New Lip Products From eos, Softlips and butter LONDON

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Tomorrow’s Easter!  Yay!  As the Easter bunny is about to arrive, I am thinking of pastels and fun bright lip products for Spring.

I use lip balms and glosses all year round because I need moisture at all times as my lips are a bit dry.

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack ($5.99 USD) — Delight your lips: two more reasons to smile.  The eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Collection comes in a delightful floral-themed card perfect for springtime gifting.  The pack features the Limited Edition Passion Fruit and Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Sphere Lip Balms.  The lip balms are 100% natural and enriched with nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil to keep your lips moisturized all Spring! This adorable collection makes the perfect addition to Easter baskets or Mother’s Day Gifts!

Available at Target, CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, evolutionofsmooth.com and drugstore.com

Softlips Cube

Softlips Cube

Softlips Cube ($3.49 USD) — In 1992, Softlips® was the first lip balm made specifically for women with its unique slim stick packaging and flavorful formulas. Now, over 20 years later, Softlips® recreates lip care once again with the launch of its Cube!

Available in three new flavors, Pomegranate Blueberry, Fresh Mint and Vanilla Bean, Softlips® Cube give lips everything they need:

  • Hydrates: Advanced formula with Shea Butter restores softness and moisture to even the driest lips
  • Replenishes: Antioxidant vitamins A, C, & E soothe and help repair damaged skin
  • Smoothes: Rich emollients smooth roughness, leaving lips silky and soft
  • Protects: SPF 15 protects lips from sun burn
  • Adds Shine: Luscious hydrators give the perfect radiant finish

Available at a mass market retailer near you

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss ($20 USD) – Meet your new everyday essential, Lippy Lip Gloss. Chic shades and textures add a brilliant touch of whimsy, and accentuate your natural glow. Butter’s nourishing formula moisturizes and protects with shea butter, and vitamin E. Butter London does not add phthalates and parabens to its formulas. It’s colour without compromise.

The three shades above our from the new summer Lolly Brights collection.  They are:

Chuffed — sheer tangerine

Twee — sheer magenta

Stroppy — sheer berry

Available at http://www.butterlondon.com

What lip products are you using this spring?

 

Fresh Spring Fragrances Just in Time For Mother’s Day!

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I am so happy that it is finally warming up and looking like Spring.  Now is definitely the time to start thinking about fresh, floral and fruity spring fragrances.

Not only are the below great ideas for you, but think about Mother’s Day, which is rapidly approaching!  I will have more Mother’s Day gift ideas in the coming months, but you can never start thinking about Mom’s gifts too early!

Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals

Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals

Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals ($10 USD 3.4 fl. oz. Each) – Love2Love features scratch N’ sniff packaging, which provides a retro take on the fresh floral collection. Packed with notes of fresh floral for any occasion, below are two of the four scents from the collection:

  • Fresh Rose + Peach:Juicy notes of peach nectar, lychee and fresh cassis buds. The middle notes of geranium and Bulgarian rose oil infuse innocence and femininity into the fragrance while the blend of musk and orris at the base.
  • Freesia + Violet Petals:A delicately sweet mix of peach blossom, lily petals, lavender blooms, with notes of sheer musk, heliotropine and cedarwood at the base.

Available at http://www.walmart.com

Thymes Rollerball

Thymes Rollerball

Thymes Rollerball ($19 USD .34 fl. oz) –  Thymes’s Studio Collection, launching this spring, includes SIX beautifully scented Cologne Rollerballs to easily take your favorite fragrance on the go! This studio collection includes the following six scents(the fragrance above is Aqua Coralline, my fave):

  • Aqua Coralline: Pure water lily, delicately floral white cyclamen, and crisp driftwood
  • Jade Matcha: Sweet bergamot, tangy lemongrass, spicy cardamom, Tonka bean and sugarcane
  • Kimono Rose: Satiny rose, peony, and jasmine
  • Lotus Santal: Plum wood, patchouli, and spicy clove
  • Rosewood Citron: Fresh and woody vetiver, bright citron, and sparkling grapefruit
  • Tiare Monoi: Tiare flowers, wild jasmine, delicate osmanthus and ylang

Available at www.thymes.com

Nomad Two Worlds

Nomad Two Worlds

The Nomad Two Worlds rollerball collection ($35 USD for .25 oz), is a luxury fragrance line that you can take on the go.  The rollerballs are spring-loaded and won’t leak in your bag.  The fragrances are:

  • Bijou Vert (Green Jewel) is an elegant and refreshing twist on the classic vetiver fragrance, featuring premium Haitian sourced vetiver, grapefruit, mandarin, geranium, lotus flower, black pepper, benzoin, patchouli and cedar wood.
  • Citadelle represents the strength and resilience and spirit of the Haitian people. Premium Haitian vetiver mingles with marigold, pear, bergamot, lemon, spices, amberwood, musk and cedar wood.
  • Wild Fire, inspired by the intoxicating scent of the West Australian desert is a warm, sensual fragrance combining the rich dry scent of Australian sandalwood with the creamy amber and floral notes of ylang ylang, jasmine petals, cedarwood and musk.
  • Desert Blush  was inspired by the Western Australian desert at sunset, when the red earth softens and blushes scarlet and pink just before darkness falls.

