My Beauty Favorites — Week of November 9-15, 2015

Can you believe that we are getting close to Thanksgiving?  As it gets colder outside, I have to make sure that my skin is healthy.  Because of that, I am focusing on skincare as my favorites this week.

This week I am loving cool dragon’s blood eye masks, amazing beauty oils, a firming serum and a reusable sponge, and a moisture cream that is perfect for oily skin!

Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Masks Pack of 8 Sets of Two
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks Pack of 8 Sets of Two

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks ($39 for 8 sets of two) — Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask by Rodial is an innovative mask that uses the brand’s dragon blood complex to intensely hydrate and moisturize your eye area. It works as a second skin while soothing and repairing cells, and added hyaluronic acid helps plump and hydrated for a firmer, younger look. Additionally, arnica extract helps reduce the look of under-eye puffiness and dark circles for an instant, brighter-eyed appearance.

How to use: Remove each eye mask from the plastic sheet and apply directly to the under-eye area. Place the narrow side toward the nose and the wider side to the outer corner of the eye. Remove the protective fabric sheet. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and peel away. Gently massage any residue into skin.

What I think: These are so neat!  You apply them under eyes, and leave them on for about 20 minutes.  When removed, skin is soothed and firm.  They stay on really well, so you can walk around the house and do chores if you need to! They also helped my dark cirlces.

Available at shop.nordstrom.com

Desert Essence Organic Coconut, Jojoba, & Coffee Oil ($16.99 USD) — NEW! This pure blend of USDA-certified Organic and Non-GMO oils enhances natural beauty while awakening the senses. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Organic Jojoba Oil penetrate deeply into skin to moisturize and tone, without leaving an oily residue. Coffee Oil, with its invigorating scent, helps keep skin smooth and firm –

Desert Essence Moringa, Jojoba, & Rose Hip Oil ($13.99 USD) — NEW! This extraordinary oil, formulated specially for face, neck and hands, helps revitalize skin with a rich combination of nutrients. Known as The Tree of Life, Moringa helps fight skin fatigue by delivering a healthy supply of fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, C, & E, and antioxidants. Considered to be one of the greatest cosmetic oils discovered, Moringa Seed Oil is blended with Jojoba Oil to help enhance skin’s texture and glow. Rose Hip Oil, rich in GLA fatty acids, adds remarkable skin-restorative properties to this powerful natural trio. –

Desert Essence Organic Coconut & Jojoba Oil ($16.99 USD) – NEW! Two ultra-moisturizing oils help bring out the natural beauty of skin and hair in this USDA-Certified Organic, Non-GMO oil blend. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil penetrates deeply into skin and hair, delivering rich moisture and a delicious, tropical scent. Organic Jojoba Oil mimics the structure of skin’s natural oils to quickly absorb and balance moisture levels.

What I think: These are so hydrating and sink right in to the skin. My favorite is the once with the coffee oil.  It smells amazing!  It is like rubbing coffee on my skin!  The scent does fade, which is probably good, but the moisture remains on my skin all day.  These are also great for the hair and the moringa oil is very good for hands and cuticles.

Available at http://www.desertessence.com

beautyblender and REN
beautyblender and REN

In anticipation of winter skin woes now would be a great time to revamp a step in your beauty routine.

·       Take your beautyblender pure, wet and squeeze out water

·       Apply 2 ­ 3 drops of REN’s Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot

·       Before you make up, gently bounce your Beauty Shot-filled pure sponge all over your face and neck.

Often touted by makeup artists and dermotologists alike as botox in a bottle, REN’s Instant Firming Beauty Shot ($54 USD) acts as a makeup primer and anti-aging serum in one. The liquid matrix of Hyalurons (yeast-derived form of Hyluraonic Acid) supercharges the skin with firming moisture.  A dramatically smother, tighter and a more youthful complexon is immediately revealed ­ making for the perfect canvas for makeup application.  But the benefits don’t stop there.

