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Memorial Day weekend is kicking off Summer 2017. Whether you are escaping to the beach or soaking up the sun in your hometown, Mally Beauty, KMS, C.O. Bigelow and Molton Brown have the beauty essentials you can’t leave your house without
Mally Beauty More is More Mascara, $20.00
Get full and glamorous lashes this Memorial Day weekend with Mally Beauty’s More is More Mascara. The formula creates dark, full lashes with perfect definition, while the wand delivers exceptional lash building power.
Available at: www.mallybeauty.com
Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Boost, $37.00
Mally Beauty’s Evercolor Poreless Face Defender gives your skin a natural boost of warmth for healthy, glowing skin. Its formula offers the perfect finish, while also giving an instant glow to your face. It comes in one universal shade to suit all complexions.
Available at: www.mallybeauty.com
KMS TAMEFRIZZ De-Frizz Oil, $22.99
Formulated with humidity fighting polymers, this non greasy formula instantly smooths the hair’s surface, while also providing frizz and humidity control for up to three days.
Available at: Salons nationwide
C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve, $5.50
Maintain beautiful and moisturized lips and skin with C.O. Bigelow’s famous Rose Salve. Emulsified with extra soothing rose extract, which helps ease irritation and condition the skin. Apply to lips, face, cuticles, elbows and very dry skin patches.
Available at: www.bigelowchemists.com
Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Eau de Toilette, $65.00
This eau de toilette has been blended for those who enjoy the scents of Gingerlily and fragrant spices – a fragrance that allows you to escape the everyday to exotic shores. It’s the perfect scent for a long summer weekend.
Available at: www.moltonbrown.com
*Product received, all opinions are my own.
Do you live in a blended family - Kids, Dogs and Cats? Keep them all happy and having fun this summer with Hartz! There are lots of toys from Hartz for your kids to play with your fur-babies to keep them all occupied!
We cat lovers know that our kitties like to play in different ways. “There are four primary play patterns,” says Dr. Georgette Wilson, DVM, the Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and resident veterinarian at Hartz Mountain Corp. “They may stay with one pattern or alternate among different types of play. The primary play patterns for cats are Swat, Hunt, Interact and Activity”.
Katherina Rivera, Senior Brand Manager, Hartz Mountain Corp. has chosen some great Hartz toys to fit every pattern…
WHAT PLAY PATTERN DOES YOUR CAT PREFER?
- Cats that love to swat prefer playing with small toys that move or roll easily. The Roll About Mouse™ has a sisal ball and a plush head, which cats want to chase after.
- Cats that like to hunt enjoy toys that resemble other animals. Among the Hartz, favorites are the Mini Mice™ and Chirping Bird™
- Cats that like interacting with their owners enjoy playing with wands. Toys that fit the bill include Twirl and Whirl® and Gone Fishin’®
- Activity craving cats like to preoccupy themselves with activity centers, hiding places and toys with scratchers
My cat Carol, loves anything that moves, including my fingers when I text, and that is painful! I had to re-direct Carol's playful energy with some toys from Hartz, and so far, she is keeping busy swatting at her Twirl and Whirl, as well as her Gone Fishin toys. I attached some fishing line to the Mini Mice toys, and my son, Braxton loves to entertain her by pulling it around the house for her to chase. Carol has never been outside to hunt, but I am certain she would be good at it!
Look at this crazy kitty!
Dogs like to play in different ways, and we as pet parents are attuned to their needs. “There are four primary play patterns,” says Dr. Georgette Wilson, DVM, the Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and resident veterinarian at Hartz Mountain Corp. “Some dogs may have one favorite way of playing, others alternate among different types of play. The main play patterns are Toss & Retrieve, Tug, Comfort & Security, and Chew.”
WHAT PLAY PATTERN DOES YOUR DOG PREFER?
