Thursday, July 28, 2016


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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 is all about.  Here are my latest finds and must-haves.  Enjoy!

~ Summer Skincare ~

Summer skin can be stressed out skin, given the in and out effect of the summer’s heat and humidity, and the in and out plunge into air-conditioned cold and dryer temperatures.  The following products are ideal for your new summer skincare regiment.  These products will nourish and replenish your skin’s mantle with just the right polishing, toning, and moisturizing.

PurErb Bulgarian Rose Soothing Toner ~ I love anything with rose essential oil in it, and this incredible product not only refreshed me, but enlivened my senses with its deep rose aroma.  It was a real joy to use each and every time.  The aromatherapeutic properties of its complex and pure formulation make this the perfect summer refresher for the face that soothes and refreshes.  For an added affect, keep it chilled in your fridge and spritz away whenever you’re over-heated or in need of a quick pick-me-up.  Key ingredients include Bulgarian Rose Flower Water, Rose Geranium Flower Water, White Tea Water, Witch Hazel Water, Japanese Knotweed Root Extract, Azalea Flower Extract, Vitamin B5, Bulgarian Rose Flower Oil, Frankincense Oil, Rose Geranium Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Oregano Leaf Extract, Thyme Leaf Extract, Cinnamon Bark Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Lavender Flower Extract, Goldenseal Root Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, and Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells.  For more information, visit

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum ~ Loaded with antioxidants to fight free radicals, this beautiful serum can stand alone as is, or used under a moisturizer, day or night.  The rich, silky texture glides on, without causing any irritation, and is quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky or greasy residue.  I found it to be so gentle that even when used on the orbital bone as an under eye treatment, it didn’t cause my eyes to tear up.  My skin felt silky smooth, and fine lines and wrinkles were noticeably diminished; my skin also looked healthier and brighter.  Key ingredients include Vitamins C and E, COQ10, Sunflower Oil, Panthenol, Aloe Leaf Juice, Rosehip Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Cocoa Butter, Borage Oil, Emblica Extract (Indian Gooseberry), Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Fig Extract, Blueberry Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, and Flaxseed Oil.  For more information, visit

~ Summer Maquillage ~

If you enjoy the warmth of the summer sun to get that summer glow, don’t forget to protect your delicate skin from the ravages of the UVA/UVB with the duality of products that both protect and color enhance the summer skin.  Following are a few products to add to your daily makeup routine.

Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen (Translucent) ~ This is the ideal all year round sun-safe product that has the distinguished Skin Cancer Foundation Recommended Seal for Daily Use.  I loved the sponge applicator that delivers a premeasured amount of product that gives a beautiful finish to the skin; full coverage that won’t fade or crease, or exaggerate skin imperfections.  The Broad spectrum SPF 30 formulation is water resistant for up to forty minutes, and protects against the sun’s harsh UVA/UVB.  This multi-purpose product is ideal for the face, body, or scalp, and is also safe to use on top of sunburn to soothe any inflammation.  Key ingredients include Mica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide (an FDA approved physical sunscreen active ingredient), Pomegranate Extract and Pine Bark ExtractSkin Cancer Foundation Recommended Seal for Daily Use.  For more information, visit

Mineral Fusion Mineral Makeup 3-in-1 Color Stick (Rosette) and Eyeshadow Trio (Sultry) ~ Many prefer the burnished glow of a summer tan to brighten their face.  I prefer the subtle glow of mineral makeup colors that enhance and brighten.  Mineral Fusion Mineral Makeup does just that, while also providing healthy ingredients that are safe and gentle, and deliver hydration.  I tried their 3-in-1 Color Stick (Rosette).  This is the perfect multi-use product that gives just the right amount of brightening color, without being garish, while delivering hydration; the color will compliment most skin tones. Key ingredients include Glycerin, Pomegranate Extract, White Tea Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, and Licorice Extract. For a bit of eye color, the Eyeshadow Trio in Sultry was perfect. The Trio of Colors included Charcoal, Silver, and Cream; Charcoal and Cream, are both matte colors, while Silver has a hint of shimmer.  The Charcoal and Silver can be used as single colors, in the crease, or all over the lid for a more dramatic look; the Cream can be used as a highlighter, or all over the lid, for a muted look.  Each color glides on easily, and won’t fade or crease. Key ingredients include Vitamin E, Vitamin C, White Tea leaf Extract, Rooibos Red Tea Leaf Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Sea Kelp Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, and Elderberry Fruit Extract.  For more information, visit

~ In Closing ~

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Each new season presents so many opportunities for change and renewal.  Finding what works for you might take a bit of time, but in the end, it’ll be well worth the effort.  Be sure to visit each website and check out their social media listings to obtain more product information, or to sign up for special emails and offers.  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 as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach also includes Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  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, you can email her at


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