This unique formula also encourages elastin synthesis to firm and remodel the skin over time. Re-apply for a mid-day refresher by applying with beautyblender pure again over makeup.

beautyblender pure ($20 USD), the famed pink sponge’s white counterpart, was made for a product-conserving, silky application of skincare.  Ideal for sensitive skin, this dye-free sponge is made of the same beautyblender material and works to evenly and impeccably apply skincare with a silk-like feel (without the dirt and oils of your fingers).

What I think: As a fan of beautyblender, I was excited to try pure.  It makes skincare application so easy! I added a couple of drops of the REN Beauty shot to the sponge and applied it to my skin. It works well to get even coverage on my face.  I aslo like how the Beauty shot instantly firms my skin!

Both are available at Sephora and Nordstrom stores nationwide.

Korres Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel
Korres Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel

Korres Pomegranate Moisturising & Balancing Cream-Gel ($34 USD) –is a pore-minimizing and mattifying moisturizer delivers immediate and lasting hydration while simultaneously balancing oily to combination complexions. The unique lightweight cream-gel texture is formulated with a blend of 15 percent pomegranate water, pomegranate extract, alpine willowherb, tannins, and polyphenols. These ingredients help reduce the appearance of pores and rejuvenate the look of skin while providing a matte finish. Hyaluronic and salicylic acids combine to offer an immediate moisture boost while conditioning skin for an overall smooth appearance.

What I think: This is such a light cream it can be used day or night. It is great for people who have oily skin, but still want to add some moisture to their skin. It smells really nice, too!

Available at http://www.sephora.com

What products are you loving this week?  Have you tried any new skincare?

 

 

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 26-November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween!  I am doing my weekly favorites post today, because tomorrow I start my holiday gift giving guides.  I am very excited about all of the wonderful gift ideas I will be sharing with you!

But today, it’s about my favorite beauty products from this week. I am loving a combo nail top and base coat, an elegant soap-on-a-rope and two different, but amazing lip balms:

Lauren B. Dual Base Top Coat
Lauren B. Dual Base Top Coat

Lauren B. Dual Base Top Coat ($22 USD) — Lauren B. Beauty’s multi-tasking Dual Base/ Top Coat acts as both a primer and a sealant for your nails. Paint on this quick-drying formula to create a smooth foundation for your color. The results are a high-gloss, chip-resistant finish that also guards against dryness, breakage and peeling.

What I think:  I have been using this as my base and top coat for a couple of weeks now.  It’s amazing!  My weekly manicures have been staying fresh for at least a day or two longer than usual.  My nails are shiny and chip free.   And the fact that one product does two jobs, it’s less stuff for me to have to use!

Available at http://www.laurenbbeauty.com

Senteurs D'Orient Hamman Soaps Orange Blossom
Senteurs D’Orient Hamman Soaps Orange Blossom

Senteurs D’Orient Hamman Soaps Orange Blossom ($38 USD) — Infusing the fresh Mediterranean air with soft sensuality, Orange Blossoms uplift the spirit with a clean and floral yet woodsy perfume.  Selecting only the very best of what is offered by nature, all products have been carefully created with patience and determination over many years.

What I think: This smells amazing!  I love the smell of orange blossoms.  Plus it is very beautiful, from the packaging to the soap itself.  With the attached rope, it is easy to hang on the shower and use.  This would be a really fun holiday gift or stocking stuffer.

Available at usa.senteursdorient.com

Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Peach
Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Peach

Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Peach ($16.50 USD) — Repair and protect with this deeply nourishing lip treatment formulated with a luxurious blend of softening oils, butters, and waxes. Mandarin oil refreshes and soothes dry, chapped lips while rich shea butter and sunflower waxes deeply nourish for long-lasting care and comfort. Each healing stick also features vitamin E, known for its advanced antioxidant properties. This 88 to 99 percent natural formula is available in four tints and one colorless option, all of which can be worn alone or layered under a lipstick or lip gloss.