- Dogs that like to engage in Toss And Retrieve play enjoy the Hartz Dura Play® Ball and the Hartz Tuff Stuff® Flyer™
- Dogs craving Comfort and Security turn to plush toys such as the Quackers®
- Those that love to Chew the night away opt for the Hartz Chew ‘n Clean® Tuff Bone® (comes in different sizes)
My dog, Banner is a fetch kind of guy. His favorite toys are the Hartz Dura Play Ball, and he loves to carry around his Nose Divers Duck. He doesn't use it for tug of war, he simply wants you to throw it so he can fetch it. Banner is almost 14 years old, and still plays as if he is a puppy. We love Banner! We are taking him camping this weekend so he can swim in the lake.
Here is Banner, enjoying his Nose Divers Duck! He loves it!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Summer state of mind… starts in the SHOWER
Memorial Day is finally here which means Summer is right around the corner! Introducing the ultimate summertime experience for the senses from Kneipp. Three brand new body washes and one enriching hand cream. Infused with summer-perfect scents designed to refresh and nourish your skin, body and soul, providing you with everyday moments of warm-weather wellness.
BODY WASH ($14)Boost your summer mood every morning in the shower. Soap-free, pH-balanced and formulated with natural plant oils, these three refreshing, gently foaming body washes deep clean and condition the skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and exquisitely scented for an irresistible shower experience. Available in three new fragrances:
- Endless Summer: An energizing infusion of citrusy lime and revitalizing mint
- Summer Mood: A juicy blend of summer-fresh watermelon and stimulating mint
- Tropical Dream: An exotic, vacation-evoking mixture of mouthwatering mango and sweet starfruit
HAND CREAM ($10)
More than 100 years of research have gone into perfecting these enriching, plant-based hand cream, which is formulated with highly nourishing ingredients to retain moisture deep within the skin for long-lasting hydration. Available in:
- Spring Awakening : A sweet, floral fragrance infused with shea butter, almond oil, mayflower and magnolia
Kneipp products contain the most unique blends available in the natural body and skincare market, and all are dermatologist tested and recommended, primarily vegan, and free of preservatives, paraffins, silicons, and mineral oils.
INFUSE YOUR SKIN WITH CAFFEINE FOR ITS BRIGHTEST LOOK EVER
This Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment is part of a three step treatment from Hermetise.
It a protecting serum that incorporates a unique caffeine infusion obtained from Kopi Luwak beans. Kopi Luwak is the most exotic coffee in the world and is known to have excellent skin benefits, such as giving naturally firm skin and reducing inflammation and redness. It is also a potent antioxidant. This advanced treatment clears and protects skin from environmental pollutants and treats skin with advanced oxygen and select age defying ingredients, which are fortified with 24k gold and Kopi Luwak infusion to form an intense age treatment. This soft, ever lasting step is designed to decrease the signs of aging; its unique texture enables it to absorb into the skin delivering beneficial ingredients, it provides the skin protection from the environment.
What it is
The Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen treatment is designed to clear and protect skin from environmental pollutants by delivering potent film-forming, water-holding and soothing effects.
How does it work?
3 super products to de-pollute, revive and renew your skin with Kopi Luwak infusion, oxygen and 24K gold.
What it does
Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen skin care treatment assists in retaining the skins trans-epidermal water loss, helps to enhance the skins oxygen delivery to help revive dull skin, for a smoother, more lifted appearance.
The Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen range main Benefits:
- Global anti-aging, face-lift alternative
- A 3 step complete all in one "super treatment"
- Protects from the environment (anti-pollution)
- Cleansing and the removal of dead skin cells
- Helps restore a firmer appearance
What else you need to know
In the ultimate connection of nature and hi-tech beauty, often one thing means the other, as is the case with the Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen 3-step treatment. Along with its striking appearance, this amazing treatment has astounding multiple effects on the skin. This skin treatment is designed so that each product actually preforms and gives the benefits of two products, thus cutting down on the hassle and saving application time while maximizing the final effect on the skin.
Step 1 - Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment
This cream is an advanced formula consisting of molecular technology - offering a unique aquatic based formula which transforms into a cream- oxygen, gold and additional ingredients penetrate to treat the skin.
