Wednesday, July 16, 2014


It’s summertime and living can become hectic.  Warmer temperatures and longer days encourage people to want to spend as much time outdoors as possible, whether working or vacationing, and take advantage of the extra sunlight.  More time is spent away from the home, and being prepared for whatever may hit one’s schedule is important.  Here are a few products I recently tested that you might want to consider putting into your away-bag.  Enjoy!

Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier, Sexy Siren ~ This lip crayon glides on easily and leaves the delicate tissue hydrated.  It’s the perfect summer color that complements the lightly sun-kissed or sun-tanned skin, fair or dark.  Can also be used as a blush to add a subtle bit of color to cheekbones.

Naturopathica Lavender Honey Balancing Mist ~ This is a perfect toner that refreshes and protects, and is ideal all year long, but especially during summer when skin can be sensitive, finicky, and reactive.  Lavender’s inherent quality as an antiseptic, naturally calms without irritating.  Honey’s inherent qualities as a super-hydrating humectant and antioxidant, protects, while creating a moisture shield for the harsh and drying rays of the sun.  Key ingredients include lavender flower water, lavender flower oil, and honey.  Try chilling the bottle and keep at close range to spritz on your face, neck, and décolleté when this sensitive areas become hot or overheated.  Product also has outstanding aromatherapeutic properties that delight the olfactory.

Omorovicza Budapest Skincare Collection ~ When I test skincare products, I try to do so over a three to four week period, to gauge product efficacy and to see if there were any noticeable improvements in my skin’s overall texture, improved firmness, brightening, diminishment of fine lines and wrinkles, etc.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have sufficient product to test for that length of time.  Of the product sample packets “tested” during this abbreviated period, however, essentially the products were non-irritating, absorbed quickly without leaving any tacky residue, had pleasant aromas, and left my skin feeling cleansed and hydrated.  Product sample packets included Thermal Cleansing Balm, Refining Facial Polisher, Gold Hydralifting Mask, Illuminating Moisturiser, Intensive Hydra-Lifting Cream, and Reviving Eye Cream

The Soap & Paper Factory Gardenia Solid Perfume ~ Many fragrance-based gardenia products are cloying and overpowering.  This product delicately captures the beautiful essences of this gorgeous flower; ease of application delivered by sunflower oil, which also helps to adhere the fragrance to applied areas.  The small compact is a nice take-with reminder that will subtly impart fragrance, while also being uplifting.

~ In Closing ~

No matter what your seasonal pleasures may be, keep a bag of them at-the-ready, filled with some of your favorite take-with items for on-the-go for those last minute pick-me-ups. 

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

N.B.  My writing hiatus has been the result of a number of major computer issues for nearly a month.  As I write this article, most of the issues have finally been resolved, with a few obstacles still pending.  Thanks for your patience and understanding and for continuing to be a valued reader and supporter of my creative efforts.

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.  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.  Her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Cision Seek or Shout, Plaxo, Red Room, Pinterest, and Tripatini.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  You can email her at


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