It has been spring for a while, even though it’s still cold in many parts of the country! I tend to wear less makeup in the spring and summer months, so I like my skin to look it’s best.
Here are the latest skincare (and a natural deodorant) that I have been loving). They were sent to me for my honest review:
Image Skincare VITAL C Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($29 USD) — This creamy cleanser emulsifies makeup and gently removes impurities while nourishing skin with essential antioxidants and vitamins. It infuses skin with high levels of antioxidant vitamin C to brighten as it cleanses. This really gets rid of all of my makeup, which I love. Plus, it leaves my skin soft, not dry.
Purchase at imageskincare.com
Pixi Beauty Jasmine Oil Blend
Pixi Beauty T-Zone Peel Off Mask
Pixi Beauty Jasmine Oil Blend ($24 USD) — This exquisite oil blend is especially effective in helping skin recover from loss of moisture and dullness. It helps repair damage as well as calm and restore stressed and unbalanced skin. It smells just like fresh jasmine and is super hydrating. I like to use this at night. It’s also nice to add a drop or two in the bath!
Pixi Beauty T-Zone Peel Off Mask ($22 USD) — Detoxifying peel-off mask draws out impurities and lifts away oil to reveal immediate results. It contains a unique green super food blend that includes avocado, cucumber, aloe, green tea and bamboo extract to help firm & refine. It really takes all of the gunk out of my pores and makes them appear smaller.
Purchase at pixibeauty.com
Our armpits need care too!! Experience the brand NEW Lavanila Elements Collection, with three bold new scents: Vanilla + Air for Creativity, Vanilla + Water for Peace, and Vanilla + Earth for Balance. The Elements Collection uses specially curated blends of essential oils to awaken our connection to the Elements and the immense power within them.
I have the Vanilla + Water one. It’s really fresh smelling and is great for days that I work from home or hang around the house. If I’m going to work out, I need a stronger deodorant. I love this for taking a break from my stronger deodorant.
Happy Earth Day! Are you going outside today to enjoy nature? My severe seasonal allergies prevent me from being outside too much in the spring, but I might go outside for a little bit. I do need to plant some spring flowers!
Instead, I will celebrate Earth Day by enjoying natural beauty products. Below are a selection on natural products that will help you look amazing:
jane iredale Amazing Base® Loose Mineral Powder
Jane Iredale Bronzer Refill
jane iredale Bronzer Refill ($44 USD) –Four complementary shades can be swept across cheeks and lips to contour and highlight for a luxurious look that’s made in the shade! Pair with their sleek refillable compact
These and much more are available at janeiredale.com
Lavanila Healthy Deodorant
Lavanila Healthy Fragrance Collection
Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter Collection
Packed with pure essential oils, the Lavanila’s Healthy Deodorant Collection ($14 USD) is free of aluminum and will last all day. Get superior odor protection with this award winning, 100 percent natural, freshly scented deodorant. Breakthrough natural technology fights odor effectively while soothing, conditioning, and nourishing the delicate underarm area. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results.
Smell Spring fresh with Lavanila’s Healthy Fragrance Collection. ($58 USD) Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time.
Moisturize the healthy way with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter Collection, ($19 USD) which is a super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Soft scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence. Layer with any LAVANILA Healthy Fragrance to enhance your scent experience.
Ktchn Apothecary signature, multi-benefit extracts: Pure Aloe to hydrate & renew; 7 Restorative Facial Oils to smooth & restore, Finely Ground Oats to balance & soothe; and Natural Beeswax to fortify & protect
All-natural, plant-based preservative so there’s no need to refrigerate
A reusable, heat-safe glass beaker and stainless steel whisk
No-fail instructions so making your moisturizer is as easy as pour, heat, stir
A beautiful cobalt blue glass jar to store your freshly made moisturizer
Purchase at shop.ktchnapothecary.com
Conserve cash and celebrate Earth Month with ZSS-Skincare’s limited-time beauty special: During the month of April, enjoy 50% off ZSS 30-Day Systems with code April50. ZSS Skincare is leading the way in clean beauty with recent National Solutions Beauty with a Conscience Award. All products are naturally-derived, pure, concentrated, contaminant-free and sustainable. The systems are:
Radiant Skin System – $64.50 (regularly $129) – Nourish, Protect, and Renew with this “better together” skin care system that brings out natural skin radiance, locks in moisture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles while protecting from damaging environmental aggressors. Formulated with the exclusive skin antioxidant Zeaxanthin, the Radiant Skin System is designed to complement your current skincare routine, and includes a daily supplements and a topical Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a synergistic system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.
