Friday, May 25, 2018

NEW Dove Exfoliating Body Polish for Summer-Ready Skin | Review

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If you are seeking an affordable body scrub to reveal soft, smooth and ready-for-summer skin, then the new range of delectably scented, and highly effective, Dove Exfoliating Body Polishes are absolute must-haves. Available in three scents, these body scrubs gently and effectively remove dead skin cells to reveal soft, smooth, supple and moisturized skin. Each of the polishes boast a rich and creamy whipped ultra-luxe texture that is filled with uniform exfoliating particles suspended in a lightly lathering moisturizing base. They rinse clean, leave behind no oily residue, and they neither dry out, nor irritate the skin.

I found no difference in the efficacy in the three scents, and feel that each one works in precisely the same manner, and therefore selecting one can be based solely upon your scent preference. That said, they are so affordable that you can purchase all of them without guilt.


Claims:
• Body scrub that removes dull, dry skin
• Deeply nourishes to restore skin’s natural nutrients
• Formulated with ¼ moisturizing cream
• Whipped texture with beautifully creamy coverage
• Burst of velvety macadamia and rice milk fragrance
• Burst of kiwi fragrance
• Burst of fruity pomegranate fragrance
• Reveal silky smooth skin

According to Dove,

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish is the first body scrub from Dove that exfoliates and nourishes skin to help streamline your skincare routine. Formulated with the brand’s signature ¼ moisturizing cream, Dove Exfoliating Body Polish works to remove dull, dry skin while providing the nourishment skin needs. Follow with a gentle cleanser, such as Dove Body Wash or Beauty Bar.
Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Kiwi Seeds and Cool Aloe ($5.89-$7.49 for 10.5 oz. from Amazon, Walmart, Walgreens & Target): Described as a "burst of kiwi" fragrance, this sweet and fruity aroma sits close to the skin, but does not linger very long.

According to Dove,

What does beautiful skin look like to you? Smooth? Silky? Soft? Whatever your answer, there’s a product that can give you all three benefits in just one step. Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Kiwi Seeds & Cool Aloe is an in-shower scrub that goes beyond regular exfoliation. With a rich, whipped texture, our body polish gives you a beautifully creamy coverage.

Enriched with our classic ¼ moisturizing cream, it deeply nourishes and cares for your skin as it exfoliates, buffing away dull, dry skin. Restore your skin’s natural nutrients as you massage the polish in, and experience a burst of fresh kiwi fragrance that lifts your senses, leaving you refreshed and soothed. When you’re looking for beautiful skin, there’s not much more you need than that.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauric Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Tallowate, Synthetic Wax, Sodium Isethionate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Cocoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 33 (CI 17200), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77492).

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Crushed Macadamia & Rice Milk ($5.89-$7.49 for 10.5 oz. from Amazon, Walmart, Walgreens & Target): Described as a "burst of velvety macadamia and rice milk" fragrance, this warm, nutty and creamy milky scent is subtle and comforting.

According to Dove,

Scrubbing, sloughing, buffing: renewing skin doesn’t have to be as rough as it sometimes sounds. Polish your way to smooth, soft skin with something different – Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Crushed Macadamia & Rice Milk. Created with ¼ moisturizing cream, this nourishing body polish cares for your skin as it exfoliates. Removing dull, dry skin from the surface, it leaves your skin feeling silky and smooth.

Restore your skin’s nutrients and indulge in this body exfoliator’s rich, whipped texture that gives you a beautifully creamy coverage in the shower. And enjoy the velvety fragrance of crushed macadamia and rice milk as it fills your shower. Say goodbye to dull, dry skin – and hello to a rich, relaxing fragrance and skin you can’t help but touch. Beautiful results, effortlessly.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauric Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Tallowate, Synthetic Wax, Sodium Isethionate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Cocoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Nonfat Dry Milk, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish in Pomegranate Seeds & Shea Butter ($5.89-$7.49 for 10.5 oz. from Amazon, Walmart, Walgreens & Target): Described as a "burst of fruity pomegranate" fragrance, this vibrant fruity scent smells like a refreshing summer breeze infused with fruit ad flowers.

According to Dove,

When you’re figuring out how to get smooth skin, there’s one very important step not to miss out: exfoliation. Dull, dry skin can hide your skin’s natural radiance, but with Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Pomegranate Seeds & Shea Butter, you can give your skin the revitalization you want, with all the care it needs.

Made with ¼ moisturizing cream, this body polishing scrub restores skin’s nutrients, deeply nourishing as it exfoliates. Buffing away dull, dry skin on the surface, it leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. And with a rich, whipped texture, this Dove body polish gives you beautifully creamy coverage, releasing the sweet scent of pomegranate as you massage it in. Get all the effectiveness you’d look for in a body scrub, but with the nourishment your skin needs to stay its beautiful, radiant best.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Punica Granatum Seed Powder, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauric Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Microcrystalline Wax, Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Isethionate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Cocoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 33 (CI 17200), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77492).
Overall Assessment: I am so pleased with the new Dove Exfoliating Body Polishes that I will definitely pick up more as soon as I finish these.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Delectably Aromatic TLW Haircare Product Must-Haves

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Three Little Words (TLW), a wonderful haircare line made in Melbourne, Australia, but now making a splash in the U.S., makes high quality cruelty-free products at affordable prices. Their products have a wonderfully addictive mango, lime and orange aroma, and coupled with the efficacy of their– one can't help but enjoy using them.
TLW Laughter is the Best Shampoo ($20.00 for 250 ml. from TLW and free people): This delectably scented shampoo, with its mango, lime and orange aroma, gently cleanses hair without stripping it or leaving it dull. While it is formulated for all types of hair, it is gentle enough for color and chemically treated hair as well as dry and damaged tresses. It leaves hair soft, moisturized and shiny.

Features:

  • UV protection to shield hair from sun damage
  • Cruelty free
  • Scent: Mango, lime and orange
  • Intended for all hair types, especially color treated, damaged and dry hair.

According to TLW,

TLW Laughter Is Best Shampoo is a shampoo that gently cleanses colour treated, damaged and dry hair while it moisturizes, strengthens and adds shine. The lightweight formula contains keratin and silk proteins that work to restructure the hair and keep it strong. It helps extend the life of a blow dry, and features UV protection to shield hair from sun damage.

