4 for Fall: four small but mighty products!


The change in seasons brings all sorts of skin care challenges and I have four small but mighty products that will help you power through any surprise curve balls thrown your way. Dry lips? No problem. Greasy locks? Gone in an instant. Bad breath? Got you covered. Dry skin? Don’t make me laugh. Not only will you have the tools, but these are also  portable and easy to conceal and carry anywhere. Ready? Let’s go!!

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  1.  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm

Lip balm is a must have for fall. Dry lips are terrible to suffer through, especially when they peel and get really sore. I am loving my Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm so much I can’t rave enough about it. The slip is fantastic and it lasts forever. It conditions lips and takes away all flakes and dryness so quickly it’s incredible.


Antioxidant-rich, omega-heavy fruit oils of buriti and sea buckthorn fight free radicals.

– Organic cocoa butter softens lips.

– Rich cocoa extract leaves kisses luminous and luscious—with a hint of chocolate.

The ingredient list is fabulous, and everything is organically grown or wildcrafted: Olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, sea buckthorn fruit oil, buriti fruit oil, cocoa extract, rosehip fruit oil, and rosemary extract.

The price is good and even better if you buy more: 1 for $8; 3 for $24 (save on shipping); 5 for $40 and get 1 free; 10 for $80, and get 2 free. Why not buy a bunch and stock up for the cold months? The dry indoor heat is really rough on delicate lip tissue. You won’t be sorry –  Annmarie Skin Care Antioxidant Lip Balm is some of the best lip balm I have tried in forever.

2.  Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Tish and Snooky Manic Panic Dry Shampoo

Who would know more about hair freshening dry shampoo than punk rock sisters? Um, NO ONE. Tish and Snooky are those sisters and they have the iconic Manic Panic hair color and cosmetics line. One of my fav products is the super cool and wonderfully portable Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo ($9.99). This lightweight powder soaks up dirt and grease, gives hair a nice fresh scent, and adds lots of volume and texture between washes. Sometimes hair looks good in the morning but by midday it starts looking droopy, especially with chilly fall showers. Just sneak a little Manic Panic Hair Freshener Powder Dry Shampoo and your hair will be happy and looking fantastic in no time!

3.  Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Dr. Plotka Toothbrush

Here’s a great memory trick – change your toothbrush with every season. This season, why not upgrade with a really cool new toothbrush – Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatchers toothbrush. This toothbrush has naturally antimicrobial bristles that are infused with silver that naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria that grow on bristles in between uses – pretty awesome! The bristles are also super thin at the top so they act as floss, reaching food in between teeth. I sure do love a multi-tasker. You need one of these at home, one in your car, and one at work.

Be sure to keep reading the BIZ because we have a giveaway coming up for some Doctor Plotka’s™ Mouthwatcher toothbrushes so you can floss like a boss this fall!

4.  LDC Anti-Aging Moisturizer Travel Size ($60)


The final item in my fab four are the travel size LDC Anti-Aging Moisurizer. There is a lot going on in such a small bottle – this plumps skin, evens skin tone, tightens skin and makes it look younger.

  • Look Instantly Younger! Erase wrinkles and hydrate your skin, all at the same time!
  • Our Resveratrol Peptide Complex is a revolutionary new formula that will not only make you look younger, but will also hydrate and moisturize your skin.
  • See a noticeable improvement in skin tone, as well as a skin lightening benefit.
  • 6 Peptides and Resveratrol work in synergy to provide you with a relaxed and softer appearance.
  • Instant Results! Painless skin tightening and hydrating results! On the go!

The Travel Size Kit comes with two airless pumps – one for your purse and one for your desk at work, perfect for instant skin hydration any time you start feeling a little dry.

There you go, four heavy hitters in small packages to get you through the fall season. Big doesn’t necessarily mean mighty, and these four favorites are mighty awesome!! – Lisa

Vintage charm with Le Couvent des Minimes

Le Couvent des Minimes

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I adore anything vintage and the Le Couvent des Minimes line is a wonderful botanical based line with throwback packaging and classic products that take you back in time. Even better, Le Couvent des Minimes supports child and health care projects by giving back 1% of all of their annual sales to their Franciscan Missionaries. I have been testing two skin care products that get high marks from me and if you love summery scents you will really love these.

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Body Gel Cream

Le Couvent des Minimes Cloister Body Gel Cream

The Cloister Body Gel Cream ($18, 7 oz.) is a very rich body cream that has a super cool gel-like texture. The base is shea butter, and it’s combined with rose oil to lock in hydration while the other essentials oils exfoliate the skin.
Key Ingredients:

  • Shea Butter: softens skin and retains moisture
  • Essential Oils: detoxifies and exfoliates skin
  • Vitamin E: boosts the skins natural repair processes

This has a very pronounced rose scent, so if you love roses you will be in heaven. Rose makes for a great antibacterial and this gel body cream is a truly incredible hydrator. It leaves skin unbelievably soft and smelling feminine and well, yes – like a rose!

Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin

Le Couvent des Minimes Loving Care the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin

The Loving Care for the Face Cream for Sensitive Skin ($18) was actually inspired by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. They protected and soothed those in need, and so does this face cream – it soothes skin, protects it, and keeps it hydrated. It gives immediate relief, and can even be used on children under the age of 3. It does have fragrance, although it’s light and a very soft floral. Ingredients include:

•Grape-seed Oil: nourishes and prevents dry skin
•Mallow Extract: moisturizes and softens
•Calendula Extract: helps to reinforce the natural skin barrier
•Rose Flower Water: soothes

If you love vintage inspired products as well as lines that support great causes, then be sure to check out Le Couvent des Minimes! You can find them online at Dermstore.com.  – Lisa


A trip to the tropics with Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

A few years ago I traveled to Costa Rica, and I still think about those incredible beaches and lush tropical forests.  Phytocéane recently came out with an amazing hydrating body water spray that takes me right back to that fantastic yoga retreat I visited in Costa Rica thanks to the beautiful scent, and it also gives me soft, moisturized skin.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

 COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water ($48) is a body spray with a gorgeous tropical fragrance that is a combination of peach, apple, melon and pineapple blended with jasmine, cedar and musk. A few sprays of this and WOW – I am instantly transported to Costa Rica!  The scent is beachy yet elegant, and it’s soft and not overpowering.  Absolutely perfect for summer.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water is also great for hydrating dry skin.  The main ingredient is jania, which is a sustainably-cultivated red vegetal coral that provides skin with intense hydration.  It leaves my skin feels wonderfully soft and fresh, something I really appreciate since it gets very dry and itchy during long hot days.

Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water

The combination of beautiful tropical scent and soothing hydration for skin makes the Phytocéane COSTA RICA Moisturizing Body Water a real winner and one of my favorite products this summer.  You can find this as well as all the other fantastic Phytoceane products at lespausa.com.  – Lisa

How can sand give you gorgeous skin? Just ask Phytoceane!


What do volcanic sand, Polynesian sand, and red vegetal coral all have in common? The combination of these ingredients will give you the most incredible skin ever! Phytoceane has two beautiful skin care products that I am absolutely loving. They give me soft, smooth, exfoliated skin that is perfectly hydrated. These products are extremely gentle and give instant results, so those with super sensitive skin who are also impatient will be very, very happy!

Phytoceane Two Sands Creamy Scrub

The Two Sands Creamy Scrub ($39.50) is a facial exfoliator that does indeed feature two different types of sand. It’s a white cream with tiny exfoliating scrubbies – volcanic sand from North America for buffing off dead skin cells, and even smaller white sand granules from Polynesia for polishing and smoothing skin. A third ingredient is Jania, which is a sustainably-cultivated red vegetal coral that provides skin with intense hydration.

Phytoceane Two Sands Creamy Scrub

Phytoceane Two Sands Creamy Scrub

Skin is left feeling super clean, soft, and smooth. I love how gentle this is. I keep mine in the shower and use it on my face and neck two times a week.

Phytoceane Moisturizing Fusion Cream

A wonderfully elegant product to use afterward is the Moisturizing Fusion Cream ($56).  f you have dry skin, this is your miracle product. It has two interesting ingredients – RubiMarin, an extract of the red vegetal coral that is sustainably cultivated in a laboratory and has tons of minerals to keep skin super hydrated; and Glasswort Oil, which comes from a sea plant and improves circulation and the storage of water in the skin.

Phytoceane Moisturizing Fusion Cream

Phytoceane Moisturizing Fusion Cream

The formula is really intriguing. It’s a cream-in-water formulation that actually breaks when it’s applied, so the water gives an instant hydrating boost to the skin, and then the cream soaks in and locks that moisture in, leaving a matte finish to the skin. It’s a truly beautiful formulation that is unlike anything I’ve ever tried. This does have a fragrance that lingers. The scent is a soft combination of musk, florals, and aquatic notes. If you aren’t a fan of fragrance in your skin care take note. If that doesn’t bother you, then I hope you  will try this because it really is something unusual and very effective for dry skin.
You can find these beautiful Phytoceane products and more at lespausa.com.  – Lisa

RoC those wrinkles away with Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum, Eye Cream, and Multi-Correxion Chest, Neck and Face Cream!

Rowenta Steamer photo from amazon.com

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could just steam away our wrinkles like a steamer? Just roll out of bed, grab our handy little iron, and steam those fine lines away? Maybe someday in the Jane Jetson future.In the meantime, I’m happy that I’m a RoC Ambassador because I get to sample some terrific products that help visibly reduce deep wrinkles and help with fine lines. I’ve got both so I need to reduce them and keep any new ones from forming.  

