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#IamBraveAndBeautiful Bloghop Special Event

September 29th, 2014

I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!


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Hi Everyone, thanks so much for stopping by. My name is Daria and I am so honoured to be a part of this incredible event. When I saw the video that had been put together to celebrate real beauty I teared up, then I smiled knowing that each life this event touches will be changed in a profound way. There is so much pressure to portray the perfect image in our society that much of the beauty of our natural state can get lost in the chaos of expectation. I personally have felt the self inflicted pressure as I’ve packed my bags to attend a fancy blogging conference with all those cute “pulled together” bloggers with perfect Pinterest lives. The need to feel noticed, and valued in those circumstances. I recall rushing to make all of those last minute appointments for hair/nails packing the perfect outfit and those killer shoes that will showcase in one look what you are all about.

I’ve been guilty of negative thoughts about myself, I’ve beat myself up about my fluctuating weight, or any of the “flaws” that I see when I try to measure myself against the worlds expectation of beautiful. Isn’t it a gift to realize that though we want to present our best self to the world that it doesn’t have to be artificial? What if we can learn to value others around us and ourselves by what truly matters, the heart, and our actions? What if what makes me beautiful is actually my Womanhood, my Motherhood, my faith and my gifts and what I give to others?

“I don’t have to try so hard because…I am a daughter of God. I have talents and strength beyond what is seen. I can love myself and accept that I am made up of many things that together make me beautiful. We are each a patchwork of gifts and abilities that when combined create a beautiful picture of who we really are. I resolve to honor that gift in myself and to see this innate beauty in others too” XO- Daria

I’ve shared my Bare Faced photo and used #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instagram. YOU CAN TOO!! Join US.

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Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

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1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl

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21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive

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39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals

Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful

59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling

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74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me

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94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa

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104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen Bee and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kid Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography

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Providence & Grace – I couldn’t believe my eyes {+ Giveaway!!}

February 18th, 2011

Mineral makeup is all the rage right now, it’s beautiful flawless and breathable. That’s the real key, mineral makeup is light weight and doesn’t clog your pores. I recently discovered Providence & Grace, a shop on Etsy selling truly affordable mineral makeup and I couldn’t wait to take some for a test run.

I was sent several of their beautiful eye shadows to try out, they all come in adorable 5g makeup pots ($3.99 per color in their shop). Now 5grams might not seem like very much to you, but with this beautiful eyeshadow you don’t need as much as typical makeup – a little goes a long way. I couldn’t believe how saturated the color was, you could make it as intense as you want or blend it out for a softer look for everyday. il_570xN.199385358

Application of mineral makeup is so easy, I would recommend using some decent makeup brushes to have the ability to blend to your hearts content. However, if you’re in a rush you can even apply it with your finger tips. I love that this eyeshadow doesn’t get that “creasy” look after a few hours, it stays beautifully and has me convinced that mineral makeup is for me. Best of all, you really don’t feel any heaviness while wearing it – I love that aspect with the Providence & Grace shadows.
You can try out several colors and other makeup options in their Etsy store for such great pricing. I highly recommend snagging some pretty shadows to treat yourself with no guilt whatsoever. I’m already making my list of colors I want to try next including: Baby, Polished Silver, Wink and Moor. For gorgeous and affordable cosmetics try Providence and Grace, I couldn’t believe my eyes! – Daria

*** Giveaway! Providence And Grace is kindly giving away one $25 Gift Certificate to their shop!***

Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway; please leave a comment for each one you do:

• Visit Providence & Grace on Etsy and leave a comment telling us what product you’d most like to try.
LIKE Providence & Grace on Facebook and leave a comment that Boutique Cafe sent you, they would Love to hear your fave eyeshadow color too!
• Tweet about this giveaway (use @BoutiqueCafe in your tweet) and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
• Update your status on Facebook with a link to this giveaway and leave a comment telling us you did.

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: March 1, 2011 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Are you dressing–and living–your truth?

September 2nd, 2010

I’ll put it out there—I don’t love (or read) self-help books very often. I did read Leadership and Self-Deception and The Purple Cow while working at LoveSac (required reading) and enjoyed them, but I’ve started and never finished quite a few others. I take that back. I also read Simple Abundance years and years ago and enjoyed it…but never put much of it into practice.

Dressing Your TruthWhen I was sent Carol Tuttle’s Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile, I agreed to read it because beauty and fashion and all that goes with it does interest me a lot more than the “warm fuzzy” stuff. Plus, this blurb on DressingYourTruth.com caught my eye:

If you’ve ever felt defeated in a dressing room, faced a closet full of clothes but still felt you had nothing to wear, or thought you had to be skinny to be beautiful, Dressing Your Truth will be a much-appreciated reality check that will help you discover and celebrate your own, unique beauty!

Well, I do have a closet full of clothes and a few items that never get worn because let’s face it, they looked better on the hanger. And I’m always interested in discovering your “type” to see if I agree with what “they” say my type is. So I dove into the book, quickly skimming the first few parts so I could get right to Carol’s four types (Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4). And then I was anxious to find out what that type meant for me as far as what my wardrobe should like look like, how I should wear my hair and makeup to complement my features, plus I was even interested in learning the challenges that particular type faces.


Um, Dressing Your Truth was spot on. Seriously. I’m a Type 3 through and through, though not everything matched 100%. (I’m not a natural salesperson, trust me.) Want to know what a Type 3 is like? You’ll have to read the book. It was fun to read about the other three types and think about people I knew who fit into each one. Question is, are those people being true to their type or trying to be another type and therefore not living their own truth? Good question!

To enlighten you a bit on why I’m pretty dang sure I’m a Type 3, here are some excerpts I highlighted from the book that had me thinking—if not saying—”holy crap!” Type 3 personalities:

  • “... get multiple tasks moving forward at the same time, so we can get a lot of things done at once” and we keep “a lot of plates spinning until all the tasks are finished.” {Like my mom says, someday I’m going to lap myself.}

  • “... will write on our to-do lists tasks we have already accomplished just for the satisfaction of checking them off the list!” {Been there, done that many times.}

  • “... see what needs to be get done, and often wonder why no one else is taking action, assuming the rest of teh world moves in your expression.” {I no longer assume anything but I do still wonder how my family can watch TV while dishes need to be done and counters need to be wiped. Any why doesn’t anyone else see those piles on the stairs?}

As a Type 3 I also have a tendency to be late wanting to get lots done and not being realistic about what can be accomplished in a given timeframe. I love to challenge myself (sprint triathlons this summer) and I walk with determination and a firm, brisk footstep. Just ask my parents about my firm, brisk footsteps…they hear them every time I walk across the kitchen floor.

What made me chuckle toward the end was this little note about the Type 3 woman:

It may have been hard for you to read from the front of the book to the back. You like to get to the point, fast, and pass by anything that appears to be too much detail. ... You like to finish things quickly and get on to the next thing.

Did I not state at the beginning of this review that I skimmed those first few chapters to get to the nitty gritty? Yeah, I’m a Type 3.


The beauty profiling Carol does in Dressing Your Truth is pretty awesome. And the transformations are just as amazing. The book is filled with stories like most self-help books, but what I love are the transformations you can watch online at DressingYourTruth.com. Real women, not skinny, size-0 models, learning how to show their beauty rather than “put on” beauty. Online you’ll find a whole community of women and tools and resources to become your own “Beauty Expert” in areas like clothing, makeup, hair, and accessories.

One last awesome quote from the book:

Ironically, consider the possibility that you have deemed your greatest gifts your biggest weaknesses and your natural beauty in your physical features as flaws.

Are you dressing—and living—your truth?

P.S. Here’s a great video showing the grand prize winner of the Dressing Your Truth Do-It-Yourself Makeover Contest. She’s a Type 3 too!

*** Giveaway! Carol is giving away five (5) copies of Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile! ***

Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway; please leave a separate comment for each one you do:

•  Leave a comment telling us what you’d most like to learn from Carol’s book.
•  Visit DressingYourTruth.com and register for Carol’s 7 free revolutionary beauty tips (for every Type).
•  Become a friend of Carol on Facebook. (If she hits her limit before you can, let us know you at least tried!)
•  Follow Carol on Twitter and leave a comment telling is you’re their newest follower.
•  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
•  Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL to your blog post.

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: September 9, 2010 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Kristin Z. and Jacki A., two of the winners of the Dressing Your Truth giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Baby your skin with California Baby

March 18th, 2009

California BabyWith the product name California Baby you immediately think baby line…right? Right.
It is. Designed specifically for babies this line has been created to eliminate any irritants that could cause rashes or allergies. It is a gentle, non-chemical formula that has received praises from Hollywood moms. But, even moms like Gwyneth have been known to use the products for herself. So what is with this California Baby craze?

Why does it seem to appear in countless magazines as the must-have product line? What is so great about it? Why all the buzz??

I’ll tell you because it is simply AMAZING. Really. Go online right now to check out all the incredible products they have that will change your world…and your babies!

I tried the Bubble Bath and the Shampoo & Bodywash.

