Friday, October 9, 2015


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REDUX ~ 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, makeup routines, and personal care. Anyone of these product discoveries would go great in your workout or weekender bag.  Enjoy!

~ The Right Stuff for That New Look and Feel ~

Avon Big & False Lash, Blackest Black ~ If you want long, full, and lush lashes, this is THE product for you.  The exclusive brush design conforms to the eye’s natural form, allowing for the Mascara to get down to the root of the lash line and evenly distribute the lash-building formula.  Another plus is that it’s also waterproof, flake-proof, and smudge-proof.

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon, Napa Vineyard and Tinted Lip Balm, Pink Blossom ~ You’ll think this beautiful matte wine Lip Crayon color was fresh picked from a Napa Vineyard.  Key ingredients include Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil, which are beneficial to drenching lips with restorative moisture.  Easy to apply and long-lasting.  If you want to drench your lips with maximum hydration and just leave a hint of color, then the Lip Balm is perfect for you.  Key ingredients include Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, and Sunflower Seed Oil.  Glides on effortlessly and keeps lips hydrated throughout the day.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow, Rio De Rose Gold, Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain, Shine, Pink Escape and Getaway Red, and 100% Pure Argan Oil ~ Turn your eyes into a subtle fall kissed copper with Watercolor Eyeshadow in Rio De Rose Gold; the curved sponge-tip applicator makes application effortless.  Key ingredients include nourishing coconut water and Argan-infused natural pigments.  These ingredients nourish the delicate eye, while infusing the delicate skin with restorative hydration.  Both of the Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain & Shine colors added fall’s burnished colors to the lips.  Designed with a double-ended applicator of a Stain on one end in a deeper color of the Shine on the opposite end, which is in a complimentary color.  Pink Escape is a beautiful neutral that enhances any skintone.  Getaway Red is a subtle, understated color that’s more beauty than brash and brightens all skintones.  Key ingredients include nourishing coconut water and Argan-infused natural pigments.  The clever applicator design lets you create a matte look, or glossy look, or a combination of both for color-infused lip drama.  The Pure Argan Oil is a bit of practical luxury; use it everywhere as an intensive moisturizing treatment to face, nails, body, and hair.

KMS California Moist Repair Leave-In Conditioner and Hair Stay Anti-Humidity Seal ~ If you’re tired using conditioners, waiting for them to do their thing, and then rinsing the product off, this Leave-In Conditioner is perfect for you.  And, if you’re tired of hairsprays that don’t hold-up to heat and humidity, then Hair Stay is for you; if provides maximum control without drooping or loss of staying power to your coiffure, and there’s no sticky veil left on your hairstyle.  Both products are designed to maximize your haircare routine by eliminating time and effort, with effective time-saver products.

Molton Brown Replenishing Hand Cream, Coco & Sandalwood, and Pink Peppercorn ~ Deeply hydrating Hand Cream that leaves hands and cuticles drenched in long-lasting hydration for extended periods of time.  Coco & Sandalwood is a beautifully fragranced and restorative Hand Cream that’s subtly fragranced with a top note of coconut, a middle note of Jasmine, and a base note of Sandalwood.  Key ingredients include truffle extract, coconut fruit, and shea butter.  Pink Peppercorn is another beautifully fragranced and restorative Hand Cream that’s subtly fragranced with a top note of fiery pink pepper, a middle note of ginger, and a base note or exotic patchouli.  Key ingredients include white truffle extract, spicy pink pepper pods, and shea butter.

NeoCell Biotin Bursts Brazilian Açaí Berry ~ Biotin is both a co-enzyme and Vitamin B, and also known as Vitamin H, and is found in Swiss chard, goat’s milk, almonds, and halibut.  Its benefits include supporting the health and growth of skin, nails, nerves, digestive tract, metabolism, and cells.  Each chewable Biotin Burst delivers 10,000 mcg, or 3,333% of the RDA, and is naturally flavored with the super-antioxidant Brazilian Acai Berry, which is also rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and minerals.  These flavorful Chews, 2 to 4 per day, deliver a cumulative effect in supporting metabolism of proteins for the health and vibrancy of skin and hair.

Obagi Sun Shield Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF50 ~ This lightweight, oil-free product is ideal for all skin types, including sensitive.  Sun Shield provides both UVA and UVB sun protection.  Key ingredient includes zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, Ceramides, and Vitamin B.  The formula is easy to apply, absorbs easily, and dries clear; it also won’t clog pores, has a neutral scent, and provides up to forty minutes of water-resistant protection.

Supersmile Quickee ~ If you’re maintaining a teeth-whitening regimen, nothing ruins the effort like beverage and food stains.  This product was designed for those times when you want to quickly neutralize those stains on your teeth; easy to apply from the tube and angled applicator; your tongue distributes the pleasant tasting minty-treatment.  Keep your efforts in maintaining your pearly-whites with Supersmile Quickee

~ Worth Mentioning ~

The beautiful Abbey Resort & Avani Spa is also offering its popular “Unwind Weekends-Spa Series”.  Guests can decompress and get revitalized the weekends of October 30th to November 1st, November 20th to 22nd, and December 11th to 13th.  The special package includes accommodations, one 50-minute Avani massage or facial, one spa breakfast, $25 spa credit on additional series treatment or spa retail items, access to fitness classes, and daily spa access.  Contact the resort for special pricing

Kohler Waters Spa Burr Ridge is offering seasonally themed restorative treatments and special events until December 31st.  With the holidays fast approaching, you’ll want to fine-tune yourself with specials like the Frost ME! Up Pedicure, or Awaken Your Senses (an exfoliation and massage combo), or the Luxurious Caviar Facial.  For more information, call the Spa at 630-323-7674, or visit

~ 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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