Thursday, July 7, 2022

Essano Vitamin C Super Glow Facial Oil Review

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I just discovered a new-to-me New Zealand-based beauty brand, Essano, that makes an absolutely wonderful luxurious facial oil that is both exceedingly effective and affordable.

About Essano, 

Essano skincare is crafted in New Zealand on the belief that everyone should have access to natural products that deliver amazing results but don’t cost the earth. To do this, they hand-select ingredients proven for their effectiveness and reject any harsh chemicals that could be unsafe. With one of the strongest free-from products promises in the world, essano guarantees what’s not in their products! They then have their own amazing in-house chemists, an on-site lab and own manufacturing facility to control every step of the process. Essano is proudly 100% cruelty-free and only ever tests on some lucky, lovely humans.

Essano Vitamin C Super Glow Facial Oil is a 5% Vitamin-C facial oil that is featherweight, fast-absorbing and incredibly nourishing and hydrating. It is formulated to boost radiance, brighten the skin, lighten the appearance of dark spots and to even out the complexion. Additionally, it leaves skin decidedly soft, supple and luminous. It has a very faint fruity/floral aroma, but it fades almost immediately. 

According to Essano,

Harnessing the power of the super source of Vitamin C Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate to nourish and boost skin radiance. This low-irritation, easily absorbed Vitamin C Super Glow Facial Oil contains 8 natural oils and extracts including Turmeric and Jojoba to even out skin tone, lighten the appearance of dark spots and leave the skin glowing.


  • 5% Vitamin C
  • Brighten dull skin
  • 8 super oils and extracts for a radiant glow
  • Light & easily absorbed

Directions: After cleansing and toning, apply 3-4 drops onto fingertips and gently pat onto face avoiding the eye area. Follow with your favourite essano moisturiser or night crème. PATCH-TEST BEFORE USE. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin.

Vegan-friendly | Cruelty-Free | Made in New Zealand

Ingredients: C13-15 Alkane, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Coco-caprylate, Isoamyl Laurate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vitamin C), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Crambe Maritima (Seakale) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Octyldodecanol, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Cardiospermum Halicacabum (Balloon Vine) Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Parfum, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool. 94.8% of the total ingredients are of natural origin.

Overall Assessment: This is really such a nice brightening Vitamin C facial oil, and not only does it live up to its claims, but it is also affordable and very pleasant to use. This is the only product that I have tried from Essano, but after trying this oil, I really want to further investigate their products! Very nicely done!

$29.99 for 0.68 oz. from Essano (Unaffiliated Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own. 

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

GYV Mesoamerican Beauty Hand Creams & Candles are Obsession-Worthy

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I am so thrilled to have discovered GYV Mesoamerican Beauty, a breathtakingly beautiful cruelty-free brand, that creates the most divine self-care products that indulge the spirit and the senses. GYV's delectably aromatic candles and hand creams, which celebrate Mesoamerican culture and heritage, are intended to make you feel good and to enhance and refresh your physical environment. Founded by a husband and wife team, they donate a portion of their proceeds of every purchase to charity. Learn more HERE.

(verb \ˆgiv\)

GYV is about more than just giving, it is more than a verb, more than an acronym.

The sophistication and strength of the Mesoamerican culture are infused into every luxurious fragrance and personal care product designed by GYV Mesoamerican Beauty. Our company’s mission is to celebrate the rich history of the land, spanning from Central America to Mexico, by showcasing the voices, scents, flavors, and places of this historic region. Mesoamerica is the cradle of civilization in the Americas, and the rich culture continues to flourish in the 21st century. The deeply rooted knowledge of the ingredients that define Mesoamerica has flourished for centuries, and GYV is here to share that beautiful story with the rest of the world through our diverse line of proprietary formulas.

The inspiration for the name GYV is simple: Gabrielle y Victor, my daughter, and my son. When you read GYV out loud, it sounds like give, the perfect word to inspire positive change in our families, our communities, and the world. To us, GYV is more than just a name. We want our brand to inspire people to GYV love to the people who feel forgotten, hope to those who are too afraid to dream, and freedom to those who feel confined by their circumstances. We want to JUST GYV to make a difference in the hearts of people across the globe.

