My Summer FabFitFun box has arrived! I subscribed in 2016, but stopped at the end of the year. My last box was Winter 2016. I liked the subscription but wanted to try something else.
I’m back now. I saw a spoiler (I’ll tell you which one below), and had to resubscribe! You can join FabFitFun here. This is a referral link. You will get $10 off with it!
FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription box. Each season they send you a box of $200+ worth items in categories like beauty, fashion, and fitness. Ir Reatils for $49.9. You can get and annual subscription $179.99 for 4 boxes. You can also choose a lot of your items with an annual subscription. This month, I received:
Summer & Rose Beach Towel — This is a microfiber towel. It’s very soft, but I don’t know how absorbent it is. I’ll have to test it out at the pool!
Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish — This is gorgeous! I like that it’s very classic looking and will work with all room decor. The ERTH x Fab Fit Fun “Tu Y Yo” Ring is really cute. I don’t know if it’s something I will wear, I may give it to my daughter for her birthday.
Foreo Luna Fofo — This is why I purchased the box. I had a Foreo original size (a little bigger) before and loved it! It cleans the face so nicely! This is a brand new model. It is powered by Bluetooth technology and advanced skin sensors to create a totally personalized profile, which is sent straight to the newly launched FOREO LUNA™ app. I’m excited to try this out!
tarte tarteist™ PRO glow highlight & contour palette — First of all, this smells amazing! I think it’s supposed to be chocolate scented (I LOVE the scented makeup trend).I’ve just used this a few times. I like the powder sculpt shade. It’s a nice cool toned contour. The top two shades match my skin tone and I really like them. I might try the other two as eye shadows.
I’m almost out of my SPF moisturizer, so I will be using the Coola face sunscreen. It feels really nice on. I haven’t tried the Elemis peel yet, but I will this weekend. I did try the Vasanti scrub, and it left my skin so soft! I think all of this skincare is amazing for the summer, my skin will be smooth and protected.
I really liked this box. The value was amazing for $49.99. The total of what I received was worth $364.99! I think this is the best box I received from them. I definitely think I will stick around for the fall box. I might even upgrade to annual to be able to choose more of my items. We’ll see!
Do you subscribe to FabFitFun? What did you get this month?
I have been getting ready for the upcoming sunny seasons by making sure I am stocked up with SPF — in my facial care, lip care and body care. I am even stockpiling products that help after a day in the sun. Here are my new faves:
Coola Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint
Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50 Unscented
Coola Environmental Repair Plus Calm Glow Eye Gel
Coola is one of my favorite sunscreen brands. If you like scented sunscreen, the scents are amazing, but if you need unscented products they have them as well. The three products above are amazing! The Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint ($12 USD) is really refreshing and protects lips from the sun. With the unscented Sport spray ($36 USD) I can run around all day and not worry about burning, plus it has skincare benefits. The Environmental Repair Plus Eye Gel will soothe burnt eyelids and repair, too! Available at http://www.coolasuncare.com
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range is very affordable and effective. Renowned for its Cocoa Butter chops for decades, Palmer’s has harnessed all of the incredible skin care benefits of this super ingredient (in prime-pressed, unrefined form) into a five-piece collection of suncare products that effectively protects skin, keeping it free from discoloration and spots associated with UV exposure. All of the products are formulated with Palmer’s proprietary Cocoaplex™ Technology, which optimizes the skin-friendly properties of Cocoa Butter all while enhancing the sunscreen emulsification. The products are:
SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion – Retails for $7
SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray – Retails for $9
SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Balm – Retails for $6
SPF 45 Moisturizing Sunscreen for Face – Retails for $7
SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick – Retails for $4
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range is Available Exclusively at Wal-Mart Stores Nationwide.
NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick ($6.99 USD) — Convenient wide-format stick keeps hands clean and ready for any sport or outdoor activity. Ultra-lightweight formula goes on clear with no white mess. Great for the body, yet gentle and light enough for the face. Fragrance-free, nonirritating formula is great for sensitive skin. Same quantity as national brands for a value price. This is a clear, light balm that is easy to apply and contains SPF 50. I light to use a spray sunscreen, then layer this on the areas that burn easily like my shoulders, tops of legs and nose. Available at Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, HEB, BI-LO, www.wal-mart.com, www.drugstore.com, and other retail and online stores throughout the USA.
