Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair

Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could've taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it's much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed? I Read more

Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

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Champneys Spa Indulgence Review

Give yourself the royal treatment!  Champneys, the world-class U.K. spa favored by Princess Diana, has launched their luxurious products in the US!  You’ll be pampered like a princess and pay like a pauper because the super-affordable products range from $7.99 to $12.99 and are available at Target, Target.com and ShopBootsUSA.com.

Champneys Spa Indulgence bath and body line, delivers the holistic benefits of visiting a Champneys spa in the comfort of your own home!  The line includes body lotions, hand and nail creams, shower gels and various moisturizers in four scents:

  • Mediterranean Bliss - white heart floral, coconut and olive leaf
  • Oriental Opulence -exotic patchouli, honey and coconut
  • Exotic Retreat - olive leaf, mango and coconut
  • Citrus Blush - an uplifting aroma of  lemon, orange peel and cardamom

As you probably know by now, I’m addicted to body scrubs in an effort to rid myself of my “chicken” skin, so I chose the Mediterranean Bliss Body Glow to try. Here is how Champneys describes the fragrance:   Read more

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CVS Essence of Beauty Lilies and Freesia Review

Let me be honest with you, I can’t say that it has ever crossed my mind to try a CVS branded beauty product. Sure, I’ve bought generic CVS products, like their Exfoliating Cleansing Towelettes (which are awesome), but never a brand of products created by CVS, like Essence of Beauty. Boy was I missing out. When I was approached to try out their new Lilies and Freesia scented products, I accepted without expectations. And yet, I was SO impressed.

I tried out both their Lilies & Freesia Hand and Body Cream, and Eau de Toilette. Both smell amazing. It is a mix of floral and sandalwood, and smells like an expensive perfume…yet it is only $5.99! The Hand & Body Cream is so hydrating and contains avocado oil and goji berry.  The Eau de Toilette fragrance is long lasting, but not overpowering.  Read more

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MOR Cosmetics Luxurious Body Care

I recently added MOR Cosmetics to my bath and body collection when Hautelook offered the collection for sale. I’ve been wanting to try this brand ever since I saw the elegant, feminine , old world packaging online.

MOR is proudly Australian and recognised globally for its range of innovative, luxurious pampering body care and lifestyle products.  The philosophy behind MOR is to provide a personalised sensory journey. We aim to awaken your senses, through creating a memorable pampering experience from the visual packaging to the product offerings. Welcome to the World of MOR.

MOR offers an astounding 19  fragrances! I prefer light floral or citrus scents so I chose  Neroli Clementine Body Butter ($16) and Hand Lotion ($14).  The fragrance is make up of fresh neroli and sweet clementine resting on a base of bright yuzu and candied orange. The scent immediately opens with the clementine note, (the body butter seriously makes me want to eat it) and the candied orange appears to add dimension to the fragrance.  If you like bright, refreshing citrus scents you’ll LOVE Neroli Clementine!  Read more

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Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish

Soap & Glory has quickly become one of the UK’s most well-known (and most-liked) lines of beauty products. Supporting the “Clean of England” since 2006, the cheeky brand started when suds-loving founder Marcia Kilgore used her cosmetic chemistry savvy to create fun, fearless, and fantastically formulated bath, beauty, and body products.  After a brief departure, the Soap and Glory brand is back in the U.S. and I am ecstatic!  Retro girly, tongue-in-cheek packaging make Soap and Glory products just plain ‘ol fun!!  Read more

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Barefoot Venus Save Our Skin Cream Coconut Kiss

Canadian company Barefoot Venus, won me over with the their soft and feminine scent Lilly Pilly and the warm, fresh and buttery Lemon Freckle. “Feel angelic, smell heavenly, and be adventurous and adoring, stylish or seductive, capricious but perfectly you! Feel good about yourself and your place in the world. Let you confidence and beauty radiate and inspire!”  Barefoot Venus products are natural and formulated without Parabens, Propylene glycol, Mineral oil, Synthetic colors and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

And here’s another reason to love Barefoot Venus–S.O.S.- Save Our Skin Extra Rich Body Cream. I tried the small travel sized version and was truly amazed and will be purchasing a full size ASAP. I hesitated trying Coconut Kiss because I thought it was an oil and because coconut scents tend to be synthetic and just downright yucky. I’m veeery picky when it comes to coconut scents.

