Keep your faux tan looking perfect with Norvell

There isn’t much left of summer so I am just clinging to these beautiful warm days. Self tanner always keeps me in the ‘sunshine and beaches’ mood. Recently I found a pretty amazing system for prepping my skin for self tanner and keeping the faux tan I already have looking perfect.
Keep your faux tan looking perfect with Norvell
Norvell is a spa line that specializes in body products that make the most of a self-tan. They have interesting products that prime the skin, bronze to perfection, optimize a self tan, and enhance the final color. Every product is paraben free, gluten-free, and 100% vegan. Each product also has Norvell’s Natural Actives Sunless Complex™, which Norvell says is “a proprietary blend of natural ingredients combined together to optimize, build, and extend sunless tanning results like never before.”
They sent me some products to test, and I am loving the  Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™ ($15),  pH Balancing Shower Cleanser ($15), and Daily Replenishing 24 hr MOISTURIZER™ ($25).
Norvell Renewing Sunless Exfoliator

Norvell Renewing Sunless Exfoliator

 The Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™ is a gentle body polish that Norvell calls a “Mr. Clean Eraser” for the body. This minty smelling polish is the first step to prepping skin for a great self tan.
  • Time Release Micro Capsules bind moisture within the skin, for 24 hr hydration.
  • Unique Dermal Barrier locks moisture within the top layer of skin, priming it for longer lasting and deeper sunless results.
  • Sulfate Free/Soap Free formula gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s amino acids, which work directly with the active sunless ingredient, DHA, to produce self-tanning results.

Sulfates can strip the skin so this sulfate-free exfoliator is a terrific prep for sunless tanning. I use this first in the shower, concentrating on my elbows, knees, and feet.

Norvell pH Balancing Shower cleanser

Norvell pH Balancing Shower cleanser

After exfoliating, I follow with the pH Balancing Shower Cleanser. This shower gel smells of delicious vanilla and leaves my skin cleansed and moisturized.

  • Time Release Micro Capsules bind moisture within the skin, for 24-hr hydration.
  • Natural Enzymes repair dehydrated skin.
  • Unique Dermal Barrier locks moisture within the top layer of skin, while optimizing skin pH for longer lasting deeper sunless results.
  • Sulfate Free/Soap Free formula gently cleanses without stripping the skin’s amino acids, which work directly with the active sunless ingredient, DHA, to produce self-tanning results

The enzymes help to dissolve any leftover dead skin and the extra skin hydration helps any type of sunless tanner apply evenly and last longer.

Norvell Daily Replenishing 24 Hour Moisturizer

Norvell Daily Replenishing 24 Hour Moisturizer

The Daily Replenishing 24 hr MOISTURIZER™ is like “Old English” wood polish for your body! It’s a beautiful body lotion that smells fresh and a little fruity. I love how soft it makes my skin, plus it also does all this:
  • Time Release Micro Capsules hold and bind moisture within the skin, providing 24hr hydration.
  • Natural Enzymes repair weak, dehydrated skin and promote the efficiency of the body’s own natural moisture levels.
  • Natural Botanicals and Antioxidants combat skin aging caused by environmental exposure and free radicals.
  • Sunless Safe Formula will not pre-maturely fade sunless color.
  • Vitamin Blend replenishes the skins natural moisturization factor.
Perfect skin makes for a perfect self tan, and the exoliation and hydration I get from these products makes all my self tanning efforts really pay off. Now that I’ve tried the products for priming and optimizing, I can’t wait to try Norvell’s self tanners! In the meantime I can hang on to my summer memories with perfectly primed and moisturized skin.
Norvell is available at specialty beauty salons, spas, and tanning salons, or visit www.NorvellSunless.com.  - Lisa
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Thank you Aveeno for fragrance free products

As an Aveeno ambassador I’m lucky enough to receive products from them for testing. The list of what I love from Aveeno is long and it’s just gotten a lot longer. Aveeno is used by everyone in my extended family but I’ve hidden two products from them and don’t want to share. ULTRA-CALMING NOURISHING NIGHT CREAM is one I know my husband won’t steal from me but DAILY MOISTURIZING LOTION SHEER HYDRATION in this fragrance free version is one he would. But they are mine!!!

