Brand Review: Kneipp

I love reviewing natural products because I love feeling good about what I am putting on my skin! Luckily, I was sent samples to test from Kneipp for my honest review.

125 years ago, the lifelong naturopathic studies of health pioneer Sebastian Kneipp, and his life learnings inspired the brand Kneipp. The body care and bath products in Kneipp are free from preservatives, paraffin and silicone oils, and are primarily vegan.

Below is my review of Kneipp’s best sellers – also known as Kneipp Fave 5 products:

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Kneipp Arnica Herbal Bath Oil Joint & Muscle ($20 3.38 fl. oz, on sale for $18 now) — The arnica extract found in this oil is known as a revitalizing agent for achy joints and muscles.  The formula also includes natural essential oils of cabreuva, rosemary and pine species. It has a strong scent, but really helps alleviate muscles soreness. It’s perfect for my rock-climbing daughter!

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Kneipp Lavender Body Wash Relaxing ($6 for travel size, $14 for 6.76 oz) — With natural lavender oil, the soap-free and pH balanced formula cleanses gently, leaving skin soft and supple. The plant-derived formula improves the feel of the skin, and gives a balancing effect for mental or physical exertion. I think it smells so good! I love it in the evening, to help me relax.

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Kneipp Lemon Verbena and Avocado Hand Cream Soft in Seconds ($10 USD) — The plant-based and nourishing formula contains avocado butter, jojoba oil and lemon verbena to help you get velvety smooth hands in seconds. This is a rich hand cream.  I didn’t care for the scent, but it left my hands very soft.

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Kneipp Red Poppy & Hemp Aromatherapy Bubble Bath Pure Bliss ($15 USD) — Made with natural oils of red poppy and hemp to provide you with a sense of well-being and moments of joy. It’s perfect for those days when you need to de-stress and relax. This is my favorite of these product because it smells amazing!  It turns water a purpley-red and it bubbles really well.

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Kneipp Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Bubble Bath ($15 USD) — Ideal for cold and flu season, the natural essential oils of eucalyptus and mint work together in this Bubble Bath to help with symptoms of congestion and a sore throat.

Have you tried Kneipp?  Let me know which products you like!

 

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Brand Review: Éclair Naturals

Happy Saturday!  I’m so glad it’s the weekend!

I was recently sent a selection of products from Éclair Naturals, a new luxuriously pure hair and body care line. The line brings the best of nature at an affordable price with sustainably sourced and produced products! It uses natural food grade ingredients to create unique and efficacious formulas that are non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, vegan, and cruelty-free, and proudly made in the USA.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Handcrafted Soap – Indonesian Patchouli & Sandalwood ($4.99 USD) –This luxurious, natural handcrafted soap is blend of nourishing essential oils and pure botanical extracts that leave skin remarkably soft and supple. The Patchouli & Sandalwood is very spicy and nice for men or women who love natural scents!

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Shower Gel – Grapefruit ($8.99 USD) –Luxurious blends of vegetable glycerin, aloe and vitamin E, gently cleanses skin, while botanical extracts replenish essential nutrients for a silky, healthy looking skin. This is one of my favorite of their products.  It smells amazing and lathers well.  It leaves my skin so clean and soft.

All Over Lotion – Sea Breeze ($8.99 USD) –Our creamy All Over Lotion is a luxurious blend of jojoba oil, shea butter and pure botanical extracts that provides long lasting hydration and nourishes skin. Absorbs quickly, leaving a smooth, non-greasy feel. This is not my favorite scent, but the lotion is very hydrating.

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Balancing Shampoo – Tea Tree & Lavender ($8.99 USD) –Our shampoos are formulated with natural, gentle ingredients that effectively cleanse the hair and scalp, without stripping hair’s natural moisture. They are formulated to nourish and care for all hair types, while also targeting specific needs: Volumizing, Balancing, Color Protecting, Smoothing and Moisturizing.
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Balancing Conditioner – Tea Tree & Lavender ($8.99 USD) –These sulfate-free conditioners were created to complement the functionality of our shampoos, while providing extra nutrients for a healthy looking hair and locking in moisture for a smooth finish. Available in: Volumizing, Balancing, Color Protecting, Smoothing and Moisturizing.

Have you tried any products from the line? Check out EclairNaturals.com for a full list of ingredients which combine innovative science with nature; virtually all products are $10 and under at Rite Aid, RiteAid.com, and Target.com.