Directions: Wet hair and massage through the scalp to ends. This shampoo doesn't bubble up like you see in commercials, because it doesn't have any nasties. To get a deep cleanse, shampoo twice for better hair after each wash.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Poly Decyl Glucoside, Coco Amido Betaine, Sodium Alkyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Sulpho Succinate, Carbomer, Coco Ampho Acetate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerine, Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Phenethyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycolic Acid, Triethanolamine, Quandong Extract, Kakadu Plum Extract, Keratin Protein, Silk Protein, Octyl Methoxy Cinnamate, Sodium EDTA, Methoxyisothiazolinone, Fragrance. Sulphate and paraben free.

TLW Winter is Coming Conditioner ($20.00 from TLW and free people): The cheeky Game of Thrones reference. suggested by its name, puts a smile on my face each time I use this wonderfully hydrating conditioner. It facilitates easy detangling, fights frizz, hydrates the hair and scalp, adds shine and has the same delectable mango, lime and orange aroma as its companion shampoo.

Features:

  • UV protection to shield hair from sun damage
  • Cruelty free
  • Scent: Mango, Lime and Orange

According to TLW,

TLW Winter Is Coming Conditioner is a conditioner that detangles and smooths hair to keep it soft and hydrated. The formula contains almond and macadamia oils to prevent breakage, improve strength, hydrate hair and scalp, relieve a dry and itchy scalp as well as add shine. UV protection helps shield hair from sun damage.

Directions: Massage from mid-lengths through to ends after using shampoo, and rinse.

Ingredients: Water, Cetrimonium Chloride, Almond Oil, Glyceryl Mono Stearate, Cyclo Pentasiloxane, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Macadamia Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Poly Vinyl Pyrollidone, Silk Peptide, Glycolic Acid, Kakadu Plum Oil, Quandong Extract, Keratin Protein, Silk Protein, Octyl Methoxy Cinnamate, Methoxyisothiazolinone, Fragrance. Sulphate and paraben free.
TLW I’m Really Busy Texturizing Volumizing Spritz ($20.00 for 250ml. from TLW and free people): This deliciously aromatic volumizing and texturing spray, with its mango, lime and orange scent, adds volume at the roots, adds body and hold while it effectively fights humidity.

According to TLW,

TLW I’m Really Busy Texturizing Volume Spritz is an alcohol-free texturizing and volume spray. It is formulated with maltodextrin polymer to provide stiffness and humidity resistance without the addition of salt. This water based formula helps to sculpt and style wet hair and provides medium hold and stiffness when dry while also adding volume.

Features:

  • Provides lasting hold
  • Extends the life of your blow dry
  • Scent: Mango, Lime and Orange
  • Intended for all hair types

Directions: Spray onto wet or dry hair and rub through roots to ends for added volume and texture.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Maltodextrin, PVP/VA Copolymer, PEG 12 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulphate, Panthenol B5, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycolic Acid, Fragrance, Methoxyisothiazollinone. Sulphate and paraben free.

TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil ($20.00 for 125 ml. from TLW and free people): This hair treatment oil, with its delectable mango, lime and orange aroma, is formulated to repair damages hair, seal split ends, moisturize and strengthen while adding a glossy shine. The formula is very concentrated, therefore only a couple of drop are needed for maximum efficacy.

Features:

  • Kakadu plum oil provides UV protection and heat resistance
  • Scent: Mango, Lime and Orange
  • Intended for all hair types, especially dull dry hair.

According to TLW,

TLW Let’s Get Tacos Treatment Oil is a hair oil that repairs hair from the inside out and helps seal split-ends for smooth, healthy-looking results. Formulated with grape seed oil, the treatment moisturises, strengthens, repairs and adds shine while, Kakadu plum oil provides UV protection and heat resistance.

Directions: Rub a couple of drops into hands and massage through roots to ends of wet or dry hair. Use daily.

Ingredients: Cyclo Pentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Iso Propyl Myristate, Iso Hexadecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Macadamia Oil, Kakadu Plum Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Octyl Methoxy Cinnamate, Fragrance.
TLW Let’s Get Naked Frizz Fighter ($20.00 for 125 ml. from TLW and free people): This hair serum, with its mango, lime and orange aroma, effectively soothes hair, fights frizz and gives hair serious hydration and manageability. I reach for this every single day to fight frizz and fly-aways, and have to say that it works wonders for my dry, curly hair.

Features:

  • Speeds up drying time for silky results in less time and helps to extend the life of your blow dry.
  • Scent: Mango, Lime and Orange
  • Intended for frizzy, difficult to manage hair.

According to TLW,

TLW Let’s Get Naked Frizz Fighter is a hair serum that helps smooth, condition and seal strands, leaving hair silky, shiny and frizz-free in any weather. It is formulated with keratin and silk protein to increase manageability, hydrate and strengthen hair, and help eliminate frizz. The serum also helps speed up drying-time for silky, smooth results quicker.

Directions: Rub 1-2 pumps into hands and massage through roots to ends of wet or dry hair.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclo Pentasiloxane, Polyacrylamide, Cetrimonium Chloride, C13 C14 Isopara n, Butylene Glycol, Laureth 7, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Laneth 40 Maleate, Styrene Sulphonate, Dimethiconol, Peg 40 Castor Oil, Glyceryl Mono Stearate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Poly Vinyl Pyrollidone, Keratin Protein, Silk Protein, Glycolic Acid, Benzophenone 3, Sodium EDTA, Methoxyisothiazolinone, Fragrance. Sulphate and paraben free.
TLW Hair Shot Ampoule ($10.00 for 10ml. from TLW): This is a hair treatment that is formulated to strengthen and protect hair. It moisturizes, reduces blow dry time and makes hair more manageable. It has the same delectable mango, lime and orange aroma as the other products featured.

According to TLW,

Highly addictive hair stuff.This shot will have you drunk on good hair as it delivers an intense dose of moisture. Getting right down to the cuticle layer of the hair, this formula strengthens and improves elasticity, meaning less breakage. Cutting blow dry time while helping the style to last longer, you’ll be ordering shots for all of your friends.

Directions: Apply a few drops to damp hair and style as usual. Layer on products depending on your concern.

