My Beauty Favorites ‚ÄĒ Week of June 26 – July 2, 2017

I can’t believe it’s already July!¬† This year is flying by so fast.

My favorites this week are products for the face and body that smell great and hydrate so well.  They include rosewater toner and exfoliators, a Vitamin C peel, gentle skin bath products and sweet smelling body products.

 

G√ľlsha – Ultimate Rosewater ($20 USD) — g√ľlsha Ultimate Rosewater, produced drop by drop by the gentle steam distillation of fresh rose petals in pure copper alembics, is more than a rosewater. Usually, rosewater is a by-product of rose essential oil distillation. By keeping the valuable rose essential oil, g√ľlsha has created the Ultimate Rosewater which contains all the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids of the precious rosa damascena flower.

G√ľlsha – Purifying Rose Dust ($20 USD) — enhances the cleansing ritual with this gentle-yet-powerful¬†cleanser and manual scrub you can use daily without irritation. The sulfate-free formula dissolves dirt and everyday impurities. Unique dried rose buds powder based formula activates upon contact with water, releasing mild cleansing surfactants that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. Thanks to pure rosa damascena essential oil with its anti-ageing properties and the toxin absorption capacity of pink clay, the skin is visibly soft, fresh and luminous.

What I think: I use these together by adding the rosewater to the rose dust.  It creates a paste.  I then add a bit of water to get a foam and massage into my face.  Once I rinse it off, my face feels really soft.  I also use the rosewater as a toner afterwards.  It has a very strong scent, but the rose dust is softly scent, which I like.

Purchase at http://www.bigelowchemists.com

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel ($23 USD) –The Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel specifically targets pollutants that are left sitting on the skin at the end of the day. This transforming gel-to-peel texture peels away dull, tired city skin for a happy healthy glow. The PH of the gel helps to release surface cells.¬† Contains our most potent Camu Camu Berry. 60 times more Vitamin C concentration than an orange!

What I think:  This peel is really fun to use.  Apply 1-2 pumps to the face then massage it in for about 20 seconds.  The dead skin comes off with the clumps of peel and leaves my skin so soft afterwards.  It smells really bright and cleans.

Purchase at http://www.thebodyshop.com/en-us

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Bath Milk ($15, on sale for $9) — Formulated to respect your skin‚Äôs natural moisture barrier with a delicate yet decadent blend of natural oils, this creamy bath milk gently cleanses, soothes and reduces the sensation of tight, itchy dry skin. Enriched with almond milk from Spain and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, Almond Milk & Honey is specially formulated for sensitive, dry skin.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Shower Cream ($5, on sale for $3) — Soothe as you cleanse with this gentle, soap-free shower gel ‚Äď specially formulated to respect your skin‚Äôs natural moisture barrier and pH. This gentle formula won‚Äôt strip your skin of moisture. Enriched with organic almond milk from Spain and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, Almond Milk & Honey is specially formulated for sensitive, dry skin.

What I think:  I love the scent of these bath products!  The Bath Milk bubbles nicely and soothes irritated skin.  The shower cream is also really gentle on the skin.  I love that the ingredients are natural, too.

Available at http://www.thebodyshop.com/en-us

Zoella Beauty Bath Latte ($8.95 USD) — Indulge in Zoella’s Bath Latte, a deliciously scented, creamy bath and shower milk. Enriched with nourishing sweet almond, cacao and honey, it will leave your skin feeling beautifully soft, silky and smelling totally irresistible.

Zoella Beauty Le Fizz Fragranced Bath Fizzer ($7.95 USD) — This irresistible macaroon scented Zoella Le Fizz Fragranced Bath Fizzer will transform your bath into an indulgent experience.

Zoella Beauty Life is Sweet Cosmetic Bag ($9.95 USD) — Zoella’s Life is Sweet cute little coin purse to keep all your beauty essentials safe on the go.

What I think: The packaging of these products are really fun. ¬† The bath latte smells yummy and makes skin so soft.¬† The bath fizzer bar is ingenious, but it doesn’t really fizz much.¬† You have to hold it under running water, and it fizzes a little.¬† And the cosmetic bag is cute, perfect for small makeup items.

