Self Care Matters – Amope Pedi Perfect for the Win!

This post was sponsored by Amopé™ as part of an influencer activation for the #AmopeCrowd and Socialstars™. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.

 Self-Care Matters

Girl, listen. Can we have a chat? You know, sister to sister? Let me keep it real with you. You don’t mind, do you? It’s a struggle. By “it”, I mean…almost everything. I look at where my life was 5, 6 and 7 years ago and I chuckle at how I used to complain about the little things. I wouldn’t mind some of those stresses now. I’d trade them for my current ones in a heartbeat.

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Protect Yo Skin This Summer

Sunscreen products

Summer is in full swing here in Florida and uh, we’re melting. Quite literally, actually. I’m a fan of this time of year, but it gets to the point where it is almost downright unbearable. But bear it, we must, because I’ve got a toddler who REALLY thrives being outside. Elle loves everything about the water and while we can’t always make it to the beach or pool, we’ve gotten her a huge inflatable pool that she can’t get enough of.

Safe Sunscreen

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The HolBOX Review – My Kind of Subscription Box

I haven’t been riding the subscription box train for awhile. I mean, truthfully…when you are the opposite of a hoarder, more random products that you probably won’t use not only clutters your space but also seem pointless if you’re already beauty blogger. However, when a gal pal told me about The HolBOX, I knew I had to at least give this box a whirl.

HOLBox

First of all, ignore the fact that I have found a way to justify bringing MOAR items up in my house, but here’s why HolBOX is different. You ready? This box is designed for women who want to live a more holistic life. The products featured aren’t just beauty-related. In fact, many have multipurpose uses that can be used for the body (in and out), household, hair, etc. You get 5-7 full size samples of goodies that come to you wrapped in a beautiful piece of fabric that can used for the head or however you see fit. See!! Not just your average beauty box…

The HOLBox

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Dial Vitamin Boost Body Washes – Even The Men Love Them

Dial body wash

I got these bottles of body wash for review and they sat on my beauty shelf for a few weeks. Each week Esposo kept asking me if he could use them.

“Please babe,” he’d plead.

“I’ve gotta take pictures of them first,” I’d say.

Dial soap

A week would pass and he’d ask again. And then again. Ca-learly this man knows nothing about a blogger’s editorial calendar. Men, I tell ya. Esposo is far less pickier than I am when it comes to body products. All he needs is something that cleanses. He doesn’t care about parabens, fragrances (or lack thereof), pH balanced blah blah blah or anti-aging properties. He just wants something that suds up.

Yeah. And cleanses. Dial recently launched these 2 gorgeous bottles of sudsy body wash and the premise is this: they are supposed to provide nourishing moisturization from right after you begin lathering up until the end of the day. They have 2 formulas.

Dial Body Vitamin Boost

Amazing B is a lotion-infused formula that assists in drawing in moisture to keep that skin hydrated.

Dial Vitamin Boost

And then there’s Super C. An oil-infused formula that contains antioxidants to protect the skin and provide a healthy glow.

Both smell absolutely wonderful but I found Super C to be my favorite as it was energizing and citrusy and was such a perfect way to start the day. I asked Esposo which one he preferred and he didn’t care. Of course.

Way to go, Dial. You’ve managed to get my super man-ly man of a man excited about showering. I don’t know how to thank you. You can snag these from Walmart, Target and drugstores for about $4.99.

The Blogger with A Brand: A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

I seriously know the best people. I’m not even kidding. As if being a beauty blogger isn’t hard enough, I know a select few that have launched their own products. How freaking awesome is that? Add A Girl’s Gotta Spa! to the list.

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New to the market at only 3 months old, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products are really a great fit for those of us with skin types. Founder Shannon Smyth has developed such a fantastic formula of ingredients that are fitting for those of us with dry, normal and combination skin. The line currently provides an Energizing Citrus Body Wash ($31) and Energizing Citrus Body Lotion ($33). Both will arrive to you housed in 8 fl oz bottles and you can slather away knowing that you’re supporting a brand that truly cares about the ingredients in its products. And yeah, speaking of the ingredients, Shannon has kept it simple.

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In addition to being cruelty-free A Girl’s Gotta Spa products are also vegan and do not contain the following:

  • Sulfates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Petrochemicals

Of course I’m doing cartwheels because I am all for any brand that omits synthetic fragrances. What you’re left with are the healing and moisturizing properties from olive oil, shea buter and cocoa butter in the natural body lotion and a blast of citrusy notes from the body wash.

