Summer has just officially begun, but the beauty products never stop wowing us at the Advice Sisters. Here are four fab but affordable beauty suggestions for Summer that are indulgent, but not astronomical in price. You can pay more, but you don’t have to! Once these products are doing their work on your hands, face, body and hair, no one knows where the came from. All they need to see is that you look, feel, and smell, fabulous! The Advice Sisters selected these beauty treats to pamper just about every part of your body, and we’ve included some great ones for men (because they deserve a little indulgence, too).
It’s hard not to adore Bath & Bodyworks! They constantly offer new, unique, attractively packaged and scented products that look like they should cost a lot more than they do. The latest grouping of hand soaps make a nice hostess gift or addition to your guest bathroom. The Italian Collection from Bath & Body Works has six new fragrances inspired by the Tuscan countryside – featuring fresh herbs and bright citrus. Experience the intoxicating aromas of an authentic Italian kitchen with scents including Bella Flora, Tuscan Vineyard, Italian Lavender, Sicilian Lemon, Mandarin Blossom and Citrus Fig. Just $5.50 for a nice 8.75 fl. oz. plastic bottle with large, colorful pump cap. I love foam soaps. They’re not just economical, they’re fun to use. And if a soap is fun (and anti-bacterial like these are), the kids will use them without a struggle! *add a pocket-bac hand sanitzer in Sicilian Lemon for just $1.75I tried the Italian Lavender and the Sicilian Lemon scents. The yellow tinted plastic pump bottle is cheerful, and the Sicilian lemon is refreshing on the nose as you wash, lightly scented with sparkling lemon, verbena and juicy nectarine. The light and foamy soap contains a blend of moisturizing honey, coconut milk and olive fruit extracts helps to nourish and soften skin, while Mango Fruit extract leaves hands gently cleansed and conditioned. * The Italian Lavender we received doesn’t seem to be available right now on the web site, but we hope it comes back soon. If you go to your local B&BW store, let me know in our “comments” section if you find it. I grow lavender in my garden, and this fragrance is a softer but authentic version of the real thing. I love the lavender tinted bottle with it’s cheerful purple top, too. Hope you can enjoy it as I did!
I love the scent of coconut. You could slather coconut on old shoe leather, and I’d still find it appealing (just kidding, but you get the idea). I also love Grapefruit. Fresh, crisp grapefruit is invigorating. To me, these scents are the quintessential Mother Nature’s aromatherapy. So I was really excited to be sent samples of two limited edition moisturizing body washes from affordable but always satisfying, Soft Soap. These are available at Walmart now through September (so stock up like I’m going to, if you’re a fan). Both fragrances arrive in 18 oz. clear plastic bottles with flip caps with cheerful photo graphics to liven up your shower or bath.
Maui Coconut Splash has a creamy coconut scent that’s more coconut milk, than cloying pina colada/suntan lotion. The lime green liquid lathers lathers nicely, leaving your skin softly scented (good enough to nibble). The Pacific Sunset Refreshing Citrus is tinted the color of pink grapefruits and smells delightfully like them. After a long, hot, weary day, a quick, cold shower with this scent will perk you right up for whatever you have planned for the evening.
The best thing about these body washes (besides the fact that they are moisturizing and smell good, while cleansing your body) is that they’re just $3.48 for those 18 oz bottles. They might not be from a fancy schmancy designer, but once you’ve used them you won’t care!!! They’re a little treat that is truly a bargain!
Available at Walmart from May until September
As almost everyone knows, I’m am extremely proud to be an Aveeno Ambassador. I believe in the brand’s quality and performance, and I have always believed that good skincare is available at every price. Aveeno makes good skincare, truly affordable. Mostly, I review products for women, but recently Aveeno sent me a trio of tempting treats for men. These, from the Aveeno Men’s Collection, have the same Active Naturals ® skin soothing colloidal oatmeal as the products not specifically for men. Aveeno uses high-quality natural ingredients that are grown in ideal environments for plants to thrive and therefore give you the best beauty benefits. mixed with science and technology.
Our male tester loved the Aveeno Face Wash. This, like the other men’s collection products, is housed in masculine, brown packaging and the flip-top tubes stand up on the sink without toppling. This fragrance-free product is simple and pleasant to use and that pleases most men, who hate “fussy.” The moisturizing wash gently cleanses away dirt and oil, and Aveeno’s ACTIVE NATURALS® Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, moisturizes and soothes dry skin. Men who use this for cleansing before shaving may find that their facial hair is softer and therefore they’ll have less nicks and cuts when shaving.No guy would turn that down! It’s just $5.99 for a nicely sized 5.1 oz. tube.
