100% natural Konjac Sponge cleans and exfoliates skin without harsh chemicals or abrasive materials


Konjac Sponge by OleavineLearning proper skincare can never start too early. If young girls develop good habits in their pre-teen years, they will reap the rewards for years to come.

My own daughter is now 16 and is scrupulous in her skincare routine. Since breakouts can still be an issue, even with the most slavish dedication, she relies on a counter full of products.

Recently, she updated her arsenal to include a Konjac Sponge by Oleavine.  Similar in concept to the Buf-Puf of my own teenaged years, the Konjac Sponge also offers some crucial differences which make it incredibly effective.

First, not only does the Konjac Sponge gently exfoliate and cleanse, it is also naturally pH balanced. Activated bamboo charcoal absorbs toxins, fights bacteria, and eliminates excess oils, leaving her skin glowing!

Next, although the Konjac Sponge is fantastic for battling blackheads and breakouts, it’s also gentle enough for daily use. This is a huge plus for anyone with sensitive skin.

In addition, the ergonomically designed teardrop shape fits comfortably in the palm of the hand, while the soft rounded point allows gentle exfoliation in sensitive and hard-to-reach areas around the eyes. Quite simply, it’s the ideal shape to follow the contours of the face!

Finally, the Konjac Sponge by Oleavine is 100% natural, eco-friendly, and even biodegradable, plus comes with a 100% satisfaction, 90-day, money back guarantee. Amazon Retail $10.00

The Konjac Sponge is just one of the many skincare and supplement offerings from Oleavine. The company is dedicated to offering the very best in health and beauty products based on the secrets of the Mediterranean Diet. Mounting research and long-term studies point to specific compounds or “longevity molecules” found in this now famous diet, which are responsible for their amazing benefits.  From Skincare Ceramide Serum + Intensive Age & Wrinkle Defying Serum, to Ultimate Pomegranate™ Full Spectrum Pomegranate Whole Seed, plus so much more, you’ll find only the highest quality beauty and supplement products at Oleavine.

To learn more about the Mediterranean Diet and its many health and beauty benefits, CLICK HERE.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

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Improve the look of cellulite with Bonapiel Anti Cellulite and Body Firming Cream … or your money back!

Bonapiel Anti Cellulite CreamBack when I competed in pageants, I unabashedly used all of the on-stage tricks of the trade… from Vaseline on the teeth (so lips won’t stick to gums from incessant smiling and resultant dry mouth), to football Stickum spray on the derrière (to keep swimsuit bottoms from riding up when walking), to Dermablend concealer (actually created for victims of severe burns, birthmarks, and scars, but creates a porcelain complexion).

One of the best kept pageant secrets, however, was to slather cellulite with Preparation H to tighten skin and reduce its ugly, dimpled appearance!

Today, there’s a much more effective way to reduce the appearance of cellulite.  Anti Cellulite and Body Firming Cream from Bonapiel is powered by caffeine and retinol, both clinically proven ingredients to create firmer, tighter skin on arms, tummy, legs, and bottom. These active ingredients were even recommended by television’s go-to medical source, Dr. Oz! (April 2014)

And, according to the experts at Women’s Health magazine (September 2012), “As a stimulant, the caffeine … dilates blood vessels, which temporarily tones and tightens tissue. Plus it increases circulation and reduces water retention, both of which may also help smooth the rumpled look of cellulite.”

If you have stubborn cellulite, you’re not alone. Although it’s more prevalent on those who carry a few extra pounds, surprisingly, cellulite can also afflict even the thinnest women. In fact, according to a study in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, nearly 85 percent of women (over the age of 20) have some cellulite!

So, Anti Cellulite and Body Firming Cream from Bonapiel is a definite must-have for most of us. Results can be seen within 2-3 weeks, so you have to be patient, but it’s worth the wait! And, the longer you use it, the firmer and sleeker your skin will appear.

It’s important to note that this is not a “fat burner” and cellulite will not simply melt away or completely disappear. But, the look of skin will be vastly improved and the appearance of cellulite will be dramatically reduced.

I wish I’d tried Bonapiel sooner!

Anti Cellulite and Body Firming Cream retails for $39.99. And, Bonapiel is so sure that you will be pleased with the results, the firm even offers a 100% unconditional, money back guarantee.

Bonapiel also offers other beauty essentials, from Advanced Spot Cream, to Beauty and Youth Skin Moisturizing Serum, to Face and Neck Firming Cream, and more. Visit Bonapiel to see the entire line.

While you’re here, please enter our CURRENT GIVEAWAY: A Jessie Steele Classic Tote in choice of pattern. Ends 9-15-2014

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Bonapiel.

DISCLAIMER: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Keomi Skincare’s organic, handmade soap is a luxurious treat for every day!