First, lets talk about the Bubble Bath. The bottle comes with a bubble wand—love that addition to keep the little ones wanting more time in the suds. This bubble bath has virtually no scent, which is great for anyone who likes to lather up in lotion afterward. It is important to shake up the bottle to mix around the formula, so that you get plenty of bubbles. This natural bubble bath would be great for anyone suffering with eczema because it is so mild and light on the skin.

The Shampoo & Bodywash also has no extra dyes or additives to its formula. This natural formula is essentially scentless with high shine results.

California Baby has a lot of other products including sunscreen, massage oils, diaper care and spritzers—all made with the natural formula. So, now I know the buzz is cause this line is ideal for those that suffer from skin sensitivity or allergies. -Amber

Available online at www.californiababy.com

Just so you GLOW…

March 11th, 2009

I so want a glow!

The past few months my skin has been BLAH. It is dry and cracked and when I try to make it glow…it looks oily. The winter months take a beating on me and I hate that it shows on my skin.

So, I tried sugar mama honey bar from glowology and gotta say…I now have a glow! Not too much of a fan of the bar (because I prefer bottles), but they do have a honey wash in a bottle that could be heavenly.

I don’t know if it is the natural ingredients or the skin-regenerating formulas but I like what I see and feel. This luxury line has a little bit of everything to take care of your skin. The honey bar I tried is a moisturizing bar soap that has vitamins whipped into it to balance our your skin. Sometimes when the natural companies go all organic on us the smell goes with it too. Not here. The smell of sweet honey stays with you throughout the day and the line is all natural—so if you suffer with sensitive skin you’ll be just fine.

If you have dull winter skin, you really should give Glowology a go. – Amber

Available online at noodleandboo.com

Stretching is to yoga as…

March 9th, 2009

Do you remember those questions on tests that went something like “Puppy is to dog as _ is to cat?” Today’s question is “Stretching is to yoga as skin care is to _?” Unless you’re well versed in Ayurvedic skin care, you won’t have a clue. Let me fill you in: the answer is DoshaCare. DoshaCare is customized Ayurvedic skin care, but it is more than just skin care; it is a philosophy for life.

DoshaCare combines the knowledge from the Ayurvedic tradition of India with the best of western science to for a lifestyle approach that focuses on “authentic radiance.” Their skin care line helps radiate your inner beauty and actually evolves with you. With a series of questions under “Ayurveda & Dosha Types” you can find out your primary and secondary Dosha (the page also goes into more detail about Ayurveda and Dosha) and then from there you can tailor your skin care to match. As your skin changes throughout the year (and we all know it does) you can change your regimen along with it.

DoshaCareI answered those questions and found out I was pretty much Pitta all the way, so DoshaCare sent me their Pitta Cleansing Bath to review. Designed to protect and soothe normal and sensitive skin, this cleanser is 98% botanical and organic. It contains turmeric for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, hyperpigmentation correction and softening properties; neem to promote skin elasticity; and aloe vera for hydration and soothing. It was a good thing the information sheet I received with it had directions, for I could not find any on the box or bottle. I know, I know—lather, rinse and hopefully not repeat but I am one of those that thrive on written instructions. But I did lather and rinse…and if I was wearing makeup, I had to repeat. Plus, I’ve kind of gotten accustomed to “less is more” with most cleansers I’ve reviewed, and this one took a full pump and then a second full pump to get my face completely makeup free.

It did leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated, though not as hydrated as I would’ve liked. Though the scent was rather strong (albeit natural), I found it very earthy and somewhat relaxing. My husband walked in once while I was using it and even noticed the scent-not in a bad way, but how often is a cleanser that strong? I would have loved to have tried out the full line to see if I felt more “balanced” and if I felt it really were tailored to me and my primary Dosha.

As much as I should embrace the DoshaCare approach to life I’m not sure I’m in a place to do so just yet. (That statement probably shows I definitely should take the time to become more centered!) The Pitta Cleanser (4.2 fl oz) costs $34—a bit on the high end if you’re using twice as much as the next cleanser. But it is customized skin care, and I can’t say that Avon or Oil of Olay or any other skin care lines have ever asked me how well I sleep, what my appetite is like or how I react to stress. There just might be something to this DoshaCare thing!—Emily

** Giveaway! We are giving away a gift set to one lucky reader! (Note: The gift set may not include DoshaCare products but will include something equivalent if not better!) Visit the DoshaCare website and click on “Ayurveda & Dosha Types,” then take the test to find out your primary Dosha. Leave a comment letting us know what that is and include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: March 17, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Ann H., the winner of the DoshaCare giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Alba skin care will give you a complex…

March 2nd, 2009

Alba...but in this case, it’s the kind of complex you—and your skin—needs. Alba’s line of Advanced skin care products, which includes cleaners, toners, scrubs, masks and moisturizers, is formulated with their unique Marine Complex. This nutrient-rich complex has soothing and nourishing properties, helping enhance your skin’s “natural purity.” It also softens, detoxifies, heals and moisturizes. With that kind of a resume, I’d hire the entire line! Unfortunately I was only able to test the .

This cleanser is a gently foaming (i.e. very few bubbles) gel that “lifts away impurities for glowing, healthy skin by delivering a synergistic blend of mineral-rich sea algae and antioxidant-rich green tea designed to combat the impact of harsh environmental factors.” It contains aloe and the aforementioned Marine Complex so it should sooth, hydrate, nourish, detoxify, firm and stimulate cell regeneration. Whew! It contains no sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or synthetic colors and is made with 100% vegetarian ingredients. Okay, so does it work?

Well, yes and no. First of all I must say the had a fairly pleasant smell if a bit on the masculine side. (Of course, I used to smell my boyfriend’s jacket all the time so I kind of like that sort of thing.) It did a great job cleansing, though if I had especially heavy mascara or liner it took a second washing to completely cleanse the eye area. It didn’t cause me to break out at all, which is one of my tests for a new skin care product.

On the “no” side, after I had cleansed and patted dry, my face felt a bit on the dry/tight side, and I don’t like that feeling at all. Compared to my new favorite CellCeuticals cleanser, which leaves my skin feeling like it’s already been moisturized, the Alba felt like it had sucked whatever hydration I had right out of my skin. Not a good things as far as I’m concerned. But once I moisturized, my skin felt just fine and didn’t seem overly dry or noticeably drier overall. And the price is right at only $9—much easier on the budget!

AlbaMy husband and I also tested Alba’s Aloe Mint Moisturizing Foam Shave, and this I loved! My husband’s comment? “It worked just fine.” Hey, if it’s not a super cool stroller or tech gadget, he doesn’t have much to say about a product. But I do. This shaving foam uses organic botanicals and Vitamin E to provide a smooth, clean and soothing shave. The foam actually helps soften hair. The Aloe Mint “flavor” uses an organic blend of aloe vera, green tea and calendula, so you have cooling peppermint (great during and after shaving) and antioxidant-rich green tea to refresh the skin. The aloe actually helps with skin renewal, so you’re covered post shave as well.

The bottle says “less is more” so I tested it out using only one pump per leg. Granted, I don’t shave the entire leg in winter, but one pump did cover from ankle to mid thigh. Hard to believe but it’s totally true! My real test was when I shaved an area I haven’t shaved since the pools closed after Labor Day weekend. (If that’s TMI, sorry!) I just had to see if I’d have the typical razor burn and/or ingrown hairs. This would be the real test…and Alba’s Aloe Mint Moisturizing Foam Shave passed with flying colors! Of course I wasn’t hopping in and out of swim suits but still, I am painful-little-red-bumps free and loving it!

Though the wasn’t my favorite, the Aloe Mint Moisturizing Foam Shave more than made up for it. And at $6.95 I think it’s a worthwhile investment in shaving sanity!—Emily

** Giveaway! Alba is giving away a gift set to one lucky Daily Dish reader! Please visit Alba’s site and leave a comment telling us what Alba product(s) you’d like to try. Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: March 10, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

* Congratulations to Maria M., the winner of the ALBA giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Shampoo bars…a solid investment for camping trips

February 27th, 2009

Susan's SoapsSoon enough here in Utah the chilly air will turn to dry heat and our white mountains will be green…which means it will be camping time!

Camping with all the right accessories can be a great getaway, but, unprepared camping can wreck the whole experience and make you despise everyday you are in natural beauty.

I recently discovered a little camping addition I will be packin’ in my bag—Shampoo Bars by Susan’s Soaps. These bars are perfect for a camper that doesn’t want to risk spills or leaks in their backpack. No need to pack shampoo and soap because the Shampoo Bar made of all natural wonders will clean your bod and your hair. So, now when you are in the big wide open you don’t have to worry about disposing any plastic bottle. Going green was never easier or lighter!

Before trying out the bar in the wild., I thought I’d try it out first at home. After working up a lather, I worked the suds into my hair and to my dismay no delightful smell, but, the Shampoo Bar contains no synthetic fragrances, preservatives or colors…so it shouldn’t smell! I was hoping more of the Fresh Citrus smell would linger on my mane, but, no scent could be traced to my bob. My hair got pretty clean but beware of tangles if you have long hair.

