Get Ready to Pucker Up Using Soothing Arcelia Lip Balms and Lip Scrubs

Try Arcelia Lip Scrub  Tins for smooth, soft, and kissable lips.Ever feel as though you have something right at the tip of your lips – something you want to say or someone you want to kiss maybe? Well, if you use Arcelia’s invigorating lip scrubs and put their soothing lip balms at the tip of your lips, you might just get that chance to pucker up and kiss that dreamboat that you are pining after.

Okay, all kidding aside, if we don’t take care of our lips, especially as we get older, no one is going to want to kiss us anymore. Well, maybe they just might not enjoy it as much as they could have with silkily-smooth, luscious lips to kiss.

Try Arcelia Lip Scrub  Tins for smooth, soft, and kissable lips.Arcelia sugar lip scrubs come in three fresh-scented varieties: Sage Brush, Margarita, and Sopapilla. Containing beeswax and natural oils, each one offers a moisturizing experience that is pleasant. All you need to do to polish up your lips is to apply, rub, and rinse. It only takes a minute or two, so this should be part of your beauty routine each week.

One of the cool facets to Arcelia’s scrubs is that they are sold in neat little tins that are easy to open and close. This fact makes these scrubs user-friendly, especially for women who might be experiencing the early signs of arthritis in their hands.

Just in case you don’t read the labels, it is important to note that each one of these sugar lip scrubs might contain a bit of salt. I did not notice any salty taste until I gently rinsed my lips. It’s a mild taste though. Believe it or not, I noticed more salt in the Margarita lip scrub, which happened to be my favorite one anyway with Sage Brush as a close second. These are actually quite similar so there isn’t that much difference among them.

In addition to using a lip scrub product weekly to remove dead cells and rejuvenate your smoochers for happy kissing, you should apply a soothing lip balm to help keep your lips moisturized and fresh. The balms are sold in tiny little tins just like the lip scrubs so they are easy to carry and easy to open.

Arcelia offers five adorable lip balms: Sassy Sangria, Mojito Lime, Hibiscus Tea, Mucho Mango, and Beer: 30. With names like these, even your honey can enjoy them. Surprisingly enough, they all smell somewhat like their names with the exception of Beer: 30, which does not seem to remind me of beer at all.

The Arcelia label is part of the Herban Renewal group of products. You can purchase the Arcelia scrubs and balms at Products provided free to writer for reviewI tried each of these as the result of a generous gift from the people at Herban Renewal, creators of this earth-friendly line of products.

Cover Up Dark Circles, Birthmarks, and Scars Easily with Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up Kit

Try Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-up products to hide blemishes, scars, and more.If you are anything like me, you are always looking for beauty products that you can use to hide those tiny (and large) imperfections that seem to magically appear as we get older. After all, we want to look as young or as beautiful as we can, for our self-esteem, for a mood lifter, and just because.

I recently discovered that I can cover up dark circles, birthmarks, scars, and more easily with the Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up Kit. It has every skin care product I need to cover up just about every type of skin imperfection that I need to hide on my face or body. Let me tell you the truth. I love this product. It his my facial scars ( I have two), the tiny red veins at the base of my nostrils, skin imperfections, and more.

I also love that it is waterproof – a fact someone close to me might have appreciated one unfortunate “toss-her-in-the-pool” experience a few summers back. You never need to worry about reapplying it should you decide to freshen up before meeting a client, attending an afternoon conference, or meeting your significant other for a special dinner. This in itself is a win-win feature.

Since Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up products are also non-comedogenic, they can even be used during those hormonal days when your skin seems to magically clog up and develop all sorts of skin problems despite your best efforts to avoid them. This is an especially good feature for those of us who want to hide imperfections on our best feature – our faces.
Try Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-up products to hide blemishes, scars, and more.
Moreover, Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up products have been dermatologically tested so even those of us with sensitive skin can use them without concern that we are going to create a new problem while trying to hide an old one. They go on easily and are non-greasy. Plus, I found them to be relatively smudge proof, another great aspect. When I remembered to avoid rubbing areas where I applied Smart Cover, it lasted long, almost forever. I even used it for light touch ups when I didn’t feel the need to start from scratch.

Smart Cover Cosmetics generously provided a Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up Kit for me to review. Since I do have a significant facial scar right below my nose, I wanted to use this item immediately. I am glad that I did because I have discovered that it does work. Whether your skin imperfections are major or minor, you should try it for yourself and discover its ability to camouflage in just a few moments.

The Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up Kit is sold in a convenient 10-piece cover-up kit at a reasonable price that falls below $30 even though it has a value of $121, and you can purchase it online at Each 10-piece kit includes a primer lotion to smooth and prep the skin, 3 containers of concealing creme to hide imperfections, a tube of color corrector, a cover stick for targeted coverage, a vitamin stick to provide vitamins for dry, wrinkled skin, and 2 blending sponges. A camouflage brush is included for applying your products along with a convenient carrying case.

Don’t worry that you won’t be able to find the right shade because Smart Cover Cosmetics Cover-Up is sold in six great shades ― three light shades and three dark shades! You can use it to hide marks from Rosacea, laser redness, tattoos, age spots, varicose veins, wrinkles, birthmarks and more!

Product provided free to writer for reviewFor more information on Smart Cover Cosmetics, please see

Aubrey Organics Inc. Natural Organic Spring Beauty Products Review

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle CoQ10 Lotion reviewThis month I’ve taken a trip down memory lane. March is a very busy month for my family. In addition to everyday life, between my family and my husband’s family, we have roughly a dozen birthdays to celebrate. It’s hectic, but lovely to spend time with people we care about.  Time is precious, so building memories is important. In the midst of our celebrating, we’ve also been compiling genealogy information.

I was presented with a group of products from Aubrey Organics, Inc., and was immediately taken with a surprising correlation; Aubrey is my Great Grandfather’s name. Now, I’m sure there is no relation, but it brings a pleasant, familiar feeling. So in the spirit of the occasion, the research began.

Aubrey Organics, Inc. was started in 1967 by Aubrey Hampton who was born in rural Indiana, and developed his first products at the age of nine in his mother’s kitchen. Since then he has personally developed 200 products that are sold world-wide. Aubrey Organics, Inc. is hailed as having the most natural herbal products available and sold in most health food stores. The company began in New York and the manufacturing plant is currently in Tampa, Florida.

Aubrey is a pioneer in the field and has a long list of firsts to his credit. He was the first to use coconut fatty acids in hair and skincare; the first to formulate cosmetic products with jojoba oil, evening primrose, blue chamomile, Rosa mosqueta® and Matcha green tea; the first to develop a natural preservative with citrus seed extract and vitamins A, C, & E; and the first to be certified as an organic processor (1994). In addition to developing products, Aubrey is also an avid environmental and animal rights activist. His products contain no petrochemicals and are not tested on animals.

He is an author of health and beauty books, including Natural Organic Hair & Skin Care, which is in its 6th printing, What’s in your Cosmetics, and The Take Charge Beauty Book, which was co-authored by his wife Susan Hussey. He is an award winning playwright, GBS & Company and Wolf Trilogy. He is the co-founder of Gorilla Theatre in Tampa, Florida and the publisher of Organica, an arts and environmental publication with 70,000 readers nationwide.

The company is dedicated to being natural; “Protect the Earth…Promote the well being of People…Nourish the Soul.” Please see for more information about the company and its products.

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle CoQ10 Lotion reviewNow, my opinion on the products I tried…. My favorite by far is the Honeysuckle CoQ10 Replenishing Moisturizing Lotion. Partly for sentimental reasons, Honeysuckle is one of my favorite fragrances. It instantly reminds me of my Grandmother and sunshine. It never fails to make me smile. The lotion itself is lightweight and non greasy, yet lasts all day. It hydrates and seals in moisture with a noticeable, but subtle fragrance that also lasts. It soothes and smoothes dry skin. In addition to hydrating the skin, coQ10 provides the benefits of powerful antioxidants by supporting cell growth helping to reduce the signs of aging. My husband tried it after shaving a particularly rough beard. It noticeably reduced the redness in only a few minutes.

Next comes Treat’ Em Right Lip Balm. It comes in five fun flavors. I tried Vanilla Honey, Tangerine, and Raspberry. The Raspberry and Vanilla Honey have the best flavors. The Tangerine smells great, but has a bitter taste, closer to the rind than the fruit. All three were lovely though with lasting comfort. They did not dry out or wear off easily. They honestly lasted for hours and I highly recommend them.

Finally is Crème de la Shave. My daughter was surprised that the texture was different than the shave gels that she is used to using. It’s not foamy, but more like a lotion. Crème de la Shave is very nice. Smooth on a thin layer, shave and rinse. It provides a close shave while protecting the skin and leaving it fresh and toned. I like the Raspberry Honey scent. My daughter likes the Toasted Almond. The Orange Cream is just yummy. It’s a great pick-me-up mood lifter that helps wake you up in the morning. All in all, I really enjoyed both the research and the products.  Happy March!

