A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Campaign to Launch Natural Bath and Body Line

My name is Shannon Smyth, founder of A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, a beauty blog that just celebrated its 8th year!

I’m SO excited to tell you about our newest venture–creating our namesake natural bath and body line!

body scrub

Just like you, I too, am tired of hearing all about the next “trendy” ingredient. Brands are launching products just based on this ingredient alone (and most of the time it is the last ingredient on the label, which means it is barely in it!)

Just like you, I too, am tired of hearing how this or that product is the next “miracle” product that will solve all your skin care woes…heck it’s even a multi-tasker and it’s going to de-frizz your hair, make your nails grow stronger AND make you feel better about life in general. How could you possibly not want it??

Just like you, I too, am tired of reading advertisements and brands boasting the amazing effects of their products, even photoshopping to try to make you believe this is JUST what you NEED.

I don’t claim to have developed a bath and body line that is so unique that it will blow you out of the water–no trendy ingredients, no miracle solution.

What I do have, is something purely honest and simple, something effective and natural. No marketing hype. No photoshop.

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My product line is for women who read the labels. Women who care about not only what goes IN their bodies, but ON their bodies. Women who are looking for an effective skin care solution that aren’t persuaded by hype, but by proof.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Bath & Body will be a product line with ingredients that are 94-100% natural and are cruelty free.

It is purely without:

    •Synthetic Colors

Sounds great, right? But we need YOUR help! While we are in the works of creating the line, we need the funding to actually launch it. Our crowdfunding campaign ends on November 8, 2013 at midnight PST. As I write this post, we are only 8% funded. Our goal is $4600. Perks begin at a $25 donation (can you say Lavender Lip Balm? I can!) However, every donation– no matter how big or how small, MATTERS and makes a difference.

Click here to donate/read all about it: http://igg.me/at/a-girls-gotta-spa

Thank you so much for your consideration! I look forward to bringing you a line that you’ll love and use for years to come!

Must-Have Beauty Products for Halloween Makeup

must have beauty products

We can’t help you make your costume or promise your Halloween party will be flawless, but we did put together a list of our favorite and most recommended beauty products to help you get the perfect Halloween makeup look!





cargoCARGO Essential Lip Color in Bordeaux

Create the perfect vamp look with CARGO’s high color saturation and lip plumping benefits in one covetable product. The formula includes Maxi Lip, a combination of peptides that greatly increase moisture and reinforce connective tissue for instantly fuller and more voluminous lips. Olive Oil, Jojoba and Shea Butter Extracts also flood lips with essential moisture to enhance the wear and feel of the lipstick.

Price: $22

Get It: CargoCosmetics.com, Ulta/Ulta.com, Beauty.com and Nordstrom.com



zen zinniaFLOWER Shine On Lip Gloss in Zen Zinnia

With a quick swipe of the wand, lips take on an alluring crimson appeal. This rich, creamy, formula will leave your lips feeling smooth and luxurious, while the gorgeous sheer color can be built up for a more intense look while leaving a long-lasting, non-tacky softness.

Price: $6.98

Get It: Walmart and Walmart.com/Flower






primerUrban Decay Complexion and Eyeshadow Primer Potions

This is my #1 makeup must-have! I don’t even both putting eyeshadow or foundation on unless I have my Primer Potions! If you want to look frightening for all the right reasons, keep your makeup intact all night with Urban Decay’s Primer Potions. They are perfectly formulated to keep makeup locked in place until you are ready to wash it off. Brightening and Tightening and Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potions are formulated to smooth and perfect skin, forming the canvas for any Halloween look and holding it in place for hours.

Price: $12 (Eyeshadow Primer Potion), $31 (Complexion Primer Potion)

Get It: Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com



black lineL’Oréal Paris The Blackbuster by Infallible

Inspired by the bold, graphic eye looks seen on the catwalk, this easy-to-use liquid eyeliner delivers a bold, Cleopatra-like line with just one stroke. Whether creating spooky or sultry looks this Halloween, bold and defined eyes are now attainable for any woman with this easy to use eyeliner.