Available at Ulta and http://www.ulta.com

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Join The Body Shop in Ending Animal Testing In Cosmetics!

On June 1st, The Body Shop with campaign partner, Cruelty Free International, the leading non-profit organization working to end animal testing, announced an ambitious goal to collect 8 million signatures from people all over the world by 2020 which will allow them to take their petition to the UN to request an international convention that bans animal testing globally ‚Äď for good, everywhere and forever.

The Body Shop started this fight, now we can help them finish it!

Sign the petition here: Thebodyshop.com/ban-animal-testing, or go into any of The Body Shop’s 3,000 stores to sign, then share the hashtag, and spread the word. #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting @TheBodyShop

I signed the petition online, and it was easy to do.  I think this is so important, as we can still enjoy wonderful beauty products without animals being harmed!

Here is more information about cosmetic animal testing:

Treat Yourself To A Home Spa Day

Is your skin stressed from sun and heat?  Try one or more of these relaxing products to get your skin in shape and looking fab!

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque ($45.00 USD)¬† — With soothing botanical extracts of cucumber, papaya, chamomile pineapple, sugar maple, sugar cane, orange, lemon and bilberry; this ultra-gentle, non-stinging, anti-irritant gel masque is made for all skin types including even the most sensitive skin. Recommended for daily use as a hydrating and calming masque. May be used under the eye area to reduce puffiness. Use in the treatment room to soothe the skin, even after the most potentially irritating procedures including extractions, waxing, clinical facials, peels and electrolysis.

What I think: ¬†This green gel is fun to use, and¬†is easy, too.¬† Just apply, let sit for 10 minutes and wash off.¬† Afterwards my face is soft and clear.¬† Any redness is reduced.¬† This doesn’t¬† irritate my skin at all, so it can be used each day.¬† This is¬†available at www.peterthomasroth.com and Sephora.

Lavanila Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave ($14.00 USD) РPacked with nourishing ingredients that promote healthy skin, this non-irritating time-saver soothes, cleans, and moisturizes. While traditional washes and shave creams are made with sulfates and other harsh detergents that can irritate sensitive skin, Lavanila’s all-natural, chemical-free formula is packed with a daily dose of anti-oxidants and vitamins that promote calm, healthy, super soft skin.

Key Ingredients include coconut oil, organic rose hip oil, organic aloe and calendula. The scents are Vanilla Passion Fruit, Vanilla Lavender, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, and Vanilla Coconut.

What I think:  I tested the Vanilla Grapefruit wash and it was very effective as a shower gel, shaving gel and even as bubble bath. The scent is light and perfect for the summer.  Visit www.lavanila.com to learn more.

The Body Shop Body Butter Duos ($16.00 USD) features an innovative twin pot of fragranced Body Butters to moisturize skin from head to toe. One side moisturizes dry skin like your elbows and knees, and the other side caters to normal skin. They come in four delicious flavors: Vanilla, Macadamia, Acai and Sweet Pea.

What I think:  This is such a cool idea!  One side of the pot holds a thick cream that is almost like a balm and the other side holds a lighter cream.  Both are scented the same but are for different types of skin.  I like to use the thick cream on my feet and elbows and the lighter cream on arms and legs.  Visit www.thebodyshop-usa.com to purchase.

Nothing feels worse than sunburnt skin! Smooth on aloe vera and lather up with Cures by Avance Skin Repair Body Mist ($39.00 USD) to hydrate and soothe skin. This exceptional body mist penetrates to heal and relieve sunburned skin. Sea minerals and essential oils provide deep rehydration and restored tone as the skin is visibly repaired. Perfect during the warm summer months for a lightweight, moisturizing glow that will bring out your tan!

What I think: This spray is light and moisturizing and is perfect for relieving summer skin problems. I do have to say that it has a very strong herbal scent, a little too strong for me.  But if you love natural-smelling products, this might be perfect for you! You can purchase this at www.curesbyavance.com.

