Dare to bare arms with Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

kate somerville body-glow_carton_tubeHow many of you avoid tank tops because they show your arms?  I used to have such great arms…but a few months ago I caught a glimpse in the mirror while wearing a tank top and thought, are you kidding?  That can’t be me!!  I decided no more tank tops in public.  Just forget it.  Soon after, Kate Somerville sent her Body Glow Sunscreen ($45) and suddenly tank tops in public became possible again.

Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

So everyone knows that sunscreen is a must, and this lightweight body lotion has stabilized avobenzone so it has all the broad spectrum protection I need.  This means it’s anti-aging, and it has some terrific antioxidant ingredients that fight free radicals and keep skin looking younger.  The really effective antioxidants include vitamin E, algae extract, and rosemary extract.  Body Glow Sunscreen also has caffeine for firming and improved texture with regular use.

swatch of Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

swatch of Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

The Body Glow Sunscreen has a beautifully smooth and light texture that soaks in quickly and doesn’t leave a heavy, tacky feel.  It still is a serious moisturizer, though, with mango and shea butter doing the heavy-duty dry skin repair.   The broad spectrum protection, antioxidants, lightweight texture and excellent moisturizing ability are enough to convince me…but it’s the light reflective pearls that truly sell me on this sunscreen moisturizer.  Body Glow Sunscreen gives skin a golden shimmery gleam that makes saggy, wrinkled, and unattractive and imperfect skin suddenly look fantastic.  The glow isn’t exactly natural, but it certainly isn’t overdone to disco ball proportions.

Glowing hands from my Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

Glowing hands from my Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

The only issues with Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen are the fragrance, which is a very light floral that could be an issue for those with sensitivity, and the price which is on the expensive side.  But let me assure you, you get what you pay for with this first-rate sunscreen glowtion.

If you want to keep the right to bare arms (or legs or chest or whatever you dare to bare), I highly suggest picking up this nifty body lotion that protects the skin from the sun, fights free-radicals, moisturizes and adds a beautiful glow.  - Lisa

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Kate Somerville Body Glow 5

Active Ingredients:
Avobenzone, 3%; Homosalate, 7.5%; Octisalate, 5%; Octocrylene, 2.5%; Oxybenzone, 4%
Inactive Ingredients:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Propanediol, Undecylcrylene Dimethicone, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ethyl Methicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ethyl Ferulate, Polyglyceryl-5 Trioleate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Disodium Uridine Phosphate, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Silica, Caffeine, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (77491)

Top 5 homemade skin care treatments with coconut oil

Nutiva collageSince I write about beauty for a living, I spend a lot of time researching skin care ingredients and how they affect the skin and body. I am also fascinated with ingredients that work from the inside out, like vitamins and foods that help create a strong body and a beautiful complexion.  I’ve started incorporating coconut oil into my diet in place of butter, shortening, and vegetable oil because it does three things:  1.  is easily processed by the liver into lots of energy; 2.  protects the body from infections, heart disease, and illness; and 3.  helps you lose weight.  Not only that, it tastes terrific.  So when Nutiva sent us their Coconut Oil (15 fl. oz $11.99), I was already happy – but not as happy as I became when I realized what a great ingredient it is for topical skin care.

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil - organic and sustainable

Nutiva Coconut Oil – organic and sustainable

Coconut oil is solid at lower temperatures, and liquefies at temps above 76 degrees farenheit.  I find it’s best for skin care recipes when it is at that ‘almost about to melt’ stage.  I’ve tried tons of recipes for face masks, body scrubs, face cleansers, and hair treatments, and these are my top five favorites. Be sure to use organic and raw ingredients when you can!

1.  Coconut oil hand and body scrub

1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/4 cup sea salt, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix together and use this in the shower or just leave it next to the sink for a quick hand scrub.  It leaves hands super soft and moisturized.

2.  Moisturizing coconut oil facial mask

2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/2 mashed avocado

Mix together and apply immediately.  Leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes then rinse off.  This gives skin a great glow!

3.  Coconut oil facial cleanser

1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 drops tea tree oil, 2 drops lavender oil – add some lemon juice if your skin is oily or prone to blackheads

This mixture dissolves even the most tenacious makeup and leaves skin hydrated.  Be sure to avoid the eye area – use straight coconut oil to remove eye makeup.  It’s the best.

4.  Coconut oil foot scrub

3 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

After scrubbing and rinsing off this scrub, apply straight coconut oil to feet then cover with socks – in the morning your feet will be amazingly soft.

