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Lady Spa Spa Loves it: Holly’s Raw Shea Body Balm

I recently have gotten to know Holly Elkin, entrepreneur and founder of Holly’s Natural Products, an exclusive line of 100% Organic, unrefined Shea Products. This got me thinking what’s so great about Shea Butter? So I did some research that I would like to share with you on why Shea Butter, especially high-quality Shea Butter is worth investing in.

Little known to me, Shea Butter, can actually be traced as far as back as to Egypt during the days of Cleopatra. There are actual accounts of caravans bearing clay jars of Shea butter which was a huge commodity for its cosmetic use in Egypt. Many other great travelers have also recorded observations about African culture and its use of shea butter as well, dating as far back as the 1300’s and to this day Shea Butter is widely used as a popular ingredient in many beauty brands like the Body Shop and Crabtree and Evelyn. But many of these products are diluted with chemicals and artificial ingredients, which does not allow you to enjoy the true benefits of unrefined, natural shea butter.

Here are just a few of the many, little-known benefits of and uses of organic Shea Butter:

1) It can be utilized as an effective insect repellant and it is known to relieve itching on contact.
2) Used in combination with citrus juices, it helps reduce body odor and makes a decent antiperspirant.
3) High-quality products like Holly’s Natural Product line of 100% Organic Unrefined Shea products contain a variety of natural antioxidants and fatty acids that include Vitamin E, which may heal the skin.
4)  For centuries African women have used this to rub their swelling bellies daily to avoid the delicate skin during pregnancy as well as to avoid stretch marks.
5) Shea butter also contains substances that can reduce skin swelling. This might help treat conditions associated with skin swelling such as eczema and psoriasis.
6) Add it to your favorite shampoo or conditioner for use as a hair sealant or hair softener or to protect again UV rays. Plus it does not weigh hair down or leave an oily residue.

Holly’s Natural Products, strive to bring you the finest quality of 100% Organic, Unrefined Shea products. Her Body Balms come in a variety of scents in Raw, Coconut, Grapefruit, and Almond, to stimulate your senses! Rejuvenate your skin with a beautiful scent, shimmer, and softness while enhancing moisture for a healthier you! Visit to learn more.

Sources:(1-4)Shea Butter: The Nourishing Properties of Africa’s Best-Kept Natural Beauty by By W.G. Goreja

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Lady Spa Spa loves it! Instant Radiance

Its like sun radiance in a bottle

Its like sun radiance in a bottle

Lady Spa Spa loves the warmth of basking in the sun and the look of being sun kissed, but these days I am constantly watching out for my skin. With age, I have found instead of getting tan, the sun’s harmful rays and harmful effects include spotting and sun damage versus a golden bronze color I long for. Dr. Dennis Gross, brilliant creator of products that were all inspired by the patients of his NYC dermatological practice for the past 25 years has perfected the radiance of the sun and ultimately packaged it!  In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month, introducing Instant Radiance Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 40.

This brilliant formula combines color-correcting and skin-blending technology to smooth and perfect skin while delivering a potent,  SPF 40. Vitamin C, melatonin, and pigment adapters all work to correct discoloration and redness – leaving skin appearing flawless, hydrated, and completely protected.

On those pool or beach lazy days, which in South Florida is pretty much every weekend, use this in place of your foundation, your facial sunscreen or sunblock and your moisturizer. No additional makeup needed either! You will look kissed by the sun before you even get to the beach!

Dr. Dennis Gross’s products can be found at high end spa retailers everywhere including the Spa at PGA National.

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Be picture perfect poolside with these Phytomer must-haves

Phytomer_bodyIf you’ve never heard of Phytomer, you are missing out! They are a leader in marine skincare distributed in over 70 countries worldwide. The word “Phytomer” actually means “plant of the sea” because the company uses sea water and resources to create all their products. Based in Saint Malo, France you can rely on this brand to offer 100% natural skin care with years of science and knowledge behind it.

