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.

 

Fab Fragrance Picks For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up fast!  What are you getting Mom (or wife, mother-in-law, aunt, friend, etc)?  Don’t know?  Don’t worry!  I have lots of suggestions for great beauty gifts coming in the next week or so.

How about the gift of fragrance?  Here are some of my current favorite gift ideas:

philosophy amazing grace edt layering set
philosophy amazing grace edt layering set

philosophy amazing grace edt layering set ($57 USD) — Amazingly clean and beautifully feminine. The fragrance opens with bergamot to greet the senses. At the heart lie irresistibly soft, clean muguet blossoms. Finally, lasting musk envelops the skin with its classic beauty.

This set contains:
– 2 oz Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette spray
– 8 oz Amazing Grace Body Lotion
– 8 oz Amazing Grace Bath & Shower Gel

Purchase this and many more great sets at http://www.philosophy.com

Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign
Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign

Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign (30ML /$39.00; 100ML/$59.00) — This limited edition scent opens with notes of pink freesia, violet petals and cassis. Heart notes of natural davana, gardenia and May flower rose balance out the woody base of cashemeran and cedarwood oil.

Where to buy: katyperryfragrances.com, mass retailers

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection ($36 USD) — If you want to give mom a variety, try this 5-piece collection of perfectly portable mini roller-ball fragrances. Inspired by nature, each exquisite fragrance pairs a beautiful blend of pure essential oils with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla for a unique experience that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time. Wear individually or layer for a signature scent. This set includes 5 x 5ml roller-balls: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut, Fresh Vanilla Lemon, and Vanilla Lavender .

 

Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga

 

 

Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid
Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid

Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid (15ml/0.5 oz $20) — For the fierce and feminine mom, this enticing scent both invites and intoxicates those who encounter it. The fragrance opens with a sparkling allure of the tantalizing trio of pomegranate, coconut water and boysenberry. Honeysuckle and blooming magnolia frame the butterfly orchid to create a bold bouquet. The base showcases simmering sexy notes of blond woods, skin musks and gilded amber adding to its sensuality.

Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection
L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection

L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection ($78 USD) — Inspired by and named after the world perfume capital in the south of France, La Collection de Grasse includes stunning fragrances that combine precious ingredients from lands near and far: Néroli & Orchidée, Fleur d’Or & Acacia, Cedre & Oranger, Jasmine & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mûre, Vanille & Narcisse and Thé Vert & Bigarade. Each eau de toilette of the Collection is made with natural extracts, which yield the purest and clearest notes.

 

 

 

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!

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

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 EvolutionOfSmooth.com, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Drugstore.com.

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 http://www.balmchicky.com 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 http://www.IcelandicGlacial.com

 

New Year’s Eve Beauty Essentials

It’s New Year’s Eve!  Are you going out tonight? I am!  Well, just to dinner and the movies with my husband and youngest daughter, but still, I want to look my best.

New Year’s Eve is a perfect time for going all out with makeup.  You can add sparkle and drama that you wouldn’t usually wear for every day.

My picks for tonight include glowing skin, smoky eyes with dramatic lashes, a shimmery lip and sexy perfume.  What are you wearing tonight?

Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight
Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight

Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight ($45 USD) — Featuring beautiful, light illuminizing, pearlized pigments, Spotlight instantly adds a radiant glow to any skin tone. This 5-in-1 complexion enhancer hydrates, primes, illuminates, enhances and protects in one, easy step. This universal shade is infused with skin saving vitamins, antioxidants and natural actives to hydrate and nourish skin while also delivery anti-aging benefits.

$48 / Available at Kohl’s, Nordstrom and ULTA stores and online via www.miracleskintransformer.com, www.kohls.com, www.nordstrom.com and www.ulta.com

Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette
Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette

Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette  ($22 USD) — This versatile eye shadow set provides eight must-have neutrals in one portable palette. From nudes to blacks, these crease-resistant, long-wear shimmers and velvety smooth mattes are organized with shimmers on top and mattes on the bottom so that they are easy to use.

