Brand Reviews — Comodynes and Ola Tropical Apothecary

I recently received products from two amazing beauty brands — Comodynes and Ola Tropical Apothecary

Comodynes offers up a selection of makeup remover towelettes coveted by makeup artists worldwide and self-tanning products.  The entire collection is based on the concept of convenience.

Ola Tropical Apothecary is Ola Tropical Apothecary offers island-inspired bath and body products that nourish the mind, body and soul.  Definitely more feminine and always eco-friendly.  The collection offers lush body lotions, body washes, shampoo and more.

Here are the amazing products I tested:

Comodynes EASY PEELING PLUS Regenerating Action ($15.99 for 1 pack of 8–$25.00 for two packs of 8) –Dead skin? Large pores? Blemishes? This intensive facial peeling towelette with AHA eliminates impurities, clears blemishes and regulates skin tone, leaving skin soft and smooth, at any place and any time. 13% skin cell regeneration with the use of just one towelette. Paraben-free. Allergen-free perfume. No added dyes. Not suitable for sensitive skin.

Comodynes MAKE-UP REMOVER Dry with Oats ($6.99 1 pack of 20 towells, $18.59 3 packs, $29.69 5 packs) –This make-up remover offers a complete facial cleansing treatment as well as moisturizing properties. Specifically formulated for dry skin. Paraben-free. Allergen-free perfume. No added dyes. Recommended especially for dry skin. 100% natural and biodegradable fibers. Clinically, dermatologically and microbiologically tested.

What I think:  Both of these products are amazing to keep skin clear and clean.  The Peeling Plus is so easy to use, just swipe on skin to clean and leave skin soft and smooth.  The makeup remover completely cleanses skin and  takes off all trace of makeup.
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Ola Tropical Apothecary Pikake Body Wash ($26 for 8 oz) –All natural Pikake Body Wash will transport you to Paradise while gently cleansing and refreshing your skin. It combines gentle, biodegradable surfactants with skin soothing Hawaiian extracts of Green Papaya, Pineapple, Coconut and Banana, and Hawaiian Hydrosols of sugar cane, Olena( turmeric), ginger root, Aloe Vera and Mamaki leaf.Infused with moisturizing organic Coconut oil and Coconut milk, our body wash will leave your skin feeling clean and healthy.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Passion Fruit Body Butter ($26.10 for 4.6 oz) — is a luxuriously rich harmonizing blend of Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa and Organic Mango Seed Butters.  Infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato, Banana, Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), to create this creamy, luxurious formula that will repair, replenish and moisturize dry, thirsty skin.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Deep Sea Plumeria Body Mist ($22 for 4 oz) — The secret ingredient in the Body Mist is the water….found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast, this 100% Hawaiian Deep Sea Water “contains life’s most precious nutrients and minerals in nature’s perfect ionic and absorbable blend”. Infused with Aloe Vera Juice and our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), this formula has a naturally high alkaline ph which makes it exceptionally hydrating and nourishing for the skin, hair and face.

What I think:  These natural products smell amazing!  My favorite is the passion fruit scent, it smells exactly like a fresh passion fruit. And the body butter is soft and silky, and sinks right into the skin.   The body wash cleanses the skin so well, plus leaves it hydrated.  The body mist is cooling and refreshing, almost like a face mist, in fact it works nicely on the face and hair, too!

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 6-12, 2017

It’s been cold this week and has even snowed!  But it is almost spring, which I am excited about!

My faves this week include a wipe off notebook,  a fun, blue peel off mask and a nighttime hand balm:

Wipenote Whiteboard Notebook Peace

Spice up your sketches and imagine innovative ideas with the WIPENOTE dry eraseable notebook! Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, graduation or engagement – Beyouneeq’s Wipenote Notebook is the perfect, passionate gift for any artistic, creative mind. If you’re looking to express your own creativity, this accessory is just for you. Write, draw, and erase as many times as you want! Perfect for inspiring your child, this nifty notebook can easily be wiped away to create thousands of different, daring designs.

Available in two sizes.  The one in the photo is medium ($19.99) and there is a small ($13.99). I love that I can take this with me for my grocery list or let my kids draw in it and it doesn’t waste paper!

Purchase at

Blue Agave Mask
Energizing Peel-Off Mask

PUR Blue Agave Mask ($26 USD) —  Keep your face energized and hydrated with PUR’s Blue Agave Mask. Full of Green Tea, Ginseng and Vitamin B, this turquoise peel-off mask helps stimulate the skin’s metabolism for a look of plumper and refreshed skin. The cooling sensation and uplifting scent will leave your skin feeling totally revived.

