DIY Cooling Cucumber Mask

During my two month stay in Bali, a significant amount of time was spent at Amo Spa in Seminyak.  I enjoyed the most amazing spa treatments that I've every experienced and though I have only been back in the US for a week, I am going through serious Amo Read more

#SummerizeYourLegs Twitter Party 7/22/14 8pm EST #shop

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about summer legs! On July 22nd at 8:00pm ET, please join us for the #SummerizeYourLegs Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing women’s razors and shaving tips, and giving you a chance to win prizes! No matter your Read more

SolScents Sunscreen Review

I absolutely love trying new sunscreens! My ongoing battle with Melanoma has forced me to love sunscreen and I can safely say I’ve tried mostly every sunscreen that’s out there. While I don’t have a problem with the way sunscreen usually smells, I was excited to learn that there’s Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with Eco-Friendly Greencupboards

GreenCupboards is a leading online retailer of eco-friendly products for homes and businesses. I'm happy to announce that A Girl's Gotta Spa! natural bath and body products are now sold on Greencupboards has something unique that caught my eye right away and it's their Eco-traits that accompany each product Read more

Why Should You Remove Your Makeup at Night? #SleepNaked #ad

Disclosure: Swisspers provided me with complimentary Swisspers products and compensation for this post. The opinions I have shared about removing your makeup, using the products as well as the pictures, are my own. Are you guilty of sleeping with your makeup on? Make it the one beauty tip you never Read more

Review: MAC Cosmetics Sugarsweet

mac_cosmetics_sugarsweetSpring is finally here! Time to change your mood from dull and dreary to light and fun. I absolutely love the new Sugarsweet collection from MAC Cosmetics because it is just that–fun colors set out to make you sugar and spice and everything nice. I have a few products from this collection, specifically the Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping, TriColour Lipglass in Tasty and the Glaze Lipstick in Bubbles. Sweet femininity has met its match!

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Review: Bath & Body Works Optimism Sudsing Body Scrub

aromatherapy_sudsing_body_scrubToday is the last day of winter, can I get an Amen to that? By far my favorite seasons are spring and fall. Tomorrow being the first day of spring symbols the start of new life and new beginnings. This is clearly something quite relatable in my life right now. And with a new beginning comes the feeling of Optimism. It just so happens that this week I had the chance to try out Bath & Body Works aromatherapy line, specifically their Optimism Sudsing Body Scrub. A perfect metaphor for ridding myself of the old (dead, dry skin) and embracing the new (healthier skin.)

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NEPA’s Rock Autism Now and Variety’s Autism Walk

gavThose of you who have been reading this beauty blog for while know that my oldest son has Aspergers and my 2nd oldest has Pervasive Developmental Disorder, both forms of Autism. Then there are my two nephews, who coincidentally, have the same diagnosis. And let’s not forget my cousin who also has Aspergers. Needless to say anything that has to do with Autism is close to my heart, so I want to take this opportunity to tell you about two Autism benefits coming up next week.

For those readers who live local to me in Northeast PA, one of my favorite local bands, Nowhere Slow, will be playing at NEPA’s Rock Autism Now benefit at 8pm on March 27th at Tink’s Entertainment Complex in Scranton. There are other really good bands playing there that night as well, with the same benefit being held at Nightcaps in Edwardsville that same night. For example, Bad Hair Day, one of “the boy’s” favorite local bands (next to M80 of course) will be playing at 10pm.  All proceeds benefit Friendship House’s ABA Autism Program in Scranton.andrew-connor

My sister Courtney will be participating in Variety’s 4th Annual Autism Walk on March 29th in the Plymouth Meeting Mall. In a friendly competition, each team is trying to “outbeat” the other by raising the most donations. My sister has already met her goal of $500, however, we both feel that with spreading the word we can raise that amount even higher. All proceeds will benefit Variety’s new Family Resource Center which serves children with Autism now by providing early support. You can make a donation via my sister’s team page on Variety’s website.

So whether you are local or not, I hope you are able to help support one of these benefits either by helping me spread the word or by making a donation. Now that would be beautiful.

Pictured– Top  left: My oldest son Gavin. Lower Right: My nephew Andrew and my son Connor.

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Review: Rimmel London Sexy Curves Mascara

rimmel_london_sexy_curves_mascaraCurves seem to be the in thing lately thanks to celebrities like Beyonce. Oh and I am grateful, especially since being a mother means I have curves whether I want them or not.  When it comes to my lashes, I definitely want lashes that curve but hate putting an eyelash curler to my eyes (thanks to pinching myself far too often. ouch.)  So while at CVS a few weeks ago I decided to pick up Rimmel London’s newest mascara, Sexy Curves, with the hopes that it would be a quick fix to provide my lashes with some awesome curving action.

The mascara brush is a little funky with 3 prominent “bumps.” While Rimmel says that these put curves in all the right places, I honestly think it’s just tricky marketing. The dips in the mascara wand meant that the formula didn’t hit sections of lashes, while the bumps did. So I found myself simply using the tip of the mascara wand to apply the mascara to all of my lashes equally. A bigger and fancy wand is really unnecessary. But did the mascara itself work?

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