Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil: The All Season Hydrator

As one who has used an almost immeasurable amount of body moisturizers to keep our skin hydrated throughout the year and through the various and vastly different seasons, we can 100 percent say there is nothing like the hydrating and protective benefits of coconut oil. Of course, the best coconut oil to use is a high-quality one that leaves the raw nutrients intact; that coconut oil is 100% virgin coconut oil, Skinny & Co Coconut Oil.

Skinny & Co Coconut Oil is the only raw, 100% alkaline coconut oil in the world; it is made with hand-picked wild-Harvested, not plantation grown coconuts. What makes Skinny & Co Coconut Oil even more amazing is that is cold-processed, not just cold pressed, thanks to their patent-pending Nutralock System. You already know coconut oil has over a hundred uses. You can cook with it, substituting it for butter and other oils, condition your hair, Oil pulling, and of course use it as a moisturizer on your face and body.

You will immediately notice the difference between Skinny & Co Coconut Oil and other brands. It absorbs much better into your skin and keeps it hydrated and moisturized all day, even on the coldest winter days. We’ve been using Skinny & Co Coconut Oil for two seasons now and our skin couldn’t be happier. It’s become our go-to lip, scalp, and skin moisturizer, makeup remover, cuticle hydrator, and cooking oil.

The 100% raw coconut oil isn’t the only product we’re loving from Skinny & Co Coconut Oil. You’ll love the Coconut Oil Bar Soaps (available in five scents); the deeply hydrating Skinny Shampoo Bars that delivers intense hydration to your hair without creating excess oils (your hair will love you for this); the Whipped Body Butter that’s perfect to use as an all over moisturizer, hair mask or conditioner, or shaving cream; the Skinny & Co. Sugar Scrub, a pH balanced scrub that can be used as an all-over body exfoliant, prep for self-tanner, and as a lip scrub; and a Clarifying Moisturizing Facial Oil for blemish-prone and oily skin types. We know what you’re thinking – why would I put oil on my oily skin? This 100% oil moisturizer helps clarify and balance by removing impurities and congestion from the surface of the skin. These wonderful products are just some of the great skincare products from Skinny & Co, check out their site to see more.

Do you use coconut oil in your beauty or skincare regime? Are you looking to trying a great coconut oil? Don’t take our word for it, check out Skinny & Co’s customer reviews and see who else is loving their coconut oil.

What’s New in Beauty: Olaxer Cosmetics Beauty Products

We love being introduced to new beauty products, especially if we’re seeing beauty products and tools, unlike anything that’s already out there. We were recently introduced to Olaxer Cosmetics Beauty Products and their wonderful products. They offering many of your beauty category favorites – matte lipstick, bath bombs, magnifying and lighted makeup mirrors, mud masks, cleansing brushes, and our favorite, hair straightening tools. Because we’re blessed with a head full of very thick hair, we’re incredibly excited to try the Olaxer Cosmetics 3-in-1 Ceramic Hair Straightener/ Hot Brush/ Curling Iron with Ionic Technology; and because matte lips are oh-so-in right now, we’ve become fans of the Olaxer Cosmetics Lip Glaze Matte Liquid Lipsticks. We’ll be highlighting both those beauty products in this post.

Olaxer Cosmetics 3-in-1 Ceramic Hair Straightener/ Hot Brush/ Curling Iron

If you’re a woman with hair longer than two inches, chances are you have several haircare tools taking up space in your bathroom. Those tools could include a hairbrush, curling iron, and flat iron, and if you’re African American, possibly a hot comb. What if one beauty tool could eliminate those others, saving you time, space, and money? That’s exactly what the Olaxer Cosmetics 3-in-1 Ceramic Hair Straightener/ Hot Brush/ Curling Iron with Ionic Technology will do. This versatile beauty tool is a Flat Iron with ceramic plates that heat up quickly, distributing heat evenly across the iron, ensuring your hair is not damaged by hotspots; a Hot Brush that uses shine ionic technology which emits negative ions that counteract the positive ions present in dry hair; and a Curling Wand with three temperature settings (High 392°F / Medium 356°F / Low 320°F) to best fit your hair type. The best part, this Olaxer beauty product is available on www.amazon.com for only $24.99.

