Nine Things I've Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl's Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in Read more

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

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Easy Makeup Look Step by Step

Step by Step Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply primer over entire eyelid and up to brow line.
Step 2: Apply jane.’s Ray of Light to lid.
Step 3: Apply mark.’s Fab 5 green to entire crease.
Step 4: Moisten brush dab in and then on Urban Decay’s Zodiac over the green crease line (this adds intense sparkle & shimmer), blend upward then outward on outer corner of eyelid towards brow bone. Read more

Posted on by Courtney Smith RN BSN in beauty, blush, eye shadow, foundation, lip gloss, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara, Primer 1 Comment

Kevyn Aucoin, The Essential Eye Shadow Set Palette #2 Review

Recently I had the chance to work with the Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eye Shadow set, Palette #2 (found at Beautysak.com) and absolutely fell in love.  As soon as I opened up this palette, I was blown away by the radiance of the 5 different shadows which, not to mention, blended into perfection. There’s many choices of shadow applications in just this one shadow set. However, I chose a romantic smokey eye ( shown in the picture below) easily applied in just minutes.  Read more

Posted on by Ashley Smith in beauty, eye shadow, Makeup Leave a comment

COVERGIRL Cat Eye Tutorial and Coupon

The cat eye is a huge eyeliner trend this season, but it is one I have been wearing for years due to how it widens my eye. As I’m getting older, my lids are beginning to have more skin sagging in the crease area, so to keep the focus on my hazel eyes and not on the flaw of my aging skin, I use the cat eye as my makeup trick.

For this tutorial I’m using COVERGIRL’s LiquilineBlast Eyeliner in Black Fire, Smokey ShadowBlast in Onyx Smoke and LashBlast Volume Mascara in Very Black.  Read more

Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, eye shadow, eyeliner, Makeup, makeup tips, mascara 1 Comment