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Amy

Amy

SKIN TYPE: Sensitive/ Dry


HAIR TYPE: Curly/ Frizzy


HAIR COLOR: Brown with Highlights


COMPLEXION TYPE: Olive - Prefer Warm Color Palette with Natural Tones


EYE COLOR: Hazel green


BEAUTY ADDICTIONS: Avon: Mark Blush, Olay: Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin, Olay: Complete SPF 30 Defense Daily UV Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, Bath & Body hand lotion, Garnier: Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream, L’Oreal EverPure sulfate-free shampoo & conditioner, Cherry Chap Stick, Soft Lips


 

As you know, I’m always looking for different hair products to tame my natural curls. Winter can be especially hard on the tresses since the air is drier due to heat sources in our homes and work places. With curly hair, winter brings even more of the frizzes so hydrating and refreshing is a must have. Mizani, True Textures Curl Recharge provides an instant refreshing natural lift.

It’s a lightweight spray cream and gel in one that re-energizes natural loose curls and waves without any build-up. Mizani uses Curl Care Complex Technology with jojoba and apricot oils, Vitamin E and ceramides to help moisturize, soothe and reinforce curls. 

Mizani True Textures Curl Recharge Certified Fabulous

Although some will say those with curly hair should let their hair air dry, I need to blow it dry since again, living on the east coast, its cold in the winter and my hair will freeze if I leave the house with it wet! I like that the Mizani Curl Recharge spray has moisturizing oils so that I can blow dry and get a frizz-free beautiful finish. It is also great as an in-between shampooing spray. Oh and it smells amazing. It’s a yummy tropical coconut scent that certainly makes you dream of summer breezes instead of arctic freezes!

Sold in salons only.

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Tis the season where we tend to stress more. The holidays are arriving which means shopping stress, families are visiting which means, well, you know, family stress! We eat more so we stress about our weight. The year is coming to an end so we stress about our finances and taxes. The list goes on and on. Some of us are able to keep stress under control through exercise and other hobbies but some of us, at times, need prescription medicine to help cope with the stress and anxiety. Here is an all-natural alternative to traditional medicine to help alleviate some of that Holiday, or everyday, stress.

Bach-Rescue Remedy is a combination of the five original Bach Flower Remedies designed to give quick results in stressful situations. Bach has been producing safe 100% natural homeopathic flower remedies for over 70 years. Read their story here.

The five flower remedies in each Rescue Remedy are:

Impatiens (Impatiens gladulifera ): for irritation and impatience

Star of Bethlehem (Orithogalum umbellatum): for shock

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I've talked in the past about the importance of taking care of your skin, especially when it becomes susceptible to outside factors like the weather and allergens. These sometimes harsh elements eventually break down the skin’s protective barrier leading to sensitive and dry skin.

Healthy skin has a hydrolipid film covering the surface of the skin called the acid mantle. The acid mantle is slightly acidic (PH 5.5). It’s essential to maintain this PH on the skin’s surface and Sebamed has been making soap-free products since the 1960’s which match this acid mantle and maintain the PH level while healing and protecting even the most sensitive skin (like mine).

Sebamed Hand and Nail BalmHere are a couple to try this fall season:

Sebamed hand & nail balm for sensitive skin  

  • Quickly absorbs
  • Non-greasy
  • Deep moisturizing
  • Enriched with vitamin B5

I used this daily towards the end of the summer and saw a noticeable difference in my nails. Rubbing directly in the nail and cuticles, it really strengthened and softened them.

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Its beach week and that means getting beach-body ready. These great products will help get you there in no time!

 

La Roche Posay Cleansing Gel 7.5.13 Certified Fabulous

La Roche Posay Ultra Fine Scrub and Cleansing Gel 7.5.13 Certified FabulousWe all know how important it is to use sunscreen while spending the day at the beach but it’s also important to prepare our skin first with gentle cleansers and/or scrubs. I love La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub & Cleansing Gel. The scrub, for
sensitive skin, is formulated with a chemical exfoliant that boosts surface-cell turnover while maintaining balance. It contains Poloxamer, which is a mild cleansing agent but effective in removing impurities. It deeply cleanses and smoothes skin leaving it soft and subtle. $17.99

For a gentler cleanser, try Physiological Cleansing Gel. Also made with Poloxamer, this gel texture has a cooling effect without causing dryness, $21.99. Physiological products are soap-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free and safe for sensitive skin.

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"While beauty absolutely matters, it doesn't matter absolutely"

I love this philosophy from Soap & Glory; the purveyors of fabulous bath, beauty, and body products. Their fun-loving names like Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick and The Fill Monty, Instant Facial Line Filler really sets them apart in the market. But aside from fun names and unique packaging, it's the effectiveness of their formulations that truly make them stars.

I've written in the past of my love for ChapStick, the classic old standard, simple lip balm. Well ladies, I've found a new favorite. Soap & Glory's A Great Kisser Juicy Peach Lip Moisture Balm. Made with mango and apricot butter for moisturization and protection and a juicy peach scent that will make you lip smack all day long.

soap  glory great kisser lips peach gloss hydrator beauty review

I find a little goes a long way and the best part? It stays on your lips without being sticky, too waxy or heavy. I love the smooth texture and just the right tint of color for these natural rosy lips. It comes in a perfectly sized tin too, about $10.

