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Christene Carr

Christene Carr
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Christene is known among her friends as a jack-of-all-trades, which for her translates to never being bored. By profession, Christene is a marketing and social media strategist and beauty editor. When she is not busy marketing compelling concepts or testing beauty products, she is crafting food and drink recipes, socializing, writing, making dresses, eating, or any of a myriad of random things she thoroughly enjoys. Connect with Christene: Send Email Blog www.christenecarr.com Twitter @ChristeneCarr

I loathe the idea of spending an hour on a treadmill but I love being active — from rock wall climbing to cycling to cross training. What I like more than all that is a fitness challenge. I love pushing myself and my body and trying moves that will engage my muscles in new and fun and painful ways.  So, when St. Ives invited me to be a part of their Mudderella team, I could not respond YES! fast enough.    Not only is Mudderella a fitness challenge, as you might have guessed from the name, it gives participants a legitimate reason to play in mud, something I haven’t done since my age was in single digits.

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Mudderella – Team St. Ives

Mudderella’s motto is “own your strong” and after completing the 5 mile, 14 obstacles course you will have no choice but to do just that. The entire course is filled with mud and takes you through obstacles like: Skinny jeans (crawling through a muddy tunnel), Tough Tatas (climbing a wall), Ain’t No Mountain High (the St. Ives-sponsored obstacle that has mini peaks and ridiculously muddy valleys) and Glass Ceiling (crawling through mud under a net that is about a foot off the ground). Sounds fun, right?  See all obstacles here.

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St. Ives ‘Ain’t No Mountain High’ Mudderella Obstacle

What adds to the fun of Mudderella is not only knowing that proceeds go to a good and worthy cause, but also knowing that there are women to help you and constantly cheer you on, and if you happen to fall face first in a pool of muddy water, there are several hands waiting to pick you back up.

Pumas after Mudderella
I got through all Mudderella obstacles with relative ease…not so for my Pumas. RIP

Mudderella was a lot of fun and while it did pose some challenge, it was not at all difficult. I got through all obstacles with relative ease and for the most part I managed to keep my face and hair mud free during the race.  I can’t same for the rest of my body.

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We made it to the finish line!

What nobody told me was that the St. Ives sponsored Rinse and Revive post-race warm (communal) showers were only two minutes long.  I was caked in mud from the waist down and had no idea how I was going to get reasonably clean in 2 minutes!  However, armed with St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub and St. Ives Nourish & Soothe Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Wash, I was able to scrub away most of the mud in two minutes. This made me proud and I seriously wanted to high five the person who had the brilliant idea to include the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub.

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St. Ives Sponsored Post-race Warm Showers

I’ve always used the facial scrub with 100% natural exfoliants from head to toe because it’s a quick and inexpensive way to slough away dead skin and dirt revealing smoother more radiant skin.  Following the scrub, I did a quick rinse with the St. Ives Nourish & Soothe Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Wash…it is made with 100% natural moisturizers and instantly restores skin’s natural radiance. After exiting the shower and tiptoeing half naked to find a towel (sorry, no pictures) I found the St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion — it is lightweight but packed with all natural moisturizers.

The rigors of the Mudderella course made me thankful for the continuous spray action and easy absorption of the lotion. I didn’t want to do any other work — I just wanted to get clean, fresh and radiant and go grab a burger and several large drinks.

The Mudderella course is a complete body workout and something you should do if presented with the opportunity.  Actually, it is something you should seek to do. It is judgement free obstacle course because it allows you to go at your own pace and skip anything that you think might not be ready to handle.

St. Ives Mudderella Essentials

Thanks to the St. Ives for giving me an opportunity to experience this great event and arming me with the products  (Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, Nourish & Soothe Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Wash and Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Fresh Hydration Lotion) to get revived and refreshed and get back to business of ‘owning my strong’ — mud free.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by with St. Ives.  Opinions and experiences are 100% my own. Obviously.

