Labor Day plans? Go beach to BBQ with Virtue Hair Care and CLEAN Air and Coconut Water

Gotta love a long weekend! Labor Day is coming up and hopefully you are planning some sort of beach/barbecue last summer weekend celebration. I know the perfect products that will take you right from your desk to the beach and then to the barbecue!

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CLEAN Eau Fraiche Air & Coconut Water

First up, as you sit at your desk dreaming about the beach fun to come, spritz on some CLEAN Eau Fraiche Air & Coconut Water ($48). Everyone who knows me even a little bit knows I am crazy about coconut and I am absolutely cuckoo for this coconut body splash. It is the perfect mix of refreshing air and yummy summery coconut. Notes include Italian bergamot, lemon, freesia flower, rose, and clean air musk. You won’t be able to stop smelling yourself.

Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream and Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream

Once you are finally beach bound, don’t bother with a blow out. I recommend smoothing out hair with Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream ($40). It locks in moisture and keeps hair frizz free, so you can have lovely beachy waves all day without looking frazzled. If you want to go with a blowout, it’s a fantastic styling cream that I am reaching for after every shampoo.

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip

Done swimming and heading to a barbecue? Just put a dollop of this fabulous Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip ($36) on your roots while hair is still damp. It will give you tons of lift and volume and you can put hair up into a quick bun that will look easy and stylish all night long. Time to party!!

You can find CLEAN products online and at Ulta and Sephora and Virtue products online at Virtuelabs.com and in salons nationwide.  – Lisa

 

Is it love or just a crush? Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist

Photo of Rio de Janeiro beach from Travel Channel

If I can’t be at the beach on these lazy summer days, I at least want to smell like I am there – and what better beach than the gorgeous sandy paradise of Rio de Janeiro? I jumped at the chance to try Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist ($32 – 8.1 fl oz; SephoraSephora.com) in the hopes that I could instantly be transported with a simple spritz. You might recognize this line as Sephora’s “Rookie of the Year” for skin care last year thanks to their Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. People went crazy for the scent, so Sol de Janeiro turned it into a body mist fragrance.

Brazilians believe in “cheirosa,” something I am also pretty obsessive about – it means to smell amazing and delicious all day long. I went to a party recently and a group of people were trying to figure out who smelled so incredible…and they finally realized it was me! Highest compliment ever in my book. Brazilian Crush is a fragrance that you can use head to toe, from your hair to your skin to your clothes, and it keeps you smelling fantastic all day long.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush

 Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist is mostly a mix of pistachio and salted caramel. Fragrance notes include:

  • Top: pistachio, almond
  • Mid: heliotrope, jasmine petals
  • Dry: vanilla, salted caramel, sandalwood

    Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush

It smells surprisingly spicy and not foody at all. This is an addictive scent with a definite wild side – I can totally picture women wearing this and string bikini. Whether or not you are into wearing string bikinis this year, if you like beachy, tropical scents with a bit of spice you are going to find that the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist is more of a long time love and not just a crush. Check it out at  Sephora.  – Lisa

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Your bathroom is begging you to use Zoella bath and body products

What makes a blogger happy? The success of other bloggers! The beauty blogging community is a tremendously supportive group. There isn’t any room for jealousy or pettiness and true beauty bloggers celebrate the successes of our sisters. A blogger we are here to celebrate today is Zoe Sugg, the gorgeous UK fashion and beauty vlogger.

 

With Zoella Beauty, Zoe hopes to take us back to a time where a bath was an indulgent experience rather than a chore. As a sufferer of anxiety, Zoe was thrilled to create a range of products that would aid the mind as well as the body, taking users to the paradise of relaxation and serenity.

We love her adorable line of bath and beauty products that can be found at Target, and we have several to share with you today.

Zoe Sugg of Zoella

Zoe Sugg of Zoella

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Lisa is enjoying Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak and Blissful Mistful Body Mist
Zoella Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak

Zoella Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak

I love taking baths and I really love smelling good so my two Zoella items are a perfect mix for me! The Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak ($11) is a big tub of bubble bath.  It smells fabulous, super fresh and slightly floral, and it does fantastic things to your bath water and to your skin.

Zoella Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak

Zoella Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak

This thick bubble bath has vitamin E, shea butter, and aloe which are all incredibly soothing. You don’t need much of the bubble bath for tons of thick, rich bubbles so this tub will last a very long time.

Zoella Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak

Zoella Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak

Follow up a nice, hot bubble bath with a generous spritz of the Blissful Mistful Body Mist ($12.95) for a fantastic treat.
Zoella Blissful Mistful

Zoella Blissful Mistful

Top notes are strawberry and grapefruit, middle notes are violet, jasmine, and gardenia, and base notes are vanilla and musk. It’s a soft, sweet, feminine scent that is warm and cozy, and simply perfect after a Scooper Dooper Foaming Bath Soak bubble bath.

