In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Bath & Body Works Pure Paradise Collection

With Flossie about to hit Hawaii and summer’s end in sight, I’m wanting any indication possible that summer can last just a little bit longer.

So what bathtime delights am I turning to in this tropical storm time?
Why, the Pure Paradise Bath & Body Works collection, of course!

Bath & Body Works Pure Paradise Collection ($11 -$16.50) - Pictured here: Pure Paradise Body Lotion ($11), Pure Paradise Shower Gel ($11), and Pure Paradise Fragrance Mist ($14)

Last night, I took a long, hot bath soaking in the Pure Paradise shower gel ($11). It foamed up a bit and made my bathroom smell like a tropical vacation meets my old days at camp. I closed my eyes and was able to smell both the memories of my yesterday and the future memories of my tomorrow.

What do I mean by that? Simple. It reminds me of a tropical vacation due to its summer seduction quality that it seems to have all bottled up while reminding me of my times at summer camp – filled with innocence, first love and the warm night breeze.

Of course, that might all be from the sumptuous star fruit, juicy guava or dewy cassis. Or it could be from the luscious gardenia, frangipani or water lily. But the white musk, blond woods and sunkissed coconut certainly don’t harsh my tropical bathtime buzz!

And when it came time to hydrate, I wanted the scent – and nostalgic feeling – to continue. So to town I went with the Pure Paradise Fragrance Mist ($14) and Pure Paradise Body Lotion ($11).

I went to sleep in a seductive slumber dreaming of my old pre-teen boyfriends from camp and my future boyfriends on the beach.
Now, that’s what I call a good evening, ladies!




BF Asks: What scents remind you of the summers of your youth? 

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash

I’m sorry to repeat myself when I say that Dermalogica products smell like the spa…

but Dermalogica products SMELL LIKE & make me feel like I’m AT THE SPA!!!

And THAT is a very good thing!!

With soothing fragrant oils of sandalwood, lavender, orange and clary sage I am left feeling like I’m at the spa whenever I take a bath before bed and cleanse with Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash ($26).


In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash

These relaxing fragrances ready me for a deep, peaceful slumber. And the essential oils of tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary gently purify the skin without stripping it of its natural moisturizers. This botanical cleanser is not only rich and skin-conditioning but is also soap-free!

Ideal for those with sensitive and/or dry skin, you’ll feel clean without feeling stripped and relaxed without spending a fortune!

Really, it’s a win-win!




BF Asks: What do you do to create an in-home spa in your bathtub?

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Dermalogica Hydro-Active Mineral Bath Salts

My bath became a spa last night!!!


In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Dermalogica Hydro-Active Mineral Bath Salts ($28)


In an instant, my peachy, girly bathroom turned into a sophisticated spa thanks to Dermalogica Hydro-Active Mineral Bath Salts ($28).

With soothing essential oils of sandalwood, lavender, orange and clary sage, purifying oils of lemon and tea tree and warming and fragrant spices of coriander, cinnamon and ginger, I felt transported to a spa in Switzerland. The combination of mineral-rich sea salts, natural kelp, skin-smoothing enzymes and all of the divine oils above left me with soft, smooth and hydrated skin. Free of artificial fragrance or color, it’s a dually delicious treat in that you can use the salts as an invigorating and exfoliating scrub or pour them into running water and relax for as long as you like.

Besides being one of the most relaxing baths, I was lulled into a restful night’s sleep thanks to the stress-reducing muscle soak that the mineral-rich sea salts provided. Feeling relaxed yet uplifted, serene yet stimulated, I started reading my book in bed only to fall asleep with the light on and book splayed out on top of me.

Now, that’s when you know you had a good bath!




BF Asks: What book are you reading at bathtime these days? 

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Primavera EnergizingGinger Lime Body Wash


PRIMAVERA Energizing Ginger Lime Body Wash ($20): In-My-Tub-Tuesday but really...

Now, we all know how much I love my relaxing soothe-me-to-sleep bath every night; but what about those times when I need to rinse & rev up?

That’s when the perfect energizing shower gel is in order. So when I needed to energize before a totally radical 80s prom party this past Saturday night, I reached for PRIMAVERA Energizing Ginger Lime Body Wash ($20). (That’s probably not a sentence that is frequently found in beauty product reviews, huh?) It seriously woke me up for the writing haze and Saturday blahs I had been dealing with all day long!

Ideal for starting the day, reenergizing after a challenging workout or just waking up your senses, cruelty-free and Certified Natural Personal Care PRIMAVERA Energizing Ginger Lime Body Wash is the perfect marriage of citrus and zing. This gentle, non-drying, gently foaming today wash effectively removes dirt and excess oils without stripping the skin. And the wide awake scents of ginger and lime will leave you awake, rejuvenated and ready to take on the day (or in my case, the night!)

Totally Awesome. my shower!

BF Asks: What wakes you up in the shower? 

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: LAVANILA 2-in-1 Body Wash in Vanilla Grapefruit

Happy In-My-Tub-Tuesday, beauties!
I’m a little bummed because my cold water knob in my bathtub is out and I have just fallen in love with this new body wash from LAVANILA!

You may remember my prior grapefruit gushing over LAVANILA products. I am a big, big, BIG fan of their all-natural, sweet-smelling deodorant and fragrance. And I am happy to report that The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 is just as delightfully delicious as all of their other products!

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: LAVANILA The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 in Vanilla Grapefruit ($14 for 8 oz.)


This time-maximizing 2-in-1 shower & shave is a crisp cocktail of sparkling pink grapefruit juice with a splash of warm Madagascar vanilla. The result? A body wash so delicious-smelling that you want to want to drink it! But please don’t. This all-natural, vegan & cruelty-free body wash gently cleanses while providing enough moisture and slip for a smooth shave.

