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Last Minute Gifts: Ulta Candy Dish Holiday Bath Set

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Ulta Holiday: Candy Dish Bath Set

Press SampleThe mall near my home has been a zoo.  I’m not talking about just on the weekends.  I mean any time, any day of the week, there are lines at every register.  In fact, I have now decided the day after Cyber Monday should be called “Trash Can Tuesday” because attempting to shop feels more like a dumpster dive than anything else. [Read more…]

Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Honey Bath Review

Fresh Fig Honey Bath, Laura Mercier

Fresh Fig Honey Bath, Laura Mercier

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In this blogger’s personal opinion, the Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Honey Bath product is an ideal gift for a hostess.  I absolutely love that the Laura Mercier bath product is packaged with a honey wand to luxuriously drip the formula into a steamy tub.

Laura Mercier recommends that you dip the honey dripper into the product once, and twirl under running water.  After the bath, follow-up with soufflé body cream in the same scent.  I may not like the taste of fig, but I find the smell of fig so delectable!  This product is such a wonderful treat, and anyone opening their home to you this holiday season would appreciate the sentiment.

Retail price is $40.

Click HERE to buy this product at LauraMercier.com! Other retailers include Nordstrom.com, Macys.com, Saks.com, NeimanMarcus.com and Bloomingdales.com.

This product was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

NEW at Bath & Body Works, Forever Midnight

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NEW: Forever Midnight

Press SampleBath & Body Works just launched “Forever Midnight”! If you think that fruity can’t be sexy, this scent will prove you wrong! Forever Midnight is an amalgam of succulent plum nectar, warm vanilla orchid, sweet caramel, feminine jasmine and subtle florals.

Similar to last year’s Forever Red scent, the ingredients used in this fragrance are high-end and therefore the price is a bit higher than other items from the Bath & Body Works Signature Fragrance Collection. In this blogger’s humble opinion, worth every extra cent!

Available in Eau de Parfum ($45), Body Lotion ($20.50), Shower Gel ($18.50), Fine Fragrance Mist ($22.50), and Triple Moisture Body Cream ($20.50). As always, Bath & Body Works provides multiple gifting options, and the opportunity to layer this delicious scent!

SALE ALERT: Introductory offers are available on the Shower Gel and Body Lotion! Grab these items for 50% off online!

Click HERE To shop Bath & Body Works.

This product was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Nivea Touch of Renewal

Nivea Touch of Renewal

Nivea Touch of Renewal

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One of my very favorite things is to stumble upon a product that I love, that also happens to be inexpensive.  It’s such a treat!  So today I’ll confess that I recently got to slather myself with Nivea Touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub, and I absolutely adore it.

This product is perfect for my tired, dry skin!  It works as a mini-peel for your body, while also delivering a luxurious lather and clean scent.  It feels like such a luxurious treat each morning!

Retail price is $5.39 at Drugstore.com. Other retailers include Target, Walmart, and local drugstores.

Click HERE to check out more Nivea products!

The author is a member of the Nivea Influencer Network, and has received compensation from this brand. Honest opinions have been provided in all reviews of Nivea products. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Dare To Bare With Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion With Q10!

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Showing Off My Splendid Capri Stripe Tee from Shopbop

So I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was a participant in Nivea’s #DareToBare challenge!  I was sent a pump bottle of Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10, and used it after my morning shower for about three weeks.  I seriously think no one needed this body lotion more than me!  After a (seemingly eternal) cold and wet Seattle winter, my skin had simply quit on me.  My elbows and knees looked dry, patchy and gray. My skin was cracking where it was used most. My upper arms had rough patches with tiny bumps. I was definitely not summer ready! [Read more…]

Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10

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Nivea Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10

I’ll be honest, baring my skin isn’t something I do very often, even in the summer I’ll generally opt to wear jeans unless it is obscenely hot.  I’m embarrassed by my dry, patchy knees!

I’m a full-time Mom, and on most days I feel like I work as hard as a farmer. I’m constantly working “low”, so to speak. I’m on my hands and knees, picking up toys and wiping spills. I am also constantly refreshing surfaces after meals and art projects. Shame on me, I do not even wear rubber gloves for doing dishes!

As a result, my skin–which is dry even when I am not abusing it–can look almost ashy, especially my knees, elbows, and hands.

Nivea has challenged me to use their Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10, to get my skin in shape for summer.  Their reward for me to complete this two-week trial period is a gift-certificate to spoil myself with some skin-baring clothing for the summer!  I wasn’t sure I’d really be up to this task, but I’ve been using the lotion for about a week now, and so far I am impressed. [Read more…]

L’Occitane Shea Butter & Honey Collection

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Honey Whipped Body Cream, L’Occitane

Why do these yummy, honey-infused skin treats from L’Occitane make me sad? Because they are limited edition, and I want them to be around forever! [Read more…]

EOS Hand Cream and Lip Balm Reviews

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Evolution of Smooth (EOS) Hand Cream and Lip Balm

I’ve raved about Evolution of Smooth Shave Cream many times in years gone by. To this day, a bottle of it is perched in my shower!

Well, as it turns out, the people at EOS have also developed some other affordable moisturizing treats!  Click through to meet EOS Hand Cream and Lip Balm! [Read more…]

Body Shop Shower Gel Review: Chocomania, Strawberry, and Satsuma

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Body Shop Shower Gel Closeup: Chocomania, Strawberry, and Satsuma

It was fate, I suppose. My son and I wandered into The Body Shop recently, and I came out toting these three delicious Shower Gels:  Chocomania Shower Cream, Strawberry Shower Gel, and Satsuma Shower Gel.  I ordinarily wouldn’t have purchased so many shower gels, but when the salesperson told me they also make a great bubble bath, I was sold.  (Why the bottles don’t specifically list that as a function is beyond me).  I’m loving all three, but the clear winner is the ultra decadent Chocomania, which smells exactly like chocolate syrup, and can also entice my busy boys to actually take a five minute break to soak off Summer grime in a warm tub. [Read more…]

Seaside and Man Rays

MAC To The Beach Body Oil Review

MAC To The Beach Body Oils

When hot Summer months roll along, we all need two things. We need to soothe dry, sun-parched skin (especially after a visit to the beach). We also need to make those gams look glam!  MAC To The Beach Body Oil in Seaside and Man Rays are two shades that accomplish both of these tasks well. [Read more…]