cosmetics

My Favorite New Summer Lip Products

Soft, smooth and natural lips are the perfect look for summer.  The luscious lip products below will help achieve this.  From a lip exfoliator to a fruity lip balm to a lipstick that makes lips soft after continuous use, your lips will look fabulous while using this products!

Merle Norman Lip Exfoliator ($15.00 USD) — Gentle micro-dermabrasion lip treatment immediately retexturizes skin to reveal incredibly soft and smooth lips.  Allows lip color to glide on smoothly and keeps it from caking.  Easy-to-use stick formula.  Visit www. merlenorman.com to learn more.

Enjoy eos’ all-new limited edition Strawberry Sorbet and Passion Fruit ($5.99 USD) – two refreshingly tasty organic flavors launching just in time for summer. Revolutionary smooth sphere applies directly to lips, making it more hygienic than pot lip balms. It is enclosed in powder pink and lavender soft-touch, recyclable packaging.  Key Ingredients are Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturize. This retails for $5.99 at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target.com and EvolutionofSmooth.com.

Becca Cosmetics Sheer Lip Color ($24.00 USD) — A collection of sheer, hydrating lipsticks with subtle shine in a palette of tones flattering for all skin tones, BECCA’s Sheer Tint Lip Colour contains a cocktail of emollients and antioxidants such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Honey and Vitamin E, to moisturise and protect the lips while providing a smooth, even application of creamy colour.  Shop at The Plaza Beauty,One West 58th Street at The Plaza Hotel’s Concourse Level.

CoverGirl LipPerfection ($7.49 USD) — A new kind of lip transformation; lipstick that transforms your lips  instantly with gorgeous color and transforms dry lips to noticeably  smoother/more gorgeous lips in just 7 days. Contains a silk therapy complex –
beautiful rich lip color infused with silk protein to help sustain moisture  leve ls so the more you wear it, the more gorgeous your lips become. Lip Perfection is CoverGirl’s iconic, prestige-inspired lip bullet.  This is available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Merle Norman Lip Polish ($15.00 USD) — Creamy lip gloss delivers 100-watt shine.  Luscious high-fashion shades provide intense luster with hydrating benefits.  glides on smoothly and evenly with brush applicator.  Long-wearing.  Anti-feathering. Visit www.merlenorman.com to learn more. Enjoy!

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Beauty, Natural Ingredients

In Honor Of Earth Day, Try A Natural Beauty Product

These days there are so many fantastic natural products for face, hair and body these days. In honor of Earth Day 2011, here are some suggestions for great ones to try:

Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation ($20.00 USD) — This hydrating foundation blends easily and hides imperfections, creating a porcelain-smooth canvas. Free-radical fighting argan oil, organic blossom butter and vitamins A, C and E protect, rejuvenate and nourish skin. This product is vegan. www.lavera.com

EOS Everyday Hand Lotion ($3.99 USD, drugstores near you, www.evolusionofsmooth.com) — Leave your skin feeling touchably soft for hours with this natural, fast-absorbing hand lotion. Designed to fit in your purse, your pocket, or on your desk, eos looks as good as it feels on your skin. Infused with moisturizing shea butter, oat extract, and a generous helping of antioxidants and vitamins C and E, eos hand lotion will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and radiantly healthy long after you apply it. This 97% natural formula is paraben-free, phthalate-free, lanolin-free, dye-free, dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic.

Ultra Rich Lip Balm ($19 at www.clarksbotanicals.com) – As if natural moisturizers like Shea Butter, Aloe Leaf Extract, Jojoba and Sweet Almond Oil were not enough, this lip balm also features Marine Collagen Microspheres that act like miniature water reservoirs. Together, these ingredients deliver intense, long-lasting hydration. Vanilla Planifolia and Jasmine Extracts add a delectable flavor that will have you re-applying—even when you don’t need to. It’s also a great lipstick primer, preventing feathering.

All of the products in Clark’s Botanicals (www.clarksbotanicals.com) feature Jasmine Absolute, a precious essential oil derived from nocturnally blooming flowers. Naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immuno-stimulating, this extract works to calm, balance and heal a broad spectrum of skin types, from young to mature, oily to dry, and normal to sensitive.  “Clark’s Botanicals is an organic part of me and my recovery,” says founder Francesco Clark, “everything about this line has a purpose and reason for being, from the ingredients to the packaging to the contribution to medical research, it’s an expression of who I am in its purest form.”

