Fab Beauty Products For the 4th of July and the Rest of the Summer!

Happy 4th!  How are you staying prepared beauty-wise today?  Are you wearing blue eyes shadow, red Lipstick, sunscreen, bug spray???

Below are some fab products that were sent to me for my honest review that will be perfect for today and the rest of the summer, as well:

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths
Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

Keep cool and dry with Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths($3.29 USD): The first-ever in the United States on-the-go cooling cloths that leave you feeling completely refreshed, with just one wipe. What truly sets these cloths apart is the proprietary PowderSilk‚ĄĘ technology imported exclusively from Japan. These revolutionary cloths instantly cool on contact and leave skin feeling refreshed in an instant with a translucent, superfine powder so skin stays smooth and comfortable with no sticky residue.¬† These are fabulous and really work!

Available at a drugstore near you.

L'OCCITANE en Provence Angelica UV Shield SPF40
L’OCCITANE en Provence Angelica UV Shield SPF40

Don’t forget your sunscreen! L’OCCITANE en Provence Angelica UV Shield¬†SPF 40¬†($38 USD) — Made with angelica from the Dr√īme region of France, the Angelica UV Shield SPF 40 helps protect skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Light and silky smooth in texture, this face fluid helps preserve skin‚Äôs vitality. After use, skin is moisturized and revitalized. With continued use, skin looks plumped, smoothed and radiant.

Available at http://www.usa.loccitane.com

Avon SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Collection
Avon SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Collection

Stay bite-free with Avon SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Collection($14-$16 USD):Protect your family during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are the most active with this heavy-duty insect repellent. These double-duty formulas shield delicate skin from the sun while repelling insects like mosquitoes and deer ticks. DEET-free and formulated with Vitamin E and soothing Aloe, Bug Guard effectively repels mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, and more for eight hours. Available in a Pump Spray, Aerosol Spray, Towelettes, Gentle Breeze Lotion, and a Cool ‚Äėn Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion. My favorites are the towelettes because they are easy to pack and to use.

Purchase at http://www.avon.com

Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes
Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes

Take your¬†stubborn waterproof makeup off while brightening your skin with Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes ($5.99 for 25 Wipes) — These Cleansing Facial Wipes are formulated with Blueberries and Coconut to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize skin all in one. With Lemon Peel and Apple to help brighten skin, these are a great addition to our Age Refresh collection. They leave your skin feeling clean, youthful, and glowy! Plus they smell fantastic!

Available at http://www.yestocarrots.com and Target stores.

Sonia Kashuk Gingham Print Duffle
Sonia Kashuk Gingham Print Duffle

Store all of your essentials with the Sonia Kashuk Gingham Print Duffle ($24.99 USD) — This Sonia Kashuk Gingham Print¬†cosmetic bag can double as a purse. The bag comes with removable clear plastic pouches to keep everything neat and organized.¬†Also available in other sizes and price points.

  • Shell Material: Polyester
  • Liner Material: Polyester
  • Closure Style: Zip Closure
  • Dimensions: 8.0 ” H x 11.5 ” W x 5.0 ” D
  • Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Damp Cloth

Available at Target stores and http://www.target.com

Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Poppy Nude
Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Poppy Nude

Don’t forget your red lip!¬†Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon¬†($7.59 USD) — The creamy texture of Sonia Kashuk’s Velvety Matte Lip Crayon ensures an easy glide-on application that will not feel dry on the lips and instantly coats with rich, pigmented color. Poppy Nude is a red-orange shade with extra-long wear to keep your smile looking gorgeous. Contains fig aroma.

Available at Target stores and http://www.target.com

I hope you enjoy your 4th!




Get Your Skin Ready For Fall

I have a bit of a tan right now.  So my skin tone has gone from light to medium.  I try not to tan, but I went outside while on an antibiotic and even though I had on sunscreen, I got darker.

And it looks nice and healthy, but the sun has also made my skin drier and uneven.  Time to rescue it with some great new skin care products.  The ones below may help reverse some of the damage the sun has caused this summer.

Lumene Sensitive Touch Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover.
Lumene Sensitive Touch Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover.


Lets begin by taking the makeup off.  I have been using Lumene Sensitive Touch Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. This gentle makeup remover can be used on both the eyes and lips and is made with 100% Organic Linden Seed Oil. Lumene Sensitive Touch Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover will remove even the toughest eye makeup. While this makeup remover not only gets the job done it is also safe for those who wear contacts, like I do!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.


PIDA¬†is¬†a gentle, chemical-free exfoliator¬†that brings the skin to¬†a softer, silkier and smoother state.¬†Made primarily for the face, but also great for the body ‚Äď PIDA contains two essential ingredients: Aloe Extract and Orange Oil.¬†Both ingredients help moisturize and exfoliate skin without harsh irritation.

  • ¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† PIDA works to remove dead skin cells that cause dullness and roughness as well as aid in natural skin cell turnover.
  • ¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dull-free skin will absorb moisture easily and assist in providing a youthful feel and appearance.
  • ¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† With prolonged use of PIDA, skin will stay hydrated longer and absorb beneficial lotions and serums that assist in overall skin health.

Learn more at ecure-treatment.com/product/pida.


Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum ($175): Fights visible signs of aging; forms a barrier on the skin to protect it from losing moisture; strengthens collagen; regenerates skin cells; maintains skin elasticity; reduces wrinkles; soothes and maintains the integrity of skin; and naturally protects skin from UV rays.

Available at http://www.tammyfender.com

City Syn Anti-Aging Facial Serum
City Syn Anti-Aging Facial Serum

City Syn  ($97 USD) is an anti-aging facial serum designed to provide the ultimate skincare experience. Fast acting and long lasting, it is a powerful blend of age-defying ingredients that promotes smoother, firmer skin.

The silky, lightweight formula is infused with the revolutionary synthetic snake venom ingredient, SYN-AKE to reduce muscle cell contraction without the use of painful injections. City Syn smooths out the skin and decreases the depth and visibility of surface wrinkles for a healthy, youthful complexion.

Available at http://www.citycosmetics.com.

PrecisionMD’s iQuad Infusion Total Eye Complex
PrecisionMD’s iQuad Infusion Total Eye Complex

PrecisionMD‚Äôs iQuad Infusion Total Eye Complex ($69 USD) is a light yet hydrating eye cream that combines a powerful enzyme with ingredients designed to visibly reduce under eye puffiness, dark circles, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.¬† The unique combination of ingredients ‚Äď botanical enzyme, peptides, amino acid, caffeine and evodia ‚Äď work together to improve visible signs of aging and address underlying damage.¬† This eye cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles, while it helps to prevent visible signs of aging.¬† The iQuad Infusion works great on all skin types.

Available at  www.LovelySkin.com and Physician Dispense.

Yes to Blueberries Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
Yes to Blueberries Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

Yes to Blueberries Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($19.99 USD)¬†is formulated with Wild Acacia to reduce wrinkle depth and appearance and Cupuacu Seed Butter to ‘plump’ skin. Let us do the wrinkle-fighting, time-erasing work, while you sleep!

PROVEN TO: Reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles! Significantly improve skin hydration in 7 days.

  • 99% Natural
  • Petroleum, SLS, & Paraben Free
  • Cruelty-free

Available at www.yestocarrots.com and drugstores and mass market retailers near you.









Change Up Your Hair Care With Organix, Nexxus, Yes To, Lee Stafford and Redken

Occasionally changing up your hair care can leave to healthier hair.

Organix 3 Piece Starter Kits

Recently, Organix has introduced their 3 Piece Starter Kits.  Available in Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil and Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy collections, the kits are a great back-to-school gift and a perfect fit for any gym locker or shower caddy.  Organix guarantees sulfate-free strand solutions, while resulting in strong, silky, soft hair that will be the envy of all your peers.

I tried the Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil 3 Piece Starter Kit ($9.99 USD) — Indulge the senses with a nourishing formula that is free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens.¬† Safe for color-treated hair, the Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner will restore moisture to dry hair and stimulate the scalp to create a cleansing and rejuvenating experience.¬† For a radiant shine that will stay with you all day long, the ultra-light Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil will fight frizz, and moisturize brittle hair.

What I think:¬†I have tried these products before and love them.¬† Used together, hair is softer and so much smoother.¬† At good tip is to use just a little of the oil on damp hair, then a little more on dry hair if needed to control the frizzies.¬† A little goes a long way!¬†The Organix¬ģ3 Piece Starter Kits are available for $9.99 each at ULTA and Target.

Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Collection

Just because the warm weather is ending we have to pack our their favorite hairstyles with their shorts and sandals. Loose, tousled waves are a favorite effortless look that works perfectly with fall fashion trends like patterned pants and simple sweaters.

Step One:

Preventing frizz starts in the shower. The Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Shampoo ($9.99) and Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Conditioner ($14.99) work together to prime damaged areas and evenly coat hair for effective hydration and a sleek style.

Step Two:

Now that hair is set up for frizz-free success, work the Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Styling Crème ($11.99) through damp hair. Twist hair into a low bun and secure loosely. Try sleeping on the damp bun for a low maintenance morning

Step Three:

In the morning undo the bun and run fingers through your hair to create loose, natural waves. If hair is still damp, finish drying it with a blow dryer. Set the style and help lock moisture out with Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Hair Spray ($11.99). The natural hold spray instantly controls flyaways and static, reducing frizz by up to 87% all day long.

What I think:  That is a fun look.  This is also a great collection to use with your normal styling process.  I have been using it and I do have less frizz than usual!  You can purchase this at mass market beauty retailers like ulta.com and drugstore.com.  Visit www.nexxus.com to learn more.