 

 

 

We’re all  super into Kelly Rowland’s summery new highlights — so fresh, so carefree, so effortlessly beautiful. Well, Matrix celebrity stylist, George Papanikolas, is the main man behind Kelly’s new do…and he was kind enough to give us the inside scoop on achieving and maintaining, what has to summer’s most requested hairstyle — highlights!

❤️my Highlights Thx @georgepapanikolas

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TTB: Please discuss the steps/process for doing Kelly Rowland’s Highlights?

GP: Textured hair is much more fragile just by it’s nature, so more care is needed when lightening so that you don’t over process the hair.  I rely on the new Matrix LightInsider, which is an Ammonia Free Lightener to give gentle lift to the hair color.  With dark hair, the lighter you take it from it’s natural color the more likely there is damage.  I prefer to lift the hair to a caramel brown, then add a sheer gloss with MATRIX Gloss Sync The Gloss Sync only affects the highlighted hair giving it a translucent sheen and desired tone.

TTB: Can you please talk on diverse hair types (straight, textured, etc.)

GP: The way you approach highlights is very different depending on the hair texture and how the client wears it.  My most important approach is not highlighting all of the hair.  Instead I focus on strategically placed highlights in 3 main areas: giving the client face framing pieces, the natural part, and a few mixed into the ends.  This ensures the hair has dimension and movement.  If they wear their hair straight, then more delicate highlights are needed, curly hair can handle chunkier highlights.

TTB: Is there a different process per different hair type? 

GP: I do the same placement, but apply stronger chunkier highlights to curly hair so that they don’t disappear into the curls.

TTB: What kind of daily and routine maintenance does one need to incorporate to care for highlighted hair?

Coloring your hair can cause it to become dry, so it’s very important to keep your hair moisturized. I like using a spritz of, MATRIX Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil daily; this will enhance and restore vibrancy to color-treated hair. You also want to make sure you don’t strip the color and moisture from highlighted hair.  Using an ultra gentle product like MATRIX Biolage Cleansing Conditioner  (See TTB Review here) in your weekly routine gently cleanses without stripping color, and conditions without weight.

There you have it, folks —  the inside scoop on Kelly Rowland’s Highlights thanks to celebrity Matrix stylist, George Papanikolas.

Will you be changing your hair color this Spring/Summer?

 

I don’t know about you but the prospect of being able to pull a marriage proposal from a king at age 72 is enough to make me “Belif.” Belif is a Korean based skincare line that recently launched in the US.  One of the line’s hero products, the Hungarian Water Essence, contains ingredients said to be the secret beauty weapon of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, the badass beauty who got a proposal from a King at age 72.  This King might have been plotting a land grab but who cares…this is a great story!

The Belif skincare line uses traditional herbal processing methods to harvest the botanicals used in their skincare line while using modern technologies to develop effective delivery systems. The line promises real, simple, sincere skincare that is formulated without harsh chemicals and unnecessary ingredients.

Belif  Skincare Top Sellers Include:

Belif Hungarian Water Essence

Hungarian Water Essence ($42)  – a light weight facial essence that contains 10 herbs, including lavendar, sage, rosemary and oats, to help you hydrate your skin, retain moisture (and bag a king). Since it started warming up,  I just been using it as a serum — I press into skin after cleansing and toning then follow with a moisturizing SPF.

Belif Aqua Bomb

The True Cream Aqua Bomb ($38) – Is a lightweight gel-cream that delivers almost instant hydration. Active botanicals include: Lady’s Mantle, an antioxidant with pore minimizing benefits, Malachite to help neutralizes free radical activity, Plantin to help create moisture seal on skin and Oak Husk, a humectant. I have oily skin and this delivered moisture to my skin without making it feel oily or greasy.  It works in cold weather as well as hot humid temperatures.  It is the only moisturizer I took on a recent trip to Trinidad and it held up well under sunscreen and gave me enough moisture at night to prep my skin for the next day.

