Have the Most Fabulous Hair for the Holiday Parties

I am a huge fan of the Alba Botanica line in general and just added their Daily Shampoo and Conditioner to my must have list. Its free of harsh chemicals that strip my hair and  leaves my hair detangled and smooth. The cold winter air can be really harsh on my fine, curly hair but Alba Bontica has helped protect my hair from the elements. Love the scent of these products!

The Summer sun can do serious damage to your hair. Bring it back to life with all natural ingredients that won’t strip away healthy gloss or leave strands dry and limp. With Alba Botanica hair products, sun damaged locks quickly come to life again for sophisticated, party styles!

Alba Botanica Daily Shampoo and Replenishing Conditioner ($9.95). made with calendula and cupuacu butter, allow hair to be gently cleansed and full of moisture. The Green Tea extracts also protect your hair from sun damage and it prevents against color fading.

To style your newly hydrated hair, Alba Botanica Strong Hold Styling Gel ($8.95) makes it easy to create a new hairstyle. Holding back updos or defining curls, this natural gel uses Sage to give antioxidant protection for healthy, manageable hair.

Alba Botanica is sold at albabotanica.com or Natural Foods Retailers

Disclosure: Complimentary samples of this product were sent to me for an honest review.


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Reese Witherspoon opens up about feeling sexier in her 30′s

Reese Witherspoon covers the January issue of Glamour, and in the interview she talks about her kids, career and getting older. About a year ago Reese broke up with Jake Gyllenhaal, who has recently been dating Taylor Swift.

Here are some excerpts from the interview. You can read the rest of the interview here!

GLAMOUR: Sexier in the way that you look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I look good”?

REESE WITHERSPOON: It’s more like, “This is what I’ve got. And I’m going to make the best of it.” There’s always going to be somebody younger or sexier. That’s why I like to say, and it’s become my famous line, “Funny doesn’t sag.” When somebody comes up to me and says, “You look hot in that movie,” I always respond, “But was I funny?” For me, it’s not really about how you look but about the joy or the bit of light that you bring to whatever you do. I know I’m just more attracted to people who have a light about them.

“I think as a woman, you get older, you feel more confident in your sexuality. You’re not as intimidated by it, not as embarrassed by it. Sexuality and femininity is an accumulation of age and wisdom and comfort in your own skin. I feel better–so much better now than I ever did in my twenties. I am calmer; I know who I am. And as a result, I feel much sexier.”

GLAMOUR: Everything seems to be going so well for you. Right now, what would you say you love most about your life?

REESE WITHERSPOON: Sunday mornings. Even when I was a child, Sunday morning was a barometer for how the week was going to go. You can learn a lot about yourself with what you’re doing and who you’re with on a Sunday, I think. I’m really, really lucky. I’ve got a lot of love in my life. I’ve got great friends. I have two great kids whom I make pancakes for every Sunday. I’m very blessed.


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Holiday Bubbly from Smith & Vandiver!

I was recently introduced the the Smith & Vandiver line and have fallen in love.  The kids products are so great, and I love that they are safe for my kids super sensitive skin. The Dino bath bubbles has the yummiest grape scent and makes really nice bubbles. My kids were so excited about the Dino eggs they love the fizz and then the tiny Dino hiding inside makes bath time so fun.  All of the kids bath products make great stocking stuffers and cut down on the sweets filling their stocking!

On top of great kids products, Smith & Vandiver make great products for adults. My husband the basketball junkie loves relaxing with the “Fizzical” Therapy Muscle Relief to soothe his tired muscles. My favorite is the stress relief bath fizz and the shower tablets. A great line of products that are good for you and the environment and won’t kill your pocketbook.

DON’T LET THE SEASON FIZZLE AWAY WITHOUT SOME HOLIDAY BUBBLY AND GOOD CLEAN FUN

Holiday shopping can be awfully stressful running from store to store trying to find the right gift at the right price. Well, fret no more; Smith & Vandiver has some fun loving, relaxing gifts for people of all ages at just the right prices!

FOR THE KIDS:

Searching for an inexpensive surprise for toddlers and children? Well search no more! Smith & Vandiver’s GOOD CLEAN FUN bath collection is the perfect stocking stuffer for kid’s ages 2 to 10!

