Target the 5 Signs of Aging #ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream, I’m targeting the 5 signs of aging as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC While the Summer wreaks havoc on my skin by aging it with damaging UV rays, the Winter is equally as Read more

Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we're all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything? For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most Read more

Tips for Gray Hair #GrayAway

I hate to break it to you, but eventually gray hair will rule your mane. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you already know this to be true. When we go gray, and how much, is a mix of genetics and lifestyle. So while you may not be Read more

Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen. Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it's for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin. Those Read more

Voluminous Beach Wave Hair

Little did I know when growing up on the beaches of Rhode Island, that the wavy hair that came naturally among the sand and surf, would be a hairstyle I would try so hard to achieve as an adult. While my hair does have a slight natural wave to it, 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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5 Products for Blackheads




Five beauty products to get rid of blackheads via @agirlsgottaspa

Blackheads. The bain of my existence.

I wish that when I was a teen that someone would’ve warned me about the future of my skin if I didn’t take care of it properly. But alas, here I am in my 40’s with large pores (especially on my nose) and blackheads as proof of my previous skin care sins.

With constantly clogged pores comes finding the right products that will neutralize them and keep my skin looking healthy.

5 of my blackhead banishing favorites right now include: 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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