My Top Five Beauty Products From Whole Foods

The only department in Whole Foods that I normally skip is the beauty department. It's true. I guess I've always just felt that the Whole Foods beauty department contained products that would be of little or no interest to me due to them smelling weird or my assumption that they were ineffective. Well we Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am so proud of her for launching her 5-free nail lacquer brand. The Diana Nail Lacquer Set pictured above is part of her Icons Collection. We're Read more

10 Years Blogging 10 Giveaways

Dear 2005 self, launching A Girl's Gotta Spa! ® was your best idea yet. I still cannot believe that 10 years later, I'm still here. All thanks to you, our readers, both old and new. Instead of re-hashing all that I have learned in 10 years (because you can just read Read more

Why Oral Health is Important

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine Is your mouth on your side? Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may Read more

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Loose Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush

I know that this may sound somewhat contradictory, but I love wearing makeup that I can't really feel. I like knowing that it's there on my skin, but do not want to be reminded that it's actually sitting on my skin throughout the day. This is why I love wearing Susan Read more

Review: Silky Cosmetics Body Creme & Whipped Sugar Body Polish

silky_cosmetics_sugar_scrubIf I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…I love love love discovering indie beauty brands. Especially when their products are amazing! Do you agree? So when I was contacted by the owner of Silky Cosmetics prior to their launch, I was excited to give their bath and body products a spin. And while I said, yes please, my skin said: Thank you!

Whipped Sugar Body Polish:  Welcome to heaven…or rather– Bliss. This mixture of coconut oil, shea butter, soy bean oil and sugar delights your spirit with the fragrance of papaya and florals. It’s juicy and sweet with the light scent of freshly bloomed flowers.  The consistency is actually dreamy creamy and mousse-like. The sugar gently exfoliates your skin and the oils soften it without leaving behind a greasy residue.  Read more

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Review: HydroPeptide Power Lift

hydropeptide_power_liftI have to face the fact that this summer I will be 36. I really haven’t minded ages 30-35, but 36, well that means I am closer to middle age. I feel too young for that label.

In my family, the women look younger because they all began taking care of their skin from a young age. They didn’t wait for the wrinkles to set in and then try to fight them, they were proactive to take steps before they actually occurred. I really believe the Fountain of Youth is simply the act of starting a skin care regimen in your early 20’s. In this way you can avoid expensive treatments like Botox, which is poison by the way.

For those of us who are worry warts (raising my hand), we know a thing or two about wrinkles. I refuse to get Botox. Truth be told, I am afraid of needles. So I know that the key to a healthier looking face is one that is exfoliated 1-2 times per week and adequately hydrated (and I don’t mean the beauty myth of drinking water.) That’s where HydroPeptide’s Power Lift comes into play.   Read more

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Sigma Makeup 12 Piece Professional Brush Set

Makeup is expensive enough, but makeup applicators and brushes can be downright ridiculous in price. If it’s not within your budget to have a full set of high-priced brushes just to put on powder and a bit of eyeshadow, you might want to have a look at Sigma, who make professional standard brushes at very reasonable prices compared to other high-end brands. I think there’s something to be said for each of the sets that Sigma offers, but the one that really caught my eye is this complete kit of professional brushes. With a price of $69 at for 12 brushes… it’s really hard to find a deal like that if the quality of your makeup brushes is important to you.

The set includes five brushes for the face and seven brushes for eye makeup.

In the kit you’ll find:   Read more

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Review: Avon MagiX Cashmere Finish Foundation & superExtend Mascara

In this beauty video review I’m dishing on Avon’s MagiX Cashmere Finish Foundation and superExtend mascara. MagiX Cashmere Finish Foundation is a weightless liquid mousse that creates a smooth, luminious finish. It’s as close to air brushing as makeup can get! superExtend mascara is a creamy formula (available in 4 shades) that claims to build long, sleek, separated lashes that create the look of lash extensions. But did they? Watch the video and find out!  Read more

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