My Memorial Day Beauty Favorites!

Are you enjoying the long weekend? I love the chance to get things done and to relax!  Plus of course barbecues and fun!

For my favorites this week, I’ve chosen products that work with the fun and sun that this weekend brings:

Senteurs d_Orient NEW Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap

Senteurs d’Orient NEW Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap ($36 USD) — Moisturizing your skin is key, especially after your first time in the summer sun. Don’t leave for your Memorial day weekend beach vacation without the new handcrafted Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap. Infused with a moisturizing blend of Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Glycerin, this Hammam Soap leaves skin looking dewy and feeling smooth.

What I think: I love the new scent of this soap on a rope!  It’s very fresh and floral.  Hanging this in my shower made my whole bathroom smell amazing.  The soap itself is very hydrating and leaves skin so soft!

Available at www.net-a-porter.com

Hairdo 23” Long Wave Pony

Keep your hair up and out of your face in the summer sun, while still looking chic with the Hairdo 23” Long Wave Pony ($59 USD) – which clips right over your own ponytail! This 23” Long Wave Pony features Tru2Life® heat-friendly synthetic hair that can be flat-ironed, curled or blown out, and has a long, smooth band of wrap-around hair that securely attaches with a hook-and-loop fastening strip for a look that’s seamless.

What I think: This is such a cute look for the summer.  My hair is a lot shorter, so I have to get used to the weight.  I think it’s perfect for going out, and would look nice for events like wedding.

Purchase at Ulta stores and Ulta.com

KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray

KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray ($23.50 USD) Get your beach waves ready with KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray, infused with salt from the Dead Sea, this texturizing spray provides fullness, creates just-out-of-the-ocean texture, enhances waves and provides a matte finish. This easy to use spray can be applied to towel-dried hair and air dry.

What I think: Sea salt sprays are nice in the warm weather when I don’t want to style my hair.  I just spray this one on damp hair and let it air dry.  My hair is wavy without having to try!  I also like the matte finish.

Available at KMS Salons Nationwide

Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen; $14.99

Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen ($14.99 USD) –Treat your skin with the delicateness of a baby with Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen. This lightweight, fast-absorbing formula spread evenly, leaving behind water-resistant, broad spectrum SPF30 protection, without thick or sticky white residue. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, this nourishing mineral sunscreen is gentle on vulnerable skin, while immediately improving skin hydration with wholesome natural ingredients, such as Beeswax, Vitamin E, and Coconut Extract.

What I think: This unscented sunscreen definitely isn’t only for babies!  It’s really gentle on my sensitive skin.  When I applied it for the first time, it seemed thick, but it spread well and absorbed fairly quickly.  I like that it isn’t greasy and leaves my skin soft, but not shiny.

Available at Whole Foods, Amazon.com and Burtsbees.com

Lavanila Laboratories Mini Sport Luxe Deodorant

Store the Lavanila Laboratories Mini Sport Luxe Deodorant ($9 USD) in your beach bag for long lasting freshness all weekend long. This deodorant was created for life in motion. Lavanila’s proprietary, award-winning beta glucan technology is infused with SmartSport™ for high-performance defense and nourishment, and bursts with long-lasting vanilla breeze freshness to break down sweat molecules and deliver superior, invisible, all-natural odor protection.

What I think: This fresh little deodorant is so easy to take with you. The scent is amazing and it’s a great natural deodorant for all the sweating that comes with more activity and warmer weather!  I usually need a clinical deodorant, but this works pretty well for me.

Available at Lavanila.com

What are you loving this long weekend?

 

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New Natural Beauty For Your Skin, Hair and Body

Natural beauty products are such a great way to take care of skin, hair and body!  I love feeling good about the products I use.

I was sent the below products from the brands Skinerals, Live Clean and My Skin & Co to review for my honest opinion:

Skinerals Radiant Opaline Facial Toner

Skinerals Radiant Opaline Facial Toner ($19.99 USD) — Skinerals Organic Radiant Opaline Facial Toner is designed for all skin types and ideal for daily use to prevent allergic reactions and skin irritations. After each use, your skin will be left smoother, fresher and toned. We only use premium natural plant-based oils, essential oil blends, fruit and plant extracts.

