Entries from August 22nd, 2011

August 22, 2011

beauty scoop | jurlique fruit enzyme exfoliator

To get myself off to a fresh start each week, I try to take time on Sundays to give myself a soothing facial. Lately, I’ve been exfoliating with Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator.

jurlique fruit enzyme exfoliator

{Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator gives my skin a refreshing tingle. Photo Courtesy Jurlique}

Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator is a fruit-based exfoliating mask made with natural enzymes and extracts from Australia. The biodynamic blend of fruit acids, alpha hydroxy acids and organic ingredients slough away dead skin cells to reveal renewed, fresh skin that is soft and lush.

Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator contains amazing Australian super fruits, grown on a biodynamic Jurlique farm, that abound with vitamins and minerals that revitalize and repair tired skin. Some of the more interesting super fruits to note in Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator include quandong, a desert peach which is high in vitamin C and fatty acids; desert lime, another fruit high in vitamin C; and acacia (wattle), which acts as a gentle yet effective exfoliant.

Other pure ingredients in Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator include sugar cane, lemon, orange and apple to brighten and tone skin; prickly pear stem and green tea leaf hydrate and firm skin. Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator is loaded with the good stuff!

My skin always feels refreshed and renewed after using Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator. Though the bottle says it can be used two to three times a week, I save this for my Sunday “skin day” because Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator contains natural alpha hydroxyl acids that can increase sun sensitivity (even though I do wear sunscreen every day, even in winter and early spring!). I also enjoy keeping it to just once a week because you can really see the difference using it after a week of exposing your skin to the elements. Plus, it’s nice to look forward to a Sunday at-home facial to start the week off right!

Do you have any Sunday (or any day!) beauty rituals? What are your favorite natural facial masks and exfoliants? Tell me about them in the comments section.

August 15, 2011

beauty scoop | hurraw! lip balm

My addiction to lip balm is well-documented, but when it comes to tinted lip balms, I just own a few. Two of my favorites are Hurraw! Black Cherry Tinted Lip Balm and Hurraw! Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm.

hurraw! black cherry tinted natural lip balm

{Hurraw! Black Cherry Tinted Lip Balm has a faint scent of delicious black cherries. Photo Courtesy Hurraw!}

hurraw! cinnamon tinted natural lip balm

{Hurraw! Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm makes your kisser tingle. Photo Courtesy Hurraw!}

These fun-shaped lip balms tout themselves as all-natural, organic, vegan, raw and good. Hurraw! natural lip balms glide onto your pout with a velvety smooth finish — never sticky or greasy. The tinted balms add a hint of natural color without overpowering a makeup-less face; you get that just-kissed look plus a hint of cinnamon tingle (I love that!) or scent of delicious black cherries. At $3.79 a pop, they aren’t a wallet-buster like some natural products tend to be.

I like to wear these tinted lip balms on casual makeup days when I just want a hint of fresh color on my lips. Hurraw! lip balms are great for people on-the-go; you don’t have to worry about fussing with mirrors, lip brushes or lip liner. Just swipe and go!

What do you think about tinted lip balms? Better than gloss? Not as good color payoff? What are the best ones to try? Leave me a comment and let me know!

August 12, 2011

beauty scoop | california baby no fragrance spf 30+ sunblock stick

I’m in Los Angeles for work this weekend. Though I have a jam-packed schedule that involves me chasing down fitness trainers for interviews and routinely getting my butt kicked into shape by said fitness trainers for at least four hours a day — all in the name of reporting —  I’m hoping I’ll have a little downtime to chill by the pool (or, um, ocean) in the perfect LA summer weather.

When packing my weekender bag, I made sure to toss in California Baby No Fragrance SPF 30+ Sunblock Stick to keep myself from having some sunscreen mishaps in those hard-to-remember-to-spray-with-sunscreen places. Somehow, there’s always one silly spot I miss, which means I get a pretty rad red spot in a conspicuous place on my body.

california baby no fragrance spf 30+ sunblock stick

{California Baby No Fragrance SPF 30+ Sunblock Stick costs $15 for a 0.5-ounce sunscreen stick. Photo Courtesy California Baby. }

This convenient natural sunscreen is perfect for touch-ups and easy-to-forget spots, such as ears. I like to use California Baby No Fragrance SPF 30+ Sunblock Stick as an extra layer of protection on sensitive spots—moles, scars, delicate facial skin—to ensure that these areas stay burn-free.

While I realize I’ve labeled a $15 sunscreen stick a “budget beauty basic,” I think it’s fair to note that it lasts a long time and is super-convenient for reapplying sunscreen to small patches of skin. You don’t end up using more than necessary the way you do with sprays or lotions!

