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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

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 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

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Tocca Cleopatra Hand Cream Review

tocca-cleopatra-hand-creamHand cream is one of my handbag staples no matter what season or zip code I happen to find myself in.

I am a stickler about washing my hands religiously, which although great for killing germs, can leave my hands resembling those of the Crypt Keeper, so a really moisturizing hand cream is a necessity for me.  If you were to peek into my handbag at present, you would find my cannot-live-without-it hand cream by Tocca.  I have been in love with Tocca beauty products for a long time and my favorite fragrance just happens to be Tocca’s Cleopatra Perfume…honestly I have both the roller-ball and solid perfume in my handbag at all times. Read more

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Ouidad Whipped Curls Review

Ouidad Whipped Curls Review

I am so insanely excited about Ouidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer!  I always feel as though my curls can never be moisturized enough and this product not only hydrates my curls, but also functions as a styling primer, meaning that I can apply it to my hair before other styling products. Read more

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Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel Softening Salve Review

Farmaesthetics Hand to Heel Softening Salve Review
For the past two weeks, I have been using an amazing multi-purpose product from Farmaesthetics, my favorite natural and organic skincare line.  Their Hand to Heel Softening Salve has been a constant presence on my nightstand because it is truly a great product.   Read more
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Hydrated Summer Lips with Nivea Lip Butter

Nivea Lip Butter Review

Once summer arrives, I need everything to feel and be light, simple and effortless.  From my clothing, to food to my beauty products, everything needs to have that summery carefree essence to it.  Do you agree?

Which is why a few of my beauty products from winter, fall and even spring just do not make the cut for summer.  During the cooler months I don’t mind feeling like there is a layer of protection between my skin and the dry, damaging chill of fall and winter. However, in the summer while I still need the protection, I really do not want to feel the products on my skin. I’ve had to retire a few of my lip products for the time being, especially my heavier lip balms and opt for lighter feeling, but still hydrating lip products. Read more

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Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant Review

Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant review

An essential part of any summer body care routine is a deodorant that really works.  With climbing temps, tons of outdoor activities and tank tops, a deodorant that goes on clear, but effectively fights odor all day is an absolute must.

For summer, I also prefer a deodorant with a very light to no scent; I just don’t like anything too sweet smelling when it’s hot out…for me it just gets nauseating. After reading about the potential awful side effects with a majority of deodorants, I’ve been itching to try a natural deodorant, but have been somewhat hesitant for fear of smelling like an onion.  But I figured  there was no time like the present to give a natural, fragrance free deodorant a try. Read more

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Smooth Frizz-Free Hair with blowpro Straightening Lotion (Review)

blowpro-straightening-lotion-review

On those rare occasions in summer when I choose to blow dry my hair, I need a product that can effectively banish frizz.  Since my hair is naturally very curly, in the summer all it wants to do is to be curly, so blow drying it straight is an epic battle between me and my hair.  A lot of the products that successfully calm and tame my hair in the cooler months just do not cut it in summer.  I purchased blowpro while in Florida because a hair product that performs well in the weather there, is a pretty good indication of what I can expect it to do all summer (no matter where I go.)

The blowpro straight to the point straightening lotion that I purchased worked amazingly well in the Florida heat and humidity.  I followed the suggested usage and applied the straightening lotion from root to tip on my freshly washed hair and blow dried in sections as usual.  The directions also suggested applying extra product to the tips to help prevent fly-aways, which I did. Read more

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Summer Ready Nails with Emma Jean Scented Nail Paint

Emma Jean Scented Nail Paint
One absolute must-have in any summer beauty routine has got to be a bright, punchy colored nail polish.  Even for me, someone who rarely deviates from clear or nude nail polish,  summer is the time to let loose and have fun with my nail polish.  For my adventures into bright, summery nail polish territory, I perused the Emma Jean Scented Nail Paint site and decided to go with a color called Jamaican Tango Mango.  To me the name conjured images of tropical summer drinks, flip flips, sun, sand and everything summer!

The Jamaican Tango Mango Nail Paint is a gorgeous coral/pink color that smells like mangoes, my favorite summertime fruit.  In addition to the gorgeous color and amazing scent the Nail Paint is also  vegan and cruelty-free and does not contain harmful ingredients such as Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor, and Dibutyl Phthalates. Read more

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Summer Ready Legs With Kiss My Face Moisturize Shave

kiss-my-face-moisture-shaveIn the summer, when it comes to keeping my legs fuzz free, I tend to opt for shaving instead of my usual waxing.  This is  mainly because waxing requires that your hair be a certain length before you can rip them out by their roots and summer just does not permit hair growth of any kind on anyplace but one’s head…unless you plan on sticking to maxi everything while you grow them out.

I just feel like my legs hide under enough thick layers during the colder months so the last thing I want to do is hide in the summer.  Since I opt for shaving my legs during summer I tend to look for shaving products that are really moisturizing without being messy and that are also soothing to my skin since my skin tends to get quite irritated after shaving if I use the wrong product. Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Featured in Spry Living Mom Makeover


When Spry Living Magazine asked me if myself and two A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bloggers would be interested in making over our moms, we didn’t hesitate to say yes. Myself, Ashley and Hillary all participated in Spry Living’s Take Year’s Off Your Looks Instantly (web and print) story and Making Over Mom with tips.

Each of our moms had challenges that prevented them from updating their look. My mom had hair loss/thinning hair, sagging skin, etc. all related to bariatric surgery she had two years ago. Ashley’s mom has nerve damage and a disability when it comes to the use of her arm. Hillary’s mom was nervous since losing all of her hair so long ago (but it has since grown back.)

From skin care to hair care to makeup, here’s the breakdown of the products used to transformed our moms.

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Paula (my mom): Read more

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HARNN Asian Inspired Home Spa Products Review

HARNN Asian-Inspired SpaFrom the packaging to the botanical fragrance, HARNN’s Asian inspired home spa products deliver an experience you’ll remember.  HARNN is best known for focusing on the balance of body, mind, and environment through the use of natural botanical extracts with inspirations from traditional herbal medicine. HARNN boasts a handful of incredible collections and just welcomed a new member to the HARNN family … the Oriental Rose Collection.  The Oriental Rose Collection is an antioxidant rich collection that really compliments the existing lines.  I couldn’t wait to open the beautiful packaging when it first arrived.

The Oriental Rose Skin Purifying Body Scrub  is a rich body scrub with all natural extracts from Certified Organic Rose Water, Apricot Seed, Shea Butter and Coenzyme Q10 to help replenish moisture, improve skin condition, and promote natural smoothness. I followed that up with the Oriental Rose Body Balm- a specially formulated body balm that truly absorbs almost instantly. The body balm also contains one of my favorite skin care musts, Certified Organic Rose Water! The Oriental Rose Collection is rejuvenating for both your body and your mind. The scent really did clear my over-worked, usually stressed out mind. Talk about aromatherapy! I was starting to see why HARNN prides itself on focusing on the balance of mind and body.

The neurotic moisturizer I am,  I carried around HARNN’s Jasmine and Pomegranate hand cream until it was all gone. The first time I used it I kind of felt like I was in a dramatic television commercial because I literally closed my eyes and took it all in. I’m pretty sure, even though I was alone, I was smiling.  Read more

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