Name Your Own Nail Polish with Pretty Please

Here's a cute gift idea for those of you who like to impress the beauty addict in your life with something unique. Pretty Please nail polish allows you to choose a polish color and name it yourself. My head ran wild with all of the possibilities for gifting - from Read more

#EyeHeartNY Twitter Party 4/24 #ad

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

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Urban Decay Naked 3 Review and Swatches

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The moment I saw Urban Decay’s Facebook post teasing the release of a Naked 3 palette, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Then I wondered, which shades could they possibly come up with that aren’t already covered in my beloved Naked 1 and Naked 2? PINKS! Roses! Yes!

While I love the neutral colors in the Naked 1 and 2 palettes, I’m fair skinned and totally a pink girl. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Naked 3 ($52) is filled with rose hues. The day that it came out on Urban Decay’s website, I attempted to order it, but it sold out SUPER fast. Everyone was after it! I must have talked about it enough to look like a hint drop, because somehow my husband (he’s listening even when it looks like he isn’t?!) surprised me with Naked 3! (He must have been one of the people who beat me to it online! Either way, I was beyond thrilled … he’s a keeper!) Read more

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mark Fab 5 Eye Shadow Palette

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I always feel like the conclusion of the Thanksgiving holiday is congruent with the sound of a gunshot for the 100-meter dash until the Christmas and New Year holidays. I’d usually include Hanukkah in that statement too, but as many of you know this year it began Nov 27th and ends Dec 5th, so I guess my Jewish friends and families shopping alarms went off even earlier this year. At any rate, we will all be attending the various business parties, gatherings, and hopefully at least one night out on the town over the next month til we hit the celebratory wall on Jan. 2, 2014. Read more

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We See Beauty MAKE Aether Palette Review

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MAKE is the beauty brand of a new company and online shop called We See Beauty. We See Beauty’s goal is to promote social and economic change through cooperative development. We See Beauty is a for-benefit marketplace of ideas, stories and products that support the cooperative movement. A movement that believes that through shared ownership we can establish a more equitable and beautiful society for all. By selling beautiful ideas and products, including MAKE – the first for-benefit brand of We See Beauty – their goal is to empower local economies and strengthen communities, starting with New York. Thirty percent of all sales will go to fund and build a woman-led cooperative in Brooklyn, set to be the first of many. As far as I’m concerned, this is probably the coolest company I’ve ever heard of and quite possibly an even cooler makeup palette. Read more

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Dramatic Eye Makeup How To



Dramatic Eye Makeup How ToI love color. What better way to play with color than to create a dramatic eye makeup look? Sure, it’s not really something you can wear to the office, but it’s definitely an artsy look that may even work for a fun night out.

Here’s the steps used to create this look: Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in beauty, brows, eye shadow, eyeliner, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, Primer Leave a comment

Jennifer Bradley Eyeshadow Duos Muse and Siren


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Jennifer Bradley is a very beautiful and talented makeup artist. Jennifer has been inventing beautifully made cosmetics since 2003. Her makeup has been used on celebrities such as Kelly Clarkson and Pam Anderson,  as well as FLOTUS and POTUS Michelle and Barack Obama and many others. Her makeup is fragrance free and formulated for sensitive skin. While using her shadows I noticed they never creased, the palette was true to its color, lasted all day and went on smoothly.  Read more

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Sonia Kashuk Eye Duo Review

Sonia Kashuk Eye Duo

When I first saw Sonia Kashuk Eye Duo Down to Earth, which is a brownish green and a goldish brown, I honestly thought that maybe the two shades together where going to be extremely dark. Sometimes darker colors can possibly give the effect of having a black eye if not blended and highlighted properly. However, when I used a base color on the lid and blended the two colors in the crease it turned out beautifully, giving my eyes a natural, fabulous look. The eye shadow lasted pretty much all day with a primer,  easily applied, was softer than your average shadow (which I love), and never Read more

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Skinn Cosmetics Seduction Luxe Eye Shadow Palette Review

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Dimitri James founded Skinn Cosmetics in 2002, after a long career in the cosmetics industry.  His goal was to create high quality products while keeping them affordable.  To that end, the packaging is basic and no-fuss.

Dark, smoky shadows, thick smudged liner and bold lashes are undeniable statement looks, but sometimes the best statement for your eyes is to bring out their natural beauty. Lucky for us, celebrity makeup artist Dimitri James has made it easy to achieve this timeless, effortless look with Skinn Cosmetics new Luxe Premier Eyeshadows in Seduction ($32).

Natural doesn’t have to mean boring. These neutral yet seductive shades give your look an appealing feminine  confidence. The palette contains 12 shadows with anti-aging actives, anti-oxidants and collagen-boosting peptides  to the eyelids. They are talc-free so even over 40 lined or crepey eyes can wear them!  Read more

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Youngblood Eyeshadow Quad Review in Purple Majesty and Eyeshadow Look

This is my first ever Youngblood purchase and I went with the Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Purple Majesty. This quad contains the shades Moonstone ( a sheer satin white), Lilac Bouquet (a light warm satin lavender), Wild Orchid (a warm orchid mixed with bronze satin with a bit of metallic sheen, and Heather Smoke ( a deeper purple shade). Read more

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L’Oreal Color Riche Eye Shadow Palette Review

L’Oreal has updated their eye shadow quads for 2013. The new Colour Riche Eye Shadow Quads ($7.95) are made up of micro-milled pigments in a crystal-clear base that creates a silk texture and rich smooth color. Sounds good!

And they  give us just of ton to choose from, there are an astounding 20 color combinations ranging from nudes, the brights to smoky and everything in between. In fact it’s one of those in between I have for you today, Rose for Romance. Believe me it was hard to choose–I think I stood in front of the display for a full hour before deciding on #105 Rose Romance. I was drawn like a magnet to the neutrals of course, then the purple combinations caught my eye and then of course the smoky quads were beckoning too. Finally I settled on Rose for Romance and I’m glad I did.  Read more

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CoverGirl Champagne Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow Review

I have been a long time fan of CoverGirl since the age of 13 when my mother started allowing me to wear makeup. (How old were you?)

You can get an incredible trendy look for just dollars. In fact, my must have secret weapon is CoverGirl’s Eye Enhancers in Champagne 710, which I happen to use as a highlighter. Never do I ever finish my makeup without applying highlighter.  Read more

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