Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Top Mid-September Reads

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog just reviewed the incredible Boxwalla October Beauty Box: Dream a Little Dream of Me featuring African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift Intense. This mask (valued at $180.00, for a mere $49.95) hydrates, lifts, softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, maintains moisture levels, prevents Trans-Dermal Water Loss, scavenges free radicals and leaves skin soft, smooth supple and radiant. The texture is an emollient gel-like serum with a velvety texture that melts into the skin in the most luxurious way! This is eco-luxe and cruelty-free skincare at its best!

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom insists that everyone needs an Amazon Prime membership. Go read her blog post to see the membership perks that some people don't know about.

Have you tried HydraFacial? Never Say Die Beauty attended the HydraFacial World Tour 2.0 event in Salem MA for an al fresco HydraFacial, a facial technique that utilizes a computer-directed applicator wand that extracts dead skin cells and impurities, treats skin issues, and hydrates, all in 30 minutes or less! Divine!

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone is a true coconut nut. If it smells like coconut she's going to want it. When she discovered Cocooil from Australia she fell further in love. You need these products if you are a coconut nut too.

Looking for a gentle and effective dry shampoo? Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out Farmesthetics Powdered Silk Dry Shampoo.

Heather from Crazy Beautiful Makeup discovered this amazing new beauty mine called Florence by mills! If you are a fan of stranger things then you are no stranger to the character eleven. The amazing and adorable actress Millie Bobby Brown has created her own line of beauty products. She's sharing with you just a few of the new items available at your local Ulta!

Erika, Blogess in Chief of Notes from My Dressing Table shares why she adores the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist for her very dry, maturing complexion and why she finds that gorgeous stuff to be a bit of a double edged sword.

Prime Beauty shares her list of what she's loving now and it's going to be on your list for what YOU are loving too.

Friday, September 13, 2019


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I looked long and hard to find some bedding that I really liked and that would look great in my room and on my new mattress and platform bed. I was also far too busy at work to spend time going from store to store in search of what I was looking for. Therefore, I shopped online and purchased what I liked sight unseen. While this doesn't always work out well, I can say that in this case, it really did. I happened to check Macy's, since I have had some luck with their bedding, and because we had just purchased the Saatva Loom & Leaf 12" Relaxed Firm Mattress (Reviewed HERE) from them. Additionally, everything that I wanted was on sale, and therefore I couldn't resist making these purchases. 
Madison Park Linnette 3-Pc. King/California King Coverlet Set (Regularly $170.00. Sale $84.99. Extra 30% off $59.49 Use code: VIP. Sale ends 9/22/19): I love the way that this coverlet set looks and feels. It has enough weight to keep you warm, but it is slim enough that it tucks in without making the platform bed look bulky.

According to Macy's,

Simple and elegant, the Madison Park Linnette 3 Piece Coverlet Set offers a luxuriously comfortable update to your bedroom. This Cream quilted coverlet and matching shams feature two distinct quilting patterns that create an alluring textural look. A geometric design alternates with a circlet ogee pattern for added dimension and charm, while the prewashed fabric providing incredible softness and comfort.

- coverlet, 2 king shams
- coverlet:104" x 94", king sham (2):20" x 36" + 0.5"
- Solid - Geometric
- Microfiber from 100% polyester; Coverlet fill: 90% cotton, 5% polyester, 5% other fibers
- Machine Washable
Madison Park Liquid Cotton King Blanket (Regularly $140.00. Sale $97.99. Extra 30% off $68.59 Use code: VIP. Sale ends 9/22/19): I have to confess that the "liquid cotton" designation had me quite intrigued. It is a very high quality 100% cotton blanket that is very soft against the skin. Between this, the sheet and the coverlet we are plenty warm at night, but I suspect that we will need another blanket once the weather cools down.

According to Macy's,

Cozy up in one of the softest cotton blankets on the market. We take the highest quality cotton and spin it into a very smooth and soft material that we call Liquid Cotton. This blanket's cotton material virtually eliminates pilling and snagging to give you a lasting blanket that you will not have to replace year after year. Our Liquid Cotton blanket has reduced shrinkage compared to other cotton blankets. Cotton naturally wicks away moisture and is breathable which helps regulate your temperature at night, giving you year round comfort.

