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If acne breakouts are still pestering you even though it's been years since you had to cram for a mid-term or final, you're not alone. According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology 54% of women 25 and older experience adult acne.
One powerful natural ingredient that hasn't been widely promoted to treat this annoying issue is black cumin seed oil, which is the main ingredient in Zaman Skincare's new Sleeping Beauty Serum.
Completely different from the cumin you cook with, this cumin comes from a plant called Nigella sativa. An antibacterial beast, black cumin seed oil helps eradicate acne since it's bacteria that exacerbates pimples in the first place. It's also rich in anti-inflammatory properties and contains high amounts of thymoquinone, which helps heal acne and acne lesions.
Why else is black cumin seed oil an amazing pimple popping preventer? It's one of the richest oils on earth comprised of over 100 valuable chemicals elements, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals including the nutritional powerhouse Zinc.
Remember, the skin is the last organ in the body to receive any nutrients we take internally, so its important to supplement topically with skincare. Many practitioners suggest taking a Zinc supplement if you’re acne-prone, so black cumin seed oil is a great way to also treat your skin topically.
Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum is a blend of Cumin Seed and Organic Vitamin C. While the Black Cumin Seed acts as an anti-inflammatory to prevent and heal acne, the Vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness.
I was given the chance to review Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum and I am completely in awe of it. (I don't tend to break out much, except around my time of the month.) Regardless, I wanted to try this beauty serum due to the fact that I love products that are designed to use while I am asleep. I first tried this product about two weeks ago, after cleansing my face at night. After I applied it, (to my face and neck) it appeared to be very greasy! I was worried for a moment, but my worries quickly subsided after about ten minutes when the serum completely absorbed into my skin. It was not the least bit oily or greasy.
I was amazed at how nicely hydrated my skin felt. I did not even feel the need to apply any additional nightly moisturizing cream. My skin rarely feels this soft with the use of only one product. I awoke to perfectly supple skin that looked very well rested and extremely healthy.
Along with Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum, I was given the opportunity to try out Zaman Skincare's Rise & Shine Serum. I use this serum on my face and neck after cleansing in the morning, before applying my usual makeup. I was immediately in love with this amazing formula. It creates the most perfect primer for my foundation! The serum absorbs completely into my skin, and I am able to feel a very nice tightening effect. It also supplies my skin with the daily dose of moisture it needs without a hint of oil or grease.
I am not kidding, my skin looks so much younger after using this serum for a couple of weeks now. I really cannot even see any wrinkles or lines on my face.
Rise & Shine Moisturizing Serum is a highly effective formula that noticeably penetrates the deep layer of the dermis, to effectively repair damaged skin while visibly enhancing collagen and promoting elastin production. This scientific formula is geared towards helping tighten and smooth fine lines, wrinkles while delivering radiant moisturized skin.
Available for $80 on Zamanskincare.com, Amazon.com and Ahalife.com.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Sol de Janeiro’s NEW Glow Oils debuted at the Met Gala on celebs including Kate Upton, Lily Aldridge, Yara Shahidi, Tiffany Haddish, and Scarlett Johansson!
I LOVE a sexy glow! The makeup artists worked with a mix of top celebrity makeup artists to create some seriously ‘Heavenly Bodies’. The evening's glowing looks celebrated the brand’s launch of these limited edition Glow Oils - available in TWO gorgeous shades boosting sexy skin kissed by the light. Please see below for red carpet looks created by these amazing artists with quotes on how to get their glowing bodies.
Tracy Murphy for Kate Upton~
“I used the Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil on Kate’s arms and legs, really blending it in for an even all over glow. I used a foundation brush and buffed it in around the collarbones, neck and décolletage. The result is stunning!!”
Quinn Murphy for Lily Aldridge~
"Before Lily was dressed I used the Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil all over her body. Then I added the Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil to the places where the sun hits/highlight like the collar bone and center of the chest. The combination gave her that bronze glow that makes a red carpet!"
Emily Cheng for Yara Shahidi~
“Once Yara was fully dressed I used a large fluffy eyeshadow brush and applied the Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil on all the high points like her shoulder, collar bone and arms. Then I used my hands to spread and blend.”
Dionne Wynn for Tiffany Haddish~
“I used the Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil on Tiffany's jawline, face and forehead for a super glowy look!”
Frankie Boyd for Scarlett Johansson
Final Look: https://www.instagram.com/frankieboyd/?hl=en
“Scarlett’s glow was achieved using the Ipanema Sunset Oil Glow applied with a buffer brush all over her body”
Sol de Janeiro Limited Edition Glow Oils
Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil & Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil
Sexy skin kissed by the light from sunrise to sunset on the beaches of Rio. Beautiful Brazilian bodies have a secret to that perfect glow. Brazilians know how to find the best light, day or night. Starting at sunrise, the beaches of Copacabana are packed all day with Brazilians at play, basking in the golden Rio sunlight. As the sun goes down, Brazilian lovers enjoy the romantic sunsets at Ipanema. The flickering light of dusk sets the romantic mood for passionate Brazilian nights.
