Try New Hair Styling Products This Spring

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In the warmer months, I use more hair products because my hair becomes frizzy and unruly.  I am always on the lookout for styling products and tools to tame the beast!

Below are the latest products that I have been testing.  They help condition, smooth and style my hair. Take a look:

Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner

Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner

Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner ($36 USD) — Prep hair for a weekend of limited showers – Unwash is a new method to clean hair in a more civilized way, gently removing dirt and surface build up while locking in moisture, extending the life of hair color, and upholding you hair’s natural integrity. Essential moisture is locked in to restore balance and promote healthy, smooth hair. Combined with nourishing oils and extracts, hair is left soft more manageable, free of frizz and full of bounce, body and vibrant natural beauty.

What I think:  This smells amazing and is so moisturizing!  I have been using it as shampoo and conditioner for about a week, and really like how soft my hair is. I have just been using a little product with it (see below) and my hair has been manageable.  Plus, I’m happy that it feels clean and not greasy.

Available for $36 at Unwash.com and salons nationwide

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Smoothing Crème Serum

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Smoothing Crème Serum

Keratin Smooth Smoothing Crème Serum ($4.99 USD) The lightweight formula of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Smoothing Crème Serum smoothes away frizz for up to 48 hours and boosts shine. It controls frizz and fly-aways without weighing hair down, allowing you to enjoy shiny, satin-smooth hair all day long.

What I think:  I apply this after washing my hair while it is damp. Next, I either air dry or blow dry it and it helps control the frizz.  My hair is soft and shiny!  I love how affordable it is!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

RUSK Heatshift

RUSK Heatshift

NEW! RUSK Heatshift ($18.00) — A restyling cream with a unique shapeshift ability that allows you to change up any style without the need to shampoo or re-apply product.  Activate and reactivate with heat or hot tools to heatshift any style, anytime and anywhere. Provides color protection and strengthening benefits while reducing your blow dry and style time by 50%.

  • 1st Style: Apply to damp hair. Style with blow dryer and styling tool for maximum results.
  • 2nd Style: To restyle, apply heat from a styling tool. For maximum results set styling temperature above 120ºF/50ºC. No need to repeat Heatshift application after the first use!

What I think:  I use this when I am going to either blow dry or straighten my wavy hair. Apply on damp hair.  Then, when I want to change my style with a curling iron or straightener, my hair takes the new style well and is still soft and shiny!

Available at ULTA, ULTA.com, and Fine Beauty Salons Nationwide

Wet Brush Midi Brush

Wet Brush Midi Brush

Wet Brush Midi Brush ($8.99 USD) Detangle on the go with the new Midi Brush from Wet Brush. Smaller than the classic brush, but larger than the mini Squirt Brush, the Midi Brush offers everything we love about the Wet Brush, in a brush small enough to tote in any bag.

Perfect for use on wet or dry hair, The Wet Brush quickly and painlessly detangles even the thickest, most stubborn strands thanks to its revolutionary Intelli-flex bristles. Because the bristles don’t pull or put up a fight, even the finest, thinnest hair can be tangle-free without damage. What’s more, the gentle ball tip bristles provide a massaging action that stimulates circulation at the follicle, a proven benefit for hair health.

What I think:  I have tried the Wet Brush before and I am really loving this smaller size!  It fits better in my purse or gym bag.  And, just like the larger Wet Brush, it detangles my hair quickly when wet (or dry)!

Available for $8.99 at TheWetBrush.com and professional salons nationwide

invisibobble

invisibobble

invisibobble ($8 per box – 3 bobbles per box) — A fun and fashionable solution to the age old struggle of deciding whether hair should be up or down, invisibobble is the only tieless hair ring that leaves hair free of kinks and creases every time. Keep one (or a stack of colors) around your wrist to pull hair off of your face into a comfortable up do.

