Aqua Spa Body Cleanser Review

I strongly believe that one should make time spent in the shower as relaxing and enjoyable as possible...even if it's one of those two minutes showers that seem to be occurring with more frequency as we are all continuously pressed for time. One of the best ways to turn shower time Read more

Pretty Woman Kingfisher Feather Polish Review

I love the look of textured nail polish. However, many textured polishes tend to scrape off easily making the effort of applying them practically useless. The Feather polishes from Pretty Woman are another story entirely. You can achieve a textured look that is still smooth to the touch minimizing Read more

Swisspers Twitter Party September 18th 8:30pm EST

Disclosure: Swisspers provided me with compensation for participating in this Twitter Party.  This Thursday, September 18th from 8:30-10:30pm I'll be participating in a #SleepNaked Twitter chat with Swisspers. If you are not familiar with the cotton products from Swisspers and all the benefits of sleeping naked (for your skin!), go Read more

Best Charities for Breast Cancer Research

As a beauty blogger, I'm inundated in the months leading up to and during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pitches for all sorts of beauty products. Each brand aligns itself with the goal of raising funds by donating a certain percentage to the cause. I'm often discouraged when I Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with EveryCasa

It's an exciting time at A Girl's Gotta Spa! as we continue to expand our reach with new retail partners! We've just added EveryCasa.com to our list of retail partners - a company that covers all of your household needs for any person and any room, from the kitchen to Read more

Inspired by the Isle of Capri: Sephora’s “Mermaid in the Shade” Collection by Opi

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Inspired by the Mediterranean island of Capri, the limited edition nailcolor collection, “Mermaid in the Shade” is the result of a collaboration between Sephora and Opi. Capri is famous for its stunning natural beauty, sun drenched beaches and gorgeous blue waters. It is a destination for luxury laden globetrotters and makes the perfect palette of inspiration for a set of summertime nail color. You may have noticed that blue is a popular trend this summer with all shades of blue infused into primarily eye color and nail color. Pair these dazzling colors for a pretty beach worthy look. Read more

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Summertime Remedies for Your Sun Damaged Hair

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Days spent swimming and sunning by the pool is part of luxurious lazy summer days. It’s the perfect time to catch up on novel and magazine reading, but the chlorine, sun and salt water can take a dramatic toll on your hair. Be sure to protect your hair with sunscreen before and condition after your dip in the pool or day at the beach.

We’ve found some after sun haircare products to make summertime maintenance all that more enjoyable. Lenore Greyl’s Huile de Palme combats against the damaging effects of sun, seawater and chlorinated pool water. To restore damaged ends simply apply for 10 minutes up to overnight and then re-apply after four trips to the pool… Read more

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Backstage at the Beyonce Concert Sponsored by L’Oreal

20090715-img-1088A few weeks ago I was among several beauty bloggers across the U.S. invited by L’Oreal to attend Beyonce’s I am…Sasha Fierce concert (which they sponsor and she is a spokesperson for.) I almost fell out of my seat when I was called a few hours before leaving for Philadelphia and told that I was given backstage access and could have a meet and greet with her. A friend of mine, the ever fabulous Billy B, has told me in the past how sweet and down to earth Beyonce was, so I was thrilled and not too intimidated to meet her (although completely nervous I must admit!) I left my house with several outfits in hand, because really? How do you dress when you are about to meet someone so gorgeous?! Here’s a chronicle of how it all went down… Read more

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You’ll be Looking Udderly Gorgeous with Cowshed Spa Products

cowshedVoted Tatler magazine’s international spa of the year for 2009, Cowshed is luxurious skincare line originating the eponymous spa at Babington House located in Somerset just outside London. Don’t forget your Hunter wellies and Barbour vest which are the requisite uniform here.

The original spa was launched in 1998 and named after the building’s former occupants. Founded in the philosophy of premium 100% natural essential oils all ingredients are organic, wild-crafted and fair trade botanicals with minimal use of preservatives. The products do NOT contain any parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates or artificial dyes or fragrances. There are no animal products in the ingredients except for organic beeswax and wildflower honey. Every product’s ingredients are sourced from the original walled garden at the original Cowshed spa in Somerset. We also love the cheeky product names like “Moody Cow” and “Knackered Cow”.

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