My Beauty Faves Week of December 1-7, 2014 — Evo, Memebox, Avalon Organics, Alba Botanica and JĀSÖN

This week I have been trying to tame my flyaway hair and sooth my chapped skin as I get ready for the holidays.

I have been loving a new (to me) haircare line, a new gel mask, organic skin care, coconut oil body care, and a very moisturizing body lotion:

evo haircare — Using a good shampoo and conditioner to build moisture and strength in your hair is the most important step. You need to fill in the gaps in the hair’s health and then use your hot tools to seal that in. It will make your style last longer and give better shine and quality hair. Ritual Salvation Shampoo ($24 USD) and Conditioner ($24 USD) from evo have a repair and hydration factor as well as a UV/UVB factor without being heavy or greasy.

Once the hair is prepped, a good leave-in conditioner will create an even porosity and also an extra layer of moisture to counteract against the heat. Day of Grace ($24 USD) leave in conditioner spray is totally weightless and will give an extra UVA/UVB protection for all hair types.

Icon Welder ($25 USD) by evo is one of the most versatile heat protectors on the market. While giving the hair amazing protection from hot tools, it also has a hold and shine factor that will keep your style in place as well as being completely brushable. Spray over the whole head wet and dry in or spray in dry and brush in before heat styling.

What I think — First of all, I love the fresh scents of this line.  It leaves hair smelling amazing!  The shampoo leaves my hair soft and shiny.  I like that it helps the strength of my hair.  The leave in conditioner is light so it doesn’t weigh my hair down, but it does give extra moisture, which is great since my hair is so dry now.  I love using a hair protector when I dry or straighten it.

Available at http://us.evohair.com.

Memebox Meme Mask
Memebox Meme Mask

Meme Mask ($3 each or $10 for a pack of 5) Korean sheet masks have long received global accolade for their intense moisturizing powers. In November, Memebox brings this K-beauty secret to the international arena with their one-step skin prepping must-have, Meme Mask. This gel mask harnesses the powers of hydration to rejuvenate skin, leaving it smooth and restored. More hydrating than a traditional paper sheet mask, the gel minimizes inflammation and controls sebum production, helping to soothe problem areas around the T-zone.

What I think: This is a very affordable way to add extra moisture to my parched skin.  This has a very cool texture and feels amazing on.  The directions said to apply for 20-40 minutes, so I used it for 30 and it left my skin very soft.

Purchase at us.memebox.com

Avalon Organics Age-Less
Avalon Organics Age-Less

Avalon Organics Age-Less — For radiant skin that glows with good health, Avalon® Age-Less facial care is a daily dose of vitamins and age-defying nourishment. Featuring a perfectly calibrated multivitamin complex of Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K plus powerful antioxidants and quenching moisture, this anti-aging skin care regimen helps to improve skin’s clarity, tone and texture, fend off lines and wrinkles and restore radiance.

The products are:

·         Age-less Cleansing Milk ($9.99)

·         Age-less Revitalizing Cream ($15.99)

·         Age-less Illuminating Serum ($19.99)

·         Age-less SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer ($15.99)

What I think — I love trying organic and natural skin care and was excited to try a new skin care regimen.  The line has a fresh citrus scent that I really like.  All of the products are very creamy and thick, but do not leave my skin feeling greasy at all.  I have only been using these products for about a week, but I do like how they quench my skin and help with the tone and texture of my skin. I will keep using them to see if they help the fine lines around my eyes.

Available at Walmart and select natural products retailers, as well as at http://www.avalonpersosonalcare.com.

JĀSÖN® Smoothing Coconut Collection
JĀSÖN® Smoothing Coconut Collection

JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Body Wash ($15.75 30oz) — This ultra-moisturizing wash gently cleans with botanical cleansers and deeply nourishes with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter.  Unrefined, virgin Coconut Oil is rich in nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidants, which soak the skin with intense, skin-healthy nutrients.

JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut Hand & Body Lotion ($9.99 8oz) — This ultra-moisturizing daily lotion delivers deep, long-lasting hydration.  An intensive blend of unrefined, virgin Coconut Oil and Shea Butter instantly relieves the discomfort of extremely dry skin and softens and smooths rough patches. 

JĀSÖN Smoothing Coconut 100% Organic Oil ($10.99 15oz) — The perfect, all-purpose moisturizer.  Rich in nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidants, this melts-at-first-touch oil delivers unprecedented care to your skin and hair. Benefits include:

  • Nourishes extremely dry, chapped skin
  • Tames frizz and fly-aways
  • Helps minimize hair breakage and split ends
  • Smooths chapped lips
  • Softens nail cuticles
  • Soothes the drying effects from sun and wind

What I think: The coconut oil was surprising at first because it is hard, but melts into an oil.  It is very moisturizing.  The body wash makes an amazing shaving cream.  And, I love keeping the hand and body lotion near to smooth on when my skin feels dry.

