Vole Hair System Review

Don't miss the 20% off promo code below!! My hair has not been at its best this summer.  Sun, salt water, humidity and heat, plus constant styling to battle the heat and humidity all tends to strip my hair leaving it looking and feeling dry and dull. This may sound a bit dramatic, Read more

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

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Vole Hair System Review

Don’t miss the 20% off promo code below!!
Vole Hair System review via @agirlsgottaspa

My hair has not been at its best this summer.  Sun, salt water, humidity and heat, plus constant styling to battle the heat and humidity all tends to strip my hair leaving it looking and feeling dry and dull.

This may sound a bit dramatic, but when I do not feel good about my hair, it can ruin my outlook on life…not kidding….and like I said, somewhat dramatic.

Due to sweat and product build-up, I try to use deep cleansing shampoos in the summer, but while they do cleanse my hair, they also strip it of moisture.  What my hair required to battle summer damage was a deep cleansing shampoo that removes product build up and pollutants, but does not strip my hair, followed by a conditioner that is deeply moisturizing and repairing, yet does not weigh my hair down. 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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Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

Reflekt facial exfoliator review via @agirlsgottaspa

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, sunscreen, etc. Read more

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Malia B Luv Perfume Review

Malia B perfume oil review via @agirlsgottaspa

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 Malia B (named after her daughter.)

Malia B has three perfume oils that come in packaging using post-consumer materials, which are embedded with wildflower seeds so that you can plant it and grow something beautiful. 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

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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Customized Nexxus Hair Care at Sam’s Club

Sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own.

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Lately I’ve been on the hunt for products that aim to treat my skin and hair for the issues I’m having as I age (not just things to make me look younger.)

Being in my 40’s comes with a plethora of issues that are both as a result of my actions when I was younger (or inaction in terms of taking care of my skin and hair) and the normal course of getting older. Yay me.

I’ve used Nexxus hair system products in the past and I’ve been really happen with the results. So when I learned that you can get a 3-product full size set from Sam’s Club for just around $26, I was game to check it out. While Sam’s Club may be associated with large bulk items, it’s also a great place to generally save on items that you love. Read more

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Coloring Your Hair With Garnier Olia #MyOliaStory #Sponsored

I’m sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions and hair color are my own.
Coloring your hair with Garnier Olia via @agirlsgottaspa #MyOliaStory #Sponsored

If you’ve been following #MyOliaStory for the past few months, then you know I’ve been dyeing my hair at home with Garnier® Olia every 6 weeks.

This is the most consistent I have been in years, since I had stopped dyeing my hair all together during my pregnancies. For some reason, my hair had become a very dark brunette during that time – which I can tell you is not my natural color, but I’m not entirely sure how it came to be. (Has this happened to anyone else??) I wanted to go back to a much lighter version of brown while retaining the look of it being natural. Read more

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Clear, Glowing Skin with SheaMoisture Mud Masks

@sheamoisture masks review via @agirlsgottaspa

In the skin department, Summer usually means oilier than normal skin for me.

Which also means clogged pores, and at times, acne prone skin accompanied by dehydrated and irritated skin thanks to time spent in the sun and insane amounts of sunscreen.

One of the best ways that I deal with summer skin issues is by relying pretty heavily on face masks.  For me, it’s just easier to introduce face masks intended to treat my particular skin woes than to change my entire skincare routine; plus masks always makes an at-home facial feel incredibly indulgent. 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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