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Mother's Day is around the corner. Treat your mom to something to help make her look and feel beautiful! Beauty products are always something that Mom will appreciate, especially if the products are unique, just like she is. Rahua Beauty has the perfect gifts for her.
Rahua (pronounced “Ra-wa”) is Rainforest Grown Beauty, founded with a passion to preserve the Amazon Rainforest. Using the power of Mother Nature, Rahua has grown to become the luxury standard for clean, sustainable beauty. What more could Mom want when it comes to beauty products?
Rahua® products are vegan, organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free and support indigenous economies. Amazon Beauty® is dedicated to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and the indigenous people that live there. In the process of bringing the Amazon’s greatest products to you, Amazon Beauty® Inc. has committed itself to building sustainable communities and creating learning centers within the Amazon rainforest.
Here's a video clip that explains a bit about Rahua Rainforest Grown Beauty:
Rahua Classic Shampoo, Conditioner and Shower Gel are the perfect gift for mom from Mother Earth! I received samples of these products to review.
Rahua Classic Shampoo~ This luxurious shampoo leaves locks luminous and soft by imparting omega-9 packed rahua oil and other all-natural, plant-derived nutrients. I love the rich lather, and the uplifting fragrance. After washing and rinsing, my hair is left perfectly clean and has incredible volume.
Rahua Classic Conditioner~ This rich and ultra-hydrating conditioner delivers lustrous, healthy locks and detangles with powerful omega-9 rich rahua oil and exotic extracts that maintain strong hair and manageability. My color-treated hair tends to be extremely dry. After just one use of this amazing conditioner, it felt as if my hair had been transformed. It was shiny, smooth, silky and perfectly hydrated.
Rahua Body Shower Gel~ This energizing plant-powered shower gel gently cleanses and nourishes skin. It awakens the senses with the invigorating scent of palo santo “holy wood”, lavender, eucalyptus and vanilla. I love this richly lathering formula. It is perfect for shaving my legs in the shower, and makes my skin so very soft!
To learn more about Rahua Rainforest Grown Beauty, or to place an order, go to: https://rahua.com/us/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The Princess and the Probiotic
(actual pill is as small as a pea)
Meghan Markle gives gut-felt advice on health and wellness
Not long before saying “yes” to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle posted a blog about her favorite travel essentials. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics were on her short list.
“Always travel with a high strain probiotic and hydrate like you’re dying of thirst,” wrote Markle, showcasing the product and linking to the company’s website . “This dynamic duo of probiotics and agua will keep your gut health in check and honestly stave off jet lag if you’re globetrotting on your travails.”
A reporter for Bustle unearthed this royal advice last month. It was not a paid placement and the probiotic company didn’t find out about it for another 30 days. Suzanne Somers, Kris Carr, Melissa Wood and many other health-savvy devotees and beauty bloggers have made similar unsolicited recommendations of Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics.
Dr. Ohhira’s is a celebrity-and-healthcare-practitioner favorite due to its remarkable fermentation process and because it’s the only probiotic supplement on the market today that is actually a fermented food, containing live cultures and postbiotics.
Perfect for travel its probiotic power is contained in a small capsule and presented in convenient blister packs that DO NOT require refrigeration!
Also, glowing skin and radiant health, like those of the future Princess, can also be a benefit of taking a high quality probiotic. “ Goooo pro…biotics!” Markle says.
Spring is a time to start fresh and anew. It is the perfect season to renew your skin care routine with products that are made with natural ingredients, from Camille Rose Naturals.
You can trust Camille Rose to source ingredients with integrity, to mix with a pinch of love, and to always consider your total health and wellness.
I am always on the lookout fore skin care products that are made with natural ingredients and so I was very happy to get the chance to review a few fabulous products from Camille Rose.
When it comes to facial care, I wash my face every morning and at night before I go to bed. I look for a cleanser that is natural and gentle. Camille Rose's Beauty Bars are hand crafted using the mildest and most natural healing ingredients to help restore, refresh, and rejuvenate. My skin has been really sensitive lately, and I must be very careful with the products that I use on my face.
