My Beauty Favorites — Week of December 21-27, 2015

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!  I have been enjoying time with family and the fact that all of the Christmas shopping and preparations are done!  Now on to shopping for ourselves…LOL!

This week I’m loving products that will add moisture to my hair and body. The winter always leaves my skin and hair dry! My round-up includes, natural hair products, body wash to help itchy skin, and hair care and body care that will keep hair and skin soft:

Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment ($20 USD) — Coconut water penetrating hair treatment combines super hydrating, thirst quenching  coconut water, aloe vera juice, tropical butters and oils to deeply penetrate and provide maximum moisture and shine.

Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave-In Treatment ($14 USD) — Coconut water leave-in treatment has a silky texture that combines coconut water with penetrating natural oils to provide maximum moisture and shine in a lightweight, non-greasy formula.

What I think:  I like how natural these products are, they smell just like coconut oil and really moisturize my hair.  The hair treatment is good for weekly conditioning and the leave-in is so light I can use it every day! Both products leave my hair very manageable.

Purchase at shop.camillerosenaturals.com

Curel Itch Defense Body Wash
Curel Itch Defense Body Wash

Curel Itch Defense Body Wash ($6.99 USD) —  is a powerfully calming and hydrating cleanser that breaks the pattern and lavishes on the calming moisture. It contains an innovative blend of cleansing agents mild enough for serious dryness and eczema-prone skin. The soap-free formula, made with a cationic ingredient, leaves skin especially soft. Prevent the itch before it even begins!

What I think: This is so nice for use in the winter.  It leaves skin soft and doesn’t irritate very dry skin.  Add a moisturizer right after shower and skin is hydrated all day.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Conditioning Dry Shampoo For Dark Tones ($22 on sale now for $15.40) — Start refreshing your hair with this dry shampoo that absorbs oily buildup while restoring hair to its full body and shine, free of weighty residue. It’s made with conditioning Monoi, an ancient Tahitian beauty secret, and a blend of natural absorbing powders to give your hair the strength it needs to keep moving. So now, when time is of the essence, all you have to do is spray ’n go!

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk 4-in-1 “Combing” Crème ($10) The first step to simple, beautiful curls is by using this creamy super detangler that does it all: untangles, moisturizes, defines, controls frizz, adds shine. Made with Agave and Keratin, this lightweight leave-in gives your curls the glide they need to style with ease. Now nothing can bring your curls down….

Carol’s Daughter Ocean Moisturizing Trio ($26) —  “Ocean is clean and relaxing with a bit of sweetness. It appeals to both men and women and was Carol’s (my mom) favorite scent. She never grew tired of its special, distinct aroma. It is sure to soothe both body and soul.” —Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter Founder

This set includes:

  • The Ocean Sulfate-Free Cleansing Gel is a sweetly scented sulfate-free body wasy. 8.0 fl oz
  • The Ocean Body Butter Cream is a deeply moisturizing body butter that leaves skin softer and healthier. 8.0 oz
  • The Ocean Dry Oil Body Spray is a silicone-free moisturizing body spray that leaves skin soft with a natural glow. 4.3 fl oz
  • PLUS, No Sulfates, No Parabens, No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil, No Artificial Colors

What I think: The thing I love most about Carol’s Daughter products is that they are natural and gentle on hair and skin.  The Monoi dry shampoo smells so good and works very well.  I like that it comes in two shades, light hair and dark hair.  Having dark hair myself, it’s nice not having to worry about white powder residue.

The combing cream detangles my hair, and my daughter’s, so easily.  A little goes a long way and leaves hair soft!

The Ocean products smell amazing!  The lotion is my favorite as it is so moisturizing, it feels like butta! I like to use the dry oil body spray after taking a shower.  It leaves my skin smooth.  This kit is a great deal, too!

Purchase at http://www.carolsdaughter.com

 

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Last Minute Holiday Beauty Gifts!

Do you have all of your gifts yet?  Beauty gifts set are perfect because they allow the recipient to try different types of items that they haven’t used before.  And they are so much fun to get!

So what are you waiting for? Here are some ideas:

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Spa Heroes ($39 per month) is a the new monthly beauty subscription service dedicated to spa-approved skin, sun and hair care products that are free of health-hazardous ingredients, celebrates the season with a short list of holiday treats – to gift and to get.

