Thursday, October 18, 2018

How Much Skincare and Makeup Do We Really Need?

The other day I was thinking about all of the fall collections that have been launching, and the way in which so many of them aren't unique, or particularly interesting, in my estimation. There are so few that have moved me and made me want to go see them, let alone purchase them. There are a few, of course, that I am curious about, but what I am finding is that I already own so much skincare and makeup that it has to be really special, and particularly well-suited to my needs and desires to warrant a purchase.

This made me, once again, reflect upon my consumerism– which lead me to reread what I wrote on the subject back in 2012, and then reposted a few years later.

Here is what I wrote:

I am reposting this publication that I wrote in 2012 after having received a very interesting email from a longtime reader who claimed that she has made a concerted effort to avoid the trap of purchasing from limited edition collections, or anything else that ultimately doesn't suit her, and now feels empowered by the restraint that she demonstrates by making well-reasoned, rather than impetuous, purchases. This inspired me to #repost this article since it contemplates this very issue, and it certainly makes me contemplate my own spending habits as a consumer.
Barbara Kruger Untitled (I shop therefore I am) (1987)

Barbara Kruger's appropriation of RenĂ© Descartes' maxim "I think, therefore I am"(Cogito, ergo sum) is searingly funny and poignant when "I shop therefore I am" becomes a commentary about the commodification of culture. Ironically, her artwork which is the byproduct of her philosophical critique is worth a tremendous amount of money itself.

I love Kruger's work because it makes you take a long hard look at the underpinnings of what drives culture, and what motivates us to do what we do, and think what we think.

This particular work Untitled (I shop therefore I am) always makes me think about my own buying patterns as a consumer, and it makes me think about the consumer goods that I fetishize, and how so much of that is culturally conditioned. Take for instance makeup, skincare products, Tom Ford reading glasses, or Marc Jacobs wallets and purses (my personal favorites). There is no question that I could live without those things, and thankfully I don't have to. However, we are often unconsciously driven to crave things that we don't yet have, and nearly as quickly as we acquire them we lose interest in them and obsess about the "next thing." Seasonal collections support this fickle consumerism, and we buy into the construct. Madison Avenue banks on our willingness to stay on this expensive joy ride- which we willingly do!

While I long ago realized that I don't define my worth by the acquisition of the latest Collection, I likewise realize that I all too easily succumb to wanting things that I don't yet have. There is a reason, after all, that I have so many lipsticks and blushes that are variations on the same shade of pink. Subtle distinctions are made: this one has a satin finish, this one has a touch of lavender, this one has pink pearl etc. Then there are infinite ways to justify the necessity of extravagant purchases:  this is from the Chanel Summer Collection (including the much dreaded letters- LE), these were from Sephora's Friends & Family Sale, these couldn't be resisted because of double or triple points on my Barneys or Nordstrom card....  There is also the lure of the GWP- even if it isn't a particularly good gift- it can make an otherwise rational person buy unneeded things indiscriminately in order to make the minimum purchase price. I'm not talking about Barneys gift bags that are worth their weight in gold- I'm talking about the run-of-the-mill gifts that get stuffed in a drawer along with the things that you didn't need or want so that you could get the gift in the first place.

Don't get me wrong, I am hardly declaring a personal war, or even a moratorium on makeup consumption- I am just trying to be a little bit more discriminating and mindful of what I am purchasing. I have a sizable stash of makeup, and trust me there are plenty of things that I still haven't gotten around to using yet (and that's not including backups). However this motivation to "collect" is simultaneously at odds with my pragmatic nature and the overarching desire to only have what I need and use. I don't expect this contradiction to resolve itself because truth be told I am a makeup magpie and I like bringing those pretty shiny baubles back to my nest to look at and play with. However, there is a tipping point: there is a balance that must be struck- a delicate equilibrium that must strictly be adhered to- otherwise chaos will ensue.  There is a point where you simply have too much- a point where just one more Glossimer or serum takes you from Collector to Hoarder. I am still in the category of the former, rather than the latter- but the line is much finer than it actually appears the closer you get to it. At a certain point it is a distinction without difference. So beauty blogger or not, I am making a concerted effort to buy consciously rather than impulsively. Weighing, for instance, whether this eyeshadow is different enough from what I already have to be a worthwhile purchase. I do not equate this with deprivation, but instead I see this as a way to make each purchase a more meaningful one. One in which I select things that I really love, rather than things that I feel I should just buy because they are limited edition and will likely sell out quickly. That simply is not a good enough reason to buy a lipstick shade that is unflattering on you-- even if it is the it color of the season.

