Good to glow! Votre Vu Silk Stockings

It’s still way too hot to wear pantyhose. However, my legs aren’t exactly as perfect looking as they were 20 years ago, so I am always hesitant to go bare. A perfect answer for leg woes was sent to us by Votre Vu, and it has a truly awesome name - Silk Stockings ($34 retail, $24.80 for brand ambassadors).

Votre Vu Silk Stockings

Votre Vu Silk Stockings

Silk Stockings is a glow-tion that takes the place of pantyhose. The lotion is infused with vitamin E and extracts of calendula, linden, chamomile and Saint-John’s-wort, so it’s definitely hydrating and comfortable on. The glow comes from tiny multi-colored shimmers that blur your lines in a way that Robin Thicke would love.

All those gold and blue shimmers give a fabulous glow

All those gold, pink, and blue shimmers give a fabulous glow

It’s not just awesome leg lustre, it’s awesome body lustre. I use it all the time on my arms and decolletage. The bronze shade evens skin tone and covers small imperfections like veins and scars. The effect is slimming and it really looks natural.

Before Silk Stockings

Before Silk Stockings

After Silk Stockings

After Silk Stockings – a subtle but definite difference

Whenever I use a product like this, I worry about it running down my legs if it gets really hot out and I start to sweat. But I have had no issues with Silk Stockings and it doesn’t transfer onto clothing either.

If you want a little bit of help going bare, I highly recommend Votre Vu Silk Stockings. Put this on and you are good to glow!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

ients: Aqua (Purified Water), Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane/Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane and PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone (and) Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Steareth-20 , C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol Monostearate, Stearic Acid, Steareth-2, Kaolin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, PEG 10 Soy Bean (Glycine Soja) Sterol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carboxymethylcellulose, Polysorbate-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Natural Fragrance, Sodium PCA, Peg-40 Stearate, Lecithin, Sorbitan Laurate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Polysorbate-80, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Calendula Officinalis Flower (Calendula) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower (Linden) Extract, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract.

I gotta love A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

A Girl’s Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

I have a special place in my heart for A Girl’s Gotta Spa’s Energizing Citrus Body Lotion. I’ve donated to exactly two kickstarter type campaigns and this is one of the two. I have to believe in a company very strongly to give away money that I’d rather spend on “surprises” for my grandson or on eyeshadow. I believe in A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products or I’d never have done this. (By the way the other company is Whip Hand Cosmetics out of Detroit, Michigan.) shannon spa logoShannon, the blogger and creator of A Girl’s Gotta Spa!, kindly sent me the Energizing Citrus Body Lotion as a thank you for helping with her campaign and I’m excited to review it. I ‘watched’ Shannon’s growth in creating her brand and learned about all she had to go through on her journey. It was very important to Shannon that her brand be manufactured in a good for the earth method. She not only wanted a vegan product but one that is cruelty free. She even went through the testing by Leaping Bunny to be certified as a CF brand. The Energizing Citrus Body Lotion is made of 94% Natural ingredients. There are no sulfates, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, parabens or synthetic fragrances. Gotta love that.

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Body Lotion

A Girl’s Gotta Spa Energizing Body Lotion

This Body Lotion is simply delicious. It has a tangy citrus fragrance that’s a pleasure to use. I could sniff it all day. Since I don’t wear actual fragrance it’s a pleasure for me to start my day with this wonderful scent.

I love the lightweight feel of this lotion that sinks in quickly. I am always amazed that I don’t have to wait for this to dry in order to put on my slacks yet it makes my skin soft and feeling protected. After I’m done applying my makeup and am ready to face the day I also use this on my hands as a hand cream since it’s so luscious and never makes my hands feel tacky.

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Body Lotion ingredients

A Girl’s Gotta Spa Energizing Body Lotion ingredients

The ingredients are the best that Shannon could find. She used blended olive oil, African shea butter, and unprocessed natural cocoa butter to smooth and hydrate. Essential Oils are used to treat your skin and enlighten your senses. Not only will your nose be delighted but so will your sense of touch when you feel how soft your skin is.

