Thursday, March 4, 2021

Find Your Happy Place Wrapped in Your Arms Bath & Body Collection

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I have been working remotely, from home, for one full year, and one of the things that I have made sure to do to stay glued together, in this unprecedented time, is take lots of baths. It calms my nerves, relaxes me and gives me an overall sense wellbeing. I use a wide array of bubble baths, bath oils and bath bombs, and I love a great many from drugstore brands to luxury brands, and I have just added a few new products from Unilever into my rotation.

They recently launched their Find Your Happy Place Collection, available exclusively at Walmart, and they are really nice and quite affordable.

Wrapped In Your Arms Collection:

· Includes a bath & shower gel, hand wash, body lotion, fizzing bath bomb, hand cream, scented candle, and whipped scrub 

· Bath products are sulfate and paraben-free 

· All products are enriched with a 3x blend of skin softening shea, cocoa butter, and Vitamin E   

Find Your Happy Place Wrapped in Your Arms Bath & Shower Gel ($6.97 for 12 oz. from Walmart): This lovely floral scented bath and shower gel has a wonderful lather in the shower and delectable bubbles in the bath. It is not only is it non-stripping and non-drying, but it is actually hydrating and nourishing. 

According to Unilever,

Fall in love again with this white birch & blooming jasmine bubble bath and body wash. Scented with notes of blooming roses, magnolia petals, freshly picked peony and juicy bergamot, this liquid bath and shower gel washes away dirt, germs, and bacteria. This Wrapped In Your Arms shower gel leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed after each use. The nourishing formula is paraben and sulfate-free, with a 3X blend of shea butter, cocoa butter and vitamin E. Use this gentle-to-skin shower gel every day to cleanse your body and reconnect your mind. This indulgent body wash is best paired with other luxurious items in the Wrapped In Your Arms collection, like the Body Lotion and the Fine Fragrance Mist. Use the complete set for an immersive sensory experience. Find Your Happy Place is a NEW brand of sensorial bath and body products that helps everyone reclaim bath time, so they can find a little peace amidst everyday stress.

DUAL-USE BODY WASH lathers into a rich foam in shower or pour in bath for luxurious soak

EFFECTIVELY CLEANS by washing away dirt, germs and bacteria, this bath and shower gel leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed

CLEANSER + 3X BLEND with shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E

BREATHE IN notes of blooming roses, magnolia petals, freshly picked peony and juicy bergamot with this indulgent body wash

MINDFUL BEAUTY: a paraben & sulfate-free body wash formula

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Acrylates Copolymer, Peg-4 Rapeseedamide, Fragrance, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, PEG-8 Laurate, Propanediol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Laureth-4, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Polyquaternium-7, Citric Acid, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Directions: In the shower - lather onto wet body & rinse. In the bath - pour a generous amount under running water & enjoy.

Find Your Happy Place Wrapped In Your Arms Luxurious Fizzing Bath Bomb Blush Rose and Magnolia ($4.97 for 4.6 oz. from Walmart): I love bath bombs, and this fizzy treat has a lovely floral aroma that is such a treat to the senses.

According to Unilever,

Fall in love again with this fizzing floral bath bomb. Scented with notes of blooming roses, magnolia petals, freshly picked peony and juicy bergamot, this fizzing bath bomb is gentle on skin with a fizzy burst of color and relaxing bath salts. Formulated to be sulfate and paraben-free with a 3X blend of shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E, this luxurious bath product is great when you need a relaxing soak or a loving moment. This indulgent bath bomb is best paired with the other luxury bath products from the Wrapped In Your Arms collection like the Bath and Shower Gel and the Scented Candle for an immersive sensory experience. Find Your Happy Place is a NEW brand of sensorial bath and body products that helps everyone reclaim bath time, so they can find a little peace amidst everyday stress. Find Your Happy Place reminds us of places that feel the most connected. They're places where we find strength, peace and things that make us feel good

GENTLE TO SKIN fizzing floral bath bomb with soaking bath salts

3X BLEND of shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E in luxurious bath bomb

BREATHE IN notes of blooming roses, magnolia petals, freshly picked peony and juicy bergamot with these indulgent bath bombs

MINDFUL BEAUTY: a paraben and sulfate-free fizzing bath bomb formula

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Brassica Napus (Canola) Oil, Water (Aqua), PEG-180, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Sucrose, Polysorbate 20, Maltodextrin, Corn Syrup Solids, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Corn Starch Modified, Red 4 [CI 14700], Red 33 [CI 17200], Red 40 [CI 16035].

