Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tweezerman Contour Concealer Brush Review

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I have used Tweezerman products for as long as I can remember, and I was very excited about trying their recently launched line of makeup brushes. When Tweezerman sent me the Contour Concealer Brush I was thrilled because it was one of the standouts for me because of its versatile functionality and shape. I have plenty of highlighters and concealers, and simply couldn't wait to test it out.

This brush was specifically designed to:

Highlight and accentuate cheeks and around eyes with precision detail. The unique curve of this brush follows the natural contours of the face and fits perfectly into hard to reach areas like inner corners of eyes without causing irritation or dragging the skin. Follows natural contours of the face to layer color on evenly. Fits hard to reach areas naturally without irritation or drag.
The Contour Concealer Brush has Synthetic bristles made from DuPont Natrafil filaments, which are supposed to feel like--yet outperform-- animal hair brushes. I find that the Contour Concealer brush is quite soft against the skin, but I can tell that the bristles are synthetic. That is not a criticism of the brush, but more of an observation, and it doesn't change the fact that I am quite smitten with it.

The unique curved shape allows this handy little brush to effortlessly trace the contours of the face while depositing highlighter or concealer precisely where you want it, and not where you don't. In its capacity as an under eye concealer brush I find that it does an exemplary job getting into hard to reach areas such as the inner corners of my sensitive eyes, and without any irritation whatsoever. Furthermore, the curved shape allows one to work with great precision with little effort.
Tweezerman's Contour Concealer Brush has a nice curved shape that perfectly accommodates the natural curves of the face.
Tweezerman's Suggested Use & Care:

Use the brush vertically to sweep under eye primer/concealer below each eye—the shape of the brush is designed to fit and glide comfortably without irritating or dragging the delicate under eye skin.
For highlighting, apply highlighting concealer or powder to the brush head sparingly (you can add more as needed to subtly blend and build a radiant effect—the shape of the brush will naturally layer on color evenly).

Holding the brush horizontally and slightly at an angle, press the brush lightly to cheek, with the center hugging the apple of your cheekbone, smoothly sweep along the contour and  back towards the hairline to create height and a healthy looking  glow along the cheekbone.

Repeat before reloading the brush to blend thoroughly between layers (if more than one sweep is even required), you want to achieve a subtle, soft glow.

Brushes can easily be cleaned with a makeup remover or face wipe. Natrafil® filaments allow for easy and frequent cleaning without altering softness or performance. Air dry flat.

Pair with full coverage & long wear concealers, eye primers and setting powders.
Overall Assessment: Nice job, Tweezerman! Such a nice brush at a very reasonable price, no less! This is now my most reached for concealer brush. I'm now curious to try more brushes from the line.

$18.00 from Tweezerman and Ulta (Affiliate Links).

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African Wanderlust Travel + Gift Set from African Botanics | A Gorgeous Must-Have!

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Experience South Africa and its beauty - the colours of the earth, raw textures and rare essences in this magnificent travel set.

Features a two-week introduction to our African Marula Oil Ritual. Pure Marula Cleansing Oil removes makeup, sunscreen and pollution, while the Mineral Cleansing Mask deeply cleanses and refreshes fatigued skin, providing hydration, vitamins, and energy to your cells. Cold pressed, anti-aging Pure Marula Oil hydrates, softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increases skin elasticity, plumps and revitalizes your complexion. Marula Shimmering Gold Oil, light and airy in texture formulated for face, body and hair, captures and reflects the radiant splendour of glimmering African sunsets, beautifying with translucent mother of pearl minerals to illuminate skin and enhance its natural radiance.

Each cosmetic bag is handwoven by men and women of individual homesteads in rural villages in the Kasaai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a traditionally woven textile by individuals and not mass produced in any controlled environment, so each piece has its own flair and creativity and is absolutely unique. It is a flat weave that is woven from the raffia Vinafera palm which grows wild and is endemic to the tropical region on a double heddle hand loom and takes between 3 and 4 months to weave, mostly for a few hours in the evenings after work in the fields has been done for the day. The symbols are all representative of the makers life and tells the story of birth, marriage, harvest, children, cattle and ceremonies. The purchase of this fabric supports the weavers and artisans of this age old tradition as well as the artisans who make up the finished product in South Africa. All goods are traded and made up following fair trade principles.

