Prep and Moisturize For Soft Skin This Fall and Winter

I am already getting dry patches on my skin and it’s only the first of November!  Sigh…it is time to really take care of my skin.

I was sent the products below for my honest review.  They are:

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub ($4.99 USD) — Discover the swiss secrets for smooth, radiant skin. St. Ives fresh skin invigorating apricot scrub captures these secrets in its deep cleansing formula with 100% natural exfoliates that gently remove dull, dead skin cells to instantly reveal smooth, radiant skin.

What I think: I’ve always loved St. Ives.  I’m not surprised that I am enjoying this scrub.  The scent so good!  Fresh and fruity.  And the scrub leaves my face so soft.  I exfoliate 2 or 3 times a week and this is gentle enough for my routine.

Avaialble at mass market retailers near you.

Orico London Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes
Orico London Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes

Orico London Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes ($25 USD) — Gently remove all traces of make-up, the days build up of dirt, impurities and pollutants with new Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover for Face and Eyes. With this organic make-up remover, skin is left soothed, conditioned and revitalized with all-natural plant oils and rejuvenated with tangerine and orange oils that de-congest and increase circulation.

What I think:  Loving this! This is now my go-to eye makeup remover. It is gentle on my eyes, but takes off all traces of stubborn eye liner and mascara.  I have been using it every night.

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ente Dermal Repair Cream
Sente Dermal Repair Cream

Sente Dermal Repair Cream ($169.95 (1.7 oz) or $79.95 (.5 oz)) —

Sente uses a patented blend of ingredients including Heparan Sulfate (HS), a naturally occurring complex of a sugar plus a protein (glycoprotein). This fresh and advanced scientific approach to beauty delivers benefits unlike any cream on the market:

  • Heals skin faster following common dermatological procedures including IPL, lasers, chemical peels, skin tightening and injectables
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles. Enjoy smoother and younger looking skin
  • Hypoallergenic formulation penetrates quickly, leaving no greasy residue or fragrance – perfect under makeup
  • Restores and enhances skin’s intrinsic ability to heal itself (sunburns, scarring)
  • Soothes redness and irritation
  • Normalizes skin tone and restore radiance
  • Delivers profound hydration with daily use
  • Safe for use on even the most sensitive skin types

What I think: This is medical grade skincare that is gentle on the skin.  My skin gets more sensitive as I grow older, so gentle skincare is a must.  I have only been using it for a few days, but I can see the redness fading and my skin is very soft with use.  I will keep using for younger-looking skin!

Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines
Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines

Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines ($48 USD) — This age-defying, light–reflecting cream works to smooth out and diminish existing lines and wrinkles, helping with deep level repair whilst protecting against new lines forming.

What I think: This is very light and is a great day cream.  I haven’t seen evidence of my wrinkles diminishing yet (after a few weeks use in the morning), but it makes my skin bright and soft.

Mama Mio Love Your Life Lines can be purchased at

Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil with Grapeseed & Essential Oils
Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil with Grapeseed & Essential Oils

Maijan Moroccan Argan Oil with Grapeseed and Essential Oils ($49.95, sale price $25 USD) — Maijan Pure Moroccan Argan Oil infused with Grapeseed Oil and Essential Oils is the perfect solution for healthy hair and skin.  This miracle golden Organic Argan Oil helps soothe and soften both dry and frizzy hair and trouble skin.  Maijan’s secret blend of the Organic Argan Oil infused with Grapeseed and essential oils gives your hair and skin a sense of pure luxury like none other.

What I think:  I love argan oil for my skin and my hair.  Its a product that you can safely use all over for instant hydration. It also smells great!  It’s a perfect, natural product.

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Yes to Grapefruit Naturally Smooth Lip Balm
Yes to Grapefruit Naturally Smooth Lip Balm

Yes to Grapefruit Naturally Smooth Lip Balm ($2.99 USD) — This lip gloss has a mix of moisturizing Aloe, Cocoa, and Shea Butter deliver intense hydration and moisturization This flavor is a delicious grapefruit treat to wake you and your gorgeous lips up. Consumers preferred this sleek, oval shape, because it fits easily everywhere, and applies nicely around lips.

What I think:  I really love how soft this is on my lips. It keeps them moisturized and smelling great, although I can’t detect a taste.  It also comes in Blueberry and Pomegranate SPF 15.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Have you tried any of these products?  What skin care are you using now?  Leave me a comment, I would love to know!


During the summer, I love using lighter scents for bath, fragrances and hand wash.  Heavier scents don’t feel right for hot summer days.

The products below are perfect for this time of year:

The Lulah Collection, Citron
The Lulah Collection, Citron

Lulah is a new bath and body collection created by the parent company, Thymes.  Inspired by today’s stylish woman, Lulah features a fresh, flirty, fun assortment of strikingly luxe aromatics and skin-enhancing ingredients. Thoughtfully crafted and wonderfully irresistible, Lulah provides sophisticated fragrances at everyday prices.

The Lulah Collection includes lushly enticing body wash, body lotion, body mist and hand cream.  Available in Peony, Magnolia Fig, Vanilla Orchid, Citron and Tamarind Ginger, this collection ranges from $9-$13.

What I think: I like this new line by Thymes.  I have tried the Citron, which is very refreshing. The lotion is very moisturizing and smells amazing!

