Personal Care: Goodbye Hot Girl Summer, Hello Fall Freshness

Hot Girl Summer may be coming to an end but the high humidity can still make things uncomfortable. We’ll soon be enjoying the cooler days of fall, but we’re not quite safe from chafing or not-so-fresh days. There are still plenty of days to rock your cutest short skirts and shorts, but anyone with ample thighs knows that can lead to chafing. The warm moisture of humidity can stay on our skin longer. This leaves us feeling even hotter, and those last few hot girl summer days quite unbearable since your body has a harder time cooling off. Thankfully there are wonderful products from the biggest feminine personal care brands to help you survive the last few days of hot girl summer, and ease you into the comfortably cool freshness of fall.

Summer’s Eve Sunset Oasis Cleansing Cloths

Only Summer’s Eve gives you 5 fresh benefits in 1 convenient cloth. It gently cleanses and freshens, removes odor-causing bacteria, is pH-balanced, free from dyes and Parabens, is clinically tested, and boasts safe scents. The individually packed Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths are convenient for on the go use. They are perfect for when you don’t have time to hop in the shower. These signature pH-balanced cleansing cloths are great for in-between times, like after the gym but before your day gets started, or as a quick refresher between work and happy hour. The cloths are Dermatologist and Gynecologist tested and are specially formulated for your external vaginal area. They are designed to wipe away odor-causing bacteria so you can stay fresh and clean all day long.

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel

The Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel combines the protective benefits of lotion and powder in one great solution. It provides daily prevention from skin chafing, redness, and irritation caused by moisture, heat, exercise, and shaving. Those of you with ample thighs will love that it protects the skin with a smooth, breathable, moisture control barrier. The fragrance-free formula dries to a silky finish that is non-greasy and won’t stain clothing. As women, our vaginal health is an important part of our total well-being.

So if you’re worried about making summer 2019 the best one yet…Don’t! Be unapologetically YOU with the help of Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel and Summer’s Eve Sunset Oasis Cleansing Cloths.

Fountain of Truth Eco-luxe products

Discovering The Fountain of Truth: Eco-Luxe Skincare Products

The search for the Fountain of Youth will never end. Man’s has search for the key to eternal youth continue on throughout our lives. And while the evasive location alludes us, we rely on science to help us achieve youthful appearances and slow down the signs of aging. Thanks to the combination of science and nature, eco-luxe brands like, Fountain of Truth, are able to reverse the appearance of aging with their mindfully created skincare. Fountain of Truth, created by Giuliana Rancic, boasts clean beauty products made with natural and non-toxic ingredients. Their proprietary Super Bio-Ferment Complex features clean, safe, gentle, and highly effective, fermented, skin-loving botanical ingredients.

Fountain of Truth Eco-luxe products

Fountain of Truth recently launched two new skincare products: the Magic Wand Sculpting Eye Roller, a lifesaver when waking up at the crack of dawn; and the Skin Nutrition Booster Kit, a trio of skin-loving facial serums that will save your skin from dehydration and the stress from planning your day to day. We’ve been using both (most the Magic Wand Sculpting Eye Roller) to the delight of our skin. Keep reading for details on these everyday eco-luxe solutions to achieving a more youthful-looking complexion without having to sacrifice performance.

Fountain Of Truth Skin Nutrition Booster Kit, $64.99

Fountain of Truth Eco-luxe products

The Fountain of Truth™ Skin Nutrition Booster Kit Facial Serums includes three powerful, potent, fast-absorbing concentrates. Whether your skin is feeling dehydrated one day or stressed the next, this kit has your skin solution. The serums can be used after cleansing and before moisturizing or mixed into your favorite Fountain of Truth leave-on product. All three serums include Fountain of Truth’s Super Bio-Ferment System, which helps to achieve softer, smoother, more luminous skin.

  • Bright – For that “outer glow” with this super brightening formula that includes Vitamin C, Magnesium & Licorice Root Extract
  • Hydrated – This moisture-rich serum with Sodium Hyaluronate & Vitamin B5, plumps the look of skin with hydration and brings back supple softness.
  • Calm – Skin going crazy, meet your match. This formula with niacinamide and zinc in this formula helps soothe stressed-out skin.