The African Wanderlust Travel + Gift Set contains:
  • Pure Marula Cleansing Oil for all skin types. 30ml - 1oz.
  • Marula Mineral Cleansing Mask for all skin types. 20ml - 0.68oz
  • Pure Marula Oil for all skin types. 5ml
  • Marula Shimmering Gold Oil for face, body and hair. 30ml - 1oz.
$110.00 Available from African Botanics (Unaffiliated Link).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

pürminerals Will Make You Blush with Their Gorgeous Powder and Cream Chateau Cheeks | Review and Swatches

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The more pürminerals products that I try, the more that I am taken by the line. They make such lovely high quality products, and they are inherently affordable when compared to their luxury department store counterparts. Lip and cheek products always serve as my litmus tests for a line, and I'm pleased to say that pürminerals has exceeded my expectations in both categories.

Their Chateau Cheeks blushes come in both cream and powder formulas, and I'm pleased to report that both boast phenomenal quality.
Chateau Cheeks Pressed Powder Blush in Savvy (on the left): Savvy is an astonishingly beautiful muted berry that is ultra finely milled. So much so, in fact, that one might liken it to the much sought after cream to powder type of formula. It spreads across the skin effortlessly while depositing gorgeous pigmentation in a single sweep across the cheeks. The refined sparkle translates to the perfect sheen that lends itself to the natural glow from within appearance that I always seek in my blush. Savvy can easily be sheered out for a natural flush or  built-up for maximum drama. I'm a bit of a blush enthusiast (understatement), and I can find no fault with this formula. It's ultra smooth and long-wearing, and the color is gorgeous! What takes this formula to the next level is that it includes antioxidant rich anti-aging skincare ingredients.

According to pürminerals,

Get a gorgeous, age-defying glow with this pressed mineral blush with built-in Farm to Jar™ skincare! As you highlight and accentuate your natural features, your skin will drink in the anti-aging benefits of vine-fresh Resveratrox® and Vitisin, harvested exclusively for Pür from Bordeaux's famed wine region. Taken from the vines, shoots and skin of wine-producing grapes, these key ingredients have been shown to soften the look of lines and brighten the skin's appearance. Paraben-free. Gluten-free. 

Features & Benefits:
  • Brightens the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin
  • Protects and nourishes for a healthy looking glow
  • Hydrates for a noticeably softer finish
  • Pür Minerals does NOT test its products on animals.
Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearate, Silica, Propanediol, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Aqua, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Vine Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Root Extract, Ceramide 2, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Tin Oxide, Carmine (CI 75470). Contains carmine as a color additive.

$18.00 for .14 oz. Available from pürminerals.
Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt (on the right): Flirt is my favorite kind of pink blush! It's a stunning bright and clear blue-based pink that makes my heart sing. It's one of those perfect pinks that those among us with cool-tones skin always seek out! The texture is creamy dreamy and glides across the cheeks evenly and easily, and with no skips. Unlike some cream formula blushes that emphasize pores-- this one does not. Instead it offers the perfect natural finish and stays put without fading for many many hours. It can be sheered out or built up for more drama, but I find the natural flush to be perfection. This lovely formula is also filled with antioxidant rich anti-aging skincare ingredients, and now has the distinction of being one of my favorite cream blushes!

According to pürminerals,

Highlight and accent your cheeks with velvety colour cream blush featuring built-in Farm to Jar™ skincare. As you add natural depth and warmth to your complexion, your skin will drink in the anti-aging benefits of vine-fresh Resveratrox® and Vitisin, harvested exclusively for Pür from Bordeaux's famed wine region. Taken from the finest wine-producing French grapes, these key ingredients have been shown to soften the look of lines and brighten the skin's appearance. Château Cheeks Cream Blush contains NO mineral oil, petrolatum or lanolin oil and is non-comedogenic. Paraben-free. Gluten-free. 

Features & Benefits:
  • Conditions and helps to renew the skin's appearance
  • Brightens the look of dark spots for more even skin tone
  • Increases skin radiance and brilliance 
Using your fingertips, apply Château Cheeks Cream Blush in circular motions, beginning on the apple of the cheek and working upward and outward. (For a more airbrushed look, use a liquid chisel brush.)

Ingredients: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic Capric Tryglycerides, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Stearoxy Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein Octenylsuccinate, Polyisobutene, Isododecane, Propanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Cera Alba, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aqua, Carthamus Tinctoris (Safflower) Seed Oil, Peg 75 Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ceteth 20, Steareth 20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Boron Nitride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Vine Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Root Extract, Sorbic Acid, Luffa Cylindrica (Seed) Oil, Ceramide 2, May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Tin Oxide

$18.00 for 0.08 oz. Available from pürminerals.
Savvy is a beautiful muted berry
Flirt is a gorgeous bright blue-based pink
 Top to Bottom: Flirt and Savvy
Overall Assessment: It's true love for me! I can't often make this claim, but I see myself hitting the pan on both of these!

