GIVEAWAY: ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint in Four New Colors

Ask anyone who loves kissing, they’re nothing like the feel of soft lips. As we enter the season of cooler, dryer temperatures, keeping your lips properly moisturized is essential. Why not do something good for your lips every day! Who better than the original lip balm (ChapStick lip balm was created in the early 1880’s) to nourish, smooth, and instantly moisturize your lips. Of course, the ChapStick lip balm we’re highlighting today does more than just moisturize, it colors as well. The ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint lip balms now come in four new colors, and we’re celebrating with a giveaway. We’re giving away a few tubes of all the colors of ChapStick’s Total Hydration Moisture+Tint lip balm to our wonderful readers.

Joining the already available three colors, Merlot, Rose Petal, Coral Blush, is four new on-trend shades to enhance your natural lip color. ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint now, which retails for $4.99 each, comes in NEW Pink Nude, Flaunt it Fuchsia, Hello Bordeaux, and House Red (all of which are featured above). That’s a total of seven shades to enhance your natural lip color with a hint of alluring tint. ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint boasts an advanced moisturizing formula with raspberry seed, jojoba oils, and shea butter that instantly smoothes and moisturizes your lips. These moisturizing lip balms are also sulfate-free, phthalate-free, and paraben-free. Are you ready for incredibly soft, kissable lips?

As we previously stated, we’re doing a giveaway of all seven colors of the ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint lip balms. How many winners? We’re not sure yet, maybe five, maybe 10, but the winners will receive at least three colors from the available seven. So be sure to let us know which colors are your top three favorites. To enter our ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint lip balm giveaway, enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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Coconut Beauty Products to Celebrate World Coconut Day

We already know about the amazing benefits of coconut oil and that’s why coconut-based products continue to win fans all over the world in every consumer product category, be it food, alcohol, and of course beauty products. In honor of the upcoming World Coconut Day, celebrated on September 2nd, we’re sharing some of our favorite coconut beauty products. We fell in love with the nourishing Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula products (yes your favorite cocoa butter beauty brand now also makes coconut oil based products), Tree Hut’s Coconut Lime Collection, and Simply Summer’s Eve Coconut Water cleansing products. What better way to celebrate World Coconut Day than to slather ourselves in this tropical fruit.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula

All of Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula products contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut and Tahitian Monoï Oils, and infused with Tiaré flower petals. Try the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion, Hand Cream or their favorite Swivel Stick products, which are all infused with natural ingredients, to deliver luxuriously rich moisturization for wonderfully pampered skin.
For more Palmer’s Coconut Oil goodness, try Palmer’s range of Coconut Oil Facial products that harnesses all of the nourishing, skin-transforming properties of raw coconut oil and Tahitian Monoї to restore your skin’s natural radiance. The product line includes a Cleansing Balm, Facial Oil, Facial Moisturizer, Facial Mask and Facial Scrub. Each product is formulated without harsh ingredients to hydrate and revitalize skin for a healthy, luminous complexion.
Of course, with Palmer’s, your skin ain’t the only thing being pampered. Want healthier hair? Hair that is stronger and shinier from within? Try the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Haircare line! The hair care range includes a Shampoo and Conditioner, Protein Pack, Dry Oil Mist, Hair Polisher serum and a few others, each product is formulated with raw, natural ingredients deeply hydrate, repair damage and give hair incredible shine.

Tree Hut’s Coconut Lime

Experience the luscious, tropical scent of Coconut and Lime at home! Tree Hut’s Natural Coconut and Lime skin care offerings condition damaged skin. Infused with Certified Organic Shea Butter, Coconut, and Lime Extracts, and an array of natural oils, you can’t go wrong with Tree Hut’s Sugar Scrub, Body Butter, Hand Lotion or Body Wash.

Simply Summer’s Eve Coconut Water

Pump up your freshness with Simply Summer’s Eve Coconut Water Gentle Foaming Wash or Cleansing Cloths!
Formulated with Coconut Extract, this range of delightful and refreshing cleansing products will leave you feeling fresh all day! Infused with botanical extracts to cater to your most intimate parts, the Coconut Water Gentle Foaming Wash and Cloths works with a woman’s body to help maintain a natural pH level.

What do you think of these coconut-based products for World Coconut Day? What coconut products will you be enjoying on September 2nd?

Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer: Heal and Hide Your Imperfections

Our day to day involves a lot of multitasking, so of course, we want everything in our lives and around us to make our lives easier by multitasking as well. This week we were introduced to a wonderful beauty product that helps us in two ways – hiding, and healing our imperfections. As you all know, when you stay up late (in our case, to write), and significantly reduce your beauty sleep, you end up looking worse for wear. This lack of sleep can have a momentous effect on your skin. Your skin can end up looking tired, blotchy, and stressed from possible breakouts. Thanks to Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer, not only can you hide those skin imperfections, you can treat them as well.