- Dimensions: 108" x 90"
- Eliminates pilling, snagging and shrinkage
- Durable and long-lasting
- Use it alone or layer it on a comforter for extra warmth
- All cotton
- Machine washable
Westport Solid Organic 4-Pc. King Sheet Set, 500 Thread Count GOTS Certified Cotton (Regularly $170.00. Sale $99.99. Extra 30% off  $69.99. Use code: VIP. Sale ends 9/22/19): I would say that these sheets were the biggest gamble since we were purchasing them sight unseen. That the thread count is 500 and the cotton is 100% certified organic gave me the incentive that I needed to try them out.  I am glad that I did, and am going to buy a second set. The cotton is soft and very comfortable against the skin. I have washed them numerous times, and they are holding up very well.

According to Macy's, "Cozy up to the soft feel of this 500-thread count solid king sheet set, crafted of organic cotton."

- Fabric: 100% Organic Cotton, Thread Count: 500
- Set includes: king flat sheet (108" x 102"), king fitted sheet (78" x 80" x 15") and two king pillowcases (20" x 40")
- Fits mattresses up to 18" deep
- Certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

Overall Assessment: If you are looking for some new bedding, I recommend these highly. Macy's is having such a great sale right now that it is definitely worth seeing if there is anything that you like and need!

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Thursday, September 12, 2019


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Space NK is delighted to announce the Space NK’s exclusive ONLINE SALE. Save up to 50% off select lines starting September 12. This appears to be their best online sale yet as it features a wide range of products from the brands listed below, and the prices are phenomenal!

Shop their edited curated collection of the world’s most innovative beauty products and enjoy up to 50% off brands including: 

African Botanics, Tata Harper, Smith & Cult, REN, Kevyn Auction, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, Malin + Goetz, Chantecaille, Oribe, Eve Lom, Derma Institute, Lipstick Queen, Philip B., Tula, 111SKIN, Uma, Rodial, Surratt, OUAI, Hourglass, Ilia Beauty, Mauli, Jin Soon, Rossano Ferretti, Tan-Luxe, Aromatherapy Associates, Soleil Toujours, Natura Bissé, 37 Actives, By Terry, Oskia, Sunday Riley and more. 

The discount is available online and will be automatically applied to your basket.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


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Barneys Love Yourself Bag Event 
Wednesday, September 25-Tuesday, October 1
The Barneys New York Love Yourself Bag Event is always a worthy event, and I will post all of the Step-Up Gifts and the contents of the legendary Gift Bag once I have that information.

In-Store Presale: Tuesday, September 17- Tuesday, September 24
BNY Love Yourself Bag Event Online & In-Store: Wednesday, September 25-Tuesday, October 1

Monday, September 9, 2019

Boxwalla October Box: Dream a Little Dream of Me | Featuring African Botanics

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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. Their October Beauty Box, Dream a Little Dream of Me, which only costs $49.95, is another must-have month in the land of Boxwalla, and it features a full-size African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift Intense.

Boxwalla offers beauty boxes 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.

*THIS IS A SUBSCRIPTION*  You will be charged initially when you purchase. Automatic renewal every two months until you cancel (If you are an existing subscriber, cancel by September 20, for the October Box and November 20, for the December Box). Free U.S Shipping.
Boxwalla October Box: Dream a Little Dream of Me (Cost: $49.95. Retail Value: $180.00 for 1.7 oz.): This is a full-sized African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift Intense in the October box.
According to African Botanics,

An innovative serum-strength intensive mask that is specifically designed to instantly increase moisture levels, replenish, lift, restructure, firm, smooth and energize the skin while providing mitochondrion protection and epidermal regeneration.

Promotes intensive hydration with dynamic concentrations of advanced ingredients: micro and mini Hyaluronic Acids, South African Aloe Ferox, fermented Yeast, Saccharides, Resurrection Plant and Mallow. Together with African adaptogenic plants, this mask draws multi-level hydration, helps fortify the skin’s barrier while feeding the skin at a deeper level. Instant or overnight use. Designed for all skin types. Can be used everyday or occasionally to help lift, plump, soothe and revitalize.

