A Girl's Gotta Spa! Natural Bath and Body Products on Amazon

A Girl's Gotta Spa! natural bath and body products can now be found on Amazon.com via etailz. I'm beyond thrilled at the exponential growth we're having with our retail partnerships! Amazon.com strives to be Earth's most customer-centric company where people can find and discover virtually anything they want to buy Read more

DIY Cooling Cucumber Mask

During my two month stay in Bali, a significant amount of time was spent at Amo Spa in Seminyak.  I enjoyed the most amazing spa treatments that I've every experienced and though I have only been back in the US for a week, I am going through serious Amo Read more

#SummerizeYourLegs Twitter Party 7/22/14 8pm EST #shop

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about summer legs! On July 22nd at 8:00pm ET, please join us for the #SummerizeYourLegs Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing women’s razors and shaving tips, and giving you a chance to win prizes! No matter your Read more

SolScents Sunscreen Review

I absolutely love trying new sunscreens! My ongoing battle with Melanoma has forced me to love sunscreen and I can safely say I’ve tried mostly every sunscreen that’s out there. While I don’t have a problem with the way sunscreen usually smells, I was excited to learn that there’s Read more

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with Eco-Friendly Greencupboards

GreenCupboards is a leading online retailer of eco-friendly products for homes and businesses. I'm happy to announce that A Girl's Gotta Spa! natural bath and body products are now sold on Greencupboards.com. Greencupboards has something unique that caught my eye right away and it's their Eco-traits that accompany each product Read more

Travel Beauty

Bloggers’ Must Have Beauty Products When Traveling


Bloggers' Must-Have #Beauty Products While Traveling

Believe it or not, a blogger’s makeup bag is not always overflowing with products when we travel. Most of us have a handful of products we are loyal to simply because they get the job done while home or away.

I recently spent some time in Atlantic City and asked fellow bloggers Kelly Augustine from www.KellyAugustine.com and Lyuba from www.WillCookForSmiles.com what their must have beauty products were while traveling. Watch the video to hear about our favorite beauty products and then find the links to all of them below: Read more

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4 Travel Beauty Skin Care Tips

4 Skin Care Tips When Traveling #skincare #travelbeauty

Whether your next vacation be relaxing on the beach, touring cities in Europe, or just going to your families, you should never forget about your skin. High-end skin care brands rarely put out economy size products, but many of them downsize into fabulous travel sets and starter kits. Not only do these A-list products travel well, but they create an opportunity to sample luxury lines at a lower cost. “Maintaining your skin regime while on vacation is essential to keeping your skin beautiful. Be sure to toss your products into your carry-on, just in case your luggage ever gets lost,” says Dr. David E. Bank, Founder and Director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.

Dr. Bank’s 4 tips for flawless skin while traveling: Read more

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Five Beauty Secrets for On-The-Go Globetrotters

Travel Beauty Tips

Traveling has so many benefits: it’s educational, it allows you to experience things you wouldn’t in your home country and it gives you the opportunity to meet people from around the globe. Perhaps best of all, it offers you a different perspective on life and how it’s lived.

However, being on the road, or in the air for that matter, can also take its toll on your mind and body. Waking up at the crack of dawn to catch a flight, driving a few hundred miles, or being forced to spend a night in an airport can leave you feeling tired and in desperate search of some under-eye concealer. Luckily, there are a number of little tricks and tips to keep yourself looking young while you travel.

Here are some suggestions for your next trip: Read more

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Kaunis Facial Masks Review

kaunis-facial-masksThe first time I fell in love with Paper Face Masks was at Incheon International Airport.  As a way to cure airport boredom I started perusing the cosmetics stores and was intrigued by one of the masks.  I had no idea what the mask did as everything was in Korean, but I applied it to my face and let it sit there on my flight from Seoul to Dallas.  My skin felt really hydrated after I landed…which was a miracle since my skin normally looks dull and dry after a long flight.