Olaxer Cosmetics Lip Glaze Matte Liquid Lipsticks

We all know a matte lip is at the top of the beauty trends list right now, and Olaxer is offering you six stunning matte lip colors for such a low cost. What makes these lipsticks different is they glide on like a lip gloss dries like a matte lipstick. It has the staying power of a lipstick, we’d call it a matte lip cream. It even comes with a lip gloss wand for nice, even full application and coverage. The texture of the Olaxer Cosmetics Lip Glaze Matte Liquid Lipstick is softer and more delicate. It boasts a long-lasting, non-stick formula which contains moisturizing ingredients for a comfortable, emollient and silky feel against your lips. How much does this amazing lippy set? Can you believe it’s only $19.99 on www.amazon.com? Talk about a steal!

What are your thoughts on these Olaxer Cosmetics beauty products? Are you excited to try these?

Treat Yourself to Fabulous Hair at the Angelo David Salon

If there’s one thing we don’t do enough of, it’s treating ourselves to more pampering. Sometimes dealing with life’s ups and downs can make you forget to take care of yourself. I’m not talking about the basics like food, shelter, I mean rewarding yourself. We’ve been a bit on autopilot over here and we’ve forgotten about treating ourselves. Luckily we know some amazing people, like the Angelo David Salon, who remind you that you deserve a little pampering. So at the tail end of NYFW, I was treated to an afternoon of fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon in midtown Manhattan.

Don’t get me wrong, my natural hair is fabulous and amazing in its natural state (see photos below) but sometimes I want a different look; sometimes I desperately need a hair trim; sometimes I’m tired of doing my own hair and having my arms get tired from the day long routine of washing and styling. Again, this is about getting pampered, so someone else handling the task is always a welcomed treat. So taking a break from our daily top knot or low ponytail, the result of my fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon is what you see above.

Once again, our girl Ivy (pictured below), a staple everyone must visit at the Angelo David Salon, hooked us up with a head full of lush flowing locks and we left the salon in peak fabulousness. We advise everyone looking for great hair results book themselves an appointment for their own day of fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon.

Not only do they create wonderful experiences, Salon Owner Angelo David Pisacreta, world-renowned hairstylist and thinning hair expert, is known for his high-quality, luxury solutions to thinning hair, including highly-customized human-hair extensions, additions, fillers, wigs, and a genius at hair color. Along with his team of exceptional beauty specialists, like Ivy, they will fulfill your every hair need, no matter what it is. The Madison Avenue salon recently opened its Couture Hair Boutique, to showcase the range of extensions, wigs, and additions available to make it easier for clients to choose an option that suits them and their lifestyle.

Could you use a little hair pampering right now? Are you ready to treat yourself fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon?

This Winter, Indulge Your Hair in Brazilian Beauty with Novex Hair Care

The cold winter weather can create a bit of havoc on your hair, why not treat it to a tropical escape, specifically, a Brazilian one. There’s no denying that Brazilian women have some of the most enviable hair. Now you can achieve a head full of incredibly soft, lush hair with Brazilian hair care brand, Novex Hair Care, and their six collections of hair care products formulated for your various hair needs – Novex Brazilian Keratin (smoothing and deep repair), Novex Olive Oil (deep hydration), Novex Bamboo Sprout (hair growth and strength), Novex Argan Oil (frizz control), Novex My Curls (curls and hydration), and the newest launch, Novex Coconut Oil (nourishment and silkiness). The cold weather can cause split ends, dry scalp, leave you with dry frizzy hair, and non-stop bad hair days that can last the entire season. Your hair is literally crying out for more moisture. Are you ready to give your hair back the strength, moisture, and beauty it knows with Novex Hair Care?

Novex Brazilian Keratin

Keratin is the primary protein found in hair particles and is essential for healthy hair. However, 70-80% of the keratin in hair is lost due to blow drying, curling irons, straighteners, sun rays, excessive heat and dryness and other harmful chemicals. Novex Hair Care Keratin reinforces the structure of the hair and results in shiny, soft hair with natural movement.

Novex Olive Oil

With an innovative formula using the finest Portuguese Olive Oil, Novex Olive Oil treats dry hair by giving deep hydration and protection. Ideal for curly and wavy hair, the family of Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioning Treatments will provide all day shine, protection, and life into curls.

Novex Bamboo Sprout

With super concentrated actives from Bamboo and enriched with a mixture of amino acids, minerals and Vitamins A, B and C, Novex Hair Care Bamboo is ideal for broken/weak hair that needs an extra dose of strength and growth. The shampoo and conditioning treatments are specifically developed to naturally strengthen the hair and stimulate the roots for growth.