Powered by a unique combination of highly advanced and active marine glycobiology with oligo-elements, water-binding Red Seaweed, micronutrient-rich Microalga Glucans, Laminaria Algae and Chlorella Sorokiniana. The ground-breaking complex of Kappaphycus alvarezii (Algae) and Caesalpinia Spinosa (thorny shrub) is obtained without the use of any chemicals, it creates a mesh-like “second skin”, that acts as a non-occlusive barrier against pollutants, irritants and allergens while preserving the natural barrier function of the skin. Applied to the skin, Le Masque Hydralift Intense imparts instant lifting, firming, contouring, smoothing the skin’s surface and reducing the appearance of pores, lines and wrinkles. It also works to preserve the natural barrier function of the skin, ensuring that trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) is reduced so that skin maintains its moisture levels.
Key Benefits:
- Driven by advanced Marine biochemistry and African adaptogenic medicinal plants.
- Provides optimized hydration and improves moisture retention.
- Helps contour, lift, plump and firm.
- Helps restore lost moisture.
- Antioxidant protection and anti-pollution benefits.
- Brightens with stabilized Vitamin C and Niacinamide.

Skin Type: Designed for dry, dehydrated, dull, tired, thirsty, sun damaged and stressed-out skin.
Formulation: fluid hydrogel-serum texture.

I have made no secret about my devotion for African Botanics skincare– it remains my very favorite, and most-coveted, skincare brand. If I had to choose a single skincare brand, and forsake all others, there would be no hesitation in my choice. Therefore the pairing of my favorite skincare brand with my favorite green beauty box is nothing short of the perfect collaboration.

African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift Intense, which is one of their newest launches, is a revelation in face masks. It is formulated to lift, plump, soften the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, maintain moisture levels, prevent Trans-Epidermal Water Loss, and scavenge free-radicals. Furthermore, it leaves skin baby soft, supple, unbelievably smooth, and with a pronounced radiance and clarity seldom achieved in a single product. It can be used as a rinse off mask with great results, but if you really want to see what it is capable of, then use it as an overnight sleeping mask. Trust me, you won't ever want to use another sleeping mask again!

This nourishing gel-like serum is emollient and lightweight, with a glorious velvety texture, and it melts into the skin in the most luxurious way imaginable. This is eco-luxe, and cruelty-free, beauty at its finest, and African Botanics is the gold standard against which all other green beauty brands should be measured. Additionally, it has the most sumptuous aroma informed by the Rosa Centifolia– therefore if you love the smell of roses you will be utterly enchanted by this aromatic delight.
Directions: After cleansing and toning, apply a thick layer to clean dry or moist face and neck with fingertips or a brush. Massage in and allow the mask to infuse skin for 15-20 minutes then rinse. For best results may also be left on overnight. Use as a thin layer mixed with a few drops of oil for extra nourishment. Mild pilling is to be expected as some of the ingredients create a non-occlusive “second-skin” barrier.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Squalane, Hamamelis Virginia (Witch Hazel) Extract, Glycerin (Botanical), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Phospholipids, Glycine Soja Sterols, Stearic Acid, Safflower Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Yeast Extract, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract, Helichrysum Stoechas Extract, Chlorella Sorokiniana Extract, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Butylene Glycol (Sugar Cane), Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)** Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed F-fucoidan (Laminaria) Algae, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Myrothamus Flabellifolius (Resurrection) Plant Oil, Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Citrillus Lanatus (Kalahari Melon)** Seed Oil, Rosa Centifolia (Rose)* Flower Extract, Cape Aloe (Aloe Ferox)* Leaf, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab)** Seed Oil, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Aspalathus Linearis (Green Rooibos)* Tea Extract, Cyclopia Genistoides (Honeybush)* Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. *Organic, **Wild-Harvested Ingredients. Formulated without silicones, mineral oils, parabens, allergens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs and SLSs.
Photo below: Courtesy of Boxwalla
Overall Assessment: If you buy one thing this month, the Boxwalla October Box: Dream a Little Dream of Me really should be it! This is an incredible value ($49.95 for a $180.00 mask), and you simply cannot go wrong! A+

*THIS IS A SUBSCRIPTION*  You will be charged initially when you purchase. Automatic renewal every two months until you cancel (If you are an existing subscriber, cancel by September 20, for the October Box). 

