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This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

#BeautyInspiration Twitter Party April 16th #shop

 Image credit: Hairspray & High Heels We have major love here at A Girl's Gotta Spa! for makeup. From makeup trends to makeup tips, when to spend and when to splurge, as well as the latest products for each season, you can count on us to bring that info to you. Read more

Spa Week 2014 A Girl's Gotta Spa! and Giveaway

It's that time of year again when spas lower their prices on some of their spa treatments, otherwise known as Spa Week! From April 21–27th, spas, fitness facilities and wellness centers across the country will be offering $50 spa treatments, including a few spas that we've reviewed like The French Read more

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This summer I’ll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can’t literally turn back time, at least I can use products that will lessen the appearance of the signs of aging like crows feet, discoloration and sagging skin with eye care wrinkle treatment products like RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Eye Cream, RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Sensitive Eye Cream, and RoC® MULTI CORREXION 5 in 1 Eye Cream. (All of these products can be found at your local Duane Reade.)

Please join me and special guest, Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified dermatologist, as we talk about eye health and Retinol products that help you to look younger. I personally know how important anti-aging creams are (now that aging has hit me square in the face!) Read more

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Spring Beauty Essentials Under $150

Spring Essentials Kit - 7 beauty products to bring you back to life! #beauty #rmnspringessentials

Keeping up with the season’s best beauty trends can be fun…but costly! (I much prefer the fun part over the expense of it all.) There’s also that Winter to Spring transition that requires a vast array of different products based on your individual needs – for example, my hair tends to lack shine this time of year and my skin looks lackluster (much like the landscape before the first flowers bloom.)

So how can you stay up to par with the Spring beauty essentials while keeping your bank account in check? Know when to spend and know when to splurge – and also know when to use coupon codes!

90% of my shopping is done online and beauty products are no exception. I first search my inbox to see if any of my favorite beauty retailers are having a sale or offering a discount. Next I head to RetailMeNot.com and type in the retailer I’m looking to purchase from. RetailMeNot will list discounts and sales for your favorite retailers – many times codes you can use in addition to the ones the retailers sent you! This is also a great way to weigh whether you should shop Sephora, Ulta, Beauty.com or your favorite department store retailer by doing a quick scan of any discount offerings. If you’re not one to shop online for cosmetics, no worries, RetailMeNot also has printable coupon codes.

When the weather begins to warm up one of the things that require a shake up is my skin care. I live in the mountains where the air is drier, as is my home from my wood stove. So Autumn through Winter my skin is like a nomad lost in the desert in search of something to quench its thirst. This is when I’m using heavier creams and serums targeted to dry skin. Oftentimes, no matter how much moisturizing I do, my skin remains parched and flakey. My hair seems to have the same issues as well. To brighten up for Spring, new skin care, hair care and cosmetics are in order!

As I move into Spring, here are my essentials – totaling under $150! Read more

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Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Balm Review

Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Balm #review #beauty

It has been a never ending winter here in the northeast and my skin is really not happy about it. In one of my last posts, I was so excited to add two new products to my daily beauty line up for dry skin…but now we can make that three.

I’ve never had such a problem with dry skin before, especially on my face. If you live in an area with brutally cold temps and you’re experiencing this same sensitivity and dehydration on your face, meet the Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Balm ($36) from Sarah McNamara. It’s brand new, just available this month, and really is a miracle.

While a vitamin C serum was a great addition to my daily routine, the never ending freezing cold temps were still leaving areas around my nose really dry. It was actually kind of embarrassing and I felt so self conscious that I couldn’t get that area under control. I’ve never had to deal with skin issues like this before and my heart goes out to those with regular dry skin. On the coldest days, I felt like nothing was giving me the relief and hydration my face needed until I found Sarah McNamara’s Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Balm. Read more

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Teaching Your Son the Importance of Proper Skin Care

Teaching Your Son the Importance of Proper Skin Care #boys #skincare

Proper skin care is not something that you only teach your daughter or the female in your life, but is something I feel boys need to learn, as well.

Of course, I’m biased having four sons and all.

Yet, we know it’s true. Where are the ads on TV or in magazines marketing exfoliators, moisturizers, serums and sunscreen to men? (With the exception of acne products like Proactiv, of course.) When have you ever seen teen boys incorporated in skin care commercials? You simply don’t. So how does a young man know how to treat blemishes, or how to exfoliate his face or know the right products for his skin type?

Moms: It begins with you. Read more

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Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Review

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel #skincare
Combination skin friends rejoice! I’ve discovered an amazing moisturizer that gives your skin the moisture it needs while keeping your skin looking matte.

