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This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

#BeautyInspiration Twitter Party April 16th #shop

 Image credit: Hairspray & High Heels We have major love here at A Girl's Gotta Spa! for makeup. From makeup trends to makeup tips, when to spend and when to splurge, as well as the latest products for each season, you can count on us to bring that info to you. Read more

Spa Week 2014 A Girl's Gotta Spa! and Giveaway

It's that time of year again when spas lower their prices on some of their spa treatments, otherwise known as Spa Week! From April 21–27th, spas, fitness facilities and wellness centers across the country will be offering $50 spa treatments, including a few spas that we've reviewed like The French Read more

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The French Manor Inn and Spa Massage Review

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Up on Huckleberry Mountain lies an enchanting stone chateau with 20 miles of magnificent views of the northern Pocono mountains. Whether your view is of the prominent snowcapped peaks in the winter, the lush greenery in the Spring and Summer, or the spectacular colors of the Fall foilage, you are guaranteed something breathtaking even before stepping foot inside The French Manor Inn and Spa.

If you long for a peaceful hideaway that is elegant, a place to simply retreat to whether you are local to the Poconos or are venturing in from out of state, you won’t be disappointed with what The French Manor has to offer.

I’m blessed to live local to The French Manor, and having been previously to their Le Spa Foret for a Spa Pedicure, I know that the team here is top notch. Read more

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Sports Massage Demystified

What is sports massage and the benefits. Click to read!

Whether you’re a pro athlete or you just work out for fun, physical activity is always accompanied by the risk of injury. According to the CDC, more than 10,000 Americans are admitted to ER rooms every day from injuries related to sports, recreational activities, and exercise. The CDC also reports that more than half of these injuries are preventable.

Before doctor’s visits, prescriptions, or even physical therapy, it should be said that Sports Massages serve to treat athletic injuries of every caliber, and in many cases, act as a preventative measure against them. Massage therapy isn’t new — especially for serious athletes — but it’s still underutilized by the general public. Read more

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Makes Scents Natural Spa Line Giveaway

At-Home Spa Products Giveaway from Makes Scents Natural Spa Line

Get ready for some spa time at home – just in time to wind down from the stress of the holidays!

We’ve partnered with Makes Scents Natural Spa Line to give away some amazing bath and body products so you can unwind and treat your body and mind to some necessary pampering.

One winner will receive (retail value $52.50): Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Spa Treatment Reviews



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Over the years A Girl’s Gotta Spa! has reviewed many different spas and their spa treatments, from a casual day spa to luxury destination spas. You could say that we basically love our job!

Below are a list of spa reviews. We’d love to hear if you’ve visited any of these spas and your thoughts! And don’t be shy about using our search bar to see if we’ve reviewed any of your favorite spas or ones you are considering booking a treatment at! Read more

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Mount Airy Casino and Spa Review

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One of the many reasons I love living in the Poconos, is that there are a variety of things to do. Since the area is a popular tourist attraction, especially now that the Jersey Shore is still being rebuilt, there’s not too much you CAN’T do in Northeast PA.

Back in 1998, Mount Airy Lodge was the location chosen for my honeymoon with my first marriage. Unfortunately it did not live up to expectations when it came to cleanliness, activities and overall impressiveness (and I’m sure my ex-husband would agree.) Soon the Lodge became an eyesore and an undesirable place until the DeNaples family were given a gaming license and completely demolished the old Mount Airy Lodge and crafted an amazing luxury experience that is now Mount Airy Casino Resort. The transformation is amazing. The resort is continuing to transform as it adds outdoor cabanas and a pool to their luxury spa.

I recently had the opportunity to stay for a weekend with my fiance. This is my review:  Read more

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Caramel Kiss Package at The Spa at Hotel Hershey

dulce de leche sugar scrubMilton Hershey’s first successful candy venture wasn’t the chocolate he is most famous for, in fact, it was caramels. To celebrate this delicious treat, along with the opening of The Hotel Hershey’s newest restaurant, The Circular, The Spa at The Hotel Hershey is offering a 3-hour “Caramel Kiss Package.”

