Did You Know Ingredients in Your Cosmetics Could Be Toxic?

It’s something that we don’t always think about when we’re using different types of beauty products that solve ailments, cover up blemishes or even protect our skin from the sun. But everyone should be more aware of the actual ingredients that are used in their favorite beauty products. What you might find could surprise you and we want to help you on that path to discovery.

While history can take us back to some kooky products that offered women and men alike things like arsenic complexion wafters, we’re at least not dishing out direct poison to consumes to increase their beauty! There still can be alarming things showing up in products like heavy metals in all kinds of makeup products. There are many times when these heavy metals are actually added on purpose to the product but are added due to manufacturing impurities.

Each product you use has a brand new list of ingredients in it, obviously, but as you get more used to evaluating what’s in products you’ll get used to looking for some of the most important offenders in regards to specific types of chemicals or ingredients in your cosmetics. The easiest approach to start with is using what is commonly known as “The Dirty Dozen.” This is a short list of ingredients that are some of the more common or biggest offenders found in all types of products we use every day.

There is a larger Toxic Cosmetics Guidebook that dives into the Dirty Dozen but also covers nearly 200 other chemicals that you should keep an eye out for in your beauty products and breaks down by category like nail polish, mascara, shampoo and more. The way this guidebook did their research for the Dirty Dozen was by using a crowdsourcing technique that allowed them to pull in information from 19 experts, beauty experts and scientists. In today’s post we’re going to cover those key 12 ingredients that are referred to as the Dirty Dozen and if you want to expand your research, jump on over and check out the more comprehensive list and other research done in this area.

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Dirty Dozen List for Cosmetics:

  1. Coal Tar Dyes (Phenylenediamine or CI #####)
  2. Petrolatum
  3. Triclosan
  4. BHA & BHT
  5. DEA (Diethanolamine)
  6. DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate)
  7. Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives
  8. PEG Compounds
  9. Siloxanes
  10. SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
  11. Parabens
  12. Parfum (Or Fragrance)

That covers the big 12 that you should start your adventure in understanding toxic cosmetic ingredients. There has been recent rulings on one listed in the list which is called Triclosan. The FDA has recently passed a ban on Triclosan and other associated ingredients used as antispetics. So while you’ll find there have been people saying certain ingredients should or shouldn’t be on lists, you have to wonder what they were thinking when you ultimately see an agency like the FDA ban the ingredient across the board!

We hope this helps get you started into understanding what you should looking for in your cosmetics, beauty products, nail polish, shampoo and more. Let us know what you think about this or if you have any question.

The CUTEST Halloween Tees!

It’s never too early for Halloween, right?? Even though we have a long stretch until the holiday gets here I have die-hard Halloween friends on Facebook that are posting about it already and wishing the days ’til October pass quickly!

Any Halloween fan will want to get their hands on these super cute Halloween Tshirts! If you grab them today they are only $15.99 + FREE shipping right now at Jane.com!

A great feature of these tees is that you have a lot of options to make them your own – pick your color AND design AND design color in sizes XS through 2X. This way you can get exactly what you want!

Get ready for all the Halloween parties and scares with these 3 great Halloween shirt designs! Buy your true to size for a looser fit and pair with leggings, or order a size down for a slimmer fit to pair with jeans, a cute scarf or cardigan. Available in 5 colors and the designs can be customized in either orange or black! These shirts ship free!

Why not check something off your busy fall to-do list? Get started with your design HERE!

Super Cute Halloween Shirts

Julep Friends & Family Sale – Up to 40% Off

Looking for some summer beauty savings!? Julep is the place to find them thanks to their Friends and Family Sale, going on now. Just use code FRIENDSFAM25 at checkout and you’ll save 25% off the entire site!

Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil

The brutal sun and never-ending heat of summer can do a number on your face. Try Love Your Bare Face hydrating cleansing oil ($21 after discount). This lightweight, antioxidant-rich oil blend won’t strip your skin and allows the makeup and impurities to just melt away.

Julep Skip the Brush

If you need a few summer-ready additions to your make-up collection, check out the Skip the Brush blush stick ($18 after discount) and So Plush lip gloss ($14.25 after discount). The blush stick is a versatile tool that adds instant luminous color to cheeks, eyes and lips for a long-lasting powder finish. As for the ultra-hydrating gloss, the non-sticky, high-shine formula hydrates your lips and gives a natural plump the look.

For even more savings, Maven Subscribers can save 40% Off Sitewide with code FRIENDSFAM40 at checkout!

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Vegan Beauty Products from Luscious Cosmetics

Face Contour Kit

If the sourcing and production of your beauty products is important to you, you’ll want to check out Luscious Cosmetics. ALL of their products are strictly free from animal products, making them Vegan & Vegetarian friendly. But they aren’t just products that you can feel good about, they are products that will make you LOOK GOOD!

Luscious Cosmetics uses innovative formulas that create products formulated to be long-lasting and vibrant in any climate. All of these products are cruelty free – right down to their beauty brushes! Luscious Cosmetics are proud members of PETA and stand behind every product they produce.

