My Beauty Faves Week of January 19-24, 2015

 

This week, I’m all about taking care of my skin and hair.  It seems like during the winter, my skin and hair needs extra help.

Here are the products I have been trying and loving this week!

Orico London’s skincare contains natural and organic ingredients to help fight aging. The Superico Vitamin Rich Face Oil ($50 USD) instantly moisturizes dry and thirsty skin with all-natural plant oils. It’s never greasy formula is perfect for all skin types and key ingredients like Tamanu and Rosehip Oil help to restore skin’s natural moisture balance while healing itchy, dry winter skin.

Dream Dew Night Perfecting Cream ($56 USD) is the perfect way to end your day and make sure your skin gets the beauty sleep it needs, especially after a night out. This overnight natural treatment works its magic during the most relaxing, undisturbed hours of your day. The formula includes a clinically-proven Hexapeptide bioactive that helps increase collagen production while Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrates for a dewy, luminous complexion by morning.

Hi Rise Rejuvenating Eye Elixir ($37 USD) energizes and moisturizes the eye area reducing puffiness, sagging and dark circles. After a late night, this pure, firming and organic eye serum is gentle on delicate skin around the eyes. Rhodiola Rosea (or the Golden Root, found in cold regions of the world like Serbia) and Moringa Extract work together to prevent the foundation of wrinkles and smooth crow’s feet, too.

What I think: The Superico Face Oil helps my chapped winter skin by hydrating without being greasy.  I apply a little bit on my face at night before the Night Perfecting Cream.  The combo does not irritate my sensitive skin and my skin is glowing in the morning!  I use the eye cream day and night to plump the skin under my eye and leave it smooth.

You can purchase these fab products at http://www.oricolondon.com.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 PRIME For Face ($135 USD) — A new addition to our Blue Copper 5 line of powerful anti-agers targets signs of hormonal aging in skin 40 and over. After 40, significant changes and imbalances in the body’s hormone production can rapidly accelerate signs of aging, especially in the skin. The skin becomes thinner, dryer, and more susceptible to sun damage, all of which can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen and elastin begin to break down resulting in sagging facial contours and loss of firmness and elasticity. Blue Copper 5 Prime targets all of these issues with 4 new exclusive, patented technologies for maximum anti-aging benefits and unprecedented results. This luxurious, silky cream can be used AM and/or PM to keep your skin healthy, radiant and ageless.

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 PRIME Sleep Tight Mask ($85 USD) — Now you can turn back time while you sleep! This super charged, anti-aging mask works overnight for maximum benefits and absorption while your skin is at rest. Intensive levels of (20%) hyaluronic acid promote deep hydration, easing stress and dryness, while filling and plumping fine lines and wrinkles. Upon application, you’ll also notice a lifting and tightening effect. Four proprietary technologies keep your skin super soft, moist and supple while visibly lifting and tightening facial contours. Sleep tight and awaken to smooth, firm, ageless skin, with a healthy, radiant glow.

What I think: I have been using the Face cream in the morning before my sunscreen.  I love the texture, it is creamy without being greasy.  It also gives my face a glow.  I have only been using it for a short time, but I hope it helps with sagging skin (that’s my main anti-aging issue at the moment.)  The mask is a cool idea.  It feels nice when applied and my skin is super soft the next morning.

Available at http://www.osmotics.com

Aviva Hydra Crème Shampoo
Aviva Hydra Crème Shampoo

Aviva Hydra Crème Shampoo  ($19.95 USD), is one of the two new shampoos I have been testing.  Suitable for all hair types and safe for both colored and chemically treated hair, this gentle cleanser boosts strength and restores shine. Packed with 11 botanical extracts, our formula eliminates all buildup without stripping your hair of the moisture it needs, leaving your locks nourished and your scalp soothed.

What I think: This is so super hydrating and smells fantastic!  I noticed that it does remove buildup and leaves my hair clean without stripping my color or the moisture. I can actually go without conditioner with this, but I use a little when my hair is very dry.

Available at http://www.avivahair.com

SebaMed Scalp Activating Shampoo
SebaMed Scalp Activating Shampoo

SebaMed Scalp Activating Shampoo ($14.99 USA) — Helps fight hair loss by supporting natural scalp circulation, which is essential for hair growth and thicker-looking hair. NHE complex, derived from vitamin B3 combined with caffeine, promotes scalp blood flow. Gingko biloba, the natural extract of Asian gingko tree, nourishes and strengthens the hair follicles. Independent clinical testing show 90% of users report good to excellent effects on hair density and hair growth within 6 months.

What I think: I have only used this a few times. I haven’t been using it long enough to see hair growth yet, but I love the scent and the fact that my hair looks healthier when I use it.  I will continue to use it and will report back if I see any thickness or growth of my hair.

