bath products, Beauty, Fragrance

My Current Fave Bath and Body Products From Le Couvent des Minimes

It definitely is starting to feel like fall in Kansas City. It’s a bit cooler at least.

I was sent the following Le Couvent des Minimes for my honest review. Made in a cloister in the French countryside, these products are crafted with care and love.

Smile Lip Balm Rose and Berries

Le Couvent des Minimes Smile Lip Balm Rose and Berries (Price: $9 USD) — I love the feel and scent of this lip balm.  Inspired by the sisters’ benevolent works, that so often brought a smile back to the faces of convent residents, the smile lip balm rose and berries aroma helps to nourish and repair lips on a daily basis.

The original recipe combines softening marshmallow with nourishing shea butter and protective apricot oil, its formula with a floral rose and berries aroma works to provide lasting moisture and protection for lips!

Botanical Recipe of the Cloister Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel Cream

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Recipe of the Cloister Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel Cream ($18 USD)–  Shea butter works with rose oil to help your skin retain its natural moisture while other essential oils exfoliate. This smooths and hydrates my skin amazingly and the scent is fresh and romantic!  I love this on my dry skin when it gets colder.

Invigorating Body Splash, Verbena and Lemon

Le Couvent des Minimes Invigorating Body Splash, Verbena and Lemon ($44 USD) –This is a very fresh, lemony scent and is light enough to spray all over. It combines the invigorating properties of Lemon and Verbena with the firming qualities of prele to revitalize and tone the body.  This is nice after a bath or shower.   

Botanical Cologne of the Morning Orange and Basil

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne of the Morning Orange and Basil ($38 USD) — The fragrance opens with crisp notes of apple that mingle with the freshness of orange and lemon. The heart reveals a delicate pear flower, magnified by fig flower and fresh basil. The base notes of woods, cedar and soft musk give a feeling of serenity.

I think this is a fresh scent for autumn with the fruit and wood accords. It is perfect for those who don’t usually wear extreme floral scents!

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What are your favorite bath and body products?

Beauty, Fragrance, Skincare

Get Dirty With The Latest Beauty Trend!

Who new dirt could be so popular? Products modeled after dirt like toothpaste with charcoal are all the rage.

But they can be effective.  I’ve recently tried some fun new products that contain mud, charcoal and even smell like dirt:

elvis+elvin Sea Mud Cleansing Bar

elvis+elvin Sea Mud Cleansing Bar ($20 USD) enhances the skin’s youthfulness with natural, mineral-rich Sea Mud that aims to purify, exfoliate, and invigorate the skin for a clean, smooth and refreshing feeling. Made with all natural Sea Mud with a hint of argan oil, the bar nourishes the skin and effectively removes dirt, blackheads, dead skin cells and other pollutants which can clog pores.

What I think: I love this facial soap.  It cleans and exfoliates my skin really well!  My skin is really soft and hydrated afterwards. It does smell very earthy, but nice.  And it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin!

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elvis+elvin Hydrate Therapy Detoxify Alginate Peel-Off Mask

elvis+elvin Hydrate Therapy Detoxify Alginate Peel-Off Mask ($80 USD) — puts charcoal to good use!  Naturally moisturizing, and tightening, the Activated Carbon (aka charcoal!) absorbs and detoxifies the skin. A hint of Mentha Arvensis essential oil sooths and relaxes skin. So easy to use, you just mix, apply and peel your stress away. The Hydrate Therapy Detoxify Alginate Peel-Off Mask is available at for $80.00 for a pack of 5 masks.

What I think: This is a really cool peel off mask.  Just mix the two pouches together and apply wit the included spatula. It takes 5 minutes for it to gel on the face, then it can be peeled off.  It hydrates and firms my skin.  And I love how it get the crud out of my skin.

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Demeter Dirt

Demeter Dirt ($21 USD for a 1 oz spray) –s a fragrance so earthy it is actually made to smell exactly like the dirt from the fields around the Pennsylvania family farm which belonged to Demeter Fragrance Library’s founding perfumer.

