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

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Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Solid Lotion Bars from @faithsoapsnlove via @agirlsgottaspa

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. If you’ve never tried solid lotion before, it is a different experience than fluid lotion and has its benefits. These particular lotion bars are comprised of shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, fragrance or essential oil. Simple ingredients and completely convenient packaging. Read more

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How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair via @agirlsgottaspa #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. Read more

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nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream #review via @agirlsgottaspa  #beauty

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 dark with green undertones and most BB or CC creams ends up making my face look slightly ashy or like I went crazy with a really dark bronzer. I find that mixing two of the several variations of medium colors that I have sometimes gives me the look I’m going for, but honestly with my busy schedule most days I don’t have the time for mixing as I need something that simplifies my morning routine. Read more

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Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own.
Look younger with Lancôme [1 Minute] Visionnaire Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin @lancomeusa via @agirlsgottaspa #ad

Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles – these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in that I have combination skin and we’re having a party! I’m always on the hunt to look younger (I wouldn’t mind being carded, that would be considered success), minimize pores on my nose and chin and mattify the shine in my T-zone. Enter Lancôme [1 Minute] Visionnaire Blur, their newest skin perfector. It’s 1 minute add-on product to your beauty routine that will keep your face looking flawless for the rest of the day! Read more

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Eumora Facial Bar Review

Eumora Moor Facial Bar #review via @agirlsgottaspa #facial #soap #skincare

If you are part of the sisterhood that is combination/oily skin, then you’ll want to learn more about Eumora, a facial bar made of moor and HmA. For as far back as I can remember, my skin has never been gifted as “normal” and transitions from combination in the Fall/Winter to oily in the Spring/Summer. This means I am forever trying out skin care products that will help keep my skin in check. Read more

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Pretty Woman Kingfisher Feather Polish Review

Pretty Woman Feather #NailPolish in Kingfisher via @agirlsgottaspa

I love the look of textured nail polish. However, many textured polishes tend to scrape off easily making the effort of applying them practically useless. The Feather polishes from Pretty Woman are another story entirely. You can achieve a textured look that is still smooth to the touch minimizing the chance of it scratching off.

Right now I’m calling Pretty Woman’s Feather nail polish in Kingfisher my fun polish. It’s like tiny pieces of red, yellow and blue confetti having a party on your nails.  Read more

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Swisspers Twitter Party September 18th 8:30pm EST

Disclosure: Swisspers provided me with compensation for participating in this Twitter Party. 

National Sleep Naked Night #TwitterParty with @Swisspers 9/18 at 8:30pm EST #SleepNaked RSVP!

This Thursday, September 18th from 8:30-10:30pm I’ll be participating in a #SleepNaked Twitter chat with Swisspers. If you are not familiar with the cotton products from Swisspers and all the benefits of sleeping naked (for your skin!), go check out this blog post: Why Should You Remove Your Makeup At Night?

Here’s the details: Read more

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Best Charities for Breast Cancer Research

Which breast cancer charities are the best? Please read this post via @agirlsgottaspa and help spread the word! #BCA #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness

As a beauty blogger, I’m inundated in the months leading up to and during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pitches for all sorts of beauty products. Each brand aligns itself with the goal of raising funds by donating a certain percentage to the cause. I’m often discouraged when I see 10% assigned, or a vague statement and you’re not really sure which charity the money is going to, or better still, that the money is going to a charity that spends more money on administrative costs than it does research and supporting the local community. I get further disgusted when brands don themselves in pink ribbons with no identifiable percentage going to charity. It’s all for the fanfare and targets uneducated consumers who will toss money at something in the name of a cause.

I recently watched a broadcast on my local TV station which was promoting the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure. The spokesperson said, quite proudly, “100% of 25% of your donation goes to research.” You got that, right? In other words, 75% of your donation does not support research for breast cancer nor does it go to support local women battling the disease. As someone who knows plenty of women who have had breast cancer, as I’m sure you do too, it is disheartening.

While I understand that administrative costs need to be paid, and 100% of your donation never goes directly to research, how can you find those charities that get very little promotion yet do the most for women with breast cancer? Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Partners with EveryCasa

New retailer! A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with @everycasa. via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty

It’s an exciting time at A Girl’s Gotta Spa! as we continue to expand our reach with new retail partners!

We’ve just added EveryCasa.com to our list of retail partners – a company that covers all of your household needs for any person and any room, from the kitchen to the bedroom to the bathroom. EveryCasa is part of the exciting ecommerce brand lineup from etailz, who also manages our retail partnerships with Greencupboards.com and Amazon.com.

When you subscribe to EveryCasa’s mailing list, they take $5 off your order and they also provide free shipping on orders over $49. So while you are shopping for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products, browse their selection of home decor, pet supplies and products for babies and kids!

To stay in the loop regarding our bath and body line, please subscribe to our mailing list. Also check out our ever growing list of retailers that believe in our mission statement – You Deserve to be Pampered.

Interested in becoming a retail partner? Please see our Wholesale page.

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Prevent Your Hair Color From Fading #ColorAssure

This is sponsored post for Nexxus through Condé Nast. All opinions and amazingly vibrant hair are my own.

Nexxus #ColorAssure @nexxushair @CNSway via @agirlsgottaspa

For those of us who color our hair, there is one thing we can all agree on – watching the perfect hair color fade away is a sad, sad experience. I’ve tried a variety of hair care tricks to make my hair color last longer; from washing with cool water to washing my hair less in general to using sulfate-free products. Now Nexxus has developed a color-safe hair care system to take the guess work out of the fading hair color mystery and retain hair’s vibrancy.

The Nexxus Color Assure system includes a Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo, Conditioner and Glossing Tonic. There are a few things about this system that make it different from the typical sulfate-free and color-safe hair care lines. Read more

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