The three main areas of concern for me are my eyes, my neck, and my face – especially around my mouth area. RoC has me covered in all areas!

RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum

RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum

With RoC Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Serum ($23) the longer you use it, the happier you will be with the results. The silky serum feels great on immediately and plumps up skin right away and with consistent use your skin becomes extremely happy and wrinkles truly do dramatically improve. Ingredients include Roc Retinol along with magnesium, zinc and copper to bring renew skin and to help bring newer skin to the surface.

  • This anti-aging formula is clinically proven to help visibly reduce both fine lines and deep wrinkles
  • After four weeks, skin appears more radiant, fine lines are smoothed and skin firmness is improved
  • After eight weeks, crow’s feet are visibly reduced and discoloration is diminished
  • After twelve weeks, deep wrinkles are visibly reduced
  • The formula glides on easily and absorbs quickly leaving your skin feeling smooth and velvety and is ideal for use under makeup



RoC® Retinol Correxion® Eye Cream ($23) is a great eye cream that tackles puffiness and dark circles, two problems that only seem to get worse for me the older I get. Regular use of this eye cream truly reduces the look of wrinkles and crow’s-feet. Another plus – this has no fragrance.  RoC® Retinol Correxion® Eye Cream is just one of the great eye creams that RoC® produces, but it’s my favorite and the one I choose over and over.

RoC Chest, Neck & Face Cream with SPF 30

RoC Chest, Neck & Face Cream with SPF 30

I know, I know, I am always on my soap box about paying extra attention to the decolletage. But that is the FIRST place that aging skin shows up! We take great care of our faces, but often forget our necks – that means no sunscreen, no treatment serums, no collagen support. The RoC Chest, Neck & Face Cream with SPF 30 ($28) is fabulous in several ways. It really is everything you need from your chest on up to your forehead. I see immediate results in terms of dryness and skin tone and after four weeks there is a definite improvement in sagging and the appearance of wrinkles. Ingredients include the famous RoC Hexinol Technology as well as tons of vitamin E, which specifically targets the 5 signs of aging:  discoloration, sagging, dryness, dull skin tone and wrinkles. Plus, it has an SPF of 30 so it protects against the harmful rays of the sun.  The cream itself is absolutely beautiful – thick and creamy, yet it absorbs quickly and leaves skin soft and satiny. The rich cream and the elegant formula makes the Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Chest, Neck & Face Cream a huge winner.

We are still a long way off from any miracle product like a Jane Jetson mask or a steam iron that takes wrinkles immediately away, but for great skin care that takes of you today and for the long haul I love RoC Skin Care.  – Lisa



Make your own moisturizer with The Ktchn Apothecary Revitalizing Facial Cream Kit


The Kitchen Apothecary Revitalizing Kit

My family jokes that while I am not very handy in the kitchen there are two things that I do very well: I make excellent ice and I can boil water with the best of them. If you can boil water, you can make your own moisturizer! I just had an absolute blast with the Revitalizing Facial Cream Kit ($45) from The Ktchn Apothecary.

This wonderful kit has everything you need to make a 2 month supply of face cream that hydrates skin, reduces the look of fine lines, brightens the complexion, and improves elasticity. And it’s a ton of fun to make, even if you are a klutz in the kitchen like me. The kit comes with:

  • Perfectly-Measured Extracts
  • Plant-Based, All-Natural Preservative
  • Heat-Safe Glass Beaker
  • Stainless Steel Whisk
  • Cobalt Blue Glass Jar
  • Flawless Mixing Guide

    The Beeswax

    The Facial Oil

    The Aloe

    The package of oats

You just need to supply a pot, some tap water, and a stove. That’s all. The ingredients are terrific. The Ktchn Apothecary says, “Our fresh-made Revitalizing Facial Cream has up to 3x higher concentration of powerful extracts to transform skin’s texture & appearance to a youthful glow in just 3 days. Naturally.” The ingredients include beeswax to fortify the moisture barrier and retain hydration; aloe to replenish hydration and renew skin surface; 7 restorative facial oils to restore elasticity and reduce fine lines; and powdered oats to improve skin texture and brighten complexion.

Making the Revitalizing Facial Cream is quick, fun, and easy. Here’s what I did:

Such a cute beaker! I am cleaning it here with the alcohol pad.

First I used the Alcohol Sterilizing Pad to wipe out the reusable beaker so it was ready to use. I put about an inch of water into a pan and got the water boiling, then put the water on low.

The Kitchen Apothecary Revitalizing Kit – it’s good for 2 months now

I wrote a date 60 days from the day of my big skin care creation experiment, since that’s how long the all-natural moisturizer lasts.