What I think: Colored lip butters are wonderful on days that I don’t want to be fussy, but I still want a little color.  Plus, it glides right on and hydrates well.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Carmex Winter Mint
Carmex Winter Mint

Another great lip balm, Carma Laboratories, Inc., the manufacturer of Carmex® Lip Balm products, announced the debut of NEW Limited-Edition Carmex® Winter Mint Lip Balm Click Sticks. Rolling out now and available until supplies last, the new seasonal flavor combines the invigorating freshness of winter with a kiss of mint and comes in convenient click sticks that glide on lips easily.

Carmex® Winter Mint Lip Balm Click Sticks are available to consumers as part of specially marked two-pack BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One-Free) promotion and four-pack B3G1 (Buy-Three-Get-One-Free) promotion, giving Carmex® fans the chance to stock up just in time for the winter season. Both of these offers combine the best-selling Carmex® Original Lip Balm Click Stick or Carmex® Original Lip Balm Tube with a bonus Winter Mint seasonal stick.

What I think:  Loving the new minty flavor.  It is refreshing and keeps lips very soft.  I have been a fan of Carmex since the 1990’s when it was only offered in a pot.  And I still love how great it works for chapped lips still.

The specially marked packages will be available at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and other fine retailers ($1.59 – $4.29 USD).

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

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 5-11, 2015

We are already well into October, can you believe it?  It was 85 today, but I’m hoping it cools down soon and stays cool!

This week, I’m loving a long wearing brow pencil, a volume-building hair product, an ultra-moisturizing hand cream and a supplement that will help prevent sun damage in skin.

Leave a comment and let me know what you are loving now.  I am excited to hear!

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil
Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil ($21 USD) –A brow pencil with an ultra-fine point that allows you to mimic hairs to extend your brows and fill in sparseness. Benefits are that it’s long wearing, non smudging, water resistant, sweat & humidity resistant.

Umbreen Sheikh  of Wink Brow Bar in NYC has shared her tips on shaping / perfecting your brows which can helpful when using the Smashbox items. They include not overdoing it even though bold brows are in.

What I think:  This is very easy to use.  I use feathery stroke.  The main thing I do is fill in the tail of my brow, and then use the spoolie brush to blend it in and make it look natural.

Purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

 

L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper
L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper

L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper ($40 USD) — Fattens skinny hair strands and gives hair a bold, robust appearance. Bulks-up hair without weight and delivers fullness & density. Defines & separates and gives hair added dimension.  Provides internal bounce and delivers flexible support.

What I think: I really like using this product, it gives great volume and leaves my hair soft and shiny!  I use it on dry hair, but want to see what it does when I apply it on wet hair, too. It also smells really nice and holds style well.

Learn more at http://www.lanza.com

KORRES Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Calendula
KORRES Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Calendula

KORRES Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Calendula ($14.50 2.54 fl. oz.) — is enriched with nourishing almond oil and antioxidant-rich calendula to help relieve dry hands. Calendula, combined with almond oil and aloe, helps retain natural moisture of the skin, leaving hands smooth and supple. A blend of natural butters and antioxidants provides additional comfort. Use the 91.9 percent natural formula daily for immediate and long-term relief.

What I think:  I love the scent of this!  It’s wonderful!  Plus, it is so moisturizing and not greasy at all, which is perfect for a hand cream. It leaves my hands soft and silky all day!

Available at http://www.sephora.com and Sephora stores.

Heliocare Ultra Dietary Supplement
Heliocare Ultra Dietary Supplement

Heliocare Ultra Dietary Supplement ($72 for 36 capsules) — contains a powerful blend of antioxidants, including Fernblock Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE), Vitamin C and Pomegranate extract. These dietary supplements help defend your skin from the inside out. Like the original Heliocare, this Ultra formula helps maintain the skin’s ability to protect itself against sun-related effects and aging. Heliocare Ultra’s extra strength formula contains twice as many antioxidants as the original Heliocare.

