A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Wash in YES!

Shannon Smyth
@agirlsgottaspa Energizing Citrus Body Wash in YES! A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Wash is featured in YES!, the magazine inside the USA Today network of newspapers nationwide. I'm pretty much doing the happy dance! If you are new here and not familiar with our body wash, it is vegan, 98% natural and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free. It has a variety of plant-based ingredients including 30% aloe to soothe dry, irritated skin, chamomile, comfrey, and calendula. It also has shea oil to hydrate, citrus essential oils to brighten and kelp to revitalize skin. Citrus oils are also known to be great for acne-prone skin. You can find it on our ecommerce store: www.agirlsgottaspa.com/store Be sure to check out our body lotion and salt scrub. We offer free shipping on orders over $50. To stay in the loop regarding our bath and body line, please subscribe to our mailing list. Also check out our ever growing list of retailers that believe in our mission statement – You Deserve to be Pampered. If you are a retailer looking to sell A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Please contact us!

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Bath Time: Fizz & Bubble Bath Truffles

Gail Lewis
Oh-so-good bath truffles from Fizz & Bubble via @agirlsgottaspa Winter is most definitely not my favorite season as I have a serious love affair with everything summer. That being said, there are a few winter beauty rituals that I really do enjoy and actually look forward to, such as baths. During winter I love pampering myself with cozy warm steaming baths, using oils, salts and bath teas to make the experience as relaxing as possible. Thanks to Fizz & Bubble dessert-inspired bath products, my baths this winter have been both relaxing and incredibly decadent! Fizz & Bubble “foaming truffles” are just as indulgent as the name suggests.  They  contain an 8-oil blend and are "drowned" in shea butter which makes them super moisturizing. They also contain vitamins, and safe coloring that won’t stain tubs or your skin and are all handmade, all-natural and cruelty-free. The truffles smell incredible.  The scents are relaxing and soothing and not at all overly sweet or overpowering.  I am a sucker for beautiful packaging and love the fun, vibrant hot pink box that the foaming truffles are packaged in, it's perfect for gifting.  I will admit the truffles are so beautiful I didn't want to use them and they sat in my bathroom for a while just beautifying the place. I was, however, tempted to take a bite, but thankfully I managed to restrain myself. Fizz & Bubble truffles are available at ULTA stores nationwide and online at www.FizzandBubble.com. Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too!

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Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40

Shannon Smyth

Sponsored by AmLactin Skin Care

Sponsored by AmLactin: Review of AmLactin Skin Care products for those with dry skin via @agirlsgottaspa

  We all know that getting older comes with pros and cons. Older and wiser (that's a definite), knowing who you are and what you want... and then all those lovely skin issues. Dark spots, wrinkles, and other fun skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis, and Keratosis Pilaris are exacerbated by dry skin. So what are those of us with aging skin to do? According to data from a 2015 national online survey of over one thousand U.S. women over the age of 18: Nearly two-thirds of U.S. women report that the older they get, the more difficult it is to keep their skin moisturized. (Yes, this is me.) U.S. women feel an average of six years older when their skin is dry and dull. (Ugh, me again.) 56% of women report being just as concerned about the signs of aging from the neck down as they are about the signs of aging on the face. (Truth.) Can you also relate to those statistics? I recently tried out AmLactin Skin Care's line of products that have been trusted by dermatologists for over 20 years. With its unique combination of exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids and hydrating humectants, AmLactin moisturizers smooth away roughness to reveal smooth, healthy-looking skin. In this video I discuss AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream for my Keratosis Pilaris (a skin issue that I'm often embarrassed by), AmLactin Foot Cream, Moisturizing Body Lotion and my absolute fave, Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion. AmLactin products are non-greasy, fragrance free and work as an exfoliating + hydrating lotion. Sponsored by AmLactin: Dry skin care solutions via @agirlsgottaspa Would you like to try AmLactin Skin Care for FREE? Follow these steps to enter my Soft Skin Giveaway:
  1. Visit AmLactin’s website and look at each product.
  2. In the comments section below, tell me how your skin has changed over the years AND provide a link to the AmLactin product you’d most like to try by August 24, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.
On August 25th, I will randomly pick one commenter to receive $100 worth of AmLactin products! WINNER: Stephanie Liske *Giveaway is open to United States residents only. Product and shipping provided by AmLactin Skin Care. No cash or product substitutes. AmLactin and A Girl's Gotta Spa! have the right to cancel this giveaway at any time. Void where prohibited. Check out AmLactin's social channels: Facebook Twitter YouTube Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too! Uncover smooth, radiant skin with AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care. Its unique exfoliating and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells to reveal soft, hydrated skin. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy. AmLactin moisturizers are available on Amazon.com and at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Walmart and Rite Aid. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin Skin Care. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Try These 3 Sulfate Free Body Washes That Still Lather

