Nine Things I've Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl's Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in Read more

Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

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GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teenceuticals @gr8skn Clear #Acne spot treatment review via @agirlsgottaspa (works great on adult skin too!)

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show him how to shave. Whether you are a teenager or an adult battling blemishes, a spot treatment is a must-have to keep on hand.

GR8SKN from Teenceuticals is a new skin care line targeted to teens and those in their 20′s, and let’s face it, teen skin and adult skin do differ in how it combats and recovers from acne. (Not to mention male skin from female skin, but that’s a whole other article.) GR8SKN products are paraben-free, sulfate-free and cruelty free. Read more

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DIY Moisturizing Banana Facial and Hair Mask

DIY Banana Hair and Face Mask via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty #DIY

Lately I have been somewhat obsessed with bananas.  Being insanely busy for the past two months has reintroduced me to how versatile bananas can be.  In the morning I blend them with almond milk, blueberries and medjool dates for a simple, quick and super filling smoothie or will slice them and add to my muesli or coconut milk yogurt.   When I’m really rushed for time I have a banana with a few almonds for a filling, yet healthy snack.  Little did I know that in addition to being filling and  convenient, bananas also have amazing benefits for skin, hair and my overall health and well-being. Read more

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Favorite Facial Masks – Makeup Wars

Makeup Wars! Favorite Facial Masks via @agirlsgottaspa

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there’s no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types of skin care product are facial masks. Maybe it’s just me, but I love the feeling of rejuvenating my skin.

Some of my favorite facial masks are:

Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel: Hands down, this is my absolute favorite chemical exfoliant mask. By chemical, I mean smoothing fruit AHA’s, BHA’s and enzymes. It smells insanely delicious and leaves your skin with an amazing glow. Read more

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Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

@vegancuts @leapingbunny Fresh Start Kit #review via @agirlsgottaspa

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands.

Up front I’ll tell you that I love Leaping Bunny, and as a certified cruelty free brand ourselves, I can 100% get behind this Vegan Cuts Fresh Start Kit.

Here’s what you’ll get: Read more

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Eumora Facial Bar Review

Eumora Moor Facial Bar #review via @agirlsgottaspa #facial #soap #skincare

If you are part of the sisterhood that is combination/oily skin, then you’ll want to learn more about Eumora, a facial bar made of moor and HmA. For as far back as I can remember, my skin has never been gifted as “normal” and transitions from combination in the Fall/Winter to oily in the Spring/Summer. This means I am forever trying out skin care products that will help keep my skin in check. 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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Beauty Benefits of Lime

Beauty benefits of lime. #skincare #bathandbody

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 thirst.Read more

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Garnier’s Clean + Balancing Daily Exfoliator Review



Garnier Balancing Exfoliator #review #skincare

I’m all over the place when it comes to skin care. I’ve been brand loyal with my daily moisturizer since I was 12, (my mom’s favorite is still my favorite,) but when it comes to face wash, I can safely say I’ve tried every product on the shelf at least once. After years of experimenting with pretty much every face cleanser under the sun, I can safely say Garnier’s new  Clean + Balancing Daily Exfoliator was the most pleasant morning pick me up (besides coffee) I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

There’s lots of exciting stuff coming from Garnier for Spring 2014. I think they are trying to target a young buyer with their new collection and I’m all about it. The new Garnier Clean + Skincare Collection is available with newly launched cleansers, a new moisturizer and a facial primer. Read more

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Teaching Your Son the Importance of Proper Skin Care

Teaching Your Son the Importance of Proper Skin Care #boys #skincare

Proper skin care is not something that you only teach your daughter or the female in your life, but is something I feel boys need to learn, as well.

Of course, I’m biased having four sons and all.

Yet, we know it’s true. Where are the ads on TV or in magazines marketing exfoliators, moisturizers, serums and sunscreen to men? (With the exception of acne products like Proactiv, of course.) When have you ever seen teen boys incorporated in skin care commercials? You simply don’t. So how does a young man know how to treat blemishes, or how to exfoliate his face or know the right products for his skin type?

Moms: It begins with you. Read more

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Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Review

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel #skincare
Combination skin friends rejoice! I’ve discovered an amazing moisturizer that gives your skin the moisture it needs while keeping your skin looking matte.

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel is an oil-free moisturizer that is lightweight. It’s also formulated with a powder that comes to the aid of that oily t-zone and reduces the shine without reducing the hydration needed to keep skin balanced. Since most of us with combination/oily skin tend to be acne prone, this hydrating gel doesn’t clog pores. Read more

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