Yuni: Yoga-Inspired Beauty

As someone who cannot survive without yoga, I was beyond excited when I heard about Yuni. Yuni is the first natural, sustainable, convenient, Yoga-inspired beauty brand. Yuni products are versatile, multi-tasking, time saving and enable yogis to potentially practice more often since having time to shower or the availability of shower facilities may be Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Travertine Spa

// // Terry Carter, CEO of Travertine Spa, is the ultimate dream chaser - he changed careers from corporate law to creating a luxury botanical brand. He's also a dear friend of mine who I adore. We’re giving away Travertine Spa's Eucalyptus & Cinnamon Steam Shower Spray and Herbaceous Alchemy Meditation Read more

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

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; 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 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


Rodan + Fields Multi-Med Therapy for Your Skin Issues

Rodan + Fields Skin Care

Real Results: Simple Solutions to Complex Problems

While everyday skin conditions can be complex, the solutions don’t have to be. Whether you face teen or adult acne, maturing skin, premature aging or sensitive skin, finding the right skin care products that best meet your skin care needs is vitally important. What is equally as important, is using the right products according to viscosity.

Rodan + Fields has products that are based on a philosophy of Multi-Med Therapy—using the right medicines and active cosmetics, in the right formulations, in the right order. As practicing dermatologists, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields know that treating the underlying cause of a problem works and yields long-term benefits.

The thing is, in order to see real changes in your skin, you must not only partake in a regular morning and night skin care routine, but you need patience, as well! Patience because real results come over time with regular use.  While “miracle products” may promise instant results, these results are only temporary. Products that truly work for the long term, take time. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in acne, anti-aging, beauty, skin care 5 Comments

Delectable Shrimp Scampi Recipe with Farro or Quinona

Faccia Bella Recipes Series
Do you want beautiful young looking skin, a healthy heart, and better overall health?

The good news is that it is easier to achieve than one might think, and is well within the busy woman’s time and budget limits. Does it sound to good to be true? It’s honestly not, and is simply a matter of a few MINOR adjustments to the food you already consume, and perhaps an addition of a few new satisfying recipes.

Shrimp Scampi with Farro. Use avocado oil instead of olive oil. Delicious! (Recipe also has gluten and casein free options.)

I don’t believe in making a bunch of huge changes all at once, as that is one factor that typically assures failure. We are creatures of habit, so although one might be able to make a major change for a short time, the idea for keeping with it for the long term (which is where one will see the best benefits) is small modifications to your daily habits and routine that will amount to a big difference in the way you feel each day. Not to mention that holding out long term is where you will see the quantifiable effect on your heart healthy numbers. Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in anti-aging, beauty, Health 1 Comment

Pink Papaya Botanical Precleanser

Skincare Crush: Pink Papaya Botanical Precleanser

Pink Papaya has created what is certain to be your new skincare crush…their Botanical Precleanser. It’s packed with nourishing and powerful beauty oils that dissolve hardened makeup as well as environmental pollutants, leaving pores clean of debris resulting in hydrated and luminous skin. This is honestly the deepest clean I’ve ever gotten from a skincare product that doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or tight. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in acne, anti-aging, beauty, skin care Leave a comment

Easy Makeup Look Step by Step

Step by Step Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply primer over entire eyelid and up to brow line.
Step 2: Apply jane.’s Ray of Light to lid.
Step 3: Apply mark.’s Fab 5 green to entire crease.
Step 4: Moisten brush dab in and then on Urban Decay’s Zodiac over the green crease line (this adds intense sparkle & shimmer), blend upward then outward on outer corner of eyelid towards brow bone. Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in beauty, blush, eye shadow, foundation, lip gloss, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, Primer 1 Comment

Get This Radiant Orchid Makeup Look


1. Apply primer. (I love Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion.)
2. Then on the inner lid and crease place a stripe of gold. Also bring it down to your inner lower lash line. I used mark. fab 5 (I use this set endlessly!) Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in beauty, Beauty Trends, eye shadow, eyeliner, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara 1 Comment

Stay Beautiful Naturally

Stay Beautiful - Naturally! (Includes a DIY lip balm recipe!)

We all want to stay looking our best, but sometimes you have to wonder exactly what is in the products that you buy at the beauty counter. We always advise to read the label and know your ingredients. With more and more people looking towards more natural ingredients, it’s good to know which one’s work best for your skin according to the season.

One of the many winter skin ailments we all deal with is dry, cracked lips. This is because the humidity is very low in the winter and when you turn your thermostat up, you’re depleting moisture which further dries out your skin. What you really need is a good lip scrub and lip balm to nourish and protect your lips!

Here’s a DIY Lip Balm recipe: Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in acne, beauty, DIY Beauty, skin care Leave a comment

5 Bath and Body Gift Ideas for Christmas

5 Bath & Body Gift Ideas for Bellashoot Bellas!

What I looked forward to most as a child at Christmas wasn’t necessarily about what was under the tree, but instead what bath and body products would be found in my Christmas stocking. This became even more important as a teenager because I knew my girlfriends and I would be discussing who got which scent and would be wearing it religiously. Can you relate?

So if you have a bath and body addict on your list this year, here are some of our recommendations for our Bellashoot Bellas as to what may bring the sparkle to their eyes and glow to their skin: Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in bath and body, beauty, holiday Leave a comment

Easy Makeup How To

Easy Makeup How To

Here’s an easy and quick makeup tutorial to get this chic look in under 5 minutes! Main brands used are jane. Cosmetics, Aveda, and Mirabella.

Step 1: Apply primer over entire eyelid.
Step 2: Apply jane.’s Polished Pewter cream eye shadow to lid. Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in beauty, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, highlighter, lip gloss, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, Primer Leave a comment

Votre Vu Holiday Makeup How To

Votre Vu Holiday Makeup How To

This season Votre Vu has put together a breathtaking holiday gift set titled, “Oh come let us adorn yeux.” It is a creatively accurate name to describe this set, which is sure to please any lady who loves quality makeup and a little accessorizing.

The gift set arrives to the door in a bold red box with a stylish thick pearl colored ribbon. Upon opening the box the gift receiver will likely feel like a little girl who won’t know which shiny new toy to grab for first! As the box is filled with a professional dual sided silver makeup brush (tried and LOVE, esp for definition), a vintage looking pearl and crystal cluster kilt pin that can be worn anytime of year, and then TWO limited edition Palette Play eye shadows in Heirloom Silver and Champagne Gold, which both come in their own golden pouch. I really was “oooohing and ahhhhing.” These two colors can be worn on their own, in combination, or as added accents with other shadow colors. Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in beauty, eye shadow, Fall Beauty, Makeup, makeup tips Leave a comment

Winter Skin Care Needs: Moisturizing Body Wash

Banish Winter Skin-- Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Winter means frigid weather, snowball fights and warm, cozy sweaters. It also means thermostats turned up, wood burning stoves (at least in our house), and remaining indoors where the air lacks moisture. While winter may be the best time of year fashion-wise, it’s not so great for your skin, especially when you resort to soaking in a hot bath or turning up the heat in your shower. Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in bath and body, beauty, Winter Beauty 2 Comments