The ultimate Brazilian secret to accentuate your delicious curves and highlight your best features. A skin softening oil with just the right amount of shimmer – not too much, not too little – just enough to reflect light beautifully on all skin tones. Infused with an addictive fragrance so every day you smell, look and feel like a Brazilian goddess.
CREATE A SENSUOUS LUMINOSITY with two universal formulas
COPACABANA BRONZING GLOW OIL:
- A subtle bronze tint with golden shimmer to warm and illuminate your skin.
- Infused with our signature Cheirosa ‘62 Bum Bum Cream fragrance, leaving your skin deliciously scented with notes of pistachio and salted caramel
IPANEMA SUNSET GLOW OIL:
- A translucent champagne shimmer to create a romantic, sunset radiance
- Infused with our new tropical dream Cheirosa ‘77 fragrance, with romantic notes of pomelo, wild fig and Brazilian gardenia
TOUCHABLE SOFT, BRAZILIAN BABE SKIN:
- Lightweight oil blends easily into your skin for instant hydration and a dewy finish.
- Features our signature Brazilian Beauty Blend: Nourishing Cupacu Butter, anti-oxidant rich Acai Oil and conditioning Coconut Oil
$35.00 each, 2.5 fl. oz. / 75mL
Limited edition for Summer 2018, while supplies last @ Sephora.com
IT’S OFFICIALLY HERE!!!
Sephora’s #1 body care brand, Sol de Janeiro’s secret to Insta-worthy, touch-me-now skin – the NEW Brazilian Bod Buff – is finally launching on Sephora.com!
The smoothing mask n’ scrub is a fun, full-body experience that will reveal your most radiant skin. You can mask it up from head-to-toe for a purifying retreat that will detoxify and sooth your skin or use it as a scrub on wet skin to exfoliate and polish, OR both! Either way, you’ll buff your way to that sexy Brazilian Babe skin!
Plus, celebrity makeup artist (known for the stunning looks of Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra) Sir John, has dubbed the product his ultimate secret for getting his celebrities glowing and ready to hit the red carpet.
Love It. Flaunt It. You’ve Got It.
NEW! Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff ($25; LAUNCHING NOW on Sephora.com & March 30th in-stores)
Smoothing Scrub ‘N Mask for Touch Me Now Brazilian Skin
Take your body on a well-deserved vacation and polish yourself to perfection for Brazilian Babe skin. This full-body experience reveals your most radiant skin yet. You’ll feel and smell incredibly deliciously. Polish, smooth, detoxify… play!
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I personally use Sol de Janeiro’s products and I love them all! My husband even uses my body spray!
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.
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 months are finally here – time to head to the beach and start soaking up the sun. But don’t let all of that time outside dry out you skin, hair and body. Smashbox, Sun Bum, Sophia Gushee and Wink Brow Bar have all you need to stay perfectly hydrated and happy this summer!
Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Water
Primer water is free of silicone, alcohol and oil, but it’s packed with revitalizing electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture—like a supercharged energy drink for your skin
Sun Bum Beach Formula Deep Conditioning Masque
Specifically formulated to restore essential hydration and enhance overall softness and smoothness to dry, damaged or over-processed hair.
Sophia Gushee, detox and wellness expert and author of A to Z of D-Toxing
“Hard plastic water bottles (#7 plastic) can leach chemicals like BPA into the water you are drinking. Use stainless steel or healthier plastic bottles instead. Don’t reuse the bottles from your grocery store purchases.”
Wink Brow Bar
Looking for a way to keep your brows looking flawless on and off the beach? An eyebrow tint from Wink Brow Bar is the perfect waterproof way to make sure your brows always wow!
Celebrate Earth Day with ZSS Skincare!
ZSS Skincare is offering customers one heck of a deal to celebrate Earth Day!
Conserve cash and celebrate Earth Month with ZSS-Skincare's limited-time beauty special: During the month of April, enjoy 50% off ZSS 30-Day Systems with code April50.
ZSS Skincare is leading the way in clean beauty with recent National Solutions Beauty with a Conscience Award. All products are naturally-derived, pure, concentrated, contaminant-free and sustainable.
- Radiant Skin System – Nourish, Protect, and Renew with this "better together" skin care system that brings out natural skin radiance, locks in moisture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles while protecting from damaging environmental aggressors. Formulated with the exclusive skin antioxidant Zeaxanthin, the Radiant Skin System is designed to complement your current skincare routine, and includes a daily supplements and a topical Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a synergistic system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.
$64.50 (regularly $129) at ZSS-Skincare.com
- Clear Skin System - Calm, Clear, and Balance with this "better together" skin care system that helps detoxify and balance your skin while locking in moisture. The Clear Skin System minimizes blemishes, evens skin tone and calms dry, sensitive skin. Gluten-Free, it provides Pre and Probiotics to rebalance intestinal microflora and support gut immune health (the root of our immune system). It also helps to encourage optimal bioavailability of nutrients from both diet and supplementation. In combination with antioxidants zeaxanthin, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle, green tea and pre/probiotics the Clear Skin System promotes optimal and balanced digestive health that encourages radiant clear skin. Designed to complement your current skincare routine, it includes a ZSS daily nutricosmetic dietary supplement packet and a topical ZSS Nutri-Serum, which have been specially-designed as a system to provide healthy skin, inside and out.
