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Repair Your Skin with the Latest OZNaturals Skincare Products

We are slowly getting into the time of year when the air is colder and drier. Your lightweight summer moisturizers will not be enough to combat the dryness of the cooler temperatures. Luckily two moisturizing, skin-loving OZNaturals skincare products, the cold processing skincare pioneer, are here to help your skin adjust. OZNaturals announced the launch of their NEW! Cocoa Shea Blissful Body Butter and a NEWLY formulated Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer; both of which offer superb hydration and so much more.

Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, the Cocoa Shea Blissful Body Butter creates a protective shield that locks in moisture to deliver a natural healthy glow to the skin. The Sea-packed Facial moisturizer not only helps to protect and renew the skin’s cells on your face but it also acts to purge the skin of damaging toxins. Your skin will thank you for using these OZNaturals skincare products.

OZNaturals Cocoa Shea Blissful Body Butter, $24.95

OZNaturals NEW! Cocoa Shea Blissful Body Butter

Enjoy super hydration and skin protection like no other. The OZNaturals Cocoa Shea Blissful Body Butter’s antioxidant-rich oils hydrate and protect your skin, even in the most extreme conditions. Its superstar ingredients deliver many Omega Fatty Acids, Phytosterols and Vitamins A, E, and K.  These nutrients are extremely beneficial for immediately nourishing dry, ashy, chapped skin.  You’ll love the richness of this whipped soufflè, it leaves your skin with a luxurious, silky feel.

OZNaturals Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer, $19.95

OZNaturals NEWLY FORMULATED! Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer

This natural, anti-aging facial moisturizer contains Vitamin C, Sea Kelp, and Algae Keratin Extract for the most therapeutic and effective moisturizing available. This formula is great for any skin type, even sensitive skin; it makes a perfect daytime and nighttime moisturizer for oily, combination, and normal skin types. This Sea Infused Herbal Moisturizer also helps boosts collagen production to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with water-binding properties that support moisture retention.

All of OZNaturals skincare products are manufactured through Cold Processing. Cold Processing is different from other manufacturing processes because the key ingredients are never heated, boiled or melted during or after production. By utilizing Cold Processing, OZNaturals is able to preserve the beneficial values and high effectiveness of its key ingredients. This allows your skin to receive a more natural product with all the full benefits of the ingredients, preserved in their most potent and pure form.

OZNaturals skincare products are also cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan and plant-based. All are made without Phenoxyethanol, Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sulfates, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, and Benzyl Alcohol. OZNaturals is available online at www.OZNaturals.com and www.amazon.com.

Finchberry Handcrafted Soaps

Finchberry Soaps – Uniquely Decadent Sensory Bath Experience

When you think of bath soaps, the last thing you think of is baked goods; but today we’re highlighting some deliciously aromatic and wonderfully stunning soaps that are actually baked. Feast your eyes on the beauty that is Finchberry Soaps. These decadent, handcrafted soaps feature natural, food-grade ingredients, a unique decadent appearance, and a lush gentle lather. The Finchberry soaps are not just a cleanser, they are gluten-free, vegan-friendly, made without any harsh chemical preservatives, and boast a sensory experience.

Finchberry Handcrafted Soaps

All of the Finchberry soaps are handcrafted in their Northern Florida studio. A studio which is filled with piping bags, baking racks, ovens, and dough mixers. No surprise as Finchberry was started by Owner/Founder Ashley Robertson in her kitchen in Washington DC. It looks as much like a bakery as their soaps look like baked goods. As you can imagine, they smell absolutely incredible, some of them almost edible.

Finchberry Handcrafted Soaps

We had the pleasure of experiencing the Soap by the Slice and wow. First of all, we didn’t start using it until a month after receiving the Best Seller’s Sampler Tin; not because we didn’t like it, but because we loved the smell of the soaps so much. We found ourselves repeatedly opening and closing the tin to indulge in the aromatic wonder of these beautiful soaps. Look at them, can you blame us, you can practically inhale the scents through the screen. These soaps will captivate you visually, aromatically, and touchably; your skin will absolutely love them.

Finchberry Handcrafted Soaps

The Finchberry Soaps are available in several yummy scents. Our tin contained Cranberry Chutney, Grapes of Bath (sweet summer berries and lightly-frosted autumn grapes), Renegade Honey (honey and almond bitter), Tart me Up (raspberry, lemon, and real Moroccan rose buds), Sweetly Southern (wild honeysuckle), Spark (notes of orange, apple, grapefruit, peach and strawberry with just a touch of loganberry), Sweet Dreams (lavender and vanilla), and Darling (cherry blossom, sensual white lily and blushing violet petals blended with a hint of warm vanilla).

