Dry Skin Solutions for People Over 40 (giveaway ends 6/5/16)

*This is a sponsored post.

Dry Skin

Can you believe the unofficial start to summer is upon us? I can’t believe it. It seems like just yesterday we were making New Year’s resolutions and planning for Valentine’s Day. Now it’s time to think about lazy days by the pool, hanging out at the beach and enjoy family vacations.

The warmer the weather, the less clothing people tend to wear. We swap out sweatpants for short, sweaters for tank tops and boots for sandals. Well… most of us. I prefer capris and tee shirts.

With so much skin exposed you want to make sure your skin is in tip top shape. The last thing you want people to see is rough, dry, “ashy” looking skin and dry, cracked heels.

Did you know that nearly two-thirds of U.S. women report that the older they get, the more difficult it is to keep their skin moisturized, based on a 2015 national online survey of over one thousand U.S. women over the age of 18. I tend to agree with this stat. The older I get the more dry my skin becomes. I don’t remember having these problems when I was younger.

As we age, our skin’s natural renewal cycle starts to slow down, causing dead skin cells to build up on our skin’s surface (gross!). The build up of dead skin cells gives our skin a more rough texture and dull appearance. In addition, as we get old our oil glands also become less active, which makes it much harder for our skin to maintain moisture.

Are you familiar with the brand AmLactin? AmLactin offers consumers a variety of products that contain powerful alpha-hydroxy therapy that gently exfoliates and intensely hydrates dry skin and feet.

AmLactin products are;

  • Trusted by dermatologists for over 20 years
  • Fragrance free
  • Non-greasy

The brand’s products have been clinically proven to gently exfoliate and relieve dry skin associated with the changes in the weather, harsh soaps and/or detergents and even conditions like Diabetes and Keratosis Pilaris.

My skin is always dry. I have Eczema too, which doesn’t help matters any.

My hands are the #1 dry spot on my body, followed by my feet. I am always slathering lotion on my hands and I keep my feet hidden so no one can see how dry they are.

AmLactin was kind enough to send me a variety of products to try out and review. I received the following product.

AmLactin Hydrating Body Cream

AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Ultra Hydrating Body Cream

AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream Say goodbye to those dry, pesky areas! Our patented ULTRAPLEX® formula gently exfoliates and is clinically proven to deeply hydrate. Helps smooth rough, dry, bumpy skin—including dry skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris (“KP”).

This cream is made for severely dry areas of your skin, including your elbows and feet. For me it’s my hands. My hands are always dry. It doesn’t help that I work with children and I am constantly washing my hands.

My hands would get so dry they would split open. Even the side of my fingernails would split. That can get very painful. I need my hands to work with as well as type on the computer.

The skin on the back of your hand is much thinner than other parts of your body and it tends to show signs of aging much sooner than other areas. I have noticed this on my own hands. I have old lady hands and I’m still in my 40’s.

AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream helps hands look more youthful by simply keeping them hydrated. Its formula is rich enough to restore moisture to hands abused by frequent washing and cold, dry weather.

I love this stuff! I keep it in my bag (it comes in a squeeze tube). That way I can apply it throughout the day when needed.

My hands look and feel good. The cracks are gone. Even my cuticles look so much better since using the product.

The cream also absorbs into your skin quickly. When I apply this at work I don’t have time to wait for it to absorb. I need to use my hands all the time between crafting with the kids, playing games, documenting things and so forth.

This is a great product for people who are always on the go-go-go.

AmLactin Cerapeutic

AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion

AmLactin® Cerapeutic® Restoring Body Lotion Instantly transform your skin with this unique moisturizer. It’s the only formula to combine clinically proven, patented ULTRAPLEX® and three essential ceramides to relieve extreme dryness for 24 hours. Uncover visibly soft, silky, youthful-looking skin.

I apply this lotion every time I step out of the shower. I apply it all over my body, from my neck down.

This product exfoliates dead skin cells and adds moisture to your skin. It made a noticeable difference the very first time I applied it on my legs.

My legs are dry and ashy looking. You can clearly see that when you look at the tattoo on my ankle.