Ice Cream Mirror Compact

Ready to try their awesome beauty products? Right now you can enjoy SWEET Summer Savings at Luscious Cosmetics 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free cosmetics at savings of 40% off SITEWIDE! Want to know what’s even better? You can get this Super Cute Ice Cream Compact/Comb combo for face and hair touch ups on the go FREE with EVERY purchase at Luscious Cosmetics. (Limited Time offer.)

Why I’m Loving DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub

DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub

I have a brand new face scrub to love! Last week I received the DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub. I have used it twice so far and let me tell you – this stuff is awesome and has earned a permanent spot in my shower. It kind of makes my week when I try a new product and I end up loving it. Check out some details:

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DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub

This fine-textured crystal blend buffs away dullness and smooths the look of fine lines, wrinkles, roughness and acne scars for a healthier, more youthful radiance. This salon-perfect formula uses an exclusive crystal blend including Dead Sea Salt to help buff away dull surface cells, help to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars, and absorb excess skin oils. Enriched with natural astringents Lime and Lemon Peel plus antioxidants Grape seed and Vitamin E, this pro-grade treatment re-textures skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking. May also be used on your hands, elbows, knees, heels or any part of the body to promote soft, smooth and healthy skin. Ideal if you’re looking for immediate results from a salon-perfect treatment in the privacy of your own home. Please note: The crystal blend used in this product is a large molecular structure and is therefore not bio-available to the body, so there is no possibility of absorption through the skin.

DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub Review

Why I Like It:

This scrub is one of those products that makes me think I can feel it working as I use it. I’m imagining all those impurities and dead skin coming off my face as I use it. And after using I think my face looks better and it definitely feels better too – very soft and smooth. As a bonus, I love its light citrus scent!

Buy It:

You can buy DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub directly from the DERMA E web site HERE.

20% Off Engravables from Stella & Dot

Stella & Dot has a great sale going on right now – get 20% off engravables! This is a great opportunity to make Mother’s Day extra personal.

Whether you’re shopping for your mother or for yourself, you can say just about anything you want to customize your look this spring. There is no coupon code necessary to get this sale; the prices already reflect the 20% off discount.

This Signature Engravable Bangle comes in Gold, Rose Gold, or Silver. Personalize it with initials, names, important dates, geographic coordinates, and more! Stack multiple cuffs together for all of your favorite mementos.

This Signature Engravable Disc Necklace also comes in Gold, Rose Gold, or Silver. Tell your story and personalize it with your initials, your or a loved one’s name, geographic coordinates of a special location, and more.

This Signature Engravable Delicate Ring comes in Gold or Silver. It’s a classic, delicate ring featuring hand-set pave on a delicate arrow detail.  Try wearing it on your pinky for a classic look, or any other finger for a modern update. You can even use it as a pendant!

Head over to Stella & Dot to check out these beautiful engravable necklaces, bracelets, and more. Shipping is a flat-rate $5.95. This offer is valid now through May 14th!

While supplies last. Prices as marked. Promotion ends on May 14, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST. No exceptions and no price adjustments. All personalized products are non-returnable.

Gal Gadot Teams Up with Reebok

Gal Gadot Reebok Partnership

Gail Gadot is teaming up with Reebok to bring a game-changing new line of activewear. Over the last year, we have seen actress Gal Gadot emerge as a worldwide symbol of confidence, defiant courage and strength. Reebok is on a similar quest to help women discover their inner strength, which makes them perfectly suited for a partnership.

Reebok and Gadot have collaborated to inspire women and future generations to embrace fitness as a way to become the best version of themselves—physically, mentally and socially.

Reebok and Gal Gadot

Gal says, “I was lucky enough to grow up with a mother who was a gym teacher, so the importance of having someone push me out of my comfort zone and being active – and the benefits of it –were ingrained in me as a young girl. I have found fitness to be a key to unlock self-esteem.”

Check out these Gal Gadot Reebok items:

Perforated Speedwick Tank
Hero Strong Bra
Lux Tight
Reebok Speed Her TR
Mesh Bomber Jacket
Enhanced Lead & Go Graphic Bag

DIY Skin Texture Smoothing Mask Recipe

Disclosure AffiliateDIY Skin Texture Smoothing Mask Recipe - Beauty from the Inside Out!

As the weather starts to turn colder, many of us face the problem of dry skin. But did you know it’s also a result of imbalances in your diet? Thanks to Kimberly Snyder, C.N. and her newest book, Radical Beauty (which she co-authored with Deepak Chopra!), we have some helpful advice to help keep your skin moisturized and glowing all season long – from the inside and out!

