My Beauty Faves Week of December 8-14, 2014 — Neutrogena, Colgate Enamel Health , Dermarose, Eco-Me and Little Twig

I can’t believe that it is less than two weeks until Christmas.  I am not even close to being done with my shipping. So I am a bit stressed!

As I don’t want my skin to show the signes of stress, I have been loving new skincare as well as organic dish soap, baby body wash and a great new toothpaste and toothbrush!

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

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream ($20.99 USD) — Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream works quickly with visible results in just one week!

By combining a unique combination of Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, and Hyaluronic Acid, Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Eye Cream moisturizes and renews the look of skin throughout the day.

Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer ($20.99 USD) — Visibly fade the look of stubborn wrinkles with our fastest Retinol formula available! So effective, 100% of women tested had noticeable results in just one week.

Featuring its unique combination of Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, and Hyaluronic Acid, Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Night Moisturizer moisturizes and renews the look of skin throughout the day, and helps to smooth wrinkles fast and diminish the look of age spots. Skin is left feeling smooth and looking younger.

What I think:  I have been using these products for about a week.  I have noticed that my skin is clearer and smoother.

Available at a mass market retailer near you.  Learn more at http://www.neutrogena.com.

Colgate Enamel Health Whitening Toothpaste ($4.99 USD) — Did you know that when your hygienist polishes your teeth, it also helps smooth your enamel to help prevent germ buildup? Introducing new Colgate® Enamel Health™ toothpaste, a unique formula that helps replenish and polish for healthy enamel.

Colgate Enamel Health Toothbrush ($5.99 USD. for 2 Pack) — Want a toothbrush that effectively cleans your whole mouth, helps remove stains AND has a gentle touch? The bristles of the Colgate® 360°® Enamel Health™ Sensitive Toothbrush pack this triple punch. Its soft bristles protect gums and enamel, its cheek and tongue cleaner helps remove bacteria, and its whitening cups gently help remove surface stains.

What I think:  I have been enjoying using this duo.  The toothpaste and brush leave my teeth smooth and my breath fresh.  And my teeth are definitely getting a little whiter!

Available at a mass market retailer near you.  Learn more at www.colgateenamelhealth.com.

Dermarose Swiss Rose Stem Cell Anti-Aging Eye Serum
Dermarose Swiss Rose Stem Cell Anti-Aging Eye Serum

Dermarose Swiss Rose Stem Cell Anti-Aging Eye Serum ($135 USD) — The source of Dermarose’s highly effective formula is the Swiss Rose, a resilient flower that thrives in the most adverse environmental conditions high in the Swiss Alps. The plant’s unique stem cells never undergo an aging process and are equipped with regenerative powers that continuously self-renew. Stem cells obtained from the Swiss Rose have been shown to have the same protective and regenerative effect on human skin cells as they do on the plant’s delicate flowers. Dermarose scientists combine three powerful compounds, PhytoCellTec Alp Rose, HALOXYL and EYELISS, to create an efficient and ultra-effective serum proven to reduce dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. These combined ingredients dramatically reduce the signs of aging around the eyes.

What I think: This luxe eye serum feels fantastic when applied.  It smoothes out the skin under my eyes and my darks circles do seem lighter.  I will need to use it a little longer to see more results, but I am hopeful!

Purchase at www.dermaroseskincare.com and www.dermstore.com

Eco-Me Natural Plant Extract Dish Soap
Eco-Me Natural Plant Extract Dish Soap

Eco-Me Natural Plant Extract Dish Soap  ($5.99 USD) — Natural sudsing Dish Soap, lemon fresh scent. Tough on grease, gentle on hands with glycerin and natural plant extracts

What I think: Love this dish soap!  It smells really fresh and bright, plus it dissolves grease and leaves my dishes very clean.

Available at http://www.eco-me.com 

 Little Twig Calming Lavender Baby Wash
Little Twig Calming Lavender Baby Wash

Little Twig Calming Lavender Baby Wash ($12.50 for 8.5oz., $17.50 for 17oz., $31.99 for 34oz.) — Shower your little one in serenity with this organic blend of essential oils and mild foam. Our formula combines skin softening vitamin E with just a whisper of lavender and chamomile. Gentle enough for newborns.

What I think:  I don’t have a baby, but my family has been enjoying this calming body wash. It has a soft, lavender scent and leaves our skin very soft.  I love natural products for babies because you know that it is gentle on their sensitive skin.

Available at http://www.littletwig.com.

 

 

 

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of August 25th!

My last week of August was hot and exhausting, so glad it’s the long weekend! I have been trying products sent to me for review that are great for the end of summer.

This week I have been enjoying a yummy scented body wash, a night skin treatment, two amazing eye shadow brushes, spray to remove chlorine from hair, tinted brow gel and healthy wheat grass tablets (I am trying to get healthier).