I wear capris during the summer months and I need my legs to look good – not gross, dry and flaky. The very first time I applied this to my legs they looked and felt 100% better. I was very impressed.

The lotion absorbs quickly. Once it absorbs I don’t even realize I am wearing anything on my skin. Some lotion/creams I’ve used in the past left my skin feeling sticky or greasy or it felt like there was clearly something on my skin.

My skin looks like it has a healthy shine to it. I like that.

AmLactin Foot Cream

AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Foot Cream

AmLactin® Foot Cream Kick dry skin for good with daily use of healing foot therapy. Our patented ULTRAPLEX® formula gently exfoliates and is clinically proven to intensely hydrate. Helps prevent splits and cracks while smoothing calluses. Experience touchable, soft feet from heel to toe.

I mentioned earlier in my post that I have dry heels and feet. I hate the way they look and feel. I’m embarrassed by them. That is why I don’t like to wear sandals.

I’ve used other foot products that are suppose to moisturize your feet. The problem with them were that they were greasy and/or took forever to absorb into the skin. I don’t like that.

AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Foot Cream is a creamy lotion. It absorbs into your skin fairly quickly, which I appreciate. It also doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy. Your skin is left feeling soft and smooth.

What I did before using this product was to remove the dead skin with a foot “file” (Amope Pedi Perfect). One I smoothed out the roughness I applied the AmLactin product. I make it a point to apply it every night before going to bed. So far, so good. My heels look good and they don’t feel like sandpaper (my husband said they felt like sandpaper – ugh!).

Now I feel more confident about wearing sandals. I don’t feel like people are looking at my dry feet and cracked heels.

AmLactin Body Lotion

AmLactin Moisturizing Lotion

AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion Go beyond everyday lotions with our powerful alpha-hydroxy therapy. Clinically proven 12% lactic acid, pH-balanced for the skin, boosts the skin’s natural renewal process through gentle exfoliation and deeply moisturizes. Reveals softer, smoother skin.

This is another really nice product.. You don’t need severly dry skin to appreciate it. This makes for a great daily moisturizing lotion. Since I have been using the AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion and AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, it’s hard to tell how much of a difference this product makes.

If you have normal skin with no issues, this would be a great choice to add to your daily beauty regime. Even men can use these products. My teenage son suffers from dry skin too and he uses these products. They don’t have much of a scent. They don’t smell “girly” at all. I don’t even notice a scent at all.

Unlike traditional daily moisturizers, AmLactin leaves your skin soft, silky and healthy looking at any age. The products are ideal for both women and men.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunburn. Be sun smart: use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward.

It’s also important to note;

  • AmLactin moisturizers may cause stinging if used after shaving and if applied to cuts. Stinging should go away, but discontinue use if it does not.
  • AmLactin Skin Care is not intended for the face.
  • AmLactin Skin Care is not intended for young children. Please consult your child’s pediatrician before using.

Over all I am very pleased with these products and I will continue to purchase them after my samples are depleted.

If you would like to learn more about AmLactin products you can visit their official website. You can also go directly to the AmLactin product page.

Be sure to check out AmLactin on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Uncover smooth, radiant skin with AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care. Its unique exfoliating and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells to reveal soft, hydrated skin. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy. AmLactin moisturizers are available on Amazon.com and at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Walmart and Rite Aid. To find them on Amazon simply type in AmLactin in the search box.

AmLactin would like to give a lucky reader $100 worth of AmLactin products. Thank you AmLactin.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 5, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please visit the AmLactin website and then come back here and comment on which product you are most excited to try AND how your skin has changed over the years.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I have received free product samples to review in addition to compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. AmLactin is responsible for the shipping the prize package.

Uncover smooth, radiant skin with AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care. Its unique exfoliating and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells to reveal soft, hydrated skin. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy. AmLactin moisturizers are available on Amazon.com and at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Walmart and Rite Aid.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin Skin Care. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Ulta Gorgeous Hair Event happening RIGHT NOW!


Ulta Gorgeous Hair

Last week I told readers about the Ulta Gorgeous Hair Event that is currently going on. It started on May 8th and it runs through May 28th.

Every day, during the event, Ulta is offering fabulous hair care products and accessories at special discounted prices. The special price is good for that day ONLY. For that reason you want to make sure to check out each day’s deals so that you don’t miss out on anything you want to buy.