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    I am in love with Soap and Glory's packaging and the names of their products! Since reading all your reviews last week...I am defi
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Simple, the “Sensitive Skin Experts” have come out with three new great products that I cannot live without; Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes , Eye Make-up Remover Pads and Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15.

Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes certified fabulousI sometimes go out for a quick run at work and the Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes are an absolute must have for my face when I get back to my office. These generously sized wipes contain skin loving ingredients like zinc PCA and glycerin. Zinc PCA reduces the amount of sebum that the skin produces and refreshes the skin and helps to control shine. Glycerin helps hydrate and moisturize leaving the skin soft. Plus, after a run, the cool wipes feel great and immediately clear my skin of dirt. 25 wipes, about $6.

Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Protecting Light Moisturizer certified fabulousOf course before I go for that run or before I start my day for that matter, I always moisturize with a sunscreen. Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15 is perfect for my sensitive skin. Its oil-free, non greasy with no perfume or dyes. It feels velvety smooth and blends perfectly while protecting from UVA and UVB rays. $12

 

At the end of the day, it’s time to take it all off right? The Eye Make-up Remover Pads are awesome, the best I’ve used. They remove it all, including waterproof mascara! They don’t sting or irritate the eyes at all and as a pad of course, you can take them anywhere. 30 pads, also around $6.Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Eye Make-Up Remover Pads certified fabulous

Simple skincare products are dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic and contain no animal derived ingredients. Now that’s pretty simple.

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    I absolutely love the eye makeup remover wipes! I just got some the other day! My amazing friend Billi recommended the brand to me
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    Sheena, you won't be sorry, the oil balancing wipes are great!
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The effects from the sun can be harsh on the skin, especially the face. I mean let’s be honest with ourselves, there really is no safe way to tan. I personally love to be in the sun, I tan pretty easily but I know I need to protect my skin. Overexposure can cause premature wrinkling, age spots, or worse, 04122013 Coola Environmental Repair Plus Clear Recovery Foam Wash certified fabulouscancer. Coola Environmental Repair Plus Clear Recovery Foam Wash is a pre and a post protective wash that cools and tones the skin, reduces inflammation and can even minimize the appearance of age spots.

With certified organic ingredients, this gentle, non-drying formula leaves my skin hydrated and renewed.

Here’s what Coola says about the good stuff in this foam wash:

Soap Berry

A natural cleanser for the skin that reduces age spots and sun damage by inhibiting melanin production.

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You’ve probably read about the benefits of drinking green tea, from lowering blood pressure to fighting cancer but have you heard about the benefits it has on your skin? dmSkincare botana-gel cleanser is a great gel-based foaming cleanser for all skin types and with key ingredients of both green tea and 04072013 botana gel cleanser dm skincare certified fabulous - Copycucumber; it will become your new favorite cleanser.

Research shows that green tea extract is naturally rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals. Exposure to pollution and smoking as well as sunlight increases the number of free radicals in the blood, but the potent antioxidants found in green tea are believed to not only promote good health but also makes you look younger. And isn’t that the most important thing for a woman to hear? You bet!

With gentle exfoliation, calming botanicals and aloe for moisturizing, it removes oil and makeup and leaves a clean and smooth feeling. A perfect combination of botanicals along with Vitamin’s C & E makes this cleanser highly effective.

dmSkincare’s products are paraben, phthalate, sulfate and petroleum-free and do not contain harmful chemicals, preservatives, artificial fragrances or dyes.

 

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Spring has arrived! Hooray! I really enjoy the winter but long for warm, sunny days. With curly hair, 03302013 Biotera styling curl creme certified fabulousboth winter and spring pose challenges for taming the frizzes so I’m always looking for new products to try and help control flyaways. Biotera Curl Crème is a great styling cream that really defines my curl and fights the frizz.

Biotera Curl Crème contains bamboo, sunflower and rice extracts that quenches the moisture in the curls leaving them bouncy, soft and manageable. It is thick enough to control the frizz but light enough that it doesn’t weigh down my hair. It has a pleasant cinnamon scent as well that lingers throughout the day.

To use, simply apply generously to damp hair and then style as usual. It can be applied to dry hair as well to add even more definition and shine. At about $8 a bottle, it’s an affordable way to achieve the look you desire.

So tame those frizzes with Biotera Curl Crème but more importantly, take care of yourself.

Amy

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I spend a fair amount of time outside during the winter and when it’s really cold and dry, my overly 03232013 Sensitive Touch 5min SOS Cream certified fabuloussensitive skin (especially my cheeks) gets irritated, red & blotchy. Finally a relief cream that instantly restores my skin in 5 minutes! Lumene Sensitive Touch SOS Intense Cream is clinically proven to relieve skin irritation with Skin Calming Technology™  while moisturizing and conditioning to help the skin become more resistant to the elements.

Here’s how it works:

This incredibly rich cream includes linseed (or flax seed) extract and Pro Vitamin B5 that contains
skin-conditioning and healing properties that restore, hydrate and strengthen the skin’s elasticity.

Lumene Sensitive Touch SOS Intense Cream is fragrance free which I greatly appreciate and although thick and rich, it does not feel heavy nor greasy. I use it on my elbows and lips too! It is by far, the best relief cream I have used.

So remember to take care of your dry, irritated skin, but more importantly, take care of yourself.

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