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

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

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4 Body Oils For Dry Skin That Will Leave Your Skin Touchably Soft



dry-soil If this is how your skin is looking and feeling after a long hard winter, I have a remedy for you! Body oils!

I’ve been a believer in the power of body oils versus body lotions since I tried my first one.  Surprisingly body oils moisturize better than lotions and they don’t feel greasy like a body butter can. Body lotions can feel too heavy on the skin especially in the summer. A good body oil will absorb quickly leaving your skin feeling soft and hydrated all day long.  I’ve also had great luck with body oils healing my dry itchy skin. As I’ve gotten older, my skin is more sensitive to the sun and any exposure without sunscreen (like only 20 minutes having lunch outside) can result in an itchy red bumps. Using a body oil helps heal those bumps.

Here are a few body oils that will keep your skin touchably soft and smooth: Read more

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Smith Farms Honeysuckle Hair and Body Oil Review

Smith Farms Honeysuckle Hair and Body OilFor soft, smooth, velvety skin, I’ve been turning to body oils. The lovely sisters at Smith Farms send me their Honeysuckle Hair and Body Oil ($16) to try. No wonder it’s one of their best sellers–it’s made with one third each jojoba, sweet almond and sunflower oil. This light and fast absorbing oil is as good for your hair as it is for your skin. Enriched with vitamin E and honeysuckle essential oil, this multipurpose oil is as decadent as it is hardworking.

The story of Smith Farms is interesting and compelling. The Smith Farm story begins with Julia.

“To be honest, it began the day during a walk in the woods at the farm. I had been thinking about my career and wondering if I could be doing something more fulfilling. What kept coming to mind, was an interest in creating skincare products, specifically natural ones, that would be safe and gentle and not irritate sensitive skin. Being a bit of a skincare enthusiast, I had recently been concerned with the long list of unrecognizable ingredients on the products I used every day. Inspired by my walk, I decided now was a good time to give it a try.”  Read more

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Farmaesthetics Dreaming Oil, Aetheric Inhalation Oil

Instant Stress Relief…who wouldn’t love something that offers that on a daily basis, or like me, a few times throughout the day?

There are a ton of studies out there about the havoc that stress wreaks on our bodies and also a lot of remedies for instant stress relief, but depending on where you are at the very moment when stress consumes you, it’s not always easy, or convenient, to laugh or sing out loud,or go for a brisk walk.  And this is exactly why I am a believer in aromatherapy.  It works for me, but it is also an instant and convenient form of stress relief, which is why I have chosen to start toting around a vial of Farmaesthetics Dreaming Oil with me all the time.

With ingredients such as lavender and clary sage organic essential oils and organic soybean oil, the Dreaming Oil promotes calm and relaxation.  There are a few different ways in which the oil can be applied but my favorite is rubbing a few drops in my palms, then rubbing them together to warm and release the vapors and taking in a few deep breaths while cupping my palms over my nose.  After doing this for about a minute, I become noticeably more calm and focused and a lot less anxious.  I also love putting a few drops of the Dreaming Oil in my bath water, I definitely go to bed in a more relaxed state.  Read more

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Review: DollyMoo Coconut Citrus Body Scrub & Body Oil

When New Jersey-based bath and body company, DollyMoo, contacted me about trying their organic scrubs and body oils, I was nervous. I love when indie beauty brands contact me, especially when they are quasi-local to me, but always feel the pressure that they are crossing their fingers I’ll love their product enough to write about it to help them garner awareness. That pressure is always there for me because I understand what it means to be a start-up beauty business…and I know what it means when your budget is ridiculously small when it comes to sending product out for review. Why do I feel the pressure? Because there have been many times that the product is just not something I can endorse for one reason or another and it makes me feel sooooo bad.

Thankfully, this was not one of those times.

DollyMoo is created by two sisters, Amy and Nicci. They sent me Coconut Citrus in both their Body Scrub and Body Oil to try. And let me tell you, the smell alone makes you long for the warm summer sun, sipping something cold and refreshing while taking in the scents of the beach…wearing your SPF of course! The scrub combats dry skin without much of a fight, although if you have any scratches or cuts at all avoid using the scrub in those areas as this is a salt scrub (i.e. cuts will sting). While the scrub sloughs off dry, flaky skin, the oils seal in moisture. (Tip: It’s great to use prior to shaving!)

Application of the Body Oil only requires 1 pump (per leg, arm, etc.) It’s best to apply it as soon as you get out of the shower without skin being completely dry. This helps the oil seal in that moisture that is so very necessary in the winter when fireplaces, wood stoves and thermostats set high dehydrate the skin. It will feel a bit greasy at first (it is an oil after all), but I found that it absorbed into my skin by the time I was putting on my clothes.

Definitely a product line that delivers on its promises. Your skin will be hydrated and healthy and it will smell so good! Check out their products at www.dollymoo.com.  Have you tried their collection?

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