Check out this week’s deals.

Saturday, May 21st.


Sunday, May 22nd.


Monday, May 23rd.


Tuesday, May 24th.


Wednesday, May 25th.


Thursday, May 26th.


Friday, May 27th.


Saturday, May 28th. 


I have the Living Proof Blowout spray that I was sent to review. So far I am loving it. I don’t really have the time to blow out my hair the way I want to, but those few times I have I have been very pleased with the results.

My daughter has been using the Living Proof Blowout almost daily and she has had some amazing results. Her hair looks beautiful. I wish I could get a good photo of her hair (she’s a teenager – she’s not overly keen with me sharing  photos of her).

I’ve also been using StriVectin Hair products for color treated hair. The shampoo and conditioner help to keep your hair color vibrant and protects it from fading. So far, so good. I’m a natural “dirty blonde” but I color my hair auburn. My hair is course and thick and color doesn’t seem to last very long in my hair. Any product that can help extend the life of my hair color I am happy to try out.

These are just two of the products that were (or are) featured in the Ulta Gorgeous Hair Event.

The special pricing is available both online and in store. There are few exceptions (for example, online deal only) which are noted on the event page.

If you would like to learn more about the Ulta Gorgeous Hair Event and/or the products featured in this event, visit Ulta.com/GorgeousHairEvent. Don’t forget to check the event page daily so you don’t miss out.

Are you a fan of Ulta Beauty?

Do you find great deals during their beauty events?

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*I received free products in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Invisibobble introduces a new collection – Secret Garden



A while back I introduced readers to a hair accessory called invisibobble (lower case “i”). Invisibobble are plastic/elastic type hair bands the can be used similar to a rubber brand with the exception that they don’t damage your hair. The also make colorful bracelet when not in use.

You can read my original review here – Introducing invisibobble – a hair ring, bracelet and styling tool all in one.

I was sent a few to review. I still use them. I also keep them all over the place so I always have something available to me to pull my hair up if I want to/need to. I keep one in each of the purses I use most frequently, one in my car, one in my car’s glove compartment (just in case) and one in my husband’s car. I also have a couple of my desk and several in the bathroom.

invisibobbles can be worn as fashionable bracelets

invisibobbles can be worn as fashionable bracelets

The invisibobble bands are easy to use. Simply use them in your hair the same way you would an rubber hair band. The difference is that they don’t damage your hair like traditional rubber hair bands too.

They don’t leave marks in your hair and don’t make your hair feel like it’s being pulled too hard (which can cause headaches as well as damage your hair).

I have thick, heavy hair and they work well in my hair. I just have to wrap them around my hair a few times to make sure it’s holding it all together.

When not in use invisibobbles double as a fashion statement. They are fun and colorful bracelets.

Invisibobble recently introduced a new collected called Secret Garden. The Secret Garden Collection includes the following new colors;

invisibobble colors


Lucky Fountain (a light blue/gray color)

Sweet Clementine (soft, bright orange)

Forbidden Fruit (light, bright soft green)

Cherry Blossom (baby soft pink)

Forbidden Fruit is my favorite because I love the color green.

Each pack includes 3 hair rings.

Invisibobble are available in a variety of colors. The new colors are ideal for Spring/Summer (and beyond).

For more information about invisibobble visit their official website, invisibobble.com. The new colors are listed under Secret Garden.

Invisibobbles are available at Urband Outfitters and Top Shop. The Secret Garden colors will only be available until September 2016.

What do you think about invisibobble? Do you like the new colors?



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Give hope to those in need with Soap Box Soaps


soap bars

There are so many things that we have readily available to us that we might not give much thought about. We talk about this often with the kids at work. We try and teach them about not wasting things and using only what you need when it comes to paper, glue, glitter and even the food that we offer. We try and explain to them that some people don’t have these things, or very little of them.

Take for example soap. Do you use soap? Of course you do. Soap is needed to wash your hands and wash your body to keep clean. Now imagine if you DIDN’T have soap. How weird would that be? We use soap so often that we don’t really stop and think that some people don’t have access to soap.

