Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Video: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Featured on Beyond the Vanity

Residents of Los Angeles may be familiar with LA Talk Live radio host, Indian Tyler, for her show Beyond the Vanity on Wednesday at 2pm PST. It's always fun and informative with a lot of beauty, wellness and fitness tips. I couldn't be happier to discover that Ms. Tyler Read more

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La Fresh hello Eco-Beauty Lip Treat Review

La Fresh Eco-Beauty Lip Treat #review #lipcare #beauty

In the summer, the last thing I want to do is to apply any sort of sticky or gooey product to my lips.  I am a lip gloss fanatic, but even the lightest gloss is too much product for me when it’s sweltering.  I will usually just opt for lip balm and add a water-based stain if I want a bit of color, preferring to keep my lips as natural as possible.

Since I tend to forego lip colors for the most part during summer, I like to ensure that my lips look and feel their absolute best without having to layer on the products.  La Fresh hello Lip Treat has become the lip product that I can rely on to soothe and moisturize my lips with ingredients like shea butter and cocoa butter.  This La Fresh Hello Lip Treat also contains collagen-producing oligopeptides and a blend of  of sweet almond, jojoba, peppermint & cinnamon oils to smooth fine lines and shape lip contours. Read more

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Belvada Mascara Noir Review

Retractable Mascara

Normally I go to MyHabit and Hautelook in the hopes of finding a great deal on shoes, bags or clothing, and lately they’ve both had some pretty great beauty products on their sites at prices that I just have not been able to pass up.  Purchasing beauty products on these sites are a great way for me to experiment with products without having to pay full price for them, that way if they disappoint, I won’t be too bummed.

Last week I came across Belvada Mascara Noir and at pretty much half off the normal price that I could not resist ordering it.  The Belvada Mascara Noir is a retractable mascara that allows for “one hand” application, meaning instead of having to dip your mascara wand into the tube, you simply just extend or retract the brush of this mascara by pushing a slider up or down. Read more

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C.Booth Original Bath and Body Oil Review

C.Booth Original Bath & Body Oil #reviewWith cooler weather fast approaching, one of my beloved beauty rituals that I cannot wait to get back to is bath time.  I tend to avoid taking baths in spring and summer because with the warmer weather the last thing I want to do is lay in a tub of hot water.  As soon as fall begins to roll around, I start getting excited about all things bath related.

The bath product usually on the top of my list of must-have bath products is a great smelling, skin softening bath oil.  That sounds easy enough to find, but I also happen to have a boyfriend who also gets excited about bath time so I like to have bath products that are not too flowery and heavily scented that we can both use…a reasonable bath oil doesn’t hurt either. Read more

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Koh Gen Do Fresh Face Cheek Color

Ever since an amazing makeup artist in Minneapolis used Koh Gen Do Cosmetics on me for a shoot, I have been obsessed.  The Moisture Foundation and Face Powder both felt really light, gentle and incredibly luxurious on my skin and my face looked uber flawless and amazing. A few weeks ago I noticed that Koh Gen Do was on Hautelook so I figured it was the perfect time for me to try the Fresh Face cheek color.

The Fresh Face cheek color has the most perfect packaging.  It is just absolutely gorgeous, yet simple and sophisticated.  The Fresh Face cheek color itself  is just heavenly! It just glided on my skin like a dream.  It felt silky, soft, smooth and positively splendid.  It left my cheeks with color that truly looked like it was radiating from within, just as if I were actually blushing or had just come back in from being out in the cold.  In addition to gorgeous color, the Fresh Face cheek color also gave my skin the most lovely glow. Read more

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Lulah Citron Body Mist Review

Lulah Citron

I’m a huge Thymes fan and couldn’t wait to breathe in the scents of their new “fashion-fragrance brand” bath and body collection, Lulah. This line is aimed towards a younger shopper with fun, fresh, and flirty scents . . . but that didn’t stop me from falling head over heels in love with the super fresh Citron!