Safe Harbor Sunscreen ($9.99 USD): An advanced range of sun care products for adults and children complete with a mineral zinc oxide-based formula that naturally protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. With a focus on providing the most natural, effective and chemical-free suncare, the products also include titanium dioxide for an additional level of sun protection and a rich blend of ingredients such as red algae, green tea, sea buckthorn, and jojoba for added antioxidant benefits.
I tested the 30 Mineral SPF Sensitive Lotion. As I applied it, I noticed that it feels like a luxe skincare lotion, not SPF. It applies clear and absorbs instantly. I do have sensitive skin and it did not irritate my skin at all.
Purchase at Walmart stores.
Don’t forget the facial sunscreen! Avon ANEW combines SPF and skincare Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($28 USD) — Introducing Anew Vitale, powered by VitaToneComplex. Revive tired-looking skin after just one use. Now you can visibly reduce dullness, improve clarity and restore the well-rested look of a full-night’s sleep. I like that it is not greasy and that it instantly smooths the skin and gives an even skin tone. The SPF 25 protects while the cream treats tired skin. Available at http://www.avon.com Readers, please leave a comment and let me know what sunscreens you are using.
How’s your summer going? Mine is heating up again and I am on vacation this coming week — yay! I am going to hang out with my kids before they go back to school the week after. Fun!
My fave picks this week are all about summer beauty. From a cool lip balm with SPF, to a sweat-proof foundation, an unscented spray sunscreen, a matte cream bronzer and a refreshing toner — there is something here to help extend your summer fun! Enjoy!
Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist ($1.69 USD) — It soothes. It heals. It protects. Discover how this new ultra smooth, extra moisturizing formula makes your lips feel incredible. This fun, fresh new flavor is unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. Tested on family members – not on animals.
What I think: I have been using Carmex in the pot since the ’90’s and love how it moisturizes my lips. I didn’t know it came in different flavors and am enjoying the Lime Twist. It is a refreshing addition to the Carmex line and is perfect for the summer, especially with SPF 15!
Available at mass market retailers near you!
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($48 USD) — This ultra-modern, lightweight, long-wear liquid foundation magically blurs imperfections. It is formulated for all skin types, comes in 24 oil-free shades and is designed to be humidity-proof and sweat-proof. It’s the perfect solution for women who are endlessly searching for a light yet effective foundation that will achieve the “no makeup” makeup look and leave their skin looking flawless! Magically blurs imperfections for a smooth, seamless complexion. Bi-phase formula activates fresh color with every use.
What I think: Need an awesome summer foundation that will stay all day? This is it! It is very light, but covers extremely well and makes my complexion look flawless. I have been testing it in the shade Buff, which is a medium shade, but there are 24 shades to choose from, which is pretty amazing!
Available in July at Sephora and September 2014 nationwide at Laura Mercier retailers
Coola Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen ($32 USD, 6 fl. oz.) — Spritz your sunscreen on the go with this clear, unscented continuous spray. Offering broad spectrum SPF 50 protection, this farm to face sourced spray will nourish and hydrate skin with 70%+ certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts. Also available in SPF 15.
What I think: I love spray sunscreen, but have never tried an unscented one before. I like it because it is sheer and not greasy at all. And it is nice to get a break from heavily scented sunscreen. Just spray and go!
butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer ($24 USD) –butter LONDON Bit Faker Cream Bronzer
What I think: This matte cream bronzer is an easy way to add some color this summer (or all year ’round). It is very natural looking. You can use it all over for a sunny glow. I like to use it as contour. I apply it in the hollows of my cheeks and along my jawbone for definition and shadows. It is easy to build up darker color if you wish.
Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner ($25 USD 5 fl. oz.) –This hydrating toner combines alguronic acid with witch hazel and chamomile to tone and soothe skin gently, creating a complexion that appears revitalized, brightened, and softened. The formula replenishes and balances skin’s moisture levels, purifies, and prepares skin to absorb serums and moisturizers more efficiently.