Nonetheless, I like the solid bar and ease of knowing no shampoo spills in my bag will ruin my camping trip. At a measly $6.50 per bar, this is a solid investment to add to your summer gear.—Amber

Available online at susansoaps.com

** Giveaway! Susan’s Soaps & More is giving away a Travel essential set to one lucky Daily Dish reader! Please visit the Susan’s Soaps website and leave a comment telling us one benefit from using handmade soaps/shampoo bars. Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: March 6, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Elizabeth Y., the winner of the Susan’s Soaps giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Tiny Tillia makes bath time fun for kids…

February 25th, 2009

TinyTillia...and more enjoyable for moms. When I don’t have fun bath time products to review I stick with the standard baby wash and bubble bath. They’re affordable and efficient at getting the mud and caked-on dirt off their little bodies. But I love it when I receive bath product samples for my kids—it’s a nice break from the typical Johnson & Johnson smell. And if the samples are from Tiny Tillia, it’s also a nice break from the boring, geared-toward-mom packaging!

Tiny Tillia was launched in 2006 by Tiffany Lerman, a London-born designer and creator of the successful Chester collection of fashion prints found on a variety of products, from handbags to scrapbooking. Tiny Tillia, her new line of children’s bath products, offers a range of all-natural bath gels, foaming washes and even hand sanitizers that feature a collection of really fun, truly delightful characters. The characters are even based on Tiffany’s family and are a heck of a lot more fun than the bland packaging of most store brands!

TinyTilliaThe Tiny Tillia collection has everything from “boo boo bandages” to diaper crème and everything in between. We received the All Over Foamy Wash in Tropical Blast and the Indy Sheep gift set, which included a Mini Bath Gel and the cutest little Indy Sheep stuffed animal. I absolutely love them both! The bath gel add just enough of a fun, non-floral scent to the bath, which meant my three-year-old son didn’t come out smelling too girly, and it had pretty good bubble power, though like most bubble bath it didn’t survive extended splash fests in the tub. (I have yet to meet a bubble bath that can do that.)

TinyTilliaThe All Over Foamy Wash in Tropical Blast had the best smell ever! Plus one pump was enough to wash the hair and body of one squirmy child. No need to stop mid lathering for a refill. The foaming wash contains aloe vera extract so it hydrates without irritating the skin and also has Vitamin E plus other essential oils to treat and protect the skin. For me, I fell in love with how it smelled. I even caught myself last night smelling my daughter’s hair after bath time and again this morning. It just smelled so dang good I couldn’t resist!

By the way, all Tiny Tillia products are people, earth, animal and environment safe and paraben free. I am anxious to try the Magic Cream, which relieves the pain of minor bumps with a homeopathic and hypoallergenic topical salve containing shea butter, tea tree oil and Vitamin E. Though the Tiny Tillia line was created with children in mind, don’t hesitate to try it yourself. Who says a thirty-something mom can’t enjoy bath time with a few character-themed products in hand?

** Giveaway! Tiny Tillia is giving away a gift set to one lucky Daily Dish reader! Please visit Tiny Tillia’s website and leave a comment telling us your favorite Tiny Tillia character (make sure to use its proper name!). Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: March 5, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Lisa C., the winner of the Tiny Tillia giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

CellCeuticals is worth its weight in gold

February 23rd, 2009

CellCeuticalsCellCeuticals Skin Care was founded in 2007 by internationally renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher (any Extreme Makeover fans out there?) and beauty industry veteran Paul Scott Premo (i.e., he knows A LOT about dermatology and skin care). Their goal is to develop “technologically advanced, clinically validated, premium skin treatment products.” Though I’m all for all-natural, holistic skin care I’m a big fan of technology when it comes to fighting the signs of aging (according to Oil of Olay there are seven—whew!), and CellCeuticals uses the best of biomedical technology to fight those tell-tale signs. With two well-known experts behind the line, does it deliver?

I received CellCeuticals’ Extremely Gentle Skin Cleanser, Extreme Defense Anti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment and Regenerative Skin Treatment. The first thing I noticed before the products even arrived was the price tag. These products are right up there with lines like Shiseido, which means WAY out of my comfort zone even when I’m all about looking 25 at the age of almost 35. Would CellCeuticals do enough to my skin that one, I would notice the difference, and two, it would be worth the investment? I would soon find out.

The second thing I noticed was the super cool packaging. Each product comes in this sort of futuristic octagonal (or maybe it’s hexagonal—haven’t counted the sides) design. I love something that sparks my interest upon first sight! They looked super cool on my bathroom counter—almost pretty enough to leave out. But looks aren’t everything; in this case it’s what was inside that mattered most. CellCeuticals claims a noticeable difference in just two weeks. I used the products for just under two weeks; did I notice a difference? Here’s my CellCeuticals experience:

CellCeuticalsExtremely Gentle Skin Cleanser: “This gentle skin cleanser thoroughly removes facial and eye makeup without irritating eyes or skin. Leaves skin feeling clean, hydrated, supple.” Includes non-SLS mild surfectants, wheat amino acids and glycerin. $35 for 6.7 fl. oz.

I loved this cleanser! It removed eye makeup within seconds, even my stubborn mascara. It never irritated my eyes and after rinsing, my skin felt like it had already been moisturized. Washing with this CellCeuticals cleanser felt like I was washing with soft water. For those who have soft water, you know what I mean. It was divine! Worth every penny for sure.

CellCeuticalsExtreme Defense Anti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment: “A powerful antioxidant treatment that works during the day to help defend skin against age-promoting free radicals.” Includes Vitamins C, E and B5, green tea, aloe vera, natural almond, avocado and sunflower oils, beta glucan (skin soother and firmer). $65 for 1 fl. oz.

Though almost three times as much as my current daytime moisturizer, I would seriously consider buying it as part of the entire CellCeuticals system. The reason? I can’t tell which product it is that’s doing the most good for my skin but my skin has never looked or felt better! This moisturizer is lightweight yet extremely nourishing. I haven’t had one breakout since I started using CellCeuticals and it was during my peak hormonal time. My skin never felt greasy or shiny and it never felt dry, even around the sides of my nose where I tend to get dry skin. A little goes a long way so I imagine this lotion will last at least a couple months.

CellCeuticalsCellGenesis Regenerative Skin Treatment: “This revolutionary skin treatment encourages the regeneration of new surface cells for visibly younger skin. In just two weeks your skin looks and feels firmer and remarkably radiant, with visible lines and wrinkles dramatically diminished.” Includes patent-pending Growth Factor Peptide Cellular Complex (I may not know much but I do know peptides are GREAT for skin), which is a combination of retinol, antioxidants and lipopeptides. $80 for 1 fl. oz.

Perhaps this was the miracle worker among the three, but I have to say it delivered on everything it claimed it could do. It was a lightweight serum, and a little went a very long way. I did have an issue with the pump getting stuck on its way back up and now I can only do half a pump at a time, but that’s better for rationing this liquid gold. The funny thing was I caught myself doing a double take when looking in the mirror, thinking I had makeup on when in fact I didn’t!

My skin had an even tone, was noticeably firmer and what few wrinkles I had were about gone. To put it simply, my skin looked the healthiest it has been in very long time—and perhaps even better than it ever has! Would it be as effective on its own without the other two products? I couldn’t tell you, and I’m not willing to risk my fabulous new complexion to find out. I’ll stick with using all three for now. Will I replace the CellGenesis once I run out? At a price of $80, probably not. Yes, my skin has never looked better but $80 is a bit much for me to pay. Of course, when I’m 50 and ready to look 35, I’m sure I’ll be investing in the CellCeuticals regimen once again. It’s a lot less expensive than plastic surgery and I’m pretty sure—though I’m no expert—it gives you the exact same results!

I can honestly say CellCeuticals is by far my favorite skin care line and yes, definitely worth its weight in gold. But since I don’t have any gold bullion lying around, once I run out I’ll be switching back to my second favorite. I’m none too happy about it but what’s a girl without skin care allowance to do? Of course CellCeuticals does have a really great option for those interested in their skin care system and interested in saving 60% off the retail value. Just enroll in the CellCeuticals Skin Institute and you can get the CellCeuticals Skin Treatment Kit every 60 days for $39.95 a month. Though still a bit of an investment, believe me, you’re skin is worth it!—Emily

De-Aging in Hawaii

January 22nd, 2009

PevoniaOkay, I didn’t really travel to Hawaii for this review, but I sure felt like I was there every time I applied the Papaya-Pineapple De-Aging Mist and De-Aging Body Balm from Pevonia’s Ligne Tropicale (Tropicale De-aging Line). The scent rocked my nowhere-near-tropical world!

I’ll get back to the scent in a moment. First a little bit about Pevonia’s Ligne Tropical. This powerful skin care line uses organic phyto-extracts and a revolutionary delivery system to “deliver a glorious sensory escape.” Tropical fruits and de-aging ingredients help repair, restore and rejuvenate skin. If you want to “preserve and reclaim youthfulness” this is the way to do it, at least according to Pevonia.