Shannon Smyth
Looking for a sulfate free body wash but still want the bubbles? Take a look at these body washes from @agirlsgottaspa @nurturemybody and Lancer. It's a common beauty myth - switch to a sulfate free body wash and you have to give up that luxurious lather that makes pampering so much fun. But it's not true. Sure, you won't be able to bury yourself under a mountain of bubbles, but you don't have to sacrifice the suds if you go sulfate free. Here are our favorite sulfate-free body washes that will still make you want to hasthag with #treatyoself @agirlsgottaspa sulfate free body wash lathers A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Wash: If you're in need of something uplifting for your pamper session, this is the body wash to go with. It's foamy goodness that will still keep your skin feeling soft and not dried out. Aloe and other plant-based ingredients moisturize the skin. 3 sulfate free body washes that still lather via @agirlsgottaspa Lancer The Method Body Cleanse: An anti-aging body wash intended to do to the body what Dr. Lancer's system does for the face. Bubbles immerse your skin in exfoliating acids to give you a glow.3 sulfate free body washes that still lather via @agirlsgottaspa Nurture My Body Wild Eucalyptus Body Wash: This is my favorite fragrance when I have a cold or allergies that are making it difficult to breathe. This scent is exhilirating to the senses and lathers just enough to satiate your pampering needs. What's your favorite sulfate free body wash? Let me know in the comments! Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too! *Disclosure, affiliate link, owned brand

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A Girl's Gotta Spa! Partners with Lilly's Bathcarry

Shannon Smyth
A Girl's Gotta Spa! partners with Lilly's Bathcarry Lilly's Bathcarry is an online boutique that has been providing luxurious skincare and scent therapy products to customers since 2002. Lilly's Bathcarry has a wide selection of indie, emerging and established brands all with the same singular focus - seeking out the best pampering products on the market. Throughout Lilly's travels, a guilty pleasure has been finding unique skin care and scent therapy products. She would fall in love with a product and when it came time to replenish it, she couldn’t find it anywhere. That’s how Lilly's Bathcarry was born. A Girl's Gotta Spa! is proud to now be sold at Lilly's Bathcarry. Our mission statement is virtually the same, both brands believing - you deserve to be pampered. Go ahead and give them a look! www.lillysbathcarry.com Are you a retailer interested in more information about A Girl’s Gotta Spa! wholesaleopportunities? Please contact us today!

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The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

Shannon Smyth

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks.

aveeno-lotion-body-wash For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily cleanse + moisturize regimen with both products every day in order to accomplish two things - a healthy habit and softer, hydrated skin. aveeno-challenge Healthy habits don't always come natural to all of us. As an admitted chocoholic, I can tell you that I am more likely to reach for some cocoa deliciousness over a healthier alternative. However, habits don't just happen overnight and it takes consistent repetition over the course of about 21 days to create something you'll stick with. So during the 21 day #AveenoDailyChallenge, I not only challenged myself to stick to a daily cleanse + moisturize regimen, I also consciously made the choice each day to do something healthy when my inner voice would whisper chocolate. For example, putting honey in my tea instead of straight up sugar. (The honey pictured is insanely good and seems to satiate my sweet tooth.) I also added some extra vitamins and supplements like Vitamin D, probiotics, biotin and cranberry in addition to the multi-vitamin I am already taking. aveeno-oatmeal-soft-skin If you haven't yet tried AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, it's a pearl-colored body wash with a thick texture that smells incredibly fresh. It's the kind of body wash that will stick to your shower puff, not slide through it, and create a rich lather on your skin. AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion is fragrance free and has the look of a thicker cream with the application of a thinner lotion. It absorbs quickly and is non-greasy. In addition to the natural colloidal oatmeal, this lotion also has dimethicone. Dimethicone is known for its moisture retaining properties that helps prevent and protect skin from cracking and drying in cold weather. After 21 days my skin feels great. I also love that these products are safe to use on my sons, especially my newborn. Did you take the #AveenoDailyChallenge yet? Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram and Twitter. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too!