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pürminerals Lip Gloss Sticks in Coraline and Daredevil | Review and Swatches

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pürminerals Lip Gloss Sticks are gorgeous high shine jumbo lip glosses that look and feel great on the lips. It is a non-sticky lip gloss formula with all of the convenience of lip pencil. The vivid ultra saturated highly pigmented glosses offer opaque coverage in a couple of passes, or can be sheered out for barely-there coverage. They offer the perfect amount of cushion for comfortable wear, they last several hours without fading on my lips. Despite the fact that they aren't sticky they effortlessly cling to my lips. My lips feel soft, smooth and hydrated whenever I use these pretty little gems. While there is a detectable scent that smells faintly like vanilla in the tube--I was unable to detect any flavor when I wear them on my lips.

Is it a gloss, is it a pencil, or is it something better? Pür's megawatt Lip Gloss Sticks give you the jaw-dropping bold lip look you expect from a gloss with application ease of a jumbo pencil. Bursting with rich emollients and vitamin E, these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they colour. Now that's something to smile about. 
 Paraben free
 Left to Right: Coraline and Daredevil 

Coraline is a gorgeous peachy orange
Daredevil is a luscious warm tomato red
Ingredients: Lanolin Oil, Polybutene, Cetyl Ricinleate, Ethylhexyl Dimethyl Paba, Glyceryl Triacetyl Hydroxystearate, Euphorbia (Carnauba) Wax, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum). May Contain (+/-): Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 45410), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica, Orange 5 (CI 45370), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 21 (CI 15985), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985). Contains Carmine as a color additive.
 pürminerals does NOT test its products on animals.
Overall Assessment: A modern classic! They are available in 8 beautiful colors, and I definitely want to try more shades!

$16.00 for .08 oz. from pürminerals (Unaffiliated Link).
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emerginC scientific organics Grape Stem Cell, White Tea + Seaweed Body Butter | Review

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emerginC Scientific Organics Grape Stem Cell, White Tea and Seaweed Body Butter is a delightfully citrus scented fast absorbing body butter that leaves skin feeling scrumptiously hydrated, but never greasy. This antioxidant rich formula protects the skin while nourishing it, and the algae aids in promoting cell turnover to reveal youthful skin. I noted that using this body butter resulted in an improved texture of my skin while leaving it silky soft to the touch.

This fresh-citrus-scented nourishing total body cream contains grape stem cells, spirulina, algae, green and white teas, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, vitamins A, C and E, palmariapalmata, pine bark extract and more to nourish, soothe and soften the skin. 

A blend of marine algae nourish, fortify and promote dermal cell turnover, improving texture and tone. Shea butter conditions while grape stem cells and white tea offer antioxidant protection for a silky-soft feel and healthy, youthful look. For intense hydration, apply to clean skin after body exfoliation and/or mask treatment. Formulated for all skin types.
Active Ingredients: Grape Stem Cells, Spirulina, Algae Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea, White Tea, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Orange Oil, PalmariaPalmata, Pine Bark Extract, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Lecithin, Xylitol, Xylitylglucoside.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea) Butter *, Squalane, Ceteareth-20, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Glycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Cell Extract, Isomalt, Lecithin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract*, Algae Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract*, Pinus Sylvestris(Pine) Bark Extract*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract*, Quillaja Saponaria (Soapbark) Leaf Extract, Sacchromyces/ Xylinium/ Black Tea Ferment (Kombucha Ferment), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Citral, Linalool, Limonene, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate.

Overall Assessment: This body butter is a potent antioxidant rich anti-aging cream that nourishes, hydrates, softens and protects the skin. Furthermore, the longer that I use it the better that my skin looks and feels. This is an amazing addition to my body care routine-- and will be particularly wonderful as the weather cools down causing my skin to become more dry. This is worth every cent!

$45.00 for 6.7 oz. from emerginC and Dermstore, Beauty Encounter and Yes Style (Affiliate Links).