Step 2 - Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment
Step 3 - Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment
Each product retails for: $1649.99 or $4,944.97 for the set
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Kopi Luwak Anti-Pollution Brightening skin care set from Hermitise worth $4.944,97
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Summer is almost here, and while that means trips to the beach, summer vacations and a whole lotta Rosé, that ALSO means frizzy, unmanageable hair – ick! Used and loved by celebrity hair stylists, including Enzo Angileri, Bridget Brager, Peter Butler and Ahn Co Tran, these two drugstore products will help to keep hair soft, manageable, frizz free and healthy all summer long.
The Infusium Repair + Renew Leave-in Treatment Spray and Repair + Renew Smoothing Serum (which have saved Kate Bosworth, Sarah Paulson and Claire Danes on the red carpet from frizzy hair disasters) are chock full of Argan Oil and Keratin to help build strength and elasticity, while taming frizz and promoting hair manageability.
The Infusium Repair + Renew Smoothing Serum keeps hair in place, smooth, shiny and frizz-free. Not only is it perfect for a formal look, but it’s great to tame that frizz when the humidity breaks out this summer. It is a dual-functioning serum that protects wet hair from styling friction and breakage; and amplifies shine and smoothness when used on dry hair.
Additionally, Infusium’s Repair + Renew Leave-in Treatment is a cult favorite product from the brand and is your ultimate beach bag essential for this summer. This formula coats hair with lightweight conditioners to help mend split ends, tame flyaways, enhance shine and improve hair manageability through the day and night. So when you’re thinking you’re bound to have knotty windblown, sea-salty hair this summer, you can think again – because this treatment can tame even the most tangled and damaged locks!
NEW Infusium Repair + Renew Collection (Walmart, Target & Walgreens $6.97-8.49): Repairs two years of damage in just one use  ,infused with Argan Oil and Keratin to help build strength and elasticity, and promote smoothness. Featuring a new indulgent signature fragrance that has sparkling top notes of citrus, green apple and dewy freesia blend with sheer and mild white jasmine, rose and violet as creamy sandalwood and soft musk for a smooth finish. Available in Shampoo & Conditioner, Leave-in Treatment, Smoothing Serum, Leave-in Crème.
NEW InfusiumMoisturize + Replenish Collection (Walmart, Target & Walgreens $6.97-8.49):10x more moisturized hair, infused with Avocado & Olive Oils, help hydrate and quench dry, dull strands. Featuring our classic fragrance that has sparkling top notes of ruby red grapefruit, pear nectar and crisp apple balance rich and velvety freesia, muguet and magnolia blossoms, as a warm coconut and sandalwood for a smooth finish. Available in Shampoo & Conditioner, Leave-in Treatment, Smoothing Serum.
I love discovering new skin care companies! I just got the chance to review some of the best bath and body products ever from Treets Traditions.
With a focus on the knowledge our ancestors used to heal themselves with what they found in nature, Treets Traditions uses a blend of unique herbs to create products that are healing and nourishing for your skin.
I received samples of the following products to review:
Treets Traditions Foaming Shower Gels
Nourish skin with this decadent gel to foam formula that supports skin health with regional ingredients. Available in Nourishing Spirits, Relaxing Chakra’s, Healing In Harmony, Revitalising Ceremonies, and Energising Secrets, these luxurious foams transform your shower and leave behind delicious scents.
I was sent energising secrets and healing in harmony fragrances. This foaming shower gel is beyond luxurious and fun to use in the shower. Both fragrances are amazing and completely uplifting. All you do is squirt a small amount into your hand, and it foams up instantly into a thick, rich lather that is perfect for shaving your legs. I absolutely love it!
2 in 1 Hair & Body Wash
Soap-free hair and body wash for daily mild cleansing. Traditional Eucalyptus oil has a calming effect and Nordic Cranberry oil, known to contain Vitamin C and antioxidants, helps to protect the skin.
I am loving using this product as a gentle shampoo. It smells so wonderful, and it makes my hair feel very clean and healthy.
I received two of these delightful body scrubs in relaxing chakra, and energising secrets.
