DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. "The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too," says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of Read more

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DIY Citrus-Infused Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

DIY Citrus-Infused Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub via @agirlsgottaspa #DIY #beauty #scrub #bathandbody

To take advantage of the tropical weather in South Florida, co-founder of the Caribbean Spa Association, Florida’s Spa Superhero and Viceroy Miami’s Spa Director, Alena Stavnjak, likes to use ingredients that are indigenous to the area in her homemade sugar scrubs.

One of Alena’s favorite DIY spa treatments is a citrus-infused coconut oil sugar scrub that leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft. We adore citrus at A Girl’s Gotta Spa! for its energizing fragrance that is sure to boost your mood year round. Coconut oil is high in vitamin E, penetrates the skin better than any other oil and is also good for nails and hair. Best of all, this citrus-infused coconut oil sugar body scrub is simple to make at home!

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Makes Scents Spiked Lemonade Sugar Scrub and Body Butter

Makes Scents Spiked Lemonade Sugar Scrub #review #bathandbody

Finely crushed ice, lucious bits of lemon and the tart yet sweet taste of lemonade.

If you are a Rhode Islander, you know exactly what I am describing: Del’s Lemonade. It is the refreshing treat I grew up with while living back in my home state, and no, it is NOT Italian ice.

So when Makes Scents Natural Spa Line sent their Organic Spiked Lemonade my way, my immediate thoughts upon opening the products were summer and happiness. Isn’t it funny how a fragrance can make you immediately nostalgic? 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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