You can purchase at http://www.sebamedusa.com.

What new products have you been using this week? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of October 27 – November 2, 2014

Can you believe that Halloween is over and it’s November?  Plus, Daylight Savings Time?  This year has flown by!

I have received so many fantastic products to test that it’s hard to keep up with all of them!  This week, I am loving fabulous skincare, hair care, makeup and a fabulous natural SPF brand.  What are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst
NIA24 Treatment Catalyst

NIA24 Treatment Catalyst ($71 USD) — A nourishing face oil that fortifies skin and acts as a performance-enhancing catalyst to accelerate the results of other skincare products. 5% Pro-Niacin® along with essential vitamins and fatty acids fortify the skin barrier and improve the health and condition of the skin. This product delivers an immediate dose of moisture and radiance while accelerating the performance of any skincare regimen. Use in the morning and at night. Apply 2-3 drops directly to cleansed skin or mix with your preferred serum or moisturizer.

What I think:  This is a really easy way to add some amazing skincare ingredients to your beauty regimen.  This non-greasy face oil can be used after cleanser on it’s own or mixed with a favorite serum or moisturizer.  I mix it with my serum and I like how soft and moisturized my skin is after use.  I also like that my skin is basically receiving vital nutrients and vitamins in just a few drops!

Available at NIA24.com

StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment
StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment

StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Hydra Gel Treatment ($69 USD) — This two-step wrinkle-smoothing system helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Anti-Wrinkle Precision Patches are designed to release the ingredients at an optimal rate while providing a soothing, cooling treatment. Left on the face for a 15-minute period, these hydra gel patches help to address laugh lines, frown lines, brow lines, lip lines and crow’s feet. The second step is the Anti-Wrinkle Smoothing Balm, a daily wrinkle smoothing treatment with the NIA-114™ technology and Hyaluronic Acid to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and deliver an instant boost of moisture to the skin.

What I think:  This is a fun product to use!  The gel patches instantly de-puff my eyes and cool the area.  The balm is so moisturizing as well.  I really see a difference is the skin around my eyes, too.  It is smoother.  LOVE!

Available at StriVectin.com

Carol’s Daughter’s Marula Curl Therapy Collection
Carol’s Daughter’s Marula Curl Therapy Collection

The Marula Curl Therapy Collection is formulated to deeply rejuvenate each curl so they are trained to always be what you want them to be: soft, shiny and beautifully free. The products are:

·         Marula Gentle Cream Cleanser ($18.00): Manage your curls by pampering them with this rich, gentle cream cleanser.

·         Marula Oil Softening Serum ($18.00): With the star ingredient of Marula Oil, curls will transform into glossy, spiral curls making it easy to soothe and shine on instant.

·         Marula Softening Hair Mask ($24.00): Rejuvenate your hair with this Marula Oil based mask, this rehydrates every strand and gives the extra moisture you need.

·         Marula Diffusing & Styling Lotion ($20.00): Conditioning Marula Oil and moisture-enhancing Almond Oil leave hair hydrated, healthy, and super shiny.

What I think:  My hair isn’t the right texture for these products, it is wavy not curly.  But I have been testing the oil and I love how it moisturizes my hair.  I just need to use a few drops and my waves are smooth and silky.

Available at www.carolsdaughter.com

Merle Norma
Merle Norman

Merle Norman Cosmetics was founded in Los Angeles in 1931, and is a longstanding leading brand of premium skincare, foundations and color cosmetic products. Its founder, Merle Nethercutt Norman, was one of the first women in cosmetics and a true innovator. In addition to creating breakthrough products, she empowered other women to begin their own business selling her cosmetic products. Today, Merle Norman Studios are located throughout the United States, Canada and in seven countries internationally. Today, Merle Norman’s vision carries on. The Merle Norman line includes hundreds of tried-and-true products, addressing the full spectrum of skin care and color needs for all women.

Merle Norman Hero Products Include:

  • Liquid Lipcolor ($15): This innovative lip product is stunning from application to finish. The ultra-plush applicator deposits just the right amount of smooth, stay-true color onto lips. Its unique whipped texture makes the product easy to apply and a multi-hydration technology system of DL Plum Oil French, which comes only from plums grown in the South-West of France, Argan Oil and Meadowestolide makes it very comfortable to wear. It also includes a lip-plumping ingredient that helps lips appear smoother (without the usual tingling feel).
  • Pro Pen Eyeliner ($14): This easy-to-use liquid liner pen makes lining your eyes as simple as signing your name. Its slim felt-tipped applicator acts like a fine-point marker, while its ergonomic grip lets you control the effect. The harder you press, the bolder the line it creates — so easy! Best yet, its long-wearing formula won’t smudge or budge for up to 14 hours! Water-resistant and ophthalmologist tested.
  • CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($28): A multi-benefit product that’s formulated to combine the powers of a skin care product and a sun protector with the complexion evening benefits of a light coverage foundation all in one product! The lightweight formula imparts a light amount of coverage to even out skin tone, but can be easily layered for buildable coverage as desired. The blendable formula also pairs easily with foundation primers, concealers, foundations and powders so you can achieve the exact look you want.

