Summer days and Burt’s Bees

Summer beauty essentials from Burt's Bees
Two beauty products that are summer essentials? SPF and cleansing wipes. Burt’s Bees recently sent me two great options to test that are easy on the pocketbook and great for the remainder of the season.

Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 30 ($20) is a nice, lightweight daytime moisturizer that does double duty as broad spectrum sun protection. It does have a fragrance, sort of a mix of apple and hibiscus, the two featured ingredients. This lotion firms skin, improves texture, and fights fine lines and wrinkles.

Burt’s Bees did clinical tests, and their results are impressive:

Immediately, skin appears smoother and hydrated
• After 4 weeks, 87% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles
• After 8 weeks, 96% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improved skin texture

Clinically shown to reduce look of deep wrinkles and help improve firmness

The hibiscus is an anti-aging ingredient, while the apple is for hydration. Add in the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, and there is everything needed for a summer moisturizer.

Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage Facial Cleansing Wipes

Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage Facial Cleansing Wipes

I am kind of addicted to facial wipes…the older I get, the more germaphobic I get, and facial wipes don’t just remove makeup a the end of the day. They clean hands, wipe away dirt, and make short work of sweaty brows. I love Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage Facial Cleansing Wipes ($6), a fantastic and affordable drugstore find.

Removes dirt, oil and make-up without rinsing
• Cleanses and tones in one step
• Formulated with Cucumber and Sage Extracts
• FSC Certified cloth

The cucumber and sage make these wipes smell fresh and clean and the cucumber is especially soothing. They don’t leave a sticky residue so they are perfect for your car, your office, or your beach bag.

You can find Burt’s Bees at your local drugstore. Be sure to pick these up while you are enjoying the last hazy days of summer!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

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October’s Ipsy subscription holds no tricks, only treats

IPSY is one of the most fun subscriptions you can buy. At $10 a month you totally get your money’s worth every single month. I’ve already used 2 of the 5 items in my box and I’ve only had it a few days. The bags seem to have a variety of items in them and they choose certain ones to put in everyone’s makeup bag.

IPSY official site picture for October

IPSY official site picture for October

For October the theme is Beauty Candy but I don’t know why. My package reminds me nothing of beauty candy but I still like it and feel my $10 was well spent.

My October products from IPSY

My October products from IPSY

What do we have here? Hand cream, hair balm, mascara, mini lipgloss and facial wipes are the treasures that came in a quilted plastic makeup bag in a beautiful teal shade.

FIGS & ROUGE SHEA BUTTER HAND CREAM was in each bag. The scents were Mango Mandarin or Rose Berry. Mine is the Rose Berry and will end up in a package to one of our readers since I understand it’s strongly scented and I don’t do fragrance well. The reviews on this hand cream are good though so I’m sure it will be well appreciated.

Some bags included this mini Starlooks gloss in the shade Guilty Pleasure. I’m a fan of Starlooks and this pretty color is already in my purse so that when I’m finally out and about I’ll have it with me. Starlooks glosses aren’t fragranced (yea!!) and they are nicely moisturizing without being too sticky.

Figs & Rouge Shea Butter hand cream and Starlooks lip gloss

Figs & Rouge Shea Butter hand cream and Starlooks lip gloss

NYC BIG BOLD CURL MASCARA is the other cosmetic item in my bag. I haven’t used it but IPSY tells me it’s “designed with our oversized brush to provide 12X more volume and 99% more curl in one just one swipe. The Lash Expand technology delivers quick dry volume to keep lashes flexible and comfortable for all day wear.” It’s always nice to try a new mascara!



The timing of my package was great because I can finally stand using my walker and I was so ready to wash my hair in the kitchen sink (I still can’t get upstairs). It wasn’t hard to have my husband find my shampoo and conditioner since those were in the shower but it was hard to tell him what product I wanted to put in my hair after it was washed. I have a (ahem) few items on the vanity. Along came IPSY and this ECRU PROTEIN BB CREAM. I have this in the full size and I love using it, as a matter of fact it was next on my list to review before my accident. My first official home hair session used ECRU and this ACACIA BB CREAM! It’s great to control frizz and flyaways.

ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream

ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream

ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream

ECRU Acacia Protein BB Cream

Last but not least is the item I used the first night this came, SKYN ICELAND GLACIAL CLEANING CLOTHS. I’ve been very reliant on cleaning cloths the last two months so I was thrilled to have this package of 10. Normally I’d save it for travel but it’s being used right now. These are foaming and even though they say you don’t need to wash them off I have used a wet wash cloth on my face after to make sure there’s no residue. There are infused with Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial natural extracts. A great find in my package.