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My Beauty Favorites — Week of February 13-19, 2017

Hi all! I usually do my favorites post on Sunday, but I am a little late this week.  The weather has been so nice in Kansas City, it’s hard to sit down and write!

I have still been testing fantastic products, including ones to help transition into spring.  Below are fast working sheet masks for all types of skin issues, cute and slimming capri pants and a rose elixir:

Alba Fast Fix Sheet Masks
Alba Fast Fix Sheet Masks

Alba Fast Fix Sheet Masks ($3.49 USD) Individually wrapped, serum-soaked fiber masks contour to your face to deliver concentrated doses of active botanical ingredients. In as little as 5 minutes, skin experiences a powerful beauty-enhancing treatment! 100% vegetarian ingredients, no animal testing, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors or parabens.

  • Coconut Water Hydrate Sheet Mask: an infusion of coconut water, cucumber and chamomile provide a mega-moisture oasis to return skin to healthy, hydrated happiness
  • Camu Camu Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask: camu camu, cocoa and caffeine fight the good fight to help firm, tone and tackle those pesky lines and wrinkles
  • Papaya Anti-Acne Sheet Mask: the zit-zapping trio of papaya, lemon balm and salicylic acid penetrate pores to give pimples their proper punishment
  • Grapefruit Even Tone Sheet Mask: grapefruit, charcoal and turmericvanish visible pores, soothe redness and help lighten shadows, to give skin a soft, even glow

What I think:  What I love about sheet masks are that they are so easy to apply and are finished in minutes.  I tried the Grapefruit mask first and it soothed my sensitive skin and gave it a glow.  My daughter liked the Papaya mask for her occasional acne.   The Coconut Water mask is perfect for when my skin is very dry and the Camu Camu mask is great for ladies (like me) who need to firm skin.

Purchase at Target, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods & natural food stores

SlimSation Floral Print Capri
SlimSation Floral Print Capri

SlimSation Floral Print Capri ($64 USD) –Ultra-comfortable, wrinkle-resistant SlimSation stretch fabric feels beautiful on every body. Slim-fitting and flat front for a smooth look along with side decorative faux pockets and 2 flat pockets in the back.

  • Contoured waistband on capri cut.
  • SlimSation stretch moves with you while retaining its shape.
  • Rayon, Nylon, Spandex blend. Machine wash, cold. Imported.
  • 22″ inseam
  • Average leg opening is 18 3/4″

What I think:  These pants are so cute!  The print is a dark navy blue and it is is gorgeous.  They do slim the stomach and rear and look amazing on.  Perfect for spring and summer!

Purchase at http://www.slimsation.com

KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I: 1,000 Roses
KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I: 1,000 Roses

KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I: 1,000 Roses ($90 for 14ml or $225 or 47ml) — A 100% active, moisturizing Beauty oil formulated with holistic principles in mind. Scientifically established nutrients, a plethora of botanical extracts, and the essential oil of 1,000 organic Bulgarian roses combine to repair signs of environmental challenge to deliver dewy, glowing, rose-petal-soft skin. (SRP: $90 or £70/14ml or $225 or £175/47ml). Actives have been selected based on their recognition by both western and natural medicine as beneficial to skin. Each Beauty Elixir features 18 or more active natural ingredients, including:

  • CoQ10 certified by Kaneka, shown to diminish the appearance of sun damage both acute and over time
  • Vitamin C Ester and Vitamin E Protects and inspires collagen production, the vitamin c ester has several clinical studies behind it establishing its benefit to collagen in skin
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil Wild-crafted from the high deserts of Arizona, KYPRIS is currently the only company using US grown and procured Prickly Pear which is a distinct genus species to North America and boasts 150% the vitamin E of argan oil, minerals, and amino acids – anti-inflammatory and healing to restore irritated, dry skin
  • Baobab A wealth of phytosterols that nourish and soften
  • Rosehip Phytonutrient, Vitamin, Antioxidant, and essential fatty acid rich
  • Pomegranate 60% punicic acid, diminishes inflammatory effects of UV over exposure
  • Delivers luminous, lusciously soft skin. Diminishes the appearance of UV overexposure. Mega dose of nourishment to skin.
  • Use 2-5 drops per application

What I think: This oil smells like fresh roses and is so luxe!  It is very hydrating and softens skin immediately.  I love this as a night treatment.  In the morning my skin is soft and smooth.

