Friday, September 1, 2017

FALL TO WINTER PRODUCT SOLUTIONS ~ PART ONE


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In a blink of the eye, Summer is fading, and in it’s place, Fall is beginning to take hold.  Although Fall officially arrives in less than twenty-four days, there will still be a few last gasps of warm and even hot Summer weather; but in time, the chill and bite of northerly winds will also kick in, and much to my delight.  Crystal clear blue skies, the crunch of falling leaves, and the once lush green of ground and trees will begin to go dormant.  All signs of Fall…..

As we continue transitioning from one season to the next, finding new product discoveries to make that transition all the more enjoyable is what this edition is all about.  My latest product finds are sure to please, and be perfect for the new seasonal transitioning.  This edition’s round up includes products from Jan Marini, L’Occitane en Provence, SeabuckWonders, Treets Traditions, and Jane Iredale.  These products are perfect for transitioning from Summer to Fall, and beyond.  Enjoy!

~ Skincare ~


Jan Marini ~ Hyla3D Lip Complex
This restorative Lip Complex delivered results in a short amount of time.  My skin texture was soft and supple, more defined, and looked healthier; I only had a few, barely discernable, lines around the upper lip line and this product softened them up, making them hardly visible.   Key ingredients include Ceramide 2, Retinol, DMAE, Tri-peptide, and CoQ10.  I suggest using this as a treatment prior to retiring; I don’t recommend applying it during the day, because normal activities like drinking and eating diminish the product’s effectiveness.  For more information, visit https://www.janmarini.com


L’Occitane en Provence ~ Divine Face Cream and Eye Cream
This power duo was the perfect antidote for my Summer-weary skin.  Immortelle has multiple benefits that include being an antioxidant, increases circulation, anti-aging, calming, and soothing.  Divine Face Cream absorbed quickly without leaving any tacky or greasy residue; hydration levels were well maintained throughout the day; skin was visibly healthier looking, fine lines, wrinkles, and pore size were minimized, and texture of skin was more consistent; product consistency was silky.  Key ingredients include Camelina Sativa Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Rosemary, Sunflower Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Immortelle Extract, Myrtle Essential Oil, and Borage Seed OilDivine Eye Cream was non-irritating and quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky or greasy residue; hydration levels were well maintained throughout the day; fine lines and wrinkles were minimized; product consistency was silky.  Key ingredients include Immortelle Extract, Myrtle Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Cabbage Rose Water, Evening Primrose Oil, and Shea Butter.  For more information, visit http://usa.loccitane.com


SeabuckWonders ~ Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
This Facial Cleanser was outstanding.  It’s exfoliation and cleansing properties were both very gentle and effective; my skin didn’t feel taut or dry after using the product, and felt hydrated and soft to the touch; the product rinsed well without leaving any residue; product had a silky consistency.  The enjoyable and fresh aroma of Orange added a nice touch to using this product.  Key ingredients include Certified Organic Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Berry and Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Orange Peel Oil, Omega Fatty Acids 3, 6, 7,and 9, and Vegetable Glycerin.  For more information, visit 

~ Body Care ~

Treets Traditions ~ Energising Secrets Foaming Shower Gel
The consistency of this product was like shaving foam, and a little went a long way.  The Foaming Shower Gel made for a rich and gentle lather that thoroughly cleansed without drying; rinsed off thoroughly without leaving any residue on the skin, which felt soft and silky to the touch.  Key ingredients include Tamanu Seed Oil, Passion Fruit Seed Oil, and Vitamins A, C, and E.  For more information, visit https://www.treets.com

~ Maquillage ~


Jane Iredale ~ Fall Makeup Collection Deep and Dazzling ~ Gwen PureMoist Lipstick, Paris PureMoist Lip Plumper, and Clearly Pink PurePressed Blush
More beautiful colors that complement all skin tones that leave a bit of glam and color to lips and cheeks.  Gwen PureMoist Lipstick is a vibrant cherry-rich red; key ingredients include Moringa Butter, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Vitamin E, Coffee Seed Extract, Aloe Leaf Extract, Jojoba Esters, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oils, Orange Peel Wax, Organic Pomegranate and Blackberry ExtractsParis PureMoist Lip Plumper is a shimmery-wine; key ingredients include Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Lemon and Tangerine Essential Oil, Time Released Peptides (for Hydration), Green Tea Leaf Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Ginger Root Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C EsterClearly Pink PurePressed Blush is a subtle hint of pastel pink; key ingredients include Minerals, Pine Bark Extract, and Pomegranate Extract.  The Lipstick and Lip Plumper can pull double-duty and used as a blush, or even a wisp of color to the eyelids.  The Blush also doubles as a subtle hint of color for eyelids.  I love this product line with its multi-use products that are season-less.  For more information, visit https://janeiredale.com