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TAYA Amazon White Clay Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner | Review

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TAYA Amazon White Clay Thickening Shampoo and Amazon White Clay Thickening Conditioner were created to add "body, richness and thickness to fine, thin, lifeless hair." While my naturally curly hair can hardly be considered fine, thin or lifeless-- I have to say that I found both the shampoo and conditioner to be nourishing and enriching. Each time that I use these products my hair feels silky smooth and manageable, and the extent to which it becomes volumized is not akin to 1980s mall hair. I would describe it more as lending my hair added body in a good way.  If you have thin and lifeless hair I think that you will find this shampoo and conditioner pairing a lovely addition to your haircare routine.

According to TAYA,

Amazon White Clay Thickening Shampoo is formulated with Amazon White Clay, extracts of Croton Lechleri Resin and Raw Avocado Oil which help to expand, enrich, and infuse body and fullness to every hair strand. Perfect for fine, thin, lifeless or brittle hair in need of body.

Amazon White Clay Thickening Conditioner is a highly concentrated, super thickening conditioner formulated with Amazon White Clay, extracts of Croton Lechleri Resin and Raw Avocado Oil to help expand, thicken, and infuse body and fullness to every hair strand. Superb for fine, thin, lifeless or brittle hair in need of body and fullness.
Shampoo Ingredients:
 Conditioner Ingredients:
About TAYA:

TAYA is the spirit and promise of the rainforest..... the rare power to beautify..... our source of life, spirit, and replenishment.

Unprocessed, raw, natural...... the super-botanicals of the rainforest..... like Cupuaçu Oil, the Durabundi Nut, the Annato Plant, Buriti Oil, and the Brazillian Açai Berry..... have provided for the enrichment and regeneration of its indigenous peoples' body and spirit since the beginning.

These timeless traditions and their intimate connectedness to the rainforest..... to the earth, the sky, the river, and to the forest itself..... are the extraordinary hair and body products of TAYA.

Meaning "I am" in the Wayuu dialect, and symbolizing the timeless relationship between ourselves and the rainforest, TAYA products embody those unique combinations of the rainforest's botanical treasures that have been passed down from mother to daughter..... for untold generations.

All TAYA products are formulated free of sulfates, parabens, animal products, and animal testing.

All indigenous rainforest botanical ingredients are sourced through environmentally sustainable programs which are free of toxic and agrochemical agents, or genetically modified elements, and where the local communities directly benefit from their harvests and conservation efforts.

Overall Assessment: TAYA is definitely a line worth exploring. Their products are lovely and effective.

Shampoo $20.00 for 10 oz. available from Taya and Beauty.com
Conditioner $22.00 for 10 oz. available from Taya and Beauty.com (Affiliate Links).

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Beauty Products Worth Hoarding | My Current Must-Have Selection

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The sheer amount of beauty products in my rotation at any given time would certainly make me appear to be a hoarder, but in the midst of all of the products that I test out and review there are always those that truly win my heart over. The products that become personal favorites have the distinction of being reached for all of the time, and they quickly make it to the top of the "I will definitely be repurchasing this" list. 

Here you will see my current beauty product obsessions! I selected products that I either already have backups of, will be replacing as soon as they get close to empty, or have already replaced at least once. In short, whether these are newer to my rotation or old favorites-- these are my lucky 13 products that I am currently completely obsessed with!

1) TATCHA POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder: This is one of the most amazing cleansers that I have ever used. It gently exfoliates the skin leaving it indescribably soft, smooth and supple. You simply mix a tiny bit of water to activate the powder, and the results are truly astounding. (Reviewed here. $65.00 at Barneys New York)

2) evanhealy Rose Geranium Facial Tonic Hydrosoul: This lovely Hydrosoul is an antioxidant rich hydrating spray that revitalizes the skin while it protects against free radical damage. The lovely scent soothes the senses and enchants the spirit. I spritz it on my face whenever I want a little pick me up, and I often spray it on top of my beauty oils to facilitate absorption. ($23.50 from evanhealy)

3) African Botanics Pure Marula Oil: I have been madly in love with the African Botanics Neroli Infused Marula Oil (reviewed here) for quite a long time, and now can say that my obsession and love extends to their Pure Marula Oil as well. This deeply nourishing and hydrating luxury face oil is a weightless and fast absorbing oil antioxidant rich powerhouse. This delightful elixir softens the appearance of fine lines while giving the complexion remarkable clarity and luminosity. ($80.00 from African Botanics & Space NK)

