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

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Wrinkle Reducing Products

Favorite wrinkle reducing products. #antiaging #beauty #skincare via @agirlsgottaspa

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. (I know as I write this I’m not just speaking for myself.) As much as we backpeddle once we finally realize our skin sins, it’s too late and we need wrinkle reducing skin care to become part of our daily routine.

Here’s a few I’ve been using that you might want to check out: Read more

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Hydroxatone Hydrolyze Intensive Under Eye Treatment

You’ve probably seen the Hydroxatone brand on TV Infomercials.  I have and have always been curious about it so when I was given the opportunity to try one of the products I was delighted.  Hydrolyze Intensive Under Eye Treatment is a newer product in the line that is supposed to address “serious dark circles, lines, wrinkles and puffiness.”  This hydrating treatment features a unique blend of ingredients that stimulate micro-circulation and help brighten while plant extracts help maintain capillary strength and micro-circulation to diminish dark circles.  Read more

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Freeze 24/7 ArcticLift Firming Neck Cream Review



I’ve had good experiences with Freeze 24-7 products in the past (Freeze & Go), so when I heard about their new ArcticLift Firming Neck Cream, I knew I had to try it. Not only have I been dealing with my facial skin sagging and new wrinkles emerging every day (at least it seems that way), my neck has begun to resemble that of a rooster.

ArcticLift targets slacking skin and firms, tightens and lifts it. Not only was I told that I would see immediate visible results, but that it has a cumulative effect with results continuing to improve over time. I was slightly skeptical because I have yet to use a firming neck cream that actually works. But pictures don’t lie… Read more

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StriVectin-SD Power Serum for Wrinkles Launches on QVC

The other day my Facebook status said, “The best things in life are…anti-wrinkle creams.” As you get older and those fine lines and creases begin to emerge, you know this to be true. While I realize that all serums, lotions and creams that promote minimizing the appearance of wrinkles are not permanent solutions, plastic surgery is not in my vocabulary…at least not for my face. My stomach, after having four kids, is another story.

On July 30th (Monday), StriVectin is pairing their StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate Face Cream with their new StriVectin-SD Power Serum for Wrinkles for only $99 for the two on QVC. Typically the Serum alone is $99, so if you purchase this set, you’d basically be getting the Face Cream for free. I recently received the Power Serum for Wrinkles and will be posting a review after a few weeks of testing it out.  Read more

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