Come join us for the Neutrogena Skin Cleanser #NTGDERM Twitter party

I’m hosting another Twitter party, this time we’ll be talking about “spring cleaning” for your skin with Neutrogena and Dr. Doris Day, Dermatologist.
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What:  Most of us have heard of spring cleaning for our living space – but have you considered spring cleaning for your skin?Changes of temperature can have an effect on your skin – and with spring quickly transitioning into summer, there’s no better time to think about your skincare routine.

Join dermatologist Dr. Doris Day and Neutrogena, the number one dermatologist-recommended skincare brand, for a Twitter party to discuss how you can do some “spring cleaning” for your skin, the importance of daily facial cleansing, and the best products to help you during the seasonal change.

Bring your skincare questions for the dermatologist-on-call Dr. Doris Day, who will be joining us for the party and sharing her tips and expertise.

When: Thursday, May 16, at 12 noon ET (the party will last one hour)

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #NTGDERM hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite:

Hashtag: #NTGDERM

Prizes: Throughout the party, we will be giving away prize baskets with Dr. Day’s favorite Neutrogena skincare products, including the following:

  • Pore Refining Daily Cleanser
  • Pore Refining Toner
  • Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Cleanser/Mask
  • Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 35
  • Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

For more information on skin care from Neutrogena, check out the Neutrogena Expert Center: for the party:

I will be compensated for helping to host the twitter party. Opinions are my own.

Save Your Skin with Neosporin Eczema Essentials (Prize Pack Giveaway)” width=”400″ height=”600″ />I have eczema. My son has eczema too. It’s pretty much dormant in warmer weather, but it’s been back in full force for at least the past 6 weeks. I’m always on the lookout for something that will help not only provide some relief for itching, but also to help prevent more itching. Neosporin’s Eczema Essentials is a product line that works for those who have eczema but also for those who just have dry, itchy skin.

We have both been using the Eczema Essentials for a few weeks now, and while neither of us is living free of eczema, I know I’ve noticed my son is less cranky, and wanting to change his clothes less often (does this happen to other kids who have eczema? It’s like he wants to change his skin or something but he can’t verbalize that)…and I don’t notice his eczema patches looking quite so ‘angry’ lately. He’s happy there isn’t girlie smell in the products. He’s 5 you know, so he wants to smell like a superhero, not a girl. His words, not mine.

In any case, winter may not be started by the calendar but the air’s feeling wintry and the heat’s been on, which means the skin irritation from drier air has begun. Besides using products like the Eczema Essentials, Dr. Peter Lio has these seasonal skincare tips for us:


Many people suffer from seasonal allergies in the fall, and these can trigger skin irritation along with the change to drier, cooler weather.

  • If seasonal allergies are active, talk to your doctor about keeping them in check with medications such as antihistamines
  • Focus on a regular skincare routine with regular bathing and moisturizing, as well as using topical medications when needed
  • Moisturize within minutes after every shower or bath to help lock in the water


Cold and dry weather outside and forced hot air inside can put the skin at high risk for irritation. The lack of sunlight may result in lower levels of vitamin D which may be related to skin irritation as well.

  • Keep skin warm and protected when outside
  • Try a thick, protective moisturizer on any exposed skin to prevent windburn
  • Consider talking to your doctor about supplementing vitamin D during the winter months as many people are deficient
  • Consider getting a humidifier for bedrooms to help add moisture to the dry air
  • Moisturize within minutes after every shower or bath to help lock in the water

One thing I learned long ago is NOT to take super hot showers or baths when my skin is dry and/or irritated. It only makes things worse. I’m a little surprised that’s not included in the tips, but maybe that’s because it’s a year-round recommendation.

I found some money saving coupons on the Neosporin site- nice, higher value ones. I hope they help you save some- I know I’m printing some off right now!

The Neosporin Eczema Essential Line is available widely in most drug stores and online.

One US reader will win a prize pack of the Eczema Essentials including one full sized sample of each product, money saving coupons, and a set of trial sized samples, all in a cute plastic tub.

To enter, tell me one of YOUR tips for dealing with eczema or dry, irritated skin!
(Leave a comment for each entry method you do and either leave your username or the URL of your “share”)

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*Share this giveaway on any social networking site- can be done 1x/day but leave the url of each share in it’s own comment!

This giveaway will end on December 20th, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.
A sample was provided in exchange for the post. Opinions are my own.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment & Lip Repair for Dry Skin & Prize Pack #Giveaway

I have chapped lips in perpetuity.  (I’ve been wanting to use that phrase for a really long time, and look! I did it!)  It makes me crazy. I’m forever trying new lip products in hopes that THIS ONE will be the miracle worker.  None are.  It isn’t just my lips- most of my body has pretty normal/regular skin, but I have some areas where my skin is always dry and rough.  Every season change aggravates these areas and they get drier and itchier. We have used Aquaphor products since my oldest was a baby- we used it on dry skin, for massaging tired babies, diaper rashes…cheeks to protect from cold winter winds, lips…even for my mom’s nose when she had to start oxygen, to help soothe her sore, chapped skin.  I guess a lip product was a logical next step for the folks at Aquaphor.  I’m so glad they took that step and created Aquaphor Lip Repair!

Aquaphor offers great products to help you keep your skin soft and moisturized! Aquaphor’s  Healing Ointment, recommended by pediatricians and dermatologists,  can help to care for your dry, chapped or irritated skin needs. It helps to both  protect and heal your skin without fragrances, dyes or preservatives.