This is so fun to use!  It is very blue, but dries to a pearlescent, sheer turqouise. It feels cool when applying it and dries in about 10-15 minutes, depending on how thick it’s applied.  Once I peeled it off, my skin was so soft and hydrated! And that’s strange because once it dries on the skin, the skin feels tight, but it is so moisturized after the mask is off!  Very cool!

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Rituals The Ritual of Dao Night Balm

Rituals The Ritual of Dao Night Balm ($17 USD) — Get your hands the beauty sleep they deserve. The new night balm contains Shea Butter and Yi-Yi Ren to transform your skin by the time you wake up, leaving them soft and ready to take on the day.

This is such a great idea.  We wear night creams on our face, why not on our hands? It has a light, fresh scent and it is so hydrating!  I massage it in the rough spots on my hands (and elbows) and my skin is soft by morning.

Purchase at and Rituals in Stores in NYC





Skincare Finds For Glowing Skin

As I age, I find taking care of my skin is a big job! I want it to stay firm and smooth as long as possible!  So I love trying new products that will leave my skin glowing.

Below are my current favorite skincare products.  They include a luxe anti-aging set, a hydrating mask, a skin-smoothing exfoliator, a pore minimizing cleanser and a firming serum:


Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra Anti-Aging Set

Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra Anti-Aging Set ($402 USD) Beauty is only skin deep, so make the most of it. This device gently warms at the tip while massaging product onto the outer layers of the skin. With just one addition to your daily regimen, you can experience enhanced results from your favorite products and uncover amazing, renewed skin. For use on the face and neck where topical skincare products can be applied.

Kit includes:

  • Genius Ultra
  • USB Cord
  • Quick Start Guide

Set includes (1) Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra, (1) RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum, and (1) RE9 Advanced Lifting and Contouring Eye Cream.

Both of these products work so well with the device! The eye cream with the device helps with puffy eyes and the serum makes my skin instantly smooth.  The device is easy to use and quickly helps the product absorb into the skin.

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fango ESSENZIALI Sheet Mask, MOISTURIZE ($7 for one) –Your new best friend. Perfect to use alone or in between mud treatments. A remedy for parched, dry skin. Helps nourish and deeply moisturize.

  • Avocado nourishes and conditions skin for the perfect youthful glow
  • Kelp extract aids in skin regeneration & rejuvenation
  • Acai berry, a powerful antioxidant, has invigorating properties that are ideal for tired skin
  • For all skin types

My skin can get dry throughout the year, and a hydrating mask is wonderful to have on hand.  This quickly hydrates my skin and gives a wonderful glow!

Purchase at Macy’s stores and

neuRADIANCE instant cell exfoliator

neuRADIANCE instant cell exfoliator ($79 USD) This invigorating polish for the face, neck and décoletté utilizes a unique triple action system to helps boost cell turnover and moisturize skin. The technologically advanced formula helps promote long-term benefits by creating a residual reservoir, trapping key ingredients, so they stay on the skin even after rinsing.  You will love the advanced sensory action; a warming upon application and cooling after rinse off.  Leaving your skin feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

This is a fun exfoliator to use!  It heats when you apply it.  Once you rinse it off your skin is cool, as well as so smooth and soft!  Great to use a couple of time a weeks for younger looking skin!

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VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser ($60 USD) — This multitasking, gentle foaming gel cleanser instantly whisks away everyday impurities, removes excess sebum, reduces pore size and infuses skin with phyto-nutrients and essential hydration

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 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.

Both of these luxe products are amazing!  The cleanser is safe to use everyday and keeps skin clean and very smooth.  The serum is unscented, which I like and has a light texture that absorbs quickly.  It firms my skin, but also doesn’t irritate it.

Purchase at

What is your new go to skincare?  Leave a comment and let me know!



Murad Launches Eyes Up Campaign For Healthier Skin and a Healthier You!

In today’s always-on world, people are more digitally-connected than ever before – yet less connected to one another in meaningful ways. That’s why Murad®, the pioneering clinical skincare brand, is launching the EyesUp Campaign, a new initiative designed to educate people about the danger of digital-only relationships and the power of real-world human connection. Through the campaign, Murad is encouraging people around the world to go “EyesUp” and connect with one another in real life.

Renowned as the “Father of Internal Skincare,” Dr. Murad’s groundbreaking work and research over the past decade has centered on helping people cope with Cultural Stress™, or the stress of modern living. The hallmarks of Cultural Stress include digital dependency, the inability to disconnect from work, and lowered self-esteem due to increased social expectations.