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Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Sarah Prussia
lotion-severely-dry-skin Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all my produce from the garden and splitting wood, lots of wood. When the temperature drops, it’s not just the wood that gets split, my hands do too. My daily routine consists of: Feed the animals, wash my hands. Wash out the poultry feed containers, feed poultry, wash my hands. Come inside to make breakfast, wash dishes. Start meal prep for the day, wash produce, wash dishes. Wash my hands, make lunch, wash dishes. Split and stack wood, wash my hands. Daily chores, wash my hands, make dinner, wash dishes. Take a shower, go to bed, repeat! Do you notice a pattern yet? vaseline-jelly-cream Before I even get to lunch time, the dermatitis on my hands (which seems to be concentrated in-between my fingers) is flared up and burning. With the winter time coming, our wood stove will be going and our house is going to be super dry, which means more components to play a part in my severely dry skin. After trying so many different remedies, I took the opportunity to give Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Jelly Cream a try. I know, it’s a mouthful, but the name really does say it all. Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Jelly Cream has the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance, which is really what piqued my interest. With my dermatitis (the most common form of Eczema,) most lotions irritate my hands with a burning sensation. This cream not only contains micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly, is infused with vitamin E, and hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores,) but it actually HEALS my hands! lotion-hand-dermatitis The texture is a rich, smooth cream that doesn't feel heavy and is non-greasy. It really gives your hands a smooth as silk feeling. Other products I have used always wear off so quickly, but my severely dry hands immediately soaked up the moisture and stayed soft and supple for longer than most lotions I've used. Vaseline says it will moisturize for up to 18 hours - I didn't exactly keep track by the hour, but let's just say it was noticeable when I didn't need to constantly re-apply several times a day. I am so excited that I finally found something the works, doesn’t burn, and feels good to use. I even have my husband using it. Being a carpenter, he is constantly working outside, even in the cold, so his hands are always drying out and cracking. He loves that it’s unscented and non-greasy. Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Jelly Cream is gentle enough to use on my children too, who are 6 and 8 years old. Their hands get very chapped this time of the year too from all the times they wash their hands at school and use hand sanitizer. There’s nothing worse than seeing those red little hands when they come in from playing in the snow! This year when they come in from the cold, I can give them their nice warm cups of hot cocoa and soothe their hands with this cream. vaseline-jelly-cream-reviews Do you get severely dry skin each Fall and Winter? Will you be giving this new cream a try? Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram and Twitter. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vaseline. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Healthy Habits #AveenoDailyChallenge #Sponsored

Shannon Smyth

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I’m participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks.

AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion, now that’s a what I call a natural pair! For the next three weeks, I’ll be participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge, using both products every day. Join me on my journey to healthy, beautiful, nourished skin! #spon via @agirlsgottaspa When it comes to my skin and incorporating healthy habits into my daily life, I can sometimes get into a rut. Whether busyness gets me distracted, the stressors of daily life keep my sidetracked or sometimes, dare I say it, pure laziness gets ahold of me - it all wears on my skin. As we begin to delve into the colder months, it's not only important to begin incorporating healthy habits into our lifestyle, it's imperative. From colds and flu to dry skin and eczema, it seems Fall and Winter are frought with ways to bring you down. So how can stay on top of it without slacking off? Why, using the buddy system of course. It's proven that when you work things in pairs, you have greater success at whatever you are trying to achieve. Of course, you'll want to naturally pair things that make sense like delicious raw honey to sweeten an indulgent tea as a healthy way infuse antioxidants into your diet and to destress. And no, pairing ice cream and your weight loss plan are not a natural pair. (Sorry.) Another way to ensure that you maintain a healthy routine is to make it a habit. Whether it's doing something at the same time every day or pairing the same items together when you use them, "association" is a great way to commit something to memory so that you maintain it. AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion, now that’s a what I call a natural pair! For the next three weeks, I’ll be participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge, using both products every day. Join me on my journey to healthy, beautiful, nourished skin! #spon via @agirlsgottaspa For the next three weeks, I’ll be participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge, using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion every day. This nourishing duo contains colloidal oatmeal, which is soothing for dry, irritated skin. It's also blended with rich emollients to help replenish skin's moisture barrier. I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of dry, itchy skin regardless of the season. Will you join me on my journey to healthy, beautiful, nourished skin? To participate, follow me on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and be sure to tag me and use the hashtag #AveenoDailyChallenge. I'd love to encourage you during this 3- week challenge! Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram and Twitter. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too!