Available at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and on the web at Jason-personalcare.com.

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion Coconut Rescue
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion Coconut Rescue

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion Coconut Rescue (14.99 32 oz) — This ultra-moisturizing lotion instantly delivers potent hydration and a hearty dose of antioxidants with a unique blend of unrefined Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk and Shea Butter. While Coconut Oil is all the craze in the beauty industry, this Alba lotion is unique, as it uses only unrefined, virgin coconut oil that is cold pressed from fresh coconut meat without the use of damaging heat or potentially irritating chemicals. This process allows it to maintain more skin nourishing phytochemicals, vitamins and antioxidants that provide immediate relief to even the driest skin.

What I think: Coconut oil is such a popular ingredient these days!  This is fantastic on skin right after the shower or bath.  It locks in the moisture and leaves my skin so soft!  It’s also a great price for the amount that you get.

Available at Whole Foods Market, Target, natural food stores, grocery stores, and on the web a http://www.albabotanica.com.

**What have you been loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Natural Skincare Deals — Indie Lee, Yes To, Sibu Beauty, VMV Hypoallergenics and Miyu Beauty

I have more fab Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals to announce!  Fortunately, there are so many great deals to choose from!

Below are some wonderful natural skincare to try at greatly reduced prices. Enjoy!

Indie Lee

INDIE LEE:

  • Shoppers who make a $65+ purchase on IndieLee.com – from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday – will receive a sample size trio including the CoQ-10 Toner, Squalane Facial Oil and Lavender Chamomile Moisturizing Oil as a special gift with purchase
  • On Cyber Monday (Monday, December 1, 2014), all of Indie Lee’s all-natural body products will be 25% off – including the must-have moisturizing body oils and body lotions, as well as the Hydrating Body Balm and Lemongrass Citrus Body Wash.

o   How To Get It: Shop online at IndieLee.com (http://indielee.com/shop/body) and enter “CYBERINDIE” at checkout.

Yes To

YES TO

  • Black Friday 3-day event: 40% off Friday and 35% off Saturday + Sunday
  • Cyber Monday:  Gift with purchases for any orders of $35 (GWP includes Yes to Grapefruit Facial Scrub, Yes to Grapefruit Wipes (2 pack), Yes to Carrots Anti Frizz Serum or Yes to Carrots Hand Cream)
  • Starting Tuesday (December 2, 2014), Yes to will be offering free shipping on all online orders

***All offers are for purchases made on yestocarrots.com

Sibu Beauty

Sibu Beauty, a line of premium skincare products and supplements made from the Himaylayan sea buckthorn berry, is offering 60% off all of their entire line and free shipping on orders over $50 after the discount. Known as the “beauty berry” across Europe and Asia, sea buckthorn contains over 190 bioactive compounds that restore, revitalize, and protect youthful beauty – from the inside-out AND outside-in. Use code: SIBU60. Nov. 28 – Dec. 1. http://www.sibubeauty.com/

VMV Hypoallergenics

VMV Hypoallergenics, the gold standard in hypoallergenic skincare, will be offering 20% off several of their skin care lines including Essence, Red Better, Illuminants+, Re-Everything, Id, SuperSkin and Grandma Minnie lines and 50% off of their Skintelligent Beauty Line.  VMV’s Holiday Kits – All Ye Merry Gentlemen, Creams de la Crème, VMVery Favorite Things – will also be available. Even better, VMV will be offering free shipping from November 27th to December 1st. Guests spending $100+ will received a branded VMVerdant canvas tote.  Available at https://www.vmvhypoallergenics.com/

Miyu

Miyu Beauty — For 4 days only, buy one 80ml beauty essence and get the 2nd one FREE! Simply enter promo code: MIYUblackfriday at checkout.
*Offer applies to 80ml essences only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Promo starts 8:00am EST, Nov 28, 2014 and expires 11:59pm EST, Dec 1, 2014

New Natural Brand Veria ID InnerDosha

VeriaID_Group

Veria ID InnerDosha is a full range of natural skin, hair and body products designed to treat specific hair and skin types as defined by Ayurveda’s doshas: VATA (dry), PITTA (sensitive, combination) and KAPHA (oily).