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream

I have been using the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream with great success. It’s one of the softest, smoothest moisturizers I’ve ever used. It totally melts into my skin like magic. When I scoop some out I want to slather my entire face and neck with it because it’s like applying silk.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream

But silk doesn’t have the great ingredients that this night cream has. Aveeno is known for using ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat and Calming Feverfew® since they are two natural ingredients that are clinically proven for sensitive skin. You may not think you have sensitive skin but if you have irritation and redness then it’s more sensitive than you realize. The ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat and Calming Feverfew® nourish your skin leaving it smoother and more hydrated.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream

At $14.99 this is one of my very favorite Aveeno products and one that will remain in my arsenal – hidden if need be!!

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

My body needs hydration, especially after playing outside with my little ones and that’s where Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration comes in. This fragrance free lotion is another newer product from Aveeno ($6.99-9.99). When this was sent I was in heaven, fragrance free heaven. I’ve been using their original Daily Moisturizing Lotion but just on my torso. I needed something to keep in my downstairs bathroom to help moisturize during the day and Aveeno must have read my mind. When this arrived it came with a small packet of tissues to do a hand test. They wanted to prove how quickly it absorbs. I applied it and instantly used one of the tissues and no particles stuck to my hands.

take the tissue test with Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration

take the tissue test with Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration

My hands feel moisturized and stay that way. While Aveeno says it moisturizes for 24 hours, I wash my hands dozens of times a day so I like to apply it often. If I apply it before bed that’s when I see the long lasting effect. Since there’s no fragrance it doesn’t interfere with anything I’ve used day or night.

I’m so happy with this line of new products from Aveeno. I hope they add to it with more fragrance free products since these two prove that they can use all of their best ingredients like their soothing oatmeal formula and feverfew and still have excellent results. Thank you Aveeno for making me so happy.– Marcia

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The buzz on Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care

Burts Bees Sheer Body Lotion and Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Towelette
Burt’s Bees
is a comfy, down home natural skin care line with some great products at wonderful prices. They recently sent a few products to test, and two standouts are the Cucumber and Aloe Sheer Body Lotion ($10) and the Peach and Willow Bark Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Towelettes ($6).

Burts Bees Sheer Body Lotion

When the weather gets warmer, I tend to stay away from body lotion. It just feels heavy and sticky, and I want sheer and light. The Cucumber and Aloe Sheer Body Lotion gives the hydration I love from body lotion, but it doesn’t give me wet, greasy skin. This magical lotion sprays on and smooths into skin so quickly it amazes me every time. The cucumber scent is light, fresh, and clean. The aloe makes it a great lotion after spending too much time in the sun, too. The Sheer Body Lotion also comes in two other scents – Violet & Mango and Clementine & Calla Lilly. I love the formula so I am definitely going to be checking out the other scents as well.

Burts Bees Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Towelettes

I am a huge fan of facial cleansing cloths in the summer. I always have some in my beach bag and when it’s hot out nothing refreshes as wonderfully as facial cloths. The Peach and Willow Bark Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Towelettes not only wipe away sweat, dirt, and makeup, they also gently exfoliate and lift away dead skin cells. Even though they exfoliate, the cleansing cloths aren’t rough, so if no worries if you have sensitive skin.  They smell like fresh peaches and are truly refreshing.

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Burt Shavitz may have started his company with beeswax from his beehives, but now there are a myriad of skin care products made with the same simple philosophy of products made with the best nature has to offer. Take a closer look at this line next time you are at the store and I definitely recommend putting the Sheer Body Lotion and the Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Towelettes into your shopping basket!  – Lisa

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Lift your spirits with Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road Body Cream

Robert Frost
A little Robert Frost is always good for the soul. Farmhouse Fresh® takes the goodness to a new level with Rainbow Road™, a beautiful body lotion that was inspired by Frost’s quote about taking the road less traveled. In fact, this Body Shea Butter Cream with White Coconut & Bartlett Pear Fragrance is meant to be a perfect gift for anyone experiencing a tough time while traveling a rocky path. The beautiful scent was created to encourage, enlighten, and inspire.   rainbow-road-shea-butter-cream-4

Farmhouse Fresh Rainbow Road

Rainbow Road Body Lotion ($30 for an 8 oz. bottle with pump) is a 97% natural, shea-butter enriched formula that is also vegan and gluten-free. The lotion is a combination of shea and cocoa butter, jojoba seed oil, soybean oil, aloe, and vitamins A and E. Together, these ingredients make for a super hydrating lotion that feels fabulous and even treats sunburns. The scent is a heavenly concoction of Bartlett pear and toasty coconut.

