Clear, Glowing Skin with SheaMoisture Mud Masks

In the skin department, Summer usually means oilier than normal skin for me. Which also means clogged pores, and at times, acne prone skin accompanied by dehydrated and irritated skin thanks to time spent in the sun and insane amounts of sunscreen. One of the best ways that I deal with summer skin Read more

Try These 3 Sulfate Free Body Washes That Still Lather

It's a common beauty myth - switch to a sulfate free body wash and you have to give up that luxurious lather that makes pampering so much fun. But it's not true. Sure, you won't be able to bury yourself under a mountain of bubbles, but you don't have to Read more

How To Lighten Your Hair #MyOliaStory

I'm sharing #MyOliaStory as part of a Garnier sponsored series for Socialstars™ Taking your hair color from dark to light is a not something that can be done in a day. Well, at least not when you are doing it on your own at home. You want to be really Read more

Citrus Crumble Cookie Bars Recipe

What a way to treat yourself! Delicious, soft cookie bars topped with citrus marmalade, made with orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit essences, and of course, topped with sweet, crispy crumble. Hello everyone! It’s so nice to meet all of you, friends of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! I'm Lyuba and I Read more

Improve Your Brow Game with Chella

My brows are sparse and basically non-existent in some spots. They also do this caterpillar ish from years of plucking the wrong way when I was younger. I've considered getting permanent makeup with a brow tattoo, but to be honest, I'm not a fan of needles (which is also the Read more

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How To: Cherry Blossom Nail Art




Cherry Blossom Nail Art How To by @penelope9 via @agirlsgottaspa

I’m loving all the rich Fall colors in the new Butter London x Allure collection!  I’m not yet ready for Fall, but I’m okay with winding down this hot, hot Summer.  So, let’s do a mani of a typical Spring flower – the cherry blossom!

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Pretty Woman Kingfisher Feather Polish Review

Pretty Woman Feather #NailPolish in Kingfisher via @agirlsgottaspa

I love the look of textured nail polish. However, many textured polishes tend to scrape off easily making the effort of applying them practically useless. The Feather polishes from Pretty Woman are another story entirely. You can achieve a textured look that is still smooth to the touch minimizing the chance of it scratching off.

Right now I’m calling Pretty Woman’s Feather nail polish in Kingfisher my fun polish. It’s like tiny pieces of red, yellow and blue confetti having a party on your nails.  Read more

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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!

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Stars and Stripes Nail Art How To



It doesn’t necessarily need to be the 4th of July to show your patriotic side. Show off your stars and stripes with these easy nail art how to’s from editorial manicurist, Jin Soon Choi.

JINsoon Patriotic Nails - Get the look! #nailart

Look 1 Stars and Stripes 

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Easy Nail Art Tutorial



Super Easy Nail Art How To Using Dental Floss

Honestly, the easy button was made for people like me. There are just some things I have no patience for, and nail art is one of them. I wish I could tell you that as a beauty blogger I am super creative and uber crafty and create endless nail looks to swoon over, but the truth is, my nails go bare most of the time.

It’s a tragedy really. For some reason, ever since I wore shellac back in 2011, my nails have never grown to any substantial length. But that’s not my only excuse. I simply lack the skill required to paint cool scenes on my tiny nails. Then Pinterest to my rescue! I came across an amazingly easy nail art tutorial, and I was pretty excited to be able to recreate it with some modifications.

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Sally Hansen #IHeartMyNailArt Manicure Party

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#iheartmynailart Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen beach colors

The beach. Water, sand and sunlight have always been my inspiration. I grew up in Rhode Island and spent most of my time at the beach. Now I live in the Poconos, but instead of the ocean, I have the lake here as my refuge. It seems that surf and sand were never meant to be a long distance relationship for me. It’s the sparkle of the sunlight, the shimmering water, the texture of the sand and the bright, cheery colors that you see at the beach that were the inspiration behind my #IHeartMyNailArt Sally Hansen + Walgreens party for me. Read more

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Hammered Metal Inspired Nails with Manicurist Hillary Fry

Friend and editorial and salon manicurist, Hillary Fry, has amazing nail art being considered for Nails Magazine’s January cover photo. I’m so in love with the look, that I asked Hillary to explain the inspiration behind it and which products she used to achieve it.

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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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Kiss Nail Dress Jeweled Strips Review

After a (major) failed attempt at nail art the other day, I ventured back out to my local CVS to look for more imPRESS Nails to wear. While in the beauty aisle, I came across Kiss’ new Nail Dress jeweled nail strips. Besides being bedazzled with some bling, the package contained enough strips for both a manicure AND pedicure. I was sold! The strips I chose are called Princess, although they look more like a Tigress (in my opinion.)

To apply these nails strips here’s the supplies you’ll need:

Cotton pad and nail polish remover
A heavy duty nail file (the one that comes with it, just won’t do!)
Small nail clippers
Small sewing scissors
1 Advil
Someone to give you a massage

The kit comes with 28 strips and a nail file that is a file on one side and a buffer on the other.  To use strips on your fingers, apply the rounded side close to your cuticle. When applying to toes, use the square side nearest the cuticle. I found that the strips didn’t really vary much in size. Almost every strip was a little too big for my nails and toes. I decided to start with my toes first, and began by only using the file that came with the kit. By toe #2, I realized it wasn’t cutting it (literally.)  Read more

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