Belif The True Cream Moisture Bomb

The True Cream Moisture Bomb ($38) – Is Korea’s Number 1 selling cream in the luxury skincare market. It is a cushiony light weight product that completely disappears in to the skin leaving it feeling soft, supple and refreshed.  It is not as light as the Aqua Bomb but I’d still considerate “light weight.”  This cream is clinically tested to provide up to 26 hours of moisture. Wowzer!

For more on Belif skincare products, please visit their website.

Combine great design, high quality materials and an affordable price and you are well on your way to success with any product.  That is exactly what Hard Candy did with their new eyewear collection and by all accounts, it’s a runaway hit.

The Hard Candy EyeWear collection features both prescription and sun-wear frames that are available in a myriad of styles all infused with color. The launch of eyewear comes on the heels of Hard Candy’s 20th anniversary and like all other Hard Candy products, are available exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com.
Hard Candy Frames

Prescription frames range from more traditional rectangular shapes, that are suited for most face types, to more on-trend styles like cat eye. You can get all eye care needs addressed at the Walmart Vision Center and get your new frames fitted and adjusted. Precription frames have a suggested retail price of $68.

Hard Candy Eye Wear Collection

I’m a sucker for a good aviator and the sun-wear collection features several options in the aviator family. The look and feel of the shades rival any high fashion designer sunglasses but at a fraction of the cost. At the affordable price of $39.99, you can opt for a few pairs  of sunglasses without dipping into your summer vacation funds.  Ice Queen, a heavily reflective blue aviator, is one of my favorites from the collection.

 

Open your eyes! Hot new @hardcandylife sunglasses & eyewear! #WearWalmart #EyeLoveHardCandy

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To see the entire collection of prescription and sunwear frames, visit www.hardcandy.com and check Walmart.com to see what is available near you.

I wore my fair share of makeup during winter, even when I really wasn’t leaving the house. As a blogger, it’s just what you do…i’m not ashamed. Now that Spring is here I am looking forward to letting my skin shine through and only use products to give me a kind of ‘effortless’ beauty.  By effortless I mean it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes and 5 products. This is where the Jane Iredale Country Living collection comes in.

Jane Iredale Country Weekend

The Jane Iredale Country Living collection is a very tightly edited and the name is so very appropriate. It features 3 color products that when combined, gives you a polished, pulled together look that is relaxed and easygoing.

Jane Iredale Country Weekend Lips and Cheek Stain

I love a good multipurpose product, so,  Forever Peach Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain ($25)  is  my favorite item in the collection. It’s a sheer “non-drying, long-lasting, all natural stain  that adjusts to your own chemistry for an irresistible peach shade that will flatter your skin’s undertone.”  I have it in my gym bag now so after a workout when I have errands, I can apply sunscreen and add a little to my lips and my cheeks.

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Jane Iredale Country Weekend Getaway Shadow Palette

The Getaway Eyeshadow Palette  ($58) is inspired by tranquil country landscapes and has 5 shades set in a sleek, super lightweight compact. Though all the shades are pigmented, the ones I wear most are the bronze/gold and the shimmery black (top and bottom right).

The Espresso Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner ($28) is another favorite because I can use it as a liner but also as a shadow.  As a liner I have to layer it to have it show up on my dark skin but as a shadow, I can smear it on and quickly blend for long lasting water resistant wear. I highly recommend using a lid primer with both shadow and liner.

Jane Iredale Country Weekend - Eyes and Lips

 

In the picture above I’m wearing my two favorite colors from the shadow palette, the Gel Liner and the Lip stain.  The collection is really all the color you need for a nice country weekend or any day you want an easy,  laid back makeup look.

For more about Jane Iredale Country Weekend Collection, click here.

 

I love Pond’s Cleansing Towelettes. However, they are usually stashed in a drawer somewhere because the packaging, while practical, can be a bit of an eye sore when sitting next to fancy bottles and jars on a vanity.  Pond’s heard our secret cry and partnered with sculpture, Jonathan Adler, to design packaging that would make Pond’s Cleansing Towelettes fit for any vanity.