Find Your Happy Place Wrapped in Your Arms Moisturizing Hand Cream Blush Rose and Magnolia For Dry Skin ($3.47 for 1 fl oz. from Walmart): Given the amount of hand-washing that I have been doing, I find myself using lots and lots of hand creams every single day. This floral hand cream is emollient, and yet lightweight and fast absorbing. It leaves my dry over-washed hands moisturized, soft and supple.

According to Unilever,

Fall in love again with this hydrating hand cream for dry skin. Scented with notes of blooming roses, magnolia petals, freshly picked peony and juicy bergamot, this hand cream works as a daily moisturizer for dry hands, leaving them soft and smooth. This nourishing formula is paraben and dye-free, and made with a 3X blend of shea butter, cocoa butter and vitamin E. Use this non-greasy skincare anytime you need to care for dry hands or simply want a loving moment. This fast-absorbing hand lotion is best paired with other indulgent products in the Wrapped In Your Arms collection, like the Foaming Hand Wash and Hand Sanitizer, for an immersive sensory experience. Find Your Happy Place is a NEW brand of sensorial bath and body products that helps everyone reclaim bath time, so they can find a little peace amidst everyday stress.

MOISTURIZING HAND CREAM for soft, smooth skin and indulgent care for dry hands

3X BLEND of shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E for a fast-absorbing, non-greasy lotion

BREATHE IN notes of blooming roses, magnolia petals, freshly picked peony and juicy bergamot with this indulgent moisturizer

MINDFUL BEAUTY: a paraben and dye-free moisturizing cream formula

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Isopropyl Palmitate, Fragrance, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Polyglyceryl-6 Behenate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Overall Assessment: I really like this collection, and it is incredibly affordable! 

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Derma E Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool, Beauty Sponge and Cosmetic Bag

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Derma E doesn't only make incredible skincare products, but they also have some very nice tools, and I am so happy to introduce you to their Rose Quartz Gua Sha Tool, Beauty Sponge and Cosmetic Bag. All three are lovely additions to my collection, and they are very high quality, affordable and from a first rate cruelty-free brand that you can trust.
Derma E Small Cosmetic Bag ($4.95 from Derma E): Their multipurpose unlined cosmetic bag with a zipper, which measures 8" W x 6" H x 2" D, is made of 100% cotton and is perfect for travel.

According to Derma E,

Keep your smaller items and products protected with our 100% cotton, 100% vegan, cruelty-free compact DERMA E designed cosmetic bag.

Derma E Gua Sha Tool ($10.95 from Derma E): This tool is made from Rose Quartz and is used to reduce the appearance of puffiness and tension in the face and can help promote lymphatic drainage. This Gua Sha Tool is almost 4" long, and it is very smooth and easy to use. It needs to be used in conjunction with a face cream or serum, and not on bare skin. Please see the video at the bottom of this post for a Gua Sha tutorial from Derma E.

Benefit: It is great for lifting and sculpting the face it also can release tightness in a certain parts of the face.

What is Gua-Sha? 

Gua Sha is a technique that has been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and basically involves scraping the skin. This helps encourage blood flow to the area bringing nutrients to the skin and promoting the removal of toxins. Additionally, you are exfoliating the skin by removing dead and dying skin cells and exposing younger, plumper healthier-looking skin. Traditionally, it is done with a piece of water buffalo horn but a tablespoon will work just fine. In as little as 10 minutes a day, you can see amazing results on your face. Watch this video and learn how to do Gua Sha for younger looking skin.

According to Derma E,

Crafted from the heart-healing gemstone, Rose Quartz, our Gua Sha facial tool is not only beautiful, it’s effective. This gentle facial tool eases facial tension while reducing the appearance of puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles while helping to promote lymphatic drainage to increase toxin elimination. Use with your Favorite DERMA E serum or moisturizer for extra absorption. It comes with a 100% cotton travel pouch.

Derma E Beauty Sponge ($4.95 from Derma E): This wonderful multipurpose beauty sponge can be used to apply skincare products, such as creams, lotions and serums, or for blending and applying your makeup. It is high quality, easy to clean and it measures about 2" high. The pointed tip makes it very handy for getting in to tight locations, such as the sides of the nose and into the hairline. 

