Cleaning up from head to toe with Murad and Kneipp

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask and Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub

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I’ve never been to a real spa, have you? I make my own spa days though at home with all the wonderful products that are available. As a matter of fact over the weekend I cleansed from head to toe and included Murad Pore Extractor Pomegrante Mask and Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub. I felt like a million with clean hair from Keune (review upcoming) and my soft face and body.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

I love when I have extra time in the mornings so that I can apply the Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask. It takes just 10 minutes and feels so comfortable once on. Once in the shower after the 10 minutes I massage it onto my skin so that I’m exfoliating with the mask too.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

I’ve always said that my pores are my nemesis. As a teen I had terrible blackheads and very oily skin. As an adult I have neither but I have remnants of those days with my enlarged pores. This Murad clay mask has really helped with making my pores appear smaller.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

The mask features intensive ingredients that work together to give you visible results in just one use:

  • Volcanic Clay acts as a magnet to help extract impurities and excess oil
  • Pomegranate Extract promotes glowing skin for visibly refined pores, while strengthening and rejuvenating the top layer of skin.
  • Lactic Acid polishing beads serve as an exfoliate, lifting away dirt, debris and dead skin cells that have clogged pores throughout the day.

My skin feels smoother for a few days after using this and then it’s time for me to hop in the shower and use it again! There is the teeniest fragrance. I have to stick my nose into the jar to smell anything. Being so sensitive to fragrance I can assure you if it doesn’t bother me, your’re not going to notice it at all. This is available at both Ulta and Sephora. There’s a reason it’s subtitled Pore Rescue – you’ll love it but your pores won’t.

Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub

While the jar just says Sugar Body Scrub this Kneipp delight is in actuality Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub. And it is a delight. This is a scrub I’ve been reaching for again and again. The scent of almond is one of my favorites and this has just a whiff of it. The fragrance isn’t strong or overwhelming at all.

Kneipp Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub

Kneipp calls this “Soft Skin Indulgence” as you’ll end up with the softest skin that’s conveniently moisturized at the same time. I don’t need a body lotion after using this scrub since it leaves my skin with a hint of oil to keep it soft. This body scrub even contains true ingredients of almond blossom.

Kneipp Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub

I absolutely can’t wait until my new shower is installed so that I’ll have a bench to sit on and be able to massage this onto my entire body more easily. Kneipp’s Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Scrub is a very affordable luxury that is great for all 4 seasons.

Make your own spa day with Murad and Kneipp. Any products you get from them are wonderful and of course I think these two are tops.  —  Marcia

 

Murad ingredient list: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Polylactic Acid, Sodium Palmamphoacetate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Kaolin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Polysorbate 20, Punica Granatum Extract, Schinus Molle Extract, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Balanites Aegyptiaca Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Disodium Carboxyethyl Siliconate, Citric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Amyl Cinnamal, Red Lake 40 (CI 16035).

Kneipp Ingredients: SUCROSE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS HYBRID OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) FRUIT EXTRACT, SINE ADIPE LAC, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, GUAIACUM OFFICINALE WOOD OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL, POGOSTEMON CABLIN OIL, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, COUMARIN, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENYLPROPANOL, GLYCERIN, AQUA (WATER), TOCOPHEROL. Note: this product is cruelty free but not vegan. It’s made without animal testing, parabens, silicone oils and preservatives.

The ultimate summertime experience with Kneipp!

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I am in denial.  I have forbidden several people from reminding me that it’s almost the end of July. I was at breakfast at Cracker Barrel last weekend and I swear to you, I actually saw Halloween items on display. I covered my eyes and ran. I refuse to acknowledge that summer isn’t going to be here forever and instead I am drenching myself in every summertime scent I can get my greedy little hands on. Thankfully Kneipp® is happy to help me out with their ultimate summertime scents and warm weather wellness body products.

Kneipp Endless Summer Body Wash in Lime and Mint

Kneipp® has three new summer fresh fragrances for their beautiful Body Washes ($14) – I have Endless Summer, a beautifully clean combination of lime and mint that is really refreshing. The body wash is soap free and pH-balanced, with lots of natural plant oils that cleanse skin yet leave it feeling soft and hydrated. Which one of the new scents will keep you in a summertime mood?

  • Endless Summer: An energizing infusion of citrusy lime and revitalizing mint
  • Summer Mood: A juicy blend of summer-fresh watermelon and stimulating mint
  • Tropical Dream: An exotic, vacation-evoking mixture of mouthwatering mango and sweet starfruit

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

For more summertime fun, how about some Kneipp® Shower Foam ($16)?  This is even more entertaining than it looks! Mine is a lovely Lavender scent but it comes in many other beautiful fragrances including Orange Blossom & Jojoba, White Hibiscus & Shea Butter, and one specifically for men – Cedar & Jojoba. This creamy foam is full of essential oils and is in the dictionary under ‘good clean fun’.