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The packaging is, like all FarmHouse Fresh products, vintage-gorgeous. I keep this in my bathroom so I can slather it on after washing my hands. The English teacher in me just loves the Robert Frost inspiration and the blogger in me loves the way the moisturizer soaks in quickly and leaves a soft scent behind. I highly recommend that you lift your spirits and soothe your soul with Rainbow Road.  It is awesome.
You can visit online at www.farmhousefreshgoods.com. The products can be purchased at luxury retail boutiques as well as top destination spas and resorts including the Glen Ivy Resort & Spas, Four Seasons Chicago, The Spa at Camelback Inn, Ritz-Carltons, Hershey Hotel and Hyatt Regencys, among others.  – Lisa

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Make your shower Be Delectable with these luscious items

beDelectable Lemon & Cream Shower delights

be Delectable Lemon & Cream Shower delights

Whatever you do, don’t take a shower for granted. I know I never will again. When I was away from home recovering from my accident and then learning to walk without pain, I dreamt about taking a hot shower and in my dreams were these three products from be Delectable. They were sent for review before I fell and I put them aside to photograph before moving them into my shower.  I was miserable when I was in rehabilitation and one of the reasons was not being able to easily take a shower. I’d lay in my hospital bed dreaming of the unbelievable aroma of Lemon & Cream items from be Delectable. Even worse once I got home I couldn’t get upstairs for over a month to jump into my shower with be Delectable.

Now the situation has changed and I live for my daily showers. I sit there with my Lemon & Cream Supremely Rich Body Wash ($10) and the Lemon & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish ($14) by my side. It’s wonderful!

be Delectable Supremely Rich Body Wash

be Delectable Supremely Rich Body Wash

be Delectable Body  Wash

be Delectable Body
Wash

I soap up with the rich and bubbly Body Wash and get myself clean. The scent is divine, it’s a little bit lemon and a little bit sweet cream. It’s not the least bit overpowering. My skin feels extremely refreshed and yet still moisturized with this body wash. It’s not drying like some products in this category can be. It’s enriched with both aloe vera and coconut oil to hydrate your body.

be Delectable Super Smoothing Body Polish

be Delectable Super Smoothing Body Polish

I’ve become devoted to exfoliation after my ordeal. I couldn’t believe how dry my skin became from all I had gone through. My skin was flaking to the extreme. I’d wake up in the morning and see another set of skin on my sheets. I’m not going without exfoliation these days and the Body Polish is perfect for daily use. It’s gentle yet effective. It contains very finely ground apricot shells to do the exfoliation. Since that’s a product of nature, you aren’t jamming up the waterways with microbeads. I use a washcloth after to make sure that I’ve gotten it all off and usually follow up with the Body Wash.

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion

Once out of the shower I add to this with the Triple Moisture Body Lotion. My trifecta! This lotion is perfect for me since it’s rich but not sticky. I can put on a pair of slacks quickly without feeling I’m mucking up the inside. The lotion is moisturizing and keeping that extra skin from flaking all over. It contains aloe vera, coconut oil and shea butter to keep your skin soft. Plus the fragrance is perfect with the Body Wash and Body Polish. I love it when I catch a soft whiff of lemon during the day.

Be Delectable is a division of Cake Beauty so you know just from the names of these two companies that you are in for something to delight your senses. Their products come in 4 different scents: Strawberry & Cream, Vanilla & Cream, Coconut & Cream, and my wonderful choice of Lemon & Cream. (Lisa has reviewed some other products and scents that you can read with this link.)

Look at this cute trio! It would not only make a great gift but it’s a perfect way to try out the products and see what scent you like. ($14)

be Delectable trio

be Delectable trio

  • Be Delectable Lemon & Cream Body Wash (60 mL)
  • Be Delectable Lemon & Cream Hair & Body Wash (60 mL)
  • Be Delectable Lemon & Cream Body Lotion (60 mL)

What’s wonderful about be Delectable products is that they are sold at Kohl’s (as well as online). If you are a Kohl’s shopper then you know about their coupons and rewards which are wonderful. You can indulge in some wonderful products for yourself and use your rewards for gifts (or vice versa). No guilt involved with these three delicious items or the be Delectable line.