According to Derma E, 

Our multi-tasking beauty sponge is perfect for skincare and makeup application. This soft sponge works to blend creams, liquids, and serums for a flawless finish

Benefit: Pair with your favorite DERMA E serum, moisturizer or BB cream for effortlessly beautiful skin.

Overall Assessment: I am delighted by all three of these new finds, and highly recommend Derma E!

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Weleda Sheer Hydration Daily Crème Review

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Weleda Sheer Hydration Daily Crème is an ultra-lightweight, and yet beautifully emollient, moisturizer that immediately soaks into the skin and offers it wonderful all-day hydration. Formulated for normal to dry skin types, it works very well for my normal to combination skin, and at the end of the day my skin remains hydrated, soft, supple and luminous. It has a very faint herbal aroma, but it is neither long-lasting, nor in the least bit cloying. I have also found that this cream serves as an excellent base for makeup.

According to Weleda,

This facial cream delivers weightless, breathable hydration that lasts all day. Transport your face to an oasis with the moisture-storing power of the prickly pear cactus. Reawaken your skin’s ability to retain and balance hydration with this fast-absorbing facial cream. Prickly pear cactus extract, aloe vera, and nourishing plant oils deliver continuous breathable hydration that lasts all day. Our  gentle essential oil blend of green mandarin, peppermint, and palmarosa create a light, bright scent that entices the senses.

- For normal to dry skin
- Up to 24 hours of weightless, breathable hydration
- Activates your skins ability to retain moisture
- Skin looks vibrant and refreshed
- Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
- Non-comedogenic
- Cruelty-free

Directions: Smooth onto face, neck and décolletage after cleansing. Ideal for use both morning and night.

Key Ingredients:

Prickly Pear Extract: Extracts from the cladodes of the prickly pear are characterised in particular by the long-chain sugars, minerals and polyphenols they contain. Aqueous extracts made from them create an intensively moisturising and protective layer on the skin and have a soothing effect. Therefor, the extract is especially well suited for the care of dry skin.

Aloe Vera: The Aloe Vera gel helps skin feel moisturized and is used in products specifically for dry skin. Aloe Vera contains single and multiple sugars as well as vitamins and proteins in the water storage tissue of its leaves.

Shea Butter: Shea Butter has smoothing properties and preserves the innate moisture the skin. The skin-friendly Shea Butter is mainly used to improve consistency. It is a semi-solid, butter-like vegetable fat.

Ingredients: Water, Safflower Seed Oil, Alcohol, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Sunflower Petal Extract, Stearic Acid, Betaine, Shea Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Citrate, Palmitic Acid, Babassu Oil, Prickly Pear Extract, Citric Acid, Cellulose powder, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol. 

Overall Assessment: This is a really nice cruelty-free moisturizer, and it is effective, pleasant to use and affordable.

$23.99-$28.99 for 1 oz. from Weleda, Target and iHerb (Affiliate Links). 

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Derma E Solutions for Radiant Skin & Clear Skin

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Derma E has so many amazing cruelty-free products from which to choose, and whether you are seeking radiant skin, or clear skin– they have some extraordinary products to give you a glowing complexion. 

All DERMA E products are 100% Vegan, GMO-Free, Cruelty Free and Free of parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oils, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates.
Radiant skin must-haves:
Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub ($32.50 for 2 oz. from derma eUltaBirchbox): is a wonderfully effective facial scrub. This exfoliator features tiny, and densely populated, exfoliating particles suspended in a creamy base that has enough grit to sweep away dead skin cells effortlessly. The formula is gentle,  effective and non-stripping. Skin is left soft, silky smooth, supple and refreshed. It is a very concentrated formula– so this 2 oz. jar should last a long time unless you are using it on your face and body. Derma e suggests that it can be used on your hands, elbows, heels, knees– or anywhere you need to exfoliate rough skin, and I definitely agree that it is quite effective on rough skin in those regions as well. 
Directions: Use twice a week. Apply to wet skin. Gently scrub desired areas in circular motion for up to 1 minute. For sensitive skin, less pressure is recommended. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat dry.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Stearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Alumina, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Essential Oil, Carrageenan (Irish Moss), Magnesium Oxide (Dead Sea Salt), Citrus Limon (Lemon) Essential Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Hydrated Aluminum Silicate (Kaolin Clay), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Volcanic Sand (Pumice), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* (.1%), Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Derma E Feulic Acid Resurfacing Pads ($24.95 for 50 pads from Derma E and Ulta): I am a big fan of effective exfoliating pads, and this one offers exceptional quality and efficacy. This unique blend of ingredients pairs antioxidant-rich Resveratrol with Kojic Acid to protect skin from free radicals while exfoliating dead skin cells. This anti-aging exfoliant helps to fade hyperpigmentation and acne scars, and it brightens the complexion. 