What I think: I love this for my sensitive skin. It helps with irritation and smooths my skin.  I use it twice a day after cleansing and before moisturizing.

skinerals.com

Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo ($5.99 USD) — gently cleanses with an SLS/Sulfate free formula enriched with 100% pure Argan Oil and certified organic grape seed and olive oils for enhanced long term conditioning, shine and UV protection. The Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil collection is a premium daily restorative treatment line of hair & skin care products that repairs, re-nourishes and replenishes all hair & skin types.

Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Conditioner ($5.99 USD) — hydrates & nourishes without adding any weight. Our formula is enriched with 100% pure Argan Oil and certified organic grape seed and olive oils for enhanced long term conditioning, shine and UV protection. The Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil collection is a premium daily restorative treatment line of hair & skin care products that repairs, re-nourishes and replenishes all hair & skin types.

Live Clean Fresh Water Hydrating Body Wash ($5.99 USD) — infused with certified organic botanicals to gently cleanse and moisturize leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Further enriched with vitamin E and Hyaluronate to moisturize skin from the inside out for a smooth and radiant appearance.

What I think: I color my hair, so sulfate free hair care is important to keep the color fresh.  This shampoo and conditioner does that, and really hydrates my hair!

The body wash has a fresh scent.  Its incredibly hydrating and leaves skin soft.

Purchase the shampoo and conditioner at Target and the body was at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

My Skin & Co Liquid Treatment

My Skin & Co Liquid Treatment ($29.95 USD) — My Skin Liquid Treatment is made with Organic Tea Tree Oil  and White and Black Willow Bark for the eradication of ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

What I think:  This liquid is a really nice treatment for after shaving.  It helps with my razor bumps.  I don’t really get ingrown hairs, but I like having this on hand if I do.

My Skin & Co also has other treatments such as a roll on liquid and cream treatments.  Learn more and purchase at http://www.gomyskin.com

What natural products do you love?

Last Minute Mother’s Day Beauty Gifts!

Pamper Mom with these last minute gifts!  Beauty gifts are so nice to receive!

Here are some great bath products and a hair tool that Mom may love:

Kneipp All-Round Full Herbal Bath Oil Set ($32) Gift her the delight of a relaxing bath experience with this 10-piece set of luxurious oils. Let her take a moment for herself to forget about time and recuperate from her busy day with a warm bath.

Kneipp Pampering Mineral Bath Salt Set ($12) The set allows moms to experience a pampering experience right at home with a selection of different scented mineral bath salts. Each packet has a high content of pure and natural thermal spring salt, bringing you the finest, high quality products. Let her hop in the tub and enjoy a moment to herself.

Kneipp Almond Blossom Body Wash & Body Lotion Set “Soft Skin” ($25) “Soft Skin” is the ideal gift for moms with sensitive skin! The natural nourishing effects of moisturizing almond and jojoba oils are enhanced with the combination of vitamins A and E, shea butter and skin-soothing panthenol. The formula cleanses the body gently, leaving the skin smooth as ever.

Available at http://www.kneipp.com

Dr Teal’s Restore & Replenish Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak & Foaming Bath ($5.99, Target): Ultra-pure, protected from environmental impurities and 100% natural, this mineral soak improves hydration by providing trace minerals. It replenishes body with 84 essential minerals for all over body restoration. Pink Himalayan Salt reduces muscle aches by improving minerals and hydration while Magnesium Sulfate, the natural compound that is Epsom Salt, revitalizes tired, achy muscles and refreshes skin’s appearance. Gently fragranced with uplifting blend of Bergamot & Sweet Orange essential oils to uplift the mind.

Dr Teal’s Nourish & Protect Coconut Oil Epsom Salt Soaking Solution & Foaming Bath ($5.99, Target): Known for its intensely nourishing and moisturizing properties, coconut oil is one of the most desired oils around the world. It helps feed the skin with nourishing vitamins that protect and hydrate, leaving skin smooth and soft. Dr Teal’s, the #1 Epsom salt brand, brings a new spa-like experience to bath lovers – the new Nourish & Protect Coconut Oil Mineral Soak and Foaming Bath. Pure Epsom Salt infused with silky coconut oil not only helps to relieve muscle aches, but the combination also moisturizes skin while helping the mind relax and unwind.