Available at www.NomadTwoWorlds.com

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit ($58 1.7 fl. oz) — An Uplifting Citrus. This invigorating blend of sparkling grapefruit, creamy cedarwood, lime, and Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits.

Master natural perfumers blend exotic essential oils with skin soothing botanicals for timeless expressions of nature that captivate the senses and nurture the skin. Infused with everything that’s good for you and absolutely nothing that’s not, LAVANILA is changing the way you spray.

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

What’s your current fave spring fragrance?

Get Face (Not Just Body) Into Shape With New Firming And Anti-Aging Skincare

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I don’t know about you, but I like to wear less makeup in the summer, especially face makeup.  I usually pare down my usual primer, concealer, foundation, powder to something lighter — maybe a multi-tasker like a BB Cream.

To do this, I have to get my skin ready for less makeup.  The skincare below will help your pores, firm up your skin and make your skin radiant just in time for warmer weather.

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Purifying Mask

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Purifying Mask

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Purifying Mask ($29 for 5 masks) — This refreshing, rejuvenating mask incorporates natural extracts, which work to clear out pores without irritation and stimulate pore contraction. Hydrating ingredients help detoxify and brighten, leaving skin clear, smooth, and refined.  This cruelty-free product is hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and free of alcohol and fragrance.

What I think:  I LOVE this mask!  I put it on my skin, left it there for about 25 minutes, took it off and rubbed the excess serum in my skin.  Then I looked in the mirror — wow! My pores were so much smaller looking and my redness was almost gone.  My skin was so smooth.  Awesome product!

Available at Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com

Avon’s ANEW Clinical Infinite Lift Targeted Contouring Serum

Avon’s ANEW Clinical Infinite Lift Targeted Contouring Serum

Avon’s ANEW Clinical Infinite Lift Targeted Contouring Serum ($39.99 USD) —  Featuring a unique massaging applicator to target the four key facial zones prone to sagging (cheeks, chin, jowls, jaw), this effective serum combines the PolyPeptide Lift Complex with a high concentration of seven instant skin-tighteners including a pharmaceutical grade one for fast acting, fast lifting results.

What I think:  I have been using this for a couple of weeks and already see results!  I take the product with the applicator and roll the serum on to my chin, jaw and cheeks and then rub it in.  It really tightens things up.  Which is what I need as I approach my 46th birthday (I KNOW!).

Available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum

Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum

Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum ($69 USD) — Say goodbye to under-chin bulge and hello to chiseled jaw and cheek bones with the Sculpt Secret Facial Sculpting Serum. This product’s breakthrough IsoSculpt Complex mixes purified Seaweed Extract with other botanicals to reduce the appearance of double chin, define jaw line, contour cheekbones and tighten neck area, shaving both pounds and years off your appearance without dieting, pills, or surgery.

This unmatched product allows trapped fluids and fat to simply melt away as skin is detoxified. The Chromium CircuSpheres stimulate micro-circulation to boost metabolism and speed up the sculpting process—giving a slimmer, more defined look in just two weeks!

What I think:  I have just started using this serum now.  I love how it feels and how easy it is to apply.  I will continue using it for the two full weeks to see if it slims my face, I have high hopes!

Available at http://www.softsurroundings.com

Anti-Aging Growth Factor Daytime Lotion

Anti-Aging Growth Factor Daytime Lotion

MyBody MyHero Anti-Aging Growth Factor Daytime Lotion ($115 USD) — A unique combination of biomimetic growth factor peptides plus lifting, hydrating and anti-inflammatory ingredients help restore youth and radiance while enhancing the skin’s NMF (Natural Moisture Factor).

Replenishes dehydrated, dry and mature skin with essential hydrators and nourishing moisturizers. The ultimate daytime lotion for dry, mature or compromised skin. By delivering a complete portfolio of anti-aging technologies, including probiotic derived bioactives, antioxidants, skin tighteners and a heroic complex of plant derived growth factor peptides, plus DNA repair actives, the combination of myHERO products maximize the skin’s natural healing abilities to enhance barrier function and rebuild thinning skin for results you can see and feel.

