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!

 

 

 

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!