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The Power of Pink: Sephora Gives Back for BCA

THE POWER OF PINK
Sephora Gives Back for Breast Cancer Awareness

This October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sephora is honoring those affected by breast cancer by offering exciting new pink products that bring hope by giving back. Sephora has created two exclusive products and will donate a portion of the sale of each product, with a total minimum donation of $10,000 US, to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF).

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SEPHORA COLLECTION - The Beauty of Giving Back Blush Palette
Sephora Collection The Beauty of Giving Back Face Palette ($34 / $74 value) – Contour, highlight, blush and bronze with this multi-formula, limited edition face palette that complements any skin tone. This versatile set contains cream and powder blushes, a universal highlighter, and innovative blush ombre, and bronze ombre shades. For an on-trend look this fall, softly contour with the ombre bronzer, and then add a pop of color to the apples of the cheeks with a shade of powder blush. For a more natural flush, apply any shade of the cream blush, blending softly onto apples of cheeks, or layer textures to create your own custom color. Sephora is donating $2 US from the sale of this product to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

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SEPHORA COLLECTION – Together in pink hair ties
Sephora Collection Together in Pink Hair Ties ($6) – Fun and functional, these no-tug hair ties are a great addition to any makeup or gym bag. With four different fabrics in each set, including satin, sheer, glitter, and a fun geometric pattern, all in tones of pink, they add a stylish, feminine touch to any hairstyle. Sephora is donating $1 US from the sale of this product to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Experience the power of pink with this limited-edition collection. Sephora’s products benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® will be available this October at all Sephora stores, by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or by logging on to Sephora.com.

New from Murad! Transforming Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator and Murad Skin Smoothing Polish

murad transforming powder cleanser

I have never used a water activated  powder  cleanser before, but it is very cool! The wash has a tiny exfoliating beads that not only clean but clear away dirt and dead skin cells. This cleanser gives acne the boot with the added benefit of salicylic acid.

murad transorming powder swatch

Any time the season changes my skin gets a bit wild and I have been using this cleanser and even with the crazy temp jumps from humid and 80 to rainy and 50 my skin has stayed clear and smooth. If you have combo skin or are prone to breakouts you will love this cleanser. It leaves my skin smooth and clean without every drying it out. Another gem from Murad.

Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator $30.00

Why you need it:
Effectively cleanses and exfoliates without over-scrubbing skin to promote smooth, blemish-free skin

Primary Benefits:
Dual-action cleanser and exfoliator, with bio-enzymes and dissolving beads, sweeps away surface oil, dirt and dead skin cells while keeping pores clear for smooth, blemish-free skin.

Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator
Unique, water-activated powder transforms to effectively cleanse and exfoliate without over-scrubbing. Exfoliating bio-enzymes digest surface oil, dirt and dead skin cells while dissolving beads smooth and soften skin. Salicylic Acid and Pumpkin Seed Extract help keep pores clear for smooth, blemish-free skin.

Additional features and ingredients:
•Exfoliating bio-enzymes digest surface oil, dirt and dead skin cells
•Dissolving beads smooth and soften skin
•Salicylic Acid and Pumpkin Seed Extract help keep pores clear

 

murad skin smoothing polish

Now if your skin like mine can get very naughty you might want to add the Murad Skin Smoothing Polish to your anti acne arsenal. This polish is meant to be used once or twice a week as a deep cleansing exfoliator. The polish is made up of tiny jojoba beads that unclog pores and clear away dirt and dead skin. I love how clean my face feels while the beads are still gentle enough to not irritate my skin. This magic potion also contains witch hazel and cinnamon to tighten pores and get rid of excess oil.

murad skin smoothing polish swatch

 

But wait there’s more… Pomgranate seed extract works to prevent free-radical damage while starflower and sunflower seed oils will help your skin retain moisture and stay smooth as a baby’s tuckus. I started with one use per week and just bumped up to twice weekly. I love how great my skin feels and looks and I need so little product one tube will last a long time.

Murad Skin Smoothing Polish $30.00

Why you need it:
Removes dry, dull skin to clear pores while leaving skin soft and smooth

Primary benefits:
Removes impurities without stripping moisture, revealing a vibrant complexion

Skin Smoothing Polish
Rich creamy polishing scrub removes embedded impurities, without stripping skin of natural moisture, revealing a more vibrant complexion.

About Murad Skin Smoothing Polish
Murad Skin Smoothing Polish is a face cleanser and treatment to clear blackheads and clogged pores. This powerful exfoliating scrub removes embedded impurities, without stripping skin of natural moisture, revealing a more vibrant complexion.

 

You can learn more about Murad products and purchase online at www.murad.com.

 

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for potential review. We were not compensated for this post and all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

 

Introducing: The Gnarly Whale Handmade Vegan and Cruelty Free Bath, Body and Hair Care

Introducing The Gnarly Whale. As 100% vegan and cruelty free, the brand brings low-impact, minimal ingredient body, bath and hair luxuries to men and women worldwide. Prices range from $3.50-$27.00 and products are made from scratch. Additionally, The Gnarly Whale donates 10% of profits to charity helping causes like the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the non-profit law organization Earth Justice.

gnarly whale lip balm

I love a good lip balm and the Gnarly Whale balm is perfection. Super moisturizing and they leave my lips so smooth and hydrated. The flavors are insane I tried Grasshopper and Raspberry and am torn which one I love more.

