anti-aging, Beauty, Haircare, Shaving Products, Skincare

My Beauty Favorites Week of August 31-September 6, 2015

Happy Labor Day!  I am visiting my mom in Oregon, but I though I should put out my favorites post for last week.  Better late than never!

This week I am loving products to make my skin glow, protect and firm my facial skin,  give a smooth shave and treat my scalp.

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

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Mousse and Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion Set
Vita Liberata pHenomenal Mousse and Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion Set

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Mousse and Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion Set ($39 USD) — Inclusive of VITA LIBERATA favorites pHenomenal Mousse, Fabulous Gradual Tan Lotion and mini Tanning Mitt, the Sephora.com-Exclusive Labor Day Set has all your tanning needs covered to ensure you have the best skin finishing glow for your last summer hoorah this coming Labor Day weekend, and to extend your summer glow well into fall! The pHenomenal Mousse provides the world’s longest lasting tan in a superbly hydrating formula that encourage the most beautiful, natural and conditioning 2-3 week tan. The Fabulous Gradual Tan Lotion is an ultra-hydrating tan lotion that applies clear for zero transfer onto clothes and develops lasting color over 4-8 hours.

What  I think:  Both of these products are amazing! The mousse is extremely easy to apply and will give a deep tan in a few hours.  If you use it for a few days, you can keep the tan for a few weeks.  And to continue the tan (and add moisture), use the gradual lotion every day.  Fabulous!

Available at Sephora.com

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30
Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30 ($20 USD) — This lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer is clinically shown to help improve firmness and reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. Powerful natural anti-aging ingredients help restore the appearance of your skin’s smooth, firm texture, while natural broad spectrum SPF 30 protects against sun damage.

What I think:  Day creams with SPF are usually heavy and greasy.  This one is so light, it sinks right into the skin.  That is great for applying makeup afterwards.  My skin looks very smooth after use.  I will continue using it to see if it firms well.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.burtsbees.com

eos Travel Shave Cream
eos Travel Shave Cream

eos Travel Shave Cream ($1 USD) — Packed with natural conditioning oils, shea butter, and vitamins C and E, the eos Travel Shave Cream in Pomegranate Raspberry is a necessity for keeping legs moisturized all day and night! It is the only shave cream that keep skin soft, smoothed, and moisturized for 24 hours – even after rinsing! And thanks to the TSA-approved eos Travel Shave Cream your legs will be smooth wherever your Labor Day travels bring you!

What I think: This size is small enough for travel, but large enough to get at least a week of shaving in!  It smells so good and really makes my legs smooth and soft after shaving.  I love this line of natural products!

Purchase at Target stores

L'Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Scalp Tonic
L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Scalp Tonic

L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Scalp Tonic ($26 USD) — This silicone-free tonic helps refresh, revitalize and purify the scalp to leave hair shining with beauty. This ultra-fresh formula combines 5 essential oils (mint, thyme, grapefruit, cedar and lavender) with a plant-based vinegar and allantoin to help purify and soothe the scalp, while reducing excess sebum.

What I think: I’ve heard that the secret to gorgeous hair is to treat the scalp — a healthy scalp means healthy hair.  This smells amazing and really makes my scalp feel clean.  I do notice that my hair is shinier after use!

Available at usa.loccitane.com

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anti-aging, Beauty, Beauty Tools, Shaving Products, Skincare

Travel Beauty Essentials That Will Help You Achieve a Stylish Getaway!

Summer time is travel time!  Are you taking any trips this summer?  My family and I are leaving for a camping trip to Yellowstone tomorrow.  I’m so excited, but I definitely need to pack some beauty products — I’m not totally into roughing it!

Below are my picks for travel — some items can even go on a plane if you are lucky enough to be flying off to paradise.

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Skin Care Travel Kit
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Skin Care Travel Kit

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Skin Care Travel Kit ($55 USD) — The Travel Kit contains the following products:

Day Crème 7ml
Night Crème 7ml
Eye Crème 3.5ml
Purifying Facial Cleanser 30ml
Nourishing Treatment Oil 30ml
Soothing Gel 30ml
Herbal Toner 30ml
1 Mask
This Travel Kit with daily use will last anywhere from 7 to 12 days. Our products do not contain water and are quite concentrated. For instance, after using one of the crèmes, the skin should not be shiny; this is an indication that you have used too much. A rosy dewy blush is the desired result.

