Favorite skin savers for 2015

HoneyWhen thinking about the year that just finished it’s hard to pick from all the products that I’ve been using but sometimes items just stand out and I can’t help but want to use them over and over again. I know I’ll miss mentioning some great items and regret that but here’s a roundup of things I’m loving and think you will too.

*some pr samples and affiliate links

CHOP SAVER LIP BALM

Chop Saver Lip Balm

Chop Saver Lip Balm *

I’ve been slathering this on day and night lately. My bedroom is dry and I like how this helps keep my lips moisturized at night without disturbing my sleep (yes little things like this can disturb my sleep).

DELECTABLE FRAGRANCE FREE BODY LOTION

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion *

Totally in love with this. My legs aren’t flaky!! That alone is enough to recommend it. As much as I like Delectable in Lemon & Cream, it’s the scent free one that is my savoir. I even bought two of the Delectable Scent Free Hand Cream from Kohl’s before Christmas so I could have one upstairs and one downstairs.

FARMHOUSE FRESH WATERMELON BASIL VODKKATINI BODY SCRUB

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub *

This scrub is so heavenly. I wanted to just stand in the shower and sniff it. But even better than the way it smells is the way it works. It’s a sugar scrub with just a tiny bit of salt in it. It’s definitely exfoliating but without overdoing it. It leaves just enough oil behind on my skin so that I’m moisturized without being greasy. Farmhouse Fresh has made me a convert with their fragranced products – I never envisioned that happening.

OIL ESSENTIALS SWEET ALMOND & MACADAMIA

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia *

Oil Essentials is another favorite. I use this in the morning on my legs and/or hair. It’s a very light oil and doesn’t leave me the least bit greasy. I can apply this on my legs and put on my clothes right away without worry. Oil Essentials created a great combination of Sweet Almond and Macadamia Oil with added benefits from jojoba, it’s rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 & E. This cruelty free product smells so delicious and works so well. Plus at $10.99 the price is very right.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY AUTHENTIC SKINCARE

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment *

Christie Brinkley’s line amazed me. While I continue to test other brands and have found some that I like a lot, right now her line is the one I keep going back to. I recently repurchased the Recapture Day + IR Defense since I’m dangerously low on my original jar and bought the Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash for my next cleanser.

DR. BRANDT XTEND YOUR YOUTH DUAL FUSION WATER

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water *

I need to make my New Year’s resolutions and the first one should be getting ready for bed earlier than I do now. I find that many days I do resort to a Micellar Water at night. But I also love this in the morning on the days I need to cleanse and tone without adding any soap/cleanser to my face. Dr. Brandt has come to the rescue with this Dual Fusion Water many nights and almost every morning.

SIMPLE MICELLAR REMOVER WIPES

Simple Micellar  Remover Wipes

Simple Micellar
Remover Wipes

I buy two packages at a time since I don’t want to run out. These are great at night when I’m too tired to cleanse and just want to jump in bed. They are also great after the gym, to just refresh your face during the day, and to add hydration. I use a lot of wipes from a lot of brands but what makes these stand out is that they are refreshing and fragrance free.

REVIVA LABS NOURISHING CREAM

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream *

It’s hard to pick only one product from Reviva Labs because everything is wonderful. The Nourishing Cream is like wrapping my face in a warm blanket made of cashmere. It’s the most soothing moisturizer I own. When my skin gets wacky from testing so many products this cream is what I revert to. It’s wonderful for face, hands, and body. I am so glad I was introduced to this in 2015.

LINDI SKIN EYE HYDRATOR

Lindi Eye Hydrator

Lindi Skin Eye Hydrator *

The hardest product for me to pick just one of is an eye cream. There’s a special reason why I chose Lindi though. Lindi Eye Hydrator is the most moisturizing eye product I’ve tried this year. It’s not the one to pick if you want to focus on dark circles or puffiness. It is the one to chose though if you have sensitive eyes, want to mask your fine lines, and/or need extra moisture under your eyes. This was developed for cancer patients and is a line I love using. Lindi Skin Face Serum is another product that they make that I’d recommend for anyone needing amazing moisture.

9 out of probably 190 is a small number but these 9 are products I’ve either repurchased or will repurchase in 2016 without hesitation. They’ve proven to me that they are the best of the past year. I can’t wait to see what 2016 holds! Have you tried any of these?  — Marcia

*samples sent for consideration, all opinions are 100% mine; some affiliate links used

Oil Essentials review recap and fab giveaway

The beginning of June started with a review of one of my favorite products, Oil Essentials. Both Lisa and I were given the opportunity to try one of their 6 products. We were so excited about these that we asked the company if they’d do a giveaway for our readers and happily they said YES. It’s better than “he went to Jerad”.oil essentialsI had the opportunity to own Oil Essentials Sweet Almond & Macadamia which is a blend of sweet almond and macadamia nut oils that’s been crafted to prevent moisture loss in skin and hair. It’s been fortified with jojoba and meadowfoam sweet oils which are anti-inflammatory oils. Each of the Oil Essentials oils have different purposes. Sweet Almond & Macadamia is the one they call Prevent. Please read our original review to find the many benefits of the oils we use.