What I think:  This is my new daytime lotion.  I have been using it under SPF for a few weeks now and really like how it tightens my skin and makes it glow.  I only wish it included SPF — the less products I have to use, the better. But, I am seeing results in how young my skin now looks so I will continue using it.

Learn more at www.lovemybody.com/products/detail/myhero-daytime-lotion/

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Tint

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Tint

Don’t forget makeup with skincare benefits, light a great BB Cream! Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Tint ($55 USD) — Natural Finish™ Korean BB Cream lets you be your own beauty. This sheer, fine pigmented beauty balm provides uniform coverage without caking or flaking. Designed with SPF 36 to protect you while it softens and smooths for a natural look, Natural Finish™ BB Cream forsakes all else for the beauty of you.

What I think:  This actually solves my SPF problem.  I can put this on over my MyBody day lotion, and it has SPF and provides coverage with the tint.  It feels so light on, but provides moderate coverage.  Perfect for the summer when I want to use less products.

Available at http://www.amarteskincare.com

What are you doing to get your skin in shape for summer?

Liven Up Your Bath or Shower With Fresh New Bath Products This Spring

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Lately I have been sent some fab bath and body products for my honest review.  And I love it!  The scents this spring are so refreshing, florals mixed with fruit is a big trend as are tropical notes.

Below are some great suggestions if you are looking for spring-y bath and body products to get you ready for the wonderful warm weather coming (80 degrees in KC tomorrow, what?!?):

Caldrea Essentials Collection Mango Lily Body Wash

Caldrea Essentials Collection Mango Lily Body Wash

Caldrea Essential Collection is excited to debut their first ever Personal Care Collection. The line-up will include a range of 5 products perfect for getting your body iand mind nto shape this spring/summer – Body Oil, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Hand Balm and Exfoliating Scrub – retailing from $6.99-$12.99 in the following three fragrances:

Apple Mint – Add a spring in your step with natural essential oils of Spearmint and Cedarwood
Ginger Honey – Natural Essential oils of Ginger and Nutmeg offer a mix of a zing of good clean health with a deliciously awake sensation
Mango Lily – Juicy tropical notes find white freshness in the clean and floral notes of lily, with this mix of natural essential oils of Orange and Vanilla
My favorite is the Mango Lily, because I am loving mango scented products right now, but they are all wonderful! This collection is exclusively created for/sold at Target.
Aqua Spa Collection

Aqua Spa Collection

Make your bath work for you! There is no better combo than relaxation paired with anti-aging benefits, right? Toss your current suds for the newly launched Aqua Spa ($9.99 USD for each product), a trio of bath and body collections designed with a hydrating cocktail of deep sea minerals to transform a traditional bath into a spa inspired experience.

Combining the power of aromatherapy and its Marine Youth Complex, an exclusive anti-aging formulation, Aqua Spa invites you to mix and match the Energize, Relax and Soothe collections to alter your current mood. The three available scents include:

  • Energize- a fusion of citrus and ginger that sharpens the senses
  • Relax- a mixture of lavender and chamomile for calming relief
  • Soothe- a combination of eucalyptus and mint

Quench your skin and help to diminish the signs of aging with Aqua Spa Bath Soaks, Bath Oils, Body Cleansers and Body Crèmes, all available at Walmart stores and online at http://www.amazon.com.  I have tried the bath soak and body cleanser in Energize and really enjoy the crisp scent.

Fairway Market Castile Soap

Fairway Market Castile Soap

Fairway Market Castile Soap  — Introducing Fairway’s veggie-based and all-natural Castile Soap. Originating in Castile, Spain, this multi-purpose and olive-oil based soap is gentle but tough, and can be used as an everyday body wash, shampoo, bubble bath, facial cleanser and hand soap.

Fairway’s newest product is sold at all Fairway locations and in six different varieties including: Almond, Baby Unscented Mild, Black Soap w/ Vitamin E, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Peppermint.

Fairway’s Peppermint Castile Soap is sold for $8.99 and all other varieties are sold for $9.99. in all Fairway Markets.  The Castile Soap can also be purchased online  for $7.99 – http://www.fairwaymarket.com/shop/fairway-castile-soap/

I think the fact that this is a multi-use soap is brilliant.  I am using it as a hand soap in my kitchen and have used it to clean my face and body.  I have it in Almond, which is one of my favorite bath scent.

Korres White Grape Showergel

Korres White Grape Showergel

re day dreaming of sparkling blue seas and sunny destinations, transport your basic shower into a Greek escape with Korres Natural Products Showergels ($19.50 USD). beautifully scented, rich showergels provide a moisturizing effect and help maintain the natural moisture level of the skin. They contain emollients and humectants that provide a lasting moisturizing effect and help to maintain the natural moisture level of the skin.

