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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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.

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

What natural products do you love?

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!

Are you going to pick up this great deal?


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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My Beauty Favorites — Week of April 24-30, 2017

We have had a rainy weekend in Kansas City, and it has been nice to relax inside!  I have been enjoying some of the new beauty products I have been sent for my honest review!

My favorites this week include an iridescent highlighter, a new way to apply my makeup, an firming eye cream, a sea salt spray that makes my hair thicker

Hard Candy Iridescent Pearl Highlighter

Hard Candy Iridescent Pearl Highlighter ($6 USD) is a pearl illuminator that leaves skin with a wearable but trendy iridescent shimmer. This powder includes light-reflective pearls that diffuse light. The universal shade is flattering on all skin tones and smoothly applies to your skin with easy soft, sweeping motions. The result is a trendy but wearable prismatic illumination that catches light and turns heads. Great lighting will follow you around everywhere you go and you will always be photo-ready with this beautifully unique iridescent highlighting powder.

What I think: I have been wanting to try this trend, and this is an affordable (and gorgeous) way to do it. I apply the powder anywhere I want to glow, including the cheekbones, tip of the nose, collarbones, and under the arch of my brows. It’s so pretty on. I use a little, but layer it and you get a great evening out look!

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The Makeup Drop

The Makeup Drop ($20 USD)  Our Silicone Makeup Applicator was designed to completely eliminate wasted makeup and skincare. While sponge applicators soak up large amounts of makeup during application, the MakeupDrop perfectly applies and blends your foundation, blush, highlighter, concealer, moisturizer, and primer without absorbing one drop! Only half the amount of product is needed as compared to a traditional sponge or brush applicator.

What I think: This is such an interesting way to apply makeup!  It only takes a little bit of product, although when I use it, I find I need to do one area of my face at a time, because it doesn’t spread too well.  It does blend nicely after a little bit of practice. The coverage is really good, too!

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MALIN+GOETZ revitalizing eye cream

MALIN+GOETZ Revitalizing Eye Cream ($92 for .5 fl. oz)  This multi-benefit treatment is intensely nourishing, yet feels incredibly lightweight and luxurious. Powerfully addresses the look of all major eye concerns, including lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles with an advanced blend of firming peptides and skin renewing Marine Algae extract. Strengthens and helps protect your eye area so it stays looking brighter, smoother, more supple.

What I think: I have severe seasonal allergies, and my eyes get very irritated this time of year.  So, I usually don’t wear eye cream as much.  But this one didn’t bother my eyes and actually helped me look more rested.  It firmed and smoothed the eye area right away.  This is an eye cream that I can use all year!

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Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist

Philip B. Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist ($25 USD) –Ultra-light spray gives hair sexy volume and shiny, piecey, tousled waves (plus a gorgeous beachy scent). A texturizer and conditioning treatment in one, loaded with botanical moisturizers. Leaves hair gleaming and bouncy, not stiff; pure Orchid and Kukui oils impart a healthy, voluptuous feel. Blend of Sea Salt and Aloe Vera creates gorgeous lift.

What I think:  First of all, this smells amazing! I spritz it in damp hair and it thickens and gives my hair great waves.  I just use a little, and it looks like I’ve been at the beach (lies since I live in the Midwest).  This will be a mainstay this summer.

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What products are you loving this week?

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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