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April 24, 2013

Life is GUD. Pretty Pretty Pretty Pretty….GUD


Today, I looked down at my arms and was brought right back to why I often wish I lived in a warmer climate rather than Boston!  Ouch!  It’s April and I’m experience really dry skin, not too happy skin.

So tonight, I looked down and, oh yes, once again, my legs were dry, arms were dry. I mean, really? It’s April here in Boston. So I grabbed a new moisturizer I recently picked up, called GUD by Burt’s Bees. GUD is as the name implies – it is GOOD!  The cream goes on easily, is just the right consistency, makes your skin shine and like all Burt’s Bee’s products it’s also somewhat protective. The scent is luxurious smelling and it feels great, doesn’t feel greasy, goes right into your skin, and is fast acting.

With key ingredients like Shea Butter, raspberry leaf, and soybean oil – many of them organic – you can’t go wrong. Plus, there are absolutely no parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals, your skin is happy as can be. In addition the product is not tested on animals, and the packaging is made from 25% post-consumer plastics. The scent I tried out the Red Ruby Groovy which is grapefruitier than a grapefruit.  This is a moisturizer formulated for normal skin and if you prefer something other than  grapefruit and thyme, GUD Hand cream is available in Floral Cherrynova, Vanilla Flame, Orange Petalooza and Pearanormal Activity.

If you are like most of us who are always looking for a great moisturizer – you will love this product. For more information go to


Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston Massachusetts


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April 23, 2013



Are you looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, I found it, Beyonce Midnight Heat Perfume!!!  My mother is very difficult to please on this special holiday and has absolutely everything.  I wanted to surprise her with something unique and fabulous, not the same old brands of perfume.  Beyonce Midnight Heat is different from other celebrity scents from the bottle design, to the attention to detail. The fragrance is tropical and reminds of my mother on a warm summer night in a beautiful floral dress, sipping an exotic drink.  The scent is a lovely blend of patchouli and succulent plum and the bottle is symbolic with the fragrance.  The packaging is purple and silver, the bottle inside is a crystal tower of purple fragrance with a square crystal cap.  Once the fragrance sprayed, my mood was lifted from the cold, dark, winter to the warm breeze of summer.  The fragrance could not have caught my attention at a better time, it is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day!!!




Liz Vachon, Guest Blogger

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April 15, 2013

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream is a Miracle in a Bottle


Dry skin is not only the bane of our existence up here in colder climate but it’s pretty much a problem for anyone who is constantly washing the dishes, doing laundry, going out into the cold…and so on (which is pretty much all of us unless we are Rockefellers and have personal maids)…especially in the winter time. If you have got dry, chapped, cracked or chafed skin, this will not only help you heal it but it will give you a layer of protection throughout the day without feeling greasy or oily in any way.

Myself, I have tried many, many therapeutic creams and have found them lacking. For one thing, they can smell like aluminum….and go on ‘thin’…just don’t ‘feel’ very good. And after a half day or so you are back to that dry, flaky skin. Not so with CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream. If you’re desperate like me, still looking for a moisturizer that will actually work on your dry, flaky or scaly hands – whether it’s sensitive, psoriasis, or just very dry, try CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream.

Honestly up until now I had never even heard of CeraVe Cream. It’s a miracle in a tube! And the good thing about this moisturizer is that it’s not just good for general dry skin, but also works for sensitive skin, psoriasis and many other skin conditions. In fact I have even read that Pediatricians recommend it for babies! So you can’t go wrong!