PevoniaI received the Tropicale De-Aging Mist and Tropicale De-Aging Body Balm in the aforementioned Papaya-Pinapple scent. Holy cow, the combo of pineapple and papaya was heaven every time I used the mist and body balm! I’m a big fan of tropical scents (except for gardenia if that’s considered tropical) and this was quite possibly the best combination I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling. I kid you not, I could not get enough of it! I kind of wish they had a perfume as well; I would definitely give it a special place in my medicine cabinet next to my bottle of So Pink from GAP.

So they smell really great, but do they really work? I can’t honestly say and this is why. The De-Aging Body Mist is supposed to give a boost of hydration and refresh skin during outdoor activities or any time of day. Aloe vera gel cools and soothes skin and chamomile calms skin. I applied it after showering—totally not when I should have done it since my skin was still fairly hydrated. Plus it’s the middle of winter in Utah and I’m not feeling the need to cool and refresh my skin. It’s cool enough! I will say it did cool my skin post shower and it felt great on my skin, but I will have to wait until the heat of summer to see if it gives that immediate boost of hydration my skin will need.

PevoniaAs for the De-Aging Body Balm, it’s mission is to smoothe the look of wrinkles on the body while repairing skin damage and brightening skin’s overall tone. It has retinol, collagen and elastin to improve texture and plump and soften fine lines along with shea butter to heal and protect skin. I’m still young enough that I don’t really have fine lines and wrinkles except for around my eyes, and this is no eye cream. I also have minimal sun damage so I wasn’t the best test subject for the Body Balm—and I didn’t feel like I could say to an older friend, “Hey, you’ve got all-over body wrinkles. Would you try this out and see if it de-ages your skin? I’ll keep my fingers crossed it works!” I will say it was a very rich and creamy lotion and though a little didn’t go a long way, it did a great job as a moisturizer.

I am intrigued by Pevonia’s De-Aging Line enough to give it a go in, say, another 20 years. Until then I’ll enjoy it as a wonderful, tropical, wish-I-were-in-Kauai early morning pick-me-up and hopefully keep my skin from aging as quickly as it normally would!—Emily

*** Giveaway Pevonia is giving away a gift set to on lucky Daily Dish reader! Visit Pevonia’s website and leave a comment telling us what other line of skin care intrigues you; include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: January 30, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Michelle H., the winner of the Pevonia giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Thinning hair? Call in reinforcements!

January 14th, 2009

And I’m not talking about the president of the Hair Club for Men. (Did you know he’s also a customer?) I’m talking about more affordable and “pure, natural & organic” reinforcements from Jason. In December of last year I reviewed Jason’s Cranberry Rejuvenating Body Scrub and Cranberry Hand & Body Lotion. I wasn’t a big fan of those two products but I am a big fan of their Thin to Thick hair care line…and not because I can see a difference in my hair.

The goal of Jason’s Thin to Thick Hair Care line is self explanatory; it’s supposed to nourish, revitalize, strengthen, etc. so your hair is healthier and stronger. Generally geared toward men I didn’t hesitate to enlist my husband’s help in testing the Pro-Vitamin Thin-to-Thick Hair Thickening Conditioner and Incredible Thin-to-Thick Revitalizing Scalp Elixir.

JasonThough my hair isn’t thinning like someone’s I know I too wanted to test it out as I’m a firm believer in nourishing my color-treated, dry hair as much as possible. The Hair Thickening Conditioner is supposed to reinforce and strengthen weak, chemically processed hair by infusing amino acids into the hair cortex. Did it do that? I asked my husband, who doesn’t usually condition his hair, to try it out for about a week. When asked for his take on it for this review he gave a typical male response: “My hair feels softer. What is it supposed to do?” (Unless it’s a really cool stroller or digital camera he’s not much help.) But for him to say it feels softer is a big deal. I too tested the conditioner and I loved it. It deep conditioned in only 1-2 minutes versus the 3-5 minutes my other conditioner requires. It had a wonderful scent and best of all it restored softness to the most over styled, blow-dried part of my hair—the bangs.

JasonThe conditioner was easy; the Incredible Thin-to-Thick Revitalizing Scalp Elixir was a bit more difficult. For the life of me I could not get my husband to apply this elixir to his scalp at night and then sleep in it. He’s the guy who changes his pillowcase every few days and showers more often than the Seattle Sky. He just couldn’t do it, and I couldn’t quite get myself to try it out either. I generally don’t shower until dinnertime and I wasn’t sure I wanted the elixir on my scalp that long. But it does sound like a super cool, super powerful product in the fight against thinning hair. It actually sounds like the most important product in Jason’s Thin to Thick hair care line: “This revitalizing, preventative and corrective elixir purifies and energizes the scalp. Helps free hair follicles of debris which inhibit hair growth. Biotin, Folic Acid, Inositol, Cysteine(vege), (all essential to healthy hair growth), and hydrolized proteins help control thinning hair and excess hair fallout.”

JasonFor men and even women who are concerned about the health and well-being of their possibly (some are still in denial) hair, Jason’s Thin to Thick hair care products are worth a try, especially since they’re much more affordable than other options. On a side note, if you’re not worried about thinning hair and only want a really awesome deep conditioner, try Jason’s Mint & Rose Intense Moisture Treatment . I’ve been “reviewing” this product for a few weeks now and love it!—Emily

*** Giveaway Jason is giving away a gift set to one lucky Daily Dish reader! Please visit Jason’s website and leave a comment telling us which hair care product you’d most like to try; include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: January 22, 2008 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Lisa C., the winner of the Jason giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Belli does a body (and baby) good

January 12th, 2009

Belli skin careThis review is going to answer the age-old question, “Does stretchmark minimizing cream really work?” Actually, it’s going to also answer the questions, “Does body firming gel really firm?” and “Is there an eye cream that can make my eyes look like they got at least 6 hours of sleep?” You’d think the answer would be no because that’s a lot to live up to, but the answer is YES, YES and yes!

First, the info. Belli is a line of skin care products that “pamper and protect.” With three collections (Pregnancy, Motherhood and Baby) Belli meets the needs of each stage using the highest quality, safest formulations. For example, Belli Pregnancy is the only skin care line in the world that is teratology screened. What does this mean? It means the company has “[searched] through over 16 million medical research articles in over 5000 international journals, excluding ingredients linked to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy.” Belli Motherhood is LactMed screened so it is free of ingredients harmful during breastfeeding, and Belli Baby is screened for xenoestrogens (chemicals that can act like hormones and interfere with normal development of the reproductive system). Before Belli I didn’t even know xenoestrogens existed!

After learning about Belli’s background and philosophy I knew I would be reviewing a quality product. I felt no need to test their body washes and lotions; I was pretty sure they would live up to Belli’s reputation. (It has a great one, by the way—just Google Belli skin care.) And I’m currently not pregnant—been there, done that—so the Pregnancy line was out. That’s okay because I really, really wanted to test Belli’s Stretchmark Minimizing Cream, Body Firming Serum and Eye Brightening Cream...for purely selfish reasons of course. I have four kids, you know.

Belli skin careThe Stretchmark Minimizing Cream is supposed to “reduce stretchmark length and irregular surface area by up to 52% and stretchmark depth by up to 72%.” Now, I’m not sure the percentages and you better believe I won’t be gracing this review with before and after photos, but I do know I saw a slight difference in my stretchmarks after using this cream. I started using it in November and it took a little while for me to notice a difference, but then again I was only using it in the AM and the directions say AM and PM, so theoretically it would take about 8 weeks…which is where I’m at and where I’ve finally noticed a difference. I don’t suffer from the red type of stretchmarks but I do have those faint white lines and a few smooth, shiny type stretchmarks (TMI, I know) and this cream managed to lighten the faint white ones and tighten up and fade the other. I wasn’t a believe until week eight but now it’s a “YES” in answer to “Does stretchmark minimizing cream really work?”

Belli skin careNow for the Body Firming Serum...again, no before and after photos on this one either. Belli’s firming serum is designed to “lift and firm your breasts, buttocks and abdomen” and help “restore, repair and nourish slackened skin.” Good to know because after nursing four kids I’ve got some serious slackage going on. I applied the serum to all three areas and though I didn’t notice a big difference in the buttocks and abdomen (fortunately I don’t need too much firming in those areas) I did see a difference in my breasts…or rather, my husband did. (Okay, I did too but it’s much more fun to say he did!) I am being totally honest when I say he made a comment that let me know the Body Firming Serum was doing its job. After engorged milk ducts and gravity taking their toll I didn’t think anything would help but this stuff did—that’s a big “YES” for the “Does body firming gel really firm?” question.

Belli skin careLast but not least is Belli’s Eye Brightening Cream, which “revives and illuminates tired eyes…[and] hydrates delicate skin, lightens dark circles and minimizes the appearance of fine lines.” Really? Does it really do all that? Well, it does at least do two of the three: minimize the appearance of fine lines and hydrate the delicate skin around the eye. As for the dark circles, I’m not sure this eye cream did the trick. Of course I’m a seriously sleep-deprived mom so it didn’t have a snowball’s chance, but I have used another eye cream that did seem to help with dark circles better than Belli’s. I will say it did have a more immediate effect perking up my eyes once applied than others have, and that’s a big bonus if you’re heading out the door and need a quick pick-my-eyes-up. For me this eye cream was only a “yes” in response to the “Is there an eye cream that can make my eyes look like they got at least 6 hours of sleep?” But if you read the customer reviews you’ll find the Eye Brightening Cream was a resounding “YES” for others.