Ingredients: Shown above in photograph.
Overall Assessment: What a lovely range of haircare products, and their delicious scent embodies the fragrance of a tropical summer breeze. I am so pleased with these TLW products.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pour Moi Beauty Skincare

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Pour Moi is an innovative skincare brand that has created the first "climate smart" range of products that are formulated to treat skin facing extreme environmental conditions– that can wreak havoc on the skin's equilibrium. Their products protect, moisturize and help the skin maintain "its natural ability to stay hydrated" and produce a youthful glow.

According to Pour Moi,

The eight-piece skincare line, comprised of four day creams, two serums and a hydrating balancer, raises the bar on skincare efficacy by leveraging the properties of changing geographical and seasonal climates. Driven by science, this advanced line introduces a brand new, patent-pending method of how to use premium skincare, utilizing climate-smart beauty technology found exclusively in the Réponse du Climat® collection.

Unlike conventional skincare products, Pour Moi’s innovative Day Creams utilize the world’s first effective Climate Energized Beautifiers™ (CEBs) to follow along when skin changes with the climate. Different types of climate-smart CEBs are specifically formulated in line with specific climates to optimize skin-saving results across a wide spectrum of weather elements, man-made conditions, and pollution levels. They’re currently available in four skin-balancing blends: Temperate, Tropical, Desert and Polar.

We are 100% transparent, cruelty-free, safe, and the new champions of a healthier climate, inside and out.
Pour Moi Desert Day Cream ($35.00 for 1 oz. from Pour Moi and Neiman Marcus): Formulated for desert climates, this rich and yet lightweight and fast absorbing day cream, is perfectly suited for dry climates with high temperatures (75°F — 120°F) and low humidity (5% — 45%). Extreme environmental conditions such as wind, strong sunlight, pollution and the difference between air-conditioned interiors and the sweltering outdoors make this cream the perfect pick for hot and dry summers found in arid conditions. This cream is very moisturizing, and it leaves the skin soft and smooth. Pour Moi products are very concentrated, and therefore you only need a tiny bit. This contains no sunscreen, and therefore you will need to use a separate high SPF to protect your skin from the sun. It has no detectable fragrance.

According to Pour Moi,

The climate smart Desert Day Cream is designed for those who experience desert conditions where the temperature and UV index are high but humidity is very low, and the constant exposure to air-conditioning and pollution makes matters worse for skin. This climate accelerates external skin aging. To successfully nourish and moisturize skin in this extreme climate, the uniquely formulated Desert Day Cream contains Climate Energized Beautifiers (D-CEBs) that are rich in squalane oil, oat extract, and bamboo-derived silica to lock in moisture without feeling heavy, and antioxidants and peptides round up this skin-saving formulation for maximum comfort, wellness, and glow. The Day Cream is the third step of Pour Moi's climate smart skincare ritual.

Features:
  • Hydrates and promotes healthy lipid barrier functions for instant moisture and firmness in extreme climates such as in Phoenix, Southern California, and Las Vegas, so skin is healthier on the inside and happy on the outside.
  • Absorbs quickly with no residue and locks in moisture.
  • Accounts for external factors, such as temperature, humidity, man-made conditions, pollution, and weather elements, so that skin can consistently benefit from anti-aging ingredients.
Directions: After the Serum has fully penetrated, apply one drop to the face and neck with your fingertips. Rotate the Desert Day Cream into your skincare routine when in desert climate. Allow the Day Cream to fully blend into your skin before applying sunscreen and/or makeup.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides,Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C20-22 Alcohols, Phenoxyethanol, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tromethamine, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, Tuber Aestivum Extract, Lecithin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Poloxamer 338, Sodium Benzoate, Peg-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Silica, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Potassium Phosphate, Retinyl  Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Citric Acid.
Pour Moi Tropical Day Cream ($35.00 for 1 oz. from Pour Moi and Neiman Marcus): This very lightweight moisturizer melts into the skin immediately– leaving behind no residue whatsoever. It is formulated to hydrate skin. while maintaining a healthy lipid barrier, in tropical climates that boast high heat (75°F — 120°F) and high humidity (65% — 100%). Extreme environmental factors such as high heat, high humidity, air-conditioned interiors and tropical storms make this light moisturizing feel perfect on the skin, and because it is featherweight it never feels heavy.

According to Pour Moi,

The climate smart Tropical Day Cream is Pour Moi's lightest moisturizer designed for those who experience tropical conditions where temperature, UV index, and humidity levels are extremely high, and the constant exposure to air-conditioning and pollution makes matters worse for skin. To successfully combat these aggressors and climate challenges, the unique formula is rich in peptides, antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E, and powerful botanicals. Tropical Climate Energized Beautifiers (TR-CEBs) made of pore-clearing coconut acid, and lightweight moisture-boosting humectants round up this skin-saving formulation for maximum comfort, wellness, and glow. The Day Cream is the third step of Pour Moi's climate smart skincare ritual.

Features:
  • Cutting-edge humectants act as magnets to help skin draw and trap moisture from the humid atmosphere
  • Lightweight water-based emollients help reduce Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) to prevent dehydration and correct the lipid barrier
  • Coconut Acid keeps pores clear of irritants carried in the hot and humid air
  • Protective agents neutralize extreme air-conditioning and temperature variations
  • Antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E help protect your skin from free radicals caused by UV damage
  • Peptides and botanicals, including White Truffle, address the premature signs of aging—fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin—improving the skin’s surface with their rich anti-aging properties
Directions: 1. Use the fingertips to apply one drop to the face and neck. 2. Allow the Day Cream to fully blend into your skin before applying sunscreen and/or makeup.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coconut Acid, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isostearyl Alcohol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol Cocoate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharide Isomaerate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Avena Sativa (Oak) Kernel Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Tuber Aestivum Extract, Lecithin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Poloxamer 338, Sodium Benzoate, Peg-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Silica, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Potassium Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Blue 1 (CI 42090).
Pour Moi Polar Day Cream ($35.00 for 1 oz. from Pour Moi and Neiman Marcus): This deeply moisturizing, and richly emollient, day cream has a surprisingly lightweight gel-like texture that immediately melts into the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue. It is formulated for cold and dry winters with low temperatures (20°F — 45°F) and low humidity (5% — 45%), where skin is exposed to the extreme difference between the very cold outdoors and heated interiors. It offers skin protection from frost, snow, wind, dry cool air and warm interiors. It has no detectable scent.

