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EverPure UV Protect Spray by L'Oréal Paris — It's Vegan!

LOreal Paris EverPure UV Protect SprayA quick note about a new L’Oreal haircare product: EverPure UV Protect Spray. As you know, color-treated hair requires special care, and this lightweight, non-sticky spray contains UV filters to help protect hair from the sun’s harmful rays and preserve long-lasting color purity.

A spritz or two on dry or damp hair, and your tresses are left healthy-looking and shiny. Infused with rosemary and mint for an invigorating, aromatic experience, UV Protect Spray provides you that extra bit of protection — heck, we slather our skin with SPF 30, but somehow we forget our hair. And when you’ve spent upwards of $175 on those precious highlights, you’d be crazy not to preserve them as long as possible, right?

FYI: All EverPure hair products are 100% vegan with no harsh, color-stripping ingredients. An exclusive Anti-Fade System features UVA & UVB Filters for long-lasting color purity.

Never Get the Wrong Foundation Color Again

Senna Cosmetics Mineral Mix FoundationI recently discovered Senna Cosmetics, and glad, glad, glad am I!

So far, I’ve tried a plethora of goodies from Senna, each of which I’ll be reviewing soon. But, first up is a Senna best-seller, Mineral Mix Cover & Finish Foundation.

Mineral Mix marks the end of getting the wrong foundation color. How so? It contains a beautifully blend-able loose mineral powder foundation in the base along with a darker pressed mineral foundation powder in the lid. Simple and smart.

Mineral Mix isn’t just a color-matching miracle. It’s also smart in other ways. A special milling process gives this mineral foundation a supremely silky smooth texture that glides onto the skin. The neutral color range looks fresh,  clear…more natural than any I’ve tried before. Natural minerals supply the dewy soft light reflection needed to diminish lines, wrinkles and flaws while also providing chemical-free sun protection. Plus it completely covers blemishes, discolorations, redness, even rosacea and is gentle enough for the most sensitive, problem-prone skin.

I really love that Mineral Mix is chemical free. Not only that, but it’s also free of talc, oils, fragrance, waxes, and dyes. So if you’re looking for a super-natural foundation that actually lives up to its promises, you’ve finally found it.

Moreover, Mineral Mix is great for all skin types, but it’s particularly good for oily skin. In fact, makeup artist Wei Lang gives it two thumbs up, saying Mineral Mix “gives the ultimate soft-focus finish.”

Don’t forget: GET 10% OFF AT SENNA THROUGH TODAY (8/30) by entering “tweet10″ at check-out.

Less Wrinkles with 24-Hour Eye Repair

l'oreal revitalift deep set wrinkle repair eye creamFeaturing another new product with a long name from L’Oreal: Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair 24-Hour Eye Repair Duo.

With such a serious(ly long) name, you’d expect serious(ly good) results along with a serious(ly expensive) price. Well, that’s about half true.

The results? Good. I’ve been using Revalift’s new eye cream duo for about three to four weeks, and I can definitely see a visible lift to my upper eye lid. I recently celebrated by 39th birthday, so this was a nice bonus. Plus the skin around my eyes is softer and more pliable.  FYI: for full wrinkle-free results, L’Oreal recommends using the eye cream duo day and night for eight weeks, so I expect more magic to come.

L’Oreal has put together a very nice eye repair duo chock full of some heavy-duty silicones, polymers, moisturizers, and emollients along with sun protection in the Day/AM cream, caffeine in the Night/PM cream, and most impressive, Pro-Retinol A aka retinyl palmitate  which is a vitamin A derivative — it’s near the bottom of the ingredient list meaning there’s very little of it compared to the other stuff…though according to my research a little goes a long way with this powerful anti-oxidant.

Retinol is what targets and fixes your wrinkles. The caffeine in the Night/PM cream acts to reduce puffiness. We like. And the SPF 15+ (yes, it does say “+” — not sure what that means but whatever) in the Day/AM cream is gentle and effective. The skin around my eyes is sensitive and gets red and irritated when I use sunscreen, but Revitalift AM gives me no problems whatsoever.

Other pluses include a rich, non-greasy formula that spreads easily = no tugging. And they last well, so your small investment is well worth it. Speaking of price, you can pick it up this power-packed beauty duo at almost any drugstore for less than $20.

This Summer's "It" Body Lotion: Light, All-Natural, Environmentally Friendly

Summertime is the prime time for touch-ably soft, smooth skin. But in this heat who wants to slather herself with thick body butter or dense, sticky lotion? Not me.

The cure for uncomfortable heavy lotions, potions and creams comes from family-based Kazam Natural Body Care in the form of summer-perfect Tropical Tangerine Hand and Body Lotion. All-natural, this hydrating, moisturizing and nourishing hand and body lotion is delight to the senses
and a special treat for the skin, and best of all it’s light and cooling.