What I think: I love using toners in the summer. I have been keeping this in the refrigerator to keep my skin cool. I have noticed that my kin feels cleaner and softer while using this.
Yes, more awesome bath (or shower, if you like those) products!
Set the mood with some great colored lights, then try a new body wash, scrub, lotion or fragrance. I believe that relaxing with fabulous products and scents is rejuvenating!
Lets start by setting the mood with lighting. Mood-lites ($2.98 to $6.99 at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide) come in various colors to help with moods.
“Mood-lites represent Mood-Factory’s first line of products which are based on the sense of sight, and specifically, in regards to how colors affect how we feel,” said the Chicago-based Kathryn Goetzke, President, Mood-Factory. “We initially launched an incandescent line in 2004, and in 2012 launched a 2nd generation including flood, porch, and compact fluorescent (CFL) Mood-lites. The colors were developed using a number of color expert research, and applying their general concepts to lighting.”
What I think: I have been trying the red Passion and green Renewal Mood-Lites, please let us know and we can ship them out. The renewal is perfect for a bath! Other uplifting hues you might want in the Mood-lites line include: Happiness (yellow); Energy (Orange); Serenity (Light Blue); Sassy (Pink); Creativity (Purple) and Tranquility (Deep Blue).
A body scrub is so important for keeping skin soft at bath time. Tree Hut Almond and Honey Shea Sugar Body Scrub ($17.94 for 18 oz at www.amazon.com) — Experience an intense exfoliation with Tree Hut Sugar Scrub with the rich, sweet scent of Almond and Honey. Natural sweet Almond oil and real Honey condition damaged and neglected skin that has become unhealthy over time.
This gentle sugar scrub is infused with certified organic Shea butter, real Honey and an array of natural oils, including Evening Primrose, sweet Almond, Avocado, Macadamia Seed and Orange Oil. The real sugar grains and Almond bits will softly buff away dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smooth all day.
What I think: This smells FANTASTIC — seriously! Yummy! I love that it exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time. This is a really gorgeous product.
Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash ($10 for 8oz) Bathe your skin with an everyday golden elixir! Honey is a nourishing, gentle cleanser that naturally exfoliates your skin. Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash is the perfect addition to your skin care ritual.
Savannah Bee Honey Body Wash is available in three fabulous scents, Wild Blackberry, Lemongrass Spearmint, and Tupelo Honey. All three of these amazing body washes contain royal jelly, propolis, and honey to soften, nourish, and repair your skin.
The honey based body washes are very gentle and perfect for the entire family! Savannah Bee Honey Body Washes are formulated from 100% all natural ingredients, contain no parabens or petroleum, and are never tested on animals.
What I think: This is a new company that I have recently discovered and I am loving the products, as well as the very pretty packaging.
The body washes are thick (like honey) and soften the skin while cleansing. Plus, they leave a soft scent on the skin.
Thymes Fig Leaf and Cassis Body Lotion ($33 USD) — A daily moisturizer sparkling with the sun-ripened fragrance of Fig Leaf & Cassis. Verdant fig leaf entwines with sweet cassis, reviving mandarin oil, juniper berry and purifying cypress. Formulated with skin-supportive shea butter, nourishing squalane, humectant glycerin and protective vitamin E.
Fragrance Notes: Fig leaf, cassis, mandarin, juniper berry and cypress.
What I think: This classic Thymes scent is fresh and light. The lotion is great for after a bath, it keeps skin very soft.
You can finish your bath by using an allover SPF like COOLA’s Classic Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizer ($32 USD) — Nourish and shield your skin from the sun and environment with this antioxidant-infused, SPF 30 sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Free radical fighting organic Rose Hip delivers essential Fatty Acids, Minerals and Vitamin C. Organic Evening Primrose and Linseed Oils, rich in Omegas-3 and 6 calms, tones, hydrates and reduces redness. Patented Oleosome Technology, derived from eco-certified organic Safflower and rich in moisturizing Vitamin E, enhances sun protection and helps time-release actives, resulting in 75% less actives! Organic Shea Butter, high in Vitamins A and F smoothes, softens and balances skin. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract stimulates, organic Cucumber Extract calms and a light Plumeria scent keeps you fresh. Crafted with 70% Certified Organic inactive ingredients.