According to Pour Moi,

The climate smart Polar Day Cream replenishes, protects, and locks in much-needed moisture in harsh winter climates. The cold, dry air naturally steals about 25% of the moisture from your skin, leaving it looking dry and lifeless. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, and pollution is heightened in this extreme climate. Rich in shea butter and squalane oil, the uniquely formulated Polar Day Cream contains Climate Energized Beautifiers (P-CEBs) that feature cutting-edge emollients, noncomedogenic occlusives, and botanicals to optimally care for skin for maximum comfort, wellness, and glow. The Day Cream is the third step of Pour Moi's climate smart skincare ritual.

Features:
  • Hydrates and promotes healthy lipid barrier functions for instant moisture and firmness in extreme climates such as in Wyoming and winters in New England, so skin is healthier on the inside and happy on the outside.
  • Absorbs quickly with no residue and locks in moisture.
  • Accounts for external factors, such as temperature, humidity, man-made conditions, pollution, and weather elements, so that skin can consistently benefit from anti-aging ingredients.
Directions: After the Serum has fully penetrated, apply one drop to the face and neck with your fingertips. Rotate the Polar Day Cream into your skincare routine when in polar climate.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Isostearyl Alcohol, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol Cocoate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl  Glycol, Ethyhexylglycerin, Avena Sativa (Oats) Kernel Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ethylcellulose, Alcohol, Tuber Aestivum Extract, Lecithin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Poloxamer 338, Sodium Benzoate, Peg-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Silica,Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Potassium Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Citric Acid, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)
Pour Moi Night Cream ($39.00 for 1 oz. from Pour Moi and Neiman Marcus): This rich and creamy  mid-weight night cream is formulated for all climates. It is a deeply nourishing and moisturizing, sinks into the skin quickly, and makes skin very soft, smooth and luminous. It locks in moisture while you sleep, helps promote skin regeneration and softens the appearance of hyperpigmentation with prolonged use.

According to Pour Moi,

Restorative nighttime moisturizer for all climates. Supple and creamy to the touch, the Night Cream promotes optimal beauty and wellness in all climates while skin is at rest. Packed with nutrient-dense performance ingredients for deep hydration and anti-aging results, this nighttime moisturizer helps skin restore itself overnight when natural healing is at its peak. Dermatologist-recommended.

Features:
  • Myrtle Extract prevents signs of aging with its longevity and regenerative properties.
  • Seaweed Extract stimulates the skin to create a firm, even complexion. The reduction of dark spots and microcirculation boots skin health and appearance overnight.
  • Shea Butter is rich in essential fatty acids, which promote skin healing, nourishing, and hydrating.
  • Vitamin A promotes the enzyme activity of the skin and increases collagen content, helping skin to effectively regenerate. Vitamins E and C act as antioxidants to effectively reduce visible signs of aging caused by radiation.
Directions: Apply one or two drops in the evening to your face and neck.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Panthenol, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dipelargonate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrongenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerol Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenooxythanol, Peg-75 Sterate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexlglycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ceteth-20, Chlorphenesin, Steareth-20, Dimethiconol, Hydrongenated Palm Glycerides, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Tuber Aestivum Extract, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Peg-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Potassium Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Citric Acid.
Pour Moi Black Serum ($65.00 for 1 oz. from Pour Moi and Neiman Marcus): This serum is formulated to replenish and moisturize dry, dehydrated skin. It boasts antioxidant-rich ingredients coupled with Hyaluronic Acid to nourish the skin while maintaining hydration. It gently plumps fine lines, lifts and hydrates while leaving skin soft, smooth and supple. It has no detectable aroma.

According to Pour Moi,

Diamond-infused Serum breaks up dryness and promotes a healthy skin barrier. Luxurious and light to the touch, this silky Serum melts deep into the skin. Highly concentrated with restoring, hydrating, and brightening actives, the Black Serum delivers maximum beauty, hydration, youthfulness, and glow. Dermatologist-recommended.

Features:
  • Peptides, Antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, and E, Botanical Extracts, three types of Hyaluronic Acid, rare forms of White Truffle Extract, and other moisturizing agents synergize together to reduce inflammation and promote a healthy skin barrier.
  • Fine black Diamond Powder boosts collagen and lightly exfoliates skin to remove dry flakey skin and dead skin tissue. This luxury ingredient pushes other active ingredients deeper into the skin past the dry, stubborn layers.
  • Squalane Oil is powerful for dry skin because its moisture is immediately absorbed into the dry layers. It’s fast-penetrating so it doesn’t clog pores—instead, it heals skin from the inside to promote elasticity and reduces fine lines.
  • Thiotaine is an antioxidants that fights free radicals—skin-damaging molecules derived from pollution and sunlight responsible for premature aging.
Directions: Pump a small drop onto fingertips and apply immediately after the Hydrating Balancer while skin is still moist. Soft pat and smooth product into the face and neck. Allow the Serum to fully penetrate before applying a climate smart Day Cream.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Peg-8, Peg 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Polyacrylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Chlorphensesin, Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Tuber Aestivum Extract, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Sodium Benzoate, Yellow 5 (CI19140), Red 33 (CI 17200), Blue 1 (CL42090), Silica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Diamond Powder, BHT, Ergothioneine, Tin Oxide.
Pour Moi Hydrating Balancer ($29.00 for 1 oz. from Pour Moi and Neiman Marcus): This pH balanced, alcohol-free hydrating skin balancer, gently exfoliates dead skin cells with Glycolic Fruit Acids, Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid while Vitamin A helps increase collagen to regenerate new cells. While many exfoliating products have a tendency to dry out and dehydrate the skin, this one actually hydrates, conditions and softens the skin. It has no detectable aroma.

According to Pour Moi,

Advanced liquifier for instantly smoother, softer skin and improved product efficacy. Advanced liquifier for instantly smoother, softer skin and improved product efficacy.

Citric Acid and Sodium Hydroxide adjust the pH level of the acid mantle to prevent and reduce the signs of aging, inflammation, breakouts, and sensitivity. Restoring a healthy pH level of the skin has instant skin benefits: gently removing dead skin cells, promoting new cell regeneration, soothing irritation, and hydrating deeper layers of the skin.

