Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Discover the Smoothing Power of the New Amika Straight Up Smoothing Balm

During the summer months, you’ve never seen smooth style quite like this. Introducing the Obliphica Straight Up Smoothing Balm, the newest addition to amika’s revolutionary Obliphica collection.  Formulated with super-fruit Sea Buckthorn Berry (also referred to as Obliphica), this naturally reparative collection revitalizes dry, damaged hair to restore it to its natural brilliance.
The new Obliphica Straight Up Smoothing Balm harnesses the power of Sea Buckthorn Berry as well as ultra-nourishing Omega 7 to control even the most unmanageable, rebellious hair and deliver healthy, smooth and straight looks. This breakthrough temporary, heat-activated formula is a must for your heat styling routine, and offers incomparable defense against thermal damage and humidity. Ideal for curly, thick, coarse and parched hair, this lightweight balm provides long-lasting manageability, fighting frizz and flyaways to offer silky, luminous and beautiful straight styles.

To use: Apply to damp hair and blow-dry straight.

WHAT IT COSTS: $8 (2 oz.), $24 (6 oz.)

WHERE TO FIND: www.loveamika.com and professional salons nationwide.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices. 

June is National Acne Awareness Month

June is National Acne Awareness Month
Three New Products That Work to Prevent, Cure and Correct

Regardless of age, many women (and men) still struggle with acne and scarring from past skin problems. While preventing and curing current inflammations is important, most people have more than one skin issue at a time. Below are a few products that combat multiple skin problems while ridding skin of acne.

The NEW Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control is the first ever acne treatment to fight “pimple memory,” or recurring breakouts that appear in the same spot.  Smart salicylic acid, anti-microbial peptides, marine extracts and vitamin B3 treat work together to heal and prevent breakouts now and in the future. The lotion also reduces oil production, soothes redness and offers coverage similar to a tinted moisturizer to cover the appearance of acne marks or other imperfections. Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control is available at Sephora stores nationwide and online via www.sephora.com and www.miracleskintransformer.com for $48.

Jan Marini Skin Research has created a product that not only helps to diminish signs of aging, but also treats and prevents blemishes. Jan Marini’s Age Intervention Duality has a unique dual chamber dispensing solution which combines the maximum allowed percentage of benzoyl peroxide and anti-inflammatory agents for acne prevention, as well as concentrated retinol, multiple peptides and antioxidants to defend against the signs of aging into one gentle formulation that is compatible with all skin types.  The Age Intervention Duality is available via www.janmarini.com for $90.

Santalia’s Acne Treatment Kit is a clinically proven treatment for oily, blemish-prone skin that meets FDA requirements for over the counter drugs. The secret ingredient in this line is Sandalwood which helps calm irritations and combat bacteria. Traditional Australian plant extract, Lemon Myrtle, also helps fight bacteria while Australian Kakadu Plum, the world’s richest source of Vitamin C, brightens the complexion. The Acne Treatment Kit is available via www.santaliashop.com for $80.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices. 

Summer Beauty on a Budget

Get hydrated summer skin and look, smell and feel your best this season without breaking the bank. It’s easier than you think to be beautiful on a budget, and now you can, with these affordable products from Thymes, Soap & Paper Factory and Lulah – all for under $25.   

 
Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine Bath Salts $5.00
Soak in skin-conditioning waters fragranced with the ethereal beauty of Temple Tree Jasmine. Perfect for summer, these bath salts feature a rich formula that will soothe and condition the skin. 

Where to buy: Thymes.com

The perfect pocket-sized on-the-go companion is Soap & Paper Factory Solid Perfumes and Solid Fragrances. Available in 25 different scents, women and men alike can simply apply to their pulse points for a fabulous, fast fragrance touch-up any minute of the day. 

Price: $18-$22


Lulah Hand Creams are ultra-rich moisturizing and invigorate your senses with nourishing Shea butter, protective vitamin E and hydrating glycerin. Available in Peony, Vanilla Orchid, Citron, Magnolia Fig and Tamarind Ginger, these hand creams will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Price: $9
Where to buy: Lulah.com

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices. 

L'Occitane Summer Scrubs

Is too much time in the summer sun leaving behind a rough, dull complexion? Revitalize lackluster skin with exfoliators from L’Occitane.

These three scrubs are sure to make your features glow:

Angelica Exfoliating Gel ($30)
With its pearly glow and fresh scent the all-natural exfoliating particles gently remove dead skin cells and impurities, while massaging the face. Angelica extracts preserve natural hydration, for skin that is incredibly clean, soft, and smooth.

Shea Butter Ultra Rich Face Scrub ($34)
Specially formulated to gently exfoliate dry skin. Its creamy base, enriched in shea butter and chestnut extract, helps the skin to maintain its natural moisture level. Skin is left perfectly clear, smooth and soft.

Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator ($36)
This brightening product will leave your face even-toned and luminous while protecting against impurities for an anti-aging bonus.

Where to purchase: L’Occitane products may be purchased at usa.loccitane.com

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices. 

Kimberly Snyder's Rainbow Stuffed Peppers

With summer in full swing, celebrity nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods, Kimberly Snyder, has the perfect summer beauty recipe to satisfy your hunger and keep you looking beautiful.

Kimberly’s Rainbow Stuffed Peppers are a great meal to make for dinner, and leftovers work great for lunch as well. Typical stuffed peppers involve cheese and often white rice, but with these tasty seasonings and quinoa, you won’t miss those other ingredients. Red peppers are high in vitamin C, which helps repair and regenerate collagen, the protein that gives structure to your skin.
Kimberly Snyder’s Rainbow Stuffed Peppers Ingredients:
6 red, yellow, orange or green peppers, or a combination, seeded and hollowed out
1/4 cup vegetable broth
6 cloves of garlic
2 cups of broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
4 cups of kale, chopped finely
2 medium carrots, diced
1 cup basil, chopped finely
High quality sea salt, to taste
¾ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. oregano
2 Tbs. low-sodium tamari
3/4 cup dried quinoa

Pre-prep:
**Be sure to soak the quinoa overnight in water and rinse well before using.

Instructions for preparing seeded and hollowed peppers:
Make an incision at the rounded top of each pepper, about 1 – 1 ½ inches from the stem.
Cut all around the stem in an even circle, then pull out the stem and the seeds.
Discard stem, and save the rest of the pepper top to chop and add to the filling
If necessary, clean out any remaining seeds from inside the pepper and discard.
In a saucepan place 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add the quinoa to the hot water, and simmer until the water is absorbed and the grains become translucent soft (about 10-15 minutes). Pour through a strainer and set to the side in a bowl.

Sauté garlic in vegetable broth over medium heat, until gently cooked, then add onions, and stir until the onions become translucent. Add the broccoli, carrot, chopped pepper tops (from preparing the peppers) and basil and cook gently for a few minutes. Add the sea salt and other seasonings to the veggie mixture and stir it up!

Add the cooked quinoa and mix everything together well.
Adjust seasonings to your taste. The mixture should taste slightly saltier than your taste, as the seasoning will be less concentrated when we stuff the plain bell peppers.

Once you are satisfied with your filling, spoon into each pepper, right up to the top.
Place peppers tightly next to each other in a glass dish so they remain upright.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Garnish with fresh basil just before serving.

For more information on Kimberly Snyder, The Beauty Detox Solution or The Beauty Detox Foods please visit www.kimberlysnyder.net or www.beautydetoxfoods.com

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