Nubian Heritage presents Olive Oil & Green Tea Collection

New Year, Soft Skin: Nubian Heritage Olive Oil and Green Tea Collection

As 2018 comes to an end and we move into 2019, why not say goodbye to dry skin. Don’t worry, with the new skincare collection from Nubian Heritage, saying goodbye will be easy. Boasting moisturizing, nutritious, ultra-hydrating and skin-softening properties, the Nubian Heritage Olive Oil and Green Tea collection will leave your skin feeling wonderfully supple.

Nubian Heritage presents Olive Oil & Green Tea Collection

The Nubian Heritage Olive Oil and Green Tea collection is formulated with a trio of incredibly moisturizing ingredients. These ingredients are Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, and Green Tea. Did you know that Avocado Oil is known to provide long-lasting, moisturizing benefits? And the olive is a symbol of strength peace, fertility and, longevity in the Mediterranean and Northern Africa? Often referred to as the Fountain of Youth in Asian cultures, Green Tea is revered for its powerful anti-oxidant properties to encourage a youthful looking appearance. Plus, the packaging is full of green designs, the color of renewal.

Nubian Heritage presents Olive Oil & Green Tea Collection

The Nubian Heritage Olive Oil and Green Tea collection includes:

  • Bar Soap ($4.99) – Shea Butter, Olive Oil, and Avocado Oil provide supple hydration to support skin’s natural moisture barrier. Green Tea leaves gently exfoliate to leave skin soft and smooth while awakening the senses and deeply moisturizes and nourishes the skin.
  • Body Wash ($10.99) – a gentle cleanser formulated for dry, dehydrated skin, leaving it feeling clean and moisturized. Infused with a blend of botanical oils that soften and smooth skin, it helps to give a more radiant and youthful appearance.
  • Infused Shea Butter ($12.99) – the ultimate natural moisturizer. The powerful antioxidant Green Tea Extract enhances the ultra-hydrating and skin softening properties of Olive Oil in this total body balm.
  • Body Lotion ($10.99, not pictured) – a luxurious body lotion that provides long-lasting moisture to soften and smooth the skin; it helps to give skin a more radiant and youthful appearance.
  • Hand Cream ($9.99, not pictured) – a  luxurious, nutrient-rich, long-lasting moisture treatment that regulates moisture and softens hard-working hands. The anti-aging and antioxidant properties of Green Tea help protect the skin from dehydration.

The Nubian Heritage products are cruelty-free and do not contain parabens, sulfates, paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, DEA, synthetic fragrance or artificial coloring.  The Nubian Heritage Olive Oil and Green Tea collection is available at the Vitamin Shoppe and www.vitaminshoppe.com.

Herbal Essences EWG VERIFIED shampoos

P&G Embraces EWG VERIFIED Label For Personal Care Products

Change Is Brewing: The EWG VERIFIED Label marks a huge leap forward in chemical ingredient disclosure. Now, industry giant Procter & Gamble is embracing the label.

A YouGov Ombibus survey about New Year’s Resolutions found that 29% of women wanted to focus more on self-care. Unfortunately, the personal care products we use to pamper ourselves aren’t always great for our body or the environment.

There are innumerable beauty and personal care products available to us. There’s a product for everything you could possibly need. Actually, there are multiple products for everything you could possibly need. Acne affects 50 million people in the United States every year and if you look at acne treatment products, you’d be hard pressed to make a decision on one of the multitude. Every branch of personal care is like this.

Pretty young woman with facial mask at beauty salon

Forever about consumable convenience, we’re swift to buy personal care products we don’t really know anything about. On average, people shed between 50 and 100 hairs every day. We’re often thinking about keeping that full head of hair over the chemical ingredients of the shampoo; all for the promise of thicker hair in just a few washes. You’d think that an essential part of personal care is paying attention to the things we’re using; but more often than not, consumers can’t be bothered.

