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Thymes Lavender Bath Salts


Skin Nourishing Soak, July 22, 2006

If you love taking baths and feeling wonderfully soothed for hours afterwards, try this packet of bath salts and add in a little more sea salt, baking soda, Lavender, Rosewood, Patchouli, Rose and Ylang Ylang.

This packet already contains a little sea salt, Jojoba oil, honey, vitamin E, Clary Sage and Violet leaf. I've noticed that this formula is especially soothing if you have been exercising a lot and reach the point where you need a good salt/essential oil soak to dissolve away the stress and muscle aches.

This is also convenient and wonderful to take with you on vacation if you will be walking around a lot and out all day. There is something magical and emotionally healing about this nurturing salt soak.

~The Rebecca Review


Burt's Shea Butter hand Repair Creme


Soothing and Protective Hand Cream, January 7, 2007

Burt's Bees products are made with healing, natural ingredients and wonderful essential oils. The hand cream is made with rose water, sunflower oil, beeswax, sesame oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, rosehip seed oil, lavender, willow bark extract, calendula flower extract, neroli oil, borage oil and even rosemary extract. The pale golden cream melts into your skin and then creates a protective barrier. You will notice this when you go to wash your hands as washing your hands will no longer dry them out as much. This is a cream you can apply before going outdoors as it will add an especially good layer of protection against the elements. Put this cream on at night and awaken to especially soothed and nourished skin. This cream also makes a wonderful foot cream, although they do sell a Coconut Foot Crème that I have yet to learn how to live without. This cream can also be found in the Hand Repair Kit.

~The Rebecca Review


Too Faced Lip Plumping Serum


Extremely Effective, April 5, 2007

This lip plumping serum is seriously effective in creating beautiful lips but it is also more tingly than DuWop's Venom Gloss. At first, it is just a smooth gel/serum you apply within the lip line. This is a powerful product that will cause your lips to actually change color, making them look like you applied lipstick. The tingle can last for 3-5 minutes and is not uncomfortable, but noticeable.

This formula promises long term results and unlike other products that fade in a matter of hours, you might wake up the next day and still be able to see the effects. The formulation is based on "four of the most scientifically proven and advanced lip plumping technologies." Using this product morning and evening along with your regular beauty routine helps to maintain the results.

If you prefer something a little milder, you may want to try out the DuWop Venom Gloss or even use both at the same time because the DuWop has a nice glossy effect and this is more of a serum that absorbs into your lips.

~The Rebecca Review

Dr. Ci:Labo Trial Set


Contains Marine Derived Collagen, January 26, 2007

If you want to try the Dr. Ci:Labo sample sizes, this is a great place to start. The most impressive items in this kit include the face washes that are soothing and non-irritating and the amazing firming gel that heals the skin:

The Aqua-Collagen-Gel penetrates deeply into the skin for superior hydration and healing. You can apply this to the entire face or areas you think need extra attention.

The beauty of this gel is that you can also use it for healing applications by mixing in any of your own essential oils. Hyaluronic Acid is the secret ingredient in this cooling gel and it also contains Aloe, Lobata Root Extract, Flower Extracts, Grape Leave Extract, Sea Salt and Horse Chestnut. After trying this gel, this is one product you won't want to live without, especially in the winter.

The face washes are very soothing and deep cleansing but if you want to try the gel at a reasonable price to see the immediate results, then this is an excellent buy. The Super Cleansing Gel has soluble collagen (marine source), jojoba, and loquat leaf extract. The Super Washing Foam is my favorite as it also has hyaluronic acid and vitamins. It will remove excess oil and exfoliate the skin. Contains interesting ingredients like mulberry root extract and clove.

The lotion is a little small, but it is enough so you can get a feel for the product after one or two uses. This Extreme Close Up Brightening Gel Cream has Vitamin C and grapefruit extracts. It has a delicate lime fragrance.

The Blemish control gel is super healing and impressive, but seems more useful to use at night as an overnight control gel. It contains charcoal and is pretty amazing in how fast it will clear any imperfections overnight.

I can also recommend the gel with hibiscus. I've been using it daily and have been seeing great results in clarity, skin tone and texture. It is pretty amazing stuff and the secret seems to be the marine derived collagen. The more I find out about the Dr. Ci:Labo products, the more I want to try. These are a great investment in your skin's health and I've loved everything I've purchased so far. When you have a beauty budget, you want to get your money's worth and these products are an excellent value because you can see the excellent results.

~The Rebecca Review




Bare Escentuals Makeup Kit


Magical Skin Perfecting Kit, March 7, 2006

In my over twenty years of trying numerous foundations, I have yet to see anything cover and perfect all while allowing the natural radiance of your skin to shine through. This powdery foundation is like powdered gold. Not only do the crushed minerals shimmer ever so delicately, they are magical once they touch your skin. If you have even lighter skin than this kit allows for, you can order the FAIR foundation to compliment this kit. It is lighter than the Fairly Light and Light foundations. The Fairly Light seems to work for me, but having an even lighter shade is helpful in the winter.

