Clear, Glowing Skin with SheaMoisture Mud Masks

In the skin department, Summer usually means oilier than normal skin for me. Which also means clogged pores, and at times, acne prone skin accompanied by dehydrated and irritated skin thanks to time spent in the sun and insane amounts of sunscreen. One of the best ways that I deal with summer skin Read more

Try These 3 Sulfate Free Body Washes That Still Lather

It's a common beauty myth - switch to a sulfate free body wash and you have to give up that luxurious lather that makes pampering so much fun. But it's not true. Sure, you won't be able to bury yourself under a mountain of bubbles, but you don't have to Read more

How To Lighten Your Hair #MyOliaStory

I'm sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier sponsored series for Socialstars™ Taking your hair color from dark to light is a not something that can be done in a day. Well, at least not when you are doing it on your own at home. You want to be really Read more

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe

What a way to treat yourself! Delicious, soft cookie bars topped with citrus marmalade, made with orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit essences, and of course, topped with sweet, crispy crumble. Hello everyone! It’s so nice to meet all of you, friends of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I'm Lyuba and I Read more

Improve Your Brow Game with Chella

My brows are sparse and basically non-existent in some spots. They also do this caterpillar ish from years of plucking the wrong way when I was younger. I've considered getting permanent makeup with a brow tattoo, but to be honest, I'm not a fan of needles (which is also the Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary Raw Spirit Fragrances Giveaway




10 year blogiversary giveaway from @agirlsgottaspa Raw Spirit Wild Fire Eau de Parfum

Next up for our 10 year blogiversary giveaways – we’re giving away one Wild Fire Eau de Parfum from Raw Spirit. Wild Fire features a soft and warm mix of woodsy and floral notes that’s not overpowering. It is a sensual, intoxicating scent, that wears close to your skin. Top note is Jasmine Petals, middle note is Ylang Ylang, and dry notes are Wildly-Harvested Australian Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Musk.

Dates of entry are October 21, 2015 at 12am EST until October 28, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. ARV is $90. Please read the fine print at the bottom because that’s important too.

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Raw Spirit Fragrances Desert Blush Review

Raw Spirit Desert Blush fragrance review via @agirlsgottaspa

A heady scent featuring wild-harvested Australian sandalwood and a hint of the intoxicating floral note of Australian Boronia.

Prior to getting Raw Spirit’s Desert Blush fragrance into my hands and (immediately, because OMG) onto my skin, I had never experienced the scent of Australian Boronia. As someone who is not really a fan of the earthy and woody fragrance of sandalwood, the sweet and floral aroma of the boronia literally MAKES this perfume. The floral scent is the perfect complement to the sandalwood, creating something so utterly inviting. Read more

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What I’m Loving Right Now

10 Products I'm Loving Right Now! #SpringBeauty

Color. Something that the winter has left us devoid of and something I long for.

Scent. I simply cannot wait until the blossoms of Spring lend their fragrance.

What I’m loving right now has everything to do with color and floral scents. Honestly, I’m spending a lot of time on Pinterest simply staring at flowers, warm climates and pinning colorful cosmetics. There’s something about the power of color and fragrance that can uplift your mood. How many days until Spring again?

Tom Ford Spring 2014 Lip Color Sheer in Summer Fling: Feminine and perfectly subtle for Spring.

Tory Burch “Divine” Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter: Love products that offer multi-tasking benefits.

Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Magenta Violet: Eye catching and bold.

Chantecaille Save the Bees Eyeshadow Palette: The perfect romantic looking eye.

Nest White Narcisse Body Wash: Who needs to frolic through a field of flowers when you can find it in your shower? Read more

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Roses de Chloe Review

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I could not be more in love with my new fragrance, Roses de Chloe and the feedback from friends and co-workers on the scent is something to talk about. It’s a new girly rosy version of the original Chloe and an instant hit. It seems as if everyone I walk by wants to know what my fragrance is, including my male boss! (It makes me happy to know I smell nice!) 

I first fell in love with rose scents when I was searching for a fragrance to wear on my wedding day. I read an article that suggested choosing a new fragrance to wear on your wedding day, something you don’t already wear, so that when you smell that scent in the future, you associate the scent with that special day. I ended up choosing a rose fragrance and now anything that smells remotely like it reminds me of our big day! Roses de Chloe is one of those rare scents that instantly lifts your mood to a happy place. It’s a MUST sniff! Read more

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philosophy loveswept #fragrance review

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” – Robert Frost

Well-being beauty brand philosophy is the trusted beauty confidante that offers skin care products, bath, body and fragrances to help women look, live and feel their best. philosophy takes an approachable attitude toward beauty by wrapping scientifically proven ingredients with insight and inspiration.  I love that, don’t you? Because they believe that beauty lives inside of every woman, philosophy seeks to inspire beautiful days as well as beautiful skin.

Their newest fragrance is loveswept ($16-$46), a vibrant, feminine, romantic and youthful fragrance. By definition, loveswept is about energy and emotion, following your heart and seeing where that can take you and that is the sentiment that philosophy seeks to achieve. Read more

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See by Chloe Paint A Scent Review

See by Chloe As much as I love wearing perfume, I am not one of those women who likes to bathe in it.  I prefer instead to dab a bit of perfume on whatever areas of my body I choose.  This can prove to be trying with a traditional atomizer because, for me, it is not always easy to control the amount of perfume that gets distributed on my skin with just one spritz. I know how much I do not enjoy being overwhelmed by someone else’s perfume, so I try to avoid engulfing innocent bystanders in clouds of my perfume by not overdoing it with my application. Read more

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Lurk Perfume Oil Review

Lurk RSW005 Perfume Oil Review #BeautySince cooler temps are upon us, many of you might be thinking about switching out your summer fragrances over to something that suits you better during the cooler /colder months.  I’ve started playing around with a few options for a fall and winter fragrance, and while I have not yet settled on one, there have been a few that I’ve placed in my “maybe” pile.

One of those is Lurk’s RSW005 Perfume Oil.  I love perfume oils because they tend to last longer on my skin and to me the scent always seems softer.  Lurk Perfume Oils are hand blended and poured using  pure essential oils in a base of organic jojoba. There is no water or alcohol used in their perfume oil concentrates nor do they use  chemical preservatives, stabilizers or additives. I love the fact that the Lurk Perfume Oils are hand blended and created in SOHO NYC. 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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Mane Teeze by T&M Hair Perfume Review

MANE Don’t you just love flipping your hair throughout the day and catching a whiff of your freshly washed locks? What if you could get a little more of that …without having to wash your hair again?

Check out the most incredible thing to touch my hair this year: hair perfume! Yum! Mane Teeze by T&M Hair Perfume is a gentle perfume for hair that leaves a long lasting DELICIOUS scent for up to 12 hours. That’s not even the most exciting part! It helps to extend the life of a blow dry! I’m the kind of girl that gets a blow out on Friday and doesn’t wash again until Monday. (If you think that’s gross, you must not have super long hair!) The franchise owners of the super trendy blo Blow Dry Bar, Tara and Melanie, came up with the idea of this delectable hair perfume so that we ladies can have great smelling hair all day, every day.  Read more

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NEST Fragrances Review

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There is nothing I love more than a candle that can fill the entire room with its scent without overwhelming your senses and the perfectly portioned body wash and body cream whose fragrance lingers long after your shower. If you have yet to own anything from the NEST Fragrances line, then you are simply missing out on the aforementioned.  Read more

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