Directions: Use one to three times a week at first, increase to daily use. Gently apply to the face, neck, décolletage Rinse thoroughly with water to neutralize peel and pat dry. Follow up with our Ultra Lift DMAE Concentrated Serum 

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes

Kojic Acid: Derived from mushrooms, provides potent anti-aging and skin brightening benefits, also helps to fade discoloration: age, dark or sun spots Resveratrol: protects the skin from daily environmental stresses to brighten dull-looking skin with its skin-calming properties   

DMAE: Helps to tighten, tone and firm the skin.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Lactic Acid, Ferulic Acid (Plant Derived), Dimethyl MEA, Resveratrol, Mandelic Acid, Gluconolactone, Lactobionic Acid, Allantoin, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Lycium Chinensis (Goji) Fruit Extract, Lepidium Meyenii (Maca) Root Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Potassium Sorbate, Phytic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. *Certified Organic 

Derma E Essentials Radiance Toner ($14.95 for 6 oz. from Derma E and Ulta): This alcohol-free toner exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal brightened and toned skin. Furthermore, it leaves skin soft, smooth and delightfully radiant.

Directions: Apply to a cotton pad and sweep gently over face and neck after cleansing, avoiding eye area. Use in the morning and evening to prep skin for your favorite DERMA E Moisturizer.  

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol®) Bark Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract*, Allantoin, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Natural Fragrance Oils.
Clear skin must-haves:

Derma e Purifying Gel Cleanser with Marine Algae and Activated Charcoal ($15.50 for 6 oz. from derma eBirchbox and Whole Foods Market): This dark gray, charcoal-laden, lathering cleanser effectively draws out impurities and deeply cleans the skin without stripping it. It refreshes the skin and hydrates, and leaves skin soft and supple. This is an ideal daily cleanser for people with combination to oily skin, and those who battle breakouts. It can also be used as needed by people who periodically want to draw out impurities, I don't think that it is ideally suited for dryer skin types.

Directions: Gently lather over face and neck, then rinse thoroughly with water. Use morning and evening. Follow with derma e® Purifying Toner Mist and your favorite derma e® moisturizer. 

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract*, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (Coconut Derived), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Microcrystalline Cellulose (Plant Derived), Cellulose Gum (Plant Derived), Charcoal Powder, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame, Kimarine®) Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb™) Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.     

Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50 for 4 oz. from Derma E and Birchbox): This is a highly effective exfoliant that gently lifts dead skin cells and dirt leaving skin clean, clear and radiant. The exfoliating particles are small in size, and they are gentle enough against the skin that one could use this scrub on a daily basis, or as needed, for oilier skin types. For my normal to combination skin, I find that I only need to use this scrub once or twice a week to see all of the benefits. While the Menthol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate is toward the middle of the list of ingredients, it only offers the faintest tingle to the skin, and serves to be refreshing rather than irritating. This scrub is very well-suited for combination to oily skin.

Directions: Apply a small amount to wet or dry skin and gently massage in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. Gentle enough for daily use.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate, Charcoal Powder, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame, Kimarine®) Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Menthol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Menthyl Lactate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Iron Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50 Derma ETarget and Birchbox): This 2-in-1 charcoal and clay mask not only draws out impurities, debris and excess sebum as many clay masks do, but it also contains exfoliating particles that sweep away dead skin cells. Simply apply it as a traditional clay mask, let it dry after about 5 minutes, then wet fingers and gently massage mask in a circular motion in order to activate the exfoliant. Skin is left remarkably clean, decongested and radiant. I neither find it stripping, nor uncomfortable on the skin. However, the refreshing peppermint tingle from the Menthyl Lactate, which is an ester of menthol and lactic acid, may be too active for people with particularly sensitive skin. For my normal/combination skin it is refreshing and exhilarating, and not in the least bit drying or irritating.

