Nourish Organic~Deodorant

logo_168x128My struggle to find an effective, natural deodorant is one that most green beauty users will often have. Since going green with beauty, I have searched for a deodorant that works and also was enjoyable to use. I have literally found a total of 4 effective natural deodorants- so far! Nourish Organic Deodorant is one of them and DEFINITELY my favorite!

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The Nourish Organic Deodorant is truly awesome. A 100% organic USDA certified deodorant that works effectively to diminish body odors and absorb excess sweat! And it actually works. It leaves my under arms smooth, dry, yet incredibly moisturized and soothed. The scent that I have tried is the Vanilla Almond, a subtly nutty sweet scent that works well with my own natural chemistry to help me smell sweet- not sour! The Nourish Organic Deodorant comes in a variety of different scents to suit your preferences. Fresh Fig (I want to try), Lavender Mint (Also want!), Wild Berries and Unscented.

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Cornstarch and Plant enzymes protect against odor and wetness while Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax and Coconut oil soothe and smooth the delicate underarm skin. Perfect for sensitive skin- A balm type application stick makes it easy to apply, so there is no tugging!

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I HIGHLY recommend giving the Nourish Organic Deodorant a try- I have had continued success with this deodorant- even during workouts! I love it

–Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Saccharomyces Ferment, Organic Fragrance*

*Pure Unscented does not contain any fragrance
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Do you want to try the Nourish Organic Deodorant in Vanilla Almond? GUESS WHAT!? Nourish Deodorant in Vanilla Almond will be part of my next giveaway! Look for details on the blog next week!!!

Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant

strawberrydermafoliantEverything I review on my site I enjoy very much, but some things that I try, I cannot live without! The Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant by Eminence Organic Skincare is one of those cannot live without products! It is a rice based powder for all skin types that gently exfoliates the skin to reveal a smooth, radiantly clear complexion.

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It is a dry powder that must be activated with water. You can mix it with your cleanser, mask or just with water alone! I personally use mine in all the above ways, and find them equally as effective! The Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant literally leaves my skin so soft and refined that my skin feels completely reborn after using it. It is so gentle that you can use it 7 days a week, although I do not recommend such frequent exfoliation (read my exfoliation article)!

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I live a busy life (as we all do) and sometimes find it hard to fit in all my skincare steps. So I often will mix my mask with the Dermafoliant and get a 2 in 1! Just add equal parts mask and Dermafoliant on damp hands and massage on damp face and leave on for 15-20 minutes! Rinse and notice visibly softer, refined skin.

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The Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is loaded full of amazing skin nourishing ingredients! Read Below, I could not describe them better myself!

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When you mix the powder just with water, you can really smell the Strawberry Rhubarb and it is like rubbing pie powder on your face! YUM! I absolutely love it. You use such a small amount of the powder (about a quarter size) per use, so it lasts such along time!!! This Dermafoliant is a must!!! There is nothing like it.

*Please note

DO NOT KEEP IT IN THE SHOWER, THE POWDER MUST REMAIN DRY!

AVOID EYE AREA, THE FINE RICE POWDER WILL IRRITATE THE EYES IF IT GETS INSIDE!

I am in love with… Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

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I go through makeup fazes where I love to wear certain things. Sometimes I love bold eyes, and Ill wear every crazy color, other times a simple coat of mascara does me good. Same thing with my lips, I will sometimes go for all the bright bold colors, and other times, I will want close to nothing on them. I have been going through a more long term naked lippy faze, and have preferred lip balm, gloss or lipstick with more muted color. One day I picked up one of the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms and the next day… I owned them all.

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They are the perfect hint of color to complete any look, and they are so creamy and moisturizing and smell delicious! With lip loving nourishing oils and natural waxes such as coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and jasmine wax; your lips will love you long time for using these amazing balms!