Clear Skin System – $64.50 (regularly $129) — Calm, Clear, and Balance with this “better together” skin care system that helps detoxify and balance your skin while locking in moisture. The Clear Skin System minimizes blemishes, evens skin tone and calms dry, sensitive skin. Gluten-Free, it provides Pre and Probiotics to rebalance intestinal microflora and support gut immune health (the root of our immune system). It also helps to encourage optimal bioavailability of nutrients from both diet and supplementation. In combination with antioxidants zeaxanthin, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle, green tea and pre/probiotics the Clear Skin System promotes optimal and balanced digestive health that encourages radiant clear skin. Designed to complement your current skincare routine, it includes a ZSS daily nutricosmetic dietary supplement packet and a topical ZSS Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.
My skin is so dry! The temperature in Kansas City has been fluctuating, so my skin is so confused. I keep it hydrated with moisturizing body products. If I don’t, my skin feels dry and tight.
I was sent the products below for my honest review:
Everyone 3-in-1 Lotion ($10.99 USD) — This versatile lotion is light and moisturizing enough to be used on face, hands and body. Real plant extracts and Vitamin E are combined with bright mint essential oils to leave skin nourished and gently scented. Generously sized for the whole family. 32 fl oz, packaged in a recycled bottle.
What I think: I have been using this in the Mint + Coconut scent. Even though I’m not much of a mint person, this lotion is refreshing. It is also very hydrating without being heavy. I like using it on my legs and feet before bedtime.
EO® Certified Organic Body Serum ($21.99 USD) — The formulations in EO® Organic Body Serums combine ancient medicinal wisdom with beautiful, botanical ingredients. These transformative serums provide deeply moisturizing care for your skin. Made from the nourishing plant oils of Jojoba, Coconut, Argan and Avocado, these serums deliver vital nutrients to skin and restore radiance from the outside in. Available in Revitalizing and Restorative.
What I think: This has an herbal scent and the consistency of an oil. It is so moisturizing. I love using it after a shower. It locks in moisture and keeps skin soft all day! I am also happy that the ingredients are natural — it’s like I am doing something great for my skin!
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Lavender ($19 USD) — Innocent and Fresh. A fresh blend of Spanish Lavender, rose and vanilla softly scents skin. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence.
What I think: I am a big fan of these lotions. I have used them before, but I really love this fragrance. It is soft and warm. Plus, the moisture it gives is welcome in cold and warm weather. It keeps me hydrated all year round!
It definitely is the time of the year to try new, hydrating skin care. I have been trying to keep my skin moisturized in the cold weather. It feels like the moisture has been sucked out of my whole body and I have been drinking lots of water as well as hydrating my skin!
My faves this week include products that will keep your skin, body and lips hydrated:
Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 Face Cream ($75 USD) — A revolutionary patented anti-aging treatment, Vita-A-Kombi 1 combines 1% active oxygen and vitamins A&E to assist in normalizing and detoxifying the skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Includes 1% hydrogen peroxide, vitamin A, vitamin E.
What I think: This is a lovely night cream. It is very moisturizing without being heavy on. In the morning, my skin is so soft and supple. Plus, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I love the potent natural ingredients used. I feel that I am doing something great for my skin when I use this.
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance.
What I think: I only use day creams with SPF so I was happy to get this one. It is so hydrating and great for my aging skin! I notice that my skin looks smoother when I use it. That is my main issue. I use so much anti-aging skincare that I don’t have a lot of wrinkles (knock on wood)!
Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion ($42 USD) — A spicy, nourishing body lotion blended with pink pepperpods for antioxidant protection. The fragrance Top note: Fiery pink pepper. Middle note: Ginger. Base note: Rich patchouli.
What I think: This is a very soothing body lotion. It sinks right into your skin and keeps it soft all day! Molten Brown makes a variety of different scent that are all so interesting. If you love a spicy fragrance, this lotion definitely fits the bill!
