My Beauty Favorites — Week of June 6-12, 2016

Summer is here and it is hot!  As I gear up for family vacation, I have been loving summer fragrances and makeup!

Below are my new favorite fragrances and cosmetics.  They are fun and bright!

L’Occitane has bright scents and soothing bubble bath that are perfect for summer!

L’Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath ($38 16.9 fl. oz) — All the relaxing benefits of lavender from Haute-Provence are captured in this rich formula that generously foams in the bath and leaves skin clean, supple and delicately scented.

L’Occitane Verbena Eau de Toilette ($58 3.4 fl. oz) — A perennial favorite. Extroverted notes of Mediterranean verbena mingle with a rosy base of geranium and lemon tree. Elegantly presented in a glass spray bottled engraved with a verbena leaf.

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Merle Norman’s summer collection is bright and fun! The Eyecolor Trio So Azuring — Eyecolor Trio/So Azuring, the colors are: Sunshine (matte) Toasted Coconut (luminous) Turquoise (matte).

Merle Norman Lip Glazes in Cherry Crush and Scrumptious.  Lip Glaze in Cherry Crush is a great way to wear the shade in warmer months.  Scrumptious is a bright, tropical orange. This lip gloss/lipstick hybrid provides a pop of color with a sheer finish. Great alone or over your favorite lip color.

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What are you loving so far this summer?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Get A FREE L’Occitane Shea Starter Kit!


Are you a big a fan of L’Occitane’s Shea Butter products as I am?  Well you’re in Luck.  Now through the end of April, you can visit this link and score a FREE Shea Starter Kit, featuring a mini Shea Butter Hand Cream and Shea Light Comforting Cream, in an exclusive collector’s tin (pictured above)!

All you have to do is access the above link and follow the prompts that will encourage you to complete these three simple steps:

1)      Enter your email address

2)      Check your inbox for an exclusive email

3)      Present email at any L’Occitane boutique nationwide and redeem your FREE Shea Starter Kit

I think that this is such a fun freebie!  L’Occitane Shea Butter products are so luxe and moisturizing. If you don’t pick yours up by the end of April, don’t worry! They will also be selling the set after the promotional period for just $6.

Are you going to get yours?  Leave a comment and let me know if you pick one up!

My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 11-17, 2015

We had a surprise snow last night.  I knew it was going to be in the single digits today in temperature, but I didn’t know it was going to snow.  I think I’m done with winter.  I am definitely looking toward to spring!

To keep my skin soft this week I’m loving a hydrating face fluid, a body oil and moisturizing body lotion.  I am also loving cooling body wipes (great for the gym) and a maximum hold hair spray.

L'Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid
L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid

L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid ($50 USD) this ultra-lightweight formula contains calming, anti-inflammatory ingredients like rose hip and calendula oils and 5% shea butter to soothe, comfort and protect dry, sensitive skin. And to ensure you get nothing but a pure, clean formula with each pump, this fluid is housed in a special anti-contamination dispenser to prevent bacteria from entering.

What I think: I love this light fluid!  It’s so nice in this cold weather.  I apply it morning and night.  It can go under moisturizer or sunscreen or be used on it’s own. It hydrates my parched skin without being heavy.

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Burt's Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil

Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil ($8 USD) — Keep your skin supple and soft with this light-weight, all natural body oil. Sweet almond and lemon oils and Vitamin E recondition skin throughout your pregnancy. No phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS.

What I think: This has such a bright, lemony scent.  I like using it on my skin after a shower or bath. It leaves my skin so soft without leaving it greasy.

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Curél Ultra Healing Lotion
Curél Ultra Healing Lotion

Curél Ultra Healing Lotion ($7.99 USD) — has been clinically proven to work two times better than the leading intensive lotion while healing skin’s moisture barrier so it can better lock-in and maintain moisture over time. It contains extra-strength, naturally hydrating agents so skin feels soft, supple, and restored.

What I think: If you have super dry, cracked skin, this lotion is for you.  I love using it on my very dry legs and feet. At night, apply this to feet, then put cotton socks on. You will wake up with soft and smooth tootsies!

