SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Collection

The SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Scrub ($11.99) came free with an Ulta purchase. After trying it, I was so amazed with the smell that I decided to get the body lotion and body wash ($10.99 each). I was able to use a 20% off coupon on top of getting the body wash for 40% off the reg price.

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What is purple rice water??

The Purple Rice Water line’s key ingredient is also known as “forbidden rice.” This ingredient was once withheld from the public in which only the wealthy and royals in Ancient China were allowed to use. Purple rice originates from Japanese rice and is technically a type of grass seed. Its growth can be traced back as far as 2500 B.C. It has many benefits specially for hair. Rice water is commonly used by Japanese women, also referred to as Yu-Su-Ru and used as daily hair routine for stronger and shinier locks.  This ingredient has high concentration of anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant that works to help skin recover from and protect against environmental damage. When used on skin it purifies, brightens and calms skin, which results in a radiant complexion.

This is what Kimberly Paige, the Chief Operating and Brand Officer for Sunidal Brands (manufacturer of SheaMoisture) had to say about the collection line:

“When diving deeper into the benefits of Purple Rice Water, we knew that a full-range collection, inclusive of hair, skin, and body offerings, would be the most impactful. The high content of hydrating vitamins B and E, and amino acids found in Purple Rice Water are powerful yet gentle, making this collection ideal for those with dry hair weakened by color treatments. Purple Rice Water is beneficial for those with dry skin and uneven skin tone. The wild orchid and papaya extracts work synergistically to exfoliate and dissolve dead skin cells due to naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids, resulting in a clearer complexion.”

Shop more from this collection:
Purple Rice Water Hair
Strength + Color Care Conditioner ($10.99)
Strength + Color Care Masque ($11.99)
Strength + Color Care Oil Serum ($11.99)
Strength + Color Care Primer & Styler ($12.99)
Strength + Color Care Shampoo ($10.99)
Purple Rice Water Skin
Velvet Skin Cleansing Face Polish ($11.99)
Velvet Skin Facial Mask ($15.99)
Velvet Skin Gel Cream ($12.99)
Purple Rice Water Body
Velvet Skin Bar Soap ($5.99)
Velvet Skin Body Lotion ($10.99)
Velvet Skin Body Scrub ($11.99)
Velvet Skin Body Wash ($10.99)

 

You can save more by using these coupons at Ulta

Early Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is the time of year to get good deals. It’s a great time to get beauty deals or steals just in time for a New Year. Here are a few deals you can’t miss.

Nordstrom is having pre-black Friday deals like entire BeautyBio collection is 25% off.

Macy’s also started their Black Friday sales

World Market is having BOGO FREE on personal care

KVD Beauty Sale

Sephora is having a sale on a selection of Kat Von D beauty products as well as the KVD site. They are cutting down on certain collections to make room for new ones at Sephora retail stores. KVD beauty made it clear on their Instagram that they’re not going anywhere so they’ll remain in business.

Say goodbye forever to their Everlasting Liquid Lipstick that will be discontinued in:

A-Go-Go, Armageddon, Ayesha, Bachelorette, Bahau5, Beloved, Crucifix, Dagger, Damned, Dreamer, K-Dub, L.U.V, Malice, Melancholia, Muñeca, Noble, Ophelia, Requiem, Sanctuary, Susperia and Woolf.

Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in:

Crush, Coven, Crucifix, Gold Blooded, Ludwig, Mercy, Nayeon, Ophelia, Ozzy, Piaf, Prayer, Poe, Sanctuary, Zero

Everlasting Glimmer Veil is $5!!! (Reg $22)

Cute bundle that makes a great Christmas gift

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Oh My Lashes!!

If you’re like me with little lashes then you understand the struggle of having to reapply false lashes constantly. Lashes have become popular throughout the years, lashes became a fascination because they made the eyes appear bigger and brighter. It wasn’t until 1911 when a Canadian woman named Anna Taylor received a U.S. patent for the artificial eyelash; creating the strip lash. Hers was a crescent of fabric implanted with tiny hairs and adhesive according to The New York Times. 1911-taylor.jpg

Nineteenth century hairdresser, Charles Nessler (1903) began selling boxed pairs of artificial strip eyelashes made from human hair attached to ‘fish-skin’ – also known as isinglass – made from fish swim bladders. Later versions of his strip lashes, became known as Nestolashes which were available in Brown, Dark Brown and Black shades.

