Leonor Greyl Paris #nomorebadhairdays

If you’re looking to achieve your best hair ever, look no further, Leonor Greyl is a truly transformative line of hair care. This award-winning hair care brand formulates their products using all-natural plant extracts and vitamins. Leonor Greyl products are free of sls, silicones, parabens, coal tar, are color safe and cruelty free – no cheap fillers here. “Many ingredients used in Leonor Greyl product are certified BIO by Ecocert and come from sustainable sources around the world.” The Leonor Greyl difference is immediate upon first use, providing me with more manageable, deeply hydrated and luminous locks.

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Jane Iredale ‘The Good Glow’ Summer Collection 2016*

Jane Iredale’s Summer Collection 2016* kisses your complexion with a bronzed radiance of epic proportions. This collection features three redesigned fan-favorite bronzers with a multi-purpose function that deposits luminous shades of bronze across the face, and a Lipdrink Lip Balm SPF 15 that protects your pout with a sheer wash of color. “The Good Glow” collection encapsulates the tan glow of summer, without the sun.

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Free Love Beauty Sunchild Illuminating Oil for Body & Hair

Makeup Artist, aesthetician and the beauty blogger behind freelovebeauty.com, Lauren Van Loo, launches her new skin care line with the namesake Free Love Beauty. I’ve been a great fan of FLB and have much-anticipated this new debut. Lauren and I have very similar taste in all things beauty, and before I had the opportunity to sample a product from her new line, I knew her products would deeply resonate with me – and sure enough I adore Lauren’s recent release of her Sunchild Illuminating Oil*!

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Teri Miyahira Beauty Box – June

Green beauty expert and YouTuber, Teri Miyahira, unveils a new monthly subscription beauty box* featuring her own line, Teri Miyahira Beauty. Teri works directly with laboratories and manufacturers in the curation of her own ‘limited edition’ line of skin care and cosmetics featured in each box. With a dedication to an all-natural and cruelty-free lifestyle, Teri creates all of her products using green and clean ingredients. Each months’ selection of products are unique to each other, guaranteeing a diverse selection of products.

“With a very unconventional business model of crossing limited-edition collections with a monthly membership service, TERI MIYAHIRA BEAUTY aims to create luxury all-natural and cruelty-free products for both those that are just starting to transition to green beauty, as well as for the natural aficionado who already appreciates clean ingredients and cruelty-free beauty, and doing so at the most affordable price possible.” – Teri Miyahira

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Maya Chia Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil – Superfood for the Skin

Chia is said to be the “richest known plant source of omegas, antioxidants and minerals,” so it’s no wonder why the brand, Maya Chia, has created a skin care range around this omega-rich superfood. Using their own patented process of extraction called supercritical extraction, Maya Chia ensures the cleanest extraction of their chia oil – resulting in the purest, most stable and potent chia oil on the market. Maya Chia’s Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil* is a wondrously intense skin hydrator that is suitable for all seasons and all skin types, even sensitive.

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Why it is different: Maya Chia contains the world’s finest 
all-natural, non-gmo supercritical chia oil prepared using a patented, gentle
 supercritical process to extract the oil to ensure its purity, potency and to retain all its benefits (and a two-year shelf life); it’s the most nutrient-rich superfood for the skin (with 8 x the skin-loving omegas of salmon, 3 times the antioxidants of blueberries!); it’s a concentrated blend of omega fatty acids, antioxidants 
and essential minerals.

The Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil is one intense hydrator, let me tell you! It works to smooth away any dehydration lines almost instantly. My trialing began in the harshest cold of winter, when my dry skin was desperately thirsty and in need of dire moisture. The Maya Chia Face Oil left my skin soothed, calmed, and helped to bring back my glow – I still needed to layer my moisturizer of course, but my skin was grateful for this supercharged moisturizer. Flash forward to the balmiest days of summer, Maya Chia’s Supercritical’s Chia Oil’s lightweight texture makes it perfectly suitable through all seasons. I’m loving it as much now as I did before. It absorbs instantly, leaving behind softer, smoother and healthy glowing skin.

