It’s Getting Cold Outside — Take Care of Your Skin!

My skin is so dry.  And I mean my face, hands, legs, feet — even my lips!  So I feel the need to hydrate a lot.

I was sent the following products to try for my honest opinion.  I have found that they are all very helpful in keeping me moisturized:

Lulah Body Lotion in Magnolia Fig
Lulah Body Lotion in Magnolia Fig

Lulah Body Lotion ($13.25 USD) — The colder season is quickly approaching and that means it is time to find the perfect body lotion for dry winter skin.  With Lulah’s Body Lotions, you can smell great while hydrating your entire body.  The Body Lotions come in Lulah’s signature scents including Peony, Magnolia Fig, Citron, Tamarind Ginger, and Vanilla Orchid, all of which are available for purchase on Lulah.com for $13.25 each.

What I think: I think it’s always a bonus when a really moisturizing body lotion also smells fantastic, and this one sure does.  It is perfect for moisturizing legs and feet at night.

Available at www.lulah.com

 

Eight Skincare Body Softening Oil Ginger Lime
Eight Skincare Body Softening Oil Ginger Lime

Eight Skincare Body Softening Oil Ginger Lime ($22 USD) — Eight Body Softening Oil is a luxurious blend of essential oils, specifically formulated to leave the skin velvety smooth, softened and toned. These essentials bring natural benefits to the skin.

Submerse yourself in the fresh, piquant blend of ginger and lime. This all natural aroma will not compete with your fragrance, as the scent of the essential oils will dissipate.

What I think:  I love using this right after my bath or shower.  It sinks right in and keeps my skin soft and smooth.  The scent is fresh and very light.  It disappears soon after application.

Learn more at www.eightskincare.com

Fake Bake Tanning Butter For Dry Skin
Fake Bake Tanning Butter For Dry Skin

Fake Bake Tanning Butter For Dry Skin ($20.99 USD) — Our Fake Bake Tanning Body Butter allows you to build a beautiful tan using the softest Shea Butter ingredients available. It¹s light enough to use daily and will build naturally so even the palest of skin tones need not fear! The buttery texture will rival any regular moisturizer and leaves skin with a subtle velvety shimmer and it smells incredible!

What I think:  I am loving this on my winter-white legs.  It gives a soft glow.  You can build it darker, but it never gets too dark.  Really cool idea!

Fake Bake is available at salons and top retailers nationwide and at FakeBake.com. Our Tanning Butter retails for $20.99.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($4.49) — Give your hands some TLC by keeping Norwegian Formula Hand Cream within reach. It glycerin-rich formula relieves dry, chapped hands for hours.

What I think: A little goes a long way with this rich cream.  This is great (and affordable) to have on hand as it gets colder and colder.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm
butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm

butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm ($30 USD) — Just because our feet are hidden beneath fuzzy socks and weather-slaying boots doesn’t mean they don’t need a little winter TLC. In fact, boots can be some of the worst offenders in the war against soft heels. butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm banishes dry and cracked skin that comes with the season. So no more excuses to procrastinate on that holiday shopping – you’ll be ready to tackle those door buster deals with the most fit feet in town.

What I think: This silky stick is great to use at night.  Roll it over your heels and wake up to soft feet!

You can purchase at www.butterLONDON.com, Ulta, Ulta.com

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser ($8.99 USD)– The humidity and temperatures drop but that doesn’t mean your skin will stop producing oil. A cleanser with salicylic acid will exfoliate to remove dry skin and can prevent breakouts. For combination and dry skin, use Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser to remove dirt and oil while keeping the skin’s natural moisture barrier intact.

What I think:  This cleanser will work for anyone.  I love it because it is gentle on my sensitive skin and doesn’t strip it — which is important on my dry skin.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream
Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream

Sleep tight with visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in your head and wake up with baby soft skin thanks to Algenist’s Overnight Restorative Cream ($90. USD). The Alguronic Acid in this miracle elixir works overtime to promote cell renewal while peptides nourish skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Add a couple drops of the uber hydrating Algenist’s Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil ($79 USD) into the moisturizer and this potent combination will give cracked winter skin some much needed “oomph” and serious angelic radiance, all while you’re sleeping off that giant holiday meal. Double tasking at its finest.

