Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

Cate McNabb Cruelty Free Red Lipstick

Ever since I decided to make the leap into wearing red lipstick, I've become obsessed. While I know that self-confidence comes from within, the perfect red lipstick can get you there a little quicker. Cruelty free cosmetics brand, Cate McNabb, has some incredibly hydrating lipsticks and Be Mine basically begged Read more

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Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour Review

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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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