Teami Skinny Tea

// // National day(s) of complete diet obliteration ...also known as "the holidays," is almost upon us. As much as I am looking forward to unlimited pumpkin pie and stuffing, I know that beginning the day after Thanksgiving, all I am going to want to do is detox. This year I am one Read more

The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily Read more

Can Ultrasound Improve the Look of Skin?

I'll be honest, I was not very familiar with the world of cosmetic ultrasound treatments when I decided to try the Mira-Skin Ultrasound device. Upon doing my research, I learned that ultrasound is a non-surgical/non-invasive treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Ultrasound uses the body's Read more

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all Read more

3 Myths About Using Toner

Toner is one of the biggest misunderstood skin care products out there. And to be honest, at one point when I was younger, I also believed some of these myths. What about you? 1. Toner is a cleanser. This one bugs me the most. I've read blogger reviews where the person clearly Read more

Cheeks Stains Are The Way To Go For A Lightweight Natural Flush!

In the summer months ahead, the last thing you want for your hot-day beauty look is a heavy, powdery finish and an overall cake-y appearance. The idea of packing on foundation, powder, and blush, all topped off with a layer of sunscreen is just a sweaty-face disaster waiting to happen (in fact, it’s making my own makeup crease just thinking about it), so instead of renouncing makeup altogether, it’s time to rethink your product formulas. For summer, swap your favorite pressed powder blush for a gel-based cheek stain — the result is not only more lightweight and less drying, but it also gives your face a breather and provides a much more natural flush.  Read more

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Four-Handed Massage at The Woodhouse Day Spa in Kingston, PA

vichy showerWhether you are a local in Northeast PA or just visiting on a seasonal basis, there are some great spas in the area worth checking out. While tweeting with fellow NEPA’ers on Twitter a few months ago, I asked which spa was the best in the area. The Woodhouse Day Spa in Kingston was mentioned a few times. Seeing that A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm), I knew I had to make the hour-long trip from where I am in the Poconos over to Kingston to experience what they call the “four-handed massage.”

The Woodhouse Day Spa can be found on the very bustling Wyoming Avenue just off Rt. 309. But don’t be fooled by the busy road as the spa, set in a Tudor-style house, has no sights or sounds of the road once inside. Once you walk through the over-sized doors, you are welcomed with the aroma of lavender in a dimly lit retreat full of soothing sounds. I could honestly feel the difference from the stress of the outside world to a more relaxed state once inside the spa.  Read more

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Men’s Grooming: AXE Smooth and Sophisticated Look Shine Pomade

You demanded more AXE Hair Care reviews in my men’s grooming tips, so I decided to review AXE Smooth and Sophisticated Look Shine Pomade. Have you used it? Check out my video to hear what I thought about it.

Other AXE reviews worth looking at on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! (sm):

AXE Leather Collection
AXE Itch Relief Cooling 2-in-1 Anti-Dandruff Shampoo + Conditioner


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MAC & Alice + Olivia Is A Match Made For Color Mavens!

If you haven’t heard, Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet has teamed up with MAC to create a limited edition collection that launches July 8th and will be available through August. The result is perfectly MAC-appropriate with highly-saturated, peacock-inspired shades — deep navy pigment, sparkly purple and matte turquoise nails, chartreuse and fuchsia Dazzleglasses, and more. Anyone who is a fan of MAC’s less “practical” shades is bound to be a fan of this collabo, but ultra-girly followers of the clothing line alone may find these shades better suited on a blouse of printed skirt instead of on their face!  Read more

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