A Girl's Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty Free

Something I've learned in my 8+ years of beauty blogging, is that many brands like to say they are something without any proof to back it. Brands say they are natural, but the ingredient label tells a different story. Brands say they are organic because they assume you won't Read more

Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#Eyes4NYC Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

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 Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

Review: Caress Skinwear Collection, Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash

20090605-caress-evenly-gorgeous-exfoliating-body-washI love this quote from Caress, “Skin is the ultimate fashion statement.” This is so true because you can be wearing the hottest looking skirt, but if your legs are dry and flakey, that is going to be the center of attention not how amazing the skirt looks on you. And if you are like me, you worked your tail off to afford that skirt…there is no way you are going to let your stems ruin your moment in the spotlight. So what to do? It’s a no brainer–invest in good skin care.

If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you know that I am constantly battling my uneven skin tone on my face, as well as the keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs (thanks mom for passing those genes on!) Now that it’s shorts and bathing suit weather, I can no longer hide behind jeans and long sleeve shirts. I was interested in trying Caress’ new Skinwear Collection of body washes mostly because I was captivated by “Evenly Gorgeous Skin.” Even? I’m in.

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Lavanila’s The Healthy Deodorant

laviniladeodorantWhether or not you need to wear a deodorant year round, summer is the time to ensure you stay fresh and dry. Protect your most delicate summer dresses and maintain a sweet smelling scent all thru the warmest days of summer. But many deodorants contain pesky chemicals you want to avoid such as aluminum, sulfates or petro-chemicals. Say hello to Lavanila’s The Healthy Deodorant. We are already fans of Lavanila’s exotic scented fragrances, bath washes and of course beautifully packaged non-toxic candles all infused with essential oils, active botanicals, and antioxidants.

The Lavanila Healthy Deodorant is a clinical strength and 100% natural and does not contain any parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals or phalates. It uses beta-glucan technology to fight odor while soothing the skin with no gooey residue, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results.

Guest beauty post from my friend’s at TheFind.

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Mom: Get Glamorous Contest Winner

20090529-trina2Mom’s Name: Trina Davidson
Her blog: Blessed Mommy of Six
Her Twitter: @trinasbabies
Age: 30
Location: Edmond, Oklahoma
Children’s names and ages: Dallas (10), Cayleann (9), Sherrilynn (9), Alexandrea (10), Andrianna (11), Dylan (15)

Congratulations Trina! You have courage and strength that is to be admired! You are beautiful!

Entry submitted by her husband Skip:

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Mom: Get Glamorous Update

20090528-mom-pamperingThe nominations for amazing and deserving moms have come in and on behalf of myself and my super fabulous (and glamorous) judges Jessica Smith, Audrey McClellan and Melanie Notkin, we have picked the winner! Want to know who this uber fabulous mom is who will be indulged and pampered with an amazing $2276 worth of beauty and fashion products? Then be sure to follow A Girl’s Gotta Spa! on Twitter when I tweet the winning mom’s name at 10amEST Friday May 29th.  Her story will then be posted here on the beauty blog shortly thereafter.

Many many thanks to the product sponsors for helping me put together an amazing prize package!

* Nick Arrojo
* Bella Lucce
* Designing-Diva
* VEVABODY
* Vintage Body Spa
* Purple Lab
* Elizabeth Arden
* Three Custom Color Cosmetics
* vedaPURE
* Xen-Tan
* Renee Rouleau
* Sweet Grass Farm
* Exuviance
* Chanin Richel
* Purely Cosmetics
* Borghese
* Prescriptives
* Leela Bijou
* Urban Apothecary
* Billy B Beauty
* EA Sports Active for Wii
* CoverGirl
* Dial
* MAX Factor
* Clairol
* Beau Bain
* Handmade Jewelry by Lucid New York
* Dermelect Cosmeceuticals
* Hayden-Harnett
* Curls Like Us
* Avelle
* Heather M. Claus
* April Rain

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