Directions: Apply a generous amount of mask to a clean face, avoiding the eye and lip area. Leave on for 5 minutes or until the mask is completely dry. Moisten fingertips, then massage the mask into your skin with gentle circular motions to activate the exfoliants. Concentrate on areas that can be especially congested, such as the nose, chin, and forehead. Rinse thoroughly or remove with a damp cloth. Pat skin dry. Use 1 to 2 times a week for best results.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel Extract*, Kaolin (Clay), Bentonite (Clay), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived) , Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Charcoal Powder, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame, Kimarine®) Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb ™) Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Menthyl Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Overall Assessment: Derma E makes so many impressive products, and they are affordable, effective and a pleasure to use. If your skin needs brightening, or you need to heal breakouts, you just can't go wrong with these picks!

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

February 2021 Empties Galore!

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Though February is a short month, I managed to use up quite a few products. However, you will note that I disproportionately used up products for the bath more than anything else, and that was largely because I took a lot of baths from December through February. It was cold at night, and after long days on Zoom I sought refuge in a nice therapeutic soak! Here are the products that I finished up in February. 

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($12.00 for 1 oz., $37.00 for 4 oz and $45.00 for 6.76 oz from SukiAmazonBirchboxiHerb and SkinStore): Years ago it was my only daily cleanser, and then I started LSBB and began using a far wider range of products and somehow forgot about who much I loved this gem of an exfoliating facial cleanser. The lovely formula, which has the intoxicating scent of organic lemongrass extract, uses natural sugar to exfoliate the dead skin cells leaving your skin soft and silky smooth. I find it non-stripping and non-drying for my normal/combination skin, but if you have dry skin you would likely want to use it less often. I like to activate the light lather in my hands, which also breaks down some of the sugar, then with the lightest touch I massage it into my skin and rinse thoroughly. I use it a few times a week, and I always look forward to it since it is such a delectable treat to the skin and the senses. Purchase Again? Without hesitation! 

VENeffect Firming Neck & Décolleté Creme ($155.00 for 2 oz. from VENeffect and Dermstore): is a rich and emollient, yet fast absorbing, luxurious cream that was specifically formulated to address the needs of the delicate skin of the neck and décolleté. It has a silky-smooth ultra luxurious texture that is rich enough to impart high levels of moisture, but it leaves behind no greasy residue. It is fragrance-free– therefore those among you with fragrance sensitivities can experience all of the benefits from this cream without being inundated by unwanted fragrance, and it also will not interfere with fragrances that perfume-wearers put on and around the neck and décolleté. Purchase Again? This is a really wonderful cream, but I have several others to use up before I consider buying another.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Velvet Violet ($27.00 for oz. from Charlotte TilburySephoraNordstromBergdorf GoodmanBloomingdale'sBeautylishSelfridgesCult Beauty and John Lewis): This is unquestionably one of my most used pencils, and it is one of the most perfect purple eyeliners that I have used. It can be built up for greater pigmentation and saturation, but it can also be worn more sparingly, and therefore less intensely. The formula is creamy and lush, and it doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes. Purchase Again? I already have!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer ($32.00 from CharlotteTilburyNordstromSephoraBloomingdale'sBergdorf GoodmanBeautylishCult BeautyHarrodsHarvey NicholsJohn Lewis and Net-A-Porter): The formula is lightweight, non-creasing and it adds just a touch of luminescence to optically blur imperfections, dark circles or blemishes without being glittery. It has a nice large spongy applicator tip, and a twist dispenser, but you want to be sure not to over twist otherwise you will waste a lot of product. I apply it right after my eye cream has absorbed, and only need a little to brighten under my eye area. On those days when I get little sleep, and awaken to unsightly dark circles, this concealer does an enviable job concealing them and in giving my eyes a radiant glow. It neither settles into fine lines, nor does it become cakey. Furthermore, it does not dry out the delicate skin under my eyes, and it lasts all day on me. It offers buildable coverage, if you desire added opacity to conceal blemishes or imperfections, and it blends out perfectly. Purchase Again? Absolutely!

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Wash ($32.00 for 10 oz. from Molton Brown, Neiman Marcus, Amazon and Bluemercury): Described as, "Rich, Peaceful. Harmonious," this deep, royal purple body wash is utterly divine. The scent is an elegant, rich and musky Ylang-Ylang that fills the entire bathroom with its otherworldly aroma. It relaxes the mind and body, and leaves the skin silky-smooth and soft. It is, without question, one of my all-time favorite body washes, and it also works very well as a bubble bath. Purchase Again? Absolutely, I love their products, and this one is particularly special.

