Get inspired to do some spring cleaning and replacing with Meijer!

Spring cleaning at Meijer!
*This is a sponsored post, all opinions my own*

Spring is just around the corner and for me that means throwing out the old and replacing it with new. You know, that bottle of body lotion that has about 1/4 left? You bought it a year ago. Time to let go. Those vitamins? They expired last month. Toss them out. The leftover SPF from last summer? Definitely toss! You need new stuff so you aren’t taking a chance with the health of your skin. Meijer has tons of great products – the range is fantastic, and you will find everything you need after spring cleaning and purging all the old beauty products. Meijer sent me samples of lots of excellent items that won’t break the bank. Here are some of my favorites.

Nature's Bounty Shake Mix and Gummies

Be very careful with health items like vitamins and shake mixes. They expire, then they don’t do your body any good at all. Toss all your old stuff and consider Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and Complete Protein & Vitamin Shake Mix. The Gummies are like a total candy treat so you won’t forget them…and you will end up with strong, shiny hair, glowy skin, and super strong nails. (Remember eating gelatin like crazy to get strong nails??  Now you can just eat gummies!). The Complete Protein Shake is really delicious and I love that it has flaxseed and is low sugar.

Banana Boat Dry Balance and Hawaiian Tropic Weightless Spray

No question, you need to toss all your SPF from last summer and invest in some good quality stuff for this year. Meijer has two of my favorites. The Banana Boat Dry Balance has 50+ SPF is perfect for kids because the lotion dries immediately and doesn’t leave skin sticky. My choice for my skin is the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Clear Spray Sunscreen. It has SPF 30, sprays on like silk, and smells like every sunny day at the beach I have stored in my memory banks.Colgate productsA bright smile is a terrific way to bring in the new season! For whitening strips, I prefer Crest 3D White. They don’t foam up and taste nasty like other strips I have used. And I always buy Colgate products for toothpaste and mouthwash. I really only like brushing with toothpaste…gel is not for me, and the Optic White really makes teeth look brighter.  Meijer has all the dental products I love!Dove products

I am also a huge Dove fan and of course Meijer has the entire line. Terrific basics that should be in every bathroom include the Shower Foam, Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, and Advanced Care Invisible Deodorant.  Pick these up to replace all of those almost empty bottles!Olay productsAnd speaking of staples, I always have these two on hand – the Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Body Wash is pure luxury…the cleansing foam feel truly decadent. And you can’t go wrong with Olay Regenerist Micro-Scultping Cream. It’s fantastic hydration for your face and neck.

Here is your inspiration to start cleaning and tossing…and then start shopping! Spring is so close I can almost smell the flowers…start it off with these fantastic body products from Meijer.  – Lisa

#MeijerBeauty   @Meijer  @MeijerStores

*sponsored post…opinions all mine!

Dove’s ready for you and your shower with Shower Foam


Dove Shower Foam

Dove Shower Foam

It’s not every day that I keep a balloon in my shower but Dove’s new Shower Foam is so light and airy that it deserves to share with a helium balloon. Dove Shower Foam won’t wear down my balloon because it’s as fluffy and delicate as can be.

press sample

Dove Deep Moisture Shower Foam

Dove Deep Moisture Shower Foam

But don’t get me wrong when I say delicate because this is heavy duty when it comes to cleansing. There are 4 versions of the new Dove Shower Foam: Deep Moisture, Shea Butter, Cool Moisture, and Sensitive Skin.

I was sent the Deep Moisture Foaming Body Wash to test out. Dove tells us that it helps skin feel clean and moisturized with this gently cleansing and deeply* nourishing shower foam. All of the foaming body washes contain NutriumMoisture™ to nourish deep into the surface layers of your skin.

Dove Shower Foam Shea Butter

Dove Shower Foam Shea Butter

Dove Shower Foam Shea Butter has a warm vanilla scent.

Dove Shower Foam Sensitive Skin

Dove Shower Foam Sensitive Skin

Dove Sensitive Skin is hypoallergenic and very gentle.

Dove Shower Foam Cool Moisture

Dove Shower Foam Cool Moisture

Dove Shower Foam Cool Moisture has a cucumber and green tea fragrance to it.

