Stressed Skin Beauty Products

Stressed Skin? Calm it Down with These Skincare Products

If you’re like us, then you probably thought your skin would be at it’s best since having to take a break from pore-clogging makeup; and like us, you’d be wrong. Although staying at home has given our skin and pores a break from foundation, setting sprays and powders, our skin seems angrier than before. This anger, of course, leads to breakouts.  What could be causing our skin to protest it’s “bareness”? Is it revolting against not being dressed up in makeup? No! The answer is stress. The stress of being fearful of catching Covid-19, hearing about the deaths of friends and family, the inability to find the groceries you need, unemployment, etc has us all stressed out. And this is how stressed skin reacts.

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

Speaking to other beauty lovers, it seems our skin is all reacting the same way. We’re experiencing dry, cracked lips; blemish and breakouts; and of course, extremely dry hands. So how do we fix this? By taking some real time out for self-care. Now is the time to treat your skin to some calming and pampering skincare products to combat the effects of these stressful times. Check out the stressed skin savors we’re currently enjoying from nügg Beauty, Merle Norman Cosmetics, and MasqueBAR.

nügg Beauty

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

nügg’s commitment is to its consumers during this time. nügg products can be found at grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Target, Meijer, and Giant Eagle – making it very convenient when you are picking up food for the week. If you’re sticking to online shopping only, you can find their products on Amazon and www.nuggbeauty.com. The brand is offering 20% off their entire site and also including a free Deep Clean Face Mask with all purchases.

Merle Norman Cosmetics

A brand that was started during the Great Depression, Merle Norman Cosmetics has been at the forefront to help Americans during difficult times. During World War II, the brand was a supplier of camouflage sticks and lubricating oil. Their Ultra Rich Hand Cream, $25.00, is exactly the ultra-rich formula you need to nourish, hydrate, and protect hands, nails, and cuticles after the numerous handwashing.

Merle Norman Cosmetics Hand Sanitizer

Today the brand is producing World Health Organization approved Hand Sanitizer in two sizes: 3.4oz for $5.00, and 6oz for $10.00. This fragrance-free, 80% alcohol-based, quick-drying formula helps reduce potentially disease-causing germs. Merle Norman Cosmetics is offering free shipping on all orders of $50.00 or more.

MasqueBAR

Stressed Skin Beauty Products

It’s known that masking is a timeout of daily life. And when life is anything but routine, masks offer a quick break with exponential benefits. MasqueBAR offers a wide variety of masks from natural to product/solution to fun opportunities for parents and kids. The cost is small but the payoff is big. MasqueBAR is offering 30% off everything on www.masque.bar.

Are you experiencing stressed skin? What products are you using to combat the effects?

Effleure Launches First-Ever Luxury Scented Lingerie Collection

Effleure Launches First-Ever Luxury Scented Lingerie Collection

For the moment, most of us are quarantine with our loved ones, many of which are your significant others. While absence makes the heart grow fonder, we’re not so sure if 24hr access keeps the relationship all that exciting. Let’s be honest; most of us are living in sweatpants or leggings. So that had us wondering, how are you keeping your love lives exciting? We know that boredom can lead to many things; with a reduction in libidos, how do you make being intimate become exciting again? Luckily for you ladies, Effleure has a way to add a bit of excitement back in the bedroom with the launch of the first-ever luxury scented lingerie collection.

Effleure Luxury Scented Lingerie Collection

Founded by Virginia Marcolin, a veteran of the lingerie market, the memorable sensory collection shows that you can be your own or your partner’s aphrodisiac. Effleure is the perfect marriage of scent and luxury ladies underwear in three iconic designs. Available styles include the Bikini ($20.00), the G-String (2-pack/$25.00), and Boyshort ($25.00, aka the culotte in the UK). These underwear styles are gently and safely infused with ingredients that are free of heavy metals and known carcinogens.

 

The therapeutic-grade essential oils allow the scent to last through multiple washes of the top drawer staple. Effleure scent-infused undergarments are as safe for the skin as taking a bubble bath, thanks to their tried and tested proprietary formula. The black lace and microfiber underwear are infused with lavender, black coconut, dark chocolate, or French vanilla essential oils. They are designed to embolden the wearer and are available in sizes small through XXL.

