Try These 3 Sulfate Free Body Washes That Still Lather

It's a common beauty myth - switch to a sulfate free body wash and you have to give up that luxurious lather that makes pampering so much fun. But it's not true. Sure, you won't be able to bury yourself under a mountain of bubbles, but you don't have to Read more

How To Lighten Your Hair #MyOliaStory

I'm sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier sponsored series for Socialstars™ Taking your hair color from dark to light is a not something that can be done in a day. Well, at least not when you are doing it on your own at home. You want to be really Read more

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe

What a way to treat yourself! Delicious, soft cookie bars topped with citrus marmalade, made with orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit essences, and of course, topped with sweet, crispy crumble. Hello everyone! It’s so nice to meet all of you, friends of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I'm Lyuba and I Read more

Improve Your Brow Game with Chella

My brows are sparse and basically non-existent in some spots. They also do this caterpillar ish from years of plucking the wrong way when I was younger. I've considered getting permanent makeup with a brow tattoo, but to be honest, I'm not a fan of needles (which is also the Read more

Diminish the Look of Fine Lines and Wrinkles #sponsored

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® Daily Resurfacing Disks, I'm getting taking care of my skin as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Are you looking for a simple way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin all in one beauty product? Do you have fine lines, wrinkles and sun damaged Read more

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Late Nights? How to Look Well-Rested #spon

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Eye Cream I can fake 8 hours of well-rested sleep. This is a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC, but all opinions, and sleepless nights, are my own.

Late nights? How to look well-rested. via @agirlsgottaspa #WomenWhoRoC #spon

Whether you have a baby in your 20s, or you are still expanding your family into your 40s, the image of sleepless nights all look the same. Under-eye puffiness, dark circles and looking like you could be an extra on The Walking Dead…

But there is also a big difference in that 20 year gap. In your 40s you’re also dealing with wrinkles and mature skin (dryness and dullness.) So basically, yay me.

Close friends and family know that my sweet baby boy is not much of a sleeper. At 7 months old, he still wakes up a few times a night. Throw in teething, and well… let’s not talk about that. Read more

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Customize Your Skin Care Routine with Paula’s Choice

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Paula’s Choice via Pretty In My Pocket (PRIMP.) All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Customize your skin care routine with @PaulasChoice - full review on @agirlsgottaspa #PrimpLovesPaula #PaulasChoiceSkinCare @Prettyinmypoc #PowerPrimper

Who can resist Paula’s Choice?

Sorry, I couldn’t help but make that joke, although I have to say that now that I’ve tried this skin care line, I’m pretty much hooked.

Prior to this review, I hadn’t tried any of Paula’s Choice skin care, although I am very much aware of Paula Begoun, the founder, as the Cosmetics Cop who is all about truth in beauty, skin care, ingredients and proven research. In fact, I had the chance to interview her when Beautypedia launched several years ago. Her website has a full encyclopedia of advice for every type of skin care concern. She is a wealth of information!

I am a true skin care junkie. I absolutely believe that it doesn’t matter how much contouring and concealing you do or how much makeup you wear – if your skin is a mess, there is no hiding that! Besides, the better you treat your skin, the less makeup you’ll have to invest in to fix your flaws. Read more

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Cherry Blooms Fibre Mascara Review




Cherry Blooms Fibre Mascara review via @agirlsgottaspa

My lashes basically seem non-existent without mascara. They lack length and volume. I’ve tried so many mascaras in the pursuit of enviable lashes. Maybe you can relate..?

False lashes have also made their way onto my vanity, and while I adore the *POW* they give my lashes (and I swear they make me look younger – yes, please!), I have to be honest and say that I am no pro when it comes to applying them. Not only does it take some skill to apply the lashes in a way that looks natural, you then need a steady hand to apply your eye liner in a way that doesn’t look like you are trying to emulate that 70’s disco vibe with a thick line. (Am I right??) Read more

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How To: Cherry Blossom Nail Art




Cherry Blossom Nail Art How To by @penelope9 via @agirlsgottaspa

I’m loving all the rich Fall colors in the new Butter London x Allure collection!  I’m not yet ready for Fall, but I’m okay with winding down this hot, hot Summer.  So, let’s do a mani of a typical Spring flower – the cherry blossom!