So far, these facial bars have been great. I am even able to remove my eye makeup without irritating my eyes. (As long as I am careful not to get the soap in my eyes, of course)
For the face:
Tamanu Cleansing Bar~ The Tamanu Cleansing Bar has a rich lather and rinses off easily without stripping or drying the skin. It helps to expedite the healing of scars, acne pimples, and black heads. To help with blood circulation and strengthen the hair follicle, the Tamanu Cleansing Bar can be used on the scalp as well as be used for light exfoliation toward glowing skin. Containing anti-inflammatory properties, Tamanu helps to soothe swelling and redness due to acne and breakouts. Our Tamanu Cleansing Bar is gentle enough for sensitive skin and made with love.
Rice Bran Cleansing Bar~ Deluxe Face and body Cleanser gently exfoliates to brighten without over drying. Leaves the skin feeling smooth, conditioned and with an even appearance in texture. Refreshes the skin instantly for a luminous and brighter appearance.This Rice bran formula will gently exfoliate dull to remove dark spots around the eyes, knees and elbows. Works with all skin types (normal, dry, combination, oily).
Turmeric Cleansing Bar~ This beauty bar removes blemishes and gently exfoliates the top layer of the skin. Helps treats eczema, acne, psoriasis and stimulates blood circulation. Cleans, moisturizes and keeps the skin soft and smooth. Provides a rich creamy lather to gently condition the skin leaving it fresh and with a healthy glow. Helps preserve youth, beauty and a flawless complexion.
For the body:
Carmelized Cane and Sugar Balm~ Reveal smoother and more radiant skin with regular use of of this organic body exfoliant. A blend of pure sugar cane, almond grinds and lemon fruit peel gently exfoliates, while golden jojoba and organic coconut oils replenish moisture in the skin. I use this amazing body scrub twice per week. It smells absolutely delicious, and makes my skin look and feel fabulous. It is the perfect body polish to get my skin ready to show off in shorts! (Now, if only the sun would make an appearance!)
Orange Honey Bath Elixir~ Add a touch of sweetness to your bath with a few droplets of this light-bubbling elixir. Organic, raw honey is shaken with rose water, mallow flower and cucumber fruit, then enriched with a moisturizing oil blend. This luxuriously foamy bubble bath makes my heart happy! The uplifting fragrance is perfect to brighten my day, and it feels heavenly to soak in. My skin feels hydrated and soft as silk.
You can find Camille Rose Naturals products at over 300 Target locations. Prices range from $8.99-$12 and you can purchase at https://www.camillerosenaturals.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to anti-aging products, I can honestly tell you that some are just a bunch of hype. They don't deliver on their promises of youthful skin, and are a huge waste of money.
In my ten years of being a beauty product reviewer, I have tested hundreds of products. I can honestly say that Rodan & Fields works the anti-aging miracles that it claims it does. In fact, Rodan & Fields is a company that I believe in enough to actually sell their products myself if I ever decide to go that route. For now, I am happy to review their amazing products.
I was given the chance to try out their Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen, Lash Boost, and Intensive Renewing Serum.
Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen
Our hands are among the hardest working and most environmentally vulnerable parts of our bodies. That's why the backs of people's hands often look so much older than their faces. To defend against the telltale signs of skin aging, Rodan & Fields created the REDEFINE™ Hand Treatment Regimen. It visibly brightens, diminishes visible redness and reduces the appearance of brown spots, wrinkles and thin, crepey skin.This set includes the REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment and the REDEFINE Age Shield Hand Balm, but you can purchase each one separately.