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Things That I am Loving and Contemplating Lately

My friend Jen, from My Beauty Bunny, did this really interesting post the other day that highlights the things she is currently loving, doing and considering. It is based upon the "Taking Stock" templates bloggers often like to post, and it is a nice change of pace. She invited everyone to join in, and I thought that it was so interesting that I decided to do it as well.

Making: A new garden space in our backyard. We ripped out all of the overgrowth and are in the midst of designing a new space filled with indigenous, and Mediterranean, plants that are drought resistant and beautiful. We are taking out our lawn and creating distinct "rooms" and outdoor living spaces. It's back-breaking work, and we are doing it ourselves (at least at this point), but the rewards will be many.

Wishing: Summer wasn't ending!

Cooking: It's too hot for a lot of cooking, or eating hot food, therefore I am eating a lot of salads and fruit right now.

Drinking: Tall glasses of ice water– it is so refreshing in this hot Los Angeles heat. However, I also have been drinking some Matcha Green Tea Lattes when I want a little caffeine-fueled pick-me-up (Peet's Coffee makes a delicious version).

Reading: I am re-reading Roland Barthes Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. It is absolutely brilliant, as one would expect.

Wanting: For Milo to fully heal. He still is not feeling well, and we brought him to the vet for a followup appointment, and are awaiting test results.

Looking: I am staring into the nearly blank canvas that is my backyard, and trying to envision what it will look like when we are done.

Playing: With our dogs, Delilah and Lucy, in the backward– when it's not too hot.

Deciding: We are deciding on how to build a catio in the backyard. There are coyotes that cruise our area eating cats and small dogs– therefore letting the cats roam outdoors is not an option.

Enjoying: The peace and serenity of the early morning hours when the rest of LA is asleep.

Waiting: For the third box of our Thuma The Bed to be delivered so that we can put it together!

Liking: The idea of eliminating excess, and streamlining my whole life. That is precisely why I started to do such a large scale spring cleaning. It started with our garage, which had become a storage facility for everyone's stuff, and it has inspired me to scrutinize everything in my house.

Wondering: When the Game of Thrones prequel will be happening!

Loving: I am absolutely in love with our new Loom & Leaf Relaxed Firm Memory Foam Mattress. It is like sleeping on a supportive cloud, and I have never loved a bed more!

Pondering: The end of summer and going back to work soon.

Considering: Which projects to undertake while I am still on vacation! I realize that I also need some R&R though, because I have been working very hard on so many physically exhausting projects.

Watching: Big Dreams, Small Spaces on Netflix: It is a brilliant gardening show featuring Monty Don, and it has been giving me design ideas, and serious inspiration, for the backyard. While it features lots of tiny gardens in the UK I am adapting the ideas to an LA size backyard. I have also been binge-watching Succession (HBO) and Doctor Who (missed episodes).

Hoping: For a wonderful fall season. More importantly, I am hoping for a winter season without landslides, fires and other disasters that have crippled Southern California. I am very concerned about all of the people who have been directly impacted by Hurricane Dorian, and am hoping for the best. These disasters are utterly heart-wrenching.

Admiring: All of the rescue workers who are on the front-lines of disaster-relief. They are the true heroes.

Marvelling: At the wondrous natural world. Digging in the garden has not only had a grounding effect on me, but watching the birds, squirrels, lizards and insects up close has been nothing short of magnificent.

Needing: To go to the grocery store, but I am not in the mood to do it!

Smelling: I have been wearing Aftelier Cuir de Gardenia this summer, and absolutely LOVE it!

Wearing: Comfy cotton clothes to withstand the heat!

Following: My instincts, because they are usually right.

Noticing: The little things, and realizing just how important they are. It has made me more present, and in the moment, in all things. It is so easy to get consumed by what you have to do, and consciously being in the present adds such richness to one's life. This has been a difficult lesson because I make lists and am very organized about planning things out (for work and at home).

