It’s almost Black Friday. Do you have your shopping game plan ready? I’m still working on mine.
Below are some great bath and body product deals. These would make excellent gifts or buy something needed for yourself!
BioElixia — Beginning on Thursday, November 27th and ending Tuesday, December 2nd enjoy 20% off individual products and 10% off exclusive gift sets on BioElixia.com! BioElixia offers a range of Body Care items designed to work together to firm, tone and beautify the skin! Visit BioElixia.com for these exclusive discounts and jump-start your holiday shopping for the fitness enthusiast in your life (or anyone looking to sport soft, toned skin during the new year!)
The exclusive formula contains special tanning agents that bond with the skin’s pigment. Our technology transports these active ingredients into deeper layers of the skin resulting in a tan that is more intense, even and natural looking than anything else on the market. Fake Bake is easy to apply, fast drying and won¹t show up in pores or rub off on clothing
AHAVA — On Black Friday,35% off any order using code BFRIDAY14.
On Cyber Monday only, receive 35% off and a free Triple Mineral Body Lotion using code CYBRMON35.
Luxe Holiday beauty bag (a $150 value) yours free with $100+ purchase
20% off product purchases on blissworld.com including bliss holiday gift sets
(20% offer excludes: La Mer, SK-II, Sisley, NuFace, Wellbox, Malin + Goetz, Clarisonic, bliss multi-‘face’-eted mask, gift cards, e-cards)
Free stocking stuffers all weekend: choose 4 free deluxe samples with $100+ purchase
JuveRest — From Thursday, November 27th to Monday, December 1st, enjoy 20% off the JuveRest: Sleep Wrinkle Pillow!The new definition in the term “beauty sleep”, JuveRest® The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow prevents the one thing fancy creams, Botox or even plastic surgery can’t fix: sleep wrinkles! Designed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, JuveRest® The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow is an easy-to-use, non-invasive solution to help minimize wrinkles caused by facial compression from pillow contact during sleep.
Today was a beautiful day in Kansas City, in the 6o’s. But it will really start feeling like November this week with highs in the 30’s…brrr!
I am really thinking about giving extra moisture to my skin and getting ready for winter.
I have been loving a very moisturizing CC Cream, a thickening hair collection, eye serum, fab makeup wipes, fun makeup and ingrown hair inhibitor wipes:
Nordic Beauty Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream ($130 4 oz) — an easy to apply non-greasy, anti-aging, natural coverage, matte Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream which helps to protect skin from UVA & UVB rays utilizing the safest and most natural form of zinc oxide available without using synthetic sunscreens.
What I think: This is a very luxe, thick cream. It seems like a tinted moisturizer for dry skin more than a makeup to me. It would be perfect for someone who wants a heavier day cream with SPF. It does sink into the skin and leaves a pretty glow.
Kerastase Densifique 3-Step Regimen — ($143.50 USD) — a new collection that
counters the loss of density, shine and resilience for women who are
battling the effects of ‘life stressed hair.’ This can mean physical side
effects of divorce, a stressful career or a multitude of health and
hormonal shifts which occur as women age. Unlike prescriptions or
over-the-counter remedies aimed at hair loss, Densifique’s in-salon or
at-home regimen is suitable for anyone. The at-home collection includes
Densifique Bain Densité, Densifique Masque Densité and Densifique
Densimorphose Mousse, a decadent, skin-care inspired rich mousse instantly
transforms the hair, fiber by fiber for visible voluminous results.
What I think: This is a great system for women who find that their hair is thinning with age. I have been using it for a couple of weeks, and although my hair isn’t thicker yet, the mousse does help it appear fuller! I am hoping to see more results in the next few weeks. I do notice that my hair looks healthier and shinier, which I love!
AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate Youth & Cellular Energizing Serum ($50 USD) — Silk-textured and lightweight, this clinically tested* re-energizing eye serum illuminates, smoothes and beautifies the delicate eye zone. Infused with Persian Silk & Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extracts this formula will help to strengthen the dermal structure, fight signs of fatigue/stress and reduce dark circles. The Cucumber and Aloe Vera will help to calm the skin and reduce puffiness, while the Bird of Paradise Extract corrects discolorations and restores luminosity, promoting radiance for a more rested, youthful appearance. In a series of independent studies on 36 women over the course of 4 weeks, 81% reported the eye area looked refreshed and agreed the serum visibly improved the eye area.
What I think: This lovely eye serum is so soothing on! I have noticed that my eyes look fresher and smoother after using this product. I have only been using it for about a week, so I do not see improvement in my dark circles yet, but I’m hopeful.