CeraVe was developed by dermatologists and uses a patented formulation that provides a protective barrier on the skin’s surface. This special formulation helps to repair, restore and maintain your skin. The three main ingredients are: Ceramides, which helps to replace the lipid levels in damaged skin to repair, restore, and maintain the skin’s natural barrier. Then there is Niacinimide, which helps the skin produce more natural ceramides and fatty acirs essential for repairing and restoring the skin barrier and may even help to reduce rednesss! And, hyaluronic acid, which sounds scary but really is an essential ingredient (called a humectant) that attracts water to the skin and ensures that it remains hydrated.
The other incredible thing – which isn’t always the case with other therapeutic moisturizers – is that this product will not irritate your skin.  Having had dry irritated skin my whole life, I am extremely cautious as to what I will put on my skin. It either has to have a lot of natural ingredients without too much in terms of additives – or it has to be therapeutically formulated. Then again, I could just move to a tropical place where my skin would be moist year round (I might miss my family though…I don’t know).

Apparently, you can also buy this product in an all-over body moisturizer. And, since 29 out of 32 customer reviews on  give CeraVe a 5-star rating, you really can’t go wrong. Now this product doesn’t appear to have an SPF in it…which isn’t a must by any means in a therapeutic skin cream. I’m planning on using this for a whole month to see how it works long term….but even after a week of using it three times a day, my skin has already improved in terms of color and moisture.



Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston Massachusetts



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April 8, 2013

Blue Copper 5 Molecular Repair Creme Made My Day


I was just sitting here tonight putting Blue Copper 5 Molecular Repair Creme Treament Seven Night Ampule Series on my face, and my daughter who is 12 looked at me and said, “Oh so that’s why your face looks all glossy all the time.” I answered, “Oh, does it look better?” and she said, “Not really, it looks like you got a bunch of botox on your face.”

Um….okay thanks…I said, and ran into the bathroom to put more of the ampules on my face.  If only 12 year olds knew the power of their words and the power of the truthfulness of their statements.

I have to admit that when I got this product in the mail I really was skeptical because Osmotics Cosmeceuticals founder and owner, Francine Edmund Porter. Since 1993, says, “give me a week and I will resurface your skin.” So, okay Francine, I thought, go ahead, make my day.

According to all the write-ups, Porter has shaken and then renovated the anti-aging skincare industry with her desire to provide serious anti-aging skin and hair care products to produce serious results. works with world-renowned scientists and leading university medical and research centers to incorporate the latest breakthroughs and provide the most advanced thinking in the skin care arena with clinically validated ingredients and technologies. So I figured, it can’t hurt. Even though this product has been around for more than 20 years, copper is this years ‘hot ingredient.’ So I was more than happy to try this out.

First, you will notice that you will get alot more than 7 days out of this treatment. Unless your face is the size of Alaska, you will pretty much be able to do two seven day treatments with this product, if not more.  Second, after about the second day your skin is tighter and shinier than its been in, say, 20-30 years. So, you start to feel good. Fourth or Fifth day you are sitting there wondering, ‘do I really need to keep doing this? I look fantastic!”

If you are going somewhere seven days from now, and you truly want to look amazing, go get this stuff because it will tighten, firm and lift your face quickly and obviously. Very quickly. Don’t despair if you even get three treatments worth out of it. I haven’t yet tried the rest of the skincare line although if its anything like this product, it has to be wonderful. It is sold at Duane Reade among other stores and apparently you can go into select stores and get a special weekly treatment that will make the products further penetrate your skin. Geez, I wish there was a Duane Reade in my city!

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Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts


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April 4, 2013

Book the Revolve 400X…Cancel all Facials


The first question I had when I received the DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing system is, “what is this and how does it help your skin???” This product amazes me completely. The tiny rotating brush features a continuous rotating motion for both microdermabrasion and deep purification of your skin. The brush feels like a feather, but it is very powerful with 400 rotations per minute to polish away any imperfections.

This system not only comes with the power house brush but also includes an exfoliating rice scrub which leaves my skin soft and smooth, cleanses out pores and gets rid of small blemishes. The most amazing surprise was that the bristles were soft and gentle, causing no irritation to my skin. I literally spend thousands of dollars per year on facials, peels, lasers etc…when I could have purchased the Revolve 400X. I am not kidding, my face feels smoother and more even then any other corrective facial treatment. In just three short weeks, I can look in the mirror and see the dramatic results of my clean, clear glowing skin. Many of my friends have been asking the name of the aestatician and the price of my facial treatments. If they only knew the amount of money I will be saving per year, and that the secret lies within a tiny little brush kept on my sink.

