New Hawaiian Tropic Launches For 2017

As the temperature rises, sunscreen is more important than ever! Thankfully, Hawaiian Tropic makes it easy to keep your skin looking and feeling its best in the summer.

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

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Face Lotion Sunscreen ($9.99 USD) featuring hydrating ribbons that provide 12 hours of moisturization in a new breathable formula that you’ll barely feel on! This indulgent formula leaves you feeling pampered and doesn’t clog pores. Has broad spectrum SPF 30 and UVA & UVB protection.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless C-Spray (SPF 15 & 30 $9.99 each): The same Silk Hydration Weightless formula now in an easy application format that leaves skin feeling soft, moisturized and indulgent. I love that it dries quickly and smells amazing!

Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Clear Spray SPF 50 and Lotion SPF 50: Designed to stand up to outdoor activities while making your skin look and feel beautiful, the Island Sport line is now available in SPF 50 for stronger protection. Available in lotion and clear spray for either application preference

I took the spray to my daughter’s lacrosse game, and her team love it!  It goes on clear and smells like a tropical beach. It protected them well and no one got burned!

All of these products are amazing for protection while your outdoors this summer.



My Beauty Favorites Week of May 18-May 24, 2015

My kids just got out of school for summer break on Friday, so our summer has started!  Between planning how to keep them busy and our road trip to Yellowstone, I am getting so excited for warmer weather and fun! This week I have been getting ready for summer by loving a fab skincare sunscreen, hair care for summer styles, and products to protect, restore and heal the skin. Tarte tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion tarte tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($32 USD) — tarte’s first ever, non-chemical sunscreen to help protect, moisturize, brighten and re-invigorate skin for a youthful-looking appearance. The lightweight, non-sticky liquid lotion contains all mineral, non-chemical sunscreen ingredients to help protect against the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays that can cause dryness, redness, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, among other skincare beauty boundaries. Recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use, the skinvigorating™ formula is also infused with maracuja, red algae, soybean, apple and honeysuckle extracts to nourish, tone and retain moisture while helping to combat signs of aging for a firmer, brighter, smoother appearance. The fresh, ocean’s lily scent allows for luxurious, spa-like daily applications while the high-performance liquid emulsion seamlessly melts into skin, leaving it supremely soft and silky, without ever leaving a white cast. What I think:  I have been using this as my daily moisturizer/sunscreen for a few days. It is very lightweight and absorbs instantly into my skin.  It is hard to tell that it is a sunscreen because it is very sheer and there isn’t a sunscreen scent.  The scent is quite floral, which seems strange for a sunscreen (not tropical) but it is very nice.  I will be using this until I run out! Purchase at

Pure Abundance Style Prep ($24 USD) — Nature’s boost for fine hair-infuses all-day weightless volume that feels naturally yours. Adds lightweight, natural bulk to each strand with a botanical blend of acacia gum, passion fruit, rice bran, açaí oil and certified organic aloe. Boosts volume with a natural corn-derived polymer-helping give fine, limp strands the hold they need for body that lasts all day. Weightless conditioners detangle to help prevent breakage from combing. Helps refresh volume on non-shampoo days-without adding weight. Brilliant Spray-On Shine — ($28 USD) — Provides a sheer mist of pure shine and vitamin E to finished hair styles. Also helps eliminate flyaways. For all hair types. Imparts glossy shine, eliminates flyaways and tames frizz. Aveda Air Control Hair Spray — ($26 USD) — Take hold of innovation: with a flexible, lasting hold hair spray-for all hair types-that has a net-zero impact* on the Earth’s climate. Breakthrough pine resin technology for hold. Dry delivery. What I think: For summer, just a few great hair care products can keep your hair looking amazing, but not over done.  The Style Prep is a multi-tasker as it adds volume, detangles and refreshes volume on not shampoo days.  The Spray-On Shine really does add a healthy shine and helps with the flyaways.  And the flexible hold of the hairspray is perfect for sexy summer ‘do’s! Available at

Q’urSkin ($12 USD) — Helps cleanse impurities and prevents inflammation, as well as supports skin’s healthy appearance. Useful for skin affected with lesions, minor cuts & scrapes, minor burns, bedsores and inconsistence. treatment for inflamed acne. The new nano-technological approach enhances the skin barrier system, provides long-lasting protection and assists in skin self-healing. Available at

