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Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Product Reviews, Tips | 1 comment

NDC Beauty: Natural, Cruelty-Free and Vegan

NDC Beauty: Natural, Cruelty-Free and Vegan

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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Noix de Coco (NDC Beauty) is a line of all natural cruelty free, vegan beauty products, free of chemicals and based on the benefits of superfood ingredients.

More than ever, I look for beauty products that are cruelty free and free of chemicals and preservatives. After reading about Noix de Coco (NDC Beauty), a line that includes skincare, body products, hair care and makeup, I decided to try two of their products.

The Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse appealed to me because so many conditioners, shine-producing products, etc. leave a film on the hair. Applying this after shampooing left my hair clean and shiny, so I will use it on a regular basis. This eliminates the need for an occasional clarifying shampoo to eliminate product build-up. The rinse, which contains Ayurveda herbs, is said to have anti-microbial and blood purifying properties to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. A bonus!

 

Ingredients: Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Burdock Root Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract, Neem Extract, Green Tea Extract

The second product I tried–the Organic Lash and Repair Serum–is said to repair and promote growth of both lashes and brows. It addressed a couple of concerns. With time, my lashes and brows had thinned out. I suspected that the lashes were probably damaged when I used mascara regularly. After using this serum for a few weeks on both my lashes and eyebrows, I noticed visible results: both seemed fuller and healthier looking. The recommended use is to apply at night, before bed time and wipe off any residual product in the morning. Alternatively, it can be applied and left on for a minimum of 20 minutes and then wiped off. On the days when I wasn’t planning to wear any makeup, I applied the serum in the morning and left it on all day. I think this consistent use may account for the results I saw.

Ingredients: Organic Raw Castor Oil, Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil, Vitamin E

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Perfect Solution to Dry Lips

Perfect Solution to Dry Lips

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EpiCeram-L

EpiCeram-L

For me, dry lips have been a year-round problem that gets worse during fall and winter. Until I tried EpiCeram-L™ Lip Care, I was constantly applying and re-applying lip balms. Some felt great going on, but provided no lasting benefit—and left my lips feeling parched after a short while. That’s because most lips balms just temporarily trap moisture in.

EpiCeram-L Lip Care is a therapeutic lip balm that works. It’s a lipid-based lip care with three essential lipids – ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol – all of which replenish lost moisture, rejuvenate and repair dry cracked lips. The aloe soothes on contact while the blend of three vital lipids – ceramides, conjugated linoleic acid and cholesterol – work to actually heal and repair the lip’s protective barrier.

The silky, non-greasy formula glides on easily and makes a smooth base for lip color, including the popular matte shades.

During the winter season, when central heat can really dry out lips, I like to apply EpiCeram-L Lip Care before I go to bed—so that whenever I wake up my lips feel moist and smooth.

According to Dr. Jennifer Gordon, a board-certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas, “EpiCeram-L helps heal and soothe disrupted barrier function for patients on Accutane or those having dryness from topical acne medicine such as retinoids. It is also great post-procedure, including after lip injectables or peels.”

What’s more, EpiCeram-L® Lip Care is a steroid-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, petrolatum-free, fragrance-free, color-free, lanolin-free way to get soft lips back in just one week.

It really works!

For more information, visit the website.

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Vernal Organic Skincare: Pure and Powerful Natural Ingredients–And Cruelty Free!

Vernal Organic Skincare: Pure and Powerful Natural Ingredients–And Cruelty Free!

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As I choose only organic foods to put into my body, I’m interested in effective beauty products that will provide the same kind of natural care for my skin. The super antioxidant products by Vernal Beauty provide this kind of care, with a custom-formulated organic formula that is USDA certified, with ingredients derived from exotic cold-pressed oils, super-fruits and plant-based botanical extracts, all of which are ethically and sustainably sourced, as well as safe and non-toxic.

So many products today bear labels that can make you wince, as you scan the lists of parabens, sulfates, synthetics and other ingredients you definitely don’t want on your skin.

Contrast this kind of product with those of Vernal’s, where the labels list some of Mother Nature’s purest and most powerful ingredients: for example, bee propolis, maqui fruit, Indian gooseberry, sumac berry and mango.

Even better, the label assures me that the products are made fragrance-free and cruelty-free as well as  free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicone, petroleum, and artificial colors.

