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What I am loving – Coconut Oil

5 Dec

I’ve been resistant to jump on the coconut oil band wagon because last time I tried a  natural approach to my hair, this happened. It was a mild nightmare.

However, soooooo many beautiful ladies were talking about this and a co-worker brought me a sample a couple of months ago.  I liked it.  Eventually, I bought my own.

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I bought this Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil from a grocery store for around $10.00. You can also get it on Amazon here.  Since then I have been using it daily as a body lotion.

It works very well on my dry skin. My legs actually feel silky smooth at bedtime!  That’s more than 16 hours of moisture.

I use it once a week or so on my hair.  Sometimes I apply it at night and leave it on while I sleep.  Sometimes I apply it for 30 minutes to an hour and wrap my head in plastic.  #twinpeaksreference

The only complaint I have is that it doesn’t moisturize my hands!  Sup with that???  After I apply it post shower, I have to apply a second hand lotion to my hands.  That seems stupid.

It’s in a solid form in the jar, white in color, very lightly scented of sweetness.  I wouldn’t call this a coconut scent.  The scent disappears when applied.  It turns to liquid pretty much on contact with skin.  It applies really easily.

Are you a fan of coconut oil?  What brand?

~Anna

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Review – All Natural Deodorant by NorthCoast Organics

4 Dec

Winter is a great time to switch to an all natural deodorant. I know this can seem scary (and stinky) but regular deodorants/antiperspirants have not so healthy ingredients in them. There are products out there that actually work at de-stinky you, it’s just a matter of finding one that works with your body’s chemistry. It’s also good to have a close enough friend who will tell you if you stink.

I personally use Death By Lavender from NorthCoast Organics. Look how cute this is!

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The skull is totally why I tried it, not gonna lie.  “An elite assassin of odor you can trust.”

Their line of deodorants include three scents: Revolver [Cedarwood, Cypress and Clary Sage], Naked [unscented] and Death By Lavender [lavender, duh]. All three scents are totally unisex, although Revolver seems to be the most masculine.

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Does it work? Will i smell?

First things first, I think it smells amazing! I am super biased though because I love lavender scented things. Revolver also smells great, very natural and kind of woodsy.

The deodorant lasts me all day and keeps me smelling fresh. I will admit, I don’t use it on the weekends if I know i’m going to be at a hot club or dancing around, I am just not that brave. Those nights I use regular, nasty ole Secret.

Remember, this is an deodorant not an antiperspirant so you will sweat a little. Although, since baking soda and corn starch are the main ingredients, it does absorb a good amount of the pit moisture. I even wear it working out and don’t find my pits to sloppy.

As I said before, everyone is different.

The one main draw back to this product is that it doesn’t glide on as softly as regular deodorants and I have heard complaints about it causing some irritation for some people as a result of that.

Where can I buy it?

I found it at Whole Foods. They also sell travel sized so you can try it out, or keep one in your purse or gym bag.

You can also find it online directly from the Chicago-based company: CLICK HERE

You can also click here to see the list of other retailers in your area.

All Natural Mineral Foundation – Alima Pure.

14 Jan

Like many others I got on board with the BareMinerals rage a number of years ago.  Unfortunately, it totally broke me out and made my skin look really dry and flat.  Not really sure why.

Since then I have been reluctant to try other mineral based make-up, although I received samples of Alima Pure from a local natural makeup store and decided to try it and I was pleasantly surprised.  

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It covers well, feels silky smooth and doesn’t make me look cakey – plus it has a cute bird on it!

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Put a bird on it!

Alima Pure also carries a wide variety of mineral eyeshadows!  Super cute and super shimmery!

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Win a year supply of 100% Pure Hair Care

23 Oct

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CLICK HERE

Review: Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Mask

13 Sep

I was so excited to receive the Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Mask in my August Ipsy Glam Bag because I haven’t used a mask that I haven’t cooked up myself in my kitchen in a long time.  So yes, very excited.

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This is a rather generous sample of 1 fl oz.  I expect it to last me a while.

The Pumpkin mask is an exfoliating mask with a 5% Glycolic Acid and other enzymes.

