A Girl's Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty Free

Something I've learned in my 8+ years of beauty blogging, is that many brands like to say they are something without any proof to back it. Brands say they are natural, but the ingredient label tells a different story. Brands say they are organic because they assume you won't Read more

Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#Eyes4NYC Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

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5 Products That Will Help You Transform and Revive



As a caregiver, both on the floor as a nurse who works 12-hour night shifts and a parent of children with special needs, I often don’t get the recommended hours of sleep. Yes, I’ve seen all the studies of just how bad lack of sleep is for you…and no I would not recommend skipping out on the Z’s if there is a choice on the matter, but the truth remains that it is part of my (and many other caregivers) unavoidable realty.

Since this is the case, instead of stressing about it, I implement little things throughout my day to help revive my energy and keep my look lively. First, it’s part of my self-care routine. Secondly, I truly believe that it helps those I care for to know that they are in good hands. I mean do any of you really want a tired-looking stressed out nurse to walk into you or your loved one’s hospital room and say she is the one who’s going to take care of you for the next 12 hours? Not if we had the choice, right? I am not sure of many who would contend the ideal notion of wanting a nurse with a positive attitude, know-how, and a put together look that sends an unspoken message of trust.

The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, since I have recently been struggling with anemia and recovering from a painful injury, I thought it would be a neat opportunity to allow a personal picture story post for you as I got ready for work. Here is a peak at my paler then usual face (from lack of sun, sleep, and anemia), undone hair, and the five product lines I used to transform and revive. The last pic is a must see for the transformation!

Tired #mom? Try these #makeuptips to transform and revive!

Marc Anthony Hair Care

Step 1: Take a refreshing shower with Marc Anthony (pause, lol) sulfate-free Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner for some super workable soft hair. When you get out of your makeshift oasis, toss in a bit of his Argan oil treatment and then some volumizing mousse. I am very picky when it comes to my hair products, as I have plunged the pocket in the past and came up with less than satisfying results. However, I am happy to report that Marc’s line is healthy for your hair, fantastic feeling, and super-easy on the wallet. It’s hard to find this type of a triple threat! Read more

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Got2b Beach Trippin’ Salt-Infusion Waving Spray Review


A Girl's Gotta Spa! Got2b Beach Trippin #review

During the hot and humid summer months, one of the best ways to style your hair without actually doing much to it is by using a sea salt texturizing spray. Personally, I’m a big fan of the “I just went to the beach” look. I’ve been trying out Got2b Beach Trippin’ Salt-Infusion Waving Spray (also known as beach spray) for the past couple of weeks because my hair just can’t handle the humidity and I’m obsessed with beaches waves. Read more

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MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream Review

MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream #review

After my boyfriend somehow lost my beloved blowout lotion and I was forced to use my regular body lotion to blow dry my hair for a few days, thanks to me not being able to locate a salon, beauty store or dry bar in my area that carries the brand I normally use, he went out (all on his own) and bought me the MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream.  I guess he felt really bad because every time I blow dried my hair, I would rave about how much I loved the blowout lotion I was using.

To be honest I was not at all excited about trying the MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream, but since it was sweet that he took the time to go out and get it, I thought I would give it a try and I’m pretty ecstatic that I decided to stop pouting and try it. Read more

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Touchback Plus Instant Color Renewal Review

Touchback Plus Instant Color Renewal #Review Many of us go out of our way to make sure our skin is protected from the sun, but it never dawned on me until now that our hair needs some protection too. Touchback Plus has a system of dual UVA/UVB protective shampoos and conditioners that are just that … sunscreen for your hair! The system helps to maintain your hair’s color and prevent fading, while also hydrating.

In addition to providing sunscreen protection, TouchBack Plus Instant Color Renewal shampoo and conditioner actually improves the condition and health of your hair, delivering smoothing and reparative benefits to dry, damaged strands, so you can enjoy your time in the sun without damaging your hair. Read more

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Goody TangleFix Brush Review


Goody Tanglefix Review

Don’t you just LOVE when a product actually does what it claims to? Wouldn’t life be grand if EVERYTHING delivered the results advertised?

