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

Nail Polish

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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Long Lasting Manicure with JulieG Nail Color

@juliegbeauty #nailpolish review (a seriously long-lasting manicure!) #beauty

Mission: Find a long lasting manicure, as well as a nail polish that dries quickly. 

Whether you get your nails done professionally at the salon or you simply do them at home, I’m pretty confident that every woman is in search of a polish that lasts longer than a day (and isn’t Shellac) and that doesn’t take 30-45 minutes to dry completely.

By a chance meeting at iRetreat2014, I got to meet beauty vlogger Julie G in the Rite Aid Wellness Lounge, who has her own line of polishes as well as being the Spokesperson for Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics. She had some samples from both lines, the JetSet Quick Drying Top Coat and JulieG Nail Color among them. Let me say, it was kismet, because I think I’ve now found the polish brand I will be loyal to for many years. Read more

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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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#WalgreensBeauty Twitter Party May 14 at 1pm EST #shop

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Photo Credit: Polish Insomniac

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know I do! I’m excited to co-host one about Spring nail trends! On May 14th at 1:00pm ET, please join me for the #WalgreensBeauty Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing Essie and Revlon nail polishes available at Walgreens, and giving you a chance to win prizes! (Yes!)

Even if you are a mani newbie or looking to get info on the hottest colors this season, this Essie and Revlon #WalgreensBeauty Twitter Party will have everything you need to look great – from your fingers to your toes! Walgreens has the best colors from Essie and Revlon to keep your look up-to-date. While it still looks like winter here in the Pocono Mountains (and feels like it too), I simply cannot wait to strap on some sandals and don brighter colors.  Come chat with us during the Twitter Party for hot nail tips, trends, and exciting new product info! Read more

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Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please


Name your own nail polish #beauty #nailpolish

Here’s a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique.

Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting – from a baby shower to the bridal party, this is a personalized gift sure to be remembered. Read more

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Jem and the Holograms The Movie #JemtheMovie

This, friends, is truly outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous. Word on the street is that a Jem and the Holograms movie is becoming a reality.

When I heard the news, I could barely contain myself. I mean, it’s showtime Synergy. Read more

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Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer Review

butter LONDON Cheeky Chops and Primrose Hill Picnic #review

This may be a form of OCD, but I feel disheveled and incomplete when my nails aren’t painted. They don’t even need to be done well, they just need to be painted… and the brighter the better. As far as manicures go, I almost always bring my own polish to the salon. That way, I can bring the color home and touch up/change my own polish to freshen things up after a week or so! I’m all about extending the life of beauty treatments because let’s be real, who has time to sit in the chair every week?

Since I bring my own polish to the salon, I’m constantly buying new polish. There are a few things that make me gravitate toward a polish … the shape of the bottle, the handle (when they are too small I drop it!), and the color! From there, the applicator becomes the final test. No one likes a nail polish brush that’s too small! Somehow, after years of trying almost every polish under the sun, I am somehow JUST trying butter LONDONnail lacquer ($15) for the first time. I’ve been seeing the butter LONDON display at Ulta for years and I’ve noticed the bottle in magazines, but this was admittedly my first time trying the brand. Read more

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10 Nail Polishes for Fall 2013

 

Can’t decide which Fall nail color to try out first? We’ve compiled 10 of our favorites (hello, Marc Jacobs!) See any on the list you love? Images are clickable too…should you fall in love like we did!

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FingerPaints A Pair Affair by All Lacquered Up

Fingerpaints A Pair Affair All Lacquered Up

I am so excited for my friend and fellow beauty blogger, Michelle Mismas, of All Lacquered Up. This month her limited edition FingerPaints collection can be found at Sally Beauty!

The A Pair Affair by All Lacquered Up collection features 6 beautiful shades ranging from a twinkling teal to sparkling sand. Michelle’s panache and expertise are fully displayed in this bold collection. The colors are simply gorgeous! Read more

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Wantable Beauty Box Subscription Review

For the last several years a new beauty subscription service has popped up every few months. Most of these are monthly subscription where you receive deluxe, sample or travel size products, all of which were not of your choosing, you simply got what everyone else got.

But Wantable is doing beauty subscription differently.

Wantable is a new monthly subscription ($36) with the option to just do a one time purchase ($40). They offer two kinds of subscriptions- makeup or accessories. All items are ALWAYS full sized, are valued between $80-$100 and have been customized to your likes based on answering their questionnaire when you sign up.

Wantable allowed me a gifted makeup box so that I could try the service myself. The questionnaire was lengthy, but very detailed to ensure that I was being sent exactly what I liked. Within a week of placing the order the box was delivered. Upon opening it, I was stoked to see full sized items that I immediately began to play with.

My box came with Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in Fire Spring:

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