Hydrate Your Skin This Winter With Jergens and Curel

Hey all!  Happy almost New Year’s Eve!  As we Near the end of 2018 and start a new year, I have realized that I need to do a better job hydrating my skin.  It’s so dry because of the cold air, and the fact that I’m not getting any younger!

I was sent some moisturizing Jergens and Curel products for my honest review. Starting with lotions that are used in shower to lotions to use anytime your skin is dry, Jergens and Curel has you covered!

Jergens Wet Skin Shea Oil Body Lotion
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Shea Oil 
Jergens Shea Butter Wet Skin Moisturizer ($6.99 USD) is applied to wet skin right after showering, maximizing hydration when skin is most receptive to moisture. The water activated formula absorbs right away as vitamin-rich shea oil leaves you feeling smooth and soft – and without the heaviness and greasy residue of a traditional lotion.

What I think: This leaves my skin so soft and the hydration lasts all day!  This is non greasy and is perfect all year long.
Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer
Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer ($10.99 USD)After showering or bathing, your pores are open which allows hydration to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface to the source of dryness. That is why CurĂ©l Hydra Therapy is applied to wet skin immediately after showering and works with the water on the skin to glide on and immediately absorb. There is no need to rinse or wait before toweling dry as normal. Unlike traditional lotions, it works from within your skin to replenish and repair the moisture barrier. With Advanced Ceramide Complex, the moisturizer replenishes ceramides to help skin retain moisture and prevent symptoms of dry skin from returning. Dermatologist recommended, CurĂ©l Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer was granted the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. Apply daily and feel 3x more hydrated.

This one is even lighter than the Jergens in shower lotion, but it also lasts all day long.  These types of lotions are so easy to use and incorporate into my shower routine!

Jergens Flawless Effects Moisturizer
Jergens Flawless Effects Moisturizer

Jergens Flawless Effects Moisturizer ($10.99 USD) — A blurring and perfecting lotion that improves tone, softens imperfections, and provides nourishing hydration for more flawless looking skin.  This velvety lotion with Shea butter and sheer blush pigments instantly smooths skin while noticeably balancing tone in as few as 5 days.

What I think: I have enjoyed testing out this lotion.  It has a balm-like texture and glides on the skin. I noticed that my skin tone looks even and my skin is very smooth when I use this daily.

Jergens Skin Illuminating Moisturizer
Jergens Skin Illuminating Moisturizer
Jergens Skin Illuminating Moisturizer ($10.99 USD) — Enhanced with a subtle touch of shimmer, this highlighting and illuminating formula gives your skin a beachy glow, with hints of peach and gold. Nourished, luminous, lively skin, with just a kiss of shimmer. This silky lotion with pure minerals and freshwater pearl powder transforms everyday skin to standout skin before your very eyes.
What I think: This lotion is very light and creamy.  It has a little bit of shimmer in it, so I think it will be great in the spring and summer, when I show my arms and legs more.
Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion
Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion
Sometimes, slathering on moisturizer once a day simply isn’t enough, and that especially applies for people who deal with dry, flaky skin. Think of Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion as your go-to hydration boost, and apply as needed throughout the day. Made with skin-soothing ingredients like olive oil, this hard-working formula aids in your skin’s natural exfoliating process, and then delivers much-needed hydration, restoring the moisture barrier to prevent dry skin in the future.
What I think: I like to use this lotion when my skin is very dry and flaky.  I’ve noticed that it does loosen flakes and really makes skin look and feel better!
What lotions do you like to use to hydrate your skin?

Mama Mio — Fit Skin for Life

Have you tried Mama Mio yet?  Here is the descrpition of the line from their website:

The Mama Mio movement began in London with 4 beauty experts, Sian, Tanya, Kathy and Jill.  Our personal life experiences give us insight into how all women want to feel … CONFIDENT and GORGEOUS.  Because we know that if you feel gorgeous, you will look gorgeous.

Prompted by our own skin needs, we created targeted solutions for women’s life stages ranging from pregnancy and weight-loss to coping with the first signs of gravity and menopause. Our goal is to feel great in our birthday suits – from top to toe – no matter what the birthday.

With 20+ years beauty experience each and 9 children between us, we can safely say whatever your skin need is, we have probably experienced it ourselves and you can rest assured we have created the best formulation possible to help you.  We often say we are the most selfish skincare brand in the world … we make our skincare for us, and insist on using the very best quality ingredients in the maximum percentages to ensure that every product really really works.

So if you are looking for the perfect skincare give you fit skin to tackle cellulite or excess wobble, dry or saggy skin that is showing signs of gravity, or help with the whole 9 month stretch of pregnancy and new mamahood, you are in the right place!

Here are a few of their great products:

Mama Mio Skin Tight Toning Serum
Mama Mio Skin Tight Toning Serum

Mama Mio Skin Tight Toning Serum ($56 USD)Designed to smooth, retexturise and whip slack, loose skin back into shape, this tightening serum works wonders on crepey, overstretched tummies, baggy knees, bumpy backs of arms, thighs.