Bee Radiant Organic Face Oil ($45)

Combining the power of super antioxidants such as Sumac, Rosehip and Bee Propolis,Vernal Bee Radiant Booster Oil performs as a vitamin-packed, antioxidant-rich superfood for the skin.

  • The Sumac Super AntioxidantComplex has 3X the amount of antioxidants of acai and 60X that of blueberriesSumac is widely considered the most powerful superfood on the planet. It is packed with vitamin C to help fight free radicals and also has strong anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent acne and clear up skin.
  • Used as a natural healer and restorative compound for over 5,000 years, Bee Propolis is rich in nutrients and vitamins, known to help prevent acne, decongest pores and stimulate cell renewal. It assists in balancing, healing and soothing problematic skin.

Hydra-Glow Serum with Hyaluronic & Vitamin C ($46):

This multi-benefit serum combines the hydrating power of hyaluronic acid with the healing power of vitamin C to protect and repair the skin and to deliver a radiant glow.

  • Known locally as Amla, Indian Gooseberry has been a common ingredient in the ancient Indian medicinal practice of Ayurveda. Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, it takes charge of free radicals and repairs damaged skin while visibly lifting, toning and brightening. Packed with vitamins, it boosts collagen production and hydration that leads to more plump, youthful and smoother skin. A recent double-blind study found that Amla contained powerful dark-spot correcting and skin brightening properties that worked better than those achieved by conventional, non-organic skin-lighteners such as hydroquinone.
  • A natural element of the skin, Hyaluronic acid is known for its ability to attract and retain 1000x its own weight in moisture. With ultra-hydrating abilities, this acid promotes more nutrient absorption and penetrates the deepest levels of the dermis.

In addition to these excellent and effective products, the Vernal line also includes:

SKINourish Super Antioxidant Organic Moisturizer, a rich but lightweight daily moisturizer containing vitamins E and C, to feed the skin with superfruits, hydrate with exotic butters and provide natural cellular renewal. In addition to smoothing the skin, it locks in moisture, increases elasticity and diminishes and prevents skin discoloration from acne, free radicals and sun damage.  ($44)

SKInourish Super Antioxidant Organic Eye Cream is formulated with potent doses of sumac, mango and evening primrose and is designed to help nourish, protect, brighten and repair the orbital area. The silky cream leaves a thin, yet dense protective layer that preps the eye contour area for a smoother makeup application. Its multitasking benefits help to hydrate, boost elasticity, diminish puffiness, dark circles and signs of aging. ($43)

For more information or to purchase Vernal products, visit the website.

 

 

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Bargains, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Golden Door Try Me Kit: Doing Good with Great Products

Golden Door Try Me Kit: Doing Good with Great Products

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Try Me kit with Golden Door products

Try Me Kit with Golden Door products

Packing for a vacation often means trying to pour or pack favorite beauty products into TSA-approved containers. Instead, consider the new and luxurious Golden Door Try Me Kit, which contains Golden Door’s best-selling skin care items–all in TSA approved sizes and ready to go.

Best of all–100% of Golden Door’s profits go to end child abuse and transform young lives.

The Try Me Kit contains travel sizes of:

  • Golden Peel-A-Way Masque: An all-natural, deeply hydrating masque that instantly refreshes the skin by lifting away impurities and dead skin cells through botanical extracts and sugar enzymes. Contains Multifruit BSC, a concentrated blend of five botanical extracts which safely exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates skin cell renewal; Yogurtene®, which makes skin feel smoother, plumper and moisturized; Licorice Extract and AcquaCell,  to keep skin hydrated.
  • Bamboo Face Scrub: This aromatic facial scrub effectively exfoliates dead skin cells leaving a deeply cleansed, smooth, even-toned complexion. The scrub’s unique blend of bamboo powder and berry seeds along with healing, hydrating and nourishing plant extracts leave skin clarified, soft to the touch and glowing.
  • Hydrating Cleaning Milk: This ultra-moisturizing green tea, aloe and cucumber-infused wash hydrates and soothes the skin while effectively removing makeup and impurities. The sulfate-, phthalate-, and paraben-free formula will restore the skin’s youthful glow when used as a part of a daily skincare regimen.

The Try Me Kit costs $38–and, it should be said one more time, 100% of Golden Door’s profits go to end child abuse and transform young lives.