Hydrating coconut & rosehip oils partner with soothing aloe & calendula for a lusciously lathering wash that hydrates and quenches skin while preventing irritation and dryness.

Yet again, my senses are satiated and my skin feels soft thanks to the lovely Lavanila!!


Which One: Super Bowl Picks – BF Style

What are you most excited for this Super Bowl Sunday?

A) The Game/Football/Watching

B) The Food/Cooking/Eating

C) The Beer/Punch

D) My bath when it’s all over…or maybe even during it! Ha!



BF Asks: What team are YOU rooting for? 

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: DDF Glycolic Wash


Who really loves to clean their face?
Not I said the fly.
But it’s a necessary evil. Like brushing your teeth.
One that will perhaps keep us from looking so evil later in life.
And one that I never, never miss before I head to bed.

DDF Glycolic Wash ($28)

So what makes this necessary evil more enjoyable?
When I find a cleanser that multitasks for me!
DDF Glycolic Wash is a cleansing, anti-aging, restorative and renewing quadruple threat!
It deep cleanses with 5% glycolic acid, purifying the pores and minimizing the appearance of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.
The perfect ph-balanced pairing of the glycolic acid and choice skin conditioners make for a blissful marriage for your skin.
Even for the most sensitive of skin, like yours truly, it won’t strip, dry or dehydrate.
It just feels goooooood!
And your skin will just be left feeling cleaner, younger, glowing and ravishingly radiant!
BF Asks: Do you dread or love washing your face? What is your cleanser of choice?



In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Whish Pomegranate Three Whishes Body Wash

We all know how I love my nightly bath. But know what makes it even better?
A foamy, frothy, fruity-smelling body wash that makes my body feel adored!

I got all that and more when I tried Whish Three Whishes Body Wash in Pomegranate.

No, I don't just love it because it matches my bathroom...but it doesn't hurt, either!

The wondrous Whish creators removed the typical not-so-lovely drying ingredients (such as sulfate) found in many body washes and replaced them with scrumptiously softening organic ingredients. Perfect for a sumptuous soak in the tub! Especially since I’m still reading Fifty Shades Darker (wink, wink).

The Whish formula sounds more like one of my recipes than a list of body wash ingredients which of course makes me love Whish even more!
This pomegranate formula moisturizes with organic shea butter, organize raspberry butter and organic aloe, cleanses with wheat, sugar and corn derived ingredients and soothes with organic cucumber and organic marigold. DELICIOUS!

And other good stuff from this whimsical Whish body wash? It’s cruelty free, paraben free, DEA & TEA free, petrochemical free and contains all natural & organic ingredients. Love all that!

Plus, I have to admit, the scent reminded me of showering at Southern Methodist University in Virginia Hall back during my Talented And Gifted camp days. It took me right back to Dallas, Summer 1992. Nostalgia gets me every time. The best selling point in the world to a nostalgic girl like me!

Now if only there was a genie in this Three Whishes Body Wash so I could have 3 wishes granted!!!



BF Asks: What product takes you back to Nostalgiaville? 

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Kneipp Eucalyptus Cold & Flu Herbal Bath

Just in time for the Christmas tree lighting at The Grove, this week has been uncharacteristically cold here in Los Angeles.

I’ve had a dozen friends tell me they’re getting sick, their skin is itchy and dry and they just can’t get comfortable!

Now, before you roll your eyes and say how spoiled we Californians are, just know that I have found the perfect winter-sissy-soother out there:

Kneipp Eucalyptus Cold & Flu Herbal Bath

Available sizes: .68 fl. oz. ($5.50), 3.4 oz ($20) and the BIG deal 6.8 fl.oz. ($29)

This fragrant, emerald green bath is a multi-tasker – soothing stress away, relieving sinus pressure, warming chills and lulling me to sleep. The winning ingredient? Essential eucalyptus oil from an evergreen tree.

Kneipp even suggests trying a eucalyptus foot bath when you feel the signs of a cold coming on. Check out their tips here: Therapeutic Foot Soak Tips

If you feel a cold coming on, take your vitamins, take a Kneipp (bath, that is) and call me in the morning.



BF Asks: What way(s) do you ward off the woes of winter? 


In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE Daily Cleansing Mask

I have always been the mini makeup guru for my friends. As far back as 8th grade, I was always doing their makeup, giving beauty advice and entertaining them with my passion for products.

So, imagine my giddy delight when my college roomie, Holly, sent me an email about a line of products she had fallen in love with! Who is this love affair with?

Rodan + Fields and she loved the line so much that she started working for them! Now, that’s love!!

So when she mailed me the Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE Daily Cleansing Mask, I was crossing my fingers that I would love it as much as she would. And I did!

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE Daily Cleansing Mask

Rodan + Fields ANTI-AGE Daily Cleansing Mask is a creamy, kaolin clay-based cleansing mask that dries in no time (two minutes flat), draws impurities from pores while retaining skin’s moisture levels. Fine dimethicone micro-beads gently promote cell turnover, smoothing skin and strengthening the skin’s barrier (4.2 oz for $41.00).

I applied it to my dry, dirty skin, left it on for about a minute, then rinsed with warm water.

Beauties, it did the job!!

I was left with clean pores, thoroughly cleansed skin and a nice little glow with no irritation to my sensitive skin, whatsoever.

Love that!

While it is gentle enough to use daily, you guys know my policy on that, right?

A few times a week max unless you’ve got some serious skin concerns.

So try it for yourself and see if you love R+F as much as Holly and I do.

And Holly, I want some more R+F results! Can’t wait to place my order!!




BF Asks: What skincare line do you have a love affair with?