Easy Abstract Floral Nail Art Tutorial

I love nail art that looks really intricate, yet is effortlessly simply in application. I asked fellow beauty blogger and fellow Pennsylvanian, A Little Polish to create a tutorial just for A Girl's Gotta Spa! readers. If you're looking for some simple abstract floral nail art, here’s a tutorial to Read more

Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

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Wantable Beauty Box Subscription Review

For the last several years a new beauty subscription service has popped up every few months. Most of these are monthly subscription where you receive deluxe, sample or travel size products, all of which were not of your choosing, you simply got what everyone else got.

But Wantable is doing beauty subscription differently.

Wantable is a new monthly subscription ($36) with the option to just do a one time purchase ($40). They offer two kinds of subscriptions- makeup or accessories. All items are ALWAYS full sized, are valued between $80-$100 and have been customized to your likes based on answering their questionnaire when you sign up.

Wantable allowed me a gifted makeup box so that I could try the service myself. The questionnaire was lengthy, but very detailed to ensure that I was being sent exactly what I liked. Within a week of placing the order the box was delivered. Upon opening it, I was stoked to see full sized items that I immediately began to play with.

My box came with Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in Fire Spring:

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NVEY ECO High Definition Cake Eyeliner Review

nvey eco high definition cake eyeliner review

As a gal who prides herself in being pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new things and playing with makeup, I use the same eyeliner every single day and never stray from what’s comfortable. A twist up liner is my go-to. I’m not even brand loyal with it, I just love everything about a twist up liner.

That being said, I haven’t used the twist up liner in 2 full weeks because I’m obsessed with the NVEY ECO High Definition Cake Eyeliner ($29.95). I was skeptical at first . . . but I had no idea how fabulous it was going to be or how easy it was to use. I’ve been using NVEY ECO cake eyeliner in Black/Noir and  I have to say, it’s a gentler alternative to a twist up or liquid liner. The look I’ve been getting is a nice smudged line that’s less harsh than my usual thick solid line. It comes in a pot, so you need an eyeliner brush to apply it. You can choose to either use the brush wet or dry, depending on the look you’re going for and how defined you want your line to look. I prefer the brush dry for day and wet for night. Read more

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A Great Hair Day #DoveHairAffair


Dove #GreatHairAffair

Without question, aside from how much sleep you get, the outcome of your hair each morning can determine whether or not you are going to have a good day.

Honestly. If my hair looks amazing, I simply can’t stop trying to capture a glimpse of myself in the mirror (something that rarely happens otherwise), I take endless selfies to update my Facebook, G+, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, and my attitude can’t help but be positive throughout the day. Great looking hair is where it’s at.

So when Dove launched their #GreatHairAffair contest, guess who was all over it? Read more

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Top 10 Gold Beauty Products


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Gold. A status symbol for some, a beauty statement for many.

The perfect summer beauty trend is gold, which is a great accent to bronzed skin.

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Here are 10 gold beauty products you may want to consider: Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in anti-aging, bath and body, beauty, Beauty Trends, eye shadow, eyeliner, foundation, highlighter, lip gloss, Makeup, Nail Polish 12 Comments

5 Products That Will Help You Transform and Revive



As a caregiver, both on the floor as a nurse who works 12-hour night shifts and a parent of children with special needs, I often don’t get the recommended hours of sleep. Yes, I’ve seen all the studies of just how bad lack of sleep is for you…and no I would not recommend skipping out on the Z’s if there is a choice on the matter, but the truth remains that it is part of my (and many other caregivers) unavoidable realty.

Since this is the case, instead of stressing about it, I implement little things throughout my day to help revive my energy and keep my look lively. First, it’s part of my self-care routine. Secondly, I truly believe that it helps those I care for to know that they are in good hands. I mean do any of you really want a tired-looking stressed out nurse to walk into you or your loved one’s hospital room and say she is the one who’s going to take care of you for the next 12 hours? Not if we had the choice, right? I am not sure of many who would contend the ideal notion of wanting a nurse with a positive attitude, know-how, and a put together look that sends an unspoken message of trust.

The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, since I have recently been struggling with anemia and recovering from a painful injury, I thought it would be a neat opportunity to allow a personal picture story post for you as I got ready for work. Here is a peak at my paler then usual face (from lack of sun, sleep, and anemia), undone hair, and the five product lines I used to transform and revive. The last pic is a must see for the transformation!

