anti-aging, Beauty, Fragrance, Haircare, Skincare

Cyber Monday Deals!

It’s Cyber Monday!  Have you been picking up some great beauty deals?  I know there are great ones out there.

Here are some steals to consider while you are enjoying the online sales:

Vendome Beaute
Vendome Beaute

NEW from Vendome Beaute is this holiday season’s perfect stocking stuffer, rosewater eyeshadows, now at 40% off for today only! Vendome Beaute just hit the scene and is quickly becoming this season’s beauty must have with its botanical-infused color line, that goes on velvety smooth to create the perfect look for any occasion. The rosewater infused eyeshadows are highly pigmented and finely milled to give an all-around luxurious look and feel. Any makeup lover will adore a customized combination of the single eyeshadows. Vendome Beaute offers 33 striking hues, that allow you to mix and match colors to create a gift that is tailored to your specific Vendome girl. Each single eyeshadow is 40% off original retail of $26.00 and can be purchased on Amazon.com

Macadamia Professional
Macadamia Professional

Receive 25% off all Macadamia Professional products on MacadamiaHair.com with the code GIFT25 only on Cyber Monday.

Eprouvage
Eprouvage

Receive 25% off all éprouvage products on eprouvage.com with the code HOLIDAY25

Phyto Paris
Phyto Paris

For a limited time, PHYTO will be offering 40% OFF your entire purchase on Phyto.com 

Ariana Grande Fragrances
Ariana Grande Fragrances

Play footsie and get tickled pink in these must-have, cozy pom-pom socks! Your gift with any fragrance purchase of $49.00 or more at Ulta.com, from the ARIANA GRANDE fragrance collection.

Jurlique
Jurlique

   11/28-12/6 Cyber Week promotion

·         Tiered offer:

·         Save $20 off $100

·         Save $60 off $200

·         http://www.jurlique.com/

Equitance
Equitance

50% off Cyber Monday at  http://www.equitance-us.com/

Marula Beauty
Marula Beauty

Offering 30% off all products site wide https://marula.com/

Plus…

Juara, the Indonesian-inspired, botanical skincare brand, will offer a BUY 2 PRODUCTS, GET 1 FREE promotion on juaraskincare.com. Bonus: Free shipping on all orders.

Votre Vu, known for its botanically activated skincare and makeup (with delightfully rich aromatic profiles), will offer 20% ALL products site wide. And orders over $75 will receive a FREE FULL SIZED Eiffel Power mascara. Go to votrevu.com.

Are you picking up any of these great deals?

 

 

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Beauty, Haircare

Try New Shampoos And Conditioners This Spring!

We are completely into spring now, with summer on it’s way.  And as it has been getting warmer (and more humid in Kansas City), my hair has been crying out for some TLC!

The products before really clean the hair and deeply moisturize it.  So important when going into summer.  I hope you find something to love and please leave a comment with your favorite warmer weather hair products!

 

Be HairWorks Set
Be HairWorks Set

Be HairWorks Set ($48 USD) — Be HairWorks is an innovative new product developed to remove product and mineral buildup from the hair. The only liquid formulation available on the market today, its unique formulation not only removes every day build-up caused from hairspray, gels, conditioners and shampoos, but also removes minerals. That’s important because minerals can block the effectiveness of all other hair care products. This set includes:

Be True Hair Purification — Be True is a gentle formula used to remove product and mineral build-up from the hair, purifying the hair back to its natural brilliance. DIRECTIONS: Wet hair thoroughly, work through hair using wide tooth comb or fingers. Leave in 5-10 min. Rinse.

Be Kind Cleanse — Be Kind is a moisturizing shampoo developed to kindly cleanse the hair. DIRECTIONS: After using Be True, lather and rinse.

Be Generous Deep Moisture Treatment — Be Generous was developed to generously add moisture, leaving the hair soft, shiny and lustrous. DIRECTIONS: After using Be Kind, work through hair with fingers or wide tooth comb. Leave in 5-10 min. Rinse.

What I think: This is an interesting concept, using three steps to get hair very clean and moisturized.  I haven’t used a system like this before.  And even though it is a bit of extra work, it really make my hair clean and so soft!  My hair was also so shiny.  Loved!

Purchase at behairworks.com

Canyon Ranch Gentle Shampoo ($24 USD) — This sulfate-free shampoo gently and effectively cleanses without stripping hair of its natural oils. Chia seed oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid to promote a healthy scalp and lustrous, youthful-looking hair.