Comfort and Dryness in Talc-free Style – Herban Renewal and Arcelia Body Dusts

Try Herban Renewal and Arcelia Body Dusts for a comfortable and talc-free experience.Today, we know that talcum powder might soothe even the most delicate of skin, but it isn’t the safest for us to use. That is one of the reasons that the folks at Herban Renewal have created their own line of wonderful body dusts. Each one of their body dusts are safely made with earth-friendly products including vegetable powder, tricalium phosphate, and water-based colors or fragrance oils.

Talcum powder has been used for decades to absorb moisture from lots of delicate places including babies’ bottoms, mothers’ bosoms, tender feet, and more. Talc is composed of tiny particles of silicates along with other finely-ground minerals. Today, these are considered carcinogens that are suspected of causing lung tumors if inhaled. Therefore, it is best for you to avoid using talcum powder for your little ones as well as for yourself.

Try these pretty body dusts by Herban Renewal! Great for gifts for little girls.If you are new to the delights of body powders or dust as Herban Renewal likes to refer to it, you should definitely indulge in a bit of white-powdery bliss. First of all, body dust isn’t just for the body. Herban Renewal suggests that you dust your bed all over with their body dust for a bit of pampering bliss. Sounds like a nice romantic idea, doesn’t it?

Herban Renewal offers two lines of body dust. The first is their flagship line that happens to be called Herban Renewal. The second line is Arcelia, the line targeted for younger women or those women with younger preferences.

The Herban Renewal line features the delicate scents of First Rose, Garden Mint, Dream Dust Lavender, and Love Dust. Each one is just as appealing as the other. I loved them all, but then again, I have a fondness for body dust. I love to treat my feet to a delicate dusting each morning before stepping into my shoes for the day. The powder keeps my feet (and shoes) sweet smelling and dry throughout the day. I also like to dust myself all over with lightly-scented powder.

Try these non-talc body dusts by Herban Renewal.Herban Renewal’s body dusts are available in two sizes: a 1-oz. salt shaker and a 4-oz. crystal shaker. The smaller size currently sells for only $2.00 while the larger size has a price tag of $14.00.

Arcelia body dust is sold in the bolder scents of Mango, String Bikini, and Calming Cucumber varieties so that you can shake it up a bit and put a little zest into your life. Arcelia body dust is also sold in attractive glass containers. However, these dusts are available in three different sizes: a 1-oz. petite shaker, a 4-oz. glass shaker, and a 16-oz. glass refill container. Prices, respectively, are $2.00, $10.00, and $12.00.

The containers are reusable and it is rather cool that the company is using shakers. Personally, I like using them better than the body puffs since it creates a bit less mess in my boudoir. Products provided free to writer for reviewTry them for yourself ( and indulge in a bit of body dust for pure pampering pleasure. I received one of each scent in a variety of sizes so that I could review them for Life, Love, Beauty. I do like them and I believe they are worth their price tags.

Some Serious Goodies for Bath & Body: Herban Renewal Bath & Body Care Product Review

Bath gift sets by Herban Renewal can be a nice going away to college gift or present for other special occasion.Beautiful, absolutely beautiful; that’s what everyone will think the minute they receive a gift, package, or product from Herban Renewal (at least that’s what we experienced… along with an awful lot of excited squeals).

So what is it that Herban Renewal has to offer? In my opinion, they offer great gift bags, soaps, lotions, stuffed toys, and sea salts the whole family can enjoy.

Herban Renewal is out of Abilene, Texas and was started in 1996. Their initial goal was to create a line of products based on only the very best and natural ingredients they could find (right from the garden). They blended only the freshest, most fragrant herbs and botanicals, added vegetable oils that were known to produce the most healing and moisturizing effects, and added only the purest sea salts to their collections. The results allow you to experience a complete and luxuriously “Herban-istic” moment.

Herban Renewal offers gifts for all kinds of girls, including cute stuffed cats.Herban Renewal offers four very unique lines that present a range of luxurious, earth-friendly, cost-competitive nourishing products that are perfect for adults and kids alike. I especially enjoyed the plush toy / gift bag duos – these things were just too cute, too soft, and impossible to keep your hands off of!

In reviewing these products I realized just how fun and exciting these gifts can be to receive. My kids went ballistic on me and literally tore me to shreds. They enjoyed everything so much that, at one point, my youngest even got a little emotional. When asked why, all she could say was, “they’re all so beautiful mommy – I can’t help it; thank you!” I melted as she reached over and gave me the most heartfelt hug known only to moms.