I received the November box (above) to test.  The hero product is Spa Technologies Age Defense for Luminous Eyes (left, retails for $79).  This light cream contains a cell-rejuvenating mix of organic marine algae, liquid oxygen and micronized silver. Soy and rice bran peptides actively decongest and reduce dark circles while omega-3-endowed laminaria and porphyra algae strengthen tissue. I love this eye treatment it sinks right into my skin and makes the skin around my eye area so smooth!

The box also contained a generous 2 oz sample of Spa Technologies Hydrating Laminaria Oil for dry skin on hands, elbows, etc.  It smells fantastic and is very moisturizing!

Subscribe for yourself or someone deserving of good-for-you products at http://www.spaheroes.com.

Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit
Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit

Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit ($24 USD) — To pamper your curls and train them to spiral into long-lasting perfection, Carol’s Daughter has used the super-softening, rich Marula oil in this new Marula Curl Therapy Collection. Experiment with the nourishing benefits of Marula Oil with this three piece starter kit, featuring the Marula Gentle Cream Cleanser, Diffusing & Styling Lotion and Softening Hair Mask.

These smell amazing and leaves hair soft and silky.

Available at www.carolsdaughter.com.

Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection
Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection

Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection ($5 to $15 USD) — is full of natural, ‘no wrap needed’ personal care gift sets and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list this year. From the busy mom to the selfie obsessed teen, outdoorsy guy to your favorite teacher – we’ve got you covered.

The best part, they’re all available at your local drugstore. Besides, who doesn’t love a little natural beauty? Learn more at http://www.burtsbees.com

Big T NYC COUTURE COLLECTION Gift Set
Big T NYC COUTURE COLLECTION Gift Set

Big T NYC COUTURE COLLECTION Gift Set ($65 USD) — Premium loose leaf tea is HOT! Give the gift of luxury with this exclusive Couture Collection gift pack. It includes our debut collection of three Big T NYC organic teas, an infuser, and a guide to making the perfect cup of loose leaf tea. The Teas included are amazing!  They are:

TELL-TALE GLOW White Tea: premium organic Bai Mudan white tea blended with Goji berries, Elderberries, and Zante currants.

UNEXPECTED FLING Green Tea: This premium, organic, Sencha green tea is infused with rose and cherry.

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Black Tea: ultra premium loose leaf organic Vietnamese Black & Chinese Oolong tea blend, infused with maple essential oils, Indonesian vanilla & California almonds.

I have tried them all, and they are fantastic.  The black tea is perfect for cold days, the green tea is floral and spring-y tasting and the white tea is fresh and bright!

Purchase at http://www.bigtnyc.com

Lady Gaga Fame
Lady Gaga Fame

Lady Gaga Fame Gift Set ($21.99 USD) — Out of the ordinary, like Lady Gaga herself, this fragrance is built around three main accords: dark, sensual and light. This unique scent is the first black Eau de Parfum that sprays clear and becomes invisible once airborne. Includes a 1.0 fl oz EDP, and 2.5 fl oz Shower Gel.

This fragrance is really sexy and the black fluid is so cool!

Available at Kohl’s and mass drugstores nationwide.

Skin&Co Roma The Holiday Stocking Stuffer
Skin&Co Roma The Holiday Stocking Stuffer

Skin&Co Roma The Holiday Stocking Stuffer — Here’s the kit to surprise your family and friends with Stocking Sized to stuff your Holiday Stockings! Whether they love Truffle or Sicilian Orange, here’s a kit that embraces both collections!

THE GIFT:

– 3 PCS Truffle Body Gel (2 FL OZ/ EA)
– 3 PCS Sicilian Body Gel (2 FL OZ/EA)
– 2 PCS Sicilian Body Lotion (2FL OZ/EA)
– 2 PCS Truffle Body Milk (2FL OZ/EA)
– 1 Holiday Bag

This luxe set will be a hit with bath and body lovers!

Purchase at http://www.skinandcoroma.com.

Lavanila Pure Vanilla Mini Deo Duo
Lavanila Pure Vanilla Mini Deo Duo

Pure Vanilla Mini Deo Duo  ($14 USD) — Indulge in the freshness of vanilla with this award-winning Mini Deo Duo. Inspired by nature, soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta-glucan technology for superior, on-the-go odor protection. Set includes 2x Pure Vanilla Mini Deodorant.