Wrapped around any type of hair, the invisibobble distributes pressure onto several concentrated points around the ponytail, allowing for the hair to be held strongly, without being too tight or too loose. This effect of specific pressure distribution leads to a traceless result. Thanks to invisibobble’s no-tug features and smooth surface, women can avoid the common hair-tie headaches and prevent split-ends, both of which are often caused by a tight do’. The only tieless hair ring that is both anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic, invisibobble is made from polyurethane, better known as artificial resin, so it cannot harbor dirt or bacteria.

What I think: I have been wearing these since I received them for review!  They are easy to wear and hold hair perfectly, even at the gym! I like that they don’t tear at my hair or pull to tightly!

Available in 8 fun and fashionable, bright and neutral hues, the invisibobble is sold at Urban Outfitters.

What are you using for your hair this spring?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

Give Mom The Spa Treatment With Mother’s Day Bath and Body Gifts

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There are so many amazing beauty gifts that would be perfect for Mother’s Day!  Many mom’s (including myself) would love pampering spa products to treat themselves.

Below are perfect gifts for a at home spa day, including nail treatments, and bath and body products.

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Rescue ‘ME’ Natural Nail Treatment Kit

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Rescue ‘ME’ Natural Nail Treatment Kit

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Rescue ‘ME’ Natural Nail Treatment Kit ($49 USD) — A must for nails that are: hard-to-grow, chipping, peeling, brittle or acrylic damaged. Unlock the true potential to successfully grow your own natural nails longer, stronger, and healthier with the Dermelect Rescue ‘ME’ Natural Nail Treatment Kit. If the elements, acrylics or aging have taken their toll on your nails you can now restore and recover your nails to their natural strength by utilizing this simple step by step program.

1. Cleanse: Brush Immaculate Nail Cleanse Prep onto nail before applying base coat- the formulation will evaporate immediately, leaving nails completely dry.                  2. Base Coat: Apply 1-2 coats of Launchpad Nail Strengthener (for weak, thin nails). Allow to dry.                                                                                                         3. Top Coat Finish: Apply 1-2 coats of High Maintenance Instant Nail Thickener.         4. Moisture / Restore: Dab and massage Rejuvenail Fortifying Nail & Cuticle Treatment over bare or polished nails and cuticles. Continuously reapply up to 3-4 times daily.

Available at http://www.dermelect.com

Rituals Laughing Buddha True Happiness Set

Rituals Laughing Buddha True Happiness Set

Rituals Laughing Buddha True Happiness Set ($25 USD) — A wonderful gift for spoiling yourself or someone else. Contains shower foam, shower oil, body scrub and body cream. Experience the Laughing Buddha ritual at home.

Available at RITUALS store locations, Barneys, www.barneys.com and www.rituals.com

L'Occitane Almond Smooth Collection

L’Occitane Almond Smooth Collection

L’Occitane Almond Smooth Collection ($72 USD) — The exceptional beautifying power of almond makes this Collection both deliciously tempting and wonderfully effective.
Includes 2 smoothing and softening best sellers: Almond Milk Concentrate and Shower Oil.
Perfect to give or keep!

This collection includes:
– Almond Delicious Hands 1 .oz
– Almond Milk Concentrate 3.5 .oz
– Almond Delicious Paste 1.7 .oz
– Almond Shower Oil 16.9 fl.oz
– Exclusive Gift Box

Purchase this and many more great gifts at http://www.usa.loccitane.com

This Mother’s Day, say goodbye to the boring fragrances and introduce mom to her new signature scent! Formulated with fresh hints of gardenia, pineapple leaf, sensuous musk, and palm bark, the Escape bath & body collection from Lifetherapy will transport Mom to a beautiful, peaceful place.

Escape Hand & Body Wash ($24 USD) — Softly fragranced wash specially formulated with an LT Complex, shea butter, coconut oil and vitamins E & D.  This luxurious wash will moisturize while cleansing leaving skin soft and healthy looking. Also makes a lush moisture-rich soothing bubble bath.

Escape Body Lotion ($24 USD) — Our hydrating lotion is rich in skin conditioners, natural oils and vitamins that work in harmony to leave skin silky soft and moisturized. Shea butter, Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil. Care has been taken to source only the highest quality raw material.

