For an invigorating shower, I choose Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Natural Facial Cleanser Gel!

Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Natural Facial Cleanser GelMornings come early here. I wake up at 5:30 each day — long before the sunrise. Strong “cowboy coffee” helps get me going, but of course, nothing is as invigorating as a brisk shower!

Recently, I discovered an energizing addition to that shower: Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Natural Facial Cleanser Gel. This cleansing gel not only deeply cleanses skin and pores, it’s also stimulating, revealing fresh, clean, and glowing skin.

Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Natural Facial Cleanser Gel is easy to use. Simply pour a bit on a wet washcloth and apply to wet skin using a circular motion. Rinse well. The gentle, fragrant lather completely removes impurities, surface oil, and toxins that conspire to make skin appear dull.

This is an oil free cleanser. However, it’s gentle enough to give skin “a clean slate,” without stripping it of precious moisture. If you suffer from acne, stress induced breakouts, or an exceptionally oily complexion, Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Natural Facial Cleanser Gel is a gentle, but effective solution.

What makes Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Natural Facial Cleanser Gel so special is the combination of active ingredients, including both Certified Organic Aloe Vera and Chamomile Extracts.

Organic Aloe Vera is the pure derivative of the succulent aloe plant and offers strong anti-inflammatory properties which can soothe and calm irritated skin. For sun-damaged skin, this is especially important, since Aloe Vera can stimulate new cell growth, as well as repair damaged skin tissue.

According to LiveStrong, Aloe Vera does even more. “Aloe Vera helps to counteract infection… used on pimples, sores and acne scars, Aloe Vera improves complexion and color. It stimulates new cell growth and the healing of scars. Aloe Vera is considered an excellent skin cleanser and contains antibiotics, coagulating agents, pain inhibitors, and astringents.”

The Chamomile Extract comes from a daisy-like flower and also helps regenerate skin cells. In addition, Chamomile Extract reduces skin puffiness and aids in deep-cleansing the pores.

According to Natural Alternative Remedy, “Chamomile… is innately instilled with incredible antioxidant, healing, cleansing and moisturizing qualities and is regarded as a complete skincare therapy.”

Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Natural Facial Cleanser Gel retails for $25 and is available at Dr. Skin Spa. And, right now, you can take an additional 20% off all orders over $45. Simply enter promo code: VIP at checkout!

To see the entire line of Ageless Derma beauty products including hair care, mineral makeup and skincare items, visit Dr. Skin Spa.

Now, where did I put that cup of coffee?

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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For cocktail party, gala, prom, or wedding, GardeniaSite.com has the dress of your dreams!

GardeniaSite.com LBDDecember is fast approaching and it’s the season of… the party! From cocktail get-togethers, to company-wide holiday shindigs, to galas galore, the calendar is already filling up!

This year, I resolve that I won’t do what I’ve done too often in the past… wait until the last-minute, completely panic, and purchase something that I don’t absolutely love. Instead, I am going to GardeniaSite.com.

GardeniaSite.com is a one-stop shopping experience for all types of eveningwear. You’ll find everything from stunning special occasion dresses, to winning pageant gowns, to fantasy wedding dresses. Plus, GardeniaSite.com also offers crucial accessories for weddings like gloves and the all-important veil!

The selection is vast, but the site is made very easy to navigate by helpful categories like BodyCon Dresses, Little Black Dresses, Maxi Dresses, and more. Within each section you’ll find a tremendous range of oh-so-fashionable choices – I want them all!

GardeniaSite.com black gownBut the biggest surprise – price! GardeniaSite.com prices just can’t be beat. For example, the beautiful A-line Spaghetti Strap Chiffon LBD, pictured, offers exceptional style, fabulous construction, and crystal detailing – all for just $115.29!

Or, take a look at the elegant floor length column dress shown in Charmeuse, with bateau sleeves, and stunning beaded waist accent. It is only $155.99.

Plus, you can even save an extra $10.00 on your purchase by registering a new account.

Lest you think the low prices equates to low quality, think again. These dresses are exceptionally constructed using both high quality materials and notions. From Swarovski crystals, to satin covered buttons, the designers at Gardenia.com understand that the details matter.