There is a warning that if you’ve used this prior to sun exposure on parts of your body to be sure to use a sunscreen. This isn’t just for this A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Citrus Lotion but for any product that uses citrus. I’ve never read that before (or forgot which is typical) so I love the reminder even though I am very careful about sunscreen.

a girls gotta spa siteI love using this because of its soothing relief and how it makes my skin feel hydrated and healthy. I also love that even though the product originally sold for $40 (and still does at some sites that carry it), it is now $26 at Amazon with free shipping if you are a Prime customer. You gotta love that!!

If all of these positive things can be clicked off on your list then it’s time for you to try A Girl’s Gotta Spa’s Energizing Citrus Body Lotion out. Your body will thank you. — Marcia

*received for review

Ingredients
Purified Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Vegetable-based Emulsifying Wax (Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60), Citrus Paradisii (Pink Grapefruit) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil

also available at Crueltyfreeconsumer.com, Greencupboards.com, EveryCasa.com, and www.agirlsgottaspa.com/store.

Your mum says hi. Lush Mum Gift Set for Mother’s Day

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Yes, your mom does even more than a superhero, yet there’s only one official day of the year to recognize her for it.  You might as well go big and get her a bunch of treats that will help her finally relax: the Lush Mum Gift Set (54.95).  This gift set comes in a beautiful floral reusable tin.  If your mom is like mine, she will love how practical and pretty this gift is.

Lush Mum...just right for mom!

Lush Mum…just right for mom!

Lush Mum

Lush Mum

The Mum Gift Set has seven different floral-scented products, including two bath bombs, three bubble bars, a body lotion and a face moisturizer.  It’s everything your mom needs to smell amazing after a bit of pampering.

all the goodies!

all the goodies!

The Mum is a gift a bathing beauty will use for a long time as there are five different bath options, each of which can be used for multiple baths.  There are two bath bombs, the first being the Secret Garden Bath Bomb.

Secret Garden Bath Bomb

Secret Garden Bath Bomb

a little flower power for your mum

a little flower power for your mum

What is so secret about this bath bomb? The inside is stuffed with flower petals. Drop this in the tub for a garden scented volcanic eruption as rose absolute, sweet wild orange, and rosewood oils waft about the room. The top of the water is covered with foamy goodness, while the rose petals, marigold petals, and blue mallow flowers swirl underneath to soften the skin. This one requires some tub cleaning afterward, but your mom will think it’s no problem while she is in the zen state of bliss after a Secret Garden bath.

 The second bath bomb is the wonderfully meditative Inhale Exhale Bath Bomb.
Inhale Exhale Bath Bomb

Inhale Exhale Bath Bomb

first inhale...

first inhale…

exhale!

then exhale!

The pink inhale part fizzes up quickly, the scent of neroli making for a perfectly bright and fruity inhale.  The blue exhale part takes its time, and infuses the bath with a more contemplative scent of warm amber and sandlewood.   This unique bath bomb is one of Lush’s most popular items, so you can be sure your mom will love it.

The other bathing goodies include three very different bubble bars.  The first is the Rose Bubble Bar – could this be any sweeter?

Rose Bubble Bar

Rose Bubble Bar

Definitely enough for several baths, this bubble bar has a creamy, delicate rose scent that morphs into frothy bubbles.  It is actually the scent of the classic Amandopondo Bubble Bar, but with a beautiful pink color and some sexy shimmer.

The next bubble bar is the one named specifically for moms – The Mum Reusable Bubble Bar.

The Mum Reusable Bubble Bar

The Mum Reusable Bubble Bar

more flower power!

more flower power!

I just love The Mum , a reusable bubble bar on a stick. It’s a never-ending bubble bath with the best sort of packaging ever. I don’t know why, but everything always seems better when it’s on a stick!  Draw your mom a nice warm bath, then swirl this pretty yellow and orange flower around to create tons of bubbles that smell amazing.  This year The Mum has the sweet Honey, I Washed the Kids toffee scent that will put a huge smile on her face.

Mumkin Bubble Bar

Mumkin Bubble Bar

The Mumkin is so cute it deserves another photo!

The Mumkin is so cute it deserves another photo!