I still want to be in makeup nirvana I just don't want the frenzy of acquisition to infect my enjoyment of makeup or to cause me to buy things that I ultimately won't use because they weren't well-reasoned purchases in the first place. I want to be as rational about my makeup purchases as I am in all of the other aspects of my life as a consumer. After all, makeup costs money and lots of makeup costs lots of money. So while I am not imposing a ban on makeup consumption- I am going to make a real effort to not only buy what I will covet, but what I will actually use.

This is not an indictment of my own spending habits, but instead it is intended as a wake-up call. This is a simple plea to have my rational self take the wheel before I toss down my credit card- because the makeup magpie in me is impetuous and impractical, and generally likes to take charge in the face of so many shiny pretty things. It is she who is solely responsible for the size of my stash!

What are your thoughts? Do you find yourself similarly inclined to buy things that you don't really need or want? Do you have lots of things that you don't use in your stash? What solutions have you come up with? Do tell!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Inlight Hair Elixir | Review

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You may remember that I reviewed, and absolutely fell in love with, Inlight's Supreme Eye Serum (Reviewed HERE) and Inlight's Face Oil (Reviewed HERE) last year, and I am equally thrilled by their new Hair Elixir.

Inlight is a UK-based skincare company that has a mission to create the highest quality organic skincare products, made from ethically sourced ingredients, and their socially and environmentally responsible sustainability practices helped them become the first UK skincare company to achieve Cosmos accreditation.

Their new Hair Elixir is a very high quality hair oil that can be used as a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, or as a leave-in, and I prefer to use it as a leave-in to tame frizz, nourish and hydrate my hair and scalp, and to give hair a lustrous shine. Furthermore, it is 100% organic, cruelty-free and made from very high quality natural ingredients. It boasts serious efficacy, is a treat to use and has a pleasant earthy aroma that isn't cloying or overpowering.

I should note that the spray bottle has a fine enough mist that effectively covers the hair with minimal waste, but you can also spray it into your hands, warm it between your palms and work it though your hair.

According to Inlight,

A multi-purpose blend of restorative and nourishing oils to actively fortify and regenerate all hair types, delivering intense hydration whilst improving elasticity. With refreshing notes of lavender and lemon zest.

Strength and shine are visibly restored thanks to powerful nourishers such as Argan, Avocado, Jojoba and Rosa rubiginosa oils, and health giving botanical extracts of Rosemary, Nettle, Horsetail and Burdock. Our in-house extracts, produced through a slow method of infusion, help to keep the vitality of every ingredient intact.

About Inlight,

We believe in an inner beauty stemming from vibrant health, and our aim is to reveal and encourage the natural beauty and inner light in each and every one of us through healthy, radiant skin.

Specially selected, 100% organic Soil Association certified ingredients are used to craft each Inlight product. We know that nature is at its richest when it's allowed to grow unhindered by fertilizers, pesticides and GM contamination.

Inlight is proud to be the very first UK skincare company to gain Cosmos accreditation and we will continue to work closely with the Soil Association to maintain the best possible standards in the beauty industry.

For us, ethical beauty means acting with respect for our natural environment and its resources. We act on a daily basis to ensure we tread lightly on this earth.

All packaging at Inlight is responsibly and sustainably sourced, recycled where possible and recyclable. We are constantly looking at ways to ensure our consumption is a conscious, considered choice. Our best for the beauty-full world we share.

We are proud to display the BUAV accreditation. Inlight is only ever tested on willing humans! Our collections are suitable for vegetarians and all our oils are vegan friendly.

Years of research, scientific knowledge and love for nature 
make Inlight one of a kind, with products that work on and with your skin for visible, lasting results.
Key benefits:

  • Eliminates frizz and provides conditioning
  • Strenghtens and restores shine
  • Helps reduce premature thinning

Key features:

  • Oil-based, water-free formulas
  • High concentration of phytonutrients
  • All bio-active plant extracts produced in-house
  • 100% organic, free from synthetics and chemical fragrances
  • Certified organic by Soil Association and Cosmos
  • Cruelty Free International
  • Vegetarian and vegan friendly

Tips for Targeted Concerns:

DRY, THIN HAIR
Restorative and nourishing conditioning effect: Apply the product onto wet hair before each shampoo. Massage and comb through with a wide tooth comb distributing the oil also on the tips. Leave for 5-10 minutes. Shampoo without using conditioner. Dry hair as normal.