The Body Shop Shower Gel For Earth Lovers

 

Make a positive splash on the environment and start your day the earth lovers’ way by showering with the new eco-conscious 100% biodegradable shower gel range from The Body Shop. Shower Gels for Earth Lovers are infused with goodness, featuring a blend of herb and fruit extracts and Community Fair Trade aloe vera to leave your skin
naturally fragranced and super soft. Even better the formulations contain no sulfates, parabens or colorants.

The entire Shower Gels for Earth Lovers range is made from a soap-free base, so it’s non-drying and suitable for sensitive skin. Every product in the Shower Gels for Earth Lovers range contains Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera from Guatemala. Aloe vera extract has long been used for its healing benefits and contains over 75 beneficial nutrients and 200 active compounds. It is used extensively for soothing burn treatments, stimulating new skin cell growth and as a natural skin balm. Up to 15 farmers from the El Progreso state in Guatemala grow and harvest the plant. They grow it without the use of pesticides or fertilizers, then hand-harvest, hand-wash and hand-fillet it within 12 hours to preserve
the freshness of the gel. Trading with The Body Shop provides an income for the farmers and directly benefits members of the community. Our Community Fair Trade program benefits over 25,000 people in the world’s poorest communities.

Choose from a selection of six refreshing fragrances to keep your senses alive every day of the week. The fragrances are: Lemon & Thyme, Mint & Cucumber, Watermelon¬†& Eucalyptus, Apricot & Basil, Fig & Rosemary and Pear & Lemongrass.¬†I’ve enjoyed the Fig & Rosemary and Pear & Lemongrass.¬† Great scents, not too strong but very refreshing.¬† This shower has a great lather and also works as a bubble bath.¬†

Each shower gel retails for $12.00 and is available in store and online at www.TheBodyShop-USA.com. Enjoy!

Give a Little Bath and Shower Luxury This Christmas

Bath and body sets make fabulous Christmas gifts! The following are some of my favorites, but keep in mind that each company — The Body Shop, H2O Plus and Bodycology — have other fragrances and sets in various price ranges.

The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Shower Scrub & Soften Gift Set ($29.00 USD) — Description: Conjure up memories of Christmas past and treat someone special with this indulgent gift set with moisturizing Community Trade ingredients and fragrant vanilla extract.

Includes:

  • 8.4 fl oz Spiced Vanilla Shower Gel
  • 1.7 oz Spiced Vanilla Body Butter
  • 1.7 oz Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub
  • 3.5 oz Spiced Vanilla Soap
  • Octagonal card box with PET window and red ribbon

The Body Shop also has a lovely cranberry and a zesty orange fragrances for the holiday, but my favorite is the Spiced Vanilla set. This would be an affordable and very welcome gift for anyone on your list

Available at The Body Shop stores and www.thebodyshop-usa.com

Sea Salt Spa Collection ($45.00 USD) — This mineral-rich gift set features our best-selling Sea Salt spa luxuries to gently polish, purify and restore skin’s natural glow. The set features:
 
  • European sea salts draw out impurities and replenish essential nutrients, leaving skin healthy and luminous
  • Rich shea butter, jojoba and coconut oils rapidly absorb into the skin, leaving it luxuriously soft
  • Moisture-rich marine botanicals, including provide deep hydration for visibly smooth, radiant skin
  • Imparts an invigorating oceanside fragrance, infused with notes of green tea
  • Presented in custom designed gift box

Gift Includes: Sea Salt Body Wash (12.5 fl oz / 370mL), Sea Salt Skin Smoother (12 fl oz / 340g), Spa Hydrating Body Gloss (1.9 fl oz / 56mL), Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter (6 fl oz / 180mL), and hand-held wood bath brush with strap.

This scent is so fantastically addicting! It is soft and neutral so it would be good for men or women. H2O has a ton of other gift sets to choose from, too. Visit www.h2oplus.com to purchase.

Bodycology 6-Piece Gift Set(15.00 USD) :  Available in classic scents, Sweet Petals and Brown Sugar Vanilla, this deluxe gift set boats a mixture of full-size and trail size products including Bath Gel, Body Lotion, Body Cream, Body Butter, Body Mist and Hand Soap. You can purchase these at Walmart.

