Beauty: JUNO Microfiber Sponges

Blue Velvet Beauty: JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge

All hail innovations in beauty products. Ever since it first hit the market, the egg-shaped beauty sponge has become a staple in all our makeup bags. Although we’ve used many, available in a variety of colors, we’re excited about this lovely pale blue beauty. Why? Because of what it’s made of. The JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge is the ultra-soft, dual layer sponge that saves you 50%-70% of your makeup and perfectly blends everything.

Beauty: JUNO Microfiber Sponges

So what makes the JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge the best out of the bunch? If you’re looking for a more natural, airbrushed foundation finish the JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge is your go-to. With your JUNO Microfiber Sponge, you can use it wet or dry. Wet the sponge for a flawless natural look or keep it dry for thicker, full coverage application. Thanks to its dual-layer, the non-abrasive Microfiber (microscopic, small fibers) and traditional antimicrobial makeup blender, you can use the JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge as a brush or blender.  This also allows your makeup to sit on top of the sponge, and just like a brush, you end up using less product.

Beauty: JUNO Microfiber Sponges

The JUNO Microfiber Velvet Sponge’s velvet-soft microfiber bristles and slanted edge make for controlled stippling which provides buildable coverage, fast. Check out the flawless application of my makeup in the above photo on the right. How popular is this blue velvet beauty tool? The JUNO Microfiber Fusion Sponge has already sold over 150,000 in just three months.

Beauty: JUNO Microfiber Sponges

“Thanks to the rising trend of contouring and expensive makeup sponges, the need for professional makeup tools have definitely been on the rise and so have their prices,” says Mira Torres, co-founder of JUNO & Co. “With makeup sponges and brushes being sold for over $20 a piece, we want to create innovative and affordable products accessible to everyone. That’s how our collection of JUNO Microfiber Makeup Sponges started.”

As previously stated, you can use this innovative beauty sponge dry. You can apply powder and bake regardless of how dry the sponge is. Its pointy tip also makes it perfect for all areas around the delicate skin around the eye. Get one or more of this hybrid brush and sponge for $6.99 each on www.thejuno.co.

20 Years of NaturallyCurly and a Spectacular Texture on the Runway Show

Now that NYFW the Shows is over, we can finally share the amazing shows and events we enjoyed. Funny enough, our first show had all to do with hair fashion than clothing (although we saw some pretty cool fashions). We always look forward to the start of fashion week. Not just for the incredible runway shows we anticipate attending but because NYFW debuts with the NaturallyCurly Texture on the Runway Show. The incredible hair show, presented by NaturallyCurly and Sally Beauty, is a celebration of the beauty of natural hair. This year’s runway show brands included Camille Rose Naturals, Cantu, Carol’s Daughter, Creme of Nature, Mielle Organics, SheaMoisture, and The Mane Choice.

Texture on the Runway 2018

This year’s Texture on the Runway show was also a celebration of NaturallyCurly’s 20th anniversary. Hosted by NaturallyCurly co-founder Michelle Breyer, and recording artist and breakout star of Love & Hip Hop Miami Amara La Negra, the seven top texture brands showcased their take on texture down the runway.

Camille Rose Naturals

Camille Rose at Texture on the Runway 2018

What better way to celebrate the launch of their Around the World collection than with a variety of multicultural models and hairstyles. Their hairstyles represented the beauty of the diverse regions of the Amazonian Rainforest, South Pacific and the Middle East. Camille rose Naturals was definitely oneof ourfavorite presentations.

Cantu

Cantu brought the vibrancy of New Orleans to the NaturallyCurly Texture on the Runway stage. Cantu’s presentation was to celebrate the textured hair movement and their dedicated and hardworking team.

Carol’s Daughter

For Carol’s Daughter, it was all about the bond between mother and child and one thing that connects a black woman and her daughter is hair. They recreated these special moments shared between, mother, and child by using models that are actually family, including Lisa Price and her daughter. We also got a chance to get to know the new Pracaxi Nectar Collection, a styling line made with natural Pracaxi Oil, the conditioning “miracle” nectar of Brazil.

Creme of Nature

Creme of Nature at Texture on the Runway 2018Creme of Nature at Texture on the Runway 2018

Creme of Nature highlighted how culture is redefining the future of universal style and texture…with a bold look at Afrofuturism. Their runway presentation celebrated the Afro-Punk Urban Queen” with cutting-edge hairstyles by celebrity hairstylist Pekela Riley. How fearless she is in her diverse expression of edgy street fashion, multicultural hairstyling and glow up beauty.  They also introduced their new Pure Honey collection. A range that targets dry, dehydrated hair to provide essential moisture, softness, and smoothness without weighing your hair down.