This is where consumer product giant Procter and Gamble (P&G) is making a splash with the Environmental Working Group (EWG). For more than 10 years, EWG has been the face of chemical ingredient disclosure in personal care products. They established the EWG VERIFIED program, which puts personal care products through a rigorous battery of tests to ensure the safety of every ingredient. This test also helps to make these ingredients transparent to consumers. P&G has teamed up with EWG to release two new Herbal Essences shampoos that are both EWG VERIFIED. They are slated to hit shelves in January.

Herbal Essences EWG VERIFIED shampoos

This is important, because the last time Congress passed any legislation to regulate the cosmetics industry, was 80 years ago. Advances in chemical development have certainly surpassed the reach of legislation that’s nearly a century old; no one was doing anything to address that gap. Together, P & G and EWG are poised to lead that charge.

“Because of Procter and Gamble’s sheer size and market share, these new EWG VERIFIED shampoos could be the domino that triggers similar actions from other companies that have not yet embraced this level of transparency,” said EWG President Ken Cook.

Having a giant like P & G lead this charge stands to make great changes in an industry long stagnant. Similarly, with consumers becoming more aware of what they’re buying and more research-informed, they’re shaping the way for these corporations to start getting their acts together. Consumers want healthier, more transparent products and they’re willing to go out of their way to buy them. Corporations would be silly not to follow that lead. The proverbial writing’s on the wall.

“EWG VERIFIED will take awareness about chemicals in products to the next level by giving shoppers useful information from a team of scientists they have come to trust. Only products that include robust ingredient labels and meet our stringent criteria, as opposed to minimal government standards, will be awarded our mark,” said Nneka Leiba, the director of EWG’s healthy living science program.

As EWG VERIFIED products become more mainstream, hopefully, lawmakers will get the memo and take a long overdue look at regulations in the cosmetic industry.

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices: Game Changers in Hair Removal

A few years ago, we were introduced to a hair removal device that uses light-based technology (IPL or Intense Pulsed Light). This light technology hinders the growth of unwanted hair, but alas that device was not made for darker skin tones. That was then and now there is a hair removal brand that is a bit more inclusive. We’re here to introduce you to two SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices, SmoothSkin Gold and SmoothSkin Bare. Say goodbye to shaving and waxing!

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices

SmoothSkin is the only global expert brand dedicated solely to the design, development, and manufacturing of IPL hair removal devices. You won’t find any other consumer electronics such as toasters or vacuum cleaners in their wheelhouse, they are strictly dedicated to making only IPL devices. As you can imagine, these early pioneers of light-based technology are unmatched in the advancement of light-based beauty products and skin science. So how do these SmoothSkin IPL hair removal devices work? They are designed to help break the cycle of hair growth by targeting the hair root or follicle.

Please note, IPL is NOT a laser. Light energy is transferred through the skin’s surface and is absorbed by the melanin present in the hair shaft. The absorbed light energy is converted to heat energy (below the surface of the skin), which then disables the hair follicle preventing further growth. With the use of these SmoothSkin IPL hair removal devices, treated hairs naturally fall out over the course of a few days to 1-2 weeks.

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices

IPL differs from laser hair removal by using a much broader spectrum of light in various colors and wavelengths, whereas laser uses a single spectrum of concentrated light in one single color and wavelength. Both methods target the melanin in the hair follicle and can provide long-lasting results. Because laser treatment focuses light into the follicle and not the skin, it is often recommended for darker skin tones which may not be suited to IPL treatment.  Due to the way the technology works, IPL isn’t suitable for the darkest skin tones, or Fitzpatrick skin tone 6.

IPL is also not recommended for use on red, grey or very light (blonde) hair. All SmoothSkin devices feature a unique sensor that checks to see if your skin tone is suitable before treatment. SmoothSkin Gold features the latest in IPL technology, which automatically selects the right setting for you giving a personalized treatment for maximum results.