What I think:  I have just started using these products and are taking them with my on my trip.  They have a wonderful herbal aroma and are very light on.  I especially love the eye cream and herbal toner.  I am looking forward to using them all on my trip and see how my skin looks when I finish.

Available at http://www.alkaitis.com

Sphinx Travel Razor
Sphinx Travel Razor

Sphinx Travel Razor ($14.99 USD) — provides a convenient and effective shaving experience to achieve silky smooth skin on-to-go. The first of its kind, Sphynx combines beauty, innovation and design with the introduction of the Sphynx Razor, a 3-in-1 travel shaver, containing a refillable water cartridge, moisturizing soap bar, and a luxe razor blade for shaving anytime, anywhere!

What I think:  This is such a cool product!  It is your soap, water and razor in one.  It is very easy to use and gives a fairly close shave.  It is perfect to take camping or on a long road trip.

Available at sphynxrazor.com

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion
Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion ($30 USD) — This ultra-hydrating lotion formula is gentle enough for dry and sensitive skin types, and creates a natural-looking tan that fades after four to seven days. Certified organic botanicals and a moisture locking system nourish the skin and give 72-hour hydration while Odour Remove™ technology ensures no smell whatsoever.

What I think:  This is a perfect travel multitasker — moisturizer and self tanner.  I apply it every day and in a few days I have a really nice tan without streaks.  It doesn’t smell, which is a big plus.  I apply it with a tanning mitt so that it doesn’t stain my hands.  After about a minute, I can put my clothes on and go about my day!

Available at http://www.sephora.com

London SOHO New York Disney Belle Organizer ($9.99 USD) — The wide, zip-top design holds everything you need to stay organized at home or on-the-go.  Made of smooth satin with metallic filigree details and an easy-to-wipe lining, this collection blends the romance of Beauty and the Beast with functional design to make your fairy tale dreams come true!

London SOHO New York Disney Belle Enchanted Eyes Brush Set (3-Piece) ($12.99 USD) — Beauty is how you feel inside and it reflects in your eyes.

Flat Angled Liner Brush:  Create a flawless line by applying liner close to the lash line.  Gradually thicken line as it extends to the outer corner of your eye.  Can be used with powder, gel or cream liner.

Medium Smokey Fluff Brush:  The perfect size and shape to create a flawless smokey look with your favorite shadow.  Create depth and detail by tapping pigment onto eyelids.

Large Smokey Fluff Brush:  Soft fluffy bristles allow shadow to glide across eyelids, blending and softly diffusing shadow.  Use in gentle sweeping back and forth motion to blend edges, creating an airbrush effect.

What I think:  The Belle products are so pretty and really fun.  The bag is well made and perfect for travel.  The brushes are good quality and so affordable!  These products are perfect for ladies of all ages, but would make a great gift to a young lady just starting out wearing makeup.

Available at http://www.walgreens.com

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Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of September 15, 2014

September sure is going by quickly!  Fall is this Tuesday!  I thought I would let you know what I am enjoying this week while I drink my iced Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It’s almost fall, but it’s still pretty warm outside.

This week, I have been loving a facial mask with wine antioxidants, new shavers, a hydrating hair mask and a new natural bath and body line.

Pur Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask
Pur Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask

Pur Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask ($29 USD) — Pür’s Wine Exfoliating Mask gently buffs away rough, dull skin with natural peach stones (seeds) as it fights signs of premature aging with red wine antioxidants from Bordeaux’s finest vineyards. Watch lines, dark spots and uneven skin fade from sight as Farm to Jar™ ingredients work to reveal a visibly more youthful glow. Paraben-free. Gluten-free.

What I think:  This mask smells like a delicious glass of red wine!  It can be used as a scrub or a mask and either way, leaves my skin smooth.  I have noticed my skin is more even toned as well.