Jonathan Adler Pond's Cleansing Towelettes

The POND’S Jonathan Adler vanity case seen above is now available at Target. The vanity case is also available at Walgreens. Both come pre-filled with the original Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes but you can buy any of the available towelettes to refill the case. While designed for your vanity, it can pretty much go anywhere in your home. Right now I have a Jonathan Adler Vanity case with the Pond’s Cleansing Towelettes on my end table in the living room because sometimes at the end of the day, that’s where the makeup removal happens.

Jonathan Adler Pond's Cleansing Towelettes

Look for Pond’s at your local drugstore and big box store. For more about Jonathan Adler, visit his website.

When I saw the Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert collection, I immediately knew I wanted to do an updated desert camo on my nails. Since I’m in a distinct pale nail (I only want to wear light color polishes) phase right now, it was perfect. The Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert collection features four creamy neutral colors that work as well together as they do apart.

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I used three of the four polishes  (Shifting Sands, Terra Nova, Desert Moon) and a sliver of perforated car wash sponge I bought at my local Dollar Store, to achieve the look above. I used a steak knife to cut a sliver from the sponge but any serrated  blade will do.  This manicure is super easy and requires very little dexterity. I promise! :-)

Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert 1

How-to:

  1. File, shape and clean nails
  2. Apply a base coat
  3. Apply two light coats of Shifting Sands and allow to dry completely
  4. Lightly brush Desert Moon on the sponge and dab over nail.  Allow to dry completely.
  5. Lightly brush Terra Nova on the sponge and dab over nail.  Allow to dry completely.
  6. Finish with a top coat.

Deborah Lippmann Painted DesertThough this manicure is built on Shifting Sands [get it? No? Ok, moving on!:)] I did get some longevity from it.  I’m on day 5 and still no chips.

The Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert Collection will be available in May  at DeborahLippmann.com, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Sephora stores nationwide. Polishes have a suggested retail price of $18.

 

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Okay, it finally feels like spring.  Never mind that it snowed a day ago in the North East, today is bright and brisk with highs expected in the 60s!  Someone bring on the daisy dukes (no, I kid.)  While I am not quite ready for short shorts, I am definitely in the mood to refresh some of last year’s spring and summer fashion because the way my bank account is set up — doesn’t allow a new wardrobe every season.  Heck, I have clothes that I have been wearing since Kanye was with the other blonde. Anyhow, I asked  Mary Johnson, P&G Fabric Care Sci-Comm, for a few Tips to Refresh Last Season’s Spring and Summer Fashion and I peppered in a few of my own.  Here goes!

Tide Febreze

Mary’s Tips:

  • Create a whole new look by mixing different fabrics and textures. Try one of your fall leather pieces and mix it with a surprisingly washable summer silk like fuji silk! (I accidentally washed my silk blouse over the weekend and it wasn’t ruined! I used the Tide pods.  Can you say bye-bye dry cleaning bill?)
  • For those pieces that never quite fit just right, take them to a tailor to get hemmed and fitted to compliment your body shape. Not only will you save yourself a buck or two by not purchasing brand new garments, but these pieces will soon turn into some of your favorite staples. (I can attest to the power of customizing.  I have a sewing machine at home. Best money I ever spent.)
  • It’s all in the details! Even an added scent can give an old outfit new meaning. Try treating clothes with Downy Infusions for a new scent and added freshness. (The Downy Infusions keeps clothes smelling fantastic wash after wash.)
  • Have a lot of old t-shirts laying around? Cut them up into cute crop tops or tank tops – perfect for a trip to the pool or beach!
  • Give your spring and summer clothes that have been in storage a quick rinse with Tide Pods plus Febreze to get the fabrics rejuvenated.

