Prepare to shop with some great QVC First Aid Beauty specials!

‘Tis the season for amazing specials at QVC and wow do they have some great sets at fantastic prices for First Aid Beauty right now. Two in particular are ones you might want to grab ASAP – the Set of 4 Ultra Repair Creams, which are fab last-minute teacher gifts or stocking stuffers, and the Ultra Repair 5 Piece Discovery Kit, which has all the best sellers at a kick butt price.

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First, the Set of 4 Ultra Repair Creams. These come in four festive little boxes so you don’t even have to wrap them. The four Ultra Repair Creams are in 4 oz jars and come in four scents – Original, Grapefruit, Vanilla, and Geranium. The set is selling for $29.96, and if you bought these separately you would pay $80. That is a great deal!

This lovely shea-based cream features soothing colloidal oatmeal, a wonderful skin soother. Here are the key ingredients:

  • Colloidal Oatmeal to relieve and protect skin (only FDA-approved OTC ingredient to relieve symptoms of eczema)
  • Allantoin and Eucalyptus Oil to heal/soothe skin
  • FAB Antioxidant Booster to combat free radicals
  • Ceramides and Shea Butter to moisturize and protect the skin’s barrier

It smooths on so easily and absorbs into skin in no time. It softens dry skin quickly, and is great for winter dryness and chapped skin, as well as those with eczema or sensitive skin.  

Ultra Repair Cream Benefits:

  • Provides immediate relief and visible improvement to distressed skin
  • Deeply hydrates, calms, protects and restores the skin
  • Helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to eczema and other skin conditions
  • Can be applied ANYWHERE on the body – elbows, feet, hands and even the face
  • Beautiful whipped formula absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin greasy
  • Allergy-tested; No harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances (scents derived from steamed, distilled essential oils)
  • For all skin types, even sensitive skin and skin with eczema

If you need last minute gifts, this is absolutely the answer.

Another fantastic First Aid Beauty set available on QVC right now is the Ultra Repair 5-Piece Discovery Kit. This has everything you need for beautifully hydrated skin. This kit includes the amazing Ultra Repair Cream in Original, plus Ultra Repair Cream Honeysuckle, Facial Radiance Pads, Ultra Repair Lip Therapy and Ultra Repair Honey & Oat Lip Exfoliator. It’s on sale for $32.96, and purchased separately you would pay $69.

The 28 Day Facial Radiance Pads are exfoliating treatment pads that you use right after cleansing skin. They get rid of dead skin cells, smooth skin texture, and perfectly prep skin for serums and treatments so skin gets all the benefits from the ingredients. The end result is brighter, glowing skin.

I have tubes of the Ultra Repair Cream in my desks at home and at work. I love this as hand cream because it isn’t the least bit greasy. I can slather it on then go right back to typing without getting my keyboard all nasty and slick. The Honeysuckle smells fantastic – like a warm summer’s evening.

The Ultra Repair Lip Therapy is wonderful! So soothing for dry, chapped lips…it is like a tall glass of cool water on a hot summers day. It just feels wonderful and keeps lips soft, moist, and happy.

For a really special treat, use the Ultra Repair Honey & Oat Lip Exfoliator first then follow with the Ultra Repair Lip Therapy. The Ultra Repair Honey & Oat Lip Exfoliator is a lip treatment that buffs off any dry, flaky skin while at the same time hydrating and conditioning lips. Just massage it onto dry lips, and you’ll be massaging off those dry flakes while giving lips a fabulous deep treatment. It works even better if you leave the exfoliator on your lips for about five minutes before rinsing off. Then, talk about kissable lips! They are soooo soft and kissable.  Perfect!

If you are looking for last-minute gifts, you’ve got to head over to QVC for some terrific options like the Set of 4 Ultra Repair Creams and the Ultra Repair 5-Piece Discovery Kit. Happy shopping for some really happy skin!  – Lisa

Sore joints and muscles? Kneipp to the rescue!

Arnica. Who knew it was such a miracle ingredient? If you exercise and have sore muscles after, if you have arthritis or suffer from stiff, swollen joints, bruise easily, or even if you get a bug bite, arnica is the answer to your prayers. Here are the benefits are arnica:

  • Help reduce pain related to sore muscles and joints
  • Help heal bruises faster
  • Aid in reducing swelling and inflammation
  • Help speed recovery
  • Help ease joint stiffness and aches
  • Help reduce swelling from insect bites

KNEIPP® has an entire line of products with arnica as the main ingredient and I have four to tell you about today. I am an avid exerciser – I work out with a trainer (I put him in my contact list as ‘Mr. Grey’ because I swear he is a sadist) and I also bike and do interval training classes. Plus, I recently had shoulder surgery so it seems like I am constantly sore and in some sort of pain! I was chomping at the bit to put these products to the test.