Effleure Luxury Scents

“Our lingerie is about embracing womanhood, and frankly, seduction is the bonus. We want women to wear lavish lingerie that inspires confidence to succeed in everything they do. This kind of luxury is a state of mind.” Virginia Marcolin, the founder and CEO of Effleure Inc.

Effleure Launches First-Ever Luxury Scented Lingerie Collection

By introducing a third sense to the mix, Effleure lingerie not only stimulates in the moment on a higher level, but it also employs the brain’s ability to recall enticing memories.

Marcolin adds, “The science behind this is simple. After you’ve worn our infused lingerie with your lover, when they’re away and happen to smell a similar smell, the brain’s olfactory function springs into motion and they immediately think of you.  It’s an instinctual win/win.”

Furthermore, Effleure is committed to donating $1.00 of every sale to one of four partnering charities.

Products to Boost Your Immune System

To Your Health: 3 Products to Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system is your body’s first line of defense against invading pathogens. When you have a healthy immune system, you are better positioned to prevent infection and disease. However, the immune system isn’t just healthy by chance. By making healthy lifestyle choices, such as including nutritious food in your diet and getting enough sleep, you can bolster your immune system.

Products to Boost Your Immune System

In the time of COVID-19, taking any steps you possibly can to give your immune system a helping hand is essential. While no single supplement or vitamin can give you immediate protection from the coronavirus, a healthier immune system can help you fight the potentially deadly symptoms of COVID-19. A stronger immune system will also help you fight any other illnesses or diseases that might otherwise send you to the emergency room, thereby exposing you to the coronavirus. As the emergency room is typically a patient’s go-to source for help when they’re unwell, there are about 110 million ER visits annually. However, going to the emergency room for anything other than a true emergency now offers more risk than reward with many people there to treat COVID-19 symptoms.

To stay out of these high-risk environments, you need to do everything you can to strengthen your immune system. Let’s take a look at a few immune-boosting products that can help you better fight viruses, bacteria, and toxins.

Vitamin C

Wonderful Pomegranates and Citrus

Vitamin C has an important role in immune health, making it one of the most popular supplements that people take to protect against infection. Doctors in New York are even giving patients large doses of vitamin C, in addition to more traditional medicines and antibiotics, after reports from China show that it has helped some patients.

The reasoning for the success behind vitamin C is that it supports the function of various immune cells while also enhancing their ability to protect against infection. The immune system is healthier when old cells are cleared out and replaced with new ones, which vitamin C has a key role in doing. Studies have also shown that supplementing with vitamin C can reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold. As the coronavirus causes symptoms similar to the common cold and attacks the upper respiratory system, vitamin C could be a key fighter against the disease.

To include more of this nutrient in your diet, you can rely on vitamin C supplements or consume more foods that are rich in vitamin C. These foods include pomegranates, kiwis, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, oranges, and other citrus fruits.

Fenugreek

Pereg Foods Fenugreek

There are many alternative medicines out there that people don’t often think of, or even know about when they are pursuing ways to boost their immune system. Treatments for any type of illness or disease tend to be ruled by the global pharma market, which is projected to reach $1.12 trillion in 2022. In the interest of profiting from the market, medical providers may disregard alternative treatments in favor of pharmaceutical remedies. However, this can prevent people from using products that will actually help them.

Fenugreek, an herb commonly used in Indian dishes, is one of these beneficial alternative medicines. You can normally find this plant in its seed or powder form, both of which boast an impressive nutritional profile as well as a sweet, nutty taste. Just one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds contains three grams of protein and three grams of fiber, 20% of the daily value (DV) of iron, 7% of the DV of manganese, and 5% of the DV of magnesium. All of these nutrients can help your overall health as well as potentially provide several health benefits. These benefits include lowering cholesterol, reducing heartburn, and providing anti-inflammatory effects.