Kneipp Body Oil in Almond Blossom

I honestly can’t rave enough about the Kneipp® Body Oil in Almond Blossom ($22). It smells incredible…soft and sweet and wonderful, yet not so feminine that your guy is going to balk at giving or receiving a massage using this oil. This argan and sunflower based oil has lots of vitamin A and E so it is fantastic for skin, and wow does it makes for fantastic massages! It’s also perfect in hot summer months instead of heavy lotion. Use this right after showering for a light, fabulous scent and super hydrated skin that isn’t oily or greasy. You can put clothing on immediately after applying. It’s also wonderful as a bath oil!

Kneipp Hand Cream in Spring Awakening

Kneipp Hand Cream in Spring Awakening

Right now the Kneipp® Lady’s Mock & Shea Butter Hand Cream in Spring Awakening is on sale (40% off!!) online for just $6 (regularly $10) so be sure to stock up!! You can find it right HERE. This is an excellent hand cream. Thick, rich, and super hydrating. It’s a tube of goodness that you will always want at your side, especially if you love to garden and work in the yard in the summer. Spring Awakening is a floral scent with shea butter, almond butter, mayflower and magnolia, sweet and summer perfect.

Kneipp® products aren’t just summer perfect, they are dermatologist tested, vegan, and free of preservatives, paraffins, silicons, and mineral oils. Keep your summer in full swing with beautiful body products from Kneipp® ! – Lisa

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

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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.

Glossybox for November is ready to pamper you

It’s always a pleasure to see what surprises Glossybox sends for discovery. The November box (sent for consideration) is filled with items that are pretty and pampering. Hair, nails, skin, color and your bath are all being taken care of in lovely ways with this $21 subscription.

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Glossybox for November 2014

Glossybox for November 2014

This month there are 2 full size items and 3 deluxe samples. The total value of the box is $54 so you are ahead of the game with this.

OPI "Pink Outside the Glossybox"

OPI “Pink Outside the Glossybox”

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OPI PINK OUTSIDE THE GLOSSYBOX NAIL LACQUER was what my eye was immediately drawn to. This is a rosy pink polish that’s a beautiful neutral. OPI created this just for Glossybox so it makes it more unique. If you need classic colors or love the softness of a pink polish then this will thrill you as much as it did for me. It’s full size and OPI retails for $9.50.

So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush

So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush

SO SUSAN COSMETICS UNIVERSAL BLUSH was another thrill for me. At heart I’m a cosmetic woman. That’s what I love so seeing this pretty blush was a happy moment. The blush is called Universal since it’s a color that will work on most skin tones. Besides having a beautiful shade it’s also loaded with skincare benefits like Buriti (an Amazon fruit rich in beta carotene and essential fatty acids) and uses pink kaolin clay to adapt to your skin tone. Very interesting that the color will be different on each of us. This full size blush retails for $23.29.

Kneipp Herbal Bath

Kneipp Herbal Bath

KNEIPP HERBAL BATH IN BALANCING LAVENDER is part of this pampering package. After a long day there’s nothing like looking forward to a hot bath. Kneipp is known for their bath oils and has been popular for a long time, way before essential oils became the craze. The bath treatment helps calm fatigue and even nervousness. This deluxe sample is enough for at least 2 baths. A full size is $20 while this sample at 4 ml is valued at $4.

12 BENEFITS Instant Hair Treatment

12 BENEFITS Instant Hair Treatment

12 BENEFITS INSTANT HAIR TREATMENT is a new brand and product for me. The goal is to correct damage from things like chemical processing, hair styling and pollution. It’s a leave in treatment that you spray on to benefit hair that’s dry and parched. It’s a sample size (value $5) that is perfect to try at home and to take with you when traveling. I find that the different climate and water in new places doesn’t always leave my hair looking like it does at home so this is a nice addition.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

JUICE BEAUTY’S GREEN APPLE AGE DEFY MOISTURIZER will pamper your skin with its brightening cocktail. It contains a complex of apple, lemon and white crape juice along with vitamin C and peptides. It’s like a “drink of water for your face”. Since a full size of this wonderful moisturizer is $45 you get the opportunity to see if you like it with this .5 oz size ($11.25 value).

Glossybox November 2014

Glossybox November 2014

If you are new to Glossybox there are ways you can get more product with your subscription order. With a one year subscription they currently have a free box that you can see HERE. You can also buy this gorgeous box for $40 if you prefer.glossy holiday giftboxIf you don’t want to commit to a year then use the code “ALEXANI” to get a FREE Alex and Ani bangle (a $38 value) with your new subscription purchase.  Since a GLOSSYBOX subscription is a great gift for someone (as well as for yourself), then adding in the Alex and Ani bangle would make it even more special for them.

What items strike your eye in this Glossybox? Are you like me with the blush and polish? — Marcia

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