In goes the beeswax!

Pouring in the facial oil

The facial oil and the beeswax

The hardest part – boiling water.

That’s all the prep work that is needed! The rest took under ten minutes and I ended up with beautiful, silky moisturizer that was super special because, well…I made it myself. I poured the Beeswax and Facial Oil into the glass beaker and put the beaker into the hot water, mixing it with the cute little whisk until the beeswax was melted.

Pouring in the aloe

Next, I poured in the Aloe and whisked until it was fully combined. Then I removed the beaker from the water and poured in the packet of Oats, which thickened the moisturizer right up.

About to add in the oats

Mixing in the oats….

Mixing it all up….

The finished product!

And that was it!! This is a thick, creamy, lovely moisturizer that soaks right in. It is wonderfully hydrating and has a lovely herbal scent. The beaker and whisk are reusable and you can order new supplies from The Ktchn Apothecary to make more moisturizer when you run out. The Ktchn Apothecary is so confident you will love your moisturizer they will give you your money back if you don’t, including shipping costs!

Bottom line – this is a hoot. The ingredients are fantastic, the tools are great, and the cobalt jar is excellent for keeping the integrity of the moisturizer (just use a scoop to get your product out, not your fingers!). I highly recommend The Revitalizing Kit for something fun and different.  – Lisa


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Add some natural skincare to your life with Geneva Naturals

Geneva Naturals

Sometimes I just take things for granted, for example thinking that I wrote about Geneva Naturals Skincare so that you’d know about this natural, well-priced line. And then I realize that I’m the only one who knows this since I forgot to tell you. Well the time has come to reveal the secrets of the two Geneva Naturals Skincare products that I’ve been using since October!

Geneva Naturals is a relatively new brand on the market and is sold on Amazon. There are 5 products in the line with the core of the line having 3: Advanced Vitamin C+E Serum, Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with SPF, and Advanced Anti-Aging Retinol Cream. I have the two creams and now I’m sorry I didn’t request the Serum when the company sent these for review.

Geneva Natural Anti-Aging Cream with SPF 20 and Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

Geneva Naturals was created in a collaboration with a leading Swiss dermatologist. Their mission is to offer natural, effective skincare that doesn’t break the bank. They use non-toxic ingredients to bring ageless beauty our way.

I’ve actually used this for a month at a time twice over the last 8 months. When I first received it I was using it right away but then in the craziness of my last broken leg I put it aside and only found it again in March. So I started using it again. Now I find myself reaching for it a few times a week, in between other skincare products.

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Cream (unscented) with sunscreen SPF20

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer ($19.99) is available in 2 versions with one being unscented. YEA for that option! The ingredients are pretty wonderful featuring “Edelweiss, a special anti-aging plant that grows in the Swiss Alps. Combined with Hyaluronic Acid, Coconut Oil, Moringa Oil and Vitamin E this day cream is specifically formulated to restore firmness and provide and every day protection from the sun for a more youthful and vibrant skin.

Advanced Anti-Aging Cream (unscented) with sunscreen SPF20

Here’s what I learned about Edelweiss: it’s a short lived flower found in the Alps and it has natural levels of UV protection along high levels of Leontopodic Acids A and B for remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. There’s also natural sun protection in Coconut Oil so that when they combine these ingredients they end up with a powerful protective product. As you know (or should know by now) you need suncare protection every single day of the year. Now that the sun is out for longer periods of time it means you need to be even more careful than before.

Geneva Naturals Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with sunscreen SPF20

Advanced Anti-Aging Cream with sunscreen SPF20 is a thick lotion that takes a few minutes to absorb. I have never found it interfered with my foundation which is important. Once something balls up … out it goes!

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

At night I switch to Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream ($23.99). I don’t normally use retinol so I look for products that have fairly low doses of the ingredient. It’s perfect for me since I haven’t had any reaction to this anti-aging cream. It too uses Edelweiss extract to help stimulate cell regeneration and build collagen to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes.

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream (partial list of ingredients)

Retinol has many benefits including the fact that it can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes wrinkling and aging signs. You aren’t ever too young or too old to add this into your skincare regimen since it increases collagen production, helps fade discoloration from sun damage and hopefully builds elastin.

Geneva Naturals Anti-Aging Retinol Cream

The Retinol Cream has a thinner consistency than the Anti-Aging Cream and it does have a fragrance that is on the natural side and doesn’t linger long. This cream works particularly well with serums and even with added Hyaluronic Acid products.

All Geneva Naturals products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free & cruelty free. If you are looking for an affordable natural brand I recommend Geneva Naturals. You’ll feel like you are using a luxury brand and you’ll appreciate that the cost is one not normally associated with luxury. I’ve been very happy with my experiences with these products and plan to keep them in my routine.  —  Marcia

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