Mustela Nourishing Cleansing Gel with Cold Cream ($11.99-$14.00 for 10.4 oz. from Mustela, Amazon, Target and Walmart): One might imagine that the inclusion of cold cream would mean that this is a non-lathering cleansing gel, and yet it has the most satisfying creamy lather. It has the same pleasant, warm and creamy aroma, but it is neither cloying, nor too long lasting. It leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated, and it is never drying or stripping. Purchase Again? I already have another bottle! I am a huge fan of Mustela products, and will continue to purchase from them!

Nectar Bath Treats Bubble Scoops are ice cream scoop shaped bubble baths that are such a delight to use. They come in 7 different scents, of which I have 2 to share. their delectable aromas and luxurious bubble baths are a treat to the skin and the senses. While we are in the middle of the summer, and this may not seem like the perfect season to soak in a warm bubble bath, I have found the opposite to be true. Given that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, I find that anything that soothes my spirit and calms my nerves is quite welcome. I am grateful to have these wonderful bath treats right now, and I am thoroughly enjoying them!

Nectar Bath Treats Peachy Lemon Bubble Bath Scoop Sundae ($20.00 from Nectar USA): The peachy lemon aroma is absolutely delicious, and coupled with the hydrating and creamy bubbles this is such a treat to the skin and the senses. Skin is left soft, smooth and hydrated. Nerves are left soothed and calmed! Purchase Again? Just as soon as I used up my other bath products!

Nectar Bath Treats Lychee Hibiscus Triple Bubble Bath Scoop Sundae ($20.00 from Nectar USA): The sweet and warm floral aroma is so delicious that it embodies the idea of a warm summer breeze carrying floral essences. The rich and creamy lather moisturizes the skin and leaves it soft and smooth. Shut your eyes and enjoy every moment of this luxurious bubble bath, it is dreamy! Purchase Again? Once I finish up my remaining bath products!

Nectar Sparkling Lights Bath Bomb Set was a great holiday gift set that I thoroughly enjoyed. These fizzing bath bombs come in 6 delectable scents that fill the bathroom with their magnificent individual aromas. They were fun to use and they left my skin soft and hydrated. Purchase Again? I wish that I could, but this was a LE set for the holidays, but I managed to use to full boxes (12 bath bombs) between December and February.
Kneipp Joint & Muscle Herbal Arnica Bath Oil ($20.00 for 3.38 oz. from SkinCare RX): If you have sore muscles in need of relief, then this wonderful Arnica Bath Oil offers relief, and the added benefit is that skin is left soft and moisturized. The aromatic Rosemary, Pine and Arnica Oils are warming and uplifting. Purchase Again? I have too many bath oils to use before I purchase more.

Kneipp Relaxing Lavender Bath Oil ($16.00 for 3.38 oz. from Kneipp): If you love the aroma of Lavender Oil, then you will be over the moon when you envelop your senses with this calming bath oil. In addition to leaving the skin soft, smooth and hydrated, it leaves quiets the mind and calms the spirit, and for this reason I love using it right before going to sleep. Purchase Again? Eventually.

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil ($71.00 for 1.87 oz. from Space NK): is a delectable luxury bath and shower oil that has the soothing aroma of Rosemary punctuated by citrus and Eucalyptus. By simply adding a couple of caps to your bath, or massaging a few drops onto strategic zones of your body (torso, arms etc.) before stepping into the shower– your senses are enveloped by the many benefits of this otherworldly aromatherapeutic experience. It restores a sense of well-being, balances the bond and body, and soothes muscular tension. Purchase Again? At some point because this was such a luxe treat to use! 

Mustela Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath ($6.99- $20.00 for 6.76-25.35 oz. from TargetAmazonBed, Bath & BeyondCVS and Walmart): This bubble bath is super hydrating and it very gentle on even the most sensitive skin. My skin is left clean, soft, smooth and pampered. It has a light and clean aroma that is very pleasant and relaxing, but it is not overwhelming in the least bit. Purchase Again? Definitely!

Olbas Herbal Bath ($9.49 for 4 oz. and $16.99 for 8 oz. from Olbas, and Swanson Health): If you have a cold, then using this in a hot bath will relief a lot of discomfort. It helps open up sinus passages, and gives yo an overall sense of wellbeing. This lovely Herbal Bath has a wonderful foam,  and its invigorating peppermint-eucalyptus aroma awakens the senses and helps to open up sinus passages. Furthermore, it soothes achy muscles and refreshes the senses. You definitely want to make sure to avoid contact with your eyes! Purchase Again? Possibly when I need more bath products.

