Pumpkin, Cranberry & Ginger Delights!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

1. I have two limited-edition fall favorites from Perfectly Posh. The first is a body scrub and it smells like a delicious slice of homemade pumpkin pie. Pie to Die For features the best of both worlds for a body scrub -- sugar AND sea salt. It is a non oily scrub, so you will not find yourself slipping in the tub. It features real ginger, as well as cinnamon and ginger and sloughs off dead skin cells. I love how this makes my skin feel!

2. The next is one that I just had the chance to try for the first time the other day. It is a super decadent -- yet lightweights and non greasy-- Skindelicious body butter called Lil Ginger Gets Snappy.

I cannot get enough of it! It smells JUST LIKE my homemade gingerbread cake recipe shared here years ago. And what I love about this is that it is chock full of fantabulous skincare ingredients!You will find cocoa butter, coconut oil, aloe, shea butter, banana fruit extract, real ginger, carrot seed, white tea, cranberry, coffee leaf, and so much more. I promise you will LOVE it. $24

3. Next is is my MUST HAVE fall perfume! In fact, I just ordered a new bottle today because I packed mine a while back (we are moving in a few short weeks!) This one is from Solstice Scents and is an absolutely intoxicating pumpkin perfume called Pumpkin Spice Latte. It is a blend of sweet pumpkin, coffee, cinnamon, gingerbread, whipped cream and nutmeg. It smells so heavenly and it layers beautifully with the scrub and body butter mentioned above. $15

4. An old favorite that I will never stop recommending comes to us from Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soap in Tucson, Arizona. Nan's Pumpkin Soap is oh so creamy and lathers gently without stripping the skin of needed oils. It smells divine and is a goat's milk soap. $6

5.  Make YOUR OWN fall Custom Blend at (seed) Body Care! You can choose their Lip Oil, Body Oil or Body Wash formula and mix your own recipe. For fall, how about a nice blend of Ginger and Orange? If you are more daring, one of the body products in a blend of Patchouli, Orange & Ginger would work beautifully, too. $7-$16

6. Not bath and body related, but my neighbor gave me some Yankee Candle Scenterpiece Easy Melt Cups for my birthday and my most favorite is the Pumpkin Buttercream. It smells wonderful and I use it in a wax warmer. $4.99

7.  If you are looking for an alternative to pumpkin and bakery scents, why not try the tart, yet sweet aroma of cranberries? Lemongrass Spa has a great Frosted Cranberry Body Collection for just $39 for four products! Get yours from my cousin Ashley.

Friday Favorites!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Hello, beauties!

What's new here in New York? Let's see. It's windy, gray and in the upper 40s right now. The perfect weather for a cozy sweater and boots. I am sitting here as we speak with my Tealightful Toasted Almond Spice Cake tea, purchased by my AMAZING consultant, Jarrod.

I have been super duper busy lately, but I like it that way. I guess I always have, haven't I? I have been homeschooling Nick -- actually, he is mainly taking college courses online --but we have been enjoying field trips and working on writing and art together. I also have been immersed in writing projects, having more articles published in the latest copy of CosmoBiz Salon. I've had features in the August, September and October issues and am currently working on November. It's been a great addition to my freelance writing!

I wanted to share some of my latest finds that I am coveting right now. First of all, I need to mention that I received my Au Naturale order yesterday. I am COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY by the powder foundation and my new lip gloss. They will be reviewed next week in a separate post. This order seals it, though. Au Naturale is *the best* brand of natural makeup on the market. No ifs, ands or buts.

I also have been testing out the two new cleansers for Humboldt Soap Company. If you recall, I gave a rave review of the Egg White Complexion Bar in the spring and was eager to try Arice's newest creations. Humboldt Soap has two new liquid facial cleansers called Cleanseplexion with Argan Oil. One is a basic cleanser and the other is exfoliating with Jojoba Beads. I am super impressed with both formulas. They will not take off your makeup -- use the oil cleansing method or your favorite eye makeup remover for that -- but they do gently cleanse the skin with a simple, non-irritating formula. I am not generally a fan of exfoliating cleansers, as most are laden with plastic beads which are horrible for the ecosystem, but this one naturally and gently helps slough dead skin cells. Arice, I continue to be impressed with your products! 

Ooh, do you see the pretty autumnal bronze nail polish I am wearing in the above photo? It's from Butter London and is called Trifle. I am wearing it with Jamberry Stardust Top Coat. They go so well together. I adore Butter's creamy, easy to apply formulas. That reminds me, I also tried a NOT so good top coat recently which also will get a full review next week. That was $10 down the drain for sure. This is Friday Favorites, however, so I am only sharing things I am really positive about today.

I am a big fan of rosewater as a toner. I also love facial mists. I am so happy to have found the perfect rose facial mist and it is from one of my favorite brands on earth, Jane Iredale. The Smell the Roses Hydration Spray is full of fabulous ingredients, such as Aloe, Rosewater (REAL, not rose fragrance oil), radish root, rosehips, white tea and more. My face is so dewy and smooth and perfectly hydrated. I use it after cleansing morning and night. Best of all, 100% of the profits benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

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