Knowing: Some of the greatest lessons, and experiences, in life come from the least expected places.

Thinking: I have been thinking a lot about a few writing projects that I am working on.

Feeling: Overheated! It has been so hot here in LA, and as a result we have been blasting the A/C for relief. However, we have been working outside so much, and the only relief is taking breaks in the shade with a huge glass of ice water.

Admiring: Selfless people who are motivated to do things for the greater good, and without the idea of personal gain. We need far more people like that in the world today!

Sorting: The contents of the garage, basement and closets. I am doing major spring cleaning to eliminate all cluttered spaces.

Buying: Low VOC paint for my bedroom. I am in full DIY mode right now, and have a very long list of projects that I am working on.

Getting: Work clothes for the fall, but I hate clothes shopping and will do it online!

Bookmarking: Actual books, rather than websites! Imagine that!

Disliking: Divisive politics and the way that it is dividing this country.

Opening: Forever opening up to new possibilities, new ideas that I hadn't previously held and talking to people with experiences vastly different from my own.

Giggling: Laughing with friends lately has been such a joy.

Snacking: On fresh fruit salad– it is so refreshing in this heat.

Coveting: Everything from African Botanics! This should come as no surprise since I absolutely love their products!

Helping: Milo, and frankly catering to his every need as he heals. I will do anything to help him on his road to recovery.

Hearing: The fountain in the backyard– it offers a serene backdrop when I am working.

Please share your thoughts, and answers, to any of the above! I would love to hear what you are loving and contemplating lately!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Celebrates the Beginning of September with These Top Picks

Summer may still have a little bit of time left on the clock, but I Know all the Words is prepping for fall with some new autumnal shades from Mary Kay. With matte lipsticks and two shadow quads, you can't help but feel seasonal vibes.

The Beauty & the Box Traveler Deluxe makeup travel kit is perfect to organize and carry ALL your makeup and toiletries whether you’re a beauty enthusiast or a seasoned traveler. Prime Beauty LOVES it!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has a penchant for eco-luxe cruelty-free skincare products, and therefore is very happy to introduce you to Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Serums! They are worth every cent, and they deliver on their promises– plus they are good for your skin, and the environment.

Never Say Die Beauty is hosting a giveaway that's perfect for fall. Enter to win iconic Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, the gentle, leave on exfoliator that smooths skin and unclogs and shrinks pores!

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom thinks Vitamin C should be part of everyone's anti-aging skincare routine. Read her post to see why.

Sometimes you need a luxurious skin tool in your life to bring you to the next step. Lisa from Beauty Info Zone has just the apparatus that you'll need and want with the JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser. The difference in her skin makes it well worth the cost.

Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has delved into the world of essential oils with Simply Earth, and has tested out and reviewed their September soap making-themed recipe box.

Have you tried the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder? Erika of Notes from My Dressing Table shares why she loves to use it as an under eye setting powder. Check out her review and how-to to learn more.

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Nubian Heritage Mango Butter Collection is Delectable!

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I love Nubian Heritage products because they are effective, they smell delicious (though they have unscented products too), they are affordable and they are cruelty-free. However, their Mango Butter Collection is so delectable that from the moment I opened the hand cream it was clear to me that this collection was my favorite by far. The aroma is absolutely glorious, and it smells like a creamsicle on a warm summer day.
Nubian Heritage Mango Butter Hand Cream ($9.99 for 4 oz. from Nubian Heritage and The Vitamin Shoppe): This is a wonderful mid-weight hand cream that melts into the skin quickly and without leaving skin greasy. It is ultra-moisturizing and nourishing, and it does an excellent job softening the skin. The scent is utterly delectable, but it does not linger too long, and therefore won't interfere with other fragrances that you might plan to wear.

According to Nubian Heritage,

Protect hands from the harsh, drying effects of the environment with this moisturizing treatment formulated with tropical ingredients Mango and Orange.

Directions: Squeeze a dime-sized amount of nutrient-rich hand cream into palms and gently massage into dry hands to deep moisturize and protect your skin.