• tightens and tones your skin so it FITS you perfectly
• unique facial peel technology specifically for the body

Skin Tight smoothes and retexturizes uneven crepey skin. Think juicy grape not wrinkly raisin. It takes facial peel technology and applies it to the body. Its four stage action of exfoliation, skin tightening and massively nourishing moisturization will combat crepey, slack, tired skin – anywhere you need it.

Mama Mio Try Me Trio
Mama Mio Try Me Trio

Mama Mio Try Me Trio ($29 USD) –Bursting with loads of good-for-your-skin proteins, peptides, omegas, pre +probiotics, vitamins, antioxidants (and much more!), your skin is left firm, fabulous and glowing from day one.  This kit is a fab way to get to know Mama Mio’s amazing face care besties.

In the box you will find, the three commitment-phobe cute travel sizes of Clean Slate, Mighty Moisture and Eye Know plus our Try Me Trio Little Book of Confidence.  This little book gives you everything you need to know about your skin, how ingredients work plus the unique 3 x 30 second Face Fitness exercises to have your face muscles as fit as your glowing skin!

Clean Slate Aloe-rich Cleanser 30ml / 1 fl oz*
The superb deep cleansing SLS-free formula leaves your face feeling fresh, balanced and happy – never tight! We use eco-certified cleansers set in organic Aloe leaf juice, pre+probiotics, firming proteins and moisturizing omegas to gently remove makeup and impurities without over-drying, unbalancing or irritating skin. Oh, did we mention Clean Slate smells gorgeous?

Mighty Moisture Day & Night Moisturizer 15ml / 0.5 fl oz*
Smooth, firm, juicy skin, beautifully moisturized and strengthened from Day One with this potent all-in-one multi-tasker. Packed with omegas, firmers, peptides, antioxidants, algae extracts and vitamins plus powerful humectants and moisturizers – your skin will glow with health and happiness!

Eye Know All-In-One Eye Serum 5ml / 0.2 fl oz*
24 hour moisturizing hydration, big gun wrinkle-fighting whilst banishing dark shadows and gently tightening and lifting for a wide-eyed and wide-awake effect. Packed with peptides, grape stem cell technology, antioxidants and triple action EyePro 3X, it’s what every girl needs to look like she’s had 8 hours sleep… but in 60 seconds!

Available at www.mamamio.com/us

Enjoy!

 

Get Your Skin Ready For Fall Part 3 — Luxury Skincare

Part 3?  Yes!  I have received for my honest review and have been testing so many great skincare products this late summer and early fall!

I would classify the following products as luxury skincare.  They are perfect for when you want to splurge on your anti-aging skincare regimen and try something new!

ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub
ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub

ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($49 USD) Prep yourself for the cold weather ahead and repair your summer sun damage with a one-step skin savior, ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub. The fan favorite uses smooth, round beads and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) to gently remove dead skin cells and unclog pores without causing irritation. This unique dual-exfoliation action is scientifically formulated to promote cell renewal and collagen production to improve the appearance and texture of skin, while helping to minimize wrinkles, acne and sun damage.

What I think: This exfoliator is great for all skin types, even sensitive skin.  To use, apply to face and keep on for a minute or two before you scrub and rinse.  Skin will be super smooth afterwards!

Available at www.SkinStore.com

L'Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence
L’Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence

L’Occitane Iris Angelica Sublime Essence ($52 USD)  A fresh, sheer, first-step formula which helps to correct skin irregularities and reduce redness. Skin’s texture appears visibly refined, pores quickly feel tighter and skin looks more radiant.

What I think: I love the light texture of this serum.  It immediately smooths the skin and helps reduce my redness.  It also has a light floral scent.

You can purchase at usa.loccitane.com.

MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum
MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum

MitoQ Anti-Aging Serum ($185 USD) Need to revive your skin’s natural glow and vanish your exhausted eye wrinkles? MitoQ is a new anti-aging serum that delivers antioxidants to the mitochondria of each cell at an unmatched level of efficacy, allowing it to heal and prevent fine lines and wrinkles and correct other skin concerns like blemishes, discoloration, brown spots and scarring. Its key component is the mitoquinol molecule, a patented ingredient that is proven to be 1,000 times stronger than any other antioxidant on the market. Skin looks radiant and hydrated within one day, noticeably softer within three days and younger with less fine lines and wrinkles within 30 days.

What I think: This serum feels like more of a light moisturizer than a serum.  It quickly absorbs into the skin.  I used it for the 30 days recommended and it did make my skin softer and helped my forehead wrinkles almost disappear!

Available at www.MitoQ.com

L'Occitane Divine Lotion
L’Occitane Divine Lotion

L’Occitane Divine Lotion ($54): A super-charged toner that combines the unique anti-aging properties of everlasting immortelle flowers with the boosted effectiveness of 7 plant-derived ingredients. With its rich texture and subtle aromatic scent of fresh immortelle flowers, this softening lotion gives skin an immediate sensation of supreme comfort and leaves it feeling deliciously supple.  Use before applying Divine Extract and Divine Cream.