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  • When it comes to your diet, make sure you aren’t totally avoiding fats! Include easily digested beauty fats such a avocados, coconut oil and chia seeds in your diet. Avocados are a rich source of nourishing beauty fats, vitamins and lecithin to nourish dry skin!
  • Hydration is a MUST! Drink plenty of room temperature water to keep your body hydrated. Another option is eating lots of sweet, juicy fruits which help hydrate your skin from the inside. Externally, you should avoid very hot showers and limit the time you spend in hot baths as this can dry out your skin as well.
  • For your skincare routine, add an extra boost of moisture.  Try incorporating a face mask on a regular basis like the Radical Beauty Skin Texture Smoothing Mask (recipe and instructions below) to see your skin become smoother with diminished age spots! It contains coconut yogurt which is a great source of amino acids and probiotics, carrot is high in skin-brightening beta-carotene and antioxidants, lecithin to nourish dry skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth and avocados.

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DIY Skin Texture Smoothing Mask

Ingredients:
½ cup coconut yogurt (now commonly found at local health markets)
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
3 tablespoons, raw organic honey
1 organic carrot

Directions:
In a food processor or blender, combine the ingredients and process until you reach a smooth consistency. Spread over your face and neck and relax for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing.

DIY Skin Texture Smoothing Mask Recipe - Beauty from the Inside Out!

NEW Target Beauty Boxes – Just $7!

Target Beauty Boxes are back to help you kick off the new season with some new beauty products! These boxes offer an excellent way to try out some of the top trends in beauty at a cost of just $7…for the whole box! Each box contains at least six products.

You can choose from four different boxes this month. Take a look at what’s inside each one:

Target Beauty Box™ Wakeup and Makeup

Hello Gorgeous!
Mornings can be rough, but your AM beauty routine doesn’t have to be! Inside this box, you’ll find a few of our faves that’ll help you brighten up in a flash and get you out the door a little faster. Try ‘em out, and if you love them as much as we do, find the full-size versions at Target.com/BeautyBox.

This box includes:

  • Sonia Kashuk Brush Cleaning Wipes (1 ct)
  • Covergirl Peacock Flare Mascara – Black WSH (1 ct)
  • Honesty Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes (7 ct)
  • e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush
  • e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Face Palette
  • Dove Dry Spray Invisible Sheer Fresh (3.8 oz)
  • Dove Dry Shampoo – Coconut (1.15 oz)
  • Target Coupons – $1 off Dove Deodorant, $1 off Dove Hair Care, $3 off Honest Beauty purchase of $15 or more

Target Beauty Box™ Be YOU(tiful)

Hello BeYOUtiful!
Mama always said beauty comes from within! Inside this box you’ll find a few of our faves that let YOU shine—whatever your style and no matter your mood. Try ‘em out, and if you love them as much as we do, find the full-size versions at Target.com/BeautyBox. BeYOUtiful!

This box includes:

  • Sinful Nail Color Galac Sea or Wondermint (0.5 oz)
  • Honest Beauty – The Younger Face Deep Hydration Cream (0.17 oz)
  • OLLY Undeniable Beauty Gummy (1 ct)
  • e.l.f. Gotta Glow Lip Tint in Perfect Pink (1 ct)
  • Simple Water Boost Micellar Makeup Remover Eye Pads (30 ct)
  • Nexxus Keraphix Shampoo (3 oz)
  • Nexxus Keraphix Conditioner (3 oz)
  • L’Oreal Pure Clay Cleanser – Detoxify and Brighten (0.5 oz)
  • Target Coupons – $2 off Olly Vitamins, $1 off Simple Facial Care, $1 off L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay, $2 off Nexxus Hair Care

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Best Easter Fashions from Dressy to Casual

Best Easter Fashions from Dressy to Casual

With spring comes Easter and Kiyonna.com has amazing options no matter how you celebrate. Ranging in women’s sizes from 10-32, Kiyonna specializes in plus size styles that are proudly made in the USA. No matter your shape or size, you will definitely find something fabulous.

For church, the modest Livi Lace Dress for $138.00 is perfect. Designed with delicate lace allover and a feminine flounce hem on the skirt and sleeves, you’ll love the look and comfortable silhouette. If you’re looking for a fun and bright color this Easter, try the Glittering Affair Wrap Dress. This fully functional wrap dress allows for a custom fit and comes in a beautiful metallic royal blue floral lace for $128.00.

Delicate Lace

Delightful Wrap

The Ciara Cinch Dress in the NEW Indigo Rain Print is also a great option with a timeless design and fun print. This classic dress is sold for $98.00 and can be worn way beyond Easter Sunday. From work days to date nights, you’ll always be covered.

Everyday Style

If you’re not one for a dress, but would like to keep it classy, then the best-selling Linden Lace Top for $79.00 is for you. Made with a scalloped neckline and hem, this peplum style will flatter your curves in all the right places. Another great choice would be the Lauren Lace Top, also for $79.00. Featuring romantic lace and statement sleeves, this will be your new favorite blouse.

Special Occasion Top

Spring Ready

Of course, not all Easter festivities involve dressing up. Stay stylish and comfy in the Hope Cinch Top for $56.00. This flattering faux wrap design, cinches at the waist and comes in a perfect-for-spring plum.

Faux Wrap Design

Trust me, there are way more options on their site, so be sure to browse their entire collection of dresses and separates. I don’t doubt you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for this holiday.

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Happy Easter!