What I think: Talk about a 1-2 punch of hydration!  These two products combined leaves my skin so soft.  It’s a fab overnight treatment.  Believe me, you will wake up with softer skin in the morning!

WHERE TO BUY: Algenist.com, Sephora, Sephora.com

 

Chapstick Gingerbread
Chapstick Gingerbread

Introducing new Limited Edition seasonal ChapStick® Gingerbread Kiss ($1.99). It is also available in Candy Cane.

What I think:  These are fun, seasonal flavors that also keep lips soft and smooth.  I especially love the Gingerbread Kiss.  It’s really yummy!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

 

So, dear readers — does your skin get dry in the winter?  Leave a comment and let me know what you use.

 

 

 

 

Prep and Moisturize For Soft Skin This Fall and Winter

I am already getting dry patches on my skin and it’s only the first of November!  Sigh…it is time to really take care of my skin.

I was sent the products below for my honest review.  They are:

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub ($4.99 USD) — Discover the swiss secrets for smooth, radiant skin. St. Ives fresh skin invigorating apricot scrub captures these secrets in its deep cleansing formula with 100% natural exfoliates that gently remove dull, dead skin cells to instantly reveal smooth, radiant skin.

What I think: I’ve always loved St. Ives.  I’m not surprised that I am enjoying this scrub.  The scent so good!  Fresh and fruity.  And the scrub leaves my face so soft.  I exfoliate 2 or 3 times a week and this is gentle enough for my routine.

Avaialble at mass market retailers near you.

Orico London Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes
Orico London Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes

Orico London Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes ($25 USD) — Gently remove all traces of make-up, the days build up of dirt, impurities and pollutants with new Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover for Face and Eyes. With this organic make-up remover, skin is left soothed, conditioned and revitalized with all-natural plant oils and rejuvenated with tangerine and orange oils that de-congest and increase circulation.

What I think:  Loving this! This is now my go-to eye makeup remover. It is gentle on my eyes, but takes off all traces of stubborn eye liner and mascara.  I have been using it every night.

Available at www.oricolondon.com

ente Dermal Repair Cream
Sente Dermal Repair Cream

Sente Dermal Repair Cream ($169.95 (1.7 oz) or $79.95 (.5 oz)) —

Sente uses a patented blend of ingredients including Heparan Sulfate (HS), a naturally occurring complex of a sugar plus a protein (glycoprotein). This fresh and advanced scientific approach to beauty delivers benefits unlike any cream on the market:

  • Heals skin faster following common dermatological procedures including IPL, lasers, chemical peels, skin tightening and injectables
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles. Enjoy smoother and younger looking skin
  • Hypoallergenic formulation penetrates quickly, leaving no greasy residue or fragrance – perfect under makeup
  • Restores and enhances skin’s intrinsic ability to heal itself (sunburns, scarring)
  • Soothes redness and irritation
  • Normalizes skin tone and restore radiance
  • Delivers profound hydration with daily use
  • Safe for use on even the most sensitive skin types

What I think: This is medical grade skincare that is gentle on the skin.  My skin gets more sensitive as I grow older, so gentle skincare is a must.  I have only been using it for a few days, but I can see the redness fading and my skin is very soft with use.  I will keep using for younger-looking skin!

http://www.sentelabs.com

Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines
Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines

Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines ($48 USD) — This age-defying, light–reflecting cream works to smooth out and diminish existing lines and wrinkles, helping with deep level repair whilst protecting against new lines forming.

What I think: This is very light and is a great day cream.  I haven’t seen evidence of my wrinkles diminishing yet (after a few weeks use in the morning), but it makes my skin bright and soft.

Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines can be purchased at www.mamamio.com.

Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil with Grapeseed & Essential Oils
Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil with Grapeseed & Essential Oils

Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil with Grapeseed and Essential Oils ($49.95, sale price $25 USD) — Maijan Pure Moroccan Argan Oil infused with Grapeseed Oil and Essential Oils is the perfect solution for healthy hair and skin.  This miracle golden Organic Argan Oil helps soothe and soften both dry and frizzy hair and trouble skin.  Maijan’s secret blend of the Organic Argan Oil infused with Grapeseed and essential oils gives your hair and skin a sense of pure luxury like none other.

What I think:  I love argan oil for my skin and my hair.  Its a product that you can safely use all over for instant hydration. It also smells great!  It’s a perfect, natural product.

Learn more at www.maijan.com.

Yes to Grapefruit Naturally Smooth Lip Balm
Yes to Grapefruit Naturally Smooth Lip Balm

Yes to Grapefruit Naturally Smooth Lip Balm ($2.99 USD) — This lip gloss has a mix of moisturizing Aloe, Cocoa, and Shea Butter deliver intense hydration and moisturization This flavor is a delicious grapefruit treat to wake you and your gorgeous lips up. Consumers preferred this sleek, oval shape, because it fits easily everywhere, and applies nicely around lips.

What I think:  I really love how soft this is on my lips. It keeps them moisturized and smelling great, although I can’t detect a taste.  It also comes in Blueberry and Pomegranate SPF 15.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Have you tried any of these products?  What skin care are you using now?  Leave me a comment, I would love to know!

Bath Time, Part 2

Yes, more awesome bath (or shower, if you like those) products!

Set the mood with some great colored lights, then try a new body wash, scrub, lotion or fragrance.  I believe that relaxing with fabulous products and scents is rejuvenating!

Mood Light in Renewal
Mood Light in Renewal

Lets start by setting the mood with lighting. Mood-lites ($2.98 to $6.99 at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide) come in various colors to help with moods.

“Mood-lites represent Mood-Factory’s first line of products which are based on the sense of sight, and specifically, in regards to how colors affect how we feel,” said the Chicago-based Kathryn Goetzke, President, Mood-Factory. “We initially launched an incandescent line in 2004, and in 2012 launched a 2nd generation including flood, porch, and compact fluorescent (CFL)  Mood-lites. The colors were developed using a number of color expert research, and applying their general concepts to lighting.”

What I think: I have been trying the red Passion and green Renewal Mood-Lites, please let us know and we can ship them out.  The renewal is perfect for a bath! Other uplifting hues you might want in the Mood-lites line include: Happiness (yellow); Energy (Orange); Serenity (Light Blue); Sassy (Pink); Creativity (Purple) and Tranquility (Deep Blue).

Tree Hut Almond and Honey Shea Sugar Body Scrub
Tree Hut Almond and Honey Shea Sugar Body Scrub

A body scrub is so important for keeping skin soft at bath time.  Tree Hut Almond and Honey Shea Sugar Body Scrub ($17.94 for 18 oz at www.amazon.com) — Experience an intense exfoliation with Tree Hut Sugar Scrub with the rich, sweet scent of Almond and Honey. Natural sweet Almond oil and real Honey condition damaged and neglected skin that has become unhealthy over time.

This gentle sugar scrub is infused with certified organic Shea butter, real Honey and an array of natural oils, including Evening Primrose, sweet Almond, Avocado, Macadamia Seed and Orange Oil. The real sugar grains and Almond bits will softly buff away dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smooth all day.

What I think:  This smells FANTASTIC — seriously! Yummy!  I love that it exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time.  This is a really gorgeous product.

Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash
Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash

Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash ($10 for 8oz) Bathe your skin with an everyday golden elixir! Honey is a nourishing, gentle cleanser that naturally exfoliates your skin. Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash is the perfect addition to your skin care ritual.

Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash is available in three fabulous scents, Wild Blackberry, Lemongrass Spearmint, and Tupelo Honey. All three of these amazing body washes contain royal jelly, propolis, and honey to soften, nourish, and repair your skin.

