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This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

#BeautyInspiration Twitter Party April 16th #shop

 Image credit: Hairspray & High Heels We have major love here at A Girl's Gotta Spa! for makeup. From makeup trends to makeup tips, when to spend and when to splurge, as well as the latest products for each season, you can count on us to bring that info to you. Read more

Spa Week 2014 A Girl's Gotta Spa! and Giveaway

It's that time of year again when spas lower their prices on some of their spa treatments, otherwise known as Spa Week! From April 21–27th, spas, fitness facilities and wellness centers across the country will be offering $50 spa treatments, including a few spas that we've reviewed like The French Read more

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Get a Slick & Sleek Updo With These Smoothing Hair Products

In the spring and summer months, texturized ponytails, messy side braids, and loose wispy buns certainly had their moment. For fall, however, our favorite tied-back styles are getting smoothed out and slicked back and moving forward to polished updos. But just because hair is going sleek and smooth rather than casual and undone doesn’t mean the look has to give off the uptight, headmistress vibe. With the right smoothing products, you can go shiny and sleek while still maintaining your hair’s natural body and movement.

For a streamlined updo that won’t be sabotaged by pesky fly-aways, try Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Slick Works Gel, which gives your look a glossy texture with just enough control to keep the style in place. Frederic Fekkai Coiff Styling Gel will keep your locks on lock without drying out and flaking or feeling sticky and heavy. A lightweight pomade like Carol’s Daughter Kizzi maintains moisture without the waxy texture and provides definition that stays put! And for the perfect bouncy ponytail without the crunchy texture of your garden variety hair gel, HerCut Ponytail Styling Lotion smooths and controls all textures of hair for a polished look that lasts all day!  Read more

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Eyeliner Goes Glam Rock With The “Rock For Ever” Aqua Eyes Collection

I’ve been a faithful user of MAC Studio Fix powder for years now, and despite the fact that it’s been my go-to foundation (read: comfort zone) for awhile, I have to admit — I do need to have it on me at all times for frequent touch-ups throughout the day. So when a MAC foundation promises a whopping 15 hours of coverage “in any environmental condition,” naturally I’m going to be intrigued — flawless coverage that I don’t have to worry about checking up on every couple of hours? Sounds almost too good to be true.

Normally I like to stray away from liquid foundations precisely because they tend to not last long enough or appear too heavy on my combination skin, but the Longwear formula seeks to fight against most common liquid foundation shortcomings. The impressive promise of 15-hour coverage has yet to be tested to its limit (I’ll have to wait for a day that I actually need makeup on for 15 hours at once!), but at the very least seems to provide crease-free coverage that doesn’t budge or start to settle in fine lines or corners like my powder foundation often does by the time my afternoon coffee break rolls around. Plus, with a “natural” finish, it isn’t overly heavy and matte or, on the flip side, too dewy or shiny, and the medium coverage gives me a smooth base without appearing or feeling cakey. So far I’m impressed, but I’ve yet to test out this “marathon” makeup formula in more trying weather conditions!  Read more

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Make Lids Pop With Watercolor-Inspired Palettes!

I don’t know about your beauty regime, but I’ve spent most of the season taking advantage of my summer tan and going the “bronzed goddess” route — chocolate shadow, golden highlighter, bronzer, nude lips — with the occasional monochromatic smokey eye for those more dramatic nights out. As a result, as much as I love amped-up neutrals and sparkly skin tones, my makeup look is starving for some hardcore color. As wild as it looks, I’m totally loving the watercolor inspiration trend for fall — multi-toned and gradient shadow, candy colors that pop despite the impending dreary weather, and rainbow shades that a conservative gal would normally steer clear from!

Mix and match your shadow and liner with a coordinating bright duo, like Sephora Collection’s Colorful Duo Eyeshadow in Tropical Blue, or if full-on neon shadow isn’t your thing, go neutral on your lids while making liner pop with a colorful swipe of one (or two!) of the shades from Illamasqua’s Liquid Metal Palette! Face painting never looked so chic! Make sure not to incorporate a whole art gallery’s worth of color on your face at one time, however; it’s definitely possible to go overboard with this trend!  Read more

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