What I think:  These are all gorgeous products.  My favorite is the CC Cream. It is a medium coverage foundation and applies very smoothly.  I have noticed while trying a lot of BB and CC creams that they can have an orange cast to them and are almost balm-like, but this one is light and easy to blend.  The color is great, too!

Available at www.MerleNorman.com

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask ($85 USD) — Healthier, younger skin – while you sleep with the power of copper peptide technology.  The breakthrough formula features intense levels of hyaluronic acid (20%) to promote deep hydration, while easing stress and dryness. Fine lines and wrinkles are plumped and filled and skin is lifted and tightened to reveal perfect facial contours.

What I think:  I apply this mask like a night cream.  But when I wake up in the morning, my skin is so smooth and soft!  I use it a couple of times a week and like the results I see.  My skin seems smoother and the texture seems more even.  Since it’s been colder lately, I have been getting dry patches on my forehead.  These go away after using this mask,

Available at select Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Soft Surroundings store locations, as well as independent boutiques and spas or at www.osmotics.com

COOLA Suncare
COOLA Suncare

Formulated with ingredients like plankton, red algae, and red raspberry seed oil, COOLA’s reformulated Classic line of sunscreens also incorporates a patented plant-derived ingredient that is both certified organic and eco-certified and enables the brand to cut their active levels by 80%!  That’s just another way that COOLA is leading the charge to create the healthiest sunscreens on the market.

What I think:  I love The Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish to protect my face without leaving it oily and the Sort SPF 50 Fresh Mango moisturizer for the body to keep my skin soft and smelling great!  All of the COOLA products I have tried are such luxurious, natural SPF skincare and I love using them!

COOLA Suncare is available at ULTA Beauty, ULTA.com and coolasuncare.com, as well as the finest Resorts, Spas and Specialty Boutiques.

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of July 14th

We had a fairly cool week (mid to high 70’s) in Kansas City, and I have been loving it.  It is heating up again (taking my girls to the water park this weekend), so we are trying to stay cool!

So what am I loving this week?  A waterproof crème eyeliner, a BB cream for the body, a yummy-scented chocolate facial cleanser (seriously), a sweet and sultry summer fragrance, and a beautiful bronzer palette.

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Envy
Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Envy

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Envy — An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner. Smudge and transfer-resistant, this long-wearing formula goes on “foolproof” with the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush.

What I think:  This is a brand new color from the new Sensual Reflections collection and it is here for a limited time only.  I like the formula because it’s creamy and glides right on with an eyeliner brush.  The color is a dark emerald and I think it will be perfect in the fall as well as now.  This liner comes in other great colors such as Cobalt, a bright blue that is perfect for summer.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Osmotics Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream
Osmotics Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream

Osmotics Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream ($75 USD) — This triple action formula contains three clinically proven technologies to target dimpled skin, edema and cellulite at its source. Natural actives visibly reduce localized fat deposits promoting firmer contours and a more toned silhouette.  Flavonoids and antioxidants enhance collagen and strengthen the extracellular tissue for smoother texture and dimple free skin. This luxurious golden lotion hydrates, nourishes and color corrects with a beautiful soft focus finish that erases imperfections for instant radiance and a natural glow. Bare is beautiful with this multi-tasking body perfector!

What I think: This luxe cream is perfect for perfecting summer skin.  It makes my skin look smoother and more toned (perfect while wearing a swimsuit).  I am going to use it until I am out to see if my cellulite looks better.

Availableat select Nordstrom, Soft Surroundings locations and on osmotics.com

Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing
Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing

Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing ($55 USD) — Remove all traces of cosmetics and impurities with this professional grade, dual action cleanser and makeup remover. Formulated with pure essential oils, the Finest Chocolate Cleansing helps to unclog pores, dissolve impurities and remove waterproof makeup, while conditioning the skin. The cleanser contains luxurious Swiss chocolate for a sweet scent and extra hydration, leaving the complexion supple, soft and radiant.

What I think: This is a gorgeous cleanser!  Smells amazing and really cleans my skin.  I like to use it at night to remove my makeup because it works really well.

Available online via www.karinherzog.com

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer
Calvin Klein Eternity Summer

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer ($34.19, and $27.35 with a coupon code on http://www.fragrance.net) — A resonant and flowery scent for women that radiates casual sophistication for any time of day, Eternity Summer perfume by Calvin Klein is a mature yet subtle choice that will turn heads wherever you travel. Introduced by iconic style and fashion leader Calvin Klein in 2008, Eternity Summer is composed of a perfect balance of musk, tangerine pulp, wood, frangipani and pineapple. It’s an attention-drawing fragrance that works just as well for a relaxed evening out with friends as for coffee with a romantic partner. 

