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

Honey Girl Organics Giveaway with Lilly's Bathcarry

A Girl's Gotta Spa! retailer, Lilly's Bathcarry, knows a thing or two about pampering. We're both on a mission of self care. We've partnered together for a giveaway so that you can treat yourself; there's not just one winner for this giveaway, but TWO. Lilly's Bathcarry will send two winners, chosen Read more

Best Body Washes for Acne-Prone Skin

Bacne. Something that is often dreaded when the warmer weather hits and you want to ditch the layers. While I personally haven't experience body acne, I do have keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs, so I know the feeling of having a skin condition I want to clear up Read more

5 Surefire Ways Pampering Helps Boost Your Mood (and Confidence)

Disclosure: I’m sharing #MyOliaStory #ad as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™ You've probably experienced this scenario yourself - you're in a rut and feeling meh when you decide to take a moment to yourself to rejuvenate. Sometimes it's something simple, like a bath or it's something a Read more

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5 Surefire Ways Pampering Helps Boost Your Mood (and Confidence)

Disclosure: I’m sharing #MyOliaStory #ad as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™

You’ve probably experienced this scenario yourself – you’re in a rut and feeling meh when you decide to take a moment to yourself to rejuvenate. Sometimes it’s something simple, like a bath or it’s something a little more dramatic (like chopping your long locks.) Regardless of the act, it suddenly gives you that restoration of spirit you needed and that spring in your step is back.

Happiness and confidence go hand in hand. When I am happy, I feel my most confident and like I can achieve anything. When I’m feeling down, it often feels like my goals are not within reach. We’ve all been there.

So what can you do to give yourself a kick in the pants? You want my honest answer? Self care. Pampering yourself is is the most natural mood booster I know. It’s not selfish by any means, it’s transformative.

Here are 5 tips for pampering yourself to boost your mood (and confidence):

Get a haircut. There’s something therapeutic about cutting off what’s weighing you down while venting to your hairstylist. Other things I love about it – the head massage, the hum of the hair dryer, the eventual amazing hairstyle that I can never duplicate at home.

I recently decided to chop my long hair. It felt like magic and all of the compliments I got just made me feel really, really good. Read more

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How To Get Date Night Ready #spon

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.

Get your feet date night ready with Amopé via @agirlsgottaspa #AmopeCrowd #spon

The key to a long-lasting relationship is scheduling time together 1:1. It can be really difficult to do, especially when you have a large family like mine.

For my husband and I, spending any quality time together typically means sleeping soundly in the same proximity in 2 hour increments until our baby wakes up for his feeding. So when we have the opportunity to actually go on a date OUT OF THE HOUSE? I am all about making sure I look great. (When you look good, you feel even better after all.) Read more

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Holiday Skin Prep with RoC®

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 I’m getting my skin ready for the holidays as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC

More holiday skin prep with RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 via @agirlsgottaspa #WomenWhoRoC #spon

The holidays are finally here, which seems a bit unreal, especially here in the Poconos where it hasn’t had accumulative snow yet, making it still feel like September. (There’s something about snow that really gives you that holiday feeling.)

As everyone reaches for their camera to capture the season’s memories, now is the time to have a winter skin care regimen going in full force. Did you begin back when we began talking about holiday skin prep?

Since I know my family will be snapping lots of photos, especially since it is my youngest son’s first Christmas, I really want to look my best. And to be honest, I’m super self conscious about those photos going up on Facebook and my friends from high school secretly judging how I’m aging. (Admit it, it’s something you think about, too.) Read more

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Bolden Butter Mint Shea Oil Review

Bolden Shea Oil review via @agirlsgottaspa

As soon as the season changes and the temperature gets cooler, my skin starts to get dry and feels tight. I have my favorite moisturizers that I switch to this time of the year, but it’s always fun to try something new. I’ve been using Bolden Butter Mint Shea Oil for a couple of weeks and have noticed a difference.

This Shea Oil is 100% natural and is made from ethically-sourced Shea nuts picked and processed by local women’s groups in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary $25 Lock and Mane Gift Card + A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

10 year @agirlsgottaspa blogiversary giveaway! $25 Lock and Mane gift card plus A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus 3-Piece Gift Set

What an amazing blogiversary month! Thank you all so much for making 10 years so spectacular!

For our final giveaway, one winner will receive A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus 3-Piece Gift Set along with a $25 Gift Card (which will be emailed in the form of a promo code) to our newest retailer, Lock & Mane.