COLORED, FRAGILE HAIR
Intensive moisturising and re-balancing of the scalp: Apply the product onto dry hair at least two hours before washing, or in the evening before going to bed, leave overnight. Massage and comb through with a wide tooth comb distributing the oil also on the tips. Shampoo without using conditioner. Dry hair as normal.

SHAPING, ANTI-FRIZZ, SPLIT ENDS
Apply with your fingertips a small amount onto clean, dry hair and shape as you wish, paying particular attention to split ends.

SUMMER PROTECTION
Use after swimming or after exposure to the sun* and before shampooing to help remove the salt. After shampooing, a further conditioning effect can be gained by applying Inlight Hair Elixir again to wet hair with finger tips. No need to wash out. *Hair Elixir is also safe to use in between swims at the beach It can also prevent/reduce the aggression of sea salt and sun rays. Its 100% organic ingredients will not pollute marine life.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Salvia, Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Fenugreek) Seed Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Rhyzome Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Limonene*, Linalool*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Citral, Benzyl Salicylate*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Eugenol*, Isoeugenol*. *Natural constituent of essential oils. 100% organic. All bio-active plant extracts produced in-house.
Overall Assessment: This is such a wonderful hair elixir, and it is a welcome addition to my fall and winter haircare routine. It is nourishing, hydrating, and it effectively fights frizz, and it is heavenly for naturally curly hair, like mine. A+

$69.00 for 3.38 oz. from Hug Your Skin (Affiliated Links)
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

PUR Attitude Wild Durian Fruit Peel Limited Edition for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to show their commitment to creating carcinogen-free skincare, PUR attitude will donate 50% of the total purchase price from each Wild Durian Fruit Peel sold this month to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF). 

According to PUR Attitude,

NBCF is an organization dedicated as much to the prevention of the disease, as it is to the cure, and holds excellent ratings with independent charity reviewers. PUR attitude chose to work with NBCF due to its alignment with PUR attitude’s own core mission to carry out responsible industry practices by providing carcinogen-free skincare.

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Helping Women Now® by providing early detection, education and support services to those affected by breast cancer.  A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for twelve years, NBCF provides support through their National Mammography Program, Patient Navigation, Beyond The Shock®, breast health education, and research programs

All donations will be used to provide early detection, education, and support services to those affected by breast cancer. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org
According to PUR Attitude,

Wild Durian Fruit Peel is clinically proven to visibly even out skin tones, wipe away fine lines, and restore vitality and brightness for more youthful looking skin. Due to the activation of rare wild durian fruit, known for its pungent aroma and revered for its advanced anti-aging properties, this product is able to produce these powerful results on the skin without irritation. Wild Durian Fruit Peel is enhanced with the power of natural Hyaluronix™ technology, which delivers up to one thousand times its weight in water, binding moisture deeply into the skin. These natural ingredients are combined with pure glucosamine, ceramides, as well as extracts of orange, apple, and green tea to detoxify impurities, exfoliate lifeless skin, and unclog pores.

Each product in the PUR attitude line is dermatologist tested and approved, backed by independent clinical studies, and follows the brand’s philosophy of “Safe Beauty,” avoiding harsh chemicals and known carcinogens, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes.

Directions: At night, after cleansing with Purifying Rice Face Wash, massage dime-sized amount over face & neck area. Follow with HydroDrench Moisturizing Gel-Cream, if desired. No need to rinse. For best results, use two to three times each week.
Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Durio Zibethinus (Durian) Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, PyrusMalus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin (Paraben Free)
$75.00 fo 1 oz. from PUR Attitude (Unaffiliated Links).
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Space NK The Essentials Gift with Your $175.00 Purchase

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Space NK The Essentials Gift is available Online now, and in-store from Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Spend $175 and enter Code: ESSENTIALS18 on the Shopping Bag page. Excludes gift cards, sale items and shipping charges. By Terry gift is automatically applied to the Shopping Bag page. One per order, while supplies last. Terms apply.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY • WORTH OVER $280 THE ESSENTIALS GIFT
Treat yourself to this exclusive beauty edit comprising 19 bestselling beauty favorites from much-loved brands including Eve Lom, Sunday Riley and more.
WORTH OVER $150.00. Plus, spend another $30 and receive a full-size BY TERRY LIFTESSENCE NECK CREAM.

