Introducing Yuni, The First Yoga-Inspired Beauty Brand

Founded by beauty  industry veteran and Ashtanga Yoga teacher Emmanuel Rey and co-founder Suzanne Dawson, YUNI is a natural beauty brand designed to enhance the Yoga practice. What I love about it is that the products are unique and are perfect for people with a busy lifestyle, who want to create relaxing beauty moments.

from around the globe.  More concentrated formulas allow for smaller  bottles,  and  thus  less packaging waste  and  less energy  for transportation. YUNI has introduced the first thirteen products in July 2015. All YUNI products are  plant-based,  non-toxic, biodegradable and  compostable and  contain 100%  all-natural aromas.

I was sent the following products for my honest review.

No-Rinse  Body Cleansing Foam ($19 for 5 oz.) Innovative, convenient and  fast acting mousse to refresh and purify skin with neem and aloe vera, without the need for water.

Instant Shower Sheets($12 for 20 wipes)  Large  sheets infused with neem leaf extract and peppermint leaf essential oil immediately cleanse and deodorize for a clean, fresh feeling on the go.

I love both of these for after the gym, an outdoor adventure like camping or one hot days that you need a refresher.  The shower sheets are my favorite because they have a mild scent and are cooling.  The foam is a bit sticky at first, but does dry down nicely.

Active Calm Face Serum ($29 2 oz.) Age-defying moisture concentrate with organic buriti oil, echinacea and  fair trade green tea extract restores suppleness, erases tension lines, actives, firms and sculpts the skin.

All Purpose Body Balm ($25 2 oz.) Nourishing  shea butter and  organic kukui seed oil-based balm  to deeply nourish super-dry heels,  knees, elbows and dry spots.

Muscle Recovery Gel ($15 3 oz. ) Roller ball applicator eases post-workout soreness and inflammation with fair trade green tea extract and arnica while peppermint provides an intense cooling sensation

I’m really enjoying the face serum.  It firms my skin and gives a youthful glow.  I have been using the body balm on my elbows and heels and it keeps them very soft.  The recovery gel soothes and is so cool on my sore back.  Love!

Purchase at http://www.yunibeauty.com/

 

 

 

 

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Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of October 6-12, 2014

It is truly fall now in Kansas City! It’s definitely sweater weather — in the 50’s and 60’s.  And, I know it’s only going to get cooler in the next weeks and months.

This week, my fave products are items to help thicken stressed hair, plus moisturize body and facial skin to get ready for cooler weather.

Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam
Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam

Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Densifying Foam ($36 USD) — This lightweight densifying foam thickens and strengthens each strand while helping to prevent hair loss and breakage. Formulated with non-sticky polymers to build volume and create long-lasting body as well as Red Clover Growth Complex, this foam is clinically proven to save 1,300 strands per month. Free Of: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Synthetic Color, Paraffins, Gluten, DEA/TEA, Phthalates, Mineral Oil & Petrolatum

What I think: As a lady with thinning hair, I love a good thickening product. I use this on damp hair, and after I dry it, it does seem thicker.  Perfect for giving my hair body every day!

Available in October at AlternaHaircare.com

Rogaine Women's Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam
Rogaine Women’s Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam

Rogaine Women’s Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam ($31.99 USD) — Regrow thicker, fuller, beautiful hair with Women’s ROGAINE Hair Regrowth Treatment, Once-a-Day Foam. Containing 5% minoxidil, this foam reactivates hair follicles to regrow hair. The only once-daily hair regrowth treatment for women approved by the FDA, this formula is clinically proven to regrow hair in 81 percent* of women. New hair comes in up to 48 percent** thicker than before, with clinical results in as little as 12 weeks and visible results with continuous daily use after 24 weeks. From the number-one dermatologist recommended brand, the once-a-day applied foam can fit into your regular beauty routine. This package of Women’s ROGAINE Foam includes one 60-gram can, a two-month supply.

What I think:  I have just started using this, and its very easy to use.  A capful a day massaged into hair is all you need.  I am hoping to see results soon!

Available at http://www.cvs.com

Suave’s Professional Body Care
Suave’s Professional Body Care

Suave’s Professional Body Care Suave® Professionals Body Care is sharing the secret to recreating the ultimate, luxurious spa experience at home. Every day Women are encouraged to share their beauty tips, tricks and #SuaveSpaSecrets from their at- home spa staycation with Suave Professionals Body Care.