Lock & Mane was started with two goals: bringing you the best hair and beauty products and giving you a luxurious, easy and fun shopping experience. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit their website, I encourage you to do so and begin windowshopping for how you’ll spend your $25 when you win! Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary Cruelty Free Consumer Gift Card Giveaway

@iamcrueltyfree gift card giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa

One of the first retailers to welcome my bath and body products into their store was CrueltyFreeConsumer.com. Julie at CFC is taking all of the guesswork out of finding cruelty free products by offering Leaping Bunny certified brands in her online store. CFC doesn’t only offer beauty brands, but handbags, pet, baby and household cruelty free items as well.

One winner will receive a $75 Gift Card from CrueltyFreeConsumer.com that will be emailed in the form of a promo code. 

CrueltyFreeConsumer.com’s social channels:

Twitter
Instagram

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10 Year Blogiversary Raw Spirit Fragrances Giveaway




10 year blogiversary giveaway from @agirlsgottaspa Raw Spirit Wild Fire Eau de Parfum

Next up for our 10 year blogiversary giveaways – we’re giving away one Wild Fire Eau de Parfum from Raw Spirit. Wild Fire features a soft and warm mix of woodsy and floral notes that’s not overpowering. It is a sensual, intoxicating scent, that wears close to your skin. Top note is Jasmine Petals, middle note is Ylang Ylang, and dry notes are Wildly-Harvested Australian Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Musk.

Dates of entry are October 21, 2015 at 12am EST until October 28, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. ARV is $90. Please read the fine print at the bottom because that’s important too.

Raw Spirit social media:

Twitter
Instagram
YouTube

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10 Year Blogiversary Giveaway: Three Custom Color Specialists




10 year blogiversary giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa @threecustom Light Clarifier Pencil

Chad, Scott and formerly Trae at Three Custom Color Specialists were the very first brand I ever did social media consulting with back in 2007. It was from this consultation that a new career launched for me and has helped me to support my family ever since. I have been forever grateful to this trio, and also LOVE their cosmetics line.

We’re giving away one Light Clarifier Pencil in Light or Medium to TEN lucky winners! (ARV $18.50 each) This innovative, nude-colored pencil for fair to medium skin tones is the perfect solution to instantly alleviate the look of red, hazy eyes, making them brighter, whiter and more beautiful. This handy multi-purpose pencil also doubles as a spot concealer, perfect for small touch-ups. Terrific for even the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Dates of entry are October 9, 2015 at 12am EST to October 16, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Please enter below and spread the word! Don’t forget the fine print at the bottom because that’s important too.

Find Three Custom on social media:

Facebook
Pinterest
Instagram

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10 Years Blogging 10 Giveaways

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Dear 2005 self, launching A Girl’s Gotta Spa! ® was your best idea yet.

I still cannot believe that 10 years later, I’m still here. All thanks to you, our readers, both old and new.

Instead of re-hashing all that I have learned in 10 years (because you can just read my 9 year post for a recap – seriously it is really good, go read it!) I decided let’s just skip ahead to the fun part – TEN AMAZING GIVEAWAYS! I mean, there’s always fun in free.

Here’s our giveaway schedule for the month of October! Enjoy, pass it on and get ready to enter them! Read more

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Why Oral Health is Important #Listerine

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine

Is your mouth on your side? A healthy mouth improves confidence in your personal endevours! via @agirlsgottaspa #Listerine Sponsored

Is your mouth on your side?

Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may be surprised to learn that it also impacts your career opportunities, confidence and relationships with others.

Two people in my life immediately come to mind when it comes to how the state of their mouth affected their confidence – my son and my husband.

While my son Duncan has always conducted good oral care, he had bucked teeth for a while due to sucking on his hand (vs thumb sucking) since the time he was an infant. Eventually Duncan stopped smiling for pictures and soon enough, he felt that other kids didn’t like him because of his teeth. This led to a lot of self esteem issues. Once he was able to get braces, his smile returned and his social relationships have improved.

My husband admittedly never had a good oral care routine, which led him to have poor oral health issues like gingivitis, loss of some teeth and cavities. This, too, led him to have self confidence issues and he rarely opens his mouth when he smiles. Sometimes people have mistakenly taken this the wrong way and think that he’s in a bad mood or just doesn’t care. It’s amazing how people perceive things due to our smile. Although he has put a routine into place, he can’t reverse the damage already done and often reminds the kids just how important good oral care is from a young age. Read more

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