Alkaline Water

Smartwater Alkaline

Alkaline water is a type of water that has a different pH level than standard drinking water. The pH level measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14, with lower numbers indicating a substance is acidic and higher numbers indicating it is alkaline. As the name suggests, alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Advocates of alkaline water tout that it can neutralize the acid in your body because of its higher pH level.

Although more research is needed, there are many possible health benefits of alkaline water. One of these benefits is immune system support. Your immune system may already work to neutralize the acidity in your body, which is typically caused by stress, a poor diet, and environmental toxins. Alkaline water, then, can provide the immune system with a helping hand in neutralizing acidity. By boosting the immune system, alkaline water can help your body fight COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever, which can range anywhere between 100.4 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Alkaline water is also believed to have ultra-hydrating properties, contain bone-strengthening minerals such as magnesium and calcium, and slow the aging process by preventing the growth of damaging free radicals in the body.

PureRX HydroCharge

You can find many brands that sell alkaline water in stores, including Essentia Water and Bai Water. You can also find additives that have alkalizing products, such as HydroCharge from PureRx Formulas.

By actively supporting your immune system, you can help keep your body healthy. In addition to getting enough sleep and exercise, try out these immune-boosting products. You just may find that you stay healthier and can better fight illnesses when they occur. And in this era of COVID-19, there are few things you need more than good health.

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You're Working From Home

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You’re Working From Home

Admit it, for the past few weeks, your work attire has been 90% pajamas and sweats. Ours has certainly been that. But as we see winter turn to spring, we found ourselves asking a question. Are you still wearing your winter wardrobe for those Zoom meetings? We certainly hope not. For those times you need to look good for your video conference or chat, check out the affordable and fashionable offerings from Jardin by Macris.

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You're Working From Home

Just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to some must-have spring fashion. With these bestselling and must-have items from Jardin by Macris, your quarantine work style remains on point! It’s slowly getting warm outside but you most likely still have your heat on, so styles like the California Breeze Sweater are perfect to throw on. The light and slouchy yet breathable sweater is a perfect transition piece. It layers perfectly over a bralette or tank top. For those who are too comfortable in their tank tops to change, top it off with the Embroidered Tassel Kimono to take you from couch potato to classic chic.

Got a video conference with the big boss? The Everyday Necklace Blouse will keep you looking effortlessly stylish. This easy-fit, chiffon blouse boasts a removable necklace, keyhole detail at the back and roll-up sleeves with button tab. Shine in a little black dress with a wild side like the Leopard High Low Dress. This “business in the front and party in the back” Jardin by Macris dress is both classic and stylish.

Jardin by Macris: Look Good While You're Working From Home

Looking for something different than the average pull-over cover-up? Try the spaghetti strap, wide leg Malibu Beach Jumpsuit in jersey-knit for your living room and bedside adventures. Or if you really want to keep it all about business, the sleeveless Hi-Low Shirt Dress is a great button-down look. For those who are single want to look amazing for their virtual date nights, the sexy, off-the-shoulder Isabella Maxi Dress is both comfortable and alluring.

So while you’re home wondering what are you going to wear for your next Zoom and Skype meeting or virtual date, check out what this small but stylishly affordable California brand has to offer. We promise you won’t retreat it, especially as you can get 25% OFF when you use the code: SPRINGTIME25.

Fashion and Alcohol Companies Step Up To Meet Coronavirus Needs

Fashion and Alcohol Companies Step Up To Meet Coronavirus Needs

The COVID-19 outbreak has turned modern society on its head, taking children out of schools, keeping consumers at home rather than in bars and stores, and halting the operations of all types of businesses. While various businesses are pausing their usual productions and sales, many are finding new purpose in the national effort to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Fashion and textile companies across the country are focusing their efforts on making face masks and hospital gowns while distilleries are adjusting operations so that they can produce disinfectants and hand sanitizers. Although statistics show that as many as 70% of business partnerships fail, partnerships within these businesses are coming together to satisfy the needs of healthcare workers in the United States. The collaboration, internally and externally, of these companies to adjust their operations could prove to be a game-changer in the fight again coronavirus.