GYV Love, GYV Hope, GYV Freedom.  JUST GYV
How it all began:

The inspiration for GYV came to me on one sunny afternoon while I was enjoying a Raspado de Mango, a sweet, tangy treat of shaved ice with mango, lime, and a hint of chile.  At that moment, I reflected on how the flavors and fragrances that are so prevalent in my life have become global trends, disconnected from the people and land that first cultivated them in Mesoamerica.  Ingredients like vainilla, maìz, and calabaza are sold in products across the globe but are only known as vanilla, corn, and pumpkin, with little or no mention of their origin.  

I started thinking about my experience in beauty, personal care, and fragrance, and how Mesoamerican staples are key ingredients in today’s formulas.  After taking a closer look at the industry, it was disheartening to realize that the staples that our ancestors used to create entire civilizations were being blended into products that are no longer relatable to the very cultures that introduced them.  

GYV strives to be a prestige brand for all.  We want everyone to reap the benefits of the lush botanical ingredients born from Mesoamerica and to collectively celebrate the history of the cultures who introduced these rich ingredients to the world.
- Horacio Portillo, Founder
GYV Agua Fresca Papaya Scented Candle ($28.00 for 6 oz. from GYV): GYV partnered with five Latin graphic designers worldwide to create the Aqua Fresca Candles that benefit a non-profit of the artists choice. Each of these 5 candles has a different fragrance, gorgeous packaging created by a different artist, and benefits a different organization.
The Papaya Candle is quite possibly the loveliest permutation of papaya in which I have indulged. The papaya is tempered by the spiciness of the black currant, with a hint of raspberry, and warmed up by the vanilla. It is a true treat to the senses. When lit, this gorgeous candle fills the room with its beautiful aroma, and it creates a sense of wellbeing. The stunning glass vessel, in which the candle is housed, is elegant and ethereal, and it will be a keepsake to hold makeup brushes or pens and pencils long after I have finished enjoying the candle.
  • Scent Notes: Papaya, Raspberry, Vainilla, Grosella (Black Currant)
  • Artist: Fiorella Martinez
  • Organization: Cuidando a las que nos cuidan
  • Wax: Coconut natural blend
  • Burn Time: Approximately 40-50 hours
  • GYV Mesoamerican Beauty Jamaica Hand Cream ($25.00 for 3.5 oz. from GYV): This beautiifully aromatic hand cream is nourishing and ultra-hydrating. It is lightweight and emollient and it melts into the skin leaving it soft, smooth and luminous. The scent is a luscious amalgam of Orange, Oaxacan Pineapple, Guava, Hibiscus flower, Caramel and Oak Moss. It is neither too sweet, nor woodsy, but instead it is a perfect balance of notes.  
    According to GYV,

    Rich in moisturizing botanicals using our proprietary formula and our signature fragrance Jamaica to leave your hands feeling beautifully soft and smooth.
    Our four-staples enriched hand cream leaves your hands feeling softer and smoother after each use. Jamaica, pays homage to one of our favorite agua fresca. This scent is a luxurious mix of Orange, Oaxacan Pineapple, Guava, Hibiscus flower, Caramel and Oak Moss.
    Directions: Apply a small amount to hands, and massage into hands until fully absorbed. Reapply as required throughout the day.                

    This cream is Paraben Free, No testing on animals was done.
    Overall Assessment: GYV Mesoamerican Beauty is an extraordinary discovery for me, and their products need to be on your wishlist! 

    Press Sample (Unaffiliated Links). All views expressed are categorically my own. Copyright © 2022 All Rights Reserved.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2022

    Perfect Summer Finds from Pretty Vulgar: Review and Swatches

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    Pretty Vulgar is a brand that I have been meaning to try for a while, and I was thrilled when they sent me three very fun products that are just perfect for summertime. If you are looking for some very fun, cruelty-free, makeup picks for this season, then take a look at these gleaming jewels!

    Pretty Vulgar Glitter Dust in Attention Seeker ($32.00 for 0.35 oz. from Pretty Vulgar and the Pretty Vulgar Amazon Store): This gorgeous golden glitter dust, which really is absolutely stunning, is a golden shimmering dust that is fine and surprisingly easy to use. It comes in attractive old-fashion perfume bottle with a balloon pump, and it can be used in the hair, on the face and on the body. I recommend spraying it outside since it does billow a bit.

    According to Pretty Vulgar,

    Pretty Vulgar's Glitter Dust is the extra touch to complete any glam look. Add a little sparkle or add a lot, this Glitter Dust is a silky smooth powder that contains light-reflecting pearls for a radiant finish. Suitable for hair, face, body and even décolletage, this fine shimmer dust is a sophisticated highlight for radiance from head to toe. The elegant antique component finely dusts you with our weightless formula, leaving no uncomfortable residue.

