Teami Skinny Tea

// // National day(s) of complete diet obliteration ...also known as "the holidays," is almost upon us. As much as I am looking forward to unlimited pumpkin pie and stuffing, I know that beginning the day after Thanksgiving, all I am going to want to do is detox. This year I am one Read more

The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily Read more

Can Ultrasound Improve the Look of Skin?

I'll be honest, I was not very familiar with the world of cosmetic ultrasound treatments when I decided to try the Mira-Skin Ultrasound device. Upon doing my research, I learned that ultrasound is a non-surgical/non-invasive treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Ultrasound uses the body's Read more

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all Read more

3 Myths About Using Toner

Toner is one of the biggest misunderstood skin care products out there. And to be honest, at one point when I was younger, I also believed some of these myths. What about you? 1. Toner is a cleanser. This one bugs me the most. I've read blogger reviews where the person clearly Read more


DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub

With the busiest season of the year upon us, sometimes caring for ourselves (and our skin) sadly ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. (Please don’t let it.)

Fortunately, facialist Cecilia Wong has designed a seasonal at-home, DIY facial scrub that requires little time and effort, which can guarantee that your skin glows before the turkey hits the table. Pumpkin is an amazing exfoliate as well as nourishing to the skin.

DIY #Pumpkin Spice Face Scrub via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty #skincare Read more

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The ColorBAR at dpHUE Los Angeles

colorBAR dpHUE Los Angeles via @agirlsgottaspa #haircare
We are all well aware of and seriously addicted to salons that cater to long-lasting blow outs. Now let me introduce you to what is sure to be your new addiction, from the custom hair color retailer, dpHUE,  the ColorBAR at dpHUE.  The ColorBAR at dpHUE is the first to offer clients hair coloring services only, similar to the dry bar concept and has just recently opened its doors in Studio City on Ventura Boulevard.

The ColorBAR is a multi-service hair color bar that offers guests color application including highlights, semi-permanent color, deep-condition and replenishing treatments in addition to blow dry styling.  dpHUE  is known for offering do-it-yourself haircolor and the ColorBAR is an extension of those services.  One of Hollywood’s most sought-after color experts, Justin Anderson, is the Creative Director for the brand, combine that with the fact that color is what they do, you know you’re in the best of hands.   In addition to hair color, dpHUE also provides hydrating shampoos, conditioners, masques and oils; basically an entire arsenal of products to maintain your gorgeous dpHUE color and leave you with incredibly beautiful hair, which is exactly what I left the ColorBAR with after my visit this past Saturday. Read more

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NatureBox Healthy Fall Snacks

NatureBox Fall Snack Box Review via @agirlsgottaspa #healthy
I love to snack, I am one of those people who usually has a snack-filled Ziploc bag in my purse at all times.  If I get hungry and there is no snack option around not only do I morph into “hangry,” but I also can get nausea, headaches and just downright spacey.  I also keep snacks around because whenever I’m travelling they come in pretty handy, especially on those delayed flights. For a snacker like me, NatureBox’s snack subscription service is a dream come true.

NatureBox delivers carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door. Each snack contains wholesome ingredients, with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. When you join NatureBox, you receive five different snacks every month. You can choose the snacks you want or have NatureBox choose your snacks for you from their 100+ selection, including gluten-conscious and vegan options. Read more

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#MoreisBeautiful Twitter Party November 12 1-2pmEST #ad


#MoreisBeautiful Twitter Party Nov. 12 1-2pm EST. RSVP! Prizes! #ad #cbias

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about hair and beauty! On November 12, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, please join us for the #MoreIsBeautiful Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing all things beautiful hair, learning about Womens’ Rogaine and giving you a chance to win prizes! Joining us is a celebrity hair stylist, Jill Crosby, who is certain to have lots of tips and tricks to share!

Regardless of age, we all want to make every day a good hair day and thinning hair is not part of the equation. If thinning hair is an issue for you, please join us and learn some hair tips! Read more

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DIY Citrus-Infused Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

DIY Citrus-Infused Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub via @agirlsgottaspa #DIY #beauty #scrub #bathandbody

To take advantage of the tropical weather in South Florida, co-founder of the Caribbean Spa Association, Florida’s Spa Superhero and Viceroy Miami’s Spa Director, Alena Stavnjak, likes to use ingredients that are indigenous to the area in her homemade sugar scrubs.

