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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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Easy Nail Art Tutorial

Super Easy Nail Art How To Using Dental Floss

Honestly, the easy button was made for people like me. There are just some things I have no patience for, and nail art is one of them. I wish I could tell you that as a beauty blogger I am super creative and uber crafty and create endless nail looks to swoon over, but the truth is, my nails go bare most of the time.

It’s a tragedy really. For some reason, ever since I wore shellac back in 2011, my nails have never grown to any substantial length. But that’s not my only excuse. I simply lack the skill required to paint cool scenes on my tiny nails. Then Pinterest to my rescue! I came across an amazingly easy nail art tutorial, and I was pretty excited to be able to recreate it with some modifications.

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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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What I’m Loving Right Now

10 Products I'm Loving Right Now! #SpringBeauty

Color. Something that the winter has left us devoid of and something I long for.

Scent. I simply cannot wait until the blossoms of Spring lend their fragrance.

What I’m loving right now has everything to do with color and floral scents. Honestly, I’m spending a lot of time on Pinterest simply staring at flowers, warm climates and pinning colorful cosmetics. There’s something about the power of color and fragrance that can uplift your mood. How many days until Spring again?

Tom Ford Spring 2014 Lip Color Sheer in Summer Fling: Feminine and perfectly subtle for Spring.

Tory Burch “Divine” Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter: Love products that offer multi-tasking benefits.

Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Magenta Violet: Eye catching and bold.

Chantecaille Save the Bees Eyeshadow Palette: The perfect romantic looking eye.

Nest White Narcisse Body Wash: Who needs to frolic through a field of flowers when you can find it in your shower? Read more

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Mischo Beauty 5 Free Nail Lacquer

Mischo Beauty 5-free Nail Lacquer

There’s another great brand launching…this time by beauty blogger and chemist-cosmetologist, Kitiya King!

Mischo Beauty is a nail lacquer line that has gorgeous colors, it’s long-lasting and it’s 5-FREE (no Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.) The 5-free formula excludes toxins that have been known to contribute to cancer, birth defects and reproductive issues. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but also cruelty free.

Kitiya conceptualized the Mischo Beauty nail lacquer line in the midst of a fruitless, frustrating search for stunning, cruelty free, non-toxic polishes safe for pregnant women. As a mom of 4 boys, I know all too well how careful I was about not only what I ate, but the beauty products I was using as well. Read more

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Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer Review

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This may be a form of OCD, but I feel disheveled and incomplete when my nails aren’t painted. They don’t even need to be done well, they just need to be painted… and the brighter the better. As far as manicures go, I almost always bring my own polish to the salon. That way, I can bring the color home and touch up/change my own polish to freshen things up after a week or so! I’m all about extending the life of beauty treatments because let’s be real, who has time to sit in the chair every week?

Since I bring my own polish to the salon, I’m constantly buying new polish. There are a few things that make me gravitate toward a polish … the shape of the bottle, the handle (when they are too small I drop it!), and the color! From there, the applicator becomes the final test. No one likes a nail polish brush that’s too small! Somehow, after years of trying almost every polish under the sun, I am somehow JUST trying butter LONDONnail lacquer ($15) for the first time. I’ve been seeing the butter LONDON display at Ulta for years and I’ve noticed the bottle in magazines, but this was admittedly my first time trying the brand. Read more

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10 Nail Polishes for Fall 2013

 

Can’t decide which Fall nail color to try out first? We’ve compiled 10 of our favorites (hello, Marc Jacobs!) See any on the list you love? Images are clickable too…should you fall in love like we did!

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FingerPaints A Pair Affair by All Lacquered Up

Fingerpaints A Pair Affair All Lacquered Up

I am so excited for my friend and fellow beauty blogger, Michelle Mismas, of All Lacquered Up. This month her limited edition FingerPaints collection can be found at Sally Beauty!

The A Pair Affair by All Lacquered Up collection features 6 beautiful shades ranging from a twinkling teal to sparkling sand. Michelle’s panache and expertise are fully displayed in this bold collection. The colors are simply gorgeous! Read more

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Indie Find: Urban Nectar Nail Polish

While manicures started off as a way for Ellie Hock to bond during her mother’s brain cancer treatments, little did she realize these pampering moments would lead to creating her own nail polish line.

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Dubbed Urban Nectar, the line consists of nail polishes focusing around honeybee type collections: Worker Bee, Forager Bee, Country Bee, City Bee and Bee Hopeful, and all the colors that surround. What do bees have to do with polish, you ask? Ellie was moved by her family crest that features a honeybee with the meaning “Sweeter after difficulties.” After her mother’s death, she was moved to try her hand at beekeeping and experienced success. The nail polishes, symbols of the time they spent at the salons together, were the final bridge to honoring her mother’s memory. Read more

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Wantable Beauty Box Subscription Review

For the last several years a new beauty subscription service has popped up every few months. Most of these are monthly subscription where you receive deluxe, sample or travel size products, all of which were not of your choosing, you simply got what everyone else got.

But Wantable is doing beauty subscription differently.

Wantable is a new monthly subscription ($36) with the option to just do a one time purchase ($40). They offer two kinds of subscriptions- makeup or accessories. All items are ALWAYS full sized, are valued between $80-$100 and have been customized to your likes based on answering their questionnaire when you sign up.

Wantable allowed me a gifted makeup box so that I could try the service myself. The questionnaire was lengthy, but very detailed to ensure that I was being sent exactly what I liked. Within a week of placing the order the box was delivered. Upon opening it, I was stoked to see full sized items that I immediately began to play with.

My box came with Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in Fire Spring:

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Top 10 Gold Beauty Products


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Gold. A status symbol for some, a beauty statement for many.

The perfect summer beauty trend is gold, which is a great accent to bronzed skin.

Gold Beauty Products

Here are 10 gold beauty products you may want to consider: Read more

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