Yuni: Yoga-Inspired Beauty

As someone who cannot survive without yoga, I was beyond excited when I heard about Yuni. Yuni is the first natural, sustainable, convenient, Yoga-inspired beauty brand. Yuni products are versatile, multi-tasking, time saving and enable yogis to potentially practice more often since having time to shower or the availability of shower facilities may be Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Travertine Spa

// // Terry Carter, CEO of Travertine Spa, is the ultimate dream chaser - he changed careers from corporate law to creating a luxury botanical brand. He's also a dear friend of mine who I adore. We’re giving away Travertine Spa's Eucalyptus & Cinnamon Steam Shower Spray and Herbaceous Alchemy Meditation Read more

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

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; 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 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

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Customize Your Skin Care Routine with Paula’s Choice

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Paula’s Choice via Pretty In My Pocket (PRIMP.) All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Customize your skin care routine with @PaulasChoice - full review on @agirlsgottaspa #PrimpLovesPaula #PaulasChoiceSkinCare @Prettyinmypoc #PowerPrimper

Who can resist Paula’s Choice?

Sorry, I couldn’t help but make that joke, although I have to say that now that I’ve tried this skin care line, I’m pretty much hooked.

Prior to this review, I hadn’t tried any of Paula’s Choice skin care, although I am very much aware of Paula Begoun, the founder, as the Cosmetics Cop who is all about truth in beauty, skin care, ingredients and proven research. In fact, I had the chance to interview her when Beautypedia launched several years ago. Her website has a full encyclopedia of advice for every type of skin care concern. She is a wealth of information!

I am a true skin care junkie. I absolutely believe that it doesn’t matter how much contouring and concealing you do or how much makeup you wear – if your skin is a mess, there is no hiding that! Besides, the better you treat your skin, the less makeup you’ll have to invest in to fix your flaws. Read more

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Silk Therapeutics Silk Renewing Peel Review #PowerofSilk

Love this weekly exfoliant. Silk Renewing Peel @skincarebysilk via @agirlsgottaspa #PowerofSilk

Are you in search of a facial exfoliant that can tighten, brighten and smooth skin? More importantly, one with the least amount of ingredients – yet the most effective ones?

Since I’m now in the mature skin category (that makes me feel old), my skin is in need of something that will exfoliate my skin while helping it to regain its youthful glow. I’m also a big believer in less is more, which is something you’ll rarely find when reading product labels. So I was pleasantly surprised when I received SILK Therapeutics Silk Renewing Peel.

The ONLY ingredients in this peel are: Water, silk, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and lemongrass essential oil. The end. Read more

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub

With the busiest season of the year upon us, sometimes caring for ourselves (and our skin) sadly ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. (Please don’t let it.)

Fortunately, facialist Cecilia Wong has designed a seasonal at-home, DIY facial scrub that requires little time and effort, which can guarantee that your skin glows before the turkey hits the table. Pumpkin is an amazing exfoliate as well as nourishing to the skin.

DIY #Pumpkin Spice Face Scrub via @agirlsgottaspa #beauty #skincare Read more

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How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair via @agirlsgottaspa #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven’t tried it before and are curious, read on. Read more

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Wrinkle Reducing Products

Favorite wrinkle reducing products. #antiaging #beauty #skincare via @agirlsgottaspa

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. (I know as I write this I’m not just speaking for myself.) As much as we backpeddle once we finally realize our skin sins, it’s too late and we need wrinkle reducing skin care to become part of our daily routine.

Here’s a few I’ve been using that you might want to check out: Read more

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Tips to Revitalize Your Skin after a Night Out

Tips to Revitalize Your Skin After a Night Out #skincare #skintips

The warm weather can tempt us to stay out longer and have a few more drinks than usual. Unfortunately, late nights combined with alcohol can take a toll on your skin and leave some obvious indicators. Josie Feria, Director of Operations at Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, is all-too familiar with customers who are drawn to Miami for its fabulous nightlife with parties that don’t end until the sun rises.