5.  Coconut oil hair mask

1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon honey – double the recipe for long hair.  Heat the mixture up on the stove for a great hot oil treatment.  Apply to dry hair from roots to ends, cover with a shower cap and let soak in for a half hour.  Then, shampoo and condition like normal and you will be astounded at how soft and shiny your hair has become.

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Coconut oil by itself makes a great eye cream, lip moisturizer, and makeup remover!  I particularly like Nutiva Coconut Oil because it is:

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Virgin
  • Non-hydrogenated
  • No cholesterol
  • Made from fresh coconuts

Give homemade skin care treatments a try.  It’s a lot of fun, and the results are fabulous.  With the holidays coming up, homemade skin care treatments in cute little jars make great gifts (except for the one with avocado – that has to be used immediately).  Believe me, coconut oil is going to become your best friend, both in recipes for food and in recipes for skin care.  - Lisa

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Take the #OneShowerChallenge and get Red Carpet Emmy ready with Dove

EmmysAll those glistening, gorgeous celebrities parading down the red carpet tonight at the Emmys…don’t you want to look that good?  Dove can give you a ‘skinnovation’ with their new body wash formula that promises smoother skin after just one shower.  They sent us some body wash to try, and while nothing else on my body looks good enough for the Emmys, at least my skin is feeling red-carpet ready.

Dove Nutrient Moisture Body Wash

Dove Nutrient Moisture Body Wash

With their new body wash formula, Dove says it only takes a single shower for softer skin.  I find this isn’t an empty promise – my skin definitely felt softer and more moisturized after using these shower creams.  There are three different formulas that clean skin and hydrate for noticeable results.

The Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash has a fabulous lather that nourishes the skin.  It’s especially great for those with dry skin, and it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Those with very sensitive skin will want the Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash, which has a hypoallergenic formula.  This is unscented, and it cleans, moisturizes, and doesn’t leave skin feeling tight.

If you have very dry skin, opt for the Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash.  This exfoliating cream has tiny beads that sloughs off flakiness and bumps while also cleansing and moisturizing.

Take your pick of three great options for the #OneShowerChallenge, and get your skin red-carpet ready at the same time!

Tune in to the E! Live from the Red Carpet Emmys Pre-Show today at 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST to see how beauty begins in the shower with Dove.  #OneShowerChallenge


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HTY Gold Cleansing Coconut Scrub

I am a huge fan of the HTY Gold line.  HTY Gold is dedicated to a cause that is becoming more and more of an issue for me…eliminating crepey skin.  I have tried several of their products and used every last bit that I could scrape from each jar and bottle because I loved the results.  I was, of course, thrilled when HTY Gold sent a new product to test:  the Cleansing Coconut Scrub ($24).

HTY Gold Coconut Scrub

HTY Gold Cleansing Coconut Scrub

inside the jar...coconutty scrubby goodness

inside the jar…coconutty scrubby goodness

The Cleansing Coconut Scrub is a sugar scrub that is infused with organic virgin coconut oil and vitamin E.  Sugar scrubs are my favorite exfoliant because they are gentle but still effective.  I am a huge believer in coconut oil – it’s an excellent emollient and it also works as an anti-inflammatory.  A handful of this scrub will exfoliate your whole body and leave it glowy and moisturized.  I leave the jar in my shower, but during the day I scoop out a bit and use it as a quick hand treatment.  I am always astounded at how soft and moisturized it leaves my hands.

I am really impressed with the Cleansing Coconut Scrub, and I know you will be too.  Check out HTY Gold for this and other wonderful face and body moisturizers, and kiss any crepey skin goodbye.  - Lisa

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Ingredients:  Sucrose (Cane Sugar), Cocos Nucifera (Organic Virgin Coconut) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed Oil, Red Elaeis Guineensis (Red Palm Super Olein).

Yummy! be Delectable from Cake Beauty

Next time you walk into Kohl’s, go ahead and look for something sinfully sweet.  You will find it in the body product section at the be Delectable from Cake Beauty display.  This line might not take away the rumbling in your tummy, but it will leave your skin feeling and smelling delicious.

Delectable Cake Beauty

be Delectable from Cake Beauty

be Delectable has five different body products that are available in four different scents.  They sent two of their body products for me to test: the Coconut & Cream Decadent Hair and Body Mist ($10) and the Strawberry and Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream ($12).  I am a ‘foody’ scent person, and I love body products, so it sounded almost as good as coconut ice cream covered in strawberries.