Now head into the shower with me:

Dove Shower Foam

Dove Shower Foam

It takes 3 easy steps to get clean, smooth skin. 1. Press the pump. 2. Spread the soft lather. 3. Enjoy a quick rinse. See what I mean about easy! There are more than 250 pumps in this 13.5 fl. oz. plastic bottle. At $5.99 it’s a bargain choice and you know how often items like this go on sale. Target has the best price for this right now so head over there for your moisturizing, fluffy shower foam and clean the day away.  —  Marcia

Dove Shower Foam in Deep Moisture

Dove Shower Foam in Deep Moisture

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Beauty items to stock up on! Bargains for Meijer Fall Beauty Week

L'Oreal Root Cover Up and Yes to Carrots Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion

I have been loving Facebook lately because of all the awesome ‘back to school’ photos. I don’t care how old you are, there is something magical about this time of year…new beginnings, new friends, and even better – new beauty products! Fall is the perfect time to finish up the products you got for summer and replenish your stash. I’ve partnered with Meijer in anticipation of their Fall Beauty Week that starts September 11th and here are four items to stock up on that are worth the extra closet and drawer space.

Dove Men CareDove Deep Moisture Hydrating Body Wash

1.Body wash. I’ve been using Dove Body Wash forever, so I am happy to see that these will be on sale at Meijer during Fall Beauty Week. If the men in your life are like mine, they resist body wash in favor of bar soap…but I think the Dove Clean Comfort will change their minds. This is an excellent multi-purpose soap that works for body and face, and it has a refreshing outdoorsy scent that isn’t overwhelming.

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste
2. Toothpaste. We all need toothpaste and there are so many options out there (and so many on sale next week!), but I hope you will try my favorite, Colgate Optic White Platinum. I am totally stocking up on this – I prefer a paste over a gel, and this one makes teeth visibly whiter in just three days.Yes to Carrots Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion

3.  Body lotion. Lotion is a year round must-have and I know I panic when I don’t have back up bottles. I am loving the Yes to Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion because it seems perfect in every sort of weather – it’s light, so it feels great even in hot and sticky weather. It’s super hydrating, so it’s perfect for dry winter skin.  t’s also so nice to have a spray lotion, which makes application easy and convenient. This was even a 2014 Allure Best of Beauty Winner.

L'Oreal Root Cover Up
4.  Root cover up. Gals who color their hair have a deep understanding of the nightmare that begins with the dreaded last spray of root cover up. I always have three bottles of this on hand…any less and I start to panic. The L’Oreal Root Cover Up is perfect for instantly touching up roots, and the money saved by stretching out time between hair appointments is incredible. Stock up while this is on sale!!

So many of my favorite items are on sale next week that I have a whole other post with skin care recommendations. These four items are the ones to buy multiples of for the upcoming winter – take advantage of the wonderful prices on these fantastic products during Fall Beauty Week at Meijer!  – Lisa

Meijer Back to School Dove and Colgate products

*post sponsored by Meijer, all opinions and advice my own!

Dove Dry Spray #TryDry

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women's

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women’s

I received these two Dove Dry Spray items through #Influenster. I’d read about the women’s Dry Spray but honestly wouldn’t have tried them prior to receiving them. Anyone who knows me knows I’m overly sensitive to fragrance so I avoid it. Surprisingly the cucumber scent of Cool Essentials isn’t noticeable throughout the day. I notice it when I first apply and then it’s magically gone.

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women's

Dove Dry Spray Men+Care and Women’s

What’s interesting about Dry Spray is that it goes on cool and dry. I’ve never been a proponent of spray antiperspirants but my husband will only use them. Even he, Mr. Stubborn, was noticeably impressed when he used this and I no longer have to ask him if he’ll try it. This protects for 48 hours against both odor and wetness.

Let's #TryDry at #Target!

Let’s #TryDry at #Target!

Dove Dry Spray can be found at drugstores nationwide and at #Target for $5.49.

I’m glad I received this for free from Influenster since I’d never had known to #TryDry otherwise.  — Marcia


Giveaway alert! Win a Dove Summer Care package!

Yesterday I went to the store and I saw HALLOWEEN COSTUMES for sale!   Ahhhhhhhh!!!  Too early!!!!!  I am still soaking in the summer sun and I am not ready to even think about fall.  To help you continue to enjoy the summer, Dove is sponsoring a giveaway so TWO lucky readers will win a fabulous Dove Summer Care Package!

Enter to win a Dove Summer Care Package!

The Dove Summer Care line is limited edition, only here for the lazy days of summer.  With the extra time outside, your skin deals with a whole lot more heat, wind, and humidity.  Summer Care products help make sure your skin stays smooth healthy, while also smelling fresh and beautiful.