Formulated with “a joyful blend of tangerine and orange, patchouli and other essential oils,” you simply can’t find a better, all-natural lotion for summer. It’s a truly luxurious hand and body lotion, natural and organic for beautiful healthy skin — gentle to your skin and to the environment.

Widely popular in Africa,  Kazam Natural Body Care was founded by Ms. Marjorie Moutari. Kazam manufactures Natural Body Care and Organic Health and Beauty Products. Available online, in boutiques, beauty shops and from mail order, Kazam ships all over the United States. These organic health and body care products are also available at home parties and in other stores. Some of their customers and clients includes Celebrities, Fashion Models and Diplomats. Voila!

Ms. Moutari, founder of CEO of Kazam Natural Body Products received her training in natural personal care products, perfume and essential oil manufacturing in Europe, Africa and the United States, she also hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Pratt Institute in New York. She has over 10 years experience as a holistic nutrition and diet consultant, counseling patients on nutrition and health matters.

I'm Gonna Wash That Milk Right Into My Skin

LOccitane Shower CreamL’Occitane Shower Cream in my favorite eye-opening fragrance, Verbena is a delicate, low-foaming, lightly scented liquid wash that softens your skin and gently cleanses your hair. Containing shea milk with its smoothing and protecting properties, and regenerating wheat proteins, this creamy mix helps preserve the natural balance of both skin and hair without stripping or drying. Great for apres sun skin and hair care. $9 for 2.5 oz. Perfect for your summer travel kit.

This Ain't Your Mama's Chapstick

Chapstick True ShimmerGrowing up, my grandmother always kept a tube or two of chapstick in her pocketbook. I can still remember the waxy feeling and slightly medicinal smell when she would drag it across my lips.

Chapstick’s come a long way since then. Even since the days of Suzy Chapstick (remember her?). With soft, moisturizing formulas that glide on silky smooth, they leave your lips equally so. No more “drag,” no more strange pharmaceutical smells.

This season’s latest addition to the Chapstick family, Chapstick True Shimmer provides the moisturizing benefits you’ve come to expect from a good lip balm, plus it adds shimmering highlights and a burst of mouthwatering scent and flavor. Beautiful on it’s own, True Shimmer also looks (and smells) perfectly marvelous layered over your favorite lipstick.

Currently available in Botanical Berry and Tropical scents, Chapstick True Shimmer will add Peppermint Rush and Fruit Sherbet in July. I’ve been lucky enough to sample these new scent-flavors, and I just have to say I’m kind of addicted to the Fruit Sherbet. It reminds me of my favorite childhood fizzy soft drink, Tiki Punch. Plus, even in the high desert climate of Santa Fe, my lips are soft and smooth. At $2.79, it’s the bargain of the summer.

Hey, healthy looking lips are more noticeable and more beautiful, and what girl doesn’t want a subtle shimmer? So, maybe it’s time to add a subtle highlight and luscious flavor to yours.

5 Steps to Younger Skin

I had the chance to try out the newest versions of Arbonne’s NutriMinC RE skin care line. And what a nice, complete and simple 5-step system they offer!

Chock-full of some of the best anti-aging active ingredients includes…

  • REnewing Gelée Créme, Hydrating Wash
  • REstoring Mist, Balancing Toner
  • REality SPF 8, Day Créme
  • REactivating Facial Serum, Day & Night
  • REcover, Night Créme
  • REpair, Corrective Eye Créme

Wait a just minute. I just listed six products, right? Why? Well, Arbonne offers a lovely, light day cream touting SPF8 (I really wish that was at least SPF15) and a rich, moisturizing night cream. So you switch those out. Five steps. Easy, peasy.

I really like the gentle low-foam cleanser that smells like fresh oranges. The rest of the products aren’t scented, which I also like. I mean, how much confidence can you have in a heavy-duty anti-aging product when it’s heavily perfumed?

Anyway, overall Arbonne’s NutriMinC RE line is quite nice, if not a bit overpriced. But given the cost of department store skin care lines, plus the fact that it features high-quality ingredients, it’s actually a good value.

Contact your local Arbonne rep to try these products. Or click here to learn more and purchase online.

Beauty Q&A with GirlPaint: Free Advice for A More Beautiful You

Q&ARecently I became a member of MakeupTalk forum. I LOVE posting on forums, and not because I want to promote myself or my blog (although that’s a nice benefit if other members like my posts), but because I really, honestly like giving advice, tips, tricks and product reviews. It’s the reason I started blogging in the first place. I was working in an industry that cut me off from the beauty world, and I desparately needed to connect to my makeup-loving sister (and brothers).

Following is a condensed Q&A excerpted from my MakeupTalk forum posts.

Q. I’m African American and have desert hair that desparately needs moisture. Recommendations?
A. Coconut oil, definitely. And use a deep conditioner (recommended: Mizani Fufyl) when you shampoo.