What I think: This gorgeous scent is a great mix of sweet and sexy and is perfect for hot summer days and nights.  I usually go for fresh scents, but I am loving this for summer!

Available at http://www.fragrance.net

Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer
Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer

Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer (retails for: $49.50, now: $37.13): The secret is in using these three powders to achieve that glow-from-within look–a tanning powder for all over color, a shimmer to highlight, and a beautiful sun-kissed shade that’s designed to make your cheeks glow. Unlike traditional bronzers, there is no shimmer in Mally Beauty’s bronzer formula. Instead, the bronzer works in tandem with a warm blush and a sheer shimmer. This allows you to apply color and highlights specific areas of your face, as the sun naturally does, instead of all over. Shades are available in Lighter (shown) and Deeper.

What I think: This is a great product and a great deal right now.  It includes two gorgeous brushes along with the palette. The colors are soft and build really well and used together, really make the skin glow.  I also like to use the bronzer and highlighter on my neck and décolleté.

Available at http://www.mallybeauty.com

What products are you loving this week?

 

Get Your Beauty Routine Ready For Summer, Part 3

Part 3 and the final post of my summer prep spectacular showcases awesome makeup!  Looking for a foundation with SPF? Waterproof mascara? Bronzers? Bright lip color?  Me too!  And I found some great new picks!

In this post, I review cosmetics from Mary Kay, Ramy, FACE Stockholm, LORAC and Osmotics.  Maybe you’ll find something that you love, too!

In the summer months, we all want a makeup bag that’s a little lighter product wise. When streamlining makeup bags for the warmer months, it’s okay to keep some of the powder-based products with hues that will transition nicely into the changing seasons – just keep in mind that spring and summer means brighter hues. Have some fun with color, especially when it comes to eye shadows, eyeliners and lip shades!

Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($20 USD) — A perfect multi-tasker with eight skin benefits in just one tube. This product is light enough for summer, yet creates a gorgeous natural finish – plus, it helps protect skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Mary Kay® Lash Love® Waterproof Mascara ($15 USD) — Beat the heat and keep lashes looking gorgeous. For extra lasting power, use an eyelash primer like Mary Kay® Lash Primer. This is a great combo for the pool or beach!

Mary Kay® Brush Cleaner ($10 USD) — While updating colors for each season is important, it’s a “must” to thoroughly clean makeup brushes, especially since skin produces more oil and sweat in the warmer months. And, don’t forget to replace mascara at least four times per year.

Available at http://www.marykay.com

 

 

Ramy Face Glosses ($18.50 USD) — offer an all-over glow that’s designed to be worn on the eyes, cheeks or lips. The waterproof formula contains antioxidants Aloe, Wheat Germ and Vitamins A and D to pamper and protect skin.  The sheer washes of color are non-creasing on eyes, ultra-hydrating on lips and super long-wearing on cheeks, plus the portable compact allows for easy on-the-go application and come in 5 perfect shades including Sugar Glow!, Face Candy!, Casual Sex!, On-the-Go Glow!, and Sunlit Glow!

Ramy Elixir Skin Conditioning Primer ($40 USD) — Formulated with cucumber and St. Johns Wort, it cools skin, reducing redness and inflammation, while safflower and apricot kernel firm skin. Plus, this cooling primer leaves skin smoothed, soothed and prepped in one easy-breezy step.  ($40)

Ramy Perfect Brow Wand ($28 USD) —  This dual-ended, universally flattering brow filler and highlighter boasts a waterproof gel formula for maximum staying power with a natural finish.  Be sure to always brush though product for flawless wear.

Ramy products are available at Ramy.com, Amazon.com and LOOK Boutiques nationwide.

Face Stockholm Summer 2014
Face Stockholm Summer 2014

Face Stockholm Summer 2014 — Like the dark steel gray of an impending thunderstorm on a hot summer day, our look for summer is stormy and mysterious with a strong emphasis on the vivid Matte Orange lip. From the FACE Stockholm website, here is how to achieve the look:

For a clean and hydrated look for summer, start with FACE Stockholm BB Natural Beauty Balm ($38 USD). This can be applied with clean fingertips or a makeup brush (try FACE Stockholm Foundation Brush #34) for a flawless finish. For a more matte look, lightly dust with FACE Stockholm Loose Powder ($26 USD).

Using FACE Stockholm Chisel Contour Brush #5, apply FACE Stockholm Blush ($20 USD) in Sun-Kissed from the apples of the cheek to the temples.