Ingredients: Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernel), Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Vegetable Glycerin, Jojoba Oil*, Essential Oil Blend, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Orange Oil, Allantoin (Comfrey Root Extract), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract.

Nubian Heritage Mango Butter Soap ($4.99 for 5 oz. from Nubian Heritage, The Vitamin Shoppe, iHerb and Jet): This very moisturizing soap creates a rich and creamy lather, and it thoroughly cleans skin without leaving behind a greasy residue. I find it so emollient that I can use it to shave my legs.

According to Nubian Heritage,

Nubian Heritage's tropical Mango Butter Soap is an ultra-moisturizing, cleanser blended with rich and nourishing Mango, Cocoa and Shea Butters to provide supple, rejuvenating moisture for the appearance of firmer, healthier looking skin.

Directions: Apply to washcloth or hands, create rich lather and cleanse. Rinse well. Follow with your favorite Nubian Heritage body lotion or infused butter. Avoid contact with eyes.

Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Butyrosepermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*仫, Sodium Gluconate, Palm Acid, Sodium Chloride, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel, Palm Kernel Acid, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal, Ascorbic Acid, Honey, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499) *Certified Organic Ingredient. 仫Fair Trade Ingredient.

Nubian Heritage Mango Butter 24 Hour Deodorant ($6.99 for 2.25 oz. from Nubian Heritage and The Vitamin Shoppe): If you use natural deodorants, then I definitely recommend trying one from Nubian Heritage. However, if you use mainstream chemical-based antiperspirants and deodorants, then you may not like these. They are decidedly earthy, and they will not control perspiration. Their deodorants are formulated with nourishing ingredients like shea butter and essential oils, and I find them moisturizing as well as effective at controlling under arm odor. I should state, however, that I have been using natural deodorants since high school, so I am in no way weaning myself from mainstream drugstore deodorants and antiperspirants. These are natural, non-GMO deodorants that are truly healthy for the skin.

If you are new to the world of natural deodorants, be aware that sometimes people with sensitive armpits can get rashes, or irritated skin. If that happens, just stop using them. I have pretty sensitive skin under my arms, and this formula doesn't irritate my skin, but I have had some natural deodorants irritate my skin over the years.

I should note that I cannot vouch for Nubian Heritage's 24 hour claim because I never have it on for a full 24 hours, but I can say that I find this formula very effective and long-wearing.

According to Nubian Heritage,

Our 24 Hour Deodorant, containing naturally derived ingredients, is enriched with NON-GMO certified Propanediol, a tested and effective natural deodorant ingredient derived from corn.
Vegetable Glycerin and Shea Butter provide a silky glide. No Aluminum, No Proptlene Glycol, No Parabens, No Triclosan, No Silicones, No Animal Testing.

Ingredients: Propanediol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Water, Sodium Stearate, Silica,Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Ricinoleate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, MangiferaIndica (Mango) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) SeedButter, Allantoin, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate. *Certified Organic Ingredient Fair Trade Ingredient.
Overall Assessment: Yes, yes, yes!

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Serums

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Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique is a cruelty-free eco-luxe beauty brand, from Berkeley, California, that makes beautiful and soulful products that are clean, and that deliver results.

About Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique,

Marie-Veronique Nadeau is a chemist who founded Marie Veronique in 2002. An inventor at heart who suffered from teenage acne, she was moved to create her own products when she could find nothing on the market that was clean and effective to address her rosacea. From there, she went on to develop a line for acne and was one of the first to formulate a non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen. She continues to lead the way towards safe yet effective skincare, determined to move an industry ensconced in hype into the realm of science. She holds degrees in Math and Science, trained as an esthetician, and is a former high school chemistry teacher. She collaborates with her daughter, Jay Nadeau, physicist and bio-medical engineer, to carefully choose each ingredient in her products to solve real skin issues and address the causes of aging at the source.

