Cuepido Cosmetics

When it comes to makeup, I prefer a look that is natural, simple and that enhances instead of covering or transforming, which is exactly why Cuepido Cosmetics peaked my interest. Cuepido Cosmetics champions the idea of an absolute clean appearance by just putting on what you think is necessary and not overdoing Read more

Block Island Organics Review

Block Island - a gorgeous island located in Rhode Island. Yes, many people get confused - "isn't Rhode Island an island?" they ask me. I go on to list many islands found in Rhode Island - Patience, Goat, Aquidneck, Hog, Hope, Prudence Island... and so many more. My grandparents Read more

Pre-Natal Massage at The Lodge at Woodloch

Your aching back, your swollen cankles, your sore shoulders... if you are in your third trimester of pregnancy, I'm sure you can relate. There's so many things to look forward to with your impending arrival, but feeling like your body is falling apart is not one of them. As someone Read more

Makeup Wars: KEUNE So Pure (and so awesome)

KEUNE's So Pure products should simply be called "bottle of awesome." I had never tried this line prior to being sent them a few months ago, and I was skeptical that anything could combat my scalp issue at the time. All I can say is, scalp dryness and flaking? Read more

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

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Bring the Salon and #Spa Home with Conair

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Styling Tool and the True Glow by Conair Sonic Skincare Solution for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Bring the salon and spa home with Conair! Review of the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Styling Tool and True Glow  Sonic Skincare Solution via @agirlsgottaspa. @conairbeauty #spon

It’s not really a secret that I have a love affair with Conair hair products. Over the years I have really loved (and religiously used) styling tools from their Infiniti line, and the latest hair dryer, the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ Styling Tool, is no different.

3Q™ stands for “Quick, Quiet and Quality,” all of the hallmarks of this new brushless motor styling tool. It may not fit into the Q theme, but this dryer is also extremely light weight. I didn’t feel like I was giving my biceps a workout while drying my hair. I absolutely adore how much quieter this dryer is – their patent pending noise reduction technology makes it up to 40% quieter (which is a huge plus when you have a large family like I do and don’t want to wake anyone early in the a.m. or when you can only squeeze in a shower at 10pm after a long day of work and want to keep your beauties sleeping.) Read more

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Nine Things I’ve Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

Nine things I've learned in nine years of beauty blogging via @agirlsgottaspa #bblogger #beautyblog

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in my season of life beyond the 4 walls of my house. (Working from home has many benefits, but socializing is not one of them.)

October marks nine years that I’ve been blogging. (Insert gif of me doing the robot dance here. No, there’ll be no image, but just know that I am indeed jamming out.)

Thinking back to the October 26, 2005 version of me sitting in front of my chunky computer monitor on a dial-up internet connection, I was full of excitement and anticipation. I had zero html skills and zero design skills, but I was happy to figure it out as I went. There weren’t many beauty blogs at the time, and the ones I was reading (Scentzilla, Beautiful Makeup Search, The Scented Salamander, Beauty Addict, Bag Snob, e-Beauty Daily) all had their unique spin on the beauty and fashion world – I knew I needed to discover mine. (Lest I forget to mention that I read Amalah every single day, as well.)

For lack of doing a yawn-worthy post, I’ve decided to compile 9 things I’ve learned in 9 years of beauty blogging – this is going to be long: Read more

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A Girl’s Gotta Spa! – My Aha Moment

Shannon Smyth, CEO of A Girl's Gotta Spa! Watch the video of #myAhamoment #beauty #entrepreneur #startup
I’m very grateful for the opportunity Mutual of Omaha gave me to put #myahamoment on video. I’m also very grateful for all of you that have continued to support the concept of You Deserve to Be Pampered by purchasing A Girl’s Gotta Spa! natural bath and body products.

I hope the video helps you to get to know who I am better and how my goal has, and always will be, to help you. You can also read in more detail the full story behind launching A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bath and body products. Watch the video and let me know what you think in the comments!  Read more

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Bloggers’ Must Have Beauty Products When Traveling


Bloggers' Must-Have #Beauty Products While Traveling

Believe it or not, a blogger’s makeup bag is not always overflowing with products when we travel. Most of us have a handful of products we are loyal to simply because they get the job done while home or away.