Besides its convenience factor, the best part about California Baby No Fragrance SPF 30+ Sunblock Stick is that it’s fragrance-free, so if there’s any lingering scent from a different layer of natural sunscreen, I don’t have to smell conflicting fragrances.

Now, about smelling “conflicting fragrances” during these training sessions…wish me luck!

August 10, 2011

beauty scoop | pratima neem rose face sunscreen

I’ve been a loyal, every-day user of Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen.

Its active ingredient is zinc oxide, yet it doesn’t cast that obnoxious white glow like most natural sunscreens.

The lightweight formula features organic rose, neem and licorice, too, so it actually smells….good!

The SPF 30 is ideal for everyday exposure and its light consistency works well over my regular daily moisturizer and under my mineral makeup.

pratima rose neem sunscreen

{Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen costs $18 for a 2-ounce bottle. Photo Courtesy Pratima Skincare.}

With neem and rose essential oils, Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits in addition to natural protection from UVA, UVB and UVC rays.

Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen has a smooth, silky texture that slides on evenly and easily.

I love that Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen is packaged in a convenient, metal pump bottle; it takes about three pumps to get a healthy amount of natural sunscreen to moisturize and protect my face from the sun’s harsh rays.

On those days when I’m rushing out the door (the majority of my days!), it’s comforting to know that I have a luxurious, all-in-one, natural sunscreen and moisturizer to keep my skin protected.

Do you use a daily moisturizer with SPF? What brands do you like?


August 8, 2011

beauty scoop | john masters organics sea mist sea salt spray with lavender

My whole life, I’ve just dealt with the fact that I have spaghetti-straight hair. Though I’m perfecting my skills with a curling iron (it just takes too long), I’m always jealous of people blessed with curls and waves. (I hope you girls feel the same way about my boring, no-need-for-a-flat-iron hair.)

Sometimes, though, I am able to coax a little bit of curl into my hair. I have somewhat of a natural S-pattern wave in the hair near my face. To help create a little more body in my mostly stick-straight hair, I spritz in a little John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray and scrunch away. The course salt adds texture to my hair, while lavender essential oils add a light, refreshing scent (I normally hate the scent of lavender, but this smells pretty nice).

john masters organics sea mist sea salt spray with lavender

{Scrunch away your stick-straight hair with a few spritzes of John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray.}

John Masters Organics Mist Seal Salt Spray is a great hair product to have if you want to recreate beach hair (doesn’t everybody look great when they come out of the sparkling blue ocean water?) or get a tousled look. At $16.50 a bottle, I guess this is cheaper than a beach vacation, but a little on the luxury side compared to my everyday bottle of Aqua Net (joking!).

Straight-haired ladies, how do you create curl in your hair beyond spending hours wrapping your locks around a hot iron?

August 5, 2011

beauty scoop | yes to tomatoes tempting tomato volumizing shampoo

My love for natural beauty products stems from my first job as magazine editor. I covered (and still do!) natural beauty, and that meant having the grueling task :) of sampling every beauty product that came across my desk.

While I became addicted to several natural and organic products, one of the biggest burdens for me — and most people on tight budgets with rich tastes — was practicing what I preached and paying for it myself. While I loved the $60 organic night creams and $20 1-ounce bottles of this and that, it just wasn’t sustainable to my wallet.

The “Yes To” line is a collection of natural beauty products that I continue to throw money down for long after receiving my first shipment of editor swag. It’s available at Walgreens, Target and other big retailers for competitive prices.

One of my favorite Yes To products is the Yes To Tomatoes Tempting Tomato Volumizing Shampoo. It meets the challenge of volumizing my medium-length, baby fine, oily hair. Most shampoos loaded with heavy conditioning oils and thick proteins weigh my hair down, but without some kind of moisture, my hair gets unruly.

Yes To Tomatoes Tempting Tomato Volumizing Shampoo

{Yes To Tomatoes Tempting Tomato Volumizing Shampoo is packed with the good stuff and leaves your wallet full enough for you to actually buy some tomatoes to eat, too.}

Yes To Tomatoes Tempting Tomato Volumizing Shampoo strikes the perfect balance. Laced with ginkgo biloba for light moisture and Dead Sea mud and mineral natural cleansers, this natural shampoo provides an equal amount of moisture and natural cleansing ingredients to produce a smooth lather and baby-soft locks. Yes To Tomatoes Tempting Tomato Volumizing Shampoo is also packed with vitamins from tomatoes (obviously), rooibos tea and watermelons — namely lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin E and carotene.  It’s a great choice for oily hair that needs volume and strength — and for people who don’t want to throw down large chunks of cash for shampoo. Yes To Tomatoes Tempting Tomato Volumizing Shampoo costs just $9 for a 16.9-ounce bottle!

What are some other great natural and organic shampoos and conditioners that won’t break the bank?

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