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This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

#BeautyInspiration Twitter Party April 16th #shop

 Image credit: Hairspray & High Heels We have major love here at A Girl's Gotta Spa! for makeup. From makeup trends to makeup tips, when to spend and when to splurge, as well as the latest products for each season, you can count on us to bring that info to you. Read more

Spa Week 2014 A Girl's Gotta Spa! and Giveaway

It's that time of year again when spas lower their prices on some of their spa treatments, otherwise known as Spa Week! From April 21–27th, spas, fitness facilities and wellness centers across the country will be offering $50 spa treatments, including a few spas that we've reviewed like The French Read more

Cosmetics

Review: MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft

20090727-mac-cosmetics-natural-flare-eyeshadowMAC Cosmetics newest makeup collection, Colour Craft, is an amazing palette of fall color goodness. Actually, so many of the colors in their eye shadow palettes made me think of clothes with those same colors that I’d like to wear this autumn. By far, my favorite eye shadow palette is Natural Flare (pictured. ) I tend to stick with “safe” colors…ie. neutral colors.  But I do know that the copper and gold in this palette can do amazing things for your eyes, especially those of us with hazel eyes.

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Travel Beauty: Las Vegas

20090723-lasvegassignIt was my first trip to sin city where the temperature is hot and sometimes (Ok most times) the guys are even hotter.  I was in the city to speak at Cosmoprof North America on social media for Private Label, staying at the very luxurious Mandalay Bay. It quite honestly was the best time I have had in a very, very long time (and was much needed!) But this post isn’t about my time there, but instead to focus on my Travel Beauty series I like to do when I travel.

As always, I like to pack the necessities I can’t leave home without. This time it was a mix of some new products I am trying, as well as products I adore. Starting from left to right… Read more

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The Ultimate Beauty Multi-Tasker and It’s Organic Too!

revolutionbalm

This little beauty all-in-one balm does it all. hair, skin, face. The perfect solution for busy women on the go. Made of certified organic ingredients, Revolution Organics beauty balm has over 22 uses, it is the ultimate beauty multi-tasker. Toss in your handbag, diaper bag or desk drawer. The handy portable twist up product is a moisturizing balm instantly softens and smoothes skin. It is great at soothing chapped lips, rough knees, and parched cuticles. Tame unruly flyaway hair and eyebrows. Preps your makeup and improves skin texture. Moms will love the preventative effects on stretch marks. The balm is enriched with organic butters and oils rich in vitamins A, B, C and E.

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Review: Hook Up Lipgloss by mark.

When Meg Johnson sent me AVON’s Instant Manicure, she also threw in a sample of mark.’s new Hook Up Lipgloss from glow baby glow. I’ve never tried a mark. product before, so I didn’t quite understand what the package meant when it said “A new system of products that hook up.” If you are familiar with mark. you are most likely laughing at my ignorance.

mark.’s Hook Up is a collection of mascara, creamy eye shadow, liquid eyeliner and lipgloss that can hook together with a connector, creating convenience when you go searching through your handbag looking to freshen your face. So you can hook two lipglosses together, a body shimmer and eye shadow and so on. The Hook Up Connector has been featured in magazine’s such as Allure, InStyle and Glamour (where have I been?)

The Hook Up lipgloss collection comes in glow baby glow, which is sheer and shiny; glow baby glow luxe, which is super reflective with a mirror-like sparkle; and metalluscious, which is rich in color, has a gleam to it and moisturizes and conditions.

Meg sent me Peek-a-boo and Pink Crush from the glow baby glow set. I believe Meg had no idea what a lipgloss/lipstick fantatic I truly am when she sent this. While the instant manicure was the reason for the package, I pushed it aside to immediately open the lipgloss!

Both colors have a yummy scent that seem to be a mix of Bubble Gum and Cotton Candy. I loved how the Pink Crush seemed to only have a hint more color than my lips and had such a great shine. Peek-a-boo gave my lips a frosted look with shine. I used Peek-a-boo with my no makeup look and I looked marvelous. The gloss seemed to last the usually amount of time, but did a fabulous job of making my pout look perfect.

mark. Hook Up lipgloss: $5
Hook Up Connector is free when you purchase any 2 Hook Up products.
mark. Crystal Shimmer Hook Up Powder is also free (as of this post) when you purchase any 2 Hook Up products.

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My makeover from Besame Cosmetics

My first day in the city began with Julie meeting me at Penn Station and then heading over to Henri Bendel’s to seek out Besame Cosmetics. I was greeted by Milka and Lainsley who would be doing my makeover.