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The swatch picture below does not do these balms ANY justice, as they are on pasty white skin in terrible lighting. But to give you an idea on how sheer and beautiful they are, I attempted…

From the bottom up- Honeysuckle (Peachy Coral), Caramel Daisy (Nude), Petunia (Soft Pink), Red Dahlia (Brown Red), Hibiscus (Peachy Red), Pink Blossom (Pink) , Sweet Violet (Plum Pink), Rose (Red), Blush (Light Nude Pink), Tiger Lily (Nude Peach Coral).

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I strongly recommend going out and trying one of these lovely Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms, I doubt that you will be disappointed!

Ingredients:

cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera wax, cire de candelilla), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, aroma (flavor)*, lanolin, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, cananga odorata flower wax, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower wax, ammonium glycyrrhizinate, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza). May contain: alumina, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides). *natural flavor

Simple and effective DIY mask collaboration with Habiba Da Silva

It’s nice to read reviews about products you can purchase, but it is also great to have DIY recipes that are fast, cost effective and deliver results. My fellow blogger Habiba from lifelongpercussion.blogspot.com and I decided to do a fun post and switch DIY recipes for face masks. We each picked one for the other and tested them out!

I asked Habiba to try my Milk, Honey and Rose Face Mask. This mask is designed for smoothing and soothing the complexion. Great for all skin types, but especially sensitive, dry, dehydrated and lack luster complexions.

Recipe:

1 TBSP of milk (Preferably whole milk)

2 TBSP of honey

1 TBSP Rosewater

(For the ingredients above, organic is the best!)

Milk- Contains Lactic acid which helps to exfoliate dead skin and reveal a smooth, radiant complexion. Also has incredible soothing qualities.

Honey- A natural humectant, it helps skin retain moisture. Honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and is wonderful for soothing and gently purifying the complexion.

Rose- Powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Aids in redness reduction and helps to increase skin circulation leading to a more even toned complexion.

Directions:

Saturate a cotton round in the mask and rub liquid on the skin, wait 10-15 minutes, or until dry, rinse and reveal beautiful skin!

Habiba’s Thoughts:

I really loved how cleansed, radiant and moisturised my skin looked and felt after this mask, the surface of my skin felt much more smoother. I loved it! I will definitely be using this again! I love the toning properties  and scent of rose water too :)

For more info on Habiba’s experience please visit her blog at lifelongpercussion.blogspot.com

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Habiba sent me her amazing  Oats, Yogurt and Honey mask. This mask is designed to hydrate, refine and exfoliate your complexion. Great for all skin types but especially dull, dehydrated, oily or inflamed complexions.

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Recipe:

2 TBSP of Oats

1 TBSP of Honey

1 TBSP of Yogurt

(For the ingredients above, organic is the best!)

Oats- Act as a manual exfoliation

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Honey- A natural humectant, it helps skin retain moisture. Honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and is wonderful for soothing and gently purifying the complexion.

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Yogurt- Antibacterial, Anti fungal and great for reducing blemishes. Contains Lactic acid for gentle exfoliation, for very soft skin!

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Directions:

Add all ingredients together to form a paste, spread over skin and leave for 15 minutes. Before rinsing the mask, gently moisten skin and rub softly for a manual exfoliation with the oats! Rinse completely

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My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this mask! Not only did it smell and taste (yes I tasted it) amazing, It left my skin really, really soft. The oats were so gentle on my skin and left me very smooth. The combination of the Yogurt and honey worked wonders to increase my hydration. I will for sure be re-doing this home made delicious concoction! Thank you Habiba, xo

Jurlique Purely White, Love Balm, Eye Makeup Remover and Purifying Mask

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Welcome to my collaboration post on many Jurlique products I have been testing out lately! If you are not familiar with Jurlique, you should be! They are an Australian Spa grade Skincare brand with bio dynamically grown ingredients! With scents and extracts that will remind you of a  walking through lush floral garden, Jurlique is a true skincare experience. Let’s begin…

Jurlique Purely White Moisturizers and Serum

The Jurlique Purely White Range of products are designed for people with concerns such as hyper pigmentation, dull complexion and premature aging. With key ingredients such as Vitamin C rich Kakadu Plum, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract and Hyaluronic acid the skin is infused with antioxidant and complexion brightening ingredients! I used the Purely Bright Serum, Day and Night moisturizer, for 3 weeks and noticed some great results!