Spend $175 and enter Code: ESSENTIALS18 on the Shopping Bag page. 
Gift Gag Contents:
  • AFRICAN BOTANICS Marula Oil (5 ml)
  • DIPTYQUE Tempo Eau De Parfum (2 ml)
  • DR DENNIS GROSS Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel (2 Treatments)
  • GOLDFADEN MD Skin Balancing Mask (7 ml)
  • KEVYN AUCOIN The Eye Pencil Basic Brown (0.024 oz)
  • OMOROVICZA Mood Mud Cream Cleanser (1 fl oz)
  • ORIBE Imperial Blowout (0.5 oz)
  • R&CO High Dive Creme (0.5 oz)
  • TATA HARPER Resurfacing Serum (0.33 oz)
  • VENEFFECT Pore Minimizing Cleanser (0.5 oz)
  • OUAI Finishing Creme (15 ml)
  • CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Cleansing Volumizing Paste (40 ml)
  • LANCER Omega Hydrating Oil (5 ml)
  • RODIAL Dragon's Blood Sculpting Gel (15 ml)
  • EVE LOM Rescue Mask (0.08 fl oz)
  • SUNDAY RILEY CEO Moisturizer (0.28 fl oz)
  • DR. BARBARA STURM Eye Cream (5 ml)
  • LIPSTICK QUEEN Natural Lip Liner (0.04 oz)
  • REN Flash Hydro Boost (10 ml)
  • SPACENK Luxe Cosmetics Bag
WORTH OVER $150.00. Plus, spend another $30 and receive a full-size BY TERRY LIFTESSENCE NECK CREAM. Visit: www.spacenk.com

Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey K Factor 12

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Now that cold and flu season is upon us, it is the time of the year that I like to pull out my jar of Manuka Honey to help stave off as many of the seasonal bugs as possible.

Manuka Honey, which is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the indigenous Manuka Bush, is well known for its antibacterial properties, and it contains a compound known as methylglyoxal (MG) that naturally occurs in the Manuka Bush in high concentrations. 

Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey K Factor 12 is very thick, rich, opaque, not too sweet and utterly delectable. I love Manuka Honey and use it in my tea, on my toast, and by the spoonful when I feel a cold coming on. This is a very nice quality honey, and definitely worth trying if you are looking to replenish your supply for the fall and winter months.

According to WebMD,

The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect. But, there may also be other compounds involved in the medicinal effect of manuka honey.

Honey producers have developed a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.

The UMF rating is thought to correspond with the concentration of MG and other compounds. Not all honey labeled as manuka honey contains significant levels of antibacterial factors. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Honey at or above that level is marketed as "UMF Manuka Honey" or "Active Manuka Honey."

According to Wedderspoon,

The original functional food. Unpasteurized, raw and delicious, this Non-GMO Project Verified superfood is sourced exclusively from New Zealand and is a multitasking superfood. Every jar is sourced, packed and sealed in New Zealand for the ultimate in quality and transparency. KFactor 12 Multifloral Manuka Honey is guaranteed to meet or exceed the Multifloral Manuka Standard from the New Zealand Government.

Features:
• Raw, unpasteurized and Non-GMO Project Verified Manuka Honey
• New Zealand superfood, great taste - smooth and creamy
 Sourced, packed and labeled in NZ for genuine, unadulterated quality
• Genuine: KFactor is a New Zealand government-approved rating system guaranteeing high Manuka pollen count
• Multiple uses in kitchen, home remedies, DIY beauty, energy for work outs or drizzled on your favorite food
Overall Assessment: I have already made a significant dent in this jar, and will definitely purchase a replacement jar once I finish this one.

$42.99 for 17.6 oz. from Wedderspoon, Amazon and Jet.com (Affiliate Links)
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event

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Nordstrom Beauty is bringing their sought after Beauty Trend Event to your local Nordstrom (Click HERE to see the dates at your local Nordstrom).

Every New York Fashion Week, Nordstrom goes backstage to assess the biggest beauty trends and then brings this intel direct to their customers.