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel is an oil-free moisturizer that is lightweight. It’s also formulated with a powder that comes to the aid of that oily t-zone and reduces the shine without reducing the hydration needed to keep skin balanced. Since most of us with combination/oily skin tend to be acne prone, this hydrating gel doesn’t clog pores. Read more

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LORAC POREfection Foundation Review

Lorac POREfection Foundation #Review #makeup

I’ll be honest, I’ve stayed away from liquid foundation for a long time.

Typically combination skin doesn’t play nice with this type of foundation. From the oily t-zone to the drier patches towards the outer part of my face, I’ve always felt that liquid foundation basically put a magnifying glass on these problem areas. However, I also now have to combat aging skin and the powder foundations I was using have begun to make wrinkles and fine lines more pronounced. Not fun! Read more

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Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Benefits Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil #bodycare #skincare #beauty

Aside from the fact that study after study have shown that men perceive women wearing a grapefruit fragrance to be younger than they actually are, there are many more benefits to grapefruit essential oil in skin and body care.

Although, honestly, I am all over grapefruit for the youth factor alone… Read more

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My Beauty Bunny All Natural Cruelty Free AHA Moisturizer

My Beauty Bunny All Natural AHA Moisturizer #vegan #crueltyfree

Well known cruelty-free beauty blogger, Jennifer Matthews of My Beauty Bunny (sm), is dipping her toes into the personal care industry and I couldn’t be more excited!

My Beauty Bunny’s initial launch into the cruelty free, vegan beauty space is with her All Natural Cruelty Free AHA Moisturizer. Great for all skin types and the AHA (5%) is sourced from fruit. Other ingredients include aloe, toning witch hazel, moisturizing squalane (from olives), bilberry fruit, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange fruit extract, lemon fruit extract; and antioxidants: camellia oleifera (white tea), camellia sinensis (green tea), and aspalathus linearis (AKA rooibus or “red tea”).   This facial moisturizer is fragranced with a grapefruit cranberry scent. Read more

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Winter Skin Problems Solved : LypSyl and Lumeme Dry Skin Cocktail to the Rescue!

Winter Skin Care Problem Solvers #beauty #skincare

I think I can speak for most of us when I say … I am so over this winter! It can feel free to exit stage left anytime now.

This winter has been brutal! Snow removal has been a pain, navigating the slippery roads has been a disaster, and the cold has been killer on my skin. Being a compulsive lip balm and moisturizer user, I don’t remember ever feeling as dry as I have this winter. I’ve never had (or needed) a special Winter skin care regimen. My usual daily moisturizer and lip balm were all I needed … until this Polar Vortex-out of control-freezing cold-full of snow-winter we are in the middle of.

My skin hates this winter and to be honest, it started to get a painful. My poor face actually started to hurt and my lips … oh my lips … they were SO dry it was painful.  My usual routine wasn’t cutting it this winter, so I’ve enlisted some new products to join my daily routine and I can report that I am dry no longer.  I’m thankful for that. It was a terrible feeling to smack my lips together and have it hurt. Same goes for my face. The Groundhog saw his shadow, so we’ve got a bit longer to suffer this winter! If you’re experiencing dry skin or dry lips, here’s what did the trick for me. Read more

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Health and Beauty Dead Sea Minerals Review

Health & Beauty Dead Sea Minerals #Skincare

The Dead Sea is known for its one-of-a-kind mineral-rich properties. It is highly sought after in skin and body care because of how well it nourishes the skin.

Health & Beauty Dead Sea Minerals, an Israeli based beauty brand, recently reached out to me to try some of their skin care. This winter has caused carnage with my skin, so I agreed without batting an eye.

Soapless Face Peeling with Dead Sea Mud: This is an exfoliating cleanser that contains dead sea mud, green tea extract, argan oil, olive oil, tea tree oil, aloe vera and chamomile. It is gentle enough for everyday use. The consistency is like a thin gel and it’s not drying to your face. The exfoliation is nice and my skin felt great after using it. It does have a strong fragrance to it.

Purifying Mud Mask: I do love a good mud mask, which always works best with my combination skin. While oftentimes the downside is that clay or mud masks can tend to also be drying, this particular mud mask is enriched with aloe vera. While Health and Beauty says this product is safe for use 2-3 times per week, I always advise to only use a mud mask 1-2 to prevent skin from going into overdrive with sebum production. The texture of this mud mask is creamy and it does have that familiar mud fragrance that I love. Read more

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