What I think: It might sound crazy, but I really like this!  It reminds me of walking through a damp forest in the Pacific Northwest where I grew up. When I first spray it on, it dose smell like soil, and then a fresh note mingles with the soil.  It finishes a bit powdery, but I don’t mind it at all.  Crazy, but fun!

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Have you tried any dirt-inspired products?

anti-aging, Beauty, Beauty Tools, Candles, Fragrance, Skincare

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide!

Hi!  Have you started thinking about what to give mom for Mother’s Day? I am, and actually need to send a package to my mom soon!

Beauty gifts are always I hit! I have some great gift ideas for the amazing women in your life. They include fragrance,  skincare, candles and more:


Philosophy Moments of Grace Mother’s Day Trio

Philosophy Moments of Grace Mother’s Day Trio ($57 USD) –gift her moments of amazing grace. this exclusive collection includes 3 ways to enjoy the beautifully crafted floral, universally loved and lauded scent. the experience opens with the award-winning shampoo, bath & shower gel featuring a rich, grace-infused lather that leaves skin and hair clean, soft and delicately scented. next, a nourishing treatment of firming body emulsion conditions and moisturizes as it tones, for skin that feels pampered and renewed. a finishing spritz of eau de toilette will accompany her through the day with grace. set includes an 8 oz. shampoo, bath & body shower gel, a 2 oz. eau de toilette and an 8 oz. firming body emulsion.

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beautyblender summer.fling

beautyblender summer.fling ($49 USD) — This limited-edition set includes the best-selling, award-winning original beautyblender, and two brand new blenders – beautyblender pop, in a vibrant orange, and beautyblender glow, in a show-stopping neon green. Use each blender damp when applying foundation products to get that perfect complexion that just might make the summer last a little longer!

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Volition Beauty The Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio

Volition Beauty The Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio ($149.00 on sale for $74.50 USD) — contains a Dual Cream Base that cushions the skin with moisture. Mix it with either the Day Active to deliver maximum anti-aging benefits to plump your complexion. Or switch to the Night Active that is packed with a natural form of retinol, a stable form of Vitamin C and soothing Chamomile designed to brighten and soothe skin while you sleep.

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Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

Glamglow Super Mud Clearing Treatment ($68.99 USD) — The SUPERMUD® Clearing Treatment was clinically developed to address common skin concerns, which include blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The potent mud formula supports skin’s natural oil balance, while a proprietary blend of six acids works to dramatically brighten and soften the complexion. Activated-X charcoal lifts away dirt and other skin congestions, resulting in a refined, healthy-looking complexion.

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Rosemary & White Sage Candle

Rosemary & White Sage Candle ($20.99 USD) — This massage & aromatherapy soy candle is a stimulating & warming blend with moss agate gemstone. This candle is perfect for an out of office day perfect for mom.

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Philosophy Hope For The Best Coffret

Philosophy Hope for the Best Coffret ($146.99 USD) — 1x Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser (For Face & Eyes) 60ml/2oz 1x Hope In A Jar High-Performance Mositurizer (For All Skin Types) 60ml/2oz 1x Multitasking Eye Cream (For Dark Circles, Puffiness & Lines) 15ml/0.5oz 1x Hands Of Hope Hand & Cuticle Cream 30ml/1ozIdeal both for personal use & as a gift.

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of April 17-23, 2017

It was a beautiful Sunday yesterday!  It was warm in Kansas City and I got out to enjoy my daughter’s (and my husband the coach’s) lacrosse game.  They won!

My favorite beauty products this week include amazing fragrances, a handy daily exfoliator, a gorgeous lip duo and volumizing dry shampoo:

Molton Brown and Orange & Bergamot ($65 USD) — Our original scent in a fresh, citrusy eau de toilette, blended with bergamot, mandarin and Seville oranges:
Top notes: orange oil, bergamot, lemon and mandarin.
Heart notes: petitgrain, cardamom and galbanum.
Base notes: neroli, ylang-ylang and musk.

Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper ($65 USD) — Our signature spicy pink pepperpod fragrance accentuated in an alluring eau de toilette, enhanced with more delicately balanced, complex aromas:
Top notes: pink pepper, tangerine and elemi oil.
Heart notes: nutmeg and ginger oil.
Base notes: patchouli and cedarwood oil.

