10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am so proud of her for launching her 5-free nail lacquer brand. The Diana Nail Lacquer Set pictured above is part of her Icons Collection. We're Read more

10 Years Blogging 10 Giveaways

Dear 2005 self, launching A Girl's Gotta Spa! ® was your best idea yet. I still cannot believe that 10 years later, I'm still here. All thanks to you, our readers, both old and new. Instead of re-hashing all that I have learned in 10 years (because you can just read Read more

Why Oral Health is Important

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine Is your mouth on your side? Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may Read more

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Loose Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush

I know that this may sound somewhat contradictory, but I love wearing makeup that I can't really feel. I like knowing that it's there on my skin, but do not want to be reminded that it's actually sitting on my skin throughout the day. This is why I love wearing Susan Read more

Ambi Even and Clear CC+ Cream for Women of Color

Finding makeup that contains sunscreen, but does not leave my skin looking gray and ashy, has always been a challenge for me. I'm sure it has been a challenge for a lot of women of color, too. I love and want to take care of my skin by making sure Read more


GuruNanda Pulling Oil

Oil pulling with Gurunanda Pulling Oil via @agirlsgottaspa

Before starting GuruNanda’s Pulling Oil, I had heard about the practice of oil pulling, but I had never done it myself nor had any close friends or family who had done it. Although, there is a ton of information on the ancient practice of oil pulling readily available at my fingertips, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect (the taste, feeling, etc.)

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic procedure. It involves using oil as a mouthwash and swishing it in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes, then spitting it out. This action is meant to pull out toxins in your body and is very beneficial for your health, especially your oral health. Read more

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Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

Foods that stain and whiten your teeth. Great to know foods to avoid and foods that help whiten teeth. via @agirlsgottaspa

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. “The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too,” says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

Some surprising foods such as steak, cheese and dark chocolate whiten teeth, while sauces, juice and curry can stain teeth, Dr. Harvey advises.

While you certainly don’t have to give up your morning cup of coffee or your evening glass of red wine, if your teeth are discoloring, you might want to consider consuming less and thoroughly rinsing your mouth with water after you’re done eating or drinking, according to Dr. Harvey.

Dr. Harvey’s foods that stain your teeth include: Read more

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GRAMMY’s Inspired Beauty


I always love the first few months of the new year. Not because it is fresh with possibilities, at least not when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, but because it is award season! This is the time of year when the red carpet is ablaze with hot trends, inspiring hair and makeup looks and plenty of
oh I’d love to duplicate that moments. While The Golden Globes and Oscar’s are filled with elegant and demur looks, music is my first love and I’ll take GRAMMY-inspired beauty any day.

True, the looks on the red carpet at the GRAMMY’s are usually cutting edge, maybe a little more revealing than you’d like (at my age showing my arms from the elbows down is as revealing as I’ll go), but there are plenty of commonalities that all celebrities follow in order to have a successful camera-ready red carpet look. I’ll break them down, that way you, too, can follow these same steps for your big event and leave the paparazzi (aka your husband, boyfriend, significant other) vying for your attention.

Red Carpet Beauty Tips #RedCarpetGlam

Beauty PrepThese are the things you do leading up to the big event – things you need to plan out in advance. 

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Colgate Optic White Review

With the new bright lipsticks for spring and summer you want your smile to be bright and white too. A bright lip with a yellow smile is not attractive. Now whitening has been made quick and easy–no trays, strips or tons of dollars spent with new products from Colgate® Optic White®. In fact, clinical studies show the Optic White regimen starts whitening in 5 days!


I’ve been on this regimen for about a week now and I CAN notice a difference! I’m actually amazed at how well these products work! I’ve been using all three of these products:  Read more

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GO SMiLE On The Go Teeth Whitening Pen Review

One of the quickest and now easiest ways to take years off your appearance is to have dazzling white pearly teeth. I’m a tea drinker so my teeth probably need a little more help than yours might,  but I don’t really want to spend hundreds of dollars at the dentist’s office. For around $100 the dentist can give you trays to take home, but I don’t want to deal with all that mess and goop. So what are the options?

You can go to the drugstore and buy whitening strips–but they NEVER stay and slide off my teeth. Maybe I’m just cheap but $45 for a box of strips that don’t stay put is annoying. Good news beauties! There  IS a solution– The GO SMiLE On-The-Go Teeth Whitening Pen. It a click pen designed with a twist-and-apply brush tip.  The pen contains a brightening formula that makes a significant difference in just one week!  Read more

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Why Try Professional Teeth Whitening?

With party season kicking in, it’s an optimum time for quick-fix beauty treatments. Celebrities and people alike swear by regular teeth whitening as it promotes a youthful, healthy smile.