Available at AHAVAUS.com
butter LONDON Scrubbers Makeup Remover Wipes ($15 for 15 wipes) — Gently cleanse and wipe away dirt, oil and makeup with Scrubbers Makeup Remover Wipes. Luxourious and ultra-soft, these double-sided wipes contain natural botanical extracts of rice, sunflower and rosemary to cleanse and soothe even the most sensitive skin. Lightly quilted on one side, these wipes scrub away even the most stubborn shades, while the smooth side cleanses and soothes. These individually-wrapped world travelers will become the superstars of your cosmetic bag.
What I think: Loving these! Although these have natural ingredients (which sometimes irritate my skin) and scrubbers on one side, these are so refreshing and calming at the same time. Plus with the scrubbers, they remove all of my makeup, which is rare with makeup removing wipes. I will be purchasing these again.
Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color ($7 USD) — This long-lasting, fade-resistant, mineral-based formula delivers weightless, high-impact color in one swipe with a natural, luminous finish that looks gorgeous on any skin tone.
Mary Kay At Play Eye Crayon ($10 USD) — Lightweight, ultra creamy texture glides on smoothly for intense, true-color payoff that doesn’t fade.
Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss ($10 USD) — Lip sync to full-on glossy goodness with a fun jelly texture.
What I think: All three of these products together make a fun fall or holiday look. The silver shadow can be a soft wash of color or layered for more sparkle. Rim your eyes with the eye crayon for a smoky look, or all over for more drama. I love the lip gloss for a great everyday lippy. It is a little bit sticky, but has really good color.
Whish Flawless Swipes ($7 (8pk) / $22 (30pk)) — Our amazingly effective and popular Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum in a new and easy to use delivery system. Perfect for your entire body or spot treating affected areas, you will easily banish the curse of ingrown hairs and bumps. This deliciously fresh smelling formula uses clinically proven active ingredients that restore your skin’s suppleness and weakens hair follicles, inhibiting future growth. You won’t need to kiss a frog to break the “bump” cures. Just a swipe of Flawless to restore smooth skin.
What I think: These lightly cucumber-scented gel-wipes are so cool. You smooth them over any red bumps or ingrown hairs in areas that you shave (bikini areas, thighs) and skin is smoother! I have used these a couple of times and have noticed that the bumps are less noticeable.
Summer beauty and health care is unlike that of any other season in that it holds more ways to hinder your looks. There are almost dangerous situations such as sunburns and bug bites (having just got bitten by a brown recluse spider, I have had the worse of that). And, more common but annoying problems of damaged hair, oily skin or dry skin patches from burning.
Here are some of my recent faves to help with some of the summer madness and keep me looking good despite the elements! Lets start with bug spray…
The Skin So Soft Bug Guard collection is the go-to choice for insect repellency, featuring products that are tough on bugs but soft on you. All products are DEET-free. Skin So Soft Bug Guard insect repellents are suitable for the entire family. Avon’s insect repellents have the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and contain one of two EPA-registered active ingredients, IR3535® or Picaridin. The collection includes:
Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition ™ SPF 30 ($14-$16) – Combined sun and insect protection in one product and available in an Aerosol spray and Pump spray. Strong and long-lasting repellency against mosquitoes, deer ticks, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges.
Bug Guard Plus Picaridin ($14-$16) – Protection during dusk & dawn, which is when mosquitoes are more active. Repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme disease and mosquitoes that may carry West Nile virus. Available as an Aerosol Spray, Pump Spray and travel-friendly Towelettes.
Bug Guard Plus IR3535® SPF 30 Lotions ($14) – Repel mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges. Aloe and Vitamin E-enriched formulas are available as a Gentle Breeze Lotion and Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion.
Also available is the fab NEW Anti-Itch Spray– Provides temporary, soothing relief to itchy insect bites. ($10).
Beyond just fighting off the bugs outdoors, Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug collection also helps you swat them away virtually with the first-ever Bug Guard game! Visit Avon Products on Facebook to play, and receive a code for free shipping.
AHAVA Sun Anti-Aging Moisturizing Spray SPF 15 ($26 USD, 8.5 oz) This quick-absorbing SPF 15 spray lotion is enriched with Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 to neutralize free radicals and fight sun damage. It meets Australian-approved UV protection standards and provides effective anti-aging protection in water.
Summer sweating is inevitable, but Proactiv’s Oil Blotter Sheets ($11 USD) absorb excess oil to leave your skin feeling fresh and clean, with a beautiful matte finish. Made from 100% pure natural-fiber paper, with zero artificial ingredients and no talc, they won’t clog your pores. Tuck them in your purse and your good to go, all day long.
