Get a great tan with The Shady Sun Tanning Company!

The Shady Sun sunless tanning products

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write about The Shady Sun line…maybe it’s just so good I kind of wanted to keep it to myself for a while! I am kind of nutty about self tanning, but I’m completely coconuts about Shady Tan in a Can ($35) and Shady Rinse ($20). The Shady Sun is professional line that also has some terrific products available for at home use.

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I self tan in the summer months for lots of reasons. One reason is I just like the way my tanned skin looks with my summer clothes. I also think a tan makes me look thinner, and I am way past laying out in the sun to get a tan. I’ve tried a billion self tanners (ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea) so I am very picky – and The Shady Sun has totally won me over.

Shady Tan in a Can

Shady Tan in a Can is a spray that can be used on both the body and the face, which is a real bonus. I recommend that you order it with the tanning mitt, which doesn’t cost anything extra. This self tanner has a truly delicious beachy scent that I love. It might bother some people for facial tanning, but I have no problem with it. It gives an immediate bronzed effect that develops into a gorgeous deep, natural tan that really lasts. It fades evenly without peeling or getting spotty. The DHA is from organically grown sugar and is natural and vegan. The Shady Sun recommends spraying this right onto the body then rubbing it in with the Shady Tanning Mitt, but I find I get the best results by spraying it into the mitt and then rubbing it on.

Shady Tanning Mitt

Shady Tanning Mitt

Shady Tanning Mitt

The bronzer acts as a great color guide so I have no problems with streaks or missed spots. Another quick tip – put some lotion on elbows, knees, ankles, and toes just before applying self tanner. Those areas always tend to grab too much self tanner no matter how much exfoliating prep you do beforehand, so the added layer of lotion will help keep the self tanner at just the right amount.

Ingredients include:  DHA: Derived from organic sugar, this ingredient is the key to obtaining that natural brown Shady Tan; Aloe Vera Leaf Juice: Protects skin from free radicals while rejuvenating skin to give a more healthy appearance; Walnut Shell Extract: Contains high levels of antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids to improve the appearance of skin; Chamomile Extract: Naturally promotes a healthy glow of the skin as it restores its natural moisture content. 

Before The Shady Tan

After The Shady Tan

Pictured above is the immediate color you get with the bronzer – and it’s pretty close to the color that develops after 8 hours. I love it – it’s a very natural golden brown shade.

The Shady Rinse

I am also extremely impressed with the Shady Rinse. I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything quite like this – what a genius idea! Regular soap and shower gels wash away self tanner but Shady Rinse is a body wash that actually protects and even boosts your faux tan. It has DHA in it, so it extends your sunless tan for an extra three days. Or you can use this as a gradual tanner by soaping up then leaving it on for a few minutes before rinsing off. I typically faux tan the areas that show, like my arms, legs, neck and face, so it’s been interesting to see how Shady Rinse affects the rest of my body. I would say that with daily showering, my skin tone has become about three or four shades darker. It easily keeps my faux tan looking fresh and vibrant for at least three more days than it would otherwise. It’s a great cleanser for face and body. If you are just naturally extremely pale and you want to slightly darken your skin tone, it’s absolutely perfect for you. This is a total winner!

Ingredients include: DHA: Derived from organic sugar, this ingredient is the key to obtaining that natural brown Shady Tan; Aloe Vera: Protects skin from free radicals while rejuvenating skin to give a more healthy appearance; Coconut Oil: Packed full of vitamins to restore skin quality and moisture; Sunflower Seed Oil: Improves skin health and promotes cell regeneration. 

If you are looking for an excellent self tanner, look no further. And I highly recommend picking up the Shady Rinse while you are at it – you won’t know how you ever lived without it.  – Lisa

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Get Zestfully Clean with our Zest Fruitboost Shower Gel Giveaway!!

Say hello to our most summery giveaway ever! Check out these gorgeous big tubes of luscious fruity shower gel. You could win your own set of three Zest Fruitboost Revitalizing Shower Gels for a fresh and clean summer – and I think it’s time for you to the be the lucky one.

samples

Zest Fruitboost Revitalizing Shower Gels are indeed juicy goodness – the scents are huge and the payoff for your skin is huge, too. Zest Fruitboost is full of moisturizers so skin is left cleansed but also hydrated and soft. The formula includes vitamin C, which is an excellent antioxidant. I recommend soaping up and leaving it on while you shampoo, because the longer the soap is on the skin, the longer it has to soak in and really do preventative work.

