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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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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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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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Quick Pantone Radiant Orchid Makeup Look

Get the Look with Shiseido and Urban Decay

I love a simplified makeup routine. An eye-catching look is easy to achieve with Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid. Purple and pink hues are some of the most universally flattering eye shadow colors. But if you have brown or hazel eyes, you know that this color really can make your eyes pop.

For this look, I used only 6 products.

1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

2. Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Magnolia (PK302) on the lid. Read more

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Get This Eye Brightening Makeup Look

How to: Get This #Makeup Look

Never be afraid to play with color! While neutrals may be a girl’s best friend, and your safest makeup approach, when done right, bright eye shadows lend to an overall brightening effect on your skin.

Here’s what I used to achieve the above makeup look: Read more

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Easy Makeup Look Step by Step

Step by Step Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply primer over entire eyelid and up to brow line.
Step 2: Apply jane.’s Ray of Light to lid.
Step 3: Apply mark.’s Fab 5 green to entire crease.
Step 4: Moisten brush dab in and then on Urban Decay’s Zodiac over the green crease line (this adds intense sparkle & shimmer), blend upward then outward on outer corner of eyelid towards brow bone. 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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Clinique Superprimer Face Primer Review



I’ve only become a face and eye primer convert in the last two years, but ever since the love affair began, I’ve tried to use ever primer out there. So to say I have a collection of primers is quite the understatement!

Clinique just launched a line of Superprimers ($27), each one focused on color correction (think primer + cc cream.)

Breakdown by color: 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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Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Poreless Primer Review

 Mally Beauty Primer #makeup

Is primer part of your daily makeup routine? If it’s not, you’re probably reapplying makeup mid-day or not looking as perfected at the end of the day as you did in the beginning. Am I right or am I right?

I used to think primer was a bunch of bologna and a totally unnecessary step of the makeup routine. I didn’t buy into it … until I realized that they are not all made the same and if you’re using the right primer, (a good primer) it will smooth your face into a beautiful canvas, extend the life of your look, and perfect the wear of your makeup. Some do more so (or better) than others. Spoiler Alert: This one is awesome. Read more

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New England Inspired Fall Makeup Look

New England Inspired Fall #Makeup Look

Since I have been receiving frequent requests for how-to’s on my eye makeup looks (especially on Facebook), I decided to do a step-by-step picture post for my dedicated readers and those to come on a 2013 fall makeup look that I created.

I like trends, but I also like to do my own thing, too. Today I opted to create a look that reminded me of a favorite past time of taking fall drives in my home state of RI on the back roads in the small town of Scituate. Just imagine listening to the crunching sound as your tires roll over old dirt roads while staring out at a beautiful reservoir surrounded by vast amounts of huge trees in the prime of fall filled with gold, orange, red, purple, and green leaves…some being whisked away by a gentle breeze. Are you all starting to get why I am in LOVE with fall, and all the more inspired by it? There was not one year in my childhood that went by that I did not take that drive with my mom and family, and then follow it up with apple picking and hot pie a la mode! Just writing about it makes me want to return home right now…but I will patiently wait until October to do that! Read more

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