Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair

Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could've taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it's much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed? I Read more

Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Argan Oil

DermOrganic Pure Argan Oil Review



DermOrganic Pure Argan Oil #Review #skincare

Skin Care Myth: Oily skin should avoid oils in skin care products.

Skin Care Fact: Not all oils are “bad” or pore-clogging.

My skin has always been oily since as far back as I can remember. It’s only in the last several months that it is now both oily and dry. How can that be? It seems my maturing skin wants to be oily in my T-zone, but have dry patches on my cheeks and along my brows (brows are another story all together!) Do you have the same skin care issue? I’m not one to constantly change up my skin care routine, but obviously what I have been doing is no longer working for my changing skin. Read more

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Mark Hill MiracOILicious Hair Products

Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil #review #haircare

Thanks to all of the travelling I did during the holidays, my hair ended up ringing in the new year in quite the state of despair.  Going from LA to Orlando to Minneapolis to Tahoe had caused my hair to become very angry and rebel.  It was dry, frizzy and downright lackluster…not what I wanted for my hair in the new year so I was pretty anxious to try anything that promised healthy, hydrated, shiny, smooth hair.

Enter Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment and Moroccan Argan Oil. Read more

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Suave Moroccan Argan Styling Oil Review

suave-moroccan-argan-styling-oilMoroccan Oil is all the rage for the benefits of argan oil on both skin and hair. Suave’s Moroccan Infusion line of hair care products aim to deliver incredible shine, softness and conditioning to your hair. I had the opportunity to try the new Moroccan Argan Styling Oil from the Moroccan Infusion line. Typically I’m nervous to put any oil in my hair for fear of weightiness and making my hair too greasy, but Suave’s Moroccan Argan Styling Oil was the perfect hair treatment.

There are three ways you can use this oil in your hair:

1. Prior to showering. Just apply a few pumps of the oil to your hands and then smooth throughout your hair. Leave on for 5 minutes, rinse and shampoo and condition as you normally would. This helps create an incredible shine to your hair. Read more

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Tibolli Desired Hair Oil Review

Shiny, smooth, sleek, frizz and flyaway-free hair…who wouldn’t want that?

I know this is something I always strive for and more often than not, struggle with.  I have naturally very curly hair and whenever I choose to blow dry it, I know I will be in for a bit of a hair battle.  Whenever I do find a product that prevents fizz and flyaway it has a bad habit of weighing my hair down and leave it feeling and looking greasy.  On the other hand the products that add shine tend not to do that good of a job taming fly-aways and preventing frizz. At times I have combined the greasy products with the too lightweight products to find a happy medium, but I am not a fan of having more than one hair product in my hair at a time.  A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to find my happy hair medium when I was given the opportunity to try Tibolli Desired Hair OilRead more

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Review: ArganMagic Bath and Body Products


There’s nothing that inspires exultation during bath time more than the thought of trying out new bath and body products for the first time.  There’s always so much hope that this will be the product/line of products that will give you your “dream skin.”  At least this was my mind-state right before trying some of ArganMagic‘s bath and body products.  I was even more excited because the name has the word “magic” in it, needless to say I went in with very high expectations and I was not disappointed.

I started off my in shower spa session with the Zesty Orange Body Scrub.  The scrub ad a mild orange scent that was not at all overpowering and it exfoliated my skin as promised…gently. After I rinsed off the scrub, my skin felt instantly smoother and softer; not like it had been buffed over with an electric sander.

Next up, the Bloomin Body Wash.  This product is described as a “gentle soap-free cleanser” and it most definitely is! Once applied to my skin it transformed into a very subtle, but creamy lather, so creamy in fact that I didn’t feel like I need to moisturize after I stepped out of the shower…but I was on a roll. I was enjoying the experience so much I decided to put some music on while I moisturized with the Multi-Purpose Treatment Oil, it had “magically…ArganMagically” become a shower/spa party (ok maybe the ArganMagically was a bit much, but I was having fun with the products.) The Multi-Purpose Treatment Oil was rapidly absorbed by my skin without leaving an oily residue, my skin felt so smooth and soft I chased my boyfriend around the house demanding that he feel my skin…someone had to witness the magnificence and he was the only one around. I’m sure interrupting whatever he was working on was worth feeling pure silk (yes a bold statement but it really did feel that good.)   Read more

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Review: Molton Brown Purify Ambrusca Body Tonic

molton_brown_purify_ambrusca_body_tonicHave you ever had the experience where you’ve heard rave reviews about a brand that you have never tried their products before and then once you did, it was like an “aha” moment of “Oh so this is what everyone is talking about“? Yeah that was me this week when I finally, yes finally, discovered Molton Brown’s Purify Ambrusca Body Tonic.  All of my beauty blogging friends have squealed in delight over Molton Brown’s beauty products for as long as I can remember and now I know why.

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Review: Kaeline Argabaume Levres

kissable_lipsIf there is any one day in a calendar year that soft kissable lips are the most important, it would be Valentine’s Day. This winter has been brutal on the skin and chapped lips everywhere have abound. If you’ve been reading A Girl’s Gotta Spa! long enough, you’ll know I am quite a fan of Kaeline Argatherapie. Argan Oil does wonders for the skin and replenishes the hydration your lips need to be kissably soft. Their newest lip balm, Argabaume Levres, not only provides nourishment via Argan Oil, but also shea butter and beeswax.

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