Neutrogena Rainbath  Renewing Shower and Bath Gel - Pear and Green Tea
Neutrogena Rainbath Renewing Shower and Bath Gel – Pear and Green Tea

Neutrogena Rainbath® Renewing Pear & Green Tea Shower and Bath Gel ($8.49 USD) — softens and conditions skin without a heavy leave-behind residue. With its unique fragrance blend of pear and green tea, Rainbath® works to renew the look of your skin as the rich, moisturizing lather rinses clean. Your skin is left in better condition feeling softer, smoother and truly renewed.

What I think:  I love all of the Neutrogena Rainbath washes, and this is one of my favorite scents.  It’s fresh and sweet-scented, and my skin is clean and very soft after washing.  I love using it as bubble bath.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.  You can learn more and purchase at http://www.neutrogena.com.

Miracle Skin Transformer Triple Active Night Cream
Miracle Skin Transformer Triple Active Night Cream

Miracle Skin Transformer Triple Active Night Cream ($68.00 USD) — This multi-purpose cream combines the beauty benefits of three different creams, exfoliating skin, moisturizing and fighting daily environmental aggressors at once. It also helps combat signs of aging and dull-looking skin, leaving behind a more radiant and youthful appearance with regular use.

What I think: I have been using this every night for about a week.  When I apply it, it leaves sinks right into my skin, without leaving it greasy.  In the morning, my skin is so soft and smooth.  And very glowy!  This is a good product if your skin is dry and dull.

Available at http://www.hsn.com.

MUA Pro All Over Shadow Brush($10 USD) and MUA Pro Crease Brush ($10 USD) — The shadow brush has full and rounded natural fiber brush for a perfectly even wash of color from lid to brow bone. Superior shape and tapered bristles glide shadow over a large area, creating a flawlessly even distribution of pigment in one easy sweep. Perfect for an all-over wash of shadow, highlighting the brow bone or tucking color into the eye crease.   The crease brush is the perfect size to apply a darker shade just into the crease.

What I think:  Both of these brushes are now my favorite eye shadow brushes.  The all over shadow brush works well from brow bone down to lashes and the crease brush is amazing!  Gives just the right amount of pigment for my crease.  Love!  They are both made very well and are gorgeous!

Available at http://www.cvs.com.

SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray
SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray

SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray (4 oz $15, on sale for $11.95 USD at Amazon) — an all-natural solution that completely eliminates chlorine from hair and skin with a new vitamin C technology that neutralizes all lingering chlorine other swimmer-specific hair and skincare products leave behind without using additional chemicals to do so.

What I think:  This is such as smart idea.  You rinse your hair, apply SwimSpray, then shampoo.  It cleans all of the chlorine and chemicals out of your hair and leaves it clean and soft.

Available at http://www.amazon.com.  Learn more at http://www.swimspray.com.

RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel
RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel

RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel ($32.00 USD) — This multi-tasking eye-brow setting gel helps to control, condition, and enhance brows for immediate and dramatic results. It sculpts and defines eyebrows to create a fuller look, while filling in areas that may be sparse or damaged.  In addition, the Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel conditions brows to protect from breakage, and create soft and naturally beautiful brows.

What I think:  This is a really nice brow gel that can help create the full brow look that is in right now.  I love knowing that this is a product that can help the health of my brows.  It’s also really easy to use, just swipe on with the brush and use the comb on the other end to tame your brows.

Available at www.revitalash.com

Pines Wheat Grass 250 Tablets
Pines Wheat Grass 250 Tablets

Pines Wheat Grass 250 Tablets ($18.95 USD for one bottle) — Pound for pound, PINES Wheat Grass is many times richer in chlorophyll and iron than spinach. Its protein level averages 25 percent and it contains virtually every vitamin known, along with 20 amino acids, including the eight that are considered essential for human health.

What I think: Wheat grass pills are such a healthy way to get so many essential vitamins.  The only thing that I don’t care for is that you have to take 7 tablets a day to get the benefits.  But, its worth it for this healthy supplement.

Available at http://www.wheatgrass.com.

What type of products have you been loving this week?

 

Clean Your Face and Body With New Cleansing Wipes

I am a lazy girl.  It may be because I have 3 kids, a husband, full-time job and way too many animals — or I might just be a lazy girl at heart.

That’s why I love cleansing wipes! They are so easy, especially at night when I am tired.

The wipes below aren’t only good for removing makeup, some refresh your body after working out or over-heating.  And they are fairly inexpensive, too!

EUTROGENA® Oil-Free  Cleansing Wipes
NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes

The NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Cleansing Wipes ($7.49 USD) — This line delivers a refreshing blast of 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C to help prevent blackheads and breakouts. Available in five formulas, the Pink Grapefruit line offers pre-moistened Cleansing Wipes, Facial Cleanser, Foaming Scrub, Cream Cleanser and Body Wash.