Available in Basil Lemon, Guava, Fig, Jasmine, Japanase Rose, Vanilla Guava for at Sephora.com.  This April, Korres is introducing its newest scent White Grape from the Vineyards of Santorini on HSN.com.

Avon Naturals Kids Rio2 Collection

Avon Naturals Kids Rio2 Collection

And for the kids…Get wildly excited for the new exclusive Avon’s Naturals Kids Rio 2 collection, developed just in time for the highly anticipated movie in theaters April 11, 2014. Colorfully decorated with the vivacious and memorable Amazonian animal characters from Rio 2, Blu, Jewel, Gabi, Pedro, Nico, Luiz and Rafael, this limited edition collection includes deliciously scented hair and body care items designed specifically for kids ages 3 and up. With gentle formulas for young, sensitive skin, the fun and irresistible collection will delight young fans of the movie and keep parents worry-free with its dermatologist tested formulas.

Magnificent Mango Body Wash & Bubble Bath ($5): Make bath time your little one’s favorite time of day with this tropical mango-scented formula that doubles as a cleansing body wash and a fun bubble bath. The hypoallergenic formula works into a rich lather and is ophthalmologist tested, helping you avoid a single tear.

Crazy Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner ($5): This gentle, tear free formula turns a daily bath into a tropical getaway while keeping hair happy, smooth, and shiny. The 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is ophthalmologist tested and hypoallergenic, perfect for children’s hair and scalps.

All Avon products are available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

Magnificent Mango Hair Detangling Spray ($5): Formulated specifically for your children’s hair, this hydrating spray instantly detangles hair while leaving it ultra-shiny and free of flyaways and frizzies. Safely keep delicate young hair smooth and soft with the ophthalmologist tested, tear free formula.

Rio 2 Detangling Comb ($3): The comb is perfect combination with the detangling spray making hair prep stress free.

Magnificent Mango Lip Balm ($.99): This mild and gentle moisturizing lip balm glides onto little lips and provides immediate hydration.

Crazy Coconut Body Paint ($1.99): Add exciting color to your children’s day with this gentle body paint. Roll the hypoallergenic formula over the body for quick designs and then easily rinse the paint off with water. No mess for you, and tons of smiles for little ones.

My daughter has been using these products.  She loves them!  And I have noticed that since she has been using the Mango detangling spray, her hair always smells amazing!  And I love that the products are natural, so important for kids products.

Try a New Hairstyle This Spring!

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Spring is here!  It is warmer (in some places) and our daffodils are blooming, so it’s time to make fashion and beauty changes!

I’ve been sick for the past week and have been wearing my hair in a bun, but as I start to feel better, I want to try a new style and new products to change up my look!

Here are great new products and ideas to change up your look! Enjoy!

From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724

From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724

From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 ($29.95, the monthly  subscription box price) – Ditch the sudsy shampoos that contain harsh sulfates that strip hair of nutrients and protectants and revamp your locks with a unique blend of oils and patented raspberry stem cell technology. This product will take your hair to a new level of shine and softness with castor seed oil, sweet almond oil and berryflux vita.

There is no hair-type too straight or too curly to reap the benefits of this innovative shampoo! Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 enhances thin, damaged hair by strengthening and promoting new hair growth, while curly and coarse hair is left weightless and tamed through the use of andiroba oil, an ingredient brand new to the U.S.

Once No. 724 gets into the hands of big beauty companies, this product is predicted to retail at upwards of $60 a bottle, but From the Lab is offering this revolutionary product for less than half the cost at $29.95!

Learn more at http://www.fromthelab.com

Alterna Hair Care CC Cream

Alterna Hair Care CC Cream

Alterna Hair Care CC Cream  ($25 USD) — A miracle leave-in product that delivers 10 benefits in 1 easy step, leaving hair perfectly polished. Provides complete: moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, UV protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection and light hold. Can be used alone or as a foundation for the layering of other styling products.

Purchase at http://www.alternahaircare.com

The New Braiding Handbook

The New Braiding Handbook

The New Braiding Handbook by Abby Smith ($12.95 USD for paperback) a full-color guide that will help you master the trendiest twists, fishtails and updos.

Hair braiding is getting hotter by the day, and the evolution of styles has grown just as rapidly. The New Braiding Handbook offers you an impressive array of easy-to-re-create, beautiful, and versatile looks that are as appropriate for elegant formal events as they are practical for casual, everyday wear. With step-by-step photos and detailed instructions for creating trendy knots, chic twists, and playful plaits, The New Braiding Handbook teaches imaginative and intricate hair styling like you’ve never seen before. Fifty looks to choose from guarantee a braid for every occasion (or no occasion at all). Along with amazing styles and easy-to-follow tutorials, there are also tons of tips for eliminating split ends, bulking up limp locks, growing out a short ’do, and getting a full, healthy, shiny head of hair straight from the pages of a magazine.