4) African Botanics Marula Intense Skin Repair Balm: This luxurious healing balm is formulated for the face and body, and it powerfully and swiftly treats dehydrated and traumatized skin. According to African Botanics, "Enhanced with Pure Marula Oil, Baobab, Shea Butter, Alpine Rose Plant Stem Cells and Snow Crocus Bulb that boost epidermal regeneration, reduces inflammation and redness." Whether you use it as a moisturizer, or to soothe cuts, burns or irritated skin-- you will be stunned by the speed with which your skin returns to a happy state of equilibrium. This should be a staple in every household! ($55.00 from African Botanics & Space NK)

5) Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads: These exfoliating pads eliminate dull and dead skin, but they are gentle enough so as not to irritate sensitive skin. Skin is refined, lines are softened, and the texture and firmness of the skin is radically improved. (Reviewed here. $75.00 for 60 Pads from Barneys New York)

6) Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil: This gorgeous jasmine scented treasure of a beauty oil is made from 11 exceptional oils, and is so intoxicatingly beautiful in scent and performance-- that it has an addictive quality on its devotees. It leaves skin deeply nourished and hydrated, but it's the luminous ethereal glow that will have people stopping you on the street to wax poetic about your gorgeous skin! (Reviewed here. $150.00 from Barneys New York)

7) Rodin by Recine Olio Lusso Luxury Hair Oil: This emollient packed hair oil makes my unruly naturally curly hair obedient, and takes your tresses from dull to dazzling in no time whatsoever. My curls become soft, shiny and lustrous. If you love hair oils-- then you owe it to yourself to splurge on this one at some point in your life! (Reviewed here. $65.00 from Barneys New York)

8) Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel: This deliciously scented foaming shower gel not only leaves skin clean, soft and smooth, but it also doubles as the most nourishing shave cream that I have used. While that may not be its intended purpose, it has become one of my favorite shower products! ($15.00 from Barneys New York)

9) African Botanics Marula Firming Botanical Body Oil: This luxurious antioxidant rich body oil offers the skin superior moisture while boosting collagen production. Wild-harvested African Marula, Baobab and Kalahari Melon Seed oils were carefully chosen because of their astounding resilience to withstand harsh climates and to "help boost the production of collagen" while deeply nourishing the skin. What separates this gorgeous oil from the many body oils on the market is that it is filled with so many "highly concentrated firming actives: Nano Cacao, Lipactive Green Coffee, Amazonian Sasha Inchi and Polynesian Tamanu oils that offer luxurious hydration, boost microcirculation, aid skin detoxification, energize the body, help correct and prevent loss of firmness and skin sagging. Loaded with Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, rich in plant collagen, antioxidants and vitamins." The end result is smooth and taut skin that is deeply nourished and unmistakably luminous. It is an antioxidant rich anti-aging game changer for the body. ($70.00 from African Botanics & Space NK)

10) By Terry Baume de Rose: This is a lovely nourishing and hydrating balm that is unmistakably luxurious. My lips feel like velvet whenever I use this lovely balm, and when I don't feel like dipping my fingers into the little glass jar I choose this version in the lip gloss tube. ($55.00 from Barneys New York)

11) Kérastase Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo is my new Holy Grail Shampoo because it effectively prevents frizzy hair, gently cleanses without stripping, nourishes the hair without leaving behind an unpleasant residue, and is perfection for color treated hair! I have loved Kérastase products for many years, but the Fluidealiste line is a real game-changer for me. ($39.00 from Kérastase)

12) Kérastase Fondant Fluidealiste: is a miraculous daily conditioner that leaves my hair so soft, supple, smooth and shiny. My hair is left frizz-free, tangle-free and more manageable than I could ever have imagined. This conditioner tames my tresses and leaves my hair glossy and gorgeous! ($42.00 from Kérastase)

13) Kérastase Maskeratine: is a deeply nourishing and deep conditioning hair mask that leaves hair frizz-free, unbelievably soft and supple, and with a stunning glossy sheen. I can't believe the results, and simply can't get enough of this extraordinary deep conditioner! This is nirvana for unruly hair! ($62.50 from Kérastase)

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  • Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Sunday Sun Day Volume XXI: Sun Bum for Superior Sun Protection All Year Long

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    I think that it's fair to say that we are well aware that it is imperative to use sunscreen in order to avoid excessive sun exposure. It is also common knowledge that sunscreen should be used all year long, and whether or not it's a bright and sunny day. While I am diligent in applying sunscreen on a daily basis, I sometimes am remiss in reapplying throughout the day. In order to remind myself to reapply, I have taken to leaving a few sunscreens in my car so that I have the constant reminder. That said, Sun Bum's products are so fuss-free that one is naturally more inclined to reapply them.