I recently spent some time in Atlantic City and asked fellow bloggers Kelly Augustine from www.KellyAugustine.com and Lyuba from www.WillCookForSmiles.com what their must have beauty products were while traveling. Watch the video to hear about our favorite beauty products and then find the links to all of them below: 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.

You’ll need: Read more

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Top 10 Radiant Orchid Products for Spring 2014

Top Ten Radiant Orchid #Spring2014 #RadiantOrchid

Spring’s hottest color in beauty, Radiant Orchid, is hands down one of my favorite beauty trends in YEARS. I’ve been wearing purple hues since I was first allowed to wear makeup (of course it wasn’t as chic back then and very 80’s.)

Below are my top ten for this season and I’d love to know if they are yours too! Read more

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My Beauty Bunny All Natural Cruelty Free AHA Moisturizer

My Beauty Bunny All Natural AHA Moisturizer #vegan #crueltyfree

Well known cruelty-free beauty blogger, Jennifer Matthews of My Beauty Bunny (sm), is dipping her toes into the personal care industry and I couldn’t be more excited!

My Beauty Bunny’s initial launch into the cruelty free, vegan beauty space is with her All Natural Cruelty Free AHA Moisturizer. Great for all skin types and the AHA (5%) is sourced from fruit. Other ingredients include aloe, toning witch hazel, moisturizing squalane (from olives), bilberry fruit, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange fruit extract, lemon fruit extract; and antioxidants: camellia oleifera (white tea), camellia sinensis (green tea), and aspalathus linearis (AKA rooibus or “red tea”).   This facial moisturizer is fragranced with a grapefruit cranberry scent. Read more

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Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Vegan Hair Masque

Phyrra's Pretty Little Elixir Vegan Cruelty Free and Paraben Free Hair Masque

If you color treat or heat style your hair, you’ll want to indulge in Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque. This vegan, cruelty free and paraben free hair masque is the brain child of fellow beauty blogger, Phyrra. Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque was designed for heat treated, chemically treated,  or dyed hair that’s dull or dry. It has nourishing ingredients to reduce the signs of external damage and restore hair’s softness, moisture and luster.

You can apply the mask to damp hair and cover with a hot towel for 10 minutes to allow it to absorb overnight if your hair is extra frizzy and dry. Simply work it from root to tip using a wide tooth comb, wrap, leave it on for 10 minutes (or overnight) and rinse with cool water.

Check out this video from Phyrra explaining more about it: Read more

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What Beauty Buzzwords Really Mean

Beauty buzzwords...what they really mean!

We’ve all seen them. Products that make claims with spirited buzzwords to grab your attention. Whether it’s touting the latest trendy ingredient or making boastful claims, and subsequently providing you with a photoshopped image to drive the point home, at some time or another we’ve fallen victim to them, but most of all, we’re beginning to get tired of them.

I decided to poll my fellow beauty bloggers to find out what a specific beauty buzzword means to them, here’s their responses, and I would love to hear yours in the comments! Read more

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Note To Self: Dream Big

A Girl's Gotta Spa! 8th blogiversary!

I shuffled a few pieces of loose leaf papers together on my desk and stapled them. I opened to the first page, put pen to paper and began to write out my short story, along with illustrations (my “books” always had illustrations.) The first page would always say, “Written by Shannon Crino” in perfect cursive penmanship. Then, dressed in my neatly pressed green plaid St. James school uniform, I would bring it to the front of the class and place it next to the other books my fifth grade teacher had organized for our daily reading time. I’d then sit and eagerly await my classmates to take one of my books and read them. I’d patiently watch their expressions as they would finger through the pages, and when they’d look up, their eyes meeting mine, they’d smile.

That sealed the deal for me when it came to writing. I knew I wanted to be putting words on pages that meant something to someone. A way I could resonate with them. For the rest of my life. Read more

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