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

Birchbox

Zoya Nail Color Blogger Collection by Birchbox

Zoya, my all-time favorite brand of nail polish teamed up with Birchbox and several bloggers to create  the Blogger Collection, three exclusive limited edition nail polish shades. First, each blogger made a mood board capturing her favorite spring/summer colors. Next, Birchbox Facebook fans were asked to vote for the top three boards, which the polish experts at Zoya used to custom-design this stunning trio. Kate is a pinkish grapefruit that comes courtesy of The Small ThingsEleventh Gorgeous created Coraline, a warm juicy tangerine. Capitol Hill Style is the force behind Belle, a coppery pink which features microscopic bits of iridescent glitter. They are ALL gorgeous and right on trend for summer!   Read more

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Spotted: Gossip Girl & Birchbox Join Forces

I just signed up for Birchbox last week and have yet to receive my first package, so I can’t quite vouch for its awesomeness yet, but let me just say: I chose the right time to jump onboard! For those who have been living under a rock like I have (until last week, of course), Birchbox is a subscription service that sends you a custom-selected batch of hand-picked beauty samples each month for $10 each month. And if you’re a huge beauty addict like me, that’s a pretty cool deal.

And in honor of Gossip Girl’s upcoming season 5 finale, the beauty gurus have teamed up with the CW series to deliver new and existing subscribers a batch of goodies curated by the show’s hair and makeup mavens, Amy Tagliamonti and Jennifer Johnson. I’m not even a fan of the show, but I do know that if these samples are good enough for Blake Lively (ahem, I mean Serena van der Woodsen), they’re good enough for me to give a whirl!  Read more

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