Infused with tea tree oil, the multitasking, lightweight yet creamy Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer tackles blemishes, making your skin clearer while temporarily concealing redness and dark spots for all around coverage and a clear face. Does your concealer do that? For those who are not aware of the full benefits of this natural antibacterial disinfectant, Tea Tree Oil has amazing medicinal benefits. Tea Tree Oil is an excellent natural remedy for hundreds of bacterial and fungal skin issues such as acne, abscess, oily skin, and many others. This is why adding this vital healing ingredient to a concealer, a beauty product we use every day is brilliant.

The Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer is available in five colors: Vanilla, Cool Rose, Shell, Almond, and Deep Beige (Deep Beige is only available in the UK). With the applicator, apply a dot of healing tea tree concealer over blemishes. Pat in gently with finger tips and set with powder. Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer is available exclusively at Ulta and www.Ulta.com.

What are your thoughts on this healing concealer? Could the Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer help your skin?

Surviving Summer with Essence Cosmetics Beauty Products

We are in full makeup emergency mode. The summer’s humidity has been very disrespectful to our beauty routine and makeup applications. We leave our apartment looking fresh faced and well put together, but once we step one foot outside, our makeup almost immediately starts melting down our face. Like we said, the humidity is disrespectful. Luckily we can combat the effects of the ever increasing humidity’s effect on our makeup, without breaking the bank, with the following essence cosmetics beauty products. With the following affordable, fun, and high-quality essence cosmetics products, we’re keeping the shine where it’s supposed to be, on our lips, eyelids, and cheeks……and off our overall face.

The above essence cosmetics beauty products featured include:

  1. extreme long lasting eye pencils ($2.99) – this waterproof pencil glides on smooth and new pencil delivery system keeps the formula from drying out. It is available in 6 shades – black love, but first espresso, black midnight sky, nighttime in the jungle, rockin’ taupe, and silky nude.
  2. volume stylist 18h curl & hold mascara ($4.99) – this innovative system lasts for up to 18 hours and uses special micro-styling waxes to deliver long-lasting volume & curl via a paddle brush wand applicator.
  3. volume stylist 18h lash extension mascara ($4.99) – enriched with lengthening fibers for volume & length, the fiber wand designed to reach each & every lash.
  4. shine shine shine lip gloss ($2.99) – available in 6 shades, this high shine lip gloss glides on smooth with a highly-pigmented finish with an applicator that ensures precise application. Shades include: behind the scenes, smile sparkle shine, friends of glamour, flirt alert, happiness in a bottle, and runway your way.
  5. instant matt makeup setting spray ($4.99) – a transparent mist that sprays on top of makeup to refresh your complexion and eliminate shine and oil. Suitable for all skin types. This, in collaboration with the “all about matt fixing powder waterproof”, has saved our makeup over the past few days and kept us from suffering from melting makeup.
  6. make me matt lip top coat **not pictured ($4.49) – transform any shiny lipstick into a matt, never chalky finish. It will leave your lips soft.
  7. all about matt fixing powder waterproof ($4.49) – a translucent powder that can be applied on top of any foundation to mattify your skin and set makeup. It withstands humidity and mattifies skin all day. This item has been a godsend. We no longer fear venturing outside.
  8. eye & face palette ($5.99) – this neutral palette contains shades for eye and face including 4 shadows, blush & highlighter, and 2 shade collections.

Are you a fan of essence cosmetics beauty products? What are your favorites from this affordable beauty brand? The essence cosmetics beauty product collection is available on www.essencemakeup.com and at Target, Ulta and Forever 21.

Skin Deep: Proactiv Launches NEW ProactivMD System

We’ve all seen the commercials with the amazing before and after results using Proactiv. Because of those ads, most of us, yours truly included, couldn’t wait to get our hands on this breakthrough acne treatment regime. Well, Proactiv is blowing us away again with the introduction of their brand new acne-fighting ProactivMD System. This new acne treating system contains Adapalene, the first prescription-strength retinoid that is FDA approved to treat acne without a prescription.

Adapalene is the first new acne-fighting ingredient to be introduced to the over the counter market in over 30 years. Proactiv’s NEW ProactivMD is a next-generation 3-step acne treatment system which consists of four products, a Deep Cleansing Face Wash, Balancing Toner, Daily Oil Control for morning use only, and Adapalene Gel 0.1% for nighttime use only. ProactivMD’s Adapalene works at the cellular level to help clear acne where it starts and prevent future breakouts from forming…. beneath the skin. As it clears up your blemishes, it also helps restore your skin’s tone and texture, unblocks and shrinks clogged pores, and reduces acne redness and inflammation.

