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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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

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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 skin?

Then you may want to consider the Daily Resurfacing Disks from RoC®. I’ve been using it daily for the last few weeks and found it an easy product to incorporate into my skin care routine. Read more

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Silk Therapeutics Nurture ++ Moisturizer Review

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Did you know that your skin needs different skin care products not only based on your skin type, but also based on the region you live in?

It’s true. For example, your needs will be different in the dry-heat of Nevada than say someone who lives a place with high humidity, like Florida. Or in a city full of environmental pollutants like smog versus a rural small town.

I live in a high elevation up in the Pocono Mountains, which contributes to crazy dry skin (body, face, scalp) in the Fall and Winter, and oily skin from constant cleansing due to humidity in the Summer (I think Spring is the only season we catch a break around here.)  Read more

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Silk Therapeutics Purely Smooth daily firming complex Review

Silk Therapeutics Purely Smooth daily firming complex review via @agirlsgottaspa

Smooth as silk… that’s one way to describe how I’d like my weathered skin to feel.

But what if you want to accomplish that without an ingredient heavy product (some of which include chemicals that I can’t even pronounce), is that even a possibility?

I’ve used Silk Therapeutics before, so when they asked if I wanted to try their Purely Smooth daily firming complex, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. And by the way, Purely Smooth only contains 5 ingredients. Unscented is: water, silk, Vitamin C, rosehip oil and sodium anisate (a natural emulsifier), while Lemongrass swaps rosehip oil out for lemongrass essential oil. Read more

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Daily Beauty Routine #ad

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received a complimentary product to facilitate this article, but all opinions are my own.

Daily skin care routine via @agirlsgottaspa #AmopeCrowd #ad

A set daily beauty routine didn’t really become a habit until I was in my 30s.

When I was a teenager, I didn’t really think long term about caring for my skin. I certainly didn’t look at cause and effect either (not washing your face = congested skin.) In my 20s, it was much of the same with a few adjustments (I knew moisturizer was a must.)

Back in the “olden days” (as my kids like to say), skin care was no frills. We didn’t have sonic cleansers or electronic pedicure files. Paper masks weren’t a thing and SPF definitely wasn’t part of your beauty routine. Read more

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Does Drinking Collagen Really Work?




Docollagen drinks and supplements really work? via @agirlsgottaspa

I’m trying to be OK with this aging thing.

I’m trying not to care about every new wrinkle that emerges (which literally feels like it happens daily.) I’m trying not to notice the loss of elasticity in my face when I see drooping in places that didn’t droop yesterday.

But here’s the thing – with social media basically demanding selfies, it’s hard NOT to notice. Especially over time. We’re all used to looking at ourselves in the mirror daily, but when you suddenly have a papertrail of photos that basically full-on detail how you’re aging, all I can say is UGH.

So when new “revolutionary” products come to market that claim to combat the signs of aging, I’m always intrigued. Skeptical, but intrigued. The latest being collagen drinks and supplements. Read more

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Dead Sea Mud Mask for Oily and Combination Skin

I love this mud mask for oily skin! Review via @agirlsgottaspa

I love mud masks for my combination skin.

Seriously, having an oily t-zone makes your skin feel so dirty already, so why not get messy and clean it up with a little mud?

I’ve had the chance to try out ClarityRx Rehab Mediterranean Detoxifying Mud Mask for about a month now and my skin is feeling amazing. Read more

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Venta Airwasher Review

Skin benefits of using a humidifer via @agirlsgottaspa

From October through mid-April there’s one thing that is a constant in my mountain home – the thermostat and wood stove are always going.

There’s a downside to being toasty warm when the winter weather is here: dry skin.

You guys, it gets so bad you could often be confused between the flakes on my legs, the flakes from my scalp and the flakes of the snow variety. Thankfully I have a great body lotion I use to combat the dry skin and my beloved Keune hair products for my scalp. Something I’m more excited about that I’ve recently added into my beauty and health care, is the Venta Airwasher.

I know. Who gets excited about a humidifier and air purifier?

This girl. Read more

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Target the 5 Signs of Aging #ad

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Chest, Neck and Face Cream, I’m targeting the 5 signs of aging as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC

While the Summer wreaks havoc on my skin by aging it with damaging UV rays, the Winter is equally as brutal with dryness leaving my skin looking dull. And with every year I age, it seems a new wrinkle emerges. Fighting what ages you is a 365 day a year battle.
Roc Multi-correxion 5 in 1 chest, neck and face cream review via @agirlsgottaspa #ad #WomenWhoRoC Read more

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Probiotic Skin Care: Miracle Ingredient or Marketing Hype?

Probiotic skin care - miracle ingredient or marketing hype? via @agirlsgottaspa

As a consumer, my hope is that when a product comes to market, it delivers information that is true. I mean, we’re all so busy, who has the time to fact check everything?

For a while, we all believed the mascara commercials and ads where the spokesperson/model had the most amazing lashes… until the FTC made them disclose that the lashes you saw were really lash extensions with mascara and a healthy dose of photoshop. And sidebar – prior to this disclosure I always thought something was just plain wrong with me because I couldn’t duplicate those lashes using that miracle mascara.

Every year there is a new fad ingredient for skin care and cosmetics. Some of them, like argan oil, truly deserve the praise and promotion. While others deserve to be looked at with skepticism.

Enter probiotics. Read more

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Charcoal Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin




Love these charcoal skin care products for acne prone skin via @agirlsgottaspa

Do you have oily or combination skin? You may want to consider incorporating charcoal into your skin care regimen.

Sure, charcoal is totally on trend right now and may seem like a fad, but it’s for good reason. Charcoal absorbs oil and draws out toxins and bacteria from the skin.

Those of us with this skin type know that excess oil leads to clogged pores, which leads to blemishes. Bacteria, transferred by way of constantly touching your face or even tampering with those blemishes, only leads to more blemishes. It’s a vicious cycle my friends.

I decided to give a few charcoal products a try (and my teen son’s were also game to clear up their acne.)

These are the current charcoal skin care products in my shower right now: Read more

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