Nine Things I've Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl's Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in Read more

Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

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Urban Decay Lip Junkie Cooling Lip Gloss Review

With nude colors being a hot beauty trend for fall, Urban Decay has added 3 new Naked shades to their Lip Junkie line up.

These pretty neutral shades are perfect for any skin color offering sheer to medium coverage. Lip Junkie Cooling Lip Gloss is also a gradual lip plumper. If you use the gloss everyday, Urban Decay claims that the gloss will plump your lips by 40%. I personally haven’t used it everyday to notice that effect, but the gloss does feel silky smooth and isn’t tacky or sticky at all.

While this is a cooling gloss, it felt more warming than cooling to me…definitely not burning or tingly the way most lip plumpers work. The mint scent is oh-so-delish.  Read more

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Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover

I have been using Inglot’s Makeup remover almost exclusively for over a year now.  It is very reasonably priced and does an excellent job of removing liner and mascara which is my #1 issue with most removers.  I am fortunate to have Inglot reasonably local to me.

Eye makeup remover is a product where I would prefer to NOT blow my budget.  I’ll save that for foundation and lipsticks!  I purchased this remover half out of necessity, half out of “I want to buy something NOW”.  I knew I was running low on my Inglot remover and buried somewhere in my brain was a reminder to pick up a bottle or two the next time I was at the mall.  But each time I hit up the mall, I forgot about it.  So I was shopping Sephora at the mall closest to me recently and really wanted to buy SOMETHING!  There was nothing I felt I had to have, nothing really caught my attention, but then I spotted Urban Decay’s Melt Down Makeup Remover and remembered I never did pick up the Inglot remover.  This looked interesting as it was a creamy remover, whereas the Inglot is more of an oil-based, silicone-y liquid remover.  I felt it was reasonably priced at $24 for 2.5 ounces so I decided I needed it.   Read more

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Be The Ultimate Beach Babe With These Ocean-Inspired Shadows

While the average person may be day-dreaming of summer breaks full of sun and sand, relaxation, beach days, barbecues, and a tropical vacation, we fashion and beauty addicts are more likely fondly thinking of candy-colored sandals, printed maxi dresses, and the perfect summer faux-tan. And now, just in time for that aforementioned tropical vacay, I’ve got yet another seasonal trend to covet: ocean eyeshadow shades! Incorporating pops of color into your makeup routine is a fun, fresh, and daring way to get into the summer spirit and make your eyes really stand out, and turquoise, aqua, and sea-inspired hues are undoubtedly beach-festive for the season at hand.   Read more

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Get Ready to Put Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette on Your Shopping Radar


NO JOKE. I seriously just got my hands on Urban Decay’s most freaked-about product ever, the Naked Palette (I know, two years late – I’m pathetic), and the makeup geniuses have already released its sequel! However, unlike The Hangover 2, The Godfather Part III, and the endless Land Before Time sequels that refused to die, the Naked 2 Palette seems like one of those rare sequels that won’t disappoint. As excited as I am about this, it admittedly doesn’t look too different from the original Naked Palette, so unless you’re an Urban Decay super-fan like me or are still too exhausted from tracking down the first one, you might be okay sitting this one out. (Ugh, did I really just say that?!) But its new sister palette does incorporate some pretty tawnier shades and russet reddish-browns as opposed to the first one’s sparkly champagnes and shimmery bronzes. And that’s different enough to justify a purchase on my part! Unfortunately, if you weren’t one of the lucky 5,000 to snag one up on Urban Decay’s short-lived presale, you’ll likely be out of luck until who-knows-when… but it doesn’t hurt to keep it on your shopping radar… or letter to Santa!

- Alex Gambardella

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