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

Beauty Interview with jeune d’age organics

jeune-dage-organicsWhen I was at Cosmoprof this past July I had the very awesome opportunity to meet some incredible people. Dan DeLave and Michael Lamb, founders of jeune d’age organics, among them. The best part of my job is discovering how the concept of a beauty company came to be…and I absolutely love sharing that information with you.  Read more

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Review: Alba Botanica’s Rainforest Hair Care

20090810-alba-rainforest-hair-careYou deserve to take that well-needed trip to a beautiful, tropical oasis in the rainforest that you’ve been waiting for. No, really, with Alba’s Botanica Rainforest Hair Care Collection anyone can escape on a getaway to a beautiful place…or maybe just to the shower. Of course while maintaining gorgeous, healthy hair that is. Within the Alba Botanica Rainforest Collection, I tried two different kinds of shampoo and conditioners… Read more

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Men’s Skin Care: Skincando Combat Ready Lip Balm and G.I. Cream

In this men’s skin care review Nando talks about Skincando’s Combat Ready Lip Balm and G.I. Cream. These products can be purchased at www.skincando.com

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Review: David Yurman Luxurious Body Cream

david-yurman-luxurious-body-creamLuxury beauty. In today’s economy that is a bad, bad word. Because really? How many of us actually have the money to spend on anything luxurious? Yet, when we do, it is like coveting a prized possession. My friends (Channeling John McCain when I say that), David Yurman’s newest addition to his fragrance collection, Luxurious Body Cream, is one of those possessions you will covet.  Read more

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