Molton Brown Mesmerising Oudh Accord & Gold ($65 USD) — A heady eau de toilette fragrance with deep, rich aromas from the East:
Top notes: cinnamon leaf oil and nutmeg oil.
Heart notes: elemi oil, myrrh oil and black tea accord.
Base note: oudh accord, vetiver, honey and tobacco accord.

What I think:  These are all such complex, luxe fragrances. My fave is the Orange & Bergamot because I love fresh, light scents.  The Fiery Pink Pepper is bright and sultry and the Ouhd Accord & Gold is deep and dramatic.

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PUR Joystick Exfoliating Deep-Pore Cleanser

PUR Joystick Exfoliating Deep-Pore Cleanser ($26 USD) — Flawless makeup application starts with a clean and healthy complexion. Foaming on contact, it instantly draws out dirt, oil and impurities to clear out clogged pores and leave your face feeling soft, smooth and prepped for makeup application. Ideal for on-the-go, the Joystick Cleanser is the perfect travel companion.

What I think: I love this cleanser!  It is so easy to use.  I apply the stick on wet skin (it’s great in the shower) and then massage it into my skin.  Once I rinse it off, my skin is so smooth!  I’m definately taking this cleanser on my vacation this summer.

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ybf beauty fall in love lipstick & lipgloss duo

ybf beauty fall in love lipstick & lipgloss duo ($22.80 USD) — This lightly scented, hydrating lipstick and lipgloss duo, suitable for every skin tone, will leave lips looking bold and voluptuous. With a creamy paraben-free formula infused with Smart Active Complexes, lips are infused with a rich, luminous color as they help smooth the appearance of fine lines for a soft n’ silky, pout.

What I think — Both of these products are so pretty!  I think the berry colors would look amazing on most skin tones.  I like that the fall in love lipstick comes with a convenient case with a mirror attached.  It’s so easy to apply on the go.

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John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo ($6.99 USD) — Give your hair an uplifting boost and touchable body that lasts with just a spritz of this NEW dry shampoo. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks while getting rid of dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light.

What I think:  Dry Shampoo can weigh down my hair, so I like that this adds volume. Remember with dry shampoo a little goes a long way.  A spritz or two cleans and lifts my hair.

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What products are you loving this week?





anti-aging, bath products, Beauty, cosmetics, Fragrance, Haircare, Skincare

Spring Product Launches From Philosophy!

Philosophy is an amazing brand that gives us skin care, fragrance and more.  Some of my favorite products have come from Philosophy and I am always excited when they launch new products!

I was sent a selection of new Philosophy products for my honest review:

Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint ($39 USD) –blurring the lines between makeup and skin care with new skin tint. powered by nature – H2O and Wu Zhu Yu fruit extract, this whipped water-gel formula offers the all-day hydration and glow benefits of the breakthrough renewed hope formula, plus buildable coverage of a foundation. It comes in 5 shades for a perfect match to your skin tone.  I like how it’s so hydrating and covers well.

Renewed Hope in a Jar Glow Drops ($35 USD) –boost your natural radiance. This liquid illuminator brings a healthy, lit-from-within glow to skin, instantly blurring the appearance of imperfections as it highlights. skin is left with a subtle sheen that appears fresh and youthful (never harsh or made-up). formulated for ultimate versatility, glow drops can be used to highlight bare skin, blended with moisturizer or foundation, or layered as a finishing touch. I like to use it on top of my foundation as a highlighter.  It blends well, because it has a light texture.  And it gives a pretty glow!

Time in a Bottle Serum ($76 USD 1.3 oz) –breakthrough serum that helps repair skin damage, activate skin’s natural age-resisting mechanisms and protect against environmental aggressors. this serum works through the 3 dimensions of time—past, present and future—to reveal stronger, younger-looking skin. take control of the way your skin ages with our breakthrough serum that activates skin’s natural age-resisting mechanisms and protects against environmental aggressors. reveal stronger, younger-looking skin.