Delivery does take 15-20 days, so some advance planning is required. (Total Delivery Time is based on the time it will take to tailor your dress(es) plus the time to be dispatched to you.) Or, if you’re a last-minute person (and, aren’t we all sometimes?) rush delivery is always available.

To see the entire line, visit GardeniaSite.com.

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Looking for a 100% organic body moisturizer? I love African Shea Butter from Key West Health and Beauty!

Key West African Shea ButterKeeping skin looking youthful and glowing doesn’t stop at the neck! All over body moisturizer is a must-have, especially as winter weather threatens. After all, dry, flaky, or chapped skin certainly isn’t pretty!

That’s why I’ve started using Key West Health and Beauty Unrefined African Shea Butter. Shea butter is a natural and organic solution to winter weather skin. Far from a fad, shea butter extracted from the nut of the African shea tree has actually been used for centuries. And, the purest form of shea butter is in its raw or unrefined state, since processing uses chemicals like hexane to dissolve the shea nut and reach the beneficial butter. Plus, during this chemical process, shea butter also loses many of its important vitamins and minerals.

Why does unrefined shea butter work so well on skin? First, it contains essential fatty acids, so necessary to maintain skin’s suppleness. Next, shea butter is chock-full of Vitamins A and E, both crucial to maintaining skin’s elasticity. Finally, shea butter is proven to help rebuild and rejuvenate skin’s collagen.

And, according to The American Shea Butter Institute, shea butter can be used to treat more than just simple dry skin. Shea butter is a helpful treatment for many skin conditions from wrinkles, to eczema, to blemishes, to dermatitis. It can even be used to treat insect bites, sunburns, and frostbite!

Although there are many brands of shea butters available (both refined and unrefined) Key West Health and Beauty Shea Butter is special. Key West Health and Beauty Shea Butter is the only shea butter available on Amazon that is certified organic. Although some companies claim to be organic, if they are not certified organic, there is no guarantee that the product may not contain harmful chemicals.

Key West Health and Beauty Shea Butter is also sourced responsibly by local women’s co-ops in Africa to ensure fair wages and ethical treatment of the women who harvest it.

And, Key West Health and Beauty Shea Butter is processed by hand, using water extraction and screened for impurities, resulting in the highest quality Grade A shea butter available.

If you have never used unrefined or raw shea butter before, it is a little bit different from the processed shea butter you will typically find in local retail stores. It is firm, but can be applied directly as an intense moisturizer. Simply take a small amount and rub it directly onto skin. Your body heat will melt the shea butter and allow it to be absorbed into the skin. (Alternatively, you can also rub a dab briskly between your hands or fingers to melt it, then apply.)

Raw shea butter can also be used to create a wide variety of homemade recipes such as lotions, sugar scrubs, hair conditioner, whipped shea butter, lip balms and more. Key West Health and Beauty even offers a special YouTube channel with video tutorials on how to create these great DIY recipes.

Key West Health and Beauty Shea Butter retails for $39.95, however, right now you can purchase it for only $14.95! Plus, all Key West Health and Beauty products are backed with a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee.

To see the entire line of fantastic natural and organic beauty products for skin, body, and foot care, visit Key West Health and Beauty.

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Why I am using Hyaluronic Acid Age Delay Serum with Vitamin C and Green Tea!

Morea SerumIt seems that I’ll never learn. Yesterday, I spent the entire day outside in the sun at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia. While I did remember sunscreen, I found out the hard way that a full 12 hours in brilliant sunshine can’t be battled with just a dab of Banana Boat! So, today I woke up with a bright red face that required a whole lot of concealer…

Of course, that’s not the worst of it. I know that sun damage has future effects and that wrinkles are an inevitable result. Luckily, just this weekend I received a new serum that promotes smooth, glowing skin, while fighting the harmful effects of sun and pollution damage. Hyaluronic Acid Age Delay Serum With Vitamin C and Green Tea by Morea Naturals provides all of the same benefits of pricier serums, at a fraction of the price!

Hyaluronic acid is known for its proven ability to reverse the signs of aging. Naturally present in the human body, according to Web Md, it’s frequently also applied, “to the skin for healing wounds, burns, skin ulcers, and as a moisturizer.”

