Malia B Luv Perfume Review

Some of the best perfumes are made by indie brands. When I first began blogging in 2005, I came across perfumer, Sharon Bolton, and her amazing fragrances. For a few years she went off the radar, but I was so thrilled when she recently reached out with the relaunch as Read more

Erbaviva Organic Deodorant Review

Mention "organic deodorant" and you may get a few raised eyebrows combined with some skepticism. People often wonder - Does organic deodorant smell weird? Is it strong enough? What exactly is it made of? I'm going to be straight up honest, I've never tried organic deodorant before simply because I Read more

Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care Check out the end of this post for a GIVEAWAY!   We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that's a definite), knowing who you are and what you want... and then all those lovely skin issues. Dark spots, wrinkles, and other Read more

Customized Nexxus Hair Care at Sam's Club

Sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. Lately I've been on the hunt for products that aim to treat my skin and hair for the issues I'm having as I age (not just things to make me look younger.) Being in my 40's comes with a plethora of issues Read more

Coloring Your Hair With Garnier Olia #MyOliaStory #Sponsored

I'm sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions and hair color are my own. If you've been following #MyOliaStory for the past few months, then you know I've been dyeing my hair at home with Garnier® Olia every 6 weeks. This is the most consistent Read more

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Try These 3 Sulfate Free Body Washes That Still Lather

Looking for a sulfate free body wash but still want the bubbles? Take a look at these body washes from @agirlsgottaspa @nurturemybody and Lancer.

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 sacrifice the suds if you go sulfate free.

Here are our favorite sulfate-free body washes that will still make you want to hasthag with #treatyoself 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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