Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of August 5th!

Another week of beauty has gone by!  I was lucky enough to have the week off and had a fun stay-cation with my kids before they head back to school next week.

I think the theme for this weeks favorite products is “natural”.  I have tried a tinted lip and cheek balm, a Kona coffee body scrub, a hydrating hair conditioner, a honey scented body lotion and gorgeous mineral eye shadows and blush!

Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm
Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm

Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm ($22 for 1 oz) — An all natural tinted balm to give your lips and cheeks a slight flush and dewy finish. Apply desired amount to lips for nourishment, protection, and color.  Dab a small amount on cheeks as a light cream blush.

What I think: This organic lip balm gives a light rosy color on lip and cheek — so pretty.  It has an herbal scent that isn’t my favorite, but I do like how good it is for my skin.

Available at

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub
Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub ($55 USD) — This scrub blends naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Sugar to remove dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Mongongo Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Avocado Oil, this unique fusion leaves all skin moisturized, smooth and soft.

What I think: This smells fantastic, and really softens the skin!  It’s great to use before applying self-tanner or just when you need to get rid of dry skin.  Love it on my feet.

Available at

PHYTO PHYTOBaume Hydration Conditioner
PHYTO PHYTOBaume Hydration Conditioner

PHYTO PHYTOBaume Hydration Conditioner ($19 USD) — Instantly detangles hair without weighing it down. Jojoba oil, used for its emollient and regenerating benefits, combined with castor oil hydrates and protects the hair. Angelica seed extraction has purifying and toning properties to increase hair’s vitality and shine. Hair becomes easier to detangle with improved manageability.

What I think: The instructions on this conditioner say to apply it and instantly rinse it off.  I did so and was really surprised on how soft my hair was, after I dried it.  It is also great to use on kids who wriggle when you try to detangle hair!

Learn more at and purchase at Sephora stores.

Yves Rocher Culture Bio Nourshing Body Lotion
Yves Rocher Culture Bio Nourshing Body Lotion

Yves Rocher Culture Bio Nourishing Body Lotion ($18 USD on sale now for $9.90) — Immediately soothes feelings of tightness and discomfort. Acacia honey selected by Yves Rocher laboratory for its soothing properties, organic sunflower oil for its nourishing properties, organic chestnut to protect your skin from dehydration and organic oats to stimulate cell renewal. Paraben free. Colouring free. Mineral oil free. 99% of natural origin ingredients.

What I think:  I have been using this line — including a body wash, hand cream and lip balm — in Honey & Organic Muesli.

Available at

BeautiControl Color Pure Touch Blush ($20 on sale for $16.90) and Color Impact Eyeshadow ($18 on sale for $14.90) — Blush — A silky-smooth formula so color-rich you’ll be blushing for hours. Glides on evenly, blends seamlessly for a full-color flush that helps minimize small skin imperfections while maximizing your natural radiance. Eye Shadow — Bold eye brilliance that’s never boring. Intense, stay-true color sweeps over lids with a rich, velvety-smooth finish that stays put and feels comfortable all day.  Apply dry for normal wear or wet for added drama and attention.

What I think:  I haven’t tried this mineral makeup brand before and was glad to receive these samples.  Most of my blushes are pink or coral, so I am loving this matte. peachy shade.  Really pretty for summer and very well-pigmented so I think it will be great for fall as well.  The shadows are pretty, but didn’t show up well on me, so I wet them and they are so pretty.  I especially love the Lime.

Available at

What are your favorite new natural beauty brands and products?

Spring Beauty — From the Inside Out!

I just realized that more of my skin will be showing in short sleeves and short pants soon — not to mention swimsuits!  Time to get ready for spring and summer by eating and drinking healthier and taking care of our skin.

Below are some great ideas of products that can help you look and feel your best as the days get longer and warmer!

Stur flavor enhancer
Stur flavor enhancer

We have all heard the importance of drinking water and why it’s good for us. For some – drinking water has become more of a chore than a natural instinct and many find water to be boring or do not enjoy the taste. Stur, a liquid water enhancer, is the newest and most delicious way to hit those 8 glasses of water a day. It is an all-natural product that is made with Stevia and 100% Vitamin C and comes in a variety of flavors such as Only Orange Mango, Freshly Fruit Punch, Simply Strawberry Watermelon, and Purely Pomegranate Cranberry.

