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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Spa Week’s You Tube Challenge

Do you have moves like Janet, pipes like Celine or jokes like Ellen? If so, then Spa Week wants you to enter their first ever YouTube challenge. The idea is simple: in your own creative way tell them why they should take you and a few of your fabulous friends to a free day of relaxation at the spa. This includes: a facial or massage, mani-pedi and lunch at a spa in your town. The most entertaining videos will make it onto Spa Week’s YouTube page and from there, the most viewed will win! Read on for more details.

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Borghese and Lord & Taylor Makeup and Spa Event

Spa ResortOn March 14th, 2009, Lord & Taylor customers will receive a facial and skincare consultation, make up application and receive a free gift for a $50.00 fee redeemable in Borghese products!

Facials choices include:
*Brightening Facial
*Vitamin C Facial
*Hydrating Facial

Or a choice of a Reflexology Massage. (All facial treatments are done in a private room.)

Other event incentives include:
*a hand and arm treatment
*A full color consultation and application
*Refreshments
*Complimentary Tarot Card Reading (if you’re into that kind of thing)

*FREE GIFT AS WELL AS A STEP UP GIFT – with a an additional purchase of $75.00
Appointments are pre-booked for all events:

Ridgewood, NJ 201-447-0400 ext. 251
Huntington, NY 631-424-1600 ext. 251
Westchester, NY: 914-723–700 ext. 255
Manhasset, NY 516-627-3000 ext. 244

(*Additional incentives or gifts are provided by Lord & Taylor, every store is different)

Also Borghese is now on Facebook, definitely go be a fan!

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Valentine’s Day Spa Treatments: Chocolate Decadence at Horseshoe Bay Resort

horseshoe_bay_resort_spaHorseshoe Bay Resort in the Texas Hill Country is inviting cocoa-loving companions to indulge in relaxation this Valentine’s Day with their Chocolate Decadence couple’s treatment. Sweet-toothed spa goers will enjoy a three hour treatment with their mate that includes chocolate chip scrub, chocolate fondue body mask, caramel ribbon glaze, used to detoxify, exfoliate and moisturize. The final phase of pampering is a couple’s massage with chocolate body whip cream to hydrate the skin, of course. The $400 confectionary creation, only available the month of February, also includes a poolside lunch.

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Review: EMBER Cocoa + Fig Massage Candle by Jimmyjane

If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have heard me tweeting about the Cocoa + Fig Massage Candle from Jimmyjane the day it arrived. Without even lighting the candle my entire home office was filled with the scent of a dark rich cocoa aroma complimented by a fruity and earthy fragrance. It’s not too often that I fall insanely in love with a fragrance, but when I do, look out because then I am telling everyone all about it.

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@ease Spa’s Holiday-Inspired Spa Treatments

If you are looking to start getting into the holiday spirit, why not do it with a spa treatment? @ease Spa in New Jersey has some sinfully delicious holiday themed spa treatments that are relaxing and magnificently aromatic.

The Eggnog Body Wrap is a relaxing way to enjoy the sent and comfort of the holiday season. The aroma of eggnog is mixed into a mud wrap that hydrates the skin leaving it brighter and tighter. Its high amount of amino acids and proteins are essential for skin nourishment and will relieve the appearance of cellulite and improve circulation.

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Need a 401K facial: 5 Alabama Spas Launching Economic Inspired Spa Treatments

Known for great golf at a real value, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama has added world-class resorts and spas. With the recent opening of the Spa at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile, the RTJ Golf Trail’s Resort Collection now has five spas and eight hotels. With these locations, Alabama currently ranks fourth in the country for the number of spas recommended by BestSpas USA. These spas are adding new treatments that may be just what your financial analyst ordered.

In response to the current economic conditions and increasing stresses, the Spas in the RTJ Golf Trail Resort Collection have come up with a series of new special treatments. This week, the five spas will begin offering: 401(k) Facials, an Economic Freefall Refresher and the Banker and Broker Escape.

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The Lodge at Woodloch Unveils Pre and Post Natal Spa Treatments

I feel so lucky to have The Lodge at Woodloch located only about 30 minutes from where I live. I was there last December for an amazing massage and facial and spent some time in their whirlpool, sauna and indoor pool (with amazing waterfalls!) Having had 4 kids, I know how badly I wanted to just relax and be pampered during each of my pregnancies and now The Lodge at Woodloch has unveiled two new Pre and Post Natal spa treatments that will do just that for expecting moms and those moms who just have children clinging to your legs every second. Not speaking from experience of course.

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Review: The Lodge At Woodloch Women’s Retreat

Last Christmas my husband gave me a gift certificate to The Lodge at Woodloch. It is listed as one of Forbes Top Ten Most Luxurious Spa’s and it happens to be only about 30 minutes from my house. I finally got to use this gift certificate this weekend and treated myself to a facial and massage.

Before I even get to the review of the treatments, The Lodge at Woodloch has a fabulous Women’s Retreat (and a separate one for men) that is also worthy of a write up. You get a locker to store your clothes, bags etc. which is really not a “locker” at all. It is a gorgeous wood mini storage closet, complete with shelves and a hook to store your things. It has an electronic keypad, where you determine the lock code for safe, secure access to your things. In between storage units are oversized leather ottoman’s. On the other side of the storage units is a room filled with plush comfy seats, leather chairs, an entire glass window wall that looks out to a lake and a roaring fireplace. There is a counter with fresh fruits, nuts and teas available.

There are two hallways that contain 5 private shower rooms each with stone flooring in the glass shower stalls and has Rosemary scented Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel and Lotion. A large vanity room joins both hallways and comes complete with hair dryers, curling irons, hair styling products and everything necessary to freshen up.

The Women’s Retreat also has a whirlpool in a frosted glass enclosed room. The frosted glass gives you small peaks of the outdoors with its fern stenciling. In a separate room in the same area of the whirlpool is a steam room, a sauna that boasts scents of lavender and an enclosed porch with a view of the lake. A pitcher of iced water and fresh slices of lemon await you on a table outside all of the rooms.

Further into the retreat is the Aqua Garden. It has a large indoor pool and a waterfall that cascades in to a multi-level whirlpool (one on an upper level and one below it). The Aqua Garden is surrounding by windows on 3 sides and just outside is the Horizon Whirlpool that is heated enough that it can be used in the winter.

The Women’s Retreat can be used by spa patrons for one hour before treatments and up to one hour after your treatments have completed. The Women’s Retreat alone is worth a visit to The Lodge at Woodloch.

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