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Bring the Salon and #Spa Home with Conair

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool and the True Glow by Conair Sonic Skincare Solution for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Bring the salon and spa home with Conair! Review of the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Styling Tool and True Glow  Sonic Skincare Solution via @agirlsgottaspa. @conairbeauty #spon

It’s not really a secret that I have a love affair with Conair hair products. Over the years I have really loved (and religiously used) styling tools from their Infiniti line, and the latest hair dryer, the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Styling Tool, is no different.

3Q™ stands for “Quick, Quiet and Quality,” all of the hallmarks of this new brushless motor styling tool. It may not fit into the Q theme, but this dryer is also extremely light weight. I didn’t feel like I was giving my biceps a workout while drying my hair. I absolutely adore how much quieter this dryer is – their patent pending noise reduction technology makes it up to 40% quieter (which is a huge plus when you have a large family like I do and don’t want to wake anyone early in the a.m. or when you can only squeeze in a shower at 10pm after a long day of work and want to keep your beauties sleeping.) Read more

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Nine Things I’ve Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

Nine things I've learned in nine years of beauty blogging via @agirlsgottaspa #bblogger #beautyblog

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 my season of life beyond the 4 walls of my house. (Working from home has many benefits, but socializing is not one of them.)

October marks nine years that I’ve been blogging. (Insert gif of me doing the robot dance here. No, there’ll be no image, but just know that I am indeed jamming out.)

Thinking back to the October 26, 2005 version of me sitting in front of my chunky computer monitor on a dial-up internet connection, I was full of excitement and anticipation. I had zero html skills and zero design skills, but I was happy to figure it out as I went. There weren’t many beauty blogs at the time, and the ones I was reading (Scentzilla, Beautiful Makeup Search, The Scented Salamander, Beauty Addict, Bag Snob, e-Beauty Daily) all had their unique spin on the beauty and fashion world – I knew I needed to discover mine. (Lest I forget to mention that I read Amalah every single day, as well.)

For lack of doing a yawn-worthy post, I’ve decided to compile 9 things I’ve learned in 9 years of beauty blogging – this is going to be long: Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! – My Aha Moment

Shannon Smyth, CEO of A Girl's Gotta Spa! Watch the video of #myAhamoment #beauty #entrepreneur #startup
I’m very grateful for the opportunity Mutual of Omaha gave me to put #myahamoment on video. I’m also very grateful for all of you that have continued to support the concept of You Deserve to Be Pampered by purchasing A Girl’s Gotta Spa! natural bath and body products.

I hope the video helps you to get to know who I am better and how my goal has, and always will be, to help you. You can also read in more detail the full story behind launching A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bath and body products. Watch the video and let me know what you think in the comments!  Read more

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Bloggers’ Must Have Beauty Products When Traveling


Bloggers' Must-Have #Beauty Products While Traveling

Believe it or not, a blogger’s makeup bag is not always overflowing with products when we travel. Most of us have a handful of products we are loyal to simply because they get the job done while home or away.

I recently spent some time in Atlantic City and asked fellow bloggers Kelly Augustine from www.KellyAugustine.com and Lyuba from www.WillCookForSmiles.com what their must have beauty products were while traveling. Watch the video to hear about our favorite beauty products and then find the links to all of them below: Read more

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Easy Nail Art Tutorial



Super Easy Nail Art How To Using Dental Floss

Honestly, the easy button was made for people like me. There are just some things I have no patience for, and nail art is one of them. I wish I could tell you that as a beauty blogger I am super creative and uber crafty and create endless nail looks to swoon over, but the truth is, my nails go bare most of the time.

It’s a tragedy really. For some reason, ever since I wore shellac back in 2011, my nails have never grown to any substantial length. But that’s not my only excuse. I simply lack the skill required to paint cool scenes on my tiny nails. Then Pinterest to my rescue! I came across an amazingly easy nail art tutorial, and I was pretty excited to be able to recreate it with some modifications.

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Top 10 Radiant Orchid Products for Spring 2014

Top Ten Radiant Orchid #Spring2014 #RadiantOrchid

Spring’s hottest color in beauty, Radiant Orchid, is hands down one of my favorite beauty trends in YEARS. I’ve been wearing purple hues since I was first allowed to wear makeup (of course it wasn’t as chic back then and very 80’s.)

Below are my top ten for this season and I’d love to know if they are yours too! Read more

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