What I think:  I have been testing the wipes, and even though I don’t have oily skin, I have really been enjoying them.  The scent is fresh and fruity, very nice.  I have been using the wipes at night and they remove all of my makeup and don’t irritate my skin.  so win win!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

 güd® By Burt’s Bees Natural Cleansing Wipes
güd® By Burt’s Bees Natural Cleansing Wipes

gĂĽd® By Burt’s Bees Natural Cleansing Wipes — ($2.99 for 10 wipes) — These new soft, natural towelettes can be used to remove dirt and sweat from head to toe, leaving behind an invigorating cooling sensation, instant deodorizing effect, and intoxicating scent so you feel fresh and clean.  Formulated with gĂĽd-for-you natural botanicals and extracts, these gentle wipes not only take away the day, but also leave skin smelling amazing with fun, uplifting scents like Orange Petalooza, Pearanormal Activity, and beloved Red Ruby Groovy.

What I think: These are so handy to carry around!  They remove makeup at night, but they are also a great mid-day refresher or use them after a walk or a workout.  They smell fantastic, too!

Available at leading drug, grocery and mass retailers and on gĂĽdhappens.com

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

BanTotal Refresh Cooling Body Cloths ($3.29 USD) –feature unique PowderSilk technology, imported exclusively from Japan, that instantly cools hot skin on contact and leaves you feeling revitalized. These convenient wipes leave behind a translucent, superfine powder that keeps skin smooth and comfortable, especially after taking off a hot, itchy scarf. And with three light revitalizing scents—Enliven, Invigorate, and Restore—you can replace any lingering wet wool outerwear smell with delicate, reviving fragrance in a flash.

What I think: This is a really cool (ha!) idea!  They are perfect for a refresher after all the winter layers and I know they will help my skin stay cool and dry in the summer!  And they smell really mild and fresh.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Have you tried any of these new wipes?  What do you think?

 

 

 

Skincare: Get a Good Glow as You Transition Into Spring

It was over 60 degrees in Kansas City last week…no I am not joking!  It was crazy…crazy good!

It is cooler again today, highs are in the 40’s — but the temperature swing really got me thinking about spring.  I need to get my skin ready for sun and going outside.

I have been piling serums and moisturizers on my skin all winter and while it is looking okay, I really need to get it back into shape.

Below are some perfect products to get skin clean, polished and glowing.

NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit
NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit

NEUTROGENA® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit (Approximately $9.99 USD) — line delivers a refreshing blast of 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C to help prevent blackheads and breakouts. Available in five formulas, the Pink Grapefruit line offers pre-moistened Cleansing Wipes, Facial Cleanser, Foaming Scrub, Cream Cleanser and Body Wash.

What I think: I have been trying the Foaming Scrub.  I love using this to help exfoliate and clear my skin on oiler days.  I think it would be perfect for people with acne-prone skin! Plus, February is National Grapefruit Month, and this is a great way to get a daily dose of that fruit!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Garnier® Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser For Combination Skin
Garnier® Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser For Combination Skin

Garnier® Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser For Combination Skin ($5.99 USD) — Combination skin types have different cleansing needs in order to look and feel their best. Often, the wrong face cleansers are used  for the concerns specific to combination skin and as a result, skin does not get the right care it needs. CUSTOMIZED CLEANSING: Garnier CLEAN + Purifying Foam Cleanser effectively cleanses and purifies skin without overdrying. SKIN TYPE SPECIFIC CARE: Garnier Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser’s formula, infused with antioxidants from grapefruit and pomegranate, softens and balances skin. Oil free.

What I think:  This gentle foaming cleanser has become my daily night time cleanser.  It takes off my makeup in the evening and does not dry out my skin.  It also has a soft, fresh scent and foams up nicely!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

X8™ Skin Perfecter Exfoliating Caviar
X8™ Skin Perfecter Exfoliating Caviar

Pur Attitude X8™ Skin Perfecter Exfoliating Caviar ($42.50 USD)– Creates a customized cleanser to exfoliate dull, dead skin. It refines pores, retexturizes, revitalizes and smoothes skin. The beads are self-adjusting to prevent over-exfoliation.

In a 28 day consumer study:

  • 88% reported minimized pores
  • 94% reported improved skin smoothness
  • 96% reported improved skin radiance
  • 100% reported gentle, non-irritating

What I think:  The instructions for this product say to add some to your favorite cleanser and apply to face.  That’s what I have been doing, and I really have been noticing results such as my pores appear smaller and my face looks smoother!