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Kneipp Arnica Intensive Cream

Kneipp Arnica Intensive Cream

The KNEIPP® ARNICA INTENSIVE CREAM ($22) is a light massage cream with a 10% Arnica tincture for pain relief.  I find this is the stuff to put on even before the pain starts – when you know it’s coming, massage some of this in, and it really eases the pain and soreness. I put this on before ‘leg day’ workouts and my soreness afterwards is greatly reduced. It’s also terrific for application at night, then when you wake up in the morning soreness and stiffness is much less than usual. The cream absorbs in quickly and easily without any greasiness and the product is all natural and vegan.

Kneipp Arnica Massage Oil

I love a good massage oil and the KNEIPP® ARNICA MASSAGE OIL ($23) is a great one! It has a base of arnica and ginger extracts, along with shea butter, sunflower oil, and almond oil. The arnica extract works on joints and muscles, addressing both pain and inflammation in addition to the way the massage is helping your muscles relax and recover. The slip is fantastic and the oil absorbs slowly so you actually use less of the product, which means the bottle lasts longer than most bottles of massage oil – and the massage itself lasts longer, always a plus!!

Kneipp Arnica Cooling Gel

Kneipp Arnica Cooling Gel

The KNEIPP® ARNICA COOLING GEL ($15) is a really neat product that anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet will appreciate. It’s a very refreshing gel that is amazing for specific, targeted areas to reduce inflammation. There is nothing that feels better than having a rub down of your aching calves and feet with this fabulous gel – it’s like heaven! This is also great to apply on bruised areas for quicker healing.

Kneipp Active Gel

Kneipp Active Gel

The KNEIPP® ARNICA & MOUNTAIN PINE ACTIVE GEL ($25) is a must-have for sports enthusiasts. It’s terrific to use while you are actually working out, like biking or hiking. You just massage in a little of the gel to any area that is getting sore for instant relief, and it helps to keep muscles from getting sore and keep bruises from developing. After working out, using this gel will help your muscles and joints recover more quickly. It’s great stuff! I love how it doesn’t have all the chemicals that you find in other pain creams that are on the market.

KNEIPP®is a wonderful go-to for pain relief products whether you have arthritis or are an athlete or just have occasional aches and pains. They also some arnica bath products that I haven’t tested that look great, too. Keep yourself feeling great and pain-free with KNEIPP®!  – Lisa

Getting beach body thighs with Phytomer ResurfaSlim!

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

What is better than sitting back on the beach, gazing at the waves while sipping an ice-cold drink, watching all the cute boys as they walk past?

Doing all of those things knowing that they are watching you too because you look AMAZING.  Yes!!

Girlfriend, I may be over – ahem – 40, but I’m not dead. And neither are you. So let’s take care of our thighs, shall we? I’ve been testing Phytomer ResurfaSlim ($99) (pr sample) and it’s pretty incredible. This is a peel for your hips and thighs and tummy.  Basically, it is a 2 in 1 peel and slimming cream. It exfoliates cells, smooths out skin and resurfaces cellulite even the first time you use it, plus it diminishes stretch marks.

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

The first time I used it after an hour I noticed a definite difference in how smooth my skin was. I love immediate gratification, and this delivers! I think because I got results right away I remembered to use it regularly, every morning and every night, and I have been rewarded with slimming looking thighs and far lighter stretch marks. Mine weren’t super dark or thick to begin with, so your results may vary – but I am very happy with results I’ve gotten.

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

Phytomer ResurfaSlim

Key Ingredients and Benefits:

  • Glycolic, lactic and citric acids plus marine AHAs (Porphyra-Conchoclis): Acid exfoliants for a resurfaced figure
  • Pepper Slimactiv (pink pepper oil): Exclusively targets adipocytes for enhanced lipolytic efficacy
  • GMR – Global Marine Reshaper: Reshapes all the tissues to tone the skin structure

The peeling part comes from the AHA’s, which smooth cellulite and prep skin to absorb the slimming ingredients. The pink pepper oil is the fat burner – remember when caffeine was all the rage for thinner thighs and less cellulite? ResurfaSlim’s combo of the AHA’s and pink pepper oil is eight times more powerful than caffeine! The GMR softens skin and leaves it feeling incredibly smooth to the touch.  There is a fragrance and it’s lovely – jasmine, iris, and fresh green notes.