Our necks and hands are the first areas that begin to show age, and are the first areas to age the worst if you do not take care of them properly. The skin on our hands is thin, and years can take their toll. It is important to pamper them. Using sunscreen on the backs of your hands is very important! I am only just now starting to remember to use it. The age shield hand balm has an SPF of 30 and makes it easy to remember. I keep it in my purse and swipe it on as needed. The brightening hand treatment is amazing as well. It is a nice hand cream that makes my hands feel soft and moisturized. I don't have age spots on my hands yet, thankfully. Maybe I never will if I keep up this hand care regimen from Rodan & Fields!
Intensive Renewing Serum
Experience the visible skin firming, smoothing and revitalizing benefits of powerful Vitamin A without a visit to the dermatologist’s office. REDEFINE™ Intensive Renewing Serum is the closest you can get to prescription-strength Vitamin A without a prescription. With Retinal-MD™ Technology, 20 times the strength of Retinol, Intensive Renewing Serum harnesses the skin’s own renewing powers to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. This formula is not only stronger than Retinol, it’s smarter too. Specifically designed to be tough on the signs of aging — not on your skin — it’s gentle enough for everyday use on nearly all skin types. (60 Capsules)
I have been using one capsule a day of Intensive Renewing Serum for two months. A little goes a long way. I apply it to my face, neck and upper chest area. I love it because I am a firm believer in the importance of using Retinol in your skin care regimen, but unfortunately I get a bad reaction to it (Retinol). Thankfully, Intensive Renewing Serum is very gentle on my skin. You cannot really tell by my photo above, but the serum comes in small gelatin capsules that you twist the top off of, and apply it to your skin. The serum is so silky feeling, and it absorbs instantly. It makes my skin feel perfect and so soft. I use it right after I wash my face, usually at night before bed. It has helped my skin to look and feel very young and beautiful.
Get the appearance of lush, longer-looking lashes in as little as four weeks with ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost™.* This nightly eyelash-conditioning serum features a unique proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length for lashes that are 100% real, 100% yours. In weeks, you’ll be wondering if you need mascara at all.
Oh my goodness! I am in LOVE with Lash Boost! It is pure heaven. My eyelashes were short and nothing to brag about. I always used several coats of mascara and a lash curler to make my lashes stand out.
After using Rodan & Fields Lash Boost for about six weeks (every single night before going to bed, AFTER washing my face and removing all makeup.) I apply it along my upper and lower lash lines.
My lashes have grown so much longer, thicker and darker. They almost reach my eyebrows! They are lush and beautiful. I get numerous compliments on them, and the compliments that mean the most are from my husband who usually never notices things like that.
This is such a miracle! My lashes are so long that they curl. I even have to comb them and untangle them each day! Now I only need one coat of mascara and I am good to go! This is so much fun for me. Even when I am not wearing mascara, my eyelashes look perfect and beautiful.
I also apply Lash Boost to my eyebrows a few times each week. I used to pluck my eyebrows and the hairs never quite grew back, but now they ARE back! I have my eyebrows back! This is one product that I never want to be without!
This photo doesn't really do my lashes justice, but can you see how long they have become.
For more information, go to https://www.rodanandfields.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
As the weather keeps reminding us, winter is still hanging around. (Dang it!) That’s why we still have to make sure our skin is getting the hydration it desperately needs in the cold weather. My skin is so confused, and it is suffering from dryness.
Check out the below from DDF Skincare, Baby Bum and Smashbox to help keep your skin moisturized until the summer can come again.
Get the ultimate hydration with DDF Skincare’s Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew
An oil, fragrance and dye-free moisturizer for sensitive skin. Contains SPF 15 to help protect against UVA UVB sun damage. The formula with humectants, Aloe Vera, Vitamins A, C and E provides comfortable hydration.
Perfect for cracked hands and skin, the Baby Bum Natural Monoi Coconut Balm is not just for babies!
Massage, pamper and soothe dry, sensitive skin with our plant based multi-purpose balm. Inspired by the pacific islander’s coveted coconut oils which are infused with tiare flower petals (monoi) to keep baby’s (and mom’s) skin smooth and moisturized.