Since that mask I haven’t been able to find a paper face mask that I loved, or even liked, until very recently when I tried the Kaunis Facial Masks. Read more

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WEI To Go Real Clean Gelled Oil Cleanser Review

WEI -To -Go- Real- Clean- Gelled -Oil -CleanserWhenever I’m traveling, one thing I can count on without fail is the appearance of breakouts.  My skin tends to get clogged and congested on the plane and by the time I land I can feel the bumps start to emerge.  In an effort to be preventative I’ve started to use facial wipes on the plane, but a lot of times these are drying on my face and exacerbates the problem.

I finally came to the conclusion that I needed a cleanser that was both gentle and moisturizing on my skin while still being capable to remove dirt, makeup and any other skin congestant found on a plane.  On my last flight I cleansed my face with WEI To Go Real Clean Gelled Oil Cleanser.  The cleanser comes in extremely airplane friendly 10ml tubes, is super easy to use and has a very refreshing lemony scent.  Read more

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Vincent Longo Pearlessence Lip and Cheek Gel Stain Review

Vincent Longo Pearlessence Lip & Cheek Gel Stain #review

Thanks to traveling a lot and living a pretty active lifestyle, I’ve been increasingly gravitating towards clothing and beauty products that have multiple functions.  It just makes life that much easier when you’re able to travel lighter, whether it’s across the country or to the yoga studio.

I am currently on the first leg of a month-long trek that includes five cities. Thankfully the day before I departed California, I found a product that is not only multipurpose, but is also TSA approved, gym bag and teeny clutch friendly, humidity proof and looks great on my skin tone.  Vincent Longo’s Pearlessence Lip & Cheek Gel Stain is now my best travel and workout buddy. Read more

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Spa Sonic ® Face and Body Polisher Review

Meet my brand new best-friend and constant travelling companion, Spa Sonic’s Face and Body Polisher.

I took an immediate liking to this device and absolutely refuse to leave home for more than a day without it, after all what’s not to love since it beautifies from head to toe?  The seven piece professional kit includes, 1 Polishing unit, 2 Facial Brushes, 1 Body Brush, 1 Facial Buffer, 1 Pumice Stone, and a battery four pack and they all do an awesome job.

The facial brush feels really gentle on my skin and I especially love the size of the brush because it cleanses and exfoliates my face without getting any excess of cleanser and water on my hair.  The body brush is also amazing.  Like the facial brush, it’s not harsh or irritating, but really gentle and also exfoliates and cleanses perfectly.  Read more

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Review: Travalo with Genie-S Refill

The beauty industry has definitely contributed in large part to making traveling less stressful.  Yes we still have to deal with lines, delays and ridiculous baggage fees, but thanks to the beauty industry, as soon as we board we can treat ourselves to an in-plane spa session that will remove the memory of any stress prior to boarding.  One of the few products that I have noticed absent from the vast array of great airline travel-friendly products is perfume. Yes, there are perfumes available in sample sizes that you can pretend you’re going to buy later, but you actually won’t…you just want it because it’s in an easy to travel size (it’s OK, I do it and know of a few others that are guilty as well!)  But what is a girl to do? Sometimes I would like to freshen up my fragrance on the plane, but it’s usually not handy because it’s in my checked luggage…it being in a large, heavy glass bottle and all.  I knew it would only be a matter of time before some beauty industry genius came up with a solution and of course someone did, the geniuses at Travalo.

Travalo is a refillable perfume atomizer that is ridiculously user friendly and foolproof.  It allows you to rapidly transfer your favorite perfumes from their full sized bottles in to a convenient travel size container (about 3 inches long  and weighs .5 oz).  All you have to do is to remove the spray top from your perfume bottle and insert the pump stick of the perfume bottle into the bottom of the Travalo container, then press down repeatedly until the Travalo container is filled, it’s really that simple.

The Travalo container even has a clear window so that you are able to gauge the level of perfume it contains so you know when it’s ready to be refilled.  The container is very lightweight, shatter proof and environmentally friendly, I also love that it fits into the teeniest evening clutch.  Yes Travalo is absolutely genius, but now there is absolutely no reason to smell anything but fantastic…no matter where you might find yourself.

