Dry Lip Relief – Portland Bee Balm

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I happened upon this amazing lip balm while shopping one night at my local Thriftway. I was in line to pay and got sucked in by a display on the counter and the cool packaging. Lucky for me my impulse purchase turned out to be more than just a pretty face. The Portland Bee Balm is my new favorite. It feels great going on and my lips feel smoother and more hydrated than they have ain a long time. And I love that it doesn’t wear off in an hour leaving my lips feeling worse. Each application actually helps heal the dryness and leave me with soft, smooth lips. I am such a fan I have been passing around tubes getting all my family and friends hooked as well.

Portland Bee Balm $2.99
Our all natural ingredients will make your lips sing: local Pacific NW beeswax, organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil, organic California extra virgin olive oil.

About Bee Balm:
We (Brad and Anika) live in lovely SE Portland and have kept bees at various residences throughout the area, including now in our backyard. Beekeeping for years as a hobby, it was Brad’s love of honey bees that was the genesis for Portland Bee Balm. True to the DIY spirit they were brought up in, Brad and Anika set out to create a high quality product that reflected the social and environmental values they hold true. It was this same spirit that allowed Brad to express his love of woodworking in the display cases he builds for our product.
We believe that the world needs more beekeepers. Beekeeping creates a powerful link between the keeper and their natural environment. Once you start keeping bees you will become keenly aware of the first blooms of spring, the last of fall, and every change in between. Guided by these beliefs and this insight, we make Portland Bee Balm with wax from northwest Oregon hives and just a few other carefully sourced organic and local ingredients, displayed in lovingly handcrafted cases.

As responsible citizens, we believe it is our duty to minimize our negative impact and maximize the positive effect we can have on the environment and people. From the ingredients we source, to the packaging we use, to our interactions with our customers, we strive to be a business that supports the health and well-being of the environment, our community, and, of course, bees and their keepers.

I pickup mine at my local Whole Foods and Thriftway but they are also available for purchase online at www.portlandbeebalm.com.


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BTZ Kick Up Your Curls Curling Creme

I was recently stocking up on a few supplies at Sally’s when I decided it was time to try something new to tame my curls. I have naturally spirally curly hair, I have spent years wishing for straight hair but finally realized it would make more sense to work with what I have. The sales girl at Sally said the BTZ line is awesome for curls and the Noodle Head curl cream was a favorite. I was sold and figured I had to try it out.

If I let my girls air dry with just a basic gel or cream I get a lot of frizz and usually only parts of my hair hold the curl the rest end up weighed down and look limp or crunchy. I like the texture of the BTZ Noodle cream its lightweight and didn’t leave any residue in my hair. I added a pump to my hand rubbed it a bit to emulsify then scrunched it up into my curls. It brought out better curls than normal and the best part as it dried no frizz! I have been using Noodle Head for a few weeks now and love it. For days I leave my natural curl it helps make the most of my curls and eliminates frizz. And there is no crunchy residue my curls are soft and bouncy. Can’t wait to try more from the BTZ line.

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BTZ Kick Up Your Curls Curling Creme $8.29
Paraben, Gluten and Silicone free
Defines curls and waves
Non-greasy formula
Eliminates frizz

From Beyond the Zone comes Noodle Head Curling Creme helps control frizz and giives your hair extra definition and shape, while providing long lasting hold to unruly curls. This weightless creme is excellent for use on all hair types. Compare to Matrix Biolage Curl Defining Creme and save.

BTZ products are available at Sally Beauty supply stores and online at www.sallybeauty.com.

Disclosure: I purchased this item, all thoughts and opinions are from my own use.


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Drinakable Sunscreen from Osmosis Skincare

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We have been having some amazing weather breaking sun and heat in the PNW. As the city was starting to cook we decided to hit the beach for a day of fun in the sun. The beach is always deceiving the cool wind can make it feel so amazing and you forget you’re a little piece of meat on the grill. Since we had a long day planned in the sun I figured it was the perfect chance to try out drinkable sunscreen. Yes, drinkable!!

So we set up on the beach I pulled out the bottle and my friends and I all took our shots of sunscreen. At first they thought I was kidding but then I explained it and we all took the appropriate dose.  I wasn’t sure how it would taste, but luckily there is no icky taste its just like drinking water. They have two formulas Tan Enhancing and No Tan Frequency. We all still had pasty winter skin and chose the Tan Enhancing Formula.

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The results it works amazing, if you remember to reapply every 3 hours. My friends reapplied at the 3 hour mark and I was way down the beach exploring caves and swimming holes. (Yes, we swim even though its only 54 °F most days in our ocean). I did end up getting a bit of a burn on my shoulders from my failure to reapply. But the great thing is how well it worked with the right dosing. And even with my failure to reapply instead of missing spots with a spray or lotion and having a super painful burn I had a bit of red on my shoulders. Can’t wait to use this more this summer, and this time I’ll set an alarm to reapply.

 

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Drinkable Option: Osmosis Harmonized Water UV Neutralizer
Described at the world’s 1st drinkable sunscreen, this dietary supplement is available in two formulas (Tan Enhancing and No Tan Enhancing). Physician endorsed, no chemicals, non-toxic, this is simply purified water imprinted with unique, vibrational waves which isolate out the precise frequencies needed to protect you from UV rays. The frequencies that have been imprinted on water will vibrate on your skin in such a way as to cancel approximately 97% of the UVA and UVB rays (similar to broad spectrum SPF 30 products). This results in 3 hours of coverage that can be repeated for extended stays in the sun. These two different UV Waters allow for increased sun exposure (30x more than normal), protect your eyes, do not wash off when swimming and can increase your tanning response.

$30, 3.38 oz from dermstore.com
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample to review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 


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Introducing: Vivant Skincare

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On Monday I just started a daily regime of Vivant Skincare products with a custom designed care routine based on my skins issues and needs. I will be using this for the rest of the month and then will be sharing my before and after shots and my thoughts on the line.

I am hoping the Vivant Skincare line can help clear up some of the sun spots developing on my cheeks. I am a few days in and I have noticed my skin looks clearer and brighter. Stay tuned for the full review!

 

Vivant Skin Care has an interesting history.  Vivant’s co-founder, James Fulton M.D., Ph.D. was the co-developer of Retin-A, developer of Benzoyl Peroxide and many other skin care industry gold standards.  His life’s work was to find a cure for acne. Along the way he made a lot of interesting discoveries not only for the treatment of acne but also for anti-aging and hyperpigmentation.

For nearly 50 years, Vivant® Skin Care has been dedicated to providing potent, medically-proven dermatological therapies. There’s no fluff, just purposeful skin care solutions. Founded in 1990 in California by the late Dr. James E. Fulton, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., co-developer of Retin-A®, and his wife Sara Fulton, Vivant Skin Care is a clinical skin care line rooted in Fulton’s patented vitamin A therapies. The line was inspired by Dr. Fulton’s personal struggle with acne and life-long study of and research in skin care. The resulting 35 + formulations comprise our skin care products designed to treat skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation and aged skin.
Vivant Skin Care’s products successfully treat resistant skin conditions found in ethnic skin types such as hyperpigmentation (melasma) and acne, giving them a natural acceptability rate in the Latin American and Caribbean marketplaces. An estimated 45-50 million women worldwide live with melasma, a condition that presents itself as unattractive brown patches or uneven skin color. The Vivant Skin Care line provides a non-surgical alternative to achieving even and clear skin.


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