Dove Summer Care Body Wash

Dove Summer Care Body Wash

The Summer Care Nourishing Body Wash ($6.99) is a huge bottle of velvety body wash.  The fragrance is a combination of citrus, vanilla, and amber, nestled in a floral bouquet.  It has exfoliating beads that very gently scrub off dead skin, leaving skin extremely soft and smooth.

Dove Summer Care Beauty Bar

Dove Summer Care Beauty Bar

The Summer Care Beauty Bar (6 pack $8.39) has the same gorgeous fragrance, that mix of citrus, vanilla, amber, and bright florals.  It also has gentle exfoliating beads, making this perfect not only for the shower but also for the soap dish in the bathroom and kitchen.  I love it after gardening…it leaves my dirty, calloused hands so soft!  As always, these soaps contain ¼ moisturizing cream and skin natural lipids that replenish skin while cleansing.  Over time, this soap makes skin feel more firm and elastic than ordinary soap.  You want this in your soap dish!
Dove Summer Care Body Wash and Soap

Enter now to win your own huge bottle of the limited edition Summer Care Nourishing Body Wash, plus a whopping six Summer Care Beauty Bars!  TWO winners this time, so be sure to enter now.  US only, giveaway ends 8/17/15 at 11:59 PM EST.  If the comments close early, just email me at [email protected] with your comment.  Good luck, and be sure to enjoy every moment of the remaining summer!!  – Lisa

*products reviewed and giveaway prizes courtesy of @Dove
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Summer Care Beauty Bar

Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at,, and

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

*items sent for editorial consideration

Drug store hair care finds for fine, flat hair: Dove Dry Shampoo and Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam

I have very fine, flat hair.  It takes great products to make it look good.  Want proof?  Here I am on a bad hair day – meaning this is what my hair ‘naturally’ looks like:

Fine, flat hair is not so fine to have.

Fine, flat hair is not so fine to have.

Finding great hair styling products for fine, flat hair is not an easy task.  Products that work miracles on normal or thick hair leave fine hair limp and greasy looking.  Or, products that do give fine hair volume make it dry and crunchy.  The good news is help for fine hair is right at the drug store, and the price is fantastic.  Dove sent me their Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo ($3.76) and Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam ($5.99) to test, and my hair was very, very happy.

Dove Dry Shampoo

Dove Dry Shampoo

The Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo does everything a good dry shampoo should do…it absorbs oil, makes dirty hair look clean, gives texture and volume.  It also has a very, very strong fragrance.  If your hair smells dirty, like cigarette smoke from the bar or car fumes from tailgating, the fragrance will cover that up in a jiffy.  However, if you are sensitive to fragrance, this is definitely NOT the dry shampoo for you.

Dove Dry Shampoo

Dove Dry Shampoo

It has a very powerful aerosol spray that doesn’t leave any white residue behind.  The trick is to spray it about 10 inches away from roots, then rub it in lightly and brush.  It’s a great product for those with fine or flat hair because it gives lots of volume without the heaviness and stiffness that dry shampoos can leave behind.  If it weren’t for the extremely strong fragrance, I would put this at the top of my dry shampoo list.

Dove Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam

Dove Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam

Dove Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam, perfect for fine hair

Dove Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam, perfect for fine hair

The Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam is a styling mousse specifically for fine, flat hair.  While this is also fragranced, it has a very light fresh scent.  Only those most sensitive to fragrance would be bothered by it.

Dove Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam

Dove Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam

Most hair foams weigh fine down and kill any attempts at volume.  But the Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam is a wonder, leaving my hair soft, full, and shiny.  After towel drying, I apply two to three pumps to my long hair (it’s about mid-back length) concentrating on the roots and then lightly finger-combing through the length of my hair.  It detangles, conditions, and adds lots of volume that lasts throughout the day.

My Dove hair

My happy Dove hair

If you don’t mind the strong scent, Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo is a wonderful way to give fine hair volume and texture, not to mention getting extra mileage from your last shampoo.  Dove Moisture Leave In Foam is a winner on all counts; anyone with fine hair should give it a try.  At these prices, everyone can afford to take a hair care trip to the drug store.  – Lisa

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Dove Dry Shampoo ingredients:  Isobutane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butane, Fragrance (Parfum), Isopropyl Myristate, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane.

Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Dimethiconol, Glycol Distearate, Carbomer, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Gluconolactone, PEG-45M, Benzophenone-4, Adipic Acid, Trehalose, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, PPG-9, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide, (CI 77891).