Fountain of Truth Magic Wand Sculpting Eye Roller, $60.00

Fountain of Truth Eco-luxe products

The magic happens with Fountain of Truth’s silky, weightless eyecream that helps fight visible signs of aging around the eyes. This Bright-Eyes Complex is rich in probiotic-derived ingredients, green tea, and pomegranate extracts; it helps to smooth away the look of fine lines and wrinkles, while caffeine extract works to diminish the appearance of dark circles and under-eye puffiness. Its unique metal, double ball applicator feels cool on contact and stimulates microcirculation while providing targeted application of the cream to enhance the formula’s benefits. Since we began using it about a week ago, we’ve noticed a big difference is the puffiness under our eyes; a side effect when ou’re up all night writing. Unlike our previous eyecreams, we found no need to pop this in the fridge to get the cool feeling.

Both the Magic Wand Sculpting Eye Roller and Skin Nutrition Booster Kit are available now at www.fountainoftruthbeauty.com and Ulta Stores.

Labotica True Nature Sheet Masks

Labotica True Nature Masks by Leaders Cosmetics

We recently read an article about a study from the World Health Organization that found microplastics in drinking water. Another article that found microplastics in the air and in raindrops. As you can imagine, a buildup of microplastics in our system can be detrimental to our bodies. So, of course, we must be a bit more discerning about what we put in and on our bodies. Since skincare products are absorbed into the skin, we started paying more attention to beauty products. We were recently introduced to the Labotica True Nature masks by Leaders Cosmetics, a range of environmentally-friendly, hypoallergenic sheet masks made with natural organic ingredients.

Labotica True Nature Sheet Masks

Every formulation of Leaders Cosmetics’ Korean sheet masks is developed by a group of 15 leading dermatologists; their goal is to provide pure, natural and effective skincare. Leaders Cosmetics empower women to take care of themselves from the inside out. Their skincare products and formulations work in just 20 minutes of “me time”; and we all know how important self-care is. The Labotica True Nature masks boast four skin-loving sheet masks, each geared toward resolving a skin issue.

Labotica True Nature Sheet Masks

Labotica True Nature Brightening Mask – Perfect for those looking for a visibly brighter skin tone. The Rosa Damascena Flower Extract helps provide excellent brightening and moisturizing effects to brighten the skin tone.
Use this mask to brighten dull and tired skin, get rid of uneven skin tone, and fade dark spots. It deeply hydrates your skin and smoothes rough dry skin, leaving it dewy and supple.

Labotica True Nature Moisturizing Mask – Coconut Fruit Extract has an excellent moisturizing effect. It makes your skin feel soft and moisturized by providing an abundant amount of moisture. It’s excellent for those looking to resolve issues with rough, dry skin and signs of aging. The superbly Moisturizing sheet mask intensely moisturizes and soothes skin, provides essential nutrients, and promotes oil-moisture balance.

Labotica True Nature Revitalizing Mask – Looking to revitalize and nourish your skin? The Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract in the Revitalizing sheet mask provides excellent effects to improve skin resilience for healthier skin. It helps with loss of firmness and elasticity and dull, tired skin. It improves visible lines and wrinkles, deeply hydrates skin, leaves skin firm and smooth, and stops premature aging.

Labotica True Nature Pore Clearing Mask – This is our hero sheet mask. If you’re like us and looking to soothe and purify your pores, the Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract in this mask has excellent effects of tightening pores and soothing skin, leaving you with a smoother skin texture. It’s great for the treatment of acne, enlarged pores, and the appearance of scars. It refines and tightens pores, balances oiliness, and soothes troubled and irritated skin.

The Labotica True Nature masks retail for $3.00 each and $27.00 for a pack of 10. You can also purchase the Tencel Mask Kit, which includes one of each of the four sheet masks and an adorable Cat Ear Headband.

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

Urban Skin Rx: Skincare From The Melanin Skin Experts

Everyone has heard the famous line “Black don’t crack”; while it’s true that the melanin in African American skin helps in looking younger, black skin still needs nurturing. Black may not crack but it does bruise. While we may look younger, black men and women can still be plagued with skin issues. These include acne, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation and other common concerns seen in darker skin tones. Thankfully, there is a solution. Urban Skin Rx is a clinical skincare line founded by medical aesthetician Rachel Roff. It is a skincare range of scientifically researched corrective skincare products for all skin tones and colors.