One of Alena’s favorite DIY spa treatments is a citrus-infused coconut oil sugar scrub that leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft. We adore citrus at A Girl’s Gotta Spa! for its energizing fragrance that is sure to boost your mood year round. Coconut oil is high in vitamin E, penetrates the skin better than any other oil and is also good for nails and hair. Best of all, this citrus-infused coconut oil sugar body scrub is simple to make at home!

Here is the recipe: Read more

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#RespectURFeet Twitter Party 11/13 1-2pm EST #ad


RSVP for #RespectUrFeet Twitter Party 11/13 1pm ET. Prizes! #ad

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party to talk about how we can all #RespectURFeet. On Thursday November 13th at 1 pm EST, please join us for the #RespectURFeet Twitter Party where we’ll be sharing tips on getting your feet in tip top shape, improving your overall wellness of your body including your feet, and giving you a chance to win prizes! Read more

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Tiny Tea Teatox (14 Day) Review

Tiny Tea Teatox review #tea #weightloss via @agirlsgottaspa

My scenario may sound familiar to some of you: I work out regularly, and eat a healthy, balanced diet for the most part (there is the occasional burger about once every 2-3 months and a few pieces of candy sprinkled in here and there), but can never seem to get my stomach to get flatter and more toned.  When I say I work out regularly, I mean that I work out 5-6 times per week for at least 45 minutes and my workouts consist of cardio in the form of zumba, running or interval training, strength, yoga and various other exercise…so I definitely mix it up.  My diet also consists mostly of fresh or steamed,  veggies, quinoa and fruits, so the fact that my stomach refuses to cooperate with the rest of my body is just aggravating. I decided to try something else, which led me to purchasing my very first box of the 14 day supply of Tiny Tea Teatox.  I follow them on Instagram and am always blow away by some of the before and afters that people have posted after trying their system. Read more

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Benefits of Avocado Oil

Skin benefits of #avocado oil via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty #skincare #bodycare

Avocados offer amazing skin and health benefits; avocado oil even more so, which is why this natural skin moisturizer is included among the ingredients of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub.

Some of the benefits of avocado oil include:

It’s rich in anti-oxidants, which counter the skin’s natural aging process and helps fight free radicals. Among these in avocado oil are Vitamin A, C and E. Read more

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Makeup Wars: It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette review via @agirlsgottaspa #makeup

One of my favorite cruelty free makeup brands is IT Cosmetics. They also happen to make the most amazing makeup brushes that are incredibly soft (like swiping a cloud across your face.)  Their newest palette, CC+ Radiance, contains a color correcting powder, as well as a universal blush and bronzer to brighten skin. Each powder is aimed at improving the appearance of your skin tone – so not just concealing an uneven skin tone, but enhancing it in a very natural way. I don’t know about you, but lately all of these conceal and contour how-to’s out there seem to take beauty to an extreme. I’m really more about natural beauty and that’s what I really love about this Radiance Palette. Read more

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Nine Things I’ve Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

Nine things I've learned in nine years of beauty blogging via @agirlsgottaspa #bblogger #beautyblog

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in my season of life beyond the 4 walls of my house. (Working from home has many benefits, but socializing is not one of them.)

October marks nine years that I’ve been blogging. (Insert gif of me doing the robot dance here. No, there’ll be no image, but just know that I am indeed jamming out.)

Thinking back to the October 26, 2005 version of me sitting in front of my chunky computer monitor on a dial-up internet connection, I was full of excitement and anticipation. I had zero html skills and zero design skills, but I was happy to figure it out as I went. There weren’t many beauty blogs at the time, and the ones I was reading (Scentzilla, Beautiful Makeup Search, The Scented Salamander, Beauty Addict, Bag Snob, e-Beauty Daily) all had their unique spin on the beauty and fashion world – I knew I needed to discover mine. (Lest I forget to mention that I read Amalah every single day, as well.)

For lack of doing a yawn-worthy post, I’ve decided to compile 9 things I’ve learned in 9 years of beauty blogging – this is going to be long: Read more

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