The perfect gift exchange gifts: Zoella Beauty!

Zoella bath and body

Have you tried Zoella Beauty yet? You can find it at Ulta. This is cutest, sweetest line. I just love it. Everything is wonderful…I love it for my girls, I love it for myself…I can’t seem to get enough! The packaging is simply adorable, and what’s inside is even better. Here are three things that I think you will want to see under your tree or in your stocking this holiday…and they especially make really sweet gifts for Secret Santa exchanges!

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Zoella Soak Opera

Zoella Soak Opera ($9.99) What’s not to love about this big bottle of beautifully scented bubble bath/shower gel? The packaging is adorable. The name is cuter than cute.  The fragrance is yummy – fresh and clean but slightly sweet and girly. The ingredients are terrific with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Aloe Extracts, which means super soft and supple skin. And it’s a multi-tasker! Got time for a nice long soaky bath?  Soak Opera is THERE for you, with tons of bubbles that last and last. Only have a few minutes to get cleansed and refreshed? Again, Soak Opera is your friend, THERE for you, waiting to be poured into your sponge to make a beautiful lather to cleanse your skin to soft, satiny sheen. Pure love.

Zoella Creamly Madly Dreamy

Zoella Creamly Madly Dreamy swatch

Zoella’s Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion ($6.50) is a big, 5.4 fl. oz. tube of luscious body lotion for an incredibly low price. It smells soft and feminine, like a big old hug from your favorite girl friend, the one who never judges you and is also down for eating an entire pizza while watching old episodes of The Office. Skin adores Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion because it’s full of Vitamin E, Aloe and Shea Butter. This is a perfect Secret Santa gift that your giftee will be thanking you for all year.

Zoella Soap Pop

Zoella Beauty Soap on a Stick ($6.50) is beyond adorable!! Of course, everything seems better on a stick. Why not soap? The packaging is beyond cute and this soap has all good stuff in it – Vitamin E, Shea Butter, and Aloe. It has that same awesome fresh and girly fragrance. Plus, there’s a really cute surprise – once all the soap is gone, you’ll find one of five secret messages written by Zoe herself on the stick inside – how much fun is that??

I love the holiday season and Secret Santa exchanges are so much fun. Zoella Beauty is a terrific line to look at for adorable, wallet friendly items that your pal will absolutely adore, and they are easy to find at Ulta. Check these out as well as all the other fabulous finds from this lovely line.  – Lisa

Celebrate National Relaxation Day with Molton Brown, Soap and Paper, and WelleCo!

Celebrate National Relaxation Day!

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It’s August 15th, National Relaxation Day! I’m so glad we have a reminder to relax, because it is all too easy to get caught up in your job, your kids, your bills, your house, all those responsibilities…and totally forget to take care of YOU. I always go back to this analogy – if you are traveling on an airplane with a child and the cabin loses pressure so those air masks come down, do you put that mask on the child or yourself first? You put it on yourself first, because if you don’t take care of yourself, you might not be able to take care of anyone else.

Take this day to do something really nice for yourself and RELAX. I have three fabulous suggestions for you that will ease away every bit of stress and tension. Light a candle, make a nice hot cup of tea, and then soak in a fabulous bubble bath – aaaahhhhh………yes!

Molton Brown Single Wick Candle

First up – some beautiful mood lighting. My go-to candles are Molton Brown Single Wick Candles ($49).  The candles come in a handsome jar that looks sophisticated and lush. They are available in amazing scents, including Delicious Rhubarb & Rose, Black Peppercorn, Pink Pepperpod, Coco & Sandalwood, Black Leather Accord & Cade, Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise, Orange & Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Rosa Absolute, Gingerlily, Oudh Accord & Gold and Tobacco Absolute.

Molton Brown candles are not one note affairs. They offer complex scents that are truly delightful. As Molton Brown describes it, the scents start with a bright top note, followed by a complex middle note, then end with a haunting base note. I am currently burning the Rosa Absolute scent, and the complexity of this is fantastic. Top notes are blackcurrent, pink pepper, and raspberry. Heart notes are rose, violet leaf, and geranium. Base notes are patchouli, labdanum and vanilla. It is an incredible, relaxing scent that is perfection for National Relaxation Day.

WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea

WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea

Now that you have some mood lighting, next up is a nice, hot cup of tea. I can’t tell you how much I am loving WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea ($69). The Tea Caddy, which I have pictured, has 50 tea bags and you can buy refills separately. This tea is so fantastic, especially if you have trouble getting to sleep at night. The ingredients include skullcap, valerian root and hops, combined with lemon balm, passionflower and natural lemon and mango flower. The tea is so soothing and mild, slightly fruity and absolutely delightful. It is incredibly relaxing and the perfect tea for melting away the day and creating total relaxation.

Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath

Now that you have an amazing candle and a perfect cup of tea, what else do you need? Why, a fabulous bubble bath of course! Nothing beats relaxing sore muscles and soaking away every bit of tension in a nice, frothy sea of warmth. Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath ($32) is a fantastic choice. It comes in fab scents, including Gardenia, Jasmine, Green Tea, Tuberose, Neroli, Marine, Santal and Vanille, Lavender and Lemon Verbena.

Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath

Mine is Neroli, which is a lovely pure orange blossom scent that is comforting and relaxing. The bubbles are delightfully frothy and really last and skin is left feeling super soft and wonderfully pampered thanks to the key ingredients, borage and meadowfoam. If you love bubble baths, this huge jar of sulfate free bubble bath is exactly what you want sitting next to your tub.

I hope you are able to try out these three products because I really think they are all outstanding.  But whatever you do, take good care of yourself today and show yourself the love you deserve. RELAX. You have earned it.  – Lisa

Ahhhhh, relax……….with Kneipp Bath Salts, Bubble Bath, and Body Oil

Kneipp bath products

There are many stressful times of the year for me, and spring is one of them. Yes, it’s beautiful…I love to see all the flowers and trees coming to life and blooming. But there are all sorts of other things that spring brings…graduations, spring cleaning, weddings, the prospect of bathing suit season…all things that send me straight into stressland.

I am very conscious of making time for self care in times of greater tension and taking care of myself physically is always my first step to de-stress. A line with some beautiful and nicely affordable body products is Kneipp. They have lots of wonderful sets that also make great gifts (two birds with one stone!!) and I love the naturopathic philosophy behind the products. People are such fans of this line that once they discover it they are fans for life.  Here are just a few of my favorites from Kneipp that never fail to keep stress away.

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Kneipp Mineral Bath Salts

Kneipp Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Mineral Bath Salts

Kneipp Mineral Bath Salts

Kneipp Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Mineral Bath Salts

Red Poppy & Hemp Pure Bliss Bath Salt (17.63 oz., $20.00)  Bath salts in general are fantastic for healing your muscles, getting rid of aches and pains, and keeping your soul grounded. The Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Bath Salts are really, really wonderful – they are everything bath salts should be and more. You remember poppies from The Wizard of Oz? They made everyone sleep. The poppies in these bath salts smell so good. They are incredibly relaxing so this is a fabulous soak for right before bed, particularly if you have troubles turning those thoughts off at night. Kneipp says, “Our mineral salt is sourced from an ancient underground salt water sea in central Germany that is the last remaining salt works in Europe using traditional pan boiling methods. This method reveals unique salt crystals free from chemical additives and environmental pollutants. Naturally very high in trace minerals such as Magnesium, Calcium and Zinc, which are absorbed by the body while soaking in your tub.” What a wonderful way to treat yourself both physically and spiritually. It’s pure bliss indeed.

Kneipp Aromatherapy Bubble Bath

Kneipp Aromatherapy Bubble Bath

I certainly enjoy life a little more every time I take a bubble bath with my May Chang & Lemon Enjoy Life Bath (3.38 fl.oz., $20.00). Shoot, just taking a sniff of this lovely citrus bubble bath puts me in a better mood. The scent is lemon-based and juicy, with a slight edge of clean mint. The formula is full of natural plant and herbal essential oils and a good soak in this lovely bubble bath is always a major treat.

Kneipp Aromatherapy Body Oil

Kneipp Aromatherapy Body Oil

Besides relaxing in a tub of beautifully scented water and tons of bubbles, I feel pampered and relaxed when I treat myself to some truly marvelous body oil. I highly recommend the Kneipp Lavender Relaxing Massage Oil (3.38 fl.oz., $23.00), which is saying something since lavender is not exactly my favorite fragrance. To me, lavender can smell sharp, soapy, and unpleasant. This scent is very soft, subtle, and feminine. It’s lovely. And the body oil itself is stellar. It’s perfect as a massage oil with lots of emollient jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. It isn’t greasy, so it’s also exemplary as a daily moisturizer (and especially terrific right after a shower because it locks in that wonderful moisture). There are several other scents I’d like to try, but boy, if you are a fan of lavender you really have to try the Kneipp Lavender Relaxing Body Oil.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Kneipp is fantastic body product line to help you remember to do so.  Happy spring! – Lisa

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Red Poppy and Hemp Pure Bliss Bath Salt Ingredients:  SODIUM CHLORIDE, PAPAVER ORIENTALE (POPPY) SEED OIL, CANNABIS SATIVA SEED OIL, CITRUS NOBILIS (MANDARIN ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, OLIBANUM, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), POLYSORBATE 20, CI 14700 (RED 4), CI 42090 (BLUE 1).

May Chang & Lemon Enjoy Life Bath ingredients:  POLYSORBATE 20, AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, LIMONENE, CITRAL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, LITSEA CUBEBA FRUIT OIL, CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) PEEL OIL, CYMBOPOGON NARDUS (CITRONELLA) OIL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL, LINALOOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), TOCOPHEROL, CI 47005 (YELLOW 10), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5).

Lavender Relaxing Massage Oil:  HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) EXTRACT, LAVANDULA LATIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA EXTRACT, RETINYL PALMITATE, LINALOOL, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, COUMARIN, TOCOPHEROL.

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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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!