Bailey Blush May Giveaway! *GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! CONGRATULATIONS MINARA!!!

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To all my lovely followers,

I started baileyblush.com because I wanted to share my passion, experiences and expertise in Natural Beauty. My followers have been so amazing and supportive and although I wanted to wait until I did get a greater following to do my first giveaway, I thought, there is no time like the present!

In this Giveaway you will receive:

  • Lagona Herbal Hair Color
  • Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream
  • Weleda Sea Buckthorn Mini Body Oil
  • Sante Sensitive Skin Day Cream
  • Jurlique Sample Pack

Here is how the giveaway works~

  1. You must- Subscribe to my blog, on the main page, right hand side, follow blog by email
  2. Leave a comment on this post with your name, email (same email you follow the blog) and why you like reading baileyblush.com
  3. If you have instagram or twitter, follow me there -@baileyblush, and repost/retweet the giveaway pic for extra chance! (please tag me)

A winner will be chosen randomly on Friday May 31st 2013

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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!!!

Éminence Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaloronic Serum

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Let me begin this post by saying this… If Eminence were a land, I would live there; If Eminence were a man, we would be in love; If Eminence were a food, it would be scrump-diddly-umptious, and I could keep going. To keep it simple, I am obsessed with Eminence Organic Skincare. I have recently fallen in love with the line after using several products myself and seeing, feeling, smelling beautiful results!

One of my top favorite products in the line is the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaloronic Serum. First of all the name was enough for me! Strawberry? Yes Please! Rhubarb? You bet! Vegan friendly Hyaloronic Acid? HAND IT OVERRR!!!!
emienencestrawbThis serum is designed for all skin types but especially dehydrated and depleted. It smells like decadent, delicious dessert and it worked wonders for the overall health of my skin. The serum is an entire experience, it smells beautiful, feels beautiful and truly repaired my skin to make it equally as beautiful. I noticed instant hydration, fine lines were diminished, my skin was baby soft with overall radiance and smoothness. I am thoroughly impressed and obsessed with the results this serum gave me.
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The key ingredients making this product amazing?

*Vegan Hyaloronic Acid from the marshmallow plant, giving ultimate hydration and replenishment to the skin for an overall youthful glow and smoothness.

*Strawberry which is an astringent, helps to tighten the pores and brighten. It also contains salicylic acid, so great to control breakouts and keep the skin clear!

*Honey for calming, moisturizing and soothing

*Rhubarb rich in vitamin c for brightening and radiance

*And Eminence Biocomplex, found in many of their products. It is a concoction of many different age defying ingredients including antioxidants, vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid.

Another great point about using any Eminence Organic Skincare products is how little you need! I only use 3/4 to a pea size of serum each use!  It glides so easily and covers every inch of my facial skin and even a bit down the neck. Great value!
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It comes in a elegant 30ml Glass bottle with a dropper.
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This serum is one of my absolute staple products. I love it. It can work for any age, skin type or concern, its that multipurpose. Plus your face will smell good enough to eat!!!

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo and Conditioner

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Giovanni Eco Chic hair care is an awesome Natural hair care line. They have a variety of different products that are all great.
The Tea Tree  Triple Treat shampoo and conditioner are infused with Tea tree to help soothe dry itchy scalp. It also contains Eucaplytus and Peppermint oils that help circulation which in turn will help to stimulate hair growth!
It cleanses deeply but the Safflower oil and Aloe Vera juice help to nourish and moisturize hair.

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The shampoo was awesome. It lathered beautifully, which I have found rare in natural shampoos. It had that wonderful tingle on my scalp without being uncomfortable. After rinsing the  shampoo, my hair felt clean but not overly stripped like it can with other purifying shampoos. Also, that minty tingle still remained, which I really loved!

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The conditioner was really lightweight and had that same tingle on my scalp. It really de-tangled and allowed for an easy comb through. After rinsing the conditioner, my hair still felt hydrated but extremely clean, which I adored.

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Overall I love this shampoo and conditioner I think it is perfect for every hair type except for extremely dry! Gives a super clean feeling that lasts!

Bailey Blush Beauty Blurb #1

Skip your night cream once or twice a week to allow your skin to breathe and regenerate naturally.
Think about this, if we are constantly putting oil and moisture onto our skin, why would our skin need to produce it naturally? By leaving our skin to breathe once and a while we allow our skin to produce the natural protectants and oils that made it radiant to begin with!

xo

Natural Being Skincare

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Natural Being Skincare is a lovely little skincare line stemming from the beautiful New Zealand. All of the products are infused with 3 main ingredients and 1 in particular, Manuka Honey. Manuka Honey is truly a great ingredient. It helps with cell renewal, moisture levels and overall radiance. It also has Manuka oil which has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, and the wonderful Vitamin E which is an essential antioxidant. For a full ingredient list please visit, http://www.naturalbeingskincare.com/ingredients.html

They also have these fantastic certifications! Even Halal approved!

Certified natural by BDIH – the BDIH is an independent control body for natural skin care, based in Europe. We are proud to be eligible to carry their trademark by meeting their strict standards of purity, environmentally friendly production methods, ingredients, ecological soundness and social responsibility.

Cruelty free – our range is designed for humans,  so we wouldn’t dream of testing our products or ingredients on animals.