Purchase at http://shop.kyprisbeauty.com

MATCHCo My Perfect Complexion Foundation Review

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Happy Friday!  I’m so excited to do this review of MATCHCo My Perfect Complexion foundation. I was lucky to be sent a customized just for me, bottle of this amazing foundation for my honest review.

Have you heard of MATCHCo? This brand is absolutely amazing because it’s extremely difficult, if not impossible to find a foundation that 100% matches our skin tone, we always have to match and try to create our own. With the MATCHCo ’s patented state of the art technology, this beauty app captures your exact skin tone with 5 simple skin tone scans.  In less than 10 minutes, this iPhone app analyzes your unique skin tone and then custom blends a perfectly matching color formula just for you, even your bottle is personalized with your name and date it was made. It is beauty customization and personalization at its best. It’s the all-in-one foundation that evens out your skin tone and gives your complexion a flawless no-makeup look.  Learn more at www.getmatchco.com

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Here is the back of the bottle.  I love how it has my name and the date it was created on it!

At first, I thought it might be a little dark for me, but it’s not.  Here is the matching on my hand:

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If you have an IPhone, check out the MATCHCo app. Scanning your skin is really easy. The foundation costs $49 and although it’s a bit pricey, it’s worth it to have a foundation that matches your skin so well.

I recommend this product and think it’s fantastic!

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IT Cosmetics Private Sale! Treat Yourself To Something Pretty!

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IT Cosmetics will be hosting a secret sale exclusive to their favorite IT Girls starting TODAY February 16th! Here’s the link:

https://www.itcosmetics.com/private-sale

This sale (and link!!) will be live from 12:01AM 2/16 and ends by 11:59p ET Feb 20th (while supplies last.)

Are you going to pick something up?  I’m sure you know I LOVE IT Cosmetics!  The quality and innovation of the products is amazing!  I have perused the sale and their are some great palettes on sale.  I might have to pick one up!

 

My Beauty Favorites — Week of February 6-12, 2017

It is almost Valentine’s Day!  Always a fun time to try new beauty products to pamper your self.  I’ve been ill, so we’re just staying home tomorrow, but I still want to look my best!

This week I have been loving some amazing cosmetics, hair care and a self tanner:

 

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Waterproof Mascara Top Coat
Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Waterproof Mascara Top Coat

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Waterproof Mascara Top Coat ($22 USD) — Transform any mascara to be tear-proof, sweat-proof and waterproof! This invisible formula will coat lashes with a lightweight waterproof seal while maintaining the performances of your favorite non-waterproof mascara!

What I think:  This is such a great idea!  Most of my mascara is not waterproof, so I love having the option to apply a clear top coat when I need that extra staying power.  Because, not only is it waterproof, it can help prevent flaking and smudging, too!

Available at http://www.cargocosmetics.com

TouchBack BrowMarker
TouchBack BrowMarker

TouchBack BrowMarker ($19.99 USD) a fine tip marker that enhances the shape, color and fullness of brows. The marker delivers the perfect amount of color for even, natural coverage. Also, blends stray grays. TouchBack BrowMarker’s patented formula bonds to brows and skin, dries quickly and lasts all day. It won’t rub off, but can be removed with soap and water.

What I think: This marker it a fast and easy way to apply a little or a lot of color to brows.  It stays all day and looks really natural on.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.touchbackbrow.com

Valentine's Day DARK Chocolate Special Kit
Valentine’s Day DARK Chocolate Special Kit

Skinny Tan Valentine’s Day DARK Chocolate Special Kit ($59.99 USD, a $165) — Some like their chocolate DARK – despite winter’s chill, you can look like the color of LOVE: Dark Chocolate Brown.  Use this special kit to become your ideal shade:

1 Pre-Tan Primer to buff your skin leaving it perfectly smooth

1 Body Mousse to apply and leave overnight for the perfect deep tan

1 Luxury Application Mitt to keep the color on your skin and off your hands

1 7-Day Tanner to boost your tan and keep it from fading for weeks

1 After Glow Gloss to make your skin shimmer and shine

1 24-Hour Bronzer to keep on hand for a last-minute night out

What I think: This kit is a terrific value and not only gives a natural tan, but gives all of the product needed to keep it looking fresh for weeks.  So nice to warm up winter pale skin like mine!  There are other kits available as well.

http://www.skinnytan.com

John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush
John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush

John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush — ($39.99 USD) This premium hot air brush features advanced ionic power, 500 watts, 2 heat settings plus cool setting and enhanced airflow to help you achieve perfect style.

