Friday, February 17, 2017


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The harsh effects of winter are still upon us.  Up until now, biting winds and frigid temperatures have contributed to raw, assaulted skin, which is often plagued with chaffing and irritation.  Winter also brings about decreased humidity levels outside, as well as inside from heating; reduced humidity levels also contribute to dry skin.  Then there’s the decreased levels of sunshine, which leads to pale, drab skintone.  With all of these negatives, it’s no wonder why winter isn’t exactly the most favorite of the four seasons for many folks.  As we look forward to the end of winter, and the beginning of spring, it’s a hopeful time for skincare transitioning, whether in areas of grooming, treatment, or color.  Following are some ideal products to try as you transition from one season into the next.  Enjoy!

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~ Bobbi Brown Deluxe Rubis Tweezers ~

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics ~ This ultimate precision handcrafted implement for tweezing is made by Rubis Switzerland.  Rubis has a sixty-year history of making implements that use superior grade surgical stainless steel that’s rustproof, anti-magnetic, and also acid-proof.  The slant tip design made it easy to grasp even superfine hairs for ease of removal.  Nicely weighted and easy to hold with a soft contour that prevents slippage.  For more information, visit their Facebook page, or

~ Jane Iredale Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner ~

The new Mystikol Powdered Eyeliners are just in time for seasonal transitioning, and will definitely add some beautiful color dimension to your eyes.  The fashion-forward colors include Smoky Quartz, Dark Topaz, Amethyst, and Onyx; I tried all but the Onyx.  I loved the clever design of the container; the cap contains the applicator brush, which is easily removed and snapped back into the cap to create an extended applicator tool.  The tapered brush takes the cream to powder, allowing for the ease of application of either a thin accentuated line of color, a line that’s easily smudged, or color than can be applied all over the lid, and dabbled, for a smoky effect.  The colors are water-resistant, crease and fade proof, and beautifully accentuate and highlight.  These new Mystikol Powdered Eyeliners pair beautifully with other Jane Iredale eyeshadow colors.  For a great demo of this new product, go to  For more information, visit their Facebook page, or

~ Trilogy Natural and Certified Organic Skincare from New Zealand ~

Sisters Sarah Gibbs and Catherine de Groot founded Trilogy Products in 2002.  They saw a need for a product line that offered pure, safe, all natural, organic, and sustainable skincare product solutions, which weren’t readily available for the average consumer in New Zealand.  Their original product line included five mainstay products, which were all based on pure Rosehip Oil, an ingredient they had firsthand experience using, which gave them optimal results.  They also appreciated how Rosehip Oil was nature’s perfect answer for maintaining skin’s pH balance and for providing effective hydration, while being ideally suited for all skin types.  Over the years, the product line has grown to include some forty products for skincare, body care, and hair care.  Trilogy Products are the leading natural skincare line in New Zealand, which also enjoys a global outreach to some twenty countries.  In the U.S., Trilogy Products are exclusively available at Whole Foods Market locations.  I recently had the opportunity to try a number of these products and overall, found them to be very gentle and non-irritating, which was great for my often-finicky skin.  Following are the various products I tried, along with their key ingredients:  Certified Organic Rosehip Oil100% Certified Organic Rosehip OilRosehip Cream Cleanser…key ingredients included Sweet Almond Oil, Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, and Vitamin E.  Rosehip Vital Moisturising Cream…key ingredients included Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Marula Seed Oil, Bitter Orange Flower Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, and Vitamin ERosehip Oil Antioxidant+…key ingredients included Tomato Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Acai Fruit Oil, Lycopene, Oat Kernel Extract, and Vitamin ECoQ10 Booster Oil…key ingredients included Macadamia Nut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Strawberry Seed Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Ubiquinone, and Vitamin E.  CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate…key ingredients included Chia Seed Oil, Licorice Root Extract, Green Coffee Seed Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Evening Primrose Oil, and UbiquinoneAge-Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream…key ingredients included Papaya Fruit Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Pineapple Fruit Extract, and Vitamin EAge-Proof Line Smoothing Day Cream…key ingredients included Chia Seed Oil, Strawberry Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Acai Fruit Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, and Vitamin EEverything Balm…key ingredients included Sweet Almond Oil, Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Vitamin E.  Here are my overall reactions to using these products over a three week period:  Both cleansers were effective in removing all traces of debris, and left my skin feeling clean and supple; their subtle aromas were lovely.  Both moisturizers effectively hydrated the skin, and were quickly absorbed without leaving any tacky, or greasy residue; I especially loved the beautiful aromas of each of these products.  All three oils were used as part of my nighttime regimen; each hydrated effectively, and were quickly absorbed; I had to make sure I used a small amount, because the formulation was very dense; any excess was rubbed on my dry lips, or dry cuticles.  The eye serum also hydrated effectively; I loved how the product was dispensed via a cooling metal roller ball; I applied it around the orbital bone only; it was gentle and non-irritating.  Lastly, the balm was a great go-to product for applying to dry lips, cuticles, dry knuckles, and even on some of the dry areas of my feet; this product also had a lovely aroma.  All in all, if you’re looking for a gentle, natural, and effective group of products, Trilogy Products is your one-stop source.  For more information, visit their Facebook page, or

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~ In Closing ~

No matter the season, be sure to take care of your skin.  Remember too, that as the seasons change, your skin also changes, and with it, your skincare regimen and products should also be assessed and adjusted accordingly.  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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