The package we received for review included products from the following lines:
•    Livi.Lu.Lu – Skin nourishing products for adolescent “tween” girls, including lotions, body washes, and lip balms (which smelt and felt so yummy!).
•   Plush cats make great gifts for girls. Twinkle Toes – An ALL-natural, ALL-pink, ALL-glittery powder to sprinkle in ballet slippers, dance bags, and all over your body (Talc-free). The scent is an amazing “pirouette peppermint.”
•    Shoo! Monster (the cutest little anti-boogeyman dust). If your kids are afraid of monsters lurking in their closets and under their beds, give them this 100% all natural dust to sprinkle in their most feared places… no more boogeyman!

This package we received was filled to the brim with all things “girly-girl.” From Shoo! Monster dust to Twinkle Toes pirouette peppermint powder; from lotions and body washes to lip balms and gift bags; my girls couldn’t have been happier. They especially loved the beautiful, soft plush cats; they were so, so soft and cuddly. They were all shimmer and shine; they were impeccable with their beautiful soft fur and shiny wings. It’s been the only thing they’ve slept with since. I think they’ve even snuck them to school a time or two (but I’ll let them continue to think they got away with that one). Okay…shall we move on?

Herban Renewal offers gifts for all kinds of girls, including cute stuffed cats.

Products provided free to writer for reviewThe smells from the Livi.Lu.Lu collection were…

Pampering Tips: Smoother, Softer Skin with Amazon Forest Brazil Nut & Vanilla Body Scrub

What do you think of when someone mentions the word indulgence? Are you thinking about delicious bites of decadent chocolates? Perhaps you are thinking about luxury hotels, spas, and vacations. No matter what images the word “indulgence” conjures up for you, there’s always time to explore the indulgence of using beauty products that pamper our skin and allow women to enjoy the benefits of skin-softening agents, aromatherapy, and skin exfoliants.

While our mothers before us might not have grown up with the indulgence of aromatic, skin-softening body scrubs that is no reason for us not to use these fine beauty products that allow us to slough off dead skin cells and rejuvenate new skin growth. I must confess that while I do not indulge in skin-softening body scrubs each day, I do like to take advantage of their pampering pleasures weekly.

One of the best aspects of using a well-formulated body scrub is its instant ability to make our skin feel smoother and more alive each time we use it. The Amazon Forest Brazil Nut & Vanilla Body Scrub is no different in this respect than any other. It reacts similarly to my skin as a dozen other body scrubs, so I am not going to tell you that it is the “best.” To me, there isn’t any “best” beauty product. There are only those that perform well, perform not so well, and perform poorly.

The Amazon Forest Brazil Nut & Vanilla Body Scrub performs well and does what it is supposed to do. As I gently massaged it onto my damp skin, I reveled in the delicate grittiness that I knew was removing dead skin cells gently. As with any beauty product intended for the skin, I paid special attention to problem areas such as my elbows, heels, and knees.

Manufactured by the The Boots Company out of Nottingham England, Amazon Forest Brazil Nut & Vanilla Body Scrub has been dermatologically tested so it is safe on your skin. It features a light camel color with brownish red specks and a light nutty scent. This isn’t one of those scents that instantly take you away with an awakening energy. It might very well be one of those scents that you either like or dislike with no in between. After using this product, my skin did feel smoother as I toweled off and throughout the rest of the day.

The Amazon Forest Brazil Nut & Vanilla Body Scrub has been formulated with moisturizing brazil nut oil, fragrant organic vanilla, and a bevy of natural exfoliants- all of which help to leave the skin feeling smooth. I received a generous 13.5 fl. oz. container for the purposes of reviewing it. Why not get one yourself (available at or and soak up the amazing ingredients in this exotic concoction for a chance at softer, smoother, healthier skin?

For Prettier Eyes, Treat Yourself to CVS® Pharmacy Collagen Treatment Eye Radiance

As a youngster, my biggest beauty problem was getting my mother to buy my favorite bubble bath. As time went by, I discovered new problems that tormented me in varying degrees. Only adult women like curly, red hair on little girls – kids absolutely hate it. My fair skin did not like the sun and turned red within minutes of being out on a hot day. Then, as I passed that milestone of turning into an adult, my skin began to wrinkle and crow’s feet began to develop around my once gorgeous eyes. Oh horrors!

This last beauty problem is the one that I am going to talk about today. Not one of us, absolutely not one, wants to have the telltale signs of getting older, taking in too much sun, or hydrating too little to show up on our faces as crow’s feet. Sure, we can try and play it off that our crow’s feet are the result of having a fun-loving personality and laughing or smiling all the time. Guess what? No one, absolutely no one, believes that fairly tale except for very young children.