Available on http://www.amazon.com

Conair Adjust a Curl Rollers

Conair Adjust a Curl Rollers

Get soft natural looking waves with Conair AdjustaCurl ($7.99 USD).  These self gripping rollers can adjust to any size to achieve the optimum lose wave or tightest curl in minutes!

Conair’s adjust a curl is like no other roller you’ve ever had before and it’s the last roller you’ll ever have to buy. Adjust a curl lets you create any size curls, lift and volume with one roller. It starts out flat and rolls to the size you want, quickly and easily. Create volume in minutes or add bouncy curls. Roll into a root volumizer to add volume to straight styles, or roll into standard round rollers to create classic curls and waves or slightly curvy styles. With tourmaline’s ionic technology to reduce static electricity, the end result is shiny, silky beautiful hair. And the flat design stacks to store for ultimate portability. Adjust a curl travel with you without taking up valuable luggage space and don’t need electricity. Simple and easy to use beauty technology for your best look. Contains 4 adjust a curl rollers.

Purchase at mass market retailers or http://www.amazon.com

Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps

Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps

Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps  ($4.19 USD) – A thick classic headband can give any style the extra something it’s missing.  Add pizzazz to a bun with a colorful one, or look polished with classic gray, black or white.  Add a colorful pattern for spring! Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps make this look possible!

Available at Walmart and other mass market retailers.

How are you wearing your hair these days?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Emilie M. and e.l.f. Cosmetics Spring 2014 Collaboration

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“Beauty and fashion go hand in hand and we’re excited to partner with E.L.F. Cosmetics on this really exciting campaign that puts our two brands together and offers a lot of wonderful prizes to both of our audiences,” said Solomon Hedaya, Founder of Emilie M.

Emilie M. recently announced that it will be running a spring giveaway with e.l.f. cosmetics. The program will offer five grand prizes (1 per day) of an Emilie M. Essentials Box ($165), Emilie M. handbag of choice (up to $100), e.l.f. gift set ($75-$100) and $50 e.l.f. gift card. (The total value of this prize is more than $400.) The contest also will offer 50 second-place prizes (10 per day) of a $25 e.l.f. gift card and a $25 Emilie M. gift card. The contest will be active from April 14-18. To enter please visit either www.eyeslipsface.com or www.emiliemshop.com for details.

Investment pieces without the investment, the entire Emilie M. line of handbags is classic in design—featuring timeless silhouettes, soft and rich animal-friendly materials and multi-organizational function for under $90. Top trends in the collection for holiday 2013 include colored exotic skins, two-tone colorblocking and structured purse shapes made attainable for the everyday woman. To find out more about the Emilie M. collection for Spring  2014, please go to www.emiliemshop.com.
e.l.f. cosmetics is the premier retail source for all makeup and beauty needs. It’s products offer affordable and high quality design to enhance natural radiance. e.l.f. offers an entire line of luscious lip glosses, with various shades and styles to choose from, as well as intensive hydrating lipstick for long-lasting color and shine. Its natural mineral makeup supports healthier glowing skin, without parabens, preservatives or chemical dyes.
I’m a big fan of e.l.f. cosmetics because they are great quality at such an affordable price.  And, I am hoping to review an Emilie M. handbag soon, they are really stylish and affordable.  Have you tried either of these brands?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Spring Beauty — From the Inside Out!

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I just realized that more of my skin will be showing in short sleeves and short pants soon — not to mention swimsuits!  Time to get ready for spring and summer by eating and drinking healthier and taking care of our skin.

Below are some great ideas of products that can help you look and feel your best as the days get longer and warmer!

Stur flavor enhancer

Stur flavor enhancer

We have all heard the importance of drinking water and why it’s good for us. For some – drinking water has become more of a chore than a natural instinct and many find water to be boring or do not enjoy the taste. Stur, a liquid water enhancer, is the newest and most delicious way to hit those 8 glasses of water a day. It is an all-natural product that is made with Stevia and 100% Vitamin C and comes in a variety of flavors such as Only Orange Mango, Freshly Fruit Punch, Simply Strawberry Watermelon, and Purely Pomegranate Cranberry.

Learn more at http://www.sturdrinks.com and you can purchase them for Amazon.

The Beauty Detox Foods

The Beauty Detox Foods

The Beauty Detox Foods Book by Kimberly Snyder —  Dreading pulling that bikini out of the depths of your closet? Try incorporating a few easy recipes from Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Foods. This book will help give step by step instruction on how to better your health in a natural way – recipes include everything from her famous Glowing Green Smoothie to her favorite dinner entrée.