Mielle Organics

Mielle Organics at Texture on the Runway 2018Mielle Organics at Texture on the Runway 2018

Mielle Organics hit the runway with an edgy presentation that brought the brand to life. Hairstyles and looks were crafted and inspired by the woman warriors of Wakanda. The edgy hairstyles were styled using Mielle Organics’ Pomegranate and Honey collection. Honey is definitely a big haircare ingredient for natural hair and you can expect more brands to follow.

SheaMoisture

SheaMoisture at Texture on the Runway 2018

SheaMoisture showcased the beauty and versatility of textured hairstyles created with their award-winning legacy collection, Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Hair Care. The runway presentation featured stunning styles that demonstrate the many dimensions and beauty of textured hair.

The Mane Choice

The Mane Choice at Texture on the Runway

The Mane Choice celebrated the goddesses and their hair crowns. The colorful hairstyles celebrated all hair textures; and showed how the hair brand is continuing efforts in taking strides to empower and offer hair care solutions.


As previously stated, musician Amara La Negra (and her epic afro) performed for the natural hair beauties at the NaturallyCurly Presents Texture On The Runway show. 
Other sponsors included As I Am, ORS Curls Unleashed and Reshma Beauty, who’s US Launch event you may remember we attended. Their Multani Mitti-Fuller’s Earth Mask and bar soaps are amazing.

Photo Credit – Getty Images for NaturallyCurly
Beauty Photography: Montagne juenesse Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask

Think Pink: 7th Heaven Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask

Today we’re featuring a peel-off mask that combines two of our favorite things – great skincare and the antioxidant power of tropical fruits.  If you haven’t yet, you will soon hear about the powerful benefits of guava – starting right here. Along with its unique flavor and fragrance, guava is touted as a superfruit, thanks to its numerous health benefits. It also boasts a ton of nutrients like vitamin C, lycopene, and antioxidants. All of these nutrients are amazing for your skin and are all found in the wonderful 7th Heaven Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask.

Beauty Photography: Montagne juenesse Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask

This newest addition to the 7th Heaven mask line boasts vitamin c, antioxidant-rich guava fruit, mangosteen fruit, apple, and pear.  This medley of fruit-derived ingredients delivers super soft, clean, even-toned skin, while also reducing redness and fighting acne. The 7th Heaven Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask deep cleanses, refines and purifies pores to keep skin clear and free of dark spots. Its peel-off formula lifts away dead skin cells, and naturally exfoliates your skin, helping to remove dirt and oil. We love the feeling everything about this mask, from its wonderful scent to its cooling feeling and invigorating effect.

Beauty Photography: Montagne juenesse Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask

Its great for oily and combination skin and comes in single-serve, travel-friendly pouches that you can literally take anywhere with you. We promise you will love the fruity fresh 7th Heaven Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask. You’ll love how soft, supple, and clean it leaves your skin. Like all 7th Heaven masks, the Pink Guava Peel-Off Mask is natural, cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny/BUAV/PETA approved! Each single sachet pouch is for one-time use and retails for $1.99 each. It’s a must if you want to achieve spa-like results, most importantly, for a fraction of the cost.

Could your skincare regime use a bit of a tropical escape? We highly recommend adding this soothing and antioxidant mask to your beauty arsenal, because we all could use an escape.

Indie Beauty Expo

Indie Beauty Expo: Discovering Amazing New Beauty Brands and Trends

Usually, we would rely on Sephora to be introduced to new beauty brands and trends. But the makeup and beauty haven can only hold so many brands in their retail locations. So where does a beauty addict go to discover the hundreds of market-ready indie brands? The Indie Beauty Expo of course! We had the pleasure of attending the beauty event that introduces media, buyers, and consumers to the amazing new beauty brands and trends. In the competitive beauty, skincare, and wellness industry, it is essential for a brand to stand out and the Indie Beauty Expo is a great place to start.

We were introduced and reintroduced to so many amazing brands, many of which we will be highlighting individually. More than 240 exhibiting indie beauty brands were in attendance in several categories. The participating brands covered skin care, beauty tools, hair care, nail care, makeup, and health & wellness.

