Hydrating Products For Winter Skin and Hair — Part 2

We had an ice storm in Kansas City today, it was crazy!  And what else is crazy is my skin and hair in this cold weather!

I have been sent some great products for my honest review, and these are some of my favorite to help hydrate skin and style my hair in this harsh winter:


TLW Let's Get Tacos Treatment Oil
TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil

TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil ($20.00 USD) — This light hair oil from Three Little Words has such a fun name, plus it smells amazing, like tropical fruit!  It claims to repair hair from the inside out and helps seal split-ends for smooth, healthy-looking results. It is formulated with grape seed oil, the treatment moisturizes, strengthens, repairs and adds shine while, Kakadu plum oil provides UV protection and heat resistance. I like that it is liquid, not a heavy oil and absorbs quickly into my hair.  I apply it to damp and dry hair and my hair is soft and manageable!

Purchase at http://www.freepeople.com

Dr Teal's Pink Himalayan Body Lotion
Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Body Lotion

Dr Teal’s Pink Himalayan Body Lotion ($4.97 USD) Delivers deep moisture to the skin plus all the benefits of aromatherapy for the mind. A rich blend of cocoa butter, Shea Butter and Vitamin E is infused with Essential Oils like lavender and eucaplytus to nourish and renew.  This has a soothing scent and is so hydrating!  It’s such a great winter moisturizer, it’s not greasy and hydrates for hours.

Purchase at Walmart.com

Revlon Salon Straight Copper Smooth Flat Iron   ($39.99 at Ulta): features long plates. The XL advanced copper plates provide superior heat transfer and durability, for smooth styles and long-lasting results. Infused with 3x advanced ceramic plate technology, hair will not only be straight, but also silky, shiny, and with less-frizz.  This straightens my hair quickly and leaves it smooth and shiny!

Revlon Essentials Paddle Brush (Ulta, $6.29): Bristles have the perfect separation for working out tangles and knots for every hair type. Detangle, blow dry, or finish your look with this all-purpose brush.  I have been using this every day.  It works well on wet or dry hair and leaves my hair smooth!

What products have you been loving this winter?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Fall Beauty Essentials For Gorgeous Skin and Hair!

Fall’s here and for me it’s time to switch up my beauty routine!  I especially like to experiment with new skin and hair care that will work well in the cooler weather.
Below are products that will really make a difference in how my skin looks and feels this Fall and into Winter!
DDF Ageless Anti-Aging Preventative Starter Kit
DDF Ageless Anti-Aging Preventative Starter Kit ($49 USD)  — This 4-pc set is designed to minimize fine lines & wrinkles and improve skin’s texture for a more healthy, youthful look. Includes 2 oz. Glycolic 5% Exfoliating Wash, 2 oz. Glycolic Toning Complex, .5 oz. Pro-Retinol Complex 3 Moisturizer & .5 oz. Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum.
Purchase at kohls.com
MakeupDrop+ ($20 USD) — Have you tried one of these.  It claims better blending for advanced makeup looks. Contour, highlight and blend like a professional makeup artist while saving product. This one has a textured surface that can be used on makeup-free skin to blot away oils and excess grime, elevating your skincare game.
Purchase at makeupdrop.com
Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water
Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water ($38 USD) — A first-of-its-kind, air-light conditioning mist that lets you spray on hair-healthy moisture, restoring bounce and smoothness while leaving your hair with a healthy gleam. This gives the softness of a rinse-out conditioner and shine spray without the weight. Enriched with water-based, nutrient-rich organic plant extracts, this light revitalizing spray leaves hair smooth, silky and cashmere-soft.
Available at at philipb.com
Scünci Classic Scrunchies
Scünci Classic Scrunchies ($8.99 USD) — Yes, the scrunchie is back! Or maybe this 90’s staple hasn’t gone anywhere, I just haven’t been looking for them.  These scrunchies do help to keep your hair dent free.  And since the 90’s are in…these are perfect to complete your look!
Purchase at ulta.com
Conair Ultra Detangling Wood Cushion Brush
Conair Ultra Detangling Wood Cushion Brush ($12.99 USD) — The Conair Ultra Detangler is a professional quality wood cushion brush with a luxurious look and feel that glides through wet or dry hair. It detangles hair with ease without snagging or pulling, leaving hair smooth, polished and tangle free with each brush stroke. Flexible, ball-tipped bristles gently massage and stimulate the scalp.
Available at at ulta.com
What products are you using to get ready for Fall?

Workout Time! Beauty Products To Take To The Gym

I truly dislike working out.  But I have to start again to get healthy.  Sigh.

