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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St. Ives Spray Lotion Review #LiveRadiantly

@StIvesSkin Continous Spray review via @agirlsgottaspa #LiveRadiantly #spon

St. Ives recently sent me their continous spray lotion in Naturaly Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract and the new Smooth & Glow Apricot Hydration Lotion. This is the first time I’ve ever tried a spray lotion and wasn’t sure what to expect. Will it be similar to spray sunscreens where it gets absolutely everywhere and not just targeted to where you are spraying it? Will it be greasy? I intended to find out! Read more

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Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner Giveaway

Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa

Tanned legs help to give the appearance of slim, flawless legs. There’s nothing I love more, than to bare my legs in my favorite dress once they have a little bit of color to them. To kick off Summer, we’ve partnered with Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner to give away a tube of their hydrating creme with a gradual self tanner and anti-cellulite formula to three winners. You’ll be a bombshell all year long with gorgeously taut and bronze legs. Read more

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1907 Alkaline Water Review

Benefits of alkaline water via @agirlsgottaspa

By now, we all know…or should know the health and beauty benefits of drinking water. Approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water so it is important to replenish our bodies with the water that we lose on a daily basis.

Water is essential to our health because it removes toxins from our bodies thus cleanses it and is required to process all of the nutrients from the food we eat and carry the assimilated nutrients to the cells by circulating through the lymphatic system.

Drinking water also has a ton of beauty benefits.  Drinking water prevents dehydration, which becomes most noticeable in your skin first. If you’ve ever gotten the flu and became dehydrated you may have noticed it first in your lips cracking and becoming dry and then on your face as well. Read more

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Makeup Brush Cleaning Tips from Makeup Artist Lauren Snyder




Tips for cleaning your makeup brushes from makeup artist Lauren Synder via @agirlsgottaspa

One part of our beauty routine that we tend to neglect quite often is ensuring that our makeup brushes are kept clean and bacteria free.  Dirty makeup brushes can transfer old makeup, germs, and bacteria to your skin each time you use them, so it is important to regularly wash your brushes to get rid of buildup. As a bonus, washing your brushes also makes them work better as well.  When it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes I will be the first to admit that I am absolutely clueless, so I decided to consult with an expert and consulted LA based Makeup Artist Lauren Snyder for her tips on cleaning and caring for makeup brushes.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa!: What are some of your favorite makeup brush cleaning tricks? Read more

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Energize Greens Supplement Review

Energize Greens Dietary Supplement review via @agirlsgottaspa #ad

I am very much a fan of leading a healthy lifestyle.  I strongly believe that being active and eating a clean, well-balanced diet is the best way to prevent illnesses and look and feel your best and most energized.

For the most part, in addition to working out regularly, I try to avoid caffeine and sugars and instead consume foods that are naturally energizing whenever I am feeling run down and like I need an extra boost of energy.

Energize Greens Dietary Supplement is a natural supplement of nutritious green superfoods that I have been using for the past two weeks that not only boosts my energy level, but also improves my health, alkalizes my body and boosts my immune system. Read more

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HASK Beauty

Hask Beauty Macadamia Oil hair care review via @agirlsgottaspa

Anyone who is of mixed ethnicities knows how hard it is to find shampoos and conditioners for our hair types. I’m always on the look out for products that will keep my hair healthy, smooth, moisturized and soft. My mixed ethnicity (Afro-Guyanese, Indonesian, Amerindian and Portuguese), sometimes makes it difficult to find a product that works well for my hair type. Although my hair is thick and coarse, most products that are extra moisturizing tend to leave my hair oily and flat or sometimes even adds more frizz and leaves it feeling dry. Not so with HASK products! Read more

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eb5 Skincare Giveaway

@eb5corp skin care giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa

We have a great skin care giveaway for you! If you haven’t heard about cruelty-free skin care brand, eb5, now is a great time to learn more!

Based in Portland, Oregon, eb5 Skincare is a family-owned business that dates back to 1904 when pharmacist Samuel Heldfond began creating life-changing remedies for customers of his apothecary. His son, Robert, introduced their popular “five creams in one” anti-wrinkle cream in the 1960’s. Still popular in the 21st century, eb5 is considered “the original wrinkle cream.”

For a limited time, our readers can save 10% on their first order on eb5’s website by using the coupon code BLOGGERGIFT at checkout.

Giveaway Details: Read more

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Bring the Salon and #Spa Home with Conair

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool and the True Glow by Conair Sonic Skincare Solution for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Bring the salon and spa home with Conair! Review of the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Styling Tool and True Glow  Sonic Skincare Solution via @agirlsgottaspa. @conairbeauty #spon

It’s not really a secret that I have a love affair with Conair hair products. Over the years I have really loved (and religiously used) styling tools from their Infiniti line, and the latest hair dryer, the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Styling Tool, is no different.

3Q™ stands for “Quick, Quiet and Quality,” all of the hallmarks of this new brushless motor styling tool. It may not fit into the Q theme, but this dryer is also extremely light weight. I didn’t feel like I was giving my biceps a workout while drying my hair. I absolutely adore how much quieter this dryer is – their patent pending noise reduction technology makes it up to 40% quieter (which is a huge plus when you have a large family like I do and don’t want to wake anyone early in the a.m. or when you can only squeeze in a shower at 10pm after a long day of work and want to keep your beauties sleeping.) Read more

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Why Do I Get Eczema at Certain Times of the Year?




Why Do I Get Eczema at Certain Times of the Year? via @agirlsgottaspa with dermatologists weighing in. Talks about products to use, too!

Personally speaking, why do I only get eczema in the spring and summer? My husband and teen-aged son also have an onset of eczema at the same exact time as me, yet two of my younger sons only get eczema in the winter. But why?

I decided to go to the experts for answers because I can’t imagine I’m the only one plagued with wondering why spring sets off two seasons of itchy bumps taking up residence on my elbows, inner corners of my arms and my hands – and the more I scratch, the more it spreads. It was only in the last few years that I suddenly began to have eczema flare-ups and once the summer is over, my skin returns to normal… like it never even happened. Does this happen to you? Read more

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Burt’s Bees Renewal Skin Care Line #28DayFaceCleanse

This is a sponsored post about Burt’s Bees Renewal Line in partnership with DataRank, all opinions are my own.

Burt's Bees Renewal skin care collection. #28DayFaceCleanse via @agirlsgottaspa
Cruelty free skin care brand, Burt’s Bees, has just launched their Renewal skin care line. (Quick! Grab the $3 off coupon code for Walmart here!) They’ve issued a 28-day challenge to see how it changes your skin (which I promptly took them up on.) Right now my skin can’t decide if it is oily, dry or everything in between. Since your skin renews itself every 28 days, it’s the perfect time to try out this line.

The Burt’s Bees Renewal skin care line consists of: Read more

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