Time in a Bottle Eye Serum ($65 USD) –breakthrough eye serum that helps repair skin damage, activate skin’s natural age-resisting mechanisms, protect against environmental aggressors and achieve a more rested appearance. our high-potency eye serum simultaneously acts on all dimensions of time to impact your skin’s past, present and future.

Both of these products sink into the skin quickly and leave my skin soft and smooth.  I like how they work to help with environmental agers.  I hope to see a bigger change in my skin the more that I use them!

Pure Grace Summer Surf Spray Fragrance

Pure Grace Summer Surf Spray Fragrance ($48 USD for 2 oz) –inspired by sunny summer memories and the salty ocean air, our newest, limited-edition fragrance has a refreshing, subtle beach scent. soak in the salty ocean air and pure warm sunshine. imagine your toes deep in the sand as blue-green waves roll in to wash your worries away. these moments of pure freedom and joy fill the heart with warmth.

This smells amazing!  Clean like Pure Grace, but it really smells like you’re at the beach.  Since I moved from Oregon to the mid-west years ago, I don’t get to the beach as often, but this smells like I’m there!

Pure Grace Dry Shampoo

Pure Grace Dry Shampoo ($24 USD) –haircare just got more graceful–thanks to the newest member of the pure grace family. now, crisp and infinitely clean florals meet the style-extending power of the salon to instantly cleanse, volumize and texturize – leaving hair touchably soft.  The fragrance of this spray is very floral, almost tropical.  It’s strong, but fades quickly. I like that this doesn’t leave a powdery residue and give my hair volume.

What is your favorite Philosophy products?  Have you tried any of the new ones?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Beauty, Fragrance

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide — Fragrance Gifts For Her

Fragrance gifts are a popular Valentine’s Day gift for a reason, it’s amazing when someone knows what sent that you like or chooses the perfect new one for you!

From natural fragrances to modern scents, to one that I wore in the 90’s — there are so many fragrance options available for all of the ladies on your list. Here are great gift ideas:GLOW For A Cause -- PERFUME inspire

GLOW For A Cause — PERFUME inspire

GLOW For A Cause — PERFUME inspire ($26 for set, also sold separately) — A decidedly young and uplifting scent with a vibrant blend of florals and a dash of sunny citrus.

SOLID PERFUME  The dazzling and concentrated solid perfumes are made with natural and organic oils and GLOW’s signature perfume blends. Also in a vegan option.

ROLL-ON PERFUME  The roll-on perfumes are a perfect way to layer your favorite scents.  They contain GLOW’s signature perfume scents in a moisturizing oil blend.

Phthalate Free.  Cruelty Free.  Vegan Options.  Made in the USA.

Limited Edition SWEET LIKE CANDY Eau de Parfum
Limited Edition SWEET LIKE CANDY Eau de Parfum

Limited Edition SWEET LIKE CANDY Eau de Parfum ($49 1.7 oz/50ml) — The irresistible fragrance takes dangerously sweet to a new level bursting with a mix of succulent fruits that trail into a flirtatious blend of bright floral notes. With a red hot finish of sensual musks, seductive liquid amber and lightly sweetened marshmallow, this fragrance is sure to turn heads.

Fragrance Notes:

  • Top (Dangerously Sweet) – Juicy red berries, Italian bergamot, pear
  • Heart (Irresistibly Flirtatious) – Red frangipani, jasmine sambac, dewy honeysuckle
  • Drydown (Seductively Tempting) – Sensual musks, liquid amber, crème de cassis, marshmallow, cashmere woods.

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Vera Wang Lovestruck Eau de Parfum 3.4 oz Sealed
Vera Wang Lovestruck Eau de Parfum 3.4 oz Sealed

Vera Wang Lovestruck Eau de Parfum ($30.99 USD 3.4 oz) — is a rich, sparkling perfume embodying the experience of love. With features of lotus blooms, tuberose, musk and woody notes, the Vera Wang Lovestruck fragrance will ignite an enticing feeling making you fall more in love.