This is a perfect natural stocking stuffer!

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

 

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of October 27 – November 2, 2014

Can you believe that Halloween is over and it’s November?  Plus, Daylight Savings Time?  This year has flown by!

I have received so many fantastic products to test that it’s hard to keep up with all of them!  This week, I am loving fabulous skincare, hair care, makeup and a fabulous natural SPF brand.  What are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst
NIA24 Treatment Catalyst

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst ($71 USD) — A nourishing face oil that fortifies skin and acts as a performance-enhancing catalyst to accelerate the results of other skincare products. 5% Pro-Niacin® along with essential vitamins and fatty acids fortify the skin barrier and improve the health and condition of the skin. This product delivers an immediate dose of moisture and radiance while accelerating the performance of any skincare regimen. Use in the morning and at night. Apply 2-3 drops directly to cleansed skin or mix with your preferred serum or moisturizer.

What I think:  This is a really easy way to add some amazing skincare ingredients to your beauty regimen.  This non-greasy face oil can be used after cleanser on it’s own or mixed with a favorite serum or moisturizer.  I mix it with my serum and I like how soft and moisturized my skin is after use.  I also like that my skin is basically receiving vital nutrients and vitamins in just a few drops!

Available at NIA24.com

StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment
StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment

StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment ($69 USD) — This two-step wrinkle-smoothing system helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Anti-Wrinkle Precision Patches are designed to release the ingredients at an optimal rate while providing a soothing, cooling treatment. Left on the face for a 15-minute period, these hydra gel patches help to address laugh lines, frown lines, brow lines, lip lines and crow’s feet. The second step is the Anti-Wrinkle Smoothing Balm, a daily wrinkle smoothing treatment with the NIA-114™ technology and Hyaluronic Acid to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and deliver an instant boost of moisture to the skin.

What I think:  This is a fun product to use!  The gel patches instantly de-puff my eyes and cool the area.  The balm is so moisturizing as well.  I really see a difference is the skin around my eyes, too.  It is smoother.  LOVE!

Available at StriVectin.com

Carol’s Daughter’s Marula Curl Therapy Collection
Carol’s Daughter’s Marula Curl Therapy Collection

The Marula Curl Therapy Collection is formulated to deeply rejuvenate each curl so they are trained to always be what you want them to be: soft, shiny and beautifully free. The products are:

·         Marula Gentle Cream Cleanser ($18.00): Manage your curls by pampering them with this rich, gentle cream cleanser.

·         Marula Oil Softening Serum ($18.00): With the star ingredient of Marula Oil, curls will transform into glossy, spiral curls making it easy to soothe and shine on instant.

·         Marula Softening Hair Mask ($24.00): Rejuvenate your hair with this Marula Oil based mask, this rehydrates every strand and gives the extra moisture you need.

·         Marula Diffusing & Styling Lotion ($20.00): Conditioning Marula Oil and moisture-enhancing Almond Oil leave hair hydrated, healthy, and super shiny.

What I think:  My hair isn’t the right texture for these products, it is wavy not curly.  But I have been testing the oil and I love how it moisturizes my hair.  I just need to use a few drops and my waves are smooth and silky.

Available at www.carolsdaughter.com

Merle Norma
Merle Norman

Merle Norman Cosmetics was founded in Los Angeles in 1931, and is a longstanding leading brand of premium skincare, foundations and color cosmetic products. Its founder, Merle Nethercutt Norman, was one of the first women in cosmetics and a true innovator. In addition to creating breakthrough products, she empowered other women to begin their own business selling her cosmetic products. Today, Merle Norman Studios are located throughout the United States, Canada and in seven countries internationally. Today, Merle Norman’s vision carries on. The Merle Norman line includes hundreds of tried-and-true products, addressing the full spectrum of skin care and color needs for all women.