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Lisa chose the Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage which is made to Nourish the skin. Here’s one of the things she remarked about this great oil: “Perfect for traveling because it’s all I need to soothe my legs after shaving, to heal my face after too much time in the sun, and to smooth my hair and eliminate frizz.”

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry and Borage Oil

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry and Borage Oil

Here are the 6 Oil Essentials that you need to know about for this giveaway

* Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage to nourish

* Omega 3, 6, 9 + Evening Primrose to revitalize

* Neroli & Avocado to stimulate

* Argan & Wheat Germ to replenish

* Sweet Almond & Macadamia to preserve

* Lavender & Rose Hip to soothe

Now for the very good news. TWO of you are going to be able to win TWO of the Oil Essentials oils for your own. You can pick the ones you want to win too. We are so excited about the kindness of Oil Essentials and hope you are too. The giveaway is for US Subscribers only. The Rafflecopter will close up shop on 7/7/15 at 11:59 p.m. The more options you use, the better your chance. If the comment section shuts down please email me at [email protected] and label it Oil Essentials, then you can click I entered and keep on rolling. Lots of luck to you. — Marcia

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*prizes will be sent by Oil Essentials representatives (hugs)

 

Frizz Fighter Alert – code red

Welcome to an edition of Makeup Wars for hair. This week we’ve been assigned (by the big boss) to share our favorite frizz fighters or volume saviors. I’m a genuine frizz hater. I’ve dealt with frizz my whole life and finally have ways to control it somewhat. For the last few years I’ve had a keratin treatment and I love the results of it. But it’s all grown out and I’m debating the merits of doing it again. Even with a Brazilian Blowout though I still need styling creams and products that fight the frizz so that’s what we have here, in no particular order. — Marcia
1433713480_ecru-acacia-protein-bb-creamECRU NEW YORK is one of my favorite haircare lines and their ACACIA PROTEIN BB CREAM is one I’ve been relying on ever since I received it. This is a great cream to protect my hair from my heat styling. It keeps my hair smooth and nourished. The Protein BB Cream contains Acacia Collagen™, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil and Monoi Oil.
1433713281_coolway-4-160x400COOLWAY GLOW FINISHING OIL is actually part of a duo I use along with Coolway True Smooth Spray. The spray is used first and helps protect when I’m blowdrying and it also helps with frizz. The Finishing Oil is used after to make sure that my hair stays smooth and shiny.
1433713088_oil-essentials-almond-bottle-300x267OIL ESSENTIALS in SWEET ALMOND & MACADAMIA is fabulous. This oil can be used anywhere and lately I’ve been using it on my hair to help smooth it. This spring/summer has been very humid and I need all the help I can get. Oil Essentials is helping and is smells so darn good.
1433712997_makethumbnailKEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SERUM is my newest acquisition and I’m totally loving this line (full review upcoming). It is so great for those of us with frizz problems. The serum is a heat protector that contains active keratin, argan oil and essential minerals.
1433712835_dermorganic-leave-in-spray-therapy-160x300DERMORGANIC LEAVE IN SPRAY THERAPY is an “old” favorite that gets a lot of use. I think the new name might be Leave In Shine Therapy but whatever the name it’s still the same product. I use this after washing my hair and my comb just glides through my hair. It helps eliminate frizz while making my hair shiny.
1433712696_ag-hair-bb-and-deflectAG HAIR BB Cream Total Benefit Hair Primer and DEFLECT Fast Dry Heat Protection Spray work together like peanut butter and jelly. You can enjoy one without the other but together they are delicious. DEFLECT Spray is to be used on wet hair to help comb through it easily and to help with frizz protection as well as heat protection. BB Cream Primer is a hair primer that helps moisturize as well as thicken your hair to protect it from the F word.
1433712441_brazilian-blowout-masqueBRAZILIAN BLOWOUT ACAI SMOOTHING SERUM and BALM are my fall backs. I’ve been using these for years and I always have one of each on hand. You don’t need to have a keratin treatment to use these, anyone who wants a great styling tool and wants smoother looking hair would love this like I do.
Thanks for reading all my choices. My vanity is loaded with haircare so I switch around a lot. Are any of these products ones you use? If not, what do you use? —  Marcia



*some items were sent for consideration, some were purchases

Oil Essentials has 6 products that could change your beauty routines

oil essentialsOIL ESSENTIALS has come into our lives thanks to the company and we’re both excited to have the experience of using this brand and to learn more about the line.