  • Step 1: Deep Cleansing Face Wash: gentle daily cleanser, developed for acne-prone skin, combines glycolic acid and smooth exfoliating beads to clear dirt and debris from pores and gently resurface skin for a smoother, softer looking complexion.
  • Step 2: Cleansing Balancing Toner: an alcohol-free toner helps balance skin’s pH levels and removes impurities lodged deep within pores. This toner is alcohol-free and contains a light astringent to sweep away impurities leaving skin feeling fresh, revitalized and balanced.
  • Step 3 (Morning): Daily Oil Control SPF 30: a lightweight, 3-in-1 moisturizer helps hydrate skin, control shine and protect from harmful UVA/UVB rays. The gentle formula absorbs quickly, is non-comedogenic and free of oil and fragrance. Apply liberally to face and neck each morning at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure.
  • Step 3 (Night): Adapalene Gel 0.1%: A topical retinoid medication is used to battle acne and treat blemishes. Adapalene helps speed acne healing, prevents new acne from forming, and reduces redness and inflammation while restoring an even skin tone and texture.

“I see patients every day with low self-esteem and poor self-confidence due to their acne. The new ProactivMD system offers an easy-to-use solution with Adapalene that is scientifically proven to reduce acne. I am excited that my patients now have easy access to an affordable system that I know from first-hand experience will help their acne and make them look and feel great!” said Proactiv dermatologist partner Dr. Ted Lain.

The 3-step ProactivMD system is available now at $29.95 monthly for non-members on www.Proactiv.com, or by calling 800-235-605.

Leading Beauty Innovator, Reshma Beauty, Comes to the US

More and more people are adopting natural beauty practices and products made with natural ingredients, with many looking to other cultures’ beauty secrets. South Asia has been the leading innovator of beauty secrets from the beginning of time. We were recently introduced to a range of haircare, and skincare products that use age-old beauty secrets and ingredients the mainstream public is just now discovering. Reshma Beauty products, the finest quality of innovative henna-based hair and skin care products, which has completely blown us away, was founded on the science of natural herbs.

Reshma Beauty products share the tradition of all-natural, green, healthy and safe beauty options that the people of the South Asia region have been enjoying for centuries, with the world. Their wonderfully affordable range of products includes Classic Henna, 30 Minute Henna, Skin Care, Oils, Beauty Soaps, and the newly added Henna Infused Deep Conditioner.

We’ve been having one hell of a time indulging in the various Reshma Beauty products. Two of our all time favorite products are the above Reshma Multani Mitti-Fuller’s Earth Mask, $7.99, an all-natural cleansing and clarifying clay mask that comes from a rock originating from India. A clay mask that works wonders on acne-prone and oily skin and is amazing at removing excess oil. leaving your skin feeling fresh, clean, radiant and toned; and the Reshma Ubtan Exfoliator and Face Mask, an all-natural mask, boasting a special blend of herbs, such as turmeric, that brightens and exfoliates your skin by removing toxins. The Ubtan Exfoliator and Face Mask, $7.99, also helps remove dark circles and bags under the eyes and leaves skin soft, smooth and radiant. Our skin is always left feeling incredibly soft and smooth, like baby’s butt smooth. So soft we can’t stop touching our face.

Another Reshma Beauty product we’re addicted to is the Reshma Turmeric Soap, $5.99, a deep moisturizing, powerful antioxidant and anti-aging bar infused with orange peel, rosemary, and an infusion of various oils, such as olive and coconut oil. Although we haven’t tried it yet (we’re still happily using the Turmeric soap), Reshma Beauty also offers a Rosemary Soap, $5.99, that is designed for oily skin, helps prevent inflammation, moisturizes, tones and rehydrates your skin. There are so many amazing products to fall in love with from Reshma Beauty, such as their Henna Infused Oils, $7.99, available for dry and damaged hair, normal hair, and dry scalp & thinning hair; and their Henna-Infused Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, $3.99, which increases moisture and repairs hair damage.

Hair product lovers and all colorists will find themselves weak to the Reshma Beauty’s Classic Henna, and 30 Minute Henna Hair colors ($7.99 each). These 100% Natural Henna semi-permanent hair colors contain no ammonia or peroxide, the henna not only conditions your hair as you’re coloring it, it also protects your hair from the sun and dirt. We haven’t tried it yet but we’re dying to try the Natural Midnight Blue. Our aunt used the 30 Minute Natural Black and she loved the results, noting her hair was left with a variety of deep rich tones that still looked very natural.

Reshma Beauty is named after its creator, Reshma Dordi, a former Miss LA India, director, and producer who created and maintained this leading and in demand henna beauty business in the South Asian market for over the last 20 years. Reshma Beauty is ready to introduce their innovative haircare and skincare products to the US market, especially as we beauty lovers are straying further and further away from chemical-based beauty products

Want to try some of Reshma’s healthy and environmentally friendly beauty products? Visit www.reshmabeauty.com to begin your journey.

