Teami Skinny Tea

// // National day(s) of complete diet obliteration ...also known as "the holidays," is almost upon us. As much as I am looking forward to unlimited pumpkin pie and stuffing, I know that beginning the day after Thanksgiving, all I am going to want to do is detox. This year I am one Read more

The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily Read more

Can Ultrasound Improve the Look of Skin?

I'll be honest, I was not very familiar with the world of cosmetic ultrasound treatments when I decided to try the Mira-Skin Ultrasound device. Upon doing my research, I learned that ultrasound is a non-surgical/non-invasive treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Ultrasound uses the body's Read more

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all Read more

3 Myths About Using Toner

Toner is one of the biggest misunderstood skin care products out there. And to be honest, at one point when I was younger, I also believed some of these myths. What about you? 1. Toner is a cleanser. This one bugs me the most. I've read blogger reviews where the person clearly Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary Cruelty Free Consumer Gift Card Giveaway

@iamcrueltyfree gift card giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa

One of the first retailers to welcome my bath and body products into their store was Julie at CFC is taking all of the guesswork out of finding cruelty free products by offering Leaping Bunny certified brands in her online store. CFC doesn’t only offer beauty brands, but handbags, pet, baby and household cruelty free items as well.

One winner will receive a $75 Gift Card from that will be emailed in the form of a promo code.’s social channels:


See all of October’s giveaways! Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary Giveaway: PRIIA minerale-derm

10 year blogiversary giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa @priiacosmetics

PRIIA™ minerale-derm is the first and only mineral makeup of its kind. Made specifically for acne-prone skin, it is 100% acne safe, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. The ingredients are 100% gluten-free with many vegan options, and the entire line is cruelty free. It’s important to know that PRIIA’s formulas DO NOT contain bismuth oxychloride, talc, FD&C dyes, carmine, silicones, nano-particles, petroleum derivatives, parabens or pore-clogging ingredients.

We’re giving away the following products from PRIIA mineral-derm – you get to choose where it says “OR” as well as the shade! Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary Giveaway: A Girl’s Gotta Spa! ®

10 year blogiversary giveaway @agirlsgottaspa cruelty free bath and body products

10 years ago having my own beauty brand was just a dream out of reach. A year and a half ago, I made it a reality.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! ® bath and body products are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free, and contain vegan and natural ingredients.

Where most companies launch with the very popular lavender fragrance, I chose citrus due to its uplifting qualities. There’s always some point in our day when we need a little invigoration to make it through.

I’m giving away A Girl’s Gotta Spa! 3-Piece Gift Set (ARV $76) to one winner. The gift set includes Energizing Citrus Body Lotion, Body Wash and Salt Scrub.

Dates of entry are October 14, 2015 at 12am EST until October 21, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Please read the fine print at the bottom because that’s important too. Read more

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Lani Tropical Hair Treatment – Cruelty Free and Vegan

Lani Tropical Hair Treatment review via @agirlsgottaspa

Lately a lot of my beauty obsessions have been due to my other obsession, Instagram.  Thanks to Instagram I’ve discovered beauty products and brands that would have otherwise never been on my radar.

My most recent IG beauty product discovery is Lani Tropical Hair Treatment. Read more

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Herbacin Make-up Remover Review

Herbacin Two-Phase Make-up Remover Review via @agirlsgottaspa

For a long time now, I’ve been using make-up remover wipes to take off my make-up at night. It’s been easy and convenient, but it’s not always the best choice for my skin type.

I wanted to get back to using a make-up remover that wouldn’t cause me to tug on my skin, especially around my eyes, in order to remove make-up, as well as one that would nourish my skin without leaving a greasy feeling behind. I believe I’ve found that in Herbacin’s Two-Phase Make-up Remover.

Even better, it’s natural and cruelty free. Read more

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Block Island Organics Review

Block Island Organics Skincare review via @agirlsgottaspa

Block Island – a gorgeous island located in Rhode Island. Yes, many people get confused – “isn’t Rhode Island an island?” they ask me. I go on to list many islands found in Rhode Island – Patience, Goat, Aquidneck, Hog, Hope, Prudence Island… and so many more. My grandparents owned a home on Aquidneck Island, right on Naragansett Bay, that as a child I had hoped to one day inherit. Unfortunately they sold it years ago (I still hope one day I can buy it back.)

I spent countless Summer vacations on Prudence Island, which I hope to one day bring my children to. And Block Island, the place where a number of US Presidents have visited, as well as Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh, is another prestine and spectacular piece of beauty in RI.

Nostalgia aside, I became obsessed with an organic skin care line named after Block Island that I want to share with you. Read more

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CIRCA Beauty

I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It’s even better when I get something I haven’t tried before. Like makeup from CIRCA Beauty, a cruelty free makeup line that’s affordable, long wearing, trendy, and appeals to different skin tones. And oh yeah, the Creative Director just happens to be Eva Mendez.

Circa beauty foundation review via @agirlsgottaspa

Left: BB Cream in 03 Medium. Right: Liquid Foundation in 07.

I usually cannot find foundations or a BB cream that doesn’t end up being too dark or makes my skin looks ashy. This makeup line is simply amazing! My skin tone would be considered medium brown with yellow undertones and both the Color Balance BB Cream (03 Medium) and Color Balance Liquid Foundation (07) matched my skin without being chalky. My skin looked smooth and radiant! Read more

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Prevent Dry Cracked Hands – Try This

At-home pampering hand treatment for dry, cracked hands via @agirlsgottaspa #DIY #beauty

One of the worst offenders of dry or dehydrated skin is when it comes to cracked skin on your hands. So painful and it feels like a neverending cycle of trying to keep germs at bay with repeated handwashing, which totally dries you out, and then moisturizing to try to combat the dry skin. A few years ago I learned this simple trick you can do at home that really helps to get rid of the dry skin and hydrate it leaving those cracked, painful hands behind.

What You’ll Need: Read more

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Makeup Wars: It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette review via @agirlsgottaspa #makeup

One of my favorite cruelty free makeup brands is IT Cosmetics. They also happen to make the most amazing makeup brushes that are incredibly soft (like swiping a cloud across your face.)  Their newest palette, CC+ Radiance, contains a color correcting powder, as well as a universal blush and bronzer to brighten skin. Each powder is aimed at improving the appearance of your skin tone – so not just concealing an uneven skin tone, but enhancing it in a very natural way. I don’t know about you, but lately all of these conceal and contour how-to’s out there seem to take beauty to an extreme. I’m really more about natural beauty and that’s what I really love about this Radiance Palette. Read more

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Exfoliating Body Scrub

@agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub. Exfoliating dry skin with Dead Sea Salts and hydrating with avocado oil. #scrub #bathandbody #beauty

A year ago when A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began the quest of producing the best bath and body products, this exfoliating salt scrub was the one I was looking forward to most. It’s no secret that body scrubs are by far my most favorite skin care item due to the way it transforms your skin. Transformation is important when it comes to self-care. When you take the time for yourself, even to simply scrub away dull, dry skin, you make yourself a priority and that’s important for your emotional well-being.

If you don’t make the time to care for yourself, who else is going to? Read more

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