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

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 so proud of her for launching her 5-free nail lacquer brand. The Diana Nail Lacquer Set pictured above is part of her Icons Collection. We're 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

Why Oral Health is Important #Listerine

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine Is your mouth on your side? Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may Read more

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Loose Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush

I know that this may sound somewhat contradictory, but I love wearing makeup that I can't really feel. I like knowing that it's there on my skin, but do not want to be reminded that it's actually sitting on my skin throughout the day. This is why I love wearing Susan Read more


Tarte Cosmetics Colored Clay CC Primer Review

Tarte Cosmetics Colored Clay CC Primer #Review #Makeup

If your skin has red discoloration or a dull, sallow look AND you have combination to oily skin, you may want to take a look at Tarte Cometics’ new Colored Clay CC Primer.

Before Tarte had me at color correcting, they had me at clay. Clay has amazing oil absorbing qualities that any woman who battles shine will lust over. The idea of using a primer that would both color correct my skin perfections like a concealer would and prime my skin got me intrigued to try it. Read more

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Pur Minerals CC Cream Review

Pur Minerals CC Cream #Review #Makeup #CC

I’ve been wanting to get on board with the BB and CC Cream trend, but I have to admit that I’ve been having a hard time buying into the hype.

When BB creams first came on the market, everyone was buzzing about them. I’ve tried a few and while they’ve been fine, they kind of felt like glorified tinted moisturizers that I saw no real benefit from. With most BB creams, I needed to wear foundation on top of them to achieve full coverage. I just didn’t see the point in straying from my beloved moisturizers. Then came CC Creams, which was kind of confusing because many of us wondered, what’s the difference?

Before I tell you about my new obsession with a product that really has made it’s own little spot in the makeup world, here’s the rundown: Read more

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bareMinerals Color Correcting Concealer SPF 20 Review

A few weeks ago I told you about a fabulous new eye balm by Kiehl’s—Rosa Arctica Eye Balm (you HAVE to try it). I also told you that mixing the balm with a concealer gets maximum results. My concealer of choice for the past three to four weeks has been bareMinerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer ($20).

This concealer will definitely make my “best of” list for 2012. It is a superb enigma—rich but lightweight, creamy but gives full coverage. No matter what you’ve got to hide, bareMinerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer has you covered.

The multi-tasking formula contains:   Read more

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Concealer Lesson

by makeup artist and TIA contributor, Kristen Arnett

Yellow and light colored concealers don’t cover under eye circles, nor is concealer supposed to go all the way under the eye.

The funny thing is that yellow and white-ish concealers are exactly what most beauty consultants will sell you. Plus they’ll apply them in one big semi-circle underneath your whole eye in an attempt to diffuse the darkness, but that’s oh, so wrong!

Under eye darkness usually has a tone of blue or purple for those with more Caucasian coloring and those with dark skin have a deep grey/brown cast, which causes them to look tired.

Elementary art class teaches us that yellow and blue mixed together make green.  So why anyone would suggest yellow concealer is beyond me.  It makes eyes look sallow and diseased.

To that same point, if one mixes white into any color it becomes a lighter version of the base color. By doing that with makeup under your eyes you’ll have a lighter version of blue, purple or grey. Again, not the effect that we are going for.

What you want to do is find a concealer which is no more than one shade lighter than the rest of your face AND which has a peach, salmon, melon, or pink undertone to counteract the blue.  For dark skin, as described before, you’ll need to choose something in the same tone of your skin but with a bright orange hue.

A staple in my makeup kit concealers is the natural and mineral based Jane Iredale Circle Delete Concealers. For fair to medium skin use Jane Iredale Circle Delete Concealer #2 (use the peach side for color correction and beware of using too much of the light because it can get too white very quickly). For darker skin try the Gold/Brown shade (use mainly the gold side for color correction and mix in the lighter shade as needed).

Here is the second most important part, placement.

99 times out of 100 concealer is not needed on the outer third of the eye.  Putting concealer there will only draw attention to crow’s feet and creepiness.  Where concealer should be concentrated is wherever you see darkness.  Think of it as a comma shape that begins next to the nose and the inner corner of the eye and extends to where you can feel your ocular bone.

If you still need help understanding where exactly your discoloration is, try this scary exercise: Look in the mirror, tilt your chin down and turn your face slightly to the side.  Now you can’t miss it!  I warned you it would be scary, so please don’t obsess over it.  Just concentrate putting your concealer there with patting motions, using either a finger or brush rather than wiping.  When you feel you are done give one last boost with a dab of concealer in each inner corner of your eye.  Then pick your head back up and walk confidently away from the mirror.

Looking forward to hearing how this works for you!

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