Suave® Professionals introduces new spa-quality Body Care products infused with precious ingredients. The new products are:

  • NEW Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Wash ($2.99 USD) – infused with Moroccan argan oil

  • NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash ($2.99 USD) – infused with Awapuhi Ginger and Honeysuckle

  • Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion ($4.99 USD) with authentic Moroccan argan oil to leave your skin beautifully silky and stunningly radiant

  • Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray ($5.99 USD) has a non-greasy formula that absorbs instantly

What I think: Loving all of these products! Both body washes smell great and clean and moisturize my skin.  The dry oil spray is perfect to use after a shower.  Leaves skin so soft!  The product that was my least favorite is the body lotion, as I’m not a fan of the scent.  It’s very soapy, and if you love a clean, soapy scent it might be perfect for you.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Essence of Beauty Forbidden Orchid Body & Hand Cream
Essence of Beauty Forbidden Orchid Body & Hand Cream

Essence of Beauty Forbidden Orchid Body & Hand Cream ($6.99 USD) — Condition your skin with the lasting, indulgent moisture of this luscious cream. Our exclusive, ultra-rich formula combines softening sunflower and avocado oils with nourishing passionflower seed and rice bran oils. It absorbs quickly to leave you with noticeably softer skin. Massage into dry areas like hands, elbows, knees and heels to restore moisture and leave skin lightly scented.

The heart of Forbidden Orchard is rooted in the allure of an enchanted path, ripe with luscious crimson apples and sweet, dark berries – forbidden but irresistible. A captivating blend of crisp red apple, sweet nectarine and black currant combines with notes of dewy fig and delicate orchid to create this enticing, unforgettable fragrance.

What I think:  This smells amazing, as does another new scent I tried called Vanilla Whisper.  The scents are rich for the fall.  I like to keep these lotions at my desk to use on my hands and body.

Available at http://www.cvs.com

Orogold 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream
Orogold 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream

Orogold 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream ($128 USD) — This moisturizer is designed to help reduce the appearance of expression lines, relax wrinkles and restore softness, smoothness, and radiance. This unique moisturizer melts into your skin on contact, and helps Dry areas disappear without that greasy feeling. This powerful and rejuvenating combination gives your skin a rested and youthful look. It contains pure 24K Gold along with ingredients such as; Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Green Tea.

What I think: Such an amazing cream!  It is very light, yet so moisturizing.  I can use it in the day or at night for light moisturizing.  After application, my skin glows!  And I have noticed after using it for a couple of weeks that my skin does appear younger.

Available at http://www.orogold.com

Vine Vera Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Facelift
Vine Vera Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Facelift

Vine Vera Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Facelift ($400 USD) — This formula is a non-surgical solution to achieving a youthful, lifted appearance. The combination of Dimethylamonoethanol Tartrate, Collagen and Resveratrol acts as an effective blend to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, resulting in lifted appearance. Apply to clean face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Use once every two weeks.

What I think: This face lift in a jar, is obviously a luxe product that is a splurge for most people.  It is so fantastic for an instant lift and youthful look for your face.  My wrinkles seem less apparent and my skin is smoother and tighter.  LOVE!

Purchase at http://www.vinevera.com

What new products are you using this week?  Please leave a comment and let me know! I would also love to know if you have tried any of the products I have featured.

Give the Gift of Beautiful Skin This Holiday Season

 

 

Looking to give a little bit of luxury for the holiday season? Skincare for the face or body make fantastic gifts for ladies (or genetlemen) who love their skin. Try one of the following from the great skin care companies Liz Earle, Weleda and Juara, or visit their websites and choose a different gift. Enjoy!

Liz Earle Superskin Try-Me Kit ($47.50) — includes:

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Superskin Moisturiser, Superskin Concentrate, and Superskin Eye & Lip Treatment.

Liz Earle creates natural skincare that is so good for your skin and leaves it glowing. This is especially good for aging skin, it will definately help your skin look younger!

Visit www.us.lizearle.com to learn more and to purchase this and many other holiday skincare kits from Liz Earle.

Another great Liz Earle gift is her new book, Skin Care Secrets: How to have Healthy Beautiful Skin Naturally ($24.95 USD Paperback, Firefly books). This give an age-to-age guide on beuatiful, natural skin. This is availaible at www.fireflybooks.com or bookstores everywhere.

Weleda Pomegranate Body Care Travel Kit ($9.99 USD) has everything that aging skin needs to be completely renewed, revitalized and protected. It’s a conveniently sized sampling of our Pomegranate Regenerating Body Care line to get you started turning back the clock on your skin’s natural beauty.

