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Derma Roller System: The All-In-one Way To Naturally Repair Your Skin

We have had a long-running battle with our skin issues. While we may sometimes lose a battle here and there, we have no intention of losing the war. So we are pulling out the theoretical big guns. We say theoretical because this dynamo facial device is comfortably slim and fits in the palm of your hands. You may have seen the influx of derma rollers hitting beauty retailers, but you’ll definitely want to pay attention to this one, the Derma Roller System.

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The Derma Roller System (also known as a microneedle roller or a skin roller) is a revolutionary hand-held device which has the ability to naturally stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin. It promotes healthier skin cells on the face and on the body (basically wherever you use it). This complete all-in-one skin care solution guaranteed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, cellulite and stretch marks.

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Our pores are huge, and we’re cursed with acne scars, and hyperpigmentation, so we’re excited to try this wonder device. We’re following our treatments with the PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask, and DermaCell Collagen Cream. Both skincare products are the aftercare of using the fine medical-grade needle device. The Derma Roller System comes in five different needle sizes depending on your treatment – 0.5mm, 1.0mm, 1.5mm, 2.0mm, and 2.5mm.

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By painlessly rolling its 200 gamma-sterilized stainless steel needles over your skin, the Derma Roller System creates tiny microchannels to stimulate and trigger the skin’s natural healing process. It increases your skin’s collagen and elastin production. Using it once every few weeks results in visibly firmer, smoother, and younger-looking skin. We’ve just started our Derma Roller journey and look forward to having better-looking, more even-toned skin.

The other great thing about the Derma Roller is that both women and men can use the device. This device can help you achieve the great skin we all desire. We find ourselves looking forward to using this amazing beauty tool. You will too, as it can be addictive, but we all must make sure to follow the directions completely. After all, rolling microneedles over your face will need time to heal, even if it’s beneficial to your skin.

Have you ever tried a microneedle roller? Were you satisfied with the result? The Derma Roller is available for $99.95 on www.dermarollersystem.com.

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Peppermint Power: Avalon Organics Peppermint Bath & Body Products

We’re hearing about new amazing plants and herbs being used in beauty products almost every day. We’ve actually featured several, but we haven’t forgotten about the ones that have been keeping us beautiful for years. Peppermint has been providing beauty and health benefits for decades. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties are great for cooling your skin and completely cleanses your hair. Because this amazing plant has so many benefits, we’re highlighting products made from it. Keep reading to get to know the wonderful Avalon Organics Peppermint bath and body products.

Avalon Organics Peppermint Products

We’re highlighting five Avalon Organics Peppermint products –  shampoo, conditioner, bath and shower gel, body lotion and hand soap. There are so many great benefits from products made with this hybrid mint and we swear you’ll love these:

Avalon Organics Strengthening Peppermint Shampoo & Conditioner, $9.99

For hair that is brittle or weak, this medley of peppermint oil, quinoa protein, calendula, babassu oil, aloe, and vitamin E is what your hair needs. They help to strengthen and repair elasticity, smooth split-ends, flyaways and help prevent future breakage. The result is hair that is stronger with renewed bounce and length! Get both haircare products at www.Vitacost.com or www.Walmart.com.

Avalon Organics Revitalizing Peppermint Hand & Body Lotion, $8.62

Revitalizing peppermint essential oil, aloe, vitamin E and nutrient-rich beta glucan work together to restore skin’s natural lipid balance. It’s long-lasting hydration benefits immediately revives and softens extra dry skin. Available at www.Vitacost.com or www.Amazon.com.

Avalon Organics Peppermint Products

Avalon Organics Revitalizing Peppermint Glycerin Hand Soap, $6.99 (not pictured)

You’ll love this hardworking blend of botanical cleansers, peppermint essential oil, orange peel and vitamin E. Known for their rejuvenating and moisturizing properties, these botanicals will purify and revitalize hands. Plus, this soap is gentle enough for frequent hand washing. Get it now at Target.

Avalon Organics Revitalizing Peppermint Bath & Shower Gel, $6.99 (not pictured)

This gentle plant-based formula unites peppermint oil, quinoa protein, aloe, and botanical cleansers to purify and revitalize extra dry skin. While the stimulating aroma of Peppermint energizes the mind and body. It’s perfect for winter and sunbathed skin. Get it now at Target.

Are you a fan of peppermint bath and body products? Are you ready to indulge your skin and hair in these Avalon Organics Peppermint bath and body products?

 

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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.

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?

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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.

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Out of This World Glow: I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks

Hey beauty lovers, we have a question for you. What is your favorite beauty product? We don’t mean brand, we mean actual products. Is it something in the makeup, skincare, or haircare category. For us, it’s facial masks of all kinds. We love how clean, refreshed, and youthful our skin looks and feels after we treat ourselves to a mask. We love the way they purge the unwanted things that can leave your skin dull and unhealthy. Who can say no to glowing skin? We were recently introduced to the I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks, and boy are we having fun with them.

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care Peel-Off Facial Masks

We’re enjoying them for more than just the benefits to our skin, just look how fun they are! With adorable names like Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten, and their out of this world looks, we see why everyone loves the K Beauty brand, I Dew Care.

