Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

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Revlon Glam Holiday Nails

For someone who wore nothing but French tips for years, I’m really embracing the festive sparkly finishes in nail polish this season. The two polishes pictured above are both new from Revlon. The red polish on the left is Ruby Ribbon and has not only glitter but tiny bits of gold tinsel. It works beautifully on it’s own or layered over other solid colored polishes. I tried to capture the complexity 0f this polish but my camera skills are lacking. Suffice to say the bar glitter, sparkle and density of Ruby Ribbon is stunning and it definitely looks like a much more expensive polish.  Read more

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Maybelline Color Show Silver Gleam Review

The holiday season is all about sparkle! From your clothing to your makeup to your nails, this is the one time shine is in!

Maybelline’s new Color Show limited edition colors for the holidays includes Silver Gleam.

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The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Holiday Hair

As indicated by the title of this post, I tend to lack any sort of motivation when it comes to styling my own hair.  Don’t get me wrong, I will definitely spend time on improving the health of my hair with deep conditioners, but as far as styled hair I tend to stick to three insanely easy styles that require the minimum amount of effort.

These include either a ponytail, loose bun/top knot, every once in a while a braid or I just simply leave it down…like I said, not a lot of effort.  This suits me just fine all year with the exception of the holiday season.  I, like most others, tend to get sucked into the sparkly glamour that seems to define the holiday season and I feel the need to do something a more with my hair, but I just do not have the skill, knowledge, patience or motivation to go all out. So I decided  to stick with what I already know but just add a bit of sparkle.  I figured that this would be a great time to make use of some of the barrettes I ordered from France Luxe and have never used.  Read more

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LORAC Sweet Temptations Lip Gloss Collection Review – Holiday 2012

LORAC’s Holiday Collection has a candy/sweets theme. One of the jewels of this collection is the Sweet Temptations  Lip Gloss Set ($25). The collection includes six full sized lip glosses with the sweet treat theme:

  • Pumpkin Spice (coral)
  • Butterscotch (pale peach)
  • Créme Brulée (light pink)
  • Cotton Candy (medium pink)
  • Frosted Gumdrop (bright pink)
  • Candy Apple (warm red)

Each of the glosses have the taste and scent of their name–such a fun added bonus! These sweet, hydrating glosses are infused with antioxidants like acai berry, pomegranate, grape seed, and vitamins C and E to help nourish and protect your lips. These high shine, shimmery shades range from nude peach, to pinks to candy apple red. I do wish the shade range was a little more diverse–there are an awful lot of pinks in the collection. The lighter shades don’t have as much opacity to them as Frosted Gumdrop and Candy Apple. Candy Apple is a lovely warm red that is perfect for the holidays and Frosted Gumdrop is a bright pink that would be ideal for Christmas Eve celebrations.  Read more

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Holiday Giveaway: Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glace Collection in Rich Berries

Today is Day 7 and our final giveaway of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays promotion. We know that there are lip gloss addicts out there just dying to get their hands on Laura Mercier’s Mini Lip Glace Collection in Rich Berries ($48)! That gorgeous berry lip is the perfect pop of color all year round, so this is a set that is sure to please beyond the holiday season. And guess what? It is SOLD OUT! So whoever wins this giveaway will be very lucky indeed!

The Mini Lip Glace Collection in Soft Nudes is still available though, among other really amazing holiday palettes and holiday bath & body setsRead more

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Holiday Giveaway: Freeze 24/7 Instant Targeted Wrinkle Cream

We’re super excited for today’s giveaway from Freeze 24/7 for our Get Glamorous for the Holidays! You’ve seen my before and after pics of their Freeze & Go, ArcticLift Firming Neck Cream, and their Instant Targeted Wrinkle Treatment with amazing results. We love this anti-aging line for their immediate results.

Today we’re going to give away Instant Targeted Wrinkle Treatments ($95) to three lucky people for your wrinkle-minimizing pleasure!

Enter to win via the entrybox below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, only one entry per person.  Liking A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Facebook fan page is mandatory to enter, tweeting about it is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry.

Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! to be in the loop for all of our holiday giveaways and beauty reviews! We’re on Kindle too!

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Holiday Giveaway: June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish

Day 5 of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays giveaways includes one June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish ($60). Scrub off the wear and tear of everyday environmental stressors with this spicy, detoxifying face and body polish. Infused with a powerful pumpkin enzyme, combined with the gentle exfoliation of crushed bamboo and jojoba micro beads, this scrub helps to cleanse the skin of dead cells.

We also have our eye on June Jacobs Body Balm Travel Kit! Give the gift of luxuriously smooth skin this holiday season! It contains five travel sizes of the brand’s cult favorite body balms, this kit comes with a gorgeous leather travel bag and is perfect for the jet-setter in your life.

Enter to win the Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish via the entrybox below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, one entry per person.  Subscribing via email is mandatory in order to enter this giveaway, tweeting is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry. Read more

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Holiday Giveaway: Serge Normant Meta Minis

Hair care lovers rejoice! Day 4 of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays giveaways includes Serge Normant’s Meta Minis! Typically sold separately, we’ve giving away the entire set to one lucky winner!

These Meta Minis are the perfect stocking stuffer! The Meta Minis include: Meta Silk Mini Shampoo ($9), Meta Velour Mini Conditioner ($9), Meta Luxe Mini Hairspray ($12), and Meta Revive Mini Dry Shampoo ($15).

Enter to win via the entrybox below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, one entry per person.  Subscribing to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is mandatory in order to enter this giveaway, tweeting is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry. Read more

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Holiday Giveaway: Pattern Body Wash Sage Lotion and Body Wash

Who’s ready for day 3 of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays giveaway? Remember, each giveaway only lasts for 24 hours! Today we’re giving away Pattern Body Wash Sage Lotion and Sage Body wash. We LOVE this scent! You may remember that we’ve reviewed it before (as we have their Black Pepper body wash.)

Pattern Body Wash makes great stocking stuffers for the beauty addict on your list!

Enter to win via the entrybox below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, one entry per person. Following @agirlsgottaspa on Twitter is mandatory to enter to win, tweeting is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry. Read more

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Holiday Giveaway: Bliss Firm Baby Firm Serum

It’s day 2 of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays week of giveaways! For those of us out there looking for the facial lift without the Botox, we’ve got a treat for you!

Bliss Firm, Baby, Firm dual-action lifting and volumizing serum is great for those with mature skin that are experiencing loss of elasticity.  The serum is lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs quickly. I’m currently trying this serum out for review, and it works great!

Today, for 24 hours only, we’re giving away one bottle of Firm, Baby, Firm to 3 winners! This serum has a retail value of $75. Enter via the entry box below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, one entry per person.  Kindle subscription is a mandatory entry to be eligible, tweeting is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry. Read more

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