    Sophisticated highlight with super fine shimmer from head to toe - contains light reflecting pearls for radiant finish - suitable for hair, face, décolletage & body. Vegan & Cruelty Free.

    How to Wear:

    MAKE YOUR LOCKS SHINE: A bit of glitter on your hair gives it a captivating, almost magical effect. The advantage of this glitter dust spray over others is that it does not have any gel or mousse-like component that could harden your tresses, making it look stiff. It simply hangs on to your strands, adding just the right sparkle to make your crowning glory glow. Dusting your hair with glitter is ideal for weddings, parties, festivals, and performances.

    ACCENTUATE YOUR FACIAL FEATURES: After applying the basic makeup components – foundation, blush, eyeshadow, liner, and lipstick – spray some rose gold dust on high areas on your face. Spray some on your temples and the cheekbones, or a little on the bridge of your nose if you want to make it look more prominent. Spray some on your chin, too, to make your facial features sharper and more enhanced. Make sure to close your eyes when spraying to keep the glitter from causing irritation.

    ACCENTUATE YOUR FACIAL FEATURES: After applying the basic makeup components – foundation, blush, eyeshadow, liner, and lipstick – spray some rose gold dust on high areas on your face. Spray some on your temples and the cheekbones, or a little on the bridge of your nose if you want to make it look more prominent. Spray some on your chin, too, to make your facial features sharper and more enhanced. Make sure to close your eyes when spraying to keep the glitter from causing irritation.

    Pretty Vulgar CEO of Lip Gloss in Money Moves ($24.00 for 0.12 oz. from Pretty Vulgar and the Pretty Vulgar Amazon Store): This lightweight, and non-sticky, lip gloss, with its peachy glitter finish, can be worn alone or as the perfect glossy topper for your favorite lipstick. It offers a serious hydration, thanks to the 3% Hyaluronic Acid formula, and it leaves lips feeling so soft and supple.

    According to Pretty Vulgar,

    CEO of Lip Gloss is lightweight & made with 3% Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate), Antioxidants & hydrating Esters that will intensely hydrate your lips. It will also improve the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, skin elasticity & stimulate cell regeneration. A gelled emollient matrix technology ensures a non-tacky feel that won't run or feather. It glides on smoothly for a lush, hydrated appearance, silky smooth texture & high-shine finish that will leave you being the CEO of Lip Gloss

    Pretty Vulgar Vixen Glimmer Holographic Liquid Eyeliner in Dare to Glare ($22.00 for 0.22 oz. from Pretty Vulgar and the Pretty Vulgar Amazon Store): Don't let the holographic finish scare you, this iridescent multi-colored liquid liner can be used alone, or used in conjunction with your opaque liners and eyeshadows. It is very fast drying, and it stays put once it sets. It glides across the skin effortlessly, deposits product evenly, and there is no fallout or flaking.

    According to Pretty Vulgar,

    Vixen Glimmer holographic liquid eyeliner is a long-wearing, quick drying, water-resistant eyeliner that offers a multi-reflective glitter finish and a beautiful prismatic color effect. Our glitter liquid eyeliner formula was designed to provide a smooth, even application that will glide on effortlessly to give you a comfortable, flake-free, and transfer-proof hold. Vegan & Cruelty Free.

    Tips: "Take our liner, line up the brush tip applicator with your lash line, gently glide the brush across and create an effortless line. For a more intense line, pat the brush applicator on top of the already dry liner. To add some holographic sparkle to your favorite eyeshadow, brush a thin layer of our liner to the center of your lid and let dry in between layers. Add some more sparkle to the inner corners for a truly galactic effect. You can also dab some of it to your lower lids for glimmer."

    Top to BottomPretty Vulgar Vixen Glimmer Holographic Liquid Eyeliner in Dare to Glare and Pretty Vulgar CEO of Lip Gloss in Money Moves.
    Left to RightPretty Vulgar CEO of Lip Gloss in Money MovesPretty Vulgar Vixen Glimmer Holographic Liquid Eyeliner in Dare to Glare and Pretty Vulgar Glitter Dust in Attention Seeker.
    Click Picture Below to Enlarge Ingredients:
    Overall Assessment: These three products are fun, whimsical and summer-ready. I really want to try their beautiful eyeshadow palettes next! 