The first person that comes in mind when I think of false lashes is Twiggy. Fast forward to the 1960’s, this trend took a turn when cultural icon Lesley Hornby also known as Twiggy began wearing both top and bottom faux eyelashes (a strip on top and painted out lashes on the bottom). It increased the demand for false eyelashes. The 1963 release of the film ‘Cleopatra’ also stimulated sales.

In 1962, Eylure introduced fur lashes often labeled as ‘mink’ made from seal skin. They were heavier and hotter to wear so they weren’t recommended to wear generally  during cold climates or used for evening wear.

Mink lashes have become popular in this century that many cosmetic companies have been releasing their own. I have noticed many different brands of mink lashes and most of those are labeled as “cruelty free”. But are they really cruelty-free? Mink eyelashes can never be “ethical.” The majority of the lashes may be labeled as cruelty free but suppliers of mink fur serve one purpose and that is to deceive consumers.

Most brands marketing mink lashes refer to them as being ‘cruelty-free’ made from hair collected by brushing minks or by collecting fallen hair.

Truth is, these animals are naturally scared of humans so being forcefully held to have their fur combed would be terrifying for them and likely lead to aggression. The reality is that minks are kept separately in cramped wire cages on fur farms in highly unsanitary conditions. A typical mink cage measuring 70cm by 40cm. Minks that are trapped on fur farms are electrocuted, bludgeoned, or gassed, or have their necks broken, and their skins are torn from their bodies while they’re still conscious. European minks have become endangered species due to negatively being impacted by human activities. Minks are always kept in those conditions because they are ‘aggressive, solitary animals,’ meaning that those ‘free-range’ claims are a lie.

According to a PETA investigation, minks were denied the opportunity to bathe, swim, burrow, or do anything else that’s natural and important to them and often denied even basic necessities such as food, water, and medical care.

Although you may not be directly purchasing lashes from a fur supplier, mink eyelashes and eyebrows support a terrible industry and animal suffrage. There is nothing humane or “ethical” about depriving these animals of their behavioral and physiological needs. Fur-farming is nothing more than a horror movie. So before you apply your lovely lashes, make sure they are ‘Faux Mink’ or synthetic. We are living in a new century where fur is no longer needed not even in eyelashes.

Here are some brands that sell cruelly obtained mink lashes:

  • Cosmetic Laser Clinic
  • Flirty Lashes
  • Klepki Lashes
  • Lash Bar Australia
  • Lash House
  • The Lash Store
  • MINK MINK
  • Velour Lashes by Redefining Beauty
  • Lily Lashes (Faux mink option available)

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There’s many great alternatives available like

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These are my favorite by far

Make the right choice and ditch mink lashes, trade them for cruelty-free faux mink lashes, featherlight or human hair lashes.

 There’s many more selections available as long as it’s not “(real) mink lashes”. Beautify yourself the ethical way.

 

Ulta is having a great deal on certain lashes for 30% off until Nov 17th. Get this deal now!!

Moon Products

I was in the mall when I encountered a crystal shop. I went inside and spotted all the beautiful colorful crystals. As I walked towards the back clearance section there was a selection of Moon Rivers Naturals products. There I saw a soap bar on sale for $2.46 ($7.00) so I decided to buy it, I mean why not it was so cheap. Once I tried it I couldn’t believe how relaxing this soap felt not to mention the scent. It was like having chai tea in the shower. I regret not buying all the products that were on sale but I definitely think I’ll go back to see if there’s any left. These products are perfect during the full moon. Check out the website to see more products listed.

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National Men’s Grooming Day

Men don’t get that much attention when it comes to beauty. So let’s give them this day to observe.

Founded and sponsored by American Crew, National Men’s Grooming Day is celebrated yearly on the third Friday of August since 2007 by men who want to incorporate style and better grooming practices into their routine. Grooming simply implies that you take pride in your overall appearance. In today’s day and age, we are more “seen” than ever before.

With Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, men are inevitably exposed to world everywhere. It doesn’t mean you should always look perfect but a little grooming can’t hurt, ask the NY Yankees roster. But if you’re like the Boston Red Sox roster then there’s products for you too.

So why not help men battle all of their skincare and grooming issues, including dull skin, razor burn, dry and chapped hands, and a dirty mouth for sure.