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Yuni: Yoga-Inspired Beauty

Gail Lewis
Review of Yuni - yoga inspired skin care via @agirlsgottaspa As someone who cannot survive without yoga, I was beyond excited when I heard about Yuni. Yuni is the first natural, sustainable, convenient, Yoga-inspired beauty brand. Yuni products are versatile, multi-tasking, time saving and enable yogis to potentially practice more often since having time to shower or the availability of shower facilities may be a deciding factor in whether we decide to work out or practice. All Yuni products are plant-based, non-toxic, biodegradable and compostable and contain 100% all-natural fragrance. The first two Yuni products that I HAD to try were the No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam and Instant Shower Sheets.  Both of these products are incredibly effective at leaving my skin feeling clean and refreshed without the need for water.  I absolutely love hot yoga, but after class there is usually a line for the showers. I usually skip hot yoga on a day when I have commitments after class because I don't have the time to wait to shower and I definitely refuse to show up to an appointment covered in hot yoga sweat. The Instant Shower Sheets and No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam give me that just showered feeling without the time and hassle. Best of all, I don't need to skip my hot yoga session due to showering time constraints. The Instant Shower Sheets are going to be new favorite travel companion especially on long flights and also because I have had the unfortunate experience of being stuck in an airport for a long period of time and these shower sheets would have been a life saver. My other favorites from Yuni are the Muscle Recovery Gel and the Aromatic Body Mist. The Muscle Recovery Gel contains fair trade green tea extract, peppermint and arnica to ease post workout soreness and inflammation.  The rollerball applicator makes application easy and mess free and I am now very addicted to the minty fragrance and intensely cooling sensation.  It's perfect post hot yoga and also post run.  My fiancé has also been using the Muscle Recovery Gel after surfing and is also in love with it. The Aromatic Body Mist is like walking into the most zen-like spa experience, it's an incredibly relaxing fragrance that creates a 100% natural aroma with essential oils of Bergamot, Neroli and Sage. In addition to misting myself with this, I also love misting my bedroom right before bedtime.  The Aromatic Body Mist is also going to be a favorite travel companion of mine, especially with holiday travel looming in the near future. Yuni products are not only my new yoga and gym bag staples, but they are now also my travelling essentials. Thankfully a lot of the products come in travel sizes which will make the travelling experience a much more enjoyable, stress-free and dare I say, beautiful experience. Yoga lovers, have you tried Yuni yet? Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram and G+. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too! *Disclosure: Press samples

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St. Ives Spray Lotion Review #LiveRadiantly

Shannon Smyth
@StIvesSkin Continous Spray review via @agirlsgottaspa #LiveRadiantly #spon St. Ives recently sent me their continous spray lotion in Naturaly Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract and the new Smooth & Glow Apricot Hydration Lotion. This is the first time I've ever tried a spray lotion and wasn't sure what to expect. Will it be similar to spray sunscreens where it gets absolutely everywhere and not just targeted to where you are spraying it? Will it be greasy? I intended to find out! @StIvesSkin Continous Spray review via @agirlsgottaspa #LiveRadiantly #spon The St. Ives continous spray lotions are made with 100% natural moisturizers, are easy-to-apply, spray on lightly and are quickly absorbed, leaving your skin energized and refreshed. Using the lotion was easy enough, simply twist the cap to unlock it, aim and spray. While this lotion had a mist similar to sunscreen sprays, I found that it landed directly on my skin in one spot and didn't mist absolutely everywhere. You then rub it over your skin with your hand and you're done. @StIvesSkin Continous Spray review via @agirlsgottaspa #LiveRadiantly #spon Both lotions absorbed super quick and left my skin feeling silky and not greasy. Sometimes I applied the lotion by spraying it directly on my skin and sometimes I just sprayed it into my hand and applied it - especially in those more difficult to reach places like the back of my thighs and arms. There was no mess involved, and when I was done, I just switched the cap back to lock. (A great feature when you have kids!) @StIvesSkin Continous Spray review via @agirlsgottaspa #LiveRadiant'y #spon While most people think they only really need to apply moisturizer in the winter when dry skin is the most prevalent, it's necessary during the warmer seasons too due to activities the lend to parched, dehydrated skin. For example, chlorine from time spent in the pool will dry out skin, multiple showers to rinse your skin of bug spray, sunscreen, sweat... can dry out your skin. And simply sunbathing for long periods of time can dehydrate skin. It's important all year round to be using a hydrating body wash, body scrub and a hydrating lotion. I realize "hydrating lotion" sounds like a foolish description, because after all, aren't all lotions hydrating? Many claim to be, but that isn't always the case. (But I'm sure you've probably discovered that yourself with a lotion or two.) @StIvesSkin Continous Spray review via @agirlsgottaspa #LiveRadiantly #spon Something often associated with pregnancy (I am 32 weeks today!) is glowing, radiant skin. I can tell you that sometimes that glow needs a little help! Something I truly loved about these lotions, is that it made it really easy to get every inch of my skin with ease. If you've ever experienced attempting to bend down to apply lotion to your feet and ankles at 8 months pregnant (that's if you can even see your feet at this point), it's like playing twister. And I'm rarely successful. This Summer I'll #LiveRadiantly with smooth hydrated skin, enjoying my gorgeous surroundings of the Pocono Mountains and in a few weeks enjoying our new addition to the family (boy #6.) How will you live radiantly this Summer? Have you tried these lotions from St. Ives? Leave a comment and let me know! Buy St. Ives lotion here. Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of St.Ives. The opinions and text are all mine.

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