Available at www.purattitude.com

line delivers a refreshing blast of 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C to help prevent blackheads and breakouts. Available in five formulas, the Pink Grapefruit line offers pre-moistened Cleansing Wipes, Facial Cleanser, Foaming Scrub, Cream Cleanser and Body Wash.
From the Lab

For gorgeous skin, try the From the Lab subscription service.  I have just tested their January selections. This two-product box contains a powerhouse of anti-aging ingredients that will wake up skin even in the coldest of temperatures. The first product, Beauty Elixir No. 602 is loaded with superior actives, including the ingredient never before used in the United States: Nicotiana Sylvestris Stem Cell Peptide. This all-natural peptide provides defense against not just one skin concern, but multiple! The Beauty Elixir No. 602 not only improves skin tone, but reduces the appearance of wrinkles and strengthens skin to prevent environmental damage.

From the Lab doesn’t stop there – they’ve taken the benefits from the Beauty Elixir No. 602 even further and included an Eye Serum No. 603 to help stimulate circulation and alleviate dark circles. Containing caffeine to help reduce under-eye puffiness, the Eye Serum No. 603 is the finishing touch to the perfect skincare duo!

From the Lab works with the best cosmetic labs in the world to bring customers one, two or three full-sized sample products with the most unique, never-before used ingredients up to 18-months before they hit shelves. June’s Face Primer No. 327 and Eye Primer No. 328 recently launched in European Store Rogue Bunny Rogue for a combined price of $80, but From the Lab customers got the exclusive on these products for just $19.95! You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to get today’s beauty products – get the best of the best first with From the Lab!

Monthly Subscription Price: $29.95

What I think:  I have been using both products.  My favorite has been the eye serum as it smoothes and de-puffs the skin around my eyes. I have been seeing results after using the face serum as well, but it does irritate my sensitive skin a bit.  So I use it every other night and it has been working perfectly!

Available at www.fromthelab.com

Garnier® Ultra-lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector For All Skin Tones
Garnier® Ultra-lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector For All Skin Tones

Garnier® Ultra-lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector For All Skin Tones ($14.99 USD)– As skin ages, wrinkles and loss of firmness occur, and skin begins to look less smooth and less luminous. Some anti-aging creams take time to help correct the signs of aging, but you want to see a more immediate transformation. With breakthrough transforming technology, Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector provides a double transformation. The auto-adjusting texture transforms on contact with skin for immediate correction and brightening. It releases micro-pigments that instantly adjust to any skin tone whether you are fair, medium, or deep, making skin flawless, smooth and radiant. Over time, the formula with Pro-Retinol from Nature boosts natural cell renewal while actually protecting skin’s surface moisture barrier, to help prevent dryness* so wrinkles are reduced and firmness is restored.

What I think: LOVE this product!  I have been using it over face serum in the morning as it moisturizes and is a great SPF.  But the way it instantly evens out my skin tone is almost like magic!  My pores appear smaller and the redness is minimized.  I haven’t used it long enough to see the long-term benefits, but I will!

Available at mass market retailers.

Vemma Renew
Vemma Renew

At only 45 calories and made with natural sweeteners, Vemma Renew is an ultra-premium nutritional beverage that provides the essential nutrients needed to maintain overall health and well-being. This flavorful, caffeine-free, non-carbonated drink is packed with antioxidants and features 2 ounces of the clinically studied Vemma formula along with 20 mg of silica, which is known to help maintain healthy skin, nails and hair. Along with Silica, Vemma Renew contains anti-aging properties and a formula that supports collagen production, which gives Renew the added benefit of appealing to consumers looking for a healthy approach to beauty from the inside out.

2oz of the clinically studied Vemma formula

  • 20mg of plant-sourced silica known to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair
  • Anti-aging and immune boosting properties
  • Supports collagen production
  • Only 45 calories and 5g of all-natural sweeteners
  • A non-carbonated, refreshing fruit flavor
  • Caffeine free and non-GMO
  • No artificial flavors and colors or high fructose corn syrup

What I think:  I have tried a couple of cans of this drink and I think it is an interesting idea — drinking your skin and hair care!  It has a sweet, fruity taste and I can see a person drinking a can a day to stay healthy.  I didn’t see any immediate results by drinking a couple of cans of the drink, but it would be a good supplement for anti-aging skin care.

Available at http://www.vemma.com

Enjoy!

National Bubble Bath Day — and a Neutrogena Giveaway!

Neutrogena Rainbath
Neutrogena Rainbath

Bubble Bath Day is here! Today, Wednesday, January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day! I favor baths over showers, so I was excited to learn this!

And to my joy, I received samples of Neutrogena Rainbath® Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel ($7.99 for 8.5 oz) for my honest review.

Available in Original, Pear & Green Tea and Grapefruit, Rainbath® creates a rich, conditioning lather with ingredients that leave skin feeling irresistibly clean, smooth and refreshed.  Rainbath® can even be applied as a skin-softening shaving gel for legs, helping save time and money on unnecessary products.