Merle Norman Hero Products Include:

  • Liquid Lipcolor ($15): This innovative lip product is stunning from application to finish. The ultra-plush applicator deposits just the right amount of smooth, stay-true color onto lips. Its unique whipped texture makes the product easy to apply and a multi-hydration technology system of DL Plum Oil French, which comes only from plums grown in the South-West of France, Argan Oil and Meadowestolide makes it very comfortable to wear. It also includes a lip-plumping ingredient that helps lips appear smoother (without the usual tingling feel).
  • Pro Pen Eyeliner ($14): This easy-to-use liquid liner pen makes lining your eyes as simple as signing your name. Its slim felt-tipped applicator acts like a fine-point marker, while its ergonomic grip lets you control the effect. The harder you press, the bolder the line it creates — so easy! Best yet, its long-wearing formula won’t smudge or budge for up to 14 hours! Water-resistant and ophthalmologist tested.
  • CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($28): A multi-benefit product that’s formulated to combine the powers of a skin care product and a sun protector with the complexion evening benefits of a light coverage foundation all in one product! The lightweight formula imparts a light amount of coverage to even out skin tone, but can be easily layered for buildable coverage as desired. The blendable formula also pairs easily with foundation primers, concealers, foundations and powders so you can achieve the exact look you want.

What I think:  These are all gorgeous products.  My favorite is the CC Cream. It is a medium coverage foundation and applies very smoothly.  I have noticed while trying a lot of BB and CC creams that they can have an orange cast to them and are almost balm-like, but this one is light and easy to blend.  The color is great, too!

Available at www.MerleNorman.com

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask ($85 USD) — Healthier, younger skin – while you sleep with the power of copper peptide technology.  The breakthrough formula features intense levels of hyaluronic acid (20%) to promote deep hydration, while easing stress and dryness. Fine lines and wrinkles are plumped and filled and skin is lifted and tightened to reveal perfect facial contours.

What I think:  I apply this mask like a night cream.  But when I wake up in the morning, my skin is so smooth and soft!  I use it a couple of times a week and like the results I see.  My skin seems smoother and the texture seems more even.  Since it’s been colder lately, I have been getting dry patches on my forehead.  These go away after using this mask,

Available at select Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Soft Surroundings store locations, as well as independent boutiques and spas or at www.osmotics.com

COOLA Suncare
COOLA Suncare

Formulated with ingredients like plankton, red algae, and red raspberry seed oil, COOLA’s reformulated Classic line of sunscreens also incorporates a patented plant-derived ingredient that is both certified organic and eco-certified and enables the brand to cut their active levels by 80%!  That’s just another way that COOLA is leading the charge to create the healthiest sunscreens on the market.

What I think:  I love The Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish to protect my face without leaving it oily and the Sort SPF 50 Fresh Mango moisturizer for the body to keep my skin soft and smelling great!  All of the COOLA products I have tried are such luxurious, natural SPF skincare and I love using them!

COOLA Suncare is available at ULTA Beauty, ULTA.com and coolasuncare.com, as well as the finest Resorts, Spas and Specialty Boutiques.

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!

 

Prepare Your Hair For The Warm Days Ahead!

With spring around the corner, I am looking to turn up the volume, create beachy waves and tame my tresses. Since I live in Kansas City, I also have to worry about the coming humidity and how it affects my hair.

I have been testing the great hair products and tools below and am loving what they are doing for my hair:

Carols Daughter® Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Carols Daughter® Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Carols Daughter® Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Sulfate-Free Shampoo  ($12 USD 12 fl. oz., Conditioner $14 USD) — Only healthy, fortified hair can be frizz-free hair. That’s why this sulfate-free, color-safe strengthening shampoo is a must-have to reinforce damaged hair that’s prone to breakage and frizz. Made with strand-strengthening Coprah Coconut Oil, this sacred, protein-rich ingredient is blended with the Tiare Gardenia Flower, frizz-stopping Shea Butter and Moringa Seed Oil, so it not only cleanses and detangles, but restores strength for smooth, flyaway-free hair.

Available at Target stores and http://www.target.com

Mark Hill Love Big Hair Viva La Volume Volumising Blow Dry Mousse
Mark Hill Love Big Hair Viva La Volume Volumising Blow Dry Mousse

Mark Hill Love Big Hair Viva La Volume Volumising Blow Dry Mousse 250ml ($11.99)This light-weight non-sticky mousse adds body, fullness and shine to any style, leaving hair voluminous and bouncy.

Available at Walgreens stores and http://www.walgreens.com.

