Kahina Giving Beauty Prickly Pear Seed Oil*

Kahina is a brand that consistently amazes me with each and every product release. I refer to Kahina as a well trusted brand, that produces high quality, eco conscious ingredients, that well… work! I’ve recently discovered their Prickly Pear Seed Oil, and this gem is no exception.

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Prickly pear seed oil (also referred to as barbary fig seed oil and prickly cactus oil) contains high concentrations of tocopherols, betalaines (powerful antioxidants), amino acids, Vitamin K, and is brimming with essential fatty acids (approximately 83%). The oil has been shown to soften skin, restore elasticity, neutralize free radicals and brighten under eye circles. This resilient desert cactus has been used for years in the beauty rituals of local desert dwellers to ward of the effects of dry conditions.

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 Image courtesy of Kahina Giving Beauty

On a personal note, Kahina Prickly Pear Seed Oil has given me jaw dropping results. That was my reaction after just a few weeks of use. If you search the archives on MLD, you won’t hear mention of any eye cream. This is because, while I have tried many and liked some, none have been effective at lightening my pesky dark under-eye circles. So, for a my lucite dreams first, I’m full-heartedly recommending Kahina’s Prickly Pear Seed Oil as a miracle under-eye treatment. My under eye area has significantly lightened, allowing my to lighten up my concealer. Mind. Blown.

As an overall face moisturizer, this ‘one ingredient wonder’ is an effective hydrator. The texture is a bit heavier than their Argan Oil, though not greasy in any sense. It absorbs quickly and significantly softens skins texture. Overall, my complexion seems brighter and more even-toned.

Kahina Prickly Pear Seed Oil $38 for 10ML, $150 for 20ML 

Available at thedetoxmarket.com, beautyhabit.com

*sample
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Valentine’s Day Beauty

What is sexy? Confidence is sexy. No matter what is that makes you feel your most beautiful, stick to that, and don’t alter it for anyone. Whether it be smoky eyes, pink lips, blue lips, black lace or velour onesies, go with it. Need some suggestions? Her are a few suggestions solely on my own accord.

Flying Solo for Valentine’s Day? I want you to consider these suggestions as well. There is no love like self-love. Nurture and care for yourself habitually, just for you, because that is a good enough reason.

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Elevate the mood with Moon Juice Sex DustThis holistic blend of libido-enhancing ingredients, including Maca and Cacao, promises to warm you up and “send waves of blood to all the right places.”

Create touchable texture with Oribe Dry Texturizing SprayThis ‘cult classic’ creates a perfectly undone look, while adding volume to your roots, and leaving behind an incredible fragrance. For soft, tousled waves, curl hair with a wide barrel curling iron, at least 1 1/2 inches. Flip head upside down and mist hair from roots to ends.

Achieve your softest skin with the Captain Blankenship Rosemary & Lemongrass Body ScrubA personal favorite, this chocolate scented scrub effortlessly sloughs off dead skin, while leaving behind a veil of dewy moisture.

Get kissable lips with the Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip MaskTreat your dry, chapped pout by drenching your lips in moisture. Champagne contains a subtle rose-gold hue and has a deliciously fruity taste, that is sure to keep you lip-locked.

Keep the red off your lips and put it on your tips, with a red statement nail, like RGB Nail Polish in Too RedAccording to science, this rosy hue gains popularity within the male sex. So ladies, lets keep it ‘on’ ourselves by adding a pop to our digits.

A natural glowing complexion can be achieved, courtesy of RMS Living LuminizerEnhance your look by applying this brilliant highlighter to the brow bones, cheekbones, and down the bridge of your nose. For little extra lighting, add it to your collarbone.

Create ambience by candlelight, with a fresh and floral fragrance, like the ‘limited edition’ Rosafolia candle by Diptyque. Fresh Ivy and Turkish rose combined with galbanum and  geranium, unite to create a fresh green fragrance with soft floral notes.

