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

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Surya Brasil Sapien Women Shave Gel and Body Scrub

Surya Brasil Sapien Women #Review #beauty

The recent record-breaking cold weather that has been imposed on us this winter has been pretty stressful on our skin. In prepping my legs to be dress ready for Spring,  a serious exfoliation was in order (and yes, a shave!)

Enter Sapien Women Body Scrub and Shave Gel from Surya Brasil.  Surya Brasil is a line of natural and certified organic beauty products.  Surya Brasil also abstains from using substances that are harmful to you or to the environment in their products so their products will never contain lead, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, parabens, resorcinol or PPD (dye). Read more

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Clean George Chill Out Stick Review

clean-george-chill-out-stickI very much appreciate beauty products that are conveniently packaged, meaning that it’s easy for me to carry them around with me in my purse or gym bag and they are TSA approved for my carry-on.  I also love beauty products that contain ingredients, which are both organic and responsible. My love and appreciation of these qualities in beauty products is precisely why as of late it is practically impossible to find me without my Clean George Chill Out Stick. Read more

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Nourish Organic Raw Shea Butter Review

Nourish #Organic Raw Shea ButterSince moving to California, my skin has faced its share of challenges trying to acclimate to a much drier climate than I was used to in Miami.  My usual moisturizers have just not been able to live up to the challenge, even the moisturizers that got me through the driest winters in Minnesota have fallen short.  Not wanting to go through summer with dry, scaly skin I opted to give pure shea butter a try.  Normally I would not use pure shea butter on my skin in the summer. Even in winter I tend to only use it on my feet, elbows and knees, but nothing else seems to be working so it was definitely worth a try.  That said, for the past week I have been relying on Nourish Organic Raw Shea Butter to remedy my dry skin issues. Read more

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