The lightness of the product is fascinating and you feel as if you are not wearing foundation. The free feeling and the beautiful complexion you achieve through the use of Bare Escentuals may make you want to try all their products. The kits are a good way to introduce your skin to the products because they include the brushes you need to apply this powdery foundation. The brushes in this kit are luxurious and include the Full Coverage Kabuki, Flawless Face and Max Coverage Concealer Brush. Once you order your kit, you may also find many other brushes you want to order and try, but these three will give you your powder foundation coverage. Brushes for eye makeup are not included in this kit.

The Artist in you will love the way you apply this makeup. Each container of powder has many possibilities. You can blend more warmth or add a touch of summer shimmer. Once you have your foundation on, the possibilities are endless. This kit includes the Mineral Veil, Fairly Light and Light Foundation. The Bare Minerals Face Color 36077 Warmth is also included. An instruction guide/how-to brochure and DVD is also included to get you on your way to becoming your own makeup artist.

This product is free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance, dyes and irritating chemicals. Once I put on this makeup, I thought I was dreaming. My skin adores this product and liquid makeup is history! The mineral veil also keeps away shine and is the perfect compliment to the foundation.

Other items I've enjoyed:

Passionate Plum Eye Shadow
Escape Blush

~The Rebecca Review



Beauty Products I Love




    Abundant Health 4 U  The ultimate source for essential oils and how to use them.

    Advantage Hair Products for Regrowth  1-800-720-4146

    Afterglow Cosmetics  Afterglow cosmetics offers a full line of all-natural mineral 
      cosmetics including loose mineral foundation powder, blush, eye shadow, 
      eye liner, lipstick and lip gloss. 

    Alba Organics

    America's Doctor  A place to chat with a physician 24 hours a day.

    Amerimark  Source for Burt's Bees products. Look for the Lemon Butter Cuticle Crème!

    Apothia   Mistral Soaps, Supersmile toothpaste and Makeup kits. 

    Aubrey Organics  They carry a silk powder to use in place of face powder.


Lavender Body Wash


5 out of 5 stars Thank You Mom! , October 29, 2005

My mother and I love this relaxing lavender body wash we first discovered at Molbacks near Seattle, WA. It is actually made in Minnesota, but you'd think it was from France. She just sent me a bottle as a surprise gift and I've been enjoying using it as hand soap because I ran out of my Jason lavender soap. You can refill your hand soap dispenser and every time you use this soap you will feel more relaxed and comforted by the lavender fragrance.

The healing ingredients include: Lavender Oil, Rosewood Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Violet Leaf Oil, Aloe Gel, Jojoba Oil, Honey and Vitamin E.

When you use this as a body wash, the scent lingers on your scent like a dreamy lavender powder. Also can be used for bubble baths or washing your delicates. Everything you wash in this from sweaters to silky lingerie will be scented with a powdery lavender floral scent that is very feminine and sensuous with a hint of spice.

~The Rebecca Review



Lavender Train Case


    Aura Cacia  Wonderful products for relaxation. Look for massage oils!

    Avalon Natural Products   Wonderful comforting skincare products. 

    Aveeno  Wonderful skincare products like soothing lotions and soaps. 

    Bare Minerals  Makeup based on minerals, natural ingredients. 

    Beauty Worlds  A site which celebrates culture, animals and nature and presents fascinating essays on beauty.


 Bigelow Chemists Products by Skyn, Biotherm, Le Couvent, 
Dr. Hauschka, Lotil, Knotty Girl...and fun items like Arctic Face Mist.

    Bliss World  Spa treatments just for you. Exclusive skin care brands like Remède. 

    Bloussant   Increase your bust size or see other TV commercial products.  

    Blue Mercury  Candles, incense and luxury hair products. 

    Boericke  Amazing healing creams. Use these instead of cortisone creams! 

    Boscia.net/Oshop   Anti-aging treatments without negative side effects. Preservative-free, botanically
      based skincare. Receive a free sample and catalog. 

    Brownes Beauty   Kneipp Herbal Baths and Dr. Brandt skin cleansers. 

    Burt's Bees One of my favorite sources for beauty products. They now sell their healing
       beauty products at Amazon.com and I've been reviewing my favorites. 

    CalMax   Magnesium, calcium and Vitamin C supplement with a lemon flavor. Martin can send it to you.

    Comfort Living  Baby items, back care, allergy relief, beds and mattresses, kitchen, home, personal care.

    Cosmetics Cop  Beauty product reviews.