Phytomer Oligomer Pure Lyophilized Sea Water Bath ($20.58 from Amazon and Phytomer): Phyomer suggests that this soak has "All the benefits of a dip in the ocean in your own home. An ideal opportunity to relax, re-balance and re-energize." I liked how relaxing this was right before bed. Purchase Again? I liked it a lot, but it will be a long time before I consider buying more bath products since I have so many to use up first. 
MaaDisha Neem Enriched Soap5 ($7.00 for oz. from MaaDisha): This is a holistic healing soap that is formulated with Neem and Holy Basil– known for their antibacterial prowess. It is also moisturizing and free of chemicals and artificial fragrances, and can be used on the face and body. I actually used it on my hands, and thoroughly enjoyed using it. Purchase again? I will definitely consider it once I finish up all of the soaps that I have.

Korres Pomegranate Soap: This glycerin-based antiseptic is perfect for people with oily skin, and can be used on the face and body. It never strips the skin, or leaves it taut, but instead leaves it comfortable and thoroughly cleansed. Purchase Again? I would, but I think that it has been discontinued.

Farmhouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream ($15.00 for 2 oz. from Farmhouse Fresh and Amazon): Oh what a lovely hand cream this is! It is rich, ultra-creamy and it effortlessly renders dry hands soft, supple and hydrated. The aroma is a hypnotic blend of mint julep and lavender, and it is utterly scrumptious! Purchase Again? it is at the top of my list after I finish up a few more hand creams.

Diptyque Roses Candle ($36.00-$68.00 for 2.4 oz. and 6.5 oz. from NordstromDiptyque and Space NK): If you love the most refined rose candle imaginable, then you will gleeful the second you smell this gem. Purchase Again? Yes, again and again and again! I love everything about this fragrance and I already have another one that I am just about to light!

Soothe Blackberry Forest Candle ($32.99 from Amazon): Features notes of citrus, blackberry, strawberry, combined with hints of patchouli, amber and sandalwood, and it is an utterly divine soy candle that your mom is sure to treasure. The fruity aroma is tempered by the earthiness of the patchouli, amber and sandalwood, but the freshness and sweetness of the citrus, blackberry, strawberry mitigates the intensity and pungency of the the earthier notes. The end result is the perfect aromatic balance, and the lit its essence fills the air without being imposing or overdone. Purchase Again? Possibly, but I need to burn a few more candles before I can justify buying more.

COCOFLOSS ($9.00 each. Available at SephoraCredo Beauty and goop): Cocofloss is a very effective dental floss that deeply cleans teeth and is gentle and soothing on the gums. It actually makes flossing something that I look forward to, and it is available in 4 coconut infused flavors: Delicious Mint, Pure Strawberries, Fresh Coconut and Cara Cara Orange. Purchase Again? I just opened another one, and I have an unopened one in reserve. I will definitely purchase more after I finish what I have.

Overall Assessment: I was surprised that I finished up as many bath products as I did, but it was cold and I was taking a lot of baths in February. What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in February? Any great finds or duds to report?

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Beauty Spotlight Team Gears Up for March!

What a perfect way to start the newest Beauty Spotlight Team post – a giveaway! Prime Beauty wants you to have the opportunity to win a wonderful package: $50 Amazon gift card, Cargo’s Wanderlust eyeshadow palette, a trio of eyeshadow brushes and a set of 5 masks to keep you safe in the COVID pandemic. Be sure you enter so you can be a winner!

Whether you have dry skin all year, or just during the winter, Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog cannot stop extolling the virtues of Erno Laszlo Active Phelityl Intensive Cream. Use this magical cream at night, and your skin will be transformed when you awaken the next morning. 

Even though many of us aren’t wearing makeup all that often, every now and then we need a change of pace. Check out the cutest mini-stack of neutral eyeshadows that Never Say Die Beauty picked up recently. 

Beam me up!  Red Eyed Lacquer released her new Star Trek Trio Thursday and BeginNails has swatches over on her blog!

Barbie’s Beauty Bits has great lessons for us on ways to prevent and remove armpit stains.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Space NK 20% Off Sale!

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Space NK is offering a 20% Off on your purchase. Use Code: 20OFFSNK at checkout. One use per customer. T&Cs and exclusions apply.

