My Beauty Favorites — November 13-19, 2017

The cold weather is really starting in Kansas City.  To keep my skin hydrated an dlooking good through the cold and holiday stress, I’ve been trying some amazing new products!

Below are some great exfoliating and hydrating products that I have been sent for my honest review:

Looking for the secret behind Kim K’s perfect pout? Recently, Kim Kardashian instagrammed herself wearing the Rodial Dragons Blood Lip Mask ($45 for pack of 8) and has admitted her love for them.

These replenishing bio-cellulose lip masks give an instant moisture boost and comfort and soothe the skin for smoother, younger looking lips. Containing restoring and protecting dragon’s blood extract and hyaluronic acid to plump lip volume through hydration, these masks will mold to your lip shape and take your lip game to a whole new level.

What I think:  This took a little bit to apply.  The gel mask was in between two cloth like papers and it’s very thin.  Once it was on, it felt nice.  It does have a slit in between the lips.  It’s nice that I could move my lips, but the bottom part of the gel kept falling down below my lip and I had to pull it up.  After 15 minutes, I removed the mask and my lips and the skin around them were very smooth. And my lips did look a letter fuller.

Purchase at

Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads

Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads ($24.99 USD) — Banish dullness and reveal smoother, more radiant and healthy skin with Skinfix Facial Exfoliating Pads. Each textured pad is formulated with a blend of natural glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids to gently lift away embedded impurities and spent skin cells. Sugar Cane, Willow Bark and Australian Lime Pearl Extracts deliver natural AHAs to accelerate skin’s own renewal process. Gentle enough for daily use or when skin is tired or dull looking.

What I think: These are used after cleansing the skin.  They are super easy to used, just swipe along face and neck. This leaves skin with a nice glow and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I exfoliate a few times a week, but this can be done every day.

Purchase at

Kneip Mini Iris & Geranium Bubbling Mineral Bath Salt

Kneipp Mini Iris & Geranium Bubbling Mineral Bath Salt ($4, on sale down from $5) — Close your eyes and forget about everything around you! A bath with the KNEIPP® IRIS & GERANIUM BUBBLING MINERAL BATH SALT – “RELAX”, with valuable iris extract and natural essential oil of geranium provides the body and mind with a sense of well-being. Nourishing oil prevents your skin from drying out.

What I think:  This smells amazing, it’s a soothing floral.  It does give a little bit of bubbles, but not a ton.  I love how soft it makes my skin.  This is really great for dry skin and when you want to de-stress!

Purchase at



Jergens Nourishing Honey Dry Skin Moisturizer.

Jergens Nourishing Honey Dry Skin Moisturizer ($5.99 USD) — Contains naturally hydrating, antioxidant-packed honey. Provides all-day nourishment.  Retains moisture deep within the skin. Refreshes with an invigorating floral scent. Softens skin with a smoothing, non-sticky formula.

What I think: This has a light floral scent which is nice, but a bit surprising because I thought it would be more honey scented.  But it is so hydrating and leaves my skin so soft and not sticky or greasy at all.  It also gives my skin a soft glow.

Available at mass market retailers including Target

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter ($35 USD) — A silky, velvety and ultra-hydrating body butter packed with more than 10 plant oils and extracts whipped to a feather-light texture.  100% Pure Argan Oil nourishes and repairs.  Shea Butter moisturizes skin. Avocado Oil helps repair damaged and dry skin. White Tea Extract infuses skin with antioxidants.

What I think:  I love these body butters!  They are super hydrating, but sink right into the skin.  It comes in unscented and lots of choices of yummy scents.  I also like that the argan oil so good for your skin.  It not only instantly hydrates, it continues repairing skin even after application.

Purchase at, QVC and other fine stores.

What products have you been loving this week?

My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 20-26, 2017

How is your spring going so far?  Last week was spring break for my kids (and me, I took a week off) and now it’s back to the grind!

My favorites this week are new probiotic skincare, calming bubble bath, bed and body mist, and a night time face mask.  All of these products sooth and calm me as I go back to work:

TULA Hand & Nail Therapy ($22 USD) — Combat daily wear and tear with this weightless glove of hydration that melts onto the hands. This 18% premium Shea butter formula provides non-greasy, fast-absorbing moisture relief.

TULA Purifying Cleanser ($28 USD) — An all-in-one gel cleansing emulsion designed to remove makeup, cleanse pores, and condition skin.

TULA Hydrating Day & Night Cream ($52 USD) –A multivitamin for your skin, this innovative moisture cream deeply hydrates to maintain a healthy complexion day to night.

