Posts Tagged ‘hand cream’

Ugandan Shea Butter by LATHER – Simply amazing!

June 3, 2010

I was on a layover in Miami last weekend and of course, couldn’t help but shop! I checked into this accessory / beauty / spa store and found these luxurious lotions and soaps from Lather. The first product I tried was their Ugandan Shea Butter. Now after 5 hours on a plane, my skin was parched so I need some hand cream. This thick, creamy, non-oily shea butter absorbed into my hands almost immediately. I was impressed. Then about 2 hours later and a couple hand-washings later, the softness was still noticeable. I was shocked – no other hand lotion lasts for that long, do they?

So that pretty much had me convinced. I bought a tub of this shea butter and man, am I glad that I did! It’s amazing. I only have to reapply once when I’m at work (in a very very dry office) and my skin stays moisturized. Not to mention, the amazing smell! Highly recommend!

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Winter Must-Haves

February 19, 2010

If your skin is anything like mine, you need FULL moisture, especially to battle these cold, winter, dry months. And if you work in an office with no fresh air, your symptoms may also be magnified. Here are some of my favorite beauty products that help to make the winter months more… bearable, I should say.

1. Caudalie’s Beauty Elixer: This fantastic serum can be used anytime (which is the best part about it!). Under makeup, over makeup, as a pick me up, nighttime relaxer. You name it! It’s a mist-serum that containes essential oils that help keep skin smooth, moisturized, and toned. Not to mention it’s refreshing cooling feel and great smell!

2. L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream: This amazing thick moisturizer is perfect to keep your hands well hydrated. The shea butter is infused with honey, almond and coconut oil for the perfect combination. Plus this travel size is great to keep in your purse or at your desk at work.

3. Aveeno’s Intense Relief Overnight Cream: Don’t be fooled by the “overnight” part. This cream is an essential and I use it during the day as well. The colloidal oatmeal and shea butter help with any sort of itching, plus provides full moisture. I apply this right out of the shower and though it is thick, it sinks into the skin fairly quickly and leaves no oily residue.

4. Egyptian Magic: This fabulous balm is made with mostly olive oil, bee pollen, beeswax, honey, and bee propolis. Don’t worry about the slightly funny smell, the results are amazing. It’s called a cream, but looks more like a balm. You only need to apply a little bit to your hand and work it to make it warm and more “spreadable,” then apply to dry spots, cuts, face, elbows, anywhere that need some “love.” I much prefer this to Aquaphor, which I feel is sticky and greasy. Egyptian Magic is quickly absorbed into the skin for maximum relief.

5. Origins Soothing Lip Balm: This thick lip balm isn’t like others that need to be reapplied constantly. If you’re like me, my skin doesnt feel good if my lips are dry, cracked and flaky. Made with 97% organic ingredients, this lip balm has shea and cocoa butter, palm, coconut, safflower and vanilla oils. Because of it’s organic nature, it’s not as smooth going on as most lip balms, but it’s well worth it. Quite pricey for a lip balm ($15), so save this one for emergencies only!

Got an amazing product that I forgot to mention? Leave it in the comments or email me!

8 Great Holiday Gifts For Under $20

November 3, 2009

The holidays are here (my favorite time of year) and with the holidays comes gift giving. Now, I love giving gifts but I also have to face the fact that we’re in a recession, so spending $50 bucks on a friend isn’t really realistic. Plus, you have coworkers and such. So I’ve compiled a list of the best gifts to give for under $20.

1. Lip Saver Roll by Korres ($15.60 with discount code)– This roll of Lip balm is nothing like you’re used to. I hate those annoying lip balms that smell bad, dry out your lips and come off easily. This is a real treat – since it’s made with shea butters, it offers hydration, a light tint and some shine to your lips. Not to mention the great scent -Remember too, Korres products are all natural, so you can be assured that this product is quality. Anyway, you can never have too many lip butters! (Also enter the keyword URBAN for a special 20% off discount until the end of November!)

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2. Totally Bamboo Pineapple Cutting Board and Spreader ($18 for both) – This is for the friend or family member who love to entertain, or just loves to cook. This adorable Pineapple Cutting Board is only $15 and spreader is only $3! What a bargain. It’s great to serve cheese or fruit or for cutting smaller items. This is not only a great holiday gift, but also something that’s good to keep on hand for when you need a quick hostess gift or housewarming present. Also, did you know that Bamboo is 16% harder than maple so the board will last longer. It also has anti-microbial properties to repel bacteria. You get all of this while helping to keep the world green!

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3. Frozen Hot Chocolate Mix From Serendipity ($16) – Who doesn’t love hot chocolate during the winter months? Well, this is a new spin – FROZEN Hot Chocolate! It’s absolutely amazing – ask anyone who’s visited the restaurant in New York. This rich, creamy hot chocolate beats anything you can get in the store and you can make it hot or cold. You decide!

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4. 88 Piece Makeup Palette by Coastal Scents ($18.95) – Nope, that’s not a type. You do really get 88 super pigmented eyeshadow colors. What else could a girl need? Each color is about a dime size, but since they are super pigmented, you only need a touch of it. Great to travel with and will last a lifetime. Not to mention you can use them wet or dry.

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5. Lambie Ballerina Slippers and Shea Butter Socks ($20 for both) – Pamper your feet this holiday season with Lambie Ballerina Slippers and a pair of Shea Butter Socks. These socks have shea butter infused in them to keep your feel silky and smooth, then wear the slippers around the house for even a softer luxurious feel while hanging out buy the fire or cookin’ up a yummy holiday meal!

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6. Try me Shea by L’Occitane ($15) – With winter comes dryness and we all know that nothing is less sexy than dry, cracked skin. Which is why ‘Try Me Shea‘ is the perfect holiday gift. This luxurious gift bag comes with shower cream, lotion, hand cream, shampoo, conditioner, face soap and a travel pouch. Say buh-bye to dryness and hello Shea butter!

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7. Aunt Sadie’s Holiday Candles ($18) There is nothing that reminds me of a holiday more so than the fresh scented aroma of baking gingerbread cookies and cinnamon spice. Well, with Aunt Sadie’s Holiday Candles, you can replicate the smell to make your house smell great all holiday season!

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8. Knitted Beret from Gap ($19.50) – Stay warm while doing your holiday shopping with a cute knitted beret from Gap. It’s stylish, warm and under $20. This makes a great gift for the friend who lives in cold weather or just loves to be outfitted from head to toe. Comes in 4 great colors.

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Well that just about completes this year’s holiday gift guide for under $20. Is there something I missed or something that you’d love to receive for under $20? Leave it in the comments!