Teami Skinny Tea

// // National day(s) of complete diet obliteration ...also known as "the holidays," is almost upon us. As much as I am looking forward to unlimited pumpkin pie and stuffing, I know that beginning the day after Thanksgiving, all I am going to want to do is detox. This year I am one Read more

The Results of Softer Skin #AveenoDailyChallenge

I partnered with AVEENO® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. For the last three weeks I participated in the #AveenoDailyChallenge using both AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash + AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion. The goal was to follow a daily Read more

Can Ultrasound Improve the Look of Skin?

I'll be honest, I was not very familiar with the world of cosmetic ultrasound treatments when I decided to try the Mira-Skin Ultrasound device. Upon doing my research, I learned that ultrasound is a non-surgical/non-invasive treatment that counteracts the effects of time and gravity on your skin. Ultrasound uses the body's Read more

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter with #Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Deep Moisture Jelly Cream

Although I absolutely love this time of the year with the brightly colored leaves and crisp fall air, I dread it at the same time. It seems all of my time is spent trying to prep all the livestock for the winter, insulating the house, cooking and freezing all Read more

3 Myths About Using Toner

Toner is one of the biggest misunderstood skin care products out there. And to be honest, at one point when I was younger, I also believed some of these myths. What about you? 1. Toner is a cleanser. This one bugs me the most. I've read blogger reviews where the person clearly Read more

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Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour Review


You know you’ve found a new best friend in your lipstick when you receive compliments left and right on your first wear.

One of my favorite things about the changing of the seasons is getting to play with new makeup shades and change up my lip routine. During the winter months I wear a ton of lip balm because I’m obsessed with keeping my lips moisturized. Most lipsticks dry out my lips and that never looks hot, but most lipsticks aren’t Laura Mercier’s Crème Smooth Lip Colour ($26). I wish I stumbled upon this lip color a few months ago because it fulfills my need for moisture during winter and comes through with some incredibly rich color.  Read more

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Review

As I get older and the fine lines, deep wrinkles, small scars and discoloration under my eyes become more apparent, I quickly realize that I cannot live without a foundation primer. I’ve tried many, but most are either too slick and greasy, clog my pores or just don’t meet my expectations.  Read more

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Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Scrub

Summer is the time when I increase my exfoliation a bit (no one wants to see flaky pegs) and long for tropical or beach fragrances. Thanks to the folks at Laura Mercier, I get to experience both with her Almond Coconut Milk Scrub.

What I love about this creamy scrub is that it is a mixture of both sugar and beads (which are safest for exfoliation), olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil and sweet almond oil.  It comes in a hefty 12 ounce glass jar, which I thankfully have not broken yet.  I found this scrub to be gentle enough for everyday use, and it left a delicious scent behind on the skin (which makes me want to buy the Almond Coconut Milk Souffle Body Creme.) Not to mention that my bathroom smells heavenly during my shower and the scent lingers in the air for hours. Mmm. Seriously, I can’t begin to describe to you how yummy this scent is. You’ll just have to try it for yourself. Especially if you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.   Read more

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How to Get the Marchesa Bridal Spring 2013 Makeup Look

Spring and Summer always gives that feeling of new beginnings…maybe it’s seeing the world around you come to life, maybe because it is also crazy busy bridal season. I just attended my Uncle’s wedding last weekend, next month is my cousin’s and in the fall another Uncle is getting married. Mix that in with friends also taking the big step…and you’ve got a girl who is daydreaming of the day when her boyfriend will (finally) pop the question.

At A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, we love Laura Mercier makeup and it was recently used for the Marchesa Bridal Spring 2013 runway show. From their own mouths, here’s the inspiration, the product used and how to achieve the look yourself (whether a new bride to be, already settled in your marital bliss or anxiously awaiting walking down the aisle.)   Read more

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Makeup Review: Laura Mercier Limited Edition Luxe Colour Portfolio

Limited Edition Luxe Colour Portfolio

Beauty kits are my go-to gift for the holiday season. Since most pallets provide a  compact sampling of the season’s hottest color trends, it’s always a guaranteed hit.

With color schemes that will transition seamlessly from crisp autumn days to cozy winter nights, Laura Mercier’s Limited Edition Luxe Colour Portfolio has everything you need for a flawless face. The kit includes six eyeshadow color combinations, two blush options, three powder eyeliners, and three brushes for proper application.

The eyeshadow palettes are broken down into two color schemes: a standard  nude and a pinkish-plum selection. I love the plum color combination best – it creates an incredibly soft, romantic look.  While both are fabulous when worn independently, I also like mixing them together and getting a little creative.

Here I am after applying the plum shades to my lids and "City Pink" to my cheeks.

What I loved most about the kit was the eyeliner. You have three options – standard black, a softer brown, and uber-trendy plum. The kit’s flat eyeliner brush that makes application a cinch, too. Hint: For longer lasting wear, I like to wet the eyeliner brush before pressing into the powder. It seals the makeup and creates a bolder line. If only this kit included concealer and lip gloss, I wouldn’t even need to throw a makeup bag in my purse!

Buy one for yourself, and one for a friend. Whatever gal-pal you treat to this holiday set is sure to be pleased. Find the portfolio online here for $98.00.

Have you tried a holiday kit this season that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!


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