These tubes are big – 10 fluid ounces – and the gel is super concentrated, so you only need a tiny amount to wash your entire body. That means a tube will comfortably last through 40 showers, making this a tremendous value. If you win our giveaway, you’ll get at least 3 months worth of showers courtesy of Zest and Beauty Info Zone!!

FRUITBOOST CITRUS SPLASH SCENT

Two lucky readers will win three Fruitboost Shower Gels. Which fragrances will you choose?  You might go for some citrus with the FRUITBOOST CITRUS SPLASH SCENT, “The ultimate Citrus fragrance experience. A citrus sparkle with a touch of key lime to boost the power of your shower with an escape to the tropics, leaving you…Fresh. Fruity. Zestfully Clean!”  This smells so clean – it’s a great unisex scent that men love.

FRUITBOOST STRAWBERRY KIWI SCENT

Or, perhaps you prefer your fruit a little sweeter and will want the FRUITBOOST STRAWBERRY KIWI SCENT.  A succulent blend of newly ripened wild strawberries and red raspberries. Its watery freshness combines with kiwi fruit with hints of honeydew melon and a sparkling splash of bright citrus.” I love this one – you can definitely smell the strawberry, but it’s not overpowering as the kiwi tempers it, making this a lovely, grown up strawberry/summer scent.

FRUITBOOST VERY BERRY SCENT

Berry lovers will go crazy for the FRUITBOOST VERY BERRY SCENT.  “A smooth burst of succulent berries combine in this luscious berry filled scent that nourishes your skin leaving you…Fresh. Fruity. Zestfully Clean!” This absolutely smells like a big bowl of berries – yummy, fresh, and super clean. Delicious!!

Other scents include:

FRUITBOOST POMEGRANATE ACAI BERRY –  Juicy pomegranate and luscious acai berries mingle with pulpy red fruits of plum and raspberry that are wrapped in warm woods and creamy musks for an experience that is…Fresh. Fruity. Zestfully Clean!®

FRUITBOOST PEACH MANGO SCENT – A deliciously sweet scent. An exotic burst of white peach and champagne mango to boost the power of your shower with this wonderfully juicy scent, leaving you…Fresh. Fruity. Zestfully Clean!®

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: We have two winners for this awesome summer giveaway – each winner gets 3 Fruitboost Revitalizing Shower Gels. The giveaway goes through 7/18/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.  This is a US only giveaway. Are you feeling lucky? Come on and enter…I think it could be your lucky day!! – Lisa

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*samples and giveaway courtesy of Zest

Ring in the new year with some sparkle!

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Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion

This set from Molton Brown is adorable…and so perfect for bringing in the new year! I love Molton Brown products in general. We recently stayed at the Talbott Hotel in Chicago, which is this gorgeous, ritzy but not pretentious hotel with the most beautiful rooms ever. I wasn’t oohing and ahhhing over the fabulous bed with perfect pillows or the sumptuous robe and slippers…I was ecstatic because they had Molton Brown shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion!

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Body Lotion

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Body Lotion

The Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion is a perfect duo for a little celebrating. Champagne? Glitter? Count me in!! Check out the bling in this beautiful bath and shower gel.

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bath & Shower Gel

I feel all special and sparkly using it, and it puts me right into a party mood (although the sparkle doesn’t stick around, so I end up fresh and clean but not actually sparkling!). I follow this with a little Vintage 2015 Elderflower Body Lotion.

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower  Body Lotion

Molton Brown Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Body Lotion

The champagne-inspired packaging is awesome and the body lotion is classic Molton Brown. It’s light and absorbs quickly, leaving my skin soft and hydrated. The fragrances are intense enough to last all day.

– Skin moisture levels increased threefold moments after application.
– Skin moisture levels remain doubled even after 24 hours.
– 100% of customers would recommend to a friend.

*Data based on clinical trial with 40 men and women.

The Elderflower scent is beautiful – sparkling grapefruit with English elderflower, so it’s a clean, floral scent. The scent has amazing lasting power, more so than in any other scented lotion I have tried.

