Beauty, cosmetics, Fragrance

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide

Hi all! It was a beautiful day in Kansas City today, it’s definitely spring!

I have another Mother’s Day Gift guide for you! These are items that I love and think will make great gifts:

 

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This Mother’s Day or any day when Mom deserves a little pampering, let her indulge in a journey of the senses with South of France all-natural soaps (www.southoffrancebodycare.com). They’re kettle-cooked in small batches using a traditional Marseille triple-milled recipe to create a creamy lather that leaves skin soft and moisturized. And she can choose from one of 14 transporting scents including almond gourmande, blooming jasmine, climbing wild rose, lavender fields, lemon verbena, lush gardenia or mediterranean fig. All South of France liquid and bar soaps are free of synthetic foaming agents like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, as well as glutens, EDTA, parabens, and phthalates.

I received some of their newest scents to try — Glazed Apricots, Violet Bouquet, and Cherry Blossom.  They are all very fresh and sweet, so nice for spring.  My favorite is Cherry Blossom, but my family loves all of them.

You can find South of France products in natural and grocery stores nationwide.  Check their website here for locations.

 

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Philosophy Pure Grace Desert Summer Spray Fragrance

I of course had to include some of my favorite Philisophy products as they make amazing gifts for moms!

Philosophy Pure Grace Desert Summer Spray Fragrance ($50 for 2 oz) a desert summer’s allure can only be described as original, illuminating…extraordinary. we’ve tried to capture the unexpectedly intense beauty of this uniquely wild climate to bring you pure grace desert summer perfume. freesia, ozone, star jasmine and cool cactus blossom meet in a breathtaking blend of fresh florals, anchored by pink clay, blonde woods and musk for a truly special experience. summer is fleeting, but its free spirit lives on and on.

Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set
Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set

Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set this exclusive giftable collection includes 3 ways to enjoy the beautifully crafted, universally loved franchise. 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 lotion conditions and moisturizes as it tones, for skin that feels pampered and renewed. a finishing spritz of perfume will accompany her through the day with grace.

  • 8 oz amazing grace shampoo, bath & shower gel
  • 2 oz amazing grace eau de toilette perfume
  • 8 oz firming body lotion

Amazing Grace is one of my favorite fragrances.  This is such a pretty set! Philosophy products are available at http://www.philosophy.com

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette ($49 USD) These 12 all-new shades include of-the-moment soft mattes and sizzling metallics, ranging from creamy ivory and shimmering rose gold to the most intense black cherry. We’re addicted to Bing—a deep mauve matte that is right on trend. And we can’t get enough of Drunk Dial, a shimmery metallic burgundy that takes smoky looks to a smoldering climax. Adorned with a row of metallic cherries, the crimson compact includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush—ready for precision application on one end and seamless blending on the other.

Shades included:

  • Hot Spot (ivory matte)
  • Caution (soft neutral beige matte)
  • Bang Bang (shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle)
  • Feelz (soft dusty rose matte)
  • Juicy (soft warm peach)
  • Turn On (pale metallic rose shimmer)
  • Ambitious (metallic rose copper)
  • Bing (deep mauve matte)
  • Devilish (reddish plum matte)
  • Young Love (metallic cranberry)
  • Drunk Dial (deep metallic burgundy)
  • Privacy (deep brownish-plum matte)

Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free. Available at http://www.urbandecay.com, Sephora and Ulta.

 

BREVENA Basics Pack
BREVENA Basics Pack

BREVENA Basics Pack ($178 USD) — contains bestselling products to get your skin smooth, healthy, and hydrated! Enjoy a full size Daily Hydration Moisturizer, Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream, and a deluxe travel size Intensive Foot & Heel Repair.

Pack contains:

Daily Hydration Moisturizer    2 FL. OZ. / 60 ML ($79 Value)

Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream    2 FL. OZ. / 60 ML ($89 Value)

*may have blue OR white lid

Travel Size Intensive Foot & Heel Repair    0.5 FL. OZ. / 15 ML ($20 Value)

Purchase at shop.brevena.com


Have you done your Mother’s Day shopping yet?  Any beauty gifts on your shopping list?

 

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bath products, Beauty

Brand Review — CBD Living

Hi all! I’m here with a different type of brand review for me.  I recently received bath products from CBD Living for my honest review.

I haven’t tried many products infused with hemp-derived CBD, so I was curious to try these.

I do know that claim with this ingredient is that it helps with physical pain and mental issues such as depression and anxiety.  As a women going through the change of life, I have plenty of both, so I was excited to try these!
The products I received are:

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CBD Lavender Soap ($14 USD) is made from 100% natural ingredients and coconut oil, and is infused with nano-CBD for easy absorption. Lavender is used for relieving stress, promoting a sense of calm, helping with sleep and reducing skin irritations, such as sunburn and eczema.