Escape Eau de Parfum ($48 USD) — Made with Zemea petroleum free and environmentally sustainable. Formulated with the finest essential oils for subtle yet long lasting fragrance.

Learn more about this collection here: http://www.lifetherapy.com/collections/escape 

 

Fab Fragrance Picks For Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast!  What are you getting Mom (or wife, mother-in-law, aunt, friend, etc)?  Don’t know?  Don’t worry!  I have lots of suggestions for great beauty gifts coming in the next week or so.

How about the gift of fragrance?  Here are some of my current favorite gift ideas:

philosophy amazing grace edt layering set

philosophy amazing grace edt layering set

philosophy amazing grace edt layering set ($57 USD) — Amazingly clean and beautifully feminine. The fragrance opens with bergamot to greet the senses. At the heart lie irresistibly soft, clean muguet blossoms. Finally, lasting musk envelops the skin with its classic beauty.

This set contains:
– 2 oz Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette spray
– 8 oz Amazing Grace Body Lotion
– 8 oz Amazing Grace Bath & Shower Gel

Purchase this and many more great sets at http://www.philosophy.com

Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign

Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign

Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign (30ML /$39.00; 100ML/$59.00) — This limited edition scent opens with notes of pink freesia, violet petals and cassis. Heart notes of natural davana, gardenia and May flower rose balance out the woody base of cashemeran and cedarwood oil.

Where to buy: katyperryfragrances.com, mass retailers

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection ($36 USD) — If you want to give mom a variety, try this 5-piece collection of perfectly portable mini roller-ball fragrances. Inspired by nature, each exquisite fragrance pairs a beautiful blend of pure essential oils with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla for a unique experience that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time. Wear individually or layer for a signature scent. This set includes 5 x 5ml roller-balls: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut, Fresh Vanilla Lemon, and Vanilla Lavender .

 

Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga

 

 

Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid

Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid

Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid (15ml/0.5 oz $20) — For the fierce and feminine mom, this enticing scent both invites and intoxicates those who encounter it. The fragrance opens with a sparkling allure of the tantalizing trio of pomegranate, coconut water and boysenberry. Honeysuckle and blooming magnolia frame the butterfly orchid to create a bold bouquet. The base showcases simmering sexy notes of blond woods, skin musks and gilded amber adding to its sensuality.

Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection

L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection

L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection ($78 USD) — Inspired by and named after the world perfume capital in the south of France, La Collection de Grasse includes stunning fragrances that combine precious ingredients from lands near and far: Néroli & Orchidée, Fleur d’Or & Acacia, Cedre & Oranger, Jasmine & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mûre, Vanille & Narcisse and Thé Vert & Bigarade. Each eau de toilette of the Collection is made with natural extracts, which yield the purest and clearest notes.

 

 

 

My Beauty Faves Week of April 13-19, 2015

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We are experiencing rain and storms in Kansas City (April’s showers), but it is fairly warm and everything is green. I’m really starting to take care of my skin to get it ready for the warmer weather ahead!

This week I have been loving innovative skincare.  From spa-like treatments to a luxe serum to a spray on primer, I have tried fab products this week that have really changed my skin!

Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask ($65 USD) — is a spa treatment in a bottle. This foaming mask for all skin types restores, stimulates and boosts skin’s radiance. Apply like a serum and wait- it will start to bubble (like champagne on the skin!). The mask works by release nutrients into the skin- you’ll see more activity in the areas where your skin needs it most. A unique formula helps maintain optimal oxygen levels, distribution and consumption to stimulate the skin’s energy production so it can function at its best.

Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75 USD) — use AHA and BHA to gently exfoliate and support natural cell turnover, working to tighten and firm skin, reduce the appearance of pore size and lines, and preserve skin’s hydration and nourishment. Excess sebum is also removed while leaving the good oils to nourish and hydrate the skin. Enriched with chamomile for soothing and calming, it is perfect for sensitive skin.

Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 ($55 USD) — With 100% non-chemical SPF 30 protection, the perfect texture and crushed diamond powder for a soft reflective property, you’ll want put this SPF on every time the sun comes out. Light diffusing pigments reduce the appearance of wrinkles and imperfections, antioxidants fight aging and the ultra-light texture makes it easy to apply and use with any type of makeup.