I have just taken my bath with the Pear & Green Tea Rainbath® and I’m in love!  I have always wanted to try this product and it is just as great as I had thought it would be.  The scent is amazingly fresh (I also love the spicy original) and it left my skin soft and clean!

You can learn more and purchase at www.neutrogena.com/product/rainbath.  Also available at mass market retailers.

If you’d like to try out Neutrogena Rainbath®, I’m giving away 2 bottles — 1 bottle each to two lucky readers!.  Just leave a comment below, and I’ll select a winner at random.

The scents will vary, so it will be a surprise when you receive it!  You may enter until Thursday, January 23rd.  I will announce 2 winners on Friday, January 24th and will also email the winners.  Good Luck!

I Resolve to Take Care of My Skin in 2014!

Oh, skincare.  It is a necessity that takes time, money and effort.  I’ll admit that I get lazy sometimes and don’t want to take all of the steps for great skin.  And my skin has suffered through the stressful holiday season. But since I am now forty-five, flirty and fabulous — I have to do my best!

Below are a few new products that I am testing to make my aging skin the best it can be.  A little exfoliation, products for my sensitive skin and hands (hands show the first signs of aging) should make this a beautiful new year.

NEUTROGENA® Microdermabrasion System
NEUTROGENA® Microdermabrasion System

NEUTROGENA® Microdermabrasion System ($15.99) — For softer, more luminous skin today and firmer, younger-looking skin over time, Neutrogena® Microdermabrasion System starter kit delivers noticeable results every time you use it.

Microdermabrasion System is a simple, convenient at-home system that features single-use puffs and the microdermabrasion applicator. Each puff is pre-dosed with ultra-fine crystals and mild purifiers for the perfect degree of gentle exfoliation. What’s more, the massaging micro-vibrations boost surface cell turnover for firmer, younger-looking skin.

A dermatologist clinical study showed that Microdermabrasion System helped reduce multiple signs of aging:

91% had smoother, more luminous skin instantly
88% had visible improvement in the look of fine lines after 1 week
88% had significantly reduced appearance of wrinkles or age spots after 4 weeks
72% had substantially firmer-looking skin after 8 weeks

What I think: This affordable system is an effective way to exfoliate.  I also think that all skin types can use this.  My skin is sensitive, but I can use this once or twice a week.  After use, my skin is so soft and glowing.

www.neutrogena.com/product

Sebamed
Sebamed Anti-Dry

The dermatologist developed skin care brand, Sebamed, has launched an Anti-Dry Collection with head-to-toe products formulated at pH 5.5, the exact pH of hydrated, healthy skin. Incorporating these moisturizing miracles into your daily routine can optimize skin’s protective barrier to retain moisture during dry weather and repel environmental irritants that exacerbate dry skin.

Sebamed Anti-Dry Day Defense Cream ($22.95, SebamedUSA.com): An essential prep step for going outside on a cold winter’s day! Protect your skin from harsh winter weather with the smoothing and soothing properties of avocado oil (with skin-related lipids, Vitamins A and E). The cream slides easily over the skin where it is totally absorbed, leaving no sticky traces or residue. The pH value of 5.5 supports the skin’s own natural acid barrier against dehydration and irritants. Dermatological tests have proven Sebamed Anti-dry Day Cream used in combination with the Night Cream can restore the essential moisture balance of dry skin.

Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream ($23.95, SebamedUSA.com): Recover and restore your skin after a long day. This cream is rich in phytosterols (3%), jojoba oil and glycerin to protect, smooth, calm and regenerate the skin without clogging pores. The intensive and rich properties of this Night Cream stimulate the skin’s own renewal process overnight for fresher skin by morning. The pH value of 5.5 promotes the skin’s own acid protective barrier against dehydration and irritants. Dermatological tests have proven that Sebamed Anti-dry Day Cream used in combination with the Night Cream can restore the essential moisture balance of dry skin.

Sebamed Anti-Dry Hydrating Body Lotion ($22.95, SebamedUSA.com): In a three-week dermatological test, this lotion improved the moisture content of dry skin by 26 percent, even after 10 hours of wear, and despite interim washing. Shea butter and plant derived lipids form a protective barrier on skin to retain moisture and protect against dehydration and irritants.

Sebamed Anti-Dry Wash Emulsion ($22.95, SebamedUSA.com): Replenish and balance moisture content to relieve dry, irritated skin with its amino acid and lipid-enriched formula. This soap-free and nutrient-rich formula works to hydrate and restore the skin’s equilibrium, leaving skin smooth and supple.

What I think:  I have been testing the Anti-Dry Wash Emulsion and the Day Defense Cream.  These products are so gentle, but effective.  Used together, my skin is clean and soft.  They are perfect for the cold, dry air in Kansas City right now.  My skin feels so parched, and these products have helped hydrate it.