    Press Sample. Available from Pretty Vulgar and the Pretty Vulgar Amazon Store (Affiliate Links). All views expressed are categorically my own. Copyright © 2022 All Rights Reserved.

    Sunday, July 3, 2022

    The Beauty Spotlight Team 4th of July Weekend Picks

    What do you wear when you go out on a date on a torrid summer night? Angie at Your True Self Blog has cool and classy outfit ideas for how to be sexy when the weather is hot.

    Feel more confident this summer with these beauty tips from Barbie’s Beauty Bits. 

    René Furterer Karité Hydra Hydrating Shine Shampoo & Karité Hydra Hydrating Shine Mask are truly amazing for anyone, with dry hair, who wants nourishing and hydrating products that do not weigh down their tresses. Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog loves this brand and is obsessed with this collection!

    Marcia participated in a battle of brow serums. Which one came out ahead on Never Say Die Beauty?

    Allison says it’s giveaway time. On Never Say Die Beauty she has one for 3 great Derma E products. 

    Saturday, July 2, 2022

    4th of July Sales Galore!

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    Aéropostale: Red Hot Summer Sale! Up to 50%-70% Off Sale.

    Amazon: Check all of the 4th of July Sales.

    Ann Taylor: Up to 50% Off your purchase. Use Code: CELEBRATE

    Ann Taylor Loft: 50% Off your purchase. Extra 20% Off Sale. Use Code: USA

    Anthropologie: Summer Sale! Extra 50% Sale items.

    ASOS: Up to 80% Off Sale.

    Bandier: The Summer Sale. EXTRA 40% Off Sale items.

    Best Buy: Huge 4th of July Sale sitewide.

    Bloomingdale's: Take an Extra 30% Off Sale. Plus huge savings sitewide.

    Boden: Up to 60% Off Sale.

    Boxwalla: The Unusual Sale. Up to 35% Off.

    Chico's: 4th of July Sale. Styles starting at $29.00.

    Coach: 50% Off sale section.

    Crate & Barrel: Up to 60% Off Sale.

    Derma-E: 4th of July Sale! 25% Off Sitewide. Use Code: JULY4

    Dermstore: Up to 40% Off Sale. Extra 10% Off Sale items. Use Code: EXTRA10

    René Furterer: 25% Off Friends & Family Sale! Use Code: FF25

    Finish Line: 50% Off Sale.

    Frye: Up to 70% Off SALE.

    H&M: Summer Sale up to 50% Off.

    Home Depot: Huge 4th of July Sales Storewide.

    Kate Spade: 40% Off Sale. Use Code: EXTRA40.

    Klorane: 25% Off Friends & Family Sale. Use Code: 25FORME

    Lands' End: Great Summer Sale. Receive up to 70% Off your order. Use Code: BLUE.

    MacKenzie-Childs: Summer Sale up to 50% Off.

    Macy's: 25%-60% Off Sale.

    Madewell: 40% Off Shorts, Tees and Swim. 25% Off almost everything else. Use Code: SUNSHINE

    MICHAEL KORS: Additional 20% Off Sale items for 4th of July Sale. Use Code: HAPPY4TH

    Net-A-Porter: Sale up to 60% Off.

    NINE WEST: 4th of July Sale 40% off Sitewide.

    Nordstrom: You can preview Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items starting on June 29. The sale opens to everyone on July 15, 2022. Current Sales by Department: Beauty SalesWomen's SaleMen's SaleTrend SaleKid's Sale & Home Sale!

    Nordstrom Rack: Up to 65% Off Sale.

    Pottery Barn: Warehouse Sale Up to 70% OFF.

    Ralph Lauren: Extra 25% Off Select Sale items!

    REVOLVE: Huge savings on select styles.

    Saks Fifth Avenue: The Designer Sale up to 70% Off Sale.

    Sephora: HUGE Up to 50% Off Sale!

    Serena & Lily: Up to 20% Off everything. Use Code: SPLASH

    Shopbop: Take an EXTRA 25% Off Sale. Use Code: SUN25.

    Skinstore: 20% Off sitewide. Use Code: JULY4

    Space NK: 20% Off almost everything! Use Code: FOURTH

    TATCHA: The Ultimate Skincare Set $125.00 value for $225.00 value.

    The Container Store: Huge Sale section.