What I think:  I really like the idea of this product.  The effects of sun damage on skin can be severe, and if this helps skin stay smooth and supple, that’s amazing!

Available at select dermatology offices and LovelySkin.com

Having a Heat Wave? Treat Your Skin With Warm Weather Skin Care!

I’ll admit, the thought of using heavy creams and sunscreens when it’s blazing hot is not fun.  Luckily, there is amazing skincare that works without making your skin feel like it has a pile of grease on it!

I have been testing some amazing lighter skincare including fresh masks, and after-sun gel, an SPF moisturizer, an eye serum and sheer sunscreen for face and body:

Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask
Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask

Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask ($60 USD) — It can be difficult to keep your face hydrated and also clear of blemishes in the hotter months. This mask will simultaneously rehydrate and detoxify your skin, leaving you simply radiant. Its fruit acids will brighten your complexion and with weekly use, you’ll have skin like you’ve started a new facial routine.

What I think:  It’s difficult to want to put on a mask when it is hot, because you don’t really want goop on your skin.  This mask is refreshing and my skin felt soft, but not greasy afterwards.  It was also helped clear up the few blemishes that are on my skin from the summer heat.

Available at http://www.indielee.com

Acure’s Cell Regenerating Mask
Acure’s Cell Regenerating Mask

Acure’s Cell Regenerating Mask ($12.99 USD) — Get serious cell repair with this mask.  French Green Clay draws out impurities while Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil add intense hydration back to the skin.

What I think:  This is perfect for stressed summer skin. When I use it, I can feel it working and when I wash it off, my skin is smooth and soft!  Great natural product for the price!

Purchase at http://www.acureorganics.com

Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel
Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel

Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel ($26 USD) — If you get a burn, don’t let it dry your skin! This is an ultra-cooling cream gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging.

What I think: Luckily, I haven’t had a bad burn this summer (it’s too hot to go outside!).  But this cream is perfect whenever I have had too much sun and my skin is a bit red and tight.  It also works well on my sensitive skin if I have left a peel or mask on too long and my skin is irritated.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15
VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15

VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15 ($145 USD) — enhances collagen production, helps reverse sun damage and dramatically improves skin elasticity while offering broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. With the ongoing push to work SPF into every day skincare, this product’s lightweight formula is an easy way to ensure skin is protected while still providing the benefits of a true moisturizer and without leaving behind a white cast.

What I think: I love how light this moisturizer is!  I apply it after my serum in the morning and since it has SPF, it does double-duty.  Plus, it has amazing skincare benefits.  I have noticed that my skin is smoother and clearer.  I am hoping to see improvements in skin elasticity after I use it for a few weeks.

Available at select specialty beauty retailers and online at VENeffect.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Dermstore.com, SpaceNK.com, CosBar.com and Bloomingdales.com.

 

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment ($69 USD) — Diminish tired and puffy eyes with this eye treatment.  This potent anti-aging serum is infused with the Bio Copper Complex to reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area while it firms, smoothes texture and tones the skin.

What I think:  I have been using this light serum morning and night.  It instantly firms the skin around my eyes and helps me look awake!  The skin around my eyes also appears smoother.

Purchase at http://www.kohls.com).

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe Sunscreen for Face and Body
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe Sunscreen for Face and Body

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe Sunscreen for Face and Body ($30 USD) — Always stay protected from the sun no matter how hard you’re working.  This new generation of mineral sunscreen is infused with SmartSportTM Technology for high performance, ultra sheer protection that resists wear off from water and sweat.

What I think: I am always excited to find a lightweight sunscreen.  It is hard to get my kids to use the thick, goopy kind!  This is light and sheer.  And I like that it resists water, it is great for swimming and outdoor exercise.