Zoella Blissful Mistful

Zoella Blissful Mistful

I absolutely love my Zoella products and I can’t wait to try more from our fellow beauty blogger!
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Marcia is enjoying Wondrous Whip Body Cream and Pretty Polished Sugar Scrub

Zoella Wondrous Whip body cream and Pretty Polished sugar scrub

Zoella Wondrous Whip body cream and Pretty Polished sugar scrub

Somewhere along the way the original Marcia who wrote on Beauty Info Zone and had no tolerance for anything fragranced got replaced by the new Marcia who has an appreciation for mild fragrances. We’re not sure where old Marcia went but the new one is having a lot more fun.

Zoella Pretty Polished Sugar Scrub

Zoella Pretty Polished Sugar Scrub

Zoella Pretty Polished Sugar Scrub ($12) is the newest bath/body product that is in my shower. This is a gentle scrub that makes my skin feel soft for days. It is a very light fragranced scrub with tiny seeds to make it a little scrubby. It starts as a solid balm that I scoop out with my fingers.

Zoella Pretty Polished Sugar Scrub

Zoella Pretty Polished Sugar Scrub

The scent is described as fresh and floral. Floral is the part that usually annoys me but this is definitely a fresh smell and the fragrance doesn’t linger. I really like this on my legs as it buffs away dry skin and leaves my legs looking softer and cleaner.

Zoella Pretty Polished Sugar Scrub

Zoella Pretty Polished Sugar Scrub

You can find this large jar at Target or target.com. I love that the jar is a heavy plastic so I’m not afraid it might slip in the shower, in addition I’ll be able to get every bit out with its wide opening.

Zoella Wondrous Whip Body Cream

Zoella Wondrous Whip Body Cream

Zoella Wondrous Whip Body Cream ($12) has a complementary fragrance although I think it’s even lighter than the scrub. It’s got a mousse like texture and is light as air. It spreads with ease leaving skin feeling silky.

Zoella Wondrous Whip Body Cream

Zoella Wondrous Whip Body Cream

Zoella Wondrous Whip Body Cream contains extracts of Vitamin E, Aloe, and Shea Butter so you know your skin is being nourished while it’s being softened. You’ll want to run your hands over your skin when this is part of your daily routine; you just won’t believe how you feel transformed with its silkiness.

Zoella Wondrous Whip Body Cream

Zoella Wondrous Whip Body Cream

All 4 of these Zoella bath and body products work well with each other. The scents are similar but different enough to make owning all 4 work unique. Putting together a basket of Zoella would make you and yours feel pampered. And it’s easily found at Target.

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Revisiting summer with Hampton Sun – Sunless Tanning Gel and Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray in Bronze review

Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel

As much as I love fall, I am a summer girl at heart.  So I keep the summer around through scent – I love anything that takes me to the beach, like coconut scents, or the smell of suntan lotion.   I also keep summer around by using self-tanner.  I’ll bet I have more self-tanners than almost anyone – I am just a tiny bit obsessive about it.   I look younger with a faux tan.  My skin looks healthier, my skin tone is more even, and I get a  glow that my natural color just doesn’t have.

Over the past few years, I have found that Hampton Sun truly specializes in that ‘summer experience’.  All of their products are designed around ‘smart, serious sunbathing’.  One such product is the Sunless Tanning Gel ($32).

Sunless Tanning Gel swatch

Like all other good self-tanners, this is easily applied and with proper preparation it gives a streak-free, natural looking tan.  It works for both the face and the body.  So what makes this self-tanner different from the other ones out there?  Two things:

1.  It smells GREAT.  I love the scent of Hampton Sun products, and this is no exception.  The Sunless Tanning Gel smells like a very subtle version of their signature scent Privet Bloom, a gorgeous mixture of lily of the valley, white hyacinth, sea spray, dune grass, blue plum, and privet blossom.  The scent does eventually dissipate, but it smells amazing while it’s there.

2.  It leaves my skin SUPER soft.  I mean to the extreme – I use this even when I am not particularly interested in self tanning just because it moisturizes so beautifully.

After the self-tanner does its magic and leaves me with a beautifully bronzed body, I like to complete the ‘summer experience’ with the Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray in Bronze ($32).

Hampton Sun Serious Shimmer Spray in Bronze

Oh my, what a gorgeous sheen this gives your body – you won’t believe how beautiful it makes your legs look.  Unless you are between 12 and 16 years old, I don’t recommend applying this to your face – although it does look pretty cool when applied to your hair.  It gives a really pretty shimmer to your locks, and your hair smells flipping amazing.  Just keep the bottle about six inches away from the hair, it’s too wet of a mist to be held any closer.  While it’s wet if held too close, held the proper distance away it’s a super fine mist that does have a slight cooling sensation when sprayed on your skin.

Close up - check out that gorgeous shimmer!

You need to shake the bottle first to get that gorgeous shimmer swirling about.  Heck, it’s fun to just do that and then watch the show, it’s a like a little lava lamp.  It also smells divine, it’s really a fragrance mist of Privet Bloom with some golden shimmer mixed in.