“As a dermatologist, I believe that healthy skin is a direct reflection of how you live your life. But today, nearly all of us are living in an increasingly stressful, always-on environment,” said Dr. Howard Murad, Murad. “The irony of technological advancement is that we are more digitally connected than ever before, yet less connected to one another in meaningful ways. This has profound implications for our skin, health, and ultimately happiness.”

In fact, this type of constant and pervasive stress has tremendous health consequences, which are particularly visible on the skin. Chronic stress, like that from Cultural Stress, has been shown to weaken immunity, increase inflammation, and accelerate aging[1].  Through the EyesUp campaign, Murad hopes to use its brand expertise on the topic to empower people to connect by disconnecting, thereby taking action against their own form of Cultural Stress.

The campaign kicks-off today with the launch of an educational film created to raise awareness about the power of human connection. The campaign video, directed by acclaimed director Kassim Norris and produced by HECHO EN 72, the production company situated inside award-winning creative agency 72andSunny, depicts the physical and emotional tolls digital dependence takes through the lens of various people living in social isolation.

Murad is also launching a content hub ( to educate people about digital dependence and social isolation, and take the EyesUp pledge. The in-depth resource will include new research, tips and tools for unlocking the power of human connection, and articles from expert contributors including neuroscientist and mind-body expert Dr. Claudia Aguirre and the renowned research organization Sputnik Observatory, dedicated to the study of contemporary culture.

Throughout 2017, the EyesUp campaign will be supported by a robust social media campaign, public relations efforts, and in-store retail activations. This is the first in a multi-year commitment to helping people unlock the power of human connection.

For more information on the Murad EyesUp campaign, or to take the EyesUp pledge, visit


Founded in 1989, Murad is a pioneering clinical skincare brand dedicated to encouraging people to live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Backed by 19 unique patents and a 30-year legacy of research and clinical testing, Murad’s unique philosophy, called Connected Beauty, is a whole person approach to health and beauty that inspires people to nourish their skin, awaken their body through physical activity, “eat” their water by consuming water-rich fruits and vegetables, and be kind to their mind. To learn more about Murad and its products, visit



[1] The American Institute of Stress. 2016

Avon NutraEffects Skincare Review



Avon has just introduced their NutraEffects collection, which uses Chia Seeds and other potent natural ingredients to hydrate skin.  I was sent some of these products for my honest review.
A seed is one of nature’s most powerful creations, it’s the source of life itself. Avon NutraEffects has harnessed this power into its breakthrough Active Seed Complex.  The complex is made with Chia Seeds which are used as the hydrating base ingredient across all of the products within the range. The powerful hydration quality comes from the blend of Chia Seeds which can hold up to 12x their weight in water and are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. In addition to this, each NutraEffects formula is then blended with other nutrient rich seeds and skin loving antioxidants to target one of four skin care needs: hydration, balance, radiance, and signs of aging.  The combinations deliver healthier, more beautiful skin from day one. All products are suitable for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, and paraben- and dye-free. The collection includes:
Avon NutraEffects Active Seed Complex Hydration Daily Cream SPF15 and Gel Night Cream ($18.00 each) — Formulated with the antioxidant-packed Chia Seed, which is one of nature’s superfoods and known for its ability to hold moisture, these deeply hydrating creams improve texture and provide 48-hour hydration to soften dry, rough skin. Designed for dry to normal skin.
Key Ingredient: Chia Seed
Key Benefit: Hydration
Key Result: Dramatically improves appearance of rough, dry skin*
Avon NutraEffects Active Seed Complex Balance Daily Cream SPF15 and Gel Night Cream ($18.00 each) — Made with a formulation of Chia Seed and specialized mattifying powders working together to reduce oil, minimize the appearance of pores, and help keep skin balanced and shine-free. Designed for combination to oily skin.
Key Ingredient: Chia Seed and Mattifying Powders
Key Benefit: Balance
Key Result: Dramatically reduces the appearance of pores*
Designed to rejuvenate dull skin, even out skin tone, and restore the complexion’s natural glow, these radiance-boosting creams are formulated with Birds of Paradise Seed, an ingredient known for its ability to brighten and reduce the look of pigmentation.
Key Ingredient: Birds of Paradise Seed
Key Benefit: Radiance
Key Result: Reduces the appearance of discoloration**
These anti-aging products are all fortified with pomegranate extract, which is known for its powerful age-defying properties and packed with vitamins and antioxidants. All three creams firm skin, nourish the complexion, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Key Ingredient: Pomegranate Extract
Key Benefit: Combats signs of aging
Key Results: Skin looks and feels younger; youthful fullness is restored**
Visibly diminishes the look of crow’s feet (eye cream)**
I was sent products from the Balance and Ageless collections to try:

The Ageless collection products are creamy and hydrating, but don’t leave my skin greasy. They are also fragrance free, and very gentle on my sensitive skin. The Day cream is lighter than the night cream, and I love that it has SPF in it. The eye cream sinks right into my skin and smooths the skin on my eye area.