Guests can learn how to achieve the freshest runway-inspired looks of the season and get free samples and exclusive gifts with your purchases (while supplies last). Receive one-on-one time with Nordstrom beauty experts, tips tricks to nail the newest trends and receive beauty buzz intel from industry insiders — and it’s free to attend!

Here are a few of the current trends:
Kissed Lips: Matte Berry hues instantly broadcast a lust for life. Start with a scrub, then play with balms, stains and velvety textures in rich, juicy reds.
80’s Haze: Tap into a decade of decadent color to electrify your look and upend your routine. Bold, 80’s-inspired color is newly wearable applied in sheer washes, while subtle shifts in placement up the artistry.
Future Beauty: Replicate that post-facial feeling with high-tech tools and supplements that address your skin concerns from the inside out. Build a routine that gets results and face the future with glowing skin.

Customers can simply RSVP online or ask for special accommodations by calling or stopping by their favorite cosmetics or skincare counter, located within Nordstrom.

To read more about the trends, click here: https://shop.nordstrom.com/c/beauty-trends-store-services  and to learn more about Nordstrom Beauty Trend Events, click here: Fall Beauty Trends.
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review | Saturday, October 13

The new Rouge Bunny Rouge Enchanting Blossoms Tinted Luxe Balm takes tinted lip balm to a new level. Find out why Christa from Realizing Beauty will be carrying at least two of these in her handbag at all times!

For the past 3 months, Never Say Die Beauty has been using a new skincare regimen that stimulates new skin cells, DefenAge Clinical Power Trio. She likes it so much, she can't give it up to test out more skincare products. You gotta check this out!

Prime Beauty is HOT for the new BECCA Volcano Goddess Collection! She thinks you'll 'lava' it as much as she does!

Are you looking for the most amazing moisturizer for this coming winter? Beauty Info Zone highly recommends Better Skin Co.'s Amaze Balm. This does it all and is totally affordable. If you order the BCA jar 100% of the proceeds go to help young women's breast research. It's a win-win situation.

Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out some new skincare from Dr. Phil's wife: Introducing Robin McGraw Revelation Skincare!

If you are looking for a nourishing and luxurious night cream that moisturizes and soothes the skin, then check out the Lola's Secret Beauty Blog review of the covet-worthy Colbert MD Soothe Night Cream. It really is amazing! #colbertmd

15 Minute Beauty loves Vitamin C as a multitasking skincare active ingredient. It encourages collagen production, fights hyperpigmentation and even inactivates free radicals as a potent antioxidant! Have you tried any of her favorite Vitamin C skincare products?

Need a refresher on how to achieve a smoother foundation application? Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom has some good pointers to help you out.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit & Lip Stuff | Review

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I am always so delighted to use anything from Painted Earth, and therefore I was very excited to try the Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit. I love using masks, and this kit is a welcome addition to my collection of masks.

Painted Earth is a cruelty-free brand and is committed to ending animal testing:

We do not test our finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf. Additionally, we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals.
Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit is a two-step mask set that clarifies, detoxifies and moisturizes the skin. You simply a teaspoon of the Mineral Rich Red Clay Powder Masque into a small bowl, add two droppers full of Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir and then slowly add enough water to form a paste of your desired consistency. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes, or until it dries, and then thoroughly rinse. Skin and pores are left very clean, and it doesn't dry out the skin because the Elixir adds vital moisture. I have normal/combination skin, and like to use this one a week or once every two weeks.

According to Painted Earth,

A potent, first of its kind, two-step mask that delivers multiple benefits; clarifying, detoxifying and moisturizing. A clay masque that leaves your skin radiant, supple and glowing. Not only does it detoxify (like a lot of masques on the market) but it penetrates deeply to add nutrients and moisture deep into the dermis. 

An earthy melody of organic powders and oils unleash their Fountain-of-Youth properties by combating free radicals, promoting cell regeneration and packing skin with powerful minerals that turn back the hands of time so you can rule forever young

Steep your skin in a hydrating and healing masque of botanicals rich in antioxidants, natural-sourced vitamins and minerals leaving behind a vibrantly gorgeous complexion. 

