My Beauty Favorites Week of August 31-September 6, 2015

Happy Labor Day!  I am visiting my mom in Oregon, but I though I should put out my favorites post for last week.  Better late than never!

This week I am loving products to make my skin glow, protect and firm my facial skin,  give a smooth shave and treat my scalp.

What products are you loving this week?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Mousse and Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion Set
Vita Liberata pHenomenal Mousse and Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion Set

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Mousse and Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion Set ($39 USD) — Inclusive of VITA LIBERATA favorites pHenomenal Mousse, Fabulous Gradual Tan Lotion and mini Tanning Mitt, the Labor Day Set has all your tanning needs covered to ensure you have the best skin finishing glow for your last summer hoorah this coming Labor Day weekend, and to extend your summer glow well into fall! The pHenomenal Mousse provides the world’s longest lasting tan in a superbly hydrating formula that encourage the most beautiful, natural and conditioning 2-3 week tan. The Fabulous Gradual Tan Lotion is an ultra-hydrating tan lotion that applies clear for zero transfer onto clothes and develops lasting color over 4-8 hours.

What  I think:  Both of these products are amazing! The mousse is extremely easy to apply and will give a deep tan in a few hours.  If you use it for a few days, you can keep the tan for a few weeks.  And to continue the tan (and add moisture), use the gradual lotion every day.  Fabulous!

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Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30
Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30 ($20 USD) — This lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer is clinically shown to help improve firmness and reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. Powerful natural anti-aging ingredients help restore the appearance of your skin’s smooth, firm texture, while natural broad spectrum SPF 30 protects against sun damage.

What I think:  Day creams with SPF are usually heavy and greasy.  This one is so light, it sinks right into the skin.  That is great for applying makeup afterwards.  My skin looks very smooth after use.  I will continue using it to see if it firms well.

Learn more and purchase at

eos Travel Shave Cream
eos Travel Shave Cream

eos Travel Shave Cream ($1 USD) — Packed with natural conditioning oils, shea butter, and vitamins C and E, the eos Travel Shave Cream in Pomegranate Raspberry is a necessity for keeping legs moisturized all day and night! It is the only shave cream that keep skin soft, smoothed, and moisturized for 24 hours – even after rinsing! And thanks to the TSA-approved eos Travel Shave Cream your legs will be smooth wherever your Labor Day travels bring you!

What I think: This size is small enough for travel, but large enough to get at least a week of shaving in!  It smells so good and really makes my legs smooth and soft after shaving.  I love this line of natural products!

Purchase at Target stores

L'Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Scalp Tonic
L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Scalp Tonic

L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Scalp Tonic ($26 USD) — This silicone-free tonic helps refresh, revitalize and purify the scalp to leave hair shining with beauty. This ultra-fresh formula combines 5 essential oils (mint, thyme, grapefruit, cedar and lavender) with a plant-based vinegar and allantoin to help purify and soothe the scalp, while reducing excess sebum.

What I think: I’ve heard that the secret to gorgeous hair is to treat the scalp — a healthy scalp means healthy hair.  This smells amazing and really makes my scalp feel clean.  I do notice that my hair is shinier after use!

Available at

Coachella Festival Must-Haves

Are you going to Coachella this weekend or next?  Or do you have another fun musical festival weekend planned this spring or summer?  Don’t forget to take portable beauty products with you to stay fresh all day!

Below are some of my portable favorites to freshen, moisturize and hydrate during festival season!

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Deodorant
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Deodorant

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Deodorant ($8 USD) — allows you to take freshness on-the-go with a mini version of Lavanila’s best-selling deodorants. This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection.  I find that I need to reapply natural deodorants if I am out in the sun, so being able to slip this in your purse for a festival is essential.  But, I do love using natural deodorants because they are great for your skin!

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Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths in Energize
Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths in Energize

Keep cool with Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths in Energize ($2.99 for 10 cloths) — Wipe away sweat, refresh your frame of mind and leave your skin with a cooling sensation. The inside pack is small and portable, so perfect to take along on hot days. These have light citrus scent and instantly cool the skin.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

eos Every Day Hand Lotion
eos Every Day Hand Lotion

eos Every Day Hand Lotion ($3.99 each) — I always have lotion in my bag.  These are cute and don’t take up a lot of space. They comes in three soothing scents; Fresh Flowers, Cucumber, and Berry Blossom.  Each hand lotion is made with 97% natural ingredients including aloe, oat, shea butter, and vitamins E&C. I have it in Fresh Flowers and I love the scent.  Perfect for spring!