The honey based body washes are very gentle and perfect for the entire family! Savannah Bee Honey Body Washes are formulated from 100% all natural ingredients, contain no parabens or petroleum, and are never tested on animals.

What I think:  This is a new company that I have recently discovered and I am loving the products, as well as the very pretty packaging.

The body washes are thick (like honey) and soften the skin while cleansing.  Plus, they leave a soft scent on the skin.

Available at www.savannahbee.com

Thymes Fig Leaf and Cassis Body Lotion
Thymes Fig Leaf and Cassis Body Lotion

Thymes Fig Leaf and Cassis Body Lotion ($33 USD) — A daily moisturizer sparkling with the sun-ripened fragrance of Fig Leaf & Cassis. Verdant fig leaf entwines with sweet cassis, reviving mandarin oil, juniper berry and purifying cypress. Formulated with skin-supportive shea butter, nourishing squalane, humectant glycerin and protective vitamin E.

Fragrance Notes: Fig leaf, cassis, mandarin, juniper berry and cypress.

What I think: This classic Thymes scent is fresh and light.  The lotion is great for after a bath, it keeps skin very soft.

Available http://www.thymes.com

 COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer
COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer

You can finish your bath by using an allover SPF like COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer ($32 USD) — Nourish and shield your skin from the sun and environment with this antioxidant-infused, SPF 30 sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Free radical fighting organic Rose Hip delivers essential Fatty Acids, Minerals and Vitamin C. Organic Evening Primrose and Linseed Oils, rich in Omegas-3 and 6 calms, tones, hydrates and reduces redness. Patented Oleosome Technology, derived from eco-certified organic Safflower and rich in moisturizing Vitamin E, enhances sun protection and helps time-release actives, resulting in 75% less actives! Organic Shea Butter, high   in Vitamins A and F smoothes, softens and balances skin. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract stimulates, organic Cucumber Extract calms and a light Plumeria scent keeps you fresh. Crafted with 70% Certified Organic inactive ingredients.

What I think:  If you love a tropical floral scent, this sunscreen/moisturizer is for you.  It isn’t too strong, though.  SPF is so important all year round.

www.coolasuncare.com

L'Occitane Lavender Eau De Cologne
L’Occitane Lavender Eau De Cologne

Cologne is the perfect final step to keep feeling and smelling fresh after a bath or shower. L’Occitane Lavender Eau De Cologne ($52 for 10.1 fl. oz) — Brightened by the radiant freshness of citrus fruits, the Lavender Eau de Cologne has a light, breezy scent, underlined by a woody, musky base with a captivating trail.

This vibrant Cologne is a celebration of summer that captures the sunshine and brightness of Haute-Provence.

Top Notes:  Lavender P.D.O., Bergamot, Peach
Middle Notes: Freesia, Marigold
Base Notes: Benzoin, Musk

What I think:  I love this lavender fragrance.  It is so light and does not have a soapy scent that some lavender scents do.  It is very fresh and soft.

Available at www.usa.loccitane.com

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Blackberry
The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Blackberry

Or if you like a sweeter scent, try the Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Blackberry ($58 for 1.7 fl oz) — Seductively Sweet. Seduce the sense with this provocative blend of ripe blackberry, juicy raspberry, velvet iris, and warm Madagascar vanilla.  Crafted by master natural perfumers, this sexy fragrance is mouthwatering and irresistible.

What I think:  This scent is addictive, it is sweet, but not too sweet and is also a bit sexy.  Very nice!

Available at www.lavanila.com

Enjoy!

 

Bath Time! Fab Products by Laura Mercier, Nyakio, H2O+, 800razors.com, Sure Deodorant and Jergens

I am definitely a bath person.  I know that showers are faster, but I love long, hot bath.  It totally relaxes me.  Are you a bath or shower person?  Leave a comment and let me know, and know what your favorite bath or shower products are!

