Yeah, In Your Dreams! Lush LE Valentine Collection

Oh yes, the latest wrapped collection from Lush for Valentine’s Day called In Your Dreams ($23.95) is definitely dreamy. It looks like it is sold out online right now, but my local Lush still has some in stock. Read this review then go pick up a few of these while you still can!

Lush In Your Dreams

Lush In Your Dreams

I think of Valentine’s Day as a day to show some love to anyone…my little girl is thrilled to get a little something special as a reminder of how much I love her. My husband is more of the ‘show me’ than ‘give me’ type, so I always take the pressure off him and get myself something special too.

I know I can’t go wrong with Lush, because they always do Valentine’s Day right. It’s heaven for bath and body products and In Your Dreams is a flirty, fun, fabulous gift that will thrill any bath lover.

Lush In Your Dreams

Lush In Your Dreams wrapping paper

The funky cool wrapping paper envelopes an entire Valentine’s Day story:  t’s a prince on a unicorn, coming in for the big kiss!

Lush In Your Dreams Unicorn Horn

Lush In Your Dreams Unicorn Horn

Unicorn Horn is the most spectacular bubble bar I have ever seen. This big bar has everything:  a pastel rainbow of colors, colored candy stars, sparkles, and essential oils. The bath water turns a beautiful silvery pink…exactly what every good unicorn would want. It smells sooo good, like a peppery pink forest. I can’t even begin to guess how many baths you can get out of this big hunk of magic. Pure love in a tub.

Lush In Your Dreams The Kiss Lip Gloss

Lush In Your Dreams The Kiss Lip Gloss

The Kiss Lip Gloss is wonderful. I think this is the smoothest pot gloss I have ever tried from Lush. It leaves just a hint of pink sheen on lips along with a wonderful slip. It tastes like yummy almonds and vanilla, and the shea and cupuaçu butters really moisturize. It even has a bit of guarana seed powder to plump up your pucker. This is LE so get it while you can.

Lush In Your Dreams Prince Charming

Lush In Your Dreams Prince Charming

Ah, the Prince Charming Shower Gel is delightful. Not only is it pink and shimmery, it smells AMAZING. The fragrance is an intoxicating blend of pomegranate juice, Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion, and almond oil. This LE shower gel definitely a dream come true. By the way, if you need to travel light, Lush shower gels make a great shampoo.

This is one dreamy gift that is going fast, so run to your nearest Lush to pick one up for your sweetie. While you’re at it, pick one up for yourself, because In Your Dreams is a limited edition gift that won’t be around much longer.  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration

Lush In Your Dreams opened

10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products.  The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices.  Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price.  Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

1.  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49)  The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label.  The reason I keep buying it?  It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price.  The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time.  My solution is to bring my own.  I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker.  I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.

2.  I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29)  This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles?  I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable.  I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

3.  Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!)  The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.

4.  Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99)  This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now!  It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee.  Yum.

5.  Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19)  This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks.  You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

6.  Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39)  I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there.  One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days.  When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat.  This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

7.  Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99)  I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for.  Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette?  Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality.  Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

8.  Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29)  Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush.  The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

9 and 10.  Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each)  Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection.  This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers.  It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire.  Even better, it smells like cinnamon!

Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer.  Get your style on for back to school and save money too!

Be sure to check out MeijerStyle.com the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the MeijerStyle.com post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products.  – Lisa

*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!

Heaven in a bottle: Korres Jasmine Showergel

Some bath products just scream summer to me and Korres Jasmine Showergel ($19.50) is one of them.

Korres Jasmine Showergel

Korres Jasmine Showergel

Jasmine takes me back to childhood – and in a good way, not in a ‘I remember no one wanted to play with me and that big boy pushed me down into the puddle’ way. Jasmine is all about gentle breezes on the back porch, relaxing on a lazy summer evening, and playing hide and seek in the flowering bushes. As soon as I opened the bottle of Jasmine Showergel that Korres sent, my spirits were lifted and I was completely happy.

Mmmmm, Jasmine!

Mmmmm, Jasmine!

heaven in a bottle

heaven in a bottle

The bottle is huge, so don’t let the $19.50 price tag discourage you from buying. It will last through many, many showers, and the heavenly smell will start your day perfectly every time. The shower gel is terrific; it makes a thick, beautiful foam that gently cleans and moisturizes.  Skin stays soft and moist all day long, and the sweet, warm jasmine scent lightly lingers for a few hours.

Korres Jasmine Showergel is truly one of my favorite shower gels of all time. The shower gel also comes in six other scents:  Vanilla Guava, Fig, Basil Lemon, Japanese Rose, Guava, and Mulberry Vanilla. I urge you to be sure to check out the Jasmine scent, I just know you will agree that it is heaven in a bottle!  – Lisa

* sent for editorial consideration

Beautifully clean with Faith Aromatherapy

Faith Aromatherapy is a beautiful bath and body line based on essential oils that heal the body, mind, and soul. They avoid synthetic fragrances and chemicals in their spa quality products, instead using pure, natural ingredients that are genuinely effective as well as good for the environment. I love their products and there are three in particular that I turn to time and again: Tahitian Monoi Perfumed Shower Gel, Balneotherapy Salts in Just Breathe, and Lemongrass/Fennel Hand and Body Wash.

Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Monoi Shower Gel

Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Monoi Shower Gel

Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Monoi Shower Gel 2

The Tahitian Monoi Perfumed Shower Gel ($12.99) is a liquid soap that creates a soft foam. The main ingredient is Tahitian Monoi oil, known for cleansing and soothing skin while also soothing the mind and spirit. Sweet Orange Oil makes the natural scent even more delicious, while glycerin conditions and softens the skin. This shower gel is a beautiful way to get clean every morning.

When it comes to bath time, I absolutely love the Balneotherapy Salts ($10.99) from Faith Aromatherapy’s Apothecary remedy products. They have five different types of bath salts available, including Keep Your Peace, Just Breathe, Be Flexible, Flu Prevention Ginger, and Awaken Your Senses.  My choice is Just Breathe.

Faith Aromatherapy Just Breathe Bath Salts

Faith Aromatherapy Balneotherapy Bath Salts in Just Breathe

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Just Breathe has an awesome combination of eucalyptus and sweet orange essential oils. Along with the epsom salts, the combo clears my stuffy nose like nothing else. It also helps to ease aching muscles and sea salt is fabulous for clearing your energy and getting yourself back into spiritual alignment. This is strong stuff and it is perfect for when colds or allergies strike.

Faith Aromatherapy Hand Soap

Faith Aromatherapy Lemongrass/Fennel Moisture Rich Sanitizing Hand Soap

soapy goodness

soapy goodness

Last but not least, the Lemongrass/Fennel Moisture Rich Sanitizing Hand and Body Wash ($9.99) is a wonderful hand soap. It smells citrusy and clean thanks to the essential oils and Olive Leaf Extract. I wash my hands all the time and many soaps leave them parched. This one never does, and it smells so good – and that fragrance is what helps protect hands from germs, fungus, and bacteria.

Faith Aromatherapy is a wonderful line, particularly if you are into essential oils and the mind/body/spirit connection. They also have body scrubs, body lotions and creams, and natural deodorant. Plus, in the Apothecary you can fill out a questionnaire and they will make a custom blended essential oil just for you. Check it out and get calm, healthy, and happy!  – Lisa

 *sent for editorial consideration

Lavanila is la fantastic!

lavanila

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut

Do you have a favorite scent?  Mine is coconut.  I love how coconut transports me instantly to the beach, which is always where I most want to be.  

One sniff of Lavanila Vanilla Coconut and I am here.  With Joe.

One sniff of Lavanila Vanilla Coconut and I am here. With Joe.

I also love vanilla, which just so happens to make a very happy couple with coconut. Some of my favorite vanilla/coconut products come from Lavanila. Lavanila was founded by Danielle Raynor, who wanted to create healthy skin care and fragrances. She found the best vanilla in Madagascar, where the vanilla is called Lavanila. She named her company after that amazing vanilla, and has based all of her products around the vanilla scent.  I find the Vanilla Coconut scent to be smooth, creamy coconut that doesn’t smell synthetic, along with rich, warm vanilla.  Total yumminess.

Shower

Shower

The Healthy Body Wash 2 in 1 Shower and Shave ($14) is a great way to start the day.  This is a huge tube of liquid soap that truly smells divine.  Shower and Shave has coconut and rosehip oils to moisturize, along with aloe and calendula.  It lathers up beautifully and makes for quick and easy shaving.  It doesn’t have any sulfates so it leaves skin super soft and moisturized.  It seriously transports me and puts me a great mood every time I use it.

Body Butter

The Healthy Body Butter

The Healthy Body Butter ($10) has the addition of Tahitian Tiare Flower to the vanilla/coconut mix.  The lotion is subtly scented and pairs beautifully with other scents.  It has 100% pure shea and cocoa butters to moisturize, along with goji berry and Kakadu Plus for anti-oxidant power.  And check out the price – $10 for this big tube of lotion is awesome.

Body Butter

talk about thick!

This body butter is sooo thick and creamy, it really does seem almost buttery.  I thought it would take a little work to get it absorbed, but it soaks in beautifully and leaves my skin softly scented and super smooth.  I love how this is full of natural, organic ingredients without any synthetic preservatives or harsh chemicals. 

Deoderant

The Healthy Deodorant

If you are looking for an all-natural deodorant, you need to check out The Healthy Deodorant ($18).  This is not an antiperspirant, so if you looking for sweat control you need something else.  This makes you smell good, and it does it without aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, or chemicals.  What is does have are essential oils, anti-oxidants, and beta glucan technology. 

Deoderant

looks as pretty as it smells

I find the Vanilla Coconut Deodorant smells of exotic coconut and soft tiare flower.  The deodorant has a warmer smell to it than the shower gel and body butter, it’s subtle and very pretty.  How wonderful to fight odor without the harsh chemicals that can burn and irritate your skin!

You can find Lavanila products online and at stores such as Sephora.  They have other vanilla-based scents including Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blackberry, Vanilla Blossom, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Passion Fruit, and Vanilla Summer.  For now I am just enjoying the warm comfort of the Vanilla Coconut products, they bring me to the beach…and to Joe…with just one sniff.  – Lisa

*pr samples