Kudos to those who’ve stayed with me this entire review. I hope it was worth it! Now, Belli’s higher price tag may make you think twice, but once you’ve thought twice, make the investment. Your body—and you—are totally worth it! My believe? A little investment now saves me a much bigger investment (i.e. surgery) later.—Emily

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Give your skin a daily dose of Vitamin C

January 8th, 2009

Avalon OrganicsIf I had the budget I’d be a skin care and makeup junkie, but since I can only support one or two habits at a time, it’s jeans and shoes for now. So I never complain when I get to test a new skin care line and today’s is one of my favorites so far. We’ve had some great ones in the past (Dr.Hauschka and NutriMinC RE9 being top on the list) but great as they are, the prices are on the higher end and the nightly regimen was a bit too much work for me. I like simple, effective and good for my skin, and that’s what I found with Avalon Organics’ Vitamin C Skin Care.

Vitamin C is known for its wonderful antioxidant properties so I love that there’s an entire line of products designed around it. This Vitamin C Skin Care uses powerful antioxidants to protect against aging caused by the sun. Along with protecting your skin, the various products nourish and hydrate, improving your complexion and bringing back that healthy glow you lost somewhere between high school and college.

The good stuff doesn’t stop there. Vitamin C Skin Care is formulated using safe, pure ingredients and are free of mineral oil, petrolatum, propylene glycol, parabens, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances. Full of antioxidants and free of glow-diminishing ingredients—sounds like something I’m going to like!

Avalon OrganicsI received the Vitamin C Refreshing Cleansing Gel, Rejuvenating Oil-Free Moisturizer and . I’ve used them for about a week and I’m totally hooked! Here’s why:

  1. The cleansing gel has a wonderful, fruity orange scent that is totally refreshing just like its name says. I’ve been using it at night but need to switch to mornings since it totally wakes up the senses. (That’s the last thing I need before heading to bed after a long day!)

  2. A little goes a long way with all three products. I only use half a pump of the cleansing gel and eye cream.

  3. The cleansing gel is amazing at removing makeup. No lather, rinse, repeat to remove those dreaded raccoon eyes. LOVE it!

  4. Though the line includes a toner I didn’t feel like my skin needed it at all. With other cleansers my skin sometimes feels tight and a toner really helps.

  5. The moisturizer can be used day or night—that means one less potion jar in my medicine cabinet. It was lightweight yet felt like it had enough substance to to be a great night cream.

  6. I liked the eye cream almost as much as Arbonne’s, and that’s saying a lot because I think Arbonne’s NutriMin RE9 eye cream is my favorite of all time!

The only negative thing I have to say, and it’s a minor one, is the eye cream dispenser doesn’t keep the cream from getting a little hard on the end. I’m not a big fan of hardened creams or lotions, and though you can eventually soften up that little blob of cream, it means extra patting and rubbing in the eye area and I’m too vain about keeping that area wrinkle free to do that. I end up wiping that part off on a tissue and using the rest. See? Not a big deal but still, I have other pump-style creams and unless I’ve gone a week or so without using them, they don’t have the same problem.

Avalon OrganicsI didn’t include the product descriptions in the review but they’re tempting enough to make you want to try the product. I’m talking statements like “fortified with the synergistic action of Vitamin C plus Lemon Bioflavonoids, Melatonin and organic White Tea to refresh and balance for healthy, radiant skin and “nourishes delicate eye area with Cocoa Butter, organic Sweet Almond, Borage and Flax oils with Vitamin C for optimal photo-aging protection plus Lemon Bioflavonoids, organic Green Tea and White Tea to defend against damaging free radicals for smoother, younger looking eyes.” See what I mean?

The prices are more than you’d pay for Aveeno but far less than you’d shell out for Shiseido. (Who wants to take out a second mortgage just to moisturize anyway?) For the pure, organic and glow-inducing ingredients you’re getting, the prices are fabulous. It’s no more than I’m paying now, so it’s pretty much a given I’ll be switching over to Avalon Organics Vitamin C Skin Care. My Avon Anew just doesn’t measure up…—Emily

***Giveaway! Avalon Organics is giving away a gift set to one lucky reader! Visit Avalon Organics’ site and leave a comment telling us another product (besides the ones mentioned above) that sounds like something you’d like to try. Please include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: January 16, 2009 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

* Congratulations to Duong S., the winner of the Avalon Organics giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Chapped lips go retro

December 7th, 2008

Pin Up Lip BalmWith cold winter weather comes wish lists, holiday shopping and the all too common set of chapped lips. All those glittery, shiny lip glosses in your purse often don’t cut it when it comes to moisturizing parched lips, and the stuff that actually does moisturize comes in some pretty boring packaging (think blue and white Chapstick or yellow Carmex). Maybe that’s why Pin Up Lip Balm’s sassy packaging and nourishing formula is the latest in lips.

Pin Up Lip Balm’s moisturizing formula is made from 100% natural ingredients including avocado oil (UV protectant), beeswax (natural emollient), apricot kernel oil (hydration) and Vitamin E (natural antioxidant). All these nourishing ingredients come packaged in a cute retro slide-top tins, each with its very own old-fashioned pin-up girl. Totally tasteful yet totally sexy, these pin-up girls are what makes Pin Up Lip Balm the talk of the town. Okay, the all-natural ingredients help too.

Pin Up Lip BalmI received a few mini Pin Up Lip Balms to review. I do love the packaging—the slide-top tin is reminiscent of elementary school when I went through a few strawberry and watermelon lip glosses packaged in just such a tin. (Anyone else remember those?) And the lip balm did help moisturize, but it didn’t seem to last very long. Perhaps I’m used to my favorite glosses from Bath & Body Works and Revlon, which seem to have more staying power, but they definitely don’t have all the natural ingredients that Pin Up Lip Balm does. Whatever the reason, I found myself applying it a lot more frequently than I would have liked.

But even so, Pin Up Lip Balm is a really fun and very affordable product. It is definitely a great girlfriend gift for the holidays and a great stocking stuffer for any female. And with over 40 flavors you’re sure to find a few tempting tins!—Emily

Jason: ‘Tis the season for cranberry!

December 2nd, 2008

With cranberries on the table and in the tummy I thought today’s review a fitting one. Jason, the “pure, natural & organic” line of skin and body care products, sent me two holiday samples: Cranberry Rejuvenating Body Scrub and Cranberry Hand & Body Lotion. Though I don’t do the turkey and cranberries thing, I was more than willing to test these two product out for our readers.

JasonThe facts: Jason’s Cranberry Hand & Body Lotion is made with cranberry oil (packed with antioxidants), aloe vera and chamomile to soothe dry skin. It is free of parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum and animal by-products. It is not tested on animals.

My take: Though this lotion did do a good job of soothing and hydrating and is free of a lot of not-so-natural ingredients, the smell was a little off. Though at first whiff it clearly smelled of cranberries, it had a second scent that was not quite as “fresh.” I’m not one of those chefs who can smell a dish and tell you the exact ingredients so I can’t tell you if it was a combination of cranberry and chamomile or if it was another of its natural ingredients. I do know it was off enough to keep me from using it again even though it was a great lotion overall.

JasonThe facts: Jason’s Rejuvenating Cranberry Body Scrub uses non-GMO corn cob combined with papaya fruit extract to exfoliate the skin. Ginkgo, cranberry and ginseng leave skin rejuvenated and moisturized. It is free of parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, mineral oil, lanolin, petrolatum and animal by-products. It is not tested on animals.

My take: Though this one had that same slightly “off” smell as the lotion, it wasn’t nearly as noticeable or bothersome. Perhaps using it in the shower and following it up with my own favorite lotion helped. It is a pretty good exfoliator though I would have liked a little more exfoliation. I do give it an A+ in moisturizing; my skin felt silky smooth without an oily residue on me or the shower floor. And for the price (about $7), it’s a very affordable way to exfoliate.

Though I didn’t love the smell of Jason’s Cranberry products (mostly the lotion), it did peak my interest enough to want to try other body care products from Jason. For a natural and organic line, the prices are well within budget. It may not be the season for cranberry but it is the season for affordable bath & body gifts!—Emily

Gabriel Couzian: Paris comes home

November 23rd, 2008

Gabriel CouzianAnd I’m not talking about the famous Hilton. I’m talking about Gabriel Couzian, a collection of specially formulated skin care products that hydrate and soothe dry, itchy, irritated skin. But this is NOT your ordinary line or even your step-above-ordinary line of skin care products. Gabriel Couzian is extraordinary, perhaps even miraculous, and has brought a bit of French science into my skin care regimen.