Here are some of my current favorites, sent to me for my honest review:

Laura Mercier Honey Bath
Laura Mercier Honey Bath

Laura Mercier Honey Bath ($40 USD) — This decadent, foaming honey moisture body bath leaves skin feeling clean, fresh and supple. Available in five delectable fragrances: Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée, Ambre Vanillé, Crème de Pistache and Fresh Fig.

What I think:  I have this in Fresh Fig.  It smells fantastic and gives lots of foamy bubbles.  And the jar is so cute!  This is well worth the splurge.  I want to try all of the scents.

Available: www.lauramercier.com

Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub
Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub ($55 USD) — This scrub blends naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Sugar to remove dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Mongongo Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Avocado Oil, this unique fusion leaves all skin moisturized, smooth and soft.

What I think:  This is a wonderful scrub!  I used it on the back of one hand and had to do the other right away to make them even — the first one was visibly smoother!  And the scent is vaguely coffee-ish, but it’s not too strong.

Purcashe at HSN, HSN.com and www.nyakio.com

H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash
H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash

H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash ($17 USD) — This exhilarating body wash renews the skin and deeply nourishes with essential vitamins and minerals.  Sea sourced water lotus and bamboo extract provide long-term moisture and stimulate the regeneration of healthy skin while mineral-rich brown and red algae blend are combined with aloe and vitamin E to soothe and nourish the skin. Skin is left lightly scented with the refreshing aquatic floral scent. Try it in a morning shower for an invigorating awakening.

What I think: I love H2O+’s scents — and this new sea lotus fragrance is no exception.  It is a great spa scent, with a little bit of floral scent added.  It also comes in a body scrub ($20 SUD) and a lotion ($21 USD) so you can layer the scent.

Price: $17, Available at Ulta, Ulta.com and H2OPlus.com

800razors.com 5-Blade Women’s Razor
800razors.com 5-Blade Women’s Razor

We gals take our beauty routines very seriously. Let’s face it, there is always a new product, trend, or regimen we “need” to try. It’s time to simplify our a.m. routines and make them as painless as possible. First step: take the “ouch” out of hair removal. One thing we can all agree on- waxing is one form hair removal that is painful in more ways then one!

To help take the sting out of hair removal, I’d like to introduce you to 800razors.com, the burn-free razor company, as they share Five Expressive Reasons Why Not to Wax:

1)     Yikes! — Waxing at a salon is ridiculously expensive, costing anywhere from $45 – $100 per leg. Not to mention that doesn’t even cover the bikini area, armpits and other body parts we don’t want to share with our hair!!  Oh, and home waxing kits?  We won’t even go there!

2)     Ouch! — Waxing hurts like heck! Having scorching hot wax dripped on your skin to later be yanked out by the roots isn’t an ideal spa day experience. Imagine the ensuing pain that comes with ripping a bandage off… now multiply that by at least 5.

3)     Yuck! — While getting a full leg or armpit wax removes unwanted hair, it often results in bumps, ingrown hairs, rashes, and even pimples. Have sensitive skin? The hot wax can cause unwanted irritation that will leave you with legs you’ll cover up instead of show off.

4)     Nasty! — No one knows how sanitary the salon wax actually is (or the actual salon for that matter!). With waxing, there is always risk of a bacterial infection, skin infection, or even a disease since it strips away the body’s natural protective layer that prevents bacteria from penetrating the skin.

5)     Dang it! — Last minute beach trip or spontaneous first date will never fly since you need at least 3-4 weeks of hair growth for the wax to adhere.  So if you have last minute plans, you’d be out of luck!

So if you’re joining the thousands of women who are saying “heck no” to waxing, what is the simplest, softest, smoothest solution?  800razors.com, the burn-free razor company that offers the “Burn-Free Guarantee” – no skin burn, wallet burn, or American job-loss burn!

What I think:  I have tested their 5-Blade Women’s Razor.  This is a great razor!  It has a lubricating strip all around and a soapbar at the bottom. The 5 blades gives a very smooth shave and it is easy to change the heads.

Learn more and purchase at www.800razors.com.