What I think:  All three of these products are so different than anything I have used before!  The mask is fun to use and leave my skin really soft, as do the exfoliating pads.  Both products can be used a couple of times a week for really smooth skin.  The skin perfecting screen gives SPF along with brightening the skin!

These products are available at http://www.sephora.com and Sephora stores.

VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum

VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum

VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum ($195 USD) — This potent, highly effective anti-aging treatment serum dramatically enhances skin tone and firmness. The unique formula is packed with 100% natural oat extract to firm the skin, while the exclusive phytoestrogen technology brightens, enhances skin tone, and dramatically boosts elasticity. Free of silicone, alcohol or fragrance, this serum is a highly active first step in the treatment regimen, working in synergy with VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer for longer lasting moisture and firmer skin.

What I think: I have tested a sample of this and really like how it sunk into my skin and gave me an instant glow.  I would have to use it more to see if it firms, but I could tell it was a very luxe product!

Purchase at http://www.veneffect.com

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray ($35 for 4 oz) —  Pore-clogging silicone primers have no place on your face! Get perfect makeup now and a virtually poreless, more even-toned complexion later. This lightweight, silicone-free primer mist delivers a smooth canvas for impeccable, long-wear makeup application, and offers long-term skin benefits you’ll love as well! Available in Original and Oil-Control formulations for dry/combination and oily skin types.

What I think:  This primer is easy to use and really evens out my skintone!  I also find that my makeup lasts longer when I apply before my foundation.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.skindinavia.com

What new skincare products are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

Fab Natural Beauty Products Perfect For Earth Day!

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Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22nd.  One thing I love to do for Earth Day is to try natural and organic products and products that have earth-friendly packaging.

Below are great natural skincare and cosmetics, plus a fabulous bath wash duo that includes a refill pouch.

What natural products do you like to use?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil ($15.95) — Sea buckthorn seed oil has long been used as a traditional beauty treatment to preserve youthful skin tone and texture. It is a secret remedy to fight wrinkles and age spots so you may (or may not) want to share it with your friends. This therapeutic grade seed oil will help restore damaged skin to its natural beautiful state.

  • Quick acting/readily absorbed
  • For all skin-types
  • Helps diminish wrinkles/age-spots
  • Promotes skin recovery and healing
  • 10 ml bottle w/ dropper tip

100% therapeutic-grade Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil for topical use on ailments. Available at http://www.sibubeauty.com.

All of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care’s formulas are Pure Living Energy® for the skin – a collection of pure, organic custom blended skin care products. The products are created from the energy of the earth, plant oils and beneficial vitamins and nutrients.

  • Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum: This cult classic was the first of its kind, containing only quintessential forms of natural ingredients which work together to fight the signs of aging, keep skin moisturized and strengthen skin cells. With nutrient oils and pure essential oils such as Rose Hip Seed Oil, Avocado Oil and Bulgarian Rose Oil, this serum strengthens collagen, reduces wrinkles and protects the skin from UV rays. ($175)
  • Tammy Fender Epi-Peel: For a smooth complexion, simply coat and dry your skin with this clay mask and peel it off five minutes later. Enriched with hibiscus and grape seed oils, this peel relieves irritation, promotes circulation and removes toxins from the skin. ($80)
  • Tammy Fender Antioxidant Crème Neroli & Orange: This multi-vitamin-in-a-jar is prized for its nourishing, anti-oxidant and collagen-stimulating benefits. Neroli helps heal scar tissue, improve elasticity and balance overactive sebum. Calming and grounding, sweet orange enhances the skins immunity and hydration while plant butters moisturize and naturally filter UV light. ($95)

Purchase at www.tammyfender.com.

L'Occitane Almond Shower Refill Duo

L’Occitane Almond Shower Refill Duo

L’Occitane Almond Shower Refill Duo ($87.50 USD) — Refill your Almond Shower Oil whenever you need to thanks to this duo! Reduce, Reuse, and Refill. The Almond Shower Oil  transforms, when in contact with water, into a delicate foam that gently cleanses the body. Enriched with almond oil, it respects the hydrolipidic film and leaves a subtle and mouth-watering scent of fresh almond, for a delightful skin!