If you are sensitive to iodine, this is not a product for you. However, if this isn’t a problem and you want slimmer thighs, less dimpling, and less noticeable stretch marks…my goodness, give Phytomer ResurfaSlim a shot!! It really is the bomb. Try it now and by mid July you won’t believe your results. This was one time I didn’t mind having cellulite, only because I got to try this really cool product! Now I just need to figure out a way to get a lifetime supply of ResurfaSlim…..ha!  – Lisa

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Mindful beauty for an active life: YUNI Beauty Sweat, Refresh, Go Kit

YUNI Sweat Refresh Go Kit I love working out. I love getting stronger, feeling good, and looking better. What I don’t love is how I smell after a class…with my busy schedule, it’s challenging to find time to work out so I often have to run to a meeting after breaking a sweat. I am constantly on the lookout for great workout clothes as well as great body products that help me get from the gym to the real world in a flash.      samplesYUNI Beauty (640x480)
YUNI Beauty Sweat Refresh GoYUNI Beauty is a new brand to Sephora – they just partnered up at the end of December. The YUNI collection is focused on natural, versatile, eco-conscious products that are perfect for active people. The products emphasize mindfulness within a healthy lifestyle.
YUNI Beauty Sweat Refresh Go KitTo kick off their new partnership with Sephora, YUNI created the Sweat, Refresh, Go Kit ($32) which has its top-selling products, including Shower Sheets (Body Wipes), Chillax (Muscle Recovery Gel), Flash Bath (No-Rinse Body Cleanser), and My OM World (Aromatic Body Mist). This awesome set comes in a cute zippered bag that says YUNI Seekers of Good. The bag is made from a very sturdy canvas that will withstand any sort of shenanigans.

Here are the four different YUNI products that are fantastic for taking care of your post-workout body.
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  1.  Shower Sheets:  There are three Shower Sheets included.  These are large body wipes that clean your body, leaving it feeling fresh and smelling good. I love these especially when traveling. The body wipe is truly large enough to clean your whole ‘bad self’ – it’s like a shower without the water. This is what you want after a particularly grueling workout, or after swimming to get rid of that chlorine smell when you don’t have time or access to a shower.YUNI Flash BathYUNI Flash Bath
  2. Flash Bath:  This is a foamy no-bath body cleanser. Just squirt some foam into your hands, rub over skin, and it instantly takes away odor and leaves skin super soft thanks to a blend of antibacterial Neem extract and aloe vera. It has a clean, outdoorsy scent that is pleasant and sticks around for a while. It’s amazing when you are in a big hurry because it dries almost instantly and really cleans the skin.YUNI ChillaxYUNI Beauty Chillax
  3. Chillax Muscle Recovery Gel:  The roller ball gently massages sore muscles while the gel cools and soothes sore, inflamed muscles almost immediately. Fair Trade Green Tea Extract and arnica calm down inflammation, and peppermint eases pain. It smells amazing and really helps the post-workout muscle blues. It’s fantastic on my neck and shoulders after arm day, and essential for my thighs and calves after leg day.YUNI Beauty My Om World
  4. My Om World Aromatic Body Mist:  After getting clean and soothing sore muscles, a quick spray of this calming body mist is the best ending to a tough but satisfying workout. The combination of geranium, bergamot, neroli and sage is incredible. You can’t help but feel peaceful and happy with this amazing scent.  Just perfect.

YUNI Sweat Refresh Go (640x480)I am so impressed with YUNI Beauty! If you do yoga, or are a runner, or a gym rat, or just love sweating to the oldies, you are going to be thrilled with the Sweat, Refresh, Go Kit.  All the items are portable multi-taskers that are not only sustainable, they are also wonderfully affordable.

YUNI Beauty is currently available at, select YogaWorks, Credo Beauty,, and  – Lisa

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Don’t stress out – shop The Body Shop for awesome last minute gifts!

lastminuteheroI cannot believe that Christmas is only three days away! My shopping isn’t done yet…is yours? Fun fact from The Body Shop – 43% of people globally find buying presents very stressful, and interestingly, men actually stress about it more than women. The Body Shop makes it easy to pick up some quick, fun gifts that take the stress out of last-minute shopping. Seriously, they have something for everyone on your list!                                   samplesThe Body Shop

Actually, being a procrastinator pays off on the holidays because the prices just keep getting better and better!