Sure Solid Pure Essence
Sure Solid Pure Essence
In the 1980s Sure Anti-perspirant/Deodorant ran one of the most memorable advertising campaigns with the slogan, “Raise your hand if you’re Sure.”  Today, the brand is offering women even more confidence to go about their day. They recently revealed a new look and introduced two new conditioning solids –Vitamin Infusion and Pure Essence.

The new conditioning solids offer a pH-balanced invisible formula that provides lasting odor and wetness protection while working to reduce irritation and smooth rough patches. The unscented Vitamin Infusion formula conditions and repairs skin with Vitamins A and E, while the Pure Essence variety features a light fragrance and soothing aloe extracts.

Sure products are available nationwide at major drug stores and retail for around $2.99 each. Available varieties include Unscented, Regular Scent, Fresh Scent, Powder Scent, Vitamin Infusion and Pure Essence. 

What I think:  I have been given the new scents, Vitamin Infusion and Pure Essence.  I really like the soft scent of Pure Essence.  I use a stronger deodorant, but I gave these to my teenage daughters and they love them!  They keep them dry all day.

Learn more at www.suredeodorant.com.

Jergens Shea Butter
Jergens Shea Butter

Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer by Jergens ($8.99 for the large 16.8 oz) — Blended with pure African shea butter, this rich mix of vital nutrients
instantly relieves dryness, replenishes depleted moisture and enhances the
performance of skin’s own moisture barrier.

What I think — this is so moisturizing on my dry, fall skin!  My legs have been so dry since the weather turned cold.  This keeps them soft all day long!

http://www.jergens.com/radiance

Enjoy your you time!

Summer Skin Savers — Part 2

During summer, we show more skin so we have lots of preparing to do!  From shaving, to moisturizing, to using sunscreen our skin receives a lot of prep to look good!

Here are products I have received for my honest review.  They may get your skin looking it’s very best!

Schick Hydro Silk®
Schick Hydro Silk®

This spring/summer let Schick Hydro Silk help you prepare for any adventure.

This spring Schick Hydro Silk has launched a new line of disposable razors to ensure you receive the “highest performance” women’s disposable yet! The unique Schick Hydro Silk Disposables ($12.99 USD) razors deliver an experience far beyond just an incredibly close shave, and actually care for the skin by helping to replenish moisture shaving can take away.

If you are one of the 20% who prefer to only use a refillable razor, try the new Limited Edition Schick Hydro Silk Razor ($11.99 USD). In a vibrant Caribbean Green Handle, this razor features a new ventilated travel cover to protect the cartridge for when you’re on the go.

What I think:  I love these razors.  Most moisturizing shavers are bulky and don’t give a close shave.  These do.  And the shape of the razor head lets you get in close.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Sunscreen Clear Mist Spray
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Sunscreen Clear Mist Spray

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Sunscreen Clear Mist Spray ($9.99 USD) is truly indulgent sun protection in a convenient application format that provides the moisture needed to leave skin feeling hydrated and healthy. Available in SPF 15 and 30, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Clear Mist Spray Sunscreen provides safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and is endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation

What I think:  I love spray sunscreen.  Fast and easy to use, plus this one has Hawaiian Tropics’ signature scent that smells so fantastic!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ After Sun Lotion
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ After Sun Lotion

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ After Sun Lotion ($7.99 USD) – is the first and only after sun product combining indulgent ribbons of gel and lotion infused with silk protein and shea butter to provide luxurious moisturization for a full 24 hours. Ribbons of aloe soothe and refresh the skin from the effects of the sun, while silk protein shea butter ribbons of lotion provide incredible moisturization that leaves skin feeling hydrated, healthy and radiant.

What I think:  After the sun, be sure to moisturize. This one smells amazing and is made to take care of sun-ravaged skin. Also great for after sunless tanning.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip ($9.99 USD) – NEW! Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil, Rosehip, is an advanced multi-purpose skin perfection product that can be used all over the body and face.  This preservative-free, phthalate free, lightweight formula contains an exclusive blend of key ingredients formulated to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, aging skin and fine lines and wrinkles.  Skin looks and feels instantly soft and smooth with this unique, non-greasy, non-staining formula.