See below for some tips that Josie practices at Lapis Spa and recommends you do at home to revitalize your skin after a night out. Read more

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DermOrganic Pure Argan Oil Review

DermOrganic Pure Argan Oil #Review #skincare

Skin Care Myth: Oily skin should avoid oils in skin care products.

Skin Care Fact: Not all oils are “bad” or pore-clogging.

My skin has always been oily since as far back as I can remember. It’s only in the last several months that it is now both oily and dry. How can that be? It seems my maturing skin wants to be oily in my T-zone, but have dry patches on my cheeks and along my brows (brows are another story all together!) Do you have the same skin care issue? I’m not one to constantly change up my skin care routine, but obviously what I have been doing is no longer working for my changing skin. Read more

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Healthy Skin for the Summer

Healthy Skin Care Tips for Summer #skincare

It’s almost summer and that means more skin exposure than anytime of the year! Obviously you will want to look your best while getting in your swimsuit or light summer clothes. One of the greatest factors that influences how we look is the health of our skin. Most skin damage is directly related to the sun’s harmful UV rays. For this reason it important to take precautions when exposed to sunlight and to also ensure that your skin remains looking its best during the warm summer months. Thankfully there are many options available to help skin look brighter, fresher, moisturized, and rejuvenated. So next time you go on a summer outing consider the following treatments to ensure that your skin looks fresh and healthy! Read more

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Spring Beauty Essentials Under $150

Spring Essentials Kit - 7 beauty products to bring you back to life! #beauty #rmnspringessentials

Keeping up with the season’s best beauty trends can be fun…but costly! (I much prefer the fun part over the expense of it all.) There’s also that Winter to Spring transition that requires a vast array of different products based on your individual needs – for example, my hair tends to lack shine this time of year and my skin looks lackluster (much like the landscape before the first flowers bloom.)

So how can you stay up to par with the Spring beauty essentials while keeping your bank account in check? Know when to spend and know when to splurge – and also know when to use coupon codes!

90% of my shopping is done online and beauty products are no exception. I first search my inbox to see if any of my favorite beauty retailers are having a sale or offering a discount. Next I head to and type in the retailer I’m looking to purchase from. RetailMeNot will list discounts and sales for your favorite retailers – many times codes you can use in addition to the ones the retailers sent you! This is also a great way to weigh whether you should shop Sephora, Ulta, or your favorite department store retailer by doing a quick scan of any discount offerings. If you’re not one to shop online for cosmetics, no worries, RetailMeNot also has printable coupon codes.

When the weather begins to warm up one of the things that require a shake up is my skin care. I live in the mountains where the air is drier, as is my home from my wood stove. So Autumn through Winter my skin is like a nomad lost in the desert in search of something to quench its thirst. This is when I’m using heavier creams and serums targeted to dry skin. Oftentimes, no matter how much moisturizing I do, my skin remains parched and flakey. My hair seems to have the same issues as well. To brighten up for Spring, new skin care, hair care and cosmetics are in order!

As I move into Spring, here are my essentials – totaling under $150! Read more

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Lemons for Better Skin

Amazing Skin Benefits of Lemon #skincare

That sour little fruit has a lot of amazing skin care benefits. Bright and colorful, lemons will do wonders if you are prone to blemishes, is great to detox and is refreshing and brightening to your skin.

The thing is, I hadn’t really known all of the benefits (with the exception of lightening my hair in the summer) until I made the switch from pre-flavored water to spring water with fresh lemon in it back when I was on a diet program. While doing NutriSystem, it was suggested to me that my favorite Pure Life flavored water may be preventing my weight loss (preservatives, etc.) It was recommended that I opt for regular spring water and add fresh, sliced lemons to it. I’ve always drank a lot of water, with my only downfall being 2 cups of ice coffee in the morning, but never added fresh fruit simply due to the wait time for it to diffuse. (I am a want-it-now kind of girl.) Read more

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