Canyon Ranch Nourishing Conditioner (24 USD) — This silky conditioner locks in moisture to help restore strength and shine. Chia seed oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid to promote a healthy scalp and lustrous, youthful-looking hair.

What I think:  Both of these products from this new line smell amazing!  I love the sleek design of the bottles, too.  Very luxe!  Plus, I am very happy how soft and shiny they leave my hair.  The shampoo cleans without stripping my hair, plus it’s sulfate-free so it doesn’t ruin my color. It is important to me to have manageable hair that is not frizzy, and the conditioner was moisturizing without weighing my hair down.

Purchase at shop.canyonranch.com

PHYTO Phytoneutre Clarifying Detox Shampoo ($24 USD): This detoxifying shampoo is enriched with eucalyptus oil to cleanse, refresh, and stimulate the scalp without stripping hair of essential moisture. It effectively eliminates product build-up that tends to weight hair down and dulling residues such as smoke, pollutants, and hard water minerals. When used weekly, hair is left soft, gleaming, and full of body.

PHYTO Huile Supreme ($40 at Sephora) — This rich, beautifying treatment oil that instantly absorbs into the hair while delivering deep down nutrition. The versatile formula can be used prior to blow drying or as a finishing touch to discipline thick and rebellious hair. Just a few drops creates perfectly defined curls, reduces excess volume, and provides instant nutrition and long-term repair. It delivers anti frizz protection, volume control, manageability, and curl definition, leaving hair smooth, shiny, and soft.

What I think:  Both of these products seem so luxe to me and have really helped my hair!  The Detox Shampoo is perfect for getting all of the crud out of my hair.  It cleans so nicely.  I like using it once or twice a week.  The Huile Supreme is a light oil that leaves hair soft and frizz-free. It is nice as a finishing oil.

Purchase at Sephora and http://www.sephora.com

Surya Brasil Amazonia Preciosa Extra Gentle Ucuuba Hair Mask
Surya Brasil Amazonia Preciosa Extra Gentle Ucuuba Hair Mask

Surya Brasil Amazonia Preciosa Extra Gentle Ucuuba Hair Mask ($15.99 USD) — This 100% vegan, natural and organic Hair Mask certified by EcoCert® and created with Preciosa Essential Oil from the Amazon Rainforest, controls volume, hydrates, softens and shapes curls. It also strengthens hair, leaving it silky and more manageable

What I think:  I love this deep conditioning mask. I apply it after I wash my hair and leave it on for about 15 minutes. It leaves my hair so soft and frizz free. This has a spicy scent that isn’t too strong, but different than any hair product I have used.  It’s great to use a couple of times a week to keep hair looking bouncy and shiny!

Purchase at http://www.suryabrasilproducts.com

Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of August 5th!

Another week of beauty has gone by!  I was lucky enough to have the week off and had a fun stay-cation with my kids before they head back to school next week.

I think the theme for this weeks favorite products is “natural”.  I have tried a tinted lip and cheek balm, a Kona coffee body scrub, a hydrating hair conditioner, a honey scented body lotion and gorgeous mineral eye shadows and blush!

Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm
Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm

Mullein & Sparrow Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm ($22 for 1 oz) — An all natural tinted balm to give your lips and cheeks a slight flush and dewy finish. Apply desired amount to lips for nourishment, protection, and color.  Dab a small amount on cheeks as a light cream blush.

What I think: This organic lip balm gives a light rosy color on lip and cheek — so pretty.  It has an herbal scent that isn’t my favorite, but I do like how good it is for my skin.

Available at mulleinandsparrow.com.

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub
Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub ($55 USD) — This scrub blends naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Sugar to remove dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Mongongo Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Avocado Oil, this unique fusion leaves all skin moisturized, smooth and soft.

What I think: This smells fantastic, and really softens the skin!  It’s great to use before applying self-tanner or just when you need to get rid of dry skin.  Love it on my feet.

Available at http://www.nyakio.com

PHYTO PHYTOBaume Hydration Conditioner
PHYTO PHYTOBaume Hydration Conditioner

PHYTO PHYTOBaume Hydration Conditioner ($19 USD) — Instantly detangles hair without weighing it down. Jojoba oil, used for its emollient and regenerating benefits, combined with castor oil hydrates and protects the hair. Angelica seed extraction has purifying and toning properties to increase hair’s vitality and shine. Hair becomes easier to detangle with improved manageability.