Purchase at at, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid,

Balm Chicky Balm Balm Wild Mountain Honey
Balm Chicky Balm Balm Wild Mountain Honey

Balm Chicky Balm Balm Wild Mountain Honey ($7 USD) — Made with all-natural ingredients: Beeswax, rosemary, and vitamin E combine with the sweet scent of honey and fresh clementines, organic palm oil for deep penetrating moisture, organic hemp seed oil as mother nature’s UV blocker, and organic extra-virgin olive oil for young supple lips. This balm also has the Friend End — pop the cap off the bottom and a friend can use their finger to enjoy the balm as well!  Also available in Juicy Melons, Huge Cucumber & Mint, Sweet Baby Ginger and Hot Chocolate Love.

Available at and this month it will be in over 400 Target stores this month, so check the one near you!

Icelandic Glacial
Icelandic Glacial

Don’t forget to hydrate! Icelandic Glacial is a premium, natural spring water that is bottled straight from the source of Iceland. With exceptional balance from a naturally low, “sweet spot” mineral content and an uncommonly high and naturally occurring alkaline pH level of 8.4, Icelandic Glacial provides a clean fresh taste with the perfect healthy balance for the body – you won’t have to worry about staying hydrated and cool under the Coachella desert sun!

Icelandic Glacial is available in five sizes from 330ml to 1.5L ($1.00-$2.79) at select fine groceries and


New Lip Products From eos, Softlips and butter LONDON

Tomorrow’s Easter!  Yay!  As the Easter bunny is about to arrive, I am thinking of pastels and fun bright lip products for Spring.

I use lip balms and glosses all year round because I need moisture at all times as my lips are a bit dry.

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack
eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Pack ($5.99 USD) — Delight your lips: two more reasons to smile.  The eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm 2014 Spring Collection comes in a delightful floral-themed card perfect for springtime gifting.  The pack features the Limited Edition Passion Fruit and Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Sphere Lip Balms.  The lip balms are 100% natural and enriched with nourishing shea butter and soothing jojoba oil to keep your lips moisturized all Spring! This adorable collection makes the perfect addition to Easter baskets or Mother’s Day Gifts!

Available at Target, CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, and

Softlips Cube
Softlips Cube

Softlips Cube ($3.49 USD) — In 1992, Softlips® was the first lip balm made specifically for women with its unique slim stick packaging and flavorful formulas. Now, over 20 years later, Softlips® recreates lip care once again with the launch of its Cube!

Available in three new flavors, Pomegranate Blueberry, Fresh Mint and Vanilla Bean, Softlips® Cube give lips everything they need:

  • Hydrates: Advanced formula with Shea Butter restores softness and moisture to even the driest lips
  • Replenishes: Antioxidant vitamins A, C, & E soothe and help repair damaged skin
  • Smoothes: Rich emollients smooth roughness, leaving lips silky and soft
  • Protects: SPF 15 protects lips from sun burn
  • Adds Shine: Luscious hydrators give the perfect radiant finish

Available at a mass market retailer near you

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss
butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss

butter LONDON LIPPY Lip Gloss ($20 USD) — Meet your new everyday essential, Lippy Lip Gloss. Chic shades and textures add a brilliant touch of whimsy, and accentuate your natural glow. Butter’s nourishing formula moisturizes and protects with shea butter, and vitamin E. Butter London does not add phthalates and parabens to its formulas. It’s colour without compromise.

The three shades above our from the new summer Lolly Brights collection.  They are:

Chuffed — sheer tangerine

Twee — sheer magenta

Stroppy — sheer berry

Available at

What lip products are you using this spring?


Summer Beauty Savers

Summer is going strong!  Is your beauty routine holding up?  Are you keeping safe in the sun and the elements?

Summer beauty doesn’t have to be complicated.  A few great hair, skin and sun care products can really help get you through this hot season.

nite Expanda Dust Volumizing Powder
Unite Expanda Dust Volumizing Powder

UNITE Hair Expanda Dust ($26.25) — It’s magic! With just a puff you can get more volume and texture than you’ve ever imagined! You’ll never go flat again!

