June is definitely wedding month. I think every client I had today was looking for something shower or wedding related. Shower gifts can be simple, especially if she has a registry, but sometimes you want to kick it up a notch. If you’re looking for something different or just a little extra surprise, may I suggest adding Philosophy’s “Here Comes the Bride” gift set?
This five-piece set contains Philosophy’s best-selling skincare and fragrance products. It comes in an adorable box and gives the bride everything she needs to walk down the aisle looking radiant and glowing. The set contains the following top sellers-
-Purity Made Simple one-step cleanser (for all skin-types)
-Hope in a Jar original formula moisturizer (for all skin-types)
-Amazing Grace perfumed three-in-one shampoo, bath, and shower gel
-Amazing Grace perfumed firming body emulsion
-A single-use sample of their Micro-Delivery Peel (one of my favorites)
Philosophy’s Here Comes the Bride gift set $35
available at Macy’s
This is a fantastic add-on to any shower gift and one that’s sure to be appreciated by any bride-to-be. After all, who doesn’t enjoy being pampered?
Growing up, we had a row of lilac bushes in our yard. I always looked forward to spring because the air would be full of the heavenly aroma of lilac. It is my favorite scent. Not to mention, they are very pretty and make lovely floral arrangements. Unfortunately, they don’t last long. And the bush we planted a few years ago has yet to produce blooms. What’s a girl to do? Well, the right home fragrance can make all the difference and give you the scent without the flowers. I have tried many different lilac scented products, but the one that mimics the real deal the best are the products from Yankee Candle. My house is filled with the aroma of real lilacs and is so delicious. But just like the blooms, the products are a very limited edition. If you love lilacs as much as I do, run to Yankee Candle and try some (or all) of these fabulous items.
Lilac Blossom Candle Collection $9.99-$27.99
These candles are fantastic and very long lasting. I usually get the big one and use it seasonally. They generally last a couple of years.
Lilac Blossom Room Spray $7.99
This is perfect for filling your entire house with the scent of spring blooms. Not too perfumery, just amazingly lilac.
Car Gel $4.99
Car Jar $5.99
These are the ultimate car refreshers. Long-lasting and delicious, your car with smell like heaven.
Reed Diffuser $9.99-$27.99
A decorative way to infuse your home with the scent of lilac. Not as strong as candles or room sprays, but emit enough scent to bring the outdoors inside.
Scent Plug-In Refills $6.99+
We always have plug-ins throughout our house. It’s an easy and safe way to fill your home with the aroma of fresh lilac.
There are many other Lilac Blossom products available at Yankee Candle. If you’re a fan of spring’s favorite flower, you will enjoy these home scent products. They are yummy!
I’m at the age when you start to consider medical procedures. I’m not against cosmetic surgery or procedures, but I am afraid of looking like a monster. You all know what I’m talking about (and if you don’t, just turn on “The Real Housewives”). No one wants to look like they’ve had work done, but most of us would love to turn back the signs of aging. Luckily, there are some wonderful at-home “procedures” you can do at a fraction of an office-visit price. And the results are almost as good.
I have fallen in love with Dr. Brandt’s Laser A-Peel System. Dr. Brandt has been in the business for over 20 years and has a huge celebrity following. He has done a magnificent job of creating products for home use that very closely mimic in-office procedures. The Laser A-Peel system tightens pores, improves elasticity, and reveals skin radiance in 5 minutes. This innovative duo is formulated with lactic and glycolic acids and delivers high-impact results in minimal time.
The system is very easy to use. Just pump the peeling solution onto a cotton pad and spread a thin layer over entire face (avoiding the eyes). Wait 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water. I could feel how smooth my face was while rinsing. Then apply the soothing gel and voila! Beautiful, radiant skin. Just after that short amount of time (and one use), I saw immediate results. My pores were tighter and some of the little “bumps” I have were diminished. It has a heftier price tag, but you only have to use it once a week so it should last quite awhile. But please take note-this product does contain alpha hydroxy acids that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Always wear sunscreen!
