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Bring out the summery scents in your bath and body products
Le Couvent des Minimes
Ranging from lotions to shower dews, these products are each thoughtfully blended to give you the finest natural care. Made from soothing botanicals and restorative plants, your body will get the love it deserves while bringing out fragrances that evoke the countryside.
Eau Aimable Body Butter ($18)
With nourishing Shea Butter and a rich formula, this body butter will help protect and moisturize the skin, leaving it soft, supple and lightly scented. Touches of Bergamot and Mandarin gives a scent of serenity, while Nasturtium reveals skin’s natural radiance.
Eau des Minimes Refreshing Shower Gel ($12)
A blend of Grapefruit, Blood Orange and Lemon awakens the senses in this bright shower gel. Neroli and Benzoin provide a feeling of well-being, while gently cleansing away oil and impurities.
Eau du Cloitre Shower Cream ($12)
With touches of Rose for a sense of joy and harmony, this silky shower cream gently cleanses the skin. Made from a vegetable base, the cream contains Pink Peppercorns to give a sense of balance, and vivid Ginger adds all the vitality of a summer garden.
All available at ULTA and ULTA.com
July may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean summer is over! To celebrate sunny skies and beach vibes, below is a selection of deliciously colorful summer recipes from Carrington Farms, Gaea, and Viki’s Granola that I'd like to share with you!
Carrington Farms Mermaid Toast
- 1 slice bread
- 4 drops Chlorophyll
- 4 oz cream cheese or yogurt
- ½ tsp spirulina powder
- Carrington Farms Crispy Puffed Quinoa
- Toast your favorite, better-for-you bread.
- Combine 4 drops of chlorophyll with 4 oz of cream cheese or yogurt
- Combine ½ teaspoon spirulina powder with 4 oz of cream cheese or yogurt
- Spread cream cheese or thick plain yogurt on toast
- Sprinkle with Carrington Farms Crispy Puffed Quinoa
- Channel your inner mermaid and ENJOY!
Viki’s Granola Berry Parfait
- 6 ounces Yogurt (yogurt of choice)
- ¼ cup raspberries
- ½ cup Viki's Granola Original
- Place 2 ounces of yogurt into a tall glass or mason jar.
- Pour a 1/3 of granola evenly on top of the yogurt.
- Place 2 ounces of yogurt on top of the granola.
- Add raspberries.
- Add remaining 2 ounces yogurt and granola on top.
Gaea's Baked Pears with Chocolate Ice Cream and Olive Oil
- 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate ice cream
- 2 3/4 tablespoon butter
- 4 tablespoon brown sugar
- 8 pears, peeled and cut in half, seeds removed
- Juice and zest of 1 orange
- Black peppercorns
- 4 Tbsp. Gaea Kalamata D.O.P Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Place shallow pan over heat and add butter and sugar. Stirring constantly over low flame, allow mixture to caramelize. Add pears and turning over frequently cook them for about 10 minutes or until they caramelize. Add orange zest and juice and remove pan from heat. Place a large scoop of chocolate ice cream in each bowl, arrange 2 pears around it together with the pan liquid. Sprinkle with black pepper and drizzle pears with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil.
Carrington Farms Berry Chia Smoothie Bowl
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup kefir or probiotic yogurt drink of choice
- 1 Tbsp + 1/4 tsp Carrington Farms Chia Seeds
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1 dried fig, sliced
- 1 strawberry, sliced (or fruit of choice)
1. Blend frozen berries, 1 Tbsp chia seeds and kefir to a thick consistency, for about 20 seconds.
2. Pour into a small bowl and layer fruit and remaining chia seeds on top. Bring out your favorite spoon and enjoy this delicious smoothie bowl with probiotic benefits!
Anti-aging hair care? I had never really thought about that. Our hair follicles age as we get older, just like our skin does. For beautiful, youthful, shiny and healthy hair, MONAT has the hair care products you need.