Relaxing Chakra's~ Exfoliating body scrub with traditional Asian Coconut oil and Rose to nourish and moisturise the skin. Gently exfoliates the skin, allowing it to breathe again. Helps improve skin tone and balance. Leaves the skin delightfully scented.
Energising Secrets~ Exfoliating body scrub with traditional Amazonian Tamanu and Sacha inchi oil to nourish and soothe skin. Gently exfoliates the skin, allowing it to breathe again. Helps improve skin tone and balance. Leaves the skin delightfully scented.
Both of these scrubs make my skin glow, and feel smooth and silky. These formulas are perfect for getting your skin ready for a bit of sunless tanning products to help boost your skin's glow. And did I mention that they smell amazing?
I received relaxing chakra's and nourishing spirits body oils.
Relaxing Chakra's~ Super caring body oil. For a soft and smooth skin all day long. Absorbs quickly and leaves skin soft but not greasy. Contains vitamin E.
Nourishing Spirits~ Super nourishing miracle oil for face, body, hair, hands and nails with 6 precious natural oils - including Baobab oil, Marula oil and vitamin E. Reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Highly effective for dehydrated and ageing skin. Helps improve the appearance of damaged skin. Dermatologically tested. Suitable for normal, dry and sensitive skin.
Each one of these formulas are the best! I always bring them into the shower with me, and I apply the oil all over my skin while it is still damp. This seals in the moisture to keep my skin supple, silky and glowing. Plus, my skin smells delicious!
This moisturising body lotion applies easily and absorbs quickly. A combination of traditional Nordic Wild Thyme and Cranberry with extra Vitamin C and antioxidants help to protect the skin. For all skin types.
There's nothing quite like this amazing body lotion. It leaves my skin completely soft and smooth. I apply it after showers and also after shaving my legs before I put on a skirt or shorts. My skin if perfectly hydrated and smells exhilerating.
These bath fizzers are based on the tradition of cleaning and purifying with soda. Treets has added the traditional African Kalahari melon oil and Baobab oil to help moisturise, protect and nourish dry skin.
There's nothing quite like a relaxing hot bath to wind down after a long, stressful day of parenting! I love to add one of these heavenly bath fizzers to my tub and watch it dissolve. That in itself is relaxing and quite satisfying. When the fragrance envelopes my senses and the skin softeners starts to caress my skin with their luxurious ingredients, I just melt. Ahhhh!
As with all Treets products~ "We respect mother nature. Free of: SLS, SLES, parabens, silicones, colourants and mineral oils."
For more information go to: www.ulta.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Lisse Luxe Hair Towel
Prepare For Your Hair Revelation
Towel, meet technology. Realize hair’s greatest health and beauty potential with AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel. Specially engineered to address the fact that hair is most vulnerable when wet, AQUIS is made to correctly bring hair from wet to damp, quickly, evenly and without heat, priming it for styling in one simple step. AQUIS’ unique AQUITEX technology consists of ultra-fine fibers that are smoother than silk, uniquely woven to create channels that quickly wick water away 5X faster than cotton towels without snagging cuticles or causing friction. AQUIS eliminates the use of blow dryers on wet hair, which compounds hair damage.
When used properly, the AQUIS Hair Towel creates zero friction, minimizing frizz and damage, while improving manageability and styling. Best of all, this multi-tasking beauty essential shortens and simplifies the average daily routine, cutting drying time by 50%.
Available in two sizes, the Lisse Luxe Hair Towel and Lisse Luxe Long Hair Towel (25% larger than the regular-sized version) is suitable for short-to-medium and long hair, respectively. Both options work hair miracles on curly, fine, delicate and/or thinning hair for effortless beauty from root to tip.
My hair has always been colored and heat styled, and was always looking horrible! My ends were always breaking and splitting, and my hair was always frizzy. Now, I never use a blow dryer. I usually always wash my hair at night before bed, so blow drying was what I thought was best for my hair. (Who wants to go to bed with wet hair and freeze all night long?) I absolutely love my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Towel. In fact, I now own several, and I give them as gifts to all of the ladies in my life! (The AQUIS is seriously the best gift you can give to anyone with hair.)