Purchase or learn more at SebamedUSA.com.

Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream
Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream

Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream ($14 USD) — This rich moisturizing hand cream is for all skin types and frees your skin from artificial mineral oil so it can breathe freely. Sunflower seed, coconut, and soybean oils are packed with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants for truly healthier, softer skin.

What I think: Carol’s Daughter products are always so moisturizing and good for you skin and this hand cream is no exception.  It smells fantastic, perfect for any almond-scent lover!  And it leaves my hands so soft and not greasy!  Don’t forget to take care of your hands because they will definitely give your age away!

Available at www.carolsdaughter.com.

What products are you using to take care of your skin in 2014?

Try a Fresh New Look in 2014

Happy new year!  I try a lot of skincare, makeup, hair care etc. each year.  I am now in my 5th year of my fabulous blog (coming up to my 1000th post!  Giveaway coming sometime this month — stay tuned!). Sometimes, my face takes all of the different creams and cosmetics well, but I am broken out now.  I know, could be post-holiday stress!

So looking towards 2014, I would like to keep it simple, with a few great new products and a fresh look.  Here are some of the items that I’m trying this week.  Here’s to a clear face, shiny hair and a soft, fresh look for 2014!

Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes
Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes

Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes ($7.99 USD): Dissolve away all makeup, dirt, grime and other environmental impurities. Developed with luxuriously soft cotton, the powerfully conditioning formula never leaves behind a greasy residue—meaning no rinse required.

What I think:  I have been using these nightly to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin. I love the fresh scent and they leave my skin clean, but not dried out.

Available at drugstores and mass market merchandisers.  Learn more at www.biore.com/en-US.

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($12.49 USD) — Neutrogena Healthy Skin® liquid makeup takes over where your skin care leaves off. Silky-light coverage glides on for a perfectly natural look, while the exclusive blend plus Broad Spectrum SPF 20 work together to visibly improve skin’s luminosity, tone, and texture.

  • Flawless coverage, lightweight, silky formula
  • Exclusive blend of antioxidants and Broad Spectrum SPF 20
  • Maintains skin’s young and healthy look
  • Available in 12 new shades

What I think: This foundation feels so natural on!  It gives light to medium coverage and I love that it is good for my skin!  With twelve shades, its easy to get a great match.

Available at www.neutrogena.com and drugstores near you.

beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction
beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction

beautyADDICTS Lip Addiction ($17 USD) — A luxurious, full-coverage high-shine lip glaze that provides intense, opulent color while nourishing lips with vitamins and plumping lips with peptides. Available in 8 shades as shown above.

What I think: I have this in Naked, the nude shade 4th from the left and the red called Hollywood.  They are full coverage, and feel great on!  Not sticky at all!

Available at www.beautyaddicts.com.

beautyAddicts  GlimmerSHEERS
beautyAddicts GlimmerSHEERS

beautyAddicts  GlimmerSHEERS ($28 USD) — Ultimate duo designed to highlight and luminize eyes, face and cheeks. Unique formulas in complementary shades: Glimmer – a soft focus luminizing luster for a sun-kissed, elegant sheen. Sheer – a crystal clear balm that hydrates and enhances glowing skin.

What I think: This is a cool product!  I have it in Glow, which is a purplish hue.  This makes a great eye shadow and I love to put the clear balm on the top of my cheeks for a little shine.

Available at www.beautyaddicts.com.

Sensai 38°C Mascara
Sensai 38°C Mascara

Sensai 38°C Mascara ($32 USD) — Sensai promises this mascara will resist tears of holiday laughter and watery eyes from gusty winds! The 38°Cstands for 38 degrees Celsius, as it’s the temperature of water required to melt the mascara off your lashes.

What I think:  This is a great waterproof mascara!  It stays on all day and is buildable so you can have a more natural look, or go glam with lots of volume!  This has become my everyday mascara.

Sensai products may be purchased at https://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/ and http://www.neimanmarcus.com/.

Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment
Mark Hill

Don’t forget healthy hair in 2014!  To keep it soft and frizz-free, try Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment ($11.99 USD, 50ml) — This magic repair treatment is filled with Micro Wheat Proteins & Keravis to help protect, strengthen and restructure damaged and dry hair.

What I think: I put a few drops of this treatment in my damp hair before styling.  It makes my hair so soft.  Then I use a bit more on my dry hair to keep the flyaways down and to make it very shiny.  Love!

Available at Walgreens stores and online.

What beauty look are you going to strive for this year?  Any beauty resolutions?  Leave a comment!

It’s Getting Cold Outside — Take Care of Your Skin!

My skin is so dry.  And I mean my face, hands, legs, feet — even my lips!  So I feel the need to hydrate a lot.

