Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there's no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types Read more

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

As much as I have enjoyed summer and am sad to see it come to an end, I was not enjoying how dehydrated my skin looked and felt thanks to a lot of time spent outdoors celebrating summer in all of her sunny glory.  I want to welcome fall and all the Read more

Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands. Up front I'll tell you that I Read more

Eumora Facial Bar Review

If you are part of the sisterhood that is combination/oily skin, then you'll want to learn more about Eumora, a facial bar made of moor and HmA. For as far back as I can remember, my skin has never been gifted as "normal" and transitions from combination in the Read more

Aqua Spa Body Cleanser Review

I strongly believe that one should make time spent in the shower as relaxing and enjoyable as possible...even if it's one of those two minutes showers that seem to be occurring with more frequency as we are all continuously pressed for time. One of the best ways to turn shower time Read more

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eSalon Offers Salon Quality Hair Color at Home

eSalon Home Hair Coloring Kit

The scenario: Your bank account gives you a firm NO to getting your next hair color done at your favorite salon, so you head down to your local drugstore and browse the home hair color aisle. All of the models on the package look amazing. You SO want hair color like that. You grab a few locks of your hair and try to find the perfect “before” match on the back of the box so that you can accurately predict what color your hair will likely ending up looking like “after.” On occasion you find yourself asking complete strangers, “Do you think this hair color will look good on me?” To which they usually smile, nod and say, “Yes,” only to quickly leave the aisle so that you won’t ask them anymore questions that you’ll expect them to be an expert at. Because clearly, they are not (unless that’s Ted Gibson in the aisle with you, which is highly unlikely.) Read more

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Burke Williams H2V Spa Gloss Line Review

Burke Williams #Spa Gloss

I tend to wear more lip gloss in the cooler months than I do lipstick, simply because gloss can give me some extra hydration versus a lipstick that may dry them out. Burke Williams, a day spa with 9 locations across northern and southern California, has a fantastic spa gloss that is part of their H2V Skin Care line.

Art+Science=Beauty. This is the philosophy behind Burke Williams innovative H2V Skin Care line. By combining botanical and herbal ingredients with tested and proven scientific ingredients, a team of experienced estheticians, scientists and top industry professionals have created an effective and results-oriented line of products designed to repair and enhance skin, bringing natural beauty to the surface. Read more

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I Found the Perfect Red Lip Color

The Perfect Red Lip

Never did I thought I would see that day when I would be able to say I’m wearing red lip color. Friends would tell me, “Try this one, it’s best!” or “This type of red is more your color,” only to be greatly disappointed. I began to think red just wasn’t for me and would instead would be green with envy over those who could pull it off.

I’m just too pale, it brings out the ruddiness in my skin, it makes me look like a clown… believe me, I’ve given every excuse there is. Until AVON sent me their newest lip crayon for Fall. In two words: holy crap. Read more

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EO Rose and Chamomile Collection Review

EO Rose & Chamomile Bubble Bath #review

The EO Rose & Chamomile line feels like a fancy spa all bottled up and ready to take home!  (EO stands for essential oils – their products contains their essential oil blends!) Well, more like a fancy spa experience, without the fancy spa price tag! Even better, right? If you’re looking for a truly relaxing, enchanting, and luxurious spa experience in your home bath/shower, this collection is it.  The subtle aroma is so calming and relaxing, it will almost lull you to sleep.

This is a true rose fragrance, almost like a fresh rose garden … and available in a variety of different bath products.  EO Rose & Chamomile Hydrating Shower Gel, Renew Bubble Bath, and Body Lotion are a slice of that rose garden-spa heaven. That’s it! A spa, in the middle of a rose garden! Am I getting carried away?

EO products are made in a certified organic facility with plant-based ingredients and pure essential oils.  They contain no synthetic fragrances, no artificial dyes or colors, no parabens or phthalates, no polysorbates. The more I read up on what’s actually in the products we use and adore, the more I’ve learned that the more a product doesn’t have, the better! EO is a leading manufacturer of natural and organic products that are great for the earth and for you! Also cool to know, EO is a small, family owned and operated business. You have to love that. Not tested on animals, these products are made in the USA and the bottle is made from 100% recycled materials. Now that you have the low down on the business being fabulously eco-friendly, let’s talk relaxation! Read more

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We See Beauty MAKE Aether Palette Review

