Lighten Dark Spots with Dermalogica PowerBright Trx Trio

I'm paying for the skin sins of my youth in hyperpigmentation and an abundance of dark spots from both acne and lack of sunscreen usage. Over the years I've learned how to best conceal them with makeup in order to fake a great complexion. However, when the makeup comes Read more

DIY Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Bombs

Candy canes may be great for stuffing stockings, adorning trees, or a sweet snack, but the minty holiday staple can also be incorporated into your beauty routine. Peppermint oil contains minerals and nutrients including iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and C, and is soothing to the Read more

Subtle Green Customizable Skin Care

Subtle Green, a Montreal-based luxury skin care company, recently caught my attention. Much of what they stand for is something I have been saying for years - "The best moisturizers do not have to contain 'miracle ingredients' developed using 'breakthrough technologies' in a remote secret laboratory." There are tried Read more

#HeartMyHair Twitter Party November 25 1-2pm EST #ad

Photo Credit: Great Contradictions Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about hairstyles! On November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, please join us for the #HeartMyHair Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the new Conair Curl Secret and the Read more

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub

With the busiest season of the year upon us, sometimes caring for ourselves (and our skin) sadly ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. (Please don't let it.) Fortunately, facialist Cecilia Wong has designed a seasonal at-home, DIY facial scrub that requires little time and effort, which can Read more

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Revlon Glam Holiday Nails

For someone who wore nothing but French tips for years, I’m really embracing the festive sparkly finishes in nail polish this season. The two polishes pictured above are both new from Revlon. The red polish on the left is Ruby Ribbon and has not only glitter but tiny bits of gold tinsel. It works beautifully on it’s own or layered over other solid colored polishes. I tried to capture the complexity 0f this polish but my camera skills are lacking. Suffice to say the bar glitter, sparkle and density of Ruby Ribbon is stunning and it definitely looks like a much more expensive polish.  Read more

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Maybelline Color Show Silver Gleam Review

The holiday season is all about sparkle! From your clothing to your makeup to your nails, this is the one time shine is in!

Maybelline’s new Color Show limited edition colors for the holidays includes Silver Gleam.

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The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Holiday Hair

As indicated by the title of this post, I tend to lack any sort of motivation when it comes to styling my own hair.  Don’t get me wrong, I will definitely spend time on improving the health of my hair with deep conditioners, but as far as styled hair I tend to stick to three insanely easy styles that require the minimum amount of effort.

These include either a ponytail, loose bun/top knot, every once in a while a braid or I just simply leave it down…like I said, not a lot of effort.  This suits me just fine all year with the exception of the holiday season.  I, like most others, tend to get sucked into the sparkly glamour that seems to define the holiday season and I feel the need to do something a more with my hair, but I just do not have the skill, knowledge, patience or motivation to go all out. So I decided  to stick with what I already know but just add a bit of sparkle.  I figured that this would be a great time to make use of some of the barrettes I ordered from France Luxe and have never used.  Read more

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LORAC Sweet Temptations Lip Gloss Collection Review – Holiday 2012

LORAC’s Holiday Collection has a candy/sweets theme. One of the jewels of this collection is the Sweet Temptations  Lip Gloss Set ($25). The collection includes six full sized lip glosses with the sweet treat theme:

  • Pumpkin Spice (coral)
  • Butterscotch (pale peach)
  • Créme Brulée (light pink)
  • Cotton Candy (medium pink)
  • Frosted Gumdrop (bright pink)
  • Candy Apple (warm red)

Each of the glosses have the taste and scent of their name–such a fun added bonus! These sweet, hydrating glosses are infused with antioxidants like acai berry, pomegranate, grape seed, and vitamins C and E to help nourish and protect your lips. These high shine, shimmery shades range from nude peach, to pinks to candy apple red. I do wish the shade range was a little more diverse–there are an awful lot of pinks in the collection. The lighter shades don’t have as much opacity to them as Frosted Gumdrop and Candy Apple. Candy Apple is a lovely warm red that is perfect for the holidays and Frosted Gumdrop is a bright pink that would be ideal for Christmas Eve celebrations.  Read more

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Holiday Giveaway: Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glace Collection in Rich Berries

Today is Day 7 and our final giveaway of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays promotion. We know that there are lip gloss addicts out there just dying to get their hands on Laura Mercier’s Mini Lip Glace Collection in Rich Berries ($48)! That gorgeous berry lip is the perfect pop of color all year round, so this is a set that is sure to please beyond the holiday season. And guess what? It is SOLD OUT! So whoever wins this giveaway will be very lucky indeed!