Mark Hill Gorgeous! Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray
Mark Hill Gorgeous! Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray

Mark Hill Gorgeous! Work It Girl! Shine, Protect and Control Spray 200ml ($11.99) — This combination spray protects hair from heated styling tools such as straighteners and tongs up to 455°F, all while adding amazing shine, and firm, flexible hold through the infusion of bamboo/fern extract

Purchase at Walgreens stores and http://www.walgreens.com

CATWALK by TIGI Session Series Salt Spray
CATWALK by TIGI Session Series Salt Spray

CATWALK by TIGI Session Series Salt Spray (SRP $18.95) — For a more natural look, try the off-duty model go-to of done-undone tresses. First, embrace your natural texture! This look is slightly bed head-esque and has natural movement, so less is definitely more. A few pumps of sea salt spray and you’re good to go!

Available at salons around the country and fine stores such as drugstore.com and Amazon.

TIGI Bed Head Headrush
TIGI Bed Head Headrush

BedHead Headrush (SRP $20.99) — Superfine super shine spray that will go straight to your head.  This lightweight spray that gives your hair extreme gloss with all-over coverage.

Available at salons around the country and fine stores such as drugstore.com and Amazon.

Philip B. Restorative Detangling Toning Mist
Philip B. Restorative Detangling Toning Mist

Philip B. Restorative Detangling Toning Mist ($24 USD) is a genius blend of plant-based, gossamer-light conditioners and apple cider vinegar which seals the cuticle of your hair for effortless combing and detangling in just 6 to 8 sprays!

Available at http://www.philipb.com

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair’s Sleek Finish Vent Brush
John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair’s Sleek Finish Vent Brush

John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair’s Sleek Finish Vent Brush ($12.99 USD) — has silicone bristles that smooth tangled hair and reduce frizz every time you use it! This brush is ideal for getting out even the toughest of knots!

Available at http://www.amazon.com and many mass market retailers near you!

Enjoy your gorgeous hair!

I Resolve to Take Care of My Skin in 2014!

Oh, skincare.  It is a necessity that takes time, money and effort.  I’ll admit that I get lazy sometimes and don’t want to take all of the steps for great skin.  And my skin has suffered through the stressful holiday season. But since I am now forty-five, flirty and fabulous — I have to do my best!

Below are a few new products that I am testing to make my aging skin the best it can be.  A little exfoliation, products for my sensitive skin and hands (hands show the first signs of aging) should make this a beautiful new year.

NEUTROGENA® Microdermabrasion System
NEUTROGENA® Microdermabrasion System

NEUTROGENA® Microdermabrasion System ($15.99) — For softer, more luminous skin today and firmer, younger-looking skin over time, Neutrogena® Microdermabrasion System starter kit delivers noticeable results every time you use it.

Microdermabrasion System is a simple, convenient at-home system that features single-use puffs and the microdermabrasion applicator. Each puff is pre-dosed with ultra-fine crystals and mild purifiers for the perfect degree of gentle exfoliation. What’s more, the massaging micro-vibrations boost surface cell turnover for firmer, younger-looking skin.

A dermatologist clinical study showed that Microdermabrasion System helped reduce multiple signs of aging:

91% had smoother, more luminous skin instantly
88% had visible improvement in the look of fine lines after 1 week
88% had significantly reduced appearance of wrinkles or age spots after 4 weeks
72% had substantially firmer-looking skin after 8 weeks

What I think: This affordable system is an effective way to exfoliate.  I also think that all skin types can use this.  My skin is sensitive, but I can use this once or twice a week.  After use, my skin is so soft and glowing.

www.neutrogena.com/product

Sebamed
Sebamed Anti-Dry

The dermatologist developed skin care brand, Sebamed, has launched an Anti-Dry Collection with head-to-toe products formulated at pH 5.5, the exact pH of hydrated, healthy skin. Incorporating these moisturizing miracles into your daily routine can optimize skin’s protective barrier to retain moisture during dry weather and repel environmental irritants that exacerbate dry skin.

Sebamed Anti-Dry Day Defense Cream ($22.95, SebamedUSA.com): An essential prep step for going outside on a cold winter’s day! Protect your skin from harsh winter weather with the smoothing and soothing properties of avocado oil (with skin-related lipids, Vitamins A and E). The cream slides easily over the skin where it is totally absorbed, leaving no sticky traces or residue. The pH value of 5.5 supports the skin’s own natural acid barrier against dehydration and irritants. Dermatological tests have proven Sebamed Anti-dry Day Cream used in combination with the Night Cream can restore the essential moisture balance of dry skin.

Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream ($23.95, SebamedUSA.com): Recover and restore your skin after a long day. This cream is rich in phytosterols (3%), jojoba oil and glycerin to protect, smooth, calm and regenerate the skin without clogging pores. The intensive and rich properties of this Night Cream stimulate the skin’s own renewal process overnight for fresher skin by morning. The pH value of 5.5 promotes the skin’s own acid protective barrier against dehydration and irritants. Dermatological tests have proven that Sebamed Anti-dry Day Cream used in combination with the Night Cream can restore the essential moisture balance of dry skin.

Sebamed Anti-Dry Hydrating Body Lotion ($22.95, SebamedUSA.com): In a three-week dermatological test, this lotion improved the moisture content of dry skin by 26 percent, even after 10 hours of wear, and despite interim washing. Shea butter and plant derived lipids form a protective barrier on skin to retain moisture and protect against dehydration and irritants.

Sebamed Anti-Dry Wash Emulsion ($22.95, SebamedUSA.com): Replenish and balance moisture content to relieve dry, irritated skin with its amino acid and lipid-enriched formula. This soap-free and nutrient-rich formula works to hydrate and restore the skin’s equilibrium, leaving skin smooth and supple.

What I think:  I have been testing the Anti-Dry Wash Emulsion and the Day Defense Cream.  These products are so gentle, but effective.  Used together, my skin is clean and soft.  They are perfect for the cold, dry air in Kansas City right now.  My skin feels so parched, and these products have helped hydrate it.

Purchase or learn more at SebamedUSA.com.

Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream
Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream

Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream ($14 USD) — This rich moisturizing hand cream is for all skin types and frees your skin from artificial mineral oil so it can breathe freely. Sunflower seed, coconut, and soybean oils are packed with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants for truly healthier, softer skin.

What I think: Carol’s Daughter products are always so moisturizing and good for you skin and this hand cream is no exception.  It smells fantastic, perfect for any almond-scent lover!  And it leaves my hands so soft and not greasy!  Don’t forget to take care of your hands because they will definitely give your age away!

Available at www.carolsdaughter.com.

What products are you using to take care of your skin in 2014?

HONOR and Beauty.com introduces the Heartbeat Bag — Free Gift With Purchase

HONOR, Beauty.com introduces the Heartbeat Bag

Beauty.com, Inc. is excited to launch the exclusive Heartbeat Bag from the creative force behind esteemed New York fashion line, Honor.  Beginning September 3rd, the product-filled Honor clutch is free for customers who spend more than $100 on Beauty.com.  The Heartbeat bag can be found exclusively at www.beauty.com/honornyc and is available while supplies last.

The black cosmetics case is clad in white hearts and folds out to reveal a white lining dotted with black hearts.  Translucent pink windows allow the owner of this fun and chic bag to easily store their favorite beauty products.  Waterproof material both inside and out makes it easy to wipe down the Heartbeat Bag and keep it looking bright and new.

Each Heartbeat Bag comes filled with 12 prestige beauty samples in both deluxe sample and full sizes.  The bag and its contents have an approximate combined retail value of more than $120.00.

The products are:

1.      Paula’s Choice Ultra Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum 5 ml

2.        Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane 1.5 ml

3.        IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes! 5-in-1 Treatment Mascara, Black

4.        Nuxe Crème Fraiche® de Beaute 15 ml

5.        H2O+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment 8 ml

6.        Jonathan Green Rootine Pure Paste .08 pds

7.        Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream 5ml

8.        Murad Resurgence Age-Diffusing Firming Mask .33 fl oz

9.        Butter London West End Wonderland Lacquers 0.4 oz

10.     PHYTO Phytobaume Hydration Express Conditioner 1.7 oz

11.     Boots No7 Poppy King Lipstick (full size)

12.     Carol’s Daughter Monoi Oil Serum .10 fl oz

13.     An offer for you from the Beauty.com site

“I love to paint my face, the possibilities are endless,” says Honor CEO and head designer Giovanna Randall.  “I wanted to create a beauty bag that was fun and playful so we added our heart print from the FW13 collection with a shocking pink vinyl.  Your cherished beauty products should always live in a fabulous home.”

What I think:  The bag is really fun and the collection of beauty products is fabulous!

Enjoy!