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), Neocutis.com — 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), LovelySkin.com — 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), LovelySkin.com — 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!

Purchase at Neocutis.com and LovelySkin.com

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.

Purchase at http://www.manukadoctor.com

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Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Sonic Pulse Battery Toothbrush

Arm &; Hammer Spinbrush Sonic Pulse Battery Toothbrush

I was luck enough to be sent a Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Sonic Pulse Battery Toothbrush for my honest review.  I have been testing it for about a week now. Here’s the info on it:

ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush™ Sonic Pulse battery-powered toothbrush delivers sonic pulsing action that gently removes 2X more plaque in hard to reach areas. The extra slim handle design fits easily into your hand, and has the power of a battery toothbrush with the same control as a Manual brush.

  • Removes 2X more plaque in many of the hardest to reach areas*
  • Extra slim handle design that fits easily into your hand
  • Sonic pulsing action
  • Replaceable head and battery included
  • Available with Soft bristles

Learn More About Spinbrush™ Battery Powered Toothbrush And Your Oral Health!

What I think:  I have been using a manual toothbrush, so I was so happy to try this vibrating toothbrush. It’s very easy to use — it has a button touch.  It is a portable size, and is perfect to take on vacation.  And it cleans my teeth so much better than a manual toothbrush! I find that it removes my plaque and leaves my teeth smooth and clean.

This can be purchased at mass market retailers near you.

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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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Memorial Day Beauty Must Haves!

It’s crazy to think that it’s almost summer!  My kids got out of school this week and it’s now time to celebrate with a nice long holiday weekend!

Here are some amazing beauty products that will help you look and feel amazing throughout this weekend and summer!

Any patriotic holiday is a free pass for wearing red lipstick by the pool. Take full advantage of the occasion with Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Gladiola ($29, Arbonne.com). This lipstick is infused with watermelon fruit extract which helps provide immediate, long-term moisture while imparting a plumping effect to give the appearance of full, lush lips.

It’s inevitable, you’ll be sweating this Memorial Day. A product worth stashing in your purse is Mehron Skin Prep Pro ($13, Amazon.com). Used under the most extreme weather conditions, skin feels and continues to look fresh.

When the forecast calls for major humidity, you need a power product such as The Mane Choice Pink Lemonade & Coconut Super Anti-Oxidant & Texture Beautifier Curl Boosting Sherbet ($14.99, TheManeChoice.com and Walmart). Formulated to boost curls and fight frizz, the cream defines and shapes your tresses leaving long lasting shine.

Don’t forget to protect your lips! Try opting for an SPF chapstick that’ll give your lips a hydrated glow without the risk of attracting harmful UV rays. The Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Lip Balm Mineral Sunscreen SPF 15 ($12, Arbonne.com) is infused with coconut oil and moisturizing botanicals to help condition and smooth the lips.

What are your favorite beauty products for the warmer weather?

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Ahoy! Its LORAC limited-edition Pirates of the Caribbean Collection

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Collection

Get some #piratebeauty inspiration from LORAC Los Angeles ahead of the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales release this Friday!

With the stars as your guide, set out on a beauty adventure with the new LORAC Los Angeles limited-edition Pirates of the Caribbean collection. Featuring a PRO Eye Shadow Palette and Cheek Palette, as well as six brand-new double-ended lip colors, each item will help you decode beauty mysteries as you set off on a journey full of uncharted brilliance.

I think from the photos this collection looks gorgeous! The shadows have so many gorgeous shades, I think the array of fresh colors will be perfect for spring and summer looks.  The cheek palette is so pretty, too!  It has a nice combo of blushes and highlighters.

And oh those lippies!  Here is a photo of the group:

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Mod Lip Cream Duo

I think they are all beautiful and would wear most of them.  Heck, I would wear all of them, LOVE!

I may be receiving products to review and will let you know what I think if I do.

Here are photos of the eye and cheek palettes:

Eyeshadow Palette Closed

 

Eyeshadow Palette Open
Cheek Palette Closed
Cheek Palette Open

 

Want to create your own oceanic-inspired look? Check out YouTube star Jenn Im’s step-by-step tutorial which features several shades from the PRO Eye Shadow Palette.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O-A84B2AAU

What do you think about this collection?  Do you love the packaging and colors?

 

My Beauty Favorites — Week of May 15-21, 2017

It’s been a stormy week in Kansas City, but it’s sunny today!  That makes me think of summer and gorgeous summer makeup!

My favorites this week include new launches from essence cosmetics, Miracle Skin Transformer and Pur Cosmetics.  These products will keep skin glowing and nails shimmering throughout summer:

essence cosmetics Out of Space Stories Nail Polish Collection

 

Out of this world! Introducing the Out of Space Stories Nail Polish Collection ($2.99 USD) by essence cosmetics. These holographic, iridescent and metallic nail polishes are available in 7 bright colors perfect for an intergalactic adventure.

What I think:  These are really fun polishes!  Great for fingers and toes.  They go on smoothly and last a week with a base and top coat.  And they are an affordable option if you’d like to try a holo or other sparkly polish!

Purchase at essencemakeup.com!

Miracle Skin Transformer Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation

Miracle Skin Transformer Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation ($36 USD) —  a color solution with an emphasis on skin, and feature Chroma-Quench, a fusion of peptides to support & strengthen, humectants to draw and bind water for natural hydration, light-reflecting particles and pigment, allowing you to create a cocktail for customized complexion solutions.

What I think: This hydrating foundation smells like a margarita!  At least it does to me.  It applies really smoothly and I’d say it has a medium coverage.  It feels so light on, it will be perfect for summer.  I don’t like to wear anything heavy on my face when it gets hot out, and this will be perfect!  Available in two shades Buff/Light and Honey/Medium.

Available at miracleskintransformer.com

Pur Cosmetics Bronze Your Selfie Skin-Perfecting Face and Body Liquid Bronzer ($26 USD) — Bronze your selfie with liquid gold and added radiance for your entire body. This liquid bronzer veils the skin in PÜR’s skin nourishing and perfecting Energy Complex and a prismatic, imperfection blurring bronzer technology that gives a natural sexy sun-kissed hue. This versatile formula can be worn alone or with makeup and on both the face and body. It easily smooths onto skin and locks into place for long-lasting tropical radiance.

Pur Cosmetics Make It Matte Oil Mattifying Blotting Stick ($26 USD) — Oily skin has finally met its matte. This versatile blotting stick instantly mattifies and perfects without over drying the skin, leaving you with a shine-free look that’s comfortable. Use it before makeup application as a mattifying primer or on-the-go for touchups throughout the day. Breakthrough shine doesn’t stand a chance!

What I think: The bronzer has a slight shimmer to it and it is a really pretty golden color.  I think it’s perfect for arms and legs to smooth skin or enhance a tan.  the blotting stick will be perfect for when it gets hot and humid in KC.  It helps skin stay matte all day.  It works well under makeup or on it’s own for a natural look.

Purchase at http://www.purcosmetics.com

What new products have you been loving this week?

 

 

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?