Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Few Winter Beauty Favorites to Pamper Yourself

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This winter I have been reaching for a lot of products to pamper myself from head to toe because the cold air has wrought so much havoc on my skin and hair. I thought that I would feature a few products that I have been using a lot this season, and that you might be interested in trying.

SUN BUM Sun Screen Lip Balm ($3.99 from Ulta): One thing that I never leave home without is lip balm with a sunscreen, and even though it is cold outside doesn't mean that we don't need sun protection. I wear them alone and under my favorite lipsticks or lip glosses, and I leave them in my jacket pockets, purses, work bags, desk drawers and car– essentially anywhere that I will be in need of both moisture and sun protection. SUN BUM also has wonderful Tinted Lip Balms with an SPF 15 and CocoBalm versions that contain no sunscreen.

According to SUN BUM,

Keep your lips soft and protected with our flavored Lip Balms in Banana, Key Lime, Coconut, Mango, Pink Guava and Pomegranate. All flavors offer SPF 30+ protection, so your most sensitive skin is protected while you live and love in the sun.
Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask ($14.00 from Ulta): This sleeping mask has become a staple on my nightstand this winter, and it does a remarkable job healing my dry cracked lips. This is a multi-purpose lip sleeping mask & moisturizing balm that very gently exfoliates dead skin cells while simultaneously deeply hydrating and nourishing the lips. When you awaken lips are soft, smooth, hydrated and dewy.

According to Mamonde,

Pamper your pout! Smooth on Mamonde's Lip Sleeping Mask before bed to intensely soothe and moisturize lips while you sleep and awaken to a dreamy-soft, radiantly luscious pout. Enhanced with antioxidant-rich plum blossom extract, shea and muru muru butters to help lock in moisture, this ultra-hydrating formula also doubles as a glossy day balm. The beautiful blooms of plum trees flourish in late winter, signaling the welcome arrival of spring with their colorful petals and gentle fragrance. Suitable for all skin types. Vegan certified.

Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene,
Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Poly (C6-14 Olefin), Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Icrocristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Synthetic Wax, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera Hydrocarbons/Cire De Candelilla, Mica, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Candelilla Wax Esters, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Fragrance/Parfum, Dimethicone, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire De Carnauba, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methicone, Water/Aqua/Eau, Trehalose, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Prunus Mume Flower Extract, Propanediol, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
7th Heaven Masks ($1.99 each from 7th Heaven and Ulta): are fun, affordable, cruelty-free and effective. They draw out impurities and leave skin soft and smooth. They apply as a gel but when they dry they transform into a rubbery mask that you peel off in sheets. They are so fun to use– especially when you get to peel them off!
Mustela (Available from MustelaNordstrombuybuybabyTargetWalgreensAmazonDermstoreBed, Bath & BeyondCVS and Walmart) is a wonderful skincare brand for babies and mothers, but you neither have to be a baby, nor the mother of a baby to love their nourishing products. Their wipes are very gentle on even the most sensitive skin, and they leave it soft, smooth hydrated and pampered, and I use them for a multitude of uses from cleaning my hands, to removing swatches and makeup. Many of their products have light pleasant aromas, but others are fragrance-free. Furthermore, their lotions are emollient, hydrating and perfect for the cold weather.
According to Mustela,

We've provided skincare expertise for babies and mothers since 1950. Today, we offer a complete range of specially formulated skincare to best address the changes in the delicate skin of newborns, babies, children, and women who are mothers-to-be or new mothers.
The LAVANILA Elements Collection is available in four delectable scents:

Vanilla + Air for Creativity: "An uplifting, floral pairing of violet and rose, perfect for a budding artist or brainstorming session." This lovely light floral has a beautiful aroma that is punctuated by rose and violet, but it is neither too strong or sweet, nor is it powdery. Instead, the lovely fragrance sits close to the skin and has a refined and elegant floral scent.

