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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.

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

Lip-Licking Good: The Delectable Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

We’re sure you’re aware of the long-standing relationship between food and fashion. But have you noticed the budding fusion of food and beauty? You’ve probably enjoyed a beauty drink, indulged in coconut water or milk-based beauty products, but have you ever tried a foodie-inspired lipstick? Get ready to enjoy your lip licking beauty with the wonderful range of Gorjue foodie-inspired lipsticks.

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

Gorjue fuses the food and makeup industries with lipsticks that mimics and named after foods from around the world. The brainchild of Maesa Koeber, Gorjue foodie-inspired lipsticks are cruelty-free, vegan lipsticks that make your lips nibble-worthy. The long-wearing lipsticks are also gluten-free, soy-free, glide on velvet smooth, is highly pigmented and opaque, and very moisturizing. Don’t worry, you won’t be walking around with food breath on your lips. Gorjue boasts a delectable citrus vanilla scent that will put all the attention on your lips.

Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks

The name itself celebrates beauty and food. Gorje means “to eat” but it’s also a simile for “gorge,” short for gorgeous. What a perfect double entendre! Coat your lips in creamy satin lip colors in shades like Spicy Tuna Roll, Salmon Nigiri, New York Hotdog, California Burger, and Southern Fried Chicken. Each shade retails for $22.00 but you can all five creamy colors in a Foodie Beauty Bundle for $90.00.

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For those who are not afraid to go all out, there is the Limited Edition “To Go” set for $120.00; it includes all five of the Foodie Beauty Bundle lipsticks in a giant Gorjue’s Take Out Box. The Take Out Box is made from hard white vinyl, boasts a functional lid with inside storage, and metal handle.

We can’t wait to see what other food-inspired colors Maesa Koeber adds to her range of Gorjue Foodie-Inspired Lipsticks. We have a few ideas of our own but we want to know, what food-inspired lip colors would you love to see?

 

Micro-Concealing Must: Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer

Nowadays, it is imperative to save money wherever you can, so products that multitask are a godsend. Your moisturizer should do more than just moisturize; your cleanser should do more than just cleanse, and your concealer should definitely do more than just conceal. Thankfully, there is a multi-usage concealer that corrects, conceals, and brightens your skin, Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix Concealer.

The Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix correcting concealer and highlighter fuses skincare with color science. This all over face pen evens out and brightens the skin instantly and over time, while weightlessly veiling areas of concern with amazing buildable coverage and light-infused pigments. You will love the instantly brightened, hydrated, and soothed skin. Other benefits include superior, an HD quality finish, and it lets your skin breath. Plus, it is also oil-free and water-based, which helps to improve your skin’s natural properties.

The Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix is available in 30 shades in five color groups – light, medium, porcelain, tan, and deep. Each color group comes in three undertones – pink, neutral, and gold. Since we have more of an orange undertone, the 5N was perfect as it has undertones of pink and gold. The Gold correctors are perfect for sallow/olive/yellow undertone complexions and purple/brown dark circles. Pink correctors are perfect for redness/sensitive prone skin and pinkie/blue dark circles.

“Complexion Fix is the original micro-concealer star,” said Sébastien Tardif, Co-founder, and CEO of Veil Cosmetics. “I launched Veil Cosmetics in 2012 with Complexion Fix, using it as a micro-concealer to reveal great skin. The resulting fresh glow is why I called the brand Veil. It’s all about our superior texture that makes micro-concealing with Complexion Fix so effective.”

So say goodbye to dark circles, and hello to a smoother skin surface, and an instant brightening effect. We’ve been using it for a week now and this micro-concealer has wonderfully covered all our late night sins. We look forward to the other benefits we’ll experience, the longer we use it. You’ll be happy to know that Veil Cosmetics products are not only great, but they are also vegan and cruelty-free. For additional information, visit www.veilcosmetics.com.

derma roller microneedle roller

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.

derma roller microneedle roller

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.

derma roller microneedle roller

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.

derma roller microneedle roller

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.

Avalon Organics Peppermint Products

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?

 

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.

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.