This set contains:
– 4 x 0.026 oz Shimmer Eye shades in Chocolate Brown/Golden Pearl, Soft Gold/Golden Silver Pearl, Light Tan/Golden Silver Pearl, Mid-Tone Slate/Silver Pearl
– 4 x 0.026 oz Matte Eye shades in Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Soft Matte Mid-tone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Ashy Dark Brown

Available at Sephora stores and

Let RevitaLash Cosmetics help you ring in the New Year radiantly! With two ultra-volumizing mascaras that prime and lengthen lashes while fortifying and conditioning and a highlighter that’s packed with Vitamin C, these makeup must-haves do double duty to keep you looking your best long after midnight.

Volumizing Primer ($24 USD) — High-performance amplifying primer saturates eyelashes with color intensity while conditioning, smoothing and protecting for maximum beauty effects. Features a distinctive Indigo Blue shade to brighten the eyes and intensify the depth of mascara while delivering moisturizing and conditioning benefits to help support lash strength and softness.

Volumizing Mascara ($24 USD) — This volume-loving, buildable mascara saturates eyelashes with color intensity and definition while conditioning, smoothing and protecting for maximum beauty effects. Wet, high-performance, clump free formula intensifies eyelashes resulting in a voluminous eye-popping finish and long-wear performance in a water-resistant formula.

Spotlight Highlighting Pencil ($24 USD) — This instantly illuminating highlighting pencil accentuates and perfects in all the right places. The eyes, cheekbones, lips, and brow bones are all conditioned with Vitamin E while appearing luminous and youthful.

All RevitaLash Cosmetics products are available at www.RevitaLash.com and at salons and spas nationwide.

Eylure Eyelashes
Eylure Eyelashes

Eylure’s party lashes are delicately spruced with sparkle and shine, turning your epic evening into a captivating countdown into 2015! Couture is the designer inspired lash, a streak of glossy black emboldened with gunmetal studs, there’s a lot of attitude packed into this little lash. These limited edition lashes include an adhesive, instruction leaflet and a guarantee of gorgeousness.

You can purchase Eylure at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com.  Learn more about the lashes at http://www.eylure.com

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss
Gerard Cosmetics

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss ($24 USD) — Formulated with rich pigmentations, similar to that of a traditional lipstick, that never feather or bleed, the Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses provide instant shine and moisturization along with collagen boosting peptides to increase lip volume and reduce wrinkles both safely and painlessly. The Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses are packaged with a built in mirror and light for easy use, even in the dark. Shades: Candy Apple, Crystal, Seduction, Jewel and Pouty Princess.

$24 / Available online via www.gerardcosmetics.com

Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla
Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla

Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla ($58 1.7 oz) –The Perfect Vanilla. This sexy blend of pure Madagascar vanilla, sheer freesia and creamy tonka bean is seductive and magnetic. A grown up expression of vanilla, this fragrance is more vanilla bean than vanilla cookie. 

Purchase at http://www.lavanila.com

Enjoy your New Year’s!  See you next year!

Last Minute Holiday Beauty Gifts!

Do you have all of your gifts yet?  Beauty gifts set are perfect because they allow the recipient to try different types of items that they haven’t used before.  And they are so much fun to get!

So what are you waiting for? Here are some ideas:

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Spa Heroes ($39 per month) is a the new monthly beauty subscription service dedicated to spa-approved skin, sun and hair care products that are free of health-hazardous ingredients, celebrates the season with a short list of holiday treats – to gift and to get.

I received the November box (above) to test.  The hero product is Spa Technologies Age Defense for Luminous Eyes (left, retails for $79).  This light cream contains a cell-rejuvenating mix of organic marine algae, liquid oxygen and micronized silver. Soy and rice bran peptides actively decongest and reduce dark circles while omega-3-endowed laminaria and porphyra algae strengthen tissue. I love this eye treatment it sinks right into my skin and makes the skin around my eye area so smooth!

The box also contained a generous 2 oz sample of Spa Technologies Hydrating Laminaria Oil for dry skin on hands, elbows, etc.  It smells fantastic and is very moisturizing!