Spritz yourself with a sexy scent, like Honres des Pres Love CoconutThough not your typical tropical coconut fragrance, this one combines fresh coconut milk in a base of tonka bean and vanilla bourbon with a base of white cedar and organic coconut essence. The invoking combination creates a warm and sultry bouquet.

Look better naked as you achieve flawless skin with PRTTY PeaushunThe ‘pretty potion’ contains a subtle amount of shimmer to conceal minor imperfections and create a slimmer silhouette. A combination of natural botanical extracts work to lift, firm, and tighten. It’s brilliant!

Get beautifully bronzed with the Tarte Brazilliance Self TannerThis self-tanner from Tarte applies like a breeze with an included application mitt. The best part? It smells of vanilla.

 I want to know, what makes you feel sexy?

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5 things this week…

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Just in: The first issue of Thoughtfully Magazine, a lifestyle publication with a conscious approach to living. This issue features some of my favorite green beauty brands. Featuring RGB Nail Polish in Too Red, Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Cleansing Oil, and Honores des Pres Love Coconut Perfume.

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Currently Sampling: The Kumari Luxury line of all-natural and organic beauty products. This luxury brand has a basis in Ayurvedic principles and expresses an emphasis on the joy and pleasures (both for mind and body) of a ritualistic beauty tradition.

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The Gold StandardFeatured in my recent post on contouring, the Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush from the new ‘Bold Metals’ Collection is brilliantly plush and soft.

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Loving: My current favorite pink/nude lip combo, featuring Au Naturale Lipstick in Innocence and MAC Lipliner in Boldly Bare. Get 25% off Au Naturale Cosmetics with code LDAN15, now through March 1st.

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Pamper: This Sunday pamper session featured some favorite products to detox, calm, and intensly hydrate the skin. The May Lindstrom Problem Solver Mask brought my complexion back to life, as several bouts of the flu left my skin lackluster. It’s that magical! I’m am also back to dry-brushing, a practice that detoxifies and invigorates, read up on it’s benefits here.

Wishing you a beautiful week.

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Subtle Contouring with the Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette

Facial Contouring has gained epic popularity thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian and the social media platform, Instagram. When done correctly, contouring can give your face dimension, by strategically slimming certain areas of your face creating a shadow. In turn, brightening other areas of your face by adding a highlight. Depending on your face shape, application methods can vary, so do consider this when applying your contour and highlight.

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Laura Mercier has recently released their Flawless Contouring Palette, exclusive to Sephora. The palette features three cream contour shades and two cream highlights, suitable for a wide range of complexions. Included is the palette, is a step-by-step visual guide to show proper placement of product.

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The Flawless Contouring Palette brilliantly creates a discreet contour and highlight effect, with an exquisite creamy formula. These silky creams blend to perfection and build with ease, taking contouring to a foolproof level. This selection of creamy shades allow for the most natural effect, by flawlessly blending into the skin.

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Contour #1 is a perfect taupe shade for my skin tone, along with highlight #1. The first highlight shade is a bit on the yellow side and might not be the best option for paler complexions. The highlights both offer a soft shimmer, that flatters and doesn’t sparkle. I also find myself reaching for the second highlight shade and applying it as an eyeshadow.

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In my contour application, I applied contour shade #1 to the hollows of my cheeks, sides of my nose and the tip (to shorten and slim). To the top of forehead and sides, and to the under part of my jaw line (to make it more pronounced). I applied highlight shade #1 to cheekbones and down the length of my nose, coming up short of the contour. For the most precise application of the contour, I like to use a small domed shadow brush that isn’t too soft, like this one. For blending, I used the Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush from the Bold Metals Collection.

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 The finished look after blush is applied.

The Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette brilliantly highlights and contours with an exquisite creamy formula. This palette is perfect for both contouring pro’s and newbies alike.

Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette $50

available at Sephora.com

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Balmy Brilliance – Kahina Fez Hand and Body Balm*

Kahina Giving Beauty unleashes an all-healing golden balm that magically erases all of our dry skin woes.

