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In the warm summer months, the last thing I want to do is straighten or curl my hair. No way would I want to even mess with heat styling tools, I am sweating already. Plus, who has the time to deal with hairstyles, especially on road trips or camping. I either stick my hair in a ponytail, or I let it dry naturally. Unfortunately, my hair looks like a huge ball of frizz if I leave it natural. That is why I love a good surf spray, so that I can achieve dreamy, beachy waves that are perfect for summer.
Thankfully, I have discovered Clean Enhanced Organics Surf Spray! This amazing Surf Spray creates a salty, sun-dried, wind-swept and sexy look for sexy, wavy hair. Provides extra-strong hold, control, moisture and style. Formulated with organic Kelp, Lime and Patchouli extracts, organic Lime and Birch essential oils and imported Dead Sea Salts.
Clean Enhanced Organics Surf Spray Surf Styler is the best beach spray ever! I flip my head upside down and start spraying it and scrunching it all over. I flip my head back up and kind of run my fingers through my hair to style it, and then it is done. It is easy, and my hair looks amazing! my otherwise flat, lifeless hair is left with bounce, volume, texture and shine.
For more information, go to: http://cleanenhancedorganics.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
When you’re a busy mom, everyday life can feel like a sport. You’re running to the next meeting, chasing after the kids or completing a tough workout. By the end of it all, your aching muscles are screaming, and it’s tough to find the energy to do it all again.
Instead of suffering in soreness, try Zim’s Max-Freeze Gel to help relieve your pain.
Zim’s Max-Freeze provides a fast-acting, cooling effect when you need it most, especially after pushing yourself to the limit. It contains the organic ingredients aloe vera, arnica and ilex, along with vitamin E and tea tree oil. It does not contain parabens, sulfates or coloring, and it is not tested on animals.
Use Zim’s Max-Freeze on sore muscles and muscle sprains, back, shoulder and neck pain, painful knee, hip, and elbow joints, and muscle strains.
Life has been so very busy for me lately! My daughter got married last weekend and I was going, going, going in preparation for the wedding as well as the reception, so my body was hurting. Thankfully, I had a tube of Zim's Max-Freeze Gel on hand. I had my husband rub it onto my lower back before I went to bed, and it literally saved me! No more pain, no need for pain medicine.
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For more information go to: www.ZimsUSA.com.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Say so long to lather and give up suds for good! While the co-washing movement has taken the beauty industry by storm, it was Chaz Dean who put the ban of ‘poo on the map with his collection of cleansing conditioners from WEN Hair & Body Care. Formulated in scents you’ll love with an exclusive amino acid complex and nourishing peptides, Chaz’s line of conditioners includes the perfect match for every hair type and concern.
Also available from WEN by Chaz Dean, are his collections of limited edition seasonal scents, featuring Summer Tropical Paradise, Summer Coconut Lime Verbena, Summer Honey Peach and Summer Mango Coconut.
The Bamboo Green Tea collection is a gluten-free, rice-based formula designed for all hair types. With an exclusive blend of green, black, white and red teas, and the WEN amino acid and peptide complexes, Bamboo Green Tea is a powerfully nourishing line.
The Cucumber Aloe collection is the lightest formula from WEN Hair and Body. Designed to address an oily scalp, while keeping your hair hydrated and healthy, the collection is ideal for those with fine hair that is easily weighed down.
One of the most hydrating formulas, Fig is designed for thick, coarse or curly hair as it penetrates deeply, giving hair the hydration it needs. Fig is also the perfect choice for hair damaged by harsh chemical processes and heated styling tools.
For hair that needs a boost in volume, the Lavender collection is lightweight and deeply hydrating. This formula is ideal for hair that is easily weighed down or becomes flat by the end of the day.
With Amino Acids, Peptides, Four Tea Complex and an exclusive Bamboo Water Complex, the Mandarin Italian Fig collection promotes hair growth and repair. By restoring and protecting hair, volume, shine and strength is improved for all hair types.