The Mumkin is Lush’s hybrid of a pumpkin and your mom.  The Mumkin, just like your mom, is very special – it’s only available around Mother’s Day. Crumble up the Mumkin and hold the pieces under running water to create mounds of velvety bubbles. It smells like raspberry, bergamot, lemon, and violets – pretty amazing. The eyes are chocolate drops, and the stick is a candy stalk. It’s tempting to try to eat this one, but it makes a much better bubble bath than a candy treat!

After bathing it’s time to slather on some body lotion, and Lush has included a nice big tub of Dream Cream just perfect for the job.

Dream Cream

Dream Cream

inside the Dream Cream pot

inside the Dream Cream pot

Dream Cream is a thick but not greasy body lotion that works for even the most sensitive skin.  In fact, it’s terrific for rashy, inflamed skin and chapped hands from too much gardening.  It has a lovely lavendar scent that isn’t overpowering.

Finally, faces need moisture too…and Lush Gorgeous will make sure your mom always looks stunning.

Gorgeous Facial Moisturizer

Gorgeous Facial Moisturizer

moisturizer to get gorgeous

moisturizer to get gorgeous

Gorgeous has cold pressed and organic oils that make it a mega-moisturizer for your face.  It is especially fantastic for those with very dry skin.  Ingredients include orange blossom honey, extra virgin olive and wheat germ oils for baby soft skin.  This is a deluxe sample size so your mom can try before she buys.

Your mom wants this.

Your mom wants this.

The Mum Gift Set from Lush is the supreme gift for bath-loving moms.  Hurry and get one before they are sold out!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Aveeno Daily Challenge Week Three #aveenodailychallenge

It’s been three weeks since I took the Aveeno Daily Challenge #aveenodailychallenge and I am happy to report that my two goals have been met!  Every day for the past three weeks I have slept at least 8 hours per night, and every day I have used my Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

Aveeno

By making a conscious decision to get more sleep, I truly realized the benefits of proper rest. It improves the immune system, increases memory and learning, and also speeds up metabolism. It also has a huge effect on mood, judgment, and just motivation in general. Lack of sleep, of course, has a negative effect on all of those areas.  Plus,  being tired makes you look older – and who needs that?

Also, every day for the past three weeks I have slathered on my Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion each morning and night. Wow, what a difference consistent use makes.  Typically, I use body moisturizer when my skin is feeling especially dry. But with unfailing daily use, my skin never got to the point of feeling dry or itchy. I tend to get dry patches on my upper arms, and those completely went away. I love that this lotion is fragrance-free, so it doesn’t compete with any perfume I want to use. Overall, it was a great experience and I am glad I made the choice to moisturize every day.

Even though the three weeks of the #aveenodailychallenge is over, I am going to continue my committment to getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night, and to moisturizing my body every morning and every night. Both choices have made a big difference in my overall health and well being.

But then again, if you ask Grumpy Cat, none of it makes a difference.  LOL!  - Lisa

beauty sleep grumpy cat

Aveeno Daily Challenge Week Two

For the Aveeno Daily Challenge, I have been doing two things:

Sleeping Beauty

1.  Getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

2.  Using Aveeno Daily Moisurizing Lotion every day

I have to say, I am noticing a big difference in how I feel throughout the day. I am actually more productive and get more done that I did staying up an extra two hours. It’s easy to get up in the morning (I can’t believe I am not hitting the snooze six times anymore) and I am not struggling to stay awake on the drive in to work.

As for my skin, it is definitely soft and smooth. I tend to have dry patches on my upper arms, and those are going away. Plus, it is officially “Lisa Bronzing Season”, as my wonderful partner Marcia calls it, and I am finding that faux tanning is much, much easier with already hydrated skin.

So far so good…in fact, I am wondering if nine hours of sleep per night might be even better??  - Lisa

keep-calm-and-get-some-beauty-sleep

#AveenoDailyChallenge

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I need more beauty sleep! Aveeno Daily Challenge Week One

photo from sleepsense.net

photo from sleepsense.net

As an Aveeno Ambassador, I was honored when asked to participate in their new three-week long Daily Challenge to integrate one additional healthy habit in my life.  Who doesn’t want to be healthier and more beautiful?

One way I can better navigate this path is by getting more sleep.  Right now I average 5 hours of quality slumber per night.  How do I know this?  I have been tracking my sleep with my Fitbit Force.