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I’ve got to get my hands on these and not only support my girl but to also pamper my skin without having to worry about the crazy chemicals that tend to make my skin go crazy. And what better way to gift a mama this Mother’s Day than with products that were MADE by a mama. C’mon…who doesn’t love the gift of luxury bath products?

Learn more about A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products here.

The Buzz on Beecology

Lavender. So here’s the thing about it. You either like it…or you don’t. Many years ago before I really got into essential oils, I could not stand the smell of it. It’s smelled like dirt. I truly had to grow to love it and now I can’t get enough of it. Lavender truly has relaxing and calming effects. I’ve experienced this firsthand and I love ending the day with body care products that have a little bit of lav dumped in.

Beecology

Remember Beecology? I did a quick feature of them a while back and now I’m back with a formal review of some of the products that they sent me. If you’d much rather spend your money supporting the hardworking smaller businesses, shop at Beecology! They are awesome and personable and on top of that, they have phenomenal products at decent prices.

Honey & Lavender Soap

Their Honey & Lavender Soap ($5.99) is so so sweet and when Elle’s eczema isn’t flaring up, I use it for her baths. The added shea butter and avocado oil provides just a touch of moisture and the honey mixed with lavender provides such a nice combination of sweet and floral.

Beecology Honey & Lavender Soap

Beecology soap ingredients

The Natural Lavender & Bergamot Body Wash ($8.99) is pretty stellar too.

Beecology Lavender & Bergamot Body Wash

With more of a floral scent, I’m diggin’ the simple ingredients list. I tend to prefer this over the soap because I feel like it provides just a bit more moisture in my insanely dry skin. And the scent – oh goodness. Again, you really have to be a fan of lavender to love this soap.

Beecology Lavendar body wash

But wait…you aren’t a fan of lavender? No problem, Beecology carries other glorious soaps, body washes, shampoos and lotions of various fragrances like…

  • Natural Honey and Peppermint
  • Natural Grapefruit & Lemongrass
  • Cucumber & Green Tea
  • Honey Oatmeal Morning Peppermint
  • Tea Tree Oil

See! They’ve thought of something for everyone. I will continue supporting this small business that not only provides such awesome products but puts a ton of love and care into their packaging and formulas.

Soooo, about lavender…love it? Or hate it?

Johnson’s Baby Intense Moisture Cream – it’s not just for babies!

Johnson Intense Moisture Cream Since I live in Florida, I guess Winter really hasn’t hit us yet. I mean, anything under 60 degrees and requires a jacket and I am whining and don’t want to go out of the house. But for those of you who are already knee deep in snow, the lovely people at Johnson’s want to make sure that your skin stays hydrated and soft. The Johnson Baby Intense Moisture Cream isn’t just for your little one’s skin. You can use it to keep your skin soft during those harsh winter days. The cream is “clinically proven to improve dry skin after just one use and it seals in 24 hours of moisture for baby soft skin.”

Johnson Baby Intense Moisture Cream

I am usually skeptical about lotions that promise many hours of hydration, but as far as keeping your skin soft and hydrated, the cream does its job. Just like all of Johnson’s baby products, it has a wonderful light scent that isn’t overpowering like other lotions. The Johnson’s Baby Moisture Intense Cream is available everywhere and definitely worth the purchase. I already have gone through an entire bottle and keep one in my car. To me, nothing ruins an outfit more than dry skin.

Johnson's Baby

And then there’s my precious baby niece who suffers from really dry skin. I think it’s great that there’s a product out there that can not only help my skin, but that can work well on her skin too. I’m a nanny and watch a lot of babies and every time I visit one, I always make sure that I have a bottle of Intense Moisture Cream in my back. Juuuuuust in case.

Johnson’s is the best when it comes to baby skincare products and I’m just excited they have something that works for me too!

 

 

*Disclaimer: Brittany is a Johnson’s Baby ambassador and received this bottle of lotion as a sample.  

 

About the Author:

Courtney is the younger sister of Brittany and a 2012 graduate from Florida State University. Courtney loves listening to Katy Perry, nail polish, reading, and a good work-out. She hates peas, lima beans and negativity. She also ate deodorant once because her lovely older sister made her do it. [B’s Edit] Follow her on Twitter at @CourtNichelle.