CIRCA Beauty

I absolutely love getting new makeup. Trying the different colors and products, choosing a favorite, bringing it home and opening that pretty new package. It's even better when I get something I haven't tried before. Like makeup from CIRCA Beauty, a cruelty free makeup line that's affordable, long wearing, trendy, Read more

Sunscreen Pills - Do They Really Work?

With increasing frequency, I'm finding that I'm getting pitched more often to review sunscreen pills and drinks. I am a true skeptic when it comes to replacing what I know already works (topical sunscreen), and has worked for YEARS, with something so new that claims the same benefits. So Read more

St. Ives Spray Lotion Review #LiveRadiantly

St. Ives recently sent me their continous spray lotion in Naturaly Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract and the new Smooth & Glow Apricot Hydration Lotion. This is the first time I've ever tried a spray lotion and wasn't sure what to expect. Will it be similar to spray Read more

Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner Giveaway

Tanned legs help to give the appearance of slim, flawless legs. There's nothing I love more, than to bare my legs in my favorite dress once they have a little bit of color to them. To kick off Summer, we've partnered with Sexy Stems Firming Self Tanner to give away Read more

1907 Alkaline Water Review

By now, we all know...or should know the health and beauty benefits of drinking water. Approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of water so it is important to replenish our bodies with the water that we lose on a daily basis. Water is essential to our health because Read more

Extra Kissing Power for Valentine’s Day – Smashbox Lip Treatment

During the coldest winter months I am in a constant battle with dry flaking lips. I’ve tried several lip balms and lip treatments and many of them only protect the surface and don’t get to the heart of the problem, which is dry peeling skin.

Smashbox’s Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($16 at Sephora) is one lip treatment that has been effective in my battle against dry chapped lips. This lip therapy has a subtle sweet honey flavor. It is colorless, but does add a pretty transparent sheen. The honey helps to soften and moisturize while the Vitamin E and shea butter help to nourish the skin. It is also packed full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C & E as well as shea butter, jojoba and avocado oils. Chamomile and aloe aid in soothing.  Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Beauty Blog in Woman’s World Magazine

It never gets old seeing your name in a magazine. I did cartwheels this morning when I got the sneak peek of the page myself and fellow friends (and beauty bloggers) are mentioned on regarding Best Bubble Baths. This issue of Woman’s World comes out on Monday February 15th. Why not pick up a copy and say, “Hey! I know that girl!”

Also mentioned in the article are Carla from Product Girl, Jen from Raging Rouge and Andrea from Organic Beauty Expert. I feel blessed to be in such great company!

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Review: CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Foundation

It’s my second video review here on A Girl’s Gotta Spa! and for this review I decided to share with you my love for CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Foundation. Sure, I’m only 19–but you are never too young to start taking care of your skin! So I’m loving the inclusion of Olay Regenerist Serum in this foundation. You can find it at www.CoverGirl.com

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Indulge Your Inner Rocker or Romantic on Valentine’s Day

This morning I was treated to a morning of fragrance and beauty at the Victoria’s Secret Valentine’s Beauty Preview and Gifting Suite at the Four Season’s hotel in San Francisco. The elegant suite was strewn with gorgeous spring flowers and several of Victoria Secret’s beauty collections. Before today I wasn’t too familiar with Victoria Secret’s beauty line-up. I must admit I was impressed at the variety of products, quality and well-designed packaging. I will be revealing more fab finds from this go-to resource for beauty and fragrance in the upcoming weeks.

Today I will be sharing a few of my favorite picks for Valentine’s gifting. I am always out scouting interesting and fun new products and here are four picks for Valentine’s Day.

All girls have their naughty and nice sides. Perhaps it depends on the day, the occasion or the event? These beauty collections from Victoria’s Secret speak to the rebel and romantic in all of us. Love Rocks pays tribute to your inner wild at heart, while the Tease for Two appeals to a softer and sweeter side. Both are perfectly appropriate for gifting or receiving.  Read more

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