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For this week I have a facial cleanser that will revive dull skin just in time for summer! Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser has small beads that gently exfoliate your skin leaving you with a bright, clear, and smooth complexion. This cleanser is 100% natural with a high concentration of sea buckthorn that’s rich with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals for a more beautiful complexion. This cleanser was not too rough even with my sensitive skin. My skin felt thoroughly clean and refreshed! Everyone’s skin needs a little pick me up once in a while, so if your complexion is feeling a bit dull, this is just what you need to get that revived and refreshed look!

You can purchase SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser for $16.97 at www.seabuckwonders.com

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High-Low Natural Exfoliating Facial Cleanser options:

Cure Natural Aqua Gel Exfoliator $32.00 on Amazon

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and sometimes finding the perfect gift can be a bit tricky. We want to make our mothers feel special and valued for all they do, and with most moms running crazy schedules, they often do not pamper themselves like they deserve. So this week I have a few products that will hopefully give you some good ideas on what to get your awesome Mamma this Mother's Day!

Heart Calgon is a recent line of bold fragrances available in an exfoliating body wash, body mist, 05072013 Calgon Fresh Start Body Lotion Certified Fabulousshimmering mist, and body lotion. For this week I tried the Fresh Start Body Lotion, and the Hot Date Body Mist. For a chic and clean scent this Fresh Start body lotion hits the mark. Crisp apple and lily lightly fragrance the skin while ingredients such as Vitamin E, Aloe, and Shea Butter hydrate and replenish dry skin. This lotion is fast absorbing, but not too thin. You can smell great and moisturize in one step! For a more sweet and tempting fragrance, try the Hot Date body mist. Warm vanilla and pear create a light and inviting, 05072013 Calgon Hot Date Body Mist Certified Fabulousbut not overpowering scent. Since it’s a body mist, and light to begin with, you can really control the strength of the scent to what you like. These Heart Calgon products would also make great Mother’s Day gifts – great fragrances with pampering products! Heart Calgon products can be found in select Walgreens

Other scented body lotion options:

TerraNova Gardenia Body Lotions $17.00 on Amazon

Desert Essence Organics Vanilla Chai Hand and Body Lotion $6.74 on Amazon

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Highlighting/contouring has become a popular topic and beauty trend. Highlighting around your eyes 04302013 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality Highlighting Duo Pencil Shell Lace Certified Fabulous(brow bone, corner of the eyes) helps make your beautiful eyes appear brighter and refreshed! This week I have a highlighting duo pencil that will take you from a flawless day-to-night look in one product! Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality Matte Shell | Lace Shimmer offers a nude matte chunky pencil on one side, and a champagne lace shimmer pencil on the other side. You simply apply the product along the brow bone and blend upward with your index finger to create a natural finish. What I love about this product is that it’s versatile, compact, and effective! I can take this product with me and easily update my day makeup for a satin shimmer night look! 

You can find Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality online and in stores such as Sephora and Ulta for $23.00

High low options for highlighting pencils:

Paul & Joe Paul & Joe Beaute Eyebrow Pencil N - 02 Duo Brown $26.95 on amazon.com

Almay Bright Eyes Liner/Highlighter Duo For Light Skin Tones, Cocoa & Pearl Pencil (Pack of 2) $3.99 on amazon.com

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So this week I have an awesome organic facial cleanser and a great 100% natural lip tint to talk about! I’ll start with the cleanser. It is sometimes tricky for me to find a cleanser that I really like. I prefer a cleanser to have some type of exfoliating capabilities but it should not dry out my skin. I hate the 04232013 Avalon Organics Essential Lift Cleansersfeeling of tight, dry skin after using some cleansers. But Avalon Organics Essential Lift Smoothing Cleansers rises up to meet my cleanser standards. This crème cleanser with anti-aging minerals helps smooth, detoxify, firm and lift your skin into beautiful radiance! The crème texture prevents my skin from getting tight and dry after using it and it makes the exfoliating process gentle on my sensitive skin. My skin is soft, smooth and bright after using this cleanser and it feels nourished and thoroughly clean!

Avalon Organics Essential Lift Smoothing Cleanser contains 70% organic content and does not contain parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic colors fragrances, phythalates, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate.

You can purchase Avalon Organics for $12.95

 

High – Low Options:

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For this week I have a great product from Primavera - the Moisturizing Lip Balm. This product is certified natural with 95% organic plant ingredients so you can feel good about putting this on your lips!

This balm has more of an oil consistency as opposed to a creamy lip balm but it absorbs well into your lips and seals in your lips natural moisture. It has a bit of a citrus scent but it's not overwhelming. It also has a little shine to it so it looks good on its own or over a lipstick. It conditioned and soothed my dry lips nicely and I didn't need to continuously reapply. 