Create a warm, smoky eye. As a base, apply Krämögonskugga in Chintz ($24 USD) all over the lid. Then, using FACE Stockholm Blender Brush #39, apply Granit Matte Shadow ($20 USD) on top, being sure to blend well. For a more dramatic look, add a sweep of Platina Matte Shadow ($20 USD) on the outer third of lid.  Finally, define the lower lash line with Granit Matte Shadow using our Angular Sable Brush #13.

Use FACE Stockholm Sable Fluff Brush #12S to apply Highlighter Destiny ($25 USD) to the inner corner of the eye.   Add a little dab on the cheekbones too, or anywhere else you’d like to add a little glow.  Apply FACE Stockholm Luxe Lash Mascara ($32 USD) to the top and bottom lashes.

For the lips, use FACE Stockholm Medium Lip Brush #18 to apply Matte Orange Lipstick ($22 USD), with precise and clean lines. For even heavier color saturation, start with Helen Lipliner. For a dewy day look, add a dab of clear Lipgloss #1; or finish with Correct Pencil to add a soft highlight around the lip.

Available at http://www.facestockholm.com

 

Lorac Back to Bronze Collection
Lorac Back to Bronze Collection

Lorac Back to Bronze Collection ($36 USD) —

Welcome back warmth with LORAC’s Back To Bronze Collection. This perfect Beach-Ready Bag contains everything you need to look bronze and beautiful this season: A double-ended 3D Lustre/Liner in Copper/Black Cherry makes your eyes sparkle and shine; Cobra Mascara, formulated with Keratin, Vitamin E and Panthenol, instantly creates super long, faux-looking lashes; TANtalizer® Baked Bronzer (travel-size) gives you a beautiful bronze glow; Alter Ego Cream Lipstick in Girl Next Door, infused with Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamin C & E, coats your lips in luscious, rich color and Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre completes your sun-kissed look with luminous, high-shine. Get Back to Bronze with LORAC!

Back to Bronze Collection contains:

  • 3D Lustre/Liner in Copper/Black Cherry
  • Cobra Mascara
  • TANtalizer® Baked Bronzer (Travel-Size)
  • Alter Ego Cream Lipstick in Girl Next Door
  • Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre
  • Travel Bag

Purchase at http://www.loraccosmetics.com

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck ($35 Each) — Lip and Tuck conditioning gloss plumps, restores lip contours and prevents aging to give you healthier, smoother, younger-looking lips. Hydrating hyaluronic acid particles penetrate and swell the lip tissue to add volume and plumpness.

The IT ingredient for the summer, copper, along with two powerful anti-aging peptides, helps to prevent the loss of collagen which keeps your lips and mouth area firm, tight and line-free. Nourishing macadamia nut oil soothes dry, chapped lips. Available in Natural, Cognac, Golden Nectar, and French Kiss.

Available at http://www.osmotics.com

Fresh Spring Bath And Body Care From Caress, Whish, Curel, Osmotics and Orico London

I find that now that I am wearing short-sleeved shirts and capri’s and showing more skin, I really want it looking and feeling it’s best.  So I have been using more moisturizing and fresh-smelling products than in winter.

The following products not only make your skin smell and feel great, but look good, too.  Now all I need is a little self tanner and I will be ready for summer!

Whish Body Oil in Blueberry
Whish Body Oil in Blueberry

Whish Body Oil in Blueberry ($28 USD) — Whish Body Oil works to restore your skin’s natural luminance, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and soothing inflamed skin while providing you with long-lasting moisture. Its blend of sesame and sunflower seed oils moisturize, olive leaf extract and jojoba oil soothe and Dermaxyl is clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines while enhancing your skin’s overall luminance.

What I think:  I love this oil because it sinks into the skin and doesn’t leave it greasy.  It is perfect to use after a shower when skin is still damp because it locks in the moisture and skin is soft all day.  The blueberry scent is nice, but it also comes in Almond, Coconut, Lavender, Lemongrass and Pomegranate.

Available at shop.nordstrom.com/s/whish-body-oil.

Curel Daily Moisture Lotion
Curel Daily Moisture Lotion

Curel Daily Moisture Lotion ($7.99 USD) — As you make the transition into warmer weather this spring, make sure to give your skin the everyday therapy it needs! Daily Moisture Lotion from Curél® Skincare is your once a day solution to continuously moisturized skin. This lotion is formulated with time released moisturizers and mimics the skin’s natural function, replenishing its essential protection mechanism – ceramides – to lock moisture for a full 24 hours. Daily Moisture Lotion is dermatologist tested, non greasy and quickly absorbent, leaving your skin smooth, hydrated and satisfied.

