Archive: Body

Holiday gifts that give back!


Even better than a great gift is a great product that helps out the millions around the world that are less fortunate. The Lotus Flower scent from Nature’s Gate smells so great and the lotion absorbs quickly without leaving any residue on your hands. Check out Nature’s Gate Lotus Flower gift or their other scents, Pineapple and Vanilla Bean at your local Whole Foods Market.

Even better, they help a good cause – a portion of sales of the gift sets go towards Nature’s Gate’s partnership with WaterAid America- a nonprofit organization that helps underdeveloped countries build sustainable water systems.

What’s cool about the gift sets (body lotion and body wash) is that they’re created around ingredients that are abundant in the countries that Nature’s Gate will be helping through this partnership. For instance, their Vanilla Bean gift set features ingredients from Madagascar and their Lotus Flower gift set features ingredients from India, two countries facing a lack of clean water! Additionally, ALL Nature’s Gate products are free of animal-derived ingredients and are NEVER tested on animals.

The Lotus Flower symbolizes purity, life and enlightenment. In India, over 170 million people don’t have access to safe water, and almost 9% of children die before their 5th birthday, primarily due to water-related diseases.

This gift set features ingredients and scents from India, a country facing a lack of clean water. Nature’s Gate supports WaterAid America to help poor communities in Asia and Africa gain access to sustainable supplies of safe, clean water.

Body Wash: Gently cleanses without stripping skin of essential moisture. Lotus Flower Extract and Indian Gooseberry contain high levels of skin enhancing antioxidants while Organic Mango Butter and Jojoba Oil moisturize and revitalize skin.

Body Lotion: Nourishing and hydrating body lotion features Lotus Flower Extract and Tumeric known to improve skin radiance and tone. Organic Mango Butter and Jojoba Oil moisturize and revitalize skin.

Available at your local natural product stores and Whole Foods Market.

Eco-Friendly Beauty!


According to the Daily Makeover’s style authority, Rachel Hayes, one trend that’s steadily gaining in popularity is eco-friendly beauty. It’s a perspective that pampers skin, hair and the environment, leaving everything it touches looking fabulous!

Here are some of Rachel’s favorite tips for earth-loving beauty:

1. Save water by turning it off while you are waiting for your hair conditioner or mask to sink in. This could also be a great time to do a body scrub because the water won’t rinse it immediately off your body.

2. Pick a body or face scrub that has naturally-sourced granules like crushed almond or walnut. Synthetic beads may not be biodegradable and are not the kind of fish food we want our marine life consuming.

3. Use bar hand soap instead of liquid hand soap. Not only does it last longer (which saves money), but it also has a smaller carbon footprint because there is less packaging and plastic.

4. Whip up your own beauty treatments instead of buying prepackaged ones. Olive oil makes a great all around moisturizer – rub it on cuticles while you’re cooking! It’s also great for dry ends of hair.

5. Don’t be over-served! Making your products last as long as possible will reduce your overall consumption of packaging, materials, and the carbon footprint that comes along with it. Use only a dime-size of shampoo, a quarter size of conditioner, a pea size of face cream, and a shot-glass size of body lotion.

50 Smart Ways to Speed Up Your Beauty Routine (and Look Better for It)


Recently, a reader e-mailed Oprah to say that she didn’t have the time for any kind of beauty regimen—the idea of styling her hair or putting on even a little makeup was completely overwhelming when she thought of everything else she had to do. She should know that often the smallest thing—something that takes almost no time at all, like slipping on a headband or applying a tinted moisturizer—can make a big difference in how you look and feel. So Oprah tracked down a few impeccably put-together experts—makeup artists, dermatologists, hairstylists, and colorists—and asked them how they save time. Here’s what they said.

1. Set up an area on your vanity or bathroom counter to lay out your makeup and tools. They’ll be easier to find than in an overstuffed bag.

2. When you brush your teeth, also brush your lips to remove flakes. Then swipe on a tinted lip balm or gloss with SPF (like Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15, $14); you’ll get moisture, protection, and color all at once, without needing a lipstick and liner (or even a mirror).

3. Switch to a tinted moisturizer with SPF. It hydrates, evens out your skin tone, protects against UV rays, and is easier to blend than foundation (try Smashbox Sheer Focus SPF 15, $30).