Enjoy!

 

Fight Aging Skin With The Body Shop Natrulift Skin Care Line

The Body Shop has released a new firming skin care line called Natrulift. As with all of the Body Shop products, Natrulift contains natural, organic and Community Trade ingredients. This makes the products as good for our environment as they are for the skin! Some of the products I’ve tried are:

Natrulift Softening Facial Wash ($14.00 3.38 oz) —¬†Best if you want to: Minimize the signs of aging and create a velvety-looking complexion with a softly-cleansing and refreshing facial wash. How it works:

  • Daily cleansing is the first step to beautifully soft and smooth skin, removing impurities and preparing the skin for daily moisturizer.
  • Pomegranate seed oil moisturizes skin and is rich in antioxidants to help minimize the damage cause by environmental aggressors.
  • Community Trade Brazil nut oil moisturizes and softens skin.

What I think: This is a fantastic face wash! When I first squeeze a bit out, it is very creamy, pearly and smells like pomegranates. So far, so good, right? Then I smooth it on my skin, gently massaging it in and rinse it. My skin is soft and looks smooth, too!

Natrulift Firming Serum ($36.00 1 oz) —¬†Best if you want to: Minimize signs of aging and leave skin feeling firmer and more toned with a hydrating serum. How it works:

  • Has a temporary lifting effect: skin is plumper and hydrated.
  • Pomegranate seed oil moisturizes skin and is rich in antioxidants to help minimize the damage cause by environmental aggressors.
  • Organic Community Trade honey moisturizes and conditions skin.

What I think: This is my favorite product of the line. It is like a dose of instant gratification as immediately makes my skin look more even, smoother and lifted — and yes, younger! I apply this morning and night time before moisturizer. It is light and not sticky like some serums.

Natrulift Firming Day Cream ($30.00 1.7 oz) —¬†Best if you want to: Minimize fine lines, smooth wrinkles and leave skin feeling firmer and hydrated with a day cream that moisturizes for up to 12 hours. How it works:

  • Has a temporary lifting effect: skin is plumper and hydrated.
  • Pomegranate seed oil moisturizes skin and is rich in antioxidants to help minimize the damage cause by environmental aggressors.
  • Community Trade Brazil nut oil moisturizes and softens skin.

What I think: This cream on top of the serum really firms and smooths the skin. It is almost the consistency of a balm, though, and may be too heavy for day time for some skin. If your skin is naturally dry, or dry in the winter like mine, this will be a perfect day cream.

This collection also includes the Natrulift Softening Cream Cleanser, Natrulift Softening Toner and Natrulift Firming Night Cream. You can learn more about these products and purchase them at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com.

Add Some Shimmer To Your Look This Summer With The Body Shop

Each season, The Body Shop introduce a perfect collection of makeup that is just right for that time of year. This summer they have released many beautiful, shimmering products that will make you look glowy and perfect for the easy days ahead of us.  

These are my favorite from the collection:

The Body Shop Bronzing Powder ($18.50) is a beautiful bronzer to give color this summer. If you are like me and pile on the sunscreen, most of your color comes from bronzers. What I love about this one is that it is a lightweight, matte powder. It boasts light-diffusing particles to provide instant radiance and help reduce the appearance of fine lines. It also contains Community Trade marula oil from Namibia helps to repair skin’s moisture barrier plus Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that helps to soften, condition and protect skin.

I have Shade 01 which is the lightest matte shade. There is also Shade 03 which is a shimmering shade and Shade 04 which is a dark matte shade. The matte shades are perfect when you want to get a little color, not shimmer.

Brush On Radiance ($21.00 USD) —¬†Here’s where I like to get my very subtle shimmer. Actually, it is more of an illumination. This is a little pot of¬† multi-colored bead that ar light-reflective and iridescent. They give a beautiful glow. They contain Community¬†marula¬†nut oil to promote moisturization and hydration.