Key Ingredients:

Kaolin: Adds texture and hold

Potato Starch: Thickens and adds volume

Tapioca Starch: Thickens and adds volume

Corn Starch: Adds body and hold

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Adds moisture and soothes hair and scalp

FOR BEST RESULTS: Lightly sprinkle on to roots for volume. Sprinkle throughout for added texture. For a sleek ponytail, apply to roots to give your pony some volume. Next, sweep hair into a ponytail using a paddle brush to smooth the sides and leaving the top voluminous. Finish by securing with a ponytail holder.

What I think:  This works well with my flat hair.  And the ponytail tip above is really cute! Purchase at

SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus Picaridin
SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus Picaridin

SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus Picaridin ($14-$16): Protect your family when mosquitoes are more active – dawn and dusk – with this strong, dependable insect repellent. These DEET-free formulas provide long-lasting protection against deer ticks and mosquitoes.  Repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease.  Repels mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus. Bug Guard Plus Picaridin is available as an Aerosol Spray, Pump Spray, or Towelettes, and just like our other favorite formula, the pump spray will come in bonus and travel sizes and the towelettes will now be available in a 16 pack.

What I think:  I keep the pump spray of this by my back door so when my family goes into our buggy back yard, we are protected.  It works really well and smells nice, too!


Coppertone Oil Free Faces
Coppertone Oil Free Faces

Coppertone Oil Free Faces in SPF 15, 30 and 50+ ($10.99 USD) Provides powerful protection designed specifically for your delicate skin. This oil-free lotion contains a special blend of anti-oxidants Vitamins A and E, skin conditioners and natural hydrating elements to help smooth and moisturize your skin. This lightweight lotion is non-greasy and it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. And it’s fragrance free and non-irritating. And, because it’s from the Coppertone brand you can be sure you’re getting all the protection you need. Specially formulated with Parsol® 1789,  Coppertone® Oil Free Faces Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion helps prevent the premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by providing advanced broad-spectrum protection form the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. Dermatologist tested. Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, water resistant.

Sun Alert:  The sun causes skin damage. Over the years, regular use of effective sunscreens like Coppertone® Oil Free Faces Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 may reduce the risk of skin damage, some types of skin cancer and other harmful effects due to the sun.

What I think:  I try to use sunscreen on my face every day.  The fact that this is oil free is perfect for me because sunscreen can easily clog my pores.  I also love the anti-oxidants and skin care benefits that you can get with such and affordable product.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

b-leve haircare
b-leve haircare

From the b-leve website: We b•lēve ingredients like olive, white tea & cactus let you shine in everything you do. Cationic chemistry specifically targets  damaged areas along the hair shaft and at the ends without the use of  high levels of silicone.

I tested the b-hydrated Shampoo and Conditioner. Increases moisture, shine & manageability. Natural extracts of cactus + kelp + white tea. Why b•lēve? b-hydrated shampoo and conditioner has a rich and fortified formulation that contains natural extracts of cactus, kelp and white tea. Cationic chemistry, the leading technology in performance hair care, specifically targets damaged areas along the hair shaft and at the ends. This advanced precision formula does not require the use of high levels of silicone. Contains cactus extract – for moisturizing damage repair. Contains kelp extract – for shine and manageability. Contains white tea extract – for gloss, strength & long lasting shine. Paraben-free. Antioxidant & vitamin rich. No animal testing. Made in Canada.

What I think:  I love the scent of these products. Mostly, though, I love how soft and shiny they leave my hair after use.

Available at and fine grocers nationwide.

eos’ new Basket of Fruit Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Pack
eos’ new Basket of Fruit Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Pack

eos’ new Basket of Fruit Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Pack ($10.99 USD) — The Lip balm that is good enough to eat is now in this basket of four! The eos new fruit inspired lip balm collection features:  Limited Edition Fresh Watermelon and our ever popular Strawberry Sorbet, Summer Fruit and Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balms. This colorful collection is the perfection addition to your fall essentials. The soft-touch, ergonomic, recyclable packaging is easy to find in even the largest of bags!

What I think: I have loved eos lip balms since they came out!  This pack is affordable and the flavors are yummy!  I split the pack with my daughters. Every one had a favorite.  Mine is Pomegranate Raspberry!

Available at Target,, and

Enjoy the rest of your summer!





Summer Skin Savers — Part 1

Summer is coming!  To get ready for it, I have been stocking on some fab products to protect me from the sun’s harmful rays, and to sooth my skin afterwards.

