April 12th, 2014

These are more than just delicious soaps that make showers feel like bathing in hot tea water (in the best way).

They are the result of someones effort to better the world.. see below

                    

Erin Zaikis started making Sundara soaps after her life changing adventure abroad. [Read the full story here.]  Each soap is hand made, chalked with beautiful aromatic spices, molded into an exotic flower, and packaged up in a little linen pouch. There are three different types, each representative of the country that it was inspired by. Profits benefit programs that support hygiein in Ghana, Thailand, and Mumbai..   

See the impact Sundara is having in Haiti - installing clean water systems and teaching youngin’s how to wash their hands!

Click here for the video 

Does This: Soaps that provide beauty for a better world  
Is This: Sundara Soaps
Get This: LiveSundara.com
Price: $7.99

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-Kristin 

April 11th, 2014

The sun is awake later and slowly 30 temperature days are being phased out.. leaving me on a summer skincare bender. 

My ideal qualities in a great summer skin line - light, quick to dry, non greasy, gentle and eau natural. California Naturel, is all that. 

Maybe it’s the printed palms on the front, this line makes me think of products found in a tropical resort or spa. It makes sense, California Naturel did draw their product inspo from the beachy terrain of California. The Gentle Cleansing Gel, Nourishing Cream, and Balancing Complex are a nice reflection of this.

                    

All three products met all of my summer skincare criteria and then some. I really love the Balancing Complex. It is a light gel formula, so light it’s closer to a liquid than a gel. Perfect for summer skin that get’s a little oily - it’s moisturizing but dries to a soft matte finish. The Nourishing Cream while still light has a little more substance, great for those still recovering from artificial heat or looking to beat fine lines. All three products incorporate natural ingredients that faces love including aloe, olive and jojoba oils, and alfafa extract. 

Does This: Cleansing, moisturizing, natural skincare line
Is This: California Naturel
Get This: CaliforniaNaturel.com
Price: Gentle Cleansing Gel $33 | Balancing Complex $45 | Nourishing Cream $45

Products c/o the brand, Image via Fashion Gone Rogue

-Kristin 

March 31st, 2014

I (regrettably) just came back from a beach getaway. During which I decided to let my skin soak in all the sun (spf protected) it could and use minimal to no make up. 

During this skin-restation period, I tried out the Earth Tu Face Voyage Travel Kit - featuring mini size Earth Tu Face products. As the name suggests these products really are the earth, on your face. 

                    

Earth tu Face was created by two herbalists in California, who took ingredients in their purest forms and created this line. Using them after stepping out of a steaming show does feel like herbal therapy thanks fo the light natural textures, refreshing and gentle formulas, and unmistakable aromas of earth. The cleanser, serum, and body butter provided in the kit were the perfect trifecta for my resting skin. As if I sent my face alone on a yoga retreat. 

An interesting note - the body butter uses coconut oil (love) and cardamom. The cardamom gives it a somewhat spicy decadent aroma. At first I was a little conspicuous of the scent but after using it a handful of times I decided, it’s really amazing. 

Does This: Au natural travel size cleanser, serum, and body butter 
Is This: Earth Tu Face Voyage Travel Kit
Get This: Need Supply Co
Price: $64

Products c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

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March 14th, 2014
I’ve gotten into the habit of spraying my face with something before bed, you know, an elixir or whatnot. A few weeks ago I ran out of my favorite (shoot). But then a little bottle of C Booth Honey Almond Dry Oil Mist appeared out of no where in my stash of products.
I grabbed it and spritzed, and I’ve used it every night (occasional morning) since.
                       
I admit at first I was unsure of how I felt about this dry oil mist because upon first spray, it smells like you are sticking your face into a cupcake. But you know what? I’m into it.
After the initial face full of almondy-vanilla goodness, the scent fades and my face instantly drinks up the oil. It’s a sweet addiction.
If dry oils aren’t your thing - you can also experience this delicious scent via body lotion, body butter, body wash, or hand cream.(Try all at one time and you could be mistaken for a walking dessert, i.e. girl above.)
Does This: Nourishing dry oil for face, that smells like dessertIs This: c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil MistGet This: A drugstore nearest youPrice: $4.95 for 4oz
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-Kristin

I’ve gotten into the habit of spraying my face with something before bed, you know, an elixir or whatnot. A few weeks ago I ran out of my favorite (shoot). But then a little bottle of C Booth Honey Almond Dry Oil Mist appeared out of no where in my stash of products.

I grabbed it and spritzed, and I’ve used it every night (occasional morning) since.

                       

I admit at first I was unsure of how I felt about this dry oil mist because upon first spray, it smells like you are sticking your face into a cupcake. But you know what? I’m into it.

After the initial face full of almondy-vanilla goodness, the scent fades and my face instantly drinks up the oil. It’s a sweet addiction.