Keomi soap, with wrappersYears ago, I read a haunting short story by Richard Edward Parry that made a lasting impression on me. Odessa 1923 tells the poignant tale of a Russian princess who, after years in hiding, sells her virtue for… a cake of soap.

I’ve never heard of a cake of soap that’s quite that wonderful, but soap in the Keomi Skincare Signature Collection is some of the most luxurious I’ve ever tried!

Soap from Keomi is crafted in small batches using the cold-process method and includes a rich blend of over 10 USDA certified organic vegetable, fruit, and seed oils, plus shea and cocoa butters. Each bar also contains pure aromatherapy-grade essential oils for a delightfully fragrant experience.

Keomi soaps, all without wrappersAs something of a soap connoisseur, I know from personal experience that using the highest quality ingredients makes a huge difference in the various grades of soap. Keomi soaps are super-fatted and derive their rich, sudsy lather naturally, leaving skin not only clean, but also soft and incredibly moisturized.

A few of my personal favorites include:

Citrus Sunshine, a combination of California lemon, lemongrass, and basil. Plus this bar is threaded with Calendula petals.

Green Tea Goddess, includes Comfrey, Chamomile, Calendula, as well as collagen-rich Horsetail and green tea, which are blended with Sweet Orange and herbal essential oils.

Kona Coast, a natural exfoliant. Includes espresso-ground coffee beans, patchouli, clove, and orange.

Keomi soap, without wrappersKeomi Skincare products are gentle enough for all skin types, even super-sensitive skin. Plus, all Keomi products are cruelty-free, organic, and fair trade.

Best of all, Keomi Skincare products are 100% guaranteed! If you ever have an issue or concern, simply contact Keomi through their website.

Individual bars retail for $8.97 on Amazon. Or, choose a Gift Set of 3 Full Sized Bars for $21.97. You can even select a super value Gift Set of 4 Full Sized Bars for $29.97. Although these are called “gift sets,” trust me, you’re going to want to keep them for yourself!

To see the entire line of  luxury soaps, visit Keomi Skincare. And, don’t forget to register to receive information about specials, promotions, and even coupons!

While you’re here, please enter our CURRENT GIVEAWAY: A Jessie Steele Classic Tote in choice of pattern. Ends 9-15-2014

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Keomi Skincare.

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Heat and humidity are no match for Tamer Foam from ISO!


Tamer Foam from ISO, Beauty Care ChoicesUsually, the dog days of summer wreak havoc on my hair. High humidity, frequent showers, and soaring temps mean my hair looks great for approximately 3.5 seconds after I step out the door. Even indoors with the air conditioning at full blast, I can often feel the frizz threatening to turn my dreamy, tousled curls into a Donna Summer nightmare.

But this summer, I’ve found Tamer Foam by ISO. Tamer Foam by ISO softens and calms unruly waves and curls.  The smooth foam gel softens hair, controls dreaded frizz, and gives hair the sleek finish that I crave.

It was especially designed for those battling humidity-induced, frizzy hair like mine, as well as natural or textured curly hair.  And, have I ever needed my Tamer Foam this summer! I’ve had an unusually high number of important events recently, from college send-off parties, to visits from relatives I haven’t seen in years, to the SmartCEO Magazine Brava! Awards. Looking my best was important and Tamer Foam was a lifesaver!

If you’re battling frizz this summer — or anytime — Tamer Foam by ISO is easy and can be used every day. In fact, the aerosol foam has a permanent spot right on my sink. I simply apply one “shot” to clean, towel-dried, damp hair, comb through, and then style as usual. Retail $10.99 (6.7 oz.)

Tamer Foam by ISO is available at Beauty Care Choices, a one-stop shop for all beauty needs from hair, skin, and nail care, to cosmetics, tools, and gifts. To choose from hundreds of top brands, visit Beauty Care Choices.

While you’re here, please enter our CURRENT GIVEAWAY: A Jessie Steele Classic Tote in choice of pattern. Ends 9-15-2014

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

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No sommelier? No problem! Open wine bottles like a pro with the Ozeri Prestige Electric Wine Opener!

Ozeri Prestige Electric Wine OpenerIt’s finally Friday and tonight I am headed to a dinner party with some old friends. This gregarious couple is well-known for their hospitality – from large holiday parties, to intimate get togethers, to massive bonfires in the fall!

Since they entertain so frequently, finding a unique hostess gift is somewhat tricky. But tonight, I have just thing — an Ozeri Prestige Electric Wine Opener!

Why electric? This new wine opener makes opening wine bottles oh-so-easy for the always busy host or hostess. No more struggling with a corkscrew (potentially breaking the cork off into your wine). Instead, open bottles easily with just the gentle push of a button. Plus, the Ozeri Prestige Electric Wine Opener works equally well on both natural and synthetic corks.

And, it’s so fast! When opening multiple bottles for large events, this wine opener is a real life saver. The battery even opens up to 80 wine bottles all on a single charge. (I don’t anticipate needing quite that much wine tonight, but you never know!)