Not your average run of the mill bubble bath, Good Clean Fun is available in two fun foaming formulas — Dino-Bubbles and Ducky- Bubbles and is certified natural by the Natural Products Association and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin and eyes. Best of all, Good Clean Fun also has some Fun Fizzy Friends, Dino-Fizz, Prince or Frog, and Party Ducky which are an added delight turning bath time battles into bath time bliss. These bubbly effervescent treats lighten up the tub filling it with sparkly bubbles. While they fizz away, the bubbles release skin-softening conditioners blended specifically for young, sensitive skin. Once they dissolve, a special surprise is revealed as a dinosaur, duck, prince or a frog pops out and floats to the top.

Good Clean Fun Bubbles retail for $6.99 for a 12.5 oz. package and Bath Fizzies are $1.59 each or $14.99 for a value pack of 12.

FOR ADULTS:

Give the glowing gift of inner calm this holiday season with Treatment Packettes from Smith & Vandiver’s “Aromatherapaes”, the eco-friendly solution for creating an at-home spa experience without breaking the bank. Perfect for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa, or anyone you feel deserves a break, Aromatherapaes Packettes are only $1.79 each and are available in 10 different “treatments”: Toning Face Mud, Face Mask, Conditioning Hair Mask, Green Tea Bath Oil, Invigorating Body Scrub, Salt Body Scrub, Shower Gel, Soothing Foot Soak, and Foot Scrub.

Another ideal gift is Smith & Vandiver’s Aromatherapaes Effervescents which are formulated to release pure essential oils and skin softening ingredients in the tub to target your specific post-shopping distress! Effervescents are available in 4 formulas: “Fizzical” Therapy Muscle Relief, Immune Boost, Sleepy Time, and Stress Relief.

No time for a relaxing bath? Try Aromatherapaes Spa Shower Tablets. Simply toss 2-3 tablets onto the shower floor and have a spa-tacular experience! As the water hits the tablets, they will effervesce and release therapeutic essential oils. Available in “AM” to help you start your morning right or “PM” to help you melt the day’s stress away, Aromatherapaes Spa Shower Tablets are the perfect solution for those on the go!

Combine them together for an at-home spa basket or gift them individually. With all of these sudsy, bubbly, fizzy, soothing and energizing treats there’s something for everyone and every age.

Smith & Vandiver products are available at grocery, chain drug, and mass-market retailers, specialty stores and natural stores across the country and on-line at www.svnaturally.com.

ABOUT SMITH & VANDIVER

Smith & Vandiver was founded in 1979 by Alida Stevens. Since its inception, the company has been crafting wholesome, cruelty-free body products that feel luxurious while being safe for everyone and respecting Mother Nature. The company strives to use the best sustainable and environmental practices throughout all aspects of the business, while making the best natural and organic bath, body, skincare and children’s products made in the U.S. The company is located in Watsonville, California on California’s Monterey Bay.

Disclosure: Complimentary samples were sent to me to provide and honest review for our readers.


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Gifts That Give A Hint

At LUSH we tell it like it is, so if you need help telling your dirty friend to take a bath, your tweeting niece to give her thumbs a rest, or your high-strung aunt to just chill out, we’re here to help. This holiday address uncomfortable situations with ease, and give gifts that give a subtle (but obvious) hint.

For those who need to chill out
Chillin’ with my Gnomeys ($14.95)
This shower gift is a fast acting chill pill, perfect for your friends who are constantly hurried and stressed.

For the office lush
Glögg shower gel ($8.95/ $16.95/ $24.95)
Is your office mate often stumbling in a bit late after a long night at the pub? LUSH’s spicy shower gel is just what they need to get the message, inspired by traditional English Glögg, a warming, fruity mulled drink, excellent for keeping you nice and toasty.

For the kid who needs to leave home
Smell of Freedom ($49.95 30ml/ $19.95 9ml/ $12.95 Solid)
College graduation happened years ago, yet the nest is not so empty. This woody, spicy scent is designed to be motivational and inspirational, so it’s perfect for the child who needs a little nudge in the right direction.

For the insomniac
Golden Slumbers bath bomb ($6.00)
If someone you love is having trouble catching their Z’s, then perhaps you need to give them a bath with sleep-inducing Golden Slumbers.

For the social media addict
Christmas Tweets ($27.95)
We all know someone who is constantly updating their social media status. Filled with vanilla and marzipan scented goodies, this gift also has Smitten hand cream to soften and protect those hard working fingers.

For the smelly person
Christmas Washes ($59.95)
Full of seven shower products, this traditional looking gift will appeal to the stinky masses. It contains the spicy Glogg shower gel and New Shampoo Bar, zesty Sexy Peel and Mandarin’s Tea Party, and Buffy skin conditioner and a mini Sugar Scrub to scrub away the excesses of the season.


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