Tuesday, December 31, 2019

L'Occitane Honey Harvest Shea Ultra Soft Cream

Winter time is time to stock up on the heavy duty body moisturizers and they don't get much better than the shea butter packed ones from L'Occitane.

New this year is Honey Harvest and it's become a favorite here. As the name says this one is so soft and easily absorbed so no heavy feel or greasy residue. But it also works to get skin feeling soft and moisturized .

The texture is whipped and mousse like with 10% shea butter and a light honeyed fragrance. It's just there and as honey as a scent isn't always to my taste or nose, this one is just right. Comforting and cozy but nothing you'll notice unless you're up close.

They still also have their original Ultra Rich  cream with 25 % shea butter and the new Festive Garden Ultra Light version with a floral scent and 5 % shea butter.

All three come in a tin ( shown) and a larger tub. Sales are online now too for various products and sets.

At L'Occitane.com

Monday, December 30, 2019

Beautystat Universal C Skin Refining Cream

Brighten up with the new Universal C Skin Refining Cream from Beautystat. 

 I'm always on the lookout for a good brightener and this patented formula is powered up with stable 20% L - Ascorbic Acid and ECGC green tea extract. It's lightly moisturizing( squalene) and after about 2 weeks of use my skin did have more clarity, spots were lightened with overall smoothing. While strong I don't have any issues with C products so there was no irritation for me. It's a gentle preparation and also doesn't have that stinky odor many strong C creams or serums have and doesn't oxidize and turn brown like many others. 

Ron Robinson, the man behind Beautystat skincare and it's predecessor website is a cosmetic chemist with past experience at Avon , Clinique and is also an Allure beauty expert. I wrote for Beautystat about fragrance when it was a reporting/reviewing website and can tell you Ron knows his stuff. This has a small ingredient list and I like that . Easy to see what's in there and  what's not. Also this will soon be featured on QVC , and that's huge . Products go through a rigorous process to get featured on there so you know it's worth checking out. 

Beautystat Universal C Skin Refining Cream is $ 79.99 at beautystat.com  .

Use code GMA for $ 25 off

Monday, December 23, 2019

Old Navy Dog & Cat Print Flannel Pajamas

Last minute gifting alert - Check out these cute pjs from Old Navy.  Made from a light but not thin and so soft flannel with dogs , cats and lizards, yes lizards get in there too all with festive sweaters and antlers.

They are generously sized and the waist has a ribbon tie. It doesn't more cozy and you can add the thick fuzzy slipper socks with gripper bottom and you're giftee is set .

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Tiffany & Love For Her Perfume

Tiffany's new perfume is  Love for Her. I'll admit I  wasn't a big fan of their earlier Tiffany fragrance. It was just ok to my nose.  This new one on the other hand, I love. 

& Love is a sparkling citrus woods scent that reminds me a little of traditional colognes. Dry citrus of grapefruit and lemon kick things off with basil, vetiver , cedarwood and a new note used for this line - blue sequoia. There is some floral in a dewy neroli note and that balances the woods nicely.

 It wears lightly and close to skin. I don't get great longevity but on The Mom it lasted several hours.  This , to me, is more a warm weather frag, it will feel cool and refreshing , but I have been wearing it a lot now . It's easy to wear and bracing  in the cold temps.

The bottle here is a good one. Minimal but casually elegant and a nice detail in that the top silver rim has the notes engraved. There is also a men's version (although the women's is very unisex) for his and hers if you're so inclined. 

Tiffany & Love For Her is $ 100 for 3 oz EDP and $ 105 for 1.6 oz at Macys , Bloomingdales and Tiffany stores and online 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

L'Occitane Holiday Gift Sets 2019

L'Occitane is at the top of my gift giving suggestion list every year. Want the easiest but sure to be loved gift ? Grab them one of their gift sets. Festively packaged there's something for everyone. And there isn't anyone I can think of who wouldn't/ doesn't love their hand creams . Plus it's something they'll definitely use.

There are loads of sets available but I've got four to highlight today.

Hugs & Kisses Duo -  you can get this duo in several scents , this one has a hand cream ( 1oz) and lip balm in the ultra moisturizing shea version. $ 20

Sweet Cherry Blossom Ornament-  My favorite as it's just so cute. A tin ornament holds three Cherry Blossom minis inside . A hang tab attached so it can be hung by the chimney with care. There are also more scent options available. $ 14

Lavender Travel Set - This cute box holds 4 lavender scented products in smaller travel sizes. Only one is mini, the hand cream . The soap, shower gel and foaming bath are good sized  of 2-3.5 ounces.  $ 29

Winter Rescue Kit - The set contains a new launch Petit Remede , an all over balm in a tin meant for nose, hands, cuticles, lips etc. Ingredients include shea butter, sweet almond and sunflower oils , arnica, calendula and lavender. A 1 oz hand cream in shea completes the set. $ 20 .

As if the prices weren't already good, for Cyber Monday at L'Occitane online you can an additonal 20% off  .