I consider this product a miracle and a sentational home micro-dermabrasion system that delivers professional results. Thanks to the Revolve 400X, I will be cancelling all future facials and putting my money in the bank. I highly recommend Revolve 400X to correct any skin conditions in the convenience of your own home!!!.


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April 1, 2013

Give Your Hair Spa Treatment With Bio Follicle Vegan Sulfate-Free Lemongrass & Sage

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Ingredients, ingredients and ingredients……. that is what I look at when I am purchasing a product to bring into my home and use on my body and/or my family’s body.  Bio Follicle Vegan Sulfate-Free Lemongrass & Sage Shampoo and Conditioner is a US company which uses organic and all natural ingredients. I LOVE THAT!!! All their products are vegan which means the ingredients are 100 percent plant based and antioxidant rich!  No Petroleum Products, Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic Dyes, Synthetic Fragrances and Petrochemicals which attracted me to this product. Plus, their products are not tested on animals!!!

First, lets talk about the Bio Follicle’s Sulfate-Free Lemon Grass & Sage Shampoo.  With the natural scent of Lemongrass, Sage, and Vetiver, your hair will smell beautiful.  My scalp felt clean, fresh, and invigorating.  It was like an aromatherapy experience at a spa!  The Essential Oils made my hair soft to the touch and restored moisture and shine for a healthy look! Bio Follicle’s Sulfate-Free Lemongrass & Sage Shampoo protects colored hair and repairs damaged hair.  My hair was definitely more manageable !

To finish it off, Bio Follicle’s Sulfate-Free Lemongrass & Sage Conditioner has the same scent and essential oils as the shampoo. The conditioner is not greasy or heavy and instantly repairs damaged hair. Just like the shampoo, the conditioner has a clean perfect balance mixture of lemongrass and sage which provides body and nourishment. You will feel like you are spending a day at the spa and free of chemicals!


Guest post by Laurie Carcieri

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March 26, 2013

Make no mistake about it, MAKE is Great!


Make no mistake about MAKE makeup, it is a great product!!!  MAKE is the first for benefit colour cosmetics line launching on  The blush is a sheer, satin, soft-focus delicate finish that is long lasting  The Terra Cotta color was absolutely beautiful and created a soft delicate look to my skin. I have applied many high-end blushes and was amazed at the reasonable price of the MAKE make-up.  The blush came in a small, beautiful square box fitting very nicely in my purse.  It was the first time people have actually commented on the color of my blush and asking where I bought the product.

The MAKE foundation came in a light rectangular bottle making the application process very easy to use.  I was amazed with the velvety fluid foundation and how it diminished any skin imperfections and hid the lines and wrinkles on my face.  The foundation color was an exact match to my skin, making it look completely natural.  My skin actually had a soft glow, helping to gain back some youthful years.

The last product I was able to try was the lipstick.  I absolutely loved the packaging and small rectangular tube of the lipstick.  The pigment was neutral and went along with any color scheme I choose to wear for the day.  The lipstick was luscious and long lasting and the best part was it did not bleed on my lip-line.  A minimal amount of lipstick went a long way and moisturized my lips all day.  My husband even tried to plant a kiss on my lips and did not cringe when he tasted the lipstick!!!


Presently, I am going on the  to purchase the eye shadow and eyeliner.  The product not only helps to make women beautiful but also one-third of all sales will support the non-profit organization, the We See Beauty Foundation dedicated to accelerate women-led, worker owned cooperatives. MAKE has certainly made my life easier by making me beautiful and supporting women in the workplace.