Price: $8.95

Get It: Target.com, chain drug, food and mass market retailers



flowerFLOWER Color Play Crème Eyeshadow in Midnight Garden

The undead look is so hot right now, ladies. Give your eyes a smoky and spooky look with this gorgeous, lightweight cream eyeshadow. Sure to glisten in the misty moonlight, the smooth texture allows for easy, buildable and blendable coverage with a magically, weightless finish that will last from dusk to dawn.

Price: $7.98

Get It: Walmart, Walmart.com/Flower and Amazon.com



lioneyezerKardashian Beauty LionEyezer

The Lioneyezer eye shadow has two flattering neutral shades in one chic package so it’s perfect for creating the most fascinating eye to compliment any Halloween costume you can dream up. Whether you are looking for a subtle hint of color or a bolder smoky look, the Lionizer has got you covered baby. A double-ended mini brush is included which allows you to apply the shadows traditionally, or as a liner. Great for halloween makeup looks and a double-duty must-have for your purse.

Price: $9.99

Get It: ULTA, CVS and Sears






maskbliss fabulous skin-reviving rubberizing mask

Don’t scare anyone this Halloween with dull, lack-luster skin. The bliss fabulous skin-reviving rubberizing mask is a weekly must for all skin types. Perfect for pre-Halloween face prep and post-Halloween skin recovery, this brightening, skin-renewing formula is packed with powerful antioxidants and nourishing, detoxifying seaweed. Other ingredients such as bilberry + vitamin C calm skin and fend off free radicals for beautifully clean skin.

Price: $38 (6 masks)

Get It: bliss spas, blissworld.com, Sephora and Ulta






leather nail polishNails Inc. Leather Effect in Noho

Give your Halloween costume a finishing touch with the new Leather Effect polish from Nails Inc. This is not only a gorgeous black, but the cool leather-effect has a high-fashion, textured finish you won’t see anywhere else. Surprisingly, this nail polish applies glossy but dries down into a chic leather look without the need for a top coat. Perfect for Halloween or any girl that wants to let her inner biker chick out.

Price: $11

Get It: Sephora and Sephora.com

Photo Credit: scarletnaildiaries.blogspot.com



chromegirl spiritual hunter swatchChromeGirl 4-Free Nail Polish in Spiritual Hunter

ChromeGirl Nail Polish is 4-free, which means it is produced without formaldehyde, DBP, toluene or camphor. That means it’s safe for everyone including children and pregnant women. The different between ChromeGirl and other “free” nail polish brands is that ChromeGirl is on-trend and ultra-cool, offering unique colors you won’t see anywhere else.

Price: $11

Get It: ChromeGirl.com



Must-Have Beauty Products I’m Using Right Now!

What’s in my bathroom right now? Well, that would be a very, very long list! But I have narrowed down all the must-have products that I am using right now to get ready for summer…


You can get most of these beauty products at your local drugstore or at online retailers like LuxeBC.

Hair Removal Essentials

If you plan on wearing shorts or a swimsuit this summer, you’ll need these hair removal essentials to get silky, smooth legs. I start by waxing my legs with Veet Hair Removal Strips. I do both legs and my bikini line and then scrub down in the shower with Lavanila Body Wash and touch up any missed hairs with a Gillette Venus & Olay Razor. Being Italian, I have hair elsewhere that I’m not too crazy about… For that, I use the new super easy to use Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo Kit for Fine to Medium Hair. Works in minutes with mo residual redness left behind afterwards, just smooth, hair-free skin. I use Tweezerman tweezers to touch up my eyebrows and any other stray hairs.

After waxing and shaving, I slather on Dial NutriSkin Replenishing Lotion Extra Dry Skin all over both legs to help heal and repair. The next day, I start using Jergens Natural Glow & Protect Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 for Fair to Medium, every other day for a week to get the perfect glow. When I need perfect looking legs for a special occasion and don’t want to wear nylons, I use Miracle Skin Transformer for Body SPF 20 in shade “Glow Enhancer” to cover any imperfections, giving me visually flawless looking legs. For this reason, I use Miracle Skin Transformer on my face too! It’s the perfect tinted moisturizer for daily use and part of my 15 minute beauty routine every morning after putting on Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Erase Serum.