Features:
  • Glycolic Fruit Acids eliminate dead skin cells and evens out skin tone.
  • Vitamin A increases collagen so skin can effectively regenerate new cells, and the combination of Vitamins C and E acts as antioxidant agents to reduce and prevent radiation-related skin aging. Pro-Vitamin B5, also referred to as D-Panthenol, heals wounds and reduces inflammation.
  • Glycerin maintains skin’s water balance to promote effective hydration.
Directions: 1. Apply Balancer to clean skin by using a cotton pad. 2. Place dry cotton pad on the flat applicator and pump once or twice. 3. Then swipe moist cotton pad gently over your face and neck.
4. Apply the Serum next while skin is still moist and seal with the Day Cream or Night Cream.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Peg-40 Hydrongenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Tuber Aestivum Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin Sodium Nitrate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Red 33 (CI17200), Citric Acid.
Overall Assessment: I am quite impressed by this innovative line, and highly recommend their products to eradicate the effects that extreme environmental conditions have on the skin. Whether you live in an extreme climate, or will be vacationing in one, Pour Moi has just what you need to treat and care for your skin in those conditions.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

7TRUE Spring Collection Box | Unveiling & Review

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7TRUE Seasonal Spring Collection Box is a lovely box that features four non-toxic vegan polishes, a cosmetic bag, a delectable coffee body scrub and a multipurpose nourishing balm.

According to 7TRUE:

Welcome to the 7TRUE Seasonal Box subscription plan, where you can receive a beautifully curated box of non toxic and vegan polishes plus bonus artisanal gifts every season!

Each box will have over $100 worth of polishes and artisanal products selected just for you. You pay only $50!

And starting March 14, 2018 through May 31, 2018 the American Cancer Society® we will receive 10% of your purchase!

The Spring Collection Box includes:

Spring Violet Polish: A soft shade of lavender that pays homage to Pantone's color of the year, Ultra Violet

Spring Bliss Polish: A delicate pink, inspired by the budding flowers of the season

Spring Fever Polish: A smooth shade of mint green that complements the subtleties of your natural skin tone

Spring Forward Polish: A light shade of blue that captures the essence of cloudless skies and still waters

The Balm by Hush Beauty Labs: This MUST HAVE Balm has added rosehip seed oil and sweet almond oil to the coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax formula for extra nourishment. Use to moisturize dry hands, feet, cuticles and even your hair!

Body by Joe Firming Coffee Body Scrub by Hush Beauty Labs 8oz: A coffee-infused body scrub that firms and smoothes while helping to combat the appearance of cellulite!

7TRUE Nail Bag: Take your non toxic and vegan polishes with you to your favorite salon in our exclusive bag. Fits up to 6 polishes
Spring Forward: A light shade of blue that captures the essence of cloudless skies and still waters
Spring Fever: A smooth shade of mint green that complements the subtleties of your natural skin tone
Spring Violet: A soft shade of lavender that pays homage to Pantone's color of the year, Ultra Violet
Spring Bliss: A delicate pink, inspired by the budding flowers of the season
Spring Bliss
Spring Fever
Spring Forward
Spring Violet
Body by Joe Firming Coffee Body Scrub by Hush Beauty Labs: This delectably aromatic coffee-infused body scrub effectively exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal soft, smooth and luminous skin.

According to Hush Labs,

A coffee-infused body scrub that firms and smoothes while helping to combat the appearance of cellulite! Promotes circulation and exfoliates with a jolt of caffeine to reveal radiant, healthy-looking skin. The coffee and vanilla fragrance will create and awakening shower experience! We included our plant-based multi-oil blend for extra hydration. For amazing results, dry brush before you hit the shower. Use Body by Joe in the shower and then follow with The Elixir multi-oil for body + hair.

Directions: Massage into moistened skin, adding a little water if needed. Gently massage in a circular motion. Rinse.
The Balm by Hush Beauty Labs: This nourishing multipurpose balm can be used to moisturize dry skin and hair. Simply warm a small amount between your hands to liquify it and then massage it into the skin or hair. It has a lovely aroma that is a detectable mixture of the coconut and sweet almond oils.

According to Hush Labs,

This MUST HAVE Balm has added rosehip seed oil and sweet almond oil to the coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax formula for extra nourishment. Use to moisturize dry hands, feet, cuticles and even your hair!

The Balm is a multi-tasking miracle (and must-have!). Our unique balm-to-oil formula conditions from head-to-toe with a blend of nourishing oils and butters.

Directions: Scoop out a small amount (start with a dime size or smaller). Warm product between hands to liquify. Apply as needed. As a deep conditioning pre-shampoo treatment, apply to dry hair and let set for 10-20 minutes, then shampoo and rinse. Leave in overnight for extra nourishment (protect that pillowcase!).
Overall Assessment: I am quite impressed by the quality of the polishes, scrub and balm, and the value of this Spring Collection Box makes it worthy of consideration.

$50.00 from 7TRUE. Use Code: LOLA7T10

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Boxwalla June Beauty Box: MOSSAIC | Details and Review

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Boxwalla enthusiasts know that Boxwalla's green beauty boxes are an extraordinary value, and that the products themselves are nothing short of spectacular. Their carefully curated beauty boxes are a tremendous value, with steep discounts, and they feature truly covet-worthy luxury organic beauty products.

According to Boxwalla,

A Beauty Box for the luxury loving skincare nerd, this box lets you experience the most effective and nutrient-rich beauty products we have experienced, exquisite products that harness the potency of plant-based ingredients. Always cruelty-free. Ships Bimonthly.