If you have been waiting to stock up on some of your favorite brands at Space NK, this is the time to shop. 


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Derma E Bonding Hair Repair Oil

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Derma E has been one of my continuous go-to cruelty-free brands, and the affordability of their products is always such a welcome surprise for such high quality offerings.

Derma E Bonding Hair Repair Oil is an ultra-lightweight oil that not only nourishes and hydrates hair and scalp, but it also effectively fights frizz and fly-aways while leaving hair ridiculously soft, smooth and shiny. It has a wonderful light fruity aroma that is informed by its natural ingredients, rather than an artificial fragrance, and while I find the scent delightful, it is not long lasting. 

Derma E is currently offering a 25% Off Sitewide through February 26th at 10:00AM PST.

According to Derma E,

Clean, highly concentrated, weightless bonding oil strengthens, and boosts shine while helping repair damaged hair and minimizing flyaways and hair frizz for a gorgeous, silky soft finish. Formulated with a unique blend of adaptogen Chaga Mushroom to improve color and hair vitality plus Jojoba Protein to repair damaged hair. Nourishing Amla, Coconut and Mongongo Oils moisturize, strengthen and protect hair, dramatically increasing shine, softness, and color vibrancy

Directions: Gently work into wet hair from roots to tips. For best results, first wash and condition hair with your favorite DERMA E shampoo and conditioner.

Enriched with:  

Chaga Mushroom: Helps to support healthy hair and scalp 

Jojoba Oil: Moisturizes hair while working to prevent split ends, dryness and breakage  

Amla and Mongongo Oils: These nutrient-rich moisturizing oils help to promote hair thickness and support hair growth 

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Amla Oil, Inonotus Obliquua (Chaga Mushroom) Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo) Kenel Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Natural Fragrance (Sweet Apricot) Oil. 

Overall Assessment: This is such a nice hair oil, and it is so lightweight that even fine hair should benefit from it without being weighed down. 

$11.95 for 1 oz. from Derma E and Ulta (Affiliate Links). 

Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own. Copyright © 2021 All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Weleda Sheer Hydration Eye Gel Review

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Weleda is an iconic German skincare brand that just celebrated their 100 year anniversary, and their products continue to be first rate. Among their products that I have used as long as I can remember is their iconic Skin Food, which remains one of the best moisturizers I have ever used.


Since 1921, Weleda has been connecting people to nature through plant-rich, NATRUE certifiednatural body and skin care. The company’s 50 acres of Biodynamic® gardens in Germany— The Weleda Biodynamic Gardens in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany – are one of the largest in Europe.These farming principles are in Weleda’s roots and continue to inspire its high-quality products today.Weleda is a recipient of the UEBT certification for “Sourcing with Respect,” assuring consumers that biodiversity is protected along the company’s supply chain. All Weleda packaging is recyclable through Terracycle.

Weleda Sheer Hydration Eye Gel is a roll-on gel with a metal applicator ball that cools while it massages the delicate skin under the eyes. The eye gel is lightweight and fast absorbing, and it delivers serious hydration that lasts all day. It is completely fragrance-free and it never irritates my sensitive eyes. Formulated for all types of skin, this wonderful eye gel reduces the appearance of fine lines, helps to diminish puffiness and it leaves skin feeling refreshed and revitalized.

According to Weleda,

Cooling roll-on eye gel that delivers up to 12 hours of moisture. An oasis for your delicate skin around the eyes with our new roll-on eye gel. Developed with Prickly Pear Cactus, Cucumber extract, and Aloe Vera, the Sheer Hydration Eye Gel infuses a refreshing dose of moisture via cooling rollerball tip to hydrate and revive tired skin. Fragrance-free

Directions: Glide the cooling roller ball applicator to the delicate skin under the eye area. Can be used in the morning to refresh skin upon waking, or at night to prep skin before sleep.


- For all skin types.

- Revives delicate skin around the eyes.

- Moisture boost for up to 12 hours

- Rollerball applicator for cooling effect.

- Fragrance-Free

Overall Assessment: This is an excellent eye gel, and it is very affordable. If you are in need of a really good eye gel, then Weleda Sheer Hydration Eye Gel is definitely worth buying.

$23.99 for 0.34 oz. from Weleda, Target and iHerb (Affiliate Links). Press Sample, All views expressed are categorically my own. Copyright © 2021 All Rights Reserved.

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