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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Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

Review of Utopia Spa & Salon in Hawley, PA's spa pedicure via @agirlsgottaspa

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 let me be honest, I never really gave it a second thought based on the outside. I guess you could say, I judged a book by its cover.

Utopia Salon & Day Spa is located on the busy highway of Route 6 in Hawley, it’s also right by an intersection for Wallenpaupack school district and Turkey Hill (where all of those tourists going on Lake Wallenpaupack are gassing up their boats.)

When one of my favorite spas was totally booked, I decided to do a quick search of others in the area. Utopia was the first to pop up. I looked at their menu and saw that they were completely affordable and when they said they could get me in next day, I was stoked.

It was when I pulled into the parking lot that I realized there was a lot more to the building than you could see from the road. When I entered the back of the building, I was taken back by how beautiful it was inside with its local flare of wood floors, stone fireplace and wood beam ceilings. Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty




10 year blogiversary giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa! @Mischobeauty Diana Nail Lacquer set.

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 giving away one Diana Nail Lacquer Set (ARV $54 USD) to one winner. Dates of entry are October 2, 2015 at 12am EST to October 9, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Please enter below and spread the word! Don’t forget the fine print at the bottom because that’s important too. Read more

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How To: Cherry Blossom Nail Art




Cherry Blossom Nail Art How To by @penelope9 via @agirlsgottaspa

I’m loving all the rich Fall colors in the new Butter London x Allure collection!  I’m not yet ready for Fall, but I’m okay with winding down this hot, hot Summer.  So, let’s do a mani of a typical Spring flower – the cherry blossom!

What you’ll need: 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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