Nine Things I've Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl's Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in Read more

Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

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LAQA&Co Fat Lip Pencil

LAQA&Co Fat Lip Pencil #review #beauty #makeup
I love products with a story behind them, which is why I am positively crazy in love with LAQA&Co. Fat Lip Pencils.

The Fat Lip Pencil is a glossy jumbo lip pencil that does not need a sharpener, which I think is absolutely brilliant because there is nothing worse than having to purchase a sharpener for every brand of lip pencil that I decide to try (which is A LOT.)  The LAQA&Co. Fat Lip Pencil has a beautiful glossy sheen with a lightweight, smooth, moisturizing feel on my lips and a refreshing minty scent and taste. Read more

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RickyColor Disco Sticks Lip Gloss Review

Ricky's NYC Disco Sticks Lip Gloss #review #makeup

As an avid lip gloss fan, I’m not so fanatical of the sometimes messy or tacky application. I do so love the smooth texture and shine, though.

Popular beauty store, Ricky’s NYC, has pretty lip gloss in a crayon that still provides the hydrating texture and shine I adore without any mess or fuss. At first look I was a little nervous about the colors since I am super fair skinned and all, but they do not apply dark at all. They provide more of a sheer look with a pretty pop of color to your lips. Read more

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Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss Review


Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss #review #makeup

If you read my Urban Decay Naked 3 eye shadow palette review, you could probably tell that I’m pretty much obsessed with UD’s Naked line. My passion for their eye shadows drove me to hunt down the new Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss ($20) the moment it was available. No really, I literally called around to every Sephora and Ulta within an hour’s drive to see if they had any in yet. My local Sephora had just gotten a few in and they weren’t even on display yet. Read more

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Miracle Skin Transformer Lip Rewind Review

Miracle Transformer Lip Rewind #review

I LOVE brands that stand for something beautiful, the type of beauty that envelopes the essence of love, joy, and hope. The kind that gives and quietly supports the unspoken interdependence we each need at some level in our lives.

When I look to review a brand I not only want to know how the product will work for the caregiver and busy woman, I want to know what the brand stands for, and if they will multiply the blessing of success to pass it on to others. In other words, what are they doing with what they have to produce positive community impact? Read more

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Burke Williams H2V Spa Gloss Line Review

Burke Williams #Spa Gloss

I tend to wear more lip gloss in the cooler months than I do lipstick, simply because gloss can give me some extra hydration versus a lipstick that may dry them out. Burke Williams, a day spa with 9 locations across northern and southern California, has a fantastic spa gloss that is part of their H2V Skin Care line.

Art+Science=Beauty. This is the philosophy behind Burke Williams innovative H2V Skin Care line. By combining botanical and herbal ingredients with tested and proven scientific ingredients, a team of experienced estheticians, scientists and top industry professionals have created an effective and results-oriented line of products designed to repair and enhance skin, bringing natural beauty to the surface. Read more

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Lancome Gloss In Love Review



Lancome Gloss In Love #review #makeup
As a lip gloss lover who appreciates some color and shine all in one tube, I was super excited to get my hands on Lancome’s new lip collection, Gloss In Love. I’ve admired Emma Watson’s lips (she’s the face in all of the ads for the line) for a few months and had product envy. Lancome’s Gloss In Love gave Emma gorgeous lips that shined and had the perfect coating of color. To be totally honest, (because that’s just how I roll) I mostly loved this gloss, but the thing I didn’t love about it was a big one for me. Read more

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The Body Shop Lip Gloss Collection Review

The Body Shop Lip Gloss Review

I’m a sucker for good lip gloss. You can never have too many and you’re never too old for a juicy, fruity, super shiny gloss. The Body Shop’s Lip Gloss Collection is packed with juicy flavors, mouth watering shine, and moisturizing glazes of color. With 11 super-glossy shades to choose from, each with their own fruity flavor, it’s hard to pick just one favorite. Read more

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VBeaute Lip Spread Hydrating Lip Gloss Review



VBeaute Lip Spread Hydrating Lip Gloss Review I’m a bit of a lip gloss junkie. I carry a makeup bag full of lip products on me at all times … but once VBeaute’s Lip Spread Anti-Age Hydrating Lip Gloss ($19) made its way into the pouch, I found myself ignoring the others.

For starters, I love the name and of course wanted to run around bragging that I had Virgin lips. Second, when you stumble upon something good, you stick with it. VBeauté just launched the 2013 Limited Edition Lip Spread colors and my lips were loving the pinkish-nude shade named Virgin. The new Lip Spread Color Glosses are lovely, (I’ll get to that) but their names are what first grabbed my attention … they’re sassy!  Read more

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EnvyDerm Lip Volumizing and Conditioning Plumper

EnvyDerm Lip Plumper

As I get older I notice the collagen making a prompt exit from my lips leaving them looking lifeless and thin. The best way to combat thinning lips (or if you have thin lips to begin with) is to keep them hydrated and to use a lip plumper. When EnvyDerm reached out to me about their Lip Volumizing and Conditioning Plumper, I was excited to give them a try. Read more

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Secret Agent Secret Lip Affair Plumping Gloss Reviews

Finally for those of us NOT born with full Angelina Jolie lips, there is help without expensive fillers or severe irritation. I remember several years back when Du Wop came out with their first lip plumper. My lips burned like hell-fire and were red and irritated for a few days. I don’t want full lips THAT badly!

Flash forward a few years and Secret Agent Beauty has a wonderful solution–plumping lip gloss in levels!  Kind of like Thai food, Secret Agent has three levels of plump. All of the glosses have peppermint and menthol oil in them but with varying intensity 1+ 2++ or 3+++. There are three choices:  Read more

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