Get Your Skin Ready For Fall Part 3 — Luxury Skincare

Part 3?  Yes!  I have received for my honest review and have been testing so many great skincare products this late summer and early fall!

I would classify the following products as luxury skincare.  They are perfect for when you want to splurge on your anti-aging skincare regimen and try something new!

ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub
ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub

ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($49 USD) Prep yourself for the cold weather ahead and repair your summer sun damage with a one-step skin savior, ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub. The fan favorite uses smooth, round beads and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) to gently remove dead skin cells and unclog pores without causing irritation. This unique dual-exfoliation action is scientifically formulated to promote cell renewal and collagen production to improve the appearance and texture of skin, while helping to minimize wrinkles, acne and sun damage.

What I think: This exfoliator is great for all skin types, even sensitive skin.  To use, apply to face and keep on for a minute or two before you scrub and rinse.  Skin will be super smooth afterwards!

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L'Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence
L’Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence

L’Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence ($52 USD)  A fresh, sheer, first-step formula which helps to correct skin irregularities and reduce redness. Skin’s texture appears visibly refined, pores quickly feel tighter and skin looks more radiant.

What I think: I love the light texture of this serum.  It immediately smooths the skin and helps reduce my redness.  It also has a light floral scent.

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MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum
MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum

MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum ($185 USD) Need to revive your skin’s natural glow and vanish your exhausted eye wrinkles? MitoQ is a new anti-aging serum that delivers antioxidants to the mitochondria of each cell at an unmatched level of efficacy, allowing it to heal and prevent fine lines and wrinkles and correct other skin concerns like blemishes, discoloration, brown spots and scarring. Its key component is the mitoquinol molecule, a patented ingredient that is proven to be 1,000 times stronger than any other antioxidant on the market. Skin looks radiant and hydrated within one day, noticeably softer within three days and younger with less fine lines and wrinkles within 30 days.

What I think: This serum feels like more of a light moisturizer than a serum.  It quickly absorbs into the skin.  I used it for the 30 days recommended and it did make my skin softer and helped my forehead wrinkles almost disappear!

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L'Occitane Divine Lotion
L’Occitane Divine Lotion

L’Occitane Divine Lotion ($54): A super-charged toner that combines the unique anti-aging properties of everlasting immortelle flowers with the boosted effectiveness of 7 plant-derived ingredients. With its rich texture and subtle aromatic scent of fresh immortelle flowers, this softening lotion gives skin an immediate sensation of supreme comfort and leaves it feeling deliciously supple.  Use before applying Divine Extract and Divine Cream.

What I think: This beauty lotions feels so nice on the skin and smells amazing!  I love the natural ingredients and how calming this is.  Use this before serum and moisturizer.

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Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum
Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum

Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum ($346 USD) This blend of Resveratrol, Vitamin C  (Ascorbic Acid), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and the hydrating ingredient Sodium Hyaluronate, work as a magnificent formulation to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This serum will leave your skin feeling softer, looking more radiant and refreshed.

What I think: Talk about luxury!  This serum may be too spendy for most of our budgets, but if you want a real splurge, here it is!  This silky serum sinks into the skin.  I have only used it for a few days, but I am hoping for some great results!

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myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream
myBODY myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream

myBODY myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream  ($145 USD) This intensive bioactive moisturizing cream helps correct and protect a compromised skin barrier while reducing redness to visibly bring youth, vitality and radiance to excessively dry, aging and sensitive skin. myHERO Ultra Rich  Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream instantly helps to simulate collagen production, lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving your skin feeling soft and comforted.

What I think: I have been using this as a night cream for my sensitive skin.  It does reduce redness and help it feel softer.

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For Earth Day, Take Care Of Yourself And The Environment With Eco-Refills From L’Occitane

Earth Day is in a couple of days and as we are thinking about big and little things that we can do for the environment, L’Occitane has come up with a great idea for your favorite beauty products.