This silky smooth formula is also loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin C and Green Tea, both of which promote collagen production and protect skin from UV damage. Plus, it instantly plumps fine lines, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles gradually.

After yesterday’s all-day excursion, I appreciated the serum’s ability to add intense moisture to my dry skin, since I suffered from wind burn, as well as sunburn.

Hyaluronic Acid Age Delay Serum With Vitamin C and Green Tea is safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Plus, the serum includes many organic ingredients. In fact, the unique formula is so safe that it passed the rigorous standards necessary to be carried at Whole Foods.

Hyaluronic Acid Age Delay Serum With Vitamin C and Green Tea by Morea is also paraban free and cruelty free. Plus, there’s a 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee!

On Amazon the List Price is $49.99. But right now, you can save an amazing 60% and try this serum for only $19.99! To learn more visit Morea Naturals.

Now, could someone please get me a cold compress?

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Real beauty comes from within. So, monitoring your health is crucial!

Ozeri Blood Pressure MonitorAlthough I write a lot about must-have face creams for dreaded wrinkles, lotions for making stubborn cellulite less noticeable, and the latest trendy lipstick, I know that true beauty comes from an active lifestyle, proper nutrition, and attention to general health. That’s why I recently got an Ozeri Cardiotech BP5K Voice-Guided Blood Pressure Monitor!

Although historically my blood pressure has always been quite low, it has consistently increased in the past few years. Age and a more sedentary lifestyle are the most likely contributors. In addition, like many of you, I am subjected to stress coming from all directions – from teenaged children, to work issues, to adjusting to the “new normal” of our economy.

But, a rise in blood pressure is not the type of health issue you can ignore! According to the most recent statistics available from the American Heart Association, high blood pressure was listed as a primary or contributing factor in about 348,102 U.S. deaths in 2009. So, keeping track of my blood pressure just moved to the top of my “Top Ways to Stay Healthy List!”

Having an Ozeri Cardiotech BP5K Voice-Guided Blood Pressure Monitor at home means that I can check my blood pressure as many times a day as I like. According to Samuel J. Mann, M.D., a professor of clinical medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and author of Hypertension and You, “The more measurements you do, the more accurate a reading you get.”

Plus, for those (like me) who suffer from a stress-induced rise in blood pressure upon arriving at the doctor’s office, “At-home blood pressure monitoring is a much better indicator than a blood pressure reading at the doctor’s. If your systolic pressure is 180 at the doctor’s office but 120 at home, you’re at only a slightly increased risk of sustained hypertension. But if it’s 120 at the doctor’s office and consistently 180 at home, you’re definitely at higher risk,” explains Mann.

The Ozeri Cardiotech BP5K Voice-Guided Blood Pressure Monitor is so easy to use – it literally does all of the work for you. Attach to your wrist using the Velcro band, push the start button, and listen for the instructions. It’s that simple.

Interpreting a reading is also easy. The digital display appears once you are done and you also receive a verbal confirmation of your blood pressure status, from “Your blood pressure is ideal” to “Your blood pressure indicates moderate hypertension.”

The technology even allows you to store 180 blood pressure readings (90 readings x 2 different users) with date and time recordings. So, if you are concerned about your numbers, you can now share real data collected over time with your doctor.

If your readings are just a little higher than you’d like, however, here are some proven ways to reduce your blood pressure without resorting to medication:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Start to exercise regularly
  3. Eat healthier, especially limiting salt
  4. Reduce alcohol intake
  5. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
  6. Cool it on the caffeine
  7. Reduce stress
  8. Meditate

Since blood pressure readings can vary widely according to the time of day, be advised that it’s normal for the numbers to be higher in the morning than in the evening. But, if you consistently get elevated readings (higher than 130/80), especially at night, consult your doctor.

Left untreated, high blood pressure can cause artery damage and narrowing, aneurysm, coronary artery disease, transient ischemic attack (mini stroke), stroke, cognitive impairment, kidney failure, eye blood vessel damage, heart attack, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death. If your readings are in the danger zone, it’s imperative that you contact your physician.

Ozeri Cardiotech BP5K Voice-Guided Blood Pressure Monitor retails for $42.95 on Amazon and qualifies for free shipping. I give this product 5 out of 5 stars!