What I think: This beauty lotions feels so nice on the skin and smells amazing!  I love the natural ingredients and how calming this is.  Use this before serum and moisturizer.

You can purchase at usa.loccitane.com.

Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum
Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum

Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum ($346 USD) This blend of Resveratrol, Vitamin C  (Ascorbic Acid), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and the hydrating ingredient Sodium Hyaluronate, work as a magnificent formulation to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This serum will leave your skin feeling softer, looking more radiant and refreshed.

What I think: Talk about luxury!  This serum may be too spendy for most of our budgets, but if you want a real splurge, here it is!  This silky serum sinks into the skin.  I have only used it for a few days, but I am hoping for some great results!

Available at www.vinevera.com

myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream
myBODY myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream

myBODY myHERO Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream  ($145 USD) This intensive bioactive moisturizing cream helps correct and protect a compromised skin barrier while reducing redness to visibly bring youth, vitality and radiance to excessively dry, aging and sensitive skin. myHERO Ultra Rich  Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream instantly helps to simulate collagen production, lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while leaving your skin feeling soft and comforted.

What I think: I have been using this as a night cream for my sensitive skin.  It does reduce redness and help it feel softer.

This cream can be purchased at www.lovemybody.com

Enjoy!

Summer Skin Savers — Part 2

During summer, we show more skin so we have lots of preparing to do!  From shaving, to moisturizing, to using sunscreen our skin receives a lot of prep to look good!

Here are products I have received for my honest review.  They may get your skin looking it’s very best!

Schick Hydro Silk®
Schick Hydro Silk®

This spring/summer let Schick Hydro Silk help you prepare for any adventure.

This spring Schick Hydro Silk has launched a new line of disposable razors to ensure you receive the “highest performance” women’s disposable yet! The unique Schick Hydro Silk Disposables ($12.99 USD) razors deliver an experience far beyond just an incredibly close shave, and actually care for the skin by helping to replenish moisture shaving can take away.

If you are one of the 20% who prefer to only use a refillable razor, try the new Limited Edition Schick Hydro Silk Razor ($11.99 USD). In a vibrant Caribbean Green Handle, this razor features a new ventilated travel cover to protect the cartridge for when you’re on the go.

What I think:  I love these razors.  Most moisturizing shavers are bulky and don’t give a close shave.  These do.  And the shape of the razor head lets you get in close.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Sunscreen Clear Mist Spray
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Sunscreen Clear Mist Spray

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Sunscreen Clear Mist Spray ($9.99 USD) is truly indulgent sun protection in a convenient application format that provides the moisture needed to leave skin feeling hydrated and healthy. Available in SPF 15 and 30, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Clear Mist Spray Sunscreen provides safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and is endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation

What I think:  I love spray sunscreen.  Fast and easy to use, plus this one has Hawaiian Tropics’ signature scent that smells so fantastic!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ After Sun Lotion
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ After Sun Lotion

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ After Sun Lotion ($7.99 USD) – is the first and only after sun product combining indulgent ribbons of gel and lotion infused with silk protein and shea butter to provide luxurious moisturization for a full 24 hours. Ribbons of aloe soothe and refresh the skin from the effects of the sun, while silk protein shea butter ribbons of lotion provide incredible moisturization that leaves skin feeling hydrated, healthy and radiant.

What I think:  After the sun, be sure to moisturize. This one smells amazing and is made to take care of sun-ravaged skin. Also great for after sunless tanning.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip ($9.99 USD) – NEW! Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil, Rosehip, is an advanced multi-purpose skin perfection product that can be used all over the body and face.  This preservative-free, phthalate free, lightweight formula contains an exclusive blend of key ingredients formulated to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, aging skin and fine lines and wrinkles.  Skin looks and feels instantly soft and smooth with this unique, non-greasy, non-staining formula.

What I think:  Sometimes a lotion doesn’t give the kind of moisture your skin may crave.  This oil is perfect for very dry skin, or skin with stretchmarks or scars.  It is also great for after sun or self tanning.  Remember, moisturizing the skin will make your tan (real or fake) last longer.

Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.

Burt’s Bees is launching NEW Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate
Burt’s Bees is launching NEW Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate

Give lips an antioxidant boost with the free radical-fighting effects of new Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate. Burt’s Bees’ latest balm is packed with natural antioxidant powerhouses and natural butters and oils to renew and restore. Infused with replenishing Blueberry Seed Oil, sweet Cocoa Powder and rich Cocoa Seed Butter, the balm is an instant revitalizing lift and a decadent treat for lips. Like a superfood in a tube, the balm is a new go-to for natural nourishment and antioxidant perks.

What I think:  This is not an SPF balm, it is for after sun and helping restore lips after sun damage.  Plus, it smells so yummy!

Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.

Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads
Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads

Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads ($8.99 for 10 SnapplicatorsTM), are formulated to provide fast relief from exposure to poison ivy, oak and sumac with a combination of aloe, botanicals and oat extract. The pads cool and soothe irritated skin on contact. Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads offer convenience, portability, simplicity and fast relief to intense itching, rashes and inflammation.

Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads Fast Facts:

●      Product benefits: The strongest itch medicine without a prescription available; new single-dose SnapplicatorTM provides no-mess, no touch application that easily applies onto skin.

●      How to Use: Grasp SnapplicatorTM between the thumbs and forefingers. Snap to release product through pad top. Dab medicine onto affected area and rub onto skin. Discard.

●      Uses: Adults and children 2 years of age and older who have skin with symptoms associated with minor skin irritations, inflammation and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

●      Product ingredients: 1% hydrocortisone (active ingredient), aloe, botanicals and oat extract (inactive ingredients).

What I think: These are so nice to have in a summer first aid kit.  Especially if you are going into forests and you don’t know what type of plants are there.  And they work!  My daughter had some type of bites or rash on her leg the other day.  This was very easy to use and helped the itch go away.  And the rash cleared up in a day or two.

Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.

Enjoy!

Get A Safe Glow — Self-Tanner Comparison

For the past few summers I have been enjoying experimenting with self-tanners.  I am very wary of the sun and try to wear lots of sunscreen when I go out.  Plus, I am not much of a sunbather anyway.

It has taken me these few years to get self-tanning right.  It is so easy for skin to become streaky or blotchy after self-tanning.  But if you exfoliate the skin and slather moisturizer on your hands and feet (these places can look uneven), plus use a fab product like the ones below, self-tanners can make you look great!

I have been receiving samples of self-tanners to review for my honest opinion. Here’s what I think of the gradual self tanners and instant self-tanners I have been using.

Supergoop! 'Gradual Self-Tanning' Sunscreen Mousse SPF 20
Supergoop! ‘Gradual Self-Tanning’ Sunscreen Mousse SPF 20

Supergoop! ‘Gradual Self-Tanning’ Sunscreen Mousse SPF 20 ($38 USD) – Antioxidant-rich formula improves skins appearance and provides a slight lustrous summer sheen to the skin upon application.  Let Supergoop help prepare you for a day in the sun with this melt into your skin, gradual self-tanning mousse also delivering globally approved SPF protection, and rich moisture in one easy step.  Sensitive, dry skin is soothed and restored; Wonderful and light, green tea plus cucumber scent.

Pros: Easy to blend, very moisturizing, doesn’t stain hands, spf 20, non-streaky

Cons: funky scent, takes a few days of use to see a noticeable difference (could be a pro if you want a light tan), spendy

Jergens Natural Glow + Protect Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen
Jergens Natural Glow + Protect Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen

Jergens Natural Glow + Protect Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen ($9.99 USD) – Spring has arrived, so it’s time to show some skin. Get natural-looking color gradually, with SPF 20. Jergens®Jergens® Natural Glow + PROTECT Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 is the only body moisturizer in the Natural Glow line with SPF protection. Try it today for A beautiful, safe, and healthy natural-looking color.

Pros: Nice scent at first, moisturizing, non-streaking, can see a bit of a difference the next day and deepens quickly with a few days of use, affordable

Cons: leaves a lingering mild chemical scent

Learn more at www.jergens.com. Available at mass market retailers near you.

tarte Brazilliance™ skin rejuvenating maracuja face and body self tanner with mitt
tarte Brazilliance™ skin rejuvenating maracuja face and body self tanner with mitt

tarte Brazilliance™ skin rejuvenating maracuja face and body self tanner with mitt ($37 USD) – A revolutionary maracuja-infused face and body self tanner. Achieve a healthy faux-glow while drenching your skin in moisture. This revolutionary hybrid gel formula, infused with pure maracuja oil, delivers replenishing essential fatty acids along with skin-brightening and youth-preserving vitamin C. tarte’s proprietary PUREshield™ scent-control technology allows for a pleasant, spa-like application that smells unlike any self tanner you’ve tried before.  You’ll be admiring your newly bronzed bod, your skin will feel and look firmer, brighter and smoother soaking in all of the benefits of maracuja oil.

Pros: tinted so that you can see where you apply, comes with a mitt so hands won’t stain, nice scent, imparts a deep tan color, leaves skin very soft, worth the price!

Cons:  scent turns chemical and stays on skin for a day or two 

Purchase at www.tartecosmetics.com and http://www.qvc.com

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Self Tanner
Vita Liberata pHenomenal Self Tanner

Vita Liberata pHenomenal Self Tanner ($54 USD) –pHenomenal gives a longer-lasting tan – up to 4 times longer than any other tan, with a perfect, natural fade.  Available in Fair, Medium and Dark.  

Incorporates new technology (pHeno2) that works with unique Time Release DHA which slowly releases DHA over time to extend tan – lasts 4 times longer than any other tan. 

Mousse formulation is quick-drying, light and airy to give a beautiful, natural bronze result which leaves the skin soft and moisturized.

Pros: foam is light, tinted and easy to blend, beautiful deep tan color, initial smell with application ends and there is NO scent afterwords, which I have never encountered in a self-tanner (worth the steep price!)

