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Even & Bright Pink Lemon and
Mandarin Orange Scrub From St. Ives

Monday, September 8th, 2014

604-731214-EvenBright-scrub-300x300The best-selling Apricot Scrub from St. Ives may always be a #1 favorite, but a new contender is right up there with the best.

WHAT IT IS:
A gentle scrub with a Vitamin C to even skin tone and an unbeatable fragrance.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 100% natural exfoliants
    (hydrated silica)
  • Pink lemon and mandarin orange, both known to be sources of vitamin C (known to help even out skin tone)
  • WHY YOU WANT IT:
    The scrub contains pink lemon and mandarin orange, which are both sources of Vitamin C and are known to help even skin tone. The exfoliants are more gentle than the Apricot Scrub, but still leave skin just as even and soft. Since the scrub is more mild, you can use it often since it is not as harsh on skin as the original Apricot Scrub. It is also sulfate-free so doesn’t dry skin, oil-free as to not clog pores, as well as hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested. Not to mention the pink lemon and mandarin orange fragrance fills your shower with an amazing aroma!

    HOW TO USE:
    Moisten face with water. Dispense product onto fingertips and massage over face. Rinse off with water. Instructions on the product indicate 3-4 times per week, but the exfoliants are mild and the scrub is in our experience, gentle enough for daily use.

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    Revlon Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup™

    Monday, August 18th, 2014

    erase2It’s a common complaint that women have as they get older that they actually look younger without makeup. It’s a strange problem to have, since foundation is supposed to make you look better not older! Foundation and especially powder can build up in fine line and creases, accentuating the very thing that you were trying to hide. This is why it makes sense to have an anti-aging foundation. We tried Revlon’s Age Defying Firming + Lifting Makeup, which has hyaluronic acid for hydration, moisturizers, and ingredients to lift the skin. The best thing about this foundation is that it stays on top of the skin instead of gradually sinking into lines. The result is more of an air brushed effect. So does it make you look younger? It gives you a glow and smoothness to your skin and covers instead of highlights wrinkles. Win Revlon Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler when you enter our contest of the quarter!

    Tip: Do you have fine lines? Don’t knock the traditional remedy of olive oil! It’s rich in antioxidants, which protect your skin from free radicals that age skin cells.

     

     

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    Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

    eraseYou may know Unilever’s brand Simple for its philosophy on skincare – no perfume, no color, or harsh chemicals. But did you know that Simple was launched in 1960? The brand has been around for quite awhile and is geared toward sensitive skin. We tried their Cleansing Facial Wipes, which is supposed to be strong enough to remove even waterproof mascara, yet doesn’t contain alcohol, oil, or perfume. These wipes are also naturally anti-bacterial, but we’re not sure what particular ingredient gives that benefit. These wipes are actually surprisingly adept at removing makeup. Usually, if a product is gentle it’s unfortunately also gentle on makeup removal. Our tester with sensitive skin approved. If you want to address acne or aging, Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes may be lacking. However, not making big changes is what those with sensitive skin are looking for.

    Tip: If your skin is irritated, try Almond Oil which calms skin and addresses redness. It’s perfect for ultra-sensitive skin.

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    Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

    erase3Have you ever heard of anthroposophy? We definitely hadn’t until we read about Weleda’s company history, which started in 1921. Anthroposophy encourages people to see their minds and spirits as intrinsically linked to the world. Weleda was established with this in mind—to use natural ingredients that can holistically work with and support the body’s healing tendencies. Many assume that an appreciation for natural product is fairly recent, but apparently it’s been around for quite a long time! Another fun fact: Weleda is named after the Celtic goddess of wisdom and healing. We tried Weleda’s Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion, which is 100% natural and 97% organic. It contains fatty acids (great for dry skin), vitamin-rich oil from organic sea buckthorn, mallow extract, and shea butter. What we noticed first was the strong and long-lasting citrusy smell that lasts for hours. If you like citrus scents then you’ll love this lotion. The lotion isn’t very thick, but moisturizes and absorbs very well. If you have super dry skin this won’t be enough. But for everyone else, it’s a great lotion to use and of course you get the peace of mind that you’re not putting chemicals on your skin.

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    Dr. Mercola – Body Lotion and Body Wash

    Saturday, July 26th, 2014

    erase4There is a growing movement for all-natural products—and as more companies address it the quality of what’s out there improves all the time. We tried a lotion and a body wash from Dr. Mercola, which is a brand that offers all natural products. The thought behind the products makes sense, since our skin is our largest organ, it doesn’t make sense to put products on it that we wouldn’t want to ingest.

    Dr. Mercola Organic Body Lotion Unscented – if you’re used to using regular body lotions, this one will be a real adjustment. Even unscented products have a masking fragrance, so with an unscented organic body lotion it’s a different scent all together. All you smell is a faint trace of the ingredients – chamomile, green tea leaf extract, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and aloe vera. The lotion feels a bit sticky when you apply it – most likely because of the aloe vera. However, it absorbs pretty quickly and does just as good of a job at moisturizing as regular lotions. Which begs the question, why do personal care products have to have so many chemicals? If you have super dry skin, Dr. Mercola also offers a body butter.

    Dr. Mercola Fresh Scent Body Wash – of the two products we tried, this is our favorite. You have it all with this product, the pleasing scent, effectiveness, and organic. The scent is great, but this is a light scent and isn’t as strong as your typical body wash. The wash contains aloe, macadamia nut oil, and shea butter. Those with dry or sensitive skin will be thrilled with how this body wash doesn’t strip the skin at all. The only downside is that you only get a little bit of lather, so you may go through this wash a bit quicker.

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