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.
 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Luxuriate in Nubian Heritage Bath & Body Skincare

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If you are seeking healthy, sustainable, eco-friendly and cruelty-free wellness products, that are also affordable, then I would like to introduce you to Nubian Heritage. I recently discovered their line, and I am thoroughly enamored of the products that I have tried. So much so, in fact, that I very much look forward to trying more of their offerings.

About Nubian Heritage,

Nubian Heritage honors the philosophies, rituals, and healing traditions from cultures and communities of Mother Earth by offering a luxurious range of bath and body products made with natural, certified organic and fair-trade ingredients to exfoliate, nourish, and renew skin for a smooth, health feel and glow. By sustainably sourcing ingredients, such as black seed oil, mango butter, coconut, tamnau oil, and chai, Nubian Heritage is on a mission to make cultural exchange the model for transforming the global community! By continuing to develop new products and remedies and discovering and sharing new paths to wellness, the brand remains committed to the environment and sustainable practices, finding a way to make every day, Earth Day!
Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Body Wash ($12.99 for 13 oz. from Nubian Heritage, Amazon and Swanson Health Products): This creamy lathering body wash, with its warm and earthy aroma, nourishes, soothes and hydrates the skin without ever stripping it. The hydrating natural oils leave the skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated without leaving behind an oily residue.

According to Nubian Heritage,

An aromatic creamy body wash that cleanses with naturally hydrating Neem Oil and Shea Butter. Nourishing essential fatty acids from Hemp Seed Oil and Haitian Vetiver soothe while leaving skin feeling smooth.

Ingredients: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycol Stearate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Glycerin (Vegetable), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root (Vetiver) Oil, Neem (Melia Azadirachta) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Caramel, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract.

Nubian Heritage Raw Shea Butter Body Wash ($12.99 for 13 oz. from Nubian Heritage and Swanson Health Products): Between the creamy texture and the warm milky aroma, this nourishing and hydrating body wash is a delight to use. It thoroughly cleans the skin, and it neither strips, nor does it leave behind an oily residue. Instead, it leaves skin soft, silky smooth and hydrated.

According to Nubian Heritage,

Our exclusive Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Soy Milk blend combines with Coconut Oil cleansers to deliver an ultra-moisturizing wash that provides supple hydration to cleanse skin.

Ingredients: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycol Stearate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*♥, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Boswelli Carterii (Frankincense) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit (Acai) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Commiphora Myrrha Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Sodium Phytate, Caramel, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Soymilk, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend) *Certified Organic Ingredient. ♥Fair Trade Ingredient
Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion ($12.99 for 13 oz. from Nubian Heritage and Swanson Health Products): This thick and rich body lotion has the rare distinction of immediately melting into the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue. The delectable aroma, which is a blend of coconut and papaya, is the embodiment of a tropical vacation in a bottle! The nourishing formula leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated.

According to Nubian Heritage,

This tropical-scented body lotion is crafted with nourishing Coconut Oil and vitamin-rich Papaya Extract, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soften and soothe. Skin is renewed to reveal younger-looking, brighter skin.

Ingredients: Water, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*♥, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Tricholoma Matsutake (Songi Mushroom) Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Roselle) Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient. ♥Fair Trade Ingredient.
Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Hand & Body Scrub ($12.99 for 12 oz. from Nubian Heritage): Unlike many sugar scrubs, which are suspended in a lot of oil, this one incorporates the oil into the sugar for a drier (and far less messy) application. The nourishing formula gently exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal soft, smooth, supple and hydrated skin. The aroma is a delightful light and fruity scent that is both pleasant and comforting.

According to Nubian Heritage,

A fragrant ultra-moisturizing sugar scrub with Shea Butter, nourishing Indian Hemp and soothing Vetiver hydrates and exfoliates to reveal healthier looking, smoother skin.

Directions: Mix contents well. Apply a small amount to palm, massaging gently into skin using a circular motion, concentrating on rough, dry areas. As a hand treatment, rub palms together to create gentle warmth, massage gently into top of hands and cuticles. Rinse skin thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

Ingredients: Sugar, Glycerin (Vegetable), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopheryl acetate, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Caprylyl Glycol *Certified Organic Ingredient. Fair Trade Ingredient
Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Infused Shea Butter ($13.99 for 4 oz. from Nubian HeritageAmazon and Swanson Health Products): This dense and rich hemp and vetiver-infused shea butter is ultra concentrated and nourishing. Simply warm a tiny amount between your palms and then massage it into your skin. It melts into the skin and envelopes dry and irritated areas while it soothes, heals, nourishes and deeply moisturizes even the most dry and chapped skin.

According to Nubian Heritage,

Shea Butter, infused with Hemp Seed Oil, Neem Oil and soothing Vetiver, helps to maximize moisture while conditioning dry skin. This nutrient-rich total body balm combines hydrating oils with Vitamin E to soothe skin.