This duo includes:
– Almond Shower Oil 16.9 fl.oz
– Almond Shower Oil Refill 16.9 fl.oz

Available at usa.loccitane.com

Physician's Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin BB Bigger! Better! Lashes Mascara

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin BB Bigger! Better! Lashes Mascara

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin BB Bigger! Better! Lashes ($9.95 USD) Revolutionary 100% Natural Origin multi-tasking BB formula builds Bigger, Better Lashes so you do not have to sacrifice volume for length or definition for drama. 24 hour wear. 2-in-1 multi-tasking brush. 100% Natural Origin. 70% Organic. 100% Natural color pigments. 100% Natural preservatives.

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

 

Dr. Sun Rx and Jessica Robertson Beauty Collection

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Jessica Robertson Collection

Jessica Robertson Collection

Spring is here! Time to put away the sweaters and boots and break out the lighter (and smaller) clothing! While slipping on that new bathing suit may be daunting, there’s nothing a few new beauty products can’t do to make you feel like the sun goddess you really are. Let the creators of Podz and Dr. Sun Rx help you look bronzed, sun-kissed and ready to make heads turn with their top favorite picks all endorsed by Jessica Robertson (of Duck Dynasty Fame) from their new exciting line of beauty products!

Jessica’s bronzer’s and moisturizers will give you glowing skin!  I found the bronzers and self tanners are buildable and do not streak.  Use the American Love moisturizer after any sun exposure or to lock in moisture after a shower or bath.

Jessica Robertson Bronzer

Jessica Robertson Bronzer

Jessica Robertson Bronzer Jessica Robertson Collection Facial Bronzing Powder ($20 USD) – Keep your tan luminous and your skin glowing with this 3-in-1 bronzer that has just the right amount of color and moisture in its unique formula.  This tinted powder providing a smooth, never splotchy application. The natural tint works for all skin types and is ideal for enhancing a skin tone or strengthening and prolonging a tan.

Jessica Robertson Lip Gloss

Jessica Robertson Lip Gloss

Jessica Robertson Lip Gloss ($7 USD) Look polished even while sunning and swimming with pout-perfecting lip glosses. Available in 6 luscious colors: Cherry Red, Berry, Nude, Peach Mango, Iced Mocha and Cotton Candy.

My favorites are Nude and Cotton Candy.  They are pretty on and very moisturizing!  I shared some of the brighter colors with my friends and they loved them, too.  The color is creamy and saturated.

You can purchase this awesome products at www.drsuncosmetics.com or your favorite local tanning salon.

My Beauty Faves Week of April 6-12, 2015

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Last week went by so fast!  I went to two weddings this weekend and it was so busy.  So, I am putting out my end of week review a day late!

This week, I have been loving a random mix of items — a blurring primer, a smoky eye shadow trio, a yummy weight loss drink and a cute hair band!

Lumene Bright Now Blur Line and Pore Minimizer

Lumene Bright Now Blur Line and Pore Minimizer

Lumene Bright Now Blur Line and Pore Minimizer ($19.99 USD) — The new Lumene Bright Now Blur Line & Pore Minimizer makes skin instantly more beautiful and even-looking. Helps to control shine and optically diminishes the appearance of fine lines and pores. Skin looks and feels instantly more soft and supple. The innovative texture of the product helps the skin look flawless even longer and keeps skin matte and shine free all day long while delivering a brighter and more radiant look. Oil-Free formulation.

What I think: This is my new favorite primer! Just a little goes a long way to smooth out pores and lines and to make a great base for makeup.  I wear it everyday underneath my foundation and my skin looks great all day!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot ($28 USD) — Our fab trios are all playfulness and color! Get rich, bold hues in just one swipe. Each includes 3 coordinated shadows-base shade, contour color and highlighter-so you’ll never wonder which shades to wear together again. You’ll even find application tips on the peel-back label.

