Monday, July 11, 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 a few finds sure to please.  Enjoy!

~ Summer Skincare ~

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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.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare: Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish and Recapture Day + IR Anti-Aging Treatment ~ I wasn’t that familiar with this celebrity line, but thought I’d try some of its targeted anti-aging products.  I tried the Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish and Recapture Day + IR Anti-Aging Treatment.  Of these two, my favorite was the Complete Clarity Daily Exfoliating Polish.  I enjoyed the way it cleaned without stripping the skin; it was non-irritating and non-drying, and left my skin feeling fresh and clean.  Key ingredients include Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salicylic Acid, Rose Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Apricot Fruit Extract, Jasmine Flower Leaf Extract, Coffee Leaf/Seed Extract, Clove Flower Extract, Shea Butter, and Safflower Seed Oil.  The other product I tried, Recapture Day + IR Anti-Aging Treatment, left my skin texture feeling “matte and dry”, versus “hydrated and moisturized”; the product wasn’t irritating and did absorb quickly; fine lines and wrinkles were minimized, however.  Key ingredients include Glycerin, Algae Extract, Jojoba Seed Extract, Copper, Shea Butter, Chicory Root Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Apricot Fruit Extract, Jasmine Flower Leaf Extract, Coffee Leaf Seed Extract, Clove Flower Extract, Rose Extract, and Sea Water.  This product has received the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation.  For more information, visit

7th Heaven Peel-Off Masks: Manuka Honey, Cucumber, and Black Seaweed ~ I enjoyed trying all three of these Peel-Off Masks.  The Manuka Honey did a wonderful job of leaving my skin feeling clean and hydrated without looking dull.  Key ingredients include Aloe Vera, Manuka Honey, and Jasmine.  The Cucumber was the ideal mask for a quick refreshing treatment that gently cleansed skin without drying it out.  Key ingredients include Cucumber, Lime Oil, and Pressed Flowers.  The Black Seaweed was ideal for placing on those areas that produced excess oil; left the areas clean and fresh without drying.  Key ingredients include Sea Salt, Lava Seaweed, and Sea Buckthorn.  I actually did my own customization of these Peel-Off Masks by applying the Manuka Honey to the dry areas, cheeks and jaw line; applying the Black Seaweed to my oily T-zone; and, applying the Cucumber to remaining normal areas.  For more information, visit

~ Summer Maquillage ~

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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.

Mineral Fusion Mineral Makeup: Lipstick (New Crush) and Eyeshadow Trio (New Riviera) ~ While many may 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 Lipstick in Crush, a subtle pink that reminded me of peony petals; my lips were drenched with moisturizing ingredients that kept my lips from drying from the effects of the harsh sun; you can also use this a blush, on the eyelid for a pop of color.  Key ingredients include Sunflower Seed Oil, Castor) Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Coconut) Oil, Avocado Oil, Thyme Oil, Rosemary Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, White Tea Leaf Oil, Honeybush Leaf Oil, Pomegranate Oil, and, Vitamin E; all oils are certified organic.  For a bit of color, I tried their Eyeshadow Trio in Riviera.  Colors included Taupe, Sand, and Teal; the Taupe is a matte color, while Sand and Teal have a hint of shimmer; the beauty of these beautiful colors is that you can use them individually, or combined for a customized look; colors glide on, don’t fade, or cake.  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 ~

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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