My Tips

High Waisted Jeans

  • Do a clothing swap with your best girlfriends – Yes, their closet is your closet.
  • For clothes that have been sitting in closets or drawers and may have developed a musty odor, put them in the dryer, add a downy dryer sheet and turn to a low heat setting. Set to about 10 minutes. Remove and hang and you are ready to wear!
  • The 70s inspired trends that are hot right now means many  statement pieces can be found by thrifting.  Can you say high waisted wide leg pants?  Yes, those are almost always available at the local thrift shop and that is the ultimate fashion refresh.
  • Pastels and florals are always going to be hot for spring and summer, but hemlines and fits change often.  Even out the hems of all those high low dresses and tops you bought from past seasons.  If you are not inclined to doing it yourself, find a seamstress or even get it done at your dry cleaners.
  • Busted knee skinny jeans are super hot right now — what’s to stop you from DIYing the skinnies you’ve been wearing and washing all winter? N.O.T.H.I.N.G!

Clothes and fashion should be fun and there is nothing more fun than refreshing my closet. How are you refreshing your fashion this spring?

Still need NEW clothes for Spring? Here are some favorites:

 

 

 

These three products have been in heavy rotation over the last month, so, naturally I had to share.  If you are looking for  lightweight exfoliation that will give you more radiant skin in a week, a dual purpose SPF and the perfect fragrance for spring, keep reading!

Laroche-Posay Daily Anti Aging Primer with SPF 50

Laroche Posay Daily Anti Aging Primer with SPF 50

Sunscreen and coffee are my only daily non-negotiables and I am quite picky about both.  I like my coffee black and my sunscreen to blend into the background causing me no trouble when I apply other products.  The Laroche-Posay Daily Anti Aging Primer with SPF 50 not only protects my skin from UVA and UVB rays, but it also helps to minimize my pores and allows for smooth makeup application. The primer also contains an antioxidant complex to help protect the skin from free radicals. I have oily skin and the micro reflecting and absorbing powders work to absorb excess oil. The true test of the this product will come once the temperatures start to rise. $39.99

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2 percent BHA Liquid

No matter how much I preach to others to keep their fingers out of their face, it is one of the hardest things for me to do.  If I had to venture a guess, I would say I pop about 50% of my pimples.  I’m not proud.  Obviously this leads to tiny dark marks and I am constantly trying to keep them at bay.  My Introduction to Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant has made clearing up these pesky little marks that much easier.  It “rapidly exfoliates both the skin’s surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining, unclogging pores and improving skin cell turnover rate.”  For me, this meant more radiant skin in about a week of twice daily usage. The liquid helps to quickly clear the newest dark spots on my face and I can see a gradual reduction in the darkness of marks I have had for a longer period.  The lotion is super lightweight and feels just like a toner on the face.  In addition to helping to fade dark spots, the BHA liquid’s antibacterial properties helps to reduce blemishes caused by bacteria. Please note that when using this product, an effective sunscreen is even more important. $26 [P.S.  Paula’s Choice is quickly becoming a skincare favorite for their no-nonsense science based approach to skin care.]

 

Bella by Vince Camuto

 Bella Vince Camuto

I spent much of winter wrapped in intoxicatingly layered, woody fragrances. Bella by Vince Camuto is exactly the thing I needed to shed those layers and get ready for spring.  Bella is  a blend of nectarine blossoms, jasmine water, Italian bergamot and white amber. The fragrance is  fruity but not sweet…it feels youthful. It wears well for about 3.5 to 4  hours with a mellow dry down.  The bottle is also quite lovely and that paired with the light golden liquid it houses, makes Bella a perfect addition to any vanity. $78

 

 

 

I grew up familiar with the Yardley brand of products.  I remember we had the soaps in drawers of clothes because the smell was so amazing.  These soaps were always gifted by relatives and friends living abroad, so, it was a treat to use them to bathe and wrap myself in the wonderful aroma.  I am pleased to see that the quality of  Yardley products has continued to stand the test of time and nowhere is this more evident that in the recent launch of Yardley Nourishing Elements Artisan Soaps.

The Nourishing Elements Artisan Soaps are made with 100% sustainable vegetable oils, natural butters and botanicals.  They contain no artificial colors or harsh chemicals.  (Truth be told I could wrap these soaps in fancy paper and a bow and sell the set of three for $25). The hand crafted (inspired) soaps are currently available in two scents – Lavender and Rosemary (My fave) and Oat, Milk and Honey.  In addition to emitting a light and pleasant aroma and leaving skin clean and refresh, the soaps use jojoba seed powder for gentle exfoliation.