Cons: spendy (but worth it)

Available at www.vitaliberatausa.com, Availability: Sephora/Sephora.com

 

Somerville Glow to Go
Somerville Glow to Go

Kate Somerville Glow to Go ($18 USD) —

Somerville360® Body Self Tanning Towelettes make it easy to get a gorgeous glow with just a simple swipe. With a quick and easy application that prevents uneven tone or streaking, it’s the best way to get a healthy-looking tan. Best of all, because this advanced formula works with your skin’s own proteins, it gradually darkens to an ultra-natural, complementary color every time.

Somerville360® Face Self Tanning Pads are quick and easy-to-use while preventing uneven tone and streaking, plus they won’t stain hands. Specially designed for the face, this advanced moisturizing formula contains powerful Peptide K8™ and age-defying actives, designed to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, while creating a glowing complexion in two to four hours.

Kit includes:

Pros: Deep tan color is almost instant, easy to use – especially the face pads, leaves skin very soft

Cons: Chemical scent after tanning lasts a day or two, make sure to exfoliate and lotion up feet and hands because this can streak if not blended well 

Somerville360 Tan Maximizer Tan Enhancing Moisturi
Somerville360 Tan Maximizer Tan Enhancing Moisturizer

Somerville360 Tan Maximizer Tan Enhancing Moisturizer ($48 USD) -Stay gorgeous, golden, and glowing with a unique formula that conditions and moisturizes skin for a longer lasting tan. A specialized Peptide and Lipid Complex hydrates skin to help maintain a sun-kissed look after using self-tanning products or sun exposure. Black Snakeroot conditions, moisturizes, and soothes skin for after-sun recovery that prevents peeling and dryness. Rich natural Oils and Butters seal in hydration, making this essential formula a great year-round moisturizer to maximize and help prolong a healthy looking tan.

  • Enhances the look of both natural and self tanning
  • Prolongs the life and beauty of a tan
  • Provides soothing post-sun recovery, replenishing essential lipids that condition and moisturize
  • Helps prevent peeling and dryness by providing continuous

This is great to use after all self-tanning products (and from sun exposure, we can’t always stay out of the sun).

www.katesomerville.com, www.qvc.com

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Soothe Dry Skin With New Products From CeraVe

Is the cold weather drying out your skin or do you have a skin condition like eczema? Try the new CeraVe® Skincare products. They include CeraVe® Therapeutic Hand Cream and CeraVe® Renewing SA Cream. Each can help solve common skin problems with new effective, targeted solutions developed with dermatologists.

CeraVe® Therapeutic Hand Cream

NEW CeraVe® Therapeutic Hand Cream ($10.99 USD), for normal to dry skin, helps repair, restore and protect your hands from harmful irritants and allergens, so they look and feel soft and healthy.  If you wash your hands often, you will be delighted to learn that CeraVe® Therapeutic Hand Cream is water-resistant! Why is this so important? Because hand washing, especially in hot water, is often the culprit behind severely dry skin that is prone to developing tiny cracks and fissures. Ideal for dry, winter months, CeraVe® Therapeutic Hand Cream contains dimethicone to help prevent and protect chafed, chapped, cracked dry skin. It also contains ingredients such as ceramides which help replace lipid levels in damaged skin and prevent water loss. The addition of niacinamide helps skin produce natural ceramides and fatty acids essential for repairing and restoring the skin barrier and also may reduce skin redness. Humectant hyaluronic acid attracts water to the skin and helps to ensure it remains hydrated.

What I think:  This hand cream is perfect for every day moisturizing as it is not greasy and is also unscented.  I have noticed that after about a week of use my hands look smoother and are a lot softer.

CeraVe® SA Renewing Cream

WHEN YOUR SKIN HITS AN EVEN BUMPIER PATCH… NEW CeraVe® Renewing SA Cream, big sister to CeraVe® SA Renewing Lotion ($22.99 USD) — exfoliates, softens and smoothes extremely dry, rough, bumpy skin — such as the rough patches on upper arms and legs.  Salicylic acid (SA) and ammonium lactate help loosen and exfoliate dead skin cells which allow moisturizing ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid to penetrate deeper layers of the skin for enhanced effectiveness. Antioxidant, Vitamin D, helps keep skin looking smooth and hydrated. A thicker, cream-rich formula than its lotion counterpart, CeraVe® Renewing SA Cream was also developed with niacinamide, which may reduce skin redness, in addition to producing natural ceramides and fatty acids essential for repairing and restoring the skin barrier.  It’s your daily defense against extremely dry skin. CeraVe® Renewing SA Cream is non-comedogenic, non-irritatingÂą and never greasy.  The result is soft, smooth skin that looks and feels it’s very best!

What I think:  This is a wonderful moisturizing cream!  So great for all over the body.  I especially love it for my elbows, legs and feet, since they are so dry.  It is unscented and non-greasy.  It sinks right into the body!

The CeraVe® Skincare Line is available online, at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.  Visit www.cerave.com for more information.

Enjoy your smooth skin!

