Monday, May 1, 2017

Spring Beauty Essentials

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Springtime is a wonderful time for renewal, and the perfect time to revamp the beauty products that we use. I love discovering new products this time each year, and wanted to share some amazing recent discoveries that are perfect for the season.
As the weather warms up, it is definitely important to tend to the changing needs of our hair. Therefore, I increase the frequency of deep masking to keep my hair especially nourished and. hydrated
Goldwell Kerasilk Color Intensive Luster Mask ($50.38 for 6.7 oz. from Fresh Fragrances, Strawberry Net and Salons): This mask was formulated to nourish, deep condition and moisturize color-treated hair. It not only adds much needed moisture, but it also increases the longevity of color treatments, and it offers hair a gorgeous luster.  It has a very pleasant fragrance that is a bit difficult to describe.

  • Contains Keratin & Tamanu Oil to actively interact with hair's structure.
  • Helps deeply condition & moisturize hair.
  • Provides long-lasting color depth & brilliance 
  • Blended with color caring silk to protect color from fading out 
  • Hair appears shinier & healthier looking
Directions: Apply to wet or towel dried hair. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Restorative Balm ($29.99; Salons Nationwide): Formulated for stressed and damaged hair, this lightweight balm nourishes hair, improves its elasticity, and protects it from breakage and dryness. Simply apply it to towel-dried or dry hair, and leave in.  The result is silky smooth hair, and a side benefit is that it tames my frizzies. There is a very faint, pleasant aroma that fades soon upon application.

According to Goldwell,

Formulated with Keratin, lightweight silk and the protective skincare ingredient Hyaloveil™, this nourishing, healing balm improves hair elasticity while also protecting it from breakage, dryness and other common forms of damage.

Directions: Apply to towel dried or dry hair. Leave in. Avoid contact with eyes.
• With Keratin and Hyaloveil™.
• For stressed and damaged hair.
• Improves hair elasticity and prevents dryness and hair breakage.
• Provides heat protection.
Burt's Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads with Kiwi Extract ($6.00 for 35 pads from Burt's BeesTargetWalgreensUltaAmazon and Walmart): These makeup removing pads are one of my greatest recent discoveries, and I cannot sufficiently underscore the extent to which I love them! They effectively and effortlessly remove all of your makeup, they are very gentle on sensitive eyes. The pre-soaked pads, coupled with the textured surface of the pads themselves, facilitate easy, tug-free removal of everything including the most stubborn waterproof formulas.

According to Burt's Bees,

Stop tugging at stubborn eye-makeup, and start wiping away waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow the easy way. Burt's Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads contain soothing Kiwi Extract and moisturizing actives perfect for delicate skin around the eyes, while easy-to use pads keep the mess to a minimum. Plus, it's non-irritating formula won't leave an oily residue. Thanks, nature.
Directions: Gently wipe pad over closed eyelids until all makeup is removed. No need to rinse. Use daily. Do not flush.

• Gently removes all traces of makeup, even waterproof mascara
• Kiwi Extract nourishes delicate skin around the eyes
• No oily residue
• No need to rinse
• 35 eye makeup remover pads
Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Cream ($15.00 for 1.4 oz. from Molton Brown, Blue Mercury, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods): Molton Brown is unquestionably one of my favorite luxury body care brands, and their hand creams have long ranked among my all-time favorites. Their limited edition Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Cream has an utterly delectable aroma of honeyed pears that is otherworldly, and perfect for the season. The nourishing formula deeply moisturizes, conditions and soothes dry skin– leaving it soft, smooth and supple.

The notes:
• Top note: gardenia.
• Heart note: pear.
• Base note: biscuit.
• Extract: honey.

According to Molton Brown,

A luxuriously moisturizing hand cream balancing aromas of honeyed comice pears with the fresh notes of gardenia and sweet biscuit.

Blended with Gloucestershire wild honey and featuring the luscious scent of plump comice pears in a harmonious aroma, this soothing hand cream leaves skin nourished and deeply hydrated.
Le Couvent des Minimes Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone ($13.50 for oz. from Le Couvent des Minimes, Amazon and Ulta): This lovely roll-on deodorant, which is alcohol-free and aluminum chlorohydrate-free, effectively and gently combats odors while remaining gentle on the skin. The essential oils of Blood Orange, Lemon and Mandarin have a wonderfully refreshing citrus aroma that helps eliminate odors.

• Alum Stone: natural deodorant that prevents bad odors
• Essential oils of Blood Orange, Lemon and Mandarin: refresh and curb perspiration odors
• Essential oil of Rosemary: purifies and cleanses

According to Le Couvent des Minimes,

Stay joyful and fragrant all day with this refreshing, natural deodorant that neutralizes body odor. Containing Alum Stone, it will keep you smelling sweet without the use of parabens, harsh aluminum salts, drying alcohol or skin-restricting ingredients. Housed in a convenient roll-on bottle, the formula is easy for application on the go and is always safe and suitable for even the most delicate skin.

Ingredients: Water, Potassium Alum, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Gluceth 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Madarin Orange) Oil, Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellol. Dermatologically Tested. Paraben Free. Colorant Free.
Senteurs d'Orient Tuberose Hammam Soap ($36.00 for 7.2 oz. from Senteurs d' Orient and Net-A-Porter): I have previously waxed poetic about the wonders of Senteurs d'Orient's truly amazing handcrafted luxury soaps (Reviewed HERE, HERE and HERE), and unsurprisingly feel equally effusive about their Tuberose Hammam Soap.

The Senteurs d' Orient Hammam soaps are is the most beautiful soaps imaginable. From the gorgeous design of the soap itself to the otherworldly aroma of the creamy, delectable Tuberose used to make this ultra-luxe bar– this is the perfect Tuberose soap in which to luxuriate. The rich and creamy lather gently cleanses the skin without stripping it, while the beautiful aroma delights the senses. This gorgeous soap is suspended on a rope– which allows it to effectively dry out between uses. This is the perfect Mother's Day gift, hostess gift, holiday gift or gift for yourself, and I assure you that the recipient will be thrilled by this gorgeous gem of a soap.

According to Senteurs d'Orient,

Our signature Hammam Soap on a rope captures the Orient's most treasured flowers and senses to transport your mind while softening and nourishing your skin.

Turn your bathing ritual into a luxurious, holistic experience with our signature Hammam soap. Each pure vegetal soap is handcrafted by local artisans in Lebanon, air-dried for 10 days, and etched with Senteurs d'Orient's elegant filigree. A blend of precious essential oils, fine fragrance and moisturizing Olive oil, Vitamin E, Shea butter and Glycerin makes for beautiful, dewy skin and a relaxed spirit.

Tuberose - also referred as the "Queen of the Night", a natural aphrodisiac, entices the warm sensuality of the Orient with its relaxing yet intense floral scent. Created with a blend of Ylang, Guaiac, Celery and Benzoin gum essential oils.
Made in our Beirut atelier from the finest natural ingredients, our luxurious products are lovingly handcrafted by artisans.  Each of our fragrances captures the Orient’s most treasured flowers and senses to transport your mind and exalt your body.

SENTEURS D'ORIENT Hammam Soap Tuberose is formulated with Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Vitamin E to promote smooth skin. Also available in: Rose of Damascus  Orange Blossom, Rose of Damascus and Amber.

SENTEURS D'ORIENT donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this soap toward the education of women in Lebanon.
Overall Assessment: I am absolutely smitten with these beauty finds, and cannot recommend them highly enough! Do you have any recent product finds that have been game-changers for you? Do tell!

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