The Gabriel Couzian brand has been trusted by French women for over fifteen years. They seem to know how to take care of their skin—perhaps Gabriel Couzian is their secret. The products contain an exclusive oil-in-water suspension technology that seamlessly blends natural oils, rich plant proteins and pure spring water. This technology means the products immediately help protect the skin’s natural barrier, moisturizing and relieving symptoms associated with eczema, psoriasis and dryness caused by everything from aging to the environment. (You can read more about the science and Gabriel Couzian’s healing ingredients here.)

Gabriel CouzianI received Gabriel Couzian’s Washing Oil and Highly Nourishing Body Cream. The packaging wasn’t flashy but I’ve learned you do NOT judge a product by its packaging because in this case you’d be way wrong. The Washing Oil is a shower (or bath) oil that creates a “reparative and soothing” cream when mixed with water. It includes a proprietary blend of nourishing cleansing oils and pure water and the formula is a gentle alternative to soap. I was worried the Washing Oil would leave a slightly oily residue on my body and the shower floor but was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t. I did learn you need to follow the directions and massage it into wet skin without the use of a washcloth or body scrubber, and I did miss having a good lather. I’m just one for bubbles no matter how small, and the Washing Oil didn’t have any at all. But it did feel good going on and it did seem to hydrate my skin—no tight feeling after drying off…and this is Utah!

But the true star of the two, at least for me, is the Highly Nourishing Body Cream. This rich, decadent cream (sounds like a French dessert, doesn’t it?) is a miracle worker. Formulated for severely dry skin, this cortisone-free cream works immediately to inflamed skin and ease the discomfort caused by dryness, eczema or allergies. It contains olive oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax, shea butter, bisabolol Gabriel Couzian(derived from chamomile flowers), aloe vera and glycerin and somehow this combination works wonders. I applied it one morning after my shower and noticed how quickly it absorbed into my skin even though it was as thick a cream as you could pump from a bottle. It has a wonderfully light scent (I smelled my arm many times to be sure) and it truly moisturized for 24 hours and then some.

You know how you use a lotion, even a favorite like Aveeno or Eucerin, and sure, it moisturizes but you have to reapply it within a few hours especially if you’ve washed your hands a few times? You can apply Gabriel Couzian’s Highly Nourishing Body Cream once and your skin will feel as smooth as silk for a couple days. The bottle says you only need to use it a couple times a week and I believe it. I even tried it on my one-year-old’s super dry skin. She borders on eczema and nothing I’ve tried (or reviewed) has truly moisturized for an extended period of time. They’ve helped, don’t get me wrong, but I have to reapply constantly. I used the Body Cream on her after her bath the other night and her skin was happily moisturized the following evening and the evening after that. No need for more cream—now that was an amazing moment. If you don’t believe me you should read Gabriel Couzian’s testimonials page. I’m right there with them!

Now, you won’t find Gabriel Couzian at your local drugstore and the prices may not be for the faint of heart, but once I did the math I realized it really wasn’t much more than the Oil of Olay Quench body lotion I buy from Target. The Body Cream costs about $68 for 13.6 fl. oz. while the Quench lotion costs about $9 (and doesn’t have nearly the impressive list of ingredients), but I have to use the Quench lotion every day, sometimes twice a day if I take a second shower. I only need to use the Gabriel Couzian Highly Nourishing Body Cream—because it’s highly nourishing—twice a week. So I’m using about 1/5 as much, which makes it about $13. Okay, so it’s probably not college-level calculus and it may not even be legit, but to me it make sense. Why not invest a little more in something that truly works and is made of quality ingredients (and smells fabulous)? It’s so totally worth it!

Some day I hope to travel to Europe and experience all it has to offer; until then I will enjoy a little dab of French cosmetological science right in my very own home.—Emily

*** Giveaway! Gabriel Couzian is giving away one gift set to a lucky Daily Dish reader! You DON’T want to pass up this awesome giveaway! Please leave a comment telling us what other Gabriel Couzian product intrigues you; include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: December 1, 2008 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Jennifer H., the winner of the Gabriel Couzian giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

His and hers body care

November 16th, 2008

Because the Daily Dish could be a little more equal opportunity when it comes to reviews, today’s feature includes a line of ACE grooming products for men along with our PerriconeMD review just for you. We’re not trying to leave the men out; it’s just our products are a lot more fun!

ACEThat being said, I must tell you I enjoyed one of the ACE products almost as much as my husband. Their Fogless Shower Mirror was designed for men who prefer to shave in the shower. It has a nifty razor holder, two serious suction cups, a height-adjustable base, and of course the fog-proof mirror. I have to confess, the first time I was in the shower with this mirror ACEtotally fogged up and I was truly disappointed. My husband said it remained fogless for him the whole time, so I gave it a second chance. That’s when I noticed the water reservoir behind the mirror. You fill it with water and it helps equalize the mirror and air temperature—and it totally worked!

I found it super handy for nighttime showers when I washed my makeup off ; I could check for raccoon eyes in case I needed to “lather, rinse, repeat” before stepping out. My husband has used it faithfully since the day he first suctioned it to the wall, and it’s a hit with my three-year-old as well. Nothing like making faces when you’re all lathered up!

ACEMy husband also tested the ACE Toenail Clippers and the 3-in-1 Splinter Tweezer—okay, I tested these ones since he conveniently forgot to do so. I didn’t love either of these products really. The clippers, while “strong enough for a man,” were almost too manly. Even my husband didn’t love them. They were a bit heavy and unwieldy and looked and felt like they were made to cut heavy-guage wire rather than toenails. And the clippings catcher didn’t do its job all that well. The tweezer, which we really did try on my son’s splinter, didn’t seem very effective. I had to keep looking at the diagram to figure out which corner to use first and we ended up using our favorite Sonia Kashuk tweezers to pull it out.

But don’t let my review of the clippers and tweezer keep you from checking out ACE’s other products. We received the Excursion bag and it is a great travel product—plenty of room for his essentials and yours as well (as long as you don’t count makeup as an essential!). It’s a serious travel case and will hold up well during your holiday travels. And that Fogless Mirror is totally awesome!

PerriconeMDNow for the “hers” part of this review. PerriconeMD is the brainchild of Dr. Nicholas Perricone, whose research has shown that the “inflammation-aging connection is the single greatest precipitator of aging and age-related diseases. This inflammation … does its damage by triggering free radicals, which accelerate aging by attaching to and damaging cells.” His three-tiered approach to battling this inflammation includes an anti-inflammatory diet, nutritional supplements and topical anti-inflammatories.

PerriconeMDI’ve been able to try PerriconeMD’s Omega 3 and Super Berry Powder supplements (tier 2). If you aren’t familiar with Omega 3 it is supposed to help suppress appetite, boost metabolism and help burn stored fat. I was already taking an Omega supplement when I switched to the PerriconeMD Omega 3 capsules, so I didn’t notice much difference. The one thing I did notice, and this is probably too much information, is I didn’t have what I affectionately call “fish burps” after taking them at night on an empty stomach. But other than that, it was status quo.

PerriconeMDPerriconeMD’s Super Berry Powder is derived from raspberry, blueberry and Acai, which is packed with essential amino and fatty acids. I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of Acai so I was anxious to tet this product. To use it you mix one small packet (kind of like those Crystal Light To-Go packets) “with water and drink.” No mention of how much water—8 ounces? 16 ounces? Let me tell you, the more ounces the better.

I tried it with about 8 ounces and it was too strong and too grainy for my taste. I really had to water it down with ice cold water, and I’m one who can drink fiber powder without any problems. I wasn’t too faithful about using it once a day so I can’t give a true review on its effects, and even if you did take it once a day I think it’s hard to measure how well a product protects you against free radicals damage. But I do know Acai is a very powerful supplement and this would be one great way to get those benefits along with the antioxidants in raspberries and blueberries. Heaven knows I don’t eat nearly enough of those!

I would love to try some of PerriconeMD’s other products like the but the Pore Refining Treatment Gel Cream might be more within budget…ah, the price we pay for beauty! My philosophy? Invest in great skin care products now, save thousands of dollars later!—Emily

** Giveaway ACE and PerriconeMD are each giving away a gift set to one lucky winner! Please leave a comment with a valid email address for our drawing. Tell us which ACE tool your significant other would love the most AND which PerriconeMD product you’d most like to try. We’ll draw the two winners from the comments and contact them via email. Deadline: November 24, 2008 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

* Congratulations to Elizabeth Y. and Kristi P., the winners of the ACE and PerriconeMD giveaways! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Natural therapy for winterized skin

October 26th, 2008

Zia Natural Skin CareSigh…sometimes reviewing natural skincare products, especially those that cleanse, hydrate, detoxify, regenerate and repair without parabens or harsh ingredients, is the toughest part of my job. It’s right up there with reviewing Italian shoes and designer diaper bags. (And if you believe that I have some ocean-front property in Utah that would make the perfect Christmas gift.)