Fashion Brands Making a Difference

While retail stores close their doors and fashion events are canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, brands across the country have started using their resources and skills to make face masks and hospital gowns for healthcare workers. The supply of face masks, in particular, has quickly plummeted in the United States as the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations has skyrocketed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has even suggested that healthcare workers use bandanas or scarves to cover their faces while treating patients if no other supplies are available, although neither are proven effective at keeping out airborne particles.

Fashion and Alcohol Companies Step Up To Meet Coronavirus Needs

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To help keep healthcare workers from turning to this last resort, major fashion brands are stepping up. The National Council of Textile Organizations announced on March 21 that they would work with the federal government to come together and produce face masks. There are 10 businesses within this coalition taking part in the effort, including Los Angeles Apparel, Hanes Brand, and AST Sportswear Inc. as well as a handful of other names.

Fashion and Alcohol Companies Step Up To Meet Coronavirus Needs

PHOTO by @csiriano/Instagram

Independent brands are also committing to making the supplies that healthcare workers need. Christian Siriano, a New York fashion designer and the host of “Project Runway,” stepped up to the need early on. He tweeted an offer to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 20 to have his team of sewers work from home to make masks. About 83% of consumers “love” or “like” when a business responds to them on social media and Gov. Cuomo was no different. Shortly after Siriano’s offer, Cuomo tweeted that his team was in talks with Siriano and urged other New York brands to follow suit. As of March 24, Siriano’s mask prototypes were pending government approval to ensure they are safe and effective.

Fashion and Alcohol Companies Step Up To Meet Coronavirus Needs - Michael Costello

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Fellow New York-based designer Brandon Maxwell is also pivoting his brand’s operations to gown and mask production. Maxwell has also announced that he will give away three wedding dresses to brides affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In Los Angeles, designer Michael Costello has created a washable face mask in a black, cotton-nylon stretch fabric and is reproducing it at a rate of about 150 masks per day. They are considered non-surgical grade masks, but Costello says the research he has done shows that the materials he’s using have high air filtration effectiveness rates.

Citizens of Humanity is creating a face mask prototype made of 100% cotton to send to various organizations around Los Angeles, including UCLA Health and Stanford Children’s Hospital. The company says that its factory could potentially produce up to 150,000 masks each week and that gowns and other items could be next on their production schedule.

Distilleries Swap Liquor for Disinfectant

Before scientific advances spurred companies to produce specific formulas for sanitizers, alcohol was used for centuries as a crude disinfectant. While the two products now have separate industries, the lines are blurring again as distilleries across the country use their existing equipment and knowledge to make disinfectants instead of liquor.

NY Distilleries Get Green Light to Produce Hand Sanitizer

Pernod Ricard, a $34 billion French drinks group, has dozens of distilleries around the world that are trading out their liquor operations for sanitizer production. Jameson Whiskey and Absolut Vodka, both of which are owned by Pernod Ricard, received government approvals within 24 hours of submitting proposals to create batches of hand sanitizer. By the end of the same week, they were rolling their first products off production lines in Arkansas.

To help other distilleries do the same, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has waived provisions of internal revenue law to authorize permitted distillers to produce ethanol-based hand sanitizers. While most participating distilleries have a substantial amount of ethanol on hand, they’ve had to source other key ingredients such as glycerin and hydrogen peroxide, which they don’t usually use, as well as the right plastic containers for packaging their hand sanitizers. Once they gather the ingredients, the master blenders at distilleries have used their expertise as well as the World Health Organization’s recipe for high-quality hand sanitizer to create disinfectants in this time of shortages.

BACARDI HELPS PRODUCE HAND SANITIZERS WITH CHANGE IN PRODUCTION

Although the U.S. may consume the largest volume of wine of any country in the world, it is also partial to its liquor. And America’s favorite distilleries, small and large, are taking on this initiative as well. BACARDI Rum is partnering with Puerto Rico-based lubricant manufacturer Olein Refinery to make sanitizers. In upstate New York, smaller distilleries are also shifting operations to help local healthcare workers. These distilleries offering a helping hand include Kymar Farm Distillery, Sauvage Beverage Distillery, and Black Button Distilling. Other distilleries-turned-sanitizer-producers throughout the U.S. include the Tennessee Distillers Guild, Bently Heritage Estate Distillery in Nevada, and Ko’olau Distillery in Ohau, Hawaii.

