With summer & Father’s Day around the corner here are a few summer travel picks & gift ideas for dad from L’Occitane en Provence!  You can pack light and travel beautiful with travel size items (for as low as $ 7.00), or spoil your dad with useful gift sets so that he can take good care of his skin.  And you can also spoil yourself with the new Reine Blanche illuminating collection, the Terre de Lumière golden hour collection, or any other skin care product.

Remember to read the Promotion Codes that I included at the bottom of the post!  There are a few codes that are valid for 2 Days Only, some expire as early as June 5th, others as late as June 31st.

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With this year’s Holiday season so close here are a few holiday gift ideas from L’Occitane en Provence!  Spoil everyone on your list with L’Occitane’s stocking stuffers (under $ 30.00), useful gift sets, or holiday ornaments.  These gift ideas are perfect for your loved ones, family members, friends, co-workers, Secret Santa gifts, or to gift yourself.   Remember to read the Promotion Codes that I included at the bottom of the post!  I mean … who wouldn’t want a free gift with a purchase?!

What is your skin care routine?  I am always excited to share my favorite brand that I’ve been using for about five years, L’Occitane!  It’s super important to take good care of your skin now (daily), and help reduce the amount of wrinkles that you will have later on.  The reason why I love L’Occitane’s cremes, and continue to use them, is how amazing they make my skin feel and that I do not need to constantly reapply them.  They are gentle and help fight visible signs of aging, while repairing & renewing your skin!  I highly recommend them.

If you have any questions about any of the products that I use, leave a comment below 🙂

Graceful Arlesienne Gift Set $ 78.00

Blooming Peony Gift Set % 75.00

Luscious Beauty Oils Gift Set $ 84.00

L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Gift Set $ 78.00

Romantic Rose Gift Set $ 75.00

Precious Immortelle Gift Set $ 102.00


 I cannot live without them!  The shea butter hand cream I always carry in my purses, and the body cream I apply daily after showering.  I have many other products (shower oils, soaps and skin oils) but these three are my TOP favorite.

Divine Cream $ 80.00

Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream $ 44.00

Shea Butter Hand Cream $ 28.00


If you are looking for gifts under $ 30.00, check these out!

Shea Butter Lip and Hand Duo $ 20.00

Hand Indulgences Trio $ 28.00

Shea Butter Holiday Ornament $ 14.00

Savons de Provence Soaps $ 28.00

Vanilla Lip and Hand Duo $ 20.00

Lavender Hand Cream Trio $ 28.00


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A Bold Cat Eye with Max Factor

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Tutorial: Cat Eye Steps

Who is ready to master the cat eye?  Max Factor is making it super easy to create this classic glamour look!  This brand has been synonymous with Old Hollywood glamour for the last century….

On August 1st, Max Factor released a Limited Edition Capsule Collection that includes all the essentials you need to create the MOST DIVINE cat eye look!

The cat eye is ideal for a date-night, or any time that you want a stunning look that makes your eyes stand out.  I am happy that this Iconic Make Up Brand is making a glamorous return to the U.S.  During my years spent studying abroad, Max Factor was the cosmetics brand that I purchased and wore on a daily basis.  I missed it!  As soon as I tried on the eyeliner, I showed my sister who wears the cat eye e-v-e-r-y single day!  We both love the unique tip of the liner, it makes it a lot easier to draw the wing of the cat eye.

Here are the best tips for creating the Max Factor cat eye:

(a) Wing it out: use the liquid eyeliner to create the tail of the wing (draw a line from the outer corner of your eye up at an angle),

(b) Run the liner across your top lash line, starting at the middle,

(c) Connect the line from the inside corner of the eye to the middle, keeping this part of the line very thin,

(d) Clean up any imperfection with a cotton swab with make-up remover,

(e) Apply a couple coats of mascara.

The two products that you need:

Max Factor Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eyeliner

Max Factor Masterpiece High Volume Mascara

For pout perfection: the Capsule Collection includes two lipsticks: Colour Elixir Lipstick in Maroon Dust and in Simply Nude, I am wearing the first one!  Because the cat eye is a very bold look, I like to keep my lips as neutral as possible.  All four products are available at your nearest drugstore  – for a limited time only.  Get your hands on at least one of each! 😉

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Thanks Max Factor for making this post possible.  