I have received so many great products for my honest review, that I’ve had to split this up into two long posts.  I hope this gives you some great ideas!

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum ($42; travel size $20) – City Sunscreen Serum is a multitasking broad spectrum SPF 30+ daily repair serum for skin exposed to the sun, both in the past and the present. This ultra-light, Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ simultaneously protects skin, moisturizes on contact and combats premature aging. with Antioxidants E and B5 to optimize skin health, promote nutrient absorption and cell renewal and HYDROVOTIN 24 to simulate the skin’s natural moisturizing factor for hydrated and moisturized skin without a rich cream or thick lotion. The perfect first step SPF primer, post cleansing.

What I think:  This is the first serum with SPF I have tried.  It is a very lightweight serum that soaks right into the skin. I love that it gives anti-aging skin care benefits plus the SPF of 30.

Available at

ate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight
Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight

Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight ($48 USD) — This ultra-fluid, waterlight sunscreen—that blends effortlessly into skin—provides hydration, SPF50+ broad spectrum protection, and anti-aging benefits. A cutting-edge delivery system ensures that the Sunscreen stays in a reservoir on the skin’s surface, while Advanced Ingredients penetrate to restore optimal moisture levels and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.          

  • Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ sun protection
  • Unconventional, ultra-lightweight texture absorbs easily
  • Contains physical, mineral sun blocking ingredients, without any chemical sunscreens
  • Utilizes a unique reservoir technology that keeps sunscreen on the surface of the skin

What I think:  This is a wonderful sunscreen that is so light you can use it over a heavier moisturizer if you need one.  It also has great anti-aging benefits.  Great if you are looking for a sunscreen to use with your normal skin care regimen.

Available at

Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Peter Lamas
Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Peter Lamas

Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Peter Lamas ($44 USD) -offers the ultimate sun protection, this lightweight moisturizer is packed with powerful antioxidant-rich ingredients that help nourish and protect complexion from sun damage. A synergy of active ingredients, which includes natural Mineral Sunscreen Zinc Oxide, defends against free radicals and hydrates the skin while Grape Stem Cells help increase cell turnover rate to rejuvenate skin and repair damage caused over time by harmful UV rays. Zinc Oxide creates an invisible barrier against the sun to provide broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, while photosomes help reverse UV-induced damage and help repair the skin’s DNA. Olive leaf extract—loaded with polyunsaturated acids—maintains moisture to help create a supple, more youthful-looking complexion.

What I think:  I have been using this for a couple of weeks now.  I love the SPF, but since it contains Zinc in it, you need to blend it well so white residue doesn’t appear on the skin.  I also like to let it sink in for a few minutes before I apply my makeup.

Coming in June to

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($42 USD) – Many women prefer a light foundation when lounging by the pool or on a beach, as anything too heavy tends to melt away. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 offers sheer coverage, light moisturization and sun protection-! Toss this 3-in-1 multi-tasker in your beach bag to achieve the perfect dewy glow.

What I think:  I have heard great things about this moisturizer, and I was not disappointed.  This is so moisturizing that you can skip your normal moisturizer if you wish and apply it right over serum.  It covers well, but is light enough to look natural.

Available at

Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB
Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB Cream (Beauty Balm Cream,$11.99 USD) is a multifunctional formula that targets discoloration and spots while providing natural pigment-perfecting coverage and SPF 15 protection from the sun.  Formulated with our Tone Enhancing Complex + Mineral pigment to even skin tone, renew radiance and leave skin with a flawless finish. It:

  • Targets discoloration
  • Provides superior moisturization
  • Protects skin from the sun
  • Provides lightweight coverage to conceal imperfections
  • Prevents discoloration from recurring
  • Brightens complexion
  • Reduces redness
  • Primes skin for makeup application

Available in two shades: Fair/Light and Medium/Dark.

What I think: This is the lightest BB Cream I have used.  It is very moisturizing, but the coverage isn’t for those who want full coverage.  It you want to wake up in the morning and just put this on, you will look very natural and receive skin care benefits.

Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Lemon Drop with SPF 15 ($3.29 USD) – Pamper your lips while you protect them from the sun with this irresistibly refreshing Broad Spectrum SPF 15 lip balm that’s bursting with natural flavor.

What I think:  I love eos lip balms.  These are fun and very moisturizing.  They also taste great.  This one is perfect for the summer since it has SPF.

