Whole Foods Beauty bag

The limited-edition beauty bag valued at $100 is only $20 while supplies last.

Whole Foods is also having a 25% off discount on all beauty products.

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Bed Bath & Beyond finds

I love BB&B. Once you enter, the smell is so relaxing and it makes you want to go to every isle to find where that scent is coming from. I went to my favorite isles, beauty and hygiene.

Here are a few great cruelty-free instant savings deals:

Biotin- Does it help hair growth?

Now that winter is over, we gotta prepare our locks for summer hair. I remember a few years ago seeing a woman in Sephora with beautiful long, black hair. I was looking at the Dry Bar products when I saw her. I went up to her and said “I like your hair. I’ve been trying to grow mines but it just hasn’t been growing” she gave me a simple answer to my problem. ” I take biotin” she said. Her hair reminded me of Rapunzel, expect it was black and shiny. I then asked if that’s her natural hair, she said “yep, I never dyed it”. I was so impressed by meeting someone who has had virgin hair her entire life.

I started getting haircuts in hopes of rocking a new style and then regretting it. Always wanting a bob so I decided why not try it. The moment I saw my hair getting cut, so many thoughts came rushing through my head wishing I could stop the process and  grow it back. Since then, I continued to have my hair short for the purpose of having it loose. Last October, I wanted a different look, I wanted bangs. I had realized how short my bags have been cut and of course regretting that also. Months have passed and my hair hasn’t grown long like before. So I decided to take the chance in taking Biotin and test it myself to see whether what that woman in Sephora had said was true. I’ve also been using Marc Anthony Grow Long products for a month now but I haven’t notice any difference. It is formulated with caffeine, ginseng and vitamin E to restore strength for healthier hair growth.

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What is Biotin?

According to WebMD, Biotin is an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others. Many beauty products have biotin in them to increase its benefits. However, ingesting biotin is highly recommended if you want to restore your damaged hair and youth.

Biotin is a water-soluble (dissolves in water) B vitamin that helps your body convert food into energy. It is beneficial for your hair, skin and nails. It isn’t stored in your body; it actually just flushes right out of you when using the bathroom.

Mind, Body and Green  shared about one small study, where women with thinning hair reported significant regrowth when supplementing with biotin as compared to those given a placebo twice daily for 90 days. Biotin supplementation has not been extensively studied for hair growth though, and evidence is limited.

 

It has been less than 30 days that I have been ingesting biotin once daily.

Nature Box at Rite Aid

Rite Aid has many beauty products you can choose from that are cruelty-free. In the beginning of this year they introduced an international brand to their stores.

Nature Box’s mission is

to spread positive vibes all around the globe, use specially selected natural ingredients and vegan formulas with responsible sourcing and beauty positivity.

You can read more about their ingredients here.

Nature Box also cooperates with international development organizations to help support small local farmers in sustainably cultivating raw materials.

Although Nature Box is cruelty-free it is however owned by Henkel, a company that continues to test on animals. This is where Henkel stand on animal testing:

We aim to answer all questions about the safety of our products and the ingredients we use without any animal testing.

Henkel only ever uses such tests if required by legal regulations or if no accepted alternative test methods are available for obtaining the necessary safety data. Unfortunately, however, it is not yet possible to avoid animal testing completely: This is because legally acceptable alternative test methods are not yet available for all safety aspects, and alternative test methods are not able to answer all questions relating to safety.