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

We are currently trying out three skincare products from Urban Skin Rx – Combination Skin Cleansing Bar, Clear & Even Tone Clarifying Glycolic Pads, and the Even Tone Super Glow Serum. Keep on reading for more information on these products and our take on them:

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

Combination Skin Cleansing Bar, $24.00 – the Urban Skin Rx Cleansing Bars are also known as “treatment bars in a jar” because that’s exactly what they are. The 3-in-1 Combination Skin Cleansing Bar is a smoothing, hydrating cleansing treatment. It improves the appearance of rough skin, aging skin and eczema-prone skin. It works as a daily cleanser, mask, and exfoliator thanks to its rich, thick lather and exfoliating sponge.

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

You don’t need much of the solid brown cleansing bar to get a deep clean, and it boasts a light fennel scent. It left our skin looking brighter and left it felt clean, but not tight or dry. We love a multitasking beauty product and this Urban Skin Rx cleanser is an effective time-saver.

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

Clear & Even Tone Clarifying Glycolic Pads, $32.00- thanks to a powerful combination of Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, and Salicylic acid, the Urban Skin Rx Clear & Even Tone Clarifying Glycolic Pads effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, promotes even-looking skin tone, removes excess oil, and leaves behind a skin cleansing formula. It will take time to see the full benefits of using the pads but personal experience tells us that Glycolic acid smooths the appearance of skin. You’ll experience a slight initial tingling, which disappears just as quickly.

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

Even Tone Super Glow Serum, $26.00 – last but not least is the Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Super Glow Serum; a brightening and anti-aging antioxidant powerhouse. It is the perfect blend of ingredients which work together to improve the appearance of dark spots, sun damage and the effects of aging. It has an earthy scent to it, a faint citrus scent, but more eathy, a lot like aged orange rinds. Upon first application, it can feel a bit sticky but it absorbs fairly quickly into the skin. As sufferers of uneven skin tones, we can’t wait to be free from the issues that plague our darker skin.

Our fellow melanin-gifted, if you are looking for effective skincare for your skin tone needs, try Urban Skin Rx.

Summer Beauty Bag Essentials

Glow On Girl: Beauty Essentials To Keep You Glowing All Summer

Are your beauty products summer-proof? As you can tell from the sweltering summer heat, summer is in full effect, how are your beauty products holding up? Whether you’re staying home this summer or traveling on a wonderful getaway, we wanted to make sure you had all the best beach, pool and travel bag beauty essentials for wherever the summer takes you. Today we’re highlighting skincare, haircare, fragrance, and makeup to keep you glowing all summer long from Joico, Sol de Janeiro, Benefit Cosmetics, Prada Fragrances, and Carolina Herrera Fragrances.

Summer Beauty Bag Essentials

These wonderful products will keep you survive the sweltering summer temperatures with ease and keep your ready for whatever the summer throws at you. Get to know what will be your new favorite products below:

Joico Defy Damage Collection

Four at-home care products that will instantly give hair a softer, healthier feel to the touch and protect hair against harmful UV exposure for those long days at the beach. All four Joico products are available now at www.ulta.com.

Joico Defy Damage Haircare Collection

  • Defy Damage Protective Shampoo, $18.50 – a rich, luxurious lather, this gentle daily cleanser protects hair both in the salon and at home with damage-prevention ingredients; swiftly sloughing away dirt, impurities, and build-up without roughing up the hair cuticle or stripping vibrant color.
  • Defy Damage Protective Conditioner, $19.50 – Replenish moisture and build resilience every day with Defy Damage Conditioner without weighing hair down.
  • Defy Damage Protective Masque, $21.50 – a hair masque that goes deep to infuse hair with a brilliant, bond-strengthening defense.
  • Defy Damage Protective Shield, $20.99 – a true damage defense hero against the harsh effects of daily styling and exposure to UV and environmental pollution that helps prevent damage and guards against color fade for beautiful, vibrant, healthy-looking hair.

Sol de Janeiro

Give your skin some SOL-shine and stock up on Sol de Janeiro’s body-loving products that will keep your skin glowing all summer long. There are so many products to love from this brand, we invite you to start your Brazilian love affair at www.soldejaneiro.com.