Learn more at http://www.kimberlysnyder.net

 

The polar vortex is gone and spring break season has officially sprung! To make sure you enjoy your fun in the sun, check out the newest products from Hawaiian Tropic® that will keep skin protected and feeling luxurious.  These smell and feel fantastic:

  • Hawaiian Tropic® Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen ($8.99 USD), their first sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection UVA and UVB protection, softens and leaves skin with a radiant shine.
  • Hawaiian Tropic® SPF 30 Dry Oil Clear Spray Sunscreen ($8.99 USD), contains indulgent oils and vitamins that will keep skin ultra-soft and moisturized while offering moderate protection in an easy-to-use format.
  • Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration SPF 30 Face Lotion Sunscreen ($8.99 USD), a facial sunscreen which provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and contains hydrating ribbons that provide 12 hours of skin moisturization, without clogging pores.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you!

Don’t forget to take care of your skin this spring.  Try some of these great skincare items that will help your skin to look fabulous:

Prep your skin to get glowing with Radical Skincare’s Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75 USD) – while these pads are ideal for sweeping away dull winter skin on your face, they can also be used all over, like on dry elbows and knees. They’re a great multitasker for achieving spring smoothness.  Purchase at http://www.radicalskincare.com.

Brighten skin with Burt’s Bees Even Tone Brightening Cream ($20 USD) to get a glowing complexion. Enriched with Daisy Extract, this moisturizer should be a staple in your beauty cabinet. Keep it around for post-summer too, to combat dark spots. Purchase at http://www.burtsbees.com.

– Infused with African Kola Nut, Trichilia Oil, Chamomile Oil, and the Miracle Oil, Marula, to help revitalize and hydrate the eye area. While providing superb antioxidant benefits and helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this unique multi-tasking fusion also soothes, tones and helps restore, nourish and protect the eye area.  Purchase at http://www.nyakio.com/store/.

I hope I gave you some great product ideas for getting ready for the warmer weather ahead.  Enjoy!

Glam Up Your Everyday Look!

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Smoky eyes, flawless skin and sexy lips (and sparkly nails!) are still going strong this Spring.  I love this look and have been wearing a stronger eye lately and black eye liner.

There are many gorgeous products in all price ranges to achieve the perfect Spring look.  Below are products that I were sent for my honest review.

A smoky eye is always popular!  The above products from Physician’s Formula is an affordable way to get a great smoky eye!  The products are:

Sexy Booster™ Va Va Voom Volume Mascara ($9.95 USD) — 24 Hour Wear. Voluptuous Volume. luscious Length. Gorgeous Curves. Sexy-Boosting Formula. High-Performance Wear. Va Va Voom Volume Brush. This gives really great separation and volume!

Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Nude Collection – ($11.95 USD) — Modern and versatile palettes for a new twist on classic nude shades. Neutral, metallic shades create a nude look that is soft & sultry. Wet & Dry application for two finishes: wet for dramatic, intense color with ultra long-lasting wear. Transforms shadow into a liner. Dry for a softer result. Available in 4 palettes, the one above is Smoky Nude Eyes.

Sexy Booster™ Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio ($12.95 USD) — Up to 24 Hour Wear. Perfect Threesome for Sexy Eyes. Sexy-Boosting Formula. – Create a Sexy Eye: 1. Apply Felt-Tip Eyeliner to upper lid starting from the inner corner and extend to the outer corner to make a winged, cat eye. Gently shake before use. Do not store pen tip-side down. 2. Apply Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in the upper and lower eye rim for dramatic definition. 3. Apply the Eyeliner Pencil on the lower lash line for softer definition.  I also like to use the Kohl alone for a subtle smoky look.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Ramy Perfect Brow Wand ($28 USD) –  Finally! A waterproof double duty gel pen, the Perfect Brow Wand takes eyebrow perfection to the next level by combining a universally flattering eyebrow filler and pure highlighter in one easy to use wand. The brow filler works on ANY hair color, from pale blonde, silver or red to medium brown or black. The Highlighter end is colorless and adds pure light to emphasize your arches or wake up tired eyes!

Ramy Eye Shadow ($17 USD) — combines a long wearing, light reflective formula resulting in beautiful transforming shades that blend effortlessly and last! Theses eyeshadows are the result of public demand, asking Ramy to add new powder shadows to the brand and he finally did it! Combine these gorgeous shades to play up your eyes for Maximum Impact!  I have Lucky Penny, a gorgeous deep copper.  This can be used for a modern smoky eye or as a liner.

Available at http://www.ramy.com.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Shine Free Primer ($8 USD) –  A lightweight, shine reducing formula that prevents oil buildup while creating a smooth surface for even makeup application.  Fab primer at an affordable price!