Delipscious¬†Sheer Lip Color ($12.00 USD) –¬†This reminds me of a product that I used to wear in my 20’s — Clinique’s Almost Lipstick. They still make that, of course, but only in Black Honey. They used to have many different shimmery colors.

This new Delipscious Sheer Lip Color is sheer and moisturizing. It also has a fruity flavor made from food-grade ingredients, including natural blueberry and pomegranate seed oils. This also contains organic, virgin, cold-pressed Community Trade coconut oil to help replenish moisture levels; Community Trade organic beeswax from Zambia to helps moisturize and condition lips; and Community Trade cocoa butter, an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, and is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

Available in 7 sheer shades, Sheer Lychee, Sheer Toffee, Sheer Watermelon, Sheer Candy, Sheer Elderberry, Sheer Saffron and Sheer Pomegranate. They are all beautiful and subtle.

To purchase, visit a The Body Shop store near you or go to www.thebodyshop-usa.com.

Update Your Summertime Bath Routine With Fresh New Products

Summer is the time for herby, fresh scents¬†and tropical fragrances like my favorite, coconut. I love trying new bath products in the summertime — it really seems to set the mood for a relaxing season.¬†Try a new product and scent this summer; there are some great suggestions below.¬†¬†

Buddha Nose¬†Bohdi¬†Sugar Scrub ($28.00 USD) ¬†—¬†contains organic and wild crafted¬†essential oils of cedarwood, frankincense, ho wood and juniper berry¬†for a sultry scrub. It also boasts organic sugar, certified organic potassium cocoate, organic tapioca starch, vegetable glycerin, and citric acid powder to¬†give natural exfoliation. To use, scoop desired amount into hand and moisten with warm water until foamy and scrub face and body, as the sugar melts and washes away. I love that this is good for the face in body. It is great in the shower as a quick scrub all over to start the day. And exfoliating is so important when self tanning! Visit www.buddhanose.com for information on this product and to purchase it.

Korres Basil Lemon Shower Gel ($19.95 for Jumbo Size 13.53 fl. oz) — This has a fresh, green citrus scent and is very invigorating. The website touts these benefits of the shower gel:

‚ÄĘ Basil Lemon showergel¬†is enriched with Active Aloe¬ģ that stimulates collagen and elastin to reduce the visible signs of aging.
‚ÄĘ Wheat Proteins form a protective shield to help maintain skin‚Äôs ideal moisture level.
‚ÄĘ Potent Vitamins C, E & Zinc enhance the natural immune system of the skin.
‚ÄĘ New pump packaging is convenient and easy to use.

This scent is also available in a Jumbo Body Butter ($29.95 7.95 fl. oz.) and a Body Scrub ($17.00  5.07 fl. oz.)  This lovely shower gel is also 89.2% natural and all packaging components are recyclable. Check out www.korresusa.com for these products and so much more!

The Body Shop Coconut Milk Body Lotion ($16.00 USD) —¬†This is a fun, light spray¬†lotion that has a natural coconut scent that is made with¬†Community Trade organic pure cold-pressed virgin coconut oil. I love that it is so light and milky and sinks into the skin instantly. No greasy lotion here! Try it with the Coconut Shower Cream ($13.00 USD) and various other coconut-scented products by¬†The Body Shop. Visit www.thebodyshop-usa.com¬†¬†for more info and to purchase.

 

The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Bath and Body Collection

The Body Shop has introduce a brightly scented new bath and body collection for spring: The Sweet Lemon collection. These products smell so fresh with a great mixture of tart and sweet! It is perfect for the upcoming warmer weather. Some of my favorites from the line are: 

Sweet Lemon Lip Butter ($8.00 USD) — This lip butter is infused with lemon seed oil (high in anti-oxidants and Vitamin C), Community Trade shea butter (antioxidant vitamins A and E) and Community Trade organic beeswax to make lips soft and moisturized. This butter is so creamy and tastes fantastic — sweet and lemony!