The 1½-inch barrel is perfect for adding gorgeous volume and shine to styles. The large titanium ceramic barrel gives fullness and body as you style, while the soft bristles create ultimate shine and smoothness.

What I think: I do find as I get older, my hair is losing volume.  This heated brush curls and gives soft waves, or just roll it at the roots to get volume. I like that this  also adds shine, and doesn’t dry out my hair.

Learn more at http://www.johnfrieda.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you

Sun Bum Sea Salt Spray
Sun Bum Sea Salt Spray

Sun Bum Sea Salt Spray ($14.99 USD) Our Beach Formula Sea Spray protects your hair from the elements while giving it extra body, waves, and texture for that beach windswept look. Our lightweight formula enhances strand separation and definition, instantly blocking humidity that causes frizz. It’ll give your hair just the right amount of volume with a matt-finish hold. Mahalo.

What I think:  First of all, the scent of this makes me think of summer! It has a very coconuty scent!

http://shop.trustthebum.com/beach-formula-sea-spray/

 

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More Beauty Ideas To Get Ready for Valentine’s Day!

Getting ready for your Valentine’s Day date soon?  Or maybe want a day to pamper yourself or a friend?  There are so many fantastic products for skin, body and hair to get you ready for a night out, or a day in!

Below are some of my current faves:

Rituals Energy Bubbles
Rituals Energy Bubbles

Rituals Energy Bubbles ($19 USD) — Luxurious bath foam with rich, creamy soft foam. Enriched with the luxurious fragrance of Indian Rose and soothing Himalayan Honey. Leaves your skin feeling rich and silky soft. It smells amazing and refreshes the mind while it softens the body!

Purchase at us.rituals.com

Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Luminizing Charcoal Peel Off Mask
Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Luminizing Charcoal Peel Off Mask

The Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Luminizing Charcoal Peel Off Mask ($9.99 USD for three masks) helps to detoxify, purify and deep cleanse. Its deep cleansing ingredients draw out dirt and oil. It contains key ingredients like charcoal powder, bergamot extract and lotus root extract to purify and cleanse your complexion. I like this for days my skin feels a bit oily and when it needs a good cleansing.  I think it will be great for hot summer days when skin needs deep cleaning, too.

Available at Walgreens and Duane Reade

KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial
KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48 USD) — to wake up with brighter and refreshed skin. This overnight Wild Rose facial-in-a-jar is a breakthrough in beauty sleep. More than a mask, more than a night cream, it contains a generous dose of wild rose oil, boosted with super C for powerful brightening and antiaging. This product’s weightless, whipped texture melts instantly into skin and works while you sleep to re-texturize and address visible signs of premature aging. I use this the night before a big day (or date) and my skin is glowing by morning!

Purchase at Sephora and Sephora.com

 

 

Violent Lips InstaPlumper
Violent Lips InstaPlumper

Violent Lips InstaPlumper ($18 for 8 applications) — Get a sexy pout– without the needles with Violent Lips’ newest innovation – the InstaPlumper. Created by sisters Isabella and Sophia Haddad (19 and 15 years old), the InstaPlumper by Violent Lips is a safe, new alternative to lip fillers, and the first-ever lip plumping appliqué. It lasts up to 8 hours and will leave you with lips that rival the look of professional injections.

Available at ViolentLips.com

Lavanila Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil
Lavanila Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil

Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Oil ($39 USD). Patent pending natural technology spins pure Madagascar vanilla bean, argan, and coconut oils into a uniquely greaseless formula that instantly absorbs to rescue skin with intense 24-hour hydration and nourishment. With the lightweight texture of a lotion, it transforms dry, dull skin into hydrated, soft, supple skin.

Purchase at Lavanila.com

 

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray ($9.99 USD) — Give fine hair lush body and a lasting hold. With Caffeine Vitality Complex, Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray is an ultra-fine mist formulated to give you our highest level of hold with brushability. Create and keep touchably full style all day.

Learn more at http://www.johnfrieda.com and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

What are your favorite prep products?