The Body Shop is celebrating their 40th anniversary and their dedication to their campaign against animal testing with more than 120 gift sets – and every single one helps restore the rainforest and protect endangered species.

A never fail gift for those who celebrate Christmas is an ornament. The Body Shop has some super cute ornaments and some wonderfully practical ones, too.  The Body Shop Ornament

Committment Sponge Reggie Jr. ($6)  This cute little guy makes for a super fun ornament…and then an even better bath sponge! The Limited Edition Reggie Junior Commitment Sponge is a perfect gift for a niece or nephew. The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters BaubleThe Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters BaubleThe Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters Bauble

Strawberry Festive Butters Bauble ($10, on sale right now for $4!) Now here’s a perfect gift for a teacher or friend – the ornaments holds a yummy smelling Strawberry Body Butter as well as a hydrating Strawberry Lip Butter. This is a terrific buy because it’s a $14 Value!

The Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask DuoThe Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask Duo

The Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask Duo ($39, on sale now for just $15!) I adore these masks, and this gift duo is a great combo of deep cleansing and deep moisturizing. At this price, you will want to put two in your basket – one for a friend and one for yourself!

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The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun ($20, on sale now for $12)  Give the gift of holiday glow with this fantastic liquid bronzer and highlighter! A few drops in foundation brighten up your look, and it’s also wonderful mixed with body lotion for softly glowing arms and decolletage. I know I would be thrilled to find this under the tree.

The Body Shop Color Crush Matte LipstickThe Body Shop LE Down to Earth Eyeshadow QuadThe Body Shop LE Down to Earth Eyeshadow QuadIf your giftee loves makeup, I am a big fan of The Body Shop’s new collection, which includes Colour Crush Matte Lipsticks ($12.50, on sale now for $7.50) and LE Eyeshadow Quads ($24 on sale now for $14.40).

The bottom line is, don’t stress out!  Shop online – free shipping now, yay! – or head over to the mall for some amazing gifts from The Body Shop that will make everyone on your list happy happy happy.  – Lisa

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Yummy body products from Ola Tropical Apothecary

Ola Tropical ApothecaryNothing says summer like coconut scented body products! Ola Tropical Apothecary, a wonderful boutique line from Hawaii, has everything needed to get your summer on. This is a very special line that has blown me away – the products are so good, you owe it to yourself to read on!!                   samples

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Sugar Polish

Summer skin needs to be soft, exfoliated skin – beware the poolside moment when you suddenly realize you are ashy. Ola Sugar Polish ($30 for 13 oz.) is a great way to gently exfoliate and hydrate your skin. Beautiful ingredients include pure Hawaiian cane sugar (and none of the guilt!!), organic Hawaiian honey, healing Hawaiian plant extracts, natural cleansers, Kukui nut, Macadamia nut, Cocoa and Organic Coconut oils. Ola Sugar Polish is a luxurious way to pamper your skin.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Lotion

After polishing, you want to moisturize to seal in all that goodness. One option is the Ola Coconut Body Lotion ($29 for 8 oz). This is a soft, light cream that sinks in quickly and leaves behind a criminally delicious deep coconut scent. The ingredient list is incredible:  We blend Aloe Vera Juice and Coconut Creme with Avocado, Mango, Passion Fruit, Tamanu and Organic Virgin Coconut oils and locally harvested Macadamia and Kukui nut oils.  Infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato, Banana, Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), to create a super hydrating and quickly absorbing formula to repair, replenish and heal your skin.

The Coconut Body Lotion is a little more expensive than others out there, but when you check out that ingredient list it’s no wonder why. Oh, and by the way — TOTALLY worth the extra expense.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Butter

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Butter

If you want a moisturizer that is a little more rich, check out Ola’s Coconut Body Butter ($29 for 4.6 oz). I typically don’t go with heavier body moisturizers in the summer, but this is the lightest of body butters. It’s whipped into perfection and feels cool and soothing on the skin. It melts in immediately and smells so good…I can’t get enough of this stuff. I want to eat it with a spoon.

The body butter is a blend of Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa and Organic Mango Seed Butters.  Infused with our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato, Banana, Seaweeds, Aloe Vera, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), to create this creamy, luxurious formula that will repair, replenish and moisturize dry, thirsty skin.

All I can say is that I am head over heels in love with Ola’s Coconut Body Butter.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Body Mist and Body Oil

I can’t get over the next two products, they are THAT good. I start with the Coconut Body Oil ($29). This is a fantastic and unique blend of tropical oils that soften, heal, and scent your skin.  Oils include pure organic coconut oil, organic avocado oil, Passion Fruit oil, and locally sourced Macadamia nut and Kukui nut oils. They leave skin satiny soft and glowy. This feels sooo good after swimming in the poor or lake.