The Caramel Kiss Package ($352), which is available until May 30th includes:

Caramel Sugar Scrub
Caramel & Vanilla Facial
Caramel Kiss Pedicure
Lunch in The Oasis

One of the bath and body lines carried by The Spa at The Hotel Hershey and used in their Caramel Sugar Scrub spa treatment and Caramel Kiss Pedicure, is from local Lancaster company, Makes Scents. Their delicious and decadent Dulce de Leche Body Scrub ($30) is out of this world. It is so fragrant that if you close your eyes, you’ll feel like you are surrounded by salted caramels, caramel covered apples, and other sweet treats. This body scrub nourishes with essential oils, exfoliates with raw sugar and brings a renewed glow to your skin. Read more

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Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Spa Ssakwa’q'n Review

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Think Idaho is only for potatoes? Think again. Worley, Idaho has a gem with its Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and its luxury spa, Spa Ssakwa’q'n (pronounced sock-walk-in). Set on the massive Coeur d’Alene tribe’s reservation, this amazing resort is all about utilizing it’s natural resources, giving back to the local community (taking care of its own tribe as well as helping non-indians) and giving visitors a taste of what Idaho has to offer.

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort:

The resort and casino have undergone many expansions since it first came into existence in 1993. When I first approached the resort, I was in awe of how large it was. On the one side is the original casino and lodge, then an expansion, then the new Spa Towers and spa (which were added about 2 years ago.) It is beautiful on the outside with a great view of snow covered mountaintops.

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I stayed in the new Spa Towers, which has a gorgeous lobby with a long horizontal fireplace. As you head to the elevators, you pass a second seating area which has beautiful tribal pieces set behind glass to browse. Past the elevators is a smaller, non-smoking casino that leads into the newly renovated Chinook Steak House. Down the hallway to the right is the second Spa Tower, fitness center, and Spa Ssakwa’q'n.  Read more

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The Spa at The Hotel Hershey Review

If you are a chocolate addict, then there is nowhere greater to be than The Sweetest Place on Earth: Hershey, PA.

Now imagine being both a chocolate AND spa addict. That would be me and I got to mix both pleasures at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey recently. A chocolate lovers dream come true.

The Spa at The Hotel Hershey

The Hotel Hershey:

The Hotel Hershey is a 4-star and 4-diamond hotel set atop a hill overlooking the town of Hershey. From the balcony that is off The Circular Dining Room, you can see the Hershey factory, amusement park and all that the town of Hershey has to offer.

When we pulled up the driveway to The Hotel Hershey, I was in awe of how massive the mansion-like hotel was. Upon check-in you’re asked which type of chocolate you like and the receptionist presents you with a complimentary Hershey chocolate bar (I chose dark chocolate of course!) The hotel layout is an intricate maze, so it’s very helpful that they provide you with a map…not to mention that the staff is very patient answering my countless questions of, “How do I get there again?” when referring to the Spa, the ice skating rink, dining options, etc.

The Hotel Hershey luxe appointed King Suite

The hotel rooms are well-appointed and simply beautiful. And they really thought of everything; from a sewing kit to cotton balls and Q-tips to a separate bag for recyclables.  Read more

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Red Carpet Spa Treatment: Iron Mask Facial

I’m always on the look out for new types of facials, especially ones that not only remove impurities and deeply cleanse, but that also lift and tone (like the NuFace Lifting and Toning Facial that I had at Woodhouse Day Spa.)

As I’m getting older, I’m definitely beginning to see a loss of elasticity in my skin. I recently came across Susan MacPherson, founder of Beaute Therapies Medical Spa in West Palm Beach, Florida who brought back a unique facial that she learned about in Italy: Maschera Al Ferro aka the Iron Mask Facial.

Used by celebrities to get that “red carpet look”, the exclusive facial is offered at Beaute Therapies Medical Spa – the Iron Mask Facial uses advanced magnet technology and magnetic fibers to deep cleanse, lift and firm skin. I asked Ms. MacPherson some questions to get a better understanding about this facial.   Read more

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Spa Review: Canyon Ranch Spa Miami Beach

Receiving an invitation to visit the largest spa in South Florida (70,000 sq ft to be exact), was definitely one of the highlights of my year in Miami and it just happened to materialize when a visit to the spa was very much needed…at the tail end of the moving process when I was sore, running low on energy,  and anxious about fitting a studio apartment’s worth of stuff into a minivan to go across the U.S.  So the invitation to visit The Spa at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach was a very welcome diversion from the moving process.  As soon as I checked, in the staff was very welcoming and friendly…something that was rare during my year in Miami.  The Canyon Ranch Miami Beach property is impressive and absolutely breathtaking to say the least.  The service I received from the spa is called Yatra.  Yatra, as explained to me by my service provider, is a Sanskrit word that means journey.  The treatment  is a journey through the senses and is intended to unwind every sense, relax every nerve and melt every muscle.  Read more
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