SmoothSkin Gold, $349.00

Being the most powerful at-home IPL device on the market, SmoothSkin Gold checks your skin tone with every flash and delivers powerful treatment specifically suited to you. They recommend you use it once a week for 12 weeks to capture your three hair cycles of growth. Once these have been treated, your hair will stop growing back and you’ll only have to do a few sessions every few weeks. The SmoothSkin Gold boasts a gentle mode which reduces its power; this makes it perfect to use on sensitive areas such as underarms or bikini line. The treatment should take a maximum of 20 mins for your whole body and can be used pretty much everywhere.

We just started using the SmoothSkin Gold as we are in the Fitzpatrick skin tone 5 range. Something we couldn’t say a few years ago as this technology wasn’t available to our skin tone. It will take a few uses to see the full results, but we can say the device is easy to use, and we haven’t experienced any skin irritations or discomfort.

SmoothSkin Bare, $349.00

The SmoothSkin Bare is the IPL game changer offering incredibly fast, permanent hair reduction. Being the fastest at-home hair removal device on the market, SmoothSkin Bare uses an Ultrafast Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). With 100 flashes per minute, you can treat the whole body in only 10 minutes. Thanks to the latest technology, SmoothSkin Bare offers unlimited flashes, so you don’t have to worry about running out. By using Bare once a week, you will see results from 4 weeks with best results around week 12.

Both devices offer dual-mode treatments making it quick and easy, the Stamp, and Glide modes. The Glide mode is for larger areas such as the legs or arms. You simply hold down the button and the device will keep flashing as you glide it across your skin. The Stamp mode works perfectly for smaller areas such as your underarms or bikini line. SmoothSkin conducts several clinical studies; their in-house clinical team makes sure their products are both effective and safe.

SmoothSkin Gold and SmoothSkin Bare hair removal devices are both available now on www.smoothskin.com.

#TheSelectsPopUp

#TheSelectsPopUp NYC: Shop Emerging K-Beauty and Fashion at The Selects

We have been obsessed with K-beauty brands every since we were first introduced to the Korean Beauty industry by Sephora in 2015. And in those three years, the K-Beauty industry in the US has exploded and it’s showing no signs of stopping. You already know we love emerging and indie brands, both in fashion and beauty; so of course,  we had to preview and shop the curated selection of the most anticipated Korean fashion and beauty brands at The Selects. Noted as NYC’s premier destination for emerging K-Beauty and Fashion, you will find all things K-Beauty and fashion at The Selects. Today, we’ll be concentrating on the amazing K-Beauty brands we saw at the #TheSelectsPopUp NYC.

The Selects, a collaborative project promotes Korean fashion designers and beauty brands. The goal of the pop-up is to help assist these innovative brands break into the US market. This will be the first time most of the designers will have retail exposure to US consumers. On the fashion side, ten of the most promising designers evolving in the Korean fashion industry are represented at the  #TheSelectsPopUp. They include Bmuet(te), Beyond Closet, The Centaur, Heohwan Simulation, Hidden Forest Market, KYE, LIE, Nohant, SWBD, and Wnderkammer.  On the beauty side, The Selects have partnered with ten K-beauty brands.

K-beauty is highly focused on health and hydration, and the ingredients are innovative and inspired by nature. The beauty brands highlighted and sold at the #TheSelectsPopUp include Agerin, IPKN, Jinsoon, Knours, Meg, Moart, SKINRx Lab, Too Cool for School, Vika and Whal Myung. They represent some of the best Korean skincare and makeup on the market, some of which are featured below:

We had the pleasure of attending a beauty demonstration by Seong Hee Park using some of these skincare and cosmetics k-beauty products. Check out our K-Beauty at The Selects IGTV story to see the video of this demonstration and below for photos of Seong Hee Park in action.

Throughout the time the pop-up will be open, there will be two raffles held each week, one will be a classic raffle and the other an Instagram contest for the best Instagram picture of the week tagged of The Selects pop-up. Winners will receive a basket of amazing K-beauty products.