As businesses across the country adjust their everyday operations to help in the time of coronavirus, individuals can see first-hand the impact of small contributions. What can you do to help your community and ensure that everyone stays connected during these tough times?

Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser

Got Milk? Welcome The New Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser

Ancient rulers have enjoyed milk baths for their amazing skin benefits. When you have something that works, why stop. Of course, if you’re vegan, a milk bath or cleanser is the last thing you want to use. So how can you enjoy the benefits of a milk bath without going against your core vegan beliefs? With the diary-free New Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser of course.

Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser

The Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser is a gentle-yet-effective, sulfate-free cleanser formulated with a blend of vegan milks to wash away dirt, impurities, and makeup without stripping skin. This creamy, fragrance-free cleanser is great for those with normal to dry skin, and amazing for sensitive skin. You’ll love it for its milky lather, and for how it thoroughly-yet-gently cleanse and nourish your skin.

Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Cleanser

What makes this vegan milky facial cleanser a great skincare must-have? It boasts Desert Milk, which instantly hydrates and helps your skin stay moisturized. Desert Milk is made from Kalahari melon, baobab, jojoba, and aloe vera which thrive in arid environments thanks to their water-storing abilities. It also features vitamin-rich fig milk plus shea butter to soften, soothe, and refresh your skin, while Oat milk calms and comforts it. Lastly, Argan milk, grapeseed oil, and olive-derived squalane seals in moisture and helps provide amazing antioxidant protection against environmental stressors.

We promise you’ll love this vegan milk cleanser. Along with it being vegan, it’s also cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, silicone-free, fragrance-free, and gluten-free. We think Cleopatra would approve!

Join us in welcoming the second member of the Vegan Milk family, it joins the already popular Vegan Milk Moisturizer; a nourishing daily moisturizer with the same unique blend of vegan milks that boasts lightweight hydration and softer, smoother-looking skin. Get the 4.0 fl oz./ 118 mL for $30.00 or the 2.0 fl oz./ 59 mL for $15.00, both available now on www.milkmakeup.com, www.sephora.com, and in Sephora stores.

NY Distilleries Get Green Light to Produce Hand Sanitizer

NY Distilleries Get Green Light to Produce Hand Sanitizer

During these trying times of quarantine, stay-at-home orders, and sold-out face masks and hand sanitizers, distilleries have gotten the green light from the US Government to help with shortages. As the state of New York is seeing massive increases in positive cases, and a shortage in supplies, two NY Distilleries are working on producing free hand sanitizer for their local communities in Upstate NY to help with the Coronavirus. Funny thing is, this is not the first time distilleries have gone the medical route. To get around Prohibition laws, many distilleries produced medicinal liquor and now they will be helping the medical industry.

NY Distilleries Get Green Light to Produce Hand Sanitizer

Kymar Farm Distillery and Sauvage Distillery, both New York Farm distilleries, are utilizing their distilleries to produce the much-need hand sanitizer. The two distilleries have stopped all production of their products, adjusted their equipment, and retrained their employees. This, of course, will not disrupt the production of their products; they’re just trying to do their part in helping the people of New York stay safe. The Kymar Farm and Sauvage Distilleries made sanitizer will be made in accordance with FDA and TTB requirements and will be bottled in glass bottles which Sauvage Distillery uses for their “Upstate” Vodka.

NY Distilleries Get Green Light to Produce Hand Sanitizer - Sauvage Distillery

“The Coronavirus pandemic is a biological catastrophe. Everyone who can, must contribute to help society in this tough moment. We are committed to help communities by focusing our production on hand sanitizers and giving them away for free to first responders. ” says Ilio Mavlyanov, Founder of Sauvage Distillery.

The hand Sanitizers will be available for first responders, EMTs, hospitals, doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, and community and government agencies. They will be available next week in Schoharie County, NY and pickups can be scheduled by emailing info@ky-mar.com or info@drinksauvage.com.

We should say a thank you to these companies who are looking beyond making money to help in the fight against this pandemic.