A Girl's Gotta Spa! Leaping Bunny Certified as Cruelty Free

Something I've learned in my 8+ years of beauty blogging, is that many brands like to say they are something without any proof to back it. Brands say they are natural, but the ingredient label tells a different story. Brands say they are organic because they assume you won't Read more

Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#Eyes4NYC Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

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

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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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The Perfect Spa Pedicure

Perfect #Spa Pedicure

When you visit a spa, you want your entire body to be pampered. Your tired muscles are massaged, your face is rejuvenated and perfectly moisturized, and your hands are elegantly manicured. If you pay all this attention to the rest of your body, then why not do the same for your feet as well? A spa pedicure can be a truly special experience, particularly if you know what to look for and where to go.

However, the sad truth is that spa pedicures vary considerably in quality. (I totally see you nodding in agreement.) In some spas, a pedicure doesn’t amount to much more than having your toenails buffed and polished (been there, done that), whereas other spas provide an amazing range of treatments. So, exactly what should you look for when you are choosing a spa to look after your feet? Just what is the perfect spa pedicure? Read more

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How to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

How to combat seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a type of depression that happens during the same time each year. While it can happen at any time of year, it is most often associated with Fall and Winter (you’ve heard the term winter blues, right?) This is due to lack of sunlight which of course results in a Vitamin D deficiency, it’s getting darker sooner which throws off your internal clock, remaining indoors due to cooler or bad weather (hello cabin fever!) and what I call a “lack of an interesting landscape”; in other words everything lacks the color, vibrancy and fragrances of the warmer months.

I’m bringing this up because in the last few days I kept remarking to my husband, “I feel so tired all the time,” and “I feel like I have no energy,” and wanting to eat every carb in sight. Personally, nothing has changed for me to bring this on. I’m very happily married, am passionate about my career, enjoy my sons and so on. He then brought it to my attention that since the weather has gotten colder, I’ve been outdoors less; it’s getting darker earlier, etc. And then it clicked. During the days of getting my degree in Psychology, I had learned about SAD and recognized the symptoms.

Beginning to feel the same as I am? Here is a SAD check list (as listed by the MAYO Clinic): Read more

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Makes Scents Citrus Grove Body Glow Body Scrub and Whipped Body Butter


Makes Scents Citrus Grove Body Glow Body Scrub and Body Butter #Review

I came across local Pennsylvania brand, Makes Scents, when I visited The Spa at The Hotel Hershey earlier this year. An all natural spa line, Makes Scents bath and body line smells and feels rich and decadent.

Their seasonal Citrus Grove Body Glow Body Scrub contains pure Israeli and Mediterranean Sea salts perfectly mixed with pure citrus essential oils and green tea extract. The scrub literally looks like a juicy, ripe fruit and the fragrance is out of this world. While your roughest dry skin spots are tamed into something softer and smoother, the scent will awaken your senses. It’s definitely a mood altering scent! 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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Lavanila The Healthy Candle In Vanilla Lavender

Need a great holiday hostess gift, spa companion and fragrant candle for your home during the holidays?

You can have all three with Lavanila’s The Healthy Candle in Vanilla Lavender.  The Vanilla Lavender Healthy Candle contains notes of Spanish Lavender, Violet Leaf and warm Madagascar vanilla for a calming fragrance that is never overpowering or unbearable.  The candle is 100% natural and burns clean without releasing harmful pollutants, toxins, or soot into the air.  It is  also free of paraffin, dyes and harsh chemicals and is a  beeswax blend that is infused with pure essential oils.  I absolutely adore the design on the tin and was really happy when I found out that when the candle burns down you can just clean the inside of the tin and reuse it!  Read more

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Holiday Inspired Spa Treatments in Las Vegas

I love Las Vegas. Not for the casinos (I don’t gamble) and the 24-hour party atmosphere (exhausting), but for the little known part of Las Vegas known for relaxation–the spas!

From facials to massages, these luxurious experiences will calm the mind and have skin looking radiant for any holiday gathering!

Spiced Pear Fig Refining Facial, Spa & Salon Vdara, $140 for 50 minutes or $190 for 80 minutes

Cinnamon, spice and everything nice – this facial is perfect for skin feeling dry or irritated from the harsh winter months. The invigorating treatment begins with a polishing pear enzyme that hydrates the face, then finishes with a calming Cinnamon Spice Mask that leaves skin looking refined and clear.  Read more

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Seasonal Spa Treatments

I love this time of year and I especially love when spa treatments are customized to the scents of the season!

New York City

The Guerlain Spa at the landmark Waldorf Astoria New York is offering luxurious ways to celebrate the holiday season. For ladies and gentlemen, a Guerlain Spa holiday package will impress every time.  Signature seasonal offers include:

Peppermint Delight Pedicure ($80)

Heals and invigorates tired feet, starting with a warm foot soak of peppermint essential oils followed by a soothing scrub and moisturizing massage, leaving skin soft and sore feet rejuvenated.  Read more

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Review: Thymes Lemon Geranium Candle

No matter the time of year, I am always a sucker for scented candles.  In the summer I do like to go a bit lighter with the scents and try to avoid anything that reminds me too much of baked goods…not the case in fall and winter.  So far this summer, my scented candle of choice has been Thymes Lemon Geranium Candle.

The candle is made with high-quality food-grade paraffin and burns for approximately 40 fragrant hours.  The light, fresh, lemony/herbal scent is perfect for summer and is never too overpowering, even during the summer months.  Another awesome plus is that the candle jar features a very pretty decorative design and really adds that extra something to any space. This candle would also make a great hostess gift as it comes in a cute cloth bag (that I have been using to store my jewelry).  Read more

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Westlake Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

westlake-logoWestlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery is a leading provider of skin care with 5 locations in Austin and Central Texas, specializing in all treatments related to skin care and body contouring such as a full range of medical treatments, plastic surgery, lasers, and injectables, as well as allergy and immunology treatments. (They have a 6th location opening at the Four Seasons Residences Tower in Austin this July.)

Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery is the team behind the popular beauty store, iderma.com where you can shop for brand name skin care, hair care and makeup products from companies like HydroPeptide (who I’ve reviewed before), Jan Marini, Obagi and more.   Read more

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