After quitting the blow-dryer for about two months and only drying my hair with the AQUIS hair towel, my hair is so much healthier, without any breakage or split ends. And I get to go to bed with dry hair.
Directions for Use: After washing, gently squeeze excess water from hair with AQUIS. Do not rub. Flip hair forward, wrap and tuck the end of the towel at the nape of the neck. Leave AQUIS on until hair is damp to the touch.
$30 | LISSE LUXE HAIR TOWEL
$35 | LISSE LUXE LONG HAIR TOWEL
Available in White, Desert Rose, Cloudy Berry, Black and White Chevron at Sephora.com
AQUIS is an innovative hair care company that blends the best of science and technology to bring out the natural beauty of hair, offering beauty tools specifically engineered to correctly and effectively treat wet hair without damage. First to market, AQUIS’ Hair Towels and Turbans utilize an exclusive performance-drying weave-technology, AQUITEX, an innovative lightweight drying system made from ultra-fine fibers that are split into strands thinner than silk. These fibers are uniquely woven to create channels that quickly wick water away from hair without snagging cuticles or causing friction. The absorbed water is efficiently distributed across the towel, while continuing to dry hair at the point of contact. This helps minimize the swelling and stretching of hair, protecting its integrity. The result is stronger, healthier hair. AQUIS is committed to creating a simpler approach to hair care: uncomplicated products that protect the integrity of hair. AQUIS is available in a full variety of hair care towels and turbans, ensuring that everyone can achieve healthy, strong, shiny hair when treating it kindly.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Let's face it, romance is sometimes only as good as the lube you use! And, busy moms are not always "ready" for romance, and just need a 'little help.' Okay, I guess this is a pretty intimate post, but it is something that needs to be discussed. I am mostly shy about discussing these kinds of things, but here goes.
Most lubricants that you buy on a grocery store shelf are full of harmful ingredients that can irritate or even burn your most sensitive areas. I know that I cannot use them. I was recently on the market for a brand that would not cause discomfort, and I discovered PJUR.
Pjur Premium personal products are developed to enhance your pleasure!
Pjur's goal is to raise the awareness and understanding of how personal products, particularly personal lubricants, can be a useful and relevant part of anyone’s adult life. We aspire to dispel myths, share truths, and deal with sensitive topics surrounding intimacy in a professional, non-confrontational, and understanding manner.
Pjur personal lubricants come in five categories:
CLASSIC Formulas are the personal lubricants you have come to know and love. These premiere personal lubricants are among the world’s best-selling personal lubricants with the name brand you trust. The super-concentrated ORIGINAL, the lighter consistency LIGHT, the thicker consistency GEL, and the water-based AQUA are all formulated with the highest grade ingredients and winning awards worldwide.
HER Formulas are lubricants developed to enhance her natural moisture. Because, for the most part, personal lubricants for women reside on the inside of the body, these lubricants have a slightly different concentration of ingredients to present a softer feel that enhances her natural lubrication. WOMAN personal lubricants and ANALYSE anal lubricants have silicone and water-based versions. MYGLIDE is a double-effect water-based personal lubricant with key ingredient stimulating ginseng.
HIS Formulas are lubricants developed to enhance his best performance. Because, for the most part, personal lubricants for men reside on the outside of the body, these lubricants have a slightly different concentration of ingredients to present a richer feel and promote optimal performance. MAN personal lubricants and BACKDOOR anal lubricants have silicone and water-based versions.
MED Formulas are modern lifestyle products developed for gentle and effective personal care. This health-conscious line promotes your well-being. NATURAL, REPAIR, and ENERGY are water-based personal lubricants with nature-based ingredients. PREMIUM is a personal lubricant made with the highest medical grade silicone for the maximum skin-on-skin slide. CLEAN and AFTERSHAVE provide a gentle, alcohol-free hygiene.
BASIC Formulas are quality personal lubricants priced for less. These products were developed to provide a more economical choice. These personal lubricants contain medical grade ingredients and present a choice of silicone and water-based.