    Ulta: Summer Sale. Free 23 PC gift + the best of the Summer Sale. 
    Lots of AMAZING Sales, Specials and Coupons.

    West Elm: Warehouse Sale Up to 70% Off outdoor, furniture, bedding & more.

    Williams Sonoma: Warehouse Sale! Up to 70% Off. Extra 20% Off Clearance. Use Code: EXTRA.

    World Market: Huge Sale & Clearance storewide. 
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    Friday, July 1, 2022

    Derma E Skin Firming Antioxidant Cleanser Review

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    Derma E Skin Firming Antioxidant Cleanser is a sulfate-free cleanser that effectively cleans the skin without any stripping, drying or tightening, and instead it hydrates the skin and leaves it soft and smooth. It has a satisfying lather, but it rinses clean without any residue, and it has a pleasant faint aroma informed by the lavender and lemongrass. It is a really wonderful cleanser that is effective and affordable.

    According to Derma E,

    Newly reformulated sulfate-free cleanser purifies skin while supporting a visibly firmer, softer, smoother complexion. Highly efficacious sulfate-free cleanser purifies skin while supporting a visibly firmer, softer, smoother complexion.

    This highly effective formula contains skin-firming DMAE, antioxidants Alpha Lipoic Acid and C-Ester, calming Lemon Grass, Chamomile, natural astringents Horsetail and Horse Chestnut encouraging healthy tone and texture. Alpha Lipoic Acid helps to improve skin's texture & tone, C-Ester works to brighten & repair skin Lemongrass & Chamomile help to calm and soothe skin.
    Ingredients: Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Resveratrol, Copper PCA, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) FlowerTerminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture, Phytic Acid, Malic Acid, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemon Grass) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Allantoin, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Jojoba Esters, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. *Certified Organic
    Overall Assessment: I am so happy with this cleanser that a bottle now lives in my shower, and it gets lots of attention!

    $15.50 for 6 oz. from Derma E, Ulta, Target, LovelySkin and iHerb (Affiliate Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own. Copyright © 2022 All Rights Reserved.

    Thursday, June 30, 2022


    Press Sample & Purchased (Affiliate Links)

    I have really been making a concerted effort to use up as many open products as I can since it really bothers me when things go bad before I finish using them. I managed to use up 6 full-size and 3 sample-size products in June, and while I feel pretty good about that, I do wish that I had managed to use a few more. I have numerous products that are on the verge of going bad, and I hope to finish them before they no longer are fit to be used. Here is what I finished up in June:

    Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser ($13.00-$38.00 3oz-16oz. from Philosophy and Nordstrom): Formulated for all types of skin, this non-stripping cleanser does an enviable job thoroughly cleaning the skin and removing makeup without any signs of drying. It is fragrance free, it forms a very satisfying creamy lather and it leaves the skin lightly hydrated and feeling incredibly soft. Purchase Again? I liked it enough to use it again, but I have too many open cleansers to use before I buy another one.

    Mamonde Petal Spa Oil to Foam Cleansing Oil (This product appears to have been discontinued): This is a luscious and luxurious foaming cleansing oil that removes every trace of makeup, and it leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. It essentially functions as a double cleanser in a single bottle. It contains soapberry extract, which is an effective natural surfactant, that gently cleanses makeup, dirt, oil, sunscreen and grime without drying the skin. The creamy oil transforms into a satisfying foam with the most luscious Damask Rose Oil aroma, and to say that it is a joy to use is an understatement. Purchase Again? I loved this so much, and hope that they bring it back!
    Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum ($130.00 for 1 oz. and $180.00 for 1.7 oz. for 1 oz.from Space NKSephoraNordstromNet-A-PorterCult BeautyThe Detox MarketCredo BeautyNeiman MarcusSelfridges and Bergdorf Goodman): I managed to use numerous deluxe samples of this serum, and the more that I used it the more obsessed I became. It is an ultra-hydrating serum that is lightweight and very fast absorbing, and it immediately gives the skin a dewy luminous glow. The antioxidant-rich formula protects the skin against free-radicals, the Hyaluronic Acid binds moisture and plumps fine lines, and the vitamins, natural oils and extracts soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and leave the skin soft, smooth, moisturized and luminous. There is no residue left behind whatsoever, and the fruity natural aroma is neither cloying, nor long-lasting. Purchase Again? Without question!
    Potager Soap Co. Natural Lavender Soap ($7.98 for 4.5 oz. from Potager Soap Co.): This lovely soap is a delightful lavender dream-come-true. The rich and creamy lather effectively and thoroughly cleans the skin and rinses clean without stripping or drying. Furthermore, it delights the senses, and calms the spirit, with its sublime lavender aroma. If you love the fragrant magnificence of lavender, then you must experience this fetching soap. Purchase Again? I still have 3 of their of their other soaps to use first, but I will definitely purchase this one once I run out!