Q’urBurn ($18.70 USD) — Provides skin comfort and helps relieve pain sensation & skin irritation caused by minor burns. It nourishes the skin, helping to restore the skin barrier system. Useful for skin affected by minor thermal, chemical burns and radiation. Available at

Q’urFollica ($12.80 USD) — Helps to relieve burning sensation and skin irritation, as well as prevents inflammation after waxing/shaving. Useful for skin at the bikini & underarm areas after shaving/waxing where ingrown hair or razor burn can occur. Available at

What I think:  These products are essential for summer mishaps!  Their portable sizes are perfect for first aid kits for travel and to keep at home. My kids (and husband) always come to me with boo-boo’s, and the Q’urSkin is like an effective spray bandaid. The Q’urBurn relieves the pain (campfire’s anyone?) and the Q’urFollica does help with razor burn!

Protect Your Skin This Spring and Summer With New SPF Products

I have been getting ready for the upcoming sunny seasons by making sure I am stocked up with SPF — in my facial care, lip care and body care.  I am even stockpiling products that help after a day in the sun.  Here are my new faves:

Coola is one of my favorite sunscreen brands.  If you like scented sunscreen, the scents are amazing, but if you need unscented products they have them as well. The three products above are amazing!  The Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint ($12 USD) is really refreshing and protects lips from the sun.  With the unscented Sport spray ($36 USD) I can run around all day and not worry about burning, plus it has skincare benefits.  The Environmental Repair Plus Eye Gel will soothe burnt eyelids and repair, too! Available at

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range is very affordable and effective.  Renowned for its Cocoa Butter chops for decades, Palmer’s has harnessed all of the incredible skin care benefits of this super ingredient (in prime-pressed, unrefined form) into a five-piece collection of suncare products that effectively protects skin, keeping it free from discoloration and spots associated with UV exposure. All of the products are formulated with Palmer’s proprietary Cocoaplex™ Technology, which optimizes the skin-friendly properties of Cocoa Butter all while enhancing the sunscreen emulsification. The products are:

  • SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion – Retails for $7
  • SPF 30 Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray – Retails for $9
  • SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Balm – Retails for $6
  • SPF 45 Moisturizing Sunscreen for Face – Retails for $7
  • SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick – Retails for $4

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Range is Available Exclusively at Wal-Mart Stores Nationwide.

NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick
NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick

NO-AD Sport Body & Face Sunscreen Stick ($6.99 USD) — Convenient wide-format stick keeps hands clean and ready for any sport or outdoor activity. Ultra-lightweight formula goes on clear with no white mess. Great for the body, yet gentle and light enough for the face. Fragrance-free, nonirritating formula is great for sensitive skin. Same quantity as national brands for a value price. This is a clear, light balm that is easy to apply and contains SPF 50.  I light to use a spray sunscreen, then layer this on the areas that burn easily like my shoulders, tops of legs and nose. Available at Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, HEB, BI-LO,,, and other retail and online stores throughout the USA.

Safe Harbor Sunscreen
Safe Harbor Sunscreen

Safe Harbor Sunscreen ($9.99 USD): An advanced range of sun care products for adults and children complete with a mineral zinc oxide-based formula that naturally protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. With a focus on providing the most natural, effective and chemical-free suncare, the products also include titanium dioxide for an additional level of sun protection and a rich blend of ingredients such as red algae, green tea, sea buckthorn, and jojoba for added antioxidant benefits.

I tested the 30 Mineral SPF Sensitive Lotion.  As I applied it, I noticed that it feels like a luxe skincare lotion, not SPF.  It applies clear and absorbs instantly.  I do have sensitive skin and it did not irritate my skin at all.

Purchase at Walmart stores.

Avon ANEW Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25
Avon ANEW Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25

Don’t forget the facial sunscreen!  Avon ANEW combines SPF and skincare Vitale Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($28 USD) — Introducing Anew Vitale, powered by VitaToneComplex. Revive tired-looking skin after just one use. Now you can visibly reduce dullness, improve clarity and restore the well-rested look of a full-night’s sleep. I like that it is not greasy and that it instantly smooths the skin and gives an even skin tone.  The SPF 25 protects while the cream treats tired skin. Available at Readers, please leave a comment and let me know what sunscreens you are using.

