Summer Skin Care From Neocutis and Manuka Doctor

Smooth, glowing skin is what I want in summer. When I have great skin, I can use less makeup in the hot weather.

I was sent the products below for my honest review.  The Neocutis products are powerhouses in smoothing and firming skin and the Manuka Doctor 24K Gold and Manuka Honey products really make my skin glow!

Neocutis MICRO•BODY Rejuvenating Cream ($120), — Lavishly rich, skin-refining body cream with exfoliating Salicylic Acid helps transform dry, rough skin into a smoother, more touchable texture.

Neocutis MICRO•FIRM Neck & Décolleté Rejuvenating Complex ($135), — Enhances elasticity to help create a more youthful, sculpted décolleté with MPC and diminishes the appearance of uneven skin with Glycolic Acid. Packed with antioxidants and moisturizers for radiant skin.

Neocutis MICRO•SERUM Intensive Treatment ($260), — Supercharged with MPC to intensively revitalize and hydrate skin while helping redefine the look of facial contours and skin texture for enhanced smoothness and luminosity.

What I think: the body cream is amazing!  I applied it to my rough elbows and arms and the next day they were baby smooth! This is great for any areas of the body that is dry and rough.

The neck cream helps my crepey skin and firms my neck and chin. I use it morning and night to keep my neck firm and youthful looking.  The serum is amazing, too.  It’s more like a light cream and it makes my face soft and smooth.  I use it every night and wake up with gorgeous skin!

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Manuka Doctor 24K Gold & Manuka Honey

The NEW Manuka Doctor collection of luxurious beauty oils are formulated with 24K Gold, Manuka Honey and precious plant oils to visibly brighten, firm and hydrate whilst leaving skin glowingly soft and naturally radiant.

Containing a delicate natural fragrance of Chamomile and White Floral, these light beauty oils nourish and seal in moisture helping to regain suppleness and elasticity. Skin feels silky smooth and appears more moisturized and luminous.

Collection includes:

  • Eye Oil (0.33 fl oz) – $24.99
  • Face Oil (0.40 fl oz) – $24.99
  • Hand Oil (0.85 fl oz) – $29.99
  • Body Oil (1.69 fl oz) – $39.99

What I think:  These oils are luxe at an affordable price!  They smell amazing with a light floral scent.  The oils sink into the skin and leave it glowing without being heavy.  I use the eye and hand oils at night as a treatment, but the face and body oils are also wonderful in the morning because they leave my skin with a soft glow.  The face oil is nice under makeup, too.

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IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs! 5-Piece Collection — QVC Today’s Special Value!

IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs! 5-Piece Collection is Today’s Special Value on QVC For May 12th! The deal is $79.98(+S&H: $3.00) or 6 Easy Pays of $13.33! The value is $207.  Amazing price!

This exclusive 5-piece collection celebrates the two words that have been at the heart of IT Cosmetics since the beginning: BYE BYE! Experience what IT’s all about with one new game-changing innovation, one award-winning bestseller now available in new shades, two revolutionary skincare essentials, plus a must-have brush that does the work for you! The products include:

  • 1-fl oz Bye Bye Lines Serum
  • 2.82-oz Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm
  • 0.28-fl oz Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer
  • 0.31-oz Bye Bye Pores Illumination
  • Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush

Say Bye Bye to the look of imperfections. These five innovative breakthrough products cleanse, treat, and perfect for your most beautiful skin.

Bye Bye Lines is your advanced antiaging serum, a revolutionary treatment developed to give you 10 powerful results in just 10 days! This weightless serum helps visibly minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving you the look of smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin.

Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination is your full-coverage, antiaging concealer that’s formulated to never crease or crack, to help skin look younger instead of older. Now in six shades, Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination is formulated with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, and vitamins A, C, and E to treat your skin. It’s illumination without glitter or shimmer!

Bye Bye Pores Illumination is your pressed allover finishing powder. With the custom-cut Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush, application is effortless!

And wash the day away with Bye Bye Makeup, your sulfate-free cleanser, instant makeup remover, and softening serum in one step!

What I think:  I have tried all of these, except for the new Bye Bye Pores Illumination before this deal.  I have tried it now and really like it!  It gives my skin a glow.  I don’t use it all over, because it is like a highlighter on, but I brush it in my cheeks and nose to set my makeup an give a nice glow!

The concealer is my holy grail and I use it often. The primer is light and sinks right in the skin.  It leaves my skin glowing!  I can’t use the cleanser because it irritates my eyes, but my daughter loves it.  It melts makeup off so well!

And the brush is so soft and blends nicely!  IT Cosmetics’ brush are always amazing!

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of May 1-7, 2017

Happy Sunday!  I hope you had a great week!  Last week in Kansas City started rainy and cool, but is ending on a very high note, it’s supposed to be 80 degrees today!

