Thursday, September 15, 2016


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I’m never sad when summer is winding down.  I’ve always preferred the cooler, even colder temps of fall/winter to those of summer…even as a young girl.  That being said, it’s already back to school for the kids, and most brick and mortar stores have already put out their seasonal merchandise for Halloween, Thanksgiving…and yes, even Hanukkah, and Christmas.  While I’m not quite ready for that type of transitioning, I’ll admit that the most recent products I’ve tested work well for the last days of summer, and will transition nicely into fall/winter.  Enjoy!

~ Face ~
Good Karma 4-in-One Face Cream is an ideal skincare cream to add to your daily regimen, and works beautifully as a face cream, serum, eye cream, and neck cream. It was gentle and non-irritating, and quickly absorbed without leaving any greasy or tacky residue; the rich, silky texture made this easy to apply, without having to tug at delicate face tissue; some other products I’ve tested have had too dense of a texture for ease of application.  Through consistent use, my fine lines and wrinkles were diminished, pores were minimized, and the texture and skintone felt firmer; my skin also looked healthier and more luminous.  The airless pump jar conveniently dispenses a single application of product, so there’s no waste, or cross-contamination from fingers touching the contents.  Key ingredients include Shea Butter, Sea Fennel Extract, Squalane, Sesame Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Grape Seed Oil, Mango Seed Oil, Aloe Leaf Extract, Green Tea Extract, Chamomilla Flower Extract, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Witch Hazel, Vitamin B5, Date Seed Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Blue Algae Extract, CoQ10, and Jojoba Seed Oil.  A portion of all sales supports Beauty Feeds the Beasts, a program that provides meals for rescued animals in shelters.  For more information, visit

~ Body ~
Claus Porto ~ Claus Porto began as a Portuguese soap and perfume company in 1887, and has remained one of the world’s most respected and prestigious companies if its type; over the years, the company expanded its product line to include fragrance, diffusers, candles, hand cream, and men’s products.  The soaps, especially, are known for their rich and natural scents; the hard-milling artisan-crafted manufacturing process also allows for the soaps to retain their form and quality without degrading and tuning to “mush”; another hallmark of this luxury brand are its intricately designed lithographic wrappers.  Each of the soap’s scents utilizes superior quality pure essential oils from the rich flora of Portugal.  I had the pleasure of experiencing one of their mini-traveler soap gift sets.  The set I received contained eight, fifty-gram bars.  Each one had a distinctive beautiful wrapper depicting the fragrance nuance for each individual bar.  Included in this gift set were soaps scented with Pomegranate, Vetiver, Almond Milk, Tulip, Tuberose, Lemongrass, Lettuce, and Wild Moss.  These are perfect to leave on display in a decorative dish or basket, or tucked in a lingerie drawer, or tucked in a basket of goodies for an overnight guest, or as a take with while traveling.  I honestly couldn’t say which one I enjoyed the most, since each one evoked a different sensory experience; they were all beautiful.  For more information, visit

Moroccanoil Body Buff and Body Soufflé ~ Moroccanoil revolutionized hair care with its nourishing and restorative argan oil treatment products.  Their body care products expanded the company’s market capture and elevated Moroccanoil as the über argan oil company.  Each body care product is brimming with the goodness of super-hydrating wild-crafted argan oil; this natural oil is prized for its inherent properties like antioxidants, Omega fatty acids and vitamin E.  Key ingredients in the Body Buff included orange peel (for exfoliation), orange oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, safflower oil, sesame oil and grape seed oil.  The product was gentle and non-irritating, and thoroughly sloughed off dead skin cells; it rinsed well without leaving any residue; the oils drenched my skin with hydration and left my skin silky to the touch. Key ingredients in the Body Soufflé included shea butter, macadamia oil, aloe and oat protein; the product was quickly absorbed and didn’t leave any greasy or tacky residue; my skin felt revitalized and drenched with hydration; I loved the aroma of the product as well.  These products were wonderful, and restored and revitalized my dry skin.  The overall texture of my skin was noticeably improved.  For more information, visit

~ Maquillage ~

Jane Iredale Fashion Forward Take Flight Fall Collection 2016, Smooth Affair For Eyes Eyeshadow, Retractable Brow Pencil, and PureMoist Lipstick ~ Only Jane Iredale can create some of the most beautiful seasonal makeup colors to transition any skintone from summer to fabulous fall.  Her Fashion Forward Fall Collection 2016 celebrates the turning of the leaves and nature’s muting of summer’s riot of color with an array of color-perfect products that can go from subtle to glam, to complement all skintones beautifully.  Smooth Affair For Eyes is available in colors that include Petal, a Sheer Pink; Lemon, a Matte Sheer Yellow; Naked, a Sheer Nude; Iced Brown, a Sheer Golden Brown; Canvas; Sheer Champagne; and, Gold, a Sheer Rich Gold.  These gorgeous Eyeshadows transform from cream to powder, and have a dual function of being a primer and also as a lid color.  They’re also smudge-proof and crease-proof, and will last all-day without having to make any bothersome touch-ups.  The colors also minimize fine lines, keeping eyes looking fresh.  Key ingredients include Natural Mineral Powders, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Coconut Oil.  Retractable Brow Pencil is available in natural colors that include Blonde, a Golden Brown; Brunette, a Reddish Brown; and, Dark Brunette, a Rich Chocolate Brown.  The Brow Pencil’s sleek design is easy to hold, and comes with a dual tip retractable self-sharpening color, and a precision spiral styling bristle brush.  The fine-tip Brow Pencil color is also waterproof, and glides on easily for precision application; it can also be used as eyeliner, and is easy to smudge for a customized color effect. Key ingredients include Natural Mineral Powders, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D.  PureMoist Lipstick celebrates the season with a beautiful new color, Cindy, a Classic Red that complements all skintones.  Key ingredients include Avocado Oil, Jojoba Esters, Moringa Oil Esters, Sunflower Seed Oil, Pomegranate Extract, Blackberry Fruit Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Coffee Seed Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, and Vitamins C and E.  Here’s a link to a great how-to video that shows you how to get the Fashion Forward looks that are trending using this beautiful new palette of gorgeous colors for Fall 2016  For more informative video tutorials, visit and also  For more information, visit

~ In Closing ~

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Transitioning from one season to the next calls for closer scrutiny of your product regimens, especially when it comes to face, body, and makeup palette.  What worked for one season won’t necessarily work for the next.  To unravel some of the confusion, I’ll be posting another article that goes into greater detail on changes, transitioning, and adapting to the new fall season.  It’ll be an all-encompassing article based on my years of expertise in the industry.  So, stay tuned, as “they” say….. 

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

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