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

BIC Soleil Glow razor
BIC Soleil Glow razor

BIC Soleil Glow Razor ($7.49 USD for a three pack) — Get a super close shave and dare to bare all. These razors effortlessly glides for a silky-smooth finish.  The innovative COMFORT SHIELD™ head evenly distributes pressure and helps protect skin from irritation. Lubricating strips with Vitamin E and Aloe pamper skin while the pivoting head and rubber grip handle deliver a flawlessly smooth shave.

What I think: I was pleasantly surprised by this razor.  It is rare to get a close shave by a razor that has moisturizers on it.  But, this razor left my legs and underarms so smooth.  I definitely recommend these!

Available at a mass market retailer near you.

Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask
Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask

Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask ($20.00, on sale now for $14): To instantly fix dull, color-treated hair so it can have all the softness, shine and vibrancy you want. Enriched with Cacao Butter and Olive and Maurita Fruit Oils to rescue and deeply condition your hair.

What I think: Carol’s Daughter’s products always smell fantastic, and this one is no exception.  I apply this mask to wet hair and leave on for about 5 minutes and rinse.  I get super-soft and moisturized hair.

Available at http://www.carolsdaugther.com

Essence of Beauty Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection
Essence of Beauty Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection

I’m excited to let you know that Essence of Beauty, CVS/pharmacy’s #1 best-selling fragrance and body care line, is launching the NEW Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection this month, exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and online at www.CVS.com!

The exclusive line ($5.99-$9.99) is infused with nourishing, aromatic botanical ingredients and essential oils to bring the benefits of botanicals into your everyday body care regimen, with products to fulfill each part of the bath ritual, available in the following scents:

  • Lemon Verbena with Olive Oil – Energizing lemon verbena and soothing olive oil refresh and stimulate your senses
  • Eucalyptus with Mint Oil – Soothing eucalyptus and spearmint oil cool and refresh your body
  • Lavender with Rosemary Oil – Soft, calming lavender and rejuvenating rosemary oil relax your mind and body

Each scent includes seven naturally-inspired bath and body products: Hand Cream, Body Butter, Sugar Scrub, Botanical Body Wash, Foaming Bath Soak, Nourishing Body Oil and Shea Butter Bar Soap. The formulas contain plant extracts and essential oils, and the line is free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and gluten.

What I think:  I have tried the Foaming Bath Soak and Body Wash in the Lavender and the Body Wash and Hand Cream in the Lemon Verbena.  Both scents are wonderful — the Lavender is very soothing and the Lemon Verbena is invigorating!  All products are very nice!

Available at http://www.cvs.com and CVS pharmacy’s

What have you been loving this week?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

 

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Rid Your Skin of Bikini Bumps With Bikini Zone After Shave Gel

Bikini Zone After Shave Gel

Have you been shaving your legs every day (like me)?  Or, waxing or using creams a lot? Then I’m sure you’ve had the little red bumps that can appear after hair removal.  Luckily there are products like Bikini Zone After Shave Gel that will help your skin be smooth again!

Bikini Zone’s After Shave Gel ($7.99 USD) — Bikini Zone’s best-selling, most popular product is specially formulated to help  skin recover from the possible effects of hair removal, such as irritation, redness,  itching and bumps. Its special ingredients instantly stop irritation, redness and  itching. And it helps reduce the chance of ingrown hairs that cause bumps by  exfoliating the skin to prevent hair from curling back under the skin. This formula  is also available in a Medicated Cream.

Bikini area irritation can occur any time, not just during swimsuit season. Using Bikini Zone regularly can help keep your bikini area skin irritation-free and beautifully smooth all year long.

How to Use:  After hair removal, apply a thin layer of  Bikini Zone to the affected areas.  Repeat as necessary but no more than  4 times daily. Whether you use a  razor, wax or depilatory, continue to  apply Bikini Zone as a regular part of a  hair removal routine. Won’t stain  clothing or bathing suits.

What I think:  This is perfect to have around in the summer time! After shaving, I apply to the red bumps and they reduce in size in a few hours.  I do have the medicated version and it is a bit stinky, but it does work very well.

Where to Buy: Nationwide at food,  drug and mass-market retailers.

