Fade Burn Scars with InviCible Scars

Burns are the worst. Depending on how you got burned and how deep it goes, also determines the healing time involved (and the pain. Oh my, the pain.) A month ago I was doing something I rarely like to do - cook. It's like seeing a Yeti in your backyard, Read more

Detox Smoothie Recipes from Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills

March marks National Nutrition Month, and a great time to ramp-up healthy eating (and drinking!) habits. Stephen Coe, executive chef at Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills (Plymouth, Mass.) has whipped up five delicious detox smoothie recipes to help sneak in superfoods, even when strapped for time. Brain Fuel 2 Read more

Pampering Q and A on Biconi

I was recently interviewed as an expert regarding pampering yourself on Biconi's website. It was a fun Q & A and I hope it helps you learn more about me. Here's a small tidbit: For Shannon Smyth, beauty is more than just about finding the perfect lipstick hue or perfect moisturizer Read more

Spongelle Shower Gel Infused Bath Buffers Giveaway

Let's slough off the dryness of Winter and get our skin Spring-ready! What better way to do this than with a giveaway of Spongelle's Shower Gel Infused Bath Buffers! Just in case you missed Gail's review of Spongelle's body buffers that are infused with a silken, gentle shower gel and Read more

Spongelle Body Wash Infused Body Buffers

I am an absolute devotee of beauty products that are able to multitask. For me multitasking beauty products are an absolute godsend, so whenever I catch wind of one of these products I HAVE to try it, which is why I had to try Spongellé Body Wash Infused Buffer and Pedi 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

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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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Ayres Beauty Take Your Skin to Patagonia

Ayres Beauty Patagonia #review

I’m not a world traveler, in fact I’ve only left the US once to go to Nova Scotia. However, I often feel that there are products that can whisk you away, whether to the beaches of Rhode Island, the caffeinated invigoration of Jamaica, or to the sophisticated fragrances of Paris, we’ve all gone somewhere (at least in our minds) with our bath and body products. Read more

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BSB Culmine Glow and Go Tinted Moisturizing Sunscreen Review

BSB Culmine Glow & Go Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen #Review

Transitioning into my favorite time of the year, this is a fabulous time to remind you that sunscreen is necessary year round, not just during the summer months. As Fall kicks off, I feel like it’s my duty to remind all of my beauty loving friends that protecting your skin from the sun is so important … year round. I’m crazy about protecting my skin from the sun and I  love products that give me a little glow while working double duty and in the sunscreen department.  For the past couple of weeks, as the summer has been winding down, I’ve been trying the new tinted sunscreen from Bella Schneider Beauty. BSB Culmine Glow & GO Tinted Moisturizer ($45) with SPF 30 is super hydrating and has anti-aging ingredients. Read more

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TONIGHT! #youthfulLiving Twitter Party with youthH2O

youth H2O Twitter Party 9/23 at 8pm EST

Make a date TONIGHT to tweet with myself and a bunch of my fellow beauty bloggers for a #youthfulLiving Twitter party with youthH2O and Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives. (Click the image to see the profiles of all of us tweeting!)

We’ll be tweeting from 8pm-9pm EST and giving away a month’s supply of youthH2O and five $20 Visa Gift Cards.

If you’re in NYC, Evelyn Lozada, youthH2O ambassador, has an in-person appearance at Duane Reade (52 E. 14th Street & Union Square) on Sept. 24th from 4-6pm.

youthH2O is a caffeine-free, sugar-free age defying system comprised of organic power superfoods including Maca, Purple Corn, Camu Camu and a variety of vitamins and nutrients that delivers beauty, performance and wellness all in one through daily age defying superfood nutrition.

Tweet you tonight!

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Red Beauty Trend: The New Neutral

Red lip palette. Red beauty trend.

Red has always been a classic you can’t go wrong with, but this Fall 2013, red is all the rage. Neiman Marcus is painting red as the new neutral for clothing , and the LA Times is talking about how, “this Fall’s bold new lipstick shades put the pout back into your pose.” Despite red lipstick’s sultry yet elegant look, most women think they simply can’t wear red and that’s not true.

Hollywood Red Lip Palette from Skinn Cosmetics is a fantastic buy because is gives you your choice of six different red hues that you can wear alone or mix and match to produce your favorite fit. It’s moisture rich and contains collagen-boosting peptides that help your lips appear full and lustrous. With so many different reds to choose from, there’s at least one that suits your skin tone. Read more

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Bernard Cassiere Chocolate Mousse Mask Review

Chocolate Mousse Mask #beauty

My love for chocolate is undeniable. While a moment on the lips may be a lifetime on the hips, chocolate applied to your face…years will erase.

I just made that part up myself.

Despite my mad skills for rhyming, the anti-aging properties of chocolate have been proven and are an effective way to attain a youthful look to your skin. Read more

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