Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#EyeHeartNY Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

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

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8 Global Beauty Secrets You Need to Know



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Celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist, Amanda Shackleton, travels the world for her craft. Along the way, she’s picked up beauty tips and tricks from each country she’s visited. I’ve long desired to know what women in other countries and cultures use as their product staples and we asked Amanda to tell us all about her discoveries!

Below Amanda has pulled together her Top 8 beauty products, all of which we can use to beautify ourselves in 2014.

Global Beauty Secrets: Arabia

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Photographer: Gen Nishino

1. Arabia Peninsula/India
Does Best: Brightening the Eyes with Kohl.

Product: Al Sharifan Kohl Kajal Eyeliner.  I was first introduced to kohl eye powder over twenty years ago in Morocco where women would make their own from oil and herbs. This one is one of the oldest around. You apply it to the waterline of your eyes both top and bottom to brighten  and define your eyes. It’s a super dark black, powdery kohl that is also believed to protect eyes from the sun (especially in the desert where it gets its origins) and helps smooth and cool them. Read more

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Stay Beautiful Naturally

Stay Beautiful - Naturally! (Includes a DIY lip balm recipe!)

We all want to stay looking our best, but sometimes you have to wonder exactly what is in the products that you buy at the beauty counter. We always advise to read the label and know your ingredients. With more and more people looking towards more natural ingredients, it’s good to know which one’s work best for your skin according to the season.

One of the many winter skin ailments we all deal with is dry, cracked lips. This is because the humidity is very low in the winter and when you turn your thermostat up, you’re depleting moisture which further dries out your skin. What you really need is a good lip scrub and lip balm to nourish and protect your lips!

Here’s a DIY Lip Balm recipe: Read more

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Tips to Stay Stress-Free and Glowing during the Holiday Season

Tips to stay stress-free and glowing during the holidays! #beauty #health #wellness

When I was in college I often went skiing in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. I always tell myself that one day I’ll get back there (but this time to check out the spas in addition to the skiing!) One of those places is Stoweflake Spa and Wellness Center in Stowe, Vermont. Surinda Oberai Cavanagh, Spa Director and Ayurvedic Consultant at Stoweflake Spa and Wellness Center, offers A Girl’s Gotta Spa! readers these tips to stay stress free and glowing this holiday season.

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5 Bath and Body Gift Ideas for Christmas

5 Bath & Body Gift Ideas for Bellashoot Bellas!

What I looked forward to most as a child at Christmas wasn’t necessarily about what was under the tree, but instead what bath and body products would be found in my Christmas stocking. This became even more important as a teenager because I knew my girlfriends and I would be discussing who got which scent and would be wearing it religiously. Can you relate?

So if you have a bath and body addict on your list this year, here are some of our recommendations for our Bellashoot Bellas as to what may bring the sparkle to their eyes and glow to their skin: Read more

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3 DIY Holiday Inspired Spa Treatments

3 Holiday-Inspired #Spa Treatments

With winter vacation just around the corner kids of all ages are exploding with anticipation for many school-free days, Spafinder Wellness 365 has some budget friendly and tech free ideas to keep kids entertained for the days not dedicated to family gatherings, traveling, or last minute shopping. I’d even say these are perfect for those, “No School” snow days, as well!

Treat the kids (and yourself) to an at-home spa-day. Don’t trust the eight-year-old to paint your nails or do your makeup? Not to worry, we have three recipes for indulgent treatments that are kid-friendly and mom-approved! Best of all, these recipes feature ingredients you probably already have at home! Read more

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Easy Makeup How To



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Easy Makeup How To

Here’s an easy and quick makeup tutorial to get this chic look in under 5 minutes! Main brands used are jane. Cosmetics, Aveda, and Mirabella.

Step 1: Apply primer over entire eyelid.
Step 2: Apply jane.’s Polished Pewter cream eye shadow to lid. 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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Votre Vu Holiday Makeup How To

Votre Vu Holiday Makeup How To

This season Votre Vu has put together a breathtaking holiday gift set titled, “Oh come let us adorn yeux.” It is a creatively accurate name to describe this set, which is sure to please any lady who loves quality makeup and a little accessorizing.

The gift set arrives to the door in a bold red box with a stylish thick pearl colored ribbon. Upon opening the box the gift receiver will likely feel like a little girl who won’t know which shiny new toy to grab for first! As the box is filled with a professional dual sided silver makeup brush (tried and LOVE, esp for definition), a vintage looking pearl and crystal cluster kilt pin that can be worn anytime of year, and then TWO limited edition Palette Play eye shadows in Heirloom Silver and Champagne Gold, which both come in their own golden pouch. I really was “oooohing and ahhhhing.” These two colors can be worn on their own, in combination, or as added accents with other shadow colors. Read more

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mark Fab 5 Eye Shadow Palette

mark. fab 5 review

I always feel like the conclusion of the Thanksgiving holiday is congruent with the sound of a gunshot for the 100-meter dash until the Christmas and New Year holidays. I’d usually include Hanukkah in that statement too, but as many of you know this year it began Nov 27th and ends Dec 5th, so I guess my Jewish friends and families shopping alarms went off even earlier this year. At any rate, we will all be attending the various business parties, gatherings, and hopefully at least one night out on the town over the next month til we hit the celebratory wall on Jan. 2, 2014. Read more

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Winter Skin Care Needs: Moisturizing Body Wash

Banish Winter Skin-- Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Winter means frigid weather, snowball fights and warm, cozy sweaters. It also means thermostats turned up, wood burning stoves (at least in our house), and remaining indoors where the air lacks moisture. While winter may be the best time of year fashion-wise, it’s not so great for your skin, especially when you resort to soaking in a hot bath or turning up the heat in your shower. Read more

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