Sweet Lemon Shower Gel ($13.00 USD)¬†— My family has been using this shower gel as a bubble bath, too because it foams right up and smells divine. This also¬†contains Lemon seed oil and Community Trade honey to moisturize and repair skin’s moisture barrier.¬†

Sweet Lemon Body Butter ($20.00 USD)¬†— So fragrant and hydrating, this moisturizer contains lemon seed oil, Community Trade cocoa butter that melts at body temperature and Community Trade shea butter. This is a great¬†cream to use after shaving as it makes legs even smoother.

Best if you want to: Hydrate and protect your skin with an intensive, creamy and fragrant all-over body moisturizer with luscious lemon seed oil that will leave skin delicately scented with an uplifting citrus fragrance.

Visit www.thebodyshop-usa.com to purchase these products. The Sweet Lemon collection is at buy 1 Get 1 50% Off, plus in honor of Earth Day you can purchase natural products for 20% off.

Beauty Stocking Stuffers $10.00 and Under

Looking for affordable stocking stuffers for ladies who like beauty, but you don’t want to shop all over town for them? I have some ideas from three of my favorite brands that¬†I ¬†have tried this year. You can get a variety of fun gifts in one stop!¬†She will be thrilled when she opens her stocking.

The Body Shop — has a large variety of bath, body,¬†perfume and home fragrance products to choose from. You can find these items at www.thebodyshop-usa.com. Some of my favorites for the holidays are:

Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream ($10.00 USD 2.5 oz):  This is a richly moisturizing lotion with a refreshing fragrance. By purchasing this product, you can reach out and show your support for children and young people suffering across the globe, by taking direct and positive action to protect them against sex trafficking. Ingredients include Angelica for its protective and soothing benefits and Community Trade organic olive oil to condition and soften the hands. With a fragrance of fresh citrus aspects in the top, leading to a floral heart on a warm amber background.

Merry Cranberry Lip Balm ($8.00 USD or 2 for $12.00): This festive balm leaves lips soft and shimmering with a fruity cranberry scent. Cranberry seed oil moisturizes skin. Community Trade organic beeswax conditions skin and helps to lock in moisture. Antioxidant vitamin E nourishes and protects the delicate skin on the lips.

Home Fragrance Oil ($7.50 USD on sale for $5.25 USD):¬†You can used this with an oil burner. I just use it¬†the old-fashioned¬†way — a few drops in a pot of water on the stove!¬†¬†I like the Black Velvet Apricot which has notes of: orange, apricot, redcurrant and orange flower. Other holiday scents are Merry Cranberry, Mandarin Ginger, Nutmeg and Vanilla, Silver Fir, Mulled Berries, Vanilla Spice, Pecan Chestnut, Mexican Cocoa and American Pumpkin.

Sula Beauty — A fragrance and beauty company that make products for women of all ages, Sula’s beauty items that are perfect for giving. Find them at www.sulabeauty.com¬†or Ulta stores.

Shea Butter Balm ($9.00 USD) — Pocket-sized and¬†portable, these Organic Shea Butter tins will¬†soothe and soften cheeks, lips, neck, hands, arms, legs and feet. Works wonders on unruly eyebrows and hair, too! Each balm contains essential oils of fruits or flowers. Scents include Bergamot, Neroli Blossom and Rose Damascena.

Paint and Peel Polish ($9.00 USD for one $14.00 for gift set trios) — This water-based nail color has amazing appeal. The colors apply easily and simply peel off the nail. Touch ups are a snap with the fast drying formula. They come in many different classic and edgy colors.

Hard Candy — The original luxury¬†beauty line is now at Walmart¬†and the prices are fantastic. Great stocking stuffers are:

Kal-eye-descope Baked Shadow Duos ($6.00 USD) are perfect palettes of highly pigmented, wet-dry shadows that instantly bring color and eyes to life. Apply wet for more dramatic color or dry for a softer, more shimmery effect.
 
Just Nails Nail Polish ($5.00 USD) gives you color with a ring to it! Each fun polish comes with the classic ring, so you get quality polish with a little fun, too!
 
Mouthing Off Lip Gloss ($6.00 USD) Sheer, glistening color that comes with a great application wand. Many fun colors to choose from.
 
So, enjoy Christmas shopping for others, and maybe pick up one of these affordable gems for yourself!