Keep your skin clear and glowing with help from Bye Bye Blackheads ($28 USD) from Joey New York Beauty. This gel masque treatment helps to eliminate blackheads and minimize pores – with visible results in as little as one minute.
When I use a thin layer of this under makeup, it tightens my skin and my pores look less noticeable. Visit www.joeynewyork.com to learn more and purchase.
Use only the most soothing and gentle lotions on your face after cleansing. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration collection is infused with Clary Sage to deeply moisturize skin. Lather on the Intense Hydration Day Lotion ($17.99 USD) after cleansing in the morning, and let your skin rest softly by applying the Intense Hydration Night Cream ($17.99 USD) right before bed.
These creams are also perfect after a day in the sun. Hydration helps with very sun drenched skin and peeling. Visit www.burtsbees.com near you to learn more. You can purchase at a mass market retailer near you.
Bed Head by TIGI Ego Boost ($16.50 USD) Harsh summer elements can leave your hair looking less than desirable. This stellar split-end mender and leave-in conditioner will help to repair and protect your hair from the harsh summer elements, leaving you with nothing but endless shine!
A beautiful body care gift is perfect for so many of the ladies in your life! The sets below are all lovely. The Pacifica or the Upper Canada set would be perfect for a teacher. The Olay or the AHAVA collections would be a sweet gift for an aunt or grandmother. Split up the L’Occitane hand creams and give to fellow office workers. And your best friend would love the Bliss spa set. It smells fantastic!
Olay Luscious Embrace Luxuries Gift Set ($9.99 USD $15 value) — Let fragrant moisture embrace you. Discover the lush, flourishing beauty of the Amazon – lushly exotic, merging the scent of crushed orchid extract with hints of papaya, blackberry and black currant. Feel it envelop your body like a botanical-infused steam treatment. With jojoba butter.
10 fl oz moisturizing body wash
8.4 fl oz hand & body lotion
2 moisture bars, 4.25 oz each
You can purchase this set and others from Olay at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.
Pacifica Island Vanilla Take Me There Set ($18 USD, $26 USD ) — Inspired by the unique magic of Tahitian vanilla, this sensual blend sets sweet and sultry vanilla absolute, with honey-jasmine notes and a touch of fruitiness, against a deep and beautiful base of tea. This set contains the purse-ready 2.5oz Body Butter, .33oz Perfume Roll-on and NEW Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint. Visit www.pacificaperfume.com to learn more and purchase.
L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet ($60 USD on sale for $50 USD) — The delightful Hand Cream Bouquet is an arrangement of Mini Shea Butter Hand Creams (1 ounce each) in Cocoa Flower, Desert Rose, Hibiscus Flower, Pivoine Flora, Shea Butter and Vanilla. This fantastic set comes wrapped in a festive pink holiday box with candy print, delightfully packaged in gold paper. Purchase at usa.loccitane.com.
Upper Canada Naturally Tin Box Set ($20 USD) — On their own, Upper Canada Soap’s BodyWash and Lotion keep skin soft and supple, but together they are the ultimate power couple in moisturizing and smoothing skin! Available in Wild Mint Lime, Warm Honey Nectar, Pressed Olive and Avocado, and Sweet Vanilla Fig. Visit www.uppercanadasoap.com to learn more.
bliss happy ‘spa’lidays in lemon + sage ($29 USD, $46 value) — a ‘scent’-sational set of best-selling bath blends This lemon scented, spa-inspired sudsing and softening set is your ‘zest’ bet for a livelier lather and post-shower slathering. Merry ‘citrus’ to all! Includes full sizes of lemon+sage soapy suds and body butter, plus a Bliss blue shower pouf.
• Lemon+Sage Soapy Suds (16 oz): whips up a luxe lather and doubles as bath bubbles • Lemon+Sage Body Butter (6.7 oz): delivers mega-moisture in Bliss’ signature scent. You may purchase at www.blissworld.com or www.sephora.com.
Shoshanna for AHAVA Gift Set ($35 USD value $60 USD) — This limited edition holiday gift set will spark skincare addicts and fashion lovers alike as it brings the best of two worlds together: skincare and fashion. The collaboration between AHAVA and Shoshanna was inspired by their ability to make women feel and look their best, at any age. Combining the best in mineral skincare with the best in design, AHAVA and Shoshanna created this bright, bold, sensible travel case to compliment the chic, sophisticated traveler. The set contains AHAVA’s famed products: Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream, and Dermud Enriched Foot Cream. Available at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, and www.AHAVAUS.com. Enjoy!
Looking to give the gift of relaxation (or to or purchase some for yourself) this holiday season? Below are three natural and spa brands that you may never have tried before, but each one includes wonderfully smelling and calming products that will help you get through the busy and stressful holiday season.