Hard Candy Ombre Lipstick ($6 USD) — Effortlessly achieve an instant gradation effect for ombre lips with one sweep! Two complementary shades in one lipstick now makes it easier than ever to add definition and fullness to lips. Sweep on the lipstick to your upper lips as the darker shade faces up, and sweep onto your lower lips as the darker shade faces down and Voilà!  I have this in a light nude/pink combo called Faithful.  Gorgeous and really fun!

Available at Walmart stores.

Butter London the Cut Up Collection

Butter London the Cut Up Collection

Butter London the Cut Up Collection ($15 Each) — Three different glitter topcoats.  The shades are:

Anorak: Black, white and silver chunky glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base

Dust-Up: Gold, silver and bronze chunky & fine glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base

Titchy: Multi-colour chunky and fine glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base

Available at butterlondon.com

Prep Your Skin For The Warmer Months Ahead!

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Is your skin looking good for Spring?  Is it ready for lighter, brighter makeup, self-tanners and the lot?  Time to use great products with healthy ingredients to get your skin in shape!

I have been testing the products below and love what they are doing for my skin!

Cle de Peau Makeup Remover Sheets

Cle de Peau Makeup Remover Sheets

Cle de Peau Makeup Remover Sheets ($38 USD) — Effectively lifts away hard-to-remove eye makeup while pampering delicate eye area skin with the feeling of a luxurious silk.

What I think: These are the fanciest makeup wipes I have ever used.  I love the soft scent and the fact that they remove my waterproof eye makeup without irritating my skin or eyes.  LOVE!

Available at www.barneys.com and www.neimanmarcus.com

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic ($29 USD) — Exfoliating facial glow tonic. It helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. It removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. For normal to dry, aging and sensitive skin. Alcohol free.

What I think: First of all, this smells amazing!  It is a light floral and so good.  After application, my skin is firmer and feels really soft.  I like using it morning and night and love that it’s alcohol free.

www.pixibeauty.com

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask ($59 USD) — The Algae Brightening Mask is a skincare powerhouse that harnesses the power of Algae to instantly smooth and brighten skin. This luxurious mask combines six different sources of algae with Alguronic Acid, Algenist’s patented ingredient which helps rejuvenate the skin for a more youthful appearance.  After use, skin feels clean and detoxified with a boosted radiance, tone and texture. Within just 10 days of use those pesky pores are refined and fine lines appear softened.

What I think: I have used this mask once, and really like the results.  My skin was firmer and my pores look reduced.  I am going to try it a few more times and hope to get even better results!

Available at www.algenist.com, QVC, Sephora and Sephora.com

illuMask™ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask

illuMask™ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask

illuMask™ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask ($30 USD) — The illuMask™ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask uses gentle red and infrared light wavelengths and uniformly distributes the light over the entire face for a short 15 minutes a day. Containing 30 treatments in one convenient, lightweight mask, the Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask is an ultra-affordable step in your skincare routine that delivers clinically proven results. Safe for all skin types and tones, the gentle treatment does not emit any damaging UV rays. Clinical results showed illuMask™ Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks.

What I think:  I have tried this once and have a hard time leaving it on my face for 15 minutes, I can’t see out of it and there is a fairly bright light.  I didn’t see any results so I will try it again a few times to see if it helps my wrinkles.

Where to buy: February 2014 at Walmart, Ulta, Target, Walgreens, or via www.illuMask.com

beautyblender® Royal

beautyblender® Royal

 

Beautyblender® Royal ($19.95 USD)– A makeup sponge applicator in royal purple, the it color of 2014. Beautyblender® is the first ergonomically designed non-disposable sponge applicator that allows you to flawlessly apply your makeup. It’s designed to be cleaned with its partner blendercleanser®—making it super eco-friendly. It comes with an instructional pamphlet so you can quickly master your application technique.

When wet, beautyblender doubles in size and becomes even softer, returning to its original size when it air dries. Its package can serve as a pedestal for drying it on your vanity. Not only is the smaller end the best applicator for concealer under the eyes and around the nose, but it’s also ideal for achieving dramatic results with your eye shadow. Feel free to use the beautyblender with all types of makeup, including loose powder and mineral cosmetics.

What I think:  I love the beautyblender.  It is a perfect way to apply primers, bb creams, concealers, foundations…anything you use!  I like to use mine dry, but many love to use it wet to soften the look of foundation.  Any way you use it, your skin looks flawless and you can layer on your color cosmetics.