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St. Ives Nourishing Vanilla Body Wash
St. Ives Nourishing Vanilla Body Wash


St. Ives Nourishing Vanilla Body Wash (Approximately $2.99 USD). Indulge your skin and your spirits with the warm, calming scent of vanilla. This moisture-rich body wash, with Vitamin E and Swiss botanicals, nourishes your skin as you cleanse to keep it soft and smooth.  DIRECTIONS:  Pour onto moistened pouf, sponge, washcloth or hands. Work into lather and rinse. Avoid contact with eyes.

What I think:  This affordable body wash is creamy and smells great!  This is a really good buy for the money!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Eau Ravissante
Eau Ravissante

L’Occotane’s collection of Eaux de Provence fragrances is inspired by the beautiful fountains that can be found across the villages of southern France, bringing life and refreshment to all.

Eau Ravissante offers a dazzling bouquet of floral aromas with fruity citrus notes.   Formulated with the essential oils of Mediterranean bergamot and Damascena rose, this mischievous eau de cologne combines the sensual softness of rose petals with the sparkling freshness of citrus scents.  Our generously sized bottle, modeled after the architecture of Provençal fountains, will provide a long-lasting aromatic escape!

What I think:  This is a fresh fragrances.  Yu can really get the citrus notes along with the rose petals.  It is unusual and light.

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Crabtree and Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Conditioning Hand Wash
Crabtree and Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Conditioning Hand Wash

Crabtree and Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Conditioning Hand Wash ($18 USD) —

Who would have thought that hand washing could be such an enjoyable experience? Our rich-lathering, pH-balanced Citron, Honey & Coriander Conditioning Hand Wash is infused with skin-softening botanical extracts for gentle everyday cleansing. And between washes, it still stands out by adding a splash of eye-catching colour to your living space.

  • Lemon, honey and coriander extracts help condition the skin
  • Soap-free formula is less drying than traditional cleansers
  • 100% naturally derived surfactant

What I think:  I have set this hand wash in my kitchen.  The scent perfect for the kitchen (or any room) and it leaves hands really soft.

Available at Crabtree & Evelyn stores and




New Launches From St. Ives

St. Ives Scrub-free Exfoliating Pads and Naturally Smooth Hand Cream

I love finding affordable skincare that is readily available at mass market retailers.  I have always enjoyed St. Ives Apricot Scrub, so was excited to try two new products — the Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads and the Naturally Smooth Hand Cream.

NEW St. Ives Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads

·        First mass-market brand exfoliating pads with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)

·        Exfoliates to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin in just 7 days

·        Formulated with 100 percent natural lactic acid

·        Available at select mass retailers, drugstores and supermarkets nationwide for $4.99 (suggested retail price)

This is a gentle way to scrub your face.  I think it is perfect for women who are a little older and need exfoliation, but cannot not use a harsher scrub.  My skin is smooth after use. It smells great, too! Fresh and citrusy.  I suggest to use it a few time a week until your skin gets use to it.

NEW St. Ives Naturally Smooth Hand Cream

·        Exfoliates and improves the appearance of rough, uneven skin in just 7 days

·        100 percent natural moisturizers help it absorb quickly into skin

·        Formulated with natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)

·        Available at Target stores nationwide for $2.99 (suggested retail price)

I am really loving this hand cream.  It smells fantastically fruity and smooths hands instantly, making them look much younger! And for $2.99 — what a deal!  I would suggest purchasing a bunch of these to keep in your purse, at your desk, on your nightstand.  Great price and product.

Enjoy these great deals!

Body Lotions, Creams and Butters — Oh My Smooth Skin!

I love keeping my skin moisturized, so I try lots of different lotions and creams.  There are so many great ones out now that are formulized to help skin by smoothing skin tone or even minimizing cellulite.  Give one a try!
St. Ives Naturally Smooth Body Lotion
A great drugstore find is St. Ives Naturally Smooth Body Lotion ($4.97 USD).  This lotion will help to nourish skin that is damaged by harsh outdoor conditions.  With active alpha-hydroxy acids, this ultra-moisturizing lotion works to exfoliate and soften the skin, leaving it noticeably and smoother and more radiant in just 7 days.  It also has a fresh citrus-y scent and if refreshing.  Available at mass market retailers.
Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter
Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter ($18 USD).  Award winning  body butter with softening shea butter and aloe vera. Smooth on a handful after your shower and you might swear you’re wearing velvet. Scented with their Original Pink™ fragrance that is fresh and light.  The body butter itself is creamy without being greasy.  Available at
Yes To Blueberries Rejuvenating Body Lotion
Yes to Blueberries Rejuvenating Body Lotion ($9.99 USD) is formulated to help firm and improve skin elasticity, this lotion will be perfect for those who are looking for an added dose of moisture and firmness for their skin. Blueberries and Grapeseed Oil help improve and restore skin firmness. Tamanu Seed Oil is a fast-absorbing oil that is known to help repair and improve skin’s smoothness. Purchase at drugstores and
L'Occitane Almond Shaping Delight

Looking to smooth out bumpy thighs and rear?  Try L’Occitane’s Almond Beautiful Shape ($44 USD).  The ultra-fresh Almond Beautiful Shape helps to visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite and slim the thighs and buttocks, while smoothing and firming the skin. This formula is concentrated in powerful, natural ingredients to help effectively fight cellulite. Peruvian liana, quinoa extract and carrot essential oil slow the appearance of new fat cells, while Almond tree buds, rich in draining flavanoids, and natural caffeine release existing fat cells.  Our new formula also includes Almond proteins which reduce dimples and a lemon micro-exfoliating extract for delightfully smooth and firm skin.  Purchase at