My mom was a stay-at-home (most moms were in the ‘old days’) and she was an excellent cook and baker. She loved coconut and made this really fabulous cookie she kinda invented. It never had a name to my knowledge–a shortbread cookie on the bottom, with an indent in the middle with your thumb and fill with a concoction of cream cheese, powdered sugar (?), coconut and walnuts, then drizzle melted chocolate on top of that.  It was sort of my mom’s ‘signature’ cookie and it won some awards. The only problem mom had with her signature cookie was when she reached for the bag of Baker’s sweetened coconut, her youngest child (that would be me) had more often than not had eaten the entire bag.  Read more

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Eco-Beauty by La Fresh 100% Natural Massage Oils

Massages after a long day or after a few hours at the gym are just heaven. And just pure bliss if the massage oil being used is therapeutic and smells divine. Eco-Beauty® by La Fresh have some amazing massage oils and I was lucky enough to be sent bottles of their Energize and Detox massage oils to use.

100% natural, these oils are a blend of olive, grape seed, jojoba, sesame and vitamin E; there is Chinese lemongrass essential oil for Detox and essential oil of Italian orange for Energize. Both smell heavenly! As a masseur wasn’t readily available to me, I used the Energize oil after a shower and yes, Energize it does! The orange aroma is invigorating and leaves a light refreshing scent on your skin that makes me sniff myself (not a good look in public), several times a day. I love that each bottle has a dropper so it’s easy to get the right amount of oil. These oils are so versatile; they can also be used in a diffuser or in your bath… Read more

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Review: Andalou Kukui Cocoa Body Butter

Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Body Butter #review #bathandbody #beauty

My beauty regimen isn’t complete if I don’t start off with a well moisturized body regardless if it’s below 10 degrees or a sizzling 90. You can look like a million bucks in that cute dress, but if your skin looks itchy and dry, it ruins the whole outfit and not to mention, a good time.

Living in Minnesota, it can get a bit tricky finding the right body moisturizer with the change of seasons. In winter, you need something a bit more moisturizing, but come the hotter months and humidity you don’t want to use that same heavy moisturizer and feel like you took a bath in cooking oil. Finding a light but effective body moisturizer can sometimes be a bit overwhelming with all the choices out there so you (me) may end up grabbing the one with the pretty packaging only to find out that the smell is way off or it feels tacky on your skin. Pretty packaging doesn’t necessarily means effective… Read more

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Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Scrub

Summer is the time when I increase my exfoliation a bit (no one wants to see flaky pegs) and long for tropical or beach fragrances. Thanks to the folks at Laura Mercier, I get to experience both with her Almond Coconut Milk Scrub.

What I love about this creamy scrub is that it is a mixture of both sugar and beads (which are safest for exfoliation), olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil and sweet almond oil.  It comes in a hefty 12 ounce glass jar, which I thankfully have not broken yet.  I found this scrub to be gentle enough for everyday use, and it left a delicious scent behind on the skin (which makes me want to buy the Almond Coconut Milk Souffle Body Creme.) Not to mention that my bathroom smells heavenly during my shower and the scent lingers in the air for hours. Mmm. Seriously, I can’t begin to describe to you how yummy this scent is. You’ll just have to try it for yourself. Especially if you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.   Read more

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eco-armour Shave Foam and Moisturizing Insect Repellent

Last year I tried eco-armour’s shave foams for the first  time and although my first review of their products was less than stellar, after using them  more than once I was absolutely hooked and needless to say HAD to give the shave foams an A+.  Not only does the shaving foam double as a body wash but it’s also plant-based  formula that acts as a first-aid to skin and razor blades and helps eliminates ingrown hairs, red bumps, razor burn, nicks, cuts and dull blades.  I also love the foam because it is not a creamy, oily mess  so there is less chance of me slipping in the shower…which has happened quite a few times.

Since this is now the only shaving product that I use, I was ecstatic to see that they have added an amazing new version of the foams which uses essential oils of pink grapefruit and bergamot…just in time for short shorts season.  The foams are also now called “Shave with Benefits“, which I think is fitting since there are so many benefits to using this product.  Read more

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Freshen Up and Cool Down With a Minty Exfoliator

Back in our school days, unless you were one of those unlucky kids that always got stuck in summer school, summer was a priceless chance for some serious “me” time. Between summer camps and beach days and trips to the amusement park, however, that three-month break from school as a kid was hardly ever relaxing, and nowadays with my busy work schedule, I wish I could go back in time and kick my childhood self for not sleeping in just a few minutes later each day and really milking it for all it was worth.

But of course, you don’t know how good you have it till it’s gone, but there are still plenty of ways to relax your present self this summer without the need for a time machine! All you need is to infuse a mint-infused scrub into your usual shower routine! Extremely refreshing with an added minty-fresh sensation, mint exfoliators provide the perfect way to slough off a hot day’s sweat and keep summer-dry skin fresh, smooth, and clean. Plus, there’s nothing like the therapeutic scent of mint to put your mind at ease after a long hard day at camp! – I mean, work.   Read more

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