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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

Jemma Kidd’s Crushed Jewel Gel Liner

Add some sparkle to your wintertime look with an eyeliner infused with glitter this season. Makeup artist Jemma Kidd’s Crushed Jewel Gel Liner ($20.00 at Drugstore.com ) adds a whimsical look with tiny specks of glimmery shimmer that can be used as over shadow or pigmented liner. You can also wear it alone to dramatize the sophisticated palette of colors including azure, lapis, onyx and topaz. The sparkly liquid liner is made of a clear gel base containing suspended flecks of glitter. Not for only special occasions, this liner makes a fun look for every day. The ’80s are back on trend in a major way so why not have some fun with some seriously retro chic glitter liner.   Read more
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Photos: Lady Gaga 944 Magazine January 2010

ladygagaHave we not established that I love me some Lady Gaga yet? If not, please find photos from the January 2010 issue of 944 below. I’m proud to say that my genius makeup artist friend, Billy B, did her makeup. Hello! Nothing short of amazing Mr. B! (Photos by Max Abidian.)  Read more
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Makeup I Would Wear if I Were Adam Lambert

adam_lambertI admit, I only jumped on the Adam Lambert bandwagon a few episodes shy of the end of American Idol last season.  I remember it was the episode where he looked like a young Chris Isaac. For some reason Adam made guyliner hot.  And after finally caving in and getting his CD this weekend, it’s obvious that Glambert has some serious love for makeup as inspired by his 80′s glam predecessors (Poison, Warrant, Dokken–oh yeah I know them all because I was quite the pseudo-metal head.)

So if I were given the magical ability to be Adam Lambert for one day, here’s the beauty products I’d be sporting:  Read more

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Christopher Drummond’s 3 New Year’s Eve Makeup Tips

christopher_drummondI first came into contact with Christopher Drummond back in 2007 when he was getting ready to launch his company. And with all of the buzz going on right now about his skin care and cosmetics line, I thought it would be the perfect time to ask him to share 3 tips for looking brilliant this New Year’s Eve.  Read more
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Review: CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast and ShineBlast Lip Gloss

Dazzle-Ablaze-Flare-Glimmer-Ignite-Sparkler-covergirl-shineblastThere are two things I love more than John Mayer and that is shiny lip gloss and double duty products. So when CoverGirl gave me the opportunity to try out their new Smoky ShadowBlast and ShineBlast Lip Gloss, I was totally game. I previously tried their LashBlast Length mascara (be sure to check out my Encyclopedia of Mascara’s on Facebook) and thought it was a pretty good mascara. So did both of these products meet my expectations? Read more
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Perfectly Pretty Holiday Value Gift Sets

xmas-gift-setsValue sets make an ideal present for holiday gift giving. Beauty retailers are stocking loads of these and most all of the sets are reasonably priced to keep your holiday budget under control. Makeup Beauty value kits are packaged in a set with everything needed to update a look for the New Year. Skincare kits will let her experiment with a new skincare regime. Perfect for a colleague, sister, or your BFF. This is also a fabulous way to introduce and try new products as well. Most every girl I know loves to indulge in new beauty and skincare products to combat the wintertime doldrums too! Here are our picks for value beauty gift sets… Read more
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Review: L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara

l'Oreal-telescopic-explosion-mascaraL’Oreal recently sent me the newest addition to their line up of mascara’s: Telescopic Explosion. I will start off by telling you that I do indeed like this mascara, but I will burst your bubble if you think your lashes will look like Penelope Cruz’s on their website (around these parts, we call that PhotoShop and/or eyelash extensions.) Aside from that, let’s talk about why I loved Telescopic Explosion and how it made my lashes pop… Read more
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3 Holiday Beauty Tips from Carmindy

carmindyThe holidays have finally hit and parties abound this month! I know that I am not a natural when it comes to applying my makeup and I often turn to my makeup artist friends for helpful beauty tips. This time I chose to tap Carmindy from TLC’s What Not to Wear for her 3 best holiday beauty tips.

1- Get your face and body glowing by applying my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer. This light reflecting cream will add radiance to your skin and create a smooth as glass finish to the skin. I like to apply it under foundation on the face and also all over the body for skin that is luminescent and so soft to the touch.   Read more

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Benefit Cosmetics Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Benefit Cosmetics LLCGet FREE US shipping with any $25 Benefit Cosmetics order. Enter SHIP2009 at checkout. Offer valid 11.27.09–11.30.09. Not valid with other offers. Excludes sale items & sharpeners. Offer valid one time per customer.

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Gift Card Giveaway for $50 worth of Beauty Goodies from ULTA

ulta-gift-card2-TheFind is excited to announce the launch a fantastic giveaway from our friends at ULTA.com. The one-stop beauty super store has one $50 gift card that will be awarded to one lucky winner next week. To enter for a chance to win simply leave your entry on TheFind Blog here. Tell us in comments how you would spend your $50 gift card at ULTA.com and be sure leave your email address so that we can you if you win. The winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours. The contest runs now thru Wednesday November 11th, 2009 12-midnight PST… Read more
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