The Mini Lip Glace Collection in Soft Nudes is still available though, among other really amazing holiday palettes and holiday bath & body setsRead more

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Holiday Giveaway: Freeze 24/7 Instant Targeted Wrinkle Cream

We’re super excited for today’s giveaway from Freeze 24/7 for our Get Glamorous for the Holidays! You’ve seen my before and after pics of their Freeze & Go, ArcticLift Firming Neck Cream, and their Instant Targeted Wrinkle Treatment with amazing results. We love this anti-aging line for their immediate results.

Today we’re going to give away Instant Targeted Wrinkle Treatments ($95) to three lucky people for your wrinkle-minimizing pleasure!

Enter to win via the entrybox below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, only one entry per person.  Liking A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Facebook fan page is mandatory to enter, tweeting about it is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry.

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Holiday Giveaway: June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish

Day 5 of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays giveaways includes one June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish ($60). Scrub off the wear and tear of everyday environmental stressors with this spicy, detoxifying face and body polish. Infused with a powerful pumpkin enzyme, combined with the gentle exfoliation of crushed bamboo and jojoba micro beads, this scrub helps to cleanse the skin of dead cells.

We also have our eye on June Jacobs Body Balm Travel Kit! Give the gift of luxuriously smooth skin this holiday season! It contains five travel sizes of the brand’s cult favorite body balms, this kit comes with a gorgeous leather travel bag and is perfect for the jet-setter in your life.

Enter to win the Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish via the entrybox below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, one entry per person.  Subscribing via email is mandatory in order to enter this giveaway, tweeting is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry. Read more

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Holiday Giveaway: Serge Normant Meta Minis

Hair care lovers rejoice! Day 4 of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays giveaways includes Serge Normant’s Meta Minis! Typically sold separately, we’ve giving away the entire set to one lucky winner!

These Meta Minis are the perfect stocking stuffer! The Meta Minis include: Meta Silk Mini Shampoo ($9), Meta Velour Mini Conditioner ($9), Meta Luxe Mini Hairspray ($12), and Meta Revive Mini Dry Shampoo ($15).

Enter to win via the entrybox below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, one entry per person.  Subscribing to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is mandatory in order to enter this giveaway, tweeting is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry. Read more

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Holiday Giveaway: Pattern Body Wash Sage Lotion and Body Wash

Who’s ready for day 3 of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays giveaway? Remember, each giveaway only lasts for 24 hours! Today we’re giving away Pattern Body Wash Sage Lotion and Sage Body wash. We LOVE this scent! You may remember that we’ve reviewed it before (as we have their Black Pepper body wash.)

Pattern Body Wash makes great stocking stuffers for the beauty addict on your list!

Enter to win via the entrybox below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, one entry per person. Following @agirlsgottaspa on Twitter is mandatory to enter to win, tweeting is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry. Read more

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Holiday Giveaway: Bliss Firm Baby Firm Serum

It’s day 2 of our Get Glamorous for the Holidays week of giveaways! For those of us out there looking for the facial lift without the Botox, we’ve got a treat for you!

Bliss Firm, Baby, Firm dual-action lifting and volumizing serum is great for those with mature skin that are experiencing loss of elasticity.  The serum is lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs quickly. I’m currently trying this serum out for review, and it works great!

Today, for 24 hours only, we’re giving away one bottle of Firm, Baby, Firm to 3 winners! This serum has a retail value of $75. Enter via the entry box below. Legal US residents only, 18+, no product or cash substitutes, one entry per person.  Kindle subscription is a mandatory entry to be eligible, tweeting is for bonus points in addition to the mandatory entry. Read more

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