Skip a step getting ready with Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primerizer
Get primer + moisturizer in 1! Primerizer delivers 24-hour hydration plus powerful primer benefits in the lightest possible texture. It was created in our L.A. photo studio to instantly increase moisture by 127% & prep skin for makeup in 1 step. This non-greasy, quick-dry formula acts as a makeup magnet that locks on foundation & makes it last.
A visit to the spa is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences ever. You can take in the soothing scents of essential oils that calm the senses and help to lift toxins out of the body. You’ll enjoy the sounds of nature or tranquil music that helps to put you in a sleep-like state as you receive a facial that will leave your skin glowing and youthful.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have time to visit the spa as often as we would like. However, there are some spa treatments you can try at home that are just as relaxing. It’s also important to give your skin spa-quality treatment as much as possible because of the pollutants that are found in the air that affect our bodies daily. To find out more about how to improve the condition of your skin at home, read more at Facing Acne. These treatments are also designed to give you glowing skin, so you’ll look like you had a spa weekend without leaving the comfort of your home.
Chocolate Face Mask
Not only can you enjoy some of your favorite gourmet chocolate as you indulge in your homemade spa, you can save a little for your facial as well. Chocolate has properties that renew and hydrate the skin, and there are also antioxidants in chocolate that help to combat cell damage and the negative effects of free radicals on the skin. To make this chocolate mask, you’ll need cocoa, honey, heavy cream, cottage cheese and oatmeal. The cream and cottage cheese contain lactic acid, which can even your skin tone and deep-clean your pores. Mix the ingredients together until the mixture looks similar to a batter. Use a facial spatula or brush to apply the mask to your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. When rinsing, use small circular motions to take the mask off and to get the exfoliation benefits of the oatmeal.
A scrub made from sugar or salt is often used in spas as a way to exfoliate the face and body. If you’ve ever experienced a scrub before a facial or massage, you know how soothing it can be. Now, you can make your own scrub at home using brown sugar, oatmeal, and olive or coconut oil. Brown sugar is beneficial for the skin because it protects the skin from bacteria and can get rid of dark circles under the eyes. Oatmeal contains beta glucans which are beneficial for tightening the skin, and the oats gentle exfoliate to remove debris and dead skin cells so that newer skin cells can thrive. Use a cup of each ingredient to create the scrub, and apply it all over your face and body, using small circular motions. Rinse the scrub off in the shower using lukewarm or tepid water. You’ll notice a difference right away – your skin will be smooth, supple and soft to the touch.
Papaya Enzyme Facial
Papain, the enzyme in papaya has the ability to improve the texture of the skin and help to reverse some of the effects of aging and sun damage. Papaya enzyme also serves as a gentle exfoliator and leave your skin glowing after use. You can take the enzyme internally, but you can also apply papaya to your face in the form of a DIY spa treatment.
After washing your face with a quality cleanser, put a pot of water on the stove to boil and mash up half a papaya to form a paste. Once the water gets hot, remove it from the stove and place your face over it to feel the steam for about five minutes. Then, apply the mashed papaya to your face. You can move away from the steam and even go lie down for about 10 minutes while the fruit enzyme does the work of lifting impurities from your skin. This is actually a treatment that is used in actual spas, so you can save money and be completely comfortable while you give yourself this four-star treatment.
Now that you know some of the beneficial spa treatments you can try at home, you can set aside time for a spa day without having to travel anywhere. This may make it easier to make time for quality skin treatments. The more you treat your skin with quality ingredients, the sooner you’ll see a youthful and glowing complexion.
Treat your skin to a little extra LOVE this Valentine's Day!
Each surprise, special gift will be customized to an individual’s order. Gifts range from extra samples, to free complementary full sized product, to free shipping. No minimum order and no code necessary. Shop on Valentine’s Day to see what surprise PCA SKIN picks for you!
