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

Advanced Haircare

Change the Life of Your Hair: L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Review

Even on days with the clearest of skies, a variety of aggressors − both environmental and lifestyle-related – impact the immediate and long-term health of hair. My hair has felt the impact first hand. From the time I decided to add bleach to my hair when I was 13, through all of the perms I had in the 80s and early 90s, to highlights, dyes and heated styling tools, my hair has seen it all…and suffered the consequences. At times it’s been brittle, I’ve had breakage along my hair line after dying it, it’s been dry and frizzy to overly moisturized and oily. Saying I’ve put my hair through the ringer really doesn’t do it justice. Yet, my hair is one of the most important aspects of my beauty routine; it’s my favorite accessory, if you will. And that got me thinking… Read more

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