For Beautiful Skin - The Step You May Be Missing

    Here is an easy, inexpensive product to add to your face care regime. I have been using a spray toner for a couple of years now. In the drier months it is wonderful as the first step after cleaning your face then later in the day when the dry heat zaps all moisture from your skin. So just spray before moisturizing and then over makeup later in the day. In other months it is valuable to cleanse, tighten pores & refresh throughout the day. I leave a spray bottle at my desk in work too. Even the air conditioning of the warmer months takes all the moisture out of the air. It works as a wonderful 3pm pick-me-up too!

   The product that got me started a few years back is Andalou Naturals Age Defying Toning Refresher. Boasting a fruit stem cell complex & superfruit antioxidants, this product smells refreshing with subtle notes of orange leaf & geranium. The price is right too at about $12.00/6-oz. & it lasts a long time. I purchased mine at Whole Foods but check online for a store or on-line store for you.
   The second product is the one that prompted me to write this blog. For as much as I love Andalou I was running low and saw Boots 100% Organic Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz at Target for $8.00/5-oz. Now, there is not one Boots (from the UK) product that isn't rated highly on a best of list, so I knew I had to try this one. I also melted at the faint rose scent & the claim that they work in conjunction with the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in developing their Botanics line. Can't wait to try a few more from this product line! Again, look online for other stores near year such as Ulta & Walgreens.
     The mindful pleasure of this first step is a delight & the benefits are amazing! Using any toner will help your moisturizers just melt deeply into the skin! Enjoy!

Flower Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara Review

   Drew Barrymore's wonderful Flower line of cosmetics is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. My super-savvy Sister tester has recently been using the Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara that lengthens, curls & thickens all in one wand. She was tired of curling her lashes & claimed that this mascara has been a find! I was due for a new tube so I jumped at the chance to try it out. I chose the Intense Black and with a twist of the wand's cap, the brush changes shape to make a remarkable set of lashes. (see pic at left) Straight wand for lengthening, one twist for curling, last twist for volumizing. It is also fun to use. Remember when makeup was fun instead of a chore in the morning? It is easy to use and a single coat with all three shapes is all you need. Not necessary to redip the wand; the wand magically redistributes the product as you twist! It does a remarkable job on the lower lashes (that I had just about given up on) as well. The best part besides great results are there are no clumps, and later in the day, no flakes. Removal is easy with your cleanser or as my sister suggests with the Almay oil-free eye makeup remover pads. The price on these two items is perfect. The Flower mascara is $7.98 & the Almay pads $4.97 for 80. Drew's quote under the tube when you remove the packaging is "I want people to be blown away when I do what they don't expect". Well the 'technology' is so clever & unexpected; I can't believe it wasn't thought of earlier. I will definitely try other products from this line as well!