I have noticed that my skin is smoother and has better texture. My fine lines do look less noticeable, too.

My skin is combination as well sensitive and aging (fun). So the Balance collection works for my skin when it is a bit oily.  It’s more of a gel texture and lighter than the Ageless collection, and will be perfect for me when it gets warmer.  But for those who are oily all of the time, I think it would be a great everyday collection.

This has a light fragrance, but it doesn’t irritate my skin at all and it does give a nice matte finish!

I think for what these products do for the skin, the price is amazing!  Natural and potent skin care usually comes at a much higher price point.

Learn more and purchase at or ask a representative.

Have you tried these products? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!






My Beauty Favorites — Week of February 26-March 5, 2017

Even though it’s getting warmer, my skin and hair are still dry and need hydration.  I love receiving new products to try for this and have been loving so many lately!

Below are natural bath and body products, anti-aging skincare and face and hair masks:

Le Couvent des Minimes Gardener’s Hand Healer ($19 2.6 oz) blends 20% of the finest grade Shea Butter with seven Beneficial Plants to enhance the appearance of your hands.This intensive formula restores moisture to the skin and protects active, chapped and cracked hands like an invisible glove to leave them soft and smooth.

Le Couvent des Minimes Eau des Minimes ($38 3.4 fl. oz.) continues the tradition of the Eaux de Cologne that were prepared in convents in times gone by. This original recipe is a fragrant water, which can be applied generously to the body. It combines 3 refreshing citrus fruits with 7 plants from the official garden, selected for their beneficial properties.

Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Sereine Relaxing Shower Veil ($12 USD) — Inspired by the breathtaking surroundings of the Convent, this botanical fragrance captures the tranquil waters of a lake high in the mountains of Haute-Provence. Inspired by the relaxing setting of the Convent,this rich, plant-based cleansing base gently cleanses skin while leaving behind a revitalizing fragrance.

Purchase at Ulta stores and

Meaningful Beauty Skin Softening Cleanser: ($30 USD) — Gentle and oil-free, it contains a unique apple extract that helps to minimize the skin from the visible signs of premature aging. This lightweight, softening cleanser is gentle enough to be used alone as a makeup remover, yet strong enough to strip away makeup, dirt and debris, leaving behind healthier, more refreshed looking skin.

Meaningful Beauty Deep Cleansing Masque: ($40 USD) — Referred to as the line’s “facial-in-a-bottle,” it’s designed to lift the skin and exfoliate impurities. An infusion of antioxidants and marine extracts deep clean, purify and revive stressed skin to reveal fresh, younger, radiant looking skin after one use.

Meaningful Beauty Créme de Serum: ($64 USD) — Combines the power of a serum with the rich, moisturizing effects of a crème, it works to combat the signs of aging with three powerful anti-aging ingredients: super-antioxidant melon complex, anti-aging peptides and hyaluronic acid. Its designed ‘s help protect skin, increase hydration and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while providing a fresh, dewy look.
Purchase at Ulta stores and

Masqueology Collagen Hydro Gold Gel ($2.50 USD).  A synthetic mesh 2-piece single use facial mask saturated with advanced multi-functioning ingredients creates a gel like texture that contours to your face leaving it softer and hydrated while refining fine lines and wrinkles. The Gold Gel mask is loaded with collagen and gold to help hydrate and revitalize the dull fatigued skin while detoxifying the impurities in the skin to give an overall glow and life to the skin.

Masqueology Volumizing hair mask ($3 USD) will supply nutritious ingredients to help hair that are flat and drooping giving bounce and elasticity. Ingredients such as keratin, potato, macadamia, camellia help volumize and give shine to lifeless hair. This one and only kind of hair mask utilizes the heat from your body to help deliver the nutritious ingredients deep into the follicles and shaft of the flat drooping hair to give bounce and elasticity.