I’m thrilled with this group of products this month. All but one will be used by me so this was money well spent.

ipsy oct 14 products

If you are in the mood for a wonderful subscription then take advantage of IPSY and sign up to receive them. My affiliate link is on this post to earn points towards extra products.  Is this your idea of Beauty Candy? — Marcia

Traveling? Then you need Adventuress Skincare on your journey

Intro Offer Collection (image from

Anyone up for taking me on a vacation? If you are I’ll share my skincare with you! Adventuress skincare has the best travel pack ever and is perfect for a trip though you will want to use it at home too. Let me backtrack though and introduce you to the creator of Adventuress, Michele Carter.  She’s a tomboy at heart but she’s a girly girl (woman) at the same time.  She worked with a scientist (Masoomeh) who’d previously worked with big brands like Estee Lauder and L’Oreal. With Masoomeh’s connections and knowledge of raw materials together they created a naturally derived collection with vital ingredients designed for varying degrees of skin sensitivities and allergies.

There are a few ways to start with Adventuress in case you want to ease into the line or in case you are looking for terrific products packaged perfectly for travel. The one I’m reviewing is the Intro Offer Collection that contains 1.7 oz of cleanser, 1.0 oz of skin purifier, 1.0 oz of moisturizer, 2.0 oz of sunscreen plus 5 individual wipes. The kit costs $85 but its retail value is over $111. Or you could pick up the Sample Tin for only $10 that has enough for a day or two. These would both fit in your carry-on, a back pack or if you were a rider it would fit in your saddle bag.

Adventuress Travel Tin (image from

Booklet cover that comes with Adventuress

Here are my favorite things about Adventuress:

*fragrance free and paraben free

*airless containers that keep contaminants out

*the products seal so they don’t leak

*the great reusable packaging for the kit that keeps your products safe from dripping and ruining your clothes

*all products in the kit are travel size safe

*my face has not rebelled – no clogged pores, no dryness

*the creator is from Northern Michigan (my home state!)

Because I’m long winded here’s a little about each product. I must admit first of all that I could NOT figure out how to get the actual product out of the containers. I knew that they were self sealing but I couldn’t figure out how. What I learned is that it winds up to release product and then winds down to seal. Duh. Remember: Lefty loosey, righty tighty. Nothing like feeling less adventurous just opening a product.

Adventuress Naturally Liberating Cleanser

information about Adventuress Liberating Cleanser

Adventuress Liberating Cleanser

Naturally Liberating Cleanser: this white creamy cleanser is moisturizing and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. Apply to your skin, add a little water and let it foam, then rinse off. I like using a muslin cloth to rinse off. The kit has the full size cleanser ($18 separately). The key ingredients are – Boswellian bark tears which soothes the skin and Spanish Castile Soap that cleanses and calms.

Adventuress Skin Purifier

information on Adventuress Skin Purifier

Adventuress Skin Purifier


Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier: the skin purifier is a clear light serum. Apply it to dry skin after cleansing. It absorbs really quickly and helps hydrate, unblock pores and firm. You can use this any time you want a refreshing feel on your skin. The key ingredients are extracts including quince, willow bark, sugar maple, orange, lemon and olive leaf. This is the full size and retails for $35.

Adventuress Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer

information about Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer

Adventuress Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer

Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer: this is a very soothing moisturizer that is lightweight but very effective. Not only does it calm skin but it protects against environmental damage. “An exclusive, targeted delivery system with essential emollients including French Rose Hip and Evening Primrose oils provides intense moisturization and results in exceptional hydration for your skin.” Also full size which retails for $32.

High Performance Sunscreen

High Performance Sunscreen: we never want to be without our sunscreen!! If you are a tomboy like one of my daughter-in-laws you’ll find that out the hard way. She was diagnosed with skin cancer this past summer. I was constantly telling her to use sunscreen but she felt like she didn’t need it. She is now a convert and I don’t have to be a nagging MIL. This lightweight spray is perfect for all of us. It doesn’t irritate at all, it’s water resistant and moisturizes your skin while protecting it with SPF 30.The key ingredients are Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soothe exposed skin and protect against free radical damage plus micronized titanium dioxide that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. This full size SPF retails for $26.

Adventuress Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipe

information about Facial Wipes

Adventuress Fiercely Refreshing Facial Wipes

Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes: I love these, they are biodegradable and revitalizing. Look at all the benefits: – Seven plant extracts protect against Rosacea, rash and itchiness; – Reduces melanin (age spot) production, prevents pigmentation; – Anti-inflammatory; – Soothes and hydrates. You can use these at any time. They are great to carry with you on a daily basis. A box of 24 would cost $22, there are 5 in the kit.

While I’m not an outdoor enthusiast like Michele Carter, I am a person that appreciates quality skincare. My favorite sport happens to be eating but hey, you gotta look good eating too. Now where are you taking me so you can share my skincare? I’m game for an adventure with Adventuress if you are. — Marcia

*pr sample