I really enjoy this soap.  It’s creamy and lathers nicely.  The scent is such a nice mild lavender.  And it’s a really pretty color!

CBD Living Lotion ($40 USD) is a new product for the company. It comes in three scents: Invigorating eucalyptus, relaxing lavender and unscented for those with sensitive skin. A 16 oz bottle contains 250 mg of nano-CBD, created from 100% organic hemp grown in Colorado, and is vegan and cruelty-free.

I received this in Eucalyptus.  I thought the scent might be too strong for me, but it’s really nice.  It’s refreshing and very herbal scented.  The lotion itself is a thinner consistency, and it absorbs really quickly and softens my skin so nicely!  I use it all over after a shower or bath and I use it on my hands at feet at night.  As it’s getting warmer out, I don’t really want a very heavy cream, so the lotion is perfect for a lighter hydration.

Each CBD Coconut Lime Bath Bomb ($14 USD) contains 60mg of nano-CBD for maximum absorption. Enhance your bathtime ritual with luxurious CBD Bath Bombs in a pleasant tropical scent.

This smells amazing!  It has a faster fizz, but it does last a few minutes, which I love. I found that it left a moisturizing kind of a film in the bath, but that’s okay, because I always rinse off in the shower after a bath (I do a lot of bath bombs).  My skin was very hydrated afterwards.

After trying these products for a little bit, I really do like them.  I noticed that my back didn’t hurt as much after my bath with the bath bomb. I’m not quite sure if the CBD is helping my anxiety, but I do feel calmer lately.  That could be why! I so enjoy the scents and how soft these products make my skin feel.  I also love that they are natural.

Have you tried CBD Living or other CBD products?  What do you think?

bath products, Beauty, Skincare

Brand Review –Rebels Refinery

Hi all!  I’m here with a fun brand review. The brand is Rebel’s Refinery. I received a few products for my honest review.

I am happy to announce that Rebels Refinery is expanding their collection at Target stores nationwide. The natural line of grooming products provide premium results without synthetic ingredients, ensuring your body feels as good as it looks. Plus, they are affordable!

Here are the products I received:

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Smooth Criminal Body Lotion ($6.99 USD) With the help of this quick absorbing moisturizer, you can improve skin firmness, elasticity and tone while providing your body with the hydration it needs.
Sin & Guilt Body Wash ($6.99 USD) Great for all skin types, Sin & Guilt leaves skin soft, rejuvenated, and smelling amazing. The scent of the body wash and lotion is Spicy Citrus, which is fresh and a bit masculine.

Activated Charcoal Face Scrub ($8.99 USD)This scrub is perfect for taming skin that’s a little rough around the edges. Activated charcoal removes dead skin, unclogs pores, prevents ingrown hairs, and keeps skin looking young and clear.

Rebel Rose Geometric Pineapple Lip Balm ($6.99 USD) This isn’t available at Target yet. But you can get it on Rebels Refinery website. The highest quality coconut and sweet almond oils moisten, nourish and protect while Vitamin E provides essential antioxidants. The flavor is called “Exotic Fruit” which tastes like a symphony of mango and strawberry. This is so cute and it smells and tastes amazing!

Here are the rest of the new products at Target:
Lethal Uprising Shampoo & Conditioner ($6.99): Buying shampoo and conditioner separately is over-rated, which is why Rebels Refinery created this time saving two-in-one product. The botanical enriched formula gently cleanses and moisturizes the scalp, leaving hair stronger, thicker and fuller.
Classic Hair Pomade ($16.99): Keep that pretty hair of yours in check all day. With just a little water and a comb, you too can achieve the look of your dreams. This pomade gives hair a textured yet flexible hold that will last through the night.
What I think:  I really like this line.  The packaging is very cool.  The matte black looks modern, but the shape of the bottles are classic and almost apothecary-like.  This line will definitely stand out at Target!
The products are nice as well.  I love that they have natural ingredients.  The scents are nice and are appropriate for everyone.
Have you heard of or tried Rebels Refinery?
bath products, Beauty

C.O. Bigelow The Iconic Body Care Collection Review

Hey all!  I can’t believe February is almost over!  I am so looking forward to spring!  I just went out to lock up our chickens and stepped in snow, ice and mud…so tired of winter!

But I’m excited to tell you all about C.O. Bigelow’s new The Iconic Body Care Collection. This has been carefully crafted to “deliver a unique sensorial experience while caring for, and treating, skin. Four aromatic, iconic fragrances were thoughtfully culled from the vast, storied C.O. Bigelow archives and then married with the historically most popular personal care products, creating a new range of expertly blended hand washes, hand creams, body washes, body lotions and body creams.”

I received a few of these amazing products to try out for my honest review.