Plus, it’s lightweight and cordless. So, it’s perfect for use at outdoor events like tailgates, regattas, pool parties, and barbeques.

Although it is lightweight enough to pack on a picnic, like all Ozeri products, this wine opener is really sturdy. Since it was designed not only for in-home use, but also for use in busy restaurants, this opener was built to last!

It even comes with an aerating pourer to enhance a wine’s aroma and a compact foil cutter to remove seals. All in all, the perfect gift for my friends! Retail: $59.99, On Sale at Amazon: $26.95

To see more great Ozeri products for the kitchen and bath, as well as trademark fitness gear, visit Ozeri.

While you’re here, please enter our CURRENT GIVEAWAY: A Jessie Steele Classic Tote in choice of pattern. Ends 9-15-2014

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Ozeri.

DISCLAIMER: I received an Ozeri Prestige Electric Wine Opener free in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Win a Classic Tote in your choice of pattern from Jessie Steele!

Jessie Steele Striped Classic Canvas Tote 2014

The Classic Tote from Jessie Steele is sturdy enough to hold up to a very busy fall. Fill yours with gym clothes, books from the library, work projects and more!

About three years ago, I fell hard… for Jessie Steele fabrics!  As a lifelong devotee to the slightly kitchy, irreverent Lilly Pulitzer look, Jessie Steele’s fabrics were an instant hit for me — from good-enough-to-eat cupcakes, to festive popping champagne bottles, to polka dots in every hue.

At the time, the line included kitchen aprons, matching towels, and oven mitts exclusively. But how times have changed.

Today, the Jessie Steele line contains everything I need: cosmetic bags, iPhone cases, dinner napkins, scarves, pillows, and so much more. And of course, each piece sports a trademark, fun-loving Jessie Steele fabric.

The Jessie Steele company was initially known for its high quality aprons and kitchen gear. One of my faves is the classic Josephine style apron shown here in Cherry Cupcake.

The Jessie Steele company was initially known for its high quality aprons and kitchen gear. One of my faves is the classic Josephine style apron shown here in Cherry Cupcake.

One of my favorite new additions to the line is the Classic Tote Bag. Shown above in an oh-so-nautical navy stripe, the twill bag measures 13” x 14,” and with two oversized side pockets, has space to store virtually everything. The bag is perfect for beach, pool, school, or sports. And, it’s washable!

The Classic Tote is available in other patterns too, like bestselling Jeweled Peony Stripe, Festive Border, Cream and Black Polka Dot, Kitchen Cherry, and Cherry Cupcake.

Trademark Jessie Steele fabrics are now available in housewares, too! The Nautical Waves Cloth Napkin is one of my favorites!

Trademark Jessie Steele fabrics are now available in housewares, too! I especially like the Nautical Waves Cloth Napkins for summer dining al fresco.

The Classic Tote is not available to order quite yet, but you can still get yours now. How? Simply enter the giveaway below. One lucky winner will select a Classic Tote from Jessie Steele in their choice of pattern. If you don’t win, don’t despair. The Classic Tote and other new pieces in the Fall 2014 Collection will be available online at the end of August.

This giveaway is available for readers in the USA, aged 18+. Odds are determined by the number of entries received. Giveaway ends 9-15-2014.

To see the entire line, visit Jessie Steele.

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Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Jessie Steele.

DISCLAIMER: I received a Classic Tote free from Jessie Steele in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Australian Tea Tree Oil treats blemishes naturally


Austrailian Tea Tree OilAcne isn’t pretty. And, even if you only suffer the occasional stress breakout or odd blemish, you’ll want to take care of it – fast!

Commercial products that contain salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide work for some. But increasingly, those searching for a more natural remedy are turning to Australian Tea Tree Oil.

Tea Tree Oil actually has a long history of use in Australia, where Aborigines have been using it medicinally to treat cuts and burns for thousands of years. And, it works wonders on blemishes! Simply place a drop on a cotton swab and apply directly to clean skin. A tiny drop is all you need. (To avoid irritation, don’t use if you’re already using a product like benzoyl peroxide.)

In addition to treating skin eruptions, Tea Tree Oil is also reputed to work wonders on other beauty busters like skin tags, cold sores, dandruff, and psoriasis. For the truly ambitious, you can even use Tea Tree Oil to make your own shampoo, lotion, soap, and body wash. Every 4 oz. bottle comes with a Free 100-Page Guide, which includes all the ways to use tea tree oil to make your life more beautiful…naturally. Retail on Amazon: $19.99

Important Notes: Tea Tree Oil is NOT to be taken orally. This can cause severe reactions from abdominal pain, to drowsiness, to coma. Also, Tea Tree Oil can be drying and may cause redness and irritation if used overzealously, so use sparingly until you can gauge your body’s individual reaction.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

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