Vanilla + Water for Peace: "A calming blend of chamomile and jasmine ideal for yoga class or stressful meetings." This deodorant has such an extraordinary aroma that is best described as a sweet floral reminiscent of a warm ocean breeze infused with Jasmine and other light florals.

Vanilla + Earth for Balance: "A warm and woody combination of patchouli and sandalwood that enhances focus and concentration." While its description might summon thoughts of a heavy woody scent punctuated by a pungent patchouli, this is a light, sweet and creamy woodsy scent infused with warm florals, and without any detectable notes from the patchouli. It has a depth and yet it isn't in the least bit overpowering.

Vanilla + Fire for Strength: "Ignite your inner power and energy with these warm and exotic essential oils: red ginger, wild orange, and Madagascar vanilla." I have been reaching for this deodorant a lot lately because its luscious spicy orange aroma feels at once comforting and uplifting during the cold winter months. It reminds me of a smooth and spicy orange blossom tea.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice, Water), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Stearate (Coconut Derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived), Stearyl Behenate (Coconut Derived), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Oil), Inulin (Artichoke Derived), Saccharomyces Ferment, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Sugar Derived), Yeast Beta Glucan, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Root Extract (Valerian), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Oil, Botanical Fragrance Blend. Formulated without Sulfates or Phthalates.
Unwash Try Me Kit ($25.00 from Ulta): This range of haircare products cleans, without stripping and drying hair, and it conditions without weighing hair down or leaving it greasy. During the colder months of the year it is especially helpful because of its ability nourish and hydrate my dry curly hair.

Try Me Kit includes:
Bio-Cleansing Conditioner (2.5 oz.)
Anti-Residue Cleanse (2.5 oz.)
Hydrating Masque (2.5 oz.)


Bio-Cleansing Conditioner: Apply to wet hair. Massage into scalp, working product through ends of hair. Rinse thoroughly. Tip: When a deeper clean is desired, use Unwash Anti-Residue Cleanse to help remove build-up.

Anti-Residue Cleanse: Use in place of Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner. Apply to wet hair. Massage a generous amount into scalp, working product through ends of hair. Rinse and follow with Unwash Hydrating Masque.

Hydrating Masque: Apply to wet hair, pull through from roots to tips. Leave in for 3-4 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Bio-Cleansing Conditioner Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, C12-15 Pareth-9, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Parfum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp Seed Oil), Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Borage Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil, Linum Usitatissimum Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal.

Anti-Residue Cleanse Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamide DIPA, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Ammonium Chloride, Parfum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal.

Hydrating Masque Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Amodimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-37, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Aminopropyl Phenyl Trimethicone, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Polysorbate 60, Behenyl Alcohol, Lauryl Glucoside, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Trideceth-12, Parfum, Citrus Grandis Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Extract, Pyrus Malus Extract, Camelia Sinensis Extract, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-propyl Silanetriol, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Betaglucan, Oenothera Biennis Oil, Linum Usitatissimum Oil, Sodium Hydroxide Methylchloroisothiazolinone & Methylisothiazolinone, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene.

Overall Assessment: These products are definitely getting a lot of use from me this winter, and they are definitely worthy of your consideration.

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  1. I have been so interested in trying some skincare from Mamonde. Their products look so appealing!

    1. I have this and their cleansing oil, and they are both fantastic! I would definitely like to try more of their products. It is definitely a brand worth trying.

  2. Nice assortment of products. I always have some 7th Heaven masks on hand for a skin pick me up. The Sleeping Mask sounds great.

    1. Thanks, Marcia! 7th Heaven masks are wonderful pick-me-ups for the skin, I agree. You definitely can't beat the price, either!

  3. I really want to try that Mamonde brand. I've been seeing it all over IG and they have a lot of things that look good to me!

    1. I highly recommend trying their products! So far, I have tried this and their cleansing oil and they are very nice, indeed!

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    1. I highly recommend it, Cindy! I do think that you would love it too!


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