More details: https://www.pcaskin.com/love
SINFULCOLORS & VANESSA HUDGENS
ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE COSMETICS BIRTHDAY BUNDLE
Just in time for holiday shopping, SinfulColors and Vanessa Hudgens, SinfulColors Global Color Collaborator, introduce their Birthday Bundle. This exclusively curated bundle of Vanessa’s favorite products makes it easier for beauty enthusiasts to try top items from SinfulColors all new Color Cosmetics collection. Available on her birthday, December 14th, exclusively on Amazon.com (SRP: $23.70), the Birthday Bundle includes:
Diva Lash Color Mascara in Lash Splash, $5.99
Bold Brow Intense Brow Effects in Stormy Fierce, $6.99
Stop & Stare Gel Eyeliner in Provocative, $5.99
Shady Babe Cream Eye Shadow in Tempting/Alluring, $6.99
Special Note from Vanessa: Priceless
The globally recognized actress and singer epitomizes the SinfulColors beauty enthusiast: expressive, a risk taker, creative and inclusive. She inspires her millions of fans and followers to try new trends and think outside-the-box, which made her the perfect partner to launch SinfulColors first ever color cosmetics collection.
Sinful Colors Birthday Bundle ($23.70) will be available December 13th on Amazon.com. The rest of the SinfulColors cosmetics collection will begin rolling out in select retail stores (Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid) and online in January 2018. Through early 2018 over 100 new cosmetic products will be available.
(I am especially excited since MY birthday is December 23rd!) Shhhhh! Don't tell!!!!
Did you watch the CMA Awards? Did you see how beautiful Faith Hill looked? She is just stunning!
See below for a complete breakdown from Lorenzo:
- After seeing Faith’s stunning, one shoulder, Armani Privé gown, we decided to go with a messy top knot
- First I washed her golden locks with The Tamed One Anti-Frizz Shampoo
- Followed by The One by Frederic Fekkai The Tamed One Anti Frizz Conditioner to drench the hair with moisture, making it easier to manage
- I blow dried Faith's hair with a large round brush and then sprayed One and Then Some Dry Texturizing Spray throughout her hair, creating a lived-in look
- I then took all her hair and tied it into a high pony and added more of One and Then Some Dry Texturizing Spray all over
- After, I I wrapped various pieces of hair in different directions and secured them with hair pins
- I finished the look with The One by Frederic Fekkai One To Hold Hairspray to make her hair sexy and tousled for the night!
Pumpkin Spice lattes are back!
You know what that means… FALL IS HERE!
Normally, for me, Fall is depressing because it means back-to-school and cooler weather. On a positive note, I love the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, and.............Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING!
Let Lauren B. Beauty, Rituals, Avon and Finding Ferdinand kick start your fall with these Pumpkin Spice colored beauty products.
Lauren B. Beauty
A luscious deep caramel glaze with red undertones, this shade warms up even the palest skin. This formula is non-toxic, eco and vegan friendly! Price: $18.00
Available at Laurenbbeauty.com
GOOD LUCK SCRUB
This sugar scrub out-sweets the pumpkin spice with aromas of orange and cedar wood. Specially developed to revitalize and nourish even the driest of skin. Its luxurious combination or organic sugar and softening oils, leaves your skin ulta-nourished ready to bare the cold. Price: $29.00
Available at Rituals.com
TRUE COLOR LIPSTICK – SILKY PEACH
Lip-nourishing formula with Shea Butter, Omega-3 Oil and Vitamin E conditions and moisturizes lips for the upcoming windy months. With over 40 different shades and two finishes you can match your lip to all your favorite holiday drinks. Price: $8.00
Available at Avon.com or through your local Representative
CUSTOM MINI LIPSTICK
In just three days you can have your very own PSL LIP. Finding Ferdinand allows you to mix and match colors to create your very own custom shade! Afraid of commitment? Order a mini sample to make sure you love the color! You simply select up to 4 colors, choose the intensity of each, pick a creamy, matte or sheer finish and name your custom shade. It’s that easy. Price: $6.00
Available at FindingFerdinad.com