DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. "The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too," says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of Read more

nail art tutorial

Nail Art Blue Silver Rhinestones

Nail art tutorial from @penelope9 (Lit from Within) for @agirlsgottaspa #nailart #nails

Continuing to prove that nail art doesn’t need to be difficult, I asked Nidia from Lit From Within to recreate a nail look with a tutorial.  For this nail art how to, Nidia took inspiration from A Nail Addict Named Sonia @badgirlnails.

First, paint your nails with a fun glitter.  Go as blingy as you like, but if it’s textured, you’ll probably want to put down a thick topcoat before moving on with this look.

When you’re using striping tape, you need to wait for your base layer to be *completely* dry.  You can’t fake this step.  Use a fast drying topcoat if you want to hurry the process a little, but putting tape on wet polish means that the polish will stick to the tape. The key is patience! Read more

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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 get this floral look in three easy steps, using only a couple colored polishes, a striping brush and dotting tool!

Easy floral nail art tutorial via @agirlsgottaspa from @oblassa #nailart #tutorial #nails #floral Read more

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Nail Art Tutorial: Black Matte French Manicure


I’m always looking for new nail trends to try and one that I spotted recently that really caught my attention were Black Matte French Tips. Julianne Hough and Kelly Osborn recently rocked this look at the Emmy’s in September.

And really, it makes sense. A French Manicure is always classy and black nails are a hot trend for Fall, so why not put them together for a chic Fall look? We love it!

There are two easy ways to create this look.

If you can get your hands on NEW Layla Ceramic Softouch in ‘Noir Touch’ and Layla Ceramic Effect Nail Polish in ‘Black Star’ you can create this look in just 3 easy steps.  Read more

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Nail Art Tutorial: Leopard Accent Nails



Nail art tutorial from Kristie Burnett of Blushing Basics.

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Nail Art Tutorial: Hot Pink Nail Tips with Essie

More times than not, I fail at nail art. Thank goodness for Pinterest and finding plenty of DIY nail art tutorials. Without much time (or patience) to intricate details, I discovered a super easy way to give myself a French manicure of sorts. I love the colored nail tip trend and since I’m loving the new Essie hot pink color, Off the Shoulder, that I received in a Klout Perk, I decided to go with that.  Read more

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