CULT Formulas are for the care of rubber and latex. These unique products extend the life of your rubber and latex products. Dressing Aid and Ultra Shine formulas are unsurpassed in conditioning, aiding in dressing, and providing a super shine.
I received samples of a few of Pjur's top selling lubricants to try out. (Photo below.)
Without going into too much detail (because that would be TMI) I would like to say that the Pjur lubricants I have been able to try have been above and beyond my expectations. I have experienced zero irritation or burning sensations.
For more information or to place an order go to: www.pjurusa.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Donuts Take Center Stage in the Big Apple
Entenmann's® Hosting a National Donut Day 2017 Party on June 2 in Heart of New York City and Consumers can "Win Free Donuts for a Year"
Entenmann’s® Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, is making donuts the star of New York by bringing its 2017 National Donut Day celebration to Times Square, on June 2. Fans will have the opportunity to sample delicious Entenmann’s Donuts, take part in fun activities and be wowed by the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.
Thousands of donuts will be given away throughout the 2017 National Donut Day celebration. Fans who cannot be in New York can join the festivities Live on Entenmann’s® Facebook page and share in the fun using #NationalDonutDay and #Entenmanns.
Starting today, specially marked National Donut Day boxes of delicious Rich Frosted Donuts are available for purchase, and consumers can enter into the “Win Free Donuts for a Year” sweepstakes via Entenmann’s® Facebook page. For each entry, $1 will be donated to charity partner Feeding America, up to $10,000. With 200 Food Banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs throughout the U.S., Feeding America is able to serve 1 in 7 Americans and continue the fight against hunger in our country. More information about the sweepstakes and donation program is available www.entenmanns.com/nationaldonutday.
“We are excited to bring our National Donut Day celebration to Times Square and raise funds for Feeding America,” said Lorraine Hale, Senior Director of Marketing for Entenmann’s Bakery, part of Bimbo Bakeries USA. “Our ‘Win Free Donuts for a Year’ sweepstakes is a fun way for Entenmann’s® to engage with our fans and a National Donut Day tradition. Who wouldn’t want a year’s worth of donuts!”
As the weather starts to warm up – those long, relaxing summer weekends are closer than we think! Luckily, bringing your favorite skincare routine with you doesn’t need to be a chore. This Memorial Day (and all the glorious extended weekends to come) can be made simple with Biore’s perfect travel-friendly essentials to make packing a breeze. These must-haves fit perfectly in your toiletry bag and make cleansing and refreshing your skin quick and fun, so you have more time to relax and soak up the sun!
Bioré® Baking Soda Scrub:
No need to worry about liquid products spilling in your bag – This cleanser is powder until you activate it with water!
The first powder cleanser to be sold at mass, this advanced formula is refreshingly effective and fun to use. It foams up on contact with water, gently exfoliating while forming tiny bubbles that dive deep into pores to break up oil and impurities. When you rinse the foam away, oil, debris and dead cells are swept away, leaving skin 2.5 times as clean as it would get from a basic cleanser. You’ll see an instantly smoother, softer texture and visibly tighter pores after just one use. ($9.99; Drugstores and mass retailers)
Bioré® Skincare Self Heating One Minute Mask:
These Self-Heating masks come individually packaged – easy to grab and go!
If you feel like you need a deep clean, this breakthrough thermal mask will do the trick. It warms to open pores, draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser, then rinses them away with an invigorating cooling sensation. Formulated with natural charcoal, Bioré® Skincare Self Heating One Minute Mask melts dirt and oil better than the leading competitor to clean your pores and clear the problem. ($7.99; Drugstores and mass retailers)
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips:
Pore Strips are small enough to fit in your makeup bag to help unclog pores, even on-the-go.
A beauty classic, Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips quickly bond to the dirt and oil buried in each pore and lift out pore-clogging agents. Twice as effective as the leading pore cleanser, Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips can also reduce the appearance of pores over time. This quick 10 minute addition to your skincare routine will reveal the deeper clean, fresher, healthier-looking complexion Bioré Skincare fans love. ($7.99;
Select food, drug and mass merchant stores)