Fat Removal Essentials

If I’m not leaving the house, I have my Delfin Spa Anti-Cellulite Shorts on, especially in the summer since they are even more effective in the heat. I slather Mama Mio Get Waisted on my mid-section and Bliss FatGirlSlim on my butt and thighs. These shorts are AWESOME. If you don’t have a pair, you need to get some RIGHT NOW!

Proven effective for reducing the appearance of cellulite by reflecting your body’s own FAR infrared rays which help to break down cellulite cells and revitalize tissue. This improves the effectiveness of anti-cellulite cream by forcing it deep into the skin and cellulite. Bio Ceramic shorts also increase heat and molecular stimulation which enhances the effectiveness of exercise, increases blood flow, and accelerates metabolism to burn more calories.

Anti Cellulite Shorts have been a key factor in my weight loss success in conjunction with The Dukan Diet. I highly recommend both!

The Crowning Glory

To complete my summer look, I use John Frieda Radiant Red Color Captivating Shampoo & Conditioner to enhance my natural red hair and make it glow and sparkle in the sun. You can get their Color Captivating products for Blonde and Brunette too! I highly recommend them. The shampoo and conditioner are salon quality (unlike lots of brands that claim to be salon quality and are actually crap, thought I won’t mention the specific brands I’m loathing atm…) and leave my hair feeling soft, manageable and super shiny. A little Moroccan Oil with a blowout and I am good to go!

We all know that deodorant is an absolute essential for summer! My favorite one is Lavanila Healthy Deodorant. I have it in several different scents and stock one in every bathroom in my house as well as in my bedroom so I can put it on no matter where I am or when I need it. It’s effective (when used at least once daily), smells great and leaves my skin feeling soft and pampered.

You can find most of these products in your local drugstore and online at places like Sephora, Ulta and Luxury Beauty Company.

Tell me what your must-have beauty products are for summer or what you think of mine!

Enter To Win Dermelect ME Fearless Beauty Nail Polish Collection

Dermelect Me Fearless Beauty Polish Collection

In celebration of the Summer 2013 launch of the Dermelect Cosmeceuticals ME Fearless Beauty Collection, Dermelect and beauty blogger Karie Frost of Fear No Beauty (who created the Fearless Beauty Collection!) are kicking off Manicure Monday Mania TODAY. So excited!

Every Monday from now (April 22) through May 12, Karie Frost will be hosting a contest on her blog, FearNoBeauty.com where you can enter for a chance to win the Fearless Beauty Collection and other Dermelect beauty products by showing off your nail art skills!

Here’s how to participate:

Step 1: Go to FearNoBeauty.com and like Frost’s Facebook page (mandatory for participation). Click here to enter!

Step 2: Frost will post a new nail art look each week in which readers are encouraged to re-create the look and post a picture on her Facebook/Twitter page.

Out of those who post, one winner will be chosen per giveaway to receive the 4 colors in the Fearless Beauty Collection as well as another product. Karie Frost will announce each winner on her blog so be sure to check back often!

Promotion Period: Beginning midnight Monday April 22, 2013 and ending 11:59pm Sunday May 5, 2013

If you want to purchase the Fearless Beauty collection right now, use coupon code FEARLESS for 20% off your order on dermelect.com. (This offer code works April 22, 2013 through May 20, 2013.)

5 Ways to Pamper Yourself This Winter

Chilly temperatures and inclement weather are keeping all of us indoors this season – so why not take the time to pamper yourself?

The following must-have’s are some of our favorite products to help us relax, indulge and take care of our hair and skin – all from the comfort of our own home. If that sounds like something you’ve been waiting for, read on for our product recommendations and get ready to pamper yourself this winter.

1. Farmhouse Fresh “Red Hot Shandy” Sparkling Soak

Are you ready for some romance or want to add a little heat to the cold winter months? With Farmhouse Fresh’s new “Red Hot Shandy” Sparkling Soak, you’ll do just that! Infused with the essence of spicy, red-hot cinnamon candy and six natural oils, this nourishing bath soak will transform your skin into silk while moisturizing and hydrating even the driest skin. You can even apply it post-bath to elbows, knees and other rough patches – it’s non-greasy, quickly absorbs into skin and gives you just the right amount of pampering you need.