Ready To Tan? — Do It Safely With Self-Tanner, and Protect Your Skin With SPF

I am a huge advocate of using sunscreen all year round, but especially during the warm seasons when I go outside more than usual.

But, I also love not being pasty white in the summer!  So I have not only intensified my sunscreen efforts, I have began self-tanning.  I never get super dark, but I do like a bit of a glow.

Below are products to help get ready for the sun — and to help you look like you’ve been soaking up the rays!

Fake Bake Fair
Fake Bake Fair

Fake Bake Fair ($25.95 USD) — As summer approaches. Fake Bake’s Fair is Fake Bake’s build-your-own self-tanner that is as easy to apply as any moisturizer and smells amazing! There is no better way to give your skin a light, golden, natural glow! Fair is wonderful on even the palest of skin tones and builds gradually so the effect is easy to control. It also has Fake Bake’s signature guide color so you can see exactly where it¹s going as you apply it.

What I think:  If you want to get a gradual, natural looking tan, this product is for you!  I love the guide color, it makes it easy to see where you have and have not applied the products yet.  And it smells nice, which is important if you decide to apply it every day.

Fair is available at leading salons nationwide.

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Mousse
Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Mousse

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Mousse – Dark ($54 USD) — This must-have Tan Lotion gives instant, flawless color and develops into the longest lasting, ultrahydrating tan. It is formulated with revolutionary pHenO2 technology to guarantee the longest lasting tan in the world (up to four times longer than regular tans) with a completely perfect, natural fade. The lotion formula is packed with organic botanicals and is so moisturizing, it can be used on the face as well as the body. It contains unique Moisture Lock™ technology for silky-soft and super hydrated skin that lasts for 72 hours. Odour Remove™ promises zero smell for the most natural tanning experience.

What I think — This comes in Fair, Medium, and Dark.  I like using the Medium.  This is very easy to apply.  Just squirt the mousse onto a tanning mitt or gloves, and rub in.  Really fast!  It does last longer than a long time without fading, which I love. It smells pretty good, but there is a faint smell to it.

Available at, and

Jane Iredale Powder-Me
Jane Iredale Powder-Me

Jane Iredale Powder-Me ($45.50 USD) — This dry sunscreen can be used on the body, face and scalp for UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection and is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. Powder-Me SPF contains titanium dioxide and natural clay which is completely free of contaminants and atmospheric pollutants. Available in three shades: Translucent, Tanned, and Golden.

What I think:  This sunscreen is easy to apply with the built-in applicator.  I have it in the Translucent, which is good to use on the face, body and hair.  I think the other two would be fun to try in the summer, especially in cute summer outfits!

Available at

Australian Gold Lotion with Kona Bronzers - SPF 50
Australian Gold Lotion with Kona Bronzers – SPF 50

Australian Gold Lotion with Kona Bronzer – SPF 50 ($7.99 USD) — delivers unsurpassed sun protection with instant, natural-looking color. Sport a sun-kissed glow even on your first day at the beach!

  • Delivers an immediate, natural-looking glow with Kona-coffee-infused bronzers
  • Contains Kakadu plum extract, a native Australian fruit that provides exceptional levels of vitamin C
  • Provides Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection; Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
  • Signature Australian Gold Fragrance
  • Available in SPF 15, 30 and 50

What I think:  I have been testing this in the SPF 50.  For me, the higher the SPF, the better!  I really love the scent, but I don’t see much of a bronzing color.  But, I love the high SPF!

Available at Drugstores nationwide and

What type of sun care products do you use?

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!

Fresh Beauty Products For The Dog Days of Summer

Hot enough for you yet? Summer is going strong! I have put together a collection of products from makeup, to hair care to fragrance to get you through the last month of Summer.