I finish with the Body Mist ($22 for 4 oz) for perfect summer skin. This is no ordinary scented body mist….it has a secret ingredient, 100% Hawaiian Deep Sea Water. This water is found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast and it “contains life’s most precious nutrients and minerals in nature’s perfect ionic and absorbable blend”.

The Hawaiian Deep Sea Mist has over 90 trace minerals, is high in calcium and magnesium, pathogen free and some of the cleanest and most nutritious water in the world. I keep it in my gym bag or my beach bag. Just knowing the goodness inside that bottle makes me feel refreshed and pampered.  Some of the other ingredients:

Infused with Aloe Vera Juice and our unique synergetic healing blend of Organic and Wildcrafted Hawaiian Botanical Distillates (Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Ginger, Noni, Olena and Taro), this formula has a naturally high alkaline ph which makes it exceptionally hydrating and nourishing for the skin, hair and face.

You can also mist your sheets, fabric couches, rugs, or the air to get some Hawaii into your space.

Ola Tropical Apothecary Coconut Lip Renew

Finally, I have to give a shout out to the Coconut Lemongrass Organic Lip Moisturizer ($6). When you place an order, be sure to throw in one or two of these. I am a real lip balm snob and this is, by far, the BEST lip balm I have ever tried!! It hydrates lips like crazy, feels sooo good on, and tastes lightly coconutty.

Locally sourced tropical oils and butters are blended to provide long-lasting moisturizing benefits

Locally harvested Organic Beeswax is added to protect and seal in moisture

Flavors include Banana Honey, Coconut, Mango Passion Fruit, and Tropical Melody. I want one of each!

If you only splurge on one thing this summer, make it Ola Tropical Apothecary. This beautiful line has some of the best body products I’ve ever tested. Ola Tropical Apothecary products are available at better specialty stores, fine salons and spas nationwide or by visiting  – Lisa

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 PS – they also have exfoliating towelettes, sunless tanning, hair products, home fragrances, and more!!

Stock up your shower with drugstore finds from Aveeno

AveenoOne of the coolest things about blogging is discovering awesome finds at terrific prices. I have a few favorite drugstore lines and AVEENO® is one of them.

I am sad for all the years I didn’t know about this great brand, but Marcia and I have been AVEENO® brand ambassadors for years now and we are very proud of this. Over the years I have found many must-have products from this sensitive skin-friendly brand, and today I want to tell you about three staples to stock up on for a super shower.

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Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner, Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® hair products have an ingredient called ACTIVE NATURALS® SEAWEED EXTRACT.  It’s full of vitamins, proteins, and minerals that clean hair without leaving it dried out, conditioning and balancing it to perfection. The AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOO (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a great shampoo that indeed leaves hair super clean but still soft and shiny. It is sulfate free, so while it doesn’t have a ton of foam it still does a wonderful job even on color treated hair.

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

The sister conditioner, AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® CONDITIONER (10.5 fl.oz., $6.49) is a conditioner for those who don’t need tons of moisture weighing down hair. It’s especially good for oily or fine hair, since it’s light but still hydrates and gives hair shine. If you have very dry ends or lots of frizz, you will probably want something heavier. Otherwise, this is a terrific every day, workhorse conditioner.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

 A shower isn’t complete with shampoo and conditioner – you also need a perfect body wash. I love AVEENO® body washes because they have ACTIVE NATURALS® COLLOIDAL OATMEAL, which is fantastic for all kinds of skin, even the most sensitive. Colloidal oatmeal protects and soothes skin and it has tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I think the body wash to get – especially for guest bathrooms to accommodate any skin care needs – is the AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH (12 fl.oz., $6.99). No kidding, this is a stand out drugstore product. It has a very light fragrance and the ingredients include the colloidal oatmeal plus a blend of natural oils and emollients that clean skin beautifully while also soothing and refreshing. All skin types will love this soap free, dye free and hypoallergenic body wash. It rinses clean and is truly one of the best body washes I have ever tried.
I recently visited a friend who is beyond wealthy and while she has all sorts of products from very expensive lines, every shower in her house had nothing but AVEENO® products — for very good reason!  Next time you are at the drugstore, stock up on AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL® SHAMPOOCONDITIONER, and DAILY MOISTURIZING BODY WASH. They are perfect for your guests and perfect for you, too.  – Lisa
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