I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Peel-Off Mask

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care Holographic Hydrating Peel-Off Mask

This hydrating, holographic peel-off mask that uses real ruby and pearl powder plus rose water and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and revitalize dry skin for a dewy, post-facial glow. Ruby and Pearl Powder gently exfoliates and visibly brightens your skin, rose water boosts your skin’s elasticity and calms irritated skin, while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and visibly plumps your skin. The mask starts out a shimmering iridescent pale emerald color (as you can see above) then transforms into a soft holographic pink upon application. Check out this insta video to see our application of the I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Peel-Off Mask. Once you peel it off (it magically peels off a mint color) ,you’re left with skin that’s smooth and hydrated.

I Dew Care Space Kitten Peel-Off Mask

Beauty Photography: I Dew Care T-Zone Clearing Black Facial Mask

If you’re like us, then you’re using a continuous amount of blotting sheets for your T-Zone. If you’re looking to cut down on the usage, get yourself the I Dew Care Space Kitten Peel-Off Mask. This exfoliating, galactic black peel-off mask uses charcoal, topaz, diamond powder, volcanic ash and witch hazel to gently exfoliate skin, absorb impurities, and control sebum to reveals a brighter complexion. This T-Zone clearing peel-off facial mask shimmers with royal blue glitter for a fun, out-of-this-world look. Your T-Zone won’t know what hit it.

The 85ml/2.87 fl. oz. jars of I Dew Care Sugar Kitten and Space Kitten Peel-Off Masks retail for $23.00 each and are available at www.ulta.com, Ulta Stores, www.urbanoutfitters.com, and select Urban Outfitters stores.

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Impromptu The Lola Collection: Life & Lipstick Unscripted

To be beautiful inside an out means to give selflessly of yourself while celebrating your outward beauty. It’s not a difficult thing to do as we will show with the great lipsticks from Impromptu The Lola Collection. This stunning collection of lipsticks, which we were introduced to at Consumer Product Events, celebrates beauty, inside and out. Impromptu’s premiere line of moisturizing lip colors, The Lola Collection, utilizes a thoughtfully developed list of ingredients while also keeping in mind those with rare allergies.

Impromptu The Lola Collection was inspired by Founder Leyna Topete’s mother, Lola, who developed an allergic reaction to her favorite cosmetic product: lipstick. Most of us never think about not being able to wear lipstick, if we don’t, it’s usually by choice. When it comes to lipsticks, the most difficult decision for most women is what color to wear. But for Lola, the thought of not being able to wear lipstick again was devastating. What else could a loving daughter do than help her mother enjoy her favorite beauty product than create her own!

The creamy lipstick collection includes richly intense hues from a coffee and cream Café Con Leche, a warm fuchsia Ribbon in the Sky, to a decadent wine-stained I Got You Babe, a sassy violet-tinted The Bronx, and the purest red of reds: Ooh-Rah, a color that celebrates the strength, honor, and pride of today’s female U.S. Marines.

The Lola Collection is born out of love, dedicated to women like Lola, and all women who find inspiration in Impromptu and the “life unscripted” lifestyle. Impromptu also supports our women in uniform by visiting military bases and giving them a splash of color with free Impromptu lipstick. Every purchase you make on the Impromptu.Life website allows them to give back to women in the military in the form of events, beauty makeovers, and gifts of product.

You can purchase the lipsticks from The Lola Collection individually for $22.00 each, or buy the entire collection, the set of all five colors for $100.00.

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The Beauty of Papaya: Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Collection

As history shows us time and time again, nature holds an abundance of natural ingredients that serve to protect us from the inside out. Just look at the Papaya fruit, this delicious tree fruit gives you glowing skin, helps the digestive process, has anti-cancer properties, and does so much more internally. Externally, Papaya brightens your skin complexion and fades dark spots, helps remove dead skin cells and keeps the skin soft and supple, boasts skin-cleansing properties that help get rid of clogged pores, and hydrates your skin. These are the reasons why we’re celebrating National Papaya Month with the wonderful products from the Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Collection!

As we are just days into the “official” summer season, your skin will love that natural glow from the benefits of the Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Collection. With this skin-loving collection of bath and body products, you get the benefits of two of the most moisturizing ingredients – coconut, and papaya. The products are made for all skin types and smell wonderfully tropical. It’s like indulging in the Islands. We indulged our skin in the following products:

  •  Hand Cream ($9.99) – A luxurious nutrient-rich moisture treatment infuses skin with hydrating Coconut Oil. Papaya Extract, rich in papain, renews dull dry skin revealing brighter, younger-looking hands.
  • Bath Bombs ($14.99) – Immerse yourself in a luxurious bath experience with these naturally effervescent bath bombs bursting with vanilla beads. Relax as the lush, tropical scent of Coconut and Papaya envelops your senses while the transformed water cleanses and softens, leaving your skin delicately fragranced.
  • Hand Soap ($6.49) – Nourishing Coconut Oil and organic Shea Butter enrich this tropically scented liquid hand soap. Natural papain enzymes gently exfoliate for hands that feel cleansed, softened and renewed.

Other must-try products from the Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Collection include:

  • Body Wash ($10.79)
  • Body Lotion ($10.79)
  • Bar Soap ($4.99)
  • 24-Hour Deodorant ($8.99)
  • Hand & Body Scrub ($12.99)
  • Infused Shea Butter ($12.99)

As with all Nubian Heritage products, the Coconut & Papaya products are cruelty-free. They do not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, DEA, synthetic fragrance or artificial coloring. The Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Collection is available at Vitamin Shoppe stores and online at www.VitaminShoppe.com.