Aquaphor Lip Repair helps to seal in moisture and prevent dryness thanks to its formula including Shea butter, Vitamins C and E and soothing Chamomile essence.  I love how easily it comes out of the tube, and how evenly it applies.  It is a bit thicker than most lip balms I have tried but honestly, I need that.

One reader will win an Aquaphor Prize Pack including a Healing Ointment, Lip Repair and $50 Visa Gift Card!
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I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own.

Save $10 on “On In Beauty” Skincare System #OnInBeauty

on in beauty skincareOn In Beauty” is a revolutionary new skincare system consisting of a nourishing topical cream and a naturally sourced dietary supplement.   Marigolds play a key role in the formula!
Taking care of your skin is a key part of everyone’s daily routine.  Your skin’s health is really important.  I’m noticing this more and more with each year that passes- the changes in my skin the past 10 years have been remarkable when I look at photographs, and I’d like to be as proactive as I can at caring for my skin!    [click to continue…]

Skin Medica Prize Pack #Giveaway $109 ARV


La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre, located in San Diego,  offers free consultations for both surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation.  They offer a wide range of services including a special Mommy Makeover package which seems to be what is standing out most to me includes a tummy tighten (I’d need many pounds magically removed) and a breast augmentation (hey, I’ve nursed three kids, for longer and longer periods of time.  Gravity is not my BFF).


Previously named Retinol Complex. Same great formula, new name and beautiful bottle. 0.65% Total Retinoids

Three forms of vitamin A in a microparticle delivery system enhance skin texture through exfoliation and skin rejuvenation.

  • Three forms of vitamin A improves the appearance of fine lines, aging and sun-damaged skin
  • Enhances skin texture to renew and revitalize
  • Sustained release formulation delivers vitamin A slowly to minimize irritation allowing nightly use [click to continue…]

ybf Delightful Dips Eyeshadow #giveaway #rafflecopter

The ybf Delightful Dips Eyeshadow is something I never heard of before recently, and may never live without again. First of all, I LOVE the colors.

This beautiful eye shadow collection puts sheer to full color all over your gorgeous bedroom eyes! It is ideal for all skin tones will accentuate and eye color! 3 extremely wearable and blendable eyeshadows in beautiful hues of can-do chocolate, confident cocoa and carefree chai.

Price: $24.80

What I liked about this trio of colors in the Delightful Dips, aside from the gorgeous shades, is the actual packaging for the shadow. A screw on top (if you have a toddler like me who likes mommy’s makeup, you understand why this is a good thing) and the applicator tip is the only thing that touches the shadow itself. For my shaky hands, the container these are in is fabulous-so easy to use and no wrory about spillage (and waste). The shadow goes on quite nicely, and smoothly. Lasts a nice long time. I would love to see some more sets like this one!! [click to continue…]

Proactiv 365 (review)

I am 37 years old, and with each year that passes I feel like my skin gets worse. I have had breakouts and acne more now than I did in my entire high school career. I don’t like it. Not at all. This combined with me actually working out and running at least 3 times a week is doing a number on my skin, particularly in the “T-Zone” areas.  My chin and my forehead are, in the words of my 4 year old “just yuck.”  I recently got to try out a month supply of Proactiv solution to try and make the skin situation clear up. 

Proactiv 365 offers many benefits- including expert skin care available 24/7, 365 days per year.  Their support system is what “sells” me on this product, because its personalized and truly comprehensive.  Being able to confer with skin care experts and ask questions and get answers – individualized answers- really helps you feel like you are getting a skin care system that will work for you. 

The product itself works well- I mean, I can’t imagine there are too many adults walking around the USA who haven’t seen SOME kind of advertisement with celebrity endorsement for Proactiv, but the product itself does work well.  I have heard  many people in many places from many walks of life who have used and loved this product so when I had the chance to try it I decided to go for it.  They are confident in their product and stand behind it with a 60 day money back guarantee.   [click to continue…]

Pür Minerals 5-Piece NEW Start Now Kit! (Giveaway)

Pür Minerals 5-Piece NEW Start Now Kit is a really affordable way to try the pur minerals product line without a huge financial commitment- with enough product to get a good feel for how it works.  These aren’t teeny tiny tubs of samples- these are generously sized samples that will get you through at least 2 months of use- enough time to really, truly discover if this is a system that works for you (it works for me!).  I’d already tried a few pur minerals products a few months back, and loved each thing I tried, although my favorite item from pur minerals is the primer.  I love, love love it.  I feel like my skin is so uneven in tone and color, and the primer makes me feel like it has a more even base to start with!

This set was what I brought with me for my nephews wedding last month.  I was so happy with the small packaging because when you are packing 3 small children plus 2 adults for 2 nights at a hotel including a very formal event, its very easy to over pack.  Having this was a lot simpler to pack with some lipstick and eye shadow than my normal enormous bag of cosmetics!! [click to continue…]

Mommy Skincare Review


The folks at Mommy Skincare were generous enough to send me their Complete Mommy Skincare System for review.  This great skincare system was specially designed for moms’s with all natural and organic ingredients.  It is gentle, yet effective and cleansing, toning and moisturizing the skin.  The skincare system includes the following:

Stretch Mark Cream

Green Tea Cleanser

Citrus Toner

Hibiscus Antioxidant Moisturizer

Lightening Cream

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With summer weather upon us and the official “start” to summer having passed now (Memorial Day), I think we should all take note and be cautious with the sun! 


Filling your beach bag with your favorite summer skincare products puts you at ease for a day out, basking in the sun. BUT, are you really protecting your skin? The right products are only part of the process to insure proper protection from harmful summer rays. Are you covering all the bases? Sunburn does not only affect common areas—it “burns” its mark where you least expect it.

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