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Cool Weather Skin Protection


I love Fall its one of my favorite times of year. The one thing I don’t love is how the cooler temps and wind can leave my hands and skin dry, itchy and just downright icky looking. Here are two great products I have been using as the temps drop and winds have picked up. They will definitely be Fall and Winter staples for me.

kiehls hand salve

This ain’t your momma’s hand cream! Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is the cure for even the driest hands, and I don’t know how or why I lived through a winter before without it. When I first read the name I thought this was going to be a bit too heavy, but its a thick rich lotion that is easy to apply and absorbs right away and doesn’t leave a residue. The best part is how quickly it hydrates my skin and my skin stays soft and smooth all day even after repeated hand washing.

If you are prone to dry skin in the cooler months don’t miss out on this products. Its also would make a great gift for anyone in your life who works in industrial work, manual labor or the gardener in your life. It’s a must have for Fall and Winter. And when you purchase this limited edition tube 100% of the profits goes to AMFAR, the foundation for AIDS research.

kiehls hand salve swatch


Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve $28.50
Help fight HIV/AIDS with your purchase of this Limited Edition Customer Favorite!

  • Helps protect against and repair the appearance of severe dryness caused by heavy industrial work, manual labor, neglect, or exposure to harsh elements
  • Limited edition jumbo size tube is adorned with a commemorative red cap
  • Join the ride and support the fight to find a cure for HIV/AIDS with Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. For each limited edition sold, Kiehl’s will donate 100% of net profits, up to $25,000, to amfAR, the foundation for AIDS research. Total Kiehl’s donations to amfAR through this year’s LifeRide are $1,270,000, which have been used to fund 7 cure-related grants!

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out of africa shea butter tub

Out of Africa’s Shea Butter has quickly become one of my favorite moisturizers. The formula is so thick and rich and provides great hydration to my skin without leaving any greasy residue. The vanilla scent is amazing, very rich and warm and leaves my skin smelling great all day. This works wonders on even the driest elbows and heels and all the spots in between. I love that its all natural so I can use it on myself and my kids without worrying about lab created ingredients.

out of africa swatch shea tub

Out Of Africa Vanilla Shea Butter Jar $10.99
100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter Guaranteed Fresh and Authentic

This natural formula penetrates deeply, to protect, moisturize and nourish your skin, without leaving a greasy residue. It will help shield your skin to prevent premature aging. Shea butter softens all skin, face, lips, elbows, heels or anywhere your skin needs hydration. Great for all skin types.

  • Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, E, & F along with healthy fatty acids and valuable phytonutrients
  • Helps prevent and reduce stretch marks during pregnancy and weight gain and loss
  • Maintains elasticity and tone while it moisturizes and softens the skin.
  • Softens fine lines and wrinkles and scars
  • Excellent for many skin conditions, including dry and sensitive skin, cracked skin, sun burn, chapped lips, cuticles, psoriasis and eczema

Out Of Africa Skincare products are available for purchase at



Disclosure:I was sent complimentary press samples for potential review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

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I love Simple’s Cleansing Micellar Water, its extremely gentle and still very effective.  It feels just like water on my skin but works amazingly well at removing makeup, even waterproof mascara! I washed with my regular faze wash then applied this to a cotton pad and ran it along my skin. I was amazed at the makeup that showed up on my cotton pad. Love that I don’t have to rinse it but its still leaving my skin clean and refreshed. Great for travel and the gym bag.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
Simple Micellar Cleanser Water is our most advanced yet gentle cleanse to date. It is made with skin-loving ingredients, including Vitamin B3 and C, and Triple Purified Water, our purest possible water, to help remove contaminants known to irritate skin. Our beauty benefits include:

  • Thoroughly cleanses: Removing make-up, dirt, impurities and unclogging pores.
  • Instantly hydrates skin: Made with Triple Purified Water, skin loving ingredients and multi-vitamins, instantly boosts skin hydration by 90%!
  • No residue: Applied with a cotton round, Simple Micellar Cleanser Water leaves skin feeling fresh and revitalized, no rinsing required!

You can purchase Simple products at your local drugstore or mass retailer.



Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for potential review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

New! Softsoap Skincare Collection

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I am a shower gel junkie, my shower has 4-5 bottles at any given time. I love the bubbles, the scent and how great they feel on my skin. To feed my body wash addiction Softsoap has released two new body washes in their Skincare Collection.


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Fresh & Glow Exfoliating fruit polish is a gel based fruity wonderland. The gel has apricot seeds to buff away dry, dull skin and it smells amazing. This is my favorite morning shower scent the fresh citrus and peach scent is invigorating and helps make the cooler dark mornings not so hard to take.

Body Fresh & Glow Exfoliating
Softosoap® brand Fresh & Glow exfoliating Fruit Polish is made with a 100% real extract sourced from kiwi and orange. Its unique formula is packed with apricot seeds that exfoliate, giving you healthy-looking skin that glows.


The second release is the Fresh & Glow Hydrating shower cream. A creamy body wash this is the one you want when you need to indulge in a long relaxing shower. The almond and coconut smells so rich and creamy and I love how great my skin smells even after I dry off. This smells like a tropical vacation in my shower and when I take an evening shower this is my buddy. In fact I am about to go take a late night shower now and lather up with this creamy, hydrating wash now.

Body Fresh & Glow Hydrating
Softsoap® brand Fresh & Glow hydrating Shower Cream is made with 100% real extracts sourced from milk, coconut, and almond. Its unique formula is proven to lock-in long-lasting moisture, giving you healthy-looking skin that glows.

Softsoap products are available for purchase at your local drugstore or mass retailer.



Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Get The Look: Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Johnson at the Toronto International Film Festival

See below for details on how Mark got Elizabeth and Dakota ready for their respective premieres, thanks to Dove Hair!

Elizabeth Olsen Premiere Look
“For the ‘I Saw The Light’ premiere, Elizabeth and I talked about doing an up-do and we wanted to keep it chic and not too overdone. Textured up styles are such a huge trend because the hair is away from the face but still has a style to it.” – Mark

Get the Look!


Step 1
Start by placing a few drops of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil on damp hair and comb it through. I’m obsessed with this oil because it nourishes the hair from the inside and then seals the cuticle for smooth, silky hair. It never weighs the hair down!

Step 2
Add a dollop of Dove Style + Care Nourishing Curls Mousse to hair and scrunch while blow-drying for texture.

Step 3
When the hair is dry, take a small amount of Sally Hershberger 24K Texturizing Paste in hands and rake it through the hair for cool texture, hold, and to tame the flyaway hairs.

Step 4
Then pull the hair back and twist it into a bun (you could easily pull hair into a ponytail and then wrap the ponytail around the base) and secure with bobby pins. When putting in bobby pins, always use an even number and apply them in “X” formation for added security.

Step 5
To keep the hair in place (throughout the premiere and after party), finish by liberally spraying Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray all over.

Dakota Johnson Premiere Look
“For the premiere of ‘Black Mass’, Dakota Johnson inspired and encouraged me to do my favorite thing ­ a textured up do! When I first saw the stunning Alexander McQueen dress she chose for the premiere my mind was overloaded with inspiration. We made the decision to do messy knots in the back and a side part with her fringe. I loved the finished look and so did she!” – Mark

Get The Look!

Step 1
Start by applying a few drops of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil to damp hair from mid lengths to ends to seal the cuticle.


Step 2
Spray Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray on roots and blow-dry with a round brush. When the hair is dry, take random sections of hair varying from 1 inch to 4 inches and wrap the hair in a figure 8 using the R Session Pro Tools Tidal Waver to create bends throughout the Hair.

Step 3
Take Sally Hershberger 24K Texturizing Paste in hands and rake through hair to make it piecey and to give some hold to the hair.

Step 4
With shoulder length hair like Dakota’s I knew it would be difficult to pull it all back and up in one action — take 2 to 4 inch sections of hair and twist back to create little knots at the nape of the neck, securing each one with 2 bobby pins in an “X” formation. I left the back quite messy because we liked the juxtaposition with the smooth front. Leave some whispy pieces around the face if you wish and blow-dry the fringe to the side with a flat brush.

Step 5
Finish by very liberally spraying Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hairspray all over hair (to last all night!)


You can pickup all the Dove products used to create these looks at your local drugstore or mass retailer. And learn more about the products at