CONTENTS:
Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil 0.32 fl OZ (10ml)
Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream 0.3 fl OZ (10g)
Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash 0.72 OZ (20g)

Juara has a couple of beautiful tropical skin care sets that will take you away this holiday season they are:

The Beyond Paradise Holiday Set ($45.00 USD — a $53.00 value) — includes the Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel and Candlenut Hand & Body Balm.

The Escape to Bali Holiday Set ($28.oo USD — a $38.00 value) —  includes the Candlenut Perfume Oil and travel size Candlenut Hand & Body Balm together for $28 (a $38 value).

Visit www.juaraskincare.com to learn more and to purchase.

New Spring Products from Jo Malone

Luxury fragrance and body care company Jo Malone has released some fab new products for spring. So go ahead and indulge!

Just launched February 1st is the Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Balm ($75.00)  The Jo Malone Vitamin E skin care collection launched over 20 years ago with the cult favorite, Vitamin E Gel, and has expanded into a collection that includes a Lip Conditioner, Nourishing Hand Treatment and Body Treatment Scrub. The Vitamin E Body Balm is a rich, concentrated cream that deeply conditions the skin with beneficial antioxidants which help fortify the skin against the damaging effects of the environment. Shea butter, cocoa butter and wheat protein all provide natural barrier repair while coconut oil brings even more powerful moisturizing benefits. I love this balm because it is so rich and thick, but after I smooth it on (even my hands) I don’t feel greasy at all. And my skin is very soft and it smells great too!  

Last fall I reviewed Jo Malone’s Vanilla & Anise cologne. I love this spicy, but fresh fragrance. Starting March 1st, Jo Malone has introduced more products in the Vanilla and Anise line– A Home Candle ($65.00 USD), Bath Oil ($60.00 USD) and Body Crème ($75.00 USD).  This scent is inspired by the floral valleys of Madagascar, blending notes of bergamot, neroli and star anise, vanilla orchid, frangipani, vetiver, white amber and a hint of clove. I have tried the bath oil and I love it. It foams just a little and imparts and rich fragrance while I’m bathing. It also moisturizes my skin without leaving a greasy feeling! 

Visit www.jomalone.com to learn more and to purchase these lux products! Enjoy!

Weleda Pomegranate Travel Kit

Weleda Pomegranate Travel Kit

Weleda creates all natural products from plants which are grown in Biodynamic gardens. A great way to try them is with the Pomegranate Body Care Travel Kit ($9.99 USD). This fun little kit includes body care products that are made with organic pomegranate seed oil which contains potent antioxidants that help promote skin renewal and enhance the skin’s vitality and natural radiance. 

It includes three products from Weleda’s Pomegranate Regenerating Body Care line to help with aging skin. It claims to have everything that aging skin needs to be completely renewed, revitalized and protected.   

CONTENTS:
Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil 0.32 fl OZ (10ml) —  helps to protect your skin from free radicals, regulates moisture balance and supports skin renewal. 
Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream 0.3 fl OZ (10g) —  helps to prevent the formation of age spots, protects your hands from free radicals and helps promote skin renewal.
Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash 0.72 OZ (20g) — invigorates your shower routine with gentle cleansing agents and antioxidant-loaded organic pomegranate seed oil that helps renew your skin. 

I love the fresh scent of these products. I always need a hand cream and it is great to have one that I can stick in my purse! And although I don’t have age spots yet, I like to know that there is a natural hand cream that can help prevent them. I also love the creamy body wash and body oil. They are fantastic for my dry, winter skin. Plus, after using the kit for a few days, I have noticed how soft and smooth my skin is!      

Visit www.usa.weleda.com to learn more and to purchase the great, natural products!

Get Smooth Feet this Summer with Kenzo

Kenzo has recently released Barefeet Fantasy ($30.00 USD), a rich balm to get the feel ready for sandals this summer. The ingredients include cupuaçu butter (an herbal butter belonging to the cacao family) and shea butter to nourish and sooth the feet. It also contains rice plant water which has been touted to reinforce the antiradical activity of anti-oxidizing agents.

Before applying the balm, I like to scrub my feet with Kenzo’s Milky Rice Body Scrub ($42.00 USD) — which is also a great scrub for the whole body. It has a very unusual texture from the exfoliating particles that contain rice wax and rice powder, but it smooths the skin very nicely.   

Both products’ fragrance is from Kenzo’s Sensual line of  body products, with the main scent being rice water. The scent is very soft and musky and is very nice.

To learn more or purchase these products and others from Kenzo, visit the website at www.kenzousa.com.