Purchase at www.lavanila.com.

 

Korres Natural Hair Collection on HSN Today

 

Today, a new natural hair care collection from KORRES, is launching HSN and http://www.hsn.com.

KORRES formulated this new line of all-natural shampoos, conditioners and masks with organic ingredients and plant extracts like dittany, marjoram and mountain tea, which are only found on the Greek island of Crete.

The hair care collection is 100% free of silicones, parabens, alcohol and propylene glycol.

Each shampoo and conditioner duo shown in the above photos is on sale at HSN for $29.95 today, or three payments of $9.98.  The regular price of these duos are $34.95.  The choices are:

KORRES Shampoo & Conditioner Duo – Aloe & Dittany —  Love your locks with this duo that provides gentle, mild cleansing and lightweight moisture to hair. Naturally-derived extracts from the isle of Crete and B vitamins make this the perfect pair for daily use and a look that’s lustrous. Included is the 8.45 fl. oz. Aloe & Dittany Shampoo and the 6.76 fl. oz. Aloe & Dittany Conditioner.

KORRES Shampoo & Conditioner Duo – Sunflower & Mountain Tea —  Give your hair the love it deserves with this ultra-moisturizing combo. Naturally-derived ingredients from the isle of Crete cleanse and condition color and chemically treated hair, helping prevent fading and breakage for a healthier, more luscious look. Included is the 8.45 fl. oz. Sunflower & Mountain Tea Shampoo and the 6.76 fl. oz. Sunflower & Mountain Tea Conditioner.

KORRES Shampoo & Conditioner Duo – Almond & Linseed —  Love your locks with this duo that helps moisturize and rejuvenate the look of dry and damaged hair. Naturally-derived extracts from the isle of Crete and B vitamins help make this the perfect pair for daily use and a look that’s shiny, healthier and more lustrous. Included is the 8.45 fl. oz. Almond & Linseed Shampoo and the 6.76 fl. oz. Almond & Linseed Conditioner.

I haven’t tried these yet, but I do love Korres’ products.  They are all natural and work so well.  Their greek yoghurt skincare and lip butters are some of my all time favorite products.

Have you tried KORRES hair products? Please leave a comment if you have or if you are going to purchase the great deal on HSN today.

Enjoy!

Give Her The Gift Of Beauty This Valentine’s Day!

Beauty gifts can be a welcome change from the usual flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day.  I know I would love to receive fragrance, skin care or makeup!  But I am a beauty junkie!

These ideas below are perfect for all of the beauty junkies in your life!

Korres The Brightest Skin Wild Rose Collection
Korres The Brightest Skin Wild Rose Collection

Korres The Brightest Skin Wild Rose Collection ($48 USD) — This complete Wild Rose collection features three steps for your brightest skin. Formulated with wild rose oil, a powerful natural source of vitamin C, this regimen includes the iconic Wild Rose Brightening & Refining Buff Cleanser and Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturiser paired with the best-selling Wild Rose Sleeping Facial. Gently buff skin day and night with the Wild Rose Cleanser, quench skin with all-day moisturization with the Wild Rose 24-Hour Cream, and reveal brighter, petal soft skin by morning with the Wild Rose Sleeping Facial.

This set contains:
– 0.68 oz Wild Rose Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser
– 0.68 oz Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturiser
– 1.35 oz Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Lipstick Queen Beta Noire Trio
Lipstick Queen Bete Noire Trio

Lipstick Queen Bete Noire Trio ($40 USD) — Embrace this season’s glamorous dark lip with Bête Noire, a super-flattering blackberry shade in three chic, flattering and seductive formulations. Possessed Sheer is a silky, wet formula for a mere crush of forest fruits on the lips. Enriched with anti-oxidant Vitamin E and nourishing moisturizing oils, this lipstick keeps lips soft, comfortable and hydrated. Next, discover this same shade in Possessed Intense’s rich, creamy and opaque formula which cloaks the lips with deep, powerful and enduring pigments while moisture-rich oils and waxes ensure lips remain super comfortable and soft. Finally, the metallic finish of Possessed Metal takes statement lips to the next level with its burnished and richly shimmered texture. Enhanced with Apricot Kernel Oil, it glides on effortlessly, dressing the lips with long-lasting and hydrating color.