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla ($19 6.7 fl. oz)-packs pure shea and cocoa butters with skin saving essential oils to deliver instantly softer skin. While other Body Butters use synthetic preservatives and chemicals including parabens, silicone & mineral oils that can clog pores, prevent absorption of beneficial ingredients and accumulate in the body, we pack our natural formula with smart, natural ingredients that that allow for faster absorption of body beneficial vitamins and immediate hydration
What I think: I have tried this in Pure Vanilla, a blend of fresh Madagascar vanilla and tonka bean. It’s a sexy scent, more spicy than sweet, perfect for the cold weather. I love that it is natural and it keeps my skin hydrated.
Purchase at Lavanila.com
Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm Stick SPF 15 Cherry
Carmex Original Jar
Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm Stick SPF 15 Cherry ($1.59 USD) — Cherry flavored protecting lip balm. Moisturizing protection from sun & water. With broad spectrum SPF 15.
Carmex Original Jar ($1.59 USD) — Generations have relied on this hardworking original lip balm formula. Soothes dry, chapped lips. Creates a long-lasting water barrier with petrolatum, which acts like a bandage so healing can take place. Contains lanolin, which mimics the way your skin naturally retains moisture.Provides cooling pain relief with camphor and menthol.
What I think: I have been using the original pot of Carmex since the 1990’s. I love how moisturizing it is. I have to say that although I love using the pot at home, the stick is so convenient to carry! And it works just as well
I’ll admit, the thought of using heavy creams and sunscreens when it’s blazing hot is not fun. Luckily, there is amazing skincare that works without making your skin feel like it has a pile of grease on it!
I have been testing some amazing lighter skincare including fresh masks, and after-sun gel, an SPF moisturizer, an eye serum and sheer sunscreen for face and body:
Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask ($60 USD) — It can be difficult to keep your face hydrated and also clear of blemishes in the hotter months. This mask will simultaneously rehydrate and detoxify your skin, leaving you simply radiant. Its fruit acids will brighten your complexion and with weekly use, you’ll have skin like you’ve started a new facial routine.
What I think: It’s difficult to want to put on a mask when it is hot, because you don’t really want goop on your skin. This mask is refreshing and my skin felt soft, but not greasy afterwards. It was also helped clear up the few blemishes that are on my skin from the summer heat.
Acure’s Cell Regenerating Mask ($12.99 USD) — Get serious cell repair with this mask. French Green Clay draws out impurities while Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil add intense hydration back to the skin.
What I think: This is perfect for stressed summer skin. When I use it, I can feel it working and when I wash it off, my skin is smooth and soft! Great natural product for the price!
Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel ($26 USD) — If you get a burn, don’t let it dry your skin! This is an ultra-cooling cream gel that provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, yogurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging.
What I think: Luckily, I haven’t had a bad burn this summer (it’s too hot to go outside!). But this cream is perfect whenever I have had too much sun and my skin is a bit red and tight. It also works well on my sensitive skin if I have left a peel or mask on too long and my skin is irritated.
VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15 ($145 USD) — enhances collagen production, helps reverse sun damage and dramatically improves skin elasticity while offering broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. With the ongoing push to work SPF into every day skincare, this product’s lightweight formula is an easy way to ensure skin is protected while still providing the benefits of a true moisturizer and without leaving behind a white cast.
What I think: I love how light this moisturizer is! I apply it after my serum in the morning and since it has SPF, it does double-duty. Plus, it has amazing skincare benefits. I have noticed that my skin is smoother and clearer. I am hoping to see improvements in skin elasticity after I use it for a few weeks.
Available at select specialty beauty retailers and online at VENeffect.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Dermstore.com, SpaceNK.com, CosBar.com and Bloomingdales.com.
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment ($69 USD) — Diminish tired and puffy eyes with this eye treatment. This potent anti-aging serum is infused with the Bio Copper Complex to reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area while it firms, smoothes texture and tones the skin.
What I think: I have been using this light serum morning and night. It instantly firms the skin around my eyes and helps me look awake! The skin around my eyes also appears smoother.
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Sport Luxe Sunscreen for Face and Body ($30 USD) — Always stay protected from the sun no matter how hard you’re working. This new generation of mineral sunscreen is infused with SmartSportTM Technology for high performance, ultra sheer protection that resists wear off from water and sweat.
What I think: I am always excited to find a lightweight sunscreen. It is hard to get my kids to use the thick, goopy kind! This is light and sheer. And I like that it resists water, it is great for swimming and outdoor exercise.
Mother’s Day is coming up fast! What are you getting Mom (or wife, mother-in-law, aunt, friend, etc)? Don’t know? Don’t worry! I have lots of suggestions for great beauty gifts coming in the next week or so.