Learn more at and you can purchase them for Amazon.

The Beauty Detox Foods
The Beauty Detox Foods

The Beauty Detox Foods Book by Kimberly Snyder —  Dreading pulling that bikini out of the depths of your closet? Try incorporating a few easy recipes from Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Foods. This book will help give step by step instruction on how to better your health in a natural way – recipes include everything from her famous Glowing Green Smoothie to her favorite dinner entrée.

Learn more at


The polar vortex is gone and spring break season has officially sprung! To make sure you enjoy your fun in the sun, check out the newest products from Hawaiian Tropic® that will keep skin protected and feeling luxurious.  These smell and feel fantastic:

  • Hawaiian Tropic® Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen ($8.99 USD), their first sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection UVA and UVB protection, softens and leaves skin with a radiant shine.
  • Hawaiian Tropic® SPF 30 Dry Oil Clear Spray Sunscreen ($8.99 USD), contains indulgent oils and vitamins that will keep skin ultra-soft and moisturized while offering moderate protection in an easy-to-use format.
  • Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration SPF 30 Face Lotion Sunscreen ($8.99 USD), a facial sunscreen which provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and contains hydrating ribbons that provide 12 hours of skin moisturization, without clogging pores.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you!

Don’t forget to take care of your skin this spring.  Try some of these great skincare items that will help your skin to look fabulous:

Prep your skin to get glowing with Radical Skincare’s Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75 USD) – while these pads are ideal for sweeping away dull winter skin on your face, they can also be used all over, like on dry elbows and knees. They’re a great multitasker for achieving spring smoothness.  Purchase at

Brighten skin with Burt’s Bees Even Tone Brightening Cream ($20 USD) to get a glowing complexion. Enriched with Daisy Extract, this moisturizer should be a staple in your beauty cabinet. Keep it around for post-summer too, to combat dark spots. Purchase at

— Infused with African Kola Nut, Trichilia Oil, Chamomile Oil, and the Miracle Oil, Marula, to help revitalize and hydrate the eye area. While providing superb antioxidant benefits and helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this unique multi-tasking fusion also soothes, tones and helps restore, nourish and protect the eye area.  Purchase at

I hope I gave you some great product ideas for getting ready for the warmer weather ahead.  Enjoy!

Bath Time! Fab Products by Laura Mercier, Nyakio, H2O+,, Sure Deodorant and Jergens

I am definitely a bath person.  I know that showers are faster, but I love long, hot bath.  It totally relaxes me.  Are you a bath or shower person?  Leave a comment and let me know, and know what your favorite bath or shower products are!

Here are some of my current favorites, sent to me for my honest review:

Laura Mercier Honey Bath
Laura Mercier Honey Bath

Laura Mercier Honey Bath ($40 USD) — This decadent, foaming honey moisture body bath leaves skin feeling clean, fresh and supple. Available in five delectable fragrances: Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée, Ambre Vanillé, Crème de Pistache and Fresh Fig.

What I think:  I have this in Fresh Fig.  It smells fantastic and gives lots of foamy bubbles.  And the jar is so cute!  This is well worth the splurge.  I want to try all of the scents.


Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub
Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub ($55 USD) — This scrub blends naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Sugar to remove dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Mongongo Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Avocado Oil, this unique fusion leaves all skin moisturized, smooth and soft.

What I think:  This is a wonderful scrub!  I used it on the back of one hand and had to do the other right away to make them even — the first one was visibly smoother!  And the scent is vaguely coffee-ish, but it’s not too strong.

Purcashe at HSN, and

H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash
H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash

H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash ($17 USD) — This exhilarating body wash renews the skin and deeply nourishes with essential vitamins and minerals.  Sea sourced water lotus and bamboo extract provide long-term moisture and stimulate the regeneration of healthy skin while mineral-rich brown and red algae blend are combined with aloe and vitamin E to soothe and nourish the skin. Skin is left lightly scented with the refreshing aquatic floral scent. Try it in a morning shower for an invigorating awakening.

