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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Tips to Stay Stress-Free and Glowing during the Holiday Season

Tips to stay stress-free and glowing during the holidays! #beauty #health #wellness

When I was in college I often went skiing in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. I always tell myself that one day I’ll get back there (but this time to check out the spas in addition to the skiing!) One of those places is Stoweflake Spa and Wellness Center in Stowe, Vermont. Surinda Oberai Cavanagh, Spa Director and Ayurvedic Consultant at Stoweflake Spa and Wellness Center, offers A Girl’s Gotta Spa! readers these tips to stay stress free and glowing this holiday season.

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3 DIY Holiday Inspired Spa Treatments

3 Holiday-Inspired #Spa Treatments

With winter vacation just around the corner kids of all ages are exploding with anticipation for many school-free days, Spafinder Wellness 365 has some budget friendly and tech free ideas to keep kids entertained for the days not dedicated to family gatherings, traveling, or last minute shopping. I’d even say these are perfect for those, “No School” snow days, as well!

Treat the kids (and yourself) to an at-home spa-day. Don’t trust the eight-year-old to paint your nails or do your makeup? Not to worry, we have three recipes for indulgent treatments that are kid-friendly and mom-approved! Best of all, these recipes feature ingredients you probably already have at home! Read more

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mark Fab 5 Eye Shadow Palette

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I always feel like the conclusion of the Thanksgiving holiday is congruent with the sound of a gunshot for the 100-meter dash until the Christmas and New Year holidays. I’d usually include Hanukkah in that statement too, but as many of you know this year it began Nov 27th and ends Dec 5th, so I guess my Jewish friends and families shopping alarms went off even earlier this year. At any rate, we will all be attending the various business parties, gatherings, and hopefully at least one night out on the town over the next month til we hit the celebratory wall on Jan. 2, 2014. Read more

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L’Occitane’s Lavender Scented Candle

32484_B1.tifDuring this time of the year I love having candles with holiday inspired scents constantly burning in my home.  It gets me in the holiday spirit and creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere for guests.  I am generally crazy about anything that smells like baked holiday goodies; pumpkin, chocolate peppermint, Christmas cookies…you get the picture.   I love most areas of my home smelling like my favorite desserts during the holiday season, but my bedroom and bathroom are the exceptions.  Is it the same for you? Read more
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The Perfect Holiday Scent: Demeter Fragrances

With the holidays wrapping up in just a few days, I’ve found myself scrambling to cram in as much Christmas cheer as possible, whether it’s blasting Santa, Baby or wrapping up gifts for those I didn’t get to see over the holidays. And now to my complete and utter delight, I can work a little Christmas into my beauty regimen, too.

Demeter  has always been one of my go-to sites to scout scents because of their amazing selection of one-note fragrances…and I was psyched to discover they have 2 scents that capture the absolute essence of Christmas – Egg Nog and Christmas Tree.

Egg Nog is a deliciously sweet scent that I now habitually spray at my desk for an instant pick-me-up and a smile. Its creamy, vanilla-nutmeg aroma  will make you immediately want to curl up in your softest sweater with a hot cup of cocoa.

Christmas Tree leaves nothing to the imagination. One spritz of this transported me to Christmas Tree hunting with my dad as a child – the fresh scent of fir is inarguably delicious. Because the scent is quite strong, it’s not something I prefer to wear as a personal fragrance, but I’ve been spritzing it all over my apartment  throughout December. It’s almost as good as a real tree!  Read more

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Revlon Glam Holiday Nails

For someone who wore nothing but French tips for years, I’m really embracing the festive sparkly finishes in nail polish this season. The two polishes pictured above are both new from Revlon. The red polish on the left is Ruby Ribbon and has not only glitter but tiny bits of gold tinsel. It works beautifully on it’s own or layered over other solid colored polishes. I tried to capture the complexity 0f this polish but my camera skills are lacking. Suffice to say the bar glitter, sparkle and density of Ruby Ribbon is stunning and it definitely looks like a much more expensive polish.  Read more

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Maybelline Color Show Silver Gleam Review

The holiday season is all about sparkle! From your clothing to your makeup to your nails, this is the one time shine is in!

Maybelline’s new Color Show limited edition colors for the holidays includes Silver Gleam.

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Holiday Inspired Spa Treatments in Las Vegas

I love Las Vegas. Not for the casinos (I don’t gamble) and the 24-hour party atmosphere (exhausting), but for the little known part of Las Vegas known for relaxation–the spas!

From facials to massages, these luxurious experiences will calm the mind and have skin looking radiant for any holiday gathering!

Spiced Pear Fig Refining Facial, Spa & Salon Vdara, $140 for 50 minutes or $190 for 80 minutes

Cinnamon, spice and everything nice – this facial is perfect for skin feeling dry or irritated from the harsh winter months. The invigorating treatment begins with a polishing pear enzyme that hydrates the face, then finishes with a calming Cinnamon Spice Mask that leaves skin looking refined and clear.  Read more

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The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Holiday Hair

As indicated by the title of this post, I tend to lack any sort of motivation when it comes to styling my own hair.  Don’t get me wrong, I will definitely spend time on improving the health of my hair with deep conditioners, but as far as styled hair I tend to stick to three insanely easy styles that require the minimum amount of effort.

These include either a ponytail, loose bun/top knot, every once in a while a braid or I just simply leave it down…like I said, not a lot of effort.  This suits me just fine all year with the exception of the holiday season.  I, like most others, tend to get sucked into the sparkly glamour that seems to define the holiday season and I feel the need to do something a more with my hair, but I just do not have the skill, knowledge, patience or motivation to go all out. So I decided  to stick with what I already know but just add a bit of sparkle.  I figured that this would be a great time to make use of some of the barrettes I ordered from France Luxe and have never used.  Read more

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Lather Holiday Gift Sets

There is nothing that a bath and body enthusiast like myself loves more than holiday gift sets. I remember waking up on Christmas day to lotions and shower gels in my Christmas stocking and couldn’t wait to hit the shower to use them. Know someone similar? Then these gift sets from Lather may be perfect for them!

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