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Beauty | L’Occitane en Provence

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Ladies, who else keeps a hand cream in every room in the house and inside every purse?  I even keep one in my car and another one at work!  I have suffered from dry hands for as long as I can remember, and because of that I am constantly moisturizing my hands (multiple times a day).  

Today I am sharing my personal opinion on this brand of skin care products.  I first experienced products from L’Occitane en Provence a few years ago when a girlfriend gave me a huge gift-set for my birthday.  What a fantastic gift it was.  What I love about L’Occitane products is that the hand cremes are not too light – so you do not need to re-apply it every 5 minutes.  (I cannot stand those).  

For those of you that suffer from extreme hand dryness I highly recommend their “Dry Skin Hand Creme.”  If you like to moisturize your entire body after you shower (like I do), then I recommend “Shea Butter Ultra Rich Comforting Creme.”  It is pretty thick, and when I use it daily I truly feel that I am moisturizing my body.

The products smell wonderful as well, and the lovely smell lasts…  The shower gel leaves me smelling like almond oil for the entire day.  I have linked four of my favorite products from this brand.  Check them out!    


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Skin Care with La Foret Cosmetics

Hi loves!  Today I am sharing a new skin care product that I got to try last week: La Forêt Daytime Intensive Skin Revitalizer.  I always welcome skin care products, especially face or hand moisturizers.  The two reasons for that are that I have very dry hands, and because I like to moisturize my face once daily.   A friend of mine was in town for a couple of days, and brought me a product from one of the cosmetics companies that he works for.   So happy!

This moisturizer was created for delicate skin (perfect!), and it serves as an intensive therapy to repair your dry skin.  I have been using it on my face & neck area, and I love that it feels very smooth, light and velvety.  Although the SPF is not high (it is 8 and the typical is 15), it’s better than products that have none.  I try to always protect my skin from the sun.  You can check out more of their products at  

[La Forêt products are made in France]
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La Forêt Daytime Intensive Skin Revitalizer


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Beauty | Urban Decay | My Top 5

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  1. Urban Decay Oz Palettes “Theodora” & “Glinda”
  2. All Nighter Setting Spray
  3. Big Fatty Mascara
  4. Eye Shadow Primer Potion
  5. 27/4 Glide On Eye Pencils

Today I am sharing my personal experience with Urban Decay products.  I am all for trying new make-up, so when a friend of mine introduced me to a few Urban Decay products I started trying them immediately.  Because I currently have a 9 to 5 office job (that requires meeting with clients on a weekly basis!), I cannot be retouching my make-up every 5 minutes, I need products that last till the end of the day and do not run off.  This is why I love the 24/7 glide on eye pencils the most!  These eye pencils last until bed-time!

Another product that I found very useful is the All-Nighter setting spray.  It is meant to be the last step in your make-up routine, to ensure that the make-up on your entire face stays on. I like that it is very lightweight and that it prevents my make-up from melting off.  Regarding eye liners, I always prefer brown over black (for my skin tone), unless I am doing smokey eyes, or a dramatic / intense look for a night out.  The “rockstar” eye pencil color is a darkish shiny brown, exactly what I like.

The Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes are amazing!  For everyday use I prefer the Glinda palette, because the shades are lighter than the Theodora palette.  I always put on the eyeshadow primer first, to ensure the color stays put as well.  The Big Faty Black Mascara gives my eye-lashes tons of volume.  By the way, I always prefer regular mascara over waterproof mascara as I personally find the latter is often difficult to fully remove, and I do not like leaving make-up residue on my eye lashes.

(FYI:  Urban Decay is a cruelty-free brand that does not test its products on animals).  

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  1. AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer
  2. Gentle Eye Cream
  3. AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream

Today I am sharing a few of the skin care products that I purchased a couple of months ago when I visited Israel.  While in Israel, we visited the Dead Sea Region(*), and nearby I found a store (overlooking the Dead Sea shores) that sold an infinite amount of AHAVA creams, so I decided to bring a few back with me.  I had heard of AHAVA products but I had never purchased one.    

AHAVA creams are made with active dead sea minerals.  These minerals are found in the Dead Sea are supposed to rejuvenate your skin.  They are paraben free, allergy tested, free of animal testing, produced without petroleum, and approved for sensitive skin.  Wish I had purchased more!  

(*) The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east, and Israel and the West Bank to the west.  Its surface is 1,407 feet below sea level (429 meters).  The Dead Sea has become a location for health research due to the mineral content of the water seems to have positive effects on health.


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