What I think:  This lotion really keeps my skin soft all day, and I love that it isn’t greasy.  Perfect for every day use and for people who need a little extra moisture.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Caress Body Wash
Caress Body Wash

Caress Body Wash ($3.50 USD) — Caress has recently released 3 new body washes in fantastic spring scents.  They are from left to right in the photo above:

Aqua Sparkle — infused with lilac blossoms and aquamarine essence to invigorate the senses.

Emerald Rush –infused with lush gardenia and white tea essence to revitalize the senses.

Juicy Escape — infused with sun-kissed lily and pink grapefruit essence to uplift the senses.

Kelly Rowland is the new Caress ambassador. She is excited to inspire women to enjoy every day experiences in a fresh way. She knows how important it is to start every morning feeling fabulous, which is why she uses the new Caress Fresh Body Wash Collection (her favorite being the Emerald Rush.)

What I think:  I love Emerald Rush too, but I think Juicy Escape is my favorite.  They all smell fantastic!  I like using them as a bubble bath.

You can join the talk about these great products on twitter #caressme and you can purchase them at a mass market retailer near you.

Orico Jazzy Moisturizing Body Wash
Orico Jazzy Moisturizing Body Wash

Orico Jazzy Moisturizing Body Wash ($19 USD)– is filled with the delicious fruity aromas of orange and mandarin essential oils. Natural moisturizers and antioxidants will gently cleanse and refresh your skin while also helping to regenerate cells, boost elasticity and revitalize and tone your skin with the help of Kigelia and Hibiscus.

What I think:  This moisturizing wash is perfect for the summer time.  The fragrance is light and clean and my skin is so soft after using this.  This is perfect when you want a little luxury in the bath or shower.

Available at OricoLondon.com

Osmotics Sugar Scrub Body Polish
Osmotics Sugar Scrub Body Polish

Osmotics Sugar Scrub Body Polish ($38 USD) — will polish your skin to perfection even leaving the driest skin soft and silky smooth. Sugar is an excellent, yet gentle exfoliator that encourages the production of natural moisturizing factors in the skin. This luxurious body treatment is bound to leave your skin feeling smooth without any trace of oily residue.

What I think:  I always stock up on scrubs in the summer.  It helps get rid of dry skin from sun exposure and it is needed to prep skin for self-tanning.  This one does not leave my skin greasy and I love it!

Available at Osmotics.com

Enjoy!

 

 

Holiday Bath and Body Gift Guide Part 2

Holiday bath and body gift sets are the perfect gift for ladies who are hard to buy for.  I will be using some of these sets below as gifts for teachers, co-workers and relatives.

Receiving one of these gifts is lovely because it is such a treat to try new bath products.

Osmotics Spa Connoisseur Collection
Osmotics Spa Connoisseur Collection

Osmotics Spa Connoisseur Collection ($85 USD) — We all have that special woman in our lives who deserves only the best. For the holidays, give her the Osmotics Spa Connoisseur Collection. The gorgeous gift box is filled with luxuriously fragrant and soothing products, perfect for relaxing and feeling pampered.

  • MOISTURE LOCK Body Wash (4 OZ) – Treat her skin to the ultimate bathing experience! This sulfate free, moisturizing formula is perfect for all skin types and contains aloe vera, glycerin and soothing botanicals to gently cleanse and hydrate leaving skin silky smooth and soft.
  • SUGAR SCRUB Body Polish (5 OZ) – This fragrant concoction of natural sugar, exotic oils and skin pampering vitamins polishes to perfection, leaving even the driest skin, soft and silky smooth – perfect for relieving the skin from the effects of the dry winter air!
  • MOISTURE REPAIR Body Shimmer (4 OZ) – Enjoy glowing, smooth, beautiful skin with our luxurious body treatment. A combination of naturally fragrant oils, antioxidant vitamins and soothing botanicals moisturize, repair, and protect skin. A hint of shimmer erases imperfections and enhances skin tone to reveal a healthy, radiant glow.

Available at HenriBendel.com

Lisa Hoffman Beauty Japanese Agarwood
Lisa Hoffman Beauty Japanese Agarwood

Don’t sacrifice luxury for hydrated and healthy skin this winter. With Lisa Hoffman Beauty’s sumptuous collection of body products you can deeply hydrate skin while indulging in two of Lisa’s most popular scents, Japanese Agarwood and Madagascar Orchid. Perfect for treating yourself or gifting this holiday season, the Spa Bath & Body collection is a sublime way to wear fragrance your way! Body Lotion: This super lightweight formula absorbs instantly, leaving skin satiny smooth and bathed in an earthy, sophisticated fragrance. Price: $16-$34 Body Wash: Lightly fragranced with the essence of precious, rare woods, this renewing body wash leaves skin hydrated and refreshed. Price: $16-$28 Key Ingredients: Collagen-boosting Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract; Bamboo Leaf & Stem extract, abundant in antioxidants and vitamins; and skin softening Aloe Leaf juice.

