CIRCA Beauty

I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It's even better when I get something I haven't tried before. Like makeup from CIRCA Beauty, a cruelty free makeup line that's affordable, long wearing, trendy, Read more

Sunscreen Pills - Do They Really Work?

With increasing frequency, I'm finding that I'm getting pitched more often to review sunscreen pills and drinks. I am a true skeptic when it comes to replacing what I know already works (topical sunscreen), and has worked for YEARS, with something so new that claims the same benefits. So Read more

St. Ives Spray Lotion Review #LiveRadiantly

St. Ives recently sent me their continous spray lotion in Naturaly Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract and the new Smooth & Glow Apricot Hydration Lotion. This is the first time I've ever tried a spray lotion and wasn't sure what to expect. Will it be similar to spray Read more

Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner Giveaway

Tanned legs help to give the appearance of slim, flawless legs. There's nothing I love more, than to bare my legs in my favorite dress once they have a little bit of color to them. To kick off Summer, we've partnered with Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner to give away Read more

1907 Alkaline Water Review

By now, we all know...or should know the health and beauty benefits of drinking water. Approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water so it is important to replenish our bodies with the water that we lose on a daily basis. Water is essential to our health because 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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