The Korean beauty haven opened on October 26th and will remain open until November 14th. The #TheSelectsPopUp, located at 62 Greene Street, will be open Sunday-Thursday 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Acne Solutions for Acne Breakouts

Breaking Out During the Fall/Winter Seasons? Try These Acne Solutions

We don’t know about you guys but for some reason, every fall and winter, we experience intense acne breakouts. This may happen for many reasons. It may be due to the change in temperature, stronger winds, or just the colder, drier climate. Whatever the cause we notice it’s happened every year without fail and we’re not the only ones affected. It seems many of you are experiencing acne breakouts during the transition to the colder seasons. For those who do, we have acne solutions for you from Alba Botanica, Glo Skin Beauty, Kamedis, and Hero Cosmetics.

Acne Solutions for Acne Breakouts

Let’s get to know these acne solutions that are sure to be your skin’s new best friends.

Alba Botanica Fast Fix for a Pimple: Kiss those blemishes goodbye naturally with this tinted botanical cream. this lightly tinted zit zapper with willow bark extract and sulfur instantly blurs the blemish while treating the underlying cause of acne.

Alba Botanica Pimple Patches: Don’t try to pop those pimples. Eliminate your pimples while protecting them from your germy hands with these small, transparent, pimple-sized hydrocolloid dots. Apply to your blemishes and see how it immediately starts to heal acne spots. The occlusive barrier prevents bacterial contamination and eliminates the urge to touch, pick or pop your pimples.

Glo Skin Beauty Clear Skin Set: Raise your hand if you experience skin congestion and breakouts! If you do then this set is for you. Decrease oil production and purify your skin by eliminating bacteria, reducing inflammation and healing breakouts with these clear skin essentials. This set includes a travel size Clear Skin Cleanser, Renew Serum, Oil Control Emulsion and retail size Protecting Powder SPF 20, so you can take it on-the-go.

Kamedis Clear Acne Kit: a set of three non-drying products formulated with botanical purslane that can be used together or individually. We met these powerful acne solutions at the most recent Beautypress event.

  • The Clear Acne Spot Treatment ($13.99) is a powerful gel treatment that is clinically proven to deliver clearer skin in only 12 hours.
  • Kamedis’s Clear Acne Face Moisturizer ($17.99) helps clear up oily skin symptoms like acne while working to prevent their recurrence and foster healthy, resilient skin.
  • The Clear Acne Face Cleanser ($10.99) is a lightly foaming, oil-free face wash that works to maintain a clear complexion. It’s good for adults and children as young as 10. It has no steroids, benzoyl peroxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or dyes.

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+: We love the idea of using acne patches as go-to acne solutions; we much prefer using it as an alternative to acne creams. We love them so much we wanted to share another favorite. The Mighty Patch, which you remember we discovered during the Indie Beauty Expo,  uses the highest grade hydrocolloid to draw out pus and other impurities from your pimple. This reduces the blemish, speeds up the healing process all while protecting your skin.

New Product Alert: Hair Revival System Hair Detox Supplements

You know the old saying, “beauty is only skin deep”? Well, today we’re highlighting one of the many beauty products we discovered at the Indie Beauty Expo that works from the inside out.  We’ve seen many hair, skin, and nail vitamins but never one that heals to heal you from the inside out as well. You know our love for the Angelo David Salon and his amazing products. He has announced one more reason to love him, the NEW Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements.

The Hair Revival System Hair Detox is the first lifestyle supplement on the market. The all-natural supplements made its debut at the Indie Beauty Expo where we got the first look. What makes this supplement different from other hair, skin, and nails vitamins? It combats nutritional deficiencies, environmental aggressors, hormonal imbalances, and the negative effects of a stressful life. All of which can lead to fine, thinning hair and hair loss. Founder, creative director and hair loss expert Angelo David Pisacreta created the Hair Revival System Hair Detox for men and women seeking healthy hair, vibrant skin, and strong nails.