MONAT’s ingredients are anti-aging, naturally-based, safe, pure and sustainable. But with other brands recognizing the power of botanical oils, how is MONAT any different? The answer lies in their rich formulations that make these naturally-based ingredients work in harmony with each other, combining and reacting to pump up their natural properties to take MONAT to the next level.
Here’s a little bit about the science behind MONAT:
EVERY DROP OF THE MONAT LINE OF PRODUCTS CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING:
• Powerful active #botanicals and biofunctional catalase that serve as UV protectors and prevent thinning
• Free radical neutralizers to keep hair looking and feeling naturally healthy
• An exclusive blend of vitamins and minerals that combat oxidative stress
• Proactive amino acids that repair and replace essential nutrients
When using the MONAT products, women noticed:
- 46% increase in hair growth
- 48% decrease in DHT (hormone) that contributes to hair loss
- 35% increase in hair follicle strength
- 70% increase in repair effect improving hair anchoring
- 76% increase in #collagen directly increasing follicle size
- 58% decrease in fiber breakage
- 88% increased manageability
- 55% reduced breakage and brittleness
- 100% increased natural #shine
The Revive Shampoo creates a deliciously foamy lather that smells amazing. It leaves my hair feeling perfectly clean. After rinsing the shampoo, I apply the deeply hydrating Revitalizing Conditioner, and leave it in my hair for about five minutes (while I shave my legs.) After rinsing, my hair feels like silk. I usually allow my hair to air dry, and when it is completely dry, it is so shiny and soft. I use the Smoothing Deep Conditioner once weekly, and my hair is left in a state of luxurious perfection. For in-between shampoos, I use the Champ Dry Conditioning Shampoo spray. It removes oil and refreshes my hair. This amazing spray is perfect for taking with you when you go camping. I used it on my most Memorial day camping trip, and it made my hair stay fresh and feel clean for the entire weekend!
Just take a look at the following before and after photos of the following people who are using MONAT'S hair care products:
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Summer is here, which is synonymous with sea salt sprays and beach waves. I am a huge fan of sea salt sprays, but some brands of sea salt sprays can leave my hair – sticky, dry, and matted. Thankfully, I have discovered that MOP has the perfect alternative, the brand-new Basil Mint Clay (it smells amazing).
It’s a professional grade styling tool that helps to add texture without the gummy feeling some sea salt sprays can leave behind. The new styling clay leaves a matte finish and is perfect for creating piece-y #WokeUpLikeThis or #PerfectlyImperfect undone hairstyles.
An added bonus – Basil Mint Clay has a super clean formula including macadamia nut oil, beeswax and two varieties of natural clay; bentonite, which is also known as the “healing clay” and Kaolin, or “China clay.”
Retail/Salon Price: $22.00USD for 2oz / 58g jar
Available at Ricky’s NYC, MOP salons nationwide and www.mopproducts.com
Did you know July is National Blueberry Month? I didn't either, until recently. I love blueberries! In honor of the small but mighty berry, I thought I would share some delicious blueberry snacks perfect for the whole family to enjoy!
- Munk Pack's Blueberry Acai Flax flavored Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze is a great on-the-go snack packed with whole grains and the delicious taste of blueberries in every bite. Even better, the Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze is gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher and certified vegan.
- Viki's Granola is made with 100% all natural ingredients, gluten-free and baked with love. Viki's Granola is great to enjoy on its own or with yogurt for a nutritious snack, and are even available in snack packs, perfect for on-the-go! Blueberry Almond is part of Viki's line of delicious signature soft-baked granola - bursting with a flavorful blend of antioxidant-rich blueberries and protein-packed almonds.
- Welch's Blueberry Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks are uniquely delicious, made with real fruit and surrounded by creamy yogurt for a "melt in your mouth" taste. Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and D, a good source of calcium and are low fat!
- AquaBall in Berry Frost – The only zero-calorie, sugar-free and preservative-free children's beverage on the market features a berry twist! The naturally flavored water is great source of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, and C and best of all, the Berry Frost flavor features Disney's Frozen characters on the packaging, making AquaBall a beverage that that both kids and parents will love.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
When I come across beauty products that truly make a difference in my life, I want to shout it from the rooftops! I always change up my beauty routine according to what season it is. Currently, with the warm weather of summer, there are certain products that make life easier when you are sweating to death, like I am!