Gnarly Whale Lip Balm $3.50
Our lip balms are completely vegan, human tested and 100% made from scratch from simple ingredients. They aid in soothing chapped lips and improving the appearance of dry lips. Not tinted and only leave a small bit of a sheen when they are applied (due to the oils we use) so they are great for dudes and dudettes!

USE: Use as often as you would like! Especially great in windy or dry conditions.

 

gnarly whale body spray

Most days I don’t want to deal with heavy perfumes but want something that still smells nice. Body sprays can be nice but so many are over the top floral. I have been using Gnarly Whale’s Body Spray in the Mango scent and its fantastic. Its super light on my skin but leaves the fresh scent of mango for hours!

Gnarly Whale Body Spray $10-$16
Our body spray is specially made to ensure that it does not dry out your skin and still lasts. All body sprays are alcohol free with a moisturizing additives to leave your skin feeling soft and silky after each application.

USE: Spray directly on skin for the best results. Use as often as you would like!

 

gnarly whale face and body scrub

I was sent a sample of the lemon scrub and let me tell you its all I can do to not eat it. The scent smells like a lemon drop people! The scrub has very fine ganuales so I can use it on my face or body. I love how fresh and smooth my skin feels after a little TLC with the sugar scrub.

Gnarly Whale Face & Body Scrub $13.00
Our face and body exfoliating sugar scrubs are perfect for smoothing out rough or dry skin, especially during the winter months. They are gritty enough to clear pores and help shed dead skin, but soft enough to not aggravate sensitive skin. They are 100% made from scratch with all vegan ingredients. They are dye and fragrance free.

USE: Use on both your face and body to exfoliate your skin. Start with a small amount and massage onto your skin then rinse thoroughly.

 

gnarly whale coconut milk soap

This is one of those soaps that smells and looks so lovely I feel like I should be giving it as a gift. The only problem is its so lovely I need to keep it for myself.

I have never used a Coconut Milk soap before but I really love it. I have a Lavender scented bar and it smells divine and lathers well. After washing my skin feels clean and hydrated.

Gnarly Whale Coconut Milk Soap $5.50
Treat your skin with our detergent-free coconut milk soap! Our coconut milk soap creates a rich lather without the use of harsh detergents and helps adds moisture to the cleansing process. Completely vegan.

USE: Use in the shower or at the sink. Wet the soap and lather between your hands. Apply the lather to desired areas and rinse. Repeat if necessary.

 

You can learn more about the Gnarly Whale line and purchase at www.thegnarlywhale.com.

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for potential review. We were not compensated for this post and all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


Get Your Strands in Check This Fall!

We talk a lot about keeping our skin hydrated and moisturized come the change of seasons, but a lot of times taking care of our hair falls to the wayside. This Fall, we are all about taking care of our strands and repairing damage done after days spent at the beach and out in the hot Summer sun.

Get your locks back on track with these nourishing hair masks, that will have your hair shining and in good health in no time.

 

one n only argan mask

I love how thick and creamy this mask is. After washing my hair I add a dollop of the mask and work from the ends up. I leave it on for 3-5 minutes and when I hop out of the shower my hair is easy to comb through and feels and looks soft and silky.

One ‘n Only Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask ($9.50, stylesource.com): This creamy, rich conditioning treatment is a moisturizing hair mask that revitalizes dry and damaged hair. It restores natural moisture balance and elasticity for shinier, more manageable hair.

carols daughter tui

First thing I noticed with the Carol’s Daughter mask is how amazing it smells. Every time I open the tub I am swooning at the gorgeous scent.

This mask it so luxuriously thick and creamy  I just need a small amount to really deep condition my hair. My highlights can tend to go a bit brassy but since using the Tui Color Care Mask I have noticed my color has stayed true and my hair looks and feels much healthier from root to tip.

Carol’s Daughter Tui Color Care Hydrating Mask ($20.00, carolsdaughter.com): To instantly fix dull, color-treated hair so it can have all the softness, shine and vibrancy you want. Enriched with Cacao Butter and Olive and Maurita Fruit Oils to rescue and deeply condition your hair.

brazilian tech

If you have curly hair this is the mask for you! With natural curly and color treated hair its so hard to strike the balance between conditioning my curls and not weighing them down. That being said I am so impressed with this deep conditioner. I didn’t check the prices before trying the trio to get an unbiased opinion and frankly I am shocked how low the price is on this one.

I use a quarter size drop and work it through my hair paying close attention to the ends. After the first use I noticed a huge change in my hair. My curls not only looked better but they were soft and manageable. And I could put them in a bun and let them out later and they would still look great. I will be stocking up on this I love how great it makes my hair look and feel I am actually wearing it down, on purpose!

Brazilian Tech Keratin Deep-Penetrating Conditioning Treatment ($6.38, stylesource.com): is a protein and vitamin treatment that helps to improve the strength of hair. This high-performance professional conditioning treatment helps to restore your hair’s natural keratin that may have been lost or damaged during daily styling and chemical/color treatments.

 

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for review. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.