What I think:  Sometimes a lotion doesn’t give the kind of moisture your skin may crave.  This oil is perfect for very dry skin, or skin with stretchmarks or scars.  It is also great for after sun or self tanning.  Remember, moisturizing the skin will make your tan (real or fake) last longer.

Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.

Burt’s Bees is launching NEW Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate
Burt’s Bees is launching NEW Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate

Give lips an antioxidant boost with the free radical-fighting effects of new Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate. Burt’s Bees’ latest balm is packed with natural antioxidant powerhouses and natural butters and oils to renew and restore. Infused with replenishing Blueberry Seed Oil, sweet Cocoa Powder and rich Cocoa Seed Butter, the balm is an instant revitalizing lift and a decadent treat for lips. Like a superfood in a tube, the balm is a new go-to for natural nourishment and antioxidant perks.

What I think:  This is not an SPF balm, it is for after sun and helping restore lips after sun damage.  Plus, it smells so yummy!

Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.

Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads
Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads

Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads ($8.99 for 10 SnapplicatorsTM), are formulated to provide fast relief from exposure to poison ivy, oak and sumac with a combination of aloe, botanicals and oat extract. The pads cool and soothe irritated skin on contact. Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads offer convenience, portability, simplicity and fast relief to intense itching, rashes and inflammation.

Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads Fast Facts:

●      Product benefits: The strongest itch medicine without a prescription available; new single-dose SnapplicatorTM provides no-mess, no touch application that easily applies onto skin.

●      How to Use: Grasp SnapplicatorTM between the thumbs and forefingers. Snap to release product through pad top. Dab medicine onto affected area and rub onto skin. Discard.

●      Uses: Adults and children 2 years of age and older who have skin with symptoms associated with minor skin irritations, inflammation and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

●      Product ingredients: 1% hydrocortisone (active ingredient), aloe, botanicals and oat extract (inactive ingredients).

What I think: These are so nice to have in a summer first aid kit.  Especially if you are going into forests and you don’t know what type of plants are there.  And they work!  My daughter had some type of bites or rash on her leg the other day.  This was very easy to use and helped the itch go away.  And the rash cleared up in a day or two.

Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.

Enjoy!

Last Minute Gifts For Your Man This Valentine’s Day

A great Valentine for your man can be something that benefits you as well.  Think of a nice scent, products for a close shave or a nice lip balm to keep his lips soft (V-Day kisses)!

Here are some really nice products to get him.  And you can find most of these in the store — such as Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstroms or other department or beauty specialty stores:

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 - Rouge

LACOSTE’s EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 Rouge ($62 USD) is the scent to wear this Valentine’s Day.  Fiery and invigorating, the fragrance harvests a triple blend of spices at the heart to create this robust scent.  Spicy Mandarin liqueur, Madagascan black pepper, and Indian ginger provide a warm welcome from the cold weather.  A masculine and zesty fragrance that can only be described as energetic is ideal for the always on-the-go guy.

Available at fine department stores and Sephora stores near you.

BOSS BOTTLED NIGHT

The BOSS man is primed to succeed—competitive, driven, and ambitious. His daily preparation rituals are integral to his personal quest for success and BOSS has become an established part of his daily armor. BOSS BOTTLED NIGHT ($56 1.6 oz, $70 3.3 oz) is destined to become his secret after-dark weapon, instilling him with the same compelling presence that underpins his success by day. The scent features an intensely seductive composition of purposeful, aromatic top notes combined with a rich, woody base.

The top notes combine the contrasting energies of bittersweet birch leaves with the natural aromatic freshness of lavender, finished with a touch of lemon leaves. The heart of the fragrance, blended with a new type of masculine florals, combines green and nutty cardamom with a synthesis of sweet jasmine and African violet. A new accord at the base, Louro Amarelo, replicates a rich and exotic new wood note discovered in the Amazon. It lends body to the fragrance, as well as a natural energy when finished with a traditional musk and sandalwood infusion.