They are:

BSB Culminé Glow & Go Tinted Moisturizing Sunscreen
BSB Culminé Glow & Go Tinted Moisturizing Sunscreen

For flawless-looking skin, the anti-aging BSB Culminé Glow & Go Tinted Moisturizing Sunscreen ($45 USD) with daytime sun protection delivers the whole package: SPF protection, superior hydration, a hint of tint for a beautiful glow while being sheer enough to wear under makeup. Oxybenzone, Titanium Dioxide and Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate protect the skin from sun damage by absorbing UV rays while the anti-oxidant blend reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. 

What I think:  I really like this tinted sunscreen.  It is a perfect product to apply and go.  It matched my skintone and gave me a subtle glow. I am going to use this as my foundation for the rest of the summer!

Available at 

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch
Rimmel London Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch

Follow foundation by applying Rimmel London Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch ($4.99) to the apples of your cheeks. This lightweight, ultra blendable mousse formula gives an instant touch of radiance and illuminates the skin giving it a healthy summer glow.

What I think:  I have tried this in Radiant Rose.  So pretty.  It is a highlighter and blush in one.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Mascara
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Mascara

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Mascara ($6.99), for achieve beautiful, voluptuous lashes! For lashes so big, it’s almost criminal! Scandalous false lash volume. MaxDensity Brush: 50% larger*. Captures & plumps every lash. Supersize formula with 3x collagen + 3x keratin.

What I think:  This is an affordable mascara that gives huge volume.  It’s like a lip plumper for your lashes.

Rimmel products are avaialbe at mass market retailers near you.

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencils
Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencils

Lipstick Queen’s Chinatown Glossy Pencils ($20 each) The three new shades are pictured below from left to right:

Cameo – a soft nude

Catalina – a flirty, fun yet subtle pink

Pink Bluff – an earthy nude pink

What I think:  I love these soft colors!  I have tried this pencil before in a burgundy, but I love lighter nudes and pinks more and I love all three of these colors.  I think they will work well for fall, too.  Especially the nude.  Wear it with a smudgy black eyeliner on eyes.  Cool!

The new shades are now available for purchase at Space NK and ULTA stores nationwide, as well as on

Lancome Vernis in Love in Aqua Blue
Lancome Vernis in Love in Aqua Blue

Lancome Vernis in Love in Aqua Blue ($15 USD) Inspired by the new trendy Rouge In Love lip collection, Vernis in Love is a high potency nail lacquer perfectly themed to compliment every woman’s mood and style. With ultimate brilliance, intense color, and a mistake-free application, your nails will love the lasting shine and pop of color that stays put for days.

What I think:  This blue is perfect for the end of summer.  I am planning to wear beautiful blues all month. It reminds me of water and that we need to have as much summer fun as possible!

Purchase at

Sensai by Kanebo’s Intensive Hair Mask
Sensai by Kanebo’s Intensive Hair Mask

Chlorine, sun and frizz oh my! If you’re like most women, summertime stress is largely due to your hair. Vein, but true. Elegantly scented and made with oriental herbal extracts, Sensai by Kanebo’s Intensive Hair Mask ($57 USD) offers extra care and repair while giving your locks a smooth shine.

What I think:  Deep moisture treatments are a must for summer hair repair.  This one smells fantastic and leaves hair so soft!

The Sensai Intensive Hair Mask retails for $57 and is available at and

Lavanila’s Vanilla Summer
Lavanila’s Vanilla Summer

Although this is the last month of summer, with Lavanila’s Vanilla Summer you’ll feel like you’re on vacation all fall and winter! The scent will evoke the calm, soft breeze of the ocean; allowing you to feel the sand beneath your toes every time you spritz.

Vanilla Summer is available in:

The Healthy Fragrance ($58): This all-natural Eau de Parfum is hand crafted using the highest quality essential oils and vitamin-rich botanicals from all over the world. Completely free of chemically laden alcohol, petrochemicals and phthalates, this body beneficial fragrance is uniquely packed with a healthy dose of anti-oxidants.

The Healthy Roller-Ball ($19): Housed in a slim, spill-proof bottle, this tote-able scent lets you dab on Vanilla Summer whenever you feel the need to escape to your own private oasis.

What I Think: This may be my favorite Lavanila scent yet!  It is soft and pretty, perfect for all year long!