~ Spa Happenings ~


Carillon Miami Wellness Center, a world-class wellness property in Miami Beach, FL, recently announced the appointment of award-winning spa industry leader Catherine Strange Warren as its Vice President of Spa and Wellness. In her new role, Warren will manage a team of over 100 professionals in the property’s integrated spa, fitness, salon and wellness facilities.  With nearly two decades of industry leadership and expertise, Warren will be tasked with elevating the spa and wellness offerings to five-star status at this premier destination.  For more information, visit http://www.carillonhotel.com


While September is designated as National Yoga Month, founder and owner of acclaimed SUP Yoga Center in St. Augustine, FL, Jess Amendola, celebrates yoga every day.  Amendola brings to the industry ten years of expertise in all-things yoga and living a healthy lifestyle.  Her impressive credentials include being a certified Standup Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, BOGA Yoga Ambassador, professional yoga and fitness model, and wellness influencer.  SUP Yoga Center is a national hub for SUP Yoga and is the official BOGA Yoga floating studio in Northeast Florida.  For more information, visit https://www.supyogacenter.com

~ In Closing ~

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Seasonal transitioning requires assessing the efficacy of all of your treatment products.  Products that worked well during the Spring and Summer may not necessarily perform as well in the Fall.  Make sure to change your regimens and products to conform to changes brought about by seasonal transitioning and change. 

Be sure to read my annual missive on “Fall/Winter Transitioning Tips ~ Your Best Bet”, which will be out shortly.  In this seasonal gem, I’ll share with you as an industry insider all of my expert tips, recommendations, and insights.  I cover everything…skin and body care, makeup, fragrance, wellness, health, and lifestyle.  This article is a potpourri of the best in seasonal lifestyle transitioning, and is also relevant for transitioning from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter.

Take the time to notice the changes in nature as the seasons change, and enjoy them.  Celebrate and embrace those changes, because they’re a part of the cycle of life.

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.
By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC).  She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for three Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society, Spa College, and North Shore Opera Hour.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

SUMMER FORWARD ~ PART THREE


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In a blink of an eye, Spring disappeared into faded memory, while Summer kicked into high gear with its daily bouts of crystal blue skies, warm to steamy hot temperatures, bright and cheery sunshine, balmy breezes, and all-things outdoors; but alas, it too is also beginning to fade, and faint teases of Fall are creeping in with slightly chilly evenings. 

As we continue transitioning from one season to another, finding new product discoveries to make that transition all the more enjoyable is what this latest edition is all about.  My latest finds are sure to please, and include a round-up of products from Guinot Institut Paris for face and body that are perfect for Summer, but also for the upcoming seasonal transitioning of Fall into Winter.  Enjoy!

~ For the Face ~



Instant Cleansing Water
I’m not lazy, but I do love shortcuts in my skincare regimen.  I’ve always preferred a simpler approach to cleansing, like Instant Cleansing Water, versus having to use a separate cleansing lotion or cream, removing the product, and then applying toner.  This Cleansing Water does double duty by cleansing and toning effortlessly.  This product gave me hassle-free cleansing and toning that left my skin scrupulously skin, and wasn’t left feeling dry; my skin wasn’t taught, and was subtly hydrated.  This terrific product doesn’t have any soap, alcohol, or parabens in its formulation, which makes the product very gentle and non-irritating for my finicky skin; another secret behind this product is that the formulation contains the gentle water lily blub extract, which is a natural moisturizer that also calms skin, much the same as an anti-inflammatory would; it also controls oil production.




Hydra Beauty Mist
Nothing refreshes an overheated flushed face from Summer’s grip than a cooling and calming spritz or two (or more) of a product like this must-have Hydra Beauty Mist.  Not only did it calm and soothe, it also infused the skin with healthy ingredients like green tea extract, hyaluronic acid, copper, and magnesium, zincMy Tip:  Try chilling the Mist for an added cooling affect on those dreadfully hot and humid days, or when a hot flash zaps you; perfect as a take-with product, too.



Hydrazone Day and Night Fluid Cream
I fell in love with the serum-like consistency of this light, yet very effective moisturizer.  It’s concentrated, so very little is needed to drench the face and neck with intense hydration.  The Fluid Cream was gentle and absorbed quickly, without leaving any tacky or greasy residue; hydration levels were effectively maintained throughout the day; my skin appeared fresher, healthier, and brighter.  Some of the key ingredients include Vitamin E, glycerin, lecithin, and zinc.

~ For the Body ~


Energising Scented Body Water
This is another beautiful product that delivered a veil of hydration while adding a subtle amount of fragrance.  The Body Water reminded me of a dry oil when first applied; it was quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky or greasy residue; texture of skin was silkier and appeared healthier.  Key ingredients include Vitamin E, castor oil, ginseng, blackcurrant, orange, bergamot, jasmine petals, rose water, orange blossom, and musk.

For more information on this wonderful product line, visit http://www.guinotusa.com


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~ In Closing ~

Seasonal transitioning requires assessing the efficacy of all of your treatment products.  Products that worked well during the Spring may not necessarily perform as well in the Summer, Fall or Winter.  Make sure to change your regimens and products to conform to changes brought about by seasonal transitioning and change. 