What I think:  Hello perfect brown smoky eye! These colors are so pretty and can make either a very dramatic eye or a soft every day look.  The top two shades are shimmer and the darkest shade is a matte — you can use it as an eyeliner as well!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry

Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry

Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry — a great tasting drink for your active, healthy lifestyle. Studies show that drinking Flo Fusion™ before moderate exercise helps you burn up to 100 calories and more per serving, boosts metabolism, burns up to 93% more body fat, increases endurance and provides lasting energy to accelerate your transformation no matter what diet or training routine you are on. The great tasting Flo Fusion™ Transformation Accelerator Powder has the same benefits as the “ready to drink” Celsius and is available in Berry or Orange flavor.

What I think:  I have tried both Berry and Orange a few times before a workout.  Both flavors are good, I think I like orange better, but that’s just personal preference.  I notice that I get good workout energy with these drinks.  I don’t know if it’s helped me lose weight, but I am going to continue using them and see.

Learn more at http://www.celsius.com and purchase at http://www.amazon.com. Prices vary.

Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling

Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling

Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling Headband ($24 USD) — This glamorous, adjustable hair headband provides tailored fit, comfort, and ease of wear, allowing the creation of multiple hair looks. The timeless and design features an elegant leather centerpiece, miniature crystals on a silver base, a gunmetal link chain, and engraved hardware for the perfect accent piece to almost any outfit. The versatile design can be worn by anyone and the colors complement most hair shades. The included instruction card helps create easy-to-model hair looks.

What I think: This is so cute!  I received a sample and gave it to my daughter who is really into the boho look, and she wears it all of the time.  It is made very well and is so easy to adjust.  And she gets lots of compliments.  I also think it is perfect for women of all ages who want a fun look for a night out.

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

What have you been loving lately?  Leave a comment and let me know!  I would love to know what my readers have been trying.

New Skincare For Spring From Aroma Actives, Orico London, Joanna Vargas, and LovelySkin

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As the weather becomes warmer, it is important to keep skin clean, refreshed and hydrated.  Treating skin well will keep it soft and smooth during the warm seasons ahead.

I have been loving the following cleansers, scrubs and serums:

Aroma Actives Cleansing and Soothing Milk

Aroma Actives Cleansing and Soothing Milk

Aroma Actives Cleansing and Soothing Milk ($12 USD) — A gentle and effective cleanser designed to lift impurities and gently remove make-up. A light, non-greasy formula infused with the soothing and softening properties of Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Milk Thistle and Chamomile, leaving skin calm, supple and clean. Suitable for all skin types, particularly dry, sensitive skin.

What I think:  This is a gentle cleanser that is nice for every day.  And even though it is gentle, it removes make-up well!  I is creamy and has a mild herbal scent.

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

Orico London Micellar Water

Orico London Micellar Water

Orico London Micellar Water ($24 USD) — Aromatherapy skin detox. New 3-in-1 purifying micellar water to instantly cleanse away toxins, eliminate impurities and make-up for radiant, clear and younger looking skin. Antioxidant Vitamin C stimulates collagen production and strengthens the skin’s barrier whilst soothing Calendula Flower Extract and Amino Acids help boost cell regeneration, hydrate and smooth. An invigorating blend of natural Tangerine & Orange essential oils helps boost skin circulation and detoxify skin.

What I think:  LOVE!  It has a fresh citrus scent and is so refreshing.  I like to use it at night on a cotton pad.  It removes my makeup and leaves skin clean and toned!  Plus, it doesn’t dry at all.  This is a really neat idea for a multi-tasking product!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.oricolondon.com

Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash ($65 4 fl. oz.) —  With loads of antioxidants, natural citrus oils, to combat daily pollutants and everyday grime while leaving your skin balanced. This bright and cheery purifying wash will also help in minimizing the look of pores. And give you the glowiest, clearest skin you have ever seen. The gentle fresh smell of citrus is also invigorating, specially in the morning when you are trying to get up and go.