This gluten-free, soy based formula is perfect for anyone with a sensitivity to wheat, but can be used by anyone. The Pomegranate collection provides the perfect balance of nourishment and hydration to all hair types and textures.
The first formula Chaz created and still the brand’s most popular, the Sweet Almond Mint collection is designed for all hair types and textures. Great for first timers, the Sweet Almond Mint collection is the perfect introduction to WEN Hair and Body Care.
The Tea Tree formula is designed to address common hair and scalp issues by nourishing and healing. The medicinal properties of tea tree deeply cleanse and hydrate, ideal for all hair types.
Today is national hydration day, which means it’s time to hydrate yourself from head to toe. While hydration may start on the inside, it’s important to hydrate externally too – and now you can with these essentials!
Burt's Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil ($19.99)
This powerful blend of some of nature’s most powerful oils and extracts work to moisturize all-day, nourish and rebalance the skin, and help fight the signs of premature aging. The fast-absorbing, lightweight formula cares for skin with moisture-rich Jojoba Oil, high in essential fatty acids, as well as antioxidant-rich Evening Primrose Oil, known for its hydrating properties.
Available in national grocery, drug and mass retailers, and via www.burtsbees.com
KMS MOISTREPAIR Shampoo ($21.50) and MOISTREPAIR Conditioner ($23.50)
This hydrating combo replenishes moisture, repairs damage, reduces breakage and helps restore hair’s natural protective coating. When paired together these products work to detangle, improve elasticity and manageability of hair with lactic acid and conditioning cetrimonium chloride.
Available in KMS Salons nationwide
Senteurs d’Orient Almond Bath Soap ($21.00)
Handcrafted and inspired by the calming scents of the Middle East and South Asia. The pure almond ‘rough cut’ bath bar is infused with grains of crushed raw Oats and Wheat that exfoliates, while Shea Butter, Glycerin and Olive Oil deeply moisturize.
Available at senteursdorient.com and www.net-a-porter.com
Goldwell Kerasilk Restorative Balm ($29.99)
Formulated with Keratin, lightweight silk and the protective skincare ingredient Hyaloveil™, this nourishing, healing balm improves hair elasticity while also protecting it from breakage, dryness and other common forms of damage. Apply to either towel-dried or dry hair, and leave in.
Available at salons nationwide
As you probably know, essential oils are extremely popular and are gaining a vast and faithful following. I must admit, I am a little late on jumping on the essential oils bandwagon, and even now I am not quite there. This essential oils movement kind of reminds me of politics, with all of the competition between companies, and people arguing about which company is better. I think that is why I have stayed clear of this oily trend. Until now!
Thankfully, I was introduced to an amazing essential oils company that has helped to steer me in the right direction. Aroma Foundry sells a very popular line of 100% pure and all natural essential oils. Each of their oils have been sourced from native locales around the globe known for their purity for that oil. Their passionate team spent eons searching for the best representation of the essence of each plant. As consumers of essential oils themselves, they take the adage “My Body is My Temple” seriously.
Aroma Foundry is based on a Promise of Purity
You'll never find synthetic additives in Aroma Foundry essential oils; all of their essential oils are 100% Pure and All-Natural. Potent stuff.
Aroma Foundry's Essential Oils are:
- 100% Pure
- All Natural
- No Chemicals
- No Preservatives
- Therapeutic Grade
- Professional Aromatherapy Grade Hand Bottled
- 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
- Sourced from USA or Native Region
I was given the chance to select and try out a few of their finest oils. I chose the following:
Lavender~Lavender is one of the most useful, unique, and popular essential oils. It has a great calming effect, and can help you to relax. I put a drop or two on my pillowcase at night to help me sleep.
Spearmint~ I use this oil to freshen my breath. I add a few drops to my son's stinky shoes, or I will rub a drop or two onto his feet when they are sweaty, and it freshens them right up. I use it on my own feet too, and it seems to give me a boost of energy. I have no idea why.
Peppermint~ It has a reputation for bringing calmness and serenity when inhaled. I love to add a couple of drops to my brownie mix, and to my frosting when I am frosting a cake. You can also add it to your hot chocolate. It is delicious. Peppermint always reminds me of Christmas, of course.