A personal favorite of mine, Phytomer CC Crème Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 20 has multiple benefits and uses all-in-one product. It can replace your daily sunscreen, your foundation and your daily moisturizer without problem! Simply apply to face and neck for a radiant, moisturized complexion year round!

After a full day in the sun, skin can use some soothing, refreshing and quenching – all of which can be found in Phytomer Sun Soother After-Sun Mask. An added benefit is this product also can help fight pre-mature aging due to sun damage.

I don’t know about you but with time, my legs just get more and more veiny as I age. The only time this is much of a concern for me is during bathing suit season (which is all year round in Florida!). BEAUTIFUL LEGS Blemish Eraser Cream is basically cover up just for your legs! It has a soft rosy color, subtle pearlescent sheen and wonderfully soft texture, making it a must-have for gals that want to cover those unsightly blemishes for picture perfect legs.

For those who wish to be as radiant as if you just left the pool or beach without negative sunbathing effects give Phytomer SUN RADIANCE Self-Tanning Cream a shot. What makes this product different is it literally melts into your skin without any oily residue (the kind that can end up staining clothing when dressing.) It’s white color helps for even application. While similar products have an unpleasant odor, Phytomer has a sweet floral fragrance and can be used on both face and body…

Phytomer products can be purchased at only the finest Palm Beach area spas including PGA National Resort & Spa and Si Spa at the Marriott Palm Beach to name a couple. Visit Phytomer to find a distributor near you.

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Skin Matters: Dermatologist Doctor Usmani does know best!

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Take your first steps toward a lifetime of healthy skin with Dr. Andleeb Usmani

I had the lovely opportunity to chat with Wellington based, Dr. Andleeb A. Usmani, this past weekend. Dr. Andleeb Usmani D.O., F.A.O.C.D, is a board certified Dermatologist, so if anybody knows about skin care and what is best for your skin, it is she. As the founder of Truderm Adult & Pediatric Dermatology & Skin Care Center, she specializes in all of the most technological advances in the field and it is privilege to be able to share some advice from her with my readers.

“Everybody’s skin is different so everybody has different needs” says Dr. Usmani. She offers a variety of facials with the the first step in deciding on the products or facials to offer is to determine which category the patient falls into. Everybody technically, falls into three different categories. For those with Normal to Oily skin she recommends cleansing, antioxidants, a sunscreen and a moisturizer.  Antioxidants are used to neutralize the skin in order to prevent wrinkling as well as adding nutrients like Vitamin A or Vitamin C to the skin. Clients with Sensitive or Acne Prone skin would want to choose a cleanser with Salycic Acid content to unclog pores or prevent further clogging. While more mature patients will want to focus on fighting wrinkles, diminishing age spots and brightening skin with Glycolic Cleansers or products with collagen building effects.

Once the category is determined she will treat the skin with the right facial for them and prescribe product favorites like Obagi and Skinceuticals. Cleansing two times per day, in the morning and before bed at home is essential. “If you do not cleanse in the evening you are at risk to clog your pores with all the makeup” and impurities built up throughout the day.

You can invest hundreds of dollars on creams, serums, spa treatments or medical spa procedures but to prevent wrinkles and reverse the aging process, you need to also invest in yourself at home.  A daily regime is essential!  So if you don’t take care of your “homework” then you will basically be “undoing everything you do.”

So for those of you that want your skin to be smooth and supple skin, be sure to consult with a Dermatologist like Dr. Usmani to determine your skin care prescription for a lifetime committment to healthy skin. When you invest money in facials or creams keep in mind if the expense is going to be beneficial based on your goals. Then be sure to maintain those goals at home!

TruDerm Dermatology of Wellington is located at 3319 FL-7 #202, Wellington, FL 33449. Dr. Usmanis offers complimentary consultations.



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Lipstick Queen by Beauty Contributor Alyson Ann Sichenzia

Have you heard of an amazing lipstick brand called Lipstick Queen? If not your totally missing out. I have just been exposed to the new “Silver Screen” fall line. When we think of fall we think of beautiful deep reds, purples, browns, metallics, and even a pretty coral especially here in South Florida!