MAKE Aether Eye Shadow Palette #Review

MAKE is the beauty brand of a new company and online shop called We See Beauty. We See Beauty’s goal is to promote social and economic change through cooperative development. We See Beauty is a for-benefit marketplace of ideas, stories and products that support the cooperative movement. A movement that believes that through shared ownership we can establish a more equitable and beautiful society for all. By selling beautiful ideas and products, including MAKE – the first for-benefit brand of We See Beauty – their goal is to empower local economies and strengthen communities, starting with New York. Thirty percent of all sales will go to fund and build a woman-led cooperative in Brooklyn, set to be the first of many. As far as I’m concerned, this is probably the coolest company I’ve ever heard of and quite possibly an even cooler makeup palette. Read more

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IT Cosmetics CC Cream Review: Flawless Skin in One Easy Step

IT Cosmetics CC Cream #Review

IT Cosmetics describes their CC cream as, “your full coverage foundation, brightening color, anti-aging serum, pore minimizing primer, dark spot corrector, moisturizing day cream, plus UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical only SPF 50+ all in one easy step!”

I have to admit that I have a tendency to become a skeptic when anyone or brand makes big claims, but how could I not engage in the trial to see if this CC cream was indeed everything it promotes itself to be?

Over the past two years these creams seem to be increasingly taking over the beauty shelves, yet many busy women, such as myself, are still a little unsure about what these alphabet soup-sounding creams are, so I thought I’d take a moment to clarify. Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in anti-aging, beauty, Makeup, skin care 3 Comments

Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer Review

butter LONDON Cheeky Chops and Primrose Hill Picnic #review

This may be a form of OCD, but I feel disheveled and incomplete when my nails aren’t painted. They don’t even need to be done well, they just need to be painted… and the brighter the better. As far as manicures go, I almost always bring my own polish to the salon. That way, I can bring the color home and touch up/change my own polish to freshen things up after a week or so! I’m all about extending the life of beauty treatments because let’s be real, who has time to sit in the chair every week?

Since I bring my own polish to the salon, I’m constantly buying new polish. There are a few things that make me gravitate toward a polish … the shape of the bottle, the handle (when they are too small I drop it!), and the color! From there, the applicator becomes the final test. No one likes a nail polish brush that’s too small! Somehow, after years of trying almost every polish under the sun, I am somehow JUST trying butter LONDONnail lacquer ($15) for the first time. I’ve been seeing the butter LONDON display at Ulta for years and I’ve noticed the bottle in magazines, but this was admittedly my first time trying the brand. Read more

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Beauty Blogger’s Favorite Fall Lip Colors

Wondering which lip colors are on trend this Fall? Some of the top beauty bloggers (yes, including me!) decided to get on camera and dish about their favorites.

Beauty Blogger's Favorite Fall Lip Colors

Beauty Blogger's Favorite Fall Lip Colors 2013Yes, that’s me standing in the woods! And how can you not be distracted watching Clumps of Mascara’s gorgeous daughter trying to snag her lip gloss?

Everyone has some great lip color picks! My favorite lip color for Fall is Three Custom Color’s Lip Gloss Pot in Simply Beautiful. It looks brown-ish in the pot, but I assure you that it’s a neutral color and looks great on all skin tones. I apply with a lip brush and you only need a small amount to make your lips pop. Three Custom also sells this color in a lipstick, gloss and even as a cream blush.

Watch the video below and a big thank you to Phyrra for putting this together!

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Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Beauty Trends, lip gloss, lip stain, lipstick, Makeup 2 Comments

DIY Anti-Aging Skin Care Book (Downloadable)

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! readers and DIY skin care enthusiasts! Lleaon Rao, fellow beauty blogger and author of Lleaon’s Anti-Aging Beauty Secrets has written a very in-depth skin care book that you’ll want to check out! The book covers DIY anti-aging skin care recipes, supplements, food and herbs, as well as face yoga.

DIY Beauty Secrets Limited Time Discount for A Girl's Gotta Spa! Readers

Lleaon is an aromatherapist and herbalist and goes into detail about how you can look and feel younger with a holistic approach to skin care that you can achieve without pricey beauty products. The book is all in PDF, so it is easily downloaded to your computer or that you can print out. Read more

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Beautifying Morning Smoothie Recipe

Beautifying Smoothie Recipe

I’ve always believed in caring for my skin from the inside out.  There is nothing that makes me happier than when I have clear, glowing skin that does not require a stitch of makeup.

To make sure my skin looks as good as possible I try to maintain a clean, healthy, balanced diet…much easier said than done- get regular exercise, good sleep and make sure I make it to hot yoga at least twice a week.  Lately I’ve been incorporating more smoothies into my diet.  They are a quick and easy way for me to get a meal in when I don’t have a lot of time or if I’m much too lazy to cook.  My favorite smoothie is the one that I frequently have in the morning.  It gives me the energy I need to start the day off right, I feel good that I’ve consumed something for breakfast and the ingredients in the smoothie contribute to radiant skin and hair. Read more

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