Now time for a little history. During the Ice Age, a heavy beard often caused frostbite when water vapour from a man’s breath froze in facial hair. Men used sharp rocks and shells to shave off the longer hairs.

In 10,000 BC, men of the ancient period used products made from natural item to groom themselves unlike today where there’s a variety of tools to use.

Ancient Egyptians used scented oils to soften their skin, cover up body odour and protect themselves from the desert sun and sand. Ingredients included almond oil, aloe, cedar, chamomile, lavender, lily, marjoram, myrrh, olive oil, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sesame oil and thyme.

In 1680, the world’s first straight razor was manufactured in the British steel city of Sheffield.

So why not celebrate by pampering yourself.

Make sure to use the hashtag #MensGroomingDay when posting on social media.

Ulta is having some amazing discounts on selected items plus you can get $10 off your $40 purchase with coupon code: 790210.

Try out a Harry’s trial set for FREE!

For bearded men: 🧔🏻🧔🏼🧔🏿

Enriched with Squalene and Avocado Oil, this beard oil moisturizes and conditions not only your hair, but also the skin underneath that is commonly forgotten in all beard styles. Vitamin E helps reduce common beard irritations, like flakiness and brittle hair, while promoting healthy hair growth and a smoother, less itchy beard. With daily usage, this quick absorbing beard oil will leave your beard tamed and back to its natural shine. Not to mention the fragrance blend of sandalwood, Jasmin, and cedarwood. We cannot show you how to grow a beard / mustache / sideburns, but we can sure take care of what you got.

Handcrafted in Switzerland, Baxter of California Combs are the ideal men’s grooming tool to help you shape, tame and untangle your beard. 

Protect Your Skin From The☀️ (sun)

Now that summer is almost over, you’re probably thinking you don’t need sunscreen.  Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US which is why it’s important and necessary to apply sunscreen. Sunscreen is an effective protective agent against damage from the sun’s powerful rays for all ages, genders, and skin types; lessening the chance of developing skin cancer. It is recommended to seek shade during the brightest time of the day which are between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (or 2pm).

According to dermatologists, sunscreen protects your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. There are two types of UV rays known as UVA and UVB rays. These rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Both UVA and UVB rays are carcinogens (cancer-causing).

• UVB has a B for “burning” – these rays are the ones most commonly associated with sunburns when skin is exposed to sun.
• UVA has an A for “aging” – these rays beams cause fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. They are most commonly associated with skin aging that cause wrinkles and potentially skin cancer (although less than UVB) after repeated exposure. UVA rays have the ability to pass through glass. UVA rays make up more than 90% of all UV radiation, and penetrate clouds and glass, year-round.

AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) recommends using a broad-spectrum protection sunscreen that offers protection against both types. The suggested SPF (Sun Protection Factor) should be of at least 30 and must be reapplied every 80 mins if in water or every 2 hours if dry.

Even if you have darker skin or tan rather than burn, skin cancer is non-discriminatory and can be diagnosed for any age, gender, or skin type. The great news is that sunscreen can now be found in some cosmetics. This was not the case years ago but because it is more important now to apply sunscreen, certain brands have included sunscreen in their products.

For face: There are now many facial moisturizers that contain sunscreen, and this is adequate for regular daily use if the majority of your day is spent indoors and/or out of direct sunlight.

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• Choose a non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) sunscreen with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide if you have acne-prone skin or if you experience skin irritation with other chemical-containing sunscreens. Consult your doctor if sunscreens cause persistent significant skin irritation, or if you believe that you have a sunscreen allergy.

• There are now several powder-based products containing mineral sunscreens that can be applied over moisturizer or make-up. Tinted (skincolored) products are available.

For lips: lip-balm containing SPF30 is recommended.

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For body: UVA/UVB (broad spectrum) coverage greater than SPF50 is recommended

• lotion, cream, gel is recommended over spray

• consider using SPF30-50 UV-blocking articles of clothing as an alternative to sunscreen.

 

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This infographic provides more information on sun protection.

I like to use Ocean Potion which I purchased in TJ Maxx. It has a pleasant smell and is smooth during application. This sunscreen is available in retail stores such as Walmart, Stop n’ Shop & ShopRite or online retailers such as Etailz.com, Amazon.com, Jet.com & Walmart.com.

 

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