Subscribe for yourself or someone deserving of good-for-you products at http://www.spaheroes.com.

Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit
Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit

Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit ($24 USD) — To pamper your curls and train them to spiral into long-lasting perfection, Carol’s Daughter has used the super-softening, rich Marula oil in this new Marula Curl Therapy Collection. Experiment with the nourishing benefits of Marula Oil with this three piece starter kit, featuring the Marula Gentle Cream Cleanser, Diffusing & Styling Lotion and Softening Hair Mask.

These smell amazing and leaves hair soft and silky.

Available at www.carolsdaughter.com.

Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection
Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection

Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection ($5 to $15 USD) — is full of natural, ‘no wrap needed’ personal care gift sets and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list this year. From the busy mom to the selfie obsessed teen, outdoorsy guy to your favorite teacher – we’ve got you covered.

The best part, they’re all available at your local drugstore. Besides, who doesn’t love a little natural beauty? Learn more at http://www.burtsbees.com

Big T NYC COUTURE COLLECTION Gift Set
Big T NYC COUTURE COLLECTION Gift Set

Big T NYC COUTURE COLLECTION Gift Set ($65 USD) — Premium loose leaf tea is HOT! Give the gift of luxury with this exclusive Couture Collection gift pack. It includes our debut collection of three Big T NYC organic teas, an infuser, and a guide to making the perfect cup of loose leaf tea. The Teas included are amazing!  They are:

TELL-TALE GLOW White Tea: premium organic Bai Mudan white tea blended with Goji berries, Elderberries, and Zante currants.

UNEXPECTED FLING Green Tea: This premium, organic, Sencha green tea is infused with rose and cherry.

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Black Tea: ultra premium loose leaf organic Vietnamese Black & Chinese Oolong tea blend, infused with maple essential oils, Indonesian vanilla & California almonds.

I have tried them all, and they are fantastic.  The black tea is perfect for cold days, the green tea is floral and spring-y tasting and the white tea is fresh and bright!

Purchase at http://www.bigtnyc.com

Lady Gaga Fame
Lady Gaga Fame

Lady Gaga Fame Gift Set ($21.99 USD) — Out of the ordinary, like Lady Gaga herself, this fragrance is built around three main accords: dark, sensual and light. This unique scent is the first black Eau de Parfum that sprays clear and becomes invisible once airborne. Includes a 1.0 fl oz EDP, and 2.5 fl oz Shower Gel.

This fragrance is really sexy and the black fluid is so cool!

Available at Kohl’s and mass drugstores nationwide.

Skin&Co Roma The Holiday Stocking Stuffer
Skin&Co Roma The Holiday Stocking Stuffer

Skin&Co Roma The Holiday Stocking Stuffer — Here’s the kit to surprise your family and friends with Stocking Sized to stuff your Holiday Stockings! Whether they love Truffle or Sicilian Orange, here’s a kit that embraces both collections!

THE GIFT:

– 3 PCS Truffle Body Gel (2 FL OZ/ EA)
– 3 PCS Sicilian Body Gel (2 FL OZ/EA)
– 2 PCS Sicilian Body Lotion (2FL OZ/EA)
– 2 PCS Truffle Body Milk (2FL OZ/EA)
– 1 Holiday Bag

This luxe set will be a hit with bath and body lovers!

Purchase at http://www.skinandcoroma.com.

Lavanila Pure Vanilla Mini Deo Duo
Lavanila Pure Vanilla Mini Deo Duo

Pure Vanilla Mini Deo Duo  ($14 USD) — Indulge in the freshness of vanilla with this award-winning Mini Deo Duo. Inspired by nature, soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta-glucan technology for superior, on-the-go odor protection. Set includes 2x Pure Vanilla Mini Deodorant.

This is a perfect natural stocking stuffer!

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

 

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of November 24-30, 2014

How was your Thanksgiving?  Did you eat and shop too much?  I definitely did!  But, I still have a lot more shopping to do!