If dry oils aren’t your thing - you can also experience this delicious scent via body lotion, body butter, body wash, or hand cream.(Try all at one time and you could be mistaken for a walking dessert, i.e. girl above.)

Does This: Nourishing dry oil for face, that smells like dessert
Is This: c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist
Get This: A drugstore nearest you
Price: $4.95 for 4oz

Image via

-Kristin

March 10th, 2014
Horses are fun to look at, even more fun to ride.
And turns out, fun to steal products from.

                    
Yes that says horse edition.  Two of our cult favorites were initially make for horses, who woulda thunk it?
You are probably familiar with Mane N’ Tail shampoo and conditioner. I remember seeing pages dedicated to this product in spreads of my pre-teen mags and thinking “I Need That.” Unfortunately, L’Oreal Kids shampoo won over mom (boo). Years later, Mane N’ Tail is still a cult favorite for ladies looking to have locks as luscious as a horse’s mane - n’ tail too. Due to popular demand they have expanded from shampoo and conditioner into an entire line of styling products including detangler. Which I am using now since I didn’t get to indulge back in the 90’s. 
The second one is a MUST GRAB drugstore find when it’s in stock: Healthy Hoof. Technically this is for your cuticles (hoofs = nails) but I’ve found that it works amazingly well as a before bed cream for anything that is excruciatingly dry. Heels, hands, elbows - whatever. 
giddyupp
Does This: Intense moisture for hands/feet/nailsIs This: Healthy Hoof Intensive Protein TreatmentGet This: Your local drugstore or FolicaPrice: $6.94 for 4oz
Does This: Makes hair as luscious as a horse maneIs This: Mane N’ Tail Get This: Sally Beauty SupplyPrice: Shampoo $3.99; Conditioner $5.29; Detangler $4.59 
Mane n’ Tail c/o the brand, Image via
-Kristin 

Horses are fun to look at, even more fun to ride.

And turns out, fun to steal products from.

                    

Yes that says horse edition.  Two of our cult favorites were initially make for horses, who woulda thunk it?

You are probably familiar with Mane N’ Tail shampoo and conditioner. I remember seeing pages dedicated to this product in spreads of my pre-teen mags and thinking “I Need That.” Unfortunately, L’Oreal Kids shampoo won over mom (boo). Years later, Mane N’ Tail is still a cult favorite for ladies looking to have locks as luscious as a horse’s mane - n’ tail too. Due to popular demand they have expanded from shampoo and conditioner into an entire line of styling products including detangler. Which I am using now since I didn’t get to indulge back in the 90’s. 

The second one is a MUST GRAB drugstore find when it’s in stock: Healthy Hoof. Technically this is for your cuticles (hoofs = nails) but I’ve found that it works amazingly well as a before bed cream for anything that is excruciatingly dry. Heels, hands, elbows - whatever. 

giddyupp

Does This: Intense moisture for hands/feet/nails
Is This: Healthy Hoof Intensive Protein Treatment
Get This: Your local drugstore or Folica
Price: $6.94 for 4oz

Does This: Makes hair as luscious as a horse mane
Is This: Mane N’ Tail 
Get This: Sally Beauty Supply
PriceShampoo $3.99; Conditioner $5.29; Detangler $4.59 

Mane n’ Tail c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

March 5th, 2014

I saw this product a few weeks ago and did a double take.

Milk, for your face?                     

I put a few droplets on the back of my hand and it sank right into my skin. And felt pretty silky smooth. Josie Maran’s new ‘Milk’ formula includes her cult Argan Oil, but it also uses purified water. She made this to be power food for your face. Especially for those with dry/sensitive skin, it has intensive moisturizing abilities and can even help symptoms of eczema and rosacea. 

We wonder …could beauty milks be the next evolution of the beauty oil

Does This: Intensive Moisturizing Treatment
Is This: Josie Maran Milk 
Get This: Sephora
Price: $56

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-Kristin 

February 26th, 2014
File under / Cult Classics
"Feel Your Face Pulsate" is literally the back panel copy on this, "The World’s Most Powerful Facial."
                    
I mean I don’t really know that I can add a lot to that brilliance … except to say: if you love a mud mask, buy this value tub of cult magic, add some water, drop some beats, and feel the pulse.
Does This: Deep pore cleansing mud mask, amazing value Is This: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Get This: Drugstore.comPrice: $7.50 for 1 lb. - just saying 
Image: Mario Testino via

File under / Cult Classics

"Feel Your Face Pulsate" is literally the back panel copy on this, "The World’s Most Powerful Facial."

                   

I mean I don’t really know that I can add a lot to that brilliance … except to say: if you love a mud mask, buy this value tub of cult magic, add some water, drop some beats, and feel the pulse.