Of course, these beautiful, handcrafted soaps are not the only thing Finberry Soaps has to offer. You can also indulge in Fizzy Salt Soaks, Shimmer Body Washes, Hand Cremes, Sugar Scrub Cubes, Solid Perfumes, Soap Dishes (they have the cutest ones – we fell in love with the Victorian Iron Soap Dish), and so much more.

Finchberry Handcrafted Soaps

We promise you won’t be disappointed with these amazing bath products. Get to know all the Finchberry products by visiting www.finchberry.com.

Fountain of Truth Eco-luxe products

Discovering The Fountain of Truth: Eco-Luxe Skincare Products

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

Fountain of Truth Eco-luxe products

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

Fountain Of Truth Skin Nutrition Booster Kit, $64.99

Fountain of Truth Eco-luxe products

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

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

Fountain of Truth Magic Wand Sculpting Eye Roller, $60.00

Fountain of Truth Eco-luxe products

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

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

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

Urban Skin Rx: Skincare From The Melanin Skin Experts

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

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

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

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

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

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

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

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

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

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

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

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

Summer Beauty Bag Essentials

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

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

Summer Beauty Bag Essentials

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

Joico Defy Damage Collection

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

Joico Defy Damage Haircare Collection

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

Sol de Janeiro

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

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

Benefit Cosmetics Feathered & Full Brows Kit, $34.00

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

Prada Candy Night Eau de Parfum, $94.00

Prada Candy Night Eau de Parfum

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

Carolina Herrera GOOD GIRL Legere, $117.00

CArolina Herrera Good Girl Legere Eau de Parfum

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

Green Beauty Products

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

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

Green Beauty Products

Be Mindful Of Packaging

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

Look At Ingredients Lists

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

Go Cruelty-Free

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

Pay Attention To Sources

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

Do It Yourself

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

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

Biggs & Featherbelle plant-based body care products

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Biodegradable Glitter, the Newest Product to Save the Planet

Festival season is officially here and it’s time to start gearing up with the freshest looks for the affair. But these events aren’t well-known for their eco-friendly initiatives; in fact, the amount of trash associated with these events have made them hard for environmentalists to swallow. Especially now that plastic straws have been banned in many locations.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Unfortunately, this plastic infiltration is nothing new. At the recent Coachella festival, more than a dozen grape farmers picked up shifts each night collecting pounds upon pounds of plastic cups, wrappers, and trash.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

But the California coastline is used to garbage crowding its shores. Among the 3,400 miles of California coastline, most of it has been cluttered with straws, plastics, and waste for years. Amidst the new laws seeking to banish plastic bags and other single-use plastic products, the makeup industry has been among the most difficult markets to sway.

Enter: biodegradable glitter.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

While many companies have been touting eco-friendly glitter products this year, Today Glitter is the first 100% biodegradable glitter product for festival-goers, DIY crafters, and savvy spenders, alike. This glitter has been integrated into makeup brands, body lotions, and more, with FDA approval to be used on eyes and lips. This makes it one of the best products to use during festival season.

“At Today Glitter, our mission is to enhance the inner beauty of each individual without contaminating our environment,” notes Victor Alvarez, the spokesperson for Today Glitter. “With 100% plastic-free biodegradable glitter, beauty gurus, families, and everyone in between can experience the joys of glitter without risking harm to the planet. It’s our passion to give fans useful and creative alternatives to live a sparkly life without the waste.”

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Best of all? This glitter degrades in fewer than 30 days. While it means you can’t stock up on your favorite products, it ensures that traditional glitter made from small pieces of plastic stay out of the environment.

These microplastics are terrible for the environment. Anything from plankton to fish to birds regularly ingests these plastics which contributes to bioaccumulation throughout the ecosystem. They can take up to 200 years to photodegrade in the environment where they break into smaller plastic particles before they’re finally gone. Scientists have been calling on a ban for glitter for years. It was thanks to their efforts that microbead exfoliants were banned back in 2015.

These biodegradable glitters are also much more comfortable to wear with some reports claiming that they’re up to 40% silkier than traditional glitter. Starting at $10, this affordable option will hopefully push plastics out of the beauty realm for good. This festival season, invest in eco-friendly products.