Scünci Multi-Color Soft Hosiery Head Wrap
I honestly do not know how I would survive summer without my Scünci head wraps. They make life so much easier. I simply put one on and go about my day. They keep my hair off of my face and out of my way. They look great with everything, and really come in handy on hot summer days when it is futile to try and do anything with my hair. I have them in every color! They are inexpensive and you can find them in almost any store.
Conair Ultra Detangler Large Round Wood Detangling Brush
This may sound kind of gross, but when my neck gets sweaty, my hair at the base of my neck gets all matted and tangled. And sweating or not, I have always had a problem with my hair getting complete rats nests and huge knots in it at the base of my skull in back. I have no idea why, but until I discovered my Conair Detangling Brush, I almost wanted to cut my hair really short to avoid these matted catastrophes. No brush I had ever owned would help to untangle my hair until I discovered this amazing, life saving, hair saving brush. I simply flip my head upside down and brush through the knots until they are gone. It works miracles!
DDF Youthful Tranquility Value Kit
In the busy summer months, it is easy to slack off on skin care when you are traveling, camping or going to the beach. DDF Youthful Tranquility Value Kit makes it easy and affordable to take perfect care of your skin while you are away from home. (Or even if you are having a stay-cation.) No matter what, nothing is worth neglecting your skin! The products in this kit are ultra lightweight and perfect for warm weather. It includes everything you need for beautiful, youthful, flawless skin.
The MakeupDrop Silicone Makeup Applicator was designed to blend and contour makeup flawlessly while not absorbing a single drop. It is also anti-microbial, so it won't collect germs. If you do not have one of these, you are missing it. It makes your makeup look perfect without wasting a lot of time. After all, who has the time to waste trying to look good when there are plenty of summer BBQs to attend?
Philip B. Katira Hair Masque
This intensive oil-free treatment that leaves coarse or curly hair feeling bouncy and silky-soft. Amazing for frizz-prone hair types. I love this hair masque. It is the perfect beauty treatment for warm summer evenings. Take a dip in the pool, or take a cold shower. Then, when your hair is damp (or even dry) apply a nice coating on your hair from roots to ends, and let it fry into a stiff mask. (It is actually kind of fun!) (To help the treatment sink in further, wrap hair in a hot towel, or use blow-dry on a warm setting to speed the drying process). DO NOT SHAMPOO OFF. Simply rinse well and commence styling.
This treatment is a really lightweight, yet DEEP conditioning treatment. It is so interesting because it seems like you are applying a hair gel, but after rinsing, you won't believe how luxuriously soft and silky your hair becomes.
As the summer starts getting hotter, it is so easy to fall victim to the damage the heat can cause. Make sure you are protecting your skin and hair with these easy tips and tricks from TouchBack, Sun Bum, Smashbox, John Frieda and Sophia Gushee!
Revive your hair color with TouchBack Marker
TouchBack’s mistake-proof marker delivers true, temporary hair color instantly. The pocket-sized marker makes for easy application when you want it, where you want it.
Sooth your skin with Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Gel
Replenish skin with this tried-and-true classic—a beach bag essential!
Hydrate your face with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
Photo Finish Primer Oil from Smashbox Cosmetics is the first-ever primer specially formulated in a lightweight, luxurious oil to create radiant skin that glows on and off camera.
Tame the frizz with John Frieda Satin Finish Straightener
Pin-straight hair has never looked sleeker or felt softer. The revamped, premium flat iron now features generously sized 1 ½” inch plates that allow for quick, easy straightening using an advanced ionic generator.
Ask an Expert: Sophia Gushee, detox and wellness expert
- Minimize your exposure during the sun’s strongest hours (generally 10am to 4pm)
- Wear clothing that guards from the sun, like hats and light, long-sleeved shirts
Ah, summertime! It is my favorite time of the year and I am so happy with all the the sunshine. During these warm months, my beauty routine changes a bit and I have a few summertime essentials that I swear by to get me through this season. Below are a few of my beauty favorites.