My favorites this week are products to treat skin and style hair. Great skin and hair are so important in warmer weather.  I don’t wear as much makeup, but still want to glow.

Hydroxatone Hydrologic Active Infusion Moisture Mask ($39 USD) — Hydroxatone Hydrologic Active Infusion Moisture Mask is an ultra-hydrating mask that envelops skin, delivering deep moisture. Formulated with bio-mimetic ingredients which help attract and bind moisture to skin, these help skin’s ability to remove toxins and to remain naturally-healthy, by providing long-lasting, locked-in hydration.

Hydroxatone Hydrologic Deep Moisture Serum Sheet Mask ($19 USD) — formulated with humectants, some that are found naturally-occurring in skin; these attract water from the environment and bind it to skin, delivering reparative moisture, enhancing and restoring it’s supple, radiant beauty.

What I think: Masks are something that I try to use whenever possible.  Both of these are so hydrating, which is perfect after the cold winter and before the hot summer!  The sheet mask is easier to use, but the active infusion mask is a bit more hydrating.  Both are great products to moisturize the skin.

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Freeze 24-7 Skin Smoothie Retexturizing Glycolic Pads ($75.00/16 PADS) — Exfoliate and moisturize together with this one step glycolic at-home treatment that provides all benefits of an in-office chemical peel. With a swipe of these potent pads, improve skin’s texture, clarity, elasticity and firmness while decreasing the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, enlarged pores and hyper pigmentation, for radiant skin at your fingertips!

Freeze 24-7 Radiance Brightening Face Mask ($60.00/8 Gel Masks) — Formulated by top dermatologists, the Diffuporine and amino acid complex infused formula, helps supply abundant moisture to aid in skin cell’s growth and cure, skin hydration and elasticity. Help improve skin tone and clarity while restoring luminosity and vitality over time.

What I think: To use the pad, place fingers into mitt and peel foil seal off pad. Gently swipe on to clean, dry face and neck in an upward circular motion.  It’s easy to use and leaves the skin glowing!  The gel mask is cool on and feels nice!  I leave it on for 25 minutes and my skin is bright and hydrated afterwards.

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ABBA Always Fresh Dry Shampoo

ABBA Always Fresh Dry Shampoo ($22 USD) — he perfect workout companion. Designed to cleanse and refresh the hair between shampoos, this light weight formula helps to prevent salt build up on the hair from sweat. It also gives hair a natural lift with light texture and removes oils and odors.

What I think: I’m always looking for a great dry shampoo, especially in summer to clean my hair from sweat and dirt — gross, but true! This one has a fresh scent and is light weight, which I like.  It left my hair clean and fresh between washes!

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MOP NEW Lemongrass Volume Whip

MOP NEW Lemongrass Volume Whip ($22 USD) — Big and bouncy hair has never been so easily achieved. MOP Lemongrass Volume Whip creates moveable volume with a medium hold. Lemongrass adds volume while Grape Seed Oil adds strength, conditioning and shine. Natural UV protectors fight damage from heat styling and help to preserve color.

What I think: This is awesome for those who are looking for volume.  It takes just a bit in damp hair, and when it id dried, my hair is very bouncy.  I like that it protects from heat styling, too.

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What have you been loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!





More Mother’s Day Beauty Gifts!

There are so many great beauty products to give to the ladies in your life this Mother’s Day!

Below are fragrance, bath and body, skincare and hair care gifts that would be perfect for moms, grandmas, sisters and friends:


Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Fragrance Collection

Gift your mom a new scent that is sure to be a hit with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Fragrance Collection ($48 USD each). Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time.

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L’Occitane Almond Mother’s Day Gift Set

L’Occitane Almond Mother’s Day Gift Set ($74 USD) — L’OCCITANE has harnessed the exceptional beautifying power of Almond from the south of France and integrated it in body care and toiletries that are both deliciously tempting and wonderfully effective.

This limited edition gift collection includes:
– Almond Shower Oil 8.4 fl. oz.
– Almond Milk Concentrate 6.76 oz.
– Almond Delicious Soap 50g
– Almond Delicious Hands 1 oz.
– Almond Supple Skin Oil 0.50 fl. oz.
– Wrapped in a L’Occitane Signature Gift Box

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Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Bath & Shower Gel ($30 USD) — Treat your mom to the indulgent, rich scent of Molton Brown’s Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel. Filled with moisturizing rose extract topped with a zesty aroma of mandarin, this product brings a delightful moment to any ordinary shower routine.