Even though it’s not fun for me, there are some beauty products that will make it more fun!  Cute hair accessories and products that will keep you neat and fresh after the gym make it better:

Scunci Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band
Scunci Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band

Scunci Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wrist Band ($9.99 for a two pack) Hands full on your morning run? scünci’s Fashionably Fit 2-in-1 Hair + Wristband can lend a helping hand. This fun accessory can hold the perfect ponytail, or your fitness band, house key, or a few dollars for that post-workout snack! With different colors to choose from, this is the best accessory to be fit and fashionable!

What I think: I love these.   They are wide, but hold hair extremely well, even during workouts.  And, are really cute! I received a pack of two.  I like to wear one in my hair and use the other to stash money.   I haven’t tried to put my fitbit in it, but I might.

Purchase at http://www.ulta.com or Ulta stores.

Conair Detangling Brush
Conair Detangling Brush

Conair Detangling Brush ($5.99 USD) — has soft, flexible bristles to detangle hair the gentle way. Ideal for kids, this detangling brush easily removes tangles and knots without snagging or pulling. Use the Conair Detangling Brush on wet or dry hair. Put an end to hair-brushing struggles and tears!

What I think: I love a brush that I can use in the shower! This detangles wet hair without pulling or breaking.  And it detangles my daughter’s dry, knotted hair (if she lets me).

Learn more at http://www.conair.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Gud By Burt's Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Cleansing Wipes
Gud By Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Cleansing Wipes

Gud By Burt’s Bees Orange Petalooza Natural Cleansing Wipes ($3 a pack) — Whether you’re into yoga or kickboxing, these natural towelettes are the sweat-kicking follow-up. Refresh and be one with the scent gods.

  • A refreshingly citrus post-workout wipe down.
  • For that so fresh and so clean feeling.
  • No parabens, phthalates or petrolatum.
  • Never ever tested on animals. No way!

What I think:  This smell amazing!  Plus, after working out, if I don’t have time to shower at the gym I will freshen up with these before I go home.  They leave me smelling great!

Purchase at http://www.gudhappens.com


Unwash Dry Cleanser
Unwash Dry Cleanser

Unwash Dry Cleanser ($28  USD) — No water? No problem. Refresh and revive hair on the fly with this superior, lightweight performance formula made with pure volcanic ash. Created to absorb excess dirt and oil, this revolutionary dry shampoo leaves absolutely no residue behind on the hair, making it the perfect touch up product for cleansing in between washes and blowouts. Vitamin E and Panthenol provide conditioning and strengthening while plant extracts nurture hair for beautiful bounce, body and healthy shine. The result? Second-day hair perfection. 

What I think:  Dry shampoo usually leaves a white residue on my hair which I hate!  This one dried clear!  Really!  It left my hair soft and shiny and smelling really fresh.  I love that it is made with natural ingredients, too.

Unwash Dry Cleanser is available for $28 at unwash.com.

What do you pack in your gym bag?  Leave a comment and let me know what I should try next!

Beauty Products For Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October is here!  It can be a spooky month, but don’t forget to wear your pink!

Of course, you don’t have to wear pink all month to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but there are some great beauty products to purchase that will help the cause.

If you purchase the products below, some of the proceeds will go to hopefully help defeat this horrible disease:

Morgan Taylor Fight Like a Lady
Morgan Taylor Fight Like a Lady

This October, Morgan Taylor releases their Fight Like a Lady 4-piece mini pack that is sure to pack a pretty punch on your nails. With every purchase, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Mommy & Me Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to support mothers battling life-threatening cancer while raising young children.

Purchase at http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com

Ouidad’s KRLY Kids collection
Ouidad’s KRLY Kids collection

Similarly, throughout October, 100% of the revenue from Ouidad’s KRLY Kids collection purchased from Ouidad.com, featuring No Time for Tears Shampoo, Pump & Go Spray Gel and No More Knots Conditioner, will be donated to Curls for a Cure in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. October isn’t the only month that Ouidad gives back either… year-round, they donate $1 from each KRLY Kids purchase, donating more than $475,000 to BCRF since 2002!

Available at http://www.ouidad.com

Unite for HER’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of women of all ages by supporting and providing breast cancer and wellness programs that educate, empower and restore. To support this mission, ACURE will donate $0.10 per sale of their number one selling Day Cream and Night Cream to Unite for HER for one full year. The partnership begins in July and expands beyond traditional BCA partnerships to keep support and funding going year-round.

ACURE’S Day Cream and Night Cream are available for $16.99 and $17.99, respectively, at acureorganics.com.

Conair/Scunci hair accessories are launching new sun visors and headwraps in October for Breast Cancer Awareness. Conair donates $110K to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (regardless of product purchase).

