Try These 3 Sulfate Free Body Washes That Still Lather

It's a common beauty myth - switch to a sulfate free body wash and you have to give up that luxurious lather that makes pampering so much fun. But it's not true. Sure, you won't be able to bury yourself under a mountain of bubbles, but you don't have to Read more

How To Lighten Your Hair #MyOliaStory

I'm sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier sponsored series for Socialstars™ Taking your hair color from dark to light is a not something that can be done in a day. Well, at least not when you are doing it on your own at home. You want to be really Read more

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe

What a way to treat yourself! Delicious, soft cookie bars topped with citrus marmalade, made with orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit essences, and of course, topped with sweet, crispy crumble. Hello everyone! It’s so nice to meet all of you, friends of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I'm Lyuba and I Read more

Improve Your Brow Game with Chella

My brows are sparse and basically non-existent in some spots. They also do this caterpillar ish from years of plucking the wrong way when I was younger. I've considered getting permanent makeup with a brow tattoo, but to be honest, I'm not a fan of needles (which is also the Read more

Diminish the Look of Fine Lines and Wrinkles #sponsored

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® Daily Resurfacing Disks, I'm getting taking care of my skin as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Are you looking for a simple way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin all in one beauty product? Do you have fine lines, wrinkles and sun damaged Read more

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My Top Five Beauty Products From Whole Foods

Top 5 beauty products from @wholefoods via @agirlsgottaspa

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 all know what they say about assuming. Silly me.

After actually browsing through the beauty department, I realized that Whole Foods carried some of my favorite beauty products that I normally have to search for online due to most retailers not carrying them in store. Whole Foods has now become one of my favorite destinations for beauty products that are natural, organic, cruelty free and that perform amazingly well.

A few of my favorite beauty products from Whole Foods are: Read more

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Susan Posnick COLORFLO Loose Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Mineral Foundation review via @agirlsgottaspa
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. Read more

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Customize Your Skin Care Routine with Paula’s Choice

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Paula’s Choice via Pretty In My Pocket (PRIMP.) All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Customize your skin care routine with @PaulasChoice - full review on @agirlsgottaspa #PrimpLovesPaula #PaulasChoiceSkinCare @Prettyinmypoc #PowerPrimper

Who can resist Paula’s Choice?

Sorry, I couldn’t help but make that joke, although I have to say that now that I’ve tried this skin care line, I’m pretty much hooked.

Prior to this review, I hadn’t tried any of Paula’s Choice skin care, although I am very much aware of Paula Begoun, the founder, as the Cosmetics Cop who is all about truth in beauty, skin care, ingredients and proven research. In fact, I had the chance to interview her when Beautypedia launched several years ago. Her website has a full encyclopedia of advice for every type of skin care concern. She is a wealth of information!

I am a true skin care junkie. I absolutely believe that it doesn’t matter how much contouring and concealing you do or how much makeup you wear – if your skin is a mess, there is no hiding that! Besides, the better you treat your skin, the less makeup you’ll have to invest in to fix your flaws. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in acne, anti-aging, beauty, skin care 1 Comment

Makeup Wars: KEUNE So Pure (and so awesome)




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Keune So Pure hair care review via @agirlsgottaspa

KEUNE’s So Pure products should simply be called “bottle of awesome.” I had never tried this line prior to being sent them a few months ago, and I was skeptical that anything could combat my scalp issue at the time. All I can say is, scalp dryness and flaking? GONE.

I’ve been on the hunt for a while for a good scalp exfoliator, especially one that is cruelty free. And let’s get real, I don’t really have the time or energy these days to whip up a good DIY. When I learned about KEUNE’s So Pure Exfoliating Shampoo, I was intrigued. Its main ingredients are tea tree oil, lavender, coconut and argan oil. It aims to remove build up, relieve itching and prevent future flaking. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Hair Care 7 Comments

eb5 Skincare Giveaway

@eb5corp skin care giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa

We have a great skin care giveaway for you! If you haven’t heard about cruelty-free skin care brand, eb5, now is a great time to learn more!

Based in Portland, Oregon, eb5 Skincare is a family-owned business that dates back to 1904 when pharmacist Samuel Heldfond began creating life-changing remedies for customers of his apothecary. His son, Robert, introduced their popular “five creams in one” anti-wrinkle cream in the 1960’s. Still popular in the 21st century, eb5 is considered “the original wrinkle cream.”

For a limited time, our readers can save 10% on their first order on eb5’s website by using the coupon code BLOGGERGIFT at checkout.

Giveaway Details: Read more

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Burt’s Bees Renewal Skin Care Line #28DayFaceCleanse

This is a sponsored post about Burt’s Bees Renewal Line in partnership with DataRank, all opinions are my own.

Burt's Bees Renewal skin care collection. #28DayFaceCleanse via @agirlsgottaspa
Cruelty free skin care brand, Burt’s Bees, has just launched their Renewal skin care line. (Quick! Grab the $3 off coupon code for Walmart here!) They’ve issued a 28-day challenge to see how it changes your skin (which I promptly took them up on.) Right now my skin can’t decide if it is oily, dry or everything in between. Since your skin renews itself every 28 days, it’s the perfect time to try out this line.

The Burt’s Bees Renewal skin care line consists of: Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in anti-aging, beauty, skin care 2 Comments

Longer Lashes Instantly with Physicians Formula #EyeBooster

@Pfcosmetics Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit  review via @agirlsgottaspa. @CNSway #EyeBooster

Throughout history, women have always coveted longer, fuller lashes. Heck, it’s one of the reasons we’re all on the hunt for that holy grail mascara. Over the years, mascaras have gotten better at helping women fake incredible lashes and the fiber mascara trend is one of them.

I had the opportunity to test out cruelty free cosmetic brand, Physicians Formula, newest innovation – Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit. The kit includes a mascara with a slightly curved brush and a separate bottle of fibers with a wand to apply them. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara 1 Comment

Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap

Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap review via @agirlsgottaspa

When it comes to cleansing my body, I never did like using a bar of soap, I have always preferred body washes, gels or shower oils. I have rarely found a soap that I enjoy using. They tend to leave a filmy residue that leaves my skin dry and itchy, especially during winter. So of course I was skeptical when I received a bar of Milky Rose soap from Osmia Organics.

Their soaps are made with organic oils, organic and natural plant butters, organic and wildcrafted herbs, organic milks, and organic or wildcrafted essential oils. They avoid things like synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, parabens and phthalates and there is no animal cruelty involved. Also their soaps are wrapped in 100% post-consumer, recycled paper and hemp twine which is biodegradable and compostable. Read more

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Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

@vegancuts @leapingbunny Fresh Start Kit #review via @agirlsgottaspa

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands.

Up front I’ll tell you that I love Leaping Bunny, and as a certified cruelty free brand ourselves, I can 100% get behind this Vegan Cuts Fresh Start Kit.

Here’s what you’ll get: Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

Video: @agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion #beauty #bathandbody

You deserve to be pampered.

Do you believe that? You should!

In this video I talk about A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion, including the ingredients, how it works and what I was looking to achieve in order to meet your needs when creating this beauty brand. This isn’t your typical shea lotion and I truly believe it is the best lotion for dry skin (or any skin!) Watch the video for more info: Read more

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