While there’s no point in looking back and thinking about all of the activities that we should have avoided or all of the beauty treatments that we should have applied, there’s a huge reason to think about what we can do now. After all, improving our facial expression and enhancing our beauty should be at the top of our to-do list. One of the products that I have been given the opportunity to try recently (for free, my favorite price in the world), is the CVS® Pharmacy Collagen Treatment Eye Radiance product. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have even been interested.

However, today, I am interested in every beauty product that is going to make me feel better or look better. So, for prettier eyes, treat yourself to CVS® Pharmacy Collagen Treatment Eye Radiance cream and see if you like it as much as I do. This collagen product is designed as a targeted eye treatment that reduces the appearance of wrinkles by filling them in. It is also designed to lighten those dreaded dark circles that make us look as though we haven’t slept in days.

Now, I do have to advise you that just as with any similar product, this isn’t designed to work overnight. Give it a few weeks for the best results. Be consistent with your use of the product, which you can use twice daily. I like the fact that it is fragrance free so it does not interfere with my cologne or lotion of the day.

While the product is both ophthalmologically and dermatologically tested, it does sting if you inadvertently get it into your eye. This shouldn’t be a problem unless you are one of those people who constantly rub your eyes or rub your tear ducts. I found that waiting a few moments after a hot shower before applying the CVS® Pharmacy Collagen Treatment Eye Radiance cream worked best for me since it gave my pores a chance to settle down.

Product provided free to writer for reviewAs stated earlier, I did receive this product for the purposes of reviewing it, so feel free to disagree with me. I am however going to continue using it until it is all used up!

Perfumes, Pulse Points, and the Delight of Neil Morris Fragrances

Neil Morris fragrance product reviewPerfumes provide a quick and easy way to lift our spirits, attract a mate, or simply feel better about ourselves. Whether you are one of those women who prefer to stick to a small arsenal of favorite fragrances or one who prefers to discover new favorites each fashion season, expressing your individuality with fragrances can be an enjoyable pursuit.

Personally, I have to confess that I do navigate toward my longtime favorites, at least for special occasions or when I need a “scentsational” experience to jiggle my mood to a happier plateau. Nonetheless, I love to experiment with fragrances for daily adventures in the realm of delightful, memory-invoking, unique scents. Before we explore Neil Morris’s Signature Collection, one of my newest finds, let’s take a brief look at pulse points.

Pleasurable Pulse Points

Neil Morris fragrance product reviewPerhaps one of the most important essentials to the art of wearing aromatic perfumes and colognes is to apply our fragrances to our pulse points. What are pulse points? Those areas of the skin where the blood vessels are close to the surface are known as the body’s pulse points. The blood vessels located at each spot pulse and radiate warmth, which helps to emanate or diffuse the scent that has been used.

The body’s pulse points can be found at the base of the throat, the inner part of the arm where it bends at the elbow, the soft portion of the knee where it bends, the ankles, behind the ears, and the inner portion of the wrist. Spraying each of these pulse points allows our favorite fragrance to heat up and pulsate into the surrounding air, gently sending our scent for others to enjoy.

Neil Morris Fragrances

Ultraniche perfumer Neil Morris has quite a history of producing unique scents. He loves to dabble with customized fragrances that are only available in “The Vault” on his Web site. He also has a unique “Signature Collection” that includes eight glorious fragrances designed to invoke a unique experience. I have been fortunate enough to receive all of these scents and I’ll give you a brief idea of what to expect from each so you can decide which ones might be perfect for your next special occasion or even just for your daily perfuming needs.

While the names are catchy, the notes contained in each are what matters here. “Aegean” offers the delicacy of mandarin and basil mixed with lavender and quince. The base notes of benzoin, sandalwood, and pearl musk provide that lasting musky scent that so many women enjoy.

Neil Morris fragrance product review

One of my personal favorites due to its light ctirusy scent, “Afire” offers a sweet experience that beckons one down a path of smoldering seduction. From the fresh citrus to the sweet berries to notes of frankincense and warm vanilla, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

The top, heart, and base notes of “Clear” are crisp and clean like a summer day filled with linden blossoms, mint, cedar, and a touch of musk. This is a great daytime fragrance!

One of the best notes ever to be discovered by man, or at least in my opinion, “Bergamot,” is featured in “Coral.” This fragrance is designed to take you back to a long walk on a Californian beach with the perkiness of the top notes of bergamot and pomegranate combined with the freshness of the heart notes of sweet pea, Bulgarian rose, and fig and finished with the base notes of musk, sandalwood, and incense.

