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 Read more

Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

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Wrinkle Reducing Products

Favorite wrinkle reducing products. #antiaging #beauty #skincare via @agirlsgottaspa

When we’re young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we’re older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. (I know as I write this I’m not just speaking for myself.) As much as we backpeddle once we finally realize our skin sins, it’s too late and we need wrinkle reducing skin care to become part of our daily routine.

Here’s a few I’ve been using that you might want to check out: Read more

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Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

#win a $1000 gift card to Onsen! via @agirlsgottaspa 8/17/14 to 8/25/14

It’s my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40′s than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line?

Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at the source. They use nature’s finest ingredients enhanced with breakthrough scientific technology in each product. They have a series of problem solving collections so whether you have acne-prone skin or are in need of diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, Onsen has something to combat your skin issues.

Onsen is a luxury skin care line and you’ll definitely want in on this $1000 (yes three zeros!) gift card giveaway!

Here’s the details: Read more

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Beauty Marks, Moles or Skin Cancer?

How to tell if it is a beauty mark, mole or skin cancer from leading dermatologists via @agirlsgottaspa #skincancer #melanoma #health #skincare

Skin cancer has been on my mind a lot lately. My aunt died at the age of 29 from Melanoma, family members have caught skin cancer early, and our editor, Amanda, constantly battles skin cancer daily.

Amanda is a Melanoma survivor, but just because they caught it early doesn’t mean she is in the clear. Over the past year, Amanda has repeatedly found new moles and marks on her body, and even though some of them appeared completely normal and not within the ABCDE’s. Each time she has been told that what her dermatologist scooped was found to be in the stage just before turning cancerous. Some have even been found where she can’t see and caught by her gynocologist. This is scary and I can only imagine the paranoia that sets in with every new spot that appears.

I know I have beauty marks and moles on my body that look weird. However, the last time I inquired about them with a doctor, I was told it is a 9-12 month wait to see a dermatologist in my area. So instead of waiting 9 months to be told that maybe it’s just nothing (because I tend to worry about everything), I essentially did nothing about it. The more I talk to Amanda, the more I realize I should probably try finding a dermatologist, whether I have to wait or not.

Not having quick access to a dermatologist, is what led me to write this post as I look at my skin daily and wonder: are those beauty marks, moles or skin cancer? So I asked some leading dermatologists for some guidance. Read more

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Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit Review

Essio #Aromatherapy Essential Oil Shower Pods #review #beauty #wellness #skincare via @agirlsgottaspa
Being able to transform my shower into a spa-like experience is my idea of absolute bliss, so one can only imagine my elation upon hearing the words “aromatherapy shower kit.”

Immediately upon hearing those few words, pictures of a completely relaxed, zen-like me began dancing in my head. Needless to say, I could hardly wait to get my hands on this magical product that would allow me to turn my boring old shower time into an invigorating spa time.

This magical product that I speak of is the Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit.  The kit includes a shower arm and essential oil pods and is exceptionally easy to use…honesty it took me less an a minute to attach the arm to my shower and insert the essential oil pod. Best of all? Set up required zero tools.  After setting up was compete, all I had to do was turn on my shower water and tilt the pod into the stream of water and the essential oils began to diffuse into my shower. Read more

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Karin Herzog Choco2 Face Cream Review

Karin Herzog Choco2 Face Cream #review #beauty #skincare #chocolate via @agirlsgottaspa
I’ve always considered myself lucky when it comes to my skin.  Sure I’ve had the occasional pimple or was inconvenienced by random dry skin or oily skin a times, but it was never out of control or got to the point where it was a stressor for me.