The 11 products available for each hair/skin type are:

SKIN – Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Day Moisturizer, Night Moisturizer and Mask

HAIR – Shampoo and Conditioner

BODY – Body Wash, Body Lotion and Body Butter

FOR ALL TYPES – 5 products recommended for all skin/hair types:

Deep Conditioner, Detangler, Eye Gel, Eye Cream and Face Scrub

I was lucky to be sent some of the products to sample for my honest opinion.  Here are some of my favorites:

Clear the Surface Gentle Efoliant
Clear the Surface Gentle Efoliant

Clear the Surface Gentle Efoliant ($19 USD) — This gently effective scrub takes it easy. Ultrafine walnut powder and calming ingredients pave the way to glowing skin. It’s a complete about-face for skin needing renewal. Gentle plant exfoliants slough away imperfections and brighten skin, while nourishing oils fight off blemishes and signs of irritation. Here’s how:

  • exfoliating walnut shell powder, plus papaya and pineapple extracts.
  • anti-blemish Neem and Coleus oils.
  • calming Licorice and Comfrey.

I use this every few days and it is gentle, but so effective.  It leaves my skin very soft.  Also, it smells fantastic (as all of these products do).

Calmly Clean Body Wash (PITTA dosha)
Calmly Clean Body Wash (PITTA dosha)

Calmly Clean Body Wash (PITTA dosha) ($10 USD) —

This gentle natural body wash soothes and softens skin as sweet jasmine blooms in the shower. It washes away the conflicts for skin that runs hot and cold. A mild, sugar-based cleansing gel, it soothes sensitivity with anti-inflammatory extracts and balanced moisture. Here’s how:
  • balancing PITTA Herbal Complex—with potent Boswellia and Turmeric (irritation fighters), and Coleus oil (a blemish banisher).
  • soothing Chamomile, Comfrey and Witch Hazel extracts.
  • plant humectants Aloe, Glycerin and Panthenol (Vitamin B-5).

This softly floral scented body wash is wonderful for sensitive and all skin types.

Revive and Shine Hydrating Shampoo
Revive and Shine Hydrating Shampoo

Revive and Shine Hydrating Shampoo (VATA dosha) ($11 USD) — This gentle shampoo hydrates even the driest of hair, with traditional Amla, Sugar Cane, and Coconut extracts to replenish all that is lost. It’s a moisture infusion for thirsty VATA hair. Extra mild—thanks to a sugar-based cleanser—it’s also lightly conditioning, making hair feel both thicker and more manageable. (Plus, it’s safe for color-treated hair.) Here’s how:

  • VATA Herbal Complex —pure hydration from Coconut juice and Sugar Cane, with potent Amla (an antioxidant “super fruit”).
  • Barley protein and silica extract, to thicken hair and help curls stay curly.
  • antioxidant Green Tea extract and Vitamin E.

100% natural fragrance blend:  Organic Vanilla Oleoresin, Vanillin Natural, Ginger, Cardamom, Clove and Orange Oil Extracts and other essential oils.

This and the conditioner are super hydrating.  They also smell so yummy!  These are gentle for every day use.

Night Light Night Cream
Night Light Night Cream

Night Light Night Cream (KAPHA dosha) ($35 USD) — This weightless cream is what you need to restore the balance by night. It’s light in texture but rich in benefits, an extra, overnight boost to reduce redness and even skin tone. It’s conflict resolution for KAPHA skin: hydrating with Omega rich nutrients, but no excess oils. Banishing the red, and blemishes, with potent oils like Coleus and Neem. And keeping signs of aging at bay. Here’s how:

  • KAPHA Herbal Complex—with calming Soapnut bark, plus Neem, Coleus and Vitex oils (all foes of the bacteria that cause blemishes).
  • peptide-rich Regenerating Complex—made to keep signs of aging small.
  • light but highly hydrating Cupuacu butter and Jojoba oil.

100% natural fragrance blend: Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Vanillin Natural and other essential oils.

I love a lighter night cream.  This one is perfect for the summer because even though it does hydrate, it helps calm the skin and does not leave it greasy.  By the morning, my face is soft and glowing!

Learn more and purchase at www.veria.com.

Enjoy!

Go Natural With Earth Day Products

Earth Day is very soon.  One of the ways that I like to live green is by trying lots of green beauty products.  Below are natural and/or organic products for face, hair and body.  Try one or more out and be good to yourself as well as the Earth!