We recently noticed some indentations in our nails, our hair drier than usual, and we’re always open to trying anything to give our skin a boost. So we’re really excited to see the results of taking the Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements for women. With Angelo David Pisacreta being a leading authority on fine and thinning hair for over 25 years, we expect great things from this groundbreaking lifestyle supplement. The distinct difference between Hair Revival System Hair Detox and other supplements on the market is that competing brands contain less than half of the nutrients, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants. This lifestyle supplement detoxifies your hair from the inside out supporting the body’s natural ability to grow healthy hair, skin, and nails.

The two Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements address the different supplemental needs of men and women.  The supplements contain Dihydrotestosterone (or DHT), a metabolite of the human body that plays a powerful role in male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). The men’s formula (the blue pills) contains Saw Palmetto, which is a known DHT blocker. The women’s formula (purple pills) contains cranberry fruit extract which promotes L-cysteine, a protein building amino acid that also supports urinary tract health.

They also contain a unique Stress Relief Matrix Blend that includes mixed phytosterols, ashwagandha root extract, L-theanine, holy basil leaf powder, astragalus root powder, and Gotu Kola herb powder. All of which are specifically selected to help reverse the negative effects of stress on hair. The Stress Relief Matrix Blend boasts milk thistle seed extract, grape seed extract, green tea leaf extract, aloe vera leaf powder, dandelion root powder, cranberry fruit extract, resveratrol (derived from Japanese Knotweed Root Extract), fennel seed powder, citrus bioflavonoids complex and stinging nettle root extract.

The Hair Revival System Hair Detox supplements retail for $59.99. You can also subscribe to the membership program for an auto-shipped supply of supplements every 60 days for only $47.99.

Survival of the Sweetest: Cake Beauty Back-to-School Survival Bundle

Much like adulthood, back-to-school can sometimes be a jungle that champions the survivors. It’s not just survival of the fittest, it’s also the survival of the coolest. While your wardrobe may be on point, what about your beauty regime? For those looking to add the sweet smell of success to their back-to-school experience, check out the Cake Beauty Back to School Survival Bundle. The bundle boasts some of Cake Beauty’s most coveted skincare and haircare products. Read on to get to know them:

The Cake Beauty Back to School Survival Bundle includes:

  • The Grip Clip x5 ($12.00) – a set of 5 strong holding hair clips for effortless styling that adjusts to any hair type and texture
  • The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray ($3.99, travel size) – the best dry shampoo for dark hair to blonde locks. It leaves no white residue, boasts a lightweight formula, has no sticky hairspray feel, and adds volume to fine hair and lift flat hair.
  • Sweet Mint & Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream ($6.00, travel size) – a deliciously scented hand cream that hydrates and moisturizes extra dry hands and cuticles. It is infused with coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera to soothe, smooth, and nourish your hands.
  • Strawberry & Cream Body Powder ($16.00) – a delectable and truly unique, translucent, talc-free loose powder designed for hair and body. This silky, luxurious blend works to absorb oil while adding volume to your hair, and blends with any hair hue and skin type.
  • Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm ($9.00, travel size) – a rich, warm, french vanilla buttercream scented hand cream that melts into your skin instantly leaving it nourished and velvety smooth. Made with shea butter, aloe vera, coconut oil, and green tea extract, it soothes, smooths, and hydrates dry hands and cuticles.
  • Triple Citrus Blend Body Butter Cream ($6.00) – the intoxicating scent of citrus plus several rich antioxidants via a trio of essential oils, and shea butter help to hydrate, nourish, smooth out, and moisturize ultra dehydrated skin.
  • Desserted Island Supreme Body Mousse ($6.00) – drench your body in our unique oil-intensive mousse, an exotic mix infused with raw Tahitian coconut elixir and rich mango butter, topped off with coconut and vanilla scents. It is whipped with precision and glides on effortlessly.
  • The Brush Crush ($15.00) – boasting high performing dual-bristles, prepare to achieve second-day hair greatness with a brush that detangles hair without pulling or tugging, smooths natural oils to promote hair health, and distributes dry shampoo for flawless application.

What are your thoughts on the Cake Beauty Back to School Survival Bundle? Could these beauty products make your back-to-school experience a little sweeter?

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.