Friday, September 18, 2015


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Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  I love everything about it…the changing colors, the crisper and cooler temperatures, comfort food, and of course, new skincare, new body care, and new beauty products.  Following are some new product discoveries I’ve come across that would be perfect for your seasonally adjusted skincare, body care, and makeup routines.  Enjoy!

~ Skincare ~

BelleCôte Paris, Wrinkle Erasing Serum and Triple Firming Neck Cream ~ I thoroughly enjoyed using these products from BelleCôte Paris.  The first thing I noticed was the silky, luxuriant consistency of each product; the second thing noticed was the beautiful aromas, making for a very pleasant experience.  Both products were quickly absorbed, without leaving any residue; hydration levels were maintained throughout the day; often, I only used the Serum without the addition of a moisturizer.  I noticed immediate results using both products; skin texture was noticeably improved and healthier in appearance; fine lines and wrinkles were diminished, and texture appeared more firm, and overall appearance was brighter.  Key ingredients in the Wrinkle Erasing Serum included green algae extract, monoi, jojoba, apricot kernel and perilla oils, marine peptide, and Omega-3 fatty acids.  Key ingredients in the Triple Firming Neck Cream included active marine collagen, sea algae, ginseng extract, rose hips and jojoba oils, seawater, and marine elastin.  For more information on this beautiful line, visit

SustainableYouth Anti-Aging Skincare, Anytime Lift Eye Treatment ~ This new Eye Treatment offered consistent hydration, but diminished fine lines and wrinkles were only slightly diminished; since I don’t have sagging skin, so I wasn’t able to determine the efficacy of its firming capabilities.  Product was a serum-like consistency, so only a very small amount was needed; product was quickly absorbed and didn’t leave any greasy or tacky residue.  Key ingredients included aloe leaf extract, wheat and oat protein, cucumber and fig fruit extract, green tea extract, and jojoba, bergamot, rosewood, ylang ylang, lavender, and peppermint oils; many of these ingredients are certified organic; for a more detailed listing For more information on the entire line, visit

~ Body Care ~
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Terranova Petal Soft Lotion, Tuberose ~ For me, Tuberose, is one of those fragrances that is sensory indulgent and heady, while evocative of a field of these delicate white blooms.  My skin was left intensely hydrated, without feeling greasy or tacky; the Lotion was quickly absorbed, and is ideal for hydrating hands and body.  The beautiful aroma of Tuberose is subtle and left a delicate veil of fragrance on the skin.  Key ingredients include coconut oil, vitamins A and E, mango seed butter, hibiscus, peony, tuberose, and organic aloe leaf juice.  During the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) month, and in support of The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), five-percent of proceeds will be donated to NBCF; a special limited gift set, “Pamper with a Purpose” will be available, which features this exquisite collection of Tuberose indulgent care products.

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OliveSpa Bath & Body Oil, Lavender ~ This exceptional oil, with key ingredients of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lavender essential oils, not only hydrates beautifully, but it’s also aromatherapeutic.  It’s perfect for hydrating the skin when applied après shower or bath, but it’s equally effective when applied directly from the bottle to dry skin.  Lavender has long been prized for its calming and soothing properties, and this product definitely delivers.

~ Maquillage ~

Jane Iredale Fall Collection 2015, PlayOn Lip Color Crayons and PurePressed Eye Shadow Single ~ I have always looked forward to the new seasonal palette of colors from this exceptional brand, and have never been disappointed.  From the Fall Collection, I tried two different PlayOn Lip Color Crayons; Yummy was a rose-mauve neutral tone, and Naughty was a vibrant and luscious berry tone.  Both products are vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty free.  For the lips, I tried two perfect accent colors that are infused with moisture-drenching ingredients like castor seed oil, lanolin oil, and vitamin E; the creamy formulas are easy to apply and have staying power.  For the eyes, it’s all about accentuating the positive and making the peepers prominent without looking made-up.  I tried two brand new colors, Mermaid and Forest. Both colors are in the green-family; Mermaid is a subtle color that can function as a highlighter or stand on its own; Forest is a richer green that also can stand alone, but when paired with Mermaid, the look is glam.  Each color has a hint of glimmer, which adds brightness to the eyes; colors are long-wearing, crease-free, and can be used wet or dry; wet intensifies the richness of the pigments and ideal for a more glam look, while using the shadows dry will add a subtle, more natural look.

~ In Closing ~

Celebrate fall and embrace all of its wonders.  Fall is like spring, in that it often enters on tip-toe, without much fanfare or hoopla…that is, until nature unleashes her marvelous rich autumnal burnished color palette of red, brown, orange, and yellow to tree and shrub…the beauty is fleeting and isn’t around for a long time…it’s a seasonal flurry that etches itself in the, enjoy it, while celebrating it.

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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