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I very much appreciate beauty products that are conveniently packaged, meaning that it’s easy for me to carry them around with me in my purse or gym bag and they are TSA approved for my carry-on. I also love beauty products that contain ingredients, which are both organic and responsible. My love and appreciation of these qualities in beauty products is precisely why as of late it is practically impossible to find me without my Clean George Chill Out Stick. Read more
Posted on October 28, 2013 by
You go to apply your favorite lipstick, only to have your dry, peeling lips magnified by like 100. Your sexy pout is no longer so sexy. Been there, done that.
Nothing adds more life and vitality to your lips than giving them the rub down with a good sugar scrub. We have our favorites, do you see yours among them?
Beau Bain’s lip scrubs rank high for me. My favorite is their Mint Mojito. I love it so much that I literally licked it off my lips post-scrub. While sugar, of course, does the scrubbing, shea butter, avocado oil and Vitamin E do the softening. Their scrub comes paired with a lip balm, which is great to apply before bed, or to wear when you simply want to keep your lips moisturized. Read more
Posted on October 1, 2013 by
As a caregiver, both on the floor as a nurse who works 12-hour night shifts and a parent of children with special needs, I often don’t get the recommended hours of sleep. Yes, I’ve seen all the studies of just how bad lack of sleep is for you…and no I would not recommend skipping out on the Z’s if there is a choice on the matter, but the truth remains that it is part of my (and many other caregivers) unavoidable realty.
Since this is the case, instead of stressing about it, I implement little things throughout my day to help revive my energy and keep my look lively. First, it’s part of my self-care routine. Secondly, I truly believe that it helps those I care for to know that they are in good hands. I mean do any of you really want a tired-looking stressed out nurse to walk into you or your loved one’s hospital room and say she is the one who’s going to take care of you for the next 12 hours? Not if we had the choice, right? I am not sure of many who would contend the ideal notion of wanting a nurse with a positive attitude, know-how, and a put together look that sends an unspoken message of trust.
The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, since I have recently been struggling with anemia and recovering from a painful injury, I thought it would be a neat opportunity to allow a personal picture story post for you as I got ready for work. Here is a peak at my paler then usual face (from lack of sun, sleep, and anemia), undone hair, and the five product lines I used to transform and revive. The last pic is a must see for the transformation!
Step 1: Take a refreshing shower with Marc Anthony (pause, lol) sulfate-free Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner for some super workable soft hair. When you get out of your makeshift oasis, toss in a bit of his Argan oil treatment and then some volumizing mousse. I am very picky when it comes to my hair products, as I have plunged the pocket in the past and came up with less than satisfying results. However, I am happy to report that Marc’s line is healthy for your hair, fantastic feeling, and super-easy on the wallet. It’s hard to find this type of a triple threat! Read more
Posted on August 12, 2013 by
Whenever I see the words all natural, mostly organic, and use of biodegradable and recyclable packaging applied to beauty products, it becomes pretty much impossible for me to resist trying said products. My latest beauty temptation was products from Meow Meow Tweet, a line of all natural, organic, vegan products created in Brooklyn, NY by couple Tara and Jeff. Read more
Posted on August 5, 2013 by
W3LL PEOPLE is a majorly buzzed about makeup brand right now and it’s no wonder why. They’ve managed to create a line of makeup that is not only 100% natural, but it’s also fabulous. Other brands tend to lose the fabulosity (is that even a word?) when trying to please the tree hugging goal of au natural, but not W3LL People. Like they say, Hippie Tested. Diva Approved. This diva can’t get enough of W3LL PEOPLE ‘s Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick.
Here’s the low down on the goodness that is W3LL PEOPLE. W3LL People (well people) is a beauty conscious brand. As they like to say, there are “no nasties” in their products. Their makeup is free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, and artificial ingredients. There’s no harsh chemicals or toxins in their products. Everything they make is 100% natural and eco friendly. So not only are the ingredients premium natural and organic, but they also respect the environment and take pride in sustainability. To top it all off, W3LL PEOPLE is Made in the USA with love.
The minds behind the concept of W3LL PEOPLE (well people) are pretty much the perfect trio of: Makeup Guru, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Treehugger. The brand is the perfect blend of artistry, technology and social responsibility. So now that we know all of the goodness behind the products, let’s talk about performance . . . because let’s be real, how our makeup performs is important! Read more
Posted on August 3, 2013 by
Once summer arrives, I need everything to feel and be light, simple and effortless. From my clothing, to food to my beauty products, everything needs to have that summery carefree essence to it. Do you agree?
Which is why a few of my beauty products from winter, fall and even spring just do not make the cut for summer. During the cooler months I don’t mind feeling like there is a layer of protection between my skin and the dry, damaging chill of fall and winter. However, in the summer while I still need the protection, I really do not want to feel the products on my skin. I’ve had to retire a few of my lip products for the time being, especially my heavier lip balms and opt for lighter feeling, but still hydrating lip products. Read more
Posted on June 11, 2013 by
Jumbo seems to be quite a fad in cosmetics. We’re seeing all kinds of chubby crayons from lipsticks to eye shadows. I guess I’m a chubby chaser when it comes to lipstick, because I love the ease with which they apply, just a few quick swipes and you’re done. I do have one of the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balms and several Tarte LipSurgence sticks, but I wanted to see if there was something available at a drugstore price. The CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm ($7) display lured me in (okay, I wasn’t really that hard to get). Read more
Posted on February 4, 2013 by
Another outstanding product from Farmaesthetics that I instantly fell in love with–this time it’s their Lip Softener.
As with all of their products, the lip softener is 100% all natural with ingredients such as sweet almond oil, calendula*, Vitamin E, beeswax, peppermint, orange wax, grapefruit peel oil, iron oxide & mica. It has a really refreshing minty scent and taste that is never overpowering.
All it took for my lips too feel hydrated and moisturized was just a tiny dab of the softener, just a little really goes a long way and my lips never felt like there was a layer of heavy, greasy lip product sitting on top of them. The ingredients in this lip softener treat the lip tissue by preventing cracked, dry lips and also aids in preventing fine lines and creases. The Farmaesthetics Lip Softener is my definition of clean, simple and effective beauty. Read more
Posted on February 1, 2013 by
Finally, a lip balm that you can actually eat! Not that I would intentionally eat my lip balm of course, but I do have a bad habit of licking my lips a lot so I know that I am ingesting a good portion of what I apply to my lips.
This is why I am ecstatic about Noya’s Kosher Natural Lip Care. All of their lip balms contain only 3-5 all-natural, kosher ingredients such as Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Organic Extra Virgin Olive. The lip balms come in four flavors, Cherry, Vanilla, Spearmint and Classic and it’s difficult to pick which one I love best because they are all amazing.
They are moisturizing without being super sticky or heavy feeling and both Read more
Posted on January 28, 2013 by