Their Eco-Refills are large sizes of some of L’Occitane’s best-selling products that can be used to refill your original containers.  Some of these products are:

Lavender Liquid Soap Eco-Refill ($12 USD) — Reduce, reuse and refill!  Both economical and ecological, the Lavender Liquid Soap Eco-Refill keeps hands clean, fresh and lightly scented.  With nourishing Shea Butter and soothing aloe-vera extract, this detergent-free cleanser is gentle enough for dry, sensitive or damaged skin. Refill is 13.5 fl. oz. while Liquid Soap is 16.9 fl. oz.

Immortelle Refill Brightening Cleansing Foam ($38 USD) — An economical and ecological Brightening Cleansing Foam refill for the beauty of your skin and the preservation of the environment. Lighten the complexion with this gentle face cleanser, enriched with organic Immortelle floral water and citrus fruit peel.

Almond Shower Oil Eco-Refill ($36 USD) — The economical and ecological Almond Shower Oil Eco-Refill is perfect for both the beauty of your skin and the preservation of the environment.  When in contact with water, this shower oil transforms into a delicate foam that gently cleanses the body. Enriched with Almond oil, it respects the hydrolipidic film and leaves a subtle and mouthewatering scent of fresh Almond, for delightful skin!

Aromachologie Soothing Shampoo Eco-Refill ($25 USD) — Formulated with a natural origin vegetable complex of 5 essential oils and wheat proteins, the Aromachologie Soothing Shampoo helps soothe the sensitive or irritated scalp. It also adds a genuine softness to hair, delicately cleanses and purifies the scalp and immediately eases irritations and aggressions. The scalp returns to a healthy and comfortable state, for stronger, beautiful hair. Pair with the Aromachologie Soothing Conditioner.

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Body Lotions, Creams and Butters — Oh My Smooth Skin!

I love keeping my skin moisturized, so I try lots of different lotions and creams.  There are so many great ones out now that are formulized to help skin by smoothing skin tone or even minimizing cellulite.  Give one a try!
St. Ives Naturally Smooth Body Lotion
A great drugstore find is St. Ives Naturally Smooth Body Lotion ($4.97 USD).  This lotion will help to nourish skin that is damaged by harsh outdoor conditions.  With active alpha-hydroxy acids, this ultra-moisturizing lotion works to exfoliate and soften the skin, leaving it noticeably and smoother and more radiant in just 7 days.  It also has a fresh citrus-y scent and if refreshing.  Available at mass market retailers.
Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter
Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter ($18 USD).  Award winning  body butter with softening shea butter and aloe vera. Smooth on a handful after your shower and you might swear you’re wearing velvet. Scented with their Original Pink™ fragrance that is fresh and light.  The body butter itself is creamy without being greasy.  Available at
Yes To Blueberries Rejuvenating Body Lotion
Yes to Blueberries Rejuvenating Body Lotion ($9.99 USD) is formulated to help firm and improve skin elasticity, this lotion will be perfect for those who are looking for an added dose of moisture and firmness for their skin. Blueberries and Grapeseed Oil help improve and restore skin firmness. Tamanu Seed Oil is a fast-absorbing oil that is known to help repair and improve skin’s smoothness. Purchase at drugstores and
L'Occitane Almond Shaping Delight

Looking to smooth out bumpy thighs and rear?  Try L’Occitane’s Almond Beautiful Shape ($44 USD).  The ultra-fresh Almond Beautiful Shape helps to visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite and slim the thighs and buttocks, while smoothing and firming the skin. This formula is concentrated in powerful, natural ingredients to help effectively fight cellulite. Peruvian liana, quinoa extract and carrot essential oil slow the appearance of new fat cells, while Almond tree buds, rich in draining flavanoids, and natural caffeine release existing fat cells.  Our new formula also includes Almond proteins which reduce dimples and a lemon micro-exfoliating extract for delightfully smooth and firm skin.  Purchase at



L’Occitane’s Newest Immortelle Brightening Products

Need to even skin tone and brighten your skin?  Well, L’Occitane has recently added three products to their Immortelle collection.

What is immortelle you ask?  The immortelle flower grows abundantly on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, has an exceptionally long life and retains its form and color when dried. L’Occitane has extracted a precious essential oil from the immortelle, which has anti-free radical and anti-wrinkle properties.

L’Occitane’s Immortelle collection offers a complete anti-aging solution for the face and hands. The three new products added to the Immortelle Brightening collection are enriched with a new extract, Garden Nasturtium, for boosted action to leave skin instantly dewy and youthfully radiant.