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Get gorgeous with this great GIVEAWAY: Vitamin C Serum and a Derma Roller!

KLEEMWinter is on its way. Frigid outdoor temps, dry indoor air, wind, and lack of sunshine can all prove devastating to even the most carefully tended skin. This winter, get gorgeous with an amazing two product giveaway set:

First, Kleem Miracle Vitamin C Serum provides tighter, smoother, younger looking skin! Banish wrinkles, bags, and dark circles with “the power of C.” Unlike some other serums boasting beneficial Vitamin C, this airless pump bottle preserves both freshness and potency. The lab-tested Vitamin C formula includes natural and organic ingredients and is never tested on animals. Perfect for all skin types, even the most sensitive skin. Retail $19.99

Micro Needle Derma RollerSecond, the Micro Derma Roller offers the most advanced technology available and is proven safe and effective for in-home use. The Derma Roller helps reduce the look of unsightly stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. In addition, use will help boost collagen production, improving skin’s elasticity, giving you a smoother, healthier looking complexion. Plus, the Derma Roller includes a silk facial mask for after use to promote firm, smooth skin. Retail $17.97

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Now, one lucky winner will receive both skin care items! It’s easy to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is available for readers in the CONTINENTAL USA, aged 18+. Odds are determined by the number of entries received. Giveaway ends 10-30-2014.

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SinfulColors offers all treats and no tricks this Halloween with new sinfully spooky nail colors!

Wicked Colors nail polishes and top coats by SinfulColors Halloween Collection 2014

I love Halloween. What other holiday provides license to traipse around town dressed as Glenda the Good Witch, Scarlett O’Hara, or a Zombie Prom Queen?!

Because I enjoy it, I always design and create our costumes. And throughout the year, when I see a potential costume or prop at a bargain price, I snap it up. My “costume closet” includes everything from bridal gowns, to Stetson hats, to a recently acquired stethoscope. And, my creations have included plenty of fairy princess variations, a platoon of pirates, a punk rocker, and even yearly matching ensembles for my girls and their ponies!

What I’ve found is that whether it’s spooky, pretty, or sassy, the details make the difference between a winning costume and one that’s forgettable. And, one of the easiest details to add is nail color!

This year, SinfulColorsmy go-to nail polish company since 2010 – has an entire line just for the season called Wicked Colors. There are 14 BOO-tiful colors including Halloween glitters, sinfully tricked out topcoats, devilish darks, and autumnal orange hues, plus a glow-in-the-dark polish that’s perfect for any spooky soirée!

These high quality polishes are fabulous alone, or use them to create your own unique nail art. Each polish is only $1.99 and the Wicked Colors line is available exclusively at Walgreens and Target stores nationwide. Choose from:

Tricked Out Top Coats

  • Cauldron Couture: Wickedly glittery emerald
  • Glow-in-the-Dark: Ghoulishly fluorescent
  • Mystery Moonshine: Multi-colored confetti
  • Splatter Spell: Gilded black flecks

Halloween Favorites

  • Black on Black: Dark-as-night black
  • Clear Top Coat: Scarily shiny topcoat
  • Cloud 9: Pumpkin perfect orange
  • Courtney Orange: Opalescent tangerine
  • GoGo Girl: Sleek and sexy candy-apple red
  • Let’s Talk: A royal purple hue
  • Pine Away: Glittering metallic green
  • Pumpkin Spice: Twinkling fall orange
  • Snow Me White: Bright white
  • Starry Night: A sprinkle of midnight stardust

Since 1991, the visionary beauty experts at SinfulColors have been creating the hottest nail colors, unique textures, and over-the-top top coats in the industry. I love that SinfulColors keeps me ahead of the curve, with trendy new ideas for every season – 20 new collections every year!

SinfulColors are made in the USA and do not contain formaldehyde, toluene or DBP. Plus, they are incredibly affordable. SinfulColors retail for as low as $1.99, which makes putting the glitz on nails a steal, not a splurge.

To see hundreds of choices in a veritable rainbow of colors, visit SinfulColors.

Now, all I have left to do for Halloween is locate a multi-strand rhinestone necklace, an aviator’s cap, and some stilts… don’t ask!

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