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: Cactus & Ivy Soy Milk Lip Balm

cactus__ivy_soy_milk_lip_balmHere in the northeast Mother Nature has let us know that winter is in full force (and making me desperately wish for spring.) These winter months are when skin is at its driest and seems to have an insatiable quench for hydration. There is nothing worse than when your lips crack and dry out (no amount of lipstick or gloss can cover that honey!) I am pretty particular about how I take care of that, no Chapstick or Blistex here folks. My lip care regimen typically involves beeswax or soy to keep my smile looking amazing so that when the newest Lipglass from MAC comes my way, I don’t have to hesitate to put it on. So my latest find is from Cactus & Ivy’s Soy Milk Lip Balm and it has been a lifesaver so far this winter.

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Beautyfix Giveaway

beautyfixAnyone else in need of something to kick start their weekend? How about a giveaway from Beautyfix? That certainly sounds good to me, as I have a Beautyfix kit that I have been enjoying the bounty of for a month now. (Be on the lookout for reviews on PCA SKIN pHaze 9 Purifying Mask and M LAB Anti-Aging Treatment Cream!) Here’s what one lucky winner will receive:

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A Little Q & A with Hair and Makeup Artist Steven Lake

steven_lake_hairMy most favorite thing in the world is getting to know people behind a brand. Many times your brand can be yourself…as a makeup artist, hair stylist even beauty blogger. So when I recently wrote about Steven Lake’s tips to looking good in pictures on Makeup Minute, I popped him over 3 short questions to get to know a little more about him. They are short and sweet, but I’m thankful Steven took the time to answer them.

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Review: Ojon Tawaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Cream

ojon_tawaka_ancient_rejuvenating_creamI’m an insanely huge fan of Ojon products. I love the scent of them, I love the ingredients and I just love how well they work on my hair and body. The Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Cream is only the second product from the Tawaka line that I have reviewed, the first being Tawaka “The Ball.”

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