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Secluded Getaway in the Amish Countryside at The Inn at Honey Run, Millersburg Ohio

Living in Pennsylvania, I am quite intrigued by the Amish, really from a sociological and psychological perspective (my degree is Psych so I tend to analyze people), but also because I just cannot fathom such a simple way of life. When we were invited to stay at The Inn at Honey Run and try out their spa, I quickly took to googling Millersburg, Ohio to find out what the area had to offer (I’ve only ever been to Columbus.) The location of The Inn at Honey Run is smack dab in the middle of Amish country (not strictly Amish, but actually Mennonite), which told me a few things: 1. It would be like stepping back in time, 2. It was guaranteed to be peaceful and relaxing and 3. I knew I’d be in an area I could explore and not get bored. So Bryan and I packed our bags for a weekend of de-stressing and headed west to Ohio.

It was a 7 hour drive through central and western PA into central Ohio, but the views of the mountains were spectacular, and I can only imagine how gorgeous it looks with the fall foliage. It was very clear once you were near Millersburg, because there are more horse and buggies than there are cars. There are long, winding and hilly roads with no stop lights or sidewalks, but plenty of scenic views of farmland where you could see the Amish working on their farms or seated at their roadside stands selling produce and handwoven baskets. My favorite part of course was seeing the little boys in their straw hats and suspendered pants and little girls in their bonnets, run and play. (I’m pretty sure I squealed each time I saw an Amish child, which Bryan found pretty funny.)

We arrived at The Inn at Honey Run and quickly remarked at how beautiful the setting was. No huge parking lots or towering buildings…simply tons of trees, plants and flowers and in the distance you could hear a babbling brook. It was peaceful and exactly how I envisioned it.

As you walk down the covered walkway into the building, there are carved stones that line it, which are for sale. Some stones are carved like a conch shell, others to resemble a birdbath and so on. Adjacent to the walkway is a water feature that is so pretty. My photography skills are null, so the picture I took doesn’t even do it justice. At the door is a bird feeder with a video camera pointed towards it, as The Inn at Honey Run has a “birdcam” that snaps pictures of the birds that come into feed (which are posted on their Facebook fan page.) Birds are truly a focus here, as you will see so many different kinds seated among the branches of the trees. The dining room’s wall is a large window looking out the the trees, the multitude of outdoor decks for guests to relax on, both on the top floor and bottom, give you such a great view…and our suite was on the end of the building and had so many windows (and a deck) to which we could look out and enjoy nature.

The room we stayed in was the Serenity Suite, it literally was as large as the first floor of my house (and I have a pretty big house!) It had a kitchen area, living room with fireplace, bathroom that was partitioned off by a hallway of sorts, a bedroom area and a very large deck. Aside from how large and cozy the room was, the part I loved most was how heavy the door was to the hallway and the fact that you could not hear anything! Anyone who has stayed in a hotel or inn know noise is the number one contributor to making or breaking your stay. At The Inn at Honey Run, you literally felt like you were alone in the retreat by yourself. I loved that.

Our suite was on the bottom floor, which also had a large recreation room at the opposite end of the hallway. It had a pool table (which I sadly lost 3 out of 4 games), comfortable couches and posh chairs, a large flat screen television, large rectangular windows along the walls where there were chess and checker boards set up, among other games, and an outdoor deck was partially enclosed with the deck above and glass overhangs so that if it rained, you could sit there and enjoy it. It was clear this area was meant for couples to really enjoy getting away and getting back to simple pleasures.

Breakfast will leave you full enough to skip lunch (have the oatmeal pancakes with fresh strawberries) and dinner is out of this world good..but dessert was definitely the best part! Definitely get the vegetable stuffed ravioli, Hanger steak and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Praline Caramel Torte. That was heaven in my mouth!