He also liked the Aveeno Shave Gel ($3.99 7 .oz) pronouncing it soothing and moisturizing, but like a lot of guys, he said that he still preferred one of those “foamy” shaving creams that alas, also dry out a man’s skin and can cause irritation. But if he gets used to the less foamy but pampering texture, he will also find that the fragrance-free gel protects skin against irritation so his skin looks and feels better as he continues to use it. This is really subjective, but I am reporting what the man said, because I don’t use foamy creams on my legs. On a more positive note, he really enjoyed the Aveeno After Shave Lotion in a flip top tube ($6.49 3.4 fl. oz). Also fragrance-free, this calming lotion soothes skin irritation from shaving, helps to prevent razor bumps, and has a blend of conditioner and the Aveeno active naturals, to continue to keep his skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Some guys really don’t “get” that soft skin doesn’t mean it’s greasy. This lotion makes skin soft, but doesn’t have so much “slip” that he’ll complain about it. Well done, Aveeno! AVEENO products in drugstores and mass market retailers everywhere. For more information about the AVEENO® Brand and its product offerings, visit www.aveeno.com or ‘Like’ them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aveeno.
There’s nothing nicer than a brand that respects the wallets, let alone the skin, of savvy shopper. DOVE is definitely one of those brands. And they’ve got a new line of body products to keep you feeling fresh, this Summer: Dove Go Fresh Restore. This newest addition to the Dove Go Fresh Restore product collection features the scent of fig. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a fig nor have I ever smelled one, but according to Dove’s press sheet, it is ” a luscious blue fig and bright, floral orange blossom scent.” To me, it the name “Go Fresh” is perfectly suited, because this scent is a light fruity floral (that’s the orange blossom) that’s got just a hint of something tart (I’m assuming, that’s the fig). When your skin heats up, this kind of fragrance is really appropriate, because it won’t be overly sweet, overly floral, or cloying. You’ll feel and smell (as the name implies), fresh.
The collection is available in a body wash (love these moisturizing body washes), a nice stick deodorant, and bar soap. All are pleasant to use and effective. Dove’s moisturizing Body Wash products feature Nutrium Moisture™ technology that leaves skin deeply moisturized (great for Summer) and the products are gentle. You can get the body wash in 1 2 fl. oz. / SRP $4.49; or a generously-sized 24 fl oz. / SRP $6.69. The Dove Restore Body Bar include’s Dove’s famous 1/4 moisturizing cream and a 2 pack is just $3.59. My only problem with this is that the soaps are not particularly hard-milled, so be sure to store yours on something that lets the soap drain quickly, to keep it from getting “mushy.”
The blue fig & orange Blossom scent is also available in a stick Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant 2.6oz. / SRP $3.89 – $4.88. Dove claims it will provide 48 hours worth of wetness and odor protection. I didn’t test that, but I can say that the product does stay on your skin, so if you’re snot scrubbing, you might not have to re-apply your deodorant protection all day and evening. And it’s got Dove® ¼ Moisturizers™ to pamper your “pits.” The swivel up stick is 2.6oz. / SRP $3.89 – $4.88
Go Fresh will also be available in other scents: Rebalance (plum & sakura blossom), Revive (cucumber & green tea) and Cool Moisture (pomegranate and lemon verbena). I didn’t personally try these but you can go to your local mass market retailer or drug store and take a sniff.
You can find DOVE products in your favorite drugstore and mass market retailers, and also online. Check out DOVE online
Let’s switch the focus from fun unisex scented products and products for men, away from skincare, and to something truly fun and sexy; Got 2B ‘s latest and greatest product, Beach Trippin Salt-Infused Waving Spray ($5.99 for 6.8 fl. oz). It arrives, first of all, in a mermaid-esque, curvy, yellow, silver and blue bottle with pump top. But the slightly floral scented product inside is a unique styler that gives you some of that beachy look you love in Summer. Messy, sexy waves are a Summer staple, especially when you really don’t have time to yank and stretch and smooth out every stand into your usual, straight style. Yes, yes, yes! Spray the light liquid into your towel-dried hair, scrunch it and let it dry, or use a blow dryer and get a firmer hold. The result, if you love this look, will be bona-fide “mermaid” waves that last, even if your day or night is long, long, long!
As the very charming and talented celebrity hair stylist, Larry Sims(his clients includes some of Hip Hops and Hollywood’s elites like Sherri Shepherd, Eve, Victoria and David Beckham, Keri Hilson, Queen Latifah), told editors at the Beach Trippin Salt-Infusion Waving Spray launch, these types of salt sprays are fun, but they can also dry out your hair. That’s really not a good idea, especially when your hair is already getting bombarded by all the beauty saboteurs Summer can throw at it. This one gives you the look and the feel, but it won’t abuse your hair and when you want to wash it out, it will go, quickly, and quietly. Natural salts will give you that beachy, rough texture and piecey waves, but this modern salt infused waving spray also has moisturizing ingredients. If you’ve ever scrunched your hair with salt water, you know that the look is sexy, so go for it! This is one of those products you may try and love (and stockpile) or simply use on “special” occasions. At this price, you can afford to experiment ! Get it at ULTA, Walgreens, Walmart and other drugstores and mass market