uber drying effects of benzoyl peroxide. While that’s an effective ingredient, it just creates a secondary issue for you to have to deal with – dry, flaky skin. No thanks!

Here are 4 body washes that we’ve found work best on body acne (and smell great too!) Read more

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6 Tips to Avoid These Summer Skin Problems




6 tips to avoid these summer skin problems via @agirlsgottaspa

Oh the summer skin care woes. From sunburn to body acne to sun parched skin, we’ve gathered expert tips for how to avoid them from the start.

Perspiration, body acne

Expert Tip:  “To prevent breakouts in the summer, use oil-free moisturizer. During the hotter months skin’s natural oil combined with oil-free moisturizer is enough to keep skin well-hydrated. This trick will also help prevent skin from looking too shiny in the summer.” –Alina Cimpoeru, lead esthetician at The Guerlain Spa Read more

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5 Sun-Kissed Summer Prep Tips For Glowing Skin

6 Sun-kissed summer prep tips for glowing skin via @agirlsgottaspa

If you’re looking to get your skin Summer-ready, read on for tips from spas that give some skin advice you’ll want to start using ASAP.

Inflammation, Environmental Irritant Damage

Tip: The wound healing herb, Calendula, is traditionally known to reduce inflammation and soothe irritation.  Create an at-home face mist, combine dried Calendula flowers and oats in a French press, letting it steep in boiled distilled water for 10 minutes.  Once cool, pour into spray bottle and spritz face liberally for soft and hydrated skin. – Barbara Close, Founder at Naturopathica Chelsea Healing Arts Center & Spa Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Partners with Lilly’s Bathcarry

A Girl's Gotta Spa! partners with Lilly's Bathcarry

Lilly’s Bathcarry is an online boutique that has been providing luxurious skincare and scent therapy products to customers since 2002. Lilly’s Bathcarry has a wide selection of indie, emerging and established brands all with the same singular focus – seeking out the best pampering products on the market. Read more

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Pedicure How-To: Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready! #Sponsored

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions (and sandal-ready feet) are my own.

Get your feet sandal-ready with Amopé™! How-to pedicure. #AmopeCrowd #DoYouAmope #Sponsored

Florals and citrus, a shorter hairstyle, light breezy dresses, sandals…warmer weather opens the doors to both shed our winter layers and reveal some skin.

Depending on how you look at it, this can be a welcomed change, or something that you dread. I used to be embarassed to wear sandals or my favorite flip-flops out in public. It always seemed that no matter what I did, I could not reign in the cracks on my heels or the dryness on the tops of my toes. (Please tell me I’m not alone.)

Sure an amazing pedicure at one of my favorite local spas would whip my feet into shape, but only for a short time. As much as I enjoy time at the spa, it’s not always in my budget and sometimes I just can’t swing my schedule. So finding the right products to get that spa-worthy pedicure at home is something I’m always on the hunt for and I think I finally found the right mix. Read more

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