Yes To Blueberries Healthy Hair Regimen

Introducing the NEW Yes To Blueberries Healthy Hair Repair Shampoo and Conditioner ($15.99 USD). This is the perfect gentle, natural solution for users of heat styling and chemical processing treatments, which can be damaging to hair. Formulated with Blueberries to protect hair with anti-oxidant superpower, Clover Flower with its healing properties to mend damaged locks and Sunflower which is packed with fatty acids to restore shine and protect against breakage. Clinically proven to make hair look healthier in 7 days!

  • 98% natural
  • Free of Parabens, Petroleum and SLS, naturally!
  • No Animal Testing

What I think — This is a very gentle cleansing and conditioning set.¬† I think it is perfect for colored treated hair as harsh ingredients can strip the hair — these natural products are awesome!¬† My hair is shining and very healthy!¬†¬†Available at¬†www.yestocarrots.com.

Lee Stafford Messed Up Wax Spray

Lee Stafford Messed Up Wax Spray ($8.99 USD) — Lee Stafford has always been a little afraid of wax products, they conjure up nightmares of sticky, gunky, heavy hair. Well with Messed Up Spray Wax he thinks he’s banished those nightmares into a distant memory. Lee Stafford loves the hold and texture you get with a great wax like Messed Up‚Ķ

What I think:  I gave this to my teenage daughter who has short, layered hair this product to test.  She loves that she can get cool, messy looks with it and that her hair still moves after using it.  Purchase at www.ulta.com

Redken Curvaceous Collection

All curls are not created equal so give them the customized care they crave! Curvaceous is a complete collection of hair care and styling products specially formulated to bring out the best in every curl. Redken’s exclusive Curl Memory Complex and the Interlock Protein Network (IPN) strengthen, moisturize and reactivate shape for increased manageability, frizz control and amazing shine. Curls and waves never looked so good!

What I think:  I have slightly wavy hair, but by just using the shampoo, conditioner, the Full Swirl Serum and the Wind Up Spray, my hair had beautiful waves!  I usually straighten my hair because it is usually in between wavy and straight, so this system has given me a new way to style my hair.  Available at salons near you and learn more at www.redken.com.

Enjoy trying something new!

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‚ĄĘ fragrance that is fresh and light.¬† The body butter itself is creamy without being greasy.¬† Available at www.soapandglory.com/us.
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 www.yestocarrots.com.
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 www.usa.loccitane.com.



Give The Gift Of Great Skin For The Holidays

This time of year you can find skincare sets to stock up for yourself or for others who would appreciate such a fab gift!  The products below are all anti-aging powerhouses!

Yes to Blueberries Brightening Bundle – Regularly $27.99 24.99 — Let the Yes To Blueberries Brightening Bundle perk up your face and help you fight the signs of aging at the same time.¬†¬† The set includes the Daily Repairing Moisturizer and the Brightening Facial Towelettes. The¬† ‘Brightening Facial Towelettes’ are formulated with Blueberries and Coconuts to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize skin all in one. With Lemon Peel and Apple to help brighten skin. The Daily Repairing Moisturizer is a powerful, non-greasy, daily moisturizer formulated with organic cotton thistle, clinically proven to hydrate age damaged skin and boost natural collagen production in 7 days along with anti-oxidant rich blueberries which helps fight free radicals that can damage skin’s surface. Purchase at¬†www.yestocarrots.com and mass¬†market retailers.

H2O Aqualibrium¬†Illuminating Bio-Boost System ($55 USD) — Powerfully refreshing waters are the brightening force behind a serum and mist system that revives dull skin with¬†a healthy boost of radiance with watermint-enriched water, Vitamin C, and grapefruit extracts.¬†¬†The mist is refreshing and the serum is silky — plus they both smell fantastic! Purchase at www.h20plus.com and Ulta.

Intraceuticals Holiday Hydration Special ($89 USD) Rejuvenate Hydration Gel Instantly hydrates, providing a reservoir of nutrients to the skin which visibly address the signs of ageing. Works synergistically with Rejuvenate Daily Serum, dramatically enhancing skin appearance.

Holiday Hydration Special includes

  • 1 Rejuvenate Hydration Gel $89 BONUS
  • 1 Hydrating Spritz $25
  • 1 Moisture Binding Cream 15mL $49
  • 1 Holiday Gift Bag

Total Retail Value Р$163 You Save $75! Visit www.intraceuticals.com to learn more and purchase.

Avon Anew Ultimate Gift Set ($69)- Includes Night Cream (1.7 oz.), Day Cream (1.7 oz.), Body Cream (6.7 oz.), Day Cream (.5 oz.), and Night Cream (.5 oz.). The perfect gift for the Skin Care enthusiast who wants healthy, younger looking skin.  Purchase at www.avon.com. Enjoy!