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

#BeautyInspiration Twitter Party April 16th #shop

 Image credit: Hairspray & High Heels We have major love here at A Girl's Gotta Spa! for makeup. From makeup trends to makeup tips, when to spend and when to splurge, as well as the latest products for each season, you can count on us to bring that info to you. Read more

Spa Week 2014 A Girl's Gotta Spa! and Giveaway

It's that time of year again when spas lower their prices on some of their spa treatments, otherwise known as Spa Week! From April 21–27th, spas, fitness facilities and wellness centers across the country will be offering $50 spa treatments, including a few spas that we've reviewed like The French Read more

Easy Nail Art Tutorial

Honestly, the easy button was made for people like me. There are just some things I have no patience for, and nail art is one of them. I wish I could tell you that as a beauty blogger I am super creative and uber crafty and create endless nail Read more

Beauty Forecast: Top 10 Beauty Ingredients for 2009

kaeline_argan_oil_day_rose_essential_skin_serum2008 saw the beauty industry transition into the importance of being all natural with products ranging from skin care to spa treatments to hair care to cosmetics. In 2009 the focus will no longer just being about who is green or all natural, but about specific ingredients and their benefits. Pierce Mattie and I put together a forecast for the top 10 ingredients that consumers will hear more about in their beauty products in 2009.

Argan Oil: This incredible skin care miracle, known for being one of the richest natural sources of Vitamin E with 80% essential fatty acids, has been a beauty secret of Moroccan women for centuries. It can be dually used on skin and in hair for its high level of antioxidants and ability to replenish hair and skin’s natural moisture.

Acai: Sometimes referred to as “The Fountain of Youth,” this Brazilian berry contains antioxidants, amino acids, essential omegas, fibers and protein that positions itself as a formidable fighter in anti-aging products. Acai can be found across the board in skin care, cosmetics and hair care products.

Goji Berries: This nutrient-rich berry, well known as Wolfberries in the Himalayas, has often been called a “super food” due to its abilities to fight free radicals and boost the immune system. While there are no inherent benefits of Goji in fragrance, that hasn’t stopped perfumers from including this sweet yet tart scent into their perfumes.

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Review: Salud Spa Bar Organic Body Wash

Those who live in Arizona need to know their skin care. Why? The dry heat and blistering sun can do a number on you aging you faster and just making life plain uncomfortable with dry cracking skin. Yuck. So who better to try out a skin care product from than Tucson-based beauty company, Salud Spa Bar? While they offer many cult classic brands, they also have their own customizable line of bath and body products. In my shower right now is their Organic Body Wash in Sugar Cookie…

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Review: Veva Body Cranberry Spice Sugar Scrub and Honey Almond Sweet Feet

I have to tell you, my most favorite thing about writing a beauty blog is when an indie brand approaches me to try out their products.  Without having the bias of knowing what the rest of the beauty addicts out there think, it’s like discovering bath and body products for the first time. So I’ll let you in on a secret…Veva Body’s Cranberry Spice Sugar Scrub and their Honey Almond Sweet Feet are beyond amazing.

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Review: Origins Tree-Mendously Ginger Holiday Gift Set

I had the fabulous pleasure of going to a Holiday event at Origins’ Soho store while in New York a few weeks ago. Where I live, you cannot find an Origins store, so it was an amazing experience to be in such a relaxing and incredible smelling place. I walked out with their Tree-Mendously Ginger Holiday gift set, which is an amazing bargain by the way (only $60!) For this post, I will review two of the products in it, the Incredible Spreadable Scrub and Savory Body Wash.

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