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CK One Unisex Eau de Toilette
CK One Unisex Eau de Toilette

CK One Unisex Eau de Toilette ($24.99 3.4 fl. oz.) — is an erotic cologne for both him and her, combining man and woman with one provocative scent. This clean, refreshing fragrance has notes of bergamot, cardamom, pineapple, papaya, amber, and green tea.

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 9-15, 2017

How’s your new year going?  Mine is going pretty well.  I’m trying to stick to resolutions, but as I have brownies baking in the oven now, I guess it’s not working!  LOL!

This week I’m loving products that are perfect for a fresh start.  They include a cleansing face mask, hydrating skin care, a luxe perfumen and a hair towel to reduce frizz:

Beauty 360 Rose & Pearl Brightening Multi-Use Face Mask Pods, 2CT
Beauty 360 Rose & Pearl Brightening Multi-Use Face Mask Pods, 2CT

Beauty 360 Rose & Pearl Brightening Multi-Use Face Mask Pods, 2CT ($5.99 USD) — For a quick all-over glow, the re-sealable, multi-use Rose & Pearl Brightening Multi-Use Face Mask Pods are infused with Pearl Extract, known to help tone and rejuvenate the complexion, and Rose Water, rich in antioxidants and known for its moisturizing properties.

What I think:  Although I like sheet masks, I think my favorites are cream, clay or gel masks.  There’s something satisfying about dipping fingers into goo and spreading it on the face!  This mask smells like fresh roses and feels cool on the face.  I left it on for about 10 minutes (can be left on for 5-10). It dried on my face and I removed it with a soft towel and warm water. My face felt firmer and very clean.  It was a little dry, so I used moisturizer on it afterwards.  I think this is a great mask to clean firm the skin!

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Lumene Sisu Urban Intense Hydrating Serum ($28.69 USD on Amazon) –In the midst of busy days, get closer to nature with this hydrating serum. Pine bark and spruce knot extract, laden with antioxidants, combine with pure Arctic Spring Water to protect and moisturize skin. Powerful anti-pollution formula shields skin against urban pollution locking in hydration. The result is skin that appears healthier and a radiant, fresh-looking complexion.
Lumene Sisu Recover & Protect Facial Oil ($28.46 USD on Amazon) — Savor the power of Arctic berries with this restorative facial oil. A precious blend of antioxidant-rich blackcurrant, bilberry and lingonberry seed oils, with essential omega fatty acids and vitamin E, work in union with skin to help to defend against external elements, for deep replenishment and soft, supple skin. With the help of these Arctic berry oils, Sisu Facial Oil works with skin’s natural protective outermost barrier to restore moisture, leaving skin looking naturally healthy and revitalized.
What I think:  Both of these products are affordable and luxurious! The serum is light and sinks right into the skin.  It leaves my skin so soft and it works well under moisturizers.  The oil is great at night, when I want something a bit heavier.  In the morning, my skin is hydrated and glowing!
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Atelier Bloem 1614 Eau de Parfum
Atelier Bloem 1614 Eau de Parfum

Atelier Bloem 1614 Eau de Parfum ($195 for 100ml) –This slightly floral fragrance blends the dewy freshness of sweet clover and citrus with an understated woodsy musk, giving the perfume a subtly sun-warmed scent.

Black Pepper, Bergamot, and Neroli from Tunisia

Sambac Jasmine, Sweet Clover, Rose Water, and Orange Blossom

Teakwood, Sandalwood, and Musk

What I think: This sweet and spicy scent is really wearable.  It’s the perfect winter floral, but will be nice in the Spring too.  It’s pretty spendy, but it’s such a unique scent!

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AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Towel
AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Towel

AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Towel ($35 USD) — Waffle Luxe sounds like she might ‘go on a bit’. Indeed, with increased surface area from the layered fabric, Waffle Luxe loves thicker hair requiring more water wicking. Great for African and Asian hair. New generation Aquitex improves absorbency and comfort. Wraps and tucks easily leaving hands free while hair dries. Dries fast with less friction, to minimize frizz and damage.

What I think: This towel is soft and really absorbent.  I love using hair towels and keep them separate so my husband doesn’t use them as hand towels!  This one is my current favorite, my hair dries faster and is soft and shiny once it dries.

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