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The Purely White Radiance serum was a light weight serum gel that absorbed into the skin in seconds. It made my skin very soft without any residue.

The Purely White day and night moisturizer were incredibly lightweight and left my skin hydrated but matte to the touch! Although recommended for All skin types, I feel they are better suited for a normal/combination or oily skin. The smell is a classic Jurlique floral scent with a slight undertone of licorice. The combined ingredients left my skin smooth and bright. I do not have any serious pigmentation problems so I cannot say I noticed a decrease in pigmentation, but my overall radiance was noticeable and my redness was diffused.

Key Ingredients in the Purely White Products :

Hyaluronic Acid- Improves hydration and gives a plump appearance to the skin.

Kakadu Plum Extract– helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation or any skin discolorations.

Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract– helps to inhibit melanin synthesis and fade existing pigmentation.

African Birch Extract– Antioxidant with skin firming qualities.

Vitamin C – Antioxidant known to help even skin tone.

Love Balm

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The Jurlique Love Balm is one of those simple yet can’t live without products. A multipurpose balm that works wonders on chapped elbows, lips, hands and cuticles, or anywhere that needs a little TLC. I use the Love Balm mostly for my cuticles and lips, and is something I always have on hand… literally!

Key Ingredients in the Jurlique Love Balm:

Olive Oil, Safflower Seed Oil and Beeswax– Moisture and smoothing of the skin

Vitamin E and Soybean Oil–  Hydration and Antioxidant Protection

Bisabolol– Soothe the skin and help reduce redness or irritation

Jurlique Eye Makeup Remover

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The Jurlique Eye Makeup remover is a lotion based remover that is so gentle and effective at removing makeup. I really adore this Makeup remover as it easily removes my makeup without any residue or irritation to my skin or eyes. The lotion texture allows me to either massage into my skin and eyes with my finger tips, or remove using a cotton round. Although it is marketed as an eye makeup remover, I find this product equally as effective for my face makeup, as well! It deeply nourishes and protects my skin and instead of pulling on my skin as I usually do with other makeup removers, the Jurlique eye makeup remover is so effortless it practically melts off the makeup.

Key Ingredients in the Jurlique Eye Makeup Remover:

Jojoba Oil:  Protects and Hydrates skin

Sunflower Seed Oil: Deeply hydrating and smoothing

Dandelion and Calendula Extracts: Soothe irritation and protect fragile skin

Jurlique Purifying Mask

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The Jurlique Purifying mask is an awesome mask that helps to tighten pores, control oil and lift away impurities. This Clay based mask is great for those breakout prone times or when the skin is feeling congested. I noticed instantly a more refined and purified complexion, with even just one use of the mask! My pores were tighter and my skin felt clean!!! I used the mask 6 times and noticed that it really helped keep my complexion clear of blemishes. This mask also has a manual exfoliation property so it can act as your weekly exfoliant and mask, bonus!

Key Ingredients in the Purifying Mask:

Kaolin Clay: Purifies complexion and absorbs excess oil

Almond, Oats and Oat Bran: Gentle manual exfoliation

Vitamin E and C: Antioxidant skin brighteners

Chamomile Extract and Allantoin: Soothing, anti inflammatory as well as hydrating

For a full ingredient list of the above products and more, please visit jurlique.com

Bailey Blush Beauty Blurb #9

Some ladies are blessed with fast growing, thick, strong hair… And then there are the rest of us! Here are some basic, tried and true tips to help you grow your most beautiful, healthy hair, as fast as possible!