Mandarin~This oil has a fragrance that is so very uplifting! I love it. There is nothing more clean or crisp than a nice citrus fragrance like mandarin. I always add a drop or three to the carpet before vacuuming. It freshens up the house before last minute guests arrive. I di the same in my car.
For more information, please go to: https://www.aromafoundry.com/
* Product received. All opinions are my own.
Protect your Image - with IMAGE Skincare!
Summertime is officially here! It’s time to get smart and #ProtectYourImage! IMAGE Skincare’s new Prevention+ Sunscreen Sprays feature built-in broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and offer SPF 30 and SPF 50. Their ultra-sheer, light weight spray absorbs quickly for a non-greasy finish. Formulated to help protect against the aging effects of the sun, both the Prevention+ Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray and the Prevention+ Sport Sunscreen Spray are paraben free, so you can protect yourself from the damaging ray of the sun, smarter!
This sunscreen spray enriched with plant-derived stem cells is formulated for superior UVA/UVB and Infrared protection during sport activities and fun in the sun. Infused with organic ingredients like agave leaf extract, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil, this antioxidant rich spray provides advanced protection against the aging effects of the sun. Paraben free.
This anti-pollution, anti-aging pure mineral sunscreen spray offers superior UVA/UVB and Infrared protection. Infused with antioxidants and plant stem cells, this continuous spray nourishes and hydrates skin with organic ingredients like agave leaf extract, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. Formulated for advanced protection against the aging effects of the sun, this sunscreen offers paraben and chemical-free sun protection.
About IMAGE Skincare:
Image Skincare is an evidence-based clinical skin care company, providing professional skincare products and effective skincare solutions. The most innovative brand in the industry, Image Skincare consistently produces the latest anti-aging, balancing, hydrating, and illuminating technologies to further its mission of helping the world to Age Later™
Celebrate National Rose Month with the KORRES Wild Rose Collection! These cult favorites are effective, natural, and smell incredible.
Pay homage to the legendary flower that symbolizes beauty and love, with the KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil. Infused with real wild rose petals, this ultra-concentrated Vitamin C oil is rich in omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids and vitamins A and C. It provides significant antioxidant action while repairing fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin's overall tone and texture. This silky oil easily absorbs into skin, delivering a fresh, dewy, enviable glow ($54; Sephora.com).
Indulge in an overnight rose facial with the KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. It’s more than a mask, more than a night cream, this overnight facial-in-a-jar delivers great skin by morning, as the weightless soufflé melts into skin and works overnight for brighter, petal-soft skin. Infused with wild rose oil that evens out skin tone, repairs fine lines, moisturizes, heals, and softens skin, this face cream with vitamin C also helps minimize the appearance of skin discolorations and black spots ($48; Sephora.com).
For soft, rose-tinted lips, use the KORRES Lip Butter in Wild Rose. Formulated with natural oils and extracts to soothe and condition lips, this rich butter melts on lips leaving them deeply moisturized, supple, and kissably soft. Shea butter and rice wax provide lasting hydration and softness. This shiny, juicy pop of color comes in an array of "flavors" and is ideal for dry lips ($12; Sephora.com).
It’s hard not to love that beginning of summer and those first few trips to the beach. But, sometimes it can be a hassle to actually get there. Want to get that beachy look without having to actually go to the beach? Check out these products from Smashbox, ColorMetrics and John Frieda!
Get at home glow with Smashbox Cosmetics Spotlight Palette
Available in two tones (Pearl and Gold), each palette contains three velvety smooth, blendable highlighters – two shimmer-finish shades and one mega sparkle that dials light all the way up, popping your features.
Give your hair a refreshed, sun kissed shine with TouchBack Color Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner
Temporary hair color for use between permanent colorings for instant color and shine.
Get the perfect beach wave at home with John Frieda Wavy Curls Curling Wand
Enhances manageability and transforms dull, lifeless hair into smooth, sleek strands.