Most of us know the causes of stained teeth – most of our daily pleasures! Tobacco is one of the worst offenders and there’s no getting away from it. Coffee, tea, and soda are culprits as well. Other possible culprits include fruit juices (especially grape), red wine, fruits such as blueberries, soy sauce and curry. Think of it this way: if a food or beverage can leave permanent stains on clothes or carpets, it can probably taint your teeth. Aging also contributes to the yellowing of teeth. The enamel, which is the hard outer coating of your teeth, wears thin, allowing the underlying layer of yellowish dentin to show through.  Read more

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Supersmile Professional Whitening System

I was head over heels in love with my Supersmile Professional Whitening from the very first brush.  Normally whitening systems, trays, strips, etc. always leave my teeth feeling almost painfully sensitive, but I experienced absolutely zero sensitivity with this system. The whitening system I purchased came with the Professional Whitening Toothpaste and Professional Whitening Accelerator.  You just use a pearl sized drop of each on a dry toothbrush and then brush for two minutes and that is literally it.  My teeth were instantly smoother which is due to the gentle dissolution of the protein pellicle (a thin layer of protein that forms on the tooth surface, and to which plaque, bacteria, and of course, stains adhere) on my teeth.  My teeth definitely looked cleaner and brighter right away…I kid you not, I saw the difference immediately and just to make sure I didn’t imagine whiter teeth, grabbed a shade guide to compare and my teeth were indeed two shades whiter after the first brush.  I do think my teeth would have been even whiter had I chosen to purchase the Activating Rods (which enhances whitening results).  Read more

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SMILES YOU LOVE VITACARE Valentine’s Day Giveaway

We all know that smiling has many benefits. For one, it simply puts you in a better mood (try smiling and being unhappy–it DOESN’T work!), it conveys positive energy to others, it makes you feel less stressed and it makes you look younger (the best no-cost anti-aging product ever.) And when you’re in love, love someone or feel loved: you smile.

VITACARE, my favorite whitening, vitamin-infused oral care brand (and recent winner of Delicious Living’s 2012 Beauty & Body Awards), wants to see those healthy, happy smiles this Valentine’s Day.  SMILES YOU LOVE kicks off today and ends on Valentine’s Day. When you participate, you’ll be entering yourself AND your loved one to win a VITACARE Smile Makers gift pack worth $21 (each)…but honestly, isn’t a healthy smile priceless?

(1) VITACARE Multicare Toothpaste (Your choice of Acai Mint, Pomegranate Mint or Key Lime Mint)
(1) VITACARE Multicare Alcohol-free Mouthwash (in Key Lime Mint)
(3) VITACARE Whitening Gum (1 of each flavor)
(1) VITACARE Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

To be entered to win and have a valid entry, YOU MUST Like VITACARE on Facebook and post a picture of the person whose SMILE YOU LOVE on VITACARE’s fan page wall (and don’t forget to tag your loved one in the photo!) Optional: Follow VITACARE on Twitter too! (On both Facebook and Twitter you can find them as @vitacareworld.) To enter you must be 18+ and live in the US. There are no cash substitutions and void where prohibited. Winner announced on February 15th. Like and follow via the entry form below and add the photo to VITACARE’s Facebook. Good luck!

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VITACARE Teeth Whitening Vitamin-Infused Toothpaste & Gum

VITACARE Whitening Gum

I bet this is something you’ve never thought twice about: brushing your teeth. It’s something that’s necessary, something that’s just part of your mundane routine each day. I know I personally never really thought too much about toothpaste, just as long as it promised to help whiten my teeth, that was good enough for me. Toothpaste was not a “stand out” product on my bathroom counter. There was no “spreading the word” when it came to the brand I used. Toothpaste was just toothpaste…and so was gum.

Until I was told about VITACARE and began working with them. And then began using their toothpaste and gum…which led to my kids wanting to using it, and my boyfriend and then I told my sister and her whole family loved it too.

First of all, have you ever had Key Lime toothpaste? Or Pomegranate? Or Acai? Forever I just assumed that mint was the ONLY flavor toothpaste came in. Yes, VITACARE’s toothpaste does contain mint, but it also has the 3 aforementioned superfruits as well. Their toothpaste, gum (and they have mouthwash too) are all vitamin-infused with A, C, D, E and Calcium. Heck, if you’re wearing lip gloss (which we ingest 3lbs of each day) why not brush with a toothpaste that gives us a healthy dose of vitamins while cleaning our teeth? Of course, that shouldn’t be considered a substitute for your daily vitamin, but if you chew 10 pieces of their gum (which come in all the same flavors) for 15 minutes a day, it does give you the recommended daily allowance. (And to avoid overeating lately, I totally have switched to chewing gum to take away the craving.)

And I mentioned in the beginning of this review that teeth whitening was all that mattered with me when it came to toothpaste. Well, VITACARE has that to They are also eco-friendly, gluten-free and don’t contain sulfates.

Definitely give them a try, and if you are anything like me, I bet you’ll soon find  yourself telling people about the kind of toothpaste you use. It’s really that good.

Find them at Whole Foods, Village Apothecary, Ricky’s NYC, drugstore.com and via their website www.vitacareworld.com. Have you tried VITACARE? Let me know in in the comments!
Facebook: facebook.com/vitacareworld
Twitter: @VITCAREworld

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Light Up the Holidays with a Brighter, Whiter Smile from Crest 3D White!

It’s the time to hang those twinkling lights, sip on some eggnog and find the best stand out holiday themed accessories to give to friends and family. No matter how you celebrate, make Crest 3D White your beauty secret and transform your smile into this season’s must-have accessory.

Is your smile not in tip top shape for the season? Have no fear because Crest 3D White has got you covered. We know that in this season especially there is never enough time for personal care – between the parties, events and family get-togethers. That’s why Crest 3D White makes it easy for you to achieve a sparkling, standout smile in no time. Read more

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