Tired #mom? Try these #makeuptips to transform and revive!

Marc Anthony Hair Care

Step 1: Take a refreshing shower with Marc Anthony (pause, lol) sulfate-free Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner for some super workable soft hair. When you get out of your makeshift oasis, toss in a bit of his Argan oil treatment and then some volumizing mousse. I am very picky when it comes to my hair products, as I have plunged the pocket in the past and came up with less than satisfying results. However, I am happy to report that Marc’s line is healthy for your hair, fantastic feeling, and super-easy on the wallet. It’s hard to find this type of a triple threat! Read more

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M Steves Ultra Nourishing Boost Review

M Steves Ultra Nourishing Boost #review #antiaging

Serums are an important part of a skin care routine. If you have yet to include one, there’s no better time than now!

Why is a serum so important, you ask? I know, just ONE more product to your already expansive list of products that you have to apply day and night to fight aging. I feel like people see serums the way they see toner, as a dispensable item for anti-aging. Yet, it is actually a very crucial skin care product that should not be overlooked (or undervalued for that matter!) Read more

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Summer Smoky Eye How To


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I like a simply smoky eye. So for this summer smoky eye how to, I’ll tell you in 6 easy steps how I created a great daytime smoky eye that I was literally able to do in under 5 minutes.

Products used: Urban Decay Primer Potion, CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Lime Green Flame and Crystal Flame, CoverGirl Flamed Out Eye Shadow Pot in Molten Black, CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in Black Fire and Revlon Lash PotionRead more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, brows, eye shadow, eyeliner, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, Primer 2 Comments

W3LL PEOPLE Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick Review


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W3LL PEOPLE is a majorly buzzed about makeup brand right now and it’s no wonder why. They’ve managed to create a line of makeup that is not only 100% natural, but it’s also fabulous. Other brands tend to lose the fabulosity (is that even a word?) when trying to please the tree hugging goal of au natural, but not W3LL People. Like they say, Hippie Tested. Diva Approved. This diva can’t get enough of W3LL PEOPLE ‘s Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick.

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Here’s the low down on the goodness that is W3LL PEOPLE.  W3LL People (well people) is a beauty conscious brand. As they like to say, there are “no nasties” in their products. Their makeup is free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, and artificial ingredients. There’s no harsh chemicals or toxins in their products. Everything they make is 100% natural and eco friendly. So not only are the ingredients premium natural and organic, but they also respect the environment and take pride in sustainability. To top it all off, W3LL PEOPLE is Made in the USA with love.

The minds behind the concept of W3LL PEOPLE (well people) are pretty much the perfect trio of: Makeup Guru, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Treehugger. The brand is the perfect blend of artistry, technology and social responsibility.  So now that we know all of the goodness behind the products, let’s talk about performance . . . because let’s be real, how our makeup performs is important! Read more

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AVEDA Heart Lands Makeover



Aveda Heart Lands

Five years ago my step-mom, Cindy Crino’s, life changed in an instant. One moment she was a successful science teacher in Hawaii, the next moment she was trapped in a school elevator that crashed three floors down, damaging her spine and spirit. Since that dreadful day in 2008 Cindy’s life path changed forever more as the accident caused permanent disability. No longer able to afford their home, they lost everything they had with the exception of their environmentally friendly cars. Five fighting years later in June 2013 it was those cars that helped them to make their way back to a much-needed family support system on the east coast.

I remember visiting my dad and step-mom prior to her accident and, per usual, Cindy looked put-together and displayed a jolly spirit. However, when she arrived to my home this past June 2013 after spending five years in what she calls “the wilderness” of Utah (the first nearest spot they could afford to get to on the mainland after Hawaii) the toll of chronic pain, mild mobility impairment, and still needing to be a caregiver herself was apparent. My arms wrapped around her with a verbal reminder that she was now safe at home, as the tears streamed down our faces. Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in beauty, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, lip gloss, Makeup, makeup tips, Self-Care 23 Comments

Beauty.com + Sea NY Camille Beauty Bag Collection

Beautydotcom + Sea NY Camille Bag GWPSometimes gift with purchase items are blah and lack any excitement, but the latest Beauty.com gift with purchase will have you salivating.

The exclusive Camille Bag from Sea NY is free for shoppers who spend over $100 and ends TODAY! Filled with 15 prestige beauty goodies in both deluxe sample and full sizes, the bag and its contents have an approximate combined retail value of $140. Read more

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