Summer is here! Hurray! Time to pack for an adventure! Whether you are going camping, on a road trip or off for a day at the beach, there are a few summer essentials that you might be overlooking! I am not talking about sunscreen, because you should already have that packed.
I'm talking about a few other summertime essentials that really come in handy for busy moms (and you'll wonder how you ever lived without these products!)
After Bite + After Bite Kids: Have an itch you can’t ditch? After Bite has provided instant itch relief from bug bites and stings for over 40 years for adults and kids. The pharmacist-preferred, proprietary mix of soothing ingredients acts fast when you need it most so that bites and stings don’t ruin family fun. After Bite Kids is also available with a gentle, non-stinging sensitive cream that is gentle on kids, or perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.
Available at Walmart, CVS, Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Kroger, Facebook and at afterbite.com. Right now on their site, After Bite is offering a free super cute Professor Bugsbee (their mascot) key chain with the purchase of any two products.
The Itch Eraser: More than just a bug bite? The Itch Eraser is an all-in-one solution that stops the itch and heals skin affected by allergic itches and hives, poison ivy, oak and sumac, sunburns, rashes, redness and insect bites. It’s dermatologist-recommended and easy to apply, and available in a Max Strength Gel, Max Strength Spray and Sensitive Cream for every type of skin itch.
Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths: Ever feel the need to freshen up? We’ve all had daily “not so fresh” moments, whether running to a class or a meeting, post work-out with no time to shower, or even during that time of the month. Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths provide an easy and discreet way to feel confidently fresh. The cloths are lightly fragranced and quickly wipe away odor-causing bacteria.
These wipes are a lifesaver! Especially camping, when you can never feel clean enough!
Available in scents like Aloe Love, Island Splash, Sheer Floral, and Simply Sensitive at CVS, Duane Reade, Walmart, Target, Amazon and Walgreens. Check them out on Facebook, too.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
INTRODUCING LAVANILA GIRL BY LAVANILA LABORATORIES
THE AUTHORITIY IN HEALTHY DEODORANT HAS A NEW FORMULATION
CREATED ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG SKIN
The same pioneering, all-natural, aluminum-free formula from Lavanila deodorants that you’ve come to love and trust, designed specifically for younger, more delicate skin.
A new line of Lavanila’s best-selling Healthy Deodorants, formulated specifically for young girls and teens. Extra gentle and non-irritating, Lavanila Girl’s twist-up solids fight odor by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, while importantly, still allowing young skin to breathe. Completely free of aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol and harsh chemicals, this formula offers a safe, effective and fun option for those new to deodorant. Powered by the same breakthrough, beta-glucan technology found in The Healthy Deodorant, this new collection is uniquely infused with skin-soothing ingredients perfect for delicate skin:
Calendula: A gentle, natural ingredient prized for its anti-bacterial and skin-soothing properties
Noni: A unique, tropical fruit that contains over 165 beneficial compounds and antioxidants to nourish the skin
Beta-Glucan Technology: A proprietary, 100% natural technology that works to break down and absorb sweat molecules to stop odor before it starts
With a compact, round applicator that is perfectly sized for the younger underarm, this non-whitening, super-soft formula is available in two fun, refreshing scents:
• Beachy Vanilla: Tropical and breezy, with bright citrus, creamy coconut and yummy vanilla
• Sporty Vanilla: A squeaky clean combination of fresh apple, watery melon and soft vanilla
“As a mom with a nine-year-old daughter, I look at her…how young she is…and want to give her every opportunity to live a cleaner, smarter life,” says Danielle Raynor, Founder and CEO of Lavanila. “I am really excited to offer a gentle, aluminum-free product for our next generation of ‘women’ who deserve the best.” Lavanila Girl’s all-natural formula is a great way to start healthy habits early, and with its playful packaging and fresh scents, it’s offering this next generation the opportunity to live a cleaner, healthier and smarter life – starting now.
WHAT THEY COST: 2 for $12 (sold as a duo with one of each scent)
AVAILABLE: June 15, 2017
WHERE TO FIND THEM: Only on Lavanila.com