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

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 Read more

Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

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Bernard Cassiere Chocolate Mousse Mask Review

Chocolate Mousse Mask #beauty

My love for chocolate is undeniable. While a moment on the lips may be a lifetime on the hips, chocolate applied to your face…years will erase.

I just made that part up myself.

Despite my mad skills for rhyming, the anti-aging properties of chocolate have been proven and are an effective way to attain a youthful look to your skin. Read more

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10 Nail Polishes for Fall 2013

 

Can’t decide which Fall nail color to try out first? We’ve compiled 10 of our favorites (hello, Marc Jacobs!) See any on the list you love? Images are clickable too…should you fall in love like we did!

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#SapphireGoesPink for Breast Cancer Awareness

breast cancerThe Sapphire Salon and Destination Spa in Pittston, PA is holding #SapphireGoesPink on Sunday, September 29th from 5-7pm. Sapphire is working with Look Good, Feel Better and The American Cancer Society to host this breast cancer awareness event.

It may surprise you to see a breast cancer awareness post here on A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, especially since we stopped promoting BCA products back in 2009. However, this local event is 100% charity based, so not only do I support it, I’ll be there as well! (And with Amanda, who is MC’ing it!) Read more

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FingerPaints A Pair Affair by All Lacquered Up

Fingerpaints A Pair Affair All Lacquered Up

I am so excited for my friend and fellow beauty blogger, Michelle Mismas, of All Lacquered Up. This month her limited edition FingerPaints collection can be found at Sally Beauty!

The A Pair Affair by All Lacquered Up collection features 6 beautiful shades ranging from a twinkling teal to sparkling sand. Michelle’s panache and expertise are fully displayed in this bold collection. The colors are simply gorgeous! Read more

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Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Poreless Primer Review

 Mally Beauty Primer #makeup

Is primer part of your daily makeup routine? If it’s not, you’re probably reapplying makeup mid-day or not looking as perfected at the end of the day as you did in the beginning. Am I right or am I right?

I used to think primer was a bunch of bologna and a totally unnecessary step of the makeup routine. I didn’t buy into it … until I realized that they are not all made the same and if you’re using the right primer, (a good primer) it will smooth your face into a beautiful canvas, extend the life of your look, and perfect the wear of your makeup. Some do more so (or better) than others. Spoiler Alert: This one is awesome. Read more

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Natural Facial Mask by Ashieda Review

Natural Face Mask by Ashieda #review #skincare

Based on the above photo, let it never be said that I am not willing to risk looking foolish in the pursuit of a great beauty product. While the Natural Facial Mask by Ashieda possibly would make a great Halloween mask…it actually is quite wonder-filled for amazing looking skin. Read more

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PK Hair+Art Makeup Brushes

Long time readers know, we absolutely love the talent of celebrity hairstylist, Pearson Knight. He’s given us behind the scenes access to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week countless times and remarked on the beauty trends he’s seen.

Now Pearson, also known as PK, is branching out a bit with his own line of fashion and beauty products. One line that caught my eye right away, are his pop-of-pink makeup brushes.

PK Hair + Art Makeup Brushes Read more

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Mixed Chicks Sulfate Free Shampoo and Deep Conditioner

mixed-chicks-sulfate-free-shampooA few different people have mentioned Mixed Chicks hair products to me on a number of occasions and I have honestly been meaning to try it, but just never got around to it until just recently.  After feeling like my regular shampoo and conditioner were no longer performing as well as they have in the past, I decided to try something new and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give Mixed Chicks a try.  I opted for the Sulfate Free Shampoo and Deep Conditioner as my naturally curly hair has been feeling really dry lately thanks to regular hot yoga attendance.

The Sulfate Free Shampoo is supposed to mildly cleanse my hair without stripping my hair of its natural oils and the Deep Conditioner is supposed to penetrate, reconstruct and restore my dry hair.  After trying both for two weeks, I was pretty bummed that I didn’t get around to trying them sooner. Read more

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New England Inspired Fall Makeup Look

New England Inspired Fall #Makeup Look

Since I have been receiving frequent requests for how-to’s on my eye makeup looks (especially on Facebook), I decided to do a step-by-step picture post for my dedicated readers and those to come on a 2013 fall makeup look that I created.

I like trends, but I also like to do my own thing, too. Today I opted to create a look that reminded me of a favorite past time of taking fall drives in my home state of RI on the back roads in the small town of Scituate. Just imagine listening to the crunching sound as your tires roll over old dirt roads while staring out at a beautiful reservoir surrounded by vast amounts of huge trees in the prime of fall filled with gold, orange, red, purple, and green leaves…some being whisked away by a gentle breeze. Are you all starting to get why I am in LOVE with fall, and all the more inspired by it? There was not one year in my childhood that went by that I did not take that drive with my mom and family, and then follow it up with apple picking and hot pie a la mode! Just writing about it makes me want to return home right now…but I will patiently wait until October to do that! Read more

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Pur Minerals CC Cream Review

Pur Minerals CC Cream #Review #Makeup #CC

I’ve been wanting to get on board with the BB and CC Cream trend, but I have to admit that I’ve been having a hard time buying into the hype.

When BB creams first came on the market, everyone was buzzing about them. I’ve tried a few and while they’ve been fine, they kind of felt like glorified tinted moisturizers that I saw no real benefit from. With most BB creams, I needed to wear foundation on top of them to achieve full coverage. I just didn’t see the point in straying from my beloved moisturizers. Then came CC Creams, which was kind of confusing because many of us wondered, what’s the difference?

Before I tell you about my new obsession with a product that really has made it’s own little spot in the makeup world, here’s the rundown: Read more

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