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

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 so proud of her for launching her 5-free nail lacquer brand. The Diana Nail Lacquer Set pictured above is part of her Icons Collection. We're 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

Why Oral Health is Important

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine Is your mouth on your side? Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may Read more

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Loose Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush

I know that this may sound somewhat contradictory, but I love wearing makeup that I can't really feel. I like knowing that it's there on my skin, but do not want to be reminded that it's actually sitting on my skin throughout the day. This is why I love wearing Susan Read more

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Lip Balm Review: Infinity Sun Avance Balme

Lip balms are a must in my daily beauty routine. Regardless if I’m relaxing at home or heading out, I always make sure my lips are moisturized and protected. A lip balm for me must moisturize without feeling heavy and oily on my lips. Even better if it has SPF.

Infinity Sun Avance Balme lip care is a blend of the finest certified organic ingredients, including Organic Beeswax, Organic Vitamin E, Organic Essential Oils, Organic Rosemary Extract and Organic Calendula  to soothe and heal chapped lips, keeping the lips moist, soft, and supple. And to top it off, all four flavors – Citrus, Coconut, Spearmint & Vanilla Bean, have SPF15.  Read more

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Metropolis Honeysuckle and Violet Vegan Soap and Sugar Scrub Review

Metropolis Soap Co.’s Honeysuckle and Violet Collection is a 100% vegan skin care line that features organic honeysuckle and organic violet leaf, both which are incredibly antioxidant-rich. The collection is scented with a citrus vanilla blend of Balsam of Peru and Bergamot essential oils. The collection includes an artisan soap, herbal spa soak, exfoliating scrub, and mini gift set of the three. I had the opportunity to review both the soap and sugar scrub.  Read more

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Eco-Beauty by La Fresh 100% Natural Massage Oils

Massages after a long day or after a few hours at the gym are just heaven. And just pure bliss if the massage oil being used is therapeutic and smells divine. EcoBeauty® by La Fresh have some amazing massage oils and I was lucky enough to be sent bottles of their Energize and Detox massage oils to use.

100% natural, these oils are a blend of olive, grape seed, jojoba, sesame and vitamin E; there is Chinese lemongrass essential oil for Detox and essential oil of Italian orange for Energize. Both smell heavenly! As a masseur wasn’t readily available to me, I used the Energize oil after a shower and yes, Energize it does! The orange aroma is invigorating and leaves a light refreshing scent on your skin that makes me sniff myself (not a good look in public), several times a day. I love that each bottle has a dropper so it’s easy to get the right amount of oil. These oils are so versatile; they can also be used in a diffuser or in your bath… Read more

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The Perfect Body Scrub: Sabon Patchouli Lavender

I don’t want to jinx it, but it seems like springtime is here to stay…and with warmer temps come leg-baring skirts and shorts! For those of you who might have neglected your skin during the winter, now is the time to focus your energies on getting your stems silky-smooth again!

We all know moisturization is key, but slathering on lotion does nothing if it’s sitting atop dead skin cells –the only way to rid your skin of impurities is to exfoliate. Now, I’ve been around the block when it comes to exfoliants, and I can say without a moment’s hesitation that my all-time favorite scrub is by Sabon, a luxury bath and body fragrance brand.

While doing my Christmas shopping months ago in Bryant Park, a Sabon employee convinced me (with a notable amount of zeal) to try out their body scrubs.  I was pretty hesitant at first, but I was completely blown away by the product. Made with dead sea salt and various nut oils the tiniest amount used two times a week will leave your skin silky smooth and completely moisturized.  Because I was Christmas shopping, I made an oath to myself that I wouldn’t purchase anything for personal use…but since I loved the scrub so much, I bought it for my roommate.  Read more

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Zolani Organics: Fair Trade Fabulous

It has always been a part of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! MO to highlight beauty brands that give back. We love philanthropy.

This week, we are loving Zolani Organics, a skincare brand dedicated to creating products that are not only high in quality, but help sustain economic income for needy families in Ghana, West Africa.

As someone whose full-time employment lies in nonprofit communications – a nonprofit dedicated to providing aid to Ghana, specifically – I felt an immediate connection to Zolani Organics.   Zolani is a company I like to call Fair Trade Fabulous as all products contain lush, locally-harvested ingredients and a portion of each sale goes towards sending books and school supplies to children in West Africa.

Zolani Organic products are heavily reliant shea butter, a nut extract from the locally-grown African tree. Shea butter is a luxurious moisturizer, is rich in vitamins A, E, and F, and the collagen-boosting properties have even been connected to fading unsightly stretch marks. If you haven’t treated yourself to a rich shea butter product yet, this is the product to try,  you’ll feel fabulous inside and out, knowing you are helping a child continue his or her education.

Visit Zolani’s “About Us” page for more information on the brand’s mission, and be sure to check out their blog to learn more about current fundraising goals.

