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 #Listerine

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


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

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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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Tarte Cosmetics Colored Clay CC Primer Review

Tarte Cosmetics Colored Clay CC Primer #Review #Makeup

If your skin has red discoloration or a dull, sallow look AND you have combination to oily skin, you may want to take a look at Tarte Cometics’ new Colored Clay CC Primer.

Before Tarte had me at color correcting, they had me at clay. Clay has amazing oil absorbing qualities that any woman who battles shine will lust over. The idea of using a primer that would both color correct my skin perfections like a concealer would and prime my skin got me intrigued to try it. Read more

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4 Reasons Why You Should Prime Your Skin

4 Benefits to Priming Your Skin #beauty

Crow’s feet here. Fine lines there. Deeper wrinkles over here. Acne scars and other flaw-inducing issues right there. Each of us has one reason or another as to why we look aged when wearing makeup. I forever listened to friends prior to launching this beauty blog say how important a good skin care routine is to prime your skin, but also how beneficial primer was as a sort of camouflage for imperfections. I became a believer over the years when I saw what a difference it made, oftentimes even making me look younger than I really am. (Always a plus!)

If you’re still unsure what the benefits are of adding yet another step in your beauty routine, here’s 4 reasons why you should be priming your skin: Read more

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Fall Makeup Tips From Los Angeles Based Makeup Artist Stacy Rosas

Fall #Makeup Tips

Summer is at an end, which  means that Fall, with all of her sophistication and polish, is officially upon us.  I, perhaps like a lot of you, look forward to the process of transitioning my wardrobe, beauty products and makeup bag to a fall state of mind.  While I absolutely relish this process for the most part, when it comes to transitioning the contents of my makeup bag to Fall, I can do with a little…actually a lot of help.  I am absolutely clueless as to where I should even begin the process of Fall Makeup Transition, which is why I sought out the expertise of  uber talented Los Angeles-based Celebrity Makeup Artist Stacy Rosas. Read more

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Pur Minerals CC Cream Review

Pur Minerals CC Cream #Review #Makeup #CC

I’ve been wanting to get on board with the BB and CC Cream trend, but I have to admit that I’ve been having a hard time buying into the hype.

When BB creams first came on the market, everyone was buzzing about them. I’ve tried a few and while they’ve been fine, they kind of felt like glorified tinted moisturizers that I saw no real benefit from. With most BB creams, I needed to wear foundation on top of them to achieve full coverage. I just didn’t see the point in straying from my beloved moisturizers. Then came CC Creams, which was kind of confusing because many of us wondered, what’s the difference?

Before I tell you about my new obsession with a product that really has made it’s own little spot in the makeup world, here’s the rundown: Read more

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5 Products That Will Help You Transform and Revive

As a caregiver, both on the floor as a nurse who works 12-hour night shifts and a parent of children with special needs, I often don’t get the recommended hours of sleep. Yes, I’ve seen all the studies of just how bad lack of sleep is for you…and no I would not recommend skipping out on the Z’s if there is a choice on the matter, but the truth remains that it is part of my (and many other caregivers) unavoidable realty.

Since this is the case, instead of stressing about it, I implement little things throughout my day to help revive my energy and keep my look lively. First, it’s part of my self-care routine. Secondly, I truly believe that it helps those I care for to know that they are in good hands. I mean do any of you really want a tired-looking stressed out nurse to walk into you or your loved one’s hospital room and say she is the one who’s going to take care of you for the next 12 hours? Not if we had the choice, right? I am not sure of many who would contend the ideal notion of wanting a nurse with a positive attitude, know-how, and a put together look that sends an unspoken message of trust.

The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, since I have recently been struggling with anemia and recovering from a painful injury, I thought it would be a neat opportunity to allow a personal picture story post for you as I got ready for work. Here is a peak at my paler then usual face (from lack of sun, sleep, and anemia), undone hair, and the five product lines I used to transform and revive. The last pic is a must see for the transformation!

Tired #mom? Try these #makeuptips to transform and revive!

Marc Anthony Hair Care

Step 1: Take a refreshing shower with Marc Anthony (pause, lol) sulfate-free Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner for some super workable soft hair. When you get out of your makeshift oasis, toss in a bit of his Argan oil treatment and then some volumizing mousse. I am very picky when it comes to my hair products, as I have plunged the pocket in the past and came up with less than satisfying results. However, I am happy to report that Marc’s line is healthy for your hair, fantastic feeling, and super-easy on the wallet. It’s hard to find this type of a triple threat! Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in anti-aging, beauty, blush, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, Hair Care, Health, lip balm, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, mineral makeup, Primer, Self-Care, skin care 8 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

Must Have Summer Sweatproof Beauty Products

Must-Have Summer Sweatproof BeautyBeauty post from Christina of The Makeup Blogger

If you’re like me, you’ve already put together the perfect summer wardrobe. What about your makeup and skin? Summer is the time to look brand new, not dull and blah from staying in all winter. Give your makeup and skin an overhaul with summer sweatproof products to ensure you look stunning no matter how steamy your summer gets.

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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

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in anti-aging, beauty, blush, bronzer, brows, concealer, DIY Beauty, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, highlighter, lip gloss, lipstick, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, Nail Polish, Primer, salon, skin care 1 Comment