I was sent the following products to try for my honest opinion.  I have found that they are all very helpful in keeping me moisturized:

Lulah Body Lotion in Magnolia Fig
Lulah Body Lotion in Magnolia Fig

Lulah Body Lotion ($13.25 USD) — The colder season is quickly approaching and that means it is time to find the perfect body lotion for dry winter skin.  With Lulah’s Body Lotions, you can smell great while hydrating your entire body.  The Body Lotions come in Lulah’s signature scents including Peony, Magnolia Fig, Citron, Tamarind Ginger, and Vanilla Orchid, all of which are available for purchase on Lulah.com for $13.25 each.

What I think: I think it’s always a bonus when a really moisturizing body lotion also smells fantastic, and this one sure does.  It is perfect for moisturizing legs and feet at night.

Available at www.lulah.com

 

Eight Skincare Body Softening Oil Ginger Lime
Eight Skincare Body Softening Oil Ginger Lime

Eight Skincare Body Softening Oil Ginger Lime ($22 USD) — Eight Body Softening Oil is a luxurious blend of essential oils, specifically formulated to leave the skin velvety smooth, softened and toned. These essentials bring natural benefits to the skin.

Submerse yourself in the fresh, piquant blend of ginger and lime. This all natural aroma will not compete with your fragrance, as the scent of the essential oils will dissipate.

What I think:  I love using this right after my bath or shower.  It sinks right in and keeps my skin soft and smooth.  The scent is fresh and very light.  It disappears soon after application.

Learn more at www.eightskincare.com

Fake Bake Tanning Butter For Dry Skin
Fake Bake Tanning Butter For Dry Skin

Fake Bake Tanning Butter For Dry Skin ($20.99 USD) — Our Fake Bake Tanning Body Butter allows you to build a beautiful tan using the softest Shea Butter ingredients available. ItÂąs light enough to use daily and will build naturally so even the palest of skin tones need not fear! The buttery texture will rival any regular moisturizer and leaves skin with a subtle velvety shimmer and it smells incredible!

What I think:  I am loving this on my winter-white legs.  It gives a soft glow.  You can build it darker, but it never gets too dark.  Really cool idea!

Fake Bake is available at salons and top retailers nationwide and at FakeBake.com. Our Tanning Butter retails for $20.99.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($4.49) — Give your hands some TLC by keeping Norwegian Formula Hand Cream within reach. It glycerin-rich formula relieves dry, chapped hands for hours.

What I think: A little goes a long way with this rich cream.  This is great (and affordable) to have on hand as it gets colder and colder.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm
butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm

butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm ($30 USD) — Just because our feet are hidden beneath fuzzy socks and weather-slaying boots doesn’t mean they don’t need a little winter TLC. In fact, boots can be some of the worst offenders in the war against soft heels. butter LONDON’s Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm banishes dry and cracked skin that comes with the season. So no more excuses to procrastinate on that holiday shopping – you’ll be ready to tackle those door buster deals with the most fit feet in town.

What I think: This silky stick is great to use at night.  Roll it over your heels and wake up to soft feet!

You can purchase at www.butterLONDON.com, Ulta, Ulta.com

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser ($8.99 USD)– The humidity and temperatures drop but that doesn’t mean your skin will stop producing oil. A cleanser with salicylic acid will exfoliate to remove dry skin and can prevent breakouts. For combination and dry skin, use Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser to remove dirt and oil while keeping the skin’s natural moisture barrier intact.

What I think:  This cleanser will work for anyone.  I love it because it is gentle on my sensitive skin and doesn’t strip it — which is important on my dry skin.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream
Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream

Sleep tight with visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in your head and wake up with baby soft skin thanks to Algenist’s Overnight Restorative Cream ($90. USD). The Alguronic Acid in this miracle elixir works overtime to promote cell renewal while peptides nourish skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Add a couple drops of the uber hydrating Algenist’s Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil ($79 USD) into the moisturizer and this potent combination will give cracked winter skin some much needed “oomph” and serious angelic radiance, all while you’re sleeping off that giant holiday meal. Double tasking at its finest.

What I think: Talk about a 1-2 punch of hydration!  These two products combined leaves my skin so soft.  It’s a fab overnight treatment.  Believe me, you will wake up with softer skin in the morning!

WHERE TO BUY: Algenist.com, Sephora, Sephora.com

 

Chapstick Gingerbread
Chapstick Gingerbread

Introducing new Limited Edition seasonal ChapStick® Gingerbread Kiss ($1.99). It is also available in Candy Cane.

What I think:  These are fun, seasonal flavors that also keep lips soft and smooth.  I especially love the Gingerbread Kiss.  It’s really yummy!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

 

So, dear readers — does your skin get dry in the winter?  Leave a comment and let me know what you use.

