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

Diminish the Look of Fine Lines and Wrinkles #sponsored

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® Daily Resurfacing Disks, I'm getting taking care of my skin as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Are you looking for a simple way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin all in one beauty product? Do you have fine lines, wrinkles and sun damaged Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary Raw Spirit Fragrances Giveaway




10 year blogiversary giveaway from @agirlsgottaspa Raw Spirit Wild Fire Eau de Parfum

Next up for our 10 year blogiversary giveaways – we’re giving away one Wild Fire Eau de Parfum from Raw Spirit. Wild Fire features a soft and warm mix of woodsy and floral notes that’s not overpowering. It is a sensual, intoxicating scent, that wears close to your skin. Top note is Jasmine Petals, middle note is Ylang Ylang, and dry notes are Wildly-Harvested Australian Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Musk.

Dates of entry are October 21, 2015 at 12am EST until October 28, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. ARV is $90. Please read the fine print at the bottom because that’s important too.

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Raw Spirit Fragrances Desert Blush Review

Raw Spirit Desert Blush fragrance review via @agirlsgottaspa

A heady scent featuring wild-harvested Australian sandalwood and a hint of the intoxicating floral note of Australian Boronia.

Prior to getting Raw Spirit’s Desert Blush fragrance into my hands and (immediately, because OMG) onto my skin, I had never experienced the scent of Australian Boronia. As someone who is not really a fan of the earthy and woody fragrance of sandalwood, the sweet and floral aroma of the boronia literally MAKES this perfume. The floral scent is the perfect complement to the sandalwood, creating something so utterly inviting. Read more

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What I’m Loving Right Now

10 Products I'm Loving Right Now! #SpringBeauty

Color. Something that the winter has left us devoid of and something I long for.

Scent. I simply cannot wait until the blossoms of Spring lend their fragrance.

What I’m loving right now has everything to do with color and floral scents. Honestly, I’m spending a lot of time on Pinterest simply staring at flowers, warm climates and pinning colorful cosmetics. There’s something about the power of color and fragrance that can uplift your mood. How many days until Spring again?

Tom Ford Spring 2014 Lip Color Sheer in Summer Fling: Feminine and perfectly subtle for Spring.

Tory Burch “Divine” Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter: Love products that offer multi-tasking benefits.

Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Magenta Violet: Eye catching and bold.

Chantecaille Save the Bees Eyeshadow Palette: The perfect romantic looking eye.

Nest White Narcisse Body Wash: Who needs to frolic through a field of flowers when you can find it in your shower? Read more

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Roses de Chloe Review

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I could not be more in love with my new fragrance, Roses de Chloe and the feedback from friends and co-workers on the scent is something to talk about. It’s a new girly rosy version of the original Chloe and an instant hit. It seems as if everyone I walk by wants to know what my fragrance is, including my male boss! (It makes me happy to know I smell nice!) 

I first fell in love with rose scents when I was searching for a fragrance to wear on my wedding day. I read an article that suggested choosing a new fragrance to wear on your wedding day, something you don’t already wear, so that when you smell that scent in the future, you associate the scent with that special day. I ended up choosing a rose fragrance and now anything that smells remotely like it reminds me of our big day! Roses de Chloe is one of those rare scents that instantly lifts your mood to a happy place. It’s a MUST sniff! Read more

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philosophy loveswept #fragrance review

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” – Robert Frost

Well-being beauty brand philosophy is the trusted beauty confidante that offers skin care products, bath, body and fragrances to help women look, live and feel their best. philosophy takes an approachable attitude toward beauty by wrapping scientifically proven ingredients with insight and inspiration.  I love that, don’t you? Because they believe that beauty lives inside of every woman, philosophy seeks to inspire beautiful days as well as beautiful skin.

Their newest fragrance is loveswept ($16-$46), a vibrant, feminine, romantic and youthful fragrance. By definition, loveswept is about energy and emotion, following your heart and seeing where that can take you and that is the sentiment that philosophy seeks to achieve. Read more

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Caress Tempting Whisper Body Wash Review

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Nothing is better than a bouquet of flowers (peonies to be exact!) and the uplifting fragrance they can fill a room with.

Caress’ newest fine fragrance elixir is Tempting Whisper crafted of sophisticated floral notes of white peony, enhanced with fruity notes of red plum. The result is a beautiful medley of exotic blossoms at the peak of their bloom. It’s intoxicating. Tempting Whisper is inspired by the world of fine fragrance with a complex combination of fragrance notes created by top experts at fragrance house, Givaudan.  Read more

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NEST Fragrances Review

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There is nothing I love more than a candle that can fill the entire room with its scent without overwhelming your senses and the perfectly portioned body wash and body cream whose fragrance lingers long after your shower. If you have yet to own anything from the NEST Fragrances line, then you are simply missing out on the aforementioned.  Read more

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Avon Viva by Fergie Perfume Review


Avon launched it’s the third fragrance by the famous pop star Fergie, named Viva by Fergie last spring.  The new fragrance is advertised as fearless and daring with the slogan “Live by Your Own Rules.”

 “Viva is a fresh and unexpected fragrance that brings out the duality of a woman. Powerful, yet seductive, and living life by her own rules,” described Fergie.

The composition is fresh and floral, blended out of cooling herbs, fierce lavender and intriguing vetiver. The green opening is fresh and crisp without any fruity or citrus accords. Most fragrances use citrus to get that briskness but Viva relies on green herbals to bring it.  Read more

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Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfum Review

I’m not necessarily one for a “signature” scent. There are certain notes I look for in fragrances, but I’m not married to any bottle or brand…mostly because I wouldn’t want to miss out on  super-decadent fragrances like Lisa Hoffman’s Tuscan Fig, that might otherwise go under the radar.

The eau de parfum is a decadent combination of vanilla, coconut wood, gardenia, and honeysuckle.  Though rather sweet, I found Tuscan Fig is a delicious, long-lasting fragrance that immediately put me in a happy place. For me, warm vanillas and woody notes have something very fall about them: one sniff has me dreaming of curling up next to a fire with warm apple cider and a book. I have a very strong feeling this scent will transition into autumn nicely.   Read more

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Review: Molton Brown LONDINIUM Unisex Fragrance

I haven’t worn a unisex fragrance since my middle school and CK One days so I was pretty excited…giddy actually, to try Molton Brown’s new unisex fragrance LONDINIUM.  Okay, just maybe I was  also excited because the fragrance is inspired by London and I along with the rest of the universe seem enthralled by all things London at the moment… 2012 Olympics and all.

LONDINIUM  contains notes of Bergamot, Juniper Berries, Myrrh, Oak Moss Absolute, Incense and Malt Accord.  I found the fragrance to be strong, sexy and playful.  I can definitely see why it would appeal to both sexes and I have to admit that after applying it I felt a really strong urge to throw on a tough leather jacket with my denim cutoffs…too bad it was 102* in Minneapolis.  I did however, have a bit more confidence in my walk…I might even venture to say LONDINIUM  gave me a bit of swagger.  Laugh if you must, but it happened.   Read more

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