Purchase at  Drugstores and Mass Retailers

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths
Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths ($3.29 USD) — These unique towelettes wipe away sweat, cool the body down, and leave a unique soft powder finish, so you’re left feeling completely refreshed, with no sticky residue. Unlike others, these cloths will leave skin feeling smooth and silky, instead of wet and sticky – perfect for when you’re on the go.

What I think: These come in four scents — restore, invigorate, energize and enliven. They are all nice, soft scents.  The cloths clean and cool the body and do not leave it wet or sticky.  They are perfect for after the gym or on a hot day.

Available at Drugstores and Mass Retailers

KMS California HAIRSTAY maximum hold hair spray
KMS California HAIRSTAY maximum hold hair spray

KMS California HAIRSTAY maximum hold hair spray ($18.99 USD 8.6 oz) — Ultra-firm finishing and shine. 24-hour hold. Humidity resistance. Excellent for finishing any style, keeps hair in place with a firm hold. Thermopolymer (for heat style creation). Mirustyle (provides heat protection). Rhodiola watermint (known for thermal stress protection, cooling and refreshing).

What I think: This hairspray not only holds my style, it helps with frizz, which I need all year long. I love the soft scent, too.

Purchase at beauty supply stores including Ulta.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Bath and Body Gifts From Philosophy, L’Occitane and Tocca

There are so many fantastic bath and body sets to give this time of year, it’s hard to choose just one! They are perfect for gifts for all of the ladies in your life — family members, friends, teachers, etc.

Below are a few picks from 3 of my favorite brands that create products with amazing fragrances:

Philosophy Iced Orchid Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath ($18 USD) — let the elegant fragrance of iced orchid transform your bath or shower into a ritual you’ll relish. the moisturizing, multi-tasking formula provides a rich, foaming lather to gently cleanse and condition, leaving skin and hair feeling soft, and lightly perfumed with the delicately exotic scent of iced orchid. Purchase at, Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s and QVC.

Philosophy sending holiday wishes ($20 USD) — philosophy sends its very best holiday wishes to you and yours. This set includes the brand’s indulgent holiday favorites designed to surprise and delight. Begin your day on a sweet note with spiced gingerbread cookie shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath then pamper skin with sweet creamy frosting body lotion and treat your lips to some sugar sprinkles. Exclusive to Nordstrom.

Philosophy Candy Cane Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath ($18 USD) — give a holiday cheer—candy cane is here! this fan favorite is back to sweeten things up as only it can. the exhilarating scent of peppermint is sure to make spirits bright as the award-winning formula cleanses and conditions from head to toe, leaving skin soft and lightly scented. Purchase at, Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s and QVC.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hugs & Kisses ($20 USD) — Retrieved directly from the fruit of the African Shea tree, Shea Butter has natural benefits that protect and nourish dry and dehydrated skin. Acting as a barrier for skin, it helps to prevent moisture loss, which maintains optimum skin-hydration levels.
This set contains:
– Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm 0.4 oz.
– Shea Butter Hand Cream 1 oz.
– L’Occitane Holiday Box

L’Occitane Luxury Travel Set ($40 USD) — Composed with some of the most cherished scents and textures made famous by L’OCCITANE, this gift combines our best-selling body care products.
This set contains:
– Shea Extra Gentle Lavender Soap 3.5 oz.
– Almond Shower Oil 2.5 fl.oz
– Shea Butter Hand Cream 0.34 oz.
– Shea Butter Foot Cream 0.34 oz.
– Verbena Shower Gel 1 oz.
– Verbena Body Lotion 1 oz.
– Shea Extra Gentle Verbena Soap 1.7 oz.
– Aromachologie Shampoo 1.18 fl.oz
– Aromachologie Conditioner 1.18 fl.oz
– L’Occitane Holiday Pouch

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Tocca Crema Voloce Hand Cream Trio ($16 USD) — This trio of take-anywhere hand creams moisturizes your skin while draping you in beautiful fragrance. It makes the perfect little gift for yourself or someone you love. 1 oz. each.

Trio includes:

– Cleopatra: a mix of grapefruit and cucumber.

– Bianca: a mix of green tea and lemon.

– Simone: a mix of watermelon and frangipani.

Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio Travel Fragrance Set ($45 USD) — The perfect introduction to signature scents. Indulge in three of your favorite TOCCA fragrances in convenient, miniature form. The coffret features Stella, Florence and Cleopatra Eau de Parfums in three Old World-inspired, beautifully collectible bottles.

Purchase at and other fine stores.

L’Occitane’s Glam Holiday Party — Thursday, November 5th Only!


Do you love L’Occitane like I do?  Do some early holiday shopping today and snag a free gift!

What: L’Occitane Glam Holiday event

When: Thursday, November 5th all day

For more Info:

On Thursday, November 5th stop by your local L’OCCITANE to kick off the holiday season with complimentary mini-facials, hors d’oeuvres and champagne.  Spend $65 and you’ll receive two travel-size products from their new macaron-inspired collaboration with Pierre Hermé, and an exclusive invitation to a private sale!

Clicking on the link above will take you to a page with locations to find the store near you!



My Beauty Favorites Week of August 31-September 6, 2015

Happy Labor Day!  I am visiting my mom in Oregon, but I though I should put out my favorites post for last week.  Better late than never!

This week I am loving products to make my skin glow, protect and firm my facial skin,  give a smooth shave and treat my scalp.

What products are you loving this week?  Please leave a comment and let me know!

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Mousse and Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion Set
Vita Liberata pHenomenal Mousse and Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion Set

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Mousse and Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion Set ($39 USD) — Inclusive of VITA LIBERATA favorites pHenomenal Mousse, Fabulous Gradual Tan Lotion and mini Tanning Mitt, the Labor Day Set has all your tanning needs covered to ensure you have the best skin finishing glow for your last summer hoorah this coming Labor Day weekend, and to extend your summer glow well into fall! The pHenomenal Mousse provides the world’s longest lasting tan in a superbly hydrating formula that encourage the most beautiful, natural and conditioning 2-3 week tan. The Fabulous Gradual Tan Lotion is an ultra-hydrating tan lotion that applies clear for zero transfer onto clothes and develops lasting color over 4-8 hours.

What  I think:  Both of these products are amazing! The mousse is extremely easy to apply and will give a deep tan in a few hours.  If you use it for a few days, you can keep the tan for a few weeks.  And to continue the tan (and add moisture), use the gradual lotion every day.  Fabulous!

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Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30
Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30 ($20 USD) — This lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer is clinically shown to help improve firmness and reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. Powerful natural anti-aging ingredients help restore the appearance of your skin’s smooth, firm texture, while natural broad spectrum SPF 30 protects against sun damage.

What I think:  Day creams with SPF are usually heavy and greasy.  This one is so light, it sinks right into the skin.  That is great for applying makeup afterwards.  My skin looks very smooth after use.  I will continue using it to see if it firms well.

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eos Travel Shave Cream
eos Travel Shave Cream

eos Travel Shave Cream ($1 USD) — Packed with natural conditioning oils, shea butter, and vitamins C and E, the eos Travel Shave Cream in Pomegranate Raspberry is a necessity for keeping legs moisturized all day and night! It is the only shave cream that keep skin soft, smoothed, and moisturized for 24 hours – even after rinsing! And thanks to the TSA-approved eos Travel Shave Cream your legs will be smooth wherever your Labor Day travels bring you!

What I think: This size is small enough for travel, but large enough to get at least a week of shaving in!  It smells so good and really makes my legs smooth and soft after shaving.  I love this line of natural products!

Purchase at Target stores

L'Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Scalp Tonic
L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Scalp Tonic

L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Fresh Scalp Tonic ($26 USD) — This silicone-free tonic helps refresh, revitalize and purify the scalp to leave hair shining with beauty. This ultra-fresh formula combines 5 essential oils (mint, thyme, grapefruit, cedar and lavender) with a plant-based vinegar and allantoin to help purify and soothe the scalp, while reducing excess sebum.

What I think: I’ve heard that the secret to gorgeous hair is to treat the scalp — a healthy scalp means healthy hair.  This smells amazing and really makes my scalp feel clean.  I do notice that my hair is shinier after use!