How about the gift of fragrance? Here are some of my current favorite gift ideas:
philosophy amazing grace edt layering set ($57 USD) — Amazingly clean and beautifully feminine. The fragrance opens with bergamot to greet the senses. At the heart lie irresistibly soft, clean muguet blossoms. Finally, lasting musk envelops the skin with its classic beauty.
This set contains:
– 2 oz Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette spray
– 8 oz Amazing Grace Body Lotion
– 8 oz Amazing Grace Bath & Shower Gel
Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign (30ML /$39.00; 100ML/$59.00) — This limited edition scent opens with notes of pink freesia, violet petals and cassis. Heart notes of natural davana, gardenia and May flower rose balance out the woody base of cashemeran and cedarwood oil.
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection ($36 USD) — If you want to give mom a variety, try this 5-piece collection of perfectly portable mini roller-ball fragrances. Inspired by nature, each exquisite fragrance pairs a beautiful blend of pure essential oils with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla for a unique experience that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time. Wear individually or layer for a signature scent. This set includes 5 x 5ml roller-balls: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut, Fresh Vanilla Lemon, and Vanilla Lavender .
Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid (15ml/0.5 oz $20) — For the fierce and feminine mom, this enticing scent both invites and intoxicates those who encounter it. The fragrance opens with a sparkling allure of the tantalizing trio of pomegranate, coconut water and boysenberry. Honeysuckle and blooming magnolia frame the butterfly orchid to create a bold bouquet. The base showcases simmering sexy notes of blond woods, skin musks and gilded amber adding to its sensuality.
Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.
L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection ($78 USD) — Inspired by and named after the world perfume capital in the south of France, La Collection de Grasse includes stunning fragrances that combine precious ingredients from lands near and far: Néroli & Orchidée, Fleur d’Or & Acacia, Cedre & Oranger, Jasmine & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mûre, Vanille & Narcisse and Thé Vert & Bigarade. Each eau de toilette of the Collection is made with natural extracts, which yield the purest and clearest notes.
Are you going to Coachella this weekend or next? Or do you have another fun musical festival weekend planned this spring or summer? Don’t forget to take portable beauty products with you to stay fresh all day!
Below are some of my portable favorites to freshen, moisturize and hydrate during festival season!
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Deodorant ($8 USD) — allows you to take freshness on-the-go with a mini version of Lavanila’s best-selling deodorants. This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. I find that I need to reapply natural deodorants if I am out in the sun, so being able to slip this in your purse for a festival is essential. But, I do love using natural deodorants because they are great for your skin!
Keep cool with Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths in Energize ($2.99 for 10 cloths) — Wipe away sweat, refresh your frame of mind and leave your skin with a cooling sensation. The inside pack is small and portable, so perfect to take along on hot days. These have light citrus scent and instantly cool the skin.
Available at mass market retailers near you.
eos Every Day Hand Lotion ($3.99 each) — I always have lotion in my bag. These are cute and don’t take up a lot of space. They comes in three soothing scents; Fresh Flowers, Cucumber, and Berry Blossom. Each hand lotion is made with 97% natural ingredients including aloe, oat, shea butter, and vitamins E&C. I have it in Fresh Flowers and I love the scent. Perfect for spring!
Purchase at atEvolutionOfSmooth.com,Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Drugstore.com.
Balm Chicky Balm Balm Wild Mountain Honey ($7 USD) — Made with all-natural ingredients: Beeswax, rosemary, and vitamin E combine with the sweet scent of honey and fresh clementines, organic palm oil for deep penetrating moisture, organic hemp seed oil as mother nature’s UV blocker, and organic extra-virgin olive oil for young supple lips. This balm also has the Friend End — pop the cap off the bottom and a friend can use their finger to enjoy the balm as well! Also available in Juicy Melons, Huge Cucumber & Mint, Sweet Baby Ginger and Hot Chocolate Love.
Available at http://www.balmchicky.com and this month it will be in over 400 Target stores this month, so check the one near you!
Don’t forget to hydrate! Icelandic Glacial is a premium, natural spring water that is bottled straight from the source of Iceland. With exceptional balance from a naturally low, “sweet spot” mineral content and an uncommonly high and naturally occurring alkaline pH level of 8.4, Icelandic Glacial provides a clean fresh taste with the perfect healthy balance for the body – you won’t have to worry about staying hydrated and cool under the Coachella desert sun!