    Deep Seep  Shop for bath products in lavender, geranium and rosemary scents. 

    Detox   Call 1-800-426-3337 for a 4-step Detox program. Cleanse your body for better health. 

    Darcy Skincare   Great face masks and a drying lotion for breakouts. Zaps them in a day!

    DHC  Popular Japanese skincare line

    Dr. Weil Let Dr. Weil answer your health questions.

    Earth Therapeutics  Terry Covered Bath pillows and Loofah bath products.

    Essential Oils  A truly great source for all your essential oil needs. 

    Estee Lauder  Ask questions about makeup.  

    Feet  Keep your feet beautiful. Call 1-425-641-6767 for Alzner Orthodics

    Fresh  Organic skin care bar which reduces oiliness and tightens pores.

    Focus Contacts  Contacts to make you more beautiful.  

    Great American Products  The place to find the newest information on health products.

    Hanna Andersson   Quality clothing for children and adults. Made with earth-friendly fabrics. 

    Health  The Health Magazine website. Great helpful information and you can ask the editor questions. 

    Health A to Z  Up to date information of health issues which affect your whole family.

    Health Central  Health advice from Dr. Dean Edel. Make a free personal profile.

    Health Network  Information on alternative medicines.  

    Health Scout  Live chat rooms and a daily news story about pertinent health issues.

    Health Shop  Savings on vitamins, herbs and groceries.  

    Healthwell   Log on to a healthier life.  

    Honey  Medihoney has antimicrobial power.  

    Igia   Epil-stop & Spray hair remover and other beauty and home products you see on TV.

    Indigo Wild  Soaps made with interesting ingredients like goat's milk. 


Bags of Lavender


    Intellihealth  Health news and articles.

    Invisible Braces  Straighten your teeth without braces.

    Island Mist  All natural herbal bath and body products. 

    Jason  Great hair products and skin creams. The color enhancing shampoos are great! I love the Henna one.

    Kiehls   Delicious milk and honey scrubs and mango body cleansers. 

    Kelly Nehemiah  Kelly can match up products to fit your needs. They use natural ingredients. 

    Very Well  Very helpful information on health issues. There is an A-Z list of ailments and diseases 
      as well as an interactive question box that answers questions by giving you links to detailed articles. 


Burt's Bees Watermelon Lip Shimmer


A Whisper of Watermelon, May 18, 2006

Burt's Bees is known for their delicious pepperminty lip products. Lip Shimmer is an exceptionally moisturizing lip balm with a sheer color and it contains peppermint oil, cocoa seed butter and rosemary leaf oil. . This works as well as the lip balm to moisturize and the watermelon shade is especially natural and works well with two other products I love.

For summer color and full lips, first use the DuWop Venom Gloss "love in a mist," then use the Bare Escentuals "fig" lipstick/liner to line your lips and then fill in with Burt's Bees Watermelon Lip Shimmer. There is no heavy lipstick feel and once you try this product, I can bet you will want every shade. I have my eye on Merlot and Nutmeg for the winter.

The Watermelon shade is a summer essential you can take with you to the beach, pool or to any outdoor activity where you want to look natural, but still wear makeup, like the Bare Escentuals foundation with SPF 15 sunscreen and Mineral Veil. These products will make your skin feel natural, healthy and your skin will glow with a natural luminosity.

~The Rebecca Review


Medium Brown Haircolor


Deepen your Hair Color and Add Highlights, September 5, 2007

Coloring your hair with henna can be a time consuming activity especially if you buy a block of henna. This coloring process only involves adding boiling water to powdered henna so it saves a little time. The instructions don't say how long to keep the product on your hair so my thought (after using other hennas) was to leave the henna on for two hours.

The instructions are very vague when it comes to the amount of water to add and I found that you only need about 2 ½ cups water instead of 3. To be honest the package of henna can be used for two applications. You may want to divide it in half and then start by adding 1 ¼ cups water to start. This would work well for shoulder length hair, but there is enough of the powder to also color long hair. Another thing that may cause concern is that the henna looks green when you mix it with water. As you keep this on your hair it actually turns a darker brown.

Putting the henna on your hair feels a bit like a mud mask and it has similar conditioning results. The instructions say not to wash your hair with shampoo right after coloring but I find that is the only way to really remove the product. Another idea that works well is to slather on some deep conditioner before trying to rinse the henna out of your hair. You may notice your hair seems more coarse the first day and then by the second it will be thicker, shinier and much more bouncy with added volume.

If you are wondering if this will cover gray the answer is no, however, it will turn gray hair into golden highlights. If you want to cover gray then you may want to look for the "Cover the Gray" product by Light Mountain Natural. I liked how this product turned the gray to highlights so I'll definitely use this henna again.

~The Rebecca Review

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