Your Lips' New Best Friend

My addiction of a good scrub goes beyond just body and facial scrubs. I adore lip scrubs and Treat Beauty's newest organic sugar scrub is one you'll want immediately. First and foremost, I love that this scrub comes in a handy tube. This makes it easy to bring with you Read more

Easy Abstract Floral Nail Art Tutorial

I love nail art that looks really intricate, yet is effortlessly simply in application. I asked fellow beauty blogger and fellow Pennsylvanian, A Little Polish to create a tutorial just for A Girl's Gotta Spa! readers. If you're looking for some simple abstract floral nail art, here’s a tutorial to Read more

Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

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DIY Cooling Cucumber Mask

DIY Cooling Cucumber Mask #beauty via @agirlsgottaspa
During my two month stay in Bali, a significant amount of time was spent at Amo Spa in Seminyak.  I enjoyed the most amazing spa treatments that I’ve every experienced and though I have only been back in the US for a week, I am going through serious Amo Spa treatments withdrawal.  I figured the best cure for my withdrawal symptoms was to try to recreate one of my favorite Amo Spa moments at home.

One of the many things I loved about Amo Spa was the little luxuries that they took the time to incorporate into their treatments.  One such luxury was the cucumber mask that was always applied to my face during a facial, massage and body scrub.  The cucumber mask consisted of thinly sliced cucumbers sliced lengthwise (not rounds) and left in the refrigerator to cool, then applied directly to the face.  In hot and humid Bali, this cucumber mask was an absolute dream. Read more

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Orico Skin Brunch Kukui Rejuvenating Mask Review

orico-skin-brunch-kukui-rejuvenating-maskIt’s no secret that the holidays can sometimes be a mean girl when it comes to your skin.  There is the stress that accompanies holiday shopping lines, changes in the weather, those irresistible holiday drinks followed by not so fun holiday hangovers, holiday travel and of course those delectable holiday treats often times filled with things that are not very skin nurturing.  Around this time of the year my skin is definitely not at its most glowing.  It can look downright dull and depressed, which is not an Instagram friendly look.  So to make sure my skin looks amazing in pics, instead of avoiding treats, alcohol, travel etc., I’ve opted to start using Orico’s Skin Brunch Kukui Rejuvenating Mask instead. Read more

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Natural Facial Mask by Ashieda Review

Natural Face Mask by Ashieda #review #skincare

Based on the above photo, let it never be said that I am not willing to risk looking foolish in the pursuit of a great beauty product. While the Natural Facial Mask by Ashieda possibly would make a great Halloween mask…it actually is quite wonder-filled for amazing looking skin. Read more

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Face Mask Review: Murad Age-Diffusing Firming Mask

I’m a big believer in facials regardless if they’re done at home or at a spa/salon. The complete ritual of a facial is so relaxing even if you’re doing it at home; just light a few candles, put on some light music and maybe pour yourself a glass of wine.

As my birthdays seem to pop up faster each year, I’m always on the lookout for products that will, “ahem”, assist with those delicate face issues that some of us ladies and gents find on the other side of our bathroom mirror. Me, personally, I blame those harsh apartment lights. But just in case the lights aren’t to blame and it’s father time just one step behind you, I’ve recently found a little gem of product that just may keep that pesky fella away for a while. The afore mentioned birthdays and driving cross-country has made my face a bit unhappy so I was thrilled to try this new product from MuradRead more

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DIY Avocado Hair and Face Mask

Magic Bullet Avocado Face Mask Recipe #DIY

So let me begin this post by letting you all know that this recipe was actually compliments of my quick thinking sister, as I had originally intended to ingest this and not use it topically.  You are all well aware (based on my earlier post on the DIY Pineapple Strawberry Enzyme Facial Mask) that I started out the year, like a lot of you, on a health kick.  I received a juicer for Christmas and have been really enjoying juicing and coming up with different fruit and vegetable juice recipes, which led to me discovering how amazing the pulp of some fruits work as a facial mask.

Well the health kick continues and in addition to juicing I also wanted to whip up fruit and vegetable smoothies. So I went out and got a Magic Bullet. My first smoothie was going to contain avocados, pure coconut water, honey and coconut oil. I’ve been reading up on the health benefits of avocados and was really excited about incorporating it into my diet.  Well I did not have coconut oil handy first thing Monday morning so I substituted extra virgin olive oil instead.

#DIY Avocado Face Mask

Not measuring anything (because I was so anxious to get going), I put one half of a very large avocado, a bit too much olive oil and honey and not enough coconut water in the bullet and blended.  It tasted absolutely awful, one sip was enough, I could not finish the rest.  When my sister asked about my smoothie I told her how horrible it tasted and she then suggested that it would make a great face mask…something I had definitely not considered, but was glad she mentioned it because that meant I wouldn’t have to toss an entire glass of bad tasting smoothie.

Avocado Face Mask #DIY #Skincare

Later that night I applied the mask to my face, including under my eyes, since that area is so delicate and often feels dry. I also applied it to the ends of my hair since that part tends to get really dry and brittle.  My skin definitely felt softer and more hydrated after I removed the mask. The skin under my eye felt as if I had applied a heavy eye cream.  My hair felt the same as if I had just conditioned it and rinsed so I did not notice a huge difference right away, but I will continue using the mask on my hair and leave it in for longer than ten minutes to see if I notice a change in the condition of my hair with continued usage.  I am definitely thinking that avocados are my new health and beauty superfood!

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