Yardley Nourishing Elements Artisan Soaps

I have been away from home for a long time and I am always amazed at the things that will cause me to miss it.  While taking a trip to Jamaica might take some planning and more than $4.99, taking a long shower with an aroma rich Yardley soap can transport me there in minutes.

Yardley Nourishing Elements Artisan Soaps have a suggested retail value of $4.99 for a 3 pack and are available at Drugstores nationwide.

It’s still hovering around 40 degrees in North East but it’s spring on my nails today thanks to the JINsoon Tila March Collection. The collection is the work of  one of my favorite nail artists, Jin Soon Choi, and Tila March designer, Tamara Taichman. The five shade Spring/Summer collection is a nod to pop art with its bright and vibrant colors, that according to Jin Soon, ” make a statement on their own and are even more powerful as a collection.”

 

I’m currently really into light colors so, naturally I gravitated towards Doux, a powdery pink nude.  I used three light coats to get the base look below, then used a dotting tool to add dots in Tila, Farouche, Enflammée, and Charme. The collection is described as “playful, vibrant, expressive” and I think I captured that in my mod style manicure. [P.S. I’m also really into this Vince Camuto perfume!]

Jinsoon Tila March

All JINsoon polishes retail for $18 and can be found at Jinsoon Spa locations, Tila March locations and Sephora.

I got my hands on the entire Purity of Elements face care line the day it hit retail at  Nordstrom.com.  No matter how many times it happens, I am always excited to be among the first to try new products.  Like a complete and total beauty junkie, I started using two of the products as soon as I got home and I was not at all disappointed…but more on that later.  Purity of Elements celebrates the elemental beauty of the brand’s Santa Fe, New Mexico home and “features the healing and restorative benefits of copper, a powerful natural anti- aging ingredient that helps boost the skin’s production of collagen and elastin to turn back the clock on fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and loss of firmness.”

Purity of Elements Review

The Purity of Elements  face care line is a complete regimen and features 5 products:

Daily Detox Exfoliating Cleanser: A cleanser that gently exfoliates the skin and detoxifies pores without stripping, for an instantly silky soft complexion. $29

Radiance Face Serum: A balancing and hydrating serum that helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while restoring radiance for a luminous, even complexion. $60

Renewing Eye Cream: An antioxidant-infused eye cream that instantly hydrates and brightens the eye area by decreasing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles for a luminous, even complexion. $45

Age-Defying Moisturizer: A lightweight moisturizing lotion that delivers immediate and lasting hydration, leaving skin feeling soft and supple. $50

Pore-Minimizing Clay Mask: A nourishing and detoxifying clay mask that helps draw out impurities from deep within the pores, leaving the skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed.
$58

Purity of Elements Cleanser Review

The easiest things for me to incorporate into my skin care regimen are cleansers, masks, and exfoliators because results show up quickly.  I started with the Daily Detox Exfoliating Cleanser and the Pore-Minimizing Clay Mask.  The cleanser does a good job of cleaning  and gently exfoliating without making my face feel dry.  In addition to the Copper 5 Complex that is in all Purity of Elements products, the cleanser contains soybean oil and jojoba oil, goji berry and white tea extract to nourish and moisturized the skin.

Purity of Elements Clay Mask Review

Of the two products I tried, the Pore-Minimizing Clay Mask is my favorite.  It is not your grandma’s clay mask — it doesn’t get hard and uncomfortable on the face. While it doesn’t harden like most traditional clay masks, it does an excellent job of drawing out impurities from the skin.  I have oily skin and the mask, through the use of kaolin clay,  reduced the oiliness of my skin in the short term.  The mask promises brightened skin through the use of Vitamin A, orange and lemon extract, however,  this is not immediate.  I think this mask will be great for me in warmer months when my skin is markedly more greasy.