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin

Lately, I have been using Boots No7  Beautiful Skin Normal/Dry Duo of Cleansing Lotion and Night Cream. I received samples from Influenster complimentary for testing (check out www.influenster.com to find out how to receive free products and comment on this post if you would like an invite to join).

So what is Boots No7 Beautiful Skin? It’s the newest and easy to use two-step range of everyday skincare cleansers and moisturizers, tailored to your specific skin type eliminating the need for toners. Products are color-coded, making it easy to find just the right products for your skin type: Normal/Oily (Pink), Normal/Dry (Green) and Dry/Very Dry (Lilac).

No7 appreciates that busy lifestyles mean you don’t always have time for a lengthy skincare regimen. That’s why we’ve created Beautiful Skin. Discover radiant skin in 14 days with two simple steps:

Step 1: Cleanse
The first step to beautiful skin is clean skin. All Beautiful Skin cleansers quickly and gently remove all traces of dirt and impurities, leaving you with perfectly clean, healthy skin. Skin is so effectively cleansed that there is no need for a separate toner.

Step 2: Moisturize
Once cleansed, hydrate your skin with our nourishing day and night creams. All our day creams deliver SPF 15 and Broad Spectrum UV Protection, while our night creams work to promote optimum hydration while you sleep.

The products I have been testing are:

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion Normal/Dry
The light, refreshing wipe-off formula feels weightless on the skin, yet it’s very hard working, removing every last trace of make-up and grime. Packed with moisturizing agents like Glycerin, your skin will be left soft and refreshed. The oils are optimized to be the most effective at cleansing away dirt without removing natural and beneficial skin lipids.

I love that this wipe-off cleanser is creamy and moisturizing and no water is required as part of your facial routine. Best applied to dry skin, massage upward and across the skin using cotton or wool, avoiding the eye area, and wipe off.

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream Normal/Dry :
Rest easy throughout the night knowing that your skin is getting the best possible care with this luxuriously rich night cream for all night moisturization, includes Cocoa butter for an additional boost. A nourishing cream with Glycerin and Shea Butter to energize and promote optimum hydration while you sleep. Designed to work in harmony with your skin, replacing lost moisture and leaving you with healthy looking radiant skin.

What I think — the cleanser is one of the best cleansers that I have used in a long time!  I takes make up off like a dream without drying out the skin!  It is also very mild and does not irritate my extremely sensitive eyes.  The night cream give lots of moisture, but it is a bit heavy, so only use if you have very dry skin.

Learn more about these products at www.shopbootsusa.com.

Enjoy!

Does Your Skin Feel Dry? Change Up Your Bath and Body Products For The Fall and Winter!

I seem to use so much hand and body lotion in the Fall and Winter, I have to make sure that the products I use smell as good as they work!

I’ve chosen the following products to feature for their scents as much as their moisturizing properties.  A great scent can make you feel as good as it makes you smell!

Thymes Filigree Body Lotion

Thymes Filigree Body Lotion ($25 USD) — Back by  popular demand, this limited-edition moisturizer is luxuriously effective.  Restores natural moisture balance to help skin look and feel its best. Enriched  with conditioning shea butter, primrose and sweet almond oils and replenishing  white willow bark. Leaves the unforgettable fragrance of Filigree: clean,  lovely and enchanting. A luxurious gift for your Filigree fan.

What I think:  I have this scent in the Home Fragrance Mist ($17 USD).  It is a crazy mix of clean and spicy.  When you first spray it, you get a warm, spicy scent that morphs into a cleaner fragrance!  I want to try the above lotion next! Visit www.thymes.com to learn more and purchase!

Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy Shea SoufflĂ©

Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy Shea SoufflĂ© ($13.50 4oz, $20.00 8oz) — A Non-Greasy, Fast-Absorbing, Daily Moisturizer For Dry-To-Extra-Dry Skin

  • • Shea & Cocoa Butters deeply moisturize your skin so it’s super soft and smooth
  • • Coconut & Grapeseed Oils soften skin and keep moisture balanced
  • • Vitamin E is a rich moisturizing antioxidant to protect against aging

“I wanted to create a scent that could make you feel irresistible and for that special someone to notice just how irresistible you are.  This sweet and sensuous scent is a combination of tropical fruits and florals with something warm and mysterious mixed in…it’s been known to make a few champagne-and-strawberries kind of moments.”     –  Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter Founder

What I think: A tropical scent for the fall, you ask? This lovely scented cream does begin with the sweet scent of fruits — pineapple, peach, mango, and strawberry, but it finishes up with vanilla and a touch of Egyptian musk.  Very sexy and fun!  Plus the formula melts into your skin and instantly moisturizes it!  Purchase at www.carolsdaughter.com.

Gud Pearanormal Activity Hand Cream

When hands spend so much time in gloves, they can go a little stir crazy. How can you tell?They start to crack. Give your hands a reason to come out of hibernation with güd HandWash and Hand Cream. In scintillating, lush fragrances with juicy fruit notes and fresh florals, the invigorating formulas might just make you forget how frigid it is.  Formulated with güd-for-you-ingredients (not stuff like parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals), güd Hand Wash (8 fl oz for $5.00) and Hand Cream (3 oz for $8.00)give dry hands a welcome respite from the harsh effects of winter.