    Kneipp Relaxing Lavender Shower Foam & Body Wash ($12.00-$16.00 for 6.8 oz. from Kneipp's Amazon StoreUlta and SkinStore): is a delectably aromatic shower foam that is creamy-dreamy, it fills the shower with the sweet scent of lavender, and it is wonderfully hydrating. Not only does it clean the skin thoroughly, and without any drying or stripping, but it also works small miracles for shaving the legs and underarms. I have used this product for a very long time, and was surprised to find a hidden can at the back of my cabinet, and I am just overjoyed to have made that discovery! Purchase Again? Oh yes, this is heavenly!
    SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Wonder Worker Air Dry/Blow Dry Multi-Tasking Primer ($33.00 for 5 oz. from SHU UEMURA Art of Hair and The Bay): This is a lightweight lotion primer that can be used to hydrate, detangle, eradicate frizz, smooth and condition hair. It can be used for air or blow drying, and it leaves hair notably radiant and silky. It is color-treated hair safe, and can be used on all types of hair. I typically use it when I air dry my hair, and it really makes my curly, dry tresses manageable and lustrous. Purchase Again? I think that I may have another bottle in the back of my cabinet! I would definitely purchase another bottle!
    René Furterer Complexe 5 Stimulating Plant Concentrate ($50.00 for 1.6oz. from René FurtererLovelySkinRevolve and Amazon): is a pre-shampoo treatment that detoxes the scalp, by cleansing and purifying it, and the warming effect helps to improve microcirculation. It is soothing, invigorating and makes the scalp feel amazing, and my hair also looks and feels wonderful after using it. You simply apply it to the scalp and then massage for a few minutes, and then leave it in for about 5-10 minutes. Be sure to shampoo twice, to remove the residual oil, and then condition hair as you would normally. It has a wonderful orange aroma that is punctuated by the lavender oil, and it is such an amazing treat to the senses. Purchase Again? I already opened my full-size bottle!

    René Furterer 5 Sens Enhancing Dry Oil ($48.00 for 3.3 oz. from René FurtererAmazon and LovelySkin): is a beautifully fast absorbing dry oil that can be used on the hair and body. It has a lovely soft aroma that is a treat to the senses, but it isn't long lasting or in the least bit cloying. When I use it on my body, it melts into the skin and leaves it soft, supple, hydrated and nourished. For the hair, it offers extraordinary hydration and leaves locks soft, smooth and manageable. It tames frizz and fly-aways, and it gives hair a glossy shine. Purchase Again? I have a full-size bottle in use!
    Overall Assessment: Not too bad, but I wish that I could have finished up a few more things. What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in June? Any particularly amazing products, or duds to report?

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    Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    Terrakai Skin Products You Need to Know About

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    Discovering brands that I may not have otherwise learned about is one of the pleasures of having Lola's Secret Beauty Blog, and I am pleased to introduce you to a new-to-me-brand: Terrakai Skin. This beautiful Australian skincare brand is deeply engaged in sustainability practices and creating clean, natural and cruelty-free products that are effective and affordable.

    About Terrakai Skin,

    Nourish your skin deeply with collagen and hyaluronic acid mixed ingredients that are native to Australian regions for a super power skin routine! Their Australian botanical ingredients are sourced solely from where the botanical ingredient comes from, which is why customers will pay for their skincare! 

    They sustainably harvest the most potent, resilient botanicals, from Kangaroo Paw to Kakadu Plum to Snowflower, and add in high quality ingredients like hyaluronic acid and collagen to create strong yet gentle serums to make your skin plump, hydrated and glow. The thoughtful design that underpins every Terrakai Skin formulation allows us to check all the boxes on our founding mission: Environmentally conscious, 100% vegan, and high-performance. 

    With 25 products to choose from, you will find a line perfect for your skin type! Sustainability guides everything Terrakai Skin does. From formula ideation to raw ingredient sourcing, from manufacturing practices to packaging choices – and beyond. They use all recycled material and never any plastic fillers. They even use a biodegradable soy-based ink on their packaging and never use animals to test their products.