Available at www.lisahoffmanbeauty.com

VMV Hypoallergenics My VMVery Favorite Things
VMV Hypoallergenics My VMVery Favorite Things

VMV Hypoallergenics My VMVery Favorite Things ($35 USD) — a brown paper package tied up with string, full of your favorite VMV things! As smile-inducing as a box of chocolate samplers sans the calories.

Seven of their greatest hits, sized for on-the-“glow” portability. From basics to powerful protection, moisture to multi-tasking therapy, these popular pickings are guaranteed to keep those at the top of your list skin the pink of health all year long. The items included are:

Re-Everything Face-Hand-Body Lotion

Head-to-toe anti-aging glow! 30 mL (1 Fl Oz).

Id Sweat Acne and Overall Anti-bacterial Gel

Our multitasker: treats bumps, disinfects, keeps skin cool, fresh + matte. 50 mL (1.69 Fl Oz).

Armada Sport SPF 70

A wait-in-line-for-it fave for its skincredibly light feel + powerful protection. 15 g (0.53 Oz).

SuperSkin Care Creammmy Rich Intensive Moisture Milk for Dry Skin

A skinfully-rich, custardy cream for the most drying of times. 30 mL (1.01 Fl Oz).

Know-It-Oil

Clinically-validated, USDA-certified organic virgin coconut oil. Almost too many benefits + uses to count! 50 mL (1.69 Fl Oz).

Grandma Minnie’s Mommycoddling All-Over Lotion

A sublimel head-to-toe favorite of babes of all ages. 75mL (2.5 Fl Oz).

Essence Skin-Saving Superwash Hair and Body Milk Shampoo

A uniquely-gentle, non-drying bath experience. Over 20 years of popularity. 50 mL (1.69 Fl. Oz). www.vmvhypoallergenics.com

Shu Uemura 6 Princess Cleansing Oil
Shu Uemura 6 Hearts Princess Cleansing Oil

Shu Uemura 6 Hearts Princess Cleansing Oil — Anti/Oxi skin refining anti-dullness cleansing oil 450ml The ever-popular anti-pollution cleansing oil comes in festive packaging designed by Takashi Murakami. When the spell is lifted, your skin will be enwrapped with imperial comfort.

Purchase at www.shuuemura-usa.com

L’Occitane Shea Embrace
L’Occitane Shea Embrace

L’Occitane Shea Embrace ($68 USD) — Since the 1980’s L’OCCITANE has created sustainable, fair trade partnerships with the Shea-producing women of Burkina Faso. For a gift that gives back, choose this luxurious body care set, infused with protective and nourishing Shea. The kit includes Shea Hand Cream, Shea Foot Cream, Shea Body Cream, Shea Soap Milk, and Shea Ultra Rich Shower Cream.

Where to Purchase: usa.loccitane.com

H2O Plus All The Pretty Brights – Bath Basics Favorites
H2O Plus All The Pretty Brights – Bath Basics Favorites

H2O Plus Merry Raspberry Bath Basics Duo ($10 USD) — The perfect stocking stuffer, this bath duo doubles as a tree ornament and comes with a moisture-rich shower gel and body balm in an exotic Raspberry Guava scent for a sensory-awakening bath experience. The formula blends luscious berry and tropical guava essences with highly emollient shea butter to help heal and protect winter-ravaged skin.

Available at Ulta, www.Ulta.com & www.H2OPlus.com

Enjoy

Holiday Skin Care

The cold winter air, holiday stress and tons of party makeup can have a hug toll on  your skin this time of year.  It can take a little work and a bit of product, but you can keep your skin looking great through the holidays.

Here are some wonderful products I was sent to review for my honest opinion.  Try one or more out for fantastic skin this holiday season!

ASAP’s Daily Exfoliation Facial Scrub
ASAP’s Daily Exfoliation Facial Scrub

ASAP’s Daily Exfoliation Facial Scrub ($49.00 USD) — Revitalize and smooth your skin’s natural texture with ASAP’s Daily Exfoliation Facial Scrub.  This #1 bestselling product from ASAP Skin Products is recognized as a “skin savior” throughout Australia. It uses smooth, round beads and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) to gently  remove dead skin cells and unclog pores without irritation. The unique dual-exfoliation action it provides is scientifically formulated to promote cell renewal and collagen production to improve the appearance and texture of skin, while helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, acne, and sun damage.

What I think:  This is a gentle, but very effective scrub.  I love to use it every few days to keep my skin looking smooth.  Remember that exfoliating skin is an important step in your skincare routine because skin that has been unclogged will soak in serums and moisturizer better!

Available at www.SkinStore.com.