The available scents are Floral Cherrynova™,Orange Petalooza™, Vanilla Flame™, and Pearanormal Activity™.

What I think:  I have these in Pearanormal Activity.  The scent is fabulous!  I placed the hand wash in the kitchen.  My family and I are staying in a residence hotel while our house is fixed following a kitchen fire 6 weeks ago.  Having this great hand wash helps the hotel feel like home!

The hand cream is also nice, but it has a bit of a sticky finish so make sure to rub it in. Visit www.gudhappens.com to learn more.  You can also purchase at mass market retailers.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Body Butter

Philosophy Amazing Grace Body Butter ($28 5oz) — Embrace your beauty and femininity with amazing grace body butter. this intensely moisturizing body butter leaves skin silky smooth.

features & benefits:

  • feel amazingly clean and beautifully feminine
  • a clean floral scent
  • silky, soft skin from head to toe

What I think:  This is the current fragrance I am wearing, so I picked up the body butter for layering purposes.  But it is so thick and moisturizing — I love it! You can purchase this at Sephora, Ulta, QVC and www.philosophy.com.

Enjoy!

 

Pretty Makeup To Brighten Your Fall And Winter

I love deep fall colors, but sometimes I just want a light, classic colors.  The products below will be pretty all year long, not just for the fall!

Lip Bliss

Lip Bliss™ by What’s Your Virtue was founded by a mother of teen and preteen daughters who was shocked at the explicit and suggestive names found on numerous brands of lip gloss. She didn’t feel it was appropriate for her 13-year-old daughter to put such messaging in her pocket, much less on her lips. Now, choose from vibrant colors with names such as Kindness, Generosity, Devotion and Curiosity.

Lip Bliss™ bundles fortifying castor, cranberry, and safflower seed and peppermint oils to smooth and nurture, plus the protecting properties of anti-oxidants, green tea extracts, and moisturizing vitamin E.  Lip Bliss™ offers radiant shine and subtle color without stickiness, is gluten-free, not tested on animals, and contains no parabens.

What I think:  These pretty glosses have a light, minty taste and lots of shine!  I think the names and colors are so sweet.  The glosses are a little sticky, but are moisturizing as well.  Good glosses! To purchase, visit http://whatsyourvirtue.com.

FLIRT! Big Flirt Lipgloss

FLIRT! Big Flirt Lipgloss ($15.50 USD)Turn on super-fabulous shine with this lip gloss. It features a sheer and shiny look that looks great alone or paired with a darker lipstick. Dotted design on tube adds a cute touch.

What I think: These are fun glosses, very sheer and not too sticky. The applicator is big, but it covers my entire lip in one swipe!  There is a lot of product in the container as well. Purchase at Kohl’s stores or www.kohls.com.

e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($10 USD) — Each Baked Palette features 10 gorgeous baked eyeshadows so you can achieve a flawless look whenever, wherever. The silky and blendable formula of our Baked Eyeshadow provides smooth and even application with each sweep of color. Baked in an oven, these eyeshadows offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting and shimmering color can be worn wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation, offering a variety of gorgeous eye looks!

What I think: This is available in two different palettes – California soft, bronzey colors and NYC, smoky colors.  I have California (in the photo above) and I really like the soft colors.  There is a bit of glitter in some them, so I have to be careful how much I use.  You can purchase at www.eyeslipsface.com or Target stores.

Essence Multi-Action Blackest Black Mascara

Multi-Action Blackest Black Mascara by Essence ($3.99 USD) offers an innovative brush and unique texture with carbon black pigments for more volume, length and curve. This multi-talented lash lover offers an innovative brush and unique texture with carbon black pigments to ensure more volume, length and curve for the deepest black lashes! A must-have for dramatic eyes!!

What I think: I like this mascara.  I get a nice look, but it is pretty natural, not dramatic.  My lashes are a little longer and thicker.  Perfect for everyday wear! Purchase at  Ulta stores www.ulta.com

Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal

Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal ($30 USD) — This multitasker includes a brightening & flaw-fixing tinted moisturizer on one end, and a perfectly coordinating full-coverage, easy-to-blend concealer on the other – both infused with potent botanical extracts & vitamins to perfect skin from the inside out.

This multipurpose beautifier does triple duty, acting as your moisturizer, sunscreen, and tinted treatment to provide sheer coverage that makes skin appear flawless & lit from within. Super-hydrating ingredients and protective SPF 20 keep your skin pampered. The perfecting tinted moisturizer in the tube goes on feather-light, leaves your skin looking naturally radiant, and can be layered for extra coverage. Take off the clear lid to reveal the full coverage concealer – a creme-to-powder formula that masks imperfections with a skin-loving combination of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.

What I Think:  I love this!  It is so great to have your concealer and foundation in one tube!  So convenient!  This is just like a BB Cream, but the colors are very natural looking.

**Deal Alert** Pixi is offering my readers 25% off until November 20th with the code: pixiflirty.  Purchase online at www.pixibeauty.com.

