Easy Abstract Floral Nail Art Tutorial

I love nail art that looks really intricate, yet is effortlessly simply in application. I asked fellow beauty blogger and fellow Pennsylvanian, A Little Polish to create a tutorial just for A Girl's Gotta Spa! readers. If you're looking for some simple abstract floral nail art, here’s a tutorial to Read more

Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

shea butter

KYI Whipped Shea Butter Mask Review in Chamomile Lavender

kyi-whipped-shea-butter-maskTwo things that I always look for when purchasing beauty products are that the product(s) are as natural as possible and they are multi-functional.  I work hard at feeding my body things that will nourish it instead of harming it and I don’t want to undo that hard work by applying things to my skin that are unhealthy and harmful.  I also travel a ton so the less products I can lug from place to place the better, this is why I look for products that can be used in a variety of ways…plus if something is multi-functional it also reduces the amount of products I have to purchase, which is great for my wallet and for the environment since this also means less waste.  This past week I had the absolute joy of trying a product that is both natural and multi-functional.  Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in anti-aging, bath and body, beauty, skin care 1 Comment

Chiva-Som Signature Kiss Lip Balm Review

Just about everyone I know, both men and women, all have one beauty item in common and that is lip balm.  A lot of men may be hesitant to regard lip balm as a beauty item, but regardless they carry it around in their pockets anyway on a regular basis and most women seem to never ever be without lip balm in their purses, desk drawers, night stands, etc. and I am no exception.  For me, lip balm is a necessity and I love experimenting with different flavors, brands, scents and packaging because in this economy, it is one of the few beauty items that one can experiment with that won’t break the bank.

My latest amazing discovery is from Chiva-Som, as in the luxury health resort located in Thailand.   Read more

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Sensory Fusion from Aromafloria

If you love Aromafloria’s natural bath and body products, then you’ll love their Sensory Fusion line of organic body butters. This collection is a blend of ingredients to create fantastic scented lotions while soothing dry skin. I received Kiwi Coconut, Mango Ginger, Honey Papaya and Pomegranate.

Sticking to my staple summer sent, Kiwi Coconut was my favorite. I don’t know what it is about that coconut smell in warmer weather…it makes me feel like I’m living the island life here on the lake. These body butters are a mix of shea butter and aloe, so they are both hydrating as they are soothing. I used the Honey Papaya last summer and I cannot begin to tell you how lovely it made my skin feel on my sun parched skin. And yes, despite wearing sunscreen, I still managed to get a few sunburns (lesson learned to re-apply every 2 hours.) The whipped body butter felt so good on my skin as it melted it from the heat my skin generated from the sunburn.  Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in bath and body, beauty, skin care 6 Comments

Review: Skin Like Butter Aloe and Shea Butter Lotion

Want to know a secret?

I absolutely love discovering an indie brand that has an awesome product that I know one day will be a household name. Skin Like Butter is one of those brands. Presently selling online and at a farmer’s market in California, one day this brand will be seen in the magazines, on TV, heck- dare I say Sephora? Just remember that you heard it here first.

Skin Like Butter’s amazing Aloe and Shea Butter Lotion is deeply hydrating while light in texture. I have the scent “Fresh Laundry” which is that fresh off the clothesline fragrance. Crisp and breezy air, Fresh Laundry is such a clean scent.

Among the Aloe & Shea Butter Lotion’s all natural ingredients are shea butter, shea oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil. Despite the milieu of oils, this lotion is not at all greasy. In fact, it is pretty thick in consistency yet smoothes out evenly with a light feel to it. It makes your skin incredibly soft. In fact, my husband even told me, “Wow your skin is so soft.” And I asked, “Like butter?”

Skin Like Butter’s Shea Oil Lotion is a steal at $15 for an 8oz. bottle.  Visit their etsy shop for more info!


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