DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

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 Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of Read more

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Book Salon and Spa Appointments with MyTime App

Lavish Body & Home - my experience when using the MyTime spa and salon app via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty

Time is a priceless commodity these days. When you’re trying to squeeze in some me time, it can seem almost impossible.

I recently had the opportunity to try a new scheduling app called MyTime that you can book salon and spa (and many other services) directly from your phone or via the web. I’ll be honest, I usually do all the legwork myself from searching area spas and salons, to looking up their menu’s and pricing to researching reviews. Sometimes I’ll begin the process only to get distracted among all those steps and then put it off another day. Then that haircut that I needed at week 6 suddenly becomes week 10. (I get distracted really easily.) I was willing to give MyTime a shot to see how it all worked. Read more

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#PamperedPiggies Twitter Party December 2nd 3-4pmEST #ad

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#PamperedPiggies Twitter Party December 2 from 3-4pm EST. Prizes! RSVP! #ad #cbias

Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about colorful Piggy Paints, safe nail polish you and your child will love to get pampered with!  On Tuesday, December 2 at 3:00 pm ET , please join me for the #PamperedPiggies Twitter Party where we’ll indulge in a virtual Piggy Painting Party and give you a chance to win prizes!

If you are looking to gift your daughter or niece with an eco-friendly and cruelty free gift this year, then you’ll want to join us to learn about Piggy Paint, a safe nail polish that is non-toxic. While I don’t have daughters, I do love pampering with my nieces and nothing is more fun than a colorful mani or pedi. Available at Walgreens and Walmart, Piggy Paint comes in a variety of colors and even offers gift sets. Use coupon code PIGGYPAINT to Save 15% off your purchase at PiggyPaint.com plus you get free shipping if your order is over $15 (coupon code valid thru Dec. 23). We’re giving away over $1100 in prizes during the #PamperedPiggies Twitter Party on December 2nd and I can’t wait to tweet with you! Read more

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Pretty Woman Kingfisher Feather Polish Review

Pretty Woman Feather #NailPolish in Kingfisher via @agirlsgottaspa

I love the look of textured nail polish. However, many textured polishes tend to scrape off easily making the effort of applying them practically useless. The Feather polishes from Pretty Woman are another story entirely. You can achieve a textured look that is still smooth to the touch minimizing the chance of it scratching off.

Right now I’m calling Pretty Woman’s Feather nail polish in Kingfisher my fun polish. It’s like tiny pieces of red, yellow and blue confetti having a party on your nails.  Read more

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Top 10 Silver and Gold Makeup Products

Two of the most luxurious colors out there – whether jewelry, accessories, home decor or makeup – is silver and gold. I’m not the matchy matchy type and firmly believe you can mix and match these metals. Here are my top ten drool worthy silver and gold makeup products and some nail polish for good measure. 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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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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Long Lasting Manicure with JulieG Nail Color

@juliegbeauty #nailpolish review (a seriously long-lasting manicure!) #beauty

Mission: Find a long lasting manicure, as well as a nail polish that dries quickly. 

Whether you get your nails done professionally at the salon or you simply do them at home, I’m pretty confident that every woman is in search of a polish that lasts longer than a day (and isn’t Shellac) and that doesn’t take 30-45 minutes to dry completely.

By a chance meeting at iRetreat2014, I got to meet beauty vlogger Julie G in the Rite Aid Wellness Lounge, who has her own line of polishes as well as being the Spokesperson for Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics. She had some samples from both lines, the JetSet Quick Drying Top Coat and JulieG Nail Color among them. Let me say, it was kismet, because I think I’ve now found the polish brand I will be loyal to for many years. Read more

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Stars and Stripes Nail Art How To



It doesn’t necessarily need to be the 4th of July to show your patriotic side. Show off your stars and stripes with these easy nail art how to’s from editorial manicurist, Jin Soon Choi.

JINsoon Patriotic Nails - Get the look! #nailart

Look 1 Stars and Stripes 

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#WalgreensBeauty Twitter Party May 14 at 1pm EST #shop

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#WalgreensBeauty #TwitterParty May 14th at 1pm EST RSVP! #shop #cbias

Photo Credit: Polish Insomniac

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know I do! I’m excited to co-host one about Spring nail trends! On May 14th at 1:00pm ET, please join me for the #WalgreensBeauty Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing Essie and Revlon nail polishes available at Walgreens, and giving you a chance to win prizes! (Yes!)

Even if you are a mani newbie or looking to get info on the hottest colors this season, this Essie and Revlon #WalgreensBeauty Twitter Party will have everything you need to look great – from your fingers to your toes! Walgreens has the best colors from Essie and Revlon to keep your look up-to-date. While it still looks like winter here in the Pocono Mountains (and feels like it too), I simply cannot wait to strap on some sandals and don brighter colors.  Come chat with us during the Twitter Party for hot nail tips, trends, and exciting new product info! Read more

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Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please


Name your own nail polish #beauty #nailpolish

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 a baby shower to the bridal party, this is a personalized gift sure to be remembered. Read more

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