Directions: Take a small amount in the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to warm up the butter until it is soft. Then apply to your skin.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Azadirachtin Indica (Neem) Oil, Essential Oil Blend, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vetiveria Zizaniodes (Vetiver),*Certified Organic Ingredient,Fair Trade Ingredient,Take a small amount in the palm of your hand. Ethically Traded Ingredients.
Overall Assessment: This is my first time trying anything from Nubian Heritage, but I am so happy with these products that I definitely want to try more of their offerings.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Osmosis Nourish Organic Facial Oil | Review

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Osmosis Nourish Organic Facial Oil is a mid-weight richly nourishing and hydrating oil, for normal to dehydrated and dry skin types, that soothes the skin giving it a luminous and youthful dewy glow. It sinks in thoroughly, but takes a little longer to melt into the skin than lightweight oils, but massaging it into warm and slightly damp skin speeds up the process. It leaves skin very soft, smooth, hydrated and it plumps the appearance of fine lines– without leaving behind an oily residue. Furthermore, it has a warm earthy aroma from which one detects the citrus, blackberry and lavender oils. It is a really lovely facial oil, and its soothing and nourishing nature makes it perfect to use after at-home masks, exfoliants and peels. I should also note that when I began testing this face oil that I had particularly dry cuticles, and I was very impressed by the extent to which it healed and hydrated them– therefore this is a very solid performer on dry, chapped skin.

According to Osmosis Skincare,

The harmonious benefits from rich nutrients and cold-pressed, organic avocado oil hydrates and rebalances deep into the dermal layer of the skin to protect from moisture loss and environmental aggressors. Acheive luminosity, brilliant radiance, and a smooth complexion with this organic facial oil.

Directions: After serum application, shake gently and massage a small amount into the skin. If needed, follow with a moisturizer.

Ingredients: Persea Gratissima Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Lavandula Officials Flower Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil*, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus Seed Oil, Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil. *Certified Organic
Overall Assessment: Another wonderful and very effective skincare gem from Osmosis!

$54.00 for 1 oz. from Osmosis Skincare (Unaffiliated Links).
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Osmosis Colour Eyeshadow Trios and Blushes with Moringa Oil | Review and Swatches

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Osmosis Colour has now added antioxidant-rich Moringa Oil and Green Tea Leaf Extract to some of their makeup, and these healthy skincare ingredients make each of these ultra-finely milled powders feel at once silky smooth and creamy. Each of the shades that I have glide across the skin effortlessly, deposit color evenly and they boast impressive pigmentation. If you are seeking high quality cruelty-free makeup, filled with skincare ingredients, then these gems are well worth your consideration.
According to Osmosis Colour,

As a protein-packed super green, Moringa is the trending beauty ingredient that not only offers clearer skin, but also delivers age-reversing benefits. Osmosis Colour offers 7 different cruelty-free makeup options using Moringa.... This protein-packed green contains even more nutrients than kale (yes, we said it), infusing the skin with vitamins and antioxidants. Originally grown from trees in India, Africa, and South American regions, moringa is rich in protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins like vitamin C, E, and A. This beauty boosting superfood is a multi-tasker, helping to clear skin of acne and keep wrinkles at bay.

Osmosis uses moringa in its oil-form (Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil) to get the most out of the nourishing and age-reversing benefits it delivers to the skin. Now, you can feel great about the makeup you choose, knowing it is chock-full of vitamins and minerals and plenty of antioxidants!
Osmosis Colour Eyeshadow Trios ($30.00 each from Osmosis Colour and Skin Care RX): These beautifully coordinated eyeshadow trios offer everything that you need in a single portable palette for on-the-go looks. The deepest shades are perfect to definite and line, while the mid-tone shade offers a perfect lid color, and the highlighter can also be used below the brow bone or in the corner of the eyes.

According to Osmosis Colour,

Rich pigments that last all day, these easy-to-blend, mix-and-match shades create natural day and evening looks. The lightest shade acts as a highlighter while the deepest shade defines your eyes.

Osmosis Colour Eyeshadow Trio in Aubergine is beautiful cool-toned palette that features a beautiful deep and rich purple, a cool-steely gray and a bright cool white.

Osmosis Colour Eyeshadow Trio in Bronzed Cocoa is a warm-toned neutral palette that features a light buttercream, a rich warm copper-kissed bronze and a mid-tone espresso.
 Left to Right: Osmosis Colour Eyeshadow Trio in Bronzed Cocoa and Aubergine.
Osmosis Colour Blush ($27.00 each from Osmosis Colour and Skin Care RX): These beautifully pigmented blushes offer buildable color and they never settle into fine lines, nor do they emphasize pore size. The silky, ultra-finely milled powders effortlessly glide across the skin while depositing color evenly, and they impart a lovely lit-from-within natural flush with a luminous glow.

According to Osmosis Colour,

Nine different cheek colors offer a light radiance and a matte finish. Mineral pigments reflect light to create a soft-focus effect, illuminating your features while minimizing the appearance of imperfections.

Osmosis Colour Blush in Peony is a stunning cool-toned vibrant pink.

Osmosis Color Blush in Spring Crush is a gorgeous luminous copper-kissed peach.
 Osmosis Colour Blush in Peony
  Osmosis Colour Blush in Spring Crush
Top to Bottom: Osmosis Colour Blush in Peony and Osmosis Colour Blush in Spring Crush
Overall Assessment: The Osmosis Colour Eyeshadow Trios and Blushes are definitely worth having, and they are perfect for travel or at home. Lately when I have been traveling, I take these two eyeshadow trios and I don't need to take any other eye makeup!

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