The first beautiful lipstick Shade, I want to introduce you to is called ” Have Paris” a gorgeous red. This red will have your man going gaga over you. It is a blend of cherry and orange that allows for an amazing pop of color.


“Stlla” an electric purple, is to die for! It is a perfect blend of a bluish purple hue with a metallic sheen that we light up a room, everyone will do a double take when they see you sporting this color!


“Made It” is a deep purplish brown. This vampy lipstick darkens up your lips to perfect fall shading. It looks beautiful on any skin tone and goes great with a layered fall look.

What is your favorite fall lip color?

Do you need make up or beauty advice? Contact and Alyson, Professional Makeup Artist may just focus her next article on your question. To learn more about Alyson’s services vist her website at or email her at

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Lady Spa Spa loves it: Mia Tempo is a DIY spa day in a box!

Mia Tempo box is beautifully packaged with fine tissue, a glossy box, and embossed stickers

Mia Tempo box is beautifully packaged with fine tissue, a glossy box, and embossed stickers

It’s a big football day at my house so I could not think of a better way to occupy myself with a little “me time” as I have zero interest in the sport so I decided break out my newly arrived Mia Tempo box . Hence the name, “Mia  Tempo” whose mission is to help women everywhere take and break and enjoy a little “Me Time”. The team at Mia Tempo seeks out the best of all-natural, organic products and shares them with you or your friends in quarterly care packages via a subscription. Or another option, you can opt for “Me Time, Anytime” packages available for purchase on demand so you never have to wait to enjoy your Mia Tempo.

This month’s Mia Tempo Box will benefit Angels for Kids Foundation. The company proudly donates a portion of the proceeds from each Mia Tempo Box to a different  women’s charity organization each month. That way not only are you taking time out for yourself but at the same time with a subscription you actually help women from all walks of life.


I was lucky enough to receive the Limited Edition MiaTempo Winter Signature Box.  Not only did the box come beautifully packaged but the products were all very high quality and I love the way they are so well thought out to Relax, Refresh, Renew.  There is not one product here that I cannot put to use and more than once too. I will be able to enjoy at least a few spa experiences out of the one box. It’s definitely a great gift idea for friends that love beauty and spa as much as I do. And each box comes with a treatment menu describing the products you have received, walking you through your spa journey.

Heres what my spa experience in a box consists of:

Step One: Relax:  

FSCN0022Chi Candle travel tin in Bartlett Pear, which happens to be one of my absolute favorite scents. Chi candles are eco-friendly, highly scented soy candles and smells amazing just like the fresh picked fruit! According to their website , this candle burns for over 35 hours! (Retail Value: $6.50)

DSCN0020Rinse Green Tea Tub Tea by Rinse Bath & Body-Its like a tea bag that you steep in your bath water consisting of a  blend of herbs & botanicals that are known to soothe & ease the skin & muscles along with green tea known to contain lots of great antioxidants that help detoxify the skin. Contains two tea bath bags. ($8 value)

DSCN0010Step Two: Refresh

Winter Wonderland Travel Suite Set from LaLicious, comes with four 2 oz. size travel friendly and all natural  products in the scent called Sugar Kiss. The set includes body oil, body butter,  body scrub and whipped body soap. I love this set! It smells like a combination of citrus, roses and vanilla all packaged in a really nice, durable transparent zippered case. It’s like a body treatment in a bag perfect for cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating. And the scent is one of those that leaves you licking your lips but you know it’s not for eating! (Retail Value: $28.00)

DSCN0024Oh and we cannot forget  about the ecotools  ecopouf sponge that came in the box. All eco tools are packaged or produced in an  eco-conscious way (Retail Value: $2.95)

Rinse Yogurt Mask: An apothecary jar filled with this powder allows you to make your fresh masks any time you like. You can mix the powder with milk, honey, cream or just water until it forms a paste. Apply to your face and rinse after ten minutes to enjoy soft and refreshed skin. ($10.95)

Step Three: Renew.