Molton Brown is a wonderful, classy line with products so amazing the Talbott Hotel picked them to pamper their guests. I think you should pick them out to pamper yourself too, and the Vintage 2015 Elderflower set is the perfect way to do so.  – Lisa

 

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Molton Brown wants you to give the gift of love

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set

If you’ve ever been a recipient of a gift from me then you know that I’ve got two left hands when it comes to wrapping packages. I’m the person that gift bags were invented for since I’m a total klutz when it comes to wrapping. Sometimes though a gift needs to be wrapped beautifully and that’s one of the reasons I’m now a fan of Molton Brown‘s holiday gift sets. They come in beautiful packaging, all ready to attach a card and give to someone you care about. Molton Brown carries these items in all price ranges so you really could have a “one stop” shopping day and be pleased about everything you purchased.

Molton Brown Pink Pepper Cracker

Molton Brown Pink Pepper Cracker

Molton Brown Pink Pepper Cracker ($25) includes

1.4fl oz Pink Pepperpod Replenishing Hand Cream (Full-size)
1.7fl oz Pink Pepperpod Body Wash
1.7fl oz Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Hand Cream Set

Molton Brown Hand Creams Set

Molton Brown Hand Creams Gift Set ($38) contains an indulgent, replenishing hand cream gift set trio blended with white truffle oil.

Includes
1.4fl oz Orange & Bergamot Replenishing Hand Cream
1.4fl oz Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Hand Cream
1.4fl oz Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Hand Cream
Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection

Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection

Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection ($50) could be 12 stocking stuffers or one great box that contains the following scents of travel size body washes.

Includes 12 x 1.7fl oz
Orange & Bergamot, Japanese Orange, Bushukan, Gingerlily, Pink Pepperpod, Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea, Coco & Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, Samphire, Templetree, Ylang-Ylang, Black Peppercorn
Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Body Wash Set for Her

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Body Wash Set for Her

I could go on and on but instead I’ll show you how great the Molton Brown Holiday Body Wash Set for Her ($75) that I was sent is.

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

Inside the perfectly wrapped box you’ll find 3 full size Body Washes (300 ml/10 fl oz) that Molton Brown is known for. There are many products in the Molton Brown line but from my experience the body washes/shower gels are the most enjoyed. This great gift set contains Pink Pepperpod Body Wash, Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Bath & Body Wash, and Ylang-Ylang Body Wash.

Molton Vrown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash: is a spicy and moisturizing body wash that’s blended with pink pepperpods for antioxidant protection. The notes in this are  Top note: fiery pink pepper. Middle note: ginger. Base note: rich patchouli.

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea is a floral that blends honeysuckle, antioxidant rich white tea leaf and warm heliotrope. The notes in this one are Top notes: bergamot and mandarin, Heart notes: honeysuckle, white tea and jasmine, Base notes: sandalwood, heliotrope and vanilla.

Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash

Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash

Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash is blended with yuan zhi extract and Madagascan ylang-ylang oil to help your skin and body re-balance. The notes in this one are: Top note: ylang-ylang, Middle note: sweet cardamom, Base note: musk.

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

This set can be broken up into 3 separate gifts if you prefer. If you know that someone you are gifting is passionate then gift the Pink Pepperpod Body Wash. If they are tranquil or need some serenity in their lives then the Honeysuckle and White Tea Bath & Shower Gel will be welcomed into their lives. For that certain someone who likes a spicier fragrance then Ylang-Ylang Body Wash is perfect for their life. For me, gifting this as a whole would save me from wrapping so that I can get on with other important parts of the holiday – like eating!

There are so many impressive gift items from Molton Brown that you won’t have trouble finding items that are perfect no matter your budget. Which Molton Brown fragrance is the one you’re most attracted to? — Marcia

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Yeah, In Your Dreams! Lush LE Valentine Collection

Oh yes, the latest wrapped collection from Lush for Valentine’s Day called In Your Dreams ($23.95) is definitely dreamy. It looks like it is sold out online right now, but my local Lush still has some in stock. Read this review then go pick up a few of these while you still can!

Lush In Your Dreams

Lush In Your Dreams

I think of Valentine’s Day as a day to show some love to anyone…my little girl is thrilled to get a little something special as a reminder of how much I love her. My husband is more of the ‘show me’ than ‘give me’ type, so I always take the pressure off him and get myself something special too.