Don’t forget to read my article, “Spring Lifestyle Transitioning Tips”, which I posted on April 25th.  In this seasonal gem, I share with you as an industry insider all of my expert tips, recommendations, and insights.  I cover everything…skin and body care, makeup, fragrance, wellness, health, and lifestyle.  This gem of an article is also a potpourri of the best in seasonal lifestyle transitioning, and is also relevant for transitioning from Spring to Summer.

Take the time to notice the changes in nature as each season unfold, and enjoy it.  Celebrate and embrace those changes, because they’re a part of the cycle of life.

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC).  She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for three Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society, Spa College, and North Shore Opera Hour.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SUMMER FORWARD ~ PART TWO

(Photo by Joseph D. Herman)
In a blink of the eye, Spring has disappeared.  Summer has now kicked into high gear with daily bouts of crystal blue skies, warm to steamy hot temperatures, bright and cheery sunshine, balmy breezes, and all-things outdoors.  As we continue transitioning from one season to another, finding new product discoveries to make that transition all the more enjoyable is what my latest edition is all about.  My latest product finds are sure to please, and include 29 Lydia Mondavi, Jane Iredale, La Roche Posay, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Models Own Makeup.  Enjoy!

~ Skincare ~


29 Lydia Mondavi Cosmetics First Crush Lip Scrub ~ This Lip Scrub gently exfoliates away dead skin cells, leaving the lips silky smooth, and drenched with hydration.  Key ingredients include Grape Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Apricot Seed Powder, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter.  For more information, visit http://www.29bylydiamondavi.com; products are also available at Target stores and online; https://www.target.com

Jane Iredale Magic Mitt ~ This truly is a Magic Mitt.  It’s made from superfine micro-fibers that delicately remove makeup without requiring any type of cleanser; all that’s needed is warm water, which activates the micro-fibers.  The Magic Mitt leaves skin super clean; it also gently exfoliates, leaving the skin silky to the touch.  For more information, visithttps://janeiredale.com


La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water ~ This Spring Water is a great way to rehydrate and refresh the face and neck areas throughout the day, especially when heat and humidity assault delicate skin.  The only ingredient in this product is Selenium-rich Pure Water; Selenium is a natural mineral and antioxidant.  My Tip: Chill the container in the refrigerator before using; when you need a refreshing pick-me-up, spritz away next time you’re uncomfortably warm or hot; great minimizing “hot flashes”.  For more information, visit http://www.laroche-posay.us

~ Body Care ~

Crabtree & Evelyn Classic Rosewater Body Lotion ~ This is a delicate moisturizer that has a subtle and scent of Centifolia Rose, a hybrid flower that can have as many as fifty to one-hundred delicate and lightly scented petals; the delicate scent also exemplifies Summer.  Key ingredients include Rosa Centifolia Water, Vitamin E, and Glycerin.  The Body Lotion was quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy or tacky residue; the skin felt silky to the touch and looked healthier.  For more information, visit http://www.crabtree-evelyn.com

~ Color ~

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Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Stick in Moonlight and Barely There Eyeshadow Palette~ Whether it’s the color of the clothes you wear, or the colors of your makeup, Summer requires a gentler, softer approach, with a muted and subdued color palette.  Both the Highlighter Stick and Eyeshadow Palette are the perfect Summer makeup colors for the au natural look, or to subtly accentuate a beautiful tan.  The Highlighter Stick gave the perfect hint of shimmer to checks, eyes, or décolletage, while imparting a soft amount of hydration.  Key ingredients include Rosa Canina Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Grape Vine Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Leaf Extract, and Coconut Oil.  The Eyeshadow Palette contains five matte and five shimmer neutral colors with a range of pink, peach, beige, and brown.  These colors are great alone, or mixed to customize for your own stylized signature Summer look.  For that perfect Summer look, use an all-over color on the eyelid, with a contrasting color in the crease, and finish off using a sweep of the Highlighter Stick on the eyelid.  For more information, visit https://www.modelsownit.com

~ In Closing ~

(Photo by Joseph D. Herman)
Seasonal transitioning requires assessing the efficacy of all of your treatment products.  Products that worked well during the Spring may not necessarily perform as well in the Summer.  Make sure to change your regimens and products to conform to changes brought about by seasonal transitioning and change. 

Don’t forget to read my article, “Spring Lifestyle Transitioning Tips”, which I posted on April 25th.  In this seasonal gem, I share with you as an industry insider all of my expert tips, recommendations, and insights.  I cover everything…skin and body care, makeup, fragrance, wellness, health, and lifestyle.  This article is a potpourri of the best in seasonal lifestyle transitioning, and is also relevant for transitioning from Spring to Summer.

Take the time to notice the changes in nature from Spring until now, and enjoy it.  Celebrate and embrace those changes, because they’re a part of the cycle of life.

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC).  She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for two Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society and Spa College.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, email her at terrysspabeautywellness@gmail.com.

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