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March 22, 2013

Champney’s Spa Indulgence, it’s Addicting

 0-34I’m addicted to Champneys Spa Indulgence, and I’m not sure how to stop . . .They say that the growing addictions these days have to do with social media addiction, text messaging addictions, and Facebook addition. Frankly, I don’t have time for those addictions but I am finding myself needing to go to Champneys Anonymous, although I don’t think there is a meeting that isn’t, like, two minutes from a spa that uses the product. My newest bath extravanagance, Champney’s Spa Indulgence, Mediterranean Bliss Bubble Heaven…is my favorite bathing pleasure these days…Why? Well……maybe it’s the light, airy potion that you scoop out of the cool little blue tub that has swirls in it and is all sparkly looking. Or perhaps it is the luscious smell that comes from the luminious pearlized liquid when you open the top….but more likely it’s what happens when you pour it into your bathwater that has me hooked. The whole bathroom is filled with the scent of blue heaven, honestly. Just pour it in under the water and swirl it around and it will take you to another place. Take a moment, light some candles, put out your fluffiest towels and enjoy.

The addictive part for me is that I have to admit, I am using this product almost daily. Even if I take a shower – at the end of the shower I close the drain, throw it into bathtub mode, swirl in the Champneys, and sit for a moment before I start my very busy day! With three kids (only one left at home but she’s 11 and you can imagine the ballet, dance, voice, and girl scouts that she has going on!) and a thriving business with client calls all day long, I am a busy lady. This incredible product gives me a moment of luxury every day that I ‘steal’ for myself…and it’s so worthwhile.

Here are a few other reasons why I love this product — First of all, unlike other products where you need to use half the bottle to get any bubbles, I only need about a tablespoon at most of Champneys and my bath is filled with the softest, smallest, cutest little bubbles ever…not to mention the aroma which takes me to a memory of a Mediterranean beach, complete with the hint of olive, fig and luxury.  Second, what it does to your skin is amazing. Unlike other bath products or bubble baths that dry out your skin, Champneys is specially formulated to soften and treat your skin. So, this isn’t just a bubble bath, this is a treatment from the world-famous Champney’s prestigious spas….and you can feel it in every inch of your bath and beyond.

They will tell you on the packaging that they traveled the earth to bring these wonderful therapies to you. And that this one was modeled after the first spa they opened, high in the sun-kissed Spanish hills. In reality, though, this smooth elixir is filled with Mediterranean sunshine, with a soothing summery blend of fig milk, green tomato, and olive leaf that really does softly moisturize, leaving your skin radiant. And who couldn’t use a dose of bliss?


Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts

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March 13, 2013

Keep Warm, Hydrated and Calm With Kusmi Tea


I have been looking for an amazing tasting tea, one that has a wide variety of different flavors and is healthy. I had the pleasure of sampling a box of Kusmi Tea Les Bien-etre which has 6 different samples. I am actually a tea nut, I not only prefer the taste but the scent, the health benefit, and the style of the bag! Every pack of tea comes in a beautiful, colorful, individually sealed envelope. Enclosed is a muslin bag that holds the tea which will stay fresh for ages, the way tea used to be back at the turn of the century.

My favorite is the Kusmi Tea’s Sweet Love.  It is a unique taste of candy in a cup with many health benefits added. Liquorice Root gives the tea sweetness so there is no need to add any sweetener, the spices improve digestion, and the Guarana naturally boosts energy.

My second favorite of my tea list is the Kusmi Tea’s Detox, a smooth tasting tea which rids your body of pent-up toxins, boosting your energy while lowering your stress levels. It has an earthy taste, not a bitter taste, and has an exotic flavor of lemongrass.  I love to add a little honey which makes the refreshing taste divine!!!

Next on my lists is Kusmi Tea’s Algothe, a blend of green tea, mint, and seaweed that restores as it replenishes minerals within the body. These three combinations makes this tea a healthy one. As we all know, Green Tea is well known for its antioxidants and the mint is aid to digestion that also boasts restorative properties.  It’s a great afternoon tea.

Kusmi Tea’s Euphoria is a flavor full of orange and chocolate which is a great way to satisfy those chocolate cravings.  The flavor of the chocolate and the orange are very present and extremely delicious.  Adding milk and a  sweetener, this tea could be made into a great autumn latte without the calories or the fat!