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum ($85 for 1 fl. oz.) — The Joanna Vargas Daily Serum is an ideal combination of skin brightening elements, rich antioxidants and vitamins required for younger-looking skin. This lightweight serum moisturizes perfectly and improves firmness and elasticity so it bounces back.

What I thin:  The face wash has a wonderful citrus scent and is so refreshing!  It cleanses my skin without drying it out.

The serum is very light and sinks right into my skin.  It leaves my skin glowing and soft. After using it for a couple of weeks I have noticed that my skin is smoother and a bit tighter.  I am excited to continue using it to see what results I will see.

Available at http://www.joannavargas.com

LovelySkin Pore Refining Pumpkin Mask ($40 USD) — This nourishing mask has a self-warming formula that deeply cleanses skin with minerals, enzymes and vitamins. It also helps to reduce pore size, moisturize skin and improve its appearance.

LovelySkin C-Stem 7 Solutions Serum ($110 USD) — C-Stem is an exceptional rejuvenating vitamin C serum that contains Lilac Stem Cells. C-Stem combats signs of visible skin aging, diminishes the appearance of nose to mouth creases, and brightens skin tone. The formula reactivates 14 genes that are responsible for the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, and helps to reduce the accelerated aging protein Progerin.

What I think:  The mask is amazing.  You massage it in to dry skin and it gets very warm.  Then add a little water, lather it and rinse.  It gets rid of the surface dry skin and all of the junk hiding in your pores.  So good!

The serum absorbs right into the skin and leaves it soft and glowing.  I’ve noticed that my fine lines seem less noticeable and my skin tone is more even.  I have only used it for a few weeks at night, so I will keep using it in hopes to see even more great results!

Purchase at http://www.lovelyskin.com where you can purchase the brand and more great skincare brands.

Coachella Festival Must-Haves

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Are you going to Coachella this weekend or next?  Or do you have another fun musical festival weekend planned this spring or summer?  Don’t forget to take portable beauty products with you to stay fresh all day!

Below are some of my portable favorites to freshen, moisturize and hydrate during festival season!

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Deodorant

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Deodorant

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Deodorant ($8 USD) — allows you to take freshness on-the-go with a mini version of Lavanila’s best-selling deodorants. This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection.  I find that I need to reapply natural deodorants if I am out in the sun, so being able to slip this in your purse for a festival is essential.  But, I do love using natural deodorants because they are great for your skin!

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths in Energize

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths in Energize

Keep cool with Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths in Energize ($2.99 for 10 cloths) — Wipe away sweat, refresh your frame of mind and leave your skin with a cooling sensation. The inside pack is small and portable, so perfect to take along on hot days. These have light citrus scent and instantly cool the skin.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

eos Every Day Hand Lotion

eos Every Day Hand Lotion

eos Every Day Hand Lotion ($3.99 each) — I always have lotion in my bag.  These are cute and don’t take up a lot of space. They comes in three soothing scents; Fresh Flowers, Cucumber, and Berry Blossom.  Each hand lotion is made with 97% natural ingredients including aloe, oat, shea butter, and vitamins E&C. I have it in Fresh Flowers and I love the scent.  Perfect for spring!

Purchase at at EvolutionOfSmooth.com, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Drugstore.com.

Balm Chicky Balm Balm Wild Mountain Honey

Balm Chicky Balm Balm Wild Mountain Honey

Balm Chicky Balm Balm Wild Mountain Honey ($7 USD) — Made with all-natural ingredients: Beeswax, rosemary, and vitamin E combine with the sweet scent of honey and fresh clementines, organic palm oil for deep penetrating moisture, organic hemp seed oil as mother nature’s UV blocker, and organic extra-virgin olive oil for young supple lips. This balm also has the Friend End — pop the cap off the bottom and a friend can use their finger to enjoy the balm as well!  Also available in Juicy Melons, Huge Cucumber & Mint, Sweet Baby Ginger and Hot Chocolate Love.

Available at http://www.balmchicky.com and this month it will be in over 400 Target stores this month, so check the one near you!

