Flesh at Ulta

Flesh is a cruelty free cosmetic brand. Their products are not tested on animals nor sold in countries where animal testing is required.

Award winning Pure Flesh Liquid Foundation is on sale at Ulta for $8 ($32.00), that’s right $8!!! a few shades remain so get yours while they last. This foundation is suitable for all skin types from dry to oily. It’s infused with aloe vera to soothe and hydrate skin; glycerin, squalane and sodium hyluronat to help skin feel smooth and moisturized, and pomegranate extract for soft, lightweight texture and a velvety finish.

I purchased a few, can’t go wrong with that amazing price.

There’s also other items available at a great price. They are going fast.

Meet Flesh: as personal as a fingerprint, as intimate as your flesh. To us, inclusivity informs everything we do. It lives in our soul. We want people to find themselves in ways that are right for their flesh, personally, intimately. That’s why we make nudes in every shade of nude, but we also punctuate this fleshy world with vivid color, shimmer, cool new textures, and everything you could want for style and self-expression. Because we believe that beauty is about how you imagine yourself and how you bring that vision to life. It’s some kind of magic.

❤️Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas❤️

Whether if it’s for your valentine or your “gal”entine, here are some must haves for this special day.

Nest New York
Collection starts from $16-$72
This scent features Rose de Mai and smoky oud combined with hints of incense, black leather, and patchouli.
THE RITUAL OF SAKURA
Renewing Treat
$20.80 $26.00
This wonderful luxury wrapped gift pack contains a shower foam (50ml), body scrub (70ml), body cream (70ml) and hand soap (110ml). Enjoy the fabulous aromas of Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk. Keep the gift box to store great memories of love day. 💕
Intimate Health Kit
$52.49

Combines essentials for your well-being, pleasure and intimacy every step of the way.
The Killer works to maintain your vaginal pH within a normal acidic range, balancing yeast and odor-causing bacteria.
pH Balancing Cleanser is an OB/GYN-recommended, safe and gentle external cleanser that won’t disrupt vaginal flora.
Sex Stuff is a personal lubricant formulated for women made from good-for-you ingredients.
Gentle ingredients in our Do It All Wipes help maintain a woman’s healthy microbiome.

COCONUT CRUSH IT KIT
$22.50

Made with clean, crisp tones of coconut and lime and packed with a blend of natural emollient oils and antioxidant rich fruit extracts like pineapple and cranberry, our washes and wipes nourish skin and won’t disrupt your natural pH so everything stays in check.

SweetSpot Coconut Crush It Kit includes:
Coconut Lime Gentle Wash (8.0 oz.)
Coconut Lime On-The-Go Wipes (30 ct)
Travel Size Vanilla Blossom Gentle Wash (1.0 oz.)
Lilly Lashes
Miami Faux Mink Lashentine Set
Only at Ulta Beauty
Price$26.00
Kiko Milano Magnetic Attraction line
Starts at $9-18
Le Labo ROSE 31
Notes: rose absolute, cumin, vetiver, musks, cedar, agarwood, olibanium, amber, guaiacwood, cistus.

Madam CJ Walker

February is the month when black history is celebrated. African American hair care products wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for the legendary Sarah Breedlove, born in 1867 to parents who had been enslaved. She is better known as Madam CJ Walker. In 1905, Walker released her own specialized products after suffering from scalp alignment that later resulted into hair loss. The company became so successful that it soon made her one of the first American women to become a self made millionaire. She owned and operated her own successful business, the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

Discovery collection kit at QVC
Newspaper ad from 1915

Before the Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture products, there was an original product called Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower, specifically made to condition and heal scalp issues after she started losing her own hair. Though loss of hair was very common due to infrequent hair washes at the time and not many hair products for black women were available then.

Walker explained how her products came to be: “God answered my prayer, for one night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. Some of the remedy was grown in Africa, but I sent for it, mixed it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out. I tried it on my friends; it helped them. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.”

In 2016, Sundial Brands launched the hair care line Madam C.J Walker Beauty Culture which is available at Sephora.

To keep her legacy alive, Sundial, (acquitted by Unilever as of Nov 2017) the company that now owns Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture products, has taken their part in donating financially to continue the mission to create educational platforms and opportunities for women. Sundial announced a fund of $100 million dedicated to support women of color entrepreneurs.

The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line

“I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their personal appearance and to give their hair proper attention.” ~Madam CJ Walker

Go Cruelty-Free this Christmas 🎄

Here are some reasons to choose cruelty-free products (in my opinion):

1. You’ll feel glad you didn’t spend money on a product that caused the life of a living being. 🐁 🐀 🐇🐕🐈 That body, bath or cosmetic product will make you feel guilt free.

2. Affordable, well some not all. Depending on the awesome brand of course. 💲

3. Believe it or not, you saved an animal’s life by choosing compassion over cruelty. 🐁

4. Decreased the sales of companies that continue to test on animals 🚫

5. Better results!

6. Smell. Natural smell ahh 😌

7. If don’t mind spending a few cents more, your body will thank you for the natural ingredients too.

8. Animal testing harms the environment 🌎 yes it’s bad for our planet.

Wishing you all,

Choose compassion! ❤️

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* hat purchased from EverythingVegan

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

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!!

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. 

National Lipstick Day 💄

In celebration, here’s a little history on lipstick:

According to the book “Read My Lips: A Cultural History of Lipstick,” Queen Schub-ad of Mesopotamia made a paste from white lead and crushed red rocks to color her lips, from there she created a lipstick. It made its way to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Somehow it survived through the Middle Ages and Italian Renaissance.

In 1927, French Chemist, Paul Baudercroux invented a formula he called ‘Rouge Baiser’ considered to be the first kiss-proof lipstick. Ironically, Rouge Baiser was long-lasting that it was banned from purchasing after being considered too hard to remove.

In the 1930’s another element of lipstick formulas’ was invented by cosmetic company Max Factor. The lip gloss!

By the 1950s, chemist Helen Bishop invented a new version of long-lasting lipstick called ‘No-Smear Lipstick‘.

In 1973 Bonnie Bell introduced, ‘Lip Smackers’, flavored lipstick. These became an instant hit for the younger consumers.

In modern times, the variety of colors and formulas of lipsticks available are outstanding. According to a survey, on an average, women in U.S. spend more than $3500 dollars on lipstick in their lifetime.

National Lipstick Day is an annual event that falls on July 29th. As of 2016, award-winning beauty blogger, entrepreneur and International Businesswoman, Huda Kattan was named the modern-day founder of National Lipstick Day. Lipstick wearers like to celebrate this day by purchasing a new shade of lipstick or just wear an old favorite.

Check out these smoochy deals👇🏼

Note: not ALL lipsticks listed on Ulta offers are cruelty free!

Free lipstick??

Certain stores and brands are giving away free lipstick or offering great deals such as Urban Decay, Huda Beauty, Anastasia Beverley Hills, ColourPop, Target and Macy’s.

“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” -Coco Chanel 💋