What I think: The instructions on this conditioner say to apply it and instantly rinse it off.  I did so and was really surprised on how soft my hair was, after I dried it.  It is also great to use on kids who wriggle when you try to detangle hair!

Learn more at http://www.phyto-usa.com and purchase at Sephora stores.

Yves Rocher Culture Bio Nourshing Body Lotion
Yves Rocher Culture Bio Nourshing Body Lotion

Yves Rocher Culture Bio Nourishing Body Lotion ($18 USD on sale now for $9.90) — Immediately soothes feelings of tightness and discomfort. Acacia honey selected by Yves Rocher laboratory for its soothing properties, organic sunflower oil for its nourishing properties, organic chestnut to protect your skin from dehydration and organic oats to stimulate cell renewal. Paraben free. Colouring free. Mineral oil free. 99% of natural origin ingredients.

What I think:  I have been using this line — including a body wash, hand cream and lip balm — in Honey & Organic Muesli.

Available at http://www.yvesrocherusa.com

BeautiControl Color Pure Touch Blush ($20 on sale for $16.90) and Color Impact Eyeshadow ($18 on sale for $14.90) — Blush — A silky-smooth formula so color-rich you’ll be blushing for hours. Glides on evenly, blends seamlessly for a full-color flush that helps minimize small skin imperfections while maximizing your natural radiance. Eye Shadow — Bold eye brilliance that’s never boring. Intense, stay-true color sweeps over lids with a rich, velvety-smooth finish that stays put and feels comfortable all day.  Apply dry for normal wear or wet for added drama and attention.

What I think:  I haven’t tried this mineral makeup brand before and was glad to receive these samples.  Most of my blushes are pink or coral, so I am loving this matte. peachy shade.  Really pretty for summer and very well-pigmented so I think it will be great for fall as well.  The shadows are pretty, but didn’t show up well on me, so I wet them and they are so pretty.  I especially love the Lime.

Available at shop.beauticontrol.com.

What are your favorite new natural beauty brands and products?

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!

Beauty, Haircare

Phyto Hair Care for Ultra-Dry Hair

Phyto Ultra-Dry Collection

 

My hair gets so dry and frizzy in the summer. The humidity and the fact that I’m pulling my hair back or using a straightening iron to tame it, means that my hair looks more fried than usual.  

PHYTO is a masterful salon hair brand that knows how to treat even the driest hair. Their website states, “Ultra-dry hair is brittle, dull and prone to split ends. It is naturally dry hair whose condition has worsened due to exposure to chemical or environmental stress. In addition to losing moisture, ultra-dry hair is drained of its vital substances such as amino acids and keratin compounds. This makes the hair fiber porous and harsh. The PHYTO Solution: Provide hair with nourishment, shine and softness. Repair damaged polypeptide chains using hydrolized plant and silk proteins and keratin.”  

Products in the line include:   

Phytonectar ultra nourishing oil treatment with egg yolk oil ($30.00 USD) — This unique oil easily penetrates deeply into each strand bringing damaged, dehydrated hair back to life. The formula, rich in proteins, lipids, and vitamins from egg yolk, restructures ultra-dry hair while preventing oxidation with sunflower extract. Hair feels immediately replenished and its original softness and shine are restored.

Phytonectar ultra nourishing shampoo with orange blossom ($24.00 USD) — This super-thick emulsion, enriched with orange blossom wax and St. John’s Wort (20%), gently cleanses, nourishes, and revives even the most dehydrated, brittle hair. 

Phytokarité ultra nourishing conditioner with shea butter ($38.00 USD) — Deeply nourish, strengthen, and rejuvenate strands from within. This rich complex, full of shea butter, pastel oil, and essential fatty acids works to minimize breakage while maximizing shine, silkiness, and manageability. 

Phyto 9 daily ultra nourishing cream with 9 plant extracts ($26.00 USD) — Infused with eight plant extracts and macadamia oil, this weightless cream instantly nourishes, smoothes, and protects tresses while preventing frizz and split ends. Hair is left shiny and manageable. 

What I think: I found that it took a few applications of this system, then my hair looked and felt softer and more manageable. The kind of crunchiness that my hair had was gone. I would definitely recommend this to anyone whose hair needs some serious deep conditioning!
 
Visit www.phyto-usa.com to learn more, plus you can purchase all of these products at www.sephora.com.