The Lulah line includes body wash, body lotion, body mist and hand cream, available in 5 scents: Citron, Peony, Magnolia Fig, Vanilla Orchid, and Tamarind Ginger. I sampled all of them, but adored Citron. I’m a huge fan of lemon-vanilla scents, but Lulah’s Citron body mist ($11) stood out from all the rest. It seems brighter, lighter, and sweeter than other citrus scents. It’s enchanting and to put it simply: it’s ME. This scent has ME written all over it. Citron by Lulah features pink grapefruit, lemon, basil and tea leaf. Read more

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Courtney Smith RN BSN Joins the A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Team

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Dance moms? How about dance sisters!

If you have a younger sister, you may have memories of her wearing your clothes, taking your favorite makeup and trying to duplicate your hairstyle. However, I honestly don’t think my sister could’ve possibly gotten her hair any higher than mine…then again she did think she was a hairstylist at one point and convinced me to go under her scissors. That turned out badly. Read more

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Banish Summer Shine With Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers

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I absolutely dislike the feel of too much product on my face and for that reason will avoid face powder like the plague in the summer.  I just feel like it does not matter how great a powder is, in summer with the heat and humidity, I have to reapply it so often to banish oil and shine that the powder just starts to build upon my face making it feel heavy and clogged.  Last summer I discovered Tatcha Beauty Papers at the amazing eyelash bar and makeup studio Jett Makeup in Edina, Minnesota.  These beauty papers are perfect for removing excess oil on my face without ruining or makeup. Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Celebrates 7 Years of Beauty Blogging

On this date, seven years ago, at the young age of 31, I began to find my voice. I heard stories of how when you turn 30, you really discover who you are. This was true for me.

I had long had a passion for writing, was obsessed with every beauty product on the planet, but also wanted to find a way to make a difference in the lives of others.

Can a beauty blog make a difference in someone’s life? It sure can when you provide them with a solution to their problem.  Read more

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Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser Review

I’ve found liquid gold…black gold to be exact. I was given a 1 oz sample of boscia’s newest face cleanser, Detoxifying Black Cleanser and I must say I’m glad I chose this cleanser over a lip gloss.

For those who haven’t heard or know anything about boscia, they are a preservative-free, botanically-based skincare line. “(boscia contains none of the 150 industry-recognized preservatives – not just parabens – that can irritate skin and cause blemishes, redness, eczema and more).” With the combination of cutting edge Japanese technology and active botanical ingredients, boscia’s philosophy is to achieve superior results without compromising skin health.   Read more

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Acne Treatment Review: Rx for Brown Skin Hydrating Acne Lotion and Acne Spot Treatment

My skin, for the most part, is pretty problem free but every once in a while…or more like once every month without fail…I tend to develop a serious case of acne that always seems to appear right before a big event or a photoshoot.  As soon as I notice that tiny red bump or feel that all too familiar tender spot on my skin, I start to attack it with lotions and potions intended to treat and prevent those bumps from transforming into pimples.  This plan of attack has resulted in one of two scenarios thus far; either it does not work and I just deal with a ginormous pimple for a few days…or a full week, or it works but also turns my skin into a dry flaky mess.

During this month’s battle of the breakouts, I used Rx For Brown Skins’ Clear Luminosity Acne Lotion and Precise Clarity Acne Spot Treatment as my weapons of choice and am ecstatic to say that I emerged victorious from this battle…finally.  The Clear Luminosity Acne Lotion did not leave my skin feeling dry and flaky like every other acne treatment lotion I’ve used in the past.  It was actually very hydrating and left my skin feeling softer and smoother, it also seemed to soothe my skin instead of irritating it.  The Precise Clarity Acne Spot Treatment helped to clear up my pimples, and while it was noticeably more drying than the lotion it still did not leave my skin a flaky, irritated mess.  With both of these products, the suggested application frequency is one to three times daily but I only needed to use it once a day and I generally used it at night, which worked out really well for me.   Read more

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