                                  

 

 

 

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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

 Fake Bake: A Safe and Natural Tan

 Fake Bake: A Safe and Natural Tan

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Fake Bake's Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum

Fake Bake’s Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum

Fake Bake tanning products have been around for a while, embraced by celebrities, beauty editors and “civilians” alike as a safe way to achieve that glorious year-round golden bronze color without risking skin damage from the sun or tanning beds. The company’s products contain no parabens or artificial preservatives; they don’t smell, turn your skin orange or stain your clothes. They contain three organic tanning ingredients: Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) boosted by DMI and Erythulose. Fake Bake works with your own individual skin tone to produce a naturally-based darker pigmentation on your skin’s surface. By enhancing your skin’s own pigments, Fake Bake gives you a natural-looking tan that lasts longer.

Fake Bake also has a built-in color guide so you can see where you’re applying the product on your skin, which helps avoid streaks.

Because there are no harmful ingredients and the moisture-rich formula softens the skin, you can even use Fake Bake on your face.

One of the company’s newer products is the Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum, a “bronzing hybrid” serum that applies easily, dries quickly and contains nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, glycerin and silk amino acids. It works vigorously to plump and cushion skin while preventing dehydration and wrinkles. It retails for $31.

Fake Bake's Double Shot Expresso Tan

Fake Bake’s Double Shot Expresso Tan

For experienced self-tanners, Fake Bake’s Double Shot Expresso Tan is a high performance product with triple-tanner activators that give a richer natural-looking tan. It glides on smoothly, absorbs evenly and dries quickly. It retails for $27.50.

Though the Coconut Tanning Serum can be used on the face, Fake Bake Platinum offers a specialized product called Face, which combines the company’s award-winning self-tanning formula with an anti-aging ingredient called PhytoCellTecTM Malus Domestica, created from stem cells extracted from the rare Swiss apple Uttwiler Spatlauber. This formula, which contains anti-aging peptides combats the effects of oxidants and is especially kind to sensitive skin. It sells for $30.

Fake Bake products can be purchased at stores nationwide or online.

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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Aminocare Reverse Eye Cream: Boosts Collagen, Reduces Puffiness

Aminocare Reverse Eye Cream: Boosts Collagen, Reduces Puffiness

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A spa treatment for the eyes

For me, the basis of any skincare regimen must include a gentle cleanser, an effective serum and a good eye cream. In Aminocare’s Reverse Eye Cream, I have found a product I can use in any regular skincare routine. First, the texture is irresistible: it’s silky and smooth, like the fluffiest whipped cream for your skin. It’s quickly absorbed and there is no greasy after feel. There’s no perfume and no parabens, dyes or mineral oil . In short, it’s like an instant spa treatment for the eyes.

The ingredient list is impressive:  Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, cetearyl alcohol, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, Camellia sinensis oil, kukui oil, black currant seed oil, red raspberry oil, olive squalene, borage oil, D-Alpha tocopherol, retinyl palmitate, vegetable glycerin, caprylic capric triglycerides, myrisyl myristate, aspen bark extract, sodium stearolyl lactylate, glyceryl stearate, creatine.

When I saw that one of the ingredients contained the word “alcohol,” I checked it out—and found that cetearyl alcohol is a “natural” ingredient, a mixture of fatty alcohols consisting found in plants, like coconut and palm oils.

Ingredients aside, the proof is in the effectiveness and this eye cream performs, day in and day out. Using it only once a day (twice is recommended if needed), I saw crow’s feet and puffiness disappear. According to the promotional material, one of the ingredients, creatine, an amino acid derivative, has been clinically proven to increase skin cell vitality, boosting collagen, elastin and keratin production. Caffeine is added to make the skin in the eye area slightly taut. Vitamin A offers unprecedented cell renewal, while Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection. The active ingredients reach the target layers of skin via a revolutionary nanotope delivery system. Cell-Ox2 Phyto Peptide has been clinically shown to effectively reduce dark circles and puffiness in the eye area and offering increased oxygenation.  While I can’t prove these claims, I can say that Aminocare Reverse Eye Cream delivers all I would ask of an eye cream.

Best of all, this product and all of the products in the line are never tested on animals.

Aminocare ® Reverse Eye Cream retails for $50, is available at stores nationwide and online.

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