Reviewing Zia Natural Skincare’s new Skin Basics line was not a tough job by any means. I received their Fresh Cleansing Gel, Sea Tonic Rosewater & Aloe Toner, Everyday Moisturizer, Essential Eye Gel and Citrus Night Time Reversal. I have now used them for almost two weeks and even though I might not be the best test subject (I have normal skin with only a few fine lines and the slightest acne that hits only once a month), I can tell a difference. My skin has retained its moisture, which is saying a lot considering I live in Utah and the cold weather sucks the moisture out of everything around here, and it has a bit of a healthy glow even though my Kauai tan has already faded and gone.

Zia NaturalThe Fresh Cleansing Gel is a non-foaming cleanser (I’m still trying to get used to the non-foaming part) with mineral-rich sea algae. I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of algae but had no idea you could find them in a cleanser! The gel also has natural sugars to remove excess oil and makeup and is excellent for sensitive skin. I did find I needed to do double duty on eye makeup as it didn’t get it all off the first time around, but that happens often with other cleansers. I did just learn you can also use the Fresh Cleansing gel for shaving—now that’s a moisturizing gel if you can shave with it!

After cleansing I spritzed the Sea Tonic Rosewater & Aloe Toner, which has natural phospholipids to hydrate skin. This phospholipids actually enhance the effect of moisturizers, so you spritz and then apply your moisturizer before it dries. And if you have delicate skin the aloe vera and rosewater help soothe and heal.

In the morning I used the Everyday Moisturizer, a very lightweight and fragrance-free lotion. Rice bran oil, shea butter and aloe maintained my skin’s softness and hydration without being greasy or heavy—a good thing since my foundation tends to be on the heavier side. The sample I had did not have sunscreen, which is an extremely important feature I look for in a daily moisturizer, but Zia does offer an Everyday Moisturizer with sunscreen and I would highly recommend purchasing that one instead.

Zia Natural Skin CareAt night I used the Citrus Nighttime Reversal, an alpha hydroxy cream that is supposed to reverse roughness and environmental damage while you sleep. It uses four natural alpha-hydroxy acids to clear pores and diminish signs of aging and contains red wine, buttermilk, sugar cane and whole citrus concentrate to promote new cell production while helping minimize lines, sun spots and enlarged pores. Now that is a lot of work for a nighttime cream to do, but I do think it is what has helped give my skin its healthy glow. Even with what little sleep I’ve been getting and the stress I’ve been under, my skin looks younger than it has in a long time!

My nighttime routine ended with a little Essential Eye Gel, which uses green tea, cucumber and seaweed to help firm and hydrate while smoothing puffiness and fine lines. It also contains aloe and antioxidants to help fight damage and improve skin health. Though I found this eye gel to give my eyes an instant firming and hydrating, it didn’t seem to have the lasting overall effect like my other favorite eye creams. But it is definitely a great tool to have on hand for those morning-after eyes (or “long day working, doing laundry, cleaning and cooking and still have to look good for the company party” eyes).

Okay, it’s not really a tough job to review skincare lines like Zia. Actually, I have enjoyed it so much I’m kind of anxious to try out some of their other products like their Ultimate Eye Cream and Fresh Papaya Enzyme Mask. With freezing temps around the corner a little skin therapy sounds like a worthwhile investment!—Emily

wet n wild–beauty has its benefits

October 14th, 2008

And now you can reap those benefits with wet n wild’s new cosmetics line, Beauty Benefits. This new line of skin healthy, dermatologist-tested makeup offers its wearers more than just a pretty face.

Beauty BenefitsThe benefits of Beauty Benefits include a lotus marine mineral complex, which offers powerful anti-aging properties with antioxidants two times stronger than green tea. This complex brightens the complexion, increases hydration by 25% and gives powerful age prevention. Beauty Benefits makeup also includes golden seaweed, which protects DNA against UV-induced damage, marine fennel, which improves skin’s radiance and restores its hydrolipidic barrier, and minerals, which provide smooth, flawless coverage and contain natural, mineral sunscreens. All those benefits are contained in sleek, black packaging.

Beauty BenefitsI’ve been testing a few items from the Beauty Benefits line: Beauty Brilliance Illuminating Powder and Bronzing Powder, Sheer Luster Lip Gloss and Beyond Nourishing Mascara. I am definitely hooked on the lip gloss for its shimmery, beautiful non-sticky color and its surprising staying power, and I love how the illuminating powder highlights my cheeks (I have yet to try it on my eyes and decollete) while the bronzing powder makes it look like I returned from Kauai yesterday rather than a month ago (has it really been that long?). I’m not a big fan of the mascara as it just didn’t thicken and volumize like I would’ve liked. Plus it started to flake by the end of the day.

With holiday parties around the corner it will be easy to put your best face forward with wet n wild’s Beauty Benefits. Plus you’ll get powerful, skin healthy benefits without a powerful, budget-breaking price—great news for the holidays!—Emily

Almond milk does a body’s dry skin good

October 9th, 2008

I have a theory that if milk does a body good from the inside out there’s a good chance it will do a body good from the outside in. To prove my theory I give you the new Almond Milk Nourishing Body Wash from Tone.

ToneThis new body wash gives your body a daily dose of moisture from real milk protein and a Vitamin A and E complex. The formula is rich and creamy and smells as good as its name implies. I know because my girls have showered with it since we got the sample. In fact, they went through it rather quickly and have asked for more—specifically Tone’s Almond Milk. They usually could care less which body wash Mom throws in the shower but they have taken to their new Tone and so Tone it will be, especially during the upcoming winter months when skin gets super dry and moisture starved.

I love that you can experience a decadent body wash without the decadent price. You can find Tone Almond Milk Nourishing Body Wash in all its fun paisley packaging at most food and drugstores nationwide for less than $4. So I guess it’s safe to say Tone’s Almond Milk does a body and a wallet good!—Emily

Lamas Beauty brings you the best of nature and science

July 28th, 2008

Lamas BeautyLamas Beauty is a line of earth-friendly beauty products created using certified organic botanicals, herbs and vitamins. They are all vegan and free of parabens, sodium lauryl, laureth sulphates, DEA and TEA and the company never uses animal-derived ingredients or tests their products on animals. With an impressive resume like that I felt Lamas Beauty needed no other introduction.

I was sent the Soy Hydrating Shampoo and Soy Balancing Conditioner, Pumpkin Spice Polish and Lash Masque. Sadly I was not able to test the shampoo and conditioner but I have given the Pumpkin Spice Polish and Lash Masque thorough testing and these products are as impressive as the list of harmful ingredients they don’t include!

Lamas BeautyLet’s start with the 3-in-1 Instant Facial you’ll find in the Pumpkin Spice Polish. This is by far one of my favorite exfoliating scrubs. The polish includes pumpkin enzymes, natural fruit and nut enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells and pore-clogging debris; apricot grains and micro-spheres to gently removed dead skin cells and polish the skin’s surface; pumpkin oil, soy protein, aloe vera and Vitamin E to leave skin hydrated and protected; coconut oil to dissolve makeup, excess oil and pollutants while leaving the skin’s natural pH intact. All of these fab ingredients make for one effective yet totally yummy facial scrub. (I had to remind myself not to lick my fingers while massaging it onto my face, it smelled that good!) Read the rest of this entry »

Noah’s Naturals: naturally good for you and the environment

July 22nd, 2008

Noah's NaturalsMmmmmm…smell that? It’s the refreshing, invigorating mix of rosemary and mint I’ve enjoyed sniffing for the past couple weeks every time I’ve showered. No, I wasn’t showering in my neighbor’s herb garden (I could do without those fifteen minutes of fame). What I was doing was using Organics by Noah’s Naturals’ Rosemary Mint Travel Kit while on vacation, and its fresh, stimulating smell did a great job reviving me after the 10-hour drive (made by myself with four kids in the car).

Noah's NaturalsOrganics by Noah’s Naturals is setting a new standard in organic bath and body care with its line of products, which include organic blends like rosemary mint and coconut vanilla. But they don’t just smell good; these products help cleanse, revive and condition skin and hair with good-for-you formulations. For example, their Rosemary Mint Shampoo has Vitamin B5 (great humectant) and cone flower extract (natural healing properties, while their Coconut Vanilla Lotion has Vitamin A (improves texture, firmness and smoothness) and safflower seed oil (replenishes moisture). All I know is my travel kit (rosemary mint shampoo, conditioner and body wash) left my skin, hair and senses feeling fabulous!

Noah's NaturalsAlong with Organics, Noah’s Naturals offers an original line of bath and body products including an impressive lineup for facial care. I was sent their Hand Salve but was only able to test it once. (If it were winter I’d be all over it on a daily basis!) I don’t use a lot of wax-based hand moisturizers because I don’t love the often greasy feel, but Noah’s Naturals’ hand salve, which contains soy wax oil and beeswax, absorbed quickly and even the smallest dollop did a great job with moisturizing my scrubbed-the-house-all-day hands.

Noah’s Naturals is committed to being good for you and good for the environment. Besides only using nutritionally fortified formulas (e.g. pure essential oils, organic plant oils and emollients) and staying away from harsh chemicals (e.g. petroleum, parabens, propylene glycol), the Noah’s Naturals is also a member of One Percent for the Planet. The company donates 1% of their sales to environmental causes worldwide.