Which of the available scents would be your favorite? You know I’m all about this lemon! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

My workhorse body lotion: Derma M.D. Soy Moisturizer Intense Healing Creme

There are all sorts of fancy body lotions out there, but a must-have is a workhorse lotion without any perfumes or tricks – just effective ingredients that heal problem dry skin.  Derma M.D. Soy Moisturizer Intense Healing Creme ($79.95) is my workhorse!

Derma M.D. Soy Moisturizer Intense Healing Creme

Derma M.D. Soy Moisturizer Intense Healing Creme

Derma MD Soy Moisturizer 2

Marcia raves about Derma M.D. so I was excited when they sent us this body moisturizer.  Yes, it is expensive, but if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis this is a truly fantastic option.

This is a creamy lotion that doesn’t have any discernible scent.  It contains proven ingredients that truly work.  Soy bean oil is an excellent emollient that also calms irritated, reddened skin.  Shea butter, olive oil, rose hips seed oil, and algae repair and heal dryness.  Quercetin is a bioflavinoid ingredient that comes from plants and is a fantastic antioxidant.  The lotion is even safe enough to use after non-invasive cosmetic procedures.

Derma MD Soy Moisturizer 3

I have had great results with the Soy Moisturizer Intense Healing Creme, particularly on dry, cracked heels and rough, dry skin patches.  Put this body lotion on your radar, particularly if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, soybean (glycine soja)oil, trioctyldodecyl citrate, hydrogenated soy glycerides, PEG-8 beeswax, cetyl esters, cetearyl alcohol, cocoyl glucoside, shea butter (butyrospermum parkii), panthenol, phenyl trimethicone, algae (laminaria digita), mugwort (artemisia vulgaris) extract, sesame (sesamum indicum) oil, olive (olea europea) stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rose hips (rosa canina) seed oil, quercetin, phospholipids, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, tocopherol, phytosteryl isosterate, xanthan gum, sodium hyaluronate, polysorbate 20, polyisobutene, polyacrylate-13, glycerin, steareth-100, steareth-2, polysorbate 60, ethylhexyglycerin, blue 1, mannan, phenoxyethanol, tetrasodium EDTA and potassium sorbate.

Aveeno reminds us that Oct. 29th is National Oatmeal Day

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/national_oatmeal_day

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/national_oatmeal_day

Now if it’s up to me, this is how I’m going to celebrate the day: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. It’s National Oatmeal Day! Oatmeal is an extremely healthy, versatile food that can be eaten any time of day. It is both filling and low in calories, which makes it the perfect breakfast or snack. Oatmeal is also delicious baked in cookies. (from punchbowl.com)

http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-raisin-cookies-302163

http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-raisin-cookies-302163

What I’d love to do after eating those cookies is go upstairs to take a bath using the AVEENO BATH TREATMENT. Right now my skin is super dry because I’m unable to get to my bathroom for proper bathing. Aveeno sent a box of 8 fragrance free bath packets and I’ve been eyeing them since they came.

AVEENO SOOTHING BATH TREATMENT is a colloidal oatmeal skin protectant that is dermatologist recommended. I’ve used this in the past with my own kids since one of them had a lot of allergies that included itchy skin. If it was good enough for him, it’s great for me.

Aveeno Bath Treatment

Aveeno Bath Treatment

This soothing bath treatment for itchy, irritated skin is made of finely milled 100% pure ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal—an ingredient long recognized for its ability to relieve itching. When dispersed in water, this powder forms a soothing milky bath that works as a natural cleanser, provides temporary skin protection, and relieves irritation and itching.

1 of 8 packets in the Aveeno Bath Treatment

1 of 8 packets in the Aveeno Bath Treatment

Aveeno Bath information

Aveeno Bath information

All the ingredients in this are derived from nature and uniquely formulated. The Colloidal Oatmeal used in this is for skin protection.  No matter what day or season it is, this soothing bath product can help. In warmer weather use it for insects bites, prickly heat, sunburn, and reactions to poison ivy/oak/sumac. All year round use this for rashes, eczema, hives and diseases like chicken pox. When your skin is overly dry use the Soothing Bath Treatment to get rid of the dry skin and then follow up with one of the many Aveeno Moisturizing Lotions. I’ve been using the fragrance free version of Daily Moisturizing Lotion with success.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, fragrance free

Some people have a Bucket List, I have a bathroom list and the Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment is way up on there. — Marcia

*Beauty Info Zone is an Aveeno Ambassador and as such we occasionally receive products to use and for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.