Masqueology Aqua Hydrating Sleeping Pack ($2.50 USD) — creates a moisture barrier while you sleep to retain moisture and to hydrate the dry tired skin. The skin will feel smooth and revitalized when you wake up in the morning.

Available at Walmart stores and



My Beauty Favorites — Week of February 13-19, 2017

Hi all! I usually do my favorites post on Sunday, but I am a little late this week.  The weather has been so nice in Kansas City, it’s hard to sit down and write!

I have still been testing fantastic products, including ones to help transition into spring.  Below are fast working sheet masks for all types of skin issues, cute and slimming capri pants and a rose elixir:

Alba Fast Fix Sheet Masks
Alba Fast Fix Sheet Masks

Alba Fast Fix Sheet Masks ($3.49 USD) Individually wrapped, serum-soaked fiber masks contour to your face to deliver concentrated doses of active botanical ingredients. In as little as 5 minutes, skin experiences a powerful beauty-enhancing treatment! 100% vegetarian ingredients, no animal testing, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors or parabens.

  • Coconut Water Hydrate Sheet Mask: an infusion of coconut water, cucumber and chamomile provide a mega-moisture oasis to return skin to healthy, hydrated happiness
  • Camu Camu Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask: camu camu, cocoa and caffeine fight the good fight to help firm, tone and tackle those pesky lines and wrinkles
  • Papaya Anti-Acne Sheet Mask: the zit-zapping trio of papaya, lemon balm and salicylic acid penetrate pores to give pimples their proper punishment
  • Grapefruit Even Tone Sheet Mask: grapefruit, charcoal and turmericvanish visible pores, soothe redness and help lighten shadows, to give skin a soft, even glow

What I think:  What I love about sheet masks are that they are so easy to apply and are finished in minutes.  I tried the Grapefruit mask first and it soothed my sensitive skin and gave it a glow.  My daughter liked the Papaya mask for her occasional acne.   The Coconut Water mask is perfect for when my skin is very dry and the Camu Camu mask is great for ladies (like me) who need to firm skin.

Purchase at Target, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods & natural food stores

SlimSation Floral Print Capri
SlimSation Floral Print Capri

SlimSation Floral Print Capri ($64 USD) –Ultra-comfortable, wrinkle-resistant SlimSation stretch fabric feels beautiful on every body. Slim-fitting and flat front for a smooth look along with side decorative faux pockets and 2 flat pockets in the back.

  • Contoured waistband on capri cut.
  • SlimSation stretch moves with you while retaining its shape.
  • Rayon, Nylon, Spandex blend. Machine wash, cold. Imported.
  • 22″ inseam
  • Average leg opening is 18 3/4″

What I think:  These pants are so cute!  The print is a dark navy blue and it is is gorgeous.  They do slim the stomach and rear and look amazing on.  Perfect for spring and summer!

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KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I: 1,000 Roses
KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I: 1,000 Roses

KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I: 1,000 Roses ($90 for 14ml or $225 or 47ml) — A 100% active, moisturizing Beauty oil formulated with holistic principles in mind. Scientifically established nutrients, a plethora of botanical extracts, and the essential oil of 1,000 organic Bulgarian roses combine to repair signs of environmental challenge to deliver dewy, glowing, rose-petal-soft skin. (SRP: $90 or £70/14ml or $225 or £175/47ml). Actives have been selected based on their recognition by both western and natural medicine as beneficial to skin. Each Beauty Elixir features 18 or more active natural ingredients, including:

  • CoQ10 certified by Kaneka, shown to diminish the appearance of sun damage both acute and over time
  • Vitamin C Ester and Vitamin E Protects and inspires collagen production, the vitamin c ester has several clinical studies behind it establishing its benefit to collagen in skin
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil Wild-crafted from the high deserts of Arizona, KYPRIS is currently the only company using US grown and procured Prickly Pear which is a distinct genus species to North America and boasts 150% the vitamin E of argan oil, minerals, and amino acids – anti-inflammatory and healing to restore irritated, dry skin
  • Baobab A wealth of phytosterols that nourish and soften
  • Rosehip Phytonutrient, Vitamin, Antioxidant, and essential fatty acid rich
  • Pomegranate 60% punicic acid, diminishes inflammatory effects of UV over exposure
  • Delivers luminous, lusciously soft skin. Diminishes the appearance of UV overexposure. Mega dose of nourishment to skin.
  • Use 2-5 drops per application

What I think: This oil smells like fresh roses and is so luxe!  It is very hydrating and softens skin immediately.  I love this as a night treatment.  In the morning my skin is soft and smooth.

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