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Let's face it, the holidays can be stressful! Running around getting everything ready, and last minute shopping can really make you sweat! Don't ruin your favorite sweater with smelly armpit odor. I love my CRYSTAL Mineral Deodorant because, not only is it totally safe and free of all the bad stuff, but it completely works to help keep your underarms smelling totally normal and clean. And, there is no residue!
CRYSTAL Mineral Deodorant does not stop you from sweating (because it is not an anti-perspirant), but it does prevent odor! It is actually beneficial to your health to sweat. But it doesn't have to stink!
I would like to challenge any one of my readers to take the Sweater B.O. “challenge” with the CRYSTAL Mineral Deodorant Stick or Stone - you pick. Both are the same ingredients, except one is a stone and one is a handheld stick. The key is to use it right after taking a shower/bath on clean, wet arm pits, then swipe the deodorant about 20 times per armpit and voila - you are good to go!
But first, you need to know where to order this amazing product! So, go to: https://www.thecrystal.com/collections/all and while you are there, pick up a few extras to give as holiday gifts or stocking stuffers! There are several delightful fragrances to choose from. Pomegranate, anyone?
I love my CRYSTAL Mineral Deodorant! I chose the stick, because it is more convenient for me. I am in awe at how well it works to keep me from smelling badly!
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A Girls Guide to Getting Through the Summer Heat
Stay sweat-free and odor-free all day long with Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10, Amazon.com)
A non-irritating formula that’s tough on sweat but gentle on the skin. This deodorant incorporates 24 hour protection with a new, gentler formula, ensuring round the clock defense even for those with the most sensitive skin. Ban is my favorite deodorant, and the only brand I use.
Keep your hair off your neck with the help of Hairdo Simply Straight Pony ($49,Ulta.com)
This strut-your-stuff pony delivers the style points straight-up by instantly adding length, verve and volume to your ponytail. Wrap around easily and secure your pony high, low or to the side.
Keep your skin moisturized while achieving a non-oily, velvety finish with Erborian BB Crème ($39,Sephora.com)
Containing break-through high-tech formulas, this BB Crème evens out and mattifies the complexion, moisturizes and plumps the skin, refines skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of blemishes. Your skin will appear visibly softer, smoother and beautiful with a silky feel. This BB Creme is the best facial makeup I have ever used, and I am beyond thankful that I discovered it. It makes me skin look literally flawless, young, healthy and picture perfect! My skin stays shine-free even on the hottest days!
I was recently browsing online for skincare companies who create all-natural, chemical-free skincare products for Christmas gift ideas. I came across Pristine Beauty. Not only did their adorable Old Hollywood Style theme catch my attention, I was also intrigued by what I was reading about their products
Pristine Beauty produces an effective 100% pure and natural skin and hair care product line that promises to change your life and the lives of others. "Our desire is to promote a positive mind, a joyful spirit and a healthy lifestyle with a touch of Old Hollywood Glamour!"
I was given the chance to review one of Pristine Beauty's products, and I chose Hooray for Brallywood Butta. Anti-aging moisturizer.
My thoughts: From the moment I laid my eyes on the beautifully packaged bottle, I knew this was going to quickly become one of my favorite beauty creams. It looks so elegant. I apply it first thing in the morning after cleansing, and it keeps my skin moist and supple all day long. It does not interfere with my foundation, and it does not leave my skin looking like an oil slick. It is actually the perfect base for my makeup.
I also apply it after cleansing at night. It is the perfect night cream. It makes my skin looks youthful and radiant. My skin was starting to feel dry with the cooler temperatures, but my Brallywood Butta saved the day. My fine lines and wrinkles are vastly improved.
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*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Feel confident in your skin from head to toe before you hit the town for a girl’s night out! From your hair, to your skin, to your scent – we’ve got you covered with the beauty essentials that’ll leave you looking and smelling like a million bucks – all without breaking the bank!
Show off skin that’s selfie-worthy thanks to Bioré Limited Edition Deep Cleansing Pore Strips! With next generation proprietary c-bond technology and potent charcoal, the strips remove clogs and weeks’ worth of buildup so you’ll see 3x less oil. Containing witch hazel and tea tree oil, the formula refines pores to diminish their appearance over time. ($7.99; Drugstores and Mass Retailers)
Hit the dance floor feeling confident and sweat free by applying Ban Roll-On Deodorant! Ban’s breakthrough technology specifically targets and virtually eliminates (not cover up) spicy and s-odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. Ban Roll-On Deodorant glides on easily with a formula that provides an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness. ($4.99, Drug and Mass Retailers)
For skin that’s smooth to the touch, apply Curél Ultra Healing Lotion!Ideal for severely dry skin, this formula has been clinically proven to repair and renew extra dry skin two times better than the leading intensive lotion. It contains extra-strength, naturally hydrating agents so skin feels soft, supple, and restored. ($7.99, Drugstores and Mass Retailers)
Since you never know who you’ll meet, be sure to leave a lasting flirtatious scent with Katy Perry Mad Love. Addictive from the start, this playfully sexy floriental fruity fragrance opens with the succulence of Lady Apple Sorbet and Mara Strawberry blended to perfection with freshness of delicious Pink Grapefruit. Middle notes of Peony Petals, smooth Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and the hypnotic pull of the Bleeding Heart flower captivate the senses. The essence of the Bleeding Heart flower is said to purify and strengthen the Heart Chakra, bringing an open-hearted attitude, soothing emotions, and re-inviting the spirit of love into one’s body and soul. ($29.98; Kohls.com)
*Product received in exchange for post. All opinions are my own.