Kit Includes
1(one) 2oz jar Mineral Rich Red Clay Powder Masque
1(one) 1/2oz bottle Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir

Directions: To experience this masque: Using a glass or ceramic container and wooden spoon (do not use metal tools), mix 1 teaspoon of the 1st jar (Mineral Rich Red Clay) with one or two droppers of the 2nd vial (Watermelon Wine Elixir) and just enough warm water to make a paste. Using fingertips or brush, spread a consistent layer to fully cover the skin (avoid getting clay in mouth, eyes, ears, nose.) Relax, think some peaceful thoughts and allow it to do its magic (about 6 minutes for sensitive skin; 10 minutes for normal skin). Rinse off completely with warm water and gently pat dry to complete your royal ritual, follow with your favorite Painted Earth toner and moisturizer. Use 1-2 times a week.
The Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir Select Ingredients and their Attributes:

• Grape Seed Oil (Wine) {rich in polyphenols, omega-6 essential fatty acids and Omega-9 fatty acids, gamma tocopherols (Vitamin E) and antioxidants}revered for its anti-inflammatory antioxidants also known to retard the aging process and prevent acne breakouts while it effectively adds moisture to your skin balancing both dry and oily patches. 

• Watermelon Seed Oil {rich in linoleic and oleic acid and numerous vitamin and trace minerals} has powerful detoxification properties, which makes it potent in fighting wrinkles and for balancing oil production. 

• Apricot Kernel Oil is highly nutritive oil, it soften, soothes and protects the skin and leaves it nourished and hydrated. It is an emollient and heals parched, dry, itchy, mature and problem skins. 

Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Safflower Oil), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Organic Sunflower), Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil (Grapeseed), Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Prunus Ameriaca Kernel Oil (Apricot Kernel Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Organic Jojoba), Rubia Tinctorium (Madder) Root.

The Mineral Rich Red Clay Select Ingredients and their Attributes

• Moroccan Red Clay (rich in magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium) reputed to clarify, exfoliate, absorb impurities, detoxify and moisturize the skin while improving texture and adding firmness. 

• Marshmallow Root (rich in mucilage polysaccarides) which possess healing, moisturizing and soothing properties. 

• Licorice Root very soothing for dry, irritated skin.

• Turmeric Powder has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits to help reduce redness and blemishes and calm skin.  

Mineral Rich Red Clay Masque Ingredients: Moroccan Red Clay, Licorice Root, Beet Root, Marshmallow Root, Turmeric root, Thyme, Orange Peel, Chamomile Flower, Lavender Essential Oil.
In the Powder you will find healing clay's, roots and herbs, such as Ingredients: Moroccan Red Clay, Licorice Root, Beet Root, Marshmallow Root, Turmeric root, Thyme, Orange Peel, Chamomile Flower, Lavender Essential Oil.
Painted Earth Lip Stuff is a wonderfully nourishing lip balm that heals chapped lips and leaves them soft, smooth and very moisturized. It is very emollient and lightweight on the lips, and has a slight sweet taste that fades rather quickly. I have the Watermelon flavor, which appears to be sold out, but they also have Black Cherry, Blackberry & Pomegranate and Cucumber Melon.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter),  and Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter. Preservative-free.
Overall Assessment: I am very pleased with with the Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit & Lip Stuff, and continued to be impressed by Painted Earth products.

Kit $52.00 (Save $11.00) Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir by itself $38.00 Mineral Rich Red Clay Masque by itself $25.00 from Painted Earth.

Lip Stuff $4.50 from Painted Earth (Unaffiliated Links).

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

New Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lips Lipstick Launch

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Charlotte Tilbury just launched Superstar Lips, which is a new Limited Edition lipstick formula, that is available in six gorgeous glossy shades. If you love glossy lipsticks, as I do, then this looks like a great formula worth trying. I plan to order Pillow Talk, since I love my Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Liner (Reviewed HERE).

According to Charlotte Tilbury,

Combining the high shine of a gloss and the staying power of a lipstick, this cushiony, innovative texture glides onto your lips with a creamy feel. With a luminous, rich glossy finish for lips that lead astray, this limited edition lipstick is a must-have this holiday season.
 Available in six shades
What Makes Superstar Lips Magic:
• Polymers create a soft, silky-feeling film to enhance wear, imparting a luscious, shiny finish.
• Emollient Oil has brilliant spreading properties with a rich feel that leaves your lips with a high-shine gloss.
• Magic Diamond Powder for sparkling photo luminescence to dazzle and delight!
• Waxes that add a soft, cushiony feel to your lips.
• Hyaluronic acid which is used to help hydrate skin due to its high water holding capacity.
• Peptides that help to maintain the youthful appearance of skin.
This product is vegan friendly. It is also free from talc, paraben, alcohol, gluten and nuts.
Ingredients: Polybutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline, Mica, Ethyl Vanillin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Dl-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phospholipids, Limonene, Aroma (Flavor), Hyaluronic Acid, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Tocopherol, Citral, Diamond Powder, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tripeptide-29, Tin Oxide, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090)].


