Improve Your Brow Game with Chella

My brows are sparse and basically non-existent in some spots. They also do this caterpillar ish from years of plucking the wrong way when I was younger. I've considered getting permanent makeup with a brow tattoo, but to be honest, I'm not a fan of needles (which is also the Read more

Diminish the Look of Fine Lines and Wrinkles #sponsored

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® Daily Resurfacing Disks, I'm getting taking care of my skin as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC Are you looking for a simple way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin all in one beauty product? Do you have fine lines, wrinkles and sun damaged Read more

Honey Girl Organics Giveaway with Lilly's Bathcarry

A Girl's Gotta Spa! retailer, Lilly's Bathcarry, knows a thing or two about pampering. We're both on a mission of self care. We've partnered together for a giveaway so that you can treat yourself; there's not just one winner for this giveaway, but TWO. Lilly's Bathcarry will send two winners, chosen Read more

Best Body Washes for Acne-Prone Skin

Bacne. Something that is often dreaded when the warmer weather hits and you want to ditch the layers. While I personally haven't experience body acne, I do have keratosis pilaris on my arms and legs, so I know the feeling of having a skin condition I want to clear up Read more

5 Surefire Ways Pampering Helps Boost Your Mood (and Confidence)

Disclosure: I’m sharing #MyOliaStory #ad as part of a Garnier® sponsored series for Socialstars™ You've probably experienced this scenario yourself - you're in a rut and feeling meh when you decide to take a moment to yourself to rejuvenate. Sometimes it's something simple, like a bath or it's something a Read more

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Improve Your Brow Game with Chella

Improve your brow game with @ChellaBeauty via @agirlsgottaspa

My brows are sparse and basically non-existent in some spots. They also do this caterpillar ish from years of plucking the wrong way when I was younger.

I’ve considered getting permanent makeup with a brow tattoo, but to be honest, I’m not a fan of needles (which is also the reason I don’t think I’ll be getting Botox any time soon.)

So the next best thing, and really the only option for me, are brow pens, pencils, brow gel and highlighters. Chella recently sent me their Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit, and I was totally on board to give it a try and up my brow game. Read more

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Late Nights? How to Look Well-Rested #spon

Disclosure: Thanks to RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Eye Cream I can fake 8 hours of well-rested sleep. This is a sponsored post for Socialstars #WomenWhoRoC, but all opinions, and sleepless nights, are my own.

Late nights? How to look well-rested. via @agirlsgottaspa #WomenWhoRoC #spon

Whether you have a baby in your 20s, or you are still expanding your family into your 40s, the image of sleepless nights all look the same. Under-eye puffiness, dark circles and looking like you could be an extra on The Walking Dead…

But there is also a big difference in that 20 year gap. In your 40s you’re also dealing with wrinkles and mature skin (dryness and dullness.) So basically, yay me.

Close friends and family know that my sweet baby boy is not much of a sleeper. At 7 months old, he still wakes up a few times a night. Throw in teething, and well… let’s not talk about that. Read more

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Organic Makeup from The Organic Skin Co Review




Organic makeup from New Zealand - The Organic Skin Co review via @agirlsgottaspa

It’s been a while since I’ve changed up my makeup products, as I typically stick to the same brands over and over. With the exception of mascara of course, for that I’m always hunting down the next best thing. (Who isn’t?)

So when World Organics, a New Zealand based beauty brand, reached out to me to try their organic cosmetics extension The Organic Skin Co, I was game to switch things up. Especially since it has been a while since I’ve used any organic makeup.

The first thing I noticed was the packaging. It’s a mix of bamboo and plastic and absolutely stunning. Definitely items that stand out in my makeup bag. Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary Giveaway: PRIIA minerale-derm




10 year blogiversary giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa @priiacosmetics

PRIIA™ minerale-derm is the first and only mineral makeup of its kind. Made specifically for acne-prone skin, it is 100% acne safe, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. The ingredients are 100% gluten-free with many vegan options, and the entire line is cruelty free. It’s important to know that PRIIA’s formulas DO NOT contain bismuth oxychloride, talc, FD&C dyes, carmine, silicones, nano-particles, petroleum derivatives, parabens or pore-clogging ingredients.