MURAD Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment for Acne Awareness Month

There are so many notable things to observe this month, we’ve honored and made note of a few, now it’s time to bring attention to another. It’s observation of a skin problem that plagues just about every teenager on Earth, and quite a few adults, with sufferers totaling in the double-digit millions, that skin condition? Acne! While many may only experience an occasional breakout or one or two pimples, zits, or blemishes here and there, many severe acne sufferers are quite emotionally impacted by this skin disease. As almost lifelong acne sufferers ourselves, we’re always on the lookout for solutions to our acne issues, and with June being National Acne Awareness Month, what better time to explore new acne fighting solutions, like the NEW Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment.

Just in time for Acne Awareness Month, Murad has added a new acne fighting solution to their sought after, and award-winning Acne Control collection (some of which are pictured below in their Advanced Breakout Control Regimen 7-Piece kit), scientifically proven to clear current breakouts and help prevent new blemishes from forming. We sometimes experience large, red, and painful breakouts called cystic acne, a painful annoyance that can take weeks to fully disappear, the perfect blemish candidate to try Murad’s latest acne relief on.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, which launched on June 1st, is a fast-acting, invisible gel that reduces blemish size and redness in just four hours. This newest acne fighter boasts a powerful, next-generation formula, and features the maximum strength of Salicylic Acid (2%, the highest percentage available without a prescription) to clear pores, smooth skin and treat acne at the source by killing bacteria.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is formulated with a patented complex that features thyme and pine extracts to fight irritants while preserving your skin’s natural balance. Horse chestnut and oat extracts help to reduce redness and soothe the skin, for an even and clearer complexion. A recent Murad sponsored study showed that 97% of acne sufferers agreed their blemish appearance improved after just one day of using the Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, something we can attest to as well.

The 0.5 oz tube of Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is available now nationwide and retails for $22.00. Like all other Murad skincare products, you will find this newest product on www.Murad.com.

Kiehl’s and Saks Fifth Avenue Celebrate Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons

Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Saks Fifth Avenue, in collaboration with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), and Art Production Fund, celebrated two new works of art from an iconic artist; the stunning and larger-than-life public art installation of the Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons, in Rockefeller Center, and the Limited Edition Kiehl’s x Jeff Koons collectible tin, in honor of National Missing Children’s Month in May.

With an incredible city of New York as its backdrop, the 45-foot inflatable Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons structure, co-presented by the non-profit Art Production Fund, based on a small porcelain figurine, depicts a seated ballerina from the artist’s iconic Antiquity series and represents Kiehl’s commitment to community spirit and the greater good.

From May 2nd to May 31st, Kiehl’s will donate 100% of the net profits from the sales of any product in the Midnight Recovery Collection, up to $100,000, to benefit ICMEC. Any customer who purchases any item in the range will be able to take home their own work of art from one of the foremost internationally recognized and celebrated American contemporary artists.

Midnight Recovery Concentrate: In 2010, Kiehl’s Since 1851 became a pioneer in the face oil category when it introduced the first anti-aging facial oil treatment, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a potent blend of botanical extracts that replenishes skin overnight when skin actively repairs itself from daily damage endured throughout the day. The 99% naturally-derived formula is paraben-free and features a powerhouse blend of active botanical and essential oils that work all night to replenish lipids for a fresher and more radiant appearance by morning. $46/1 oz.
Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil: This non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic innovation cleanses deeply while maintaining the skin barrier and leaving no residue, eliminating the need for double-cleansing. This formula contains the “Midnight Recovery blend” of naturally derived ingredients found in the serum: squalane, evening primrose oil and aromatic lavender essential oil to leave skin feeling soft and supple. $32/5.9 oz.

Midnight Recovery Eye: This overnight elixir was specifically designed to addresses three of the top under-eye concerns of women in the United States – puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles overnight. The non-migrating cream-to-oil formula is paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free and mineral oil-free. $37/.5 oz.

On hand to celebrate, as always, were Fashion designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, the “lumberjacks of fashion” and founders of Costello Tagliapietra (we swear we want to just hug them forever ever time we see them), Kiehl’s Since 1851 CEO Chris Salgardo, and the renown artist himself, Jeff Koons.

“We’re thrilled to continue what’s become a Kiehl’s tradition of partnering with Jeff Koons,” says Chris
Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s US. “With 465,000 children reported missing last year in the United
States, it’s gratifying to know that via this fourth partnership Jeff Koons and the International Centre for
Missing & Exploited Children we are able to make a difference in the lives of our children.”

Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons will remain up at Rockefeller Center until June 2, 2017, so you can visit it at any time.