Easy Abstract Floral Nail Art Tutorial

I love nail art that looks really intricate, yet is effortlessly simply in application. I asked fellow beauty blogger and fellow Pennsylvanian, A Little Polish to create a tutorial just for A Girl's Gotta Spa! readers. If you're looking for some simple abstract floral nail art, here’s a tutorial to Read more

Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

Sweet Smell of Figs for the Last Days of Summer

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This time of year, late summer, reminds me of the sweet smell of figs. The luscious fruit is now in season and I’m gobbling them up by the dozen. I spent many summers at my grandparent’s home in Pasadena where they had abundant fig and avocado trees. Any beauty product that brings back those sweet memories is one that I love to use during the summer months… Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in bath and body, beauty, skin care 3 Comments

Review: Freeman Bare Foot Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub

iconiconGuest review from beauty blogger Blaq Vixen Beauty:

Sometimes, when I want to use a different scrub on my feet besides award-winning Olay Thermal Pedicure Foot Treatment, I turn to Freeman Bare Foot Peppermint and Plum Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub, $3.99. I’ve actually been using this before Olay came out with their foot treatment.

It was only last year that I started to get regular pedicures. While my feet are in good shape, I’ve been hooked on buying scrubs for the feet and body. I’ll admit that Freeman Bare Foot Peppermint and Plum Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub isn’t as hardcore as Olay Thermal Pedicure Foot Treatment by itself. However, squeeze a lavish amount on a foot pumice and scrub away! It also works well with exfoliating gloves or a loofah… Read more

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Review: Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain

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Stila Mango Crush Lip & Cheek Stain has become my latest Summer beauty crush, and I think you’ll discover the same when you decide to try it for yourself– trust me, this is a must-have!

A little confession: I’m a full-face makeup girl (primer, foundation, powder, blush, multiple eye shadows, liner, mascara– you get the idea). Yes, everyday I go through my routine, and it’s just a habit to apply everything. In my defense, during the Summer months I choose more season-friendly colors that will withstand the heat, and never, ever do I look like I just stepped out of a Vegas stage show.

Ok, confession time is over– moving on… Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, lip gloss, lip stain, Makeup 3 Comments

Men’s Grooming: Jaime Earl Shaving Gel and Balancing Facial Oil

In this men’s grooming video, I review Jaime Earl’s Shaving Gel and Balancing Facial Oil. Products can be purchased at www.JaimeEarl.com

Don’t forget about my giveaway of Cremo Cream Shave Gel that ends August 26th!

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Posted on by Nando in anti-aging, beauty, men's grooming 1 Comment