“Gotham,” a fragrance inspired by Morris’s stroll along a Manhattan street on an October evening, offers a bit of mystery with spicy top notes of yuzu and black pepper and tender heart notes of narcissus and rose. The base notes of amber, ambergris, labdanum, myrtlewood, and Russian leather complete aromatic experience.

Neil Morris fragrance product reviewI love the sensual nature of “Rainflower” with its top notes of jasmine and freesia. These two are quite popular in a wide number of beauty products. The heart notes offer a floral experience filled with the scent of lilac, gardenia, tulip, and hyacinth, followed by the base of a soft musk.

“Storm” offers an exotic sense of urgency founded in lime and papaya laced with hyacinth and delphinium. Following those notes, this fragrance offers a nice touch of earth, marine, and musk scents.

“Zephyr” not only comes with an interesting name, but it offers a clever scent of papaya, tangerine, lily, and honeysuckle. A touch of white tea, amber, sandalwood, and musk complement this fragrance in a “scentsational” experience that has me drifting down memory lane on summer days.

Product provided free to writer for reviewIf the truth be told, my youngest daughter remarked that these scents all smelled like me or rather like fragrances that I tend to love. That is one of the benefits of using fragrances since they blend with our scent creating an individualized expression of sensual fragrance that can bring us comfort while invoking renewed life. Please check out for a look at his additional fragrances.

Explore the Delights of Earth-Friendly Beauty Products with Herban Renewal Body Wash

Whether you have time to luxuriate in a relaxing shower or you need to jump in and out in your mad dash for work in the morning, using any one of the aromatic array of body washes created by Herban Renewal is going to give you a skin-softening, fragrant, body-cleaning experience. Aromatherapy in a mini-version of pleasurable delight! Seriously, I am not kidding and truly mean it when I say that this line of body washes offers a silky feel with fresh, clean scents reminiscent of some earthly delight.

I love the zing of each one as the scent of each variety wafts up to my nostrils while I am using it. The silkiness of the body wash is amazingly sleek as it glides along my skin, moisturizing it with its nourishing oils. This fact alone makes this a perfect cleaning product for dry, chafed hands that desperately need a gentle touch. After all, just because the label states “body wash” does not mean that is the only good use of this product. I find that these delightful body washes are also great for washing fine delicates that should never see the inside of a washing machine.

Plus, I get a chance to do something nice for the earth while doing something nice for myself. Each product has been carefully blended using the freshest of fragrant botanicals and herbs, moisturizing oils, and in some cases, natural sea salts. I love that these body washes were all-natural, allowing me to avoid harsh chemicals and dyes.

The flagship line, Herban Renewal, offers four unique body wash varieties: Lavender Aloe, Love Aloe, First Rose Aloe, and Mint Aloe. I couldn’t wait to try them all. These are sold in three sizes (1 oz, 2 oz, and 8 oz) at three affordable prices, all of which are currently $8.00 and under. Since the smallest size is so tiny, you can easily keep one in your purse, briefcase, or desk drawer for those times when a light touch of aromatherapy is all that you need for a special pick me up.

I also sampled the line of body wash intended for the younger crowd, Arcelia. The fragrances are a bit more robust, offering an extra bit of zing. This line is earth-friendly as well and caters to the trends of today. Arcelia offers the following three scents: Calming Cucumber, Mango, and String Bikini. All of these are rather invigorating to the olfactory senses and a bit brighter in presentation than the flagship line. I can definitely see my youngest daughter “borrowing” these when she comes home for spring break next week.

In addition to enjoying the variety of fragrances and the silkiness of the body washes, I also loved the fact that the 8-ounce size came with a pump. This is so much more enjoyable for me to use than the typical body wash bottles sold in the store that I need to pour out. The pump offers a touch of that pampering feel that all women love to enjoy.

A word of caution – if you have severe allergies, make sure that you read the list of ingredients carefully before applying any of these products liberally. I haven’t read anything on this, but I like to remind people with allergies to be careful when using any type of fragrant product.

Products provided free to writer for reviewFor a look at the full line of Herban Renewal products, visit

Kissable Lips in Minutes with Comfort Zone’s Lip Blooming Products

Kissable lips are tempting with their plumpness, sensual contour, and tantalizing look – that’s what makes them so kissable! While it might have been easy to maintain kissable lips when we were young, it isn’t quite as easy a task as it used to be. Time takes a bit of wear-and-tear on all parts of our body, even our lips. As we age, our skin needs better care than it used to need. Our lips need and want pampering!