What I think: I love H2O+’s scents — and this new sea lotus fragrance is no exception.  It is a great spa scent, with a little bit of floral scent added.  It also comes in a body scrub ($20 SUD) and a lotion ($21 USD) so you can layer the scent.

Price: $17, Available at Ulta, and 5-Blade Women’s Razor 5-Blade Women’s Razor

We gals take our beauty routines very seriously. Let’s face it, there is always a new product, trend, or regimen we “need” to try. It’s time to simplify our a.m. routines and make them as painless as possible. First step: take the “ouch” out of hair removal. One thing we can all agree on- waxing is one form hair removal that is painful in more ways then one!

To help take the sting out of hair removal, I’d like to introduce you to, the burn-free razor company, as they share Five Expressive Reasons Why Not to Wax:

1)     Yikes! — Waxing at a salon is ridiculously expensive, costing anywhere from $45 – $100 per leg. Not to mention that doesn’t even cover the bikini area, armpits and other body parts we don’t want to share with our hair!!  Oh, and home waxing kits?  We won’t even go there!

2)     Ouch! — Waxing hurts like heck! Having scorching hot wax dripped on your skin to later be yanked out by the roots isn’t an ideal spa day experience. Imagine the ensuing pain that comes with ripping a bandage off… now multiply that by at least 5.

3)     Yuck! — While getting a full leg or armpit wax removes unwanted hair, it often results in bumps, ingrown hairs, rashes, and even pimples. Have sensitive skin? The hot wax can cause unwanted irritation that will leave you with legs you’ll cover up instead of show off.

4)     Nasty! — No one knows how sanitary the salon wax actually is (or the actual salon for that matter!). With waxing, there is always risk of a bacterial infection, skin infection, or even a disease since it strips away the body’s natural protective layer that prevents bacteria from penetrating the skin.

5)     Dang it! — Last minute beach trip or spontaneous first date will never fly since you need at least 3-4 weeks of hair growth for the wax to adhere.  So if you have last minute plans, you’d be out of luck!

So if you’re joining the thousands of women who are saying “heck no” to waxing, what is the simplest, softest, smoothest solution?, the burn-free razor company that offers the “Burn-Free Guarantee” – no skin burn, wallet burn, or American job-loss burn!

What I think:  I have tested their 5-Blade Women’s Razor.  This is a great razor!  It has a lubricating strip all around and a soapbar at the bottom. The 5 blades gives a very smooth shave and it is easy to change the heads.

Learn more and purchase at

Sure Solid Pure Essence
Sure Solid Pure Essence
In the 1980s Sure Anti-perspirant/Deodorant ran one of the most memorable advertising campaigns with the slogan, “Raise your hand if you’re Sure.”  Today, the brand is offering women even more confidence to go about their day. They recently revealed a new look and introduced two new conditioning solids –Vitamin Infusion and Pure Essence.

The new conditioning solids offer a pH-balanced invisible formula that provides lasting odor and wetness protection while working to reduce irritation and smooth rough patches. The unscented Vitamin Infusion formula conditions and repairs skin with Vitamins A and E, while the Pure Essence variety features a light fragrance and soothing aloe extracts.

Sure products are available nationwide at major drug stores and retail for around $2.99 each. Available varieties include Unscented, Regular Scent, Fresh Scent, Powder Scent, Vitamin Infusion and Pure Essence. 

What I think:  I have been given the new scents, Vitamin Infusion and Pure Essence.  I really like the soft scent of Pure Essence.  I use a stronger deodorant, but I gave these to my teenage daughters and they love them!  They keep them dry all day.

Learn more at

Jergens Shea Butter
Jergens Shea Butter

Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer by Jergens ($8.99 for the large 16.8 oz) — Blended with pure African shea butter, this rich mix of vital nutrients
instantly relieves dryness, replenishes depleted moisture and enhances the
performance of skin’s own moisture barrier.

What I think — this is so moisturizing on my dry, fall skin!  My legs have been so dry since the weather turned cold.  This keeps them soft all day long!

Enjoy your you time!