($20, farmhousefreshgoods.com)

2. Dr. Max Powers Scar Serum

It’s a new year, so why not make an effort to create a new you? Get rid of embarrassing scars, stretch marks and other skin concerns with this powerful scar serum by Dr. Max Powers. Using an invigorating blend of rosehip oil, antioxidants, fatty acids and Vitamin E, this effective serum is proven to reduce the appearance of scars within one month of regular use. Plus, it’s non-irritating and can be safely applied to the face and body.

($22.99, drmaxpowers.com)

3. Coral Actives Acne Products

If you’ve tried every acne product on the market and aren’t pleased with the results, Coral Actives may be the answer you are looking for! They sell a variety of products, including the Cleanser & Serum combination kit as well as Acne Cleansing Bar for your body. Our resident housewife, Sarah, says that a shampoo made her back breakout – she used the bar, and within two uses it completely cleared up!

($7.95-29.95, coralactives.com)

4. Nioxin Hair Care

Pamper and protect your tresses this year with the Nioxin hair care product line. Whether you’re embarrassed about your thinning locks or need intense scalp hydration and moisture, Nioxin has a product that’s formulated specifically for your needs. Our favorite is the Deep Hair Repair Masque, which transforms even the driest locks into silky smooth tresses you’ll love to show off.

($Price Varies, nioxin.com)

5. Joey New York Bye Bye Blackheads

No one likes dealing with annoying blackheads, but this treatment gel promises to banish blackheads, minimize the appearance of pores and transform your skin like nothing else. With a potent blend of spa-like ingredients, this unique formula will treat your blackheads while helping your skin look its best all season long.

($25, HSN)

Gift Ideas: For Teens and Makeup Lovers

Looking for the perfect gift for that hard to buy for teen girl in your life? We have a list of fabulous gifts we KNOW she’d love!

Stila - Snow Angel Color Palette (Multi) - BeautyStila Snow Angel Color Palette – $39 at www.stilacosmetics.com

Create as many holiday looks as there are snowflakes in the sky with Stila’s NEW festive holiday color palette that comes in a cute snowflake-shaped pan. This set contains 12 flattering cheek colors and 18 versatile eye shadows that can be worn wet or dry for a countless number of looks. The palette comes with a deluxe Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara to complete any look in seconds. Use the included step-by-step look book for inspiration and tips so you can be an expert in no time at all.


Stila - Written In The Stars Eye Shadow Palette (Multi) - BeautyStila Written in the Stars Eye Shadow Palette – $20 at www.stilacosmetics.com

Your eyes will twinkle and shine with this heavenly eye shadow palette that comes in a whimsical star-shape. It contains 12 gorgeous, yet neutral eye shadow shades that can be mixed and matched for many different looks.  This set is only $20, making it the perfect gift for every girl on your list (including yourself) this Christmas season.


Stila - Luxe Eye Shadow Palette (Multi) - BeautyStila Luxe Eye Shadow Palette – $45 at www.stilacosmetics.com

This luxurious eye shadow palette features a mix of six cream-to-powder eye shadows and three micro-matte shades that are both versatile and sexy. You can play with different textures easily, even if you are new to makeup. The cream-to-powder eye shadows dolls you up with sparkle, while the micro-matte shadows deliver long-lasting color. This unique palette comes with a built-in mirror, look book manual and a Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Ladyfish (golden pewter). The perfect gift for a teenage girl that has recently started wearing makeup!


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COTERIE.COM Launches Today!

Coterie.com launched TODAY! Sign up now and be one of the first to access this new online luxury beauty retailer!

Coterie is an exclusive, members-only site featuring an ultra-selective collection of the newest and most sought-after beauty products. In collaboration with top makeup artists, stylists and industry trendsetters, Coterie provides the woman on-the-go access to everything she needs to know, all in one place.

Sign up today and get in on the action! Click here to sign up now!

I got an exclusive look at Coterie, last week, thanks to iFabbo! I was able to preview the site, see how it works AND I got a FREE GIFT courtesy of Butter London and Coterie.com.

The color is “Wallis” and it’s a gorgeous metallic sparkly green color that is perfect for Fall.

A huge thanks to Coterie, iFabbo and Butter London for giving us a sneak peek at the awesome new website that will be our new obsession.

Click here to sign up now!