DSCN0017Back to the LaLicious Travel Set to complete the final steps. The LaLicious Body Butter or Body oil will preserve the amazing softness post bath without a greasy feeling. Mmmm this scent is so luscious you just want to apply and inhale! Aromatherapy at its finest.

Current pricing is well worth it! According to the letter I received with my box, the company will now be making this a quarterly subscription plan for 2014 instead of a monthly subscription service. Currently the cost of one is just $39.95 and you can see from the value of the contents that you definitely get a great value with all these high quality products you receive and the impressive presentation makes it a gift you will proud to give anyone!

Visit the website for yourself and learn more

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Lady Spa Spa’s 2013 Spa-Liday giving guide for her

6 gifts for the spa loving chickHopefully Lady Spa Spa’s gift guide this year can help take some of the guesswork out of your holiday shopping . These six items are sure to please and pamper your spa loving buddies, sisters, family or friends this year. What girl does not love to be pampered?!

  1. The perfect mix of glitter or shine use one or the other or both. Packaged and ready for gift giving, Butter’s Sugar and Spice Duo includes West End Wonderland, a full coverage gold glitter and Saucy Jack, a dark blood-red cream are just the perfect accessory to your holiday wardrobe.($24)
  2. New Beauty TestTube is the ultimate sampling program for beauty product lovers like me that love to try to experiment with new products.  Six times a year, for just $29.95 (plus shipping and handling), subscribers receive a TestTube filled with deluxe and full-size products from the hottest beauty brands.  Bonus: members also get a quarterly issue of NewBeauty magazine in the mail! ($29.95 per month)

  3. Clarisonic’s Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation system is the newest tool using sonic technology to care for your feet and does just that. Transforms your feet leaving them incredibly smooth, baby soft . Just one visit to the salon every once in a while is not going to remedy tough, dried out and callused skin. With two different attachments and three products it’s the gift that keeps on giving all year round and into the future. The perfect remedy for dry chafed or even cracked heels. And the perfect way to pay more attention to those tootsies daily or weekly in between salon visits.($199) 
  4. One of my newest faves, Zen Milk the celebrity favorite signature scent from Bath Bar is truly heavenly. Described as a “musky scent with rich deep notes, a hint of floral, vanilla, and sugar, that seduces the senses of men and women alike”  and I cannot seem to get enough. Ever since I got a vial of the fragrance oil I put it on daily just to give myself a dose of aromatherapy throughout the day. Bath Bar has got some great holiday gift packs including Butter Me Up Lotion Be Free Body Wash, Bath Fizzy and a deluxe sample pack. (A $60 value for $50.) 
  5. Spa thongs by Acorn velvety, soft flip flops are perfect to bring with you on that next visit to the salon or spa. “Like walking on velvet” no need to wear those crappy paper slip-on thongs or be stuck at the salon waiting for your toes to dry after a pedi. Take these along with you and let them polish your toes with them on and then walk away floating on air while the polish dries. ($38) 
  6. Spafinder gift certificates or cards are the ultimate gift for any spa loving gal. It allows grateful gift recipients to use it at their favorite participating resort spa, yoga studio or day spa and put it towards whatever they fancy. A massage, a facial, a wellness class or even a product. ($25 and up)

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Lady Spa Spa Loves It: Clarisonic’s new Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation

Pedi_1000x1000_Pedi_KitNow you can pamper those tootsies daily with the newest and latest technology from Clarisonic. The Sonic Foot Smoothing System known as Pedi just hit stores last month and is making waves.  I know for a fact that Clarisonic’s new Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation system works miracles because I tested it out on my husbands dry, rough  and might I say Yucky callused feet for starters. In three easy steps his feet were left buffed, hydrated and no longer dry and crusty. The result was smooth, soft and moisturized feet and toes. This transformation happened in just three easy steps.

1) Step one I used the Pedi Smoothing Disc on the dry feet to buff away the dryness for about one minute. You can kind of consider this similar to a sanding device. You could literally see the white dust which is the dry skin coming off  in the air.

