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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

#BeautyInspiration Twitter Party April 16th #shop

 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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LaLicious Sugar Reef Body Butter and Scrub Review

LaLicious is a delectable line of body products that includes all-natural body soufflé scrubs, body butters, oils, soaps and lip butters. All of the products are paraben free and come in nine scrumptious scents including: Vanilla, Coconut Cream, Lily Mango, Passionfruit Lime, Island Guava, Tahitian Flower, Peppermint, Sugar Reed and Sugar Kiss.

The story of entrepreneur Jessica Kernochan gives us all hope of achieving our dreams! What began as a fun idea for Christmas gifts has evolved into a thriving business! In the winter of 2002, Jessica began mixing up one-of-a-kind body scrubs and soft skin lotions for her friends and family. It turned out to be destiny as the last dot.com she worked for folded, leaving her jobless. “It forced me to commit to my dream of creating a beauty line,” says Jessica. And so production began. After the process of finding the perfect concoction for her trademark sugar soufflé body scrubs, Jessica began going to beauty stores to sell her goods. The products sold themselves with their unique formulation and tantalizing scents. Soon, Jessica had to leave her kitchen behind and find a warehouse big enough to whip up her products and ship out orders. After just four short years, LaLicious built a bigger facility in order to meet the needs of a successful growing business. Now her line is sold at select retailers and spas across the country!  Read more

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Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash Review

There’s nothing worse than dry skin in the winter. Flakes everywhere, itchiness, skin snagging your sheets…

While I’ve said repeatedly that hot showers in the winter contribute to dry skin (and they do), I’ve been guilty of a few hot showers on occasion. Sometimes there is nothing better when you are sick, need to relax or just plain need to warm up. To combat these skin care don’ts that we tend to do, an effective moisturizing body wash is called for.

As you may know, sometimes the body washes that lather the most also tend to strip the skin of moisture. Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash lathers enough while utilizing gentle cleansers so that skin remains soft and moisturized. They also have their NutriumMoisture and by reading the label I see moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, soybean and sunflower seed oil.  Read more

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LUSH FUN Soap Review

Everyone likes to have a little fun, right?

Remember those times as a kid when you would simply play in the bath until your skin pruned? Bath time wasn’t just about getting clean, it was about fun.  Read more

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DIY Coffee Grounds Body Scrub

My sister is, and always has been, my beauty mentor.  Whenever I’ve had  a beauty ailment (which is a weekly occurrence,) I’ve always been able to count on her to steer me in the right direction.  Whether it be over plucked brows, breakouts or a lackluster complexion, she always seems to have a remedy in hand.  Her latest beauty advice for me was a body scrub using coffee grounds.

This DIY body scrub was honestly one of the easiest and most enjoyable beauty adventures I’ve been on in a long time.  I got to enjoy a delicious cup cup of coffee then indulge in an amazingly effective…and cheap at home spa treatment.  I just took the leftover grounds into the shower with me and rubbed it all over my body.  The coffee grounds make a really gentle scrub, but also does a great job of exfoliating.  Caffeine is also known to be a fantastic anti-cellulite treatment. The strong smell of coffee in the shower also gave me an energy boost.  Read more

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Thymes Filigree Body Lotion – It’s Back!!

They say a picture speaks a thousand words and with this particular picture I believe ”they” are correct. This photograph evokes an chic stylish grace which could describe the scent of Thymes Filigree scent very well.

Nearly 30 years ago, Thymes was founded by two childhood friends with a mutual curiosity and a common desire to make something meaningful and beautiful. Since then, the company has flourished with a creative staff of 60 dedicated to deepening our connection with one another through our love of fragrance—and, most of all, to composing fragrances that enrich the quality of your daily experience.  Read more

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Pattern Citrus Moisturizing Body Wash Review

I love uniquely scented body washes.

Not only do I love a fragrance that doesn’t smell like a knock off of another brand, but I love when it makes my skin feel so soft.  Read more

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Purely Gorgeous Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub Review

Pumpkin is one of my favorite scents for autumn. But have you ever noticed that many times that pumpkin scent is usually slightly off from smelling like the real thing?

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Sneak Peek: Bodycology After Dark Collection

Are you a Twilight fan or have you been watching the TV show Once Upon A Time?

Then  Bodycology’s newest scent After Dark is for you! It was inspired by the Twilight saga and all those dark classic fairy tales with a modern twist.  You know, the beautiful maiden with the dark heart? Or the beautiful maiden with a curse?

The After Dark fragrance opens up with the scent of vanilla and berries and then softens and darkens to a muskier fragrance with a touch of sweetness. The scent definitely deepens to something less gourmand and more complicated the longer you wear it adding some complexity to it.  Read more

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Tone Body Wash Reviews

Cooler temperatures and fewer hours of sunlight can only mean one thing: your shower will become your new best friend. When it comes to skin care, of course.

Our skin gets drier in the winter months and being cooped up with less time outdoors usually means the winter blues. But you have a secret weapon–your shower and your body wash! Having a chance to review all 6 of Tone’s body washes reminded me how skin hydrating shower gels along with invigorating fragrances can not only nourish your skin, but your mind as well.  Read more

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Calgon Ageless Bath: Milk Bath with Serum Review

One thing I dearly love about winter is taking hot baths. I love to crawl into the nice hot, soothing bath water with my plastic mug of Vanilla Coke and listen to music or read a  good book.  What can I say? I’m a multi-tasker.

I recently got the chance to try Calgon’s Ageless Milk Bath with Serum Beads, from Calgon’s Ageless Bath Collection. The Ageless Bath Collection, which consists of the Milk Bath and Bath Pearls, is created with ‘Vita-Pearls’; a blend of Vitamin E, pearl powder and collagen which is supposed to“provide antioxidant protection, luminosity and dryness relief.” I was surprised and delighted by this product. It provides the ultimate bathing experience with a creamy luxurious formula that will leave skin moisturized and so soft to the touch.  Read more

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