The Fez Hand and Body Balm* is a highly concentrated salve that contains mega doses of Kahina’s own ‘liquid gold’ argan oil, along with soothing and calming calendula, in a base of carrot seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil and mango nut butter.

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The Fez Hand and Body Balm contains Kahina’s own signature Fez fragrance in ample doses. An intoxicating blend of essential oils, including rose, bergamot, ylang ylang, geranium, patchouli, sandalwood, clove, cumin and rosemary combine to create an aromatherapeutic experience that aids in relieving stress and calming nerves. Upon application, there is an almost warming sensation that soothes both the mind, and body instantaneously.

This overachieving moisturizer aims at healing, soothing, and calming weather-ravaged hands, as well as our driest bits (think elbows, heels, and knees). A little goes a long way, as it spreads with ease. It’s a seasonal must have, as dry skin doesn’t stand a chance against this brilliant balm.

As a hand moisturizer, this balm touches perfection. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave behind a dreaded sticky-palm situation. I’ve personally struggled with painful eczema on my hands. After only a few days of use, the Fez Hand and Body Balm completely cured my skin dilemma, as it immediately calmed the dreaded painful itch.

Kahina Fez Hand and Body Balm $48

  available at beautyhabit.com, thedetoxmarket.com

 *Sample
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Au Naturale Lipstick in Sangria* and Innocence* and a Special Promo for Readers

Today I am excited to share with you another gem from the Au Naturale line of clean cosmetics, as well as a special promotion for my lucite dreams readers.

In keeping in line with the Au Naturale ‘good for you’ cosmetics standard, the Pure Pro Lipsticks are composed of only clean, natural and organic ingredients. While delivering a high dose of pigment, the Pure Pro Lipsticks coat your lips in nourishing oils. Organic castor oil, cocoa seed butter, meadowfoam seed oil, wildcrafted candelilla wax, organic sesame oil, and avocado oils combine to lend this lipstick a deliciously balmy texture that hydrates like your favorite balm. The formula is virtually weightless with long-lasting wear.

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The formula is a great option for those with dry, parched lips. They feel wonderful on, and deliver a healthy dose of moisture. It takes a few swipes of the Pure Pro Lipsticks to gain their full pigment potential, although they have a surprising longevity.

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Innocence 

The shade Innocence* is a top-seller among the Au Naturale line of lipsticks and it’s no surprise. Innocence is an ultra-flattering soft nude-pink that offers a ‘my lips but better’ appeal. Personally, I’ve been wearing this shade daily, even in place of my balms.

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Sangria

Sangria* is an fuchsia pink with an iridescent finish. A perfect option for a no-fuss, bold-lip that requires minimal touch-ups.

  Au Naturale Pure Pro Lipstick $22 at aunaturaleglow.com

Enjoy 25% off with code LDAN15

offer ends 3/1/15

Click here to see my review of their gorgeous Organic Cream Bronzer.

*PR Sample – All thoughts expressed are my own and are always true to my personal experience.
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au naturale Organic Cream Bronzer Stick*

The Au Natural line of cosmetics features a full range of luxury, professional-grade clean beauty products. Each product is hand-crafted, using only organic, natural and ‘good-for-you’ ingredients. All products are organic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan and safe for those suffering from sensitive skin conditions. I’m excited to share with you today, the very exquisite Organic Cream Stick Bronzer*.

First the ingredients;

Ingredients: Organic Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Tapioca Starch, Ultramarines, Iron Oxides, Kaolin.

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The Organic Creme Bronzer Stick will nurture your skin, as it deposits a luminous, natural tan. Apply straight from the stick, and blend with your fingertips. The creamy formula blends like a breeze. A metallic finish imparts the most natural glow, and the warm bronzed shade leaves behind a subtle tan, perfect for light to medium complexions. It also wears beautifully on the eyes, and layers well for a more intense look.

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 Wearing Au Naturale Creme Stick Bronzer on cheeks, forehead and eyes and Au Naturale Lipstick in Innocence..

 Au Naturale Organic Creme Bronzer Stick $32

 aunaturaleglow.com

*press sample
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