Lavanila Laboratories products may be purchased at







Summer Skin Savers — Part 1

Summer is coming!  To get ready for it, I have been stocking on some fab products to protect me from the sun’s harmful rays, and to sooth my skin afterwards.

I have received so many great products for my honest review, that I’ve had to split this up into two long posts.  I hope this gives you some great ideas!

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum ($42; travel size $20) – City Sunscreen Serum is a multitasking broad spectrum SPF 30+ daily repair serum for skin exposed to the sun, both in the past and the present. This ultra-light, Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ simultaneously protects skin, moisturizes on contact and combats premature aging. with Antioxidants E and B5 to optimize skin health, promote nutrient absorption and cell renewal and HYDROVOTIN 24 to simulate the skin’s natural moisturizing factor for hydrated and moisturized skin without a rich cream or thick lotion. The perfect first step SPF primer, post cleansing.

What I think:  This is the first serum with SPF I have tried.  It is a very lightweight serum that soaks right into the skin. I love that it gives anti-aging skin care benefits plus the SPF of 30.

Available at

ate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight
Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight

Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight ($48 USD) — This ultra-fluid, waterlight sunscreen—that blends effortlessly into skin—provides hydration, SPF50+ broad spectrum protection, and anti-aging benefits. A cutting-edge delivery system ensures that the Sunscreen stays in a reservoir on the skin’s surface, while Advanced Ingredients penetrate to restore optimal moisture levels and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.          

  • Provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ sun protection
  • Unconventional, ultra-lightweight texture absorbs easily
  • Contains physical, mineral sun blocking ingredients, without any chemical sunscreens
  • Utilizes a unique reservoir technology that keeps sunscreen on the surface of the skin

What I think:  This is a wonderful sunscreen that is so light you can use it over a heavier moisturizer if you need one.  It also has great anti-aging benefits.  Great if you are looking for a sunscreen to use with your normal skin care regimen.

Available at

Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Peter Lamas
Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Peter Lamas

Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Peter Lamas ($44 USD) -offers the ultimate sun protection, this lightweight moisturizer is packed with powerful antioxidant-rich ingredients that help nourish and protect complexion from sun damage. A synergy of active ingredients, which includes natural Mineral Sunscreen Zinc Oxide, defends against free radicals and hydrates the skin while Grape Stem Cells help increase cell turnover rate to rejuvenate skin and repair damage caused over time by harmful UV rays. Zinc Oxide creates an invisible barrier against the sun to provide broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, while photosomes help reverse UV-induced damage and help repair the skin’s DNA. Olive leaf extract—loaded with polyunsaturated acids—maintains moisture to help create a supple, more youthful-looking complexion.

What I think:  I have been using this for a couple of weeks now.  I love the SPF, but since it contains Zinc in it, you need to blend it well so white residue doesn’t appear on the skin.  I also like to let it sink in for a few minutes before I apply my makeup.

Coming in June to

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($42 USD) – Many women prefer a light foundation when lounging by the pool or on a beach, as anything too heavy tends to melt away. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 offers sheer coverage, light moisturization and sun protection-! Toss this 3-in-1 multi-tasker in your beach bag to achieve the perfect dewy glow.

What I think:  I have heard great things about this moisturizer, and I was not disappointed.  This is so moisturizing that you can skip your normal moisturizer if you wish and apply it right over serum.  It covers well, but is light enough to look natural.

Available at

Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB
Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone BB Cream (Beauty Balm Cream,$11.99 USD) is a multifunctional formula that targets discoloration and spots while providing natural pigment-perfecting coverage and SPF 15 protection from the sun.  Formulated with our Tone Enhancing Complex + Mineral pigment to even skin tone, renew radiance and leave skin with a flawless finish. It:

  • Targets discoloration
  • Provides superior moisturization
  • Protects skin from the sun
  • Provides lightweight coverage to conceal imperfections
  • Prevents discoloration from recurring
  • Brightens complexion
  • Reduces redness
  • Primes skin for makeup application

Available in two shades: Fair/Light and Medium/Dark.

What I think: This is the lightest BB Cream I have used.  It is very moisturizing, but the coverage isn’t for those who want full coverage.  It you want to wake up in the morning and just put this on, you will look very natural and receive skin care benefits.

Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Lemon Drop with SPF 15 ($3.29 USD) – Pamper your lips while you protect them from the sun with this irresistibly refreshing Broad Spectrum SPF 15 lip balm that’s bursting with natural flavor.

What I think:  I love eos lip balms.  These are fun and very moisturizing.  They also taste great.  This one is perfect for the summer since it has SPF.

Available at and your local drugstore.


Try A New Foundation This Fall For A Flawless Face!

Fall is not only the time to try the new warmer shades of eye color or deeper shade of lipstick, it seems to be the time that many fab cosmetic companies are releasing new foundations.

I have received a few great ones for review.  They have mostly been liquid or cream — since summer is over it is time for more coverage and these products do provide them. Try a new one today!

If you love liquid foundation, try:

tarte maracuja miracle foundation 12-hour broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen

tarte maracuja miracle foundation 12-hour broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen ($42 USD) — Thanks to the miracle of maracuja, this long wearing, waterproof pure foundation rich in Vitamin C and available in 10 shades, goes on seamlessly and instantly restores skin’s natural luster for a firmer, brighter, smoother complexion. Maracuja has also been known to reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation of the skin making this foundation perfect for all skin types and ideal for sensitive, dehydrated, dry or aging skin. The combination of Vitamins A, E and mineral pigments hydrates and preserves skin. tarte’s maracuja miracle is housed in a soft-finish recyclable glass bottle that boasts a sustainable bamboo cap making it our most eco-chic foundation ever.

What I think: This foundation goes on very smoothly and gives full-coverage. I love the glow it gives my skin without making it shiny.  It lasted all day, plus it has  sunscreen and great skincare ingredients!  Purchase at

Yves Rocher Pure Light Foundation

Yves Rocher Pure Light Foundation ($22 USD on Sale for $12.10) – Light and luminous foundation with second skin effect!  For the very first time, Yves Rocher Botanical Beauty Research has introduced radiance boosting Rice extract in a new foundation. Each time you use it, your skin regains vitality and radiance, becoming softer and more luminous.   Its ultra-fresh light moisturizing texture is easy to apply uniformly. It provides maximum comfort for a sensation of no makeup and impeccable natural coverage. The skin’s texture is visibly smoothed and the complexion is uniform.

What I think:  This is a lighter foundation that covers like a tinted moisturizer.  It does feel great on the skin and gives a nice glowThis is for the lady who likes their makeup to feel barely there! Visit to learn more.

Or.. try a cream foundation…

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen ($45 USD) — Laura Mercier’s latest innovation: her bestselling Tinted Moisturizer formula with SPF 20 protection, now in a convenient compact.  This lightweight, SPF-rich formula leaves a dewy, sheer-to-moderate finish for flawless skin—wherever you go. Available in a range of shades for all skin types, this lightweight formula moisturizes and hydrates the complexion, softening fine lines and providing buildable coverage with a hint of color to impart a healthy and natural look. This expert formula applies evenly, does not oxidize, and visibly brightens and evens skintone by diminishing dark spots and imperfections. Broad spectrum SPF 20 provides UVA and UVB protection.

This product is non-comedogenic, allergy- and dermatalogically tested and is appropriate for sensitive skin. This non-greasy formula does not contain fragrance or talc. The compact comes with a luxurious, high-grade sponge that was custom-designed with a density and thickness to compliment the formula. The sponge is anti-copper treated to preserve cleanliness and prevent discoloration. Each compact shade matches the original shades of Laura Mercier’s classic Tinted Moisturizer.

What I think – This is a very nice foundation that can be applied lighter or heavier for change in coverage where you need it.  It is a little dry, but blended well it looks fantastic on.  The finish is matte, which is perfect for every day wear. Visit to purchase.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation ($56 USD) – This 2-in-1 foundation glides on smoothly with a creamy feel and sets to a luminous, powdery finish. The nutrient-rich formula helps soothe redness and keeps skin hydrated and supple. Provides even, natural coverage for a radiant, flawless appearance.

What I think — I am in love with this foundation!  It is so easy to apply – very creamy. The finish is full-coverage, but very natural.  The enclosed sponge works well and it is easy to take with you.  Purchase at


Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

With its ultra-luxurious hydrating silk ribbons, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ lotion sunscreen nourishes and pampers skin while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and 12-hour moisturization when out in the sun. Available in SPF 12, 30, 50!