Kusmi Tea’s Be Cool is a blend of rose hipseed, apple, verbena leaves, peppermint, anis seeds and liquorice roots.  There is no caffeine in this tea blend so you can enjoy a cup late at night.

Kusmi Tea’s Boost naturally stimulates the body and the mind.  This tea is high in caffeine, so it is a great first cup of the day tea.  I also enjoy making this blend cold into an ice tea which I can store in my water bottle and take to the gym for an extra boost to handle my hard workouts!  It is not recommend to drink this tea in the evening or if your doctor says you must limit caffeine intake.

I must say, I enjoyed cup after cup of Kusmi Tea Les Bien-etre and would definitely recommend all the flavors to everyone!  I checked out there web site and found an awesome selection of accessories, gifts, and sampler boxes with a wide variety of teas in boxes and in tins.  If you are unsure of what flavor you would enjoy or is right for you, I suggest you try the Kusmi Tea Les Bien-etre which is 24 tea bags with 6 different flavors!   You will not be disappointed!

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March 8, 2013

Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Shave Body Wash – Foamy, Yummy, And Moisturizing


Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Shave Body Wash – Foamy, Yummy, And Moisturizing –  Finally, the Real Deal….

Oh my gawd (I have to say this in my Boston accent)…this product is yummy. First, I have to make an admission.  My shower and bath are lined with shower gels and scrubs of all shapes, sizes, smells, colors and consistencies.  Finding a great shower gel is a passion because you not only need to have the right combination of consistency and smell, but you also have to determine how it’s making your skin feel at the end of the day.

Honestly, as much as I love ALL of these products and will probably never be cured of my addiction to bath and shower products, I have to say – that – I’ve never really come out of the shower with my skin feeling softer than when I went in. I suffer from horrible eczema, and very sensitive and allergic skin…I mean, my skin is really really dry and icky scaly in the winter time. I can’t wait for the summer only because the humidity finally gives me a little bit of relief. When I use my usual combination of shower gels – the same thing always happens. About an hour or two after I shower, my skin begins to dry and flake. By the end of the day it’s scaly. I mean, it’s gross!  Because that is what soap actually does – no matter how you slice it, soap dries the skin.

Not so with Neutrogena shower gel.  First, when I found out that I would be able to review this product, I was excited. You see, I’ve got a long history with this product.  In fact, I have been a fan of Neutrogena products since the 1980s.  When I saw the first commercial about Neutrogena soap, I rushed to the pharmacy to buy it because my skin is sensitive, and Neutrogena was specifically formulated to be non-allergenic. Started using the facial soap then and still love it to this day. So, I’m a huge fan.

However I had never, ever even tried the Neutrogena Rainbath Shower and Bath Gel.  Well, I think I’m addicted. This morning I showered and used the gel for shaving. Not only does is smell yummy and feel great but it’s an amazing shaving gel (and I don’t even use shaving gel—like, ever!!) but it leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft. After my shower, I did apply my usual non-allergenic moisturizer to my dry winter legs (which I do every day). However it is now 12 plus hours since I showered and my legs are still moist, not dry, not flaky and they actually feel softer than ever before!  I believe this is because the gel has a unique blend of spices, herbs and fruits to moisturize and clean…and yet miraculously it leaves no heavy residue.  The ads for the product say that your skin is left in better condition – feeling smooth, soft and renewed—and this is absolutely the truth.

The fragrant scent provides you with a clean burst that awakens your senses and refreshes your entire body. The gel has a rich moisturizing lather that rinses clean, Neutrogena Rainbath® Revitalizing Shower & Bath Gel softens and conditions skin without any leave-behind residue. Enjoy a refreshing light fragrance of grapefruit and natural herbs as you wash yourself clean!


Guest Post by Julia Tanen

Julia is a writer, blogger, book author

and mom from Boston, Massachusetts

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