Purchase at http://www.lipstickqueen.com

Spa Sonic Pro Skin Care System
Spa Sonic Pro Skin Care System

Spa Sonic Pro Skin Care System —  $41.99 (reg. price $74.99) on sale now through Valentine’s Day at http://www.drugstore.com.  This new two-speed waterproof device, is dermatologist recommended and ideal for use in the shower, bath and sink. Gently cleanse, smooth and exfoliate the skin with one of five attachments: a large brush for the body, a small brush for the face, a pumice for rough areas, a facial sponge and pore minimizing silicone brush.  Also included is a luxurious and convenient travel tote.

Purchase on sale now at http://www.drugstore.com

XO Memebox I'm Series Eyeshadow Duo Set
XO Memebox I’m Series Eyeshadow Duo Set

XO Memebox I’m Series Eyeshadow Duo Set — Meet all I’m Series Eyeshadow at Black Friday Pre-Sale price! $32.5 value for $24.40 + Free Shipping!

This set includes:
1. I’m Series #01 Sunset Eye Shadow ($6.5)
2. I’m Series #02 Wonderland Eye Shadow ($6.5)
3. I’m Series #03 Fallen Eye Shadow ($6.5)
4. I’m Series #04 Soul Eye Shadow ($6.5)
5. I’m Series #05 Queen Eye Shadow ($6.5)

I have this in Wonderland and it’s soft and pretty on!

Available at http://www.us.memebox.com

L'Occitane Roses et Reines Voyage Gift Set
L’Occitane Roses et Reines Voyage Gift Set

L’Occitane Roses et Reines Voyage Gift Set — ($28 USD) includes a Roses et Reines Silky Shower Gel (75ML), Beautifying Body Milk (75 ML), Hand Cream (30ML), and Bonne Mere Rose Soap (100GR).

This and other great Valentine’s Day sets will be available on February 4th on usa.loccitane.com.

Savannah Bee The Sweetest Surprise Valentine's Day Gift Set
Savannah Bee The Sweetest Surprise Valentine’s Day Gift Set

Savannah Bee’s Sweetest Surprise Valentine’s Day gift set ($54.50 USD) — will thrill the honey and chocolate lover in your life. This incredible gift set includes one 12oz jar of Savannah Bee Tupelo honey, one 12oz jar of Savannah Bee Winter White honey, one 3.35oz jar of Adam Turoni’s decadent Honey Caramel Sauce, and one, tube of Adam Turoni’s Dark Chocolate Honey Hazelnut Truffles! With the combination of these four products, this is a “can’t miss” Valentine’s Day gift.

I know that this isn’t a beauty set, but I receive a sample of this and it is amazing!  And Savannah Bee does have bath products as well as consumables.  Plus, I will be announcing a Savannah Bee giveaway soon!

This and other great Valentine’s sets are available at http://www.savannahbee.com

What are you giving the ladies in your life for Valentine’s Day?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

My Beauty Faves Week of January 12-18, 2015 — SkinnyStix, Emjoi, Korres, Smashbox and Lumene

It was a beautiful day in Kansas City today!  Over 50 degrees and sunny, so my family and I went to the Kansas City Zoo.  I sure got my FitBit steps in today and am feeling great! The products that I am loving this week include a drink to help give me energy, a fantastic pedi tool, a moisturizing body butter, hydrating face powder and capsules to make my skin glow.

