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

Zoya Nail Polish Truth or Dare Collection

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When I recently spoke at Cosmoprof North America, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Michael Reyzis aka “the mad scientist” behind The Art of Beauty, the brand known for Qtica and Zoya Nail Polish. I also got to meet their VP, Leo Reyzis, who is quite awesome by the way.  While there, I got to see their new nail polish collection for fall–Truth or Dare. Read more

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Purple Lab’s Kiss and Tell Contest

20090723-huge-lips-skinny-hips-contestPurple Lab is having a pretty cool contest going on, but the prize is even better. As you may remember, I am in love with Huge Lips Skinny Hips (in Worship Kate) so I am all about this contest. Have you heard about it yet?

Go to www.purplelab.com/kissandtell and choose which lip gloss color you identify with. Upload a photo of yourself and say why. You review, vote and share and as you share, you get a viral map that shows where your content has gone all over the internet (as others share) and where around the world (on a google map!) So if you want to see how far your word of mouth goes, this is a great way to do it and see it visually! Read more

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Travel Beauty: Las Vegas

20090723-lasvegassignIt was my first trip to sin city where the temperature is hot and sometimes (Ok most times) the guys are even hotter.  I was in the city to speak at Cosmoprof North America on social media for Private Label, staying at the very luxurious Mandalay Bay. It quite honestly was the best time I have had in a very, very long time (and was much needed!) But this post isn’t about my time there, but instead to focus on my Travel Beauty series I like to do when I travel.

As always, I like to pack the necessities I can’t leave home without. This time it was a mix of some new products I am trying, as well as products I adore. Starting from left to right… Read more

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Inspired by the Isle of Capri: Sephora’s “Mermaid in the Shade” Collection by Opi

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Inspired by the Mediterranean island of Capri, the limited edition nailcolor collection, “Mermaid in the Shade” is the result of a collaboration between Sephora and Opi. Capri is famous for its stunning natural beauty, sun drenched beaches and gorgeous blue waters. It is a destination for luxury laden globetrotters and makes the perfect palette of inspiration for a set of summertime nail color. You may have noticed that blue is a popular trend this summer with all shades of blue infused into primarily eye color and nail color. Pair these dazzling colors for a pretty beach worthy look. Read more

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