Available at fine department stores and Sephora stores near you.

The Art of Shaving Full-Size Kit in Sandalwood

The Art of Shaving’s Full Size Kit in Sandalwood ($115 USD)will guarantee that your guy’s face will be soft and smooth for any up close and personal action that may ensue this Valentine’s Day.  Known for having an alluring effect on the opposite sex, the Sandalwood kit has everything men need for healthy skin and a close, comfortable shave while helping prevent ingrown hairs and irritation.  As an aphrodisiac, with its strong aroma and ability to soothe, the Sandalwood kit gives men that “extra something” on this special day.

Available at www.theartofshaving.com

Jack Black Turbo Body Bar

Jack Black Turbo Body Bar ($15 USD) — The invigorating aroma of our customer favorite Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser, along with Natural Blue Lotus and Ginkgo Biloba, help combat fatigue and stimulate the senses. The rich, luxurious lather nourishes with hydrating Murumuru and Shea Butters while natural Lava Rock gently polishes, leaving skin supple, smooth and clean.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Shea Butter & Vitamin E

Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Shea Butter & Vitamin E ($7.50 USD) — Enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants, this emollient balm soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, it penetrates quickly to provide instant relief. Offers broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 25; also guards against windburn and temperature extremes. Contains shea butter and vitamin E to comfort and soothe.

Both products Available at Nordstroms and www.getjackblack.com

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin

Lately, I have been using Boots No7  Beautiful Skin Normal/Dry Duo of Cleansing Lotion and Night Cream. I received samples from Influenster complimentary for testing (check out www.influenster.com to find out how to receive free products and comment on this post if you would like an invite to join).

So what is Boots No7 Beautiful Skin? It’s the newest and easy to use two-step range of everyday skincare cleansers and moisturizers, tailored to your specific skin type eliminating the need for toners. Products are color-coded, making it easy to find just the right products for your skin type: Normal/Oily (Pink), Normal/Dry (Green) and Dry/Very Dry (Lilac).

No7 appreciates that busy lifestyles mean you don’t always have time for a lengthy skincare regimen. That’s why we’ve created Beautiful Skin. Discover radiant skin in 14 days with two simple steps:

Step 1: Cleanse
The first step to beautiful skin is clean skin. All Beautiful Skin cleansers quickly and gently remove all traces of dirt and impurities, leaving you with perfectly clean, healthy skin. Skin is so effectively cleansed that there is no need for a separate toner.

Step 2: Moisturize
Once cleansed, hydrate your skin with our nourishing day and night creams. All our day creams deliver SPF 15 and Broad Spectrum UV Protection, while our night creams work to promote optimum hydration while you sleep.

The products I have been testing are:

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion Normal/Dry
The light, refreshing wipe-off formula feels weightless on the skin, yet it’s very hard working, removing every last trace of make-up and grime. Packed with moisturizing agents like Glycerin, your skin will be left soft and refreshed. The oils are optimized to be the most effective at cleansing away dirt without removing natural and beneficial skin lipids.

I love that this wipe-off cleanser is creamy and moisturizing and no water is required as part of your facial routine. Best applied to dry skin, massage upward and across the skin using cotton or wool, avoiding the eye area, and wipe off.

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream Normal/Dry :
Rest easy throughout the night knowing that your skin is getting the best possible care with this luxuriously rich night cream for all night moisturization, includes Cocoa butter for an additional boost. A nourishing cream with Glycerin and Shea Butter to energize and promote optimum hydration while you sleep. Designed to work in harmony with your skin, replacing lost moisture and leaving you with healthy looking radiant skin.

What I think — the cleanser is one of the best cleansers that I have used in a long time!  I takes make up off like a dream without drying out the skin!  It is also very mild and does not irritate my extremely sensitive eyes.  The night cream give lots of moisture, but it is a bit heavy, so only use if you have very dry skin.

Learn more about these products at www.shopbootsusa.com.

Enjoy!