I am always on the look out for compact items. Especially solids that fit into a beach bag or a carry on for airlines. Sunscreen is especially hard to find in a natural solid. I am partial to zinc or titanium dioxide which are more natural. I am so glad Babo Botanicals sent me a couple of their summer items to test out. Babo Botanicalsis a company on a mission to offer pure, safe, organic solutions for babies and kids. I use all their products as they are great for adults too. I especially love the shampoo/body wash combos as you only need to pack one bottle when traveling.
We really need to protect our lips from the sun. What I don’t like is an all white zinc lip balm or ones that have color and that color gets all goopy and all over your lips making you look like a clown! Trust me many of them do. The Babo Botanicals Lip tint SPF 15 is a non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide lip tint that softens and conditions lips and stays on your lips with a nice light color. Made with the Babo Botanicals Proprietary Nutri-Soothe™ Complex which the company says is rich in anti-oxidants & vitamins. I like how the products are made in the USA. The Seka Rose is a very light pink and it glides on easily and stays put.
The Super Shield Sport Stick Sunscreen with SPF 50 is great for traveling as it’s a solid. It glides on white but rubs in clear and it provides a water resistant barrier for 80 minutes – perfect for your outdoor activities in the sun. It is fragrance free and safe for all ages. This is in my bag at all times!
Disclosure: Babo Botanicals sent me the above items to test out. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.
Sunscreen in a compact stick and lip tint from @BaboBotanicals
Lots of beauty products come across our desk to review at trendymommies. We try to look for all natural, paraben free products and ones that help solve a problem. The folks at SkinAgain sent us a few products to test out. Called positive energy skincare SkinAgain suggests to enhance your beauty with positive affirmations. Hey it can’t hurt right?
Each SkinAgain product is Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paraben & Sulphate-Free and Cruelty-Free. The company says they rely on the latest in research-supported skin care technology. I tested out the Vanish and Youth creams.
Vanish is a lotion that is used to fade the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and scars. It is made with a blend of shea butter, avocado seed extract, and bentonite. The cost is $52. I liked how soothing it is. Time will tell about fading the appearance but I liked the smell and the soothing properties. For this one I will have to circle back to tell you how my skin is after a month.
The youth anti-wrikle brightening cream is like a “facelift” primer and can be used under makeup. It is made with Rumex Occidentalis Extract, Tree Fern Extract, and Peptides. It is used to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, darks spots, and loss of elasticity. This definitely felt nice going on. The cost is $64. I have only been using it a week and can see a difference. I do love how they are vegan and gluten free as well. Check them out online.
They suggest to meditate on a positive affirmation during application of each cream to say something such as My skin is flawless! I like saying my skin is wrinkle free….and it will be with youth!
Disclosure: The company sent me the vanish and youth to review. All opinions are my own in this blog post.
I like to start my shopping a bit early…and at home…in my pjs! And dads out there (and anyone else who is trying to avoid the malls this season) QVC has the items for you! The folks at QVC have the best selection of gift ideas this holiday season and they sent me a few gift sets to test out. If your wife, mom, tween, niece or sister loves to receive a beauty kit or make-up kit as a gift (and who doesn’t?) QVC has the most coveted selection of make-up, beauty, perfume sets and more. In fact they have my two favorite brands – Tarte and Josie Maran. Both make-up and skin care lines are on the natural side and have no yucky chemicals in them. I feel good about giving my teen and tween girls lip sticks and moisturizers from each of these lines. They love the argan oil especially and this I would say is a must have for dry, itchy, winter skin.
The Josie Maran Argan 3-in-1 Core Color Hydrating Lipstick Duo is perfect for stocking stuffers and is $30. This is a 3-in-1 lipstick formula with the moisture of a balm, the pigment of a lipstick, and the shine of a gloss – love the formulation as it goes on easy and with nice light color. It comes with two so you can have one in your make-up kit and one in the car. The colors are really nice and very moisturizing.
My other favorite from QVC is tarte. The tarte LipSurgence 5 piece set is perfect for teens. I like the LipSurgence as it’s not too sticky and the colors in this kit are wonderful. QVC also has tarte eyeliner and eyeshadow kits so check them out here
What is best about QVC is you can shop online too. Happy early shopping!
Disclosure: QVC sent me several holiday kits to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.
@tartecosmetics kits from @QVC make the best gifts
I test out a lot of products and like to use all natural ones. Here is one that is made in the U.S. (in Vermont) that is 100 percent natural and non-toxic called Tata Harper.
