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

A Lighter Moisturizer for Spring – Caroline Chu SPF 15 Moisturizing Lotion

Now that we are heading into spring the temperature is rising and it’s time for a lighter moisturizer. Along with springtime weather there is no longer a need for that heavier moisturizer you used all winter long. After exfoliating the dry skin away you can use a product that adds moisture but still allows your skin to breathe. Within the last week I’ve been using a lighter daily moisturizer with an SPF 15. I use it after applying my SPF 30, now that the sun’s rays are shining bright. I’m also wearing my sunglasses and a sunhat because I am extra cautious of the sun’s harmful rays. Call me paranoid, but when I’m 40 I’m hoping all of the extra effort will pay off with fewer lines!  Read more

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I Have Baby Fine Hair, Which Hair Products Should I Use?

Best products to use for baby fine hair. #haircare #beautytips
I love getting your questions and we have yet another reader hair care question to tackle. For this particular question, I enlisted the help of Michele Dietz, hair care and color specialist at Pure Hair and Shave Studio in Calabasas, California.

“I have baby fine hair which has to be washed every single day or it looks flat, lifeless and greasy. I bought WEN cucumber aloe conditioning cleanser to specifically address the dry hair but oily scalp issues, since I do color my hair (myself) and the ends can be a little dry. I want volume and healthier hair, and the problem seems to be that healthy hair products are too heavy. I do blow dry my hair, but I rarely use any kind of hot iron on it. The WEN cleansing conditioner works okay for a short period of time, but then it leaves me flat and super greasy within a few hours. I wanted to love WEN and the no foam philosophy behind it, but I just don’t. Any suggestions?  Thanks–Laurie C., Rhode Island”

Michele’s answer:   Read more

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Josie Maran Natural Wonders Powder Palette

It’s time to start thinking of warming up makeup tones and leaving the cold drama of winter behind. With more bohemian and relaxed styles dominating right now, makeup is ranging from natural looks that enhance, to bright, funky colors that will welcome spring.

I kind of stuck with safe choices over the winter, so to be honest I’m ready to step out and do something bold now. Turquoise seems to be an imporant color for spring right. This Natural Wonders Powder Palette ($35 at Sephora) from Josie Maran has an iridescent turquoise right at the heart of it. Looking at the entire palette, there are definitely different combos here than what I would normally go for, so I’m looking forward to coming out of my shell a little bit. It includes five eye shadows , two blushes and a bronzer. A palette like this can be great if you’re ready to get over the winter blahs and move on to something more daring.

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Crazy Busy Beautiful and Spring Makeup Tips from Carmindy

CrazyBusyBeautiful_CarmindyIn her new book CRAZY BUSY BEAUTIFUL: Beauty Secrets for Getting Gorgeous Fast, Carmindy opens up her beauty treasure chest and sharing the hundreds of beauty tips and secrets she’s learned on the show and during her years as a makeup artist across the globe. From creating perfect smoky eyes to a sneaky lip trick for glossing up your lips on the down-low, it’s chock-full of tips for daytime routines, nighttime glamour, travel, and every other time you want to look and feel beautiful in your crazy, busy life.

I’ve asked Carmindy if she’d be willing to share some makeup tips for Spring and since I always get emails asking me if I know which products she is using during episodes of What Not to Wear, I asked her to suggest from products from her makeup line:

*The hottest universal trend for spring is wearing a moist coral shade of lipstick. (Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Color Comfort Lipcolor in Sunburst.)  Read more

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