What I think:  The hand and nail therapy is so thick and creamy, but not greasy at all.  It’s perfect for work, since it’s fragrance free it can be used anywhere without having to worry about people who are sensitive to fragrance.  The cleanser is so gentle on my skin, and the day and night cream is the perfect multi-tasker.  Take it on trips, because its perfect for any time of the day hydrating.

Purchase at


Spa @ Home by Masque Bar sleeping Mask with Lavender

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar sleeping Mask with Lavender ($19.99 USD) — This overnight sleeping mask, enriched with Lavender Extract, Aloe, Witch Hazel and Plant derived ingredients, will help relieve dry, irritated skin and leave it feeling brighter and moisturized.

What I think: This is kind of a rescue mask for when skin is dry and irritated.  My skin is always irritated during allergy season, and luckily this mask works well with my sensitive skin.  The next morning, my skin is glowing and feels really soft.

Purchase at Walgreens Stores


L’OCCITANE Launches Their First-Ever Sampling Box, L’OcciBox! Hidden Link and Code — You Can Get Yours First!!!

LOCCI Box Set - L'OCCITANE en Provence

Pamper yourself this Holiday season with L’OcciBox, L’Occitane’s first beauty sampling box! This is a $15 sampling box that will offer our shoppers mini versions of some of the latest and greatest L’Occitane products once per season. No sign up is required, as it is not a subscription.  Each box will debut with a beautiful, pre-selected assortment of L’OCCITANE items and an exclusive gift from a special partner.  Partners will change each season, and the first is ELLE magazine.

Just in time for the holidays, the first L’OcciBox is wrapped as a present, and available for purchase at L’Occitane boutiques nationwide. I have a special hidden link and promo code so you, my awesome readers, can beat the lines and order online right now!

Hidden Link:

Promo Code: ‘DISCOVER’ (*to be entered at check out)

Please note the box is listed on the website at its full retail value ($50+), but when the code is applied, the box becomes $15. Also, it is not combinable with any other promotions.

The first box includes:

– Precious Cleansing Foam 1.7 fl.oz
– Shea Butter Body Milk 1.7 .oz
– Arlésienne Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– Almond Supple Skin Oil 0.5 fl.oz
Immortelle Sample Divine Cream 0.05 .oz x2
– L’OcciBox Box
– Shea ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– Cherry Blossom ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– Verbena ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– Almond ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– ELLE Pouch

Are you picking one up?  It’s an amazing value!  I will have one to review soon and I will share photos of all of the goodies with you!

Get Ready For Summer!

Happy Memorial Day!  This is the unofficial start of Summer.  I am writing this at 5 pm in Kansas City and it is 91 degrees.  My family and I went to a lake this morning to splash in the water and then my girls went swimming again this afternoon — so it is certainly time to get the hot weather beauty products out!  Here are some of my faves:

Lavanila Healthy SPF Collection

Lavanila Healthy SPF Collection: Get the complete coverage you need with Lavanila’s Healthy SPF Collection. These 100% natural products are made with a new generation of mineral sunscreens for superior UVA/UVB protection. Free of harsh chemicals, synthetic sunscreens and nano-particles, all formulas are fragrance-fee and infused with a superior complex of skin-saving vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The collection includes The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 30 Body Cream, The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 Face Cream and The Healthy Lip Screen SPF 30. Price: $16 to $38 at

Venus Embrace Razor

Gillette Venus Embrace — $9.99 — $11.99 USD for the refillable razor, two cartridges, and a shower pod to hold the razor in the shower and $13.49 – $14.99 USD for a four-pack cartridge refills. This razor now comes with a new purple and turquoise handle and has five, yes FIVE, blades for an perfectly smooth and close shave. I love this razor! The head swivels and hugs every curve. This would be perfect for the summer when we wear way less clothes!

tarte Amazon bronze Amazonian clay & annatto body bronzer

tarte Amazon bronze Amazonian clay & annatto body bronzer ($37 USD) — Achieve a faux glow, naturally, with the new Amazonian clay and annatto-infused body bronzer in universally flattering Amazon bronze. This is a lovely light bronzer, but it is a bit sparkly, so I suggest to use it on legs and arms — especially at night!  . Directions: Using the included body puff, blend bronzer into skin making sure to pay special attention around knees, ankles and elbows. Add one coat for a subtle bronze, or 2-3 coats for deeper color. Occasionally rinse body puff with a mild antibacterial soap and let dry overnight.

Purchase at and Sephora stores.

Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit

Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit ($3 USD) Give your lips a kiss. This juicy lip balm is made with nutritious, tropical Pink Grapefruit Seed Oil, bursting with powerful vitamins. Refresh your lips with a sweet hint of citrus.