Eraclea Daily Bamboo Exfoliant
Eraclea Daily Bamboo Exfoliant

Eraclea Daily Bamboo Exfoliant ($40 USD) — This daily exfoliating micro-scrub removes impurities, oil and makeup and dead skin cells to leave the skin clean and fresh with a more youthful glow.  It helps increase skin cell turnover rate and resurfaces the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, age spots, discolorations and acne scars.

What I think:  Another gentle exfoliator, you can use this everyday if you wish as the bamboo is non-irritating.  My skin is so clean after using this!

Learn more and purchase at www.eracleaskincare.com.

G.M. Collin’s Ceramide Comfort Capsules
G.M. Collin’s Ceramide Comfort Capsules

G.M. Collin’s Ceramide Comfort Capsules ($98 USD) — Stress, environmental radicals, and harsh winter weather all discomfort, dry, and drain your skin. Restore your skin’s balance and silky smooth texture with G.M. Collin’s Ceramide Comfort Capsules. The capsules replenish and nourish your skin in practical single dose capsules for all skin types. The combination of sophisticated and unique ingredients, such as soybean oil and vitamin E, improve the skin’s epidermal moisture barrier, combat and protect the skin against environmental aggressions, prevent wrinkles and fine lines, and provide the skin with an instant and incredible comfort.

What I think:  After exfoliating, use these wonderful capsules to nourish skin.  They sink right in and really sooth dry skin.  Besides the comfort and anti-aging ingredients I love that they product from the environment.

Available for $98.00 at www.GMCollin.com and spas nationwide.

Reviving Exfoliator + Ultra-Nourishing Boost
Reviving Exfoliator + Ultra-Nourishing Boost

Reviving Exfoliator + Ultra-Nourishing Boost ($89 USD) Two full-size M. Steves bestsellers brought together for an at-home, anti-aging facial. The Reviving Exfoliator first resurfaces the skin by removing lackluster skin cells that dull your complexion and allows for maximum absorption of the Boost. The Ultra-Nourishing Boost then rehydrates the skin and leaves skin looking radiant.

Use the Reviving Exfoliator first, followed by the Ultra-Nourishing Boost for a quick, 10 minute facial treatment. For flawless skin, use the Ultra-Nourishing Boost everyday, and the 2-product treatment once a week.

What I think:  This is a potent combination!  Here is another luxe choice of exfoliator.  Followed by the boost, skin is so soft and smooth.  It also gives skin a little glow, which is perfect in the cold weather.

Available at www.msteves.com.

Sensai Deep Lift Filler
Sensai Deep Lift Filler

Sensai Deep Lift Filler ($140 USD) — The Kanebo Sensai Collection Cellular Performance Deep Lift Filler is an intensive care product that restores natural volume to hollow areas around the cheeks, eyes and lips, plumping from deep within the skin.

Restores natural volume to hollow areas around the cheeks, eyes and lips, plumping from deep within the skin and counters sagging and replenishes the lost of facial volume for specific areas.

What I think:  This product is for us ladies who need a little extra anti-aging help.  Just a little goes a long way.  I have been using around my lips and have noticed a plumping in my nasal-labial folds.

Sensai Deep Lift Filler may be purchased at https://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/ and http://www.neimanmarcus.com/.

Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF 45
Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF 45

Osmotics Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF 45 ($39 USD) — This lightweight, sheer tinted moisturizer is perfect even for the most sensitive skin. The formula protects against free radicals and UVA/UVB rays – an important step many of us forget in the winter.

What I think:  Tinted skincare is such a time saver — especially one that has SPF!  We need to protect our skin even in the winter — the sun’s rays can getcha in any season!  This apply smoothly and gives an even, light coverage.  Love!

Available in Light, Medium, Dark at www.osmotics.com

EverDeep Skin Care
EverDeep Skin Care

EverDeep ($39.95 for one month’s supply) is a patented  anti-aging skincare system delivering the nutrient-rich composition of a unique algae found in the deep waters of northern Europe. EverDeep harnesses the power of the algae to deliver smoother, more radiant, and younger looking skin.

This type of algae is extremely resilient and efficient in retaining moisture even in the most extreme environments.

Within its nutrient-rich composition and vital properties this unique strain of algae holds the secret to EverDeep: a breakthrough anti-aging discovery called the Algasome™ complex. The Algasome™ complex is a rich and concentrated source of essential fatty acids, amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins B, D, and E.

The luxurious skincare system includes the following products:

Radiance Revitalizing Cleanser

Illuminating Toner

Lifting Day Cream SPF 20

Refining Resilience Mask

Complete Repair Night Cream

Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Serum

Triple-Action Eye Cream

Instant Wrinkle Corrector

What I think: I have been trying some of these products and think it’s a great, affordable anti-aging line to try.  The cleanser is gentle and leaves skin soft and glowing.  I love the eye cream, it really hydrates my dry eye area.  I am also enjoying the light day cream with SPF and the richer night cream.

Available at www.EverDeep.com