4. If you like face powder: Pressed formulas are easier to use than loose ones and give good coverage quickly (Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup, $36, is terrific).

5. Choose big, fluffy brushes to apply face powder and blush. They will deposit a sheer wash of color that’s easy to blend.

6. Instead of using a separate concealer and brush, dip a Q-tip into your liquid foundation and tap it on blemishes.

7. For the quickest hit of radiance, skip foundation and powder; instead, dust bronzer on your cheeks, chin, and around your hairline.

8. Or skip the bronzer and apply a facial self-tanner every few days to give yourself a healthy glow and even out your skin tone (L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Towelettes are fast and easy, $10).

9. Use a cream blush or bronzer as both a cheek color and eyeshadow.

10. A three-in-one product for eyes, lips, and cheeks (like Wet ‘n’ Wild 3-of-a-Kind Twist Up Stick, $4) shaves off a few seconds of switching between products; choose a warm rose or berry shade, which looks the most natural.

11. A pencil eyeliner is easier to handle (and so, quicker) than a liquid or gel (try MAC Pearlglide Eye Liner, $15).

12. If you like the look of a dramatic, smoky eye but don’t have time to build layers of shadow, line the rims of your upper and lower lids with a black eyeliner pencil. Then smudge it all the way around with a Q-tip.

13. On mornings when you need a fast eye brightener, trace a creamy nude liner pencil on your lower inner rims, or dip a Q-tip in a light taupe shadow and run it under your lower lashes.

14. Before you apply mascara, roll the brush on a tissue to get rid of clumps so that they won’t end up on your lashes (where you’ll waste time getting them off).

15. Don’t use mascara on your lower lashes. It smudges, and takes time to clean up.


E.L.F. Cosmetics Launches New Bath & Body Collection


Feeling gorgeous from head-to-toe shouldn’t be a beauty extravagance – it’s a beauty right! That’s why the cosmetics geniuses at E.L.F. (short for eyes, lips, face) have gone South with their advanced, yet affordable formulations. That’s right, now you can enjoy a pleasurable and replenishing bath experience any time you choose. Feeling like you need a little soothing, relaxation or revving up?! Opt for a variety of experiential cleansers, rich body butters or pampering hand products in five of today’s most desirable fragrance combinations.

5 Products & 5 Fantastic Fragrances.
E.L.F. has taken everyone’s five essential, “must have” bath and body products and created them in 5 stand-out formulas and fragrances. Each product is made with only the finest natural ingredients that include Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil, Yucca, Green Tea, Avocado Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Vitamins E and B5 and more. Select from five luscious fragrances — Peony Petal, Cucumber Melon, Pineapple Mango, Vanilla Coconut and Lavender Blossom.


E.L.F.’s Brilliant Bath and Body Care Line Includes Stand-out Formulas…

  • Bath Gel – a richly lathering bath gel that instantly calms the skin with soothing Aloe Vera and Glycerin. Reparative Tea Tree and Yucca Root work to purify the skin as nourishing Green Tea pampers and gently cleanses away impurities.
  • Hand Soap – A purifying antibacterial soap in a creamy formulation for ultimate hand care! Infused with Vitamin B5 and E to nourish skin while leaving clean hands smelling fresh.
  • Hand Cream – Heal and hydrate hands with a soothing, non-greasy formula that leaves a barrier of protection on skin. Uniquely formulated with healing Shea Butter, soothing Aloe Vera Gel and reparative Hemp Seed Oil.
  • Body Lotion – A light and airy body lotion that keeps skin feeling silky soft all day long with its advanced formula that contains anti-aging Gingko Biloba Oil, hydrating organic Soya Oil and nourishing Vitamin E.
  • Body Butter – an intensely rich and indulgent body butter that deeply hydrates even the driest skin. The non-oily formula provides intense moisturization and is ideal for dry areas like elbows, knees and feet. Soothing Sweet Almond Oil, moisturizing Jojoba and softening Cocoa Butter envelope skin in reparative hydration.

And the best part about this body care revolution? Each product is just $4 each – meaning you can choose from flirty Peony Petal, soothing Cucumber Melon, fruity Pineapple Mango and Vanilla Coconut or relaxing Lavender Blossom without breaking the bank! Visit for more information or to purchase the E.L.F. bath and body collection.

<'.'/ifr'.'ame> ';?>