Comfort Zone Tranquility Shower Cream ($38.00 USD). Transform your shower into your very own blissful oasis by using this Tranquility Shower Cream. Specially formulated with vanilla and rose oils, this shower cream provides a two-in-one process of cleansing and moisturizing the skin while relieving stress and muscle tension. I love the soft scent and the fact that the cream makes my skin so soft. It works well for shaving, too. Visit www.comfortzone.it to learn more.
Dr. Hauschka The Aromatherapy Bath Kit ($19.95 USD) has everything to create the ultimate bath experience. A perfect gift for anyone your list who deserves a little indulgence and at under $20, it won’t break the bank. It contains travel sizes of Lavender, Lemon, Sage, Spruce and Rosemary Bath products that help calm and soothe. I like to combine a few drops of Lemon and Sage in my bath. So nice! This is available at www.drhauschka.com
AHAVA Mineral Sparkles Holiday Gift Set ($20.00 USD). Put a little sparkle into your Holiday beauty routine with AHAVA’s Mineral Sparkles gift set. This exclusive set features three effective treatments to pamper and address the needs of the body and hands. These unique formulas are clinically proven to restore skin’s natural moisture balance for healthy and radiant skin. Powered by 21 essential Dead Sea minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium, these treatments will renew your skin with soothing moisture. Includes Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream, Mineral Shower Gel and AHAVA’s Deluxe Chenille Bath Puff. Available at AHAVA.com
Envelop yourself with the soothing scent of AHAVA’s Comforting Juniper Mineral Bath Salts ($22.00 USD) to restore calm to both mind and body. Comprised of 21 essential Dead Sea minerals, including magnesium, potassium and calcium, these 100% pure Dead Sea Salts work to melt away stress and provide relief to tired muscles. The clean, fresh scent of juniper and white floral extracts will soothe your senses, while leaving your skin soft and supple.
Directions: Dissolve 1 cup of salt in warm bath water. Soak for 20 minutes and shower off. Rest for half an hour. Note: if you have a history of high blood pressure or are pregnant, please consult a physician before using.
What I think: I LOVE the scent of these bath salts. They smell so comforting. The salt are also very soothing and are great for after exercising or a rough day at work or at home! I noticed that my skin is very soft after use.
I always want to pamper my skin with creams and spa products once the weather gets cold. AHAVA uses minerals from the Dead Sea in their products to revitalize the skin. I have tried a few products from their Dermud line and the Pure Spa Line. Everything I tried was incredibly luxurious and perfect for the upcoming Winter season!
AHAVA’s Dermud line contain Dead Sea mud “in a unique patented formulation and are rich in moisture-enabling minerals and other soothing, natural agents, which effectively treat all SRRC dryness parameters (Scaling, Roughness, Redness, Cracks) that affect your torso, arms, legs, hands and feet.”
I tried the Dermud Intense Soothing Nourishing Cream (50 ml 1.7 fl. oz $34.00 USD). My skin is getting a little scaly, thanks to the cold weather and this very rich cream has been helping the dry patches disappear. I love that it’s good for sensitive skin. It is both hydrating and it helps sooth redness and skin irritation. It contains a patented complex of Dead Sea Mineral Mud, Bisabolol Oil, Shea Butter, Pro Vitamin B5 and Aloe Vera to reduce inflammation and encourages skin renewal. It is paraben free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic and suitable for dry/sensitive skins.
AHAVA’s new luxurious Pure Spa Line is “designed to relax, rejuvenate and turn back time. Specially formulated with AHAVA’s patented mineral complex, the anti-aging benefits of Dunaliella Algae and an array of essential vitamins, these treatments promote healthier and younger looking skin, while delightful natural oils soothes the senses.
Placid Bath Salts Syringa – Green Apple (17.5 oz $19.00 USD) — These bath salts are made of 100% pure Dead Sea Mineral Salts infused with essential oils of Syringa and Green Apple. It smells very fresh and is such a relaxing way to soak! I felt very refreshed after my bath.
Body Sorbet Caress Syringa – Green Apple (12.3 oz $26.00 USD) — I LOVE this body cream. It comes in a big tub and is a soft, soothing and refreshing lotion with a wonderful apple scent. It is so soft on the skin and not at all greasy. The Pure Spa’s Body Sorbet Caress contains Dead Sea minerals, vitamins E and B-5, aloe vera, and chamomile extracts that combine in a unique cream-gel formula.This is oil free, alcohol free, approved for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic and dermatologically Tested.
Learn more about these fab skin care and spa products at www.ahavaus.com and pamper yourself!