Novex Argan Oil

Enriched with pure Argan Oil from Morocco, Novex Hair Care Argan Oil is full of powerful moisture and natural antioxidants for the hair. Ideal for straight hair and extensions, Novex Argan Oil repairs damages on the cellular membrane of the hair particles, increasing the strength of the capillary fiber and restoring shine and smoothness on hair. Split ends are reversed and hair is no longer frizzy, dry or dull.

Novex My Curls

Novex My Curls is specially created to take curls and give them movement and lots of hydration. Since curly hair requires a lot of moisture, Novex combined 7 hydrating oils into the My Curls products. These include Olive, Argan, Ojon, Monoi, Coconut, Shea Butter and Moringa Oils. This special mix of oils will bring curly hair intense hydration, nutrition, anti-frizz and spectacular shine. Cranberry, the small but powerful fruit, also helps shape the curls perfectly while maintaining shine.

Novex Coconut Oil

The newest Novex Hair Care products are enriched with the purest Coconut Oil from Brazil and Vitamin E, resulting in an intense treatment to repair dry and undisciplined hair. It restores shine and prolongs a smoother and straight effect on the hair.

Could your hair use a little Brazilian beauty escape and rescue from hair damage? Then you will love these Novex Hair Care products.

Celebrating 45 Years of Dark and Lovely Hair Care for Women of Color

We recently helped celebrate a great milestone in African American beauty. This year, Dark and Lovely hair care celebrates 45 years of catering to the haircare and styling needs of women of color. The event highlighted Dark and Lovely’s rich heritage and impact the brand has made in the beauty and fashion in the African-American community from it’s creation in the 1970’s, to today.

To commemorate this milestone in haircare, brand ambassador, actress, and singer Demetria McKinney, welcomed the crowd with her latest single, as well as singing the brand’s praises.

 “To have 45 years of excellence, to have 45 years of beauty, to have 45 years of empowerment – that’s what Dark and Lovely is. “To be a brand ambassador for this brand has been an awesome, awesome journey!”

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Although she couldn’t make the event, actress Teyonah Parris, the newest brand ambassador for Dark and Lovely hair care welcomed the crowd of attendees with a video message stating her excitement to be part of the hair care brand.

“I am thrilled to be able to help Dark and Lovely celebrate their 45th anniversary and I am so excited to be the newest brand ambassador. “I grew up using Dark and Lovely products and I’m so proud to be able to represent the brand as an ambassador. It is a privilege to celebrate this significant milestone during Black History Month.”

After Demetria’s wonderful performance, we journeyed through the influential African-American hairstyles of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s; from afros and finger waves to braids, and flowing layers, each highlighting an essential Dark and Lovely hair care product. Fun fact about the iconic brand – did you know Dark and Lovely was introduced as the first hair color product formulated specifically for African American women? The brand has, of course, expanded to a wide range of deep conditioning treatments, shampoos, fade-resistant hair colors, relaxers, styling products, and a full line of products specifically designed for naturally curly hair.

Making their debut at the event were two new collections: Dark and Lovely Color-Gloss Ultra Radiant Color Crème, a no-ammonia natural-looking hair color infused with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Pomegranate, that gives natural looking color, while delivering a glossy shine; the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Clumping Curl Clay Cleanser, and Clumping Curl Crème Gel, a care and styling duo formulated with Coconut Oil and Argan Oil, to help define naturally curly hair and reduce frizz.

The Dark and Lovely hair care event was capped off with the brand awarding five wonderful students with scholarships totaling $10,000 and assigned them to be mentored by L’Oréal USA senior-level executives as part of the Young Women with a Purpose Project, in partnership with The Tom Joyner Foundation. Scholarship winners include Ashani Scales of Delaware State University, Renea Young of Mississippi Valley State University, Hollye Weekes of Wiley College, Kimberly Burton, and Cherise McAdoo of Hampton University.

Photo Credit – Joe Chea

Are you excited for the latest Dark and Lovely hair care launches? What’s your favorite Dark and Lovely products? To learn more about these products, head to Dark and Lovely.

Spotlight on What’s New in Beauty: BeautyPress Spotlight Day

The beauty industry is always evolving, so there’s always new products hitting the market. New beauty product launches are necessary as our needs change and evolve for skincare, makeup, and personal care products. We got reacquainted with BeautyPress, a digital communication tool that connects international and local beauty brands with media, for their BeautyPress Spotlight Day. At this most recent Spotlight Day product showcase, we got a chance to preview several beauty products from Mirai Clinical, BCL Naturals, Note Beauty, Parodi Professional Care, PrivateRX, and Summer’s Eve.