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. KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facia

Every mom is in need of some pampering! Gift her with the KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48 USD). More than a mask, more than a night cream, this overnight facial-in-a-jar delivers great skin by morning, as the weightless soufflé melts into skin and works overnight for brighter, petal-soft skin. Infused with wild rose oil that evens out skin tone, repairs fine lines, moisturizes, heals, and softens skin, this face cream with vitamin C also helps minimize the appearance of skin discolorations and black spots

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TULA Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment

TULA Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment ($85 USD) — Your mom deserves the best. Give her softer, plumper and hydrated skin with TULA’s Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment. It targets fine lines and wrinkles, reduces pore size and nourishes skin. Made with bacillus coagulan ferment (a probiotic strain), the bacteria work to increase the skin’s elasticity while fighting signs of aging.  The formula also contains a blend of watermelon and fruit extracts to provide an instant and prolonged boost of hydration for the day.

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Cuvée Travel Kit

Moms have a busy lifestyle, but she can take the Cuvée Travel Kit ($30 USD) wherever she goes. A three-piece travel set to help prolong any style, the Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Balm are the basics for the girl on the move. Shampoo and Conditioner to gently cleanse, add shine and hydration. Styling balm will help protect, tame frizz, without weighing hair down. Now that’s glamour on the go!

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Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide!

Hi!  Have you started thinking about what to give mom for Mother’s Day? I am, and actually need to send a package to my mom soon!

Beauty gifts are always I hit! I have some great gift ideas for the amazing women in your life. They include fragrance,  skincare, candles and more:


Philosophy Moments of Grace Mother’s Day Trio

Philosophy Moments of Grace Mother’s Day Trio ($57 USD) –gift her moments of amazing grace. this exclusive collection includes 3 ways to enjoy the beautifully crafted floral, universally loved and lauded scent. the experience opens with the award-winning shampoo, bath & shower gel featuring a rich, grace-infused lather that leaves skin and hair clean, soft and delicately scented. next, a nourishing treatment of firming body emulsion conditions and moisturizes as it tones, for skin that feels pampered and renewed. a finishing spritz of eau de toilette will accompany her through the day with grace. set includes an 8 oz. shampoo, bath & body shower gel, a 2 oz. eau de toilette and an 8 oz. firming body emulsion.

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beautyblender summer.fling

beautyblender summer.fling ($49 USD) — This limited-edition set includes the best-selling, award-winning original beautyblender, and two brand new blenders – beautyblender pop, in a vibrant orange, and beautyblender glow, in a show-stopping neon green. Use each blender damp when applying foundation products to get that perfect complexion that just might make the summer last a little longer!

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Volition Beauty The Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio

Volition Beauty The Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio ($149.00 on sale for $74.50 USD) — contains a Dual Cream Base that cushions the skin with moisture. Mix it with either the Day Active to deliver maximum anti-aging benefits to plump your complexion. Or switch to the Night Active that is packed with a natural form of retinol, a stable form of Vitamin C and soothing Chamomile designed to brighten and soothe skin while you sleep.

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Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment ($68.99 USD) — The SUPERMUD® Clearing Treatment was clinically developed to address common skin concerns, which include blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The potent mud formula supports skin’s natural oil balance, while a proprietary blend of six acids works to dramatically brighten and soften the complexion. Activated-X charcoal lifts away dirt and other skin congestions, resulting in a refined, healthy-looking complexion.

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Rosemary & White Sage Candle

Rosemary & White Sage Candle ($20.99 USD) — This massage & aromatherapy soy candle is a stimulating & warming blend with moss agate gemstone. This candle is perfect for an out of office day perfect for mom.

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Philosophy Hope For The Best Coffret

Philosophy Hope for the Best Coffret ($146.99 USD) — 1x Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser (For Face & Eyes) 60ml/2oz 1x Hope In A Jar High-Performance Mositurizer (For All Skin Types) 60ml/2oz 1x Multitasking Eye Cream (For Dark Circles, Puffiness & Lines) 15ml/0.5oz 1x Hands Of Hope Hand & Cuticle Cream 30ml/1ozIdeal both for personal use & as a gift.

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Natural Beauty Products for Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!  Are you going outside today to enjoy nature?  My severe seasonal allergies prevent me from being outside too much in the spring, but I might go outside for a little bit. I do need to plant some spring flowers!

Instead, I will celebrate Earth Day by enjoying natural beauty products.  Below are a selection on natural products that will help you look amazing:

jane iredale Bronzer Refill ($44 USD) –Four complementary shades can be swept across cheeks and lips to contour and highlight for a luxurious look that’s made in the shade! Pair with their sleek refillable compact

jane iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder ($44 USD) — A loose mineral foundation that gives a sheer to medium coverage. Available in cool (pink undertone), warm (yellow undertone) and neutral shades.

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Packed with pure essential oils, the Lavanila’s Healthy Deodorant Collection ($14 USD) is free of aluminum and will last all day. Get superior odor protection with this award winning, 100 percent natural, freshly scented deodorant. Breakthrough natural technology fights odor effectively while soothing, conditioning, and nourishing the delicate underarm area. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results.