Melvita

Inspired by and born out of the beauty and bounty of France’s Ardèche region, Melvita was created in 1983 by beekeeper and biologist Bernard Chevilliat. Melvita – meaning “honey” and “life” in Latin – is distinguished by its brand philosophy of paying homage to the pristine elegance of the natural world. As the French pioneer in organic beauty care, Melvita offers the largest selection in the market of ECOCERT-certified products for the face, body and hair, as well as fragrances and men’s and baby collections. By responsibly reaping the best nature has to offer and giving back to the earth, Melvita delivers beautiful, expertly-formulated skincare products, enriched with only the purest natural ingredients, which are as efficacious as they are pleasurable to guarantee an incomparable sensorial experience with a clear conscience.

Above is the Melvita Rose Floral Water ($23 USD) — Rich in ingredients that naturally soothe delicate skin, Rose Floral Water is distilled from the rosa damescena petals and contains a light, refreshing fragrance. The essence also has astringent properties that help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Available at www.usa.melvita.com and through leading online beauty retailers.

Shea Terra Organics Baobab & Coconut Water Smoothing Vita-Enzyme Facial Masque

Shea Terra Organics Baobab & Coconut Water Smoothing Vita-Enzyme Facial Masque ($28 USD) Smooth dry and lifeless looking skin with a boost of vitamin rich enzymes!Taken from two of Africa’s super-fruits, baobabs and coconuts, this face masque works at a cellular level to hydrate and vita infuse skin.

This masque is vita-infused with two of Africa’s super-fruits. Wild harvested from ancient “upside-down” trees, baobab fruit contains vitamin rich enzymes that effectively break down dead skin. Young coconuts produce a nutrient water rich in electrolytes and natural sugars that makes skin glow!

Available at www.sheaterraorganics.com

Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème

Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème ($155 USD)A facial crème that contains an exclusive, highly concentrated blend of Caudalie’s 3 star ingredients to yield firmer, more radiant skin. Its packaging is recyclable and 1% of profits from all Premier Cru products purchased contribute to protecting the environment under the 1% For the Planet movement .

Ingredients include: 

Resveratrol-Oleyl – prevents Glycation

Vinefrine – prevents dark spots

Polyphenols – a highly powerful antioxidant

Available at US.Caudalie.com in March

Avalon

Avalon Organics® Lavender Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.50 USD) A moisturizing shampoo and conditioner set with a calming scent and luxurious formula that is NSF certified with 70% organic ingredients – the highest organic standard in the personal care space. The products are also completely free of Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Myreth Sulfate and the packaging is made with 100% PCR (post consumer resin) materials.  The formulas are packed with natural extracts including Lavender Essential Oil, Wheat Protein, Aloe, Babassu Oil, Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil, and Guar that create soft, shiny hair.

Price: $10.50, available at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and www.avalonorganics.com

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Alba Botanica® Even Advanced Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub ($11.49 USD)A gentle, yet effective facial scrub designed to target discoloration and uneven skin tone while sloughing off dry and dull skin. Its formula is powered by a Marine Complex infused with sea enzymes that stimulate cell regeneration and prevent hyper-pigmentation. Free of Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Myreth Sulfate, all Alba Botanica® products and ingredients are made without animal testing, which is exemplified through the Leaping Bunny certification on their packaging – an internally recognized symbol for cruelty-free cosmetics, personal care and household products.

Available at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and www.albabotanica.com

Jason

JĀSÖN® Body Washes ($14.43 USD) – These gentle washes cleanse with botanical surfactants and safely nourish with Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5. The formulas are free of Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Myreth Sulfate and come in 30oz bottles in a variety of amazing scents to ensure that the entire family can bathe cleanly, without added harsh chemicals or preservatives.

Available (Revitalizing Citrus, Glowing Apricot, Soothing Aloe Vera, Relaxing Chamomile, Calming Lavender, Moisturizing Herbs, Invigorating Rosewater, Purifying Tea Tree, Softening Mango, Antioxidant Cranberry) at natural food stores, Whole Foods Market and www.jason-personalcare.com.

Don’t forget to enter my SeaBuck Wonders giveaway!  For more info check out https://fortyflirtyfabulous.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/top-five-mammoth-mom-myths-revealed-plus-a-fab-skin-care-giveaway/.

Enjoy!

Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies

 

Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies

I have recently received a delicious Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookie  complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster.  Influenster is a wonderful sampling program that you should definitely check out at www.influenster.com.

The description of this cookie is:

Enjoy chewy, soft-baked cookies in a family-favorite flavor! With wholesome Quaker Oats and delicious raisins, you’ll never remember they came from our kitchen instead of yours.

-Made with Whole Grain Quaker Oats

-Individually packaged

-Provides a good source of fiber

-Contains 6 grams of total fat per serving

I really enjoyed this cookie.  It is very soft (I am a soft cookie lady) and is not too sweet.  This is a healthy sweet for kids and adults.  It will make a great after school snack for my kids and a perfect work snack for myself!