Website: www.bikinizone.com

Men's Products, Shaving Products

Father’s Day Grooming Gift Guide

Looking for grooming ideas for your dad or your man this Father’s Day? I have some good ones here that will make the men in your life look and smell their best!

Liz Earle New Men’s Travel Kit ($66.50 USD) – This five piece  kit is perfect for travel and trips to the gym to keep him clean and smooth. It arrives in a hanging wash bag, which is perfect for the shower! These products are fantastic, they clean the face and body and theirs a great moisturizer for after shaving. The kit contains:

  • Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 0.5 fl. oz
  • After-Shaving Moisturiser 1.6 fl. oz
  • Face & Body Wash 3.3 fl. oz
  • Face Scrub 1 fl. oz
  • 1 pure muslin cloth
  • Hanging wash bag (bag dimensions: 16cm x 23cm x 7cm)

You can purchase this kit and others at www.us.lizearle.com

Guys love trying new razors — getting the closest shave possible is key. The new Gillette Fusion ProGlide ($10.99 — $12.99) shaving system is a significant advancement in shaving  performance and comfort. It contains: Low Cutting Force Blades with thinner, finer blades and advanced low-resistance coating, enabling the blades to cut effortlessly through hair with less tug and pull; a Blade Stabilizer to maintain optimal blade spacing for comfort, while allowing the blades to adjust to the contours of a man’s face; a streamlined Snowplow Comfort Guard which channels excess shave, prep to help maintain optimal blade contact, stretching the skin for a close, comfortable shave; an Enhanced Lubrastrip™ larger than before, infused with mineral oil and lubricating polymers, enabling the razor to move smoothly over skin even on repeat strokes and An improved Precision Trimmer, including an enhanced blade, a comb guard to better align long hairs and new rinse-through slots. 

Gillette Fusion ProGlide is available in both Power and Manual. Learn more at www.gillette.com

Jack Black All Over Wash for Face, Hair, and Body with Wheat Protein and Panthenol ($14.00 for 6 oz, $8.50 for 3 oz). This is one of many great Jack Black products for face, body and hair, including great travel kits. This is the ultimate guy product–one product that does the job of three. Mild cleansers are pH balanced and gentle enough for face, hair and body. They work to get the rid of dirt and sweat without stripping skin and hair of essential moisture that keeps them looking healthy. Provides loads of thick, rich lather while special botanicals give a fresh scent without being too fragranced or heavy. This wash is paraben-free, sulfate-free, vegan and contains certified organic ingredients. It contains:

  • Panthenol to condition and moisturize skin.
  • Wheat Protein to strengthen hair.
  • Certified Organic Olive Fruit Extract acts as an antioxidant
  • Certified Organic Sea Kelp Extract normalizes the skin’s moisture content.
  • Visit www.getjackblack.com to learn more and to purchase.

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    Smooth Your Legs With Queen of… Shaving Gels

    Tired of the boring old drugstore ladies shaving creams? Try something new with Queen of… , the newest line of shaving products for her from leading British shaving brand, King of Shaves.

    These shaving gels are made up of paraben-free, low foam ingredients that are gentle on the skin and since they go on clear, you can see exactly where you are shaving. which is great for those tricky spots like behind the knee and around the ankles! They are available in two formulas:

    Ooh La La! Shaving Gel — Calm and soothe  skin. Rich in Aloe Vera, Queen of….Ooh La La! Shaving Gel leaves skin silky and smooth to the touch.  Irritation and razor burn will be a thing of the past.

    Ta Da ! Shaving Gel — Wake up dull skin. The low foam formula, rich in tea-tree oil, refreshes and revitalizes skin on the spot, while retaining skin’s delicate moisture balance. 

    What I thought:  Both formulas gave me a close shave. Each of them have an invigorating scent and feel. I did find that with both formulas, the scents were very strong, especially with the Ta Da! If I didn’t rinse the gel all the way off, it would sting my freshly shaven skin a bit.  What I really like is that they are so different and the packaging is very cool!

    Queen of… are be available at select Target stores nationwide. To learn more about Queen of… visit www.shave.com.