Coconut & Cream Body Spray

Coconut & Cream Body Mist

I use a body mist every day and I have very particular preferences.  I like a body mist that isn’t too wet because I don’t like standing around without my clothes on…I just don’t have the time to fend off all the handsome men.  Actually, I am always running late, so waiting for fragrance to dry is annoying. The Decadent Hair and Body Mist is on the wet side, but if I hold the bottle far away it results in a finer, faster drying spray.  The Coconut & Cream scent is aptly named as it’s a creamy coconut fragrance without a lot of complexity.  This is a great hair and body mist for those who don’t want a super strong scent.  My teenage daughter absolutely loves it, and the price is definitely right.

The Strawberry and Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream is a thick and super moisturizing lotion that really softens hands.  Ingredients include mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera so it tackles rough skin and cuticles with ease.

Strawberry & Cream Hand Lotion

Strawberry & Cream Hand Lotion

Strawberry & Cream

Strawberry & Cream Hand Cream

The fragrance in this is again pretty straightforward – it smells like sweetened strawberries.  The scent intensity is a little stronger in the hand cream and it lingers for a long time.  A little bit of this hand cream goes a long way, so the price is excellent and the tube lasts a very long time.

Other scents available from be Delectable include Lemon & Cream and Vanilla & Cream.  Next time you are at Kohl’s be sure to check out this sweet-smelling line, or do a little online shopping at http://be-delectable.com.  - Lisa

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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

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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.

Good clean fun with Skinplicity

If you haven’t discovered Etsy.com yet, it’s time to take a look. There are tons of amazing etailers with truly fabulous products from jewelry to clothing to bath and body. Whenever I have some time, I just go and browse through all the fantastic shops. Skinplicity is one to visit – I can’t rave enough about their beautiful vegan soaps and natural bath and body goodies!


Skinplicity goodies

Diana, the owner of Skinplicity, is an esthetician who creates all of the fantastic, quality soaps, scrubs, and lotions. The look and feel of these products is totally high-end, but the price point is wallet friendly. Diane sent a few items to try and good clean fun commenced. True story – I was talking to my mom and going on and on about how great these were, and she jumped in her car, drove to my house, and tried to take them from me!


Skinplicity Aromatherapy Body Scrub in Hawaiian Paradise


inside the jar

The Aromatherapy Body Scrub ($12) is an emulsified sugar scrub that exfoliates with sugar and moisturizes with rice bran oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. It is very gentle and rinses super clean with no oily or greasy residue. The Hawaiian Paradise scent is lovely, a floral/fruit scent with plumaria, melon, coconut, and pineapple. It leaves skin lightly fragranced and ready for a sunset at the beach.

The Aromatherapy Body Scrub is also available in Chocolate Truffle, Citrus Burst, Summer Melon, Lavender Chamomile, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass Verbena, Milk & Honey, and Garden Mint.


Skinplicity Lavender Lip Balm

The 100% Organic Lavender Lip Balm ($4) made with fresh local beeswax is a great way to keep lips soft and moisturized. It has all kinds of vitamins and fatty acids that lips just love. Ingredients include shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and vitamin e oil. While the lavender essential oil treats lips, the lip balm doesn’t taste like anything in particular. It does, however, feel like heaven on my lips.

Just now I counted 11 different types of lip balm in the Skinplicity store, including Mango, Tea Tree, Honey Mint, Vanilla, Pecan Pie, Coffee, and even a lip balm for guys.


Skinplicity Rosehip and Geranium Soap


the top of the Rosehip and Geranium Soap

I can’t get over the beauty of the Rosehip and Geranium Vegan Soap ($5.50). This is a big, 4 ounce slice of soap encased in a delicate paper box that is so pretty I didn’t even want to remove the soap. The top of the soap has sparkles, ground rosehips, and rose geranium leaves. The scent is just an amazing combination of rose and geranium. It smells like a flower garden in bloom. Put this in a bathroom and it acts like a room freshener!

The soap is made from scratch in small batches. I am truly impressed with the big, thick lather that cleans and moisturizes at the same time. This particular soap has saponified oils of coconut and palm, which means the bar is not super soft so it lasts a long time and it also makes that thick bubbly lather. Rosehips have vitamin C and is a great antioxidant. Geranium is also a fantastic antioxidant for skin.

an even closer look

an even closer look

Oh yeah…did I also say that this bar of soap is GORGEOUS??  And it’s only one of many different varieties that Skinplicity offers. Diane makes soaps with essential oils as well as fragrance oils, so there is something for everyone.

If you love bath and body products, you will love Skinplicity. Head on over to Etsy.com and take a look…there is lots of good clean fun to be found there!  - Lisa

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