Maya Chia Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil $59

available at mayachia.com & beauteabar.com

*denotes PR sample – all thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experience, as always!
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5 things this week…

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Goodbeing Box Discovery – I recently discovered the Board and Batten Calming Lift face mist, which was featured in my May Goodbeing Box and immediately purchased a full-sized. The wonderful ingredients list includes aloe vera left juice, rose-water, silk peptides and hyaluronic acid. It smells incredibly fresh and provides instant hydration! There aren’t a ton of facial mists out there that I can rave about, but this is certainly one.

New Beauty and an Old Favorite – One of those products that I can’t live without is the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil. Nothing compares in my opinion. It thoroughly, yet gently removes makeup, without leaving a residue behind and the pineapple fragrance is lovely. I also picked up two fairly new releases for the summer – one is the Suntegrity Lip C.P.R., which is a lipstick featuring SPF 30. The texture is so delightfully soft and balmy. I picked up the shade Sunrise Peach, which is a golden peach nude. For the option to layer sunscreen, I also picked up the new Ilia Radiant Translucent Powder SPF 20. The packaging is ingenious, featuring a magnetic brush which may be removed to clean, although I am having trouble getting the powder to flow steadily. The verdict is still out, however, I am so far loving the finish, which is indeed radiant and not matte.

Beauty Dust Update – A few months ago I raved about my wonderful experience with Moon Juice’s Beauty Dust. I stopped using it for a few weeks now, what I have decidedly noticed is the decrease in the health of my nails. They have again lost their strength and easily peel. What I greatly miss however, is the calming effect. So, I am back on the Dust, and I surely recommend it!

PINK – Pink peonies and nails to match – wearing Lauren B Beauty Nail Polish in City of Angels. This photo was taken after 4 days of wear, I’m loving the formula and this soft pink shade.

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Popsugar Must Have Box June*

  • Hat Attack Neutral Diamond-Printed Sarong ($58 value) – My absolute favorite product featured in this months box, is this lightweight sarong made from 100% cotton. The print is beautiful, its great quality and perfectly suited to my personal style. I will be getting a lot of wear out of it this summer.
  • Sisters of Los Angeles “Cheers Bottle Opener” ($12 value) – I’ll toss this gold bottle opener into my purse, everyone needs a travel bottle opener, right?
  • Wild and Wolf Ridley’s Games Room “Who Am I?” Quiz ($12.95 value) – Love – my Friday night just got a little more exciting!
  • NCLA Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer ($16 value) – NCLA Nail Polishes are one of my favorites – they have the quickest drying formula, and provide long-wear (also curely-free and 5-free). I think my glitter nail days are behind me, but I appreciate the the nod towards the upcoming holiday.
  • Knock Knock Are You Ready (For your Close-Up?) Compact ($10 retail) – It’s actually a great quality mirror and I do not own a decent one.
  • Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9 value) – I have yet to try these, but they seem like a great option to tag along to the gym or beach.
  • Pressels Siracha ($1.25) – Uh.. Delicious!

Popsugar Must Have Subscription Box $39.95 per month

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*Popsugar sent me this this Must Have Box to try – all thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experience, as always.
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Nucifera’s The Balm

For all your beauty needs (well several) — meet Nucifera’s The Balm*. This amped up coconut oil based balm is a multitasking wonder. As author of The Coconut Kitchen, Nucifera brand creator, Meredith Baird knows a thing or two about the vast benefits of coconut oil. Meredith created The Balm, to simplify our beauty routine with a “distinctive blend of the most healing and effective plant-based butters and oils found on earth.” 

Use THE BALM to moisturize all over, remove dirt and makeup, condition hair, improve dry skin conditions, treat acne problems, minimize wrinkles, reduce inflammation and so much more.”

 

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The Balm “simplifies” our routine with a not-so-simple formulation, loaded with a combination of amazing oils and butters, including coconut oil, kokum butter, avocado oil, borage oil, and mango butter. It’s beautifully fragranced with a light, fresh and grounding blend of lavender, peppermint, grapefruit, sandalwood, palo santo, patchouli and frankincense essential oils. The unique silky, whipped texture is certainly worth noting! A little goes a long way and spreads across the skin with ease, while absorbing instantly – making it perfect for summertime. Skin is left softened, hydrated and glowing!