Oil Essentials

Oil Essentials

Oil Essentials is a collection of oils made with natural and sustainable blends of essential oils. These oils will become your one stop beauty shop when you find that it’s good for all skin and hair types and can be used on your face, body and hair. The more you use it, the more places you’ll want to use it.

There are 6 products in the Oil Essentials line and each have special properties and ingredients that you’ll want to explore

* Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage to nourish

* Omega 3, 6, 9 + Evening Primrose to revitalize

* Neroli & Avocado to stimulate

* Argan & Wheat Germ to replenish

* Sweet Almond & Macadamia to preserve

* Lavender & Rose Hip to soothe

Each of these are fortified with an advanced anti-aging Luxmeadow E™ complex

Sweet Almond & Macadamia Oil Essentials is loved by Marcia

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Oil Essentials in Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Lisa and I chose the Oil Essential that sounded best for our particular needs. I had two reasons for choosing Sweet Almond & Macadamia. First is that this is in the PREVENT category and baby, I need to prevent everything bad at my age! Second though is that it sounded absolutely yummy. It’s a blend of sweet almond and macadamia nut oils that’s been crafted to prevent moisture loss in skin and hair. It’s been fortified with jojoba and meadowfoam sweet oils which are anti-inflammatory oils.

Oil Essentials

Oil Essentials

I love the smell which is more almond than anything else. If you are a fan of Amaretto then you’ll really love this. I don’t want to drink it though because it’s too precious for that. Instead I use it all over my body and to tame my hair. It’s a true multi-purpose product for me.

Oil Essentials Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Oil Essentials Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Here are the benefits of using this according to Oil Essentials:

  • Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 & E with a light nutty fragrance. This oil has nourishing qualities and anti-oxidants for the skin and hair.
  • Almond Oil contains essential fatty acids acid needed for maintaining your skin’s youthful appearance.
  • Macadamia oil contains natural palmitoleic acid, protecting skin similar to the way natural human sebum does.
  • Jojoba closely resembles the natural oils of our own skin and contains myristic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory, which helps with inflamed, dry or damaged skin.
  • Helps skin fight environmental damage and retain elasticity.
  • Tames hair fizz and softens rough heels and elbows.
  • Suitable for all skin types, this oil penetrates and hydrates quickly.oil essentials almond ingredients

Here are the benefits of using this according to Marcia

– Softer than normal skin on arms and legs after applying Oil Essentials

– Lightweight oil that absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave residue behind

– Hair that doesn’t become flyaway, even when driving with the top down

– Delicious fragrant skin and hair

– Reasonably priced ($12.99) and available at Walmart and Rite Aid

 Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage Oil Essentials is loved by Lisa

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry and Borage Oil

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry and Borage Oil

The Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage Oil appealed to me because it is all about NOURISHing the body.  Honestly I had even heard of Seabuckthorn before, and was happy to discover it’s a berry with excellent antioxidant powers and lots of vitamin A and E. Another ingredient that attracted me to this oil is the meadowfoam seed oil, a beautiful moisturizer that has worked well for me in the past.

Here are the benefits of using this according to Oil Essentials:

  • Sea buckthorn berry is a powerful anti-oxidant, rich in omegas and vitamins A and E, carotenes and flavonoids.
  • Borage oil is a rich source of gamma linolenic acid which helps restore the softness and moisture of dry skin, while helping fight inflammation.
  • High quantities of Vitamin C provide nourishing, revitalizing and restorative properties.
  • An excellent anti-aging oil for dry, dehydrated and damaged skin, it reduces the effect of UV damage, and fights free radicals while toning and firming the skin.
  • Boosts hydration, easily absorbed.
  • Adds shine and moisture to hair and scalp.

The ingredients include Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Borago Officianalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), and Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil.

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry and Borage Oil dropper

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry and Borage Oil dropper

Here are the benefits of using this according to Lisa

– It is a ‘one stop shop’ for the entire body, working just as well on hair as it does on skin

– My skin especially loves this oil when it’s red or irritated because it calms skin and reduces inflammation

– It smells delicious – light, fresh, a little floral, and truly beautiful

– Dry patches on my arms have become a thing of the past thanks to this little jar of awesomeness

– Perfect for traveling because it’s all I need to soothe my legs after shaving, to heal my face after too much time in the sun, and to smooth my hair and eliminate frizz

The Oil Essentials website is http://www.oilessentialsbeauty.com and that features the various products and descriptions of the ingredients and benefits of each one.  Which Oil Essentials oil do you think you might fall in love with?
*received for editorial consideration