The additions include:

Brightening Essence ($56): A concentrated serum that optimizes penetration of active ingredients for dramatically brighter, more radiant skin.

Brightening Moisture Cream ($58): A daily moisturizer with an ultra-fresh gel-cream texture that helps correct wrinkles, even skin tone and brighten the complexion.

Brightening Hand Care SPF 15 ($30): A non-oily, protective hand lotion that smoothes the skin, evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of age spots.

What I think:  I have been using this collection day and night for a few weeks and have seen some results.  I think my skin is clearer in tone and a bit brighter.  I do not have a lot of age spots yet (knock on wood), but my skin can get dull.  I find that immediately after each application, my skin does look brighter.  I have combination skin, and this does not seem to make me break out, which is great!

As for the products themselves, they are heavily scented with a floral/green fragrance.  This is probably natural, but if you are fragrance sensitive, be aware.

The textures are nice.  The serum and creams are not greasy at all and seem to quickly absorb.

I would recommend these products to someone who would like to even skin tone and fade dark spots.  You can purchase them at


Get Your Kisser Ready For Winter And The Holidays With A New Lip Product

As the air is getting colder (and much drier in Kansas City), I really need to take care of my lips.  The following products exfoliate, hydrate and beautify the lips this fall and winter!

bliss fabulips sugar lip scrub ($18.00 USD) — This sweetly flavored pout-polishing scrub gently exfoliates lips to remove dead, chapped skin for a beautifully smooth finish that can actually help your lipstick last longer. Featuring finely granulated sweet sugar, almond and walnut shell, the vanilla & orange flavored formula gently exfoliates to buff away dry flakes while jojoba seed and olive oils, shea and cocoa butters, and vitamins A, C and E nourish and condition. Read our lips – it’s the simplest way to get a polished pout!  Available at bliss spas, and Sephora.

L’Occitane Lip Balm($12): This new organic balm, made with 10% shea butter, soothes dry and chapped lips and provides gentle nourishing and protective care.  This is a part of the Limited-Edition Shea Butter Collection that features packaging designed by L’OCCITANE Founder Olivier Baussan who was inspired by the traditional bogolan fabrics of Africa and the country’s indigenous flowers. Available in the below scents, the limited-edition body cream, hand cream and lip balm speak to L’Occitane’s ongoing work with the women of Burkina Faso, Africa who produce all of the Fair Trade Shea Butter used in L’Occitane products.

–  Desert Rose from Morocco is known for its generous blooms and fruity, zesty aroma, which perfumes the desolate landscape.

–  Hibiscus from Egypt delights the eyes with its brilliant colors — from the purest white to the most passionate red. Its sensual, sunny perfume awakens the senses.

–  Cocoa Flower from the Ivory Coast has a warm, comforting scent with a delicious hint of cacao. This is the scent of the lip Balm.

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Quench & Correct Plumping Lip Gloss and Restorative Lip Treatment ($29.00 USD) — Need a reason to smile? This dual-ended dynamo performs double duty. Quench & Correct Plumping Gloss and Restorative Lip Treatment moisturizes and replenishes. One side, Correct Restorative Lip Treatment with Hydra8, reduces the appearance of lip lines and eliminates dryness. The other side, Quench Plumping Gloss, helps restore moisture for an instantly plumped, youthful look that’s bound to keep you beaming.

Correct Restorative Lip Treatment

  • Dual Peptides are designed to boost hydration and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • A special skin conditioning agent, Hydra8, is formulated to bind moisture to lips for up to eight hours.
  • Reduces the look of lines and cracks for a softer, smoother smile.

Quench Plumping Gloss

  • Naturally derived peptides help to increase lip volume, creating the perfect pout.
  • An intense moisture complex provides long-lasting hydration.
  • Creates a long-lasting shine and a rosy glow.