On a recent getaway with The Balm in tow, this multi-purpose product helped to lighten my beauty load by serving as a hardworking eye makeup remover, body and hand moisturizer and frizz tamer. I also love to apply it to the hair before and after a dip in the pool to prevent chlorine damage. Having The Balm on hand kept me and my skin a little less stressed. I can’t wait to see more from this line. 

Nucifera The Balm $37

available at nuciferbody.com & beautyhabit.com

*PR Sample – All thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experience, as always. I only write about what I love!
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My Hair Routine and The Battle Against Frizz

Naturally, I have curly, frizzy hair – think SJP in the 80’s. I have yet to embrace my natural curl, and until then I’m keeping it straight and standing strong against my battle with frizz. There are a few game changing products and methods that I’ve discovered along the way. Like how the right blow dryer can make a world of difference. Here are my holy grail products for going from curly to sleek.

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The Products:

I have a finicky scalp that can easily go from dry to oily, and in addition suffer from occasional flares of seborrheic dermatitis. I’ve spent years trying to find a shampoo that helps to balance my scalp. A few months ago I was introduced to the MooGoo Milk Shampoo and my scalp has never been happier! Without ever over-drying my scalp, it leaves my hair feeling super clean. I’m already on my second bottle, I’ll never be without it.

When it comes to conditioners I’m super picky. I find that a lot of conditioners with more natural-based ingredients tend to leave a residue on my hair. So until I find a conditioner that trumps the performance of my Nexxus Humectress, I’m sticking with it. Once a week, I use Davines Alchemic Silver Conditioner to keep my color bright. For heat protection, frizz-taming and added hydration, I love using oils and leave-in conditioners. Pure jojoba oil is a great option because its lightweight and doesn’t weigh down the hair, quite the opposite actually as it adds body. In addition to oil I add in some Evolh Smartstart Leave-In Conditioner Leave-In Conditioner, which additionally protects and tames frizz.  If it’s a hot and humid day, I’ll reach for Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream to keep things straight. It’s a game-changing product that works like nothings else in the fight against frizz. After styling I finish off with Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray for texture and hold. Once or twice a week I’ll help keep my hair healthy by using an oil hair treatment, which I apply from roots to ends. The Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Luxury Hair oil is my favorite. 

The Tools:

The Hubalou Hair Towel is a non-damaging and efficient way to smooth the hair and lessen frizz. Straight out of the shower I wrap my hair up in this bamboo fiber cloth and keep it in as long as I can. A good blow dryer can make a world of difference. The Elchium 2001 helps me reach about 80% of my hair styling goals! As my 2 year-old Elchium started to slow down on me, I hurried up and ordered a back up. It does its job in half the time to smooth and straighten, without causing a lot of the damage I’ve experienced with other hair dryers. I straighten my hair with this brush, and will occasionally add in soft waves using my Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch NanoCeramic Curling Iron.

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Kosås Lipstick Weightless Lip Color SS2016

Kosås Cosmetics new lip colors are in and as you would expect, they are stunners! Kosås formulates universally flattering shades from nudes to brights that even I feel comfortable enough to wear – I call them bold lips for the timid. Kosås Weightless Lip Colors are remarkable and unique in their ability to transform well from a sheer stain to a full-coverage lipstick, while offering exceptional long-wear. See my previous review here.

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THRILLEST* – A playful poppy red with an bright orange lean. Vibrant and fun. Full-coverage color. Semi-matte finish.

ELECTRA* – A luscious raspberry red. Passion with cool neutral undertones. Full-coverage color. Semi-matte finish.

ROYAL* – A warm, modern purple. Ripe like a berry and quite feminine. Full-coverage color. Semi-matte finish.

STARDUST* – A sheer neutral nude with pink and brown undertones. Like a summer tan. Hydrated finish. Stardust is like a warmer-toned sister to Rosewater.

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(left-right) – Thrillest, Electra, Royal and Stardust

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Kosås Weightless Lip Color $24 

available at kosascosmetics.com & beautyhabit.com

*sample – all thoughts expressed are unique and true to my personal experience, as always

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