You can find Noah’s Naturals online and at select Wal-Mart stores. I’m basically saying you can purchase a high-quality product at an affordable price and donate to a worthy cause all at the same time. I love it when I’ve got a great excuse to shop!—Emily

Arbonne helps detox your body with its SeaSource spa line

July 21st, 2008

ArbonneI originally wrote about Arbonne when I reviewed their fabulous NutriMinC RE9 skin care line. (I am still faithfully using the eye cream—my favorite!) The company’s skin care products were originally developed in Switzerland in 1975 by Petter Mørck and a group of leading biochemists, biologists and herbalists. Like I said in my previous review, I love it when science meets skin care in a successful partnership…all for my benefit! Arbonne’s SeaSource Detox Spa line is no different.

The company’s SeaSource detox products use botanical sea extracts such as spirulina, sea kelp, and sea fennel and combine them with nourishing ingredients like sunflower, safflower, hazel seed, grapeseed, and jojoba oils. You’ll also find vitamins E and F, which help your body regenerate and purify itself. The SeaSource Detox product line includes everything from a 5-in-1 Massage Oil to a Sea Mud Face and Body Mask to a Re-Mineralizing Body Lotion 24H and quite a few products in between.

These luxurious products come with a bit of a luxurious price tag (all the more reason to use the special offer below) but take into account you’re averaging 12 fl oz per bottle. Plus I highly doubt your current exfoliating body wash helps release toxins and increasing microcirculation. I’m most intrigued by the 7-Day Body Cleanse dietary supplement. Also infused with marine botanicals it claims to stimulate, strengthen and support health and beauty from the inside out by flushing out excess fluids. I could definitely use that once a month! Read the rest of this entry »

Sprayology helps promote beauty and wellness from within

June 24th, 2008

SprayologyWhen was the last time you sprayed something under your tongue that rejuvenated, relieved ailments, restored balance and rebuilt your body? The answer is probably never..unless you’ve discovered Sprayology, a line of homeopathic and vitamin oral sprays that “promote beauty and well-being from within.”

SprayologyWhy an oral spray? When you swallow the typical capsule or liquid, the processes that break it down in the digestive tract and stomach often reduce its overall effectiveness and restorative properties. Sprayology’s oral sprays are sprayed under the tongue and are more readily absorbed into the bloodstream. And because Sprayology formulas are designed in FDA-approved laboratories by both doctors and homeopaths they offer a well balanced, holistic and fast-acting homeopathic approach to health and wellness.

SprayologyThe Sprayology line, which includes 20 homeopathic sprays and four vitamin sprays, can be broken down into four groups:

  • Rejuvenates—6 sprays that help give back youthful energy, muscle tone and a fresh complexion (e.g. BrainPower, ManPower, DietPower and MenoPower)

  • Relieves—6 sprays formulated to alleviate the symptoms of everyday ailments (e.g. AllergEase, Party Relief and Travel Ease)

  • Restores—8 sprays that help restore vital nutrients depleted by a hectic lifestyle (e.g. Acne Tonic, City Life Detoxer and PMSupport)

  • Rebuilds—4 reinventions of the common vitamin (e.g. AgeWell Anti-Ox, B-12 + Folic Acid and Daily Multi)

I had my choice of spray to try so of course I chose WomanPower from the Rejuvenates line, which claims to “relieve the symptoms of low female energy, including decrease in sexual desire and vitality, low physical energy, irritability and the blues.” I sprayed two sprays of WomanPower under my tongue twice a day (I could never remember midday) and waited to see if anything would happen. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr.Hauschka helps you put your best–and healthiest–face forward

June 2nd, 2008

Today’s Daily Dish will wrap up a three-part series featuring Dr.Hauschka Skin Care. We’ve reviewed their Holistic Home Remedies (we’re still loving our Mercurialis Wound Rescue) and skin and sun care products (the sunscreen kept my kids sunburn free on Saturday; too bad my brother-in-law didn’t use it!) and today I am excited to share with you Dr.Hauschka’s line of Decorative Cosmetics and hair care products. Why? Because they’re natural, nurturing and better at enhancing outward beauty because they’re better for your skin than what you’re currently using.

Dr.HauschkaDr.Hauschka’s all-natural Decorative Cosmetics are made from pure mineral pigments and select nurturing botanicals. For example, their eyeshadow contains silk and talc powder to help it glide on smoothly and evenly and extracts of anthyllis and black tea to nurture delicate, sensitive skin. I don’t think I can even pronounce half of the ingredients on the back of my drugstore (and even Nordstrom-counter) eyeshadows and I’m pretty sure they don’t nurture the delicate skin around my eye.

Dr.HauschkaThough I’m not a big fan of loose powder, the translucent face powder did an amazing job of keeping my makeup looking fresh all day with minimal shine, and even that little bit of shine seemed a healthier shine (I may have even looked radiant!) than what I usually see at the end of the day! I didn’t give the lipstick a thorough test as I’m not a big lipstick fan but the quick run I gave it tempted me to switch from gloss to lipstick. Perhaps it was the shea butter and carrot extract or rose and jojoba waxes, or maybe it was simply the colors taken straight from nature. Read the rest of this entry »

MomSpit is definitely better than the original!

June 1st, 2008

MomSpitAdmit it. You’ve done it. You’ve licked your thumb and used it to scrub that ice cream mustache off your toddler’s (or your husband’s) mouth. Mom’s spit is not only handy but gets just about everything off, including ketchup. (Wish I could say that about my laundry detergent!) But using your spit as a cleaning product might not always be the best way to get the job done, so may I suggest something that works just as well—if not better—than the original and smells a heck of a lot nicer? It’s MomSpit, a cleansing product “inspired by the original,” and it’s fabulous!

MomSpitWhat is MomSpit? Well, it’s not a hand sanitizer and it’s not a replacement for good ol’ soap and water. It’s also not a gel and contains no alcohol. It is a no-rinse cleanser for hands and face with a fluffy mousse-like texture that absorbs quickly while it cleans and moisturizes. It also smells great! (My favorite is the Fig & Green tea.) MomSpit claims it “works like magic, smells like heaven, cleans like soap and water without the sink,” and I’m here to tell you it is truly magical and heaven-sent!

I was very skeptical at first. How could something actually dissolve dirt without soap and water? But I’ve had many occasions to test MomSpit’s cleansing power. It’s cleaned mud off my toddler’s hands, dirt off his face (he must have eaten those mud pies he was making), and a variety of leftover food from both places. Don’t ask me where the dirt or dried ketchup goes—I have yet to figure it out! But somehow that little dollop of mousse manages to work wonders every time. Perhaps no one knows better about the need for a convenient cleansing product when you lack soap and water than a mom and this product is mom invented. It is “made with love in every drop,” which definitely helps! And if you need a little more convincing, check out the dirt on MomSpit as dished out by happy customers.

Don’t let the fresh scent fool you. MomSpit is all powerful! Their products are also pH balanced, biodegradable and “contain no human saliva, ‘cause that would just be gross.” Somehow MomSpit works its wonders without actual mom spit. Now that is truly magical!—Emily

** Giveaway! MomSpit is giving away one trio of their MomSpit Mini 2-oz. size (Lemon& White Tea, Fig & Green Tea and Unscented). Please leave a comment telling us about a “mom spit” moment—it’s true confession time! Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: June 9, 2008 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

** Congratulations to Julie M., the winner of the MomSpit giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

Dr.Hauschka holistic skin care reveals your inner beauty

May 5th, 2008

Dr. HauschkaBack in April I reviewed Dr.Hauschka’s holistic home remedies, and I am still a faithful uses of our Mercurialis Wound Rescue and recently discovered the healing abilities of the Apis Belladonna Sore Throat Rescue. It’s not surprising the same healing qualities that go into Dr.Hauschka’s Holistic Home Remedies can be found in their line of skin and sun care products. The concept is to “infuse the healing qualities of plant extracts into every preparation in order to stimulate the skin’s ability to find its way back to health.” So is their skin care line as effective as their holistic home remedies?

Dr. HauschkaI’ve been able to test the Everyday Matters cleansing system, which includes their Lavender Bath (soothes skin and opens pores for deep cleansing), Cleansing Cream (removes dirt and impurities; encourages gentle exfoliation) and Facial Toner (restores firmness, tightens pores and helps prevent breakouts). I also tested Dr.Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream (includes extracts of rose petal, rose hip and avocado to soothe and heal; 30 rose petals go into every tube!) and Rhythmic Night Conditioner (strengthens, renews and regulates the skin). To be totally honest, the night time ritual was a bit intense for me. Though the special “press and roll” technique used for applying Dr.Hauschka’s skin care products is holistically sound, I couldn’t help myself from doing some light circular motions while using the Cleansing Cream. And I didn’t get around to using the Lavender Bath because I was usually too exhausted to add the few drops to my cleansing water (I splash right from the tap, baby).

Dr. HauschkaBut here’s the good news (and it’s really good news): Read the rest of this entry »

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