It is important for us to replenish and rejuvenate our lips if we want our husbands or partners thinking about kissing us more often. After all, what doesn’t tell a woman that she is loved and wanted more than a simple kiss? So, what makes lips so kissable in the first place? Obviously, it has to do with more than just the shade of lipstick or lip gloss that we carefully put on.

Our lips need to look good in order to be tempting for someone to kiss. This means doing away with lines and creases that tend to allow lipstick to cake or appear wrinkly on our lips. It’s all about moisturizing our lips and maximizing on the smooth, silky feel that lips are capable of having.

Fortunately, lots of products have been created to help us with the task of pampering our lips to baby-fine softness and kissability. I’ve been on a mission lately to discover a product that works for me while being fun to use as well as tasting good. Having gone through an array of chapsticks, some of which certainly tasted terrific while others did not, some of which glided on easily while others did not, and some of which brought back the plumpness of my lips while others did not, I am now on a mission to try a few other products.

Comfort Zone has come up with the Lip Blooming System- a set of three integral products designed to nourish and rejuvenate this delicate area of our face. I was offered a free gift of this Lip Blooming System for the purposes of reviewing it, so I saved the $64 I would have spent to obtain it. It’s worth the price though if you like to get kissed. In all honesty, this product is as much for our lovers as it is for us. After all, there’s a lot more kissing going on once your lips become glisteningly kissable in a matter of days.

The Lip Blooming System features a Lip Blooming Scrub, Lip Blooming Balm with an SPF of 10, and a Lip Blooming Gloss. The Lip Blooming Scrub is supposed to be used once or twice a week, depending on the condition of your lips. I like the way this one feels on my lips when I massage it into them. My lips felt more alive afterward too- kind of like they had received a giant dose of Vitamin C, which they actually did.

The Lip Blooming Balm with an SPF of 10 is designed to keep our lips kissable by restoring moisture as well as protecting them from the sun. Since I like the outdoors in the warm weather, this is an especially important factor for me. Since our lips are such an important facet of the way that we look, it is critical to take time to pamper them.

The final product, Lip Blooming Gloss, is great on its own or over lipstick. It glistens and tempts with its shiny, kissable appearance. There’s nothing like a little bit of gloss to get across the message that you want to be kissed!

Products provided free to writer for reviewI received all three of the above-mentioned products for the purposes of reviewing them. I’m glad that I did as my lips look and feel better, especially when receiving a few extra kisses. Get yourself a few extra smooches too while treating your lips to a bit of pampering!

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Shape Up or Slim Down with Shape Wear by Bubbles Bodywear and Yummie Tummie

While we may love our bodies, many of us can agree that we may not have been blessed with all the right curves in all the right places. Of course, some of us may have had the right shape at one point in time, but often with age, those curves migrate to other places, leaving us looking for a comfortable and affordable solution that doesn’t involve paying for plastic surgery. That’s where body shape wear comes in!

Whether you have a bit of a tummy that you’d like to hide or a nonexistent butt that you desperately wish would bump out just a bit, you can find a sexy solution in body shape wear. Wonderbra® first brought women a chance to enhance their cleavage and show off their busts, even if their genes blessed them with a little less than they would like. Now women can enhance or reduce the appearance of various body parts, all with a simple garment to do the job.

Body Shape Wear to Slim Down
Control top pantyhose and other leggings have long offered women the chance to compress their legs for a sexier look and full support. Body shape wear and slimming body wear have come a long way, now offering clever and discreet ways to slim your thighs, slenderize your tummy, and even minimize love handles and other unwanted extras.

Reaching out to assist in slimming and shaping, Yummie Tummie offers body shape wear and body shapers to slim your middle section smoothly and comfortably. The company offers a wide variety of tank tops and slips, among other products, in countless colors, styles, and patterns. Yummie Tummie body shape wear products are cute, colorful, and designed to be seen.

Approved by celebrities such as Heidi Klum and Oprah, Yummie Tummie features a special panel around the tummy area that slims and tightens right away. Other celebrities who have worn Yummie Tummie products include Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Lauren Conrad, Tyra Banks, Kimora Lee Simmons, Bobbi Brown, and Tina Fey.

Celebrity stylist and fashion designer Heather Thomson created the Yummie Tummie brand and product line to offer celebs and consumers a sexy solution to body shape wear needs. Yummie Tummie products are available in just about every color of the rainbow and in many shapes and styles. I received a black Yummie Tummie tank to review, and the slimming action is effective yet comfortable. The body wear tops truly are cute enough to be seen rather than hidden beneath your clothes.