My skin must have been really dry as after using the refreshing cleanser and hydrating floral essence my skin felt amazing. The cleanser has grapefruit and bergamont and pomegranate enzymes in it too. The hydrating floral essence is like a toner but is a good refresher for your skin throughout the day. You can even use on top of make up. It does smell a bit strong for me but the benefits of this moisture mist is worth it. The replenishing nutrient complex is a lightweight facial oil serum that promotes an instant glow. After using these products I felt like I had a facial! They also have great aromatherapy treatments such as the irritability treatment which is said to promote relaxation and centeredness. The ingredients for this include roman chamomile, bergamont and patchouli and of course with this natural line there is no synthetics, no fillers and the products are gluten free. I also liked the aromatic stress treatment which helps to calm and soothe and promotes relaxation – use it when you need it!
Now is the best time to get a facial! My skin is so dry from the winter and I needed time to relax as well. In addition to great massages Massage Envy offers a great facial with @Murad SkinCare. They call the monthly plans in which you can get a massage or facial – personal wellness plans. I do believe that a good massage or facial is the perfect way to relax and decompress! Memberships start at $59.99. The locations are very nice and clean and of course the facial was awesome. Not only did I receive a customized facial but a very nice neck, face and arm massage in addition. The products they use are great. They use Murad productswhich seemed very soothing. For me they used the Murad renewing cleanser, sensitive skin serum and the hydrodynamic moisturizer, which according to the website locks in moisture for 8 hours. Of course the staff was very attentive so you can tell them what you are looking for and what your skin needs and they can customize a facial for you. My skin felt very moisturized and of course I felt like a million bucks…. Treat yourself today! In fact, Massage Envy is having a special, starting in July called Summer Glow. Starting July 5th through August 2nd, the Summer Glow offer gives guests $10 off a Murad Health Skin facial!
Disclosure: Massage Envy treated me to a facial! All opinions are my own.
I just tested out the ultra repair liquid recovery at night and when I woke up my skin was the most moisturized I have ever felt. It is very liquidy so be careful it does not slide off you fingers when you apply.
If you are looking for an eye cream for the day time that gives that bright eye appearance, try the eye duty triple remedy. It has a stainless steel applicator so it blends in the product very nicely. It also brightens the eye area with light reflecting pigments for smooth skin.
At night the triple remedy overnight balm is what the delicate eye area needs for extra moisture and you can use it on your eye lids as well. It is very thick and it is a bit hard to get out of the little pot but I do like the way it goes on and instantly soaks in.
Finally the ultra repair cream provides instant relief for stressed skin and is a great moisturizer especially for winter and works wonders on those with any kind of skin irritation such as eczema or psoriasis.
Disclosure: FAB sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own.
I received some great products to test out and they are perfect for the new mom or any woman who is investigating more nature beauty products. 100% pure is one of the healthiest, purest skincare lines I have seen! The line offers make-up, facial skin care and body washes. These products below are perfect for the new mom as well as the whole family really. Both my kids and I use the extra gentle baby lotion and the diaper cream is great for any summer rash. The coffee bean caffeine eye cream works wonders on dark circles and puffiness (so perfect for those new moms who are not getting a lot of sleep!) The sun stick and the moisture stick are small enough for the diaper bag. I cannot wait to try their make-up products too. The line is free of synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives. Check out their web site! They even have weekly specials and candles too!
Disclosure: The company sent me the items to test out and review. All opinions are my own.
@100percentpure: great products, price and quality
Memorial Day is almost here! What are you going to pack in your bag this weekend? (hopefully it’s a beach or pool bag) SUNSCREEN! This week on the trendymommies.com report on 980 WCAP-AM we were talking Memorial Day and sunscreen. Got a favorite? Below are my favorites. Be smart and use that sunscreen and apply often. For more tips head on over to mindbodygreen.comwhere the founder of Babo Botanicals wrote a great article about being smart about sunscreen and tune in to my show!
I am liking any type of quick cleansing wipes and ones that cleanse, tone and refresh all in one are the best. My biggest pet peeve with cleansing wipes is that some are not moist enough. First Aid Beauty sent me a few products to test out and I love them all, including the cleansing wipes. First Aid Beauty’s New gentle cleansing wipes are great if you are in a hurry and need a quick clean. My tweens especially like using them after sports if we are going to head to grab a bite to eat and they don’t have time for a shower! They are hypoallergenic, alcohol and oil-free. Both girls said they are pillow like and it felt like a cloud on their skin.
What I like even more about FAB products is that they are free of harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrances and artificial dyes. I really try hard to make sure my girls lean toward products like these that are safe and do not have any yucky chemicals in them.
I went on to test the FAB daily dose kit. This is an anti-aging beauty regimen at its best. It includes the face cleaner, the facial radiance pads, dual repair eye and face cream and the dual repair power serum. All are very soothing and safe for sensitive skin. It’s my new favorite line. Check out all their products online.
Disclosure: First Aid Beauty sent me the above mentioned products to test out. All opinions are my own.