Genuinely natural from head to toe, the Davines Authentic Collection ($26-46 at www.davines.com for salon locations) contains the first and only hair care products designed not only for hair, but also face and body. Gentle enough for even the most delicate skin and effective enough to thoroughly cleanse and condition hair, the breakthrough Authentic collection features 98% to 100% naturally-derived ingredients. The four-product collection trades in synthetics like SLS, SLES, sulfates, parabens, artificial colors, silicons, mineral oils, PEG and etoxilates for sustainable formulations including biodegradable surfactants and organically cultivated actives like shea butter and sesame, jojoba, sunflower and carthame oils.

Other great brands to check out are Josie Maran, tarte and Korres for makeup, Jurlique for skin, Phyto for hair and Pacifica for fragrance — all available at Sephora. And of course ecoTOOLS for makeup brushes and bags. Enjoy shopping green!

bath products, Beauty, Holiday Gift Sets

Stuff Your Stockings With New Lip Balm Collections

When thinking of stocking stuffers this year, lip balms are a great idea for all of the chapped lips on your list! Below are lip balm sets priced $9.99 — $14.99 — perfect to give to one person or to split up and drop one in each stocking you need to fill.

Eos, the innovative personal care brand, expands in the lip balm category and announces the launch of the 2010 Smooth Sphere Lip Balm Holiday Gift Bag ($9.99 USD) – a set of 3 organic, all natural lip balm spheres in a stylish, reusable cosmetic pouch. A delightful gift or stocking-stuffer, the Holiday Gift Bag contains full-size eos smooth sphere lip balms in Honeysuckle Honeydew, Sweet Mint and new limited edition Pomegranate Raspberry. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos™ lip balms keep lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth. Availability: Walgreens, www.evolutionofsmooth.com.
 
Burt’s Bees Lip balm Ornament ($9.99 USD) Burt’s Bees fans can stock up on their favorite lip balms and get a keepsake reusable and recyclable tin. Choose from the ‘Classic’ pack filled with four Beeswax Lip Balms or the ‘Mixed’ pack with a variety of favorite balms. Sets include:

Classic = 4 Original Peppermint Lip Balms .15 oz each
Mixed = 2 Original Peppermint Lip Balms .15 oz each, 1 – Pomegranate Lip Balm .15 oz, 1 – Honey Lip Balm .15 oz

Visit www.burtsbees.com or www.ulta.com to learn more or purchase.

MISSION Balmer Bundle Pack ($14.99 UAD) — These athlete-engineered Lip Balmers™ provide your lips with great-tasting, broad-spectrum sun protection and are vitamin and antioxidant enriched. They lock in moisture for up to 8 hours, making them perfect for the harshest conditions or everyday use. Can’t decide which is your favorite flavor? The MISSION Balmer Bundle Pack is perfect. Availability: missionskincare.com

bath products, Beauty

EOS — Evolution of Smooth

Smooth Sphere
Smooth Sphere

EOS — Evolution of Smooth is a cool and affordable product line that includes shaving creams and smoothing, organic lip balms.

The Smooth Sphere ($2.99 USD) is a wondrous little product. A good amount of velvety lip balm is housed in a tiny orb. It is easy to pop in your purse and is so cute!  But the good news for your lips is that it keeps them smooth and moisturized for a long time. You don’t have to reapply all day, even though it is so much fun!

The balm is 95% organic, 100% natural and is petrolatum & paraben free. It is also packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil. Available in Sweet Mint, Summer Fruit, and my favorite, Honeysuckle Honeydew. The flavors are very refreshing.

Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream
Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream

The EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream ($3.99 USD) is a non-foaming cream enriched with natural aloe, oat, and shea butter. It is so creamy that you can shave wet or dry, which is convenient on a trip. It also contains antioxidant vitamins E & C for healthy skin. It comes in a soft-touch recyclable bottle that won’t leave a rust ring in your tub.  

I really like this shave cream. I had to get used to the non-foaming idea at first, but then it was nice to know that the creamy texture helps guard from shaving cuts. I have Vanilla Bliss (yum!) and Cucumber Melon, but it also is available in Pomegranate Raspberry, Lavender Jasmine, Island Blue and Fragrance Free.
These products are luxurious and so affordable! I highly recommend visiting the website at www.evolutionofsmooth.com to purchase the products or find a retailer near you. Enjoy!