The Inn at Honey Run is on 70 acres and has many trails you can walk, one alongside a brook, as well as the spa and 2 other means of lodging accommodations on the property: Cottages, which are located on the hilltop and The Honeycombs, which are not only on the hillside, but IN the hillside as they are sheltered by earth. The main lodge (where our suite was) has 24 guest rooms and only children 12 and older are allowed at The Inn at Honey Run. Yet another reason why this is a perfect retreat–it doesn’t have that constant buzzing about of people.

The spa is very rustic and quaint. It has a beautiful waiting room (tell me this picture I took of it doesn’t look good enough to be in a interior design magazine!), and two spa treatment rooms. There was only myself and Angela, an esthetician, there when I arrived for my facial. I chose the Grateful Body facial ($100/60 minutes), as it included a hand and shoulder massage. Angela used the organic Grateful Body product line for my facial and also used their Midnight Oil for my shoulder and hand massage. She did a great job, as I drifted off to sleep a few times (which is always the sign of a good relaxing facial) and my skin had a glow to it when she was done.

All in all, this was a very rejuvenating trip. The accommodations were beyond my expectations, the food was decadent and delicious, the staff were friendly and courteous, the surroundings were magnificent and the spa was just what I needed to unwind. You can learn more about The Inn at Honey Run at www.innathoneyrun.com. If you’ve visited, please share your experience in the comments!

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Review: O.N.E Olive Oil Nourishing Enrichment

There are very few of us…if any, that actually enjoy traveling via airplane.  I know I definitely love arriving at my destination but anything prior to that part is either stressful, boring or a complete pain.  First there’s waiting in line to check in, then to get through security, then to board and of course waiting on your luggage and hoping that it actually arrived on the same flight as you (doubly stressful if you’re attending a wedding out of town and your dress is in your suitcase.)

To avoid some of the stresses that come with flying, I try, whenever I can, to just travel with my purse and one carry on.  This more often than not, however, proves to be a challenge mainly due to my beauty products.  I will travel with one pair of jeans and a few tops for an entire week, but when it comes to my beauty products I experience anxiety at the thought of leaving anything behind, you just never know what beauty emergencies might arise and it’s always best to be prepared.

One of the ways of ensuring that all of my beauty products  make it in my carry on luggage is to buy tiny bottles or jars that are TSA approved and fill them with my products, since a lot of the products I use don’t seem to be available in travel sizes as yet.  This was great in theory, but I underestimated just how much of an appreciation I have for beauty products and was pretty bummed when  security informed me that my quart sized Ziploc bag had to actually be closed and not have products coming out the opening so I would have to get rid of some of my items to clear security…it was back to the drawing board, but thankfully not for long because I discovered O.N.E Olive Oil Nourishing Enrichment.

It is a multi-function wonder!  The oil can be used for soothing irritation from sunburns or shaving and waxing, to a basic face and body moisturizer, to a deep conditioning mask to revive hair from a drying day in the sun and salt water and best of all it is available in travel sized packets (15 travel sized packets in a box.)  I was just recently in Minneapolis, MN for a week and I threw a couple of the packets in my purse and was really happy I did because while in flight, I used it on my hands, cuticles and the ends of my hair, which tend to get really dry on airplanes.  It also worked great as my nighttime face moisturizer (I only packed a daytime face moisturizer with SPF and really did not want to use something with SPF at night.)  The oil contains 100% organic olive oil, sunflower oil, vitamin e, lavender and geranium essential oils.  It has a very light and clean fragrance (perfect for the plane because the fragrance won’t offend your neighbors.)

Since O.N.E Olive Oil Nourishing Enrichment worked so great on my hands, cuticles, face and hair, it makes perfect sense for me to get the normal sized bottle to try out on the rest of my body…plus I would prefer to save my travel sized packets for…well, traveling and now that I am back in Miami I can’t wait to toss them in my beach bag and head to the ocean for a day of relaxation and beautification.  My initial excitement for O.N.E Olive Oil Nourishing Enrichment was due to how hassle free it made traveling, now I am excited about it because it is simply amazing.

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