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1. When washing your hair…massage your scalp! Healthy hair starts with the health of your scalp. With a simple massage over your scalp with the tips of your fingers, you will stimulate circulation and deep clean follicles. This step will aid in speedy hair growth and overall hair health.

2. Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair and scalp type! Finding the right product will make all the difference, and of course shop natural/organic!

3. Massage the scalp with oil, pre wash. Coconut oil, peppermint oil and Rosemary oil to name a few; work wonders to stimulate healthy hair growth and nourish existing hair!

4. Color, Perm, Straighten, Curl etc less often or not at all. These chemical processes and heat, damage the hair more than is eluded. If you strive for long beautiful hair, work with what you have and leave the tinkering alone.

5. Brush your hair frequently, to distribute natural oils and stimulate scalp circulation.

6. Use a good leave in product for the ends of your hair! Argan oil is a great basic oil that is wonderful for hair and skin!

7. Eat more Salmon, Nuts, Yams and lean proteins. All these foods contain essential nutrients that hair loves!

8. Over all health will show in your skin and hair. Avoid extra stress, get 8hrs of sleep a night and exercise regularly.

Giovanni Wellness System Shampoo & Conditioner and Burt’s Bees More Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Along with the rest of my skin, my scalp has been a little uncomfortable the last few months. And by uncomfortable I mean; dry yet oily with some occasional flakies (yuck!) I was on the hunt for a Shampoo and Conditioner to soothe my crazy scalp, and I found that in Giovanni Wellness System Shampoo & Conditioner!

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This Shampoo and Conditioner are infused with USDA certified organic Chinese Botanicals that work wonders to deliver the healthiest hair and scalp possible.

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I absolutely loved the feeling of the Wellness System on my Scalp! It left my scalp so refreshed, purified and soothed. The Chinese Botanicals, peppermint oil, menthol and Green Tea really simulated circulation; so much so that I could feel a slight tingle for hours after washing. I noticed after 2 weeks of use, that my flaky scalp went away and my hair increased in bounce and shine! The Shampoo and Conditioner have a very fresh, herbal scent and are great for dry itchy scalp, hair loss, dull hair and oily scalp.

Ingredients Shampoo: Aqua (Purified Water), *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract [Hei Zhi Ma], Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract [An Mole], *Eclipta Prostrata Extract [Mo Han Lian], Sapindus Mukorossi Fruit Extract [Wu Huan Zi], *Bacopa Moniera Extract [Jia Ma Chi Xian], Morus Alba (Mulberry) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng (Ginsenosides) Root Extract, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium CocoylIsethionate, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Glycerin, Menthol, Menthyl Lactate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid *Certified Organic

Ingredients Conditioner: Aqua (Purified Water), *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract [Hei Zhi Ma], Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract [An Mole], *Eclipta Prostrata Extract [Mo Han Lian], Sapindus Mukorossi Fruit Extract [Wu Huan Zi], *Bacopa Moniera Extract [Jia Ma Chi Xian], Rehmannia Glutinosa (Chinese Foxglove) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract [Proanthocyanidins], Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Cetyl Alcohol,Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Menthol, Menthyl Lactate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol *Certified Organic

Although I really did love the results the Giovanni Wellness Shampoo & Conditioner gave to my scalp and roots of my hair, I did not find it to be enough moisture for my ends, so I combined it with …

Burt’s Bees More Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

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The Burt’s Bees More Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner instantly moisturized and de-tangled my hair with only one use. My hair is long, thick and super tangly, so this really did the trick! I like the fact that they are super moisturizing yet my hair rinses clean and soft with no residue! The Key ingredients in this Shampoo/Conditioner is Baobab Oil, Avocado oil and Cupuaçu Butter– rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants! And the smell… DELICIOUS!!! It’s mouthwatering sweet scent lingers on my locks and is delightful.