Icelandic Glacial

Icelandic Glacial

Don’t forget to hydrate! Icelandic Glacial is a premium, natural spring water that is bottled straight from the source of Iceland. With exceptional balance from a naturally low, “sweet spot” mineral content and an uncommonly high and naturally occurring alkaline pH level of 8.4, Icelandic Glacial provides a clean fresh taste with the perfect healthy balance for the body – you won’t have to worry about staying hydrated and cool under the Coachella desert sun!

Icelandic Glacial is available in five sizes from 330ml to 1.5L ($1.00-$2.79) at select fine groceries and http://www.IcelandicGlacial.com

 

My Beauty Faves Week of March 30-April 5, 2015 Part 2

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Happy Easter!  I hope you all had a wonderful day with family and friends!

This is part 2 of my weekly favorite products review.  You can read part 1 here. I have been testing and loving so many great products this week that I had to add a second post!

I have been loving a gentle shampoo, fresh bath and body products, a renewing skincare collection, and great new brow products!

Philip B. Lavender Hair and Body Shampoo

Philip B. Lavender Hair and Body Shampoo

Philip B. Lavender Hair and Body Shampoo ($30 USD, 7.4 fl. oz) — Gentle, sulfate-free cleanser protects and preserves hair color, while your skin soaks up moisture and softness. Mild blend of botanical cleansers creates a dense, luxurious lather—gentle enough for the whole family. Exclusive L-Amino Acid complex strengthens hair and magnifies shine, for healthy, gleaming color and soft, glowing skin. Pure Lavender Oil light, fresh, naturally calming scent. Paraben & sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) free; color & keratin- treatment safe.

What I think: This is a mild, soothing shampoo that is good for all the hair in my family, from my 11-year-old daughter’s long hair to my aging 40+ hair!  And it leaves it soft and doesn’t strip it.  It also works well as a body wash.

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

Freshly scented and richly moisturized RITUALS bath and body works will pamper skin this spring!

Wu Wei Calming Cream Bath ($19 USD) — Experience a sense of ultimate relaxation in this soft, fluffy foaming cream bath.  Your skin will feel nourished and silky soft.  Enriched with calming White Lotus and Green Tea, the symbols of purity and spiritual growth.

Mei Dao Rich Nourishing Body Cream ($29 USD) –Rich, creamy moisturizer for nourishing the skin.  Leaves the skin feeling silky soft. Combines the gentle fragrance of White Lotus with the nourishing properties of Yi Yi Ren, traditionally used in Chinese medicine.

What I think: Both of these products smell amazing!  So fresh, I love the scent of white lotus.  The cream bath gives lots of foamy bubbles and is really fun to use and I like to use the body cream after my bath because it locks in the moisture.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.us.rituals.com.

Burt’s Bees Renewal Collection

Burt’s Bees Renewal Collection

Burt’s Bees Renewal Collection — Wrinkle-smoothing White Hibiscus and intensively hydrating Apple take center stage in our Hibiscus and Apple Rejuvenating Complex. In our Renewal Face Care line, this remarkable interaction plumps up cells to help reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, improve firmness, and make skin appear smoother and more hydrated.

·         Renewal Refining Cleanser ($9.99)

·         Renewal Intensive Firming Serum ($19.99)

·         Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30 ($19.99)

·         Renewal Firming Night Cream ($19.99)

·         Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream ($19.99)

What I think:  I have been testing the cleanser.  It is a gentle way to clean the face morning or night and I don’t have to worry about my skin drying out when I use it. I love that it has natural ingredients and is so good for my skin.

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

BRETT BROW DuoShade Brow Powder in Dark Brunette ($18 USD) — Can be used dry or with a damp brush to create a perfectly blended brow shade for maximum definition.

BRETT BROW DualSided Eyebrow Brush ($18 USD) — Part angled brush to fill in sparse brows and part blending spoolie to feather brows, creating the ultimate brow tool.

What I think: I was happy to receive these new products for review.  I found that the brow powder was the perfect color for me and covered really well.  The angled side of the brush laid the pigment down very well and the spoolie blended the product perfectly!

These will be available at Sephora stores in April 2015.

Do you know of any great new products I should review or ones that you are loving now?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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