Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

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 Read more

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

As much as I have enjoyed summer and am sad to see it come to an end, I was not enjoying how dehydrated my skin looked and felt thanks to a lot of time spent outdoors celebrating summer in all of her sunny glory.  I want to welcome fall and all the Read more

Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

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 Read more

Eumora Facial Bar Review

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 Read more

Ellen Pollack: Breast Cancer Survivor

Ellen PollackName: Ellen Pollack
Age: 46
Fitness and Pilates Instructor at THE GYM

When I was 36 years old my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a result, I became vigilant about checking and re-checking my own body. Three years went by until at age 39, while in prime physical condition, I felt a strange lump on the right side of my breast.

The lump would hurt before my menstrual cycle and go away almost completely afterwards. Although I was nervous initially, my doctors dismissed it as swelling from my normal hormonal cycle. Life went on… Read more

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Stephanie Sharp: Breast Cancer Survivor

Copy of SSharp2smStephanie Sharp
Age: 47
Owner of Sharp Designs

My breast cancer journey didn’t start in the typical way. My first symptom was my left arm was swollen. After several tests and lymph node removal, I had quite the shock at the follow-up appointment with the surgeon. I was expecting cat scratch fever or some other infection. I was not expecting to hear those feared words, “You have cancer.” But we didn’t know what kind… Read more

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Yes To Carrots “C You and C Me” Organic Eye and Face Makeup Remover

yes-to-carrots This week I ran across a bottle of Yes to Carrots “Can you C Me Eye and Face Makeup Remover “ at Target and thought I would give it a try. It is basically a milky cleanser. I have used Yes To Carrot’s conditioner on my hair but hadn’t tried any of their skincare products. I have been using Arcona for my daily cleansing routine. I was curious about the brand’s paraben free products and anti-oxidant rich ingredients. The price can’t be beat. I picked up a bottle for $6.99 (8.45 oz); it was marked down from $9.99 at Target. So I thought why not give it a try… Read more

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Leslie Haywood: Breast Cancer Survivor

Dear readers–you may remember that I will not be spotlighting BCA products this month, but what I did want to do is give you inspirational stories of women who were diagnosed and survived breast cancer. So for the next two weeks that’s what you’ll see. I also encourage you to make direct donations to a cancer charity as you know that your money will be going to help women like the ones who’ll be featured here on A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

Leslie HaywoodName: Leslie Haywood
Age: 37
Mother of 2 daughters; Founder & President of Grill Charms
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