Does This: Deep pore cleansing mud mask, amazing value
Is This: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
Get This: Drugstore.com
Price: $7.50 for 1 lb. - just saying

Image: Mario Testino via

February 25th, 2014

Time for a  #CultBrand shout out to nyakio.

This line takes the best-of-skincare ingredients from Africa and modernizes them, resulting in spa-worthy products, all wrapped up in art deco packaging that’s hard to resist. The brand was created by a first-generation American from Kenya, who makes everything with her grandmother’s African beauty secrets in mind …

                    

The giant fig Collection - from which I’ve been using the giant fig body wash - features the Gabon Giant Fig as well as African Honeybush Tea, an antioxidant-rich concoction that leaves skin looking gorgeous - and smelling delicious. 

We also tried the kenyan coffee body scrub (a fan favorite) from the kenyan coffee collection. The scrub has a rich coffee meets shea butter aroma. Just like a cup of coffee works wonders in the morning, coffee on skin has amazing exfoliating/revitalizing benefits.

Another source of skin-caffeine-rejuvenation can be found in the kola nut, the third collection from nyakio. A combination of the hydrating face oil and hydrating lip balm with kola and trichilia oils leaves my face feeling rich with moisture, and like I just spent bundles at an upscale spa. 

Browse the nyakio ingredients library to see all of the beauty wonders each product has to offer.

Does This: Amazing skin care formulated from best-of-Africa ingredients (also, so pretty on your bathroom shelves)
Is ThisNyakio
Get This: Nyakio.com
Price: Depending on product; between $20 - $89

Products c/o the brand, Image via

-Kristin 

February 24th, 2014
Often times when the word ‘exfoliate’ is used, we think of a face wash with tiny (what feels like) grains of sand mixed in. But exfoliants don’t have to be textured, they can in fact come in the form of a tonic or toner such as this ‘skintreat’ below … pixi (<-upside down i) skintreats Glow Tonic w Aloe Vera & Ginseng.
                     
What I love most about this Glow Tonic? It feels so nice on my skin. It doesn’t burn/string/smell harsh like the classic drugstore toners that I have tried. The aloe vera and ginseng have a noticeable calming effect, reducing redness and - over time - really making your skin glow. Another KEY point to this skintreat - it’s alcohol-free. 
Alcohol is acceptable for Saturdays and Sundays, but never for dry skin. 
Does This: Tones, tightens, exfoliates, and sooths skinIs This: Pixi Skintreats Glow TonicGet This: Pixi BeautyPrice: $29.00
Product c/o the brand, image by Linnea Strid
-Kristin 

Often times when the word ‘exfoliate’ is used, we think of a face wash with tiny (what feels like) grains of sand mixed in. But exfoliants don’t have to be textured, they can in fact come in the form of a tonic or toner such as this ‘skintreat’ below … pixi (<-upside down i) skintreats Glow Tonic w Aloe Vera & Ginseng.

                     

What I love most about this Glow Tonic? It feels so nice on my skin. It doesn’t burn/string/smell harsh like the classic drugstore toners that I have tried. The aloe vera and ginseng have a noticeable calming effect, reducing redness and - over time - really making your skin glow. Another KEY point to this skintreat - it’s alcohol-free. 

Alcohol is acceptable for Saturdays and Sundays, but never for dry skin. 

Does This: Tones, tightens, exfoliates, and sooths skin
Is This: Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic
Get This: Pixi Beauty
Price: $29.00

Product c/o the brand, image by Linnea Strid

-Kristin 

February 18th, 2014

Last weekend I embarked on a mission to find the solution to my ehk so dry it’s peeling skin situation. 

The problem (as we all know) is it’s winter and furnace-generated heat is not a friend of your skin’s. Also, I use a retinal cream on my face before bed which really dries me out. So I did a little research, went to Sephora and then to Caudalie, where I was persuaded into purchasing the Energizing Concentrate with lavender and grape seed oil. Being that I fear breakouts and oil is pinned in my head as one of the number one causes, purchasing an oil for my face was definitely a leap of faith. But thus far, a very successful one. 

                    

Beauty oils are all the rage at the moment. Take it from the girl who fears the grease - they are definitely worth a try. Think of it as the 2014 revamp of your everyday moisturizer, kind of like how dry oil is the new body butter.

Above are a few beauty oil favorites. The various potential benefits: wrinkle reducing, paraben free, no residue, enhanced radiance and moisture without clogging pores

See which ones best fits your face and take. the. leap. 
(you won’t be disappointed) ->

One: Caudalie Energizing Concentrate | $44 | Nordstrom
Two: Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil | $46 | Sephora
Three: Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil Light | $48 | Sephora
Four: Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil | $62 | Sephora
Five: Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil | $50 | Sephora

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-Kristin 


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