Does the Nivea In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion Really Work?

nivea-inshower-module-packshots-front.ashxThe power of advertising is strong ya’ll! I saw the commercial for Nivea’s In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion and no sooner did I hit up CVS and grab a bottle for myself. One half of me was like, “Seriously MJ, did you really think a lotion you can wash off really work?” But the beauty blogger in me was like “OMG, you have to buy it.” So I did and here’s what happened.

It works….for a little while anyway.

Following the clear instructions on the bottle, I cleaned my skin, rinsed off and then applied it all over (except the bottom of my feet because this stuff is crazy slippery!). Making sure I didn’t miss a spot, the product thick like a lotion but went on light like a serum. I rinsed off and got out of the shower. Off the bat my skin was feeling super soft, thanks to the Almond Oil. It didn’t leave behind any greasy residue and I smelled really good!

Now the brand says this product provides 24 hours of hydration and as much as I really, really wanted to love it this is where the product falls short. You can’t really just rinse off and go, especially if you have really dry skin like I do. Following up with lotion or body oil is a must, otherwise the ashy-ness will creep up on you.

Can we chalk this one up to the beauty game? Maybe. If you use it at night, it’s a nice little beauty treat before bed. If you plan on heading out for the day, stick with regular lotion.

Have you tried their in-shower body lotions? What did you think?


My Current Skin-Care Loves


Keep it simple.

That’s always my motto when it comes to taking care of my combination skin. Because there are two different skin types going on with different needs, when I find something that works I totally stick to it. Even when I decide to get adventurous and try something new, I always come back to these, which haven’t failed me yet!

Biore Charcoal Facial Cleanser

Ever since I reviewed this cleanser last year, it’s the only cleanser I use. It’s powerful enough to get down in those pores to remove dirt and makeup but gentle enough not to dry skin out in the process. Even my husband’s a fan! $7,

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser

An essential part of my night time routine, this cleanser/moisturizer hybrid gets rid of all makeup and excess oil while leaving skin so soft I don’t need to put on anything else. $5.

Maybelline Clean Express Classic Eye Makeup Remover

A semi-recent discovery of mine, I didn’t realize how much I liked it until I ran out of it and bought something else. The gel formula is less messy than liquids and glides on so much easier. Taking off the most stubborn makeup is a breeze and for the price, it’s a steal! $5,

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer for Combination Skin

I’ve tried a lot of moisturizers, some of which were all kinds of awesome but when it comes a product that always gets the job done, it’s this one from Neutrogena. One of the few moisturizers out there that cater especially to my skin type, it provides enough moisture for the dry parts of skin while keeping it light in the T-Zone. Skin also feels firmer after use, too. $10,

Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Mask

When the hormones are out of whack or I’m overdoing it on the greasy foods my skin totally freaks out. I’m talking about white heads, black heads and big, painful pimples. That’s where this mask comes in, formulated with salicylic acid that gets to out that bacteria that’s causing skin to break out in the first place. I just slather it on, wait 5 minutes for it to dry and then wipe it off. In a day or 2 my zits are cleared up and I’m a happy camper. $6, walgreens

What are your favorite skin-care products?

Going Old School With Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser


With my freelancing life taking me out of the house and requiring makeup every day, I needed something effective yet gentle to wash the day away the day. While my favorite cleanser does the job, sometimes I need something quick and moisturizing at the same time. Luckily, there was a jar of Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser in my Q-Tips box of Halloween goodies I received last month. This cleanser has been around a very long time, the little black dress of the skincare world. And after using it for a few weeks, I clearly understand why!

It’s Part Cleanser

It has the right ingredients to get skin beautifully clean before bedtime. It’s even gentle enough to use as an eye makeup remover, eliminating the need to use a separate product. You don’t need to wet your face before you use it either. Just slather it on, enjoying the creamy texture while its breaks up all that dirt and makeup. It’s even tough enough for waterproof mascara. With a wet towel, you wipe all that gunk away (rinsing is totally optional).  Just to make sure it got rid of everything, I followed up with toner and there wasn’t a trace of any dirt or makeup on that cotton ball.

It’s Part Moisturizer

While you’re cleansing, Pond’s classic formula infuses your skin with crazy moisture and keeping it there long after you rinse. The first time I used it, my skin felt so silky smooth I swore I hadn’t taken all of the cleanser off. After rinsing a few times, my skin was still soft to the touch. There was no reason to follow up with a moisturizer, which made my nighttime beauty routine even simpler. I seriously look forward to washing my face before bed.

Have you ever used Ponds Cream Cleanser?



Photo courtesy of Ponds

FTC Disclosure: Product was received as a free sample for review. All opinions are my own.