$64.50 (regularly $129) at ZSS-Skincare.com
Give your Skin a Beautiful Glow with 5AM Amaranth Oil
I was recently introduced to an amazing new skin care product that has wonderful anti-aging benefits! It is called Amaranth Oil.
Amaranth oil has a clean yellow-goldish color, a pleasant aroma and delicious taste. It’s attractive sensory characteristics are produced by cold-pressing using only organic amaranth grain. The oil is 100% pure and natural, obtained from Amaranthus seeds. Amaranth is the only plant-based source with high concentration of squalene. Squalene is a super nutrient and great antioxidant, if not, the best antioxidant out there. In fact, humans have squalene in their skin that holds on to the oxygen. Furthermore, amaranth oil is high in Vitamin E, Linoleic and Oleic Acid. This well-balanced structure of amaranth oil makes it an ideal basis for health, cosmetic and toiletry products.
Amaranth Oil is proven to help reduce inflammation, heals blistered skin and stimulates mental functions. 5AM's Amaranth oil is cold-pressed, organic, naturally gluten-free and vegan. 5AM's organic amaranth oil contributes to sustainability as a alternative source of squalene, an ingredient found in Sharks that lead to poaching of millions of sharks.
7 FACTS ABOUT AMARANTH OIL
- Amaranth oil is a vegetable oil, extracted cold-pressed from the amaranth grain
- Amaranth oil is clean, yellow-goldish, has a pleasant aroma and tastes delicious
- Amaranth oil is high in Vitamin E
- Amaranth oil is the highest plant-based source of squalene
- Amaranth oil may improve certain health issues
- Amaranth oil is a great moisturizer
- Amaranth oil has the potential to save millions of sharks
I had never heard of Amaranth oil before. I was sent a sample, and I have found that it has several beauty uses. The first time I tried it, I applied it to my damp skin after my shower. It sealed the moisture nicely into my skin and made it feel luxuriously hydrated. I used it on my face, neck and chest. I love how it absorbs quickly and does not leave an oily residue. It certainly gives my skin a healthy, youthful glow!
A few nights later, I added a few drops to the palms of my hands, and rubbed it throughout the ends of my hair after I washed it. It left my hair feeling silky and soft, and seemed to tame frizz and split ends.
I even tasted my Amaranth Oil, because it can be ingested to help supply oxygen to your cells, possibly even inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. It tasted kind of like sunflower oil. Not a bad flavor at all. I could definitely see myself purchasing Amaranth Oil again so that I can discover the additional health and beauty benefits that it can provide for myself and my family.
Available online for $12.99 for 1 oz travel size
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Sunday night everyone was sitting on their couch watching the exceptionally beautiful stars of Hollywood strut down the red carpet. It’s no doubt that even with all the bright lights flashing in their direction that their skin and hair still looked flawless. Instead of watching the show (or watching later as I plan to do) with eyes green full of envy, why not spend the time wisely making you shine just as bright? I am certainly inspired to do so!
With spring right around the corner, it’s out with the old and dull, and in with the fresh and new. Use Molton Brown’s Heavenly Gingerlily Skin Polisher to exfoliate and reveal skin that’s soft all over!
During the show:
It’s not secret this award show is LONG. Take this time to moisturize. Pick Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask to nourish dry skin instantly. Jealous of the shiny hair too? Molton Brown has you covered. Lather your strands in the Mer-Rouge Deep Conditioning Mask for bright locks that won’t break.
Admire your new glow from head to toe, and wonder why you weren’t the one on the carpet!
Disclaimer: I received products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
Look good and feel great from head-to-toe this Valentine’s day! Light a candle to set the mood, lather your body for radiant skin, spray on some perfume to smell your best, and keep your hair looking great all night long with these V-day essentials. (Some of my very favorites!)
To set the mood – Molton Brown’s Single Wick Candle creates a tranquil atmosphere in your home. Light up a room with a subtle, relaxing glow with an elegant wax candles. (www.MoltonBrown.com $49)
For a radiant glow – Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion moisturizes and enhances skin’s natural radiance from head to toe. (www.BurtsBees.com $9)
To smell fresh– Krigler’s Pleasure Gardenia 79 is an intense floral, voluptuous, elegant and feminine scent with base notes of jasmine, vanilla and mimosa meeting a creamy mix of musk and Gardena petals. (www.krigler.com)
To help your hair look amazing all night long – KMS California HAIRSTAY dry xtreme hairspray gives you extreme, volumizing hold, is dry-to-the-touch, has a shiny finish, 24-hour hold, and is high-humidity resistant. (www.KMSCalifornia.com $17.99)
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. Any opinions are my own.