I know I can’t go wrong with Lush, because they always do Valentine’s Day right. It’s heaven for bath and body products and In Your Dreams is a flirty, fun, fabulous gift that will thrill any bath lover.

Lush In Your Dreams

Lush In Your Dreams wrapping paper

The funky cool wrapping paper envelopes an entire Valentine’s Day story:  t’s a prince on a unicorn, coming in for the big kiss!

Lush In Your Dreams Unicorn Horn

Lush In Your Dreams Unicorn Horn

Unicorn Horn is the most spectacular bubble bar I have ever seen. This big bar has everything:  a pastel rainbow of colors, colored candy stars, sparkles, and essential oils. The bath water turns a beautiful silvery pink…exactly what every good unicorn would want. It smells sooo good, like a peppery pink forest. I can’t even begin to guess how many baths you can get out of this big hunk of magic. Pure love in a tub.

Lush In Your Dreams The Kiss Lip Gloss

Lush In Your Dreams The Kiss Lip Gloss

The Kiss Lip Gloss is wonderful. I think this is the smoothest pot gloss I have ever tried from Lush. It leaves just a hint of pink sheen on lips along with a wonderful slip. It tastes like yummy almonds and vanilla, and the shea and cupuaçu butters really moisturize. It even has a bit of guarana seed powder to plump up your pucker. This is LE so get it while you can.

Lush In Your Dreams Prince Charming

Lush In Your Dreams Prince Charming

Ah, the Prince Charming Shower Gel is delightful. Not only is it pink and shimmery, it smells AMAZING. The fragrance is an intoxicating blend of pomegranate juice, Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion, and almond oil. This LE shower gel definitely a dream come true. By the way, if you need to travel light, Lush shower gels make a great shampoo.

This is one dreamy gift that is going fast, so run to your nearest Lush to pick one up for your sweetie. While you’re at it, pick one up for yourself, because In Your Dreams is a limited edition gift that won’t be around much longer.  – Lisa

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Lush In Your Dreams opened

Just delicious…be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

Me when I wear those pancake-scented body products.  liveplayfully.gogosqueez.com

Me when I wear those pancake-scented body products.  Plus a blueberry perm.  liveplayfully.gogosqueez.com

I would rather smell good enough to eat than smell…perfumey.  I’ve had my missteps with foody scents…I will never forget the time I was in a meeting and a colleague said, ‘Who smells like pancakes??’  While I was too chicken to identify myself as the refugee from IHOP, I’ve been far more careful about my ‘foody’ choices since then.  Lately, my favorite food scented products that don’t go overboard are some be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products that were sent to us.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

be Delectable Coconut & Cream body products

I previously reviewed the be Delectable Coconut & Cream Decadent Hair and Body Mist HERE, which has become a staple for me.  I love body sprays because they don’t hit you over the head like regular perfume can.  So I was pretty stoked when be Delectable sent the accompanying body products in the same scent – it is all about layering.  Coconut & Cream is a creamy coconut fragrance that is deep and heavenly, and isn’t too sweet.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Scrub

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish

Start off your coconutty scent fest with the Coconut & Cream Super Smoothing Body Polish ($14).   This body scrub has coconut oil and aloe vera to moisturize while finely ground apricot shells exfoliate and leave skin smooth and glowy.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Wash

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Body Wash

After exfoliating, the Supremely Rich Body Wash ($10) is a wonderful shower gel.  The coconut scent in this seems even more delicious.  The body wash cleanses and hydrates with coconut oil (of course!) and aloe vera.

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Hand Cream

be Delectable Coconut & Cream Hand Cream

The Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream ($10) is a thick, supremely moisturizing lotion that really softens hands without leaving them wet or greasy.  Ingredients include mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera so it easily takes care of rough skin and cuticles.  Plus, it leaves hands delicately scented with soft coconut…just lovely.

be Delectable Vanilla and Cream Hand Cream

be Delectable Vanilla and Cream Hand Cream

what a delicous combination!

what a delicous combination!

For a truly fabulous gourmand experience, combine the Coconut & Cream and Vanilla & Cream Hand Creams…truly delicious!!

All of the be Delectable products are made by Cake Beauty and are available at Kohls.  Be sweet without smelling like breakfast…or dessert…with these super affordable and easy to find body products.  – Lisa

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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!