Mirai Clinical

The philosophy behind Mirai Clinical is less is more. They believe in a simplified approach to skincare where the fewer products you use, the healthier your skin. The wonderful products we were introduced to include the Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash, a sulfate-free cleanser that cleanses, moisturizes and softens your skin without stripping it of its natural protective oils; the Instantly Purifying & Cooling Spritzer, a light, grapefruit-scented spray which helps keep you dry and provides superior deodorant protection whenever and wherever you need it; the Moisture Lock-in Facial Cotton sheets, a quick and effective way of boosting your skin’s moisture for glowing skin that adjusts to any face shape and is super easy to carry; and the Deodorizing Hair Brush Liner, a deodorizing liner made with natural persimmon extract which acts as a dry shampoo, prevents static, absorbs dirt, sprays, and gels without harmful aerosols.

BCL Naturals Hair Care

New haircare launch product, BCL Naturals, features eight products that provide result-based formulas for the most common hair types. The brand’s products are Sulfate-free, Paraben-free, color safe, gluten-free, contain no Phthalates or GMOs, and is offered in two hair categories, an Intense Hydration collection, which moisturizes and nourishes dry, frizzy, dull hair with soothing lavender and avocado, and essential oils; and a Repair and Reconstruct collection containing minerals and proteins which strengthens, smooths, and provides heat protection for damaged, overworked hair leaving it moisturized and fortified with every wash. All BCL Naturals products are available at Sally Beauty.

NOTE Cosmetics

This three-year-old cosmetics brand is getting plenty of attention and it certainly did get ours at the BeautyPress Spotlight Day, where they introduced their two newest products, Sunglow Foundation, a lustrous liquid glow and highlighter designed to achieve a natural, dewy, radiant complexion; and the Ultra Rich Color Lipstick, a light, ultra-creamy lipstick with a unique combination of argan oil and cocoa butter that protects, moisturizes and reduces fine lines around the lip contour area. All NOTE Cosmetics Ultra Rich Color Lipstick shades are available nationwide and online at www.NoteCosmetics.com; a select assortment of Ultra Rich Lipstick shades will be available on www.Forever21.com, and www.Ulta.com.

Parodi Professional Care

Are your hands frequently exposed to water, chemicals, heat, gloves, dry weather or other irritants? Then the Parodi Professional Care Daily Moisturizing, and Professional Care Intensive Moisturizing Hand Creams are the perfect solutions for you. The highly concentrated fast absorbing, non-greasy formulas are actually based on the nourishment of a face cream providing immediate comfort to dry, dehydrated skin and overworked hands. Could your feet need some pampering and protection as well? The brand also offers two footwear products, Smoothing Exfoliant for Feet, a gentle chemical, and physical exfoliant that helps feet feel smooth, soft and refreshed; and Nourishing Foot Cream, a moisturizing foot cream that softens, soothes and hydrates dry, tired feet, keeps callouses under control and moisturizes the skin. Parodi products are available on the recommendation of salon professionals or purchase directly at www.parodicare.com.

PrivateRX Intimate Skin Care Products

Did you know you can help fight the effects of aging and damaged skin of a woman’s most intimate area? With the products from the PrivateRX Intimate Skin Care, you can. As estrogen levels decline, so does a woman’s natural lubrication prior to, or during menopause resulting in undernourished, under-hydrated, aged skin. PrivateRx products can help firm, soothe, tighten and moisturize while gently delivering powerful anti-aging benefits in a safe and gentle way. The products we were introduced to at  BeautyPress Spotlight Day include the Internal Vaginal Moisturizer, a long-lasting super-moisturizing system to help reduce vaginal dryness for comfort and confidence; the External Vaginal Moisturizer, a unique skin treatment that moisturizes the external vaginal area to help alleviate dryness; the Personal Vaginal Lubricant, the ultimate lubricant to safely enhance sexual pleasure and also provides relief from vaginal dryness; Cooling Pads, antioxidant cleansing wipes to help prevent bumps, irritation and ingrown hair caused by shaving or waxing; and Soothing Serum, an intense, super-moisturizing aftercare product to help prevent irritation and ingrown hair caused by shaving or waxing. The products are available online at www.privaterx.com, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, and more.

