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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

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Be Runway Ready with NARS’ Fashion Forward Set

Not all of us can experience the magic of New York Fashion Week first-hand, but think of it this way. While others are waiting in line, throwing elbows to maneuver through crowds, and schmoozing countless stylistas in the hope of a seat upgrade, you can experience the excitement without all the chaos from the comfort of your own home (or office, if you’re being naughty and off-tasking during the workday). Okay, so maybe the NYFW experience from your laptop doesn’t have quite the same appeal, but that shouldn’t hold you back from becoming inspired by some of the hottest runway beauty looks!  Read more
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Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti Fresh Faced Makeup for AW11

Lead make up artist at Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti, Lucia Pieroni for MAC went to Goldie Hawn in the 60′s for her inspiration.  The look was a very fresh face.  Glowing fresh skin, a soft pale pink metallic lipstick and “loads of mascara”…but  not so much that it looked clumpy.  It was more of a nod to the 60′s without being completely 60′s.

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Alice + Olivia Punk Makeup & Hair for AW11

The make up look at Alice & Olivia was all about the punky eye.  According to lead makeup artist , Polly Osmond for M.A.C, there was no specific reference for the look, it was just the “street version of the punky eye.” To achieve the look; Fluidline in Blacktrack was used on the lids to create a thicker/rounder line around the eyes, the brows were penciled in, Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara on the top lashes, a bit of highlighter on the cheeks and Runway Lipstick on the lips.  A lot of edginess on the eyes and a very glamorous lip.  Read more
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Tommy Hilfiger’s Fresh Makeup Look for AW11

Fresh, luminous, gorgeous skin was on display at Tommy Hilfiger.  Moisturizer with concealer as needed was applied to the skin, as well as Blot Pressed Powder to the t-zone for a matte finish.  “The Perfect Cheek” Blush was applied to the apples of the cheek.  Groundwork Paint Pot was applied to the lids, crease and under the eye,  a copper gloss was applied  on top of that and Clear Lipglass layered on top of that.  Lip Conditioner was  applied to the lips to complete the look, which was very “All American”…exactly what Tommy Hilfiger exemplifies.  Read more
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Strong Eyes and Pale Lips at ADAM AW11

Lead makeup artist at ADAM, Romy for MAC Cosmetics took the attention to the eyes.  Black creme liner (a full, thick line) was applied to the lids in a winged shape along with two coats of Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara to the upper lashes only.  Face And Body Foundation as well as concealer was applied to the face as needed, on the cheeks Posey and Laid Back Blush Cream were mixed and applied to the apples and the lips were left very subdued with just lip conditioner applied using the fingertips.  Read more
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Suno Got Out of Africa for AW11

Meryl Streep in Out of Africa was the inspiration referenced by lead make up artist for MAC Cosmetics Carole Colombani at Suno.  The look was feminine and soft as well as graphic and modern.  The same palette was used for the lips and cheeks, Haute & Naughty Lash mascara was applied just to the upper lashes, a beige/moleskin shadow on the eyes, Teddy eyeliner (which is an eye kohl) on the lid,  a brush dipped in water first then dipped in color on the lower lash line for a softer look and the skin was kept very natural with just moisturizer and concealer where needed.

I absolutely loved this look, it was clean, fresh, feminine and seemed to be the most wearable…on an everyday “I wish I had something to dress up for at least twice a week but that lifestyle keeps alluding me” basis.

~Gail

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Tinsel Town Glamour at Imitation AW11

Malcolm McLarens’ 1984 single Madame Butterfly inspired the look at Imitation. The look exuded both sensuality and sexuality; it was all about the eyes and lips.  In the words of lead makeup artist Nadine Luke for MAC Cosmetics, you “would want to look like that.”

To create the eyes, Feline eye pencil was blended on the lid (and applied to the lower lash line) with Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eye Shadow on top, Black Fix Studio Fix Lash mascara was applied to both upper and lower lashes and a shine gloss (to emulate the look of the girls in the steam room in the video) finished off the look.  On the lips Vino Lip Pencil was blended as a stain on the lips, then Media Lipstick was applied on top of the stain. Prep+Prime  Skin, Studio Sculpt Foundation, Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and a very minimal application of Well Dressed Blush.  Read more

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Metallic Pigment Shadows Can Be Surprisingly Versatile!

Despite my instant infatuation with anything sparkly, shiny and/or metallic, I am sensible enough to realize that ultra-shimmery makeup isn’t exactly appropriate for any given situation. Sure, sometimes I choose not to care and blatantly ignore the unspoken beauty rules, but for the most part I realize that there’s a time and a place to let my inner Ke$ha out in public. But just high-impact glitter may not be appropriate for more professional situations doesn’t mean you need to stick to strictly matte shades. You can still embrace your love of shiny finishes and stay sophisticated by day, and go glitz and glam by night — even with the same product!  Read more
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Get Your Valentine’s Day Glow with the Stila Make Me Blush Palette

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day (personally my attitude towards the holiday tends to fluctuate depending on how disastrous my romantic situation is at the time), there’s something about the theme of romance that’s hard not to get seduced by, especially as a pro shopper. After all, for a compulsive beauty collector, it’s hard to be down on the dumps or feel sorry for your single self when Valentine’s Day makes the makeup world come alive!  Read more
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Urban Decay Celebrates 15 Years with a 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Set

Okay, okay. So maybe I don’t need 15 new eyeliner pencils (especially after I just bought Sephora’s Hello Kitty eyeliner kit, which I didn’t technically need either). But since I’m such a big fan of funky-yet-sometimes-practical Urban Decay, how can I resist a beauty splurge in honor of their 15-year anniversary?

Yup, Urban Decay is 15 this year, and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set is just the first of four anniversary-themed products that will be released in celebration over the course of 2011! My inner kindergardener (and my childhood love for shiny new art supplies like colored pencils in every shadow of the rainbow) was already obsessed when Make Up For Ever released a similar set with their Aqua Eyes pencils a couple years back, but since that one was a bit pricier — and let’s face it, even I wouldn’t use 3 different shades of bright orange eyeliner — I didn’t make the purchase.   Read more

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