My Top Five Beauty Products From Whole Foods

The only department in Whole Foods that I normally skip is the beauty department. It's true. I guess I've always just felt that the Whole Foods beauty department contained products that would be of little or no interest to me due to them smelling weird or my assumption that they were ineffective. Well we Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am so proud of her for launching her 5-free nail lacquer brand. The Diana Nail Lacquer Set pictured above is part of her Icons Collection. We're Read more

10 Years Blogging 10 Giveaways

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 Read more

Why Oral Health is Important

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? 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 Read more

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Loose Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush

I know that this may sound somewhat contradictory, but I love wearing makeup that I can't really feel. I like knowing that it's there on my skin, but do not want to be reminded that it's actually sitting on my skin throughout the day. This is why I love wearing Susan Read more


Ouidad Whipped Curls Review

Ouidad Whipped Curls Review

I am so insanely excited about Ouidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer!  I always feel as though my curls can never be moisturized enough and this product not only hydrates my curls, but also functions as a styling primer, meaning that I can apply it to my hair before other styling products. Read more

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Aveda Clove Color Conditioner Review

Whenever I can do something, anything, that will lengthen the time in between beauty services, I am all about it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving any and all types of beauty services…the dreaded bikini wax included, but I never enjoy receipt of the bill for said services. I am always in search of a way to make my services last longer so as to go into the spa/salon less frequently.  My latest beauty budget friendly discovery is Aveda Clove Color Conditioner.

This conditioner is a color enhancing conditioner, so it conditions your hair while rejuvenating and refreshing your color at the same time. The Clove Conditioner is supposed to enrich warm tones in medium brown hair, but I have dark brown hair and it worked just fine with my hair color.  My color looked a lot richer and my hair was super shiny and soft.  The scent is pretty great too, the only drawback of this conditioner was that it does get messy in the shower and my fingers were a bit stained after using it. If you have a white shower, don’t be alarmed as it washes away pretty easily with soap and water…and it is after all a color conditioner.  Read more

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Review: Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment

I was insanely excited about trying Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Keratin Intensive Treatment.  I’ve read a ton of blog posts about how great it works, plus ads for the Awapuhi line seemed to be in just about every beauty magazine and I was unable to resist the temptation of words like intensive conditioning, repair  damage in minutes and intense hydration.  So finally bombarded by everyone’s praise of this line, I finally located a salon that carried the Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment and danced home eager to saturate my hair in what I expected to be an intensely hydrating, damage repairing hair treatment.

After the first use I didn’t visibly notice nor feel any improvement in my hair.  I am not one who likes to write off something as not working only after one use so I decided I would continue to use it until the tube was empty, which I did and never got the results that so many others have had.  If anything my hair seemed more dry.  Perhaps I needed to use a shampoo from the same line to get the results but I have used different brands of shampoo with a different brand of conditioner before and have seen and felt improvements immediately.  Unfortunately this just did not work for me.  Read more

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Yes To Blueberries Healthy Hair Repair Review

I’ve been seeing Yes To Carrots products in my local drugstore for years. It was always one of those products I vowed to try, but truthfully, I just never got around to doing so.

To my surprise, the collection had expanded to include Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Blueberries, so I figured it was high time I hopped on the “Yes” train and found out what all these fruits and veggies were really about.

I tested out Yes To Blueberries Healthy Hair Repair Regimen, a gentle solution for those who regularly abuse their hair with heat styling (ummguilty). Blueberries have been touted as an incredible antioxidant, and both the Shampoo and Conditioner products lived up to the expectations.  Read more

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