One brand is helping consumers become aware of this, as well as something else that is important – fresh water. The brand is called Soap Box Soaps.

Soap Box Soaps offers consumers a variety of products including bar soap, liquid soap, body wash, conditioner, shampoo and lotion. Their products are available in different varieties and scents.

Soap Box Soaps products are paraben, EDTA, phthalate free and cruelty free. They are also made right here in the United States.

I was sent some Soap Box Soap products to review. I received Liquid Hand Soap, Bar Soap and Body Wash in their coconut scent.

Soap Box Soaps

Liquid Hand Soap – I loved this hand soap. It comes with a pump which makes it easy to use when you are washing our hands. One pump is all you need to get your hands squeaky clean. It washes well and rinses off completely without drying out your skin or leaving any kind of a residue.

Body Wash – You don’t need a lot of this body wash to clean your body. A little goes a long way. It makes your body squeaky clean. The shea butter helps to make your skin feeling soft and moisturized too.

Bar Soap – This was the first product to go. It’s not that it’s not long lasting, it’s just that my family of four takes daily showers and use soap all the the time.

This is great soap. I washed well and rinsed off completely leaving my skin feeling fresh, clean and soft.

I love the smell of coconut. It always reminds me of the beach.

The Soap Box Soaps coconut smell reminded me of not only coconut, but also baby powder. At least that is what the scent reminded me of. When I told my husband he said he could see how I picked up a baby powder-like scent too. Another words it doesn’t smell 100% like coconut. It has some other refreshing scents mixed in (or at least that is how I smell it). Trust me, it’s a good thing! The products smell AMAZING!

I like that the scent stays on your body for a little while. It’s very subtle. After I washed my hands I could still smell the coconut scent for a few minutes later.

The products wash your body and hands very well and rinse off completely without leaving a residue. Your skin feels fresh and clean the way it’s supposed to. They even help to moisturize your skin with the shea butter.

What makes Soap Box Soaps stand out from other brands is that Soap Box Soaps gives back when you purchase their products. When you “buy one” Soap Box Soaps “gives one” bar of soap to those in need.

The "Hope Code" can be seen in the box.

The “Hope Code” can be seen in the box.

While working aboard, Soap Box Soap founder David Simnick learned that a bar of soap and fresh water could help save thousands of lives. That is why he created the charitable program called Hope Code.

Each Soap Box Soap product has a special code on it. When you enter the code in on Hope Code page, you can see where your purchase is helping to make a difference.

When I entered the Hope Code for the liquid hand soap I found that the soap I received to review is going to help a school in India.

Hope Code


That is amazing! Over 3,000+ children have been saved. That makes my heart smile when I think about that.

You are always going to need soap (bar or liquid), so why not use products that are not only good for you but also do good for others, like Soap Box Soaps.

Soap Box Soap products are available individually or bundled together for extra savings.

If you are interested in learning more about Soap Box Soaps products, or their charitable contributions, please visit SoapBoxSoaps.com. You can also find the brand across all the social media channels. You can find those links on the bottom of their website.

Soap Box Soaps are not only available on their website, but you can also find them at your neighborhood Rite Aid store. To find a Rite Aid location near you, visit RiteAid.com. You can also find Rite Aid on the social media channels.

Have you ever tried Soap Box Soaps products before? If so, do you have a favorite?

What do you think about their charitable contributions?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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*I have partnered with Rite Aid and Soap Box Soaps to bring you this information. I received free products to review and compensation. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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Ulta’s Gorgeous Hair Event (May 8th – May 28th)


Ulta Gorgeous Hair

If you are a fan of Ulta, you are probably familiar with their yearly Ulta Beauty Events were Ulta offers different products each day for a specific time frame at amazing prices. The last beauty event was back in March of this year.

This month Ulta is hosting a similar event, but instead of beauty products they are offering hair care products and accessories at discount prices.

Each day during the Gorgeous Hair Event there will be a new deal on specific products. Those deals are only good for that day ONLY. The deals are available to Ulta customers both online and in stores.

In addition, on May 19th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (CST) they are hosting a live Q&A with Ulta’s hair experts. That is a perfect time to ask any questions you might have about you hair and taking care of it.