I wish I would have appreciated what I had at the time because for the past year I have been battling with constant acne…the kind that leaves scars, skin that goes from extremely dry to severely oily and a dull complexion.  I have tried facials, soothing and calming face products, diet change, water filters…you name it, I’ve tried it and while some of these attempts at a solution would briefly work or would take care of one of my skin issues, it would exacerbate the rest.  Not one of these “fixes” ever got my skin back to the state that it was in prior to this past year, so I’ve been learning to live with (but not accept) the new condition of my skin. This just means that I’m still trying different means of getting my skin under control. Read more

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DIY Cooling Cucumber Mask

DIY Cooling Cucumber Mask #beauty via @agirlsgottaspa
During my two month stay in Bali, a significant amount of time was spent at Amo Spa in Seminyak.  I enjoyed the most amazing spa treatments that I’ve every experienced and though I have only been back in the US for a week, I am going through serious Amo Spa treatments withdrawal.  I figured the best cure for my withdrawal symptoms was to try to recreate one of my favorite Amo Spa moments at home.

One of the many things I loved about Amo Spa was the little luxuries that they took the time to incorporate into their treatments.  One such luxury was the cucumber mask that was always applied to my face during a facial, massage and body scrub.  The cucumber mask consisted of thinly sliced cucumbers sliced lengthwise (not rounds) and left in the refrigerator to cool, then applied directly to the face.  In hot and humid Bali, this cucumber mask was an absolute dream. Read more

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SolScents Sunscreen Review

SolScents Sunscreen #review #sunscare #sunprotection

I absolutely love trying new sunscreens! My ongoing battle with Melanoma has forced me to love sunscreen and I can safely say I’ve tried mostly every sunscreen that’s out there. While I don’t have a problem with the way sunscreen usually smells, I was excited to learn that there’s a sunscreen that smells as good as my scented body lotions!

For those that don’t like the scent of your average sunscreen, with SolScents ($14.95) you don’t have any excuses not to protect your skin from the sun. This is probably the most exciting sunscreen I’ve tried because the scents are fun, girly, made really well … and don’t really FEEL like a traditional sunscreen. As SolScents says, it’s “brightly scented sun care.” Read more

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Why Should You Remove Your Makeup at Night? #SleepNaked #ad

Disclosure: Swisspers provided me with complimentary Swisspers products and compensation for this post. The opinions I have shared about removing your makeup, using the products as well as the pictures, are my own.

If you sleep in your makeup, you should read this post. #SleepNaked #ad #beauty #beautytips

Are you guilty of sleeping with your makeup on? Make it the one beauty tip you never forget.

I’ve been there myself, late night and you’re super tired. It’s not that big of a deal if I forget this one time to wash off my makeup, right? As we all know, that one time becomes many more times than we care to admit. Before you know it, you’re battling clogged pores, dry patches of skin and wrinkles rearing their ugly head. Your face is no longer a pretty sight. Just watch this video of Nikki Phillippi and you’ll know what I mean.

Swisspers, which is part of U.S. Cotton, is on a mission to get you to Sleep Naked by removing your makeup daily. Here’s why: Read more

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Cellulite Removal Treatment

Cellulite Removal Treatment - details on what's involved! #beauty

What is Cellulite?

Millions of people around the world deal with the skin condition known as cellulite. If you are unfamiliar, cellulite is the bumpy, unattractive skin that is commonly seen in the thighs, buttocks, and hips. It is a structural issue within the skin that occurs when pockets of fat cells are entrapped by unnecessary connective tissue bands. These pockets of fat then bulge out of the skin, creating that bumpy, uneven appearance. This condition is most common in women and is often influenced by factors such as: aging, genetics, and poor blood circulation. This condition can lower self-esteem due to the presence grotesque looking skin. Thanks to revolutionary treatments like Venus Freeze, cellulite does not have to plague your skin for life. Read more

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Infrared Sauna Benefits

Infrared Sauna Benefits #detox

Trying to convince my fiancé to go to the spa with me is usually a pretty hopeless undertaking, so imagine my absolute surprise and excitement when he actually suggested that we go to the spa together for a treatment.  That excitement might have decreased a little when he made it clear the “treatment” he wanted us to experience together was sitting in an infrared sauna…at least we would be sitting together in a spa…it was a start.

Perhaps sitting in an infrared sauna, sweating for 40 minutes does not sound very appealing, especially given the fact that its been about 90 degrees everyday in Bali for the last two months and I feel like I sweat plenty on a daily basis.  Little did I know that the infrared sauna benefits are amazing and an very effective way to detox. Read more

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