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Here are the products and the scents you can get each in:

Hand Wash ($18): Formulated with aloe vera, shea butter and panthenol, this rich-lathering hand wash combines the most effective cleansing with skin-conditioning ingredients, leaving hands soft and smooth.

Hand Cream ($16): This silky, smooth, non-greasy cream contains shea butter, avocado oil and olive oil, leaving hands soothed and nourished after each use.

Body Wash ($20): Luxurious and refreshing, this body wash features coconut oil and aloe vera, providing a silky, cushioning lather while gently cleansing the skin. The hydrating and soothing ingredients help to maintain moisturization levels for healthier skin.

Body Cream ($30): This ultra-nourishing, restorative body cream is formulated with kukui seed oil, coconut oil and shea butter, providing intense moisture and leaving the skin delicately fragranced.

Body Lotion ($24): Nourishing and conditioning, this lightweight lotion contains borage oil, panthenol and grape seed oil to replenish the skin while leaving it delicately fragranced.

THE SCENTS:

AQUA MELLIS
Olfactive – Fruit
Top Notes – watermelon, citrus and pear
Heart notes – clean French lavender, watery orchid, geranium and violet
Bottom notes – honey, woods, vanilla and musk

MUSK
Olfactive – Floral/musk
Top notes – bergamot, orange and muguet
Heart notes – bay leaf, dianthus, orange flower and orris
Bottom notes – musk, cedarwood, sandalwood and warm amber

BERGAMOT
Olfactive – Citrus
Top notes – bergamot, petitgrain and lemon
Heart notes – white flowers
Bottom notes – rich vetiver, amber, musk and beechwood

WEST VILLAGE ROSE
Olfactive – Floral, woody
Top notes – anjou pear, mandarin, sparkling bergamot and thyme
Heart notes – violet petals, magnolia rose and earthy geranium
Bottom notes – oakmoss, amber, vanilla, white cedar, musk and sandalwood

I was lucky to try each fragrance.  Aqua Mellis and Bergamot are my favorites.  Aqua Mellis is a soft, fruity scent.  I have it in a hand cream.  The hand cream is very hydrating, which is really needed in the winter!

I have hand wash and body cream in Bergamot. It is a fresh scent and I love the smell of citrus!  The hand wash is moisturizing and so pretty!  It’s pearly, and really, all of the products are packaged so elegantly! I think my favorite product is the body cream.  The bergamot scent is so yummy and the cream is hydrating without being greasy.

Next, I like the West Village Rose body wash.  It has a really nice lather, but doesn’t dry out the skin.  The scent is nice. Rose scents can be overpowering, but this one isn’t  We are enjoying using it.

The last scent I tried is the Musk in a hand wash.  I haven’t smelled musk in a while, and this is fine.  It is not something I would seek out, though.  I’m not the biggest musk fan, but if you are, this one is good.

The prices range from $16-$30.  Purchase at http://www.bigelowchemists.com

I think this is a gorgeous, luxe collection.  These would make beautiful gifts, as well (Mother’s Day?).

Have you tried C.O. Bigelow?  What is your favorite bath and body products?

bath products, Beauty

Hydrate Your Skin This Winter With Jergens and Curel

Hey all!  Happy almost New Year’s Eve!  As we Near the end of 2018 and start a new year, I have realized that I need to do a better job hydrating my skin.  It’s so dry because of the cold air, and the fact that I’m not getting any younger!

I was sent some moisturizing Jergens and Curel products for my honest review. Starting with lotions that are used in shower to lotions to use anytime your skin is dry, Jergens and Curel has you covered!

Jergens Wet Skin Shea Oil Body Lotion
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Shea Oil 
Jergens Shea Butter Wet Skin Moisturizer ($6.99 USD) is applied to wet skin right after showering, maximizing hydration when skin is most receptive to moisture. The water activated formula absorbs right away as vitamin-rich shea oil leaves you feeling smooth and soft – and without the heaviness and greasy residue of a traditional lotion.

What I think: This leaves my skin so soft and the hydration lasts all day!  This is non greasy and is perfect all year long.
Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer
Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99 USD)After showering or bathing, your pores are open which allows hydration to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface to the source of dryness. That is why Curél Hydra Therapy is applied to wet skin immediately after showering and works with the water on the skin to glide on and immediately absorb. There is no need to rinse or wait before toweling dry as normal. Unlike traditional lotions, it works from within your skin to replenish and repair the moisture barrier. With Advanced Ceramide Complex, the moisturizer replenishes ceramides to help skin retain moisture and prevent symptoms of dry skin from returning. Dermatologist recommended, Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer was granted the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. Apply daily and feel 3x more hydrated.

This one is even lighter than the Jergens in shower lotion, but it also lasts all day long.  These types of lotions are so easy to use and incorporate into my shower routine!

