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

#BeautyInspiration Twitter Party April 16th #shop

 Image credit: Hairspray & High Heels We have major love here at A Girl's Gotta Spa! for makeup. From makeup trends to makeup tips, when to spend and when to splurge, as well as the latest products for each season, you can count on us to bring that info to you. Read more

Spa Week 2014 A Girl's Gotta Spa! and Giveaway

It's that time of year again when spas lower their prices on some of their spa treatments, otherwise known as Spa Week! From April 21–27th, spas, fitness facilities and wellness centers across the country will be offering $50 spa treatments, including a few spas that we've reviewed like The French Read more

Easy Nail Art Tutorial

Honestly, the easy button was made for people like me. There are just some things I have no patience for, and nail art is one of them. I wish I could tell you that as a beauty blogger I am super creative and uber crafty and create endless nail Read more

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Atmysphere Fragrance for Men Review

I love when my boyfriend wears cologne and thankfully he always wears scents that are pleasing to the senses. (Unlike memories of high school and the boys who would literally bathe themselves in cologne. Sometimes I wondered if they would douse themselves in it in lieu of a shower. But I digress…)

I don’t typically review men’s fragrance or grooming products here anymore, however I couldn’t pass up Atmysphere, which promises that it would create an intimate romantic atmosphere via the fragrance. It sounded much like those perfumes that claimed to have pheromones in them that would create attraction, however their website is very clear that there are no pheromones in this men’s fragrance. Curious, I informed my boyfriend that he was going to be a test subject. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind an intimate romantic atmosphere anyway…I mean what guy passes that up?  Read more

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Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Earrings Review

If you are looking for a unique way to wear your perfume, or even a unique gift idea, then you’ll definitely want to take a look at Lisa Hoffman Beauty’s fragrance jewelry.

I’ve owned Lisa Hoffman Beauty products such as when her Spa Hand and Foot Butter were available, and her Madagascar Orchid Candle (this was heavenly and I wish she still sold them!) Amanda recently reviewed her Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfum, as well. Next on the list was her coveted fragrance jewelry, of which I tried the Madagascar Orchid Earrings (which of course smell just as divine as the candle did.)  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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Halle Berry Closer Perfume Review

Just this last September, Halle Berry launched her fifth fragrance, Closer. Closer was developed by perfumer Jacques Cavallier; the notes include raspberry, water lily, ozone, fougère accord, violet, mimosa, cedar, vanilla bean, mahogany and cashmere musk.

From Coty:  Closer “is a rare blend of feminine and masculine notes, creating an intriguing scent that is as alluring for men as it is for women.” 

What Halle has to say: “Scent is very closely linked with desire and attraction and I love the idea that a fragrance can bring a man and a woman together. Closer creates a new level of intimacy through the power of scent.”   Read more

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Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfum Review

I’m not necessarily one for a “signature” scent. There are certain notes I look for in fragrances, but I’m not married to any bottle or brand…mostly because I wouldn’t want to miss out on  super-decadent fragrances like Lisa Hoffman’s Tuscan Fig, that might otherwise go under the radar.

The eau de parfum is a decadent combination of vanilla, coconut wood, gardenia, and honeysuckle.  Though rather sweet, I found Tuscan Fig is a delicious, long-lasting fragrance that immediately put me in a happy place. For me, warm vanillas and woody notes have something very fall about them: one sniff has me dreaming of curling up next to a fire with warm apple cider and a book. I have a very strong feeling this scent will transition into autumn nicely.   Read more

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Review: Molton Brown LONDINIUM Unisex Fragrance

I haven’t worn a unisex fragrance since my middle school and CK One days so I was pretty excited…giddy actually, to try Molton Brown’s new unisex fragrance LONDINIUM.  Okay, just maybe I was  also excited because the fragrance is inspired by London and I along with the rest of the universe seem enthralled by all things London at the moment… 2012 Olympics and all.

LONDINIUM  contains notes of Bergamot, Juniper Berries, Myrrh, Oak Moss Absolute, Incense and Malt Accord.  I found the fragrance to be strong, sexy and playful.  I can definitely see why it would appeal to both sexes and I have to admit that after applying it I felt a really strong urge to throw on a tough leather jacket with my denim cutoffs…too bad it was 102* in Minneapolis.  I did however, have a bit more confidence in my walk…I might even venture to say LONDINIUM  gave me a bit of swagger.  Laugh if you must, but it happened.   Read more

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4 Summer Scents To Take You Away!

With the current state of the economy, many are us are embracing the “staycation” concept this summer. Just because you may not be traveling to an exotic destination, doesn’t mean you can’t invoke the scents and smells of your favorite vacation destination. Here are some inexpensive fragrances to take you away!   Read more

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Perfume Review: Michael Kors Suede

I’ve long coveted Michael Kors handbags…mainly from the aisles of Marshalls (where I do all of my brand name shopping), but when he came out with his limited edition fragrance, Suede, I knew I had to try it.

It’s signature Michael Kors to give attention to detail in all of his products and Suede is not exempt. The box itself is beige and covered in suede that is velvety to the touch. The glass has a V, emulating a V neckline. You see this duplicated on the top of the bottle as well. The perfume itself is flesh-colored reminding you of bare skin.  Read more

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Tempting Vanilla Fragrances No Apron Required

Jennifer Love Hewitt swears by the scent of vanilla – so much, in fact, that she actually carries straight vanilla extract with her and dabs it on her neck for frequent touch-ups (hey, I don’t judge). After all, vanilla is pretty potent stuff – it’s sweet yet musky and packs a powerful punch that smacks of confidence. And if the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, a bold fragrance that conjures up images of delicious baked goods has got to be at least vaguely alluring when it comes to getting your flirt on – especially when it doesn’t require you to even step foot in the kitchen in the first place! So let’s skip the trip to the pantry and check out some of spring’s sexiest vanilla-infused fragrancesRead more

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Review: H2O+ Blue Fragrance Collection

Finally I’ve found a fragrance collection that I would wear together…at the same time.  H2O+ Blue Eau De Toilette and Body lotion are so light and refreshing that I am not afraid that using the products all together will give myself, or those around me, a headache.  With notes of watery peony, rosewood, nectarine and bergamot, Blue Eau De Toilette and Body Lotion  have a really clean, fresh scent and it is not at all overpowering.  Although it is clean and fresh, I still feel feminine and sensual while wearing it.  I equate it to wearing your best fitting, most flattering pair of blue jeans with some killer heels.  The body lotion has a lightweight feel, but it contains Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera so it is still hydrating and soothing on your skin.

It has been quite a while since I have tried a fragrance that I would considering wearing on an everyday basis, but I will definitely be wearing H2O+ Blue everyday, it has become a staple…just like my favorite pair of blue jeans. Have you worn it?

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