If you’re in the market for a new skin care,  I recommend you check out Purity of Elements.  You can do like I did and start with those products easiest to incorporate into your routine or choose the product(s) that addresses an immediate skin care concern.

The Purity of Elements Skin Care Collection  is available at nordstrom.com and on the company’s website.

Keeping moisture in my very porous naturally kinky curly hair is no small feat.  While I want my hair moisturized and manageable, I don’t want products that will weigh my hair down or irritate my scalp.   Hair that is properly moisturized is less prone to breakage and tangles.  During the most epic winter ever (I exaggerate a bit) these three products were instrumental in adding moisture (and shine) to my dry hair. Hopefully they will do the same for you.

Acure Moisturizing Root Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, Argan Stem Cell + Mint

Acure Moisturizing Root Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Long name, great results. This conditioner is formulated with a host of organic botanical ingredients including acai berry, blackberry pomegranate, rosemary oil, argan oil and cocoa butter.  It is described as an acidifying treatment that will protect the hair cortex by locking in moisture and color. It uses Argan stem cells to strengthen, nourish and regenerate hair at the root. This conditioner feels great on my hair. While it doesn’t have great slip, it conditions my overly dry and coarse hair in minutes, leaving it feeling soft. I was a little skeptical to massage it into my sensitive scalp but I did and there was a slight tingling sensation but no irritation. Acure Moisturizing Root Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, Argan Stem Cell + Mint is available here and retails for $12.99

Organic Coconut Oil

It seems I can’t write a hair care story without including Organic Coconut Oil.  For me, it is one of the best conditioners for natural hair but it all comes down to how I apply it.  I apply a dollop to damp hair, work it in from roots to ends then cover with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for 15-20 minutes. I then wash once with a gentle shampoo and condition as usually would. I follow up with a leave in condition and an oil like Optimum Amla to seal in the moisture.  Read more about coconut oil here and here.

ALTERNA Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-in-Conditioner

ALTERNA Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-in-Conditioner

(Long names seem to be a trend) This product is formulated to provide moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, anti-breakage, heat protection, light hold, UV protection, manageability, and strength. Phew, that’s a lot! I like it because it provides lightweight moisture and enough protection that I can blow dry and flat iron my hair (up to 400 degrees) without any noticeable heat damage. I can also layer other products over it as needed without any flaking or product build-up.  ALTERNA Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction Leave-in-Conditioner is available here and retails for $25.

 What  Products Do You Use to Add Moisture to Dry Hair?

 

I can usually tell I have a winning manicure by the number of finger photoshoots I do when wearing the polish.  Last week I tried the Nails Inc Victoria Beckham polish and I couldn’t stop looking at my nails. The light creamy tinted white polish,  Bamboo White, is a seriously flattering shade that is a part of the two polish collection inspired by the svelte and pouty former Spice Girl. Victoria Beckham Nails Inc Box

Victoria Beckham Nails Inc exclusive  formula “contains Stretch-To-Fit technology and bamboo extract, infused with silica.” Both polishes, Bamboo White and Judo Red, are package in a sleek , frosted  bottle  and sold in a limited edition Victoria Beckham Nails Inc gift box. Victoria Beckham Nails Inc

I was at an evening of Serious Fun (A celebration of the Legacy of Paul Newman) and I couldn’t help but take a picture.  I was in a hurry when I did this manicure so I skipped the base coat and I am on day 4 now with no chips!

Victoria Beckham Nails Inc 1

My next photo opportunity came when I was at a event to launch the Ponds and Jonathan Adler collaboration.   In order to achieve this look, I used three very light coats of Bamboo White then applied  Milani Color Statement Quick Dry Topcoat.

The Victoria Beckham Nails Inc polishes retail for $25 and are available here.

TTBTip – if you want your polish to last longer, apply 2-3 light coats and allow each layer to dry completely before applying the other.  If your polish starts to dull after a few days, wash your hands and dry nails thoroughly then apply a fresh layer of  topcoat.

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