Zantrex® SkinnyStix® Berry Fusion
Zantrex® SkinnyStix® Berry Fusion

Zantrex® SkinnyStix® Berry Fusion ($29.99 for 21 stix and bottle) — For increased energy, mood elevation, heightened stamina and improved focus, adults mix entire contents of 1 SkinnyStix packet in 16 fl. oz. of water and drink or sip as desired. For powerful appetite control and weight loss, adults mix entire contents of 1 SkinnyStix packet in 16 fl. oz. of water and drink the entire serving 15 minutes before main meals. Do not exceed 3 SkinnyStix per day. Use in conjunction with any sensible diet and exercise program. Individual results will vary. What I think:  I have started to eat better and exercise more this year, and like drinking one of these a day to help give me energy and boost my mood.  It does work for me.  But, I cannot take more than one a day, because I am a bit sensitive to caffeine.  I also make sure that I only drink half-calf or decaf coffee when I have a SkinnyStix. Available at http://www.zantrex3.com

Emjoi Micro-Pedi
Emjoi Micro-Pedi

Emjoi Micro-Pedi ($29.99 USD) — This battery-operated foot buffer is ideal for at-home pedicures and is a safe alternative to harsh, metal scrapers.  Micro-Pedi’s spinning rollers quickly and easily buff away rough, callused skin on feet to reveal supple, touchable feet.

  • Removes rough, dry and calloused skin from feet in seconds
  • Unique roller spins 360 degrees for fast results
  • Battery operated
  • Revolutionary device takes the chore out of smoothing skin on your feet.
  • Gently and effectively buffs away rough, dry and calloused skin in seconds.
  • Safer and more effective than metal scrapers and easier than a pumice stone
  • Rubberized easy grip
  • Battery operated (requires 2 x AA batteries – not included)

What I think: This works so well!  It is very easy to use, just roll it over the rough patches of your feet and in a few minutes you get soft, smooth feet!  My feet are usually so dry and rough during the winter, but they look summer ready now!

Available at CVS pharmacies and http://www.cvs.com.  Don’t for get to join CVS’s Beauty Club for rewards.  The Facebook and Twitter handle is @CVSBeautyClub

Korres Fig Body Butter
Korres Fig Body Butter

Korres Fig Body Butter ($29 USD) — beautifully scented, creamy body butters that are enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. Sunflower, almond, and avocado oils nourish, thus helping to improve elasticity and smoothness. Available in seven fabulous scents, Korres Body Butter deeply moisturizes and can be used all over the body. Available in Basil Lemon, Fig, Japanese Rose, Jasmine, Yoghurt, Vanilla Guava and Guava. What I think:  I love how moisturizing the Korres Body Butters are!  They come in seven scents.  I have Fig and it smells just like the fresh fruits. Available at http://www.sephora.com

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder ($49 USD) — It’s the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built in! This advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide delivers dynamic anti-aging benefits, while the patented hydration system continuously revitalizes skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day. For the perfect amount of fresh powder every time, simply twist the shaver, swirl brush into powder and apply to face. What I think:  I love this powder!  I have been using it over my foundation to set and to add extra coverage.  It applies so smoothly and melts into the skin, but does not settle in to pores or lines.  I have it in light, which is the perfect match for my skin.  I am going to try it without foundation when the weather gets warmer.  I think it will work well as a lighter foundation. Available at http://www.smashbox.com and fine beauty stores.

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C+ Beauty Drops
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C+ Beauty Drops

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C+ Beauty Drops ($21.99 USD) — Arctic cloudberry seed oil combined with highly effective vitamin C and lingonberry seed oil boosts radiance and brightens the skin with a long-lasting effect. Special formula releases vitamin C slowly into the skin making its effect last longer. Suitable for all skin types. 28 capsules. For external use only. What I think: I have been using these little oil capsules at night in place of my serum.  They sink into the skin well and in the morning my skin is glowing. I’m going to keep using them every night to see if my skin continues to look younger! Learn more at http://www.lumene.com