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Review: greenbeauty Youth Boost Facial Serum

Lately my sister, who seems to be very knowledgeable about any and everything that has to do with skincare has been raving about the benefits of incorporating a facial serum into my skincare regimen.  My sister is in her thirties, but can pass for sixteen and often times does, her skin is absolutely flawless so whenever she gives me skincare advice I always take it.  So for the past few weeks I have been using the greenbeauty youth boost facial serum twice daily, in the morning and at night.  As indicated by the name, the greenbeauty youth boost facial serum is both natural and organic and contains apple stem cells in addition to vitamin A and C, green tea, amla fruits and licorice root.  This combination of ingredients is supposed to  firm and even skin tone, smooth the appearance of fine lines, brighten skin and enhance skins’ luminosity and the results are supposed to be visible in just 14 days.

The first week I used the serum, I didn’t really notice much of a difference in the appearance of my skin, but since it said results in 14 days I thought I would wait another week to see if it delivers.  It’s now been a little over two weeks and I do indeed notice a difference in my skin.  First of all I have had absolutely no blemishes since I’ve started using the serum…even during that time of the month.  My skin also looks brighter and healthier…I guess you could say it looks more youthful.  I’ve also started using a bit of the serum on my hands to see if it will also improve the appearance of the back of my hands…I just started doing this so it’s too soon to report on the progress.

The youth boost facial serum is also a great product to apply before a workout.  I personally do not like using facial moisturizers before a workout (even the oil free kind) because my face gets really oily and starts to feel clogged halfway through my workout, so I’ve been applying just the serum and my face is definitely less greasy after a tough workout…plus I’m being good to my face and body at the same time.

Have you tried greenbeauty Youth Boost Facial Serum? Share your experience in the comments!

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Hydrate Thirsty Summer Skin with Adara Coconut Oil

As a fairly active, busy gal, I spend a lot of time outdoors and admittedly don’t take care of my skin as well as I know I should! It can be tough to take the time out to moisturize dry summer skin, but it truly doesn’t have to be such a chore. In fact, this the kind of pampering is truly necessary — especially in these hot summer months — so why not take the time to quench your skin and relax in the process with Adara Virgin Coconut Oil?

Eco-friendly, fair trade, and the highest grade Organic Virgin Coconut Oil available in the market, Adara products are all about providing the best nourishment for your skin while keeping up with ethical business practices, so you can have peace of mind while you hydrate! Available in six different scents, from green tea to lavender, this product will be your new favorite summer moisturizing agent — simply slather on rough patches to lock in moisture and be on your way to smoother, more supple skin!

– Alex Gambardella

Guest beauty post for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! from my friends at

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Review: eco-armour Shaving Foam

If  you’re anything like me, shaving is one of those beauty rituals (chores) that most of the time (every time) you wish you could skip…it’s just not that enjoyable (and doesn’t make much sense) to drag a sharp object across your skin in pursuit of smoother, softer skin.   It is, however, kind of a necessity if you plan on wearing anything shorter than ankle length…or if you’re not in THAT stage of the relationship, when if your someone special runs their hands across your legs and encounters a bit of stubble you’re not embarrassed and they don’t immediately remember that the have an early deadline tomorrow and have to head home to get some sleep (I thought you worked for the government, they have Sunday deadlines…go figure).  Nothing ruins a perfect, romantic Sunday morning faster than stretching seductively in bed and in the process revealing a not so sexy patch of underarm fuzz…and you even woke up with glowing skin, not so bad morning breath and sexy bed head…in which country is it again that women don’t tend to shave their armpits?  Read more

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Rejuvenating Moisturizer Review by Nando

Here’s another review from Neal’s Yard Remedies line of skincare products for men! You can find it at And check out my prior review on Neal’s Yard Remedies Invigorating Body Wash.

~ Nando

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Erase Holiday Stress with Juice Beauty Organics to Clear Skin Kit


You survived the Holidays.  We all know that even though the Holidays can be a great time of year, spending time with our loved ones, all those amazing treats (peppermint bark anyone?), dancing the night away on New Year’s Eve…they can also be the source of an insane amount of stress.  There’s the obsessing over the perfect gift for your very particular sister (normally a gift certificate would suffice, but she did help you put up with “that thing” and said she’d keep quiet about it), battling deranged last minute shoppers for that parking spot (that I know you saw me waiting for and my blinker’s on, so don’t try to sneak in or it’s WAR), planning the perfect Christmas dinner menu (did they say they are or were vegans…or is it vegetarians…and what’s the difference again…), being stuck at the airport for days (and of course it’s the one time you didn’t bring a change of clothes in your carry on) and the list goes on. And this year you handled all of that stress with more grace than  Kate Middleton during her engagement announcement to Prince William. There were absolutely no minor or major breakdowns, but breakouts on the other hand… Read more

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