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Try New Natural Bath And Body Products

Natural products are everywhere these days, and I think it’s wonderful!  The fact that there are products that work so well and are organic and natural is as good for the environment as it is for us!

Below are three new (to me) brands that feel and smell amazing!  What are your favorite natural products.  Leave a comment and let me know.  Maybe I’ll try them next!

Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer
Key West Aloe Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer

Key West Aloe Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer ($27 for 16oz) — Rich and creamy, natural shea and cocoa butters give lasting moisture and hydration. Infused with sunflower, avocado, and coconut oils to replenish thirsty skin.

What I think: This is a fantastic smelling moisturizer that heals and moisturizes dry skin.  It is intensive, but it sinks right into the skin and isn’t heavy or greasy.  It is perfect for heals, elbows and other very dry areas of your body.

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L'Occitane Aromachologie Rebalancing Exfoliating Shower Gel
L’Occitane Aromachologie Rebalancing Exfoliating Shower Gel

L’Occitane Aromachologie Rebalancing Exfoliating Shower Gel ($20 USD 8.4 fl. oz.) — This exfoliating shower gel, made with purifying essential oils, helps to revive the skin. Its scent is 100% natural.  Discover the rebalancing ritual to awaken your senses and bring well-being and harmony to body and mind.

What I think:  This is a very aromatic shower gel, very herbal.  It’s really nice for exfoliating dry skin or getting skin ready for self-tanning.  It is important to exfoliate at least once a week.  This is a refreshing and natural way to do so.

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Purity of Elements Hydrating Body Wash ($22, 6.8 fl. oz) — Gently cleanses, hydrates and moisturizes skin leaving it feeling clean, soft and supple. Performance ingredients include; Vitamin E Oil to help to protect and repair while Jojoba Oil and Safflower Seed Oil nourish and condition skin

Purity of Elements Nourishing Hand Cream ($15, 3 fl. oz.) — Provides instant soothing comfort and ultra hydration leaving hands feeling delicately scented and silky soft. Performance ingredients; Aloe Vera to soothe, Vitamin E Oil to protect and repair and Licorice Root Extract to brighten and help reduce appearance of dark spots.

Purity of Elements Restorative Body Lotion ($25, 6.8 fl. oz) — Works to hydrate and nourish leaving skin feeling silky soft and smooth
Performance ingredients include: Aloe Vera to soothe, Monoi and Jojoba Oils drench skin with moisture and re-balance skin.

What I think: The scent of these products is called Santa Fe Sun, Ginger Lime and Sunflower.  It smells delicious — fruity and bright!  It is so good.  The body wash is very creamy and hydrating.  I follow it up with the body lotion which is moisturizing without being greasy. And the hand cream is light and perfect to carry in my purse.  Plus it is so good for the skin!

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miniOrganics Enriched Moisturizer ($49 USD) — This luxurious moisturizer is essential for nourishing, conditioning and supporting the skin during pregnancy, leaving it wonderfully hydrated, incredibly soft and supple. A perfect blend of the finest certified organic butters and anti-oxidant rich oils infused with miniOrganic’s unique blend of essential oils, all chosen for their regenerative, healing and restorative properties to help promote elasticity, keep pregnant skin soft and supple and assist in the reduction in the appearance of stretch marks.

miniOrganics Nourishing Body Oil ($49 USD) — A unique blend of Certified Organic, antioxidant-rich camellia tea, avocado, jojoba and rosehip oils combined with an infusion of safe essential oils, all known for their soothing, rejuvenating and restorative properties. This oil promotes elasticity and keeps pregnant skin soft and supple. It may also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

miniOrganics Infant Moisturizer ($26 USD) — The perfect all-purpose, all-natural, gentle moisturizer that helps soothe, hydrate and protect delicate young skin. A super-light, non-greasy formulation, rich in certified organic oils and infused with soothing organic lavender and calming chamomile makes it ideal for babies, young children and anyone with sensitive skin.

What I think:  This organic body care line has products that are perfect for mom and baby. My babies are older now, but I think this line is for women of all ages.  The oil smells amazing and is so hydrating.  The moisturizers are both very gentle and softly scented.  I love that since it is a brand that makes products safe for babies, I’m confident on how good it is for my skin.

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