Dr Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salt Collection (Target/Walmart, $5.99): This best-seller is formulated with lavender essence, which has soothing properties to encourage a better night’s sleep. Soothe & Sleep is available in Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Foaming Bath, Body Wash and Body Lotion.

These can be purchased at mass market retailers like Target and Walmart.

Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer ($59.99 USD) — This revolutionary styling tool is designed to deliver gorgeous volume and brilliant shine in just ONE STEP. The unique oval brush design quickly creates frizz -free volume at the root and beautifully full-bodied curls the ends with a single pass, so you can have salon results at home. Boosted by IONIC TECHNOLOGY®, hair dries faster with less damage.

Purchase at Target Stores

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.

Purchase at http://www.Lavanila.com

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

Purchase at usa.loccitane.com

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.

Available at www.moltonbrown.com

. 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

Available at http://www.Sephora.com

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.

Available at www.TULA.com

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!

Available at http://www.CuveeBeauty.com

 

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The Hollywood Mother’s Day Gift Bag

Distinctive Assets, the LA-based entertainment marketing company credited with beginning the marketing craze of celebrity swag nearly two decades ago, will once again be producing and distributing its annual “Mother’s Day in Hollywood” Gift Bags. Distinctive Assets will be pampering twenty-five of Tinseltown’s most
famous maternal stars with innovative, unique, useful and fabulous products and services!
The list of this year’s famous mommies and mommies-to- be includes Kerry Washington, Katherine Heigl, Mila Kunis, Anna Chlumsky, Ellie Kemper, Blake Lively, Vanessa Lachey, Blac Chyna, Amber Tamblyn, Tori Spelling, Amy
Smart, Beyoncé, Lily Rabe, Amanda Seyfried, Ciara, Lauren Conrad, Audra McDonald, Natalie Portman, Alanis Morissette, Chrissy Teigen, Tyra Banks, Hoda Kotb, P!nk, Lake Bell and Janet Jackson.
These celeb mom’s sure are lucky! Here are some of the wonderful goodies which are going to be included in the bag:
RUMI X
1. RUMI X , eco-friendly active-wear made from recycled plastic bottles and coffee grounds, is gifting Hollywood moms with their hottest designs! The line includes a wide variety of different styles and even maternity sets!
Naples Soap Company

Naples Soap Company is gifting all natural soap bars, body oil, moisturizers and bath bombs! 

Slimware

Slimware allows moms to control their nutrition by gifting them the SMART plate!

Happiest Tee
Happiest Tee gifts Hollywood moms with the luxurious shirts featuring moms’ happiest places! The fabric is unbelievably soft and comforting!

What do you think of these great products?

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Brand Review — Reverie Farms & Soaps

I received samples for my honest review from the wonderful natural brand Reverie Farms & Soaps.

Reverie Farms is a small, local farm located in Argyle, Texas. They make natural beauty products because they found many soaps include unhealthy ingredients like parabens.

I received one bar soap (I chose Citrus Fusion) and a liquid hand soap (in Lemongrass):

Citrus Fusion Soap

Citrus Fusion Soap ($6 USD) — Citrus Fusion creates a new angle on citrus! The blood orange and bergamot essential oil fuse together to create a light citrus bar! It is a natural organic based bar soap and is biodegradable, vegan friendly, and made with organic oils.

This smells amazing.  Is is light and fresh and a great scent for the whole family because it isn’t too strong.  It cleans and leaves my skin very soft. I plan to try other scents in the future.

Natural Organic Foaming Hand Soap

Natural Organic Foaming Hand Soap ($6.50 USD) — The natural organic foaming hand soap is biodegradable, vegan friendly, and made with organic oils of sunflower and/or safflower, and coconut, vegetable glycerin, rosemary extract and essential oils. It is sold in an convenient 8 ounce foaming soap dispenser. Can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, shower, etc. Great for hands as well as body cleaning!  Formulated for people with sensitive skin and never tested on animals.

I have this in Lemongrass.  It’s very lemony and works well in my kitchen.  I like it, but it has a bit of a greasy feeling to it.  I need hot water to rinse it clean.  I do really like how moisturizing this is.  And it foams nicely!

These wonderful products are available at reveriefarms.com

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.

These and much more are available at janeiredale.com

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.

Available at Lavanila.com

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

Purchase at shop.ktchnapothecary.com

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.

Available at ZSS-Skincare.com

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

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