2) Step two Pedi-Buff treatment used in conjunction with the  Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head: I wet the brush head and then used a  quarter-sized amount of Pedi-Buff on  the feet, then used the moistened Pedi Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head to massage into skin for 2 minutes on each foot.

3) Next, I rinsed off any excess product from the wet/dry brush head and applied the Pedi-Boost to each foot followed by the Pedi-Balm product a few minutes later.

My husband is the type of guy that needs to invest in a pedicure every so often to get rid of the dryness and get his feet in shape for sandals but with this new tool there really would be no need to spend the money on a professional pedicure. His feet were left smooth and looked like he just left the salon.. No more visible dryness or white areas on his heels or big toe.

Clarisonic’s new Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation system is another great DIY tool for those in between visits to the spa or for those who just plain like to do their own at home pedicures and not bother with monthly pedis. Make it part of your daily regime or an intensive treatment for those bouts where its been a while and you just have not had the time for a professional pedicure. For the $199 price tag for the system you are getting the base, the wet/dry buffing brush, the smoothing disc, and three products: Pedi-Buff which is an exfoliant, Pedi-Balm which is a light lotion, and Pedi-Boost a peel that contains lactic and glycollic acid to slough and remove dead skin cells.

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Dress up your nails with Modern Family Holiday lacquers from Nicole by OPI

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Get into the holiday spirit with Nicole by OPI’s new limited edition Modern Family Holiday nail lacquers! Featuring five shimmering shades – classic blue, rich scarlet, royal purple, holographic glitter and multi-dimensional gold – these holiday-inspired hues offer a range of color that can be used to create on-trend, seasonal nail looks. With classic colors, rich jewel tones and glitter, these polishes are sure to dress up your nails to be the perfect fashion accessory for your special holiday occasion. Jazz up that little black dress and showcase those bedazzled fingers and toes!

The new Modern Family Holiday nail lacquers from Nicole by OPI include:

  • Late Blu-mer –Vintage blue jeans that have stood the test of time.
  • Spark the Conversation –This holographic glitter coat is the talk of the town.
  • Who Red My Journal??? –This scandalous scarlet is private property!
  • You’re My Treasure –This three-dimensional gold has riches beyond my wildest dreams.
  • Aren’t Families Grape? –A dramatic royal purple worthy of any sibling rivalry.

Limited edition Modern Family Holiday nail lacquer will be available November 2013 for $7.99 each at select CVS locations nationwide.

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Lady Spa Spa Loves it!: Bath Bar online custom fragrance bar

bar_bathbarBath Bar’s retail location may be all the way in Hermosa Beach, California, but everybody can enjoy custom scented b0dy washes, lotions, scrubs, soaks, mists and sprays, and  more, with over 175 different fragrances to choose from with the online custom fragrance bar experience.  allows customers to become virtual mixologists choosing among many categories of fragrances to pair with bath products. Visitors select up to 3 individual scents from any category such as floral, citrus, chypre, fruity and foodie, green, oriental, woody, shared scents, men’s, or holiday. Selecting a category automatically pulls up a myriad of scents with alluring descriptions that are sure to perk up the senses.  And to feel extra confident about a full size product you can try before you buy. It’s just $3.50 to receive a  custom created sample in a small perfume tester tube, mailed to any U.S.-based address. 

Not the creative or adventurous type? No worries…Founder and Emmy winning, Hollywood makeup artist, Kristina Vogel‘s signature scents are the ultimate in smelly goodness and perfect for pampering and gift giving.

Choose among 5 unique, signature scents adored by celebrities and guaranteed to be loved by you too! An added bonus, Bath Bar’s body care products are all formulated with natural, biodegradable, paraban free, cruelty free, and depending on your product choice, organic ingredients.

  • Zen Milk – sexy musk with a hint of floral, vanilla and sugar
  • Magic Blossom – fresh, narcotic-like gardenia
  • Lazy Daze – dreamy lavender and vanilla
  • Pom Star – Pomegranate Tea and Amaretto
  • New Bon Bini – Magical Mix of Coconut and Tropical Flowers

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