Products provided free to writer for reviewFor more information on Yummie Tummie, visit

Body Shape Wear to Enhance Curves
If your problem areas tend to be more along the lines of not having enough curves, you can use body shape wear as a solution for this body need as well. Wonderbra can enhance your bust, giving your breasts a boost or a good lift, creating attractive cleavage and helping to enhance your wardrobe options. If you would like to shape up a flat butt, Bubbles Bodywear now gives you the opportunity to enhance your curves in the right places.

Bubbles Bodywear offers padded panties and derriere lifters to give women with flat behinds the chance to enhance their shape in jeans, work pants, skirts, dresses, and more. The Bubbles Bodywear product line includes both padded panties and panties and briefs that are designed to lift and accentuate your rear without padding. The double-O panty acts like a thong but has more support and coverage in other areas. This garment has no coverage on the cheeks but does have a thong-like strip to keep you covered up. The design of this panty is meant to lift and shape your butt without padding.

I received a selection of body shape wear from Bubbles Bodywear to check out and mention as options for women who would like to enhance the shape of their butts. The colors and styles of the Bubbles butt-enhancing panties are astounding. Some of the panties had removable pads in foam or silicone while others required no padding at all. Red, black, and nude are three popular colors that I received, in styles ranging from padded boyshorts to briefs, and even some in lace.

While I’m not sure that I personally need padded panties as I feel my butt is adequately shaped, I can truly see the benefit of these cool and unique undergarments for women who may have more of a boyish frame or quite simply, a flat butt.

Don’t be surprised if you go to the Web site for Bubbles Bodywear, though. This company offers so much more in body shape wear than butt-enhancing panties and accessories. I also received a set of pasties – cleverly named Boobles silicone nipple covers, and thigh shapers, and if you go to the site, you will see the many accessories and shape wear options available, from tops to bottoms and everything in between. Bubbles Bodywear even offers shape wear for men!

Products provided free to writer for reviewFor more information on Bubbles Bodywear, padded panties, and other body shape wear options, please visit

Relax and Enjoy a Good Book: So Into You by Sandra Hill

If you are up for some lighthearted fiction with a touch of sexy playfulness to it, So Into You by Sandra Hill is a perfect pick. The story brings readers into the life of the heroine, Grace O’Brien, as she tries to hide from the truth. Grace has led an interesting life as a rebellious teenager, ex-nun, championship poker player, treasure hunter, and folk healer. She has secrets as do most of us, but the biggest secret of all is the one that she hides from herself – her love for Angel.

So Into You engages readers with the behavior of the hero, Angel Sabato, who runs from what he believes to be the truth and the antics of the most animated woman in the Bayou, Tante Lulu, who tells it like she sees it. As I read the book, I found each new chapter to contain believable events and real-life people. However, personally, I found too many metaphors, too much slang, and too much “talking in the head” for my own personal liking.

If you enjoy reading a book that focuses on dialogue, then you will thoroughly enjoy this one. If you prefer a touch of mystery, you are not going to find much of it in this book. I found the heavy use of metaphors and the constant use of dialect a bit too annoying. I like a book that I can read without trying to get around the text. While there is only a touch of bad language, I didn’t enjoy its use either as I personally find it unnecessary in a good novel. However, if certain words are in your vernacular, you won’t have any problem reading So Into You. It isn’t the kind of book that I am going to pass on to my mother to read as I already know what her reaction is going to be.

So Into You is perhaps best for the younger crowd (under 40) who are looking for romance in their own lives or something to wile away a few hours of boredom. I could put this book down without qualms and for me that is reason enough to say that I could have done without it. Nothing in the storyline had me clamoring for more.

The storyline is transparent from the very beginning of the book, so if you are looking for some cloak-and-dagger type of reading, this isn’t the story for you. The plot is rather lightweight for my tastes, but for women who enjoy a novel to relax by, So Into You offers an easy-to-read story presented with a touch of humor, a lot of sex talk, a steamy sex scene, and quite a few colorful characters.

While the book speaks of emotional reactions – love, sadness, guilt, anger, and more, I did not empathize with any of the characters. The build up to each of these feelings is too riddled with “talking in the head” instead of actual emotion from the characters. Maybe I am just too old-fashioned in my tastes for books, but I would rather feel what the characters are feeling than read what they are saying to themselves while conversing with others.

A graduate of Penn State, Sandra Hill works as a freelance writer and education editor. She enjoys writing lighter fiction such as what you will discover in her latest book, So Into You.

Product provided free to writer for reviewI received this book for the purpose of reviewing it and I have offered my honest opinion. Give yourself a chance to disagree and grab the book for yourself.