With the temperatures rising, things can get a little too hot for comfort – especially when you’re on the go! This season, stay fresh and odor free no matter where life takes you thanks to Ban Roll-On Deodorant, your everyday, feel-fresh essential that lasts all day long!
Ban Roll-On Deodorant glides on easily with a formula that provides an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness. With Ban’s breakthrough technology, this formula specifically targets and virtually eliminates (not cover up) stress odor that other antiperspirants and deodorants may leave behind! Choose your favorite scent in:
- Regular for a light and clean floral fragrance
- Powder Fresh for a classic powder scent
- Satin Breeze for a feminine touch with green and citrus notes
- Fresh Cotton for a refreshing floral heart with a hint of fruit
- Simply Clean for fresh and powdery amber notes with hint of peach nectar
- Unscented for sensitive skin
I received the lovely Satin Breeze fragrance to review. I love this fragrance! Ban Roll-On Deodorant definitely keeps me dry in a way no other deodorant has. My daughters love it too. I actually have to hide mine because they are always trying to steal it from me.
Ban Roll-On Deodorant is $4.99 at Drug and Mass Retailers nationwide.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Spring Break Beauty Survival Kit
Spring Break plans right around the corner? Pack up your bags and get ready to head out with the ultimate beauty survival kit! We’ve got you covered from head to toe (and everything in between) with the warm weather essentials you need for skin that’s soft, smooth and glowing all vacation long!
1) KORRES Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Have fun in the sun with this ultra-sheer yet nourishing fluid that provides daily broad-spectrum UV coverage while wearing beautifully under makeup. This ultra-lightweight fluid instantly disappears into skin providing broad-spectrum UV protection and deep nourishment. Yogurt, rich in skin-repairing proteins, helps keep skin nourished and protected from the sun’s harmful rays while a blend of rice and camapu extract offers deep hydration and calming properties to soothe skin during sun exposure. Provitamin B5 helps reduce inflammation and supports natural cell regeneration while jojoba oil seals in moisture—leaving skin soft and smooth. ($35; Sephora.com)
2) Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection: Travel Friendly. Purse Friendly. Skin Friendly. This is the perfect for fragrance on the go. Their collection of all-natural fragrances is luxurious and addictive. Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that capture a mood, a memory or a moment in time. Hailed as the World’s First Healthy Fragrance, organic sugar cane alcohol is infused with skin saving antioxidants for a modern twist on the classic art of perfumery. ($19; Lavanila.com)
3) PediSpa by Look Beauty Gentle Exfoliating Foot Mask: Show off sandal ready feet thanks to this non-traditional masque that contains a foot exfoliate plus treatment filled in a pair of wearable socks. Key ingredients like chamomile and natural botanical fruit extracts help control callus build-up for visibly smooth feet within two weeks. ($9.99 for one complete pair; Exclusively at Target Stores in the Foot Care Aisle and Target.com)
4) Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser: Wash you face day and night for a complexion that glows all vacation long with this daily liquid cleanser that gives you a deep exfoliating clean without being rough on dry spots. Ideal for combination skin, this oil-free formula contains cleansing ingredients that excavate grime and oil from pores. At the same time, the formula gently smooths away dead cells. You end up with skin that’s fresh, silky-soft and luminous. ($7.99; Drug and mass merchants)
5) Ban Roll-On Deodorant: Don’t worry about embarrassing sweat while you’re in the sun! Traditional antiperspirant/deodorants merely mask odors and reduce odor-causing sweat in general, while Ban’s breakthrough technology specifically targets and virtually eliminates odor that other antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. Ban Roll-On Deodorant glides on easily with a formula that provides an outstanding 24 hours of invisible protection against odor wetness. ($4.99, Drug and Mass Retailers)
6) Curél Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray: Instantly relieve dry, irritated skin with this non-medicated, moisturizing spray with cooling hydration. Uniquely soothing, this formula delivers a mix of light yet potent hydrators — including a proprietary ceramide complex, allantoin and panthenol — to ease parched, itchy skin right where you need it. The Proprietary Cooling Complex feels soothing like a cold compress, lending you instant relief. ($8.99; Drug and mass merchants)
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. Amy opinions are my own.
Take your hair and skin to RE-FAB!
With stressful work weeks, crazy-busy social schedules, and damaging UV rays to top it off, your skin needs moisture therapy! Rehabilitate your skin, leaving it FABULOUS once again, with Key West Aloe Aloethera! Hydrating Aloe Vera as their foundation, this quenching line of hair, skin, and shower products contain natural ingredients that nourish your skin and hair, purely as nature intended. Whether your skin is burned and blistered or dry and chapped, Key West Aloe Aloethera will restore hydration and beauty where you need it!