What I think: If you love a tropical floral scent, this sunscreen/moisturizer is for you. It isn’t too strong, though. SPF is so important all year round.
Cologne is the perfect final step to keep feeling and smelling fresh after a bath or shower. L’Occitane Lavender Eau De Cologne ($52 for 10.1 fl. oz) — Brightened by the radiant freshness of citrus fruits, the Lavender Eau de Cologne has a light, breezy scent, underlined by a woody, musky base with a captivating trail.
This vibrant Cologne is a celebration of summer that captures the sunshine and brightness of Haute-Provence.
Top Notes: Lavender P.D.O., Bergamot, Peach
Middle Notes: Freesia, Marigold
Base Notes: Benzoin, Musk
What I think: I love this lavender fragrance. It is so light and does not have a soapy scent that some lavender scents do. It is very fresh and soft.
Or if you like a sweeter scent, try the Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Blackberry ($58 for 1.7 fl oz) — Seductively Sweet. Seduce the sense with this provocative blend of ripe blackberry, juicy raspberry, velvet iris, and warm Madagascar vanilla. Crafted by master natural perfumers, this sexy fragrance is mouthwatering and irresistible.
What I think: This scent is addictive, it is sweet, but not too sweet and is also a bit sexy. Very nice!
Fall is literally just weeks away. I have been testing out many products including cleansers, anti-aging elixirs, SPF and CC creams.
I love how there are so many great price points for skin care (as shown below), you can find something that will help prepare your skin for the cooler months ahead:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash ($5.49) –Oil-Free Acne Wash is the #1 dermatologist recommended acne-fighting cleanser. This oil-free formula gently cleanses deep down into pores for clear skin. It contains Salicylic Acid to get rid of acne you have now and help prevent future breakouts. Special skin soothers help prevent irritation and overdrying. Skin is left clean, residue-free and never oily.
Available at mass market retailers near you.
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes ($6 USD) — These pre-moistened towelettes will not only make your beauty routine easier but they are the perfect essential to looking good.
Throw them in your weekend bag and you will be set for your getaway. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes ($6.00 burtsbees.com) remove makeup, cleanse and tone your skin all in one easy step. These wipes are also formulated with Cotton Extract to soften skin while cleansing.
Precision MD Celfix DNA Youth Recovery Facial Serum ($78 USD) – includes antioxidants that defend against free radicals and Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize the skin. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles -Addresses past damage and prevents future signs of aging -Great for all skin types -Contains 3 powerful enzymes for optimal efficacy -It is delivered in a light, non-greasy formula that you’ll love.
Osmotics Cream Extreme Intensive Repair ($75 USD) — A healthy barrier is essential to a healthy and glowing complexion. I designed this rich, nourishing moisturizer featuring Osmotics’ proprietary combination of natural lipids to moisturize and strengthen your skin’s protective barrier and virtually eliminate the underlying cause of dry skin–dramatically improving moisture retention, while alleviating dryness and irritation.
Coola Mineral SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint ($36 USD) — Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen, a tinted, light Rose scented, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients. Organic Acai Oil – high in Omegas-3/6/9, Vitamins B1/2/3, plus antioxidant Vitamins C and E – delivers a powerful defense against aging. Organic Sunflower Seed Extract promotes elasticity while organic Linseed Oil, containing Alpha-Linolenic Acids, reduces redness and irritation. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates, as organic Cucumber Extract calms skin.
Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Texture ($49 USD: This finely pigmented moisturizing face tint brightens, softly conceals and protects with SPF 36, providing uniform coverage without caking or flaking for a long lasting, natural glow. In Light and Dark.
Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Aging CC Cream ($14.99 USD). This fabulous 6 in 1 color correcting cream is infused with Wild Arctic Lingonberry and SPF 20. It helps moisturize, cover imperfections, even skin tone and protect against signs of aging all in one. It comes in 2 shades, light and medium.