Since its debut in New York, the Indie Beauty Expo has launched in Los Angeles and Dallas, soon to be launching in London and Berlin. It has connected hundreds of indie beauty brands globally with buyers, press, and consumers while offering a full schedule of education and networking events. We were happy to reconnect with brands like BioMilk, Hair Detox by Angelo David Pisacreta, Kryolan, and Flickable.

But we are truly excited to try the products from some of the new brands we were introduced to at the Indie beauty Expo. Our absolute favorites are ikoo and their wonderful range of hair care products; When and their vast variety of sheet masks; Mighty Patch‘s hero blemish patches; LBK (Love by Kemeny)‘s innovative nail polish bottles; Undefined Beauty‘s amazing beauty oil; Kanai Organics‘ incredible healing skincare; Andmetics‘s brow wax strips; and the Nessa Brush Spa System.

We can’t wait to share our experiences with these indie beauty products with you. We’d love to hear if any of you have tried any of these indie beauty products yourself.

 

Global Beauty Care Face Masks

With Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks, Glowing Skin Is Always In

Move over you sheet masks and make room for some great peel-off masks. While you may already be familiar with the classic black mud or charcoal masks, we want to introduce you to the amazing peel-off masks from Global Beauty Care. With a vast array of facial masks under the brands Global Beauty Care Premium, Spascriptions and So Fresh So Clean, you’ll see why you can just peel your way to glowing skin with Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks.

Global Beauty Care Face Masks

We have been having way too much fun with these gel masks and our skin is loving every moment of it. Unfortunately, we are cursed with large pores and very oily skin but thanks to these Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks.

Spascriptions Superstar Glitter Peel-Off Face Mask, $9.99

SPAscriptions Peel-Off Charcoal Glitter Mask SPAscriptions Peel-Off Charcoal Glitter Mask

Spascriptions Superstar Glitter Peel-Off Mask is a gel-based mask that reaches deep within the pores to dissolve and dislodge the build-up of impurities. Forget the fact that it’s super fun being covered in glitter, this peel-off mask is infused with charcoal to smoothe and brighten your skin. Plus it minimizes our pores, is PH balanced, paraben-free, contains no SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), and is not tested on animals. Check out the fun we had with this glitter peel-off mask on Instagram.

So Fresh So Clean Powerful Peel-Off Black Mask, $9.99

So Fresh So Clean Peel-Off Charcoal Mask

So Fresh So Clean Powerful Peel-Off Black Mask is a gel-based mask that reaches deep within the pores to dissolve and dislodge the build-up of impurities. The formula contains: Charcoal, which acts as a magnet to gently draw out deep-dwelling dirt; Green Tea and Witch Hazel help to unclog pores and purify skin; Cucumber and Chamomile to help to condition and soothe skin; Tea Tree and Salicylic Acid help to control oil and acne; Aloe Vera and Vitamin E help to moisturize skin; and Vitamin C helps to brighten skin.

Global Beauty Care Premium Rose, Gold & Cucumber Gel Face Masks, $12.99

Global Beauty Care Peel-Off Masks

This skin-loving trio are not actually peel-off masks but we love using them after using the above peel-offs. The Rose Gel Face Mask is a powerful facial treatment designed to improve the health and appearance of your skin. It contains Rose oil extracted directly from the petals of roses. The oil is an anti-inflammatory agent and tissue regenerator loaded with therapeutic benefits for the skin.

The Gold Gel Face Mask is a luxurious anti-aging skin treatment. Infused with Gold extract, it is known to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles by firming and toning the skin. This amazing gold gel mask also offers intense hydration to revitalize, smooth and soften your skin. Pamper yourself with the luxury of gold for a flawless, luminous and radiant looking complexion!

The Cucumber Gel Face Mask gently draws out dirt and impurities from clogged pores and lifts away dead skin cells. The cucumber extract soothes and cools your skin and helps to ease puffiness. The unique blend of moisturizers leaves your skin feeling smooth and silky. Your face will feel clean, refreshed and revitalized!

You’ll love these Global Beauty Care Peel-Off masks and it will encourage you to take time out to treat yourself. And personal care time is always a good thing.

