Yuni: Yoga-Inspired Beauty

As someone who cannot survive without yoga, I was beyond excited when I heard about Yuni. Yuni is the first natural, sustainable, convenient, Yoga-inspired beauty brand. Yuni products are versatile, multi-tasking, time saving and enable yogis to potentially practice more often since having time to shower or the availability of shower facilities may be Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Travertine Spa

// // Terry Carter, CEO of Travertine Spa, is the ultimate dream chaser - he changed careers from corporate law to creating a luxury botanical brand. He's also a dear friend of mine who I adore. We’re giving away Travertine Spa's Eucalyptus & Cinnamon Steam Shower Spray and Herbaceous Alchemy Meditation Read more

My Top Five Beauty Products From Whole Foods

The only department in Whole Foods that I normally skip is the beauty department. It's true. I guess I've always just felt that the Whole Foods beauty department contained products that would be of little or no interest to me due to them smelling weird or my assumption that they were ineffective. Well we Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am Read more

10 Years Blogging 10 Giveaways

Dear 2005 self, launching A Girl's Gotta Spa! ® was your best idea yet. I still cannot believe that 10 years later, I'm still here. All thanks to you, our readers, both old and new. Instead of re-hashing all that I have learned in 10 years (because you can just read Read more


Indie Find: Urban Nectar Nail Polish

While manicures started off as a way for Ellie Hock to bond during her mother’s brain cancer treatments, little did she realize these pampering moments would lead to creating her own nail polish line.

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Dubbed Urban Nectar, the line consists of nail polishes focusing around honeybee type collections: Worker Bee, Forager Bee, Country Bee, City Bee and Bee Hopeful, and all the colors that surround. What do bees have to do with polish, you ask? Ellie was moved by her family crest that features a honeybee with the meaning “Sweeter after difficulties.” After her mother’s death, she was moved to try her hand at beekeeping and experienced success. The nail polishes, symbols of the time they spent at the salons together, were the final bridge to honoring her mother’s memory. Read more

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Shape-Shifters: Exploring Nail Shape Trend Possibilities

Usually when you head to the salon you know one thing for sure – you’re going to get into great shape. Nail shape, that is.


There is something about a professional taking you by the hands and providing great care and cleanup without the need to be ambidextrous. Also, a fresh pair of eyes on your hands might lead you to see you could use a little refresher in areas like shape, color or product.  Read more

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Love is Blind: Valentine’s Day Braille Nail Tutorial

Spring colors, glitter and a secret crystal love note – what more could a girl want?

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and it’s time to start making reservations, ordering flowers for delivery and getting that perfect outfit. What the what? Your paramour failed to do any of this for you last year? You know what they say – Love is blind. Or at least it needs to be. If you want a discreet reminder to keep your cool during any disappointments this holiday, try my Braille Nail. The tactile texture reads “I Love You” when felt up.

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Derma Neem Nails – reviewed and recommended

I once paid $38 for a bottle of Dr Haushka’s Neem Oil, and after a year of using it on and off, I felt mostly disappointed and somewhat robbed. Fast forward a couple of years and I have before me a very affordable and effective alternative that will rescue dry, brittle nails and ragged cuticles called Complete Essential Oils Derma Neem Nails ($7.99 for 4ml).

My nails are in fairly good condition – they always seem stronger in the summer (more sunlight equals vitamin D equals strong nails??). I was once given a manicure by a woman who said very firmly that most nail issues are due to lack of hydration. I took this to heart and I usually make sure to rub my nails with whatever rich moisturizer I have lying around. To prepare for my Derma Neem Nails test, I stopped this habit and within 48 hours I could see that my nails looked drier and a couple of them were even beginning to look ridged.

Derma Neem Nails  improved matters almost instantly and a daily dab is keeping my nails looking perfectly well nourished. Application is by a well-behaved roller-ball tip – another plus over the Dr Haushka, which is messy and wasteful to use. What I like about Derma Neem Nails is that is has emu oil, which essential fatty acids – linolenic, linoleic, oleic, and palmitic – and is highly compatible with human sebum. It is known to stimulate hair growth – and what’s good for hair tends to be good for nails as well.  Grape seed oil also has fatty acids and, like all of the oils here, is a good source of vitamin E. A study in the UK found that topical vitamin E was helpful for yellow nail syndrome.

The makers of Derma Neem Nails recommend that if your nails and cuticles are in a particularly sorry state to exfoliate with a mixture of salt and virgin olive oil before applying their oil rescue.

This is a little gem that has nailed its job at a price that break the bank.

Ingredients: Grape seed oil, emu oil, jojoba oil, proprietary blend of essential oils.

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