Ingredients Shampoo: aqua (water, eau), sodium bis-hydroxyethylglycinate coco-glucosides crosspolymer, sodium cocoyl alaninate, glycerin, disodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium lauroyl lactylate, oryza sativa (rice) extract, adansonia digitata oil, theobroma grandiflorum seed butter, origanum vulgare leaf oil, thymus vulgaris (thyme) oil, hydrolyzed jojoba protein, arginine, sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, sodium polyaspartate, parfum (fragrance), xanthan gum, sodium cocoyl glutamate, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, lauryl lactyl lactate, sodium chloride, lactic acid, leuconostoc ferment filtrate, ascorbic acid, citric acid, potassium sorbate

Ingredients Conditioner: aqua (water, eau), cetyl alcohol, brassica alcohol, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cetearyl alcohol, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, adansonia digitata oil, hydrolyzed jojoba protein, arginine, theobroma grandiflorum seed butter, parfum (fragrance), sodium polyaspartate, stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl laurylglucosides chloride, glycerin, brassicyl isoleucinate esylate, cetrimonium bromide, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, behenyl behenate, lactic acid, sodium chloride, leuconostoc ferment filtrate, ascorbic acid, citric acid, potassium sorbate.

This combination is perfect for my oily/flaky scalp and dry/tangly ends! Although it may be too many steps for some, I find it quite easy and I get the best of both worlds!

I have been very sick lately so please send me happy and healthy thoughts so that I will be all better soon!

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Weleda Skin Food & Aroma Crystal Gardeners Dream Cream – Current Body Favorites

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One of my biggest beauty shames as a specialist is my repeated neglect for the skin on my body. Although I know it is equally as important as my face, I have never formed the habit of doing it daily. Only in the last 5 years when I saw a segment from the Oprah show, best beauty secrets, or something to that effect, did it really click that I need to take care of the skin on my body. A woman of 70 years old looked literally 30 yrs younger, skin smooth and shining, all over her body. Her Secret? Apply moisturizer all over, everyday. Ever since then I’ve been desperately trying to form some sort of routine, and have never quite got it going. My reasons are a plenty, but mostly, I do not have the patience or time- and I do not like the feeling of it on my body. This year, moisturizing my body did not become a routine I desired to create to keep smooth and firm, it was a necessity to keep my skin from itching and burning!

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I was of course hesitant when it comes to my current body favorites, because they are both heavier creams; but I was shocked at how my skin soaked them both up, and very happy at the comfort they gave me!

Weleda Skin Food

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Skin food is an amazing body cream for extremely dry, cracked skin. It has a very rich, almost waxy texture and a little goes A LONG way! It works phenomenal for stubborn dryness and cracked hands and heels. Despite its rich balm texture, when applied correctly, it absorbs so beautifully! Ingredients such as Sunflower Seed oil, Sweet Almond and Beeswax deeply hydrate and protect the skin; while Pansy, Calendula flower and Rosemary leaf gently soothe and have anti bacterial/ anti inflammatory properties to calm red irritated skin. When my skin was snowing skin bits, this cream was such a life saver! After the shower while my skin was still damp, I applied the Weleda Skin Food all over my body, sparingly, and was immediately hydrated! My skin felt slightly dewy but not uncomfortably oily like with many other creams. It actually repaired my dryness and I did not need to reapply for several days after (even though I should have!)

Another way to use this cream is as a hand and foot mask! Apply a thick layer over hands and feet, put on socks and gloves, go to sleep and wake up with repaired skin! Please note, this not recommended for facial skin!

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Viola Tricolor (Pansy) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*.
* from natural essential oils

Aroma Crystal Gardeners Dream Cream

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Gardeners Dream Cream is a phenomenal cream for dry, irritated, itchy skin. It is a rich cream texture, yet it spreads so far! This cream was literally my life saver when my skin was burning, itchy, dry and red. The Aroma Crystal Gardeners Dream Cream is amazing for soothing eczema, psoriasis and other unpleasant skin conditions or rashes! Sunflower Seed oil, Grape Seed oil and Bees wax provide a phenomenal base for ultimate moisture; while Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Arnica soothe skin inflammation, are antibacterial, promote circulation and aide in skin regeneration!

