My Top Five Beauty Products From Whole Foods

The only department in Whole Foods that I normally skip is the beauty department. It's true. I guess I've always just felt that the Whole Foods beauty department contained products that would be of little or no interest to me due to them smelling weird or my assumption that they were ineffective. Well we Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am so proud of her for launching her 5-free nail lacquer brand. The Diana Nail Lacquer Set pictured above is part of her Icons Collection. We're Read more

10 Years Blogging 10 Giveaways

Dear 2005 self, launching A Girl's Gotta Spa! ® was your best idea yet. I still cannot believe that 10 years later, I'm still here. All thanks to you, our readers, both old and new. Instead of re-hashing all that I have learned in 10 years (because you can just read Read more

Why Oral Health is Important

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine Is your mouth on your side? Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may Read more

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Loose Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush

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. This is why I love wearing Susan Read more


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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Makeup Wars: It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette review via @agirlsgottaspa #makeup

One of my favorite cruelty free makeup brands is IT Cosmetics. They also happen to make the most amazing makeup brushes that are incredibly soft (like swiping a cloud across your face.)  Their newest palette, CC+ Radiance, contains a color correcting powder, as well as a universal blush and bronzer to brighten skin. Each powder is aimed at improving the appearance of your skin tone – so not just concealing an uneven skin tone, but enhancing it in a very natural way. I don’t know about you, but lately all of these conceal and contour how-to’s out there seem to take beauty to an extreme. I’m really more about natural beauty and that’s what I really love about this Radiance Palette. Read more

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Bloggers’ Must Have Beauty Products When Traveling

Bloggers' Must-Have #Beauty Products While Traveling

Believe it or not, a blogger’s makeup bag is not always overflowing with products when we travel. Most of us have a handful of products we are loyal to simply because they get the job done while home or away.

I recently spent some time in Atlantic City and asked fellow bloggers Kelly Augustine from and Lyuba from what their must have beauty products were while traveling. Watch the video to hear about our favorite beauty products and then find the links to all of them below: Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in anti-aging, bath and body, beauty, blush, bronzer, eyeliner, foundation, Hair Care, lip balm, lip gloss, lipstick, Makeup, mascara, mineral makeup, Primer, skin care Leave a comment

Michelle Williams Say Yes Makeup by DeeDee Kelly

Michelle Williams Say Yes Video Makeup. Details from her makeup artist, DeeDee Kelly! #makeup #Makeuptips

Michelle Williams is back with her new album, Journey to Freedom (now available for pre-order.) Good Morning America dubbed it as a “personal journey,” however my personal opinion is that it is more of a spiritual journey. On the debut track, Say Yes, Queen Bey and Kelly Rowland are featured and I am so stoked for a Christian song to go mainstream.

Michelle looks AMAZING and that meant I needed all the details on what makeup was used for the video as well as the look the makeup artist wanted Michelle to evoke. Thanks to the Indian Tyler’s Beyond the Vanity show on LA Talk Live, I discovered celebrity makeup artist DeeDee Kelly who did Michelle’s makeup for the LA portion of the video filming. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, beauty interview, blush, bronzer, Celebrity Beauty, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, highlighter, lipstick, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, mineral makeup 3 Comments

Wedding Makeup for the Bride

Bridal Makeup

Aside from the gown, wedding makeup was a priority for my big day. I know I’d have to combat with heat and humidity, my combination skin, as well as a lot of crying (I was marrying my best friend after all!) The beauty products chosen for my bridal makeup were carefully selected, as there was no way I was leaving anything to chance!

(Oh by the way…I got married!)  Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, blush, bronzer, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, lip stain, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, Nail Polish, Primer 3 Comments

Top 10 Beauty Products to Get Your Glow On


Sun bathing is so 1980. Achieving a summer glow without the damaging rays is the way to go.

Top Beauty Products for Summer Glow

Here are the top 10 beauty products to get your glow on: Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in anti-aging, bath and body, beauty, bronzer, highlighter, lip gloss, Makeup, Nail Polish 8 Comments

Pur Minerals Art Decadence Collection Review


With summer fast approaching right around the corner and warmer weather, I know I’ll be spending a lot more time outside. With that being said, I like to keep my makeup simple and easy. A sun-kissed face may give us the color we need, but when it’s unbearably hot, you sweat off all of your makeup. I’m already starting to get irritable just thinking about it!

Pur Minerals Art Decadence 4-piece makeup kit will allow you to accomplish a fascinating summertime glow and your makeup won’t be melting all over your face. Read more

Posted on by Ashley Smith in beauty, bronzer, eye shadow, eyeliner, highlighter, lip gloss, Makeup, makeup tips, mineral makeup, Nail Polish 2 Comments

Gabriel Color Multipot & Zuzu Luxe Bronzer Review

Zuzu Did you know that some women with gluten sensitivity need to avoid gluten not only in their food, but also in their cosmetics?  If you react to gluten in your food, you will react to it in your makeup as well. This is something I’ve been hearing a ton about lately as a couple of my cousins were recently diagnosed as gluten intolerant. After digging a little deeper, it’s incredible to learn just how many things contain gluten … including most cosmetics. Some women develop intestinal, skin or emotional symptoms, depending upon the severity of their gluten intolerance. For those who aren’t familiar – Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

If gluten is something you have sensitivity to, this review is just for you. Gabriel Cosmetics line is Certified Gluten-Free & Vegan . . . and fabulous! Read more

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Laura Geller Signature Superstars Collection Giveaway

Laura Geller Superstars Collection Giveaway



Winner: Carol Yemola!

Bigger IS better when it comes to Laura Geller Beauty! The Signature Superstars SUPERSIZED collection features the best in Baked, plus the award-winning Spackle® Under Make-Up Primer—all enclosed in a beautiful, limited edition gift box.You’ll love the skin-pampering ingredients of these Signature Superstars that deliver big, beautiful results.

Laura Geller Beauty truly is the Baked Authority. Made by Italian artisans, their Baked Collection starts as a cream baked for 24 hours on terracotta tiles and is then hand finished into silky domes of powder. The result: makeup that flatters all skin types, with unparalleled coverage, blendability and superior color-correcting benefits.

Bronze-n-Brighten Supersized Baked Color Correcting Bronzer is the very first product that launched Laura Geller Beauty’s celebrated Baked collection! Bronze-n-Brighten features swirls of color-correcting pigments that combine to deliver even, sun-kissed color. It is infused with skin-loving antioxidants Centella Asiatica and White Tea Extracts.  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Featured in Spry Living Mom Makeover

When Spry Living Magazine asked me if myself and two A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bloggers would be interested in making over our moms, we didn’t hesitate to say yes. Myself, Ashley and Hillary all participated in Spry Living’s Take Year’s Off Your Looks Instantly (web and print) story and Making Over Mom with tips.

Each of our moms had challenges that prevented them from updating their look. My mom had hair loss/thinning hair, sagging skin, etc. all related to bariatric surgery she had two years ago. Ashley’s mom has nerve damage and a disability when it comes to the use of her arm. Hillary’s mom was nervous since losing all of her hair so long ago (but it has since grown back.)

From skin care to hair care to makeup, here’s the breakdown of the products used to transformed our moms.


Paula (my mom): Read more

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