Our vision at Marie Veronique is to deliver superior, non-toxic skincare drawing on nature’s genius and the brain of science through innovative formulations. Achieving optimal skin health and healing real skin issues drive us to produce safe products that truly work.
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Barrier Restore Serum ($110.00 for 1 oz. from Marie Veroniquegoop and Violet Grey): This soothing serum is a perfect choice for people with skin that is dehydrated, irritated, inflamed– and it is formulated to help skin conditions such as dermatitis, acne and rosacea. It soothes and hydrates, and does an enviable job mitigating the effects of irritated skin. It is concentrated, therefore only a tiny amount is needed to render the desired results.

According to Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique,

Kristina Holey intended this product to be initially used for clients with weakened barrier layers, but found through client trials that every-one reported an increase in comfort in their skin, less need for heavy moisturizers, and an absence of dryness even in extreme conditions.

The key to healthy skin is water balance of the stratum corneum. This groundbreaking serum maintains barrier function in two ways.

First, it replaces Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF), A collection of water soluble compounds which keep skin cells hydrated.

Secondly, it prevents loss of NMF via a liposomal sealing system that traps water molecules instead of letting them absorb into the lower layers of the epidermis.

Directions: Use AM + PM. Shake well. Apply a thin layer after cleansing and misting. Follow with an application of one of our recommended oil blends. If irritation develops discontinue use and consult a physician. Keep in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Use within 6 months of opening.

Key benefits:
- Balances moisture levels, eliminating dry, dehydrated skin.
- Corrects inflammation, including acne, dermatitis and even aging.
- Relieves dermatitis-related conditions (allergic and atopic), and fortifies sensitive and rosacea-prone skin.

Select Ingredients and their attributes:

CERAMIDES  Lipid molecules within cell membranes, they help cells form a protective layer that plumps skin and retains moisture.

SODIUM HYALURONATE Occurs naturally in skin, maintaining its moisture and elasticity. This large molecule can’t fully penetrate the skin’s outer layers to fill wrinkles, yet it’s a wonderful humectant, holding up to 1000x its own weight in water.

L-ARGININE  Also known as L-glutamine, this amino acid is proven to play an important role in the growth of fibroblast cells.

SODIUM PCA  A humectant found in human skin has high water absorbing properties, and the ability to absorb moisture from the air.

PHOSPHATIDYL SERINE  Some studies show topical application slows wrinkling by inhibiting enzymes that break down collagen.

MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE May help alleviate dryness/inflammation in magnesium deficient skin by increasing elasticity and moisture.

Ingredients: Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Infusion, Propanediol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lactobacillus & Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Urea, Zinc Oxide, Phospholipids (Soy Lecithin), Ceramide NP (Stearoyl Phytosphingosine), Milk Lipids (Phosphatidylethanolamine, Phosphatidylcholine), Laminaria sp. (Algae) Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Sodium PCA, Colloidal Trace Minerals, Magnesium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), Polygonum Aviculare (Knotweed Bioflavonoids) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Lactic Acid, Gluconolactone, Aspartic Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Resveratrol, Phosphatidylserine, Acetyl Glucosamine, Whey, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Arginine, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate.
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Soothing B3 Serum ($90.00 for 1 oz. from Marie VeroniquegoopCredo Beauty and Violet Grey): This antioxidant-rich Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) based serum is formulated to reduce inflammation, to deeply hydrated and brightened and to protect the skin against environmental damage from free-radicals. Furthermore, after prolonged use it will help to fade hyperpigmentation, and it calms and helps heal acne.

According to Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique,

This gel is ideal for all skin types and for all seasons, whether you live in humid climate, the dead of winter in NYC, or are a frequent traveler, as it prevents against many of the symptoms that result from extreme conditions.

The strategic formulation results in a gel that provides an even and natural glow without any topical residue.

Client trials by Kristina Holey Have shown a notable decrease in redness and sensitivity with consistent usage, as well as a reduction in acne in those who experience cyclical or more inflammatory based breakouts.

Safely and effectively controls inflammation with 10% Niacinamide, Bioflavonoids and Licorice Root.

A light gel that disappears upon application to protect and soothe invisibly, it may be used day or night, or both. If sensitive to Niacinamide you may experience mild flushing after initial uses which will quickly dissipate leaving the skin calm and stronger. See recommended uses for more information.

Microbiome-friendly + fragrance and essential oil free, it is safe for even the most allergy-prone, sensitive skin.