I applied the cream right out of the shower while my skin was still damp, and was surprised at how quickly it absorbed! It immediately soothed my itchy, burning skin with a fresh cool tingle. The tingle lingered for some time after but eventually I felt a subtle warming sensation, all from the above ingredients which aid in circulation! I enjoy the feeling so much and find it extremely soothing. My skin remained hydrated and comforted for several days after use, and it is a definite staple in my body care regime!

This cream has so many other uses and benefits, but one that I find particularly amazing for me, is the use to help soothe my tired achy feet. The tingling effect provides a mini foot massage and calms any swelling, as well as hydrating!

Ingredients

 Aqua (Deionized water), Butrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Cetearyl alcohol**, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride**, Cera alba (Beeswax), Arnica montana (Arnica) extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Isostearic acid**, Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) seed extract, Papaver somniferum (Poppy) seed oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf oil, Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus) oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) leaf oil, Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), Michelia champaca flower (Chamaca) oil, Origanum vulgare (Wild margoram) extract, Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) extract, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) extract, Hydrastis canadensis (Golden seal) root extract.
**coconut derived

Please note that the above creams are really designed for very dry skin! If you are looking for some lighter weight alternatives, keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming posts!

Bailey Blush Beauty Blurb #8

Have you ever put on the perfect, bright and beautiful red lip, just to notice that a few minutes without a mirror has led to a migration of red all over your face? Ya me too… Pretty well every time I wear a red lip. Here are some tips to help and prevent this very unflattering case of the red lippy migration.

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1. Apply a red lip liner around lip contours and all over your lips.
2. Apply the red lipstick all over lips and blot, repeat this step twice.
3. After blotting for the 2nd time, take a very fine milled loose powder on a fluffy powder brush. Use a very small amount of loose powder and gently roll over top of the lips.

These 3  simple steps will help ensure your red or dark colored lip will stay in place!

xo

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil

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I would not characterize my skin as ‘sensitive’ but I would characterize it as delicate. This past winter, as I have mentioned in previous posts, has been hard on my skin. It was a combination of weather, hard water and stress. My skin was having bouts of tightness, dryness, burning and redness after cleansing, which is not typical for my skin. A few of my sensitive skin clients swore by the Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil for immediate calming and soothing, so when I was given the opportunity to try it, I definitely took it.

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With only 3 ingredients this facial oil is truly ideal for calming and smoothing sensitive or fragile skin. It was literally instant relief to my burning skin. The texture of the oil is light and not too thick, and actually absorbed very quickly while still leaving a veil of moisture on my skin. Although it is fragrance free, the natural scent of the oil is a very subtly sweet, which I really love.
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Sweet Almond oil rich in essential fatty acids replenishes skins moisture while smoothing and calming irratation.
Plum Kernel oil works alongside the Sweet Almond oil to soothe and balance the skin. Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin A and E.
Blackthorn flower extract contains antioxidant Vitamin C and skin toning tannins (astringent)

I used the oil in the evening for one week and my skin was soothed and hydrated and I was able to resume my regular skincare regime. After a few nights without it, I missed it terribly! I am now using it once or twice a week in replace of my night cream. For any skin that is truly intolerant this is such a wonderful staple to have in your daily regimen. This is also amazing for when your skin needs calming and balancing, or after a facial treatments such as microdermabrasion. A bonus? This product is also a great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles!

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I used the oil on slightly damp, freshly cleansed skin in the evening only, and would not recommend it during the day unless you are slummin’ around the house, as it does leave a shinier finish than lotion and would not sit well under makeup. It can be used everywhere on the face including eyelids and neck/decollete. Another bonus? It can be used as an eye makeup remover!!!