Available at and your local drugstore.


Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

Here are a few cool stocking stuffer ideas for the ladies on your list:

EOS Holiday Box ($8.99 USD) eos’ 3-pack of organic lip balm makes a great gift for the holidays. Or treat yourself to supple lips with each delicious scent and flavor: strawberry sorbet, sweet mint, and passion fruit.   Purchase at a mass retailer near you.

Josie Maran Set of 3 Argan lip Treatment Pots ($40 USD) Treat your lips right with nourishing argan oil for a pout that’s lush, supple, and smooth. This trio helps restore youthful-looking fullness in three lovely shades and scents. From Josie Maran.

  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in Rosey, a deep rose pink with pomegranate scent
  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in  Heaven, a glittering sheer peach with tangerine scent
  • 0.24-oz lip treatment in Kiss Me, a light pink with lime scent

Purchase at

beautyblender pure kit ($49.95) — For the beauty maven that’s always travelling, pure™ kit includes everything needed for the perfect skin care application regimen both at home and on-the-go! pure™ kit contains 1 new beautyblender pure sponge and 1 solid cleanser in a mesh pouch that allows light and air to pass through, allowing your beautyblender to dry thoroughly and completely. It is the perfect travel companion for both your pure™ and solid™ products when you are on-the-go!

pure™ is designed to be used with moisturizers, eye treatment serums and lotions, makeup primers and makeup removers to be a truly hygienic, gentle way to ensure optimal use of the most advanced skin care products. Not only can pure™ be used as an essential must-have tool in your skin care routine, but you can even use it to apply your makeup for flawless coverage. The elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. This multi-purpose sponge magically allows you to cover up dark circles and blemishes, achieve an airbrushed foundation finish, brighten your skin with bronzer and blush, apply and blend eye shadow effortlessly, and add some strategic shimmer on the top of your décolletage. No need for a glam squad when you have beautyblender® pure™!

Included in the pure kit is the new solid™ cleanser. This travel friendly alternative to the original liquid blendercleanser provides the same cleansing results and the soothing lavender fragrance for your beautyblender applicators and make up brushes.

pure™ kit retails for $49.95. For a list of retailers please visit

My Favorite New Summer Lip Products

Soft, smooth and natural lips are the perfect look for summer.  The luscious lip products below will help achieve this.  From a lip exfoliator to a fruity lip balm to a lipstick that makes lips soft after continuous use, your lips will look fabulous while using this products!

Merle Norman Lip Exfoliator ($15.00 USD) — Gentle micro-dermabrasion lip treatment immediately retexturizes skin to reveal incredibly soft and smooth lips.  Allows lip color to glide on smoothly and keeps it from caking.  Easy-to-use stick formula.  Visit www. to learn more.

Enjoy eos’ all-new limited edition Strawberry Sorbet and Passion Fruit ($5.99 USD) – two refreshingly tasty organic flavors launching just in time for summer. Revolutionary smooth sphere applies directly to lips, making it more hygienic than pot lip balms. It is enclosed in powder pink and lavender soft-touch, recyclable packaging.  Key Ingredients are Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturize. This retails for $5.99 at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, and

Becca Cosmetics Sheer Lip Color ($24.00 USD) — A collection of sheer, hydrating lipsticks with subtle shine in a palette of tones flattering for all skin tones, BECCA’s Sheer Tint Lip Colour contains a cocktail of emollients and antioxidants such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Honey and Vitamin E, to moisturise and protect the lips while providing a smooth, even application of creamy colour.  Shop at The Plaza Beauty,One West 58th Street at The Plaza Hotel’s Concourse Level.

CoverGirl LipPerfection ($7.49 USD) — A new kind of lip transformation; lipstick that transforms your lips  instantly with gorgeous color and transforms dry lips to noticeably  smoother/more gorgeous lips in just 7 days. Contains a silk therapy complex –
beautiful rich lip color infused with silk protein to help sustain moisture  leve ls so the more you wear it, the more gorgeous your lips become. Lip Perfection is CoverGirl’s iconic, prestige-inspired lip bullet.  This is available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Merle Norman Lip Polish ($15.00 USD) — Creamy lip gloss delivers 100-watt shine.  Luscious high-fashion shades provide intense luster with hydrating benefits.  glides on smoothly and evenly with brush applicator.  Long-wearing.  Anti-feathering. Visit to learn more. Enjoy!