Q. Should I tip beauty school students?
A. You should tip 10%. If they do an especially good job, you can tip more than 10%, and be sure to find out where they’ll be working when they fiinish school. If you split the tip, tip 10% of the TOTAL, and split it between the students based on the work they did.

Q. I’ve heard Bio Oil is good for your skin, but I don’t like the feeling of oils on my face. Can you recommend on something to put under my mineral makeup that will not clogs pores or cause break outs?
A. Try Korres Pomegranate Moisturizer. It’s light formula is made for people with oily/acne-prone skin, plus it contains SPF (bonus!).

Q. How do I get rid of dark circles under my eyes?
A. Lessening (NOT getting rid of) dark circles can happen, but it takes time. Many good products are out there to address the issue, but you’ll need to use them consistently (that means at least once a day…twice is better) for 3-4 months. I’ve been using Skin Actives Scientifics Bright Eye cream for over two years. It contains the best active ingredients known to help fix the problem, plus it’s only $17.50 and the .5 oz. jar lasts forever (for me anyway). I believe in SAS Bright Eye 100%, but realize that dark circles are, in large part, hereditary and you may still have to use undereye concealers if you want to camouflage them.

Q. Does anyone believe the Clarisonic Brush is worth it?
A. I’ve used a Clarisonic Brush myself, and on top of my own “thumbs-up,” I’ve also heard rave reviews from just about everyone who’s used one. But $200 is a lot to shell out for a face cleaning appliance. QVC offers a payment plan ($40/payment) that might be the way to go. Either that or purchase one locally and that way, if you don’t like it, you can return it (be sure you check out your retailer’s return policy).

Q. (Non-beauty related) When sending out resumes, should i put my cover letter and my resume all in the body of the email? Or should I send the cover letter in the body and attach the resume?
A. Send ONE email with the cover letter at the top and then copy and paste your resume underneath the letter. NO ATTACHMENTS unless the company specifically asks for them. Always send your resume in the body of the e-mail message, not as an attachment. Put the resume right in the message so the recipient will see it as soon as he or she opens the message. This technique also helps you get through e-mail systems that reject all attachments in this day of rampant computer viruses.

Q. Optical Illusion Dresses – Yea or Nea?

A. Optical Illusion Dresses look perfect….if you have a PERFECT body. Consider yourself warned.

Q. Did anyone else absolutely hate Bare Minerals?
A. I’ve never been a fan of BE/BM — too orange-y for me, plus it’s cakey on me. I make my own mineral foundation. It’s soooooo easy and sooooo inexpensive. I literally mix a little titanium dioxide w/ red oxide mineral powder with a mortar and pestle. You’d think it would be too pink, but those two ingredients work perfectly for me, plus the titanium dioxide gives me added sun protection.

Q. (Follow-up question) Where do you buy the ingredients to make your own mineral makeup? Does it provide any better coverage when you make your own?
A. Do a Google search for “mineral makeup ingredients” and “mineral makeup recipe.” You’ll find tons of info. And the mmu coverage can be customized, so you can make yours with light, medium or full coverage…or one of each!

Want to look flawless? Here's the 1-2-3

Flawless Faces1. Apply a good foundation, like Make Up For Ever’s new HD Invisible Cover, to your cheeks, forehead, and chin using a foundation brush or round sponge. Then BLEND the foundation all the way to your natural hairline with long, light strokes. Check your face and neck in natural light to make sure the foundation is completely blended in all areas.

2. If under-eye circles or red spots remain, do not add more foundation; it can look heavy and cakey. Instead, try a concealer. Yes, you can apply concealer over foundation.

3. Set your foundation with a light dusting of powder like Benefit’s “Hello Flawless” blendable powder. BONUS: “Hello Flawless” has an SPF 15 and can be applied dry or wet.

Tip: Choose the shade of your foundation carefully. When testing shades, pick one that matches the tone of your jawline exactly.

Tip: Begin by applying a small amount of foundation then increase amount to achieve the degree of coverage that suits your skin. But beware: don’t apply too much or you end up in cake city…definitely not flawless.

Tip: For daytime, mix your foundation with a light SPF moisturizer before applying for a smoother, more sheer application. GirlPaint loves Sharps Barber and Shop Daily Prep Oil Free SPF 15.

Flawless-finish tool:  Beauty Blender at Cult Beauty LTD.

image courtesy of Make Up For Ever at Sephora

Longing for Spring? How to get a sun-kissed look without the sun

With the latest blast of winter weather, many of us are yearning for a hint of Spring sun. If you’re one of us, check out this video which will show you — in about a minute and a half — exactly how to get that lovely sunkissed look, minus the sun (and the UV damage). Your friends, family and colleagues will swear you snuck away to the beach!


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Kelli LaBar is a NC make-up artist and esthetician. Check out her Bronzed Makeup video series here on expert village.

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