Summer’s Eve

For those moments when you need to freshen up while on the go, Summer’s Eve adds Cleansing Cloths to their product lineup of Cleansing Washes, Night-time Cleansing Wash, and Freshening Sprays. Like the washes, these individually packaged packettes (16-count) or the soft pack ( 32-count) of cloths come in a variety of scents including Aloe Love, Island Splash, Sheer Floral, and Simply Sensitive.  The lightly fragranced cleansing cloths provide an easy and discreet way to feel confidently fresh when you need to quickly wipe away odor-causing bacteria. Summer’s Eve is available at mass retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.summerseve.com.

Now that we’ve shared the products we saw at BeautyPress Spotlight Day, let us know what you think. Have you used any of these beauty, skin care, and personal care products?

 

GIVEAWAY & DEAL on DESSANGE Professional Hair Products at Target

Wouldn’t you love to indulge your hair in luxury? Of course, who wouldn’t but the reality is luxury equals unattainable for the masses. Well, we’re here to tell you, that’s not always true. During this week, October 30th – November 5th, you can indulge your tresses in luxury at a discounted price. DESSANGE Professional hair products, including their Purifying Clay collection (pictured below), is 25% off at all Target locations…but this wonderful deal ends at the end of this week. To celebrate this great savings deal (and in honor of our birthday!!), one very lucky My Life on and off the Guest List reader will win the DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury Purifying Clay Balancing Pre-Shampoo Mask and the DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo. Ready for your hair to be pampered?

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DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury Purifying Clay Balancing Pre-Shampoo Mask
This first clay-in-mask pre-shampoo regulating treatment specifically targets an oily scalp with a breakthrough skin purifying technology. The 30% mineral green clay concentration works to absorb sebum excess and regulate oil production over time while the professional application brush, allows for even, targeted coverage. Your scalp is left deeply purified, helping to drastically reduce excess oil production. Dating back to ancient times, the virtues of clay have been used for centuries in cosmetic and therapeutic remedies to absorb sebum, eliminate toxins and serve as an antiseptic. Use the Purifying Clay Balancing Pre-Shampoo Mask once a week on dry hair, applying it generously to the roots with the application brush. Leave on your hair for five to ten minutes and rinse thoroughly. This hair detoxifier regularly retails for $11.99, get it for less this week, exclusively at Target.

DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo
The second step to the Purifying Clay system, the pro-vitamin b5 enhanced shampoo helps to minimize oily roots and produce soft, perfectly balanced hair. Pro-vitamin b5 is known for its protective properties of the fiber capillary, helping repair and soften your hair from roots to ends. Your hair and scalp will become re-balanced and with the added benefit of the Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo’s light cherry, violet, and vanilla scent. After using the pre-shampoo mask, rinse your hair with the regulating shampoo to help balance hair. This enriched shampoo normally retails for $9.99, get it for less this week, exclusively at Target.

As we previously mentioned, we’re giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win both of the DESSANGE Professional Hair Products. For your chance to win, enter via our Rafflecopter entry form below:

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Pretty in Pink: OK! Magazine and SPLAT Haircolor Event w/ Ariana Madix

As you’re well aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’re already highlighted several products that you can purchase to support the cause year’ round (and we will be highlighting more soon). Today we’re highlighting a wonderful event we attended to raise awareness for Breast cancer and early stage detection. OK! Magazine and SPLAT Haircolor, with host Ariana Madix from Vanderpump Rules, treated invited guests to a sake bar, delicious pink treats, pink SPLAT hair accents, polish changes with a pink Breast Cancer nail decal, and a SPLAT photo booth at the OK! Magazine and SPLAT Haircolor Pink Hair, We Care event.

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OK! Magazine and SPLAT Haircolor offered guests hair styling with two pink SPLAT Hair Chalk colors – Dusty Rose, and the new Pink Hearts (featured above). SPLAT Hair Chalk is a beautiful way to add pastel color highlights to your hair. The chalk slides on dry and instantly adds just the right touch of color. SPLAT Hair Chalk comes housed in a small compact that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, making it easy to hold onto and apply to your hair. The result is a soft color that is easy to brush, curl or style after application.

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We had a great time talking all things beauty with Celebrity Colorist Stephanie Brown and OK! Magazine Beauty Editor Alana Peden, as we sipped on Bartenura Moscato, and indulged in pink cupcakes, and other delicious sweet treats.

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The evening ended with fun pics at the photo booth, the opportunity to take home the SPLAT Hair Chalk in our choice of pink hue and a promise to rock pink hair to show that we care. There’s still time to show your support for the cause and of course you can support Breast Cancer research all year round and not just in October.