My review:

I exfoliate often and I get peels and microdermabrasions.  I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to feel the telltale burn/tingle of the glycolic acid doing it’s job when I applied it.

The color and smell, I can live without.  It’s orange and pumpkin, and it sort of reminds me of baby food.  If you get down with Gerbers, you will probably dig this smell a lot more than I did.  On the upside, the smell fades quickly.

This doesn’t dry cracked or uncomfortable, and it’s easy to forget you have it on your face.  Also, the tingling fades away after a minute or so, and there is no discomfort.

I love that this is organic!  We hate putting a lot of chemicals on our faces, and are slowly shifting to a more natural beauty regiment.  

Does it exfoliate?  Yes, but you need to do it a few times especially if your skin is used to harsher chemicals.  I think this is a really nice compliment to my existing exfoliation/peeling routine that I have going on.  It’s not hard to over do it on this stuff, and this is mild enough to use while I’m taking a break from my harsher acids.  

Side note – the highest % of a glycolic acid product I have is 20%.

From Michael Todd:

This mask smells so much like fresh pumpkin you will think it’s Thanksgiving. And exfoliant lovers will give Thanks! That tingle is the pumpkin enzyme combining with glycolic acid to go to town on your skin’s flaws dissolving impurities like dead skin and clogged pores. Adds brightness and radiance to the skin and significantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after a single use.

If you thought that masks were only for mature skin types…think again!  The key to clearer skin is to unclog pores, reduce bacteria and nourish, tone and heal on and below the skin’s surface. Today’s masks from MICHAEL TODDtrue organics do all that transforming dull, lackluster skin into clearer irresistible complexions.

Have you tried any other Micheal Todd products?  What did you think?

~Anna

 

Juice Beauty – Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin

11 Sep

I just received a sample this in my BirchBox yesterday and I really like it.

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I have been afraid of peels for a long time because I have sensitive skin and most of them just turn my skin red.  I once has red raccoon eyes from one in high school and begged my mom not to make me go to school.

I used the Green Apple Peel last night and my skin looks and feels amazing today!  It says to use it 1-2 times a week but I am having trouble waiting.

I experienced no redness, tightness or itchiness.

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New Purchases! 100% Pure! Thanks Discount Code!

19 Jul

I first tried this brand in the beginning of Spring, and I really liked their body lotion.  I’m almost out of that and almost out of my eye cream, so this timing was just perfect!!!

Kassi may be a psychic.

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I got the 100% Pure Caffeine Eye Cream, which she raves about ALL THE TIME….here and in person.

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and body lotion: Pomegranate Nourishing Body Cream

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~Anna

SALE ALERT! 100% Pure Cosmetics

18 Jul

20% off all items from 100 Percent Pure Cosmetics.  All natural, vegan, organic and AMAZING products.

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Recommended items:

Coffee Bean Eye cream – wakes up tired eyes and smells amazing

Brightening Scrub – great as a mask AND an exfoliating scrub

Healthy Skin Foundation w/ Super Fruits – No more chemical filled foundations

May 2013 BirchBox Review

24 May

ImageI got my first Birch Box yesterday.  It was fun but also a little disappointing compared to the Ipsy that Anna received as she got FULL SIZED products.  <READ ABOUT IT HERE>

I unwrapped my cute little box to discover:

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Hair Masque, sunscreen, toothpaste, eyeliner and 4 tea bags.  Kind of boring.  I didn’t think I filled out the “send me some boring crap” profile.  I said I was edgy and loved makeup!  BIRCHBOX HALP.

So I am going to try it again next month and give them another chance.  Right now I don’t feel like I got my $10 worth.  Although I haven’t tried any of the products – aside from the tea, which is actually quite tasty but I wanted lip gloss or something to slather on my face.

As a side note – many of these sample sized products would be good to take on vacation.

Jojoba Oil

22 May

Since I just posted about it in my Foundation Beauty Regimen I wanted to share with you guys the wonder that is Jojoba Oil. (Pronounced HO-ho-ba: Think santa claus)

Here are all the uses for it.  TALK ABOUT BUDGET FRIENDLY.

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