    Terrakai Skin’s commitment to reducing our environmental impact goes beyond the ingredient-sourcing process; it's also about how we package our products. We work hard every day to limit our use of new virgin plastic – choosing post-consumer recycled materials whenever possible. We are Terrakai Skin. Guilt free performance skincare that doesn’t need to cost the Earth.
    Terrakai Skin Australian Superfood Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer ($41.00 for 1.7oz. from Terrakai Skin): This antioxidant-rich daily moisturizer is very emollient, and yet quite lightweight, fast absorbing and moisturizing. It fights free-radicals, stimulated collagen and elastic production, and keeps dryness and dehydration at bay. It leaves behind no residue whatsoever, and skin is left soft, smooth, supple, hydrated and luminous. It has a light and pleasant herbal aroma, but it is neither assertive, nor long-lasting.

    • Fights Free Radicals 
    • Regenerates & replenishes skin 
    • Stimulates collagen and elastin production 
    • Treats dryness & dehydration
    According to Terrakai Skin,

    Cultivating the universally adored benefits of Australian superfoods Kakadu Plum and Emu Apple, this ultra-light moisturizer blankets your skin with a medley of good-for-you antioxidants.

    These free-radical-fighting compounds repair, regenerate and replenish skin damaged by long-term exposure to environmental pollution and artificial blue light.

    Australian Superfood + Vitamin C Day Moisturizer also brings Vitamin C, Collagen, Vegan Peptides, and Hyaluronic Acid together – harnessing their capabilities to stimulate collagen and elastin production, along with moisture retention, revealing youthful, plump skin.
    Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Rosa Eglanteria (Rosehip) Oil, Stearic Acid (Vegetable), Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable), Vegetable (Palm Free) Glycerine, Hyaluronic Acid, Kunzea Pomifera (Emu Apple) Extract, Vegetable Collagen (Seaweed) Hydrolyzed Rice (Peptide) Protein, Teriminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Extract*, Sodium Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Xanthan Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Olea Europeia (Olive Leaf) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf (Rosemary) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Extract - * Organic Ingredients.

    Does Not Contain: Silicones, PEG’s, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, Sulfates, GMO’s, Artificial Colours, Harmful Chemicals or Toxins, Phenoxyethanol, Animal Derivatives.
    Terrakai Skin Turn Back the Clock Kakadu Plum, Emu Apple + Vitamin C Serum ($49.00 for 1 oz. from Terrakai Skin): This gel-serum effectively melts into the skin immediately, and offers deep and sustained hydration. It fights free-radicals, stimulates collagen production and plumps fine lines. Furthermore, it brightens the skin and leaves it soft and supple. It has the faintest herbal aroma, but it is barely detectable, and it fades away immediately.

    • Treats dryness & dehydration
    • Fights Free Radicals
    • Neutralizes the effects of environmental pollution
    • Illuminates & Brightens
    • Hyaluronic Acid plumps the skin with hydration
    • Vitamin C, Collagen, and Vegan Peptides work to encourage suppleness and illumination in your skin for visible radiance and firmness

    According to Terrakai Skin,

    A wealth of hydrating, smoothing, and brightening benefits in one drop. Powered by Australian superfoods, Kakadu Plum and Emu Apple, Turn Back The Clock Kakadu Plum, Emu Apple & Vitamin C Serum floods your skin with skin-protecting antioxidants that reverse the damaging effects of daily exposure to artificial blue light. These free-radicals-fighting compounds also help neutralize the effects of environmental pollution. Bouncy hydration is also bestowed via Hyaluronic Acid.

    Ingredients: Purified Water, Vegetable (Palm Free) Glycerine, Hyaluronic Acid, Kunzea Pomifera (Emu Apple) Extract, Vegetable Collagen (Seaweed) Hydrolyzed Rice (Peptide) Protein, Teriminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Extract*, Sodium Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Sclerotium (Mushroom) Gum, Lactobacillus (Radish Root) Ferment, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen Bark), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Extract - * Organic Ingredients.

    Does Not Contain: Silicones, PEG’s, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, Sulfates, GMO’s, Artificial Colours, Harmful Chemicals or Toxins, Phenoxyethanol, Animal Derivatives.
    Overall Assessment: I am so captivated by these two products, and the philosophy of Terrakai Skin, that I can hardly wait to try more of their products.

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