  • Sol de Janeiro’s body-loving products
  • Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $45.00 – cult-favorite all-over body cream that absorbs quickly to help visibly tighten the appearance of skin.
  • Samba Foot Fetish Cream, $27.00 – Includes Smoothing Board & Fast-Absorbing Non-Slip Foot Fetish Cream.
  • Brazilian Touch Hand Cream, $15.00 – fast-absorbing hand, nail & cuticle care that with Cupuacu butter and brazil nut. Winter skin? Never heard of it.
  • Brazilian Bod Buff, $25.00 – Smoothing scrub and mask for touch-me-now Brazilian babe skin.
  • Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel, $25.00 – an intoxicatingly scented shower cream-gel deeply cleanses and hydrates; leaving all skin types soft and silky.
  • Glowmotions Glow Oils, $35.00 – Skin-softening Glow Oils with Brazilian-style Shimmer for a year-round glow. You may remember our previous coverage on the amazing glow oils.
  • Brazilian Crush, $32.00 – body fragrance mist that smells like summer all year-round.

Benefit Cosmetics Feathered & Full Brows Kit, $34.00

Benefit Cosmetics
This kit bundles all of Benefit’s must-have products; it offers full-sized Precisely, My Brow Pencil, full-sized Gimme Brow+, a mini 24-Hour Brow Setter and 2 brow stencils, offering three shade options (1, 3 and 5). Get yours before it sells out at www.sephora.com.

Prada Candy Night Eau de Parfum, $94.00

Prada Candy Night Eau de Parfum

Embrace the latest from the Prada Candy family, Prada Candy Night. Its Neroli, Iris, Bitter Orange, Tonka bean, Vanilla, and Patchouli notes will leave you smelling sweet, sexy and summer-ready. Prada Candy Night is a declaration of liberated indulgence and nocturnal intrigue. Get the latest Prada Candy at www.macys.com.

Carolina Herrera GOOD GIRL Legere, $117.00

CArolina Herrera Good Girl Legere Eau de Parfum

The latest edition of the incredibly successful GOOD GIRL EDP; we’re completely in love with this new juice. You may remember reading our ode to this sultry Carolina Herrera Eau de parfum. It boasts the same stiletto design with a new, gradient glass bottle – it’s the ultimate summer fragrance must-have. Get yourself a bottle at www.macys.com.

It’s About to be LIT: Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo Launches

There’s an inspirational quote that’s been around for years that pops up on Instagram every few weeks, “Don’t Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle”.  This quote is the first thing we thought about when we were first introduced to the latest beauty, the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo. A single-step, aloe-based glitter product designed to highlight show-stopping facial looks that’s also a stunning body glitter. We couldn’t help but think, there’s no one that can stop the amazing sparkle we’ll be rocking with this must-have beauty product on.

The Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo launched in three shades:

Commander in Glitter – a multi-sized holographic silver with a blue silica base
Sergeant Sparkle – a multi-sized rainbow shimmer with a pink silica base
Major Gold – a multi-sized gold glitter with a silica base

Not only does the Glitter Camo look great on your skin, but it’s also great for your skin as well. The multipurpose, water-based glitter is vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, and free from parabens, alcohol, and propylene glycol. You’ll love it because it’s comfortable to wear, dries completely, doesn’t flake, is longlasting, and easy to apply and remove.

Lit Cosmetics at The Makeup Show NYC

While at The Makeup Show NYC, we attended Lit Cosmetics’ Glitterology 101 (the science of glitter) seminar. Hosted by Makeup Artist Amber Blanchard with Founder Jodie Perks, they shared everything you wanted to know about glitter. While there, we picked up a jar of the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo in Sergeant Sparkle. We’ve been waiting for the perfect time to rock it (check out on our Lit Cosmetics post on our @guestlistblog insta page)……we’re excited.

Founded in 2002 by Jodie Perks, Lit Cosmetics is a trusted brand; their products are available in top retailers like Sephora, Bloomingdales, and Beautylish.  Lit products are used by Cirque du Soleil and some of the world’s top makeup artists and celebrities. These include Derrick Rutledge on Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Moss, Sarah Nicole Tanner on Lady Gaga, Vittoriio Masecchai on Ke$ha, and Drag Race’s Trixie Mattel.

Green Beauty Products

Glow Green: 5 Tips To Go Green With Your Beauty Routine

While you might not think about it all that often, your daily beauty routine can have a surprisingly large impact on the environment. Between plastic packaging, artificial ingredients, and wasteful practices, your normal beauty routine might be harming the environment more than you realize. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to shrink your carbon footprint while still looking and feeling great. Ready to go green with your beauty routine?

Green Beauty Products

Be Mindful Of Packaging

Most commercially produced and sold beauty products come in plastic packaging since this allows companies to cut down on costs of production. However, all that plastic has to go somewhere, and while most of it can be recycled, less than 22% of household trash is recycled in the U.S. When shopping for your makeup, skin care products, and more, look for products with reusable packaging. With a bit of effort, it’s even possible to go zero-waste with your routine.

