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

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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Social Media Trends Webinar with MSLK and Shannon Nelson

Social-MediaOn Thursday, October 22nd, Sheri Koetting, from MSLK, and I are hosting a webinar on the Top Trends in Social Media. Naturally, if you know me, you know we are tackling Blogging (my favorite for many reasons), Facebook and Twitter. Those three networks aren’t news to anyone I’m sure, but we are hoping to provide some lunchtime inspiration for brands to walk away understanding how each can be used effectively to reach their customers and begin conversations.

Last fall I had the opportunity to meet with Sheri in New York and discuss how MSLK was using social media. Thankfully, Sheri liked what I had to say and we have kept in touch ever since.

The webinar is only 20 minutes with 10 minutes for Q & A’s– from 12:30-1:00pm EST and best of all it is free. Now I’ve had a sneak peak of who has registered for this event and I will say in all honesty, wow. I am not only incredibly impressed by who has registered to attend, but also quite humbled that these major brands in beauty and fashion feel that I (speaking for myself) have valuable knowledge to offer them.  So if you hear that Peter Brady crack in my voice on Thursday…it is only because you have amazed me with your presence and for that I am grateful.

If you haven’t already registered, here is the link: http://bit.ly/17NZA3

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Dr. Hauschka Volumizing Mascara

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I have been a fan of Dr.Hauschka‘s line of skin care products for years. I love how the natural ingredients feel on my skin, not to mention the lovely scent of the products. Until recently I stopped wearing mascara, as I was concerned about the chemicals so close to my eyes and I have very watery eyes so I need a stay-proof formula. So naturally I looked at Dr. Hauschka’s makeup collection and found he perfect solution. Dr.Hauschka Volumizing Mascara ($29.95 for 0.34 fl oz) is organic so I am not concerned about harmful chemicals and I know that the quality is high. The organic volumizing mascara adds subtle yet shimmering highlights to the lashes. The rose and candelilla waxes in the formula create a firmer, fuller volume to your lashes. The Volume Mascara dries quickly and my tiniest fine lashes are suddenly visible. Also there is no clumping or sticking. This is a fabulous organic mascara and I also love that it helps to fortify my lashes with extracts of eyebright, neem and black tea.

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