• Nourishes with Vitamin C and E from Pink Grapefruit Seed Oil • Delicious citrus flavor • Softens and conditions lips

Available at and at mass market retailers near you.

Skinnygirl Mommy Cool Your Feet Spray

Skinnygirl Mommy Cool Your Feet Spray ($7.89 USD) — Cool your achingly tired feet by misting them with soothing essential ingredients such as cucumber, aloe and peppermint for a revitalizing burst of freshness. Feet feel instantly refreshed and pampered!

Key Ingredients:

Aloe – Used to moisturize and soften skin
Peppermint Oil – Energizes and cools while helping to sooth common foot irritants
Cucumber Extract – Used to sooth and relieve puffiness

Available at

Pantene Split End Repair Keratin Protection

Pantene Normal-Thick Hair Solutions Keratin Protection Crème ($6.29 USD) is formulated to help keep hair strong to protect hair’s natural keratin structure from damage. The result is strong, healthy hair with fewer split ends.

I can tell that this works.  After a few uses, my hair has looked shinier and it does appear that I have less split ends.  My teenage daughter uses this on her hair that has been damaged from straighteners and blue hair dye — and it really does make her hair look healthier.

You can purchase this at mass market retailers near you.


ecoTOOLS Creams Keep Hands and Feet Soft!

I love the ecoTools’s Bath and Body collection. Not only are all of the products 98% natural and paraben, phthalate and cruelty free; they also are packaged in  recyclable bottles and the ingredients are biodegradable and dermatologist, allergy and clinically tested.

I have recently tried a couple more of these products including the One Hand Helps the Other Intensive Hand Cream ($7.99). This jojoba oil formula, not only makes my dry hands incredibly soft, I think it smells fantastic! The scent is a bit strong, so if there is someone in the next cubicle to you at work who is scent sensitive — leave it at home!  

The Love Heels All Intensive Heel Cream ($7.99) is also very nice, but it is a thicker formula than the hand cream. This is very moisturizing and will help cracked winter feet. This scent is minty and also very nice. This cream contains repairing natural butters to soften dry feet and hands.

Visit to learn more and to find a store near you!

Erno Laszlo Skin Care

Hungarian dermatologist Erno Laszlo created luxury skin care that’s purpose is to make skin look and feel better.  I have tried a few products from the brand, and I really like the results I have received. 

Antioxidant Complex for Eyes ($50.00 .5 oz) is a refreshing gel that contains botanical extracts to reduce puffiness so you look less tired, plus soothing skin conditioners to firm skin and improve elasticity. It also to “shield against age-vulnerable skin with ingredients that work synergistically to lighten dark circles, strengthen and protect skin.” I like to use this morning and night, but it can be used just once a day. I have noticed that my circles are lighter and the skin looks tighter under my eye.
I have also tried Timeless Body’s ($90.00 4 0z), a body serum. The ingredients, including marine and yeast extracts, are touted to “increase elasticity and prevent the breakdown of collagen so that body skin is less vulnerable to premature aging. Vitamins A, E and F, essential fatty acids and kojic acid diminish the appearance of wrinkles and age spots while firming and nourishing the skin.” I haven’t used this frequently, but when I have I’ve noticed that my skin looks smoother. I like to use a moisturizer on top, for maximum benefits. 

My favorite of the three is the Hydra-Therapy Skin Vitality Treatment ($50.00 4 treatments). This is a deep moisturizing mask that soothes and moisturizes skin. It is This is a two step product. You mix a liquid into a powder. I find that it was hard to get totally smooth, but it still worked very well. After I applied it, waited 15 minutes and peeled it off, my skin was so smooth.  What a fab, luxurious treatment.

Visit to learn more about and to purchase these incredible products.

Pamper Your Feet with KN Karen Nueberger

Crew Socks Infused with Aloe and Vitamin E
Crew Socks Infused with Aloe and Vitamin E

KN Karen Neuburger is a brand of comfort-inspired fashion apparel and home merchandise. Celebrity fans of KN Karen Neuburger include Courteney Cox-Arquette and Mariska Hargitay.

I recently tried the Crew Socks Infused with Aloe and Vitamin E -($8.00 per pair) — These are touted as pampering that you can do to your feet while indulging in  working, shopping, playing fall sports and catching up on sleep.  These classic socks are infused with  Aloe and Vitamin E, which hydrates, repairs, and nurtures feet during the day and night.  They available in an assortment of styles like flowers, argyle, solid and striped and come in fall colors like cranberry, cream, navy and dark brown. 