You can find Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies at most major retailers. Suggested retail price: $2.69 for a box of 6 cookies!

Enjoy!

 

 

Tarte’s New Clean Slate Primers are Natural and Long-Wearing — Awesome!

Tarte Clean Slate Primers

A flawless makeup application starts with a clean slate. See what a clean slate can do for your skin with tarte’s primer trio– get poreless, flawless, creaseless and look your best naturally for up to 12 hours. Improve the texture, wear, and feel of your foundation or eyeshadow as you prep and prime skin with your choice of three deluxe size clean slate primers. All infused with naturally derived ingredients that will power through the day.

I have been testing these primers for a few weeks.  The collection includes:

clean slate poreless 12-hour perfecting primer ($30 USD) helps makeup stay in place longer while preventing creasing in fine lines and wrinkles for a healthy, seamless complexion. Prime the skin for an overall soft-focus effect as you extend the wear of your makeup and mask imperfections. Ideal for all skin types, but perfect for those with fine lines and pore problems, this waterproof primer contains natural fruit-and plant-derived extracts to deliver anti-aging and skin-restorative benefits to your skin.

clean slate flawless 12-hour brightening primer ($30 USD) helps makeup stay in place longer while brightening skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. Ideal for all skin types, this hydrating base not only helps keep your makeup in place for up to 12 hours of perfect wear time, it’s also a quick fix for tired or sallow skin–just one application makes the face look instantly brightened and healthy.

clean slate 360; creaseless 12-hour smoothing eye primer ($19 USD) truly locks eyeshadow in place while preventing fallout and migration for true shadow payoff. The universal shade glides on easily and powers through the day into the evening for 12 hours of perfect wear time. clean slate creaseless can be used as both a shadow primer and under eye base to smooth areas around the eye giving you a seamless application and all around 360 solutions.

What I think:  These are fantastic natural primers.  The poreless primer is the one I like to use, it has a silicon feel to it and gives skin a matte finish.  The brightening one has a creamy, pearly texture and would be perfect for dull, dry skin that needs some shine.  My skin has a little bit too much shine in the summer, but it would probably work for me in the winter when my skin is dry.

The eye primer works really well.  It mattifies lids and makes shadows last longer.  The only thing is that it dries a little white, so I suggest to use just a little and rub it in well.

You can purchase these at www.tartecosmetics.com or www.sephora.com.  Enjoy!

 

For Earth Day, Take Care Of Yourself And The Environment With Eco-Refills From L’Occitane

Earth Day is in a couple of days and as we are thinking about big and little things that we can do for the environment, L’Occitane has come up with a great idea for your favorite beauty products.

Their Eco-Refills are large sizes of some of L’Occitane’s best-selling products that can be used to refill your original containers.  Some of these products are:

Lavender Liquid Soap Eco-Refill ($12 USD) — Reduce, reuse and refill!  Both economical and ecological, the Lavender Liquid Soap Eco-Refill keeps hands clean, fresh and lightly scented.  With nourishing Shea Butter and soothing aloe-vera extract, this detergent-free cleanser is gentle enough for dry, sensitive or damaged skin. Refill is 13.5 fl. oz. while Liquid Soap is 16.9 fl. oz.

Immortelle Refill Brightening Cleansing Foam ($38 USD) — An economical and ecological Brightening Cleansing Foam refill for the beauty of your skin and the preservation of the environment. Lighten the complexion with this gentle face cleanser, enriched with organic Immortelle floral water and citrus fruit peel.

Almond Shower Oil Eco-Refill ($36 USD) — The economical and ecological Almond Shower Oil Eco-Refill is perfect for both the beauty of your skin and the preservation of the environment.  When in contact with water, this shower oil transforms into a delicate foam that gently cleanses the body. Enriched with Almond oil, it respects the hydrolipidic film and leaves a subtle and mouthewatering scent of fresh Almond, for delightful skin!

Aromachologie Soothing Shampoo Eco-Refill ($25 USD) — Formulated with a natural origin vegetable complex of 5 essential oils and wheat proteins, the Aromachologie Soothing Shampoo helps soothe the sensitive or irritated scalp. It also adds a genuine softness to hair, delicately cleanses and purifies the scalp and immediately eases irritations and aggressions. The scalp returns to a healthy and comfortable state, for stronger, beautiful hair. Pair with the Aromachologie Soothing Conditioner.

These can be purchased at usa.loccitane.com.  Enjoy!