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

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 so proud of her for launching her 5-free nail lacquer brand. The Diana Nail Lacquer Set pictured above is part of her Icons Collection. We're 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

Why Oral Health is Important #Listerine

Disclosure: Thanks to LISTERINE® I’m practicing good oral care as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #Listerine Is your mouth on your side? Poor oral health affects aspects of your life that you may not expect. While improper oral health practices deeply affect the health of your mouth, you may Read more

Susan Posnick COLORFLO Loose Mineral Foundation and Kabuki Brush

I know that this may sound somewhat contradictory, but I love wearing makeup that I can't really feel. I like knowing that it's there on my skin, but do not want to be reminded that it's actually sitting on my skin throughout the day. This is why I love wearing Susan Read more


Tarte Cosmetics Colored Clay CC Primer Review

Tarte Cosmetics Colored Clay CC Primer #Review #Makeup

If your skin has red discoloration or a dull, sallow look AND you have combination to oily skin, you may want to take a look at Tarte Cometics’ new Colored Clay CC Primer.

Before Tarte had me at color correcting, they had me at clay. Clay has amazing oil absorbing qualities that any woman who battles shine will lust over. The idea of using a primer that would both color correct my skin perfections like a concealer would and prime my skin got me intrigued to try it. Read more

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Clinique Superprimer Face Primer Review

I’ve only become a face and eye primer convert in the last two years, but ever since the love affair began, I’ve tried to use ever primer out there. So to say I have a collection of primers is quite the understatement!

Clinique just launched a line of Superprimers ($27), each one focused on color correction (think primer + cc cream.)

Breakdown by color: Read more

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Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Poreless Primer Review

 Mally Beauty Primer #makeup

Is primer part of your daily makeup routine? If it’s not, you’re probably reapplying makeup mid-day or not looking as perfected at the end of the day as you did in the beginning. Am I right or am I right?

I used to think primer was a bunch of bologna and a totally unnecessary step of the makeup routine. I didn’t buy into it … until I realized that they are not all made the same and if you’re using the right primer, (a good primer) it will smooth your face into a beautiful canvas, extend the life of your look, and perfect the wear of your makeup. Some do more so (or better) than others. Spoiler Alert: This one is awesome. Read more

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Tarte Prime, Shine and Define To-Go Kit

Tarte’s Prime, Shine and Define To-Go kit is a darling trio of tarte’s best sellers:

  • Deluxe Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer
  • Deluxe Amazonian Clay BB Illuminating Moisturizer
  • Deluxe Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

This little kit of magic will give you a radiant face and dramatic eyes! Add a touch of blush and lipstick and you’re good to go.   Read more

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Cover FX Anti-Age Smoothing Eye Primer Review

Cover FX Eye Primer

Primer is something you just can’t live without. It creates a flawless canvas to apply your makeup, but best of all, when using an eye primer, it will help your eye shadow stay intact all day.

COVER FX Anti-age Smoothing Eye Primer works miracles. For those of you who have mature skin, have a hard time with eye shadow sticking to your lids, and eye shadow that creases, you will absolutely love this product!  Read more

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L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur Review

I’ve been hearing buzz about L’Oreal Paris’ latest RevitaLift debut, Miracle Blur, ever since my friend and celebrity makeup artist, Billy B. raved about it one day on Facebook. If he thinks it’s amazing, I knew I had to check it out. Thanks to Aprill at Glitter.Gloss.Garbage, she had an extra one she sent my way.

First things first, I was initially confused as to what exactly Miracle Blur is. Were you?  Read more

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Smashbox Photo Finish SPF15 with Dermaxyl

I have never really seen the point of primers and tended to regard them as a way for a cosmetic company to sell a product that is essentially superfluous. That is until I bought Smashbox Photo Finish SPF15 ($17) and discovered that it completely transforms the look and behavior of foundation to create a super smooth and long-lasting look. OK, I get it now. But there’s a lot more going on with this primer.

Smashbox Photo Finish SPF15 is an anti-aging version of its cult status foundation primer, Photo Finish. In addition to sunscreen ingredients, it boasts something called Dermaxyl, which makes this version of Photo Finish an anti-ager. Makeup morphing into skincare is a trend that we are going to see more of. In a way, this makes Photo Finish something of a BB cream, these new multitaskers that are all the rage in Asia and are taking off in the US. But do these additional bells and whistles really add up to much?

My guess is that Smashbox’s Dermaxyl is one of the collagen-boosting peptides that is known as Matrixyl 3000, palmitoyl oligopeptide, and antioxidant green tea and grape seed extracts. Plus there’s kola seed (which is a source of caffeine) and moisturizing ceramide-2. These are all worthwhile additions and I like the thought that a humble primer is doing my skin some good.

On the other hand, I would prefer Photo Finish SPF15 if Smashbox hadn’t decided to include a sunscreen at all. I can see why it wouldn’t choose chalky (but relatively safe) zinc oxide, but I wish it hadn’t opted for the toxin and estrogen mimicking, octinoxate (although researchers disagree on the concentrations needed before it becomes harmful). The other sunscreen used here is the relatively safe octisalate. There’s also diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, a UVA absorber, which the EU has pronounced as harmless in concentrations up to 10%. So, all in all, it could be worse. There is, though, retinyl palmitate and this is increasingly being regarded as to be avoided if exposure to sun is expected as research has shown it to be carcinogenic.

There’s a ton of silicone here, but then it is a primer after all and that silky layer has to be achieved somehow. Most of the other ingredients, even the solvent methyl perfluroisobutyl ether, seem to be fairly benign.

Before buying this again, I’d prefer that Smashbox made a few formula alterations such as leaving out the retinyl palmitate and finding alternatives to phenoxyethanol and propylene glycol. But until then, Smashbox has given its cult primer a nudge in the right direction for those of us that want makeup to contribute to their anti-aging regimen.

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Active Ingredients: 7.5% octinoxate, 5% octisalate. Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, methyl perfluroisobutyl ether, methyl perfluorobutyl ether, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, safflower seed oil, cola acuminata seed extract, green tea, grape seed extract, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, tribehenin, ceramide-2, PEG-10 rapeseed sterol, palmitoyl oligopeptide, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, water, ethyl trisiloxane, caprylyl methicone, methicone, silica, silica silyate, hexylene glycol, propylene glycol, triethoxycaprylysilane, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, (+/- iron oxides, titanium dioxide)

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