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body wash, Products, self tanner

Summer Hair & Skin from @NaturesGate

My tween and teen love testing out shampoo, conditioner and body washes and they certainly voice their opinions on them all. That is why the products have to smell nice and work well. We got a chance to test out @NaturesGate Pomegranate & Sunflower hair defense shampoo and conditioner as well as the pomegranate body wash. They loved the smell and liked how they all coordinated. Seriously, how many times do you find something for both the hair and body that smells good and is the same scent? No one wants to smell like a hundred different fragrances. This is the perfect combo for summertime hair and skin care (and great for moms for color treated hair). With a blend of pomegranate and sunflower petals it smells fresh and clean.

Nature’s Gate also makes this great product – The Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion in Medium – not as dark as a self- tanner (but if you have very light skin it will be a bit tan, but still a nice color). You can also use the lotion daily to build a deeper tan.  My teen wanted to try one of my self-tanner lotions so I had her test this glow lotion out as I felt better about the ingredients in this lotion -or should I say the ingredients not included:   it’s Vegan, NON GMO, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Mineral Oil Free, Petrolatum Free, PEG Free, Butylene Glycol Free, Cruelty Free! How many self-tanners can say that? Plus it has vitamin E in it so it is very moisturizing.

I have to say I did not instruct her how to work a self-tan cream and she slathered it on and I thought, oh boy this is going to come out bad however it was even, there were no streaks and the next day it was a nice light tan shade.  She and I were pleased at the result!

Disclosure:  Natures’s Gate sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own in this blog post.

Great smelling hair care from @Nature's Gate

Great smelling hair care from @Nature’s Gate



Newest Technology in Tinted Self-Tanning @vitaliberata

Now that the warmer weather is here (and bathing suit season is here as well) a little color on your skin from a bottle would be a nice! Self-tanning from a bottle has changed over the years and it’s more natural looking now as many companies have come up with their own formulations for tanning lotion. What I like best about Vita Liberata is their anti-aging benefits in the lasting tinted tan lotion and the luxury gradual build face tan lotion.  They are both self-tanners but with anti-aging benefits all in one.  Unlike other self-tanning lotions which fade after a few days this one lasts (going on a week so far!) The tinted tan lotion gives an instant bronze look and then develops into a tan over 4-8 hours. It also dries pretty quickly. It also seems to fade more naturally then other self-tanners, plus there is no odd smell and it is moisturizing. Make sure you use their tanning mitt as it helps to smooth out the lotion and you will not have tanner on your hands. (it does dry quickly so you wont have time to wash it off!)

The gradual build untinted face tan lotion is very moisturizing so you can use this in place of your regular moisturizer and it provides a subtle glow. Facial self-tanners can be tricky and in my experience testing them out is always a big what if and I’m always wondering, “what color will it look like??” But this one provides a very natural glow. You can use it until you achieve the perfect color for you – so light or dark – whichever you prefer.

Vita Liberata has other tanning lotions as well so check them out!

Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to review. All opinions are my own.

Vita Liberata self tanning lotion is a great anti-aging self-tanner

Vita Liberata self tanning lotion is a great anti-aging self-tanner


makeup, Products

Loving the @ClarinsNews Spring 2014 Color Collection and Products

I was very excited to be invited to see the new Spring 2014 Color Collection from Clarins as well as test out some of their new products.  Clarins beauty expert Christopher Truffa explained the products, tips and techniques for beautiful skin.  Clairins has unique beauty products that offer great skin benefits. Here are my favorites!

Golden Glow Booster – This is the newest in self-tanning innovation. You add three drops to any moisturizer and your skin will transform beautifully into a nice sun-kissed glow. No self-tanner smell, an even glow and a more natural looking, healthy tan – for the face only.  Haven’t we been asking for this for years??

Double Serum – This anti-aging treatment is used before your moisturizer and has 20 plant extract to stimulate your skin’s vital functions and prolong it’s youthful appearance.  Yes! Have been asking for this too! Your skin will feel so smooth after just using this for a day.

Opalescence collection – As I  get older I noticed my skin is dryer and less radiant. I have tried  a few BB, CC creams but didn’t like the texture or the look.  The Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base is not a foundation but a light cover that adds radiance, illuminates skin and corrects imperfections while it soothes and hydrates.  The cream blush, face and blush powder and mineral palette are so beautiful and easy to use. I am feeling very good today about my skin after testing out all these great products!

New products from Clarins

New products from Clarins










Disclosure: We received a wonderful gift bag with all the products to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.




A Little Color Please

It’s that time of year….summer in New England is right around the corner. It’s time to get on the bathing suits (yikes!), flip flops and sunscreen. A little self tanner can brighten up your skin and maybe even make you look slimmer? Really? Well maybe not, but it sounds good! I always wear a 50 plus SPF but am known to rub on a little self tanner so honestly I am tan the whole summer (but it happens to be from a bottle!) So be honest, the next time you see me, tell me if I am looking a little too George Hamilton like!

Many of the self tanners on the market DO have a sunscreen in them and you’ll get a little color with it too.  Here are my favorites…..

GlowFusion Micro-Nutrient Face & Body Natural Protein Tan – I like this mist as it dries quickly. Just be careful to wash your hands immediately or wear gloves. Their web site says it has no odor but I think it has a bit of one. But it’s worth it as the color is very natural.

I love the Jergens® Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer as it gradually creates a natural-looking, streak-free color and dries quickly. This is perfect for those that want a natural look and are afraid to commit to the real self tanners. Their facial moisturizer has an SPF in it.

 Clarins has always been a favorite of mine and they have this Liquid Bronze Self Tanner for the face that is perfect for people with fair skin. You just apply with a cotton ball and smooth it on.

The Tan Towel is great for travel. It’s a big wipe with self tanner on it. The towelette also exfoliates the skin while you use it.

CelluFIGHT™ Anti-Cellulite Self-Tanner – I have yet to try this but love the fact that there are no parabens, sulfates, phthalates or petrochemicals in it! This will be on my must get list for the summer as it says it helps firm, tone, improve elasticity and camouflaging cellulite.

Words of advice before you self tan: exfoliate, exfoliate and exfoliate your skin!

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