Yuni: Yoga-Inspired Beauty

As someone who cannot survive without yoga, I was beyond excited when I heard about Yuni. Yuni is the first natural, sustainable, convenient, Yoga-inspired beauty brand. Yuni products are versatile, multi-tasking, time saving and enable yogis to potentially practice more often since having time to shower or the availability of shower facilities may be Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Travertine Spa

// // Terry Carter, CEO of Travertine Spa, is the ultimate dream chaser - he changed careers from corporate law to creating a luxury botanical brand. He's also a dear friend of mine who I adore. We’re giving away Travertine Spa's Eucalyptus & Cinnamon Steam Shower Spray and Herbaceous Alchemy Meditation Read more

My Top Five Beauty Products From Whole Foods

The only department in Whole Foods that I normally skip is the beauty department. It's true. I guess I've always just felt that the Whole Foods beauty department contained products that would be of little or no interest to me due to them smelling weird or my assumption that they were ineffective. Well we Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am Read more

10 Years Blogging 10 Giveaways

Dear 2005 self, launching A Girl's Gotta Spa! ® was your best idea yet. I still cannot believe that 10 years later, I'm still here. All thanks to you, our readers, both old and new. Instead of re-hashing all that I have learned in 10 years (because you can just read Read more


LORAC POREfection Foundation Review

Lorac POREfection Foundation #Review #makeup

I’ll be honest, I’ve stayed away from liquid foundation for a long time.

Typically combination skin doesn’t play nice with this type of foundation. From the oily t-zone to the drier patches towards the outer part of my face, I’ve always felt that liquid foundation basically put a magnifying glass on these problem areas. However, I also now have to combat aging skin and the powder foundations I was using have begun to make wrinkles and fine lines more pronounced. Not fun! Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in anti-aging, beauty, foundation, Makeup 5 Comments

LORAC Pro Mascara Review

This Fall LORAC introduced a new line called Pro. It features a Pro eye shadow palette (review coming soon), Pro Cream Eyeliner (love!), Blush Cheek Stains and a Nude Gloss Duo. Being somewhat of a mascara maven I’m always willing to try a new brand or formula.  Bring it on! It’s rumored that mascara sales generate about $5 billion a year, hence all the new formulas on the market.

Statistics aside, on my newest mascara test drive I took LORAC Pro Mascara ($23) for a spin. As a mascara maven, I have some very strict criteria a new mascara must meet. It must NOT flake, smudge, clump or dry out my lashes. It SHOULD lengthen, thicken, deliver dramatic bat-worthy lashes and take 10 lbs. off my hips, thighs and butt. Alright maybe the last requirement is optional.   Read more

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