Friday, December 08, 2017

Are You on the Nutricosmetics Bandwagon?

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By now, we all know that what you put on your skin is as important or equally important, as what you put in your body. And there is a thing called ingestible beauty that I guess could be what daily vitamins are called, but it goes deeper than that.

They are called Nutricosmetics and are on the rise with one publication claiming it will be multi-billion dollar industry by 2020, and why shouldn’t it be? We do it with vitamin pills so why not take it in a powder form? I am very open to this idea!

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One on that bandwagon with their superfood powders is DOPE NATURALLY. Their products are USDA-certified, organic, Paleo, gluten-free, raw and extracted from whole-food sources. These blends also contain no added sugars and are free from soy, pea, help and rice proteins as well as preservatives, chemical additives, animal products and superfluous calories. I'm pretty sure you probably can't get any more pure than this. Choose from 4 superfood formulas, which only contain 4 ingredients each.

Shown here:

  • Beet Force Powder ($35/8oz) – ingredients are powders of beet root (1.5 beets per serving), dragonfruit, mulberry and mangosteen. Great for overall energy, stamina, is anti-inflammatory.
  • Melonaid Protein Powder ($45/14.8oz) – ingredients are powders of watermelon seeds (yes, just the seeds!), powders of beets (1.5 beets per serving), dragonfruit and freeze dried strawberries. Promotes collagen production and improves muscle tone.

They recommend adding 1 to 2 tbsp to water, coconut water, lattes, smoothies, ice cream or yogurt. I’ve done the coconut water with a scoop of the Melonaid and frozen cherries, and then I put two scoops in my yogurt the other day. It’s become my favorite!

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What I like about these powders is that when I make a smoothie, the powder stays mixed in with the other ingredients and doesn’t separate. Sometimes this does happen and oy, so annoying.

So what do they taste like? The Melonaid tasted like nuts and I found I could make a simple shake with few ingredients with it. The Beet Force Powder is, well, more of a force if you are not totally into beets. I like them but don’t eat them weekly with a meal, so that powder is a little more challenging to find ways to ingest it but I'm doing it!

Read up more about these @ dopenaturally.com and let your imagination run wide with what you can include these in.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Kick It Up with Glitter Liners from Urban Decay

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If you’re reading this post, you’re probably a pretty big fan of makeup and have probably worn or tried your hand at wearing glitter. It can be tricky for sure as fall out can be annoying if you don’t apply it with a medium. URBAN DECAY probably has your easiest answer with their Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($20 @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com). It’s a super-fine glitter suspended in a water-base formula that is buildable. There are 13 available here and I’ve swatched 11 of them here for you.

As far as how these performed overall, once they dry down, they set nicely and don’t move, flake or shed.

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From L to R (pic taken in sun):

  • Gamma Ray (bright blue and silver glitter)
  • ACDC (bright purple glitter)
  • Distortion (iridescent glitter)
  • Midnight Cowboy (gold glitter)
  • Grind (lt pink iridescent glitter)
  • Punk Rock (iridescent brown glitter)
  • Pyro (iridescent and silver glitter)
  • Spandex (deep blue-black with iridescent glitter)
  • Glam Rock (silver glitter)
  • Stix and Bones (iridescent maroon glitter)
  • Catcall (pink glitter)

The actual formulas are interesting. Some of them have colored water-based solution and some have a clear water-based solution. Colors like Punk Rock, Spandex, Stix and Bones and Catcall have a tinted liquid with the glitter and the others look to be just colored glitter in a water-based liquid. Both types have a use so see the descriptions above.

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As you can see from the picture above, the brush is super thin, which is great since I tend to like to apply just a hint of glitter liner when wearing but you can run the liner across your skin over bigger areas and these are not just for lining eyes! I’m not sure where else I’d put liner but if you have a way, please share in the comments!

Click the below link to see up close images of these liners.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Will These Make Your Scent Last All Day?

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A company I’ve written about before here has pointed out an age-old problem when it comes to fragrance and the wintertime. Spritz a fragrance on in the summer and it seems to lasts and last but spray the same on in the winter months and boom, it can fall flat, so they’ve done something about it.

SCENTBIRD has created the Hand Cream Collection, which features fragrance notes, like a perfume, and tucks them inside moisturizing hand creams they claim will last all day.

And they make the actual creams with vitamins A and E, and aloe and without parabens or sulfates. 

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Choose from scents like Cucumber & Lotus, Earl Grey & Blackberry, Pineapple & White Amber, Rose & Prosecco, White Tea & Fig, and Yuzu & Ginger.

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The nitty-gritty – while these do have real ingredients like rosehip oil, chamomile flower extract, aloe etc, they all still list ‘fragrance’ in the overall list, which is usually synthetic. And it is about the 6th ingredient listed and comes before any of the notes. Sad face here. I know that there are a lot of body creams that make a perfumed cream, so I’m thinking that the notes these are made up of are not as sustainable in a cream like this? Not sure but just thought you should know in case something like this is important to you.

So the big question - how long did the scent last? With no hand washing involved, I could still smell the fragrance at about the 9th hour. Yes, it was faint but that's how any fragrance would be after 9th hours, right? 

Just like their perfumes, you can get a subscription to your favorite one so you never find yourself without. Pick up one Hand Cream up for $12/1oz, $16.50/1.7oz or sign up for a subscription and get one for $14.95/1.7oz/month @ scentbird.com.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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