ENJOY!

Flawless Skin — My New Summer Skin Care And Makeup Products

My skin is looking pretty great this summer.  It is super hot in Kansas City right now, so my skin should be gross and oily, but the fabulous new products I have been using have made it clear, smooth and very youthful!

Freeze 24-7 Skin Glacé™ Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask

Freeze 24-7 Skin Glacé™ Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask ($65 USD) — Nothing beats a clean feeling, from having a tidy pantry to a neat desk. Now your skin can experience that kind of calming clean with Freeze 24-7 Skin Glace Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask, a gentle deep cleaning formula that provides maximum skin purification, detoxification and hydration. With daily use, you can effectively unclog pores, remove excess oil, make-up and impurities, leaving your skin visibly soft, supple and healthy. Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask replenishes your skin’s natural moisture balance while calming red, irritated skin. Plus, it serves as a great shaving cream for men and women.

What I think:  I love the fresh scent of this cleanser and how clean it makes my skin feel after use. It can also work as a quick mask for even deeper cleansing.  I just apply it, let it foam up, then rub it in and rinse.  Easy, fun and my skin looks clear and soft after use! Visit www.freeze247.com to learn more and purchase!

Skinnygirl Vitamin C Face Scrub

Skinnygirl Vitamin C Face Scrub ($6.99 USD) — Wash away dull, tired skin with this invigorating face scrub that instantly makes skin feel refreshed and smooth. The combination of shea butter and cranberry cleanses away dead skin to unveil a brighter, naturally radiant you.

Key Ingredients:

Soybean Oil – Rehydrates and improves skin texture
Grape Seed Oil – Moisturizes, tightens, tones, and rejuvenates skin while protecting against collagen destruction
Cranberry Fruit Extract – Soothes skin and is a natural vitamin c source to help improve circulation
Shea Butter – Deeply hydrating moisturizer

What I think:  This is an unusal scrub in that the beads melt away and what’s left is an oil, so you really need to rinse it off completely.  I am used to scrubs making my skin feel super clean, and this makes it feel like it was moisturized instead.  That is weird, but when I looked in the mirror after use, my skin looked amazing.  Really clear and smooth.  This is worth a try, but is maybe not for those with very oily skin.  Learn more at http://skinnygirlfaceandbody.com.

Freeze 24-7 Eye Serum

Freeze 24-7 Eye Serum ($115 USD) — Banish crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness associated with allergies and other environmental conditions. This lightweight, fast-absorbing formula diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles beneath and around the eye area within minutes of application by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the area. Causes a cooling, toning sensation; indicating that the serum is working.

What I think: I love this serum.  It is a little pricey, but it is so good.  After I apply this light serum, it instantly smooths my eye area leaving it hydrated and makes my fine lines virtually disappear!  It is very cooling and refreshing on the eyes, especially great for these hot summer days.  Plus, the more I use it, the better my eyes look.  Awesome! Visit www.freeze247.com to learn more.

Nuance Salma Hayek Smooth Smart Skin Primer

Nuance Salma Hayek Smooth Smart Skin Primer ($10.99 USD) — Smooth start. Helps diminish the appearance of pores and fine lines and enhance makeup wear. Inspired by my grandmother, my products are designed to help every woman enhance the nuances that define her individual beauty. – Salma. Smooth start skin primer. White lupin seeds & safflower seed oil help improve skin’s firmness and elasticity. Pumpkin seedcake nourishes and delivers improved radiance. Soft-light diffusion technology helps create a healthy glow. Vitamin E nourishes and protects the skin. Paraben free. Fragrance free. Made in USA.

What I think: This is a good primer if you like a bit of a glow to your skin.  Skin is very smooth and ready for makeup after use.  Or, just wear it alone — it’s quick and easy to apply and you’re out the door! Purchase at a CVS pharmacy near you or visit www.cvs.com.

TIGI Cosmetics Mineral Tint Moisturizer

TIGI Cosmetics Mineral Tint Moisturizer ($30 USD) Wearing foundation in soaring temperatures can be a total drag. This oil-free, water-resistant tinted moisturizer is the perfect light-weight alternative for the season. Added bonus: It’s formulated with a hint of shimmer and SPF 20 so you can get that sun-kissed glow sans the rays.

What I think:  Gorgeous!  And perfectly matches my currently faux-tanned skin! It almost melts into my skin, and gives me such a flawless look.  This can be worn with our without primer.  Smooth it over skin and go! Please visit www.tigiprofessional.com to find a local salon.

Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Mineral Cheek Trio

Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Mineral Cheek Trio ($12.99 USD) Triple-milled pigments in this three-in-one conditioning blush shape, highlight and define for an extra smooth, velvety finish and endless, customized looks.

What I think: This is a beautiful compact.  You can color, highlight and define cheeks and all over the face.  I like to brush a little of the bronzer under my jaw and under cheekbones to define. The highlighter goes on top of my cheekbones and on my brow bone. Purchase at a CVS pharmacy near you or visit www.cvs.com.

Enjoy!