Vera Wang Embrace Body Mists
Rosebuds & Vanilla
Embrace Rosebuds & Vanilla is a romantic floral oriental fragrance. It opens with a rich blend of Damascene Rose and Mandarin Oil which balance out the Sweet Magnolia heart. Vanilla and creamy sandalwood intertwine to create a warm finishing touch on the skin.
Green Tea & Pear Blossom
Embrace Green Tea & Pear Blossom is a modern fresh floral fragrance that opens with crisp earthy notes that bloom into a radiant heart of Peony and Orange Blossom. At the base, fresh comfort is felt as Sandalwood mingles with notes of Skin Musk for a confident finish.
Periwinkle & Iris
Embrace Periwinkle & Iris’s floral gourmand opens with a radiant entrance as Bergamot and Violet Petals mix with the tender, floral heart of Periwinkle and Iris. Vanilla and Benzoin create a sense of comfort and addiction at the base of the fragrance.
Marigold & Gardenia
Embrace Marigold and Gardenia is a dreamy fruity and floral fragrance. Fruity notes of melon and mango blend with a sweet and spicy aroma of cardamom. The heart blossoms with the floralcy of marigold, gardenia and orange blossom. Creamy, warm notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and soft musks intertwine and linger on the skin at the base.
Marvis Wonders of the World Collection
- Marvis Royal: With a unique, sophisticated formula that combines Italian lemon oil, tangerines, fragrant rose extract, nutmeg and mint, this tangy toothpaste will have you imagining elegant trips on the Orient Express, from London to Rome, Paris to Venice.
- Marvis Karakum: This sophisticated flavor combines the finest peppermint with the sweetness of orange juice and enchanting and aromatic cardamom – a rare Oriental spice. The formula creates a lasting sensation of alluring freshness as your mind takes an imaginary journey across the Black Sea, through Persia and the deserts of Mongolia.
- Marvis Rambas: Inspired by the far-flung beaches and exotic atmosphere of the tropics, this toothpaste’s fruity, velvety taste combines ripe peach and sweet pineapple with a twist of sweet Alphonso mango. A rich aroma of mint creates a lasting sensation of vibrant freshness as you imagine your feet sinking into the sand.
Price: $15 each
Mally Beauty Instant Impact Mascara
This mascara lengthens and defines lashes with each application. Its formula is infused with avocado oil and vitamin B5 to protect, preserve and condition your luscious lashes. The product’s flexible films resists flaking, smudging and clumping, leaving perfectly jet black lashes.
Available: Ulta Beauty Stores and ulta.com
Soap & Paper Factory
Bestselling Classic collection, newly designed with chic, modern patterns! Soap & Paper Factory’s perfume oils, hand creams and soaps in totally tote-able, travel-friendly sizes. Soap & Paper Factory is packaging its bestselling hand creams, soaps and perfume oils into petite, chic, travel-sizes that are perfect for everyday use and look great on display. Soap & Paper Factory’s products are always free from parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals and never tested on animals. The New Classics Collection includes:
- Jasmine: Heady and intoxicating, the jasmine flower blooms only at midnight, making it ideal for this exceptional scent. Available in: Petite Rollerball Perfume Oil, Petite Hand Cream, Petite Bar Soap
- Gardenia: This warm and alluring fragrance is made from the petals of the gardenia, a flower cherished for its stimulating and exotic scent. Available in: Petite Rollerball Perfume Oil, Petite Hand Cream, Petite Bar Soap
- Lavender: This blossom’s renowned ability to soothe and relieve stress make this scent ideal for application just before bed. Available in: Petite Rollerball Perfume Oil, Petite Hand Cream, Petite Bar Soap
- Green Tea: The naturally detoxifying scent of green tea is accentuated with crisp citrus in this sweet and uplifting fragrance. Available in: Petite Rollerball Perfume Oil, Petite Hand Cream, Petite Bar Soap
- Verbena: Notes of citrus combine with woody undertones and floral notes in this scent to stimulate the senses and gives a feeling of balance. Available in: Petite Rollerball Perfume Oil, Petite Hand Cream, Petite Bar Soap
Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy
Designed to repair severely damaged color treated hair, the Weekly Remedy is an innovative and lightweight treatment that works immediately to repair hair from the inside out, leaving it soft, manageable and frizz-free for up to 24 hours. Faster and lighter than a traditional hair mask and inspired by a salon treatment, this 2-step in-shower remedy is used in place of conditioner once a week to nourish and restore hair. Healthy hair keeps color longer and deep-conditioning is essential to restoring hair from the everyday stresses caused by the environment, styling and coloring.