Directions: Use AM + PM. Shake well. Apply a thin layer after cleansing and misting. Follow with an application of one of our recommended oil blends, such as Treatment Oil or Rejuvenating Night Oil.

N.B.: If sensitive to Niacinamide you may initially experience a mild flush and redness which will quickly dissipate leaving the skin calm. This generally decreases over repeated use as the skin strengthens. If you experience severe flushing or irritation develops discontinue use and consult a physician. Keep in a cool place out of direct sunlight. If irritation develops discontinue use and consult a physician. Keep in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Use within 6 months of opening.

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:

NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3) reduces inflammation by improving barrier function and stimulating ceramide production.

PANTHENOL very hydrating/moisturizing, deeply penetrative.

LICORICE ROOT brightens skin, reduces hyperpigmentation and age spots, anti-inflammatory.

EGCG The major and most highly chemopreventive constituent in green tea, the catechin possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

KNOTGRASS FLAVONOIDS enhances skin firmness and elasticity and boosts skin cell turnover rate.

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Infusion, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Probiotics, Gluconolactone, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sodium Salicylate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Beta-Glucan, Polygonum Aviculare (Knotweed Bioflavonoids) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Galactooligosaccharides, Sodium Bicarbonate, Curcuma Longa/Xanthorrhiza (Turmeric) Root Extract.
Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Intensive Repair Serum ($90.00 for 1 oz. from Marie VeroniquegoopCredo BeautyViolet Grey and The Detox Market): This is a wonderful serum to combat excessive sebum production, to heal acne without drying, stripping or traumatizing the skin and to exfoliate dead skin cells.

According to Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique,

This gel is an amazing refiner. It works strategically to strengthen the skin in a way that is supported and resilient against breakouts. Instead of stripping, drying and sterilizing the skin, client trials have shown a balance in oil production, a decrease in dry/inflammed skin from previous acne treatments, and decongested pores.

When used as a supplement to OTC acne medications the transition period was minimal with little to no negative adjustment period.

For her clients that do not have acne or excessive oil production, Kristina Holey  recommends using this serum as an exfoliant (nightly 1-2x per week, or as a 20 minute gentle exfoliating mask). Clients reported a brightening effect, increase in product penetration and overall smooth texture.

Reduces congestion, controls oil, and refines the complexion. Safely and effectively combats either chronic acne or sporadic breakouts. Works naturally by supplying missing micronutrients rather than assaulting skin with anti-microbials that may compromise microbiome integrity.

Key Benefits:
- Regulate sebum production to reduce severity of breakouts.
- Reduce inflammation contributing to pimples, blackheads, redness and blotchiness.
- Clear up stubborn congestion and refine skin texture.

Directions: Shake well. At night, apply a thin layer after cleansing and misting. Follow with  Barrier Restore Serum. (Also apply Soothing B3 Serum at this time if you have inflammatory or dehydration concerns). Finish with one of our recommended oil blends, such as Treatment Oil or Rejuvenating Night Oil. If irritation develops discontinue use and consult a physician. Keep in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Use within 6 months of opening.

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VITAMIN B5  regulates sebum overproduction by boosting Co-enzyme A activity.

LACTIC ACID an alpha-hydroxy acid that speeds cell turnover rates and supports ceramide production.

SALICYLIC ACID a beta hydroxy acid that dissolves compacted debris in cells to decongest pores.

ACETIC ACID apple cider vinegar maintains healthy pH levels to discourage pathogenic overgrowth.

MARRUBIUM EXTRACT anti-inflammatory, soothes irritated skin.

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Infusion, Lactic Acid Extract, Salix Nigra (Black Willow) Bark Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), Probiotics, Gluconolactone, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Beta-Glucan, Polygonum Aviculare (Knotweed Bioflavonoids) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Marrubium Vulgare (White Horehound) Extract, Galactooligosaccharides, Acetic Acid (Apple Cider Vinegar)
Overall Assessment: If you are seeking cruelty-free luxury serums that are filled with healthy ingredients, and that do what they claim– then I recommend taking a closer look at Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique's ultra-luxe skincare.

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