Dr. Brandt Laser A-Peel System $75
available at Sephora
I’m sure you’ve all heard that scent is a powerful emotion. I happen to believe this is true. There’s nothing better than when you catch a whiff of something and suddenly you’re transported to a different time and place. Memories come flooding back and you can actually feel how you felt at that moment. It’s magical! This is what happened to me when I first smelled Bobbi Brown’s Beach. I instantly was back on the beaches of my youth and could feel the sun on my skin. To me, it’s reminiscent of Coppertone, sand, sun, and garden flowers. Delicious!! It’s been my summertime fragrance for years and always makes me feel happy. If you want to recapture your youth, just spritz this on and you’re there.
Beach Fragrance $55
A blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin, this fragrance will transport you to the beach. The scent is long lasting and truly heaven.
Body Scrub $30
A combination of orange peel and pumice, this scrub gently and effectively removes rough skin. A moisturizing blend of shea butter and oils infuse the skin with moisture.
Body Lotion $35
This scented lotion provides moisture and prevents peeling while prolonging the life of your tan. Sunscreen not included.
Body Oil $30
This is a moisturizing oil that contains olive, sesame, avocado, and jojoba, plus vitamin E and C to give you soft, glowing skin.
Shower Gel $32
Formulated with pacific sea kelp extract, this gel moisturizes and softens skin while you shower. It’s the perfect way to start your day.
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Bobbi Brown Beach is available at all major department stores. I have noticed that the fragrance is on back order right now, so if you love it-reserve it.
As a young woman, I could not get enough eyeliner. That seems to still be the trend in the land of youth. As a more elegant woman (I refuse to say mature), I’ve come to realize less is more. Eye makeup can give away your age quickly. It has a tendency to settle into fine lines and creases or smudging onto the brow bone. But sometimes a lady does need a little definition and color. Enter the wonderful eyeliner/ shadow stick from E.L.F.
This combo is a dream. The eyeliner is so slim it’s virtually fool-proof. It has twist-up ease, so there’s never a need to sharpen (just make sure you twist it back down before capping). This soft gel liner makes it a breeze to create dramatic definition and the light-reflecting pigments help line the eye subtly but effectively. Because of my eye shape, I often get mascara along my upper lash line, but one swipe of this hides those mistakes. The smooth glide shadow stick provides a soft, highlighting color that compliments the liner and really makes my eyes pop. Again, I just do one swipe and have instant and flawless color. It wears really well and never ends up where it shouldn’t be. It’s available in 6 shades, which makes achieving a smokey eye super easy.
Eye Liner and Shadow Stick $3.00
available at ELF and most major drugstores (I got mine at Target)
I realize I have posted about dry hair and split ends before, but if you’re like me, you want to know about any products that can repair these issues. And boy do I have a miracle worker for you. I’ll tell you up front-it’s not cheap. But believe me when I say it is worth every penny.
Kerastase’s Fiber Architecte is new and amazing. It is a must have for sealing and repairing brittle, very damaged lengths and split ends. It is a serum and gel in one product and the combination of ingredients revitalizes damaged hair from the inside out. It is heat activated so you apply it on dry hair. There are a few ways I use it. First, if I’m just blowdrying, I do it at the very end. Once my hair is dry, I apply it to the ends and then use a round brush and blowdryer to seal it. If I’m using a flat iron, I put it on the ends before going over it with the iron. Same for when I’m using a curling iron. A little bit goes a long way. I only use one pump and this coats all of my ends. If you have thicker hair you can use a little more. Your hair will get healthier fast and you’re left with silky, shiny, and smooth locks. I do recommend shopping around. I found a salon in Minneapolis that sells it for $10 less than the Kerastase website. But honestly, I would pay full price. It’s just that good.
Kerastase Fiber Architecte $42
available at Kerastase Usa (I got mine at The Hair District)
Does anyone else have trouble with eye concealer? Maybe it’s because my eyes are getting old. It seems that every eye concealer I use settles into my fine lines and becomes noticeable after a few hours. While checking out a new Walgreens, I came across an eye product from Garnier. I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did.
Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller is fantastic. This 2-in-1 eye product both treats and conceals dark circles, brightening the entire eye area. The caffeine based gel, paired with the rollerball, energizes and stimulates microcirculation. Over time dark circles become less noticeable. The tinted minerals conceal with out being heavy and stay put all day long. I do use an eye cream first (my skin is so dry this time of year) and then roll the gel over that. The coverage is good, especially for every day use. I’ve only been using it a week, so I can’t report on dark circles disappearing, but they are less evident.
Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller $12.99
available at Ulta and major drugstores