Scunci BCA ’15 Sun Visors and Headwraps ($7.99, available at drugstores)

My Beauty Favorites Week of May 25-May 31, 2015

I hope you all had a great weekend!  It rained in Kansas City most of the week, but was sunny today.  We took advantage of it by going to the zoo today.  It was so nice to be outside.

Each week in my favorites round-up this summer, I will try to include some type of sunscreen.  It is important to use sunscreen all year-long, but especially during the summer when the sun can be extreme and we are outside more!

My faves this week include anti-aging sunscreen, makeup for a flawless face, floral scents and detangling combs for summer hair.

What are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and share!

Obagi Gentle Rejuvenation Ultra-Light Repair SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream (approx. $44 USD) — A moisturizing sunscreen that helps repair the skin barrier while providing protection against harmful UV rays, with an exclusive blend of skin-identical ceramides and other ingredients that help diminish the appearance of the early signs of skin aging.

Obagi Medical Professional-C SPF 30 (approx. $54 USD) — UV rays and free radicals are two of the leading causes of skin damage and signs of aging. Obagi Professional-C Sunscare Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 defends against both of these harmful factors to help keep your complexion looking youthful. The formula also contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects the complexion against free radicals. Because the formula is lightweight and elegant, it does not leave skin feeling greasy or oily like many other sun protection products.

Obagi Rosaclear Skin Balancing Sun Protection SPF 30 (approx. $56 USD) — This highly protective mineral sunscreen provides chemical-free protection against UVA and UVB damage. Designed with a soft tint, it effectively disguises redness, blotches and rosacea-related blemishes for a healthier-looking complexion.

What I think: Obagi skincare is very effective in combating aging.  All three of the above Obagi moisturizing sunscreens not only treat skin but protect it with SPF 30, which is so important for fighting aging and skin cancer.  The Gentle Rejuvenation SPF is great for moisturizing skin, the Professional-C can help repair skin damage and the Rosaclear is a mineral sunscreen that has a soft tint to it to help with redness.

Learn more at http://www.obagi.com

Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting ($42 USD) — More than primer = less dark spots! Makeup meets skincare with this primer revolution. 84% of women saw significant improvement in just 4 weeks with the clinically proven formula. It instantly brightens and primes to smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores, while fading dark spots and acne marks over time.

Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation ($42 USD) — The special effects of Light Filter Technology and the performance of long-wear Photoset Polymers blend together to make this powder foundation magic. Not only does it act like your favorite photo filter on your phone, but it also stays true all day.

What I think: I still wear makeup in the summer, even on hot days, but I love products that are multitaskers.  These two Smashbox products certainly are that! The primer is moisturizer and a primer and the foundation is foundation and powder in one great product.  And they do work well together.  After my SPF, I apply the primer than the foundation and my base is done! Easy and flawless, just like I like my summer!

Available at http://www.smashbox.com

Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation
Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation

Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation ($32 USD) — With Westmore Beauty’s Coverage Perfector, every woman can now easily experience Hollywood special effects in minutes–and with one product! It’s your sheer-to-full-coverage foundation and concealer in one that magically provides skin with the appearance of a flawless, airbrushed finish. Concealing everything with comfortable long-wearing coverage, the luxuriously creamy and hydrating formula provides a unique glow, leaving your skin looking radiant, and giving you the perfect skin appearance you’d expect from Hollywood celebrities walking the red carpet.

Coverage Perfector is formulated with a unique complex that helps to provide a beautiful glow to the skin. The Tri-Effects technology works on three connected levels of technology to help provide long-wear coverage, ultra comfort, and natural-looking radiance to the skin. This “special effect” will stay with you until you remove Coverage Perfector.

What I think:  I was so excited to try this!  I haven’t been using concealer lately, because I have been trying to scale down my daily makeup routine.  This product claims to be a concealer and foundation — and it is! I start by tapping it under my eyes for concealer, then I apply it on the rest of my face with the fabulous brush that is included.  Such a great product with a really good price!

Available at http://www.qvc.com

Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb
Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb

Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb ($3.29 USD) — Anti-static comb prevents flyaway problems. Detangle without causing split ends. Evenly distribute conditioner to hair ends. Use with any hair type for volume. For wet or dry styling.

What I think: I have been using this comb on myself (and my daughters) after baths and during styling.  Leaves my hair smooth and soft!

Available at mass market retailers near you.


Essence of Beauty Rose Enhancement Body Mist ($6.99 8oz) — Escape to a vibrant and lush rose garden with top notes of bergamot and radiant orange, mid notes of strawberry, elegant rose and geranium bloom, and base notes of garden rhubarb, sunshine daisy and dewy musk.