Available at: RitaHazan.com and Rita Hazan Salon for $42.
Touch Germ Block
Unlike other hand sanitizers, which are designed to kill germs upon application, the main mission of Touch Germ Block™ is prevention. Why wash or sanitize your hands after they’ve been exposed to germs (we don’t put on sunblock after we’ve gotten a sun burn)? With Touch Germ Block™, you’re 99.9% protected for up to six hours before germs even have a chance to wreak havoc and cause infection. Not to mention, repeated application increases germ-killing effectiveness throughout the day.
Where to Buy: Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and Meijer
TULA Urban Defense Hydrating Mist
TULA’s Urban Defense Hydrating Mist is packed with nutrients to protect against environmental toxins that can prematurely age and irritate skin. It contains anti-inflammatory rose water, coconut water and hyaluronic acid to calm skin and boost hydration. It contains reishi mushroom extracts to fight free radical damage.
Where to Buy: www.TULA.com
WelleCo Super Elixir Alkalizing Greens
The Super Elixir Alkalizing Greens was designed to help your body maintain its pH balance, and contains a combination of 45 natural ingredients, including super greens, Chinese herbs and digestive enzymes. The Super Elixir contains:
Alkalizing Greens: These nutritional powerhouses balance the acidity in your skin and the alkalinity in your blood. When that balance is achieved, your skin holds moisture and your cells function properly, giving you a healthy glow.
Horsetail and Dandelion: The horsetail herb contains silica, which provide benefits to your hair, skin and nails. Dandelion promotes healthy liver and digestive function, reducing toxins in the body that would otherwise damage your skin. Good digestive function also prevents breakouts that can develop on your jawline.
Aloe Vera Juice: This is a great tonic for the body, from digestive to kidney support. The skin is often called the third kidney, so by taking care of the kidneys, you'll also keep your skin clear and limit dark under-eye circles.
Grape Seed Extract: This antioxidant acts as a free radical scavenger reducing internal and external aging.
Probiotics: Aids in supporting digestion and keeping Candida at bay which greatly reduces sugar cravings, while having an excellent effect on acne and overall ageing.
The latest hair color trend is not what you’d expect, it’s even better. The Salmon Sushi hair color popped up over the weekend and I don’t know about you but I couldn’t be more excited…
Trendsetter and Los Angeles stylist, Jessica Gonzales posted on her Instagram (@JessTheBesttColor) which was an instant success, and basically had everyone drooling over the stunning color and inspiration.
Now, we know hair trends can get expensive which is why SPLAT Hair Chalk will quickly become your new favorite answer – not only is it temporary hair color for the day, it’s perfect for those colors you want to test out but can’t spend a fortune on. You can mix as many colors as you please to get that perfect Salmon Sushi tint.
You also want to make sure you’re keeping your hair hydrated and healthy from one trend to the next – enter, ColorProof’s Baobab Heal & Repair collection which infuses Baobab, aka Africa’s “Tree of Life” / the most potent super fruit on the planet to nourish, protect and restore healthy condition while adding maximum color and heat protection
Splat Hair Chalk is temporary hair color for a day, a beautiful way to add pastel color highlights to your hair. The chalk slides on dry and instantly adds just the right touch of color. The compact is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand so it is easy to hold onto and apply to hair. The result? Soft color that is easy to brush, curl or style after application and is easily washed out with shampoo! Kit Includes: 1 Compact of Splat Hair Chalk & 1 Applicator Sponge.
