Cuepido Cosmetics

When it comes to makeup, I prefer a look that is natural, simple and that enhances instead of covering or transforming, which is exactly why Cuepido Cosmetics peaked my interest. Cuepido Cosmetics champions the idea of an absolute clean appearance by just putting on what you think is necessary and not overdoing Read more

Block Island Organics Review

Block Island - a gorgeous island located in Rhode Island. Yes, many people get confused - "isn't Rhode Island an island?" they ask me. I go on to list many islands found in Rhode Island - Patience, Goat, Aquidneck, Hog, Hope, Prudence Island... and so many more. My grandparents Read more

Pre-Natal Massage at The Lodge at Woodloch

Your aching back, your swollen cankles, your sore shoulders... if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy, I'm sure you can relate. There's so many things to look forward to with your impending arrival, but feeling like your body is falling apart is not one of them. As someone Read more

Makeup Wars: KEUNE So Pure (and so awesome)

KEUNE's So Pure products should simply be called "bottle of awesome." I had never tried this line prior to being sent them a few months ago, and I was skeptical that anything could combat my scalp issue at the time. All I can say is, scalp dryness and flaking? Read more

CIRCA Beauty

I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It's even better when I get something I haven't tried before. Like makeup from CIRCA Beauty, a cruelty free makeup line that's affordable, long wearing, trendy, Read more

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Nail Art Blue Silver Rhinestones

Nail art tutorial from @penelope9 (Lit from Within) for @agirlsgottaspa #nailart #nails

Continuing to prove that nail art doesn’t need to be difficult, I asked Nidia from Lit From Within to recreate a nail look with a tutorial.  For this nail art how to, Nidia took inspiration from A Nail Addict Named Sonia @badgirlnails.

First, paint your nails with a fun glitter.  Go as blingy as you like, but if it’s textured, you’ll probably want to put down a thick topcoat before moving on with this look.

When you’re using striping tape, you need to wait for your base layer to be *completely* dry.  You can’t fake this step.  Use a fast drying topcoat if you want to hurry the process a little, but putting tape on wet polish means that the polish will stick to the tape. The key is patience! Read more

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What Meeting Joan Rivers Taught Me

What I learned from meeting Joan Rivers via @agirlsgottaspa #realtalk

Back in 2011 when attending the first Lucky Fabb (Fashion and Beauty Blogger) Conference, Joan Rivers was a guest speaker. Prior to this event, all I knew of Ms. Rivers was what I saw on TV. I have to admit, I was more excited about hearing Tory Burch speak than I was Ms. Rivers because it was my belief that she would be rude, crass, obnoxious and basically full of herself.

She changed my mind that day. Read more

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Your Lips’ New Best Friend

@TreatBeauty Organic Sherbet Lip Scrub #review via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty

My addiction of a good scrub goes beyond just body and facial scrubs. I adore lip scrubs and Treat Beauty’s newest organic sugar scrub is one you’ll want immediately.

First and foremost, I love that this scrub comes in a handy tube. This makes it easy to bring with you when traveling, and even easier if you are using it in the shower because your fingers won’t get messy and slippery. It also means there’s basically no chance of getting water into the tube as you would with a jar.

This lip scrub is also pretty big! It’s jumbo in size and not your typical small lip tube. Read more

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Easy Abstract Floral Nail Art Tutorial




I love nail art that looks really intricate, yet is effortlessly simply in application. I asked fellow beauty blogger and fellow Pennsylvanian, A Little Polish to create a tutorial just for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! readers.

If you’re looking for some simple abstract floral nail art, here’s a tutorial to get this floral look in three easy steps, using only a couple colored polishes, a striping brush and dotting tool!

Easy floral nail art tutorial via @agirlsgottaspa from @oblassa #nailart #tutorial #nails #floral Read more

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Wrinkle Reducing Products

Favorite wrinkle reducing products. #antiaging #beauty #skincare via @agirlsgottaspa

When we’re young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we’re older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. (I know as I write this I’m not just speaking for myself.) As much as we backpeddle once we finally realize our skin sins, it’s too late and we need wrinkle reducing skin care to become part of our daily routine.

Here’s a few I’ve been using that you might want to check out: Read more

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Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

#win a $1000 gift card to Onsen! via @agirlsgottaspa 8/17/14 to 8/25/14

It’s my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40’s than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line?

Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at the source. They use nature’s finest ingredients enhanced with breakthrough scientific technology in each product. They have a series of problem solving collections so whether you have acne-prone skin or are in need of diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, Onsen has something to combat your skin issues.

Onsen is a luxury skin care line and you’ll definitely want in on this $1000 (yes three zeros!) gift card giveaway!

Here’s the details: Read more

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Best Body Lotions

Best body lotions! via @agirlsgottaspa #bodycare #bathandbody #beauty #lotion

The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers.

Here’s a few of the best body lotions (according to my skin!) Read more

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Favorite Black Eyeliners

Favorite black eyeliners. #makeup #beauty #eyeliner via @agirlsgottaspa

There’s something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can’t duplicate.

Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Read more

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#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

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#AllDayLook #TwitterParty August 19th at 1pm EST #shop #cbias RSVP!! Great prizes! via @agirlsgottaspa

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about beauty tips, celebrity looks and Neutrogena products available at Target. On August 19 from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #AllDayLook Twitter Party where we’ll be chatting about achieving an all day beauty look with help from the Beauty Concierge. We’ll also give you the low down on locations offering exclusive samples (while supplies last) and giving you a chance to win prizes! Read more

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Beauty Marks, Moles or Skin Cancer?




How to tell if it is a beauty mark, mole or skin cancer from leading dermatologists via @agirlsgottaspa #skincancer #melanoma #health #skincare

Skin cancer has been on my mind a lot lately. My aunt died at the age of 29 from Melanoma, family members have caught skin cancer early, and our editor, Amanda, constantly battles skin cancer daily.

Amanda is a Melanoma survivor, but just because they caught it early doesn’t mean she is in the clear. Over the past year, Amanda has repeatedly found new moles and marks on her body, and even though some of them appeared completely normal and not within the ABCDE’s. Each time she has been told that what her dermatologist scooped was found to be in the stage just before turning cancerous. Some have even been found where she can’t see and caught by her gynocologist. This is scary and I can only imagine the paranoia that sets in with every new spot that appears.

I know I have beauty marks and moles on my body that look weird. However, the last time I inquired about them with a doctor, I was told it is a 9-12 month wait to see a dermatologist in my area. So instead of waiting 9 months to be told that maybe it’s just nothing (because I tend to worry about everything), I essentially did nothing about it. The more I talk to Amanda, the more I realize I should probably try finding a dermatologist, whether I have to wait or not.

Not having quick access to a dermatologist, is what led me to write this post as I look at my skin daily and wonder: are those beauty marks, moles or skin cancer? So I asked some leading dermatologists for some guidance. Read more

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