Smell Spring fresh with Lavanila’s Healthy Fragrance Collection. ($58 USD) Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time.

Moisturize the healthy way with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter Collection, ($19 USD) which is a super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Soft scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence. Layer with any LAVANILA Healthy Fragrance to enhance your scent experience.

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Ktchn Apothecary Facial Moisturizer Kit

Ktchn Apothecary Facial Moisturizer Kit ($45 USD) — This DIY kit contains everything so making your Facial Moisturizer is fun and easy as pour, heat, stir.  It includes:

  • Ktchn Apothecary signature, multi-benefit extracts: Pure Aloe to hydrate & renew; 7 Restorative Facial Oils to smooth & restore, Finely Ground Oats to balance & soothe; and Natural Beeswax to fortify & protect
  • All-natural, plant-based preservative so there’s no need to refrigerate
  • A reusable, heat-safe glass beaker and stainless steel whisk
  • No-fail instructions so making your moisturizer is as easy as pour, heat, stir
  • A beautiful cobalt blue glass jar to store your freshly made moisturizer

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ZSS 30-Day Systems

Conserve cash and celebrate Earth Month with ZSS-Skincare’s limited-time beauty special: During the month of April, enjoy 50% off ZSS 30-Day Systems with code April50. ZSS Skincare is leading the way in clean beauty with recent National Solutions Beauty with a Conscience Award. All products are naturally-derived, pure, concentrated, contaminant-free and sustainable. The systems are:

  • Radiant Skin System – $64.50 (regularly $129) – Nourish, Protect, and Renew with this “better together” skin care system that brings out natural skin radiance, locks in moisture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles while protecting from damaging environmental aggressors. Formulated with the exclusive skin antioxidant Zeaxanthin, the Radiant Skin System is designed to complement your current skincare routine, and includes a daily supplements and a topical Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a synergistic system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.
  • Clear Skin System – $64.50 (regularly $129) — Calm, Clear, and Balance with this “better together” skin care system that helps detoxify and balance your skin while locking in moisture.  The Clear Skin System minimizes blemishes, evens skin tone and calms dry, sensitive skin. Gluten-Free, it provides Pre and Probiotics to rebalance intestinal microflora and support gut immune health (the root of our immune system). It also helps to encourage optimal bioavailability of nutrients from both diet and supplementation. In combination with antioxidants zeaxanthin, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle, green tea and pre/probiotics the Clear Skin System promotes optimal and balanced digestive health that encourages radiant clear skin. Designed to complement your current skincare routine, it includes a ZSS daily nutricosmetic dietary supplement packet and a topical ZSS Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.

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What are your favorite natural products?  Leave a comment and let me know!



My Beauty Favorites — Week of April 10-16, 2017

Happy Easter!  I hope you had a great day with friends and family!  I had a low key Easter, and made a ham dinner for my family.

My faves this week are perfect for the warmer seasons.  They include a great blush/highlighter combo, a brightly-colored ponytail extension, and a hydrating face moisturizer:

Mally Beauty’s Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter

Mally Beauty’s Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter ($35 USD) — Skin that looks luminous, flawless and airbrushed – without a filter! Mally’s made it a reality with this perfectly paired blush and highlighter. The true color blush adds a natural looking, multi-dimensional flush as the golden highlighter delivers flattering radiance to every skin tone. Available in Perfect Peach (above) and Pretty Pink

What I think: This is such a gorgeous duo for a nice spring/summer glow!  The blush gives a natural glow and the highlighter really shines!  My favorite trick is to apply it to the tops of cheekbones and across the brow bone in a “C” motion for that lifted cheek appearance. This includes a two ended brush as well.

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Hairdo 23″ Color Splash Pony

Hairdo 23″ Color Splash Pony ($59 USSD) — Choose from your natural hair tone bursting with highlighted and dip-dyed pastel ends: blue, pink, light green or lavender. This is made with Tru2Life heat-friendly synthetic hair that can be flat-ironed, curled or blown out. The pony includes a smooth strip of hair that wraps around the holder and fastens it in with a hook-and-loop strip to conceal where the ponytail meets your own hair.

What I think: This is such a cool idea.  Fun colored hair is popular now with people of all ages.  And hair extensions is an easy way to try it out.  This is super fun for going out, too!

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Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter in Mango

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter in Mango ($40 USD) — This indulgent whipped butter, which contains Josie’s 100% Pure Argan Oil, is designed specifically for the face and lightly scented with mango, leaves skin youthful, glowing, and nourished. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, it contains a blend of watermelon seed oil, shea butter, aloe, and cucumber extract to smooth, firm, and replenish skin. Clinically proven to increase firmness and hydration while visibly improving the appearance of pore size and facial fine lines and wrinkles.

What I think:  This smells amazing, like a fresh mango.  It is also hydrating without being greasy. Perfect for the spring and summer.  I also really love that it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.

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