Check out some of the upcoming deals from Ulta’s Gorgeous Hair Event.

Saturday, May 14th.


Sunday, May 15th.


Monday, May 16th.


Tuesday, May 17th.


Wednesday, May 18th.


Thursday, May 19th. 


Friday, May 20th. 


I have a few hair care products from Ulta that I received to review. I haven’t had a chance to try them – yet – but I am planning to tomorrow. I’m especially looking forward to trying Living Proof Blowout and StriVectin Hair. I have tried StriVectin products for the face. I never knew they also offered hair care products.

To learn more about these products, and to check out all of the products that will be on sale during the Ulta Gorgeous Hair Event, please visit www.Ulta.com/GeorgeousHairEvent. Remember, these deals are for both online and in stores (unless otherwise noted). If you’d like to find an Ulta store near you there is a store finder on the Ulta website.

Are you a fan of Ulta? Do you ever shop during their beauty events?

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*I received free products in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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New Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15



I am so happy that the nicer weather is finally here. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a fan of the heat and humidity that comes with the summer months. I’m referring to the spring time weather where you can go outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine without having to sweat like crazy and wish you were back inside with the air conditioner on.

I am of Welsh, Irish, Scottish and Norwegian decent. People like me are not known for their glowing tans. That is because people of my decent are fair skinned. The sun and fair skinned people are not a good combination.

My husband is 100% Italian. He just has to look at the sun and suddenly he has beautiful, glowing skin. As for me, I just have to think about sunshine and I turn as red as a lobster. OK… not really, but you know what I mean.

Sun protection is very important for me. Growing up I never used sunscreen. I grew up in a time when it was OK to lie out in the sun soaked in baby oil. I regret that now – especially after having six “suspicious” moles removed from my back.

The sun also damaged my face. I totally regret not protecting my skin when I was younger.

This is why I make sure to wear sunscreen every day - OUCH!!!

This is why I make sure to wear sunscreen every day – OUCH!!!

These days I won’t venture out of my home unless I am wearing at least an SPF 15 on my face and skin (even during the winter). If I know I’m going to be out in the sun for a long time I wear a higher SPF and bring it along with me so I can re-apply every few hours.

The sun can be damaging to your skin any time of year – even in the winter months. That is why it’s essential to always wear some kind of an SPF on your face and body.

I always opt for facial products with an SPF in them, whether it’s a moiturizer, makeup or simply a facial sunscreen. I prefer a moisturizer over a regular sunscreen because they are not greasy and serve a dual purpose.

Garnier sent me one of their newest products to review – Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15. It’s the kind of product I enjoy – a facial moisturizer with an SPF “built in” to it.

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 works just like a regular facial moisturizer. It applies well. It’s not greasy and it feels good on the skin. Some products with SPF make my skin feel greasy, dry or just too heavy. I did not experience that at all with this moisturizer. It’s lightweight and feels good on your skin.

As an added benefit, Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 also brightens your skin leaving it looking more radiant and visibly brighter with use. Because it’s a moisturizer it helps to make dull, dry and rough skin look more soft, smooth and polished looking.

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15

I’ve mentioned before on my blog how I tend to wash my face as soon a I get home because I don’t like the heavy feel of make up. I’m also a minimalist and tend to keep my makeup more natural looking. I only get all done up when I am going out to dinner, a party or event.

There have been days I have only applied the Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 to my skin, some eyeliner and mascara – that’s it.

I have been using the product for about a month now and so far I am very pleased with it. It mositurizes my skin well and I like how my skin looks and feels when I am using the product. The SPF15 is a “bonus” as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve always been a fan of Garnier products. Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 is just another wonderful product the brand has to offer.

If you are interested in trying out Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 for yourself, you can find it at Rite Aid’s month long beauty event in May. You can find the product in your neighborhood Rite Aid store or online.

For more information about Rite Aid’s beauty event, please visit RiteAid.com/Beauty. There you can find great products, tips, tricks, videos, deals and more.

Have you tried the new Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter SPF15 moisturizer yet? Are you a fan of the brand? What is your favorite Garnier product?



*I have partnered with Rite Aid and Garnier to bring you this information. Although compensated, the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. I also received a free product to review. 

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