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Every shade in the Three Custom Color Shimmering Lights Collection ($45.00 USD) has been created in our award-winning sheer lipstick formula – highly-moisturizing with buildable color and smooth shimmer to create an eye-catching fullness! Inspired by the celestial skies and brilliant cityscapes of Asia, this wide array of sparkling and soft lipsticks is now available in a slim, convenient palette equipped with a lip brush and mirror, perfectly purse-sized for women on the go! You can purchase this at

Merle Norman Age-Defying Lip Color in Hussy ($15.00 USD) — A smoothing lip color with an age-defying complex increases moisture retention, helping diminish the appearance of fine lines.  The deep red Hussy color is available in different formulas.  Visit to learn more and purchase.

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a last-minute gift for Dad? Get him something that will make him smell, feel or look fantastic with one of these great beauty gift ideas:

L’Occitane Verdon Adventurer Set ($55.00 USD) — The L’Occitane Verdon range is inspired by the refreshing waters and rocky gorges of the Verdon Valley in Haute Provence. This bold set includes the Verdon Pure Face Wash, Outdoor Moisturizer SPF 30, Energy Roll-On and Fresh Shower Water – it’s sure to inspire your dad’s dynamic disposition. Purchase at

Let Dad unwind with the TOCCA candle in 007 ($38.00 USD). The rich leathery aroma is based on the distinctive combination of the interior of an Aston Martin and a dry Martini, in the “Bond-esque” tradition. You can find this at or Sephora stores near you.

A woody-spicy, fresh and masculine fragrance, McGraw by Tim McGraw opens with a bright note of Bergamot that blends with spicy and sweet notes of freshly grated Nutmeg for a vibrant and exhilarating experience. The heart is lush, rich and crisp with Lavender wrapped in earthen Moss. It finishes with soulful and sensual notes of Amber, Patchouli and Sandalwood blended with a touch of aged Whisky—perfect for the classic man. Available at most drugstores and mass retailers

Price Range: 0.5 fl oz ($18); 1.0 fl oz ($24.50); 1.7 fl oz ($31.50)

Whether he enjoys playing sports or is traveling on business, the Gray Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($149.00 USD) fits easily inside any gym or carry-on bag. It will also leave him with the smoothest shave! The Mia uses gentle oscillation to clear pores and cleanses so effectively that shavings products absorb better into the skin. Participants in a Clarisonic clinical study reported a closer shave, increased comfort, reduction in irritation and fewer razor bumps. He will wonder how he lived without it!


Hope your Dad, husband and/or all of the other awesome dads in your life enjoy the day!

Sweeten Your Summer Scent With L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Fragrance Collection

L'Occitane Pivoine Collection

I love trying new scents.  Buying a new perfume every month or so can be kind of expensive, so I love it when fragrances have whole collections so you can try the scent in a lotion or a soap for a more affordable introduction.

If you’re looking for a fresh new summer scent, look no further than the NEW L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Fragrance Collection. Known as the flower with a thousand petals, the peony grows abundantly in theMediterranean, showcasing its vibrant colors and alluring fragrance as it dances like a ballerina in the summer breeze. The L’Occitane Pivoine Flora products are enriched with a peony extract, sourced exclusively from peonies grown in the famous Rivière nursery in France, which is known for its expertise in peony cultivation.

The collection includes:

Pivoine Flora Eau de Parfum ($60.00 USD) — This new Eau de Parfum has an intense, green floral structure. With a rich, multi-faceted combination of delicate peony and sensuous magnolia, this dramatic floral elixir creates a fragrant bouquet with a musky, woody finish.

Pivoine Flora Hand Cream ($10.00 USD) — This smooth, creamy texture, fortified with shea butter, is formulated to nourish and protect the hands and nails. Escape to a fragrant peony garden with this portable hand cream.

Pivoine Flora Beauty Cream ($36.00 USD) — This fresh cream’s velvety texture, enriched with peony extract, wraps the body in satin-smooth comfort with a delicate floral scent.

The collection also includes: Eau de Toilette ($40); Eau de Toilette Intense Roll-on ($16); Shower Gel ($20); Petal Soap ($8); Beauty Milk ($24)

What I think:  This is a beuatiful, light floral.  Perfect, for summer and all year long if you like a sweet floral.  I have the beauty cream which is silky, but not greasy at all. It’s really nice after a shower or a day in the sun, when your skin is screaming for moisture.  

To learn more and purchase, visit  Enjoy!