- Start with dry hair.
- Select a small amount of hair and spray a light mist of hair spray to prep for color transfer.
- Our new applicator sponge is designed to fit neatly in your thumb and finger.
- Press hair between applicator sponge and chalk.
- Repeat to increase color intensity.
- Finish with hair spray to lock in color.
- Shampoo and rinse to easily remove color.
The most powerful and life-giving nutrition on the planet is inside this bottle - the Baobab super fruit from Africa's "Tree of Life". Used for centuries to restore life in the harshest conditions, its exquisite curative and hydrating properties fuel our ultra-luxurious Baobab Power Complex, along with revolutionary proteins, new nano technology and rare essential oils to fortify and smooth while radically repairing damage and delivering astonishing health. Hair is reborn, revitalized and full of new life with maximum color and heat protection.
I am a makeup addict! Whenever I discover a brand as amazing as
Hikari Cosmetics, I go a little crazy. Hikari cosmetics has everything that I love when it comes to high-quality, long lasting cosmetics.
Hikari Cosmetics was founded on the principles of delivering glamorous, sophisticated makeup to women around the United States at a reasonable cost. They may be an up and coming brand, but they plan to take the makeup world to the next level of high-class! From their high-shine, vivid lip gloss collection to the perfect eye color combinations they have something for every woman to fall in love with.
Hikari provides avid customer service and want to make sure that their customers are satisfied with everything they stand for. They specialize in helping women find their perfect go-to looks or even spicing it up a bit for a spontaneous night out on the town. At Hikari, they hand pick and personalize their colors to fit any ideal look a woman could be aiming for. They believe woman should feel beautiful in their own skin and a little makeup could enhance your favorite features!
I was given the chance to review some of Hikari's fabulous cosmetics. I couldn't be happier with my selection!
I was in the market for high pigmented eye shadow. Have you ever bought a pretty palette only to find out after you get it home that it doesn't look the same on your eyelids as it does in the package? I was curious to see if my Hikari eye shadow colors would look as vivid on my skin as they did in the palette. Hikari has several gorgeous eye shadow quads in perfectly complimentary colors.
These beautiful eye shadow quads have the colors that work perfectly for me. I am very impressed with the highly pigmented shades that stay true all day after I apply them. I am having so much fun with all of the looks I have been able to achieve using these pretty combination of colors. I am able to go for a natural, neutral look for day, and then go bolder for night looks.
In the photo below, I am wearing a brown shade on my lids from the Amber palette (above) and on the outer corners, I applied a dark grey from the Gwen palette. I love this look for myself.
I am a huge fan of lip color as well. There's nothing I love more than to play up my lips and make them look fuller and sexier. I am blessed with naturally plumper lips, so adding a pop of color is always fun. My favorite shades range between a soft shimmery nude to a caramel brown, to a bright festive pink!
I was sent a few of Hikari's best selling lip formulas to try out. In the photo above, I am wearing Hikari's lovely long lasting Merlot lip gloss. It is a dense, beautiful color that looks amazing with just one application.
For a flawless complexion, I use a primer before I apply my foundation. I was in the market for a new favorite primer, and Hikari's
primer smooths and perfects my skin, while the unique formula supports natural collagen and fills in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish. I love it! As you can see in my photo (above) my skin really does look dewey, young and blemish-free.
Hikari Cosmetics go above and beyond my expectations for high quality makeup. And as excellent as Hikari's products are, they are completely affordable! I was shocked at how low their prices are!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Hikari Cosmetics prize pack which includes the following products:
- Cotton Candy Lip Crayon
- Romance Lip Stick
- Tonya Eye Quad
- Latte Cream Pigment
- Fairytale Cream Pigment
- Iris Liquid Liner
- HD Powder
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!
To learn more about Hikari Cosmetics or to place an order, go to: http://www.hikaricosmetics.com
* Product received. All opinions are my own.