Recyclable packaging – our packaging is fully recyclable to help lessen the impact on our environment.

Halal Approved – all Natural Being products are Halal Approved. This Approval follows a technical review of all ingredients and an audit of the manufacturing plant and production processes

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I will start off by saying that this is very basic skincare. I would not recommend this for people with great concerns, ex. Aging, brightening, rosacea or other skin sensitivities. It does not claim to be for any of these concerns either. It is a great basic moisturizing and purifying line for those who have normal skin with some dryness or small breakouts.

Cleanser

The cleanser was quite nice especially for a cream cleanser. It was a soft light weight fluid that gently cleaned my skin. I found that it did not remove all my makeup, so I would recommend removing makeup prior. My skin felt clean but not over dry. You can apply this product directly to skin, massage and rinse, or to cotton pad.

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Toning Gel

The toning gel was a bit of a get used to product. It is a jelly type substance that appears like yummy honey. I felt an immediate toning effect when I placed it on my skin, which was wonderful because it felt like a mini face lift! My only issue with this product was I found a slight flushing tone to my skin, and a tad sticky. I would recommend using a small amount on a cotton pad or on the fingers and massaging in the skin.

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Day Cream

The day cream was my favorite product! It was super lightweight but still really moisturizing. I put it on my face and it was absorbed really quickly, and my skin felt extremely hydrated. Not to mention it smells beautiful, it is a very faint soft scent, which made me feel clean and fresh! It also was a great makeup base. Overall, I liked this moisturizer very much!

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Ingredients: Aqua (water), Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed oil, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Glucose, Sclerotium gum, Decyl glucoside, Mel (manuka honey), Potassium sorbate, Parfum (fragrance)*, Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*.

* From natural essential oils

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Ingredients – Aqua (water), Glycerin (vegetable glycerin), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Sclerotium gum, Glucose, Parfum (fragrance)*, Potassium sorbate, Mel (manuka honey), Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Citral*, Eugenol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*.

* From natural essential oils
** Certified organic

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Ingredients – Aqua (water), Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Cetyl palmitate, Sorbitan palmitate, Glycerin (vegetable glycerin), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter**, Squalane, Glucose, Parfum (Fragrance)*, Mel (manuka honey), Potassium sorbate, Xanthan gum, Glucose oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, Citronellol*, Limonene*, Linalool*.

* From natural essential oils
** Certified organic

Thayers Natural Remedies- Rose Petal Witch Hazel

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Using Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner was such a wonderful experience. Infused with rosewater flower, certified organic witch hazel, aloe, vitamin E and other all natural ingredients, it left my skin baby soft. I felt fresh, clean but not tight or uncomfortable; my skin had a ‘rosy’ glow afterwards and it felt very smooth. I not only loved the feel of the product, but the natural rose fragrance was calming and made me feel cozy and pretty! I noticed my sporadic pimples eventually dissipated and overall my complexion looked healthier. My dehydration lines were diminished, and my hydration was improved.

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I have used other Witch Hazel toners and found them drying and disappointing, Thayers was surprisingly splendid! They have multiple other varieties including Lavender, Lemon or Original. I chose Rose because of its calming and moisturizing properties, and my skin has been feeling a little parched this Alberta Fall/Winter. This product is also extremely soothing so it is ideal for people with sensitive, reddened or even rosacea prone skin. I would highly recommend this product for anyone, but especially those looking for a simple, budget friendly and effective product.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose) Hamamelis Virginiana (THAYERS® proprietary un-distilled Witch Hazel) Extract, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate.

Andalou Naturals – Avo Cocoa Skin Food Mask

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Andalou Naturals is a Natural beauty company. They have many different products including face, body and hair care. The line is 100% natural with minimum 70% organic ingredients. All of their products are formulated with fruit stem cells, which are key players in the anti-aging realm, so no matter what you are using in the line, you are preventing!
This is the first of many reviews I will do on Andalou. They have so many wonderful products, and I am eager to share them with you.

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Today I will review the Avo Cocoa SKIN FOOD MASK. This masque is formulated with fruit stem cells, dark cocoa, avocado, and other great antioxidants and amino acids. This masque is for anyone dry, dehydrated or with aging concerns.

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I LOVE THIS MASK!!! It is such a treat, literally! It has a decadent texture that easily glides onto the face and a smell that will literally make you ponder “should I eat it?” and you probably could! (do not eat it) I felt like a cupcake getting frosted. This is not half of the reason why I love it, it was my skin afterwards that really made me a believer. The Avocado and Cocoa, rich in vitamin E worked wonders on the texture and the look of my skin. Prior to use, I was dehydrated and a touch flaky, afterwards I felt like I had received a 90 minute facial. My lines were diminished and my skin looked radiant and smooth. I was so comfortable I could have gone without a moisturizer. I truly loved this mask and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nourishing masque to revive a dull winter skin, or anytime your skin needs a little TLC!

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Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Powder*†, Vegetable Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) and Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oils*, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Sclerotium Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Juice*, Fruit Stem Cell and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) and Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oils*, Lecithin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract*†
*Organic
† Fair Trade
Made naturally without GMO’s, gluten, paraben preservatives, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes and fragrances. Verified Gluten-Free 100% Eco-friendly, Vegetarian & Cruelty-Free