 

 

 

 

Get Your Skin Ready For Fall Part 2

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
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

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
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes

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
Precision MD Celfix DNA Youth Recovery Facial Serum

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.

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

Osmotics Cream Extreme Intensive Repair
Osmotics Cream Extreme Intensive Repair

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.

$75; osmotics.com

Coola Mineral SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint
Coola Mineral SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint

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.

Available at http://www.coolasuncare.com.

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Texture
Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream Light Texture

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.

Available at http://www.AmarteSkinCare.com.

Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Aging CC Cream
Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Aging CC Cream

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.

Available in local drugstores and Ulta.

Enjoy your flawless fall face!

Reviews of CEW Finalists By Fresh, M.A.C. and Neutrogena plus an Ojon Giveaway!

CEW – a nonprofit professional organization with more than 4,500 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance and related industries– has recently presented its annual Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards, the only beauty award voted on by industry experts. The Awards celebrate the most innovative products of the year, and its list of 140 finalists include some of the most popular and effective products around.  You can learn more at www.cew.org.

I have received a few products from CEW for review and one cool hair product from Ojon to giveaway (see below).  The products are:

Fresh Seaberry Restorative Body Cream

Seaberry Restorative Body Cream ($28.50 USD) is an ultra-hydrating and nourishing treatment designed to calm and relieve irritation. The moisturizing formula is fortified with omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 and seaberry oil, a powerful antioxidant that helps to restore, protect, and soften the skin. Its creamy rich texture offers a luxurious skin-soothing experience. The ingredients in this lotion are:

– Seaberry oil, also known as seabuckthorn oil, is a powerful antioxidant rich in omegas 7 & 9 that helps to restore, protect, and soften the skin.
– Cranberry seed oil is packed with omegas 3, 6 & 9 and vitamin E to help maintain the skin’s elasticity and smoothness.
– Sal seed butter, rich in omegas 6 & 9, apricot kernel seed oil, and jojoba seed oil help to hydrate and nourish.
– Sea lavender helps to soothe and calm dry skin.

What I think: This lotion is amazing!  You only need one small squirt for both hands and arms.  It is cooling and so silky on.  This is perfect for after shaving or spending time in the sun (with sunscreen on, of course)!  It has a pretty strong herbal scent, but it’s not unpleasant.

www.fresh.com and www.sephora.com

M.A.C. False Lashes

M.A.C. False Lashes ($19 USD) Fashionably false in look, but honestly real, this mascara’s key benefits of volume and curl are matched by a dramatic end look. The unique edge: the ultra-thickening formula in combo with the plush-’em-up action of its unique double-lush brush.

What I think: I have never tried a M.A.C. mascara and was excited to try this one.  I have mixed feelings about this mascara.  It does add length, but does not thicken unless you use a lot of coats, then it ends up clumping.  It also runs very easily, and since I have allergies, it starts running shortly after I apply it. So yay on length and boo on volume and wearability.

You can learn more and purchase at M.A.C. stores and www.maccosmetics.com.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion SPF 15

Neutrogena® Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion with SPF 15 ($15.99 USD) is a gentle daily moisturizer formulated for even the most sensitive skin. It’s clinically proven to instantly soothe and calm skin, visibly reducing redness and irritation. This uniquely developed formula with Chamomile and Feverfew makes skin less sensitive after just one week by strengthening skin’s moisture barrier. Skin is left smoother, more supple, and healthier looking with daily use. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen protects the skin against the sun’s damaging rays.  With an allergy tested fragrance uniquely developed for sensitive skin, skin is left feeling calmer, softer and smoother.

What I think:  My skin becomes more sensitive the older I get.  So I was happy to try this gentle daily moisturizer.  It is not greasy and really soothes my red cheeks everyday  I also love the SPF 15 that is in the product.  I have been applying moisturizer and SPF separately and this is much more convenient and way less heavy feeling.

You may purchase at a mass market retailer near you.

Ojon Color Sustain™ Gloss Finishing Hair Spray

Now For the Giveaway!!!

I am giving away a Ojon Color Sustain Gloss Finishing Hair Spray ($23.50 USD) Formulated with UVA/UVB sunscreens. This weightless finishing spray for color-treated hair not only keeps styles under control, it actually promotes hair’s natural shine and radiance. And it never leaves a heavy, sticky, color-dulling residue. Pure Ojon™ oil, nature’s hair-repairing golden elixir instantly preps hair to work with Tahitian Monoi so it can enhance softness and sheen. Hair looks rich, lustrous and vibrant. It’s the perfect summer or vacation hairspray for color-treated hair.

If you would like to win this, please leave a comment on my blog.  I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, June 4, 2012.

Good luck!  And please, only residents of the United States and Canada.

Enjoy!