Look At Ingredients Lists

Do you actually know what’s in that moisturizer you’re using? Many beauty products will use artificial ingredients, and some products might contain components that can irritate sensitive skin. Whenever possible, look for organic beauty products to integrate into your routine. The USDA has established an organic certification program that requires all organic foods to meet strict government standards. These standards regulate how such foods are grown, handled, and processed.

Go Cruelty-Free

Almost all companies will test their beauty products before releasing them, however, some choose to test on animals rather than humans. Animal testing is often cruel and inhumane, despite being a common industry practice. To reduce your contributions to animal testing, look for products that are labeled as cruelty-free. This means they avoid animal testing so you can feel good about your purchases.

Pay Attention To Sources

Your products might have organic ingredients and not test on animals, but how far did it have to travel to get to you? Many ingredients are sourced from longer distances before being processed, and then your products need to be shipped to a store before you buy them. All that shipping can add up to a larger carbon footprint than you might expect for a single beauty product. When possible, shop local, and always pay attention to where your makeup’s ingredients are being sourced from.

Do It Yourself

Want to go green with your beauty routine, but worried about how much it might cost you? Try making your own products instead. It’s estimated that by 2024, the global skin care market will reach $180 billion. Instead of spending your hard-earned money on beauty products with harmful environmental consequences, try making your own at home. That way you’ll be able to control exactly what goes into the products you’re using and how much waste is produced in the process.

Most people don’t consider the environmental impact of their regular beauty routine, but your trusted products might have a larger carbon footprint than you expect. Use these tips to keep your routine eco-friendly so you can feel great about the steps you take to look great.

Biggs & Featherbelle plant-based body care products

Biggs & Featherbelle: All-Natural, Plant-Based Body Care

We are not morning people. In fact, we can step into the shower and still be asleep; which is why we welcome invigorating scents to wake us up. Of course when it comes to your skincare, the most important isn’t scent, it’s how great it is for your skin. Luckily with the all-natural, plant-based body care, Biggs & Featherbelle, we get the best of both worlds. Get ready to invigorate your skin and your senses with the range of handmade soaps, bath fizzies, body butter, bath soaks, and body scrubs.

Created by sisters, Kelly and Kasey, Biggs & Featherbelle are made only with pure essential oils and plant-based ingredients. The soaps are handmade the old-fashioned way using cold processing to preserve the natural beneficial properties of the ingredients. We had the wonderful pleasure of trying out a few Biggs & Featherbelle products including the Barbados Sweet Orange & Grapefruit Soap, Bar-garita Key Lime & Sea Salt Soap, Lemon Bar Lemongrass & Shea Butter Soap, Lime & Sea Salt Body Scrub, Soul Kiss Sweet Bergamot lip balm, and Lemon Coconut whipped shea butter.

As soon as we opened the package, our entire apartment was engulfed in the amazing combination of sweet citrus scents. It was like having a scented candle burning. Talk about amazing aromatherapy! Of course, we couldn’t wait to indulge in the products and started with the Barbados Sweet Orange & Grapefruit Soap. This amazing cleansing soap is great for oily skin; it features sweet orange to nourish and balance excess oil, pink grapefruit to tone skin, and olive oil to moisturize.

We’re waiting until we’re done with the Barbados soap to use the other soaps; from what our skin has experienced (no dryness or tightness and it feels supple even before applying a moisturizer), we know we won’t be disappointed.

The Lime & Sea Salt Body Scrub is even more incredible than it sounds. It’s not teeming with oil, so there are no worries about possibly slipping in the shower. Its scent is vividly potent and you’ll love how your skin feels afterward. The multitasking Soul Kiss Sweet Bergamot lip balm is a dream. Not only does it moisturize, but it’s also great for reducing inflammation, soothing chapped and cracked lips, and heals, cools and helps prevent cold sores. We’ve never heard of a non-medical grade lip balm doing that!

Finally, the absolutely heavenly Lemon Coconut whipped shea butter. Raw shea butter is whipped into an almost fluffy, lightweight body butter that regenerates the skin, hydrates dry and damaged skin and hair. The lemon essential oil helps to tone and balance the skin.

We are in love with the all-natural, plant-based products from Biggs & Featherbelle. They have 20 soaps and we’re dying to try them all. Plus you can buy raw shea butter or cocoa butter in bulk.