Www.sephora.com Beautyblender Royal retails for $19.95 at Sephora stores nationwide and Sephora.com

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer ($30 USD) –is a skin-perfecting and silicone-free face primer enriched with ultra nourishing Greek yogurt for the smoothest makeup application and long-lasting wear. Paraben and Sulfate free, this primer helps makeup stay put longer by smoothing the surface of the skin.

Recommended for all skin types and ideal for sensitive skin, this incredibly nourishing primer is powered by a Greek yogurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein of regular yogurt. This super-protein is blended into a breathable gel texture that glides onto skin leaving a dewy finish, leaving skin with a perfectly soft, even canvas for the smoothest makeup application and long-lasting wear.

What I think:  This is a very creamy primer, very different the normal silicone primer.  It does smooth my skin and allow foundation to be applied very smoothly.  I like that this is paraben and sulfate-free.

Purchase at www.sephora.com

 

What new products are you loving for your skin?

Fragrances And Bath Products to Transition to Spring

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Spring is almost here!  Time to put heavy fragrances away and to take care of your skin!

Below are some great fragrance and bath products that will get you ready for spring.  Exotic fragrances, a soothing bath soak, shaving oil and mango bath products will update your beauty cabinets for the new, warmer season ahead!

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut ($58 1.7 oz) — This exotic blend of young coconut, Tahitian tiare flower, and warm Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Carefree and tropical, escape to the island of healthy delights.

What I think: This scent makes me think of summer and warm, tropical breezes.  I love Lavanila, because the fragrances are natural and they smell fantastic!

Available at www.lavanila.com

Beyonce Rise Perfume

Beyonce Rise Perfume

RISE Beyoncé ($44.00 1.7 fl. oz.) To create this exciting new scent Beyoncé partnered with Loc Dong, a perfumer at IFF, to design a melodic mélange of accords that leave a lasting impression. RISE is a rich and intoxicating luminous floral with beautiful top notes of Italian Bergamot, Golden Apricot and Iced Basil Sorbet; Luscious middle notes of Gold Symphony Orchid, Freesia Blossom and Natural Jasmine Sambac and sensual bottom notes that include Autumn Woods Accord, Cashmere Musk and Vetiver Extract.

Gold is also featured prominently in the RISE bottle designed by Ken Hirst. The gold juice is encased in a tall, elegant glass bottle that emulates the trajectory of Beyoncé’s ability, and will, to rise above it all.

What I think — loving this new one by Beyoncé.  This is fresh and floral, perfect for spring and the hot summer months.

Available at mass market retailers.

 

güd by Burt’s Bees Mango Moonbreeze Collection

güd by Burt’s Bees Mango Moonbreeze Collection

güd by Burt’s Bees Mango Moonbreeze Collection ($6.99 each product) –Think tropical island getaway on a moonlit starry night. This amazing new collection is available in shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and body wash. Infused with all natural ingredients including lemon, bergamot, and plum, these products will help you fight dry hair and skin from head to toe with a burst of much-needed moisture.

What I think: I am a big mango fan, so these products were right up my alley!  I love coordinating products, hair and bath that use the same fragrance.  And these are natural and so good for my skin and hair!  Affordable, too.

Available at Target stores and Target.com

Mio Liquid Yoga

Mio Liquid Yoga

Mio Liquid Yoga ($40): A perfect-milky moisturizing blend of essential oils, mineral salts (including EPSOM salts!) and therapeutic herbs. Liquid Yoga is your personal masseuse in a bottle; helping with muscle fatigue, relaxing tight, stressed shoulders and soothing tired, achy bodies whilst detoxifying and re-energizing. Non-foaming, SLS free.

What I think: Have you been working out?  Or just working (job, being a mom, etc…)?  This soak makes sore muscles feel so much better!  It has a nice herbal scent and totally relaxes me.  I highly recommend this product if you love baths like I do!

Purchase at mioskincare.com/shop-mio/liquid-yoga

Somersets Extra Sensitive Shaving Oil for Women

Somersets Extra Sensitive Shaving Oil for Women

Somersets Extra Sensitive Shaving Oil for Women ($6.99 USD) — Packaged in a tiny bullet-shaped container, one 15ml bottle yields up to a month of shaves! Just four to five drops per leg enables women to get a close, smooth shave without nicks, cuts or razor burn. Somersets Extra Sensitive Shaving Oil for Women is formulated with a proprietary blend of organic essential oils such as Lavender, Tea Tree and Rosemary, which help to create a lubricating barrier between the skin and the razor, providing more glide for a truly comfortable shave.

What I think:  I think this is such a unique idea, a shaving oil.  It works well, after you get use to not having foam or a cream.  Make sure that you use enough, because it is a thin oil.

Somersets Shaving Oils for Women are available online at www.somersetsusa.com and www.drugstore.com as well as select food/drug stores nationwide.

Enjoy the new season!

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