Thursday, February 25, 2016

Review | The Jojoba Company - Pure Jojoba & Hand Cream

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The Jojoba Company specializes in featuring 100% natural Australian jojoba in their skincare products. Jojoba is a natural ingredient that is good for the skin, they have a whole page on their website dedicated to Jojoba information and benefits. Here are some key points in understanding its importance in skincare:
  • Jojoba will hydrate and nourish skin
  • Jojoba can work on the deeper layers where the cell regeneration and cell synthesis occurs
  • Jojoba replenishes the wax produced naturally in young healthy skin
  • Jojoba also protects what is added to it so jojoba is able to carry important nutrients with it deep into skin to support skin health
  • Jojoba is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic

I found this tidbit the most interesting:
100% pure liquid wax esters make up to 50% of the mass of jojoba beans. Wax esters make up to 30% of the sebum produced in young, healthy skin. They kill germs, smother viruses, keep sebum liquid and flowing, naturally condition hair and create the barrier in skin that stops moisture from escaping from deeper living skin cells.

I started using the 100% Natural Australian Jojoba ($14.95) as my nighttime moisturizer. I would apply about 2-3 pumps of it all over my face and neck, sleep with it over night and wake up with supple glowing skin. It has no scent, so I found it very easy to wear daily. There is no greasy residue, I'm pretty sure the skin absorbs it completely because within a few minutes you can't tell I applied an oil to my face. I've even applied makeup right on top and it did not break down the products or make my skin oily.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review | NYC Metro Girl Handmade Makeup Brush Cleaner Kit

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Makeup brushes must always be clean before touching your face - this will minimize bacteria buildup and facial blemishes. There are many quick-cleanse products out there like Parian Spirit and Cinema Secrets brush cleaners. These are liquid cleaners that you can dip or spray onto your brush, swirl it on a towel and let dry within minutes. A liquid brush cleaner is great for daily use as a fast cleanse to sanitize your brushes after makeup application.

Taking it to the next level, I recommend a deep clean at least once a month - I usually do this at the beginning of each month. This is when you use a gentle soap to wash your brushes thoroughly and massage out all the product build up that can get down in the center of the brush head bristles. A standard soap will be too harsh, it should be a gentle formula with conditioning properties. Think baby shampoos and gentle bar soaps.

NYC Metro Girl has just released the new handmade Makeup Brush Cleaner ($7). A delicate formula that will break up powder and cream product build up while featuring coconut oil to condition the bristles for a soft and like-new feel. The Brush Cleaner includes a 2 oz. jar of soap and comes in four scent options - unscented, lavender's kiss, desire, and tea tree oil.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Recipe | Roasted Brussel Sprouts


I think it's safe to say that most people dislike brussel sprouts... you know, when they've been steamed and taste like bitter baby cabbages (the taste comes from an organic sulfur compound). I have hated them my entire life, I never understood why people ate them. But then I experienced the mouthwatering roasted brussel sprout. That's right - I *now* LOVE BRUSSEL SPROUTS!!

Brussel Sprouts are indeed related to cabbage, they are high is Vitamin C and Vitamin K, as well as B Vitamins like Folic Acid and Vitamin B6.

This is a great side dish or snack, and an easy way for adults and children to enjoy eating brussel sprouts.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Review | Anastasia Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette


A few weeks ago I bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00), mainly because I LOVED the World Traveler Palette so much, I was immediately drawn to the array of colors and textures in this new palette. The ABH eye shadows have a rich quality that I am obsessed with - so much so, that I've debated on buying their single shadows this year. They are smooth to the touch, pick up a lot of color, and they blend so easy and consistent.
"This palette features 14 shades - ranging from a neutral taupe to obsidian black - that deliver intense color so you can create an endless array of custom looks." 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Review | Goslings Original ChopSaver Lip Care

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Just hear me out, yes, I'm doing a review on a tube of lip balm, but it's for a very good reason. When I was offered a pr sample of the Goslings Original ChopSaver Lip Care ($3.99), I browsed the website and was automatically intrigued about the product. The all-natural, herbal lip care, ChopSaver, was developed by professional trumpet player, Dan Gosling, in his own kitchen. Motivated by the natural healing agent derived from sunflowers, Arnica, he concocted the perfect formula to also include organic ingredients Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Avocado Oil, Aloe, Citrus Oils, and Grapeseed Oil (see ingredient list here*).

Not only is his lip balm highly touted by musicians who no longer need to worry about chapping, soreness or inflammation, ChopSaver is also recommended by doctors as a Petroleum and gluten-free lip care that is long lasting and soothing. Their is also the ChopSaver SPF 15 lip balm for outdoor protection.