Good Hair Days: Latest launches From Colorproof and Macadamia Professional

It’s almost time for the changing of the season. We don’t know about you but we tend to change or rotate our hair and beauty products with the coming of the changing seasons. We take into account the change in weather, temperature, etc and how it affects our hair. So, of course, we’re doing our research on new hair products to protects our tresses while the season transitions from one weather pattern to the next. We are loving several of the hair care products from Colorproof and Macadamia Professional and we’re sure they will help us achieve some good hair days. Check out the following must haves like the ColorProof Pure Release Instant Detangle, ColorProof PowderFix Texturizing Powder Spray, ColorProof RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum, Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Leave-In Protein Treatment, and Macadamia Professional Thermal Protectant Spray.

Colorproof and Macadamia Professional hair care products

Whether you need help with detangling, moisturizing and hydrating your hair, or even just having to deal with the daily taming of your hair, the hair care products from Colorproof and Macadamia Professional have got you covered.

COLORPROOF COLORCARE

ColorProof Pure Release Instant Detangle, $27.00

Instantly detangle, repair, nourish and reduce breakage like never before possible. This high performance, 100% vegan, leave-in spray keeps hair manageable and tangle-free while breakthrough technology extends the life of your color and protects hair from heat damage. It’s like wearing a sunhat for your hair! Releases tangles to prevent breakage Fortifies, repairs and restores softness and lubricity Significantly reduces drying time Minimizes static Advanced ColorLast System provides unsurpassed color and heat protection.

ColorProof PowderFix Texturizing Powder Spray, $25.00; www.colorproof.com

Designed exclusively for color-treated hair with a proprietary blend of revolutionary volumizing polymers and Pro-Vitamin B5 Panthenol to deliver optimum fullness and weightless body for unlimited styling potential. This superfine, silky powder is easily absorbed into the hair and scalp to provide all-day texture, volume and lift with maximum color and heat protection.

ColorProof RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum, $28.00

This next generation serum instantly smooths for long-lasting, frizz-free style with full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time. Features our proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs’ cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine.

Make sure to keep an eye out for ColorProof’s just launched FreshStart Soft Dry Shampoo, $25.00. This quick, no-wash solution instantly extends your stylewith its ultra-sheer formula that absorbs oil, sweat, residue and odor.

MACADAMIA PROFESSIONAL

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Leave-In Protein Treatment, $22.00

Did you know if you are stressed out, your hair is most likely stressed out too. Replenish stressed-out, depleted hair strands with the essential vitamins and minerals found in this leave-in treatment. It protects hair against future breakage, delivers reinforcement to strengthen, replenish and protect your hair, leaving your hair soft and conditioned, never brittle or over-proteinized.

Macadamia Professional Thermal Protectant Spray, $19.95

This feather-light spray that guards your hair against the damaging effects of heat styling tools up to 450F. Not only does it smooths your hair by eradicating frizz and resists the effects of humidity, it also leaves your hair incredibly shiny.

What are your thoughts on the products from Colorproof and Macadamia Professional? Have you tried out their products? What are your favorite Colorproof and Macadamia Professional products? Let us know your thoughts.

Dial Coconut Milk Bath Products

Dial Coconut Milk Bath Products: Coconut Milk Does the Body Good

It is said that Queen Cleopatra regularly bathed in milk and that many people have been bathing in milk for centuries because of the benefits to the skin. Bathing in coconut milk gently cleanse your skin, soothes irritated skin, nourishes your skin, and heal your skin thanks to its healthy beneficial fats, minerals, and nutrients. As we all head out to make sure we enjoy the last few days of the sun, we must remember to refresh your sun-stricken skin. What better way to do so than with the skin-loving Dial Coconut Milk Bath Products – Dial Coconut Milk Body Wash and Dial Coconut Milk Complete 2-In-1 Beauty Bar.

Dial Coconut Milk Bath Products

Dial Coconut Milk Body Wash – Get ready for lasting hydration. This moisturizing body wash, with an innovative 12-hour moisture release for a clean rinse and rich lather, is your first step to supple skin. Boasting an advanced moisture-attracting formula for lasting, lightweight hydration, this is the first body wash with an innovative 12-hour moisture release to keep your skin feeling healthy and soft all day. It fresh creamy coconut milk formula and scent is like a vacation from your skin.

Dial Coconut Milk Complete 2-In-1 Beauty Bar – Healthy and glowing skin are right in your hands, thanks to this antibacterial and ultra-moisturizing formula. Let your skin feel the difference with Dial’s new moisturizing and antibacterial beauty bar. If you’re looking for softer, smoother, more radiant looking skin, Dial’s unique nourishing beauty bar leaves your skin feeling touchably soft and beautiful. This bar helps you look and feel good because you know you’re clean and your skin doesn’t feel dried out. It boasts 2x the moisturizing ingredients and kills 99.99% of bacteria on your face, body, and hands (even after repeated handwashing). The Coconut Milk Complete 2-in-1 Beauty Bar also comes in additional luxurious scents of Silk & Magnolia and Manuka Honey. Check out our previous coverage of Dial’s innovative bath products.