This week I’m loving dry skin fighting skincare, a tropical scented deodorant and a self-tanner that is giving me a healthy glow.  It’s important to keep looking and feeling good during this stressful time of year!

CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer
CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer

CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer ($19.99 for 5.2 oz and $10.99 for 1.9 oz) — Made with 100% fractionated coconut oil, this all-natural, paraben-free treatment combats dry, flaky, irritated skin, making it soft and silky.  Conceived by a dermatologist, fragrance-free CapriClear is an exceptionally pure, gentle and effective single-ingredient solution for even the most sensitive skin.  It also has the eczema seal of approval and is safe for the entire family.  Plus, it results in soft, silky skin.

What I think: I have been experiencing some dry patches on my sensitive skin.  I have started using this at night and my skin is much smoother in the morning. Just a little bit goes a long way, as this is very moisturizing.

Available at CVS and Walgreens stores.

Belli Eye Brightening Cream
Belli Eye Brightening Cream

Belli Eye Brightening Cream ($39 USD) — Formulated with vitamins K and B to reduce the appearance of these telltale signs of fatigue and dehydration, this luxurious cream is the perfect anti-dote to late nights and interrupted sleep.  Brighten your day and your look with this soothing and restorative refreshment for the eyes.

What I think: This fab eye cream is extremely hydrating.  I love using it at night.  In the morning my eyes are smoother and the dark circles are lighter. It can also be used in the morning under makeup.

Available at http://www.belliskincare.com

Skinfix Body Repair Balm
Skinfix Body Repair Balm

Skinfix Body Repair Balm  ($17.99 USD) — Clinically proven to treat eczema, dryness, and dermatitis. Total relief from the itch, the ouch, the red, the chronic, angry inflamed skin. Skinfix Body Repair Balm is a safe and effective natural medicinal alternative to traditional steroid treatments – which can do more harm than good to skin’s natural moisture level. This healing balm repairs skin’s barrier with 2% colloidal oatmeal, twice the level of most other eczema products. The formula is packed with natural active ingredients like sweet almond oil, allantoin, and zinc; combined with natural butters, soothing botanicals, and emollient protective oils to immediately relieve and protect the skin.

What I think: My 19-year-old daughter has eczema and was excited to try this balm.  She applies it on her arms and legs at night, and by morning her skin looks and feels better.  She has just been using it for about a week, but is seeing improvement already!

Available at Target stores and http://www.target.com

Phyto-C B5 Gel
Phyto-C B5 Gel

Phyto-C B5 Gel ($35 .5 fl oz, $60 1 fl. oz.) — Formulated with vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid, this moisturizing gel provides intensive hydration by binding water to plump skin tissue. The B5 Gel also diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while smoothing and softening skin.

What I think: Before I used this on my face, I applied a little on the back of my hand.  My skin was instantly softer and smoother!  I have been using it in place of my serum in the morning and night and love how smooth my skin looks and feels! It has smooth my rough patches and even helped with redness!

Purchase at http://www.myphyto-c.us

Lavanila Vanilla Summer The Healthy Deodorant
Lavanila Vanilla Summer The Healthy Deodorant

Lavanila Vanilla Summer The Healthy Deodorant ($14 USD) — This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Clinically Tested. Dermatologist Recommended. No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol. No Harsh Chemicals. Tropical pineapple and mango blend with exotic coconut and Madagascar vanilla for an island freshness that lasts all day.

What I think:  This scent is so tropical, which is so nice when it’s freezing out.  I can almost imagine warm, balmy days!  This solid works really well for people who do not need super-strong deodorant (like me).  I suggest that you purchase it for tweens and teens, since it is good for skin and has natural ingredients.

Purchase at http://www.lavanila.com

 

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Lotion
Vita Liberata pHenomenal Lotion

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Lotion ($54 USD) — This product is not only completely odorless, but also contains certified organic botanicals as well as a unique moisture-lock™ system that draws water to the skin surface and locks it there for 72 hours, keeping skin soft and smooth upon application.

