Spa Pedicure at Utopia Salon & Day Spa in Hawley, PA

The best part of living in a tourist area (the Poconos), is that there are a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered. For me, this gem has been right in front of my face for 13 years. I've driven by Utopia Salon & Day Spa countless times, but Read more

Reflekt Facial Exfoliator Review

This luxury facial cleanser makes skin feel amazing! I've been using Reflekt Skincare for the last 6 weeks about 2-3 times per week. In the summer, a regular cleanser alone won't do the trick to thoroughly rid my skin of all the "gunk" that warmer weather brings when wearing makeup, Read more

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

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Best Body Washes for Acne-Prone Skin

Best body washes for acne prone skin via @agirlsgottaspa

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 and am often embarrassed by.

There’s a lot of great body washes out there that can help diminish body acne without a prescription and without the uber drying effects of benzoyl peroxide. While that’s an effective ingredient, it just creates a secondary issue for you to have to deal with – dry, flaky skin. No thanks!

Here are 4 body washes that we’ve found work best on body acne (and smell great too!) Read more

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Spongelle Shower Gel Infused Bath Buffers Giveaway

Enter @agirlsgottaspa Spongelle Shower Gel Infused Bath Buffer #giveaway!

Let’s slough off the dryness of Winter and get our skin Spring-ready! What better way to do this than with a giveaway of Spongelle’s Shower Gel Infused Bath Buffers!

Just in case you missed Gail’s review of Spongelle’s body buffers that are infused with a silken, gentle shower gel and precisely formulated, premium-quality skin care ingredients to moisturize, protect and rejuvenate the body complexion, be sure to read it to know what an amazing skin care experience you are in for! Read: Spongelle Body Wash Infused Body Buffers(You’ll need this link because commenting on that post is part of the entry!) Read more

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Spongelle Body Wash Infused Body Buffers

Spongelle Body Wash Infused Buffers review via @agirlsgottaspa

I am an absolute devotee of beauty products that are able to multitask. For me multitasking beauty products are an absolute godsend, so whenever I catch wind of one of these products I HAVE to try it, which is why I had to try Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffer and Pedi Buffer.

The Spongellé Body Buffer is infused with a shower gel containing  skin care ingredients to cleanse, exfoliate, stimulate circulation, and moisturize skin. Each buffer has its own one-of-a-kind fragrance blend. In addition to body buffers, Spongellé also has pedi buffers to prevent dry, rough feet by buffing away calluses. Read more

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Obiqo Refreshing Body Wash and Silky Body Butter

Marine-inspired #skincare

I am always drawn to beauty products inspired by the sea.  More often than not I find these types of products to be refreshing, soothing and relaxing, in addition to being very nourishing to my skin.  Rarely have marine-inspired beauty products ever failed me and the two products I recently tried from Obiqo Skincare were no exception.

Prior to trying their Refreshing Body Wash and Silky Body Butter, I had never heard of Obiqo Skincare and I am absolutely ecstatic to now be in the know.  Their skincare combines nutrient rich sea kelp from New Zealand’s waters with antioxidant properties of French organic sea lavender.  All of the marine extracts used in their products are derived from sustainable sources and the methods of harvesting them are natural, gentle and solvent-free. Read more

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Caress Tempting Whisper Body Wash Review

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Nothing is better than a bouquet of flowers (peonies to be exact!) and the uplifting fragrance they can fill a room with.

Caress’ newest fine fragrance elixir is Tempting Whisper crafted of sophisticated floral notes of white peony, enhanced with fruity notes of red plum. The result is a beautiful medley of exotic blossoms at the peak of their bloom. It’s intoxicating. Tempting Whisper is inspired by the world of fine fragrance with a complex combination of fragrance notes created by top experts at fragrance house, Givaudan.  Read more

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H20 Plus Purifying Spa Sea Salt Body Wash and Skin Smoother

I could think of no more perfect bath and body products right now at the height of cold and flu season, than H2O Plus’ Sea Salt line. No, it won’t mean you can avoid a flu shot, but it will mean that when you are feeling miserably sick, these are products you want to have on hand to lift your mood and awaken your senses. Something I find goes steeply downhill when I’m laid up in bed sick.

Of course, you can use these products without being a germ-fest. They are perfect any time.

Sea Salt Body Wash is enriched with European sea salts to lather away impurities and exhilarate the senses while the Sea Salt Skin Smoother reveals healthy, glowing skin with exfoliating European sea salts, nourishing botanicals and soothing almond oil.

The scent is refreshing, unique and soothing at the same time with its ocean-like fragrance and notes of green tea. I love that the scent not only encases my entire bathroom with the aroma, but it remains lightly on my skin for hours once I’m done showering.

The Sea Salt Body Wash comes in a bottle that at first glance looks to be glass, but is a thick plastic (perfect for people like me who are clumsy but love luxe-like packaging.) The body wash is thick and luxurious.  Read more

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Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash Review

There’s nothing worse than dry skin in the winter. Flakes everywhere, itchiness, skin snagging your sheets…

While I’ve said repeatedly that hot showers in the winter contribute to dry skin (and they do), I’ve been guilty of a few hot showers on occasion. Sometimes there is nothing better when you are sick, need to relax or just plain need to warm up. To combat these skin care don’ts that we tend to do, an effective moisturizing body wash is called for.

As you may know, sometimes the body washes that lather the most also tend to strip the skin of moisture. Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash lathers enough while utilizing gentle cleansers so that skin remains soft and moisturized. They also have their NutriumMoisture and by reading the label I see moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, soybean and sunflower seed oil.  Read more

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Tone Body Wash Reviews

Cooler temperatures and fewer hours of sunlight can only mean one thing: your shower will become your new best friend. When it comes to skin care, of course.

Our skin gets drier in the winter months and being cooped up with less time outdoors usually means the winter blues. But you have a secret weapon–your shower and your body wash! Having a chance to review all 6 of Tone’s body washes reminded me how skin hydrating shower gels along with invigorating fragrances can not only nourish your skin, but your mind as well.  Read more

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