Both Dial Coconut Milk bath products are available for $4.49 each at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide.

Viktor&Rolf Magic Collection Now at Sephora

Spellbound: Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection Now at Sephora

Sephora is now literally the magic room. The beauty haven has added the bewitching fragrances from dynamic duo Viktor&Rolf to their fragrance catalog. The Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection of six enchanting potions that are sure to cast a spell over all who experiences them. And they’re all finally available at Sephora.

Viktor&Rolf Magic Collection Now at Sephora
Making Sephora even more magical, the alluring Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection just hit the store’s shelves. The collection boasts six fragrances (illusions or potions, if you will). These luxurious scents are dedicated to making the impossible, possible. Each fragrance is a masterful composite, blending raw and natural materials with innovative accords to create truly unique. It even boasts never before used combinations. The six Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection include Lavender Illusion, Dancing Roses, Dirty Trick, Liquid Diamonds, Sage Spell, and Sparkling Secret. Get to know them below:

Magic Lavender Illusion

Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection - Lavender Illusion

Lavender Illusion opens with a bright surprise: a refreshing blend of the citrus caviar, reminiscent of cool ocean air, green notes of galbanum essence, and ripe notes of the blackcurrant. At its heart is aunique harmony of lavender and lavandin that is at once fresh, floral, and aromatic. These notes soften to a woody and sensual olfactory signature comprised of patchouli essence, musk accords, and pine essence.

Magic Dancing Roses

Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection - Dancing Roses

Dancing roses is an intoxicatingly addictive floral fragrance with its irresistible blend of rose essence and cherry liquor. The ravishing queen of perfumery, the rose, blends with bergamot, pink peppercorn, and lychee, deviating with its classical path to become addictive thanks to plump and juicy cherries dipped in an infusion of white cognac. Saffron, tonka bean, musks, and ambery notes complete the potion to plunge into a captivating dream.

Magic Dirty Trick

Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection - Dirty Trick

The most sensual of the Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection (and our favorite potion) is Dirty Trick, which arrests the senses with a mischievous combination of iris and ink. Sparkling bergamot and clary sage are interrupted by spicy and sweet incense to compose the top notes, while powdery iris and violet leaves blend harmoniously with ink to create a metallic and smoky heart. A base of suede, cedar wood, and benzoin reveals the overall sensuality of this fragrance, leaving behind an enchanting trail.

Magic Liquid Diamonds

Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection - Liquid Diamonds

The “Fresh” Liquid Diamonds is an opulent balance of a delicate floral bouquet and velvety white musks: the top-note trio includes fresh petitgrain bigarade, green galbanum, and spicy pink pepper essences. They introduce a clean sensation while an intense floral heart comprised of Bulgarian rose and ylang-ylang flower tinted with jasmine provides comfort. A musk and ambrette accord at its base brings warmth and intimacy to the mix.

Magic Sage Spell

Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection - Sage Spell

Bright citrus notes of pink grapefruit spiced by peppermint and pink pepper introduce a radiant, effervescent top to this “Earthy & Woody” fragrance. The coupling of modern absinthe and sage accented with vibrant star anise achieves a core signature that is at once hot and cold. Patchouli adds a layer of mystery to this potion with its herbaceous, woody and suave nuances, contrasted by the warmth of labdanum and enhanced by subtle notes of green tea leaf.

Magic Sparkling Secret

Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection - Sparkling Secret

Lovers of fresh citrus and fruits scents will immediately fall under the spell of this potion. This floral and voluptuous cocktail leads with ginger, sweet lime, and grapefruit. The sparkling brightness of the top is brewed with white flowers and neroli, then enveloped in a creamy cloud of vanilla bourbon and tonka bean. The combination allows the expression of freshness to be reinvented.

Like all powerful potions, the Viktor&Rolf Magic Fragrance Collection is housed in irregular glass bottles laced with tiny, thin bubbles. This provides a transparent view of the subtly hued, pastel liquids swirling around inside. All six fragrances are now available on www.sephora.com and select Sephora retailers for $190.00 per 2.5 oz/ 75 mL bottle.