Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about beauty tips, celebrity looks and Neutrogena products available at Target. On August 19 from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #AllDayLook Twitter Party where we’ll be chatting about achieving an all day beauty look with help from Read more

a girl’s gotta spa

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Launches on Gloss48

@agirlsgottaspa launches on niche #beauty retailer @gloss48

“Unlike the vast empire of beauty products owned by major corporations, Gloss48 is a different type of retailer – helping beauty lovers uncover every hidden gem.”

As a beauty blogger I know that finding that needle in haystack, one-of-a-kind, beauty product that you can’t believe you lived this long without is important to any beauty afficianado. Finding that gem becomes the secret you don’t want to keep! Since launching my own natural bath and body line, it has been my desire to seek out niche retailers and spas to carry my line. I’m thrilled to announce that on June 6, 2014, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! will officially launch on Gloss48.com. Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty Free

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as #Crueltyfree

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 know that sometimes natural doesn’t necessarily also mean organic. Brands also say they are cruelty free knowing that there may not really be a way for you to know one way or another.

When I launched the A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bath and body line, I wanted to make sure you knew who we were and not have to guess. Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Natural Bath and Body Products

A Girl's Gotta Spa! launches natural bath and body products. #vegan #crueltyfree #natural #bathandbody

The concept of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began simple enough 9 years ago this October.

I was 31 years old at the time. I moved from the suburbs of the Philadelphia area to the rural surroundings of the Pocono mountains just two years prior. I had 3 boys already and soon enough would be having a 4th. The idea of taking time for myself was not a foreign concept, although one that seems to have some duplicity in the notion of it. On the one hand you have people telling you that you need some me time, “Take some time for yourself,” they’d say, “You deserve it.” Then, on the other hand, you have people tsking you and accusing you of being selfish for doing so.

I believe you deserve to be pampered. Read more

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Benefits of Olive Fruit Oil for Dry Skin

Benefits of Olive Fruit Oil for Dry Skin #skincare #bodycare #beauty

Being part Italian, olive oil was always a staple growing up in my childhood home. As a child, I never knew the health benefits my parents and grandparents were passing on to me, all I knew is that it added delicious flavor to my food. Once I began to work in beauty, I was mesmerized by all of its benefits to skin, as well.

Olive fruit oil is high in Vitamin E, which we all know is fantastic for its anti-aging properties. It’s high in oleic acid and is a good skin cell regenerator. It works to attract external moisture to the skin, while still permitting the skin to properly release sweat, shed dead skin and release sebum. Read more

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Benefits of Hot Yoga

Benefits of Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga) #health #wellness #selfcare #yoga

I first became acquainted with hot yoga 2-3 years ago, but did not begin a regular practice until last Spring. I have been absolutely hooked ever since.

I’ve noticed that practicing hot yoga regularly has made me less stressed, increased my strength and flexibility, more toned, more energized and quite a few of my family members swear that I look taller. Did I also mention that my skin is usually supple and glowing after practicing? (Must be from sweating out those toxins!)

I know that hot yoga might not be to everyone’s liking, but I absolutely love it and am grateful for the positive impact it has had on me.

If you have been considering giving hot yoga a try this year, here are a few benefits that may propel you into your nearest hot yoga studio ASAP! Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign

#Indiegogo #crowdfunding campaign for a #natural bath and body line! Please donate!

Dear readers,

If you read yesterday’s post celebrating A Girl’s Gotta Spa! 8 year blogiversary, you may have noticed that I mentioned launching a natural bath and body line. I am SO excited about this!

While we have some money saved to cover some of the costs, we still need help to get off the ground.

Yesterday afternoon we launched our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to try to get us there and I’m hoping you’ll be part of that vision!

Let me tell you a little about this amazing (I’m biased!) line of bath and body products: Read more

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Note To Self: Dream Big

A Girl's Gotta Spa! 8th blogiversary!

I shuffled a few pieces of loose leaf papers together on my desk and stapled them. I opened to the first page, put pen to paper and began to write out my short story, along with illustrations (my “books” always had illustrations.) The first page would always say, “Written by Shannon Crino” in perfect cursive penmanship. Then, dressed in my neatly pressed green plaid St. James school uniform, I would bring it to the front of the class and place it next to the other books my fifth grade teacher had organized for our daily reading time. I’d then sit and eagerly await my classmates to take one of my books and read them. I’d patiently watch their expressions as they would finger through the pages, and when they’d look up, their eyes meeting mine, they’d smile.

That sealed the deal for me when it came to writing. I knew I wanted to be putting words on pages that meant something to someone. A way I could resonate with them. For the rest of my life. Read more

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C.Booth Original Bath and Body Oil Review

C.Booth Original Bath & Body Oil #reviewWith cooler weather fast approaching, one of my beloved beauty rituals that I cannot wait to get back to is bath time.  I tend to avoid taking baths in spring and summer because with the warmer weather the last thing I want to do is lay in a tub of hot water.  As soon as fall begins to roll around, I start getting excited about all things bath related.

The bath product usually on the top of my list of must-have bath products is a great smelling, skin softening bath oil.  That sounds easy enough to find, but I also happen to have a boyfriend who also gets excited about bath time so I like to have bath products that are not too flowery and heavily scented that we can both use…a reasonable bath oil doesn’t hurt either. Read more

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Koh Gen Do Fresh Face Cheek Color

Ever since an amazing makeup artist in Minneapolis used Koh Gen Do Cosmetics on me for a shoot, I have been obsessed.  The Moisture Foundation and Face Powder both felt really light, gentle and incredibly luxurious on my skin and my face looked uber flawless and amazing. A few weeks ago I noticed that Koh Gen Do was on Hautelook so I figured it was the perfect time for me to try the Fresh Face cheek color.

The Fresh Face cheek color has the most perfect packaging.  It is just absolutely gorgeous, yet simple and sophisticated.  The Fresh Face cheek color itself  is just heavenly! It just glided on my skin like a dream.  It felt silky, soft, smooth and positively splendid.  It left my cheeks with color that truly looked like it was radiating from within, just as if I were actually blushing or had just come back in from being out in the cold.  In addition to gorgeous color, the Fresh Face cheek color also gave my skin the most lovely glow. Read more

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Meow Meow Tweet Reviews

Meow Meow Tweet Reviews

Whenever I see the words all natural, mostly organic, and use of biodegradable and recyclable packaging applied to beauty products, it becomes pretty much impossible for me to resist trying said products.  My latest beauty temptation was products from Meow Meow Tweet, a line of all natural, organic, vegan products created in Brooklyn, NY by couple Tara and Jeff. Read more

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