What I think:  Love this self tanner!  It is odorless, which is rare in a self-tanner.  It is also very easy to use with the enclosed tanning mitt.  If you apply it carefully, it will give you a flawless tan that lasts for days and even weeks!

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

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of October 20-26, 2014

It’s Fall…I guess.  It’s 85 degrees in Kansas City today.  Hot!  It is supposed to cool down in a couple of days.  I hope so, I’d love to be wearing my fall clothes.

Lately, I have been sent so many fabulous products to test.  Below are 5 of my favorites — A refreshing toner, an excellent body butter, a firming neck cream, a natural deodorant and a very cool curling tool.

Korres Pomegranate Toner
Korres Pomegranate Toner

Korres Pomegranate Toner ($22 USD) — This toner gently exfoliates to remove excess oil and dirt from skin, imparting a tighter, smoother, and more matte finish while helping to reduce redness. Pomegranate extract, rich in tannins and polyphenols, helps tighten pores and rejuvenate the look of skin. Alpine willowherb and witch hazel extract help refine the appearance of pores and provide a matte look to the skin. Formulated with natural skin conditioners, this refreshing toner leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

What I think:  Very refreshing and makes my skin smoother.  I have noticed that my pores appear smaller. Plus, my skin feels cleaner but not dry after I use it.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

L'Occitane Shea Butter Whipped Body Cream
L’Occitane Shea Butter Whipped Body Cream

L’Occitane Shea Butter Whipped Body Cream ($20 USD) — The Shea Butter Whipped Body Cream combines the nourishing properties of a balm with the lightness of a mousse, to help nourish and protect the skin. This whipped formula, made with 10% shea butter, gently melts into the skin when applied, leaving skin supple and comfortable.

What I think:  Easily my favorite body cream or lotion at the moment.  The texture is light and fluffy like whipped cream, but when I apply it, it sinks right into my skin and leaves it so soft!  Plus, it’s not greasy at all.  The scent is very clean.  LOVE! The whipped shea collection also includes a foaming body was ($20 USD) and a travel sized hand cream ($12 USD).

Available at usa.loccitane.com.

StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream
StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream

StriVectin TL Advance Tightening Neck Cream ($95 USD) — This high-performance neck cream includes exclusive Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex, designed to help rebuild the elastin fiber architecture so critical to tightening and lifting the neck and décolletage area, and to improving resistance to gravity over time.  The surface of the skin is instantly hydrated, feeling tighter, smoother and more supple.  Over time, the visible effects of aging appear reversed for even more refined, toned definition and sculpted silhouette.  With even more effective results than the original, 86% of panelists agreed it’s the best neck cream they’ve ever tried.

What I think:  I have been testing this neck cream for a few weeks now.  It’s extremely moisturizing without being greasy.  I have noticed that my skin does seem a bit tighter and smoother.  As I have been aging, my skin has been getting a little looser.  I will continue using this to see if I get any further results.

Available at http://www.strivectin.com

The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender
The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender

The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender ($14 USD) — Essential oils of Spanish lavender and soft vanilla give a light and powdery fresh sensation. This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Clinically Tested. Dermatologist Recommended. No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol. No Harsh Chemicals.

What I think:  I really like the scent of this natural deodorant.  While it isn’t strong enough for me (I use the clinical strength deodorants), it’s great for my teenage daughters.  And I love that they are using something that is healthy for their skin.

Purchase at http://www.lavanila.com

Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret
Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret

Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret ($99 USD) — In an industry where secrets are everything, the Curl Secret will be your weapon on how to get perfect curls each and every time. Regular curling irons don’t always produce the desired results, but being the fixers they are, the pros at Infiniti Pro by Conair designed this device to draw hair in and release consistently beautiful curls.

What I think: I have been wanting to try this since it came out!  It looked so cool.  And it really is!  I have used it on my shoulder-length hair and my daughter’s long hair and it works really well.  It take a little practice to position it correctly and to use the correct amount of hair, but once I got it, it was fast and easy!  And the curls looked great!

Available at http://www.curlsecret.com

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