I was given a deluxe sample of  Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ SPF 30 from and their VoxBox program to review.  Check out their website and sign up to receive FREE products in exchange for honest feedback.

What I think: This is the perfect sunscreen for the person who wants to do double duty by moisturizing and protecting their skin at the same time!

It has a great coconut fragrance and it goes on more like a moisturizer than a sunscreen.  It does not leave white residue on the skin.  The protection is also great, it lasted a long time, and when I went camping, I didn’t get burned!

You can find Hawaiian Tropic products at most major retailers.

Suggested retail price: $8.99 for a 6oz bottle.

Get Ready For Summer!

Happy Memorial Day!  This is the unofficial start of Summer.  I am writing this at 5 pm in Kansas City and it is 91 degrees.  My family and I went to a lake this morning to splash in the water and then my girls went swimming again this afternoon — so it is certainly time to get the hot weather beauty products out!  Here are some of my faves:

Lavanila Healthy SPF Collection

Lavanila Healthy SPF Collection: Get the complete coverage you need with Lavanila’s Healthy SPF Collection. These 100% natural products are made with a new generation of mineral sunscreens for superior UVA/UVB protection. Free of harsh chemicals, synthetic sunscreens and nano-particles, all formulas are fragrance-fee and infused with a superior complex of skin-saving vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The collection includes The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 30 Body Cream, The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 Face Cream and The Healthy Lip Screen SPF 30. Price: $16 to $38 at

Venus Embrace Razor

Gillette Venus Embrace — $9.99 — $11.99 USD for the refillable razor, two cartridges, and a shower pod to hold the razor in the shower and $13.49 – $14.99 USD for a four-pack cartridge refills. This razor now comes with a new purple and turquoise handle and has five, yes FIVE, blades for an perfectly smooth and close shave. I love this razor! The head swivels and hugs every curve. This would be perfect for the summer when we wear way less clothes!

tarte Amazon bronze Amazonian clay & annatto body bronzer

tarte Amazon bronze Amazonian clay & annatto body bronzer ($37 USD) — Achieve a faux glow, naturally, with the new Amazonian clay and annatto-infused body bronzer in universally flattering Amazon bronze. This is a lovely light bronzer, but it is a bit sparkly, so I suggest to use it on legs and arms — especially at night!  . Directions: Using the included body puff, blend bronzer into skin making sure to pay special attention around knees, ankles and elbows. Add one coat for a subtle bronze, or 2-3 coats for deeper color. Occasionally rinse body puff with a mild antibacterial soap and let dry overnight.

Purchase at and Sephora stores.

Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit

Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit ($3 USD) Give your lips a kiss. This juicy lip balm is made with nutritious, tropical Pink Grapefruit Seed Oil, bursting with powerful vitamins. Refresh your lips with a sweet hint of citrus.

• Nourishes with Vitamin C and E from Pink Grapefruit Seed Oil • Delicious citrus flavor • Softens and conditions lips

Available at and at mass market retailers near you.

Skinnygirl Mommy Cool Your Feet Spray

Skinnygirl Mommy Cool Your Feet Spray ($7.89 USD) — Cool your achingly tired feet by misting them with soothing essential ingredients such as cucumber, aloe and peppermint for a revitalizing burst of freshness. Feet feel instantly refreshed and pampered!

Key Ingredients:

Aloe – Used to moisturize and soften skin
Peppermint Oil – Energizes and cools while helping to sooth common foot irritants
Cucumber Extract – Used to sooth and relieve puffiness

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Pantene Split End Repair Keratin Protection

Pantene Normal-Thick Hair Solutions Keratin Protection Crème ($6.29 USD) is formulated to help keep hair strong to protect hair’s natural keratin structure from damage. The result is strong, healthy hair with fewer split ends.

I can tell that this works.  After a few uses, my hair has looked shinier and it does appear that I have less split ends.  My teenage daughter uses this on her hair that has been damaged from straighteners and blue hair dye — and it really does make her hair look healthier.

You can purchase this at mass market retailers near you.