Key West Aloe offers more than 160 Aloe Vera based personal care products for face, body, sun men – even pets! All formulas are Lab Certified and made with 100% pure Aloe Vera. Key West Aloe Aloethera is available for purchase at its two retail locations in Key West, FL and online via www.keywestaloe.com .
– Made with the highest content of aloe, this creamy formula delivers non-greasy softness and nourishment without residue.
$23 for 12oz
Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer
– Rich and creamy, natural shea and cocoa butters give lasting moisture and hydration. Infused with sunflower, avocado, and coconut oils to replenish thirsty skin.
$27 for 16oz
Aloethera Intensive Hand Lotion
– Intensive in every way, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E locks in moisture leaving hands touchably smooth.
$32 for 12oz
Aloethera Fragrance-Free Moisturizer
– Ideal for sensitive skin this moisturizer treats skin with a dose of 50% aloe and Vitamin E with a lightweight, non-greasy formula.
$21 for 12oz
Aloethera Moisturizing Shampoo
– Restore your hair’s natural vitality while adding body and shine to your locks.
$21 for 16oz
Aloethera Keratin Conditioner
– Tame your frizz without weighing down your hair. Made with 10% Aloe and Keratin Formula, this condition is designed to strength, protect, and smooth all hair types.
$21 for 16oz
Aloethera Body Wash
- A gentle daily body wash that refreshes and hydrates even the most sensitive skin.
$21 for 16oz
Aloethera Oatmeal Body Bar
– Long lasting and non-drying, with a fresh scent of Aloe, this body bar satisfies skin in one simple step.
I was excited to get the chance to review some of these fabulous Key West Aloe Aloethera products. I was sent the shampoo, conditioner and body lotion to try out.
The shampoo deeply cleanses my hair with a luxurious lather. It is left shiny, bouncy and smelling amazing. The conditioner moisturizes my hair deeply for a beautiful, radiant and healthy finish.
I am in love with the body lotion. I use it right after my shower to seal in the moisture, and my skin stays hydrated for 24 hours. I love Key West Aloe products!
All of these products are available at: www.keywestaloe.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Don't Sweat it-SWIPE IT! Stop Sweating Under That Sweater This Winter
SWIPE is the solution to staying fresh all day and night in fall and winter’s freshest (or nerdiest) fashions….
Introducing Swipe® , a pocket-sized, biodegradable, single use deodorant wipe infused with a natural tea tree extract that not only provides protection, it also eliminates body odor. The small and discrete packaging makes Swipe® travel-friendly and ideal for beach bags.
I was pretty skeptical when I first discovered SWIPE IT wipes. I hate to admit it, but I am the kind of girl who needs a very strong anti-perspirant and deodorant! I seriously sweat like a man. I really did not think a simple wipe would help to keep me fresh and dry, so I put them to the test over a period of three days. I swiped them under my arms after my nightly showers. I applied them in the same fashion every morning. I did not apply any additional deodorant.
You know what? I was amazed! SWIPE IT wipes kept me completely dry and fresh! No embarrassing underarm sweat stains or odor at all! I am so impressed! I will definitely be keeping these on hand and carrying them with me in my purse and taking them with me on trips. They are my newest favorite product!
Swipes are available for purchase online at: www.swipefresh.com as well as Amazon.com.
Price: $2.99 for pack of three, $6.99 for pack of 10, $14.99 for pack of 25
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Lets face it. Underarms can really reek. If I do not wear deodorant, I am not pleasant to be around. Yes, that may sound a tad gross, but it is true! For me, it cannot be just any deodorant. It must be a highly effective anti-perspirant as well as deodorant.
For the ultimate wetness and odor protection, I have found that Soft & Dri works wonders for me.
I was sent samples of Soft & Dri to review. I received the Aerosol Antiperspirant Deodorant and the new Aluminum Free Deodorant.
Soft Scent 6 oz.
Soft & Dri® Aerosol provides excellent 24-hour wetness and odor protection that is soft on your skin and dries quickly, leaving you feeling refreshed, protected and comfortable. Easy to use and non-staining. Confidence is just a spray away.
My Experience: I usually spray this on first thing in the morning before getting dressed, or right after my shower. It keeps me completely dry and odor free all day long!
Aluminum Free Deodorant (NEW!)
Powder Fresh 2.3 oz.
Soft & Dri® Aluminum Free Deodorant is gentle on skin while safely and effectively neutralizing odor without blocking sweat pores. Non-aluminum ingredients target odor-causing bacteria to keep you fresh all day long.
My Experience: This deodorant is perfect for using right after my nightly shower. I use it because I do not need the sweat protection at night like I would during the day, but I still need to smell fresh. This way, I am not subjecting myself to any unecessary chemicals while I sleep, plus I am allowing my skin to breathe.
To learn more about Soft & Dri go to: http://www.softndri.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.