Relax On A Budget with the Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection

CVS Beauty

With the holidays getting seriously close, life is about to get crazy. Between holiday shopping, costume parties, holiday dinners and after parties, being able to relax at the end of the day is super important. The good thing is, you don’t have to spend a fortune (gotta save up for Black Friday you know!) because Essence of Beauty has you covered. They’ve launched a body care line exclusively at CVS that has everything you need – from hand creams to body oils with nothing over $10. With three different scents to choose from, the Lavender with Rosemary Oil collection is the one you want if you’re looking to relax and wind down for the night. These natural ingredients were made for that and not having unsafe ingredients like parabens, sulfates and artificial dyes in the way, you’re sure to get nothing but the naturally best.

After a long stress-filled day, I start out with the Botancial Body Wash, a gel cleanser that’s infused with good stuff like pomegranate and goji berry. You won’t get a fruity scent thought, the lavender the only thing you can smell as it cleans away the day, leaving behind super soft skin.

Next is my favorite part, the Nourishing Body Oil. Since using this one, I’m totally hooked preferring it over lotion any day. The only caveat though is it has to be just as moisturizing. Luckily this one doesn’t disappoint. Rich with antioxidants and restorative oils, it goes on easy and absorbs quickly carrying the same earthy scent as the body wash. Did I mention that my skin stays crazy soft well into the morning?

Because my feet need extra moisture attention, I lathered them up in the Body Butter. This ultra thick, hydrating cream is full of great butters like shea and cocoa. It’s awesome in the hydrating department though I wish I wasn’t so thick, making it a bit tedious to apply everywhere. But for my toes, it’s perfect!

Other products in this collection include a Sugar Scrub, Shea Butter Bar Soap, Foaming Bath Soak and even a Hand Cream if you need to relax on the go. It’s available now at your local CVS store, so the next time you’re on a shopping run, pick some up!

What are your favorite beauty products to relax with after a long day?


Photo courtesy of: CVS

FTC Disclosure: Products mentioned in this review were received as free samples. All opinions are my own.

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Spa’ing At Home with Suave

Suave Skincare

You know what I can go for any day of the week? A relaxing time at the spa, complete with a massage, facial, and lunch by somebody’s pool. I would love a day free of crazy toddlers, endless emails, and daily chores. Nothing but peace ,quiet and relaxation.

Then I wake up and find myself back in my crazy life. Honestly a spa getaway isn’t in the cards for many of us, with time and money big factors. So what’s the next best thing? Having a spa day at home. But what if you don’t have time to even paint your own toes let alone soak in a tub in peace for 30 minutes?

Ladies, that’s me all day every day. Between having a part-time day job, freelance projects, a toddler and a husband, it’s hard to get even an hour to myself. But you still need that down time to regroup, refresh, and keep yourself from completely losing it. You need beauty products that can give you the same zen feeling of the spa in half the time. Luckily, the Suave® Professionals Body Care Line has exactly what you need.

Here’s how you get the spa vacation you need without leaving the house.

Have a Sweet Smelling and Skin Softening Body Wash On Hand

We all have to shower sometime so make the most of it by having a mini spa party. Suave’s Natural Infusion Awapuhi brings a little bit of Hawaii to your bathroom with Awapuhi Ginger and honeysuckle extract that not only smells fantastic but gets skin clean without drying it out.  The Moroccan Infusion body wash leaves skin baby soft and silky smooth with Moroccan argan oil. You would think you just had a Turkish bath at the spa (I’ve had one and its pretty darn close!). It was my personal favorite out of the two.

It’s All About The Loofah

All good skin spa treatments have some type of exfoliating action so skip the wash cloth and get a loofah in your life. Trust me, it makes all the difference!

Spray Body Oils Are Your Best Friend

A rubdown with body oil may not be in the cards anytime soon but the Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray is seriously the next best thing. With a couple of sprays and a quick rub, skin is crazy soft and smooth thanks to the Moroccan argan oil. The best time to use it is after your shower, not needing any other moisturizing product for the rest of the day. Skin stays moisturized and smelling great¸ giving you a little piece of spa-like goodness for the rest of your crazy day.

Keep The Spa Party Going With a Great Lotion

Need a Moroccan argan oil moment but don’t have time to any of the above? Give yourself a quick little massage with the Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion. It leaves skin just as moisturized as the body wash and oil with the same relaxing fragrance as the rest of the collection. I have to admit that it’s not as luxurious as the oil but it’s the next best thing if you’re seriously in a hurry.

Are you a fan of Suave?


Photos courtesy of Suave

FTC Disclosure: Products were received as free samples. All opinions are my own.