The June Box: MOSSAIC, features two full-size MOSS Skincare products that you simply won't want to miss. June Subscriptions are now open. The box will ship June 4. Free U.S Shipping.
Each box contains two full size products from MOSS Skincare:
  • MOSS Skincare Beurre Céleste Honey-infused Rinsable Cleansing Balm ($70.00 value)
  • MOSS Skincare Illumina Vitamin C Perfecting Treatment Intensif ($145.00 value)
N.B.: Celestyna of MOSS Skincare has slightly modified the product descriptors to better reflect their function (as you will note on your bottle/jar). For example: Illumina Decongesting Radiance Concentrate is now Illumina Vitamin C perfecting treatment intensif. The June Box will have the newest labels, so Boxwalla just wanted to make sure that you are not confused that it is different from the description on the website.
MOSS Skincare Beurre Céleste ($70.00 for 1.9 oz.): This gentle cleansing balm, which has an utterly delectable creamy, warm citrus aroma, effectively and effortlessly removes dirt, stubborn makeup and even the most tenacious sunscreens. The balm melts into an oil and then emulsifies into a light and aromatic elixir. Not only does it boast unsurpassed efficacy in its ability to thoroughly cleanse the skin, and without the need for a cloth, but it does so without stripping or leaving an oily residue on the skin. It leaves skin gently and lightly exfoliated, and the extent to which skin is rendered soft, smooth, supple, hydrated and luminous is sure to delight. Without any exaggeration, this is among the most exemplary cleansing balms that I have ever tried. It offers a visceral sensory experience that is truly extraordinary.

According to Moss Skincare,

A honey-infused cleansing balm that rinses clean with water. Beneficial for all skin types, especially dry and congested skins. Excellent for removing makeup and  SPF. Also provides gentle exfoliation, smoothing and brightening. Preserves integrity of skin barrier and microbiome; no stripping, damage, or preservatives.
Features:
 Offering the benefits of an oil cleanser, cleansing balm, raw honey cleanser and hydrating mask all in one!
○ Removes makeup, SPF and impurities thoroughly but gently, balancing and healing skin meanwhile.
○ Leaves skin brightened, smooth and never feeling stripped or dry.
 Preservative-free due to the unique water-less formula.
Directions: Use a dime-quarter sized amount on wet OR dry skin. We recommend using this on DRY and DIRTY skin for the deepest cleanse. Massage into the skin for at least 10-20 seconds. Massaging will help stimulate circulation and loosen comedones. You may notice granules forming – this is totally normal and indicates the cleanser is removing dirt and dead skin. Wet hands, and massage again until oil emulsifies into milk. Rinse clean, pat skin dry. (No need to use a washcloth to remove like with traditional balm cleansers.) Keep in a cool, dry place.

If balm melts or granulates, TO REFORM: Melt the balm completely by screwing lid tight and submerging in hot water. Then shake well, and put into fridge for 2 hours. Remove and use as normal.
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Butter*, Neem Flower Honey*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil*, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Hydroxystearyl Alcohol, Hydroxystearyl Glucoside, Lecithin*°, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil†, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract.* Organic/Wildcrafted (90%). ° Non-soy, non-GMO. † FCF (non-photosensitizing). ‡ Sustainably Harvested. 100% clean, safe and gentle ingredients.

The other slight changes to the newest batch of products (which will be in the box) are as follows (again just for your reference):

1. Beurre Céleste and Illumina no longer contain rosewood oil since it is difficult to obtain sustainable rosewood oil. They both now contain small amounts of palmrosa and coriander CO2.

2. Instead of Neem Honey, Beurre Céleste now contains organic, ethically obtained honey from the wilderness of Nebraska.

3. Beurre Céleste now also contains sea buckthorn CO2 extract to boost its antioxidant power.

Featured Botanicals:

Sunflower Oil – The sunflower we use is high in linoleic acid and Vitamin E, two key nutrients that have been shown to be beneficial for combatting acne.

Macadamia Oil – Offering a fatty acid profile that is very close to that of skin’s natural sebum, it is also exceptionally high in phytosterols. Sterols work the same way that cholesterol does in our skin, which is one of the reasons why macadamia nut oil has great skin penetration and anti-aging abilities. Phytosterols are calming and healing, which is why Macadamia is known to help repair the skin’s barrier function.

Kokum butter – Obtained from mangosteen seeds, Kokum butter is highly antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and high in vitamin E. Used widely in India for both anti-aging and anti-acne benefits.
MOSS Skincare Illumina ($145.00 for 1 oz.): This brilliant serum, which is both an effective exfoliating and brightening Vitamin C treatment, is best used at night when skin cell turnover naturally occurs, and it should not be used in conjunction with other exfoliating products, retinoids, acids, scrubs and peels. This remarkable formula removes dead skin cells, helps to decongest clogged pores (and helps to clear breakouts and acne), it softens the appearance of fine lines, it helps to fade hyperpigentation and it reveals luminous skin. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple and luminous. It has a light and pleasant. almost fruity, aroma, but it does fade soon upon application. Since this nighttime serum actively exfoliates dead skin cells, it is imperative to use a high SPF sunscreen, and reapply it frequently during the day to protect the skin.

According to Moss Skincare,

This Vitamin C Plus Exfoliating Serum offers revitalized cellular renewal. It decongests acne-prone skins and smooths wrinkles and discoloration for mature skins.

Illumina is a Vitamin C and exfoliating serum in one. It uses botanical extracts and exceptionally gentle pumpkin enzyme instead of harsh acids or retinoids to balance cellular turnover and revive the skin’s natural glow and smooth texture.

It also contains Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (a stable form of Vitamin C) to brighten and firm. Studies have shown this type of Vitamin C may help decrease the appearance of acne lesions.
Notes from Boxwalla:

Illumina is both a gentle exfoliating treatment as well as Vitamin C treatment. Since it is exfoliating, it is recommended to use it just at night and without any other exfoliating products

The frequency of use will depend on your skin:

1) For sensitive/mature skins, Celestyna recommends starting off using it once a week and then perhaps increasing the frequency depending on how your skin does. She has details of this on Instagram story highlights (on her Instagram page) about how to figure out how often to use it. 

2) If your skin is not particularly sensitive, you can start by using it every 2-3 nights and depending on how your skin feels you can use it upto once a day (at night). Acneic skins can also try using it every night.

3) In addition to using it as an exfoliating & vitamin C night treatment, Illumina can also be used as a spot treatment, as well as a weekly brightening mask. 