Essence of Beauty Luscious Peony Body Mist ($6.99 8oz) — Pretty and playful, Luscious Peony evokes lavish floral gardens in full bloom, bursting with freshness.  Sparkling white grapefruit and bergamot blend with notes of soft rose petals, perfectly accentuated by peony, wild poppy and magnolia to create this refreshing, vibrant fragrance.

What I think:  Now that our peonies and roses are blooming, it is fun to have similar fragrances to wear that will last all year long (unlike the flowers themselves)! Both of these smell really fresh and are so affordable, and because they are body mists, they will last a long time

Purchase at http://www.cvs.com


Try a New Hairstyle This Spring!

Spring is here!  It is warmer (in some places) and our daffodils are blooming, so it’s time to make fashion and beauty changes!

I’ve been sick for the past week and have been wearing my hair in a bun, but as I start to feel better, I want to try a new style and new products to change up my look!

Here are great new products and ideas to change up your look! Enjoy!

From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724
From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724

From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 ($29.95, the monthly  subscription box price) — Ditch the sudsy shampoos that contain harsh sulfates that strip hair of nutrients and protectants and revamp your locks with a unique blend of oils and patented raspberry stem cell technology. This product will take your hair to a new level of shine and softness with castor seed oil, sweet almond oil and berryflux vita.

There is no hair-type too straight or too curly to reap the benefits of this innovative shampoo! Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 enhances thin, damaged hair by strengthening and promoting new hair growth, while curly and coarse hair is left weightless and tamed through the use of andiroba oil, an ingredient brand new to the U.S.

Once No. 724 gets into the hands of big beauty companies, this product is predicted to retail at upwards of $60 a bottle, but From the Lab is offering this revolutionary product for less than half the cost at $29.95!

Learn more at http://www.fromthelab.com

Alterna Hair Care CC Cream
Alterna Hair Care CC Cream

Alterna Hair Care CC Cream  ($25 USD) — A miracle leave-in product that delivers 10 benefits in 1 easy step, leaving hair perfectly polished. Provides complete: moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, UV protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection and light hold. Can be used alone or as a foundation for the layering of other styling products.

Purchase at http://www.alternahaircare.com

The New Braiding Handbook
The New Braiding Handbook

The New Braiding Handbook by Abby Smith ($12.95 USD for paperback) a full-color guide that will help you master the trendiest twists, fishtails and updos.

Hair braiding is getting hotter by the day, and the evolution of styles has grown just as rapidly. The New Braiding Handbook offers you an impressive array of easy-to-re-create, beautiful, and versatile looks that are as appropriate for elegant formal events as they are practical for casual, everyday wear. With step-by-step photos and detailed instructions for creating trendy knots, chic twists, and playful plaits, The New Braiding Handbook teaches imaginative and intricate hair styling like you’ve never seen before. Fifty looks to choose from guarantee a braid for every occasion (or no occasion at all). Along with amazing styles and easy-to-follow tutorials, there are also tons of tips for eliminating split ends, bulking up limp locks, growing out a short ’do, and getting a full, healthy, shiny head of hair straight from the pages of a magazine.

Available on http://www.amazon.com

Conair Adjust a Curl Rollers
Conair Adjust a Curl Rollers

Get soft natural looking waves with Conair AdjustaCurl ($7.99 USD).  These self gripping rollers can adjust to any size to achieve the optimum lose wave or tightest curl in minutes!

Conair’s adjust a curl is like no other roller you’ve ever had before and it’s the last roller you’ll ever have to buy. Adjust a curl lets you create any size curls, lift and volume with one roller. It starts out flat and rolls to the size you want, quickly and easily. Create volume in minutes or add bouncy curls. Roll into a root volumizer to add volume to straight styles, or roll into standard round rollers to create classic curls and waves or slightly curvy styles. With tourmaline’s ionic technology to reduce static electricity, the end result is shiny, silky beautiful hair. And the flat design stacks to store for ultimate portability. Adjust a curl travel with you without taking up valuable luggage space and don’t need electricity. Simple and easy to use beauty technology for your best look. Contains 4 adjust a curl rollers.

Purchase at mass market retailers or http://www.amazon.com

Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps
Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps

Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps  ($4.19 USD) — A thick classic headband can give any style the extra something it’s missing.  Add pizzazz to a bun with a colorful one, or look polished with classic gray, black or white.  Add a colorful pattern for spring! Scunci Effortless Beauty Headwraps make this look possible!

Available at Walmart and other mass market retailers.

How are you wearing your hair these days?  Leave a comment and let me know!