Jergens Flawless Effects Moisturizer
Jergens Flawless Effects Moisturizer

Jergens Flawless Effects Moisturizer ($10.99 USD) — A blurring and perfecting lotion that improves tone, softens imperfections, and provides nourishing hydration for more flawless looking skin.  This velvety lotion with Shea butter and sheer blush pigments instantly smooths skin while noticeably balancing tone in as few as 5 days.

What I think: I have enjoyed testing out this lotion.  It has a balm-like texture and glides on the skin. I noticed that my skin tone looks even and my skin is very smooth when I use this daily.

Jergens Skin Illuminating Moisturizer
Jergens Skin Illuminating Moisturizer
Jergens Skin Illuminating Moisturizer ($10.99 USD) — Enhanced with a subtle touch of shimmer, this highlighting and illuminating formula gives your skin a beachy glow, with hints of peach and gold. Nourished, luminous, lively skin, with just a kiss of shimmer. This silky lotion with pure minerals and freshwater pearl powder transforms everyday skin to standout skin before your very eyes.
What I think: This lotion is very light and creamy.  It has a little bit of shimmer in it, so I think it will be great in the spring and summer, when I show my arms and legs more.
Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion
Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion
Sometimes, slathering on moisturizer once a day simply isn’t enough, and that especially applies for people who deal with dry, flaky skin. Think of Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion as your go-to hydration boost, and apply as needed throughout the day. Made with skin-soothing ingredients like olive oil, this hard-working formula aids in your skin’s natural exfoliating process, and then delivers much-needed hydration, restoring the moisture barrier to prevent dry skin in the future.
What I think: I like to use this lotion when my skin is very dry and flaky.  I’ve noticed that it does loosen flakes and really makes skin look and feel better!
What lotions do you like to use to hydrate your skin?
bath products, Beauty

Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale Haul!

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Hey all!  I hope your holidays are going well!  I can’t believe it’s almost 2019.

I went into Bath and Body Works on the 26th to shop the Semi-Annual sale.  I had a $10 off $40 coupon and got a lot of good deals!

Most of the items I purchased were $75 percent off.  The Fresh Balsam and Vanilla Bean Noel were $3.28 each after the coupon (all prices I list will be after the coupon).  They are originally $16.50 — what a deal!  I hadn’t tried these yet, and they are so nice.  Super bubbly and the bubbles last!

The shower gels were all under $3, except for the Coconut Lime Breeze. It was half off so it was $4.98, which is still a great price. We always need shower gel.  I’m fairly stocked up on lotion, but I might go back and get a couple. I did purchase a body mousse to oil in Snowy Morning.  That was one of the more expensive things I got.  It was $6.57, normally $16.50.

The day I went, some candles were on sale for $10, so with the coupon it was $7.96.  The little candle was $1.59!

I’m sure I’ll be going back before the sale is through.  They always add more items and the sale lasts a few weeks.

Are you going to pick anything up at the Semi-Annual sale?  Have you gone already?

 

bath products, Beauty

H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Body Collection

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Hi all!  I was excited to receive a bunch of new H2O+ Beauty products! The products I am reviewing today are an amazing smelling bath and body collection.  The H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Body Care Collection features Verbena Extract, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, and Vitamin E to nourish and soften skin.

Here are the products I received for my honest review:

H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Foaming Body Exfoliator ($10 for 6 oz) – A foaming scrub that transforms skin from dry and rough into silky and luxuriously soft just as the gel transforms into a foam as you lather.  Coconut Oil and Verbena extract combine with Coconut shells to gently exfoliate, buffing away dull skin and leaving you with an all over glow. This gives a pretty vigorous scrub.  I love that it foams.  It leaves my skin so soft and smooth. Perfect before self-tanning.

H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Body Wash ($18 for 12.2 Fl oz) — These Coconut Water enriched suds feature Coconut Water, Vitamin E and Verbena extract, cleansing and refreshing skin. I love the scent of this whole collection, it’s so fresh and bright!  This is a really bubbly body wash and works well as a bubble bath!

H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Body Butter ($22 for 8 Fl oz) — This features Coconut Milk and Verbena extract, to nourish and soften skin.  It’s very hydrating and is softly scented.  It’s really nice to use after the bath.  I love layering my fragrance!

H2O+ Beauty Coconut Verbena Shimmering Body Moisturizer ($18 for 5 Fl oz) — And speaking of layering scents, this fun moisturizer transforms from a foam texture into an oil as it melts into the skin. It’s infused with Coconut Oil and Verbena extract. I like that it’s not greasy.  It does leave a shimmer, which I don’t usually wear, but I know one of my daughters will love this!

Over all, I really love this collection.  The scent is perfect for the summer and the products are really hydrating.

Have you tried H2O+ Beauty?  What products do you like from them?