We’re giving away the following products from PRIIA mineral-derm – you get to choose where it says “OR” as well as the shade! Read more

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10 Year Blogiversary Giveaway: Three Custom Color Specialists




10 year blogiversary giveaway via @agirlsgottaspa @threecustom Light Clarifier Pencil

Chad, Scott and formerly Trae at Three Custom Color Specialists were the very first brand I ever did social media consulting with back in 2007. It was from this consultation that a new career launched for me and has helped me to support my family ever since. I have been forever grateful to this trio, and also LOVE their cosmetics line.

We’re giving away one Light Clarifier Pencil in Light or Medium to TEN lucky winners! (ARV $18.50 each) This innovative, nude-colored pencil for fair to medium skin tones is the perfect solution to instantly alleviate the look of red, hazy eyes, making them brighter, whiter and more beautiful. This handy multi-purpose pencil also doubles as a spot concealer, perfect for small touch-ups. Terrific for even the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Dates of entry are October 9, 2015 at 12am EST to October 16, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Please enter below and spread the word! Don’t forget the fine print at the bottom because that’s important too.

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Susan Posnick COLORFLO Loose Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Mineral Foundation review via @agirlsgottaspa
I know that this may sound somewhat contradictory, but I love wearing makeup that I can’t really feel.

I like knowing that it’s there on my skin, but do not want to be reminded that it’s actually sitting on my skin throughout the day. Read more

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Ambi Even and Clear CC+ Cream for Women of Color

Ambi CC Cream review via @agirlsgottaspa
Finding makeup that contains sunscreen, but does not leave my skin looking gray and ashy, has always been a challenge for me. I’m sure it has been a challenge for a lot of women of color, too.

I love and want to take care of my skin by making sure that I wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an spf of at least 20, but I also hate the feel of too much product sitting on my face (especially during the warmer months.) It can be difficult to find makeup that also provides broad spectrum sun protection without making me look like I’ve put baby powder on my face. Can you relate??? Read more

Posted on by Gail Lewis in anti-aging, beauty, concealer, foundation, Makeup, makeup tips, skin care 2 Comments

Get the Glow: Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder

Get the glow with Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder. Full review via @agirlsgottaspa

Wouldn’t it be great if we could have that bronzed, sun-kissed skin all year round?

With Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder your skin can still maintain its summery glow even if you live in Minnesota.

Gerard Cosmetics’ Star Powder is inspired by iconic Hollywood starlets; Marilyn, Audrey and Lucy.  The lightweight powders each add a hint of color and buildable sheen.  Read more

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Cherry Blooms Fibre Mascara Review




Cherry Blooms Fibre Mascara review via @agirlsgottaspa

My lashes basically seem non-existent without mascara. They lack length and volume. I’ve tried so many mascaras in the pursuit of enviable lashes. Maybe you can relate..?

False lashes have also made their way onto my vanity, and while I adore the *POW* they give my lashes (and I swear they make me look younger – yes, please!), I have to be honest and say that I am no pro when it comes to applying them. Not only does it take some skill to apply the lashes in a way that looks natural, you then need a steady hand to apply your eye liner in a way that doesn’t look like you are trying to emulate that 70’s disco vibe with a thick line. (Am I right??) Read more

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Herbacin Make-up Remover Review

Herbacin Two-Phase Make-up Remover Review via @agirlsgottaspa

For a long time now, I’ve been using make-up remover wipes to take off my make-up at night. It’s been easy and convenient, but it’s not always the best choice for my skin type.

I wanted to get back to using a make-up remover that wouldn’t cause me to tug on my skin, especially around my eyes, in order to remove make-up, as well as one that would nourish my skin without leaving a greasy feeling behind. I believe I’ve found that in Herbacin’s Two-Phase Make-up Remover.

Even better, it’s natural and cruelty free. Read more

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