Directions: Apply after cleansing/toning and before moisturizer/oils. Illumina is to be used 1x per week – 1x per day in the evening. We recommend starting by using it every other evening, then adjusting if needed. Apply after cleansing/toning and before moisturizer/oils. If using Illumina, do not apply any other exfoliating product at the same time.
Ingredients: Viola Odorata (Violet) Leaf Hydrosol*, Water/Aqua, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Vigna Aconitifolia (Moth Bean) Seed Extract, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract*, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) CO2 Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Glycosphingolipids, Gluconolactone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Methylpropanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenylpropanol, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Magnolia Grandiflora (Magnolia) Bark Extract*, Andrographis Paniculata Extract*, Epilobium Parviflorum (Smallflower) Extract*, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract*, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract*, Monarda Fistulosa (Bee Balm) Oil*, Palmarosa Oil, Coriander Oil* *Organic/Wildcrafted Botanicals.100% non-toxic, safe and gentle ingredients.
Overall Assessment: This is a truly extraordinary green beauty box, and if you still haven't ordered the game-changing Boxwalla beauty boxes, then this is the month to do it. These two full-size MOSS Skincare picks, which are offered at a steep discount, make the June Beauty Box: MOSSAIC a must-have to prep your skin for the warm months of the year. If you are interested, I suggest ordering yours before they sell out, as they tend to do. This box earns an unmitigated A+!

To order your Boxwalla June Beauty Box: www.theboxwalla.com  

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review

Urban Decay's Beached Collection reminds Prime Beauty of the sunny California beaches where I grew up with beautiful bronze and aquatic tones! If only it came with a lifeguard....

Got combination or oily skin? Live or work in the city with micro-pollutants in the air? Here's an antidote to toxins: Enter to win Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask on Never Say Die Beauty! Perfect way to get congested skin in great shape for summer.

Are you searching for the perfect foundation for summer? Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom has a list of her favorites that work well for mature skin.

Osmosis Colour Eyeshadow Trios and Blushes, with Moringa Oil, are beautifully pigmented, ultra-finely milled and such a treat to use. One look at the swatches on Lola's Secret Beauty Blog, and you will see why we are obsessed with these beauties.

Need a light-as-air moisturizer for the hot days of Summer? Pammy Blogs Beauty loves the light feel of Olay's new Whipped moisturizers!

The new Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipglosses have Christa from Realizing Beauty hooked on gloss again. Check out her review and swatches of all 20 shades.

Beauty Judy is loving the glow of this Macy and Mia Cosmetics The Spotlight Highlighter Palette

This week the Makeup Wars team concentrated on hair styling. 15 Minute Beauty elevated these posts with the HSI Groover Master Kit. It's so unique.

For a change of pace Lisa from Beauty Info Zone is sharing her love for the newest Bijoux Box filled with accessories she's loving for the season.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

White Sands Top Haircare Picks This Spring and Summer

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My hair definitely requires extra conditioning and pampering during the warmer months of the year, and since I have naturally curly hair (which tends to be a little dry) I have to condition it a lot when the weather heats up. White Sands has a few products that I have been repeatedly reaching for since the weather has started warming up in Los Angeles, and I thought I would share them with you.
White Sands Hair Care Spray Leave In Conditioner ($15.00 for 8.5 oz. from White Sands): is formulated to revitalize and restore moisture for normal to dry hair without weighing it down or causing a product buildup. It detangles, smooths frizz and leaves hair shiny and conditioned. Since my hair is curly, I always use a leave in conditioner to tame frizz and to be able to comb my hair after I wash it, and this also leaves my hair soft, manageable and moisturized.

According to White Sands,

As a fresh new product from White Sands, our Spray Leave-In Conditioner offers innovative moisturizing benefits for the modern stylist and client. Made with special polymers, its smart ingredients will provide “Selective Conditioning” to nourish & smooth areas of the cuticle that need repair the most. This targeted delivery creates an intelligent product that knows exactly where damage hides; giving the weakest parts more TLC. Hair will have the ability to hold moisture and control frizz.

Directions: Apply on clean damp hair then brush in for even distribution and to detangle. Add your favorite White Sands styling aids. Style and blow dry as usual. It can also be used on dry hair for flyaways.

Ingredients: Water(Aqua), Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Laureth-9, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-10, Cetyl Alcoholc, Caprylic/Capric Triglycride, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, DL-Panthenol, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Silk Amino Acid, Fragrance (Perfume).
White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray ($21.00 for 8.5 oz. from White Sands): This styling spray offers light hold without leaving hair stiff or crunchy. Instead, hair remains touchably soft, and this formula actually adds hydration and shine– rather than drying out the hair and leaving it dull.

According to White Sands,

Turn to an action packed formula as wheat proteins are ingeniously replaced by silk proteins. The addition of silk automatically skyrockets the shine and moisture factors, turning this into the latest breed of styling sprays. A first of its kind for White Sands and a first of its kind spray for going UnderCover with any hairstyle imaginable: blowouts, curls, sleek & straight, scrunching, braids, flips and waves. Undercover does it all with high power shine and hydration.

Ingredients: SD Alcohol 40B, Water (Aqua), Butyl Ester of PVM/MA Copolymer, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, PEG-75 Lanolin, Fragrance (Parfum), Aminomethyl Propanol, Benzophenone-4.
White Sands ER Fusion ($26.00 for 3 oz. from White Sands): This is a seriously effective, and lightweight, deep conditioner that is formulated to treat dull, dry, frizzy and brittle hair. It was created to heal and prevent dryness and breakage, while softening all hair types. This is a heat-activated conditioner that leaves hair soft, smooth, frizz-free and ultra-shiny. I initially had my doubts that it would be able to tackle my frizz-prone naturally curly hair, but I was pleased to see that it effectively smoothed my hair, and left it with a pronounced glossy shine. It has a wonderful floral aroma that lingers for a few hours before fading, but frankly it smells so good that I wish that it would linger longer!

According to White Sands,

ER Fusion is an intensive reconstructive hair treatment which restores hair back to its youthful condition. The product creates a clear micro shield to seal in color and softness, while weightless quaternaries balance and self-adjust color in the hair. A complex set of amino cystines repair damage while lemon grass extracts enhance color with a high gloss. ER Fusion’s unique delivery system ensures optimum performance and lasts 30 days after each initial use.

Directions: Comb ER Fusion through clean, damp hair. Apply heat with a blow dryer to hair for 20 minutes and then rinse.

Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Behetrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Abumen, Distilled Vinegar, Soybean Oil, Egg Yolk, Glycerin, Trimethisdylamodimethicone, Dicetyidmonium Chloride, Tricetyimonium Chloride, Dimethicon, Cetrimonium Bromide, Lemon Extract, Corn Syrup, Calcium Disodium EDTA, Wheat Amino Acid, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butyparaben, Ethyparaben, Fragrance
Overall Assessment: White Sands is definitely a haircare brand worth trying, and I will definitely be using these three products a lot this season.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

The Better Skin Co. Skincare Picks for Healthy Glowing Skin

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You have likely heard of The Better Skin Co. Mirakle Cream, which has become a cult classic, but you may not have heard about any of their other products– some of which I am very pleased to share with you. They create highly effective products that do precisely what they claim, that are a pleasure to use and that are affordable.
Lava Magik: Cleanser-Scrub-Mask ($32.00 for oz. from The Better Skin Co., Bloomingdale'sb-glowing, Dermstore, Ulta and b-glowing Amazon Store): This three-in-one cleanser, scrub and mask has a non-lathering formula that thoroughly cleans the skin while exfoliating dead skin cells. It has lots of tiny exfoliating particles that do an exemplary job removing dead skin cells, and therefore I recommend using a very light hand, since they effectively work without any pressure needed. If you don't use a lot of water to activate it you can simply leave it on the skin for about 5 minutes to draw out impurities, and the result is soft, smooth, supple skin. Lava Magik looks like raspberry sorbet, and it has a very pleasant aroma that is punctuated by Orange Peel Oil.

Directions: Daily Cleanser: Use pea sized amount mixed with water, apply to wet skin. Scrub: Twice weekly, apply to wet skin, massage desired areas in circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds. Mask: Once or twice weekly, apply to wet or dry skin (as preferred), leave on 3 to 6 minutes. For additional exfoliation, moisten finger tips and massage in a circular motion while removing. Adjust product to water ratio based on skin type. Slightly more product for combination or normal to oily skin and less product for dry, sensitive skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat dry.

According to The Better Skin Co.,

A daily cleanser, exfoliating scrub and revitalizing mask. Skin cleansing volcanic lava from France enriched with nourishing calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile for healthy radiant, more youthful looking skin.

Claims:
• May be used as a cleanser, scrub & mask
• Buffs away dead skin cells creating the appearance of a more youthful looking glow
• Rich in minerals
• Minimizes appearance of pores
• Increases appearance of radiant skin
Directions: Daily Cleanser: Use pea sized amount mixed with water, apply to wet skin. Scrub: Twice weekly, apply to wet skin, massage desired areas in circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds. Mask: Once or twice weekly, apply to wet or dry skin (as preferred), leave on 3 to 6 minutes. For additional exfoliation, moisten finger tips and massage in a circular motion while removing. Adjust product to water ratio based on skin type. Slightly more product for combination or normal to oily skin and less product for dry, sensitive skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat dry.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Pumice, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Iron Oxides (CI 77491).
Zit No More ($18.00 for 0.2 oz. from The Better Skin Co., b-glowing, DermstoreUlta and The Better Skin Store Amazon Store): If you are seeking a very effective pimple treatment that is perfect for either periodic breakouts or those that are more frequent, then Zit No More is worthy of your attention. The roller ball applicator lends itself to very easy application, and the potent and effective formula quickly dries out and eliminates pimples, and therefore I would recommend being careful not to get it on the skin near the pimple since it will dry it out. I would suggest spot testing this if you have sensitive skin because it is quite active, and the Tea Tree Oil makes the skin tingle while the Salicylic Acid exfoliates and heals acne. I only periodically have breakouts, which usually consists of a single pimple, and therefore I only use this as a spot treatment when needed, but I find it very effective.

According to The Better Skin Co.,

Zit No More is a super strength zit zapper in an easy breezy rollerball. Zit apocalypse got you down?  Roll over those unsightly visitors and watch the magic begin. This wonder potion contains salicylic acid wrapped in THREE soothing essential oils.  Dry up those pore offending criminals while nature’s warriors sooth and work hard to better your skin. The formula is boosted with PhytoVie® pollution defense to assist the skin with its battle against pollutants. Results can be fast and your friends may never know you had a visitor.

Directions:
• Clean the skin thoroughly before applying this product
• Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer one to three times daily
• Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two to three time daily if needed or as directed by a doctor
• If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day
• Sensitivity Test for a New User: Apply product sparingly to one or two small affected areas during first 3 days. If no discomfort occurs, follow directions above.

Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 1%, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Brassica Campestris (Tung Wood)/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer (Rapeseed Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Aniba Rosodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil.
Mirakle Cream ($34.00 for 2 oz. from The Better Skin Co., b-glowing, Dermstore, b-glowing Amazon Store, Bloomingdale's and Ulta): This is a rich and creamy, and yet lightweight and fast absorbing, multipurpose face and body cream. It is intensely moisturizing, and it feels wonderfully refreshing on the skin. It rapidly heals dry patches and quickly leaves skin soft, supple, hydrated and luminous. Additionally, I find it quite soothing during the warmer and colder months when skin is subject to temperature fluctuations between the heated or cooled interiors and hot or cold exteriors.

According to The Better Skin Co.,

Genius in a Jar. One-stop, skin-loving, problem-solving, all-purpose cream. This ingredient rich recipe, imported from the Republic of Uzbekistan, is handcrafted in the USA with love and beautiful ingredients such as coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and soothing algae to help moisturize the skin. Peptides and hyaluronic acid help skin appear smoother, more youthful and radiant.

Claims:
• Reduces appearance of visible signs of aging
• Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• Increase in radiance and luminosity
• Assist in hydrating the skin
• Soothes dry skin
• May reduce the appearance of sun spots, age spots and dark spots

Directions: Apply liberally. Use as needed. Spatula Included.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Algae) Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Peptide, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (coconut oil and vegetable derived glycerin), Stearic Acid (vegetable origin), Cetearyl Alcohol (vegetable origin), Cetyl Alcohol (plant based), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (palm oil), Microcrystalline Cellulose (plant based), Phenoxyethanol (functions as a preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative/moisturizer), Cellulose Gum (plant based), Ordenone (scientific), Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (PH Balancer), Glycerin (plant based), Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin (plant based), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (peptide), Panthenol (plant based)  Sodium Hyaluronate  (plant based). * Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract = Wonderlight ™ Skin Brightening Agent
Overall Assessment: I am quite impressed by these three products, and am interested in trying their other offerings.

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