To be totally honest, I wasn’t sure about the Goody Tanglefix Brush when I first saw it. It seemed too good to be true. I wondered what could possibly make the Goody TangleFix brush any different from other brushes and detangle my unruly knotty mess. One use and I’m SOLD!  Read more

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Ouidad Whipped Curls Review

Ouidad Whipped Curls Review

I am so insanely excited about Ouidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer!  I always feel as though my curls can never be moisturized enough and this product not only hydrates my curls, but also functions as a styling primer, meaning that I can apply it to my hair before other styling products. Read more

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Top 10 Beauty Products for Summer


 

  1. Sunscreen with SPF (this one is obvious!): We currently love Sun Bum Continuous Spray, MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme and these 3 sunscreens for summer.
  2. UPF Clothing: Your clothes only give you a UPF of 5, so UPF clothing is a necessity! We love Mott 50!
  3. Charcoal Scrub: Sweat and grime will clog up pores, so using a facial scrub with charcoal (the sulfur banishes blemishes) is a must!
  4. Hair Mask: Salt water and chlorine will rob your hair of moisture, so a good replenishing hair mask is in order! We love L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm,  Salon Graphix Intensive Hair Repair Masque, and Gail’s DIY Homemade Deep Conditioning Mask.
  5. Bright Nail Polish: Cheerful colors are what summer is made of. We love Impala Palmeira Tropical and Essie Off the Shoulder (I love it as a hot pink French Manicure). Read more
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Smooth Frizz-Free Hair with blowpro Straightening Lotion (Review)

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On those rare occasions in summer when I choose to blow dry my hair, I need a product that can effectively banish frizz.  Since my hair is naturally very curly, in the summer all it wants to do is to be curly, so blow drying it straight is an epic battle between me and my hair.  A lot of the products that successfully calm and tame my hair in the cooler months just do not cut it in summer.  I purchased blowpro while in Florida because a hair product that performs well in the weather there, is a pretty good indication of what I can expect it to do all summer (no matter where I go.)

The blowpro straight to the point straightening lotion that I purchased worked amazingly well in the Florida heat and humidity.  I followed the suggested usage and applied the straightening lotion from root to tip on my freshly washed hair and blow dried in sections as usual.  The directions also suggested applying extra product to the tips to help prevent fly-aways, which I did. Read more

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Natural Texture with Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls



miss-jessies-jelly-soft-curlsLet’s face it once summer arrives, for us naturally curly haired girls, there is absolutely no use in trying to battle with what our hair naturally wants to do…which is to suck up the summer humidity and curl to its utmost content.  And why would you even want to spend precious time indoors trying to battle with your hair anyway when you could just wash, apply a bit of product and just go enjoy summer in all of its glory?

I plan on spending most of my time at the pool or on the beach and the last thing I want to worry about while partaking in is frizzy straight hair that wants to go curly or weird, crunchy, “jheri curled” looking hair.  So in an effort to embrace my natural texture but still have soft, smooth curls, I decided to give Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls a try. Read more

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Suave Moroccan Argan Styling Oil Review

suave-moroccan-argan-styling-oilMoroccan Oil is all the rage for the benefits of argan oil on both skin and hair. Suave’s Moroccan Infusion line of hair care products aim to deliver incredible shine, softness and conditioning to your hair. I had the opportunity to try the new Moroccan Argan Styling Oil from the Moroccan Infusion line. Typically I’m nervous to put any oil in my hair for fear of weightiness and making my hair too greasy, but Suave’s Moroccan Argan Styling Oil was the perfect hair treatment.

There are three ways you can use this oil in your hair:

1. Prior to showering. Just apply a few pumps of the oil to your hands and then smooth throughout your hair. Leave on for 5 minutes, rinse and shampoo and condition as you normally would. This helps create an incredible shine to your hair. Read more

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