 

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So if you're looking for a versatile, natural lip balm, Primavera is a great option! You can find Primavera Moisturizing Lip Balm for $14.00

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If you’re still looking for the right face sunscreen for this spring/summer, I have another great option 04092013 Coola SPF 30 PRODUCT Sunscreen certified fabulousfor you! This one is a little different from last week in that it has very minimal fragrance (slight cucumber scent). Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 with an anti-aging formula has a line-smoothing matte finish that feels almost weightless. It’s airy, very breathable, fast absorbing, and non-greasy. It dries within seconds once you apply it, while still providing moisturizing benefits for your skin, making it easy to apply makeup directly afterwards! This antioxidant infused, mineral matte and organic sunscreen is also preservative free, so you can feel great about using it!

You can find Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 1.7fl oz for $36.00 / coolasuncare.com 

 

High organic matte sunscreen option:

Natura Bisse Ceutical Daily Defense Oil-Free Fluid SPF 30 75ml/2.5oz on Amazon for $99.74

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As the weather gets warmer, hopefully sooner rather than later, we'll most likely be spending more 04022013 daily eclipse dm skincare certified fabuloustime outside. With that, we need to take care of our skin, meaning sunscreen! I’m very picky about my face lotions, including sunscreens, but dmskincare daily eclipse SPF 30 will be my go-to sunscreen for this spring/summer. It’s light, fast absorbing, no greasy residue, and has a clean/refreshing scent (almost like cucumber or watermelon). It does not leave any shine, and instead has a mattifying effect on my skin. It also does not contain harmful chemicals, preservatives, dyes, or fragrances, so it’s great for sensitive skin.

You can find dmskincare daily eclipse SPF 30 for $29.00

 

Another sensitive skin/fast absorbing sunscreen option -

Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid SPF 50 1.4 ounce - $10.50 on Amazon.com

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  • Nathan Horn
    Nathan Horn says #
    EXCELLENT POST! I am a very pale Irishman and I love on sunscreen in the summer! I will be taking this advice on my next solar p
  • Linnea
    Linnea says #
    Glad you found it helpful! I'm also pale so it's important to me to find a sunscreen that I like
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Always changing up your shampoo and conditioner? I have a new one for you to try, one you just might stick with - Zotos Diamond Shine Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. It soothes and repairs damaged hair while creating two times more shine and strength. This shampoo and conditioner 03262013 Diamondshine Color Protect shampoocontains actual diamond micro particles and it is also sulfate free! It works to provide shine and strength, as well as protect your hair color 50% longer. I have color treated hair, so a good shampoo and conditioner that work to keep my (costly) color last longer, is always a good thing! My hair is also on the drier side, so it needs some help. But after using this shampoo & conditioner, my hair and my scalp felt thoroughly cleansed and hydrated. It also made my hair really soft and shiny, without using any other product.

 

 Think it might be for you? You can find Zotos Diamond Shine Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner for $9.99 each at sallybeauty.com

 

 

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I have been noticing more and more BB creams in beauty stores as well as local Targets and CVS’s. There are many options making it the perfect time to try some out! I’ve spent some time using 03182013 Lumene Vitamin C Heleyttava BB Cream Certified FabulousLumene Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream with SPF 20 from Finland. As a BB cream it accomplishes multiple things, “moisturizes, provides sun protection, covers imperfections and at the same time acts as a nude, natural make up.” I found that the BB Cream goes on smoothly, blends in well with my skin, and is quite moisturizing even on it’s own. However if you feel that your skin needs more hydration, you can use it in combination with your everyday moisturizer. The Lumene BB cream provides more coverage than I was expecting, but hydrates while allowing for a lighter color and weight than a traditional foundation. Also, the Lumene BB Cream has Vitamin C and arctic cloudberry to brighten the skin, and antioxidants protect the skin. With this you can get your skincare and makeup in one step, which is great for those of us who are always running late! The less I have to do in the morning the better!

So with Lumene Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream SPF 20 at $34.99 on Amazon, high-low options include:

Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20 at $135.00

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream at $12.99 

 

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I’m sure you all have tried different deep conditioners for your hair. I have tried all types, from leaving conditioner in over night, to at home treatments such as putting honey in my hair (that was a disaster!) and using various oils such as coconut oil, baby oil, and olive oil in attempts to make my hair beautifully silky smooth. But I often don’t have a lot of time for hair treatments, which means my hair suffers… a lot. So when the directions for Mixed Chicks Detangling Deep Conditioner simply instructed me to “apply to wet hair, comb through and rinse” I was intrigued. This is a great deep conditioner to use 03122013 High Low Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner Bottle Certified Fabulouswhen you are short on time. It’s designed to nourish, detangle, and restore curly, tightly curled or straight hair, making it easier to maintain. It instantly detangled my wet, messy hair and it creates this silky coating as you work it through your hair. I let my hair air dry and it helped make my wavy curls soft and a little more defined than usual. You can use this regularly, or once a week, and it does not require more time/work than a regular conditioner. So if you are short on time but still need to give your hair that extra nourishment, check out these quick deep conditioner options!

Mixed Chicks Detangling Deep Conditioner - $10.99

Blended Beauty Tug Me Not Conditioner (leave on for 2-3 minutes) - $19.50

 Smooth N' Shine Silk Fusion, critical repair reconstructor – $5.25 on amazon.com

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