I found the socks to be very soft and soothing on. They do not have lotion on them, which was good, because I wouldn’t want gooey feet during the day.  The Aloe and Vitamin E are supposed to last for 20 washings. I have washed mine three times and still have the soothing ingredients. I have worn them out shopping and lounging and my feet are very smooth after a day of use. They are so nice — and affordable! 

Visit to purchase these fun socks and browse all of the comfy KN Karen Neuburger items. Enjoy!

Pevonia Botanica Skincare

Pevonia Botanica is an elite spa-exclusive natural skincare brand. Treatments are given at their spas, but the home products are touted to help people maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin. The website states that, “Pevonia Botanica is passionately committed to providing effective skincare solutions to teens, women, and men of every age and ethnicity.”

I really like that “Pevonia International believes that protecting and preserving the planet is a global responsibility.” They offer natural, cruelty-free formulations in eco-packaging (fully recyclable and biodegradable). I tried a few different types of products from this line:

Youthful Lip Cream ($48.00)  The claim is that “this combines the repairing effects of Retinol with regenerating Collagen and Elastin, to smooth lines, hydrate, prevent wrinkles, and even coloring. Your lips are rendered smoothly toned and lusciously rejuvenated.” I have been using this every night and some mornings for a couple of weeks. I apply it around my lip line first, then rub it in and around my lips. It is non-greasy and fragrance free, just like a light lotion. I have noticed that my lips to look smoother and a little plumper, probably because the lines are diminishing. Very nice!

Restore Neck & Bust Cream ($62.00) is touted to “firm and tone your delicate neck, bust and décolleté. A potent blend of Kigelia Africana, Elastin, and Vitamin E reduces visible signs of aging, smoothes overall texture and improves skin elasticity for a visibly, youthfully restored neck and bust/chest.” This is a luxurious product that smells like sweet flowers, (maybe lilacs or gardenia?) and is thick and creamy. I my neck and chest are in pretty good shape, so I haven’t noticed much of a change, but I feel great using the product and it is quite lovely! 

Blemish B Gone ($24.00) “Radically effective, this spot treatment heals blemishes through a Micro-Matrix advanced time-release delivery system with Organic Benzoyl Peroxide and Organic Salicylic Acid. It counteracts bacteria, preventing future breakouts and hyperpigmentation.” Even though I’m forty (something), I still break out once in a while. Yuck! I like to apply this extremely gentle cream at night and in the morning my pimple is smaller! After a few day it is completely gone. Yay!  

Visit to purchase the products and find a spa near you. It might be nice to be pampered by someone else for once!

LUSH’s Fab Face Masks

LUSH makes wonderful, fresh beauty products for skin, hair, and bath time. I recently tried a couple of their fresh masks.

Oatfix Fresh Face Mask – This mask is described as “a delicious blend of banana, vanilla and oats to cleanse, soften and moisturize dry and sensitive skin.”  This smells really yummy, like a dessert. It is a very gentle mask that does not irritate at all and softens the skin nicely. This is great if your skin can’t take harsh mud masks. It also makes a gentle scrub when you are in a hurry.

Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask – “An effective, exfoliating face mask wich gives normal to oily skin a softened smoothed and radiant glow. Polishing almond shell is balanced by the skin softening qualities of almond oil and seaweed gel.” This is a great scrubby mask that will leave skin glowing. I like to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, then scrub it off with water for an extra bit of exfoliation. This smells like lavender, which is another ingredient, and is very green! 

You can only buy the masks at LUSH stores. Since they are made fresh daily, they can’t be shipped. So visit your nearest LUSH store and enjoy!

Anokha Skin Care Rice and Bamboo Facial Scrub

Anokha Rice & Bamboo Facial Scrub
Anokha Rice & Bamboo Facial Scrub
If you are looking for a gentle but effective facial scrub, Anokha Rice & Bamboo Facial Scrub ($28.00 2.9 oz) could be just what you need.
Anokha’s Philosophy is ” Anokha, which means “unique” in Urdu, was created to address the individual needs of different skin types. Our key ingredients are derived from plants and active botanicals native to South Asia, including jasmine, rosewater, sandalwood, and neem.”
This twice-weekly scrub combines the exfoliating effects of rice and bamboo powder with the soothing properties of green tea. The claim is that the result from using this scrub is skin that is smoother and pores that are cleaner and less noticeable.
I really like this scrub. The consistency is small particles like microdermabrasion in a milky cream, and the scent is quite subtle and soothing. I love to really rub this on in the morning and my face feels very clean, but not dry at all. I have noticed that immediately after use, my pores do look smaller and my skin is tighter.
Visit the website at to learn more about this wonderful scrub and their other products.