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Micellar Solution and Mineral 89 for Clear, Glowing and Hydrated Skin

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I have said it too many times to recall, but I have long been obsessed with French Pharmacy skincare, and Vichy is one of my favorite brands. They have so many amazing products, and I have two current favorites that I want to share with you.
Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Micellar Solution is a wonderful micellar water that is specifically formulated for oily skin, and while I have normal/combination skin I have been reaching for this lately because I have been having mild breakouts on my chin. It is very gentle, it doesn't strip the skin, and yet it thoroughly cleanses. It has really helped clear my skin, and while I only use it as a spot treatment– it should prove effective on your entire face if you have oily skin.

According to Vichy,

This Micellar no rinse cleanser is both effective and gentle. It contains Zinc in order to purify oily skin and is suitable for sensitive skin.

Normaderm 3 in 1 Micellar Water Cleanser for oily skin. It is a one-step cleanser that purifies skin, removes make up and tones without dryness or irritation. Suitable for sensitive skin and eyes.

Directions: Apply micellar water with a cotton pad. Smooth the pad from the center of the face outwards to remove impurities. Pay attention to the eye area: cover eyes with a cotton pad and press lightly to soak skin and lashes. Remove make-up by pressing gently towards the front of your eyelashes. Do not rinse off.

Ingredients: Aqua / Water - Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin,Poloxamer 188, Zinc PCA, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid, Dihydrocholeth-30 and Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.

$14.50 for 200 ml. from Vichy USA and Target.
Vichy Mineral 89 is described as a "new generation face moisturizer." It features 89% of Vichy's iconic Mineralizing Thermal Water that is further enhanced by Hyaluronic Acid to deeply boost hydration and fortify the skin. The consistency is that of a lightweight gel-like serum that sinks into the skin immediately leaving it hydrated with a luminous, ethereal glow. Dehydrated and dull skin gives way to comfortable, refreshed and moisturized skin without any greasy residue or stickiness. Furthermore, this fragrance-free moisturizer plumps fine lines, nourishes the skin and leaves skin soft, smooth and supple. It offers my normal/combination skin enough moisture and hydration during the summer that I can forgo a regular moisturizer altogether, and it pairs beautifully with my favorite serums and face oils, but during the rest of the year I layer it with richer moisturizers.

According to Vichy,

For the 1st time, a breakthrough moisturizing formula, with 89% Mineralizing Thermal Water to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and make skin more resistant to visible aging caused by environmental factors combined with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin.

Minéral 89 face moisturizer fortifies and makes skin more resistant to visible aging caused by pollution, stress to skin, and fatigue. Its moisturizing formula boosts hydration to replenish the skin's moisture barrier. As a result, skin feels more hydrated, plumped, and toned. Day after day, skin radiates with a healthy glow.

Features:
  • Solution: Skin's Daily Dose of Strength
  • Hyaluronic acid for 24 hour hydration
  • Plumped, toned and healthy looking skin
  • Enhance the skin's barrier function
  • Restore pH value and reinforce immune defense
  • Stimulate antioxidant defenses
  • Fortifying skin booster
Vichy's Suggested Use: Apply morning and evening to cleansed skin by spreading a touch of booster all over the face. Spread with outward movements from the middle of the face, without applying too much pressure. All skin types benefit from Mineral 89. It can be easily included in any beauty regimen after cleansing and before your usual serum and/or moisturizer.

Ingredients: Aqua, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Biosaccharide Gum-1.

Formula Properties: Pure and Clean, Oil free, Alcohol free, Fragrance free, Silicone free, Colorant free, Paraben free, 100% transparent formula, Allergy-tested, Tested on sensitive skin and tested under dermatological control for safety.

$29.50 for 1.69 oz. from Vichy USAUltaAmazonDermstoreSkin Care RXSkinStore and Walgreens.
Overall Assessment: I really love Vichy products, and love discovering more of their offerings. I am already on my second bottle of Vichy Mineral 89, and while I will go through the Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Micellar Solution much slower, I will definitely use it whenever I have a breakout.

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