Fitbit Fitgear

Fitbit Force

This fantastic device is a watch, plus it tells me how many steps I take each day, how many miles I travel, how many calories I burn, how many times I go up and down stairs, and how many minutes I spend in vigorous exercise.  All of it comes in handy, but when I started using the sleep monitoring feature I was shocked when I realized how little sleep I am getting.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

I pledge to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night for the next three weeks.  In addition, I also plan to use AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion every day for three weeks.  AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion has natural oatmeal and tons of emollients, so I hope it will make my skin happy.

Here’s hoping more beauty sleep and consistent use of body lotion will lead me to a healthier, more beautiful me!  - Lisa

#AveenoDailyChallenge

*sent for editorial consideration

9 money-saving products for spring

Spring is officially here! How about some awesome products for the season that won’t make your wallet wince? Here are nine great items that are also affordable.

1.  Garment Saver Makeup Guard

Garment Saver

Garment Saver Makeup Guard

saving your clothes from your makeup!

saving your clothes from your makeup!

This handy little net keeps your makeup from staining your clothes. Put it over your head then slip on even the most expensive silk shell without fear of the dreaded foundation stain. The best part? A pack of 3 is only $9.50.

2.  Flats to Go!

With the snow and slush drying up, it’s time to break out the heels…but feet are still used to comfy flat winter boots. This handy solution will help you out when your feet are killing you.

Flats to Go in a cute little purse

Flats to Go in a cute little purse

Flats to Go

Flats to Go!

A little purse holds stylish flats that fold down into nothing for easy traveling. These cute gems are only $9.99 and they come in four different kinds of ballet flats: patent, snake print, alligator print, and fleecy leapord print.

3.  Kushyfoot Tights

These are some of the best tights ever! Pick up some fleece tights for colder days and some sheer body shaping tights for warmer days.

Kushyfoot Tights

Kushyfoot Tights

Fleece for colder days...

Fleece for colder days…

I can’t even begin to tell you how comfy these tights are. I feel like I am wearing my jammies to work when I have these on. They keep my legs warm, but they aren’t stifling in warmer weather.

Massaging soles keep feet happy

Massaging soles keep feet happy

And how fantastic to have massaging soles in tights that also shape your tummy, hips, and thighs? This version is more sheer than the fleece ones and both are super affordable at only $26.97 for three pairs – about $9 a pair!

5.  DIY DYE:  Bright and funky hair coloring you do at home

Having your hair colored can be very expensive. This book is full of awesome and creative ideas for coloring your hair at home.

DIY DYE

DIY DYE

DIY DYE

food coloring as hair dye

Even Kool Aide can work as hair color

Even Kool Aid can work as hair color

all the techniques

all the techniques

for beautifully colored hair!

for beautifully colored hair!

Who knew food coloring or Kool Aid could be used to color hair?? These ideas and so many more are in this book, along with great step-by-step instructions and photos of the finished product. Your investment? Only $16.95.

6.  Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Body Wash

Easily found in drugstores, this huge bottle of springy smelling body wash is pure heaven. Coconuts and hibiscus combine for a fabulous fresh scent and this creamy wash lathers up beautifully and leaves skin clean and moisturized. A hefty 13 fl.oz. bottle is only $8.99.

7.  Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Organix Coconut Milk Hibiscus Lotion

Get this to go with the body wash! It has the same heavenly scent and 13 fl. oz. of this heavenly light body lotion is only $7.99.

8.  Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

Keep that fresh and clean spring theme going with this citrus and ginger scented deodorant.

Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

Faith Aromatherapy Deodorant

What makes this deodorant really special is that it is aluminum-free. It keeps odor away with essential oils that kill bacteria, and it works for even the most sensitive skin.

9.  Zoya GieGie

The perfect springy pink nail color, GieGie is a ‘cherry blossom pink metallic’.

Essie Gie Gie

Essie GieGie

Essie Gie Gie

Essie GieGie

Nothing says spring better than cherry blossoms. And you can find this gorgeous shade for just $9.00.

Celebrate the coming warmth with some practical and pretty things for yourself – and feel good about all the money you have saved!  - Lisa

*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me