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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Skintimate Lotionized Shave Creme and Schick Hydro Silk Razor

Skintimate shave cream just got better! Now it’s a non-aerosol, non-lathering lotion that creates a moisture locking barrier on skin to protect and seal in moisture for softer, smoother legs. Just wet legs, apply a thin layer and shave with no nasty nicks or cuts.

There are three varieties:

  • Revitalizing – a rich créme infused with exfoliating pearls, verbena, olive butter, soy, and antioxidant white tea to leave skin feeling revitalized and silky smooth.
  • Dry Skin – a luxurious créme made especially for dry skin to give maximum hydration. Enriched with moisturizing olive butter, soy, and antioxidant white tea to leave skin feeling noticeably softer and smoother.   Read more
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Venus and Olay Razor Review

I’ve been shaving with the Gillette Fusion forever. Yes, it’s a “man’s” razor, but I prefer the close shave it gives me. Like many of you, I’ve seen the commercial’s for the Venus and Olay razor with one of my favorite Bananarama songs as the commercial’s jingle. Which typically also makes me long for “Cruel Summer” and daydreaming about Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid…but I digress. 

Like the Fusion, Gillette’s Venus has 5 blades (and is re-fillable.) It’s also surrounded with Olay moisture bars to deliver a smoother shave that leaves skin less dry and locks in moisture. I found that when I used this razor, I didn’t need to apply any shave lotion prior as the moisture bars glide on your skin as you shave. It definitely worked well under my arms and on my legs. The moisture bars (if kept out of sitting water) will last about a month. Now, if you also shave another location of your body that shall remain nameless (so that you can read this review at work), it’s too big to get the job done. The moisture bars make it awkward until they are literally almost gone. And believe me, you don’t want to cut yourself or find yourself playing the shaving version of Twister in your shower. Not that I know or anything.   Read more

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eco-armour Shave Foam and Moisturizing Insect Repellent

Last year I tried eco-armour’s shave foams for the first  time and although my first review of their products was less than stellar, after using them  more than once I was absolutely hooked and needless to say HAD to give the shave foams an A+.  Not only does the shaving foam double as a body wash but it’s also plant-based  formula that acts as a first-aid to skin and razor blades and helps eliminates ingrown hairs, red bumps, razor burn, nicks, cuts and dull blades.  I also love the foam because it is not a creamy, oily mess  so there is less chance of me slipping in the shower…which has happened quite a few times.

Since this is now the only shaving product that I use, I was ecstatic to see that they have added an amazing new version of the foams which uses essential oils of pink grapefruit and bergamot…just in time for short shorts season.  The foams are also now called “Shave with Benefits“, which I think is fitting since there are so many benefits to using this product.  Read more

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Review: Schick Intuition Limited Edition Razors

Living in a place like Miami is great for the most part.  After all there is not much I can complain about, it’s almost always sunny, I live a few blocks from the beach and the people watching here is amazing.  But one thing about actually living in a beach community is that shaving daily is a must.  Back in Minnesota I could get away with skipping a few days in between the razor, but not here.  I basically live in shorts and always have a swimsuit in my purse so missing even one day of shaving is just not an option for me.  Anything that would make shaving less time consuming is always appreciated.  So I was pretty ecstatic about the new Schick Intuition Limited Edition Razors.

The Limited Edition Razors are available in three colors and are the first razor that lathers, shaves and moisturizes all in one. The razor has four blades, skin moisturizing solid and an ergonomic handle.  Each razor package also includes two refill cartridges, a shower hanger for your razor as well as a travel cap. The first few times I used the razor I did not experience a very close shave, in fact there was an over abundance of the moisturizing solid on my skin which might have prevented it from shaving properly as I could still feel stubble after shaving.  However, after using it about five plus times, it  gave me a closer shave.  I think that once the moisturizing solid melts a little it allows for a closer shave.  The razor is definitely easy to grip in the shower and I love that it comes with a shower hanger which allows for easy and very convenient storage.  The travel cap however, sometimes get stuck on the moisturizing solid and I had to struggle with this a few times.

Travel cap and initial overabundance of moisturizing solid aside, I really appreciate this razor.  I love not having to worry about applying a shaving cream or lotion, I just get my skin wet and can immediately start shaving away, definitely cuts down shaving time.  I also love that I have yet to drop this razor due to the thicker, easy to grip handle.  I would maybe suggest removing a bit of the moisturizing solid before your first use if you would like a closer shave.  But until I can afford laser hair removal, this is definitely my go-to razor.

Posted on by Gail Lewis in bath and body, beauty 3 Comments