Bare hand with Serious Shimmer Spray in Bronze applied - click to see a larger image

It is not an over-the-top shimmer, it’s subtle and it really makes your legs (or whatever you have decided to spray!) look pretty perfect.  It hydrates the skin with Aloe Vera, Chamomile, and Vitamins A through E.

If you are like me and are longing for summer, I absolutely recommend checking out Hampton Sun.  You can find it online, as well as in stores such as Saks, Sephora, and SpaceNK.  – Lisa

Sunless Tanning Gel ingredients:  Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer,  Dihydroxyacetone, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclomethicone,  Phosopholipids, Dimethiconol, Glycerin, Erythrulose, Ethoxydiglycol,  Polyquaternium-37, Butylene Glycol, Pro-pylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl  Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Urea, Trehalose,  Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Gel,  Chamomile Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut), SheWater, Glycerin, Peg-16 Macadamia Glycerides,  Propylene Glycol & Diazolidinyl Urea & Methylparaben &  Propylparaben, Fragrance Polysorbate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Aloe Barbadensis  Gel, Simethicone, Extracts of Cucumber, Grapeseed, Peach, Seaweed, Lemon  Calendula, Gingko Biloba, Ginger, Chamomile Extract, Benzophenone 4, Disodium  Edta, Peg-8 Dimethiicone & Zea Mays (Corn) Oil & Propylene Glycol &  Octyldodecanol & Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) & Ascorbic Acid  (Vitamin C) & Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) & Pyridoxine Hci (Vitamin  B6) & Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) & Silica & Sodium.  Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica ll Extract, Caramel, FD&C  Yellow #6

Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Peg-16 Macadamia Glycerides,  Propylene Glycol & Diazolidinyl Urea & Methylparaben &  Propylparaben, Fragrance Polysorbate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Aloe Barbadensis  Gel, Simethicone, Extracts of Cucumber, Grapeseed, Peach, Seaweed, Lemon  Calendula, Gingko Biloba, Ginger, Chamomile Extract, Benzophenone 4, Disodium  Edta, Peg-8 Dimethiicone & Zea Mays (Corn) Oil & Propylene Glycol &  Octyldodecanol & Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) & Ascorbic Acid  (Vitamin C) & Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) & Pyridoxine Hci (Vitamin  B6) & Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) & Silica & Sodium.  Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica

Mmmm, smelling so good with Bodycology Island Coconut!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am absolutely crazy about coconut scents.  I am picky, though – I don’t like fake scents, or coconut scents that are overly sweet.  I like real, true coconut fragrance, coconut that smells like it’s been warming in the sun on a tropical beach.  I have found some truly fantastic coconut scents in the past few years, and my latest discovery has me totally geeked.

I wasn’t expecting to love the smell of Bodycology’s Island Coconut products.  Now, I love Bodycology products and find them to be very high quality – but historically I have found that larger brands fall short in the coconut scent category.   Coconut scented items are typically way too sweet and cloying, so I usually prefer high-end lines or etailers for interesting, complex yet realistic coconut scents.  Imagine my surprise when I smelled Island Coconut and fell head over heels in love!!

I started with the Shower Gel & Bubble Bath ($4.00 for 16 fl. oz).  This lathers up beautifully, cleans and moisturizes the skin, and it smells DIVINE.  You have to admit, the price is absolutely right, too!!  After my shower my skin was lightly scented, not overpowering but definitely still some scent there.  So I thought, awesome, but the other products can’t be this good.


Next, I smoothed on the Island Coconut Body Cream ($4.00 for 8 oz.).  This is a thick, luxurious cream that just melts right into the skin. The fragrance amazed me – fresh-cut coconut with heavenly cream, delicious but not too foody.  It did not smell fake, plastic, or cloyingly sweet.  And my skin was so soft, smooth, and touchable!!  After putting on the body cream, the scent was noticeable, and it lasted all day long.

Then I tried the Island Coconut Body Mist ($4.00 for 8 fl. oz.).  My trick with a body mist is to spray it in front of me, then walk into it.  That way, the fragrance is pretty evenly dispersed, and I don’t put on too much.  Oh, I also give myself a tiny spritz at the back of my neck, a tip I read in a magazine a long time ago.  I was pretty sure that all of those products together – the shower gel, the body cream, and the fragrance mist, would be way too much.  But it really wasn’t.  You can use any of them alone – with the shower gel there is a faint scent that stays throughout the day.  The body cream alone gives a very nice, noticeable scent.  The fragrance mist is about the same strength as the body cream by itself.  Pair it with the body cream and it’s a perfect coconut fragrance that inspired people who sat next to me to say, “You smell so good!!  What is that?” 

You know what really sold me, though?  My husband.  He is very, very picky and usually doesn’t much like any perfume that I wear.  But the first time he smelled me wearing Island Coconut, he said, “Wow you smell delicious!!” and I have been fighting him off ever since. 

Between that and the price, what’s not to love??  Be sure to sample it the next time you are at Walmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Ulta…you can find it pretty much everywhere.  This scent will not disappoint you!!  – Lisa