Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #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. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

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Bagtrends Arm Candy Party @ Phyto Universe

My friend Pamela Pekerman passed on an invite to an event she is holding for Bagtrends…and while I don’t talk fashion here, I’m sure you will agree the event being held at Phyto is worthy of a blog post (because A Girl’s Gotta Spa!)

Sidenote: You should go just for the sake of meeting Pam, because yes I have had the opportunity to hang out with her and she is quite awesome.)

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Darphin Paris Spa Retreat Sweepstakes

paris-eiffel_towerDarphin is holding a sweepstakes for a trip to Paris! To enter, simply visit Darphin.com and fill out the required form. When you sign up for the giveaway, you can refer a friend to enter and for each friend that enters it will entitle YOU to another entry (so you can enter up to 6 times).

The trip includes:

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Exhale Spa Offers an Amazing Spa Membership

exhale_spa_beautyI wish I lived in one of the cities where there is an exhale spa because right now they are offering a pretty fabulous spa membership. For $150/month, with a 1 year commitment, exhale spa is offering this spa membership, which includes one free treatment per month (from a select list of services valued up to $150) plus additional benefits and perks! This new spa package allows its members to treat themselves to multiple services including manicures, therapy treatments, mind-body classes, and many other discounts.

Here’s what you get:

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Review: Scandle Body Massage Candle

I have long been a fan of soy candles and also love the moisturizing properties of soy for my skin. The Scandle makes a great body massage candle that has the clean burn of soy while also including essential oils for a hydrating, yet relaxing massage.

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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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Warm up to Winter with a Mud Bath at Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort

Ok, so it’s not winter yet, but here in the Poconos, there are plenty of nights where I could easily believe it was! Warm up to winter as you slide into a toasty mud bath or hot mineral springs pool at the world-famous Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort in historic Calistoga, California. Dr. Wilkinson’s features three thermal pools: an enormous 80 degree pool, a large 90 degree pool, and an 102 degree indoor pool, a gigantic “hot tub,” perfect for a soak or swim the year round.

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Spa-Nomics: Spa Stimulus Offerings at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

If you are a fiscally prudent spa enthusiast then you’ll definitely want to check out The Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn’s well balanced spa services menu. The Fairmont’s spa committee will take any action deemed necessary to stabilize growing stress levels and that includes lowering prices so that spa treatments are affordable for everyone.

Prudent spa service arrangements including a 45 minute Honey Steam Wrap, priced attractively at $129 and a 30 minute Grape Seed Body Polish ($89), have the capacity to provide rebalancing. Other fiscally responsible and wellness oriented (locally-inspired) investments include the Chardonnay Olive Oil Sugar Scrub, 45 minutes/$129.

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s elegant 40,000 square foot spa, built on the historic site first revered by Native American Indians for its healing waters, is one of the only spa resorts in the United States with its own source of natural thermal mineral water, which flows 1,100 feet directly beneath the Inn at 135 degrees. The Spa pays homage to the Native Americans who first discovered the Sonoma waters, as well as ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations, which believed in the axiom ‘Sanitas per Aquas,’ or healing through water.

Take a little “me time” during this time of unparalleled stress–you deserve it.

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Spa Getaway: Stone Spa at the Casanova by Rafael Hotels in Barcelona, Spain

After exploring the city of Barcelona, guests can indulge in spa treatments and rest their tired little feet at Stone Spa, an enclave of pampering and relaxation located inside the hip Casanova by Rafael Hotels and the only indoor/outdoor spa in the city. The spa is offering a three-night Stone Marvels Spa package for two which includes two Stone Marvels massages with hot river stones and olive oil (the Mediterranean’s lifeblood); accommodations; buffet breakfast daily; and round-trip airport/hotel transfers.

The Stone Spa is available to anyone seeking a rarified spa experience that combines pampering with innovative therapies. The spa boasts a treatment menu inspired by the Earth’s healing properties. Gemstones, smooth river stones and indigenous botanicals, culled from wellness traditions around the globe, are integrated into all of the treatments. Each guest departs with a small stone or crystal, a tactile reminder of their experience at Barcelona’s most transformative refuge, the Stone Spa.

To learn more about Stone Spa or to make reservations at Casanova, visit www.casanovabcnhotel.com

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