    As you know by now, Sun Bum makes some of my very favorite sunscreens, and once you try their products you will likely become a brand loyalist as well. Their high quality sunscreens boast extraordinary efficacy, are pleasant and fuss-free to use, and feel fantastic on the skin.

    SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion, like the name suggests, is a very moisturizing formula that moisturizes and hydrates the skin while offering it sun protection. It has a mild fruity scent that evokes lazy days on the beach during the summer.  I tend to reach for a higher SPF, in general, but use this one when my sun exposure is limited to short periods of time.

    This moisturizing sunscreen formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.
    • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789
    • Water Resistant / 80 Minutes 
    • Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free
    • Gluten Free / 100% Vegan
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Photostable
    • Vitamin E Enriched
    Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply: After 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, Immediately after towel drying, At least every 2 hours.

    Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.00%, Homosalate 5.00%, Octisalate 2.00%, Octocrylene 1.85%, Oxybenzone 3.00%. Behenyl Alcohol, Bht, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Dimethyl Capramide, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylisothiazolinone, Peg-100 Stearate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Polyester-8, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Styrene/acrylates Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-6, Trimethyl Siloxysilicate, Vp/hexadecene Copolymer, Water, Xanthan Gum.

    $15.99 for 8 oz. Available from Sun Bum, Ulta, Dermstore and Nordstrom (Affiliate Links).
    SPF 50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen: This is one of the greatest sunscreen discoveries that I have ever made. It is a truly fuss-free formula that is feather-weight in texture, it has a sheer finish, and is fast drying. The high sun protection factor makes this a favorite to use on a daily basis when I know that I will be exposed to the sun for longer periods of time. The fresh scent, like that of their lotion sunscreens, evokes the warm days of summer.

    This easy to use, ultra sheer/dry touch continuous spray formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging. The lightweight formula goes on sheer and turns to a dry finish without clogging pores or decreasing protection. 
    • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789
    • Water Resistant / 80 Minutes 
    • Paraben Free / PABA Free / Oil Free
    • Gluten Free / 100% Vegan
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Photostable
    • Vitamin E Enriched
    Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply: After 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, Immediately after towel drying, At least every 2 hours.

    Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.00%, Homosalate 15.00%, Octisalate 5.00%, Octocrylene 2.75%, Oxybenzone 6.00%. Acrylates Dimethicone Copolymer, Acrylates / Octyacrylamide Copolymer, Alcohol Denat., Asorbyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Polyester-8, Ppg-5 Ceteth 20, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trisiloxane.

    $15.99 for 6 oz. Available from Sun Bum, Dermstore, Nordstrom and Swell (Affiliate Links).
    SPF 30 Mango Lip Balm: Sun Bum makes truly amazing lip balms! They are so moisturizing and nourishing, and leave lips soft and supple. The emollient formula is great used alone, but also serves as an amazing base for your favorite lipsticks. and with an SPF 30 you get plenty of protection against the harmful rays of the sun.

    Sun Bum Lip Balm SPF 30 protects your lips from sun and wind damage. Aloe Vera soothes dry, chapped lips while cocoa butter softens, repairs and enhances skin renewal. Use over bare lips or under your favorite lip color for added skin protection. Features a delightful mango flavor and scent.
    • Relieves the drying effects of sun, wind and sea
    • Restores and nourishes chapped lips
    • Contains soothing Cocoa Butter
    • Gluten Free / 100% Vegan
    • Petrochemical Free
    • PABA Free
    Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.00%, Homosalate 15.00%, Octisalate 5.00%, Octinoxate 7.50%. Adipic Acid, Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Bht, Calendula Officinalis (calendula) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (lemon) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Extract, Cyclomethicone, Diethylene Glycol, Diisobutyl Adipate, Dimethicone, Equisetum Arvense (horsetail) Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Fragrance, Gingko Biloba Extract, Glycerin Crosspolymer, Isostearyl Linoleate, Oleoresin Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Extract, Ozokerite, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Peg-8, Propylparaben, Punica Granatum (pomegranate) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Salix Alba (willow) Bark Extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) Extract, Silica, Sodium Saccharin, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate.

    $3.99 for 0.15 oz. Available from Sun Bum, Dermstore and Nordstrom (Affiliate Links)

    Overall Assessment: LOVE LOVE LOVE! Sun Bum makes must-have sunscreens!
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