I had never heard of Besame Cosmetics until recently and I fell instantly in love with their vintage packaging, which is a 1940′s look. Milka used Besame’s Light Compact for concealer, powder and liner and also individual colors in Pistachio, Plum and Shimmer Beige. I remember looking at the compact of Plum and Pistachio and feeling a little nervous. I have never used green eye shadow before, let alone green and purple together. However, I put my face into the hands of the experts and let them work their magic.

As Milka applied the concealer and loose powder, I was so surprised at how silky soft it felt on my skin. She had me run my fingers over it in the compact to really feel how light and soft they were. She lined my eyes with the Black Pearl eye shadow and even demonstrated on her hand how this black pearl color would look great to create that smokey eye look. Next was the Pistachio, Plum and Shimmer Beige shadows.

She used their Grey + Taupe eyebrow pencil to shade in my brows. I’ve never personally used an eyebrow pencil before, but I must say that my eyebrows looked very good using the Taupe side of the pencil. Milka even took the time (on her hand again) to show me how she used the pencil to shade in my brow and then used a masacara wand (void of any mascara) to do a brushing motion to blend it in.

She also used their black mascara to create a look that made my eyelashes stand out, yet not look caked on or clumpy.

Sun Kissed Rouge was used on my cheeks and my lips were lined with Natural and then Merlot lipstick was applied. Milka told me that if I didn’t like Merlot, that Chocolate Kiss was the next best color for me. She then applied their Lip Glaze in Chocolate for that extra POW.

Rave: I am completely in love with their Chocolate Lip Glaze. It smells just like chocolate and the shine and color are incredible. Quite honestly, it is now a closet addiction. I am constantly applying this lip glaze to satisfy my need for chocolate while looking good with beautifully shiney lips.

When Lainsley gave me the mirror to see how I looked, I was so pleasantly surprised to see how wonderful the Pistachio color looked on me in combination with the Plum. Who knew that green and purple would look so good? My eyes are Hazel and they just became a new stand out feature with this eye color. While the Merlot lip color was a little too dark for a daytime color, it would definitely be fine to use when going out at night with my husband. I joked to Milka and Lainsley that going to Toys R’ Us in this Merlot would have many people talking. I’m thinking of trying the Chocolate Kiss lip color, which just sounds like a heavenly addition to my Chocolate Lip Glaze.

I couldn’t get over how this makeup felt. I honestly felt like I was only wearing gloss on my lips and nothing else; it was that light feeling. So one would think that when Julie and I got caught in a terrential rainstorm that we had to walk through for 5 blocks, that my makeover would’ve been ruined. So wrong. I asked Julie if my mascara was running down my face and when she looked at me, she herself, could not believe that my eye shadow, lip color and mascara were all completely entact without a smudge or smear. I am completely impressed.

Many thanks to Milka and Lainsley for making me look beautiful with Besame Cosmetics while in Manhattan.

I’m off to go apply some more Chocolate Lip Glaze

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The No Makeup Look

Benefit Cosmetics LLCWhile there is nothing better than looking fabulous in that great shade of eyeshadow or favorite “look at my lips” lipstick, nothing looks worse in 90 degree weather than looking overdone. Whether you want to give yourself a break from layers of cosmetics or you just want that fresh natural look, the no makeup look is perfect for anyone.

First, let’s not kid ourselves…the No Makeup Look indeed involves makeup. Things to keep in mind is to always use brushes and blending wedges to apply and blend makeup so that you are not spreading bacteria from your fingers and any excess oils.

After cleansing your skin, you’ll want to apply an oil-free moisturizer. There are some other great oil-free moisturizer’s out there like H20+’s Face Oasis Plus Hydrating Fluid with SPF 15icon and Benefit’s “You Rebel,” which is a tinted moisturizer (good for all skin types) with SPF15.

Next apply a concealer to even out blotchy or uneven skin tones. Benefit Cosmetics has a great concealing cream called “Boi-ing.” They also have a melon-tinted